#FloridaForty Day 29 Live Oak to Madison

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No, Madison wasn’t named after this city, but as soon as we saw it on the map, we knew we had to come.

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Normally, in every city, we visit their downtown. It helps us to get a grasp of what their way of life is really like as well as to experience the history of the town.

From the older buildings, the red brick roads, and the painted murals, these types of towns are amazing to see.

In downtown Madison, like most other cities,  they maintain and display their history, which we were able to see in their museum.

The sweet lady who ran the museum spent some time telling us about the city…

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… before allowing us to walk around ourselves.

It’s always neat for the kids to see the major role minorities played in most parts of the country.

From the first black to vote in Madison county (man in the lower left corner).

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To the first woman to command an Air Force base.

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As well as to see the price of things in years past.

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Could you imagine only paying a dime for 4 hours now?

It’s been quite a joy of ours to see our kids learning, having fun, and expanding their horizons.

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#FloridaForty Day 28 Alachua to Live Oak

Though there is not much to do around here, we are loving it.  It is quiet and our schedule isn’t as full.

The highlight of our trip to the city was yet another visit to Walmart!

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We stayed up watching “The Foreigner” and “The Mountain Between Us” on Redbox.

After a hot cup of coffee, around 2am, we called it a night!

#FloridaForty Day 27 Weeki Wachee to Alachua

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There was not much to see here in the city, but we liked it because every time we said it, Mackenzie would say, “Bless You.”  I guess it sounds like a sneeze!

We did stop at a pretty large Harley on the way.

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And enjoyed a picnic lunch on a park bench!

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#FloridaForty Day 26 Clearwater to Weeki Wachee

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The fun keeps coming!  Even the city we visited had a funny name…pronounced, ‘We-key Watch-ee.’ Weeki Wachee means “Little Spring” or “Winding River”.

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We started the day at the home of the world famous Underwater Mermaid Show. Kelly had been wanting to take the kids and see the mermaids for years!!

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Before the show began, we got to learn about and touch some native animals.

After seeing the animals, we wanted to get good seats for the show, so we arrived about 30 minutes early.

The show did not disappoint!

How they are able to stay calm and still perform while that far underwater is amazing!

Then we took a boat ride down Weeki Wachee Springs.

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The fun didn’t stop when we got back to our campground.  Probably the best campground we have been too.  The campground hosts, workers, and staff were awesome.  So were all the people who were camping or fishing there.

Mackenzie went fishing again and caught a whopping 33 fish!

One of the fisherman gave William a few fish that he cleaned and then Kelly added some spices to it and put it on the grill.

It was supposed to be for dinner, but they didn’t make it that far!

This is what we had envisioned when we started RVing; enjoying our campground, meeting some great people, and making some memories.

#FloridaForty Day 25 Winter Haven to Clearwater

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The kids had a blast at Legoland so now it was time for us to go to our “theme park.”

That “theme” was RVs!

 

We looked at Class Cs, Class A Motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, ToyHaulers, and some pretty cool custom Prevost and Super Ds.

 

 

 

 

Gig-up even got to test fake drive one!

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Looks like Mackenzie got really comfy.

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We saw some sights while we were there, including a talking plant…

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…a giant old man…

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…and a giant funnel cake!

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I think William has narrowed it down to two options for our next RV.

If we decide to keep a towable, it will be the 42′ Forest River Sandpiper 383RBLOK, with two full baths, a four bunk back room, a fireplace, central vac system, washer and dryer hookup, and a good price.

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Or if we decide to go to a driveable, then a 38′ Thor Miramar with two full baths, mid bunks, over cabin bunk, residential fridge, fireplace, captains seats, a central vac system, and a fair price also.

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We also found the time to swing by the world’s friendliest Harley Davidson! They definitely live up to their nickname!

 

#FloridaForty Day 24 Fort Myers Beach to Winter Haven

Legoland!!

William has always been one for surprising the kids and Kelly has always loved to capture it on video.

It was a blast!

We spent all day there, rode every ride, and took a ton of pictutes.

Since we were in Legoland, we made Winter Haven our feature city.

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It also happens to be the home to the very first and original Publix.

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After a long day, we traveled back to the RV following a perfect sunset!

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#FloridaForty Day 23 Naples to Fort Myers Beach

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It would be impossible to go to the beach too many times, but we are trying to test out that theory.

It was also our first #17thfor17th date (if you don’t know what that is, it’s our 17th year of being married, so we do something special on the 17th of every month this year).  We’ve done 14thfor14th, 15thfor15th, and 16thdor16th.  So this is our fourth year and we started off this year taking a stroll down the pier together and walking hand in hand down the beach.  We also were able to close the night with just us two around the fire.

There were a few mishaps with the RV on the way, but nothing overly major.  We’ll take Izzy (our RV’s name) to the shop when we get back though. And after stopping for slurpees at 7-11 we were back on the way.

Picked up a few more poker chips at several more Harley Davidson dealerships.

And added to our sticker collection too!

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With such a busy day, we were ready to get to the campground.  After a delicious grilled chicken salad for dinner…

…we had Smores and called it a night.

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