#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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#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.