THE JACKSONVILLE JINX & WINTER IN SOUTH FLORIDA
|Sign located in "Robert is Here Fruit Stand"|
We returned to Jacksonville, Florida on January 4 to 80 degree temperatures and all was sunny and rosy. Just when we were thinking that our RV travels would become routine, 2015 struck. Upon arrival, the first thing I did was to drop my kayak onto the passenger side view mirror and, well, Crrraaack! It turns out that side view mirrors are not cheap so we are now driving with a wobbly mirror instead of filing for bankruptcy.
|I'm thinking of purchasing a new car to tow behind our rig.|
This vehicle discovered in Key West is a leading candidate.
Thereafter, it was on to The Great Escape RV Resort in Titusville. The Great Escape is a beautiful retirement resort which had all the amenities--shuffleboard, pickleball, card games, line dancing, etc. Since I am a winter, outdoor paddle player, I thought I would watch some pickleball and learn the rules. The game looked like fun, but when the players stopped and asked me to join them I opted out. It turned out that one of my opponents was once a competitor at Wimbledon!!! and I didn't want my first pickleball experience to be a complete embarrassment. (OK, I chickened out!)
Next was Long Key State Park in the Florida Keys. Our campsite was 20' from the Atlantic Ocean and daytime temperatures reached the upper 70's and lower 80's. Yes, life got tough real fast as we now had to deal with that 4-letter word beginning with"S" (no, not snow)--SAND. OK, I'll stop...I think my family has seen enough of our daily tropical paradise text messages, but it is really hard to stop being obnoxious when we are spending out first winter in short sleeves. Sorry!
Our campsite was so beautiful we could not bring ourselves to leave, so we spent most of our time biking, hiking, and kayaking in Long Key. It was perfect.
|Our campsite in Long Key State Park.|
|Kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean in Long Key State Park.|
Thanks to Stan & Paula for the photo.
|Jim & Nancy in their beautiful diesel pusher.|
|Stan & Paula.|
Both have retired from the Post Office
and live in Indiana.
|Sunset from our campsite in Long Key State Park|
|No Name Pub on No Name Key.|
In 2005 there were already 75,000 $1 bills on the wall and ceiling.
Who knows how many $1 bills there are in the pub today.
|Key Deer on Big Pine Key.|
Key Deer are miniature deer.
|The southernmost place in the USA.|
|An Osprey presides over its nest in|
|An Anhinga in the Everglades.|
|A manatee in the shallow coastal waters of the Everglades.|
I am staring to wonder if we purchased a lemon. I am also learning to expect a lot of repairs as all RV's, even the million dollar ones, are built with substandard, lightweight materials which get put through an earthquake every time they are driven. This fact is tacitly acknowledged by RV manufacturers as they refuse to stand behind their products with more than a 1 year warranty. Therefore, I am trying to learn patience and perspective--not easy for this obsessive, old-man!
Oh well. It is on to our next adventure. I wonder what's around the corner!