Archive for November, 2007

Florida

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

We spent 21 days in Florida during which we visited Canadian Maritime Caravan friends, Disney-world EPCOT center, Melitta’s relatives and Herb’s grandson, and daughter & husband.  Please check out our photos (with some allegator shots) in our Photo Gallery.

Flamingo Lake RV ParkJacksonville, FL: We stayed three nights at the very nice Flamingo Lake RV Resort with its nice sites around the lake.  We kicked back and also visited Bill & Gail who where on the second part of the Canadian Maritime Caravan.  We had a nice reunion and Kabob dinner with them.

American Exhibit at EPCOTKissimmee, FL: While we normally don’t do RV parks that begin with K, but Kissimmee KOA was a nice RV park equipped for motorcoaches, so we stayed for four nights.  From here we went to the EPCOT center at Disney World where we enjoy the talent and exhibits.  We also enjoyed our first airboat ride in one of the nearby swamps.  We chose the smaller, faster boat, so it was just the two of use and a driver.

Sunset Bridge over Tampa BaySt Petersburg, FL: Upon recommendation of the Kissimmee KOA, we stayed at the St Petersburg KOA — a big mistake.  A lakeside site with bushes so thick that you can’t see the lake, besides you had to back in – looking away from the invisible lake.  All that (and less) for an expensive $79 per night for three nights.  Will in St Petersburg, Herb did some bicycling along the city’s very long bike/walking trail that was converted from a railroad track bed — very nice.  We visited Nelly, a long time family friend of Melitta, and Melitta’s brother and families.

Pelican Lake Motorcoach ResortNaples, FL: We arrived at Naples, the hometown of Christine and her husband, and Herb’s grandson – Austin.  We looked at two back to back resorts:  Silver Lake RV Resort and Pelican Lake Motorcoach Resort.  Both were nice, be we found a beautiful site in Pelican Lake which also had a patio table and chairs – perfect for our family Thanksgiving Dinner.  The cul de sac that the privately owned RV site was on was on a peninsula which extended into the lake.  It was a beautifully detailed site covered with brick pavers, except for the flower beds.  We love it, and this $400,000 site cost less to rent than the KOA in St Petersburg!  We had a wonderful eight days with Christine and her family.  Six year old Austin stayed in the RV four nights, and spent even more day with us.  He learned to swim to the bottom of the pool and retrieve four rings with one breath.

Orange Lake, FL: Maybe this should be in the next BLOG entry, as we are starting our dash back to Desert Shadows RV Resort in the Palm Springs / Palm Desert area of California.  Just an overnight stay at a nice basic RV park (Orange Lake RV & Golf Resort), that serves as a winter destination park for some folks.  They have an adjacent golf course, boat dock on Orange Lake and activities. Better than the St Petersburg KOA and was only $27.80 per night.

Milton, FL: Oops, just realized that we have one more night in Florida on the 26th.  Again a one night stop over on our dash to California.  (More later)

Charleston, Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Outside of Charleston, on James Island, we stayed at a very large county park – James Island County Park – where the RV park just occupied a small corner of it.  One of the nicest city/county parks we have seen, with an abundant supplies of activities for the park visitor – fishing lake, climbing walls, asphalt walking and biking trails, etc.  Only problem we had there was that as we arrived there was a 12 inch water line break just outside of the park entrance – 2 miles from the RV park.  They said it would be fixed in about three hours, so we proceeded to do our laundry with water we had in our tanks on board the coach, using up most of our reserves.  Three days later, after deciding that the failing fixes to the elbow at the end of the 12 inch line were not working, they tapped into the line a hundred feet back — and we got water.  The park brought in porta-potties and potable water tanks.  We carried three five-gallon buckets to our coach and syphoned it into our fresh water tanks. 

Festival of LightsThe county park was setting up for their Holiday Festival of Lights — all volunteers — but the three mile display range among the top ten in the USA.  Officially turned on after we left, but we could see many of the light displays in the evening while they were testing.  Check our photo gallery for more pictures.

USS YorktownWhile in Charleston, we did a trolley tour of the city, a boat trip to Fort Sumter -where the Civil War started, and fascinating tour of Patriots Point Navel & Maritime Museum — where we toured four ships: Clamagore submarine, Laffey destroyer, Ingham coast guard cutter, and the amazing U.S.S. Yorktown aircraft carrier.  No OSHA or fear of law suits – I was wondering around the engine room and over the propeller drive shaft, up and down steps to narrow walkways – with no one around — mmmm, which way did I come from.

Hilton Head Island Marina and RV ResortAfter our four night stay in Charleston, we drove 106 miles to Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina where we stayed five nights at a nice waterside sight.  We explored Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head Sun City homes just off of the island – nice homes, liked most of the models, low prices, but we not interested in this area.  We did a 2.5 hour Grayline Trolley tour of the island, but since the island is so divided with Plantations (of homes) we could not see it was informative but not a good as other tours we have done.

DaquiriesWe drove 35 miles over to Savannah, Georgia, where we did another interesting bus tour, and then drove back to Bay Street where we wandered through the stores, art booths, and watch small boat races (small outboard hydroplanes).  Liquor laws are different in some cities.  One business sold multiple flavors of daiquiris, which could be carried out to the street — mmmmm good.