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Sing It, Willie!

Posted by on January 7, 2010

Happy New Year!

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!

During our brief hiatus from campground living, Chris installed new speakers, satellite radio, and closet shelving.  We also purchased a small ceramic space heater and a small vacuum (“small” obviously being a significant trait for all purchases!). And, last but not least, we even purchased some lettering and added our website address to the window of the Airstream.  So, now, you’ll know it’s us!  (Please wave if you see us…we like that.)  

Our fabulous campsite at the ACOE park in Alva, FL

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.

Sunset views from the campsite

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!!!!

4 Responses to Sing It, Willie!

  1. Lotus

    So very glad to hear that you are back on the road, with a new passenger, too! Can’t wait to read about this new adventure!
    lots of love,

    BTW, I tried to email a few days ago and couldn’t get past your security thingy. Was it me? Has anyone else had this problem? Probably was me.

  2. Lani

    Hi Lotus,
    I went awhile without checking my plugins update on my website and just updated the contacts plugin the other day. Perhaps you tried before I had updated it. Feel free to email me at :)

  3. Mom

    I am glad you are excited about being on the road again, but we sure miss you here! Great entry…

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