#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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#FloridaForty Day 22 Everglades City to Naples

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We had a full day in Naples!

We started with a cute little donut shop (Peace, Love, & Little Donuts) and got a few sweets to begin our day.

We headed down to Naples Pier, though we couldn’t go all the way out to the end since part of the pier had been damaged by Hurricane Irma.

We got a chance to walk around the shopping area near the pier, but the shops were a little out of the range we were wanting to spend.  But nonetheless, the exercise was useful.

When we told the kids we were heading to the mall food court for lunch and that we were giving them $6 each so they could pick whatever they wanted, they freaked!  We love that they get so excited about little things like that.

When we got to the Harley store, Macey said she wanted a motorcycle when she gets older. 🙂

We got to step back in time and see how the city was started at the Depot Musuem.

#FloridaForty Day 21 Miramar to Everglades City

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We are on the back half of our trip and heading towards the west and then north.

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Our drive resulted in a first.  We’ve seen lots of animals in captivity, but had never seen alligators just roaming freely.

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The kids spent several minutes doing this….(watch video).

As we thought about it being Martin Luther King Day, we reflect on some of the strides that African Americans have made.  But, then we couldn’t help but think about the slaves and runaways that no doubt ran through these same waterways to try to reach their freedom.  It is pretty surreal to think about.

Since William works while on the road, we are always looking for a post office to mail his clients’ documents to them.  If the sign would not have said so, there is no way we would have believed this was one.

Previously, it was considered to be the smallest post office in the US, only to be recently become the second smallest (after Ojai, CA).

Still enjoying the good weather.

#FloridaForty Day 20 Davie to Miramar

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Hopefully the warm weather follows us.

We had a lazy day and used it to let the kids get some energy out.

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And though the playground near the city park was crowded, they had been begging to go.

Often times, it is the lazy days that give us the most joy.  Seeing our kids enjoying each other, enjoying their surroundings, and enjoying the simple (and free) things of life make this lifestyle choice (homeschool/roadschool) so full and fulfilling.

#FloridaForty Day 19 Pembroke Pines to Davie

We are loving the sunny days, especially when we see the weather reports back at home!

Even Kelly has loved the clear skies and warm temperatures.  We just have to watch out for the huge alligators! 🙂

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Going from sleet, rainy, muddy, and dusty conditions, our SUV had gotten pretty filthy.   So, we found a self service car wash and let the kids earn their keep.

We were running out of reading material so we picked up a few books at the nearby library.

We picked up another collector’s coin at the last Harley in the Miami area that we still had to visit.

Here is to hoping that the weather cooperates when we get back to GA so that we can go out for a ride ourselves.

#FloridaForty Day 18 Miami Beach to Pembroke Pines

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Our day started off with an unscheduled flat tire (as if they are ever scheduled).  Thankfully, we had a spare to put on so that we could take it to get repaired.  We had just placed a brand new set of tires on the truck before we left in December.

We are still in our first 30 days, so we went ahead and called the shop that replaced the tires and added the warranty onto them.  So, if there are any other issues, we will be covered.

Florida weather changes without notice. You can be basking in the sun on minute and ducking back into the RV the next, as a downpour hits!  The kids would be riding their bikes around the paths and then flying back to the awning to get out of the rain.  It was actually quite entertaining for us!

The kids ended up making a friend…or rather, Macey dropped some Nerds candy and he wouldn’t go away.

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In between the rain, we had to move sites.  One thing we have learned about booking RV sites in Florida during the winter time is that you better be on it as soon as booking season starts because these snowbirds book fast.

Because we booked at about 5 months out, and not six, we didn’t really have our choice of sites and therefore are moving a few times while we are here.  Lesson learned.

Mackenzie and Phillip tried their hand again at fishing.  She is too much like William, and lacks the patience to sit and wait for a fish to bite.

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Our entertainment for the day took us to walk around at Pembroke Lakes Mall…

…followed by dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Probably should have walked around after eating because we were stuffed.

Finished the day with some ice cream and an early night!

#FloridaForty Day 17 Islamorada to Miami Beach

Could we have asked for more perfect weather!?!?!

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Miami Beach is as beautiful as we thought it would be.  The beach was spacious, the water was cool, and the breeze was fantastic!

You can’t come to Miami and not have Cuban food.  So we stopped at Las Olas Cafe, which had good reviews (and a long line) and got a plate full!

On the way back to the campground, we found a Harley dealership and made yet another stop at Walmart.

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