#FloridaForty Day 37 Valparaiso to Gulf Breeze

Kelly has been needing to get to Kohl’s to use $5 Kohl’s Cash that was going to expire on January 31. She kept putting it off until the last day but now has a new pair of leggings.  And there was a Harley right next door, so we knocked out two birds with one stone.

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We made it back to one of our favorite campgrounds…

…with one of the most beautiful beaches!

Ran into this little guy on the way to the beach.

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#FloridaForty Day 33 St. George Island to Panama City Beach

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PCB, the spring break destination of high schoolers and college kids across the country.  Thankfully, it’s January and we could visit the city without the throngs of crowds.

Yet again, we started our day of sight-seeing with a mandatory trip to Walmart.  But this Walmart was special…it had a whole section dedicated to Airbrushing!!

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And of course, picked up a new poker chip from Harley, as well as some snacks.  They had a lounge for its patrons.  Pretty cool! The kids said that this is their favorite Harley so far.

For a family that did not start going to Dave & Busters at all until about 2.5 years ago in Galveston, we sure love it now.

And we picked up quite a haul!

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This particular D&B was right along S. Pier Park Drive, so we got a little exercise in walking down the strip towards the pier and beach.

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Collecting some Kilwin’s…

…and beef jerky on the way…

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…before making it to the beach!

We worked up quite an appetite after walking the half mile strip 🙂

So the next stop was certainly food!

Kelly and the girls filled their bellies with a locally owned pizza shop (Shore Shack Pizza), and didn’t leave a crumb.

While William and Gig-up stuffed their faces with Waffle House.

One more week!!

#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 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 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.