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Adventures of Steve, Patti, Sami and Ozzie


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Tampa and Fort Desoto, FL

We pulled into the Tampa area and found a place to stay.  The resort was just 6 miles East of Tampa, appropriately enough named Tampa East RV Resort.  Anywhere south of here was pretty much booked for the winter so we decided this was good as any place to stay for the winter or longer.

The park was huge, it had 3 pools which came in handy as October, November and December were very warm and humid.

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Florida’s weather was a bit of an adjustment.  The humidity and dew point often were about the 80% range, which made it hard to be outside for any length of time.  Fortunately we had a nice shaded lot and were under huge trees on each side.  It was even nicer once all the acorns finally dropped and the constant pounding of them falling on the roof at all hours of the day was over! Gecko’s and tree frogs were everywhere.  They seemed to love hiding in the compartment doors of the motor home and jump out every time we opened them. The bug issue wasn’t bad, at dusk the mosquitoes came out and everyone seemed to stay indoors.

We had a little friend who came by each day around noon.  I think someone spoiled him long before we arrived and he learned that if he stood up on the picnic table and stared at us long enough, we’d give in and feed him. It worked!!

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Around Christmas the park started to get festive as people decorated their rigs. They even had a Christmas parade with Golf carts and they tossed out candy.

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Venturing out in this area takes careful planning and timing.  The traffic is just plain crazy.  Shopping trips can take over a half hour just to drive 8 miles.  If it’s a Friday after 3pm, it could take you an hour.  We came to rely on our traffic app to avoid the more congested areas.

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Airstream Ranch, right around the corner and off of I-4.  You don’t see something like this everyday..

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We decided to take a little side trip for the weekend and check out Fort Desoto just south of St. Petersburg, FL.

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The park has gorgeous white sand beaches, one is even designated as a dog park where they can run off leash and swim in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sami and Ozzie love the water , we were hesitant to let them off leash with the worry they loved it so much, they would just keep running or worse yet, swim to far out.  When it was time to go they didn’t want to leave.

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Next to the beach they have huge gated dog runs with doggie showers.  You can rinse of the sand and let them run until they dry off.  I know of two very spoiled dogs who were going to sleep very well tonight!

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The north beach was by far the nicest of all them.

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Wasn’t sure what to make out of this, but there were quite a few washed up on the beach.  Apparently, it’s a Horseshoe Crab.

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We walked the beaches until the clouds rolled in and then checked out the rest of the park.

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Back at the campground, the dogs were out like a light.

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The sites were tight, lots of vegetation and it was very tropical.

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It was hard to leave and wish we could have come back here again, but like usual, our plans change….we had to break the news to the kids…

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We’re moving to California!!

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach… it all looked a little different from the spring break destination that Steve saw back in 1986.

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Found a great RV Resort to stay at, it even had a guard at the entrance but I don’t know how effective he really was, it appears he not only lost his mind, but his whole head!

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The snowbirds hadn’t arrived yet so it was quite and most of the time, we had the pool to ourselves.  Loved the zero entry pool!

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Well, not completely to ourselves…. These little guys are everywhere…

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We were only about 2 miles away from the Daytona Speedway.  This place is huge!

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Checked out the beach area.   The sand here was hard packed and really easy to walk on.  Hurricane Patricia was off in the distance, we lucked out that it turned and didn’t hit land.  The water was like bath water, it was so warm.

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The hotels were massive along the beach and the homes big and expensive.

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We would have liked to stay longer but with winter comes the snowbirds and they were booked solid.  So we decided to head to the Gulf of Mexico.

Tampa here we come.


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Florida – FINALLY!

People ask us all the time, “where are you going next?” and we have been answering Florida for what seems like the last few years.  So when we finally crossed the state line and arrived here,  it was a great feeling.  It’s here we plan to spend the winter, exactly where we weren’t sure of, but it didn’t matter really, as long as we have the ocean and warm weather, we would be happy!!

We arrived at our first stop in Florida, St. Augustine – the Nations oldest city.    We pulled into a little park that was right off the highway and set up to stay for a few days.  This sign was posted right across the road, only 6 ft away.  NICE!

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We are in Florida now, better get used to all sorts of new bugs and creatures. Right next to our park was a huge flea market and when we weren’t exploring the Historic District of St. Augustine, we strolled around and looked at all the stuff folks were selling.  Kinda made my stomach sink as it brought back all the memories of the never-ending rummage sales we had selling off all our belongings before we set off on this journey.

The Historic District was beautiful, the buildings were colorful and architecture was amazing.

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Below is Flagler College.

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It is

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The ocean front homes….no words.

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This little guy was for sale and was only one house away from the beach…looks affordable….

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Only if you have a half a million dollars!

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After touring downtown, we decided to check out the beach.

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The sand on the beach was mostly crushed shell.

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Definitely one the prettiest beaches we’ve been to!

Next stop…Daytona Beach!