#FloridaForty We’ve Made It Home

2 parents…4 children…40 cities…40 days…27 Harley Davidson dealerships stopped at…14 RV parks…4,152.6 miles driven…71 hours and 2 minutes driving…418.1 gallons of gas…35 new Christmas ornaments for our travel tree…way too many Walmart stops…

=1 grand trip!

Thanks again for joining us on our 40 day journey through the state of Florida.

(and to think that it rained for that many days straight while Noah was on the ark and Jesus fasted for that long while in the wilderness)

Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

Along the way, we made some great memories, had a lot of fun, tasted new food, talked with some fantastic people, and grew closer together as a family.  It is these times that we hope have the greatest impact on our children.

So that we can keep a record of our trip, as well as to share with those who are wanting to know, we decided to share our itinerary as well as the names of the RV/Campgrounds/State Parks/National Parks we camped in.

Feature City                            RV Park

Day 1           Jacksonville                           Little Talbot State Park Jacksonville, FL

Day 2           Ponte Vedra Beach               Faver-Dykes State Park St. Augustine, FL

Day 3           St. Augustine                         Faver-Dykes State Park

Day 4           Mt. Dora                                 Bee’s RV Resort Clermont, FL

Day 5           Howey-in-the-Hills              Bee’s RV Resort

Day 6           Eatonville                              Bee’s RV Resort

Day 7           Lady Lake                              Bee’s RV Resort

Day 8           Clermont                                Bee’s RV Resort

Day 9           Groveland                              Bee’s RV Resort

Day 10         Frostproof                              Kissimmee Prairie Preserve S.P. Okeechobee, FL

Day 11         Okeechobee                           Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Day 12         Taylor Creek                          Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Day 13         Dania Beach                          Fiesta Key Rv and Marina Layton, FL

Day 14         Key West                                Fiesta Key Rv and Marina

Day 15          Marathon                              Fiesta Key Rv and Marina

Day 16         Islamorada                             C.B. Smith Park Pembroke Pines, FL

Day 17         Miami Beach                          C.B. Smith Park

Day 18         Pembroke Pines                    C.B. Smith Park

Day 19         Davie                                       C.B. Smith Park

Day 20         Miramar                                 C.B. Smith Park

Day 21         Everglades City                     Collier Seminole State Park Naples, FL

Day 22          Naples                                    Collier Seminole State Park

Day 23          Fort Myers Beach                 Little Manatee River State Park Wimauma, FL

Day 24          Winter Haven                       Little Manatee River State Park

Day 25         Clearwater                              Mary’s Fish Camp Weeki Wachee, FL

Day 26          Weeki Wachee                      Mary’s Fish Camp

Day 27          Alachua                                   Suwanee River State Park Live Oak, FL

Day 28          Live Oak                                  Suwanee River State Park

Day 29          Madison                                  Suwanee River State Park

Day 30          Lee                                           Suwanee River State Park

Day 31          Carrabelle                              St. George Island State Park, St. George Island, FL

Day 32          St. George Island                  St. Andrews State Rec Area Panama City Beach, FL

Day 33          Panama City Beach              St. Andrews State Recreation Area

Day 34         Niceville                                  Fred Gannon State Park Niceville, FL

Day 35          Destin                                     Fred Gannon State Park

Day 36          Valparaiso                             Fred Gannon State Park

Day 37          Gulf Breeze                           Fort Pickens Recreation Area-  Gulf Islands National Seashore Pensacola, FL

Day 38          Pensacola Beach                  Fort Pickens Recreation Area

Day 39          Molino                                   Fort Pickens Recreation Area

Day 40          Century                                   N/A Home





#FloridaForty Day 13 Taylor Creek to Dania Beach

What a day!  We started the day and finished it by eating some great food!

“The Crack” (Cracker Barrel) in the morning….

And finished the day at a local bar and grill, The Florida Boy (William even had Fish Tacos).

In between those food endcaps, we saw some sights, went To The Moon, saw Santa, sat on the beach, met the elephant’s cousin, and visited another Harley Dealership.

After eating, we went to Manatee Lagoon.  It is a place where the manatee come to enjoy the warm water.  When Kelly took the picture of the kids listening to the manatee, we thought they were really into learning about them.  Come to find out, they were listening to the sound they make when they fart.  Should have known!

Picked up some cool souvenirs too!  Could you have guessed that the manatee is a cousin of the elephant based on this one in a stocking?

We stopped at the W. Palm Beach Harley and had some stares as we drove the RV around their tight parking lot…”don’t worry, we won’t hit your bikes!”

After seeing the Harleys that we like to ride, the little kids wanted to ride too.

So we took them to Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton to ride a carousel.

Next, it was To The Moon, (http://tothemoonmarketplace.com/) a small novelty shop that has all the popular candies of the past two hundred years and from over 60 countries.

Of course the kids were in heaven…and so was Kelly, literally like a kid in a candy store.

Had to see Santa and this amazing Christmas Village at The Christmas Palace in Fort Lauderdale!

As the day got warmer, and the showers looked like they were going to miss us, we stopped at a great beach, with a lot of history.  Check out this link to read a little about it: Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

We arrived at our campground just before dark, did necessary laundry, got the kids bathed, had a cup of coffee, and that was all she wrote.  We were worn out.