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)

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