Happy New Year, everyone! I’m happy to say that we’re on the road again. We had a wonderful time with our families in Tampa and Atlanta for the holidays and thankful to have the opportunity to spend the time with all of them. That being said, I suspect they are happy to have our Airstream out of their driveways as we made parking somewhat complicated at times. After nearly two months of staying in immobile homes, we are excited to be back in our shiny aluminum house on wheels…which, thanks to Chris, has some new upgrades!
We excitedly departed Tampa last Sunday and drove to Sarasota where we had weeklong reservations at the lovely Myakka River State Park. Since we’ve been out of our routine for a few months, we seemed to have forgotten some important issues we learned along our travels over the summer. One: Every time I make reservations, it doesn’t work out so I previously vowed to never make reservations ever again without first seeing the park. Apparently I forgot this vow. Two: Never, EVER unhitch and settle in without first checking whether receiving internet/phone signal is possible. And, Three: Begin your travels earlier in the day so that in case of you need to change campsites, you are not doing so late Sunday night.
Yes, our first day back on the road brought back memories of our earlier travel days. We are clearly out of practice. Myakka River State Park was beautiful and I enjoyed my hour there but, sadly, it just wasn’t meant to be. So, after changing campgrounds…er…twice…we are now settled at a fabulous Army Corps of Engineers campground in Alva, Florida. We totally lucked out with this site as it was a last-minute cancellation that we were able to snag. (Shout out to the super friendly woman at the ACOE office who took my many calls with me asking, “so…do you know the status of the site yet? Have they cancelled? Have they? Have they?“ Her patience with me was unbelievable!) We have beautiful water views (with an occasional glimpse of manatees!), hot showers, laundry (bonus!) and, thankfully, an internet signal. Now if only Florida would actually warm up! Brrr!!!!