FLA west coast
Trip Start Nov 22, 2007
55Trip End Dec 01, 2008
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Yes-We are still alive! I know it has been a while since our last update! I know it's bad when my younger brother (who is traveling solo through the countryside in India right now) is concerned with the radio silence! Well, we are currently in Tampa, staying with Bob's brother.
We took Alligator Alley over to the west coast from the Everglades. The hardest part about the trip was getting away from Miami-seems every wrong turn leads you back to Miami. Not a lot of fun driving a 30 foot RV with a trailer on the streets of Miami during rush hour! Of course the way was obvious on the map, but we understand that the Florida DPW has a sense of humor. I can't tell you how many times we will be traveling in a lane on a road or highway and all of a sudden a sign pops up and it becomes a "right turn only" lane, the sign appearing long after you would have had a chance to make a different decision
Well we finally got out of there, but much later than we'd liked. We managed to make it past Naples before we set up "camp" at a rest stop for the night. (Many rest stops have night security here, which is comforting when you need to stop in the middle of the night.) The next day, we made our way over to a place called Pine Island, where our friends Ivan and Leslie live. At the same time, Bob's folks were visiting a friend in Ft. Myers, which was very convenient for a visit to our campsite at the Encore RV resort (formerly the KOA) on Pine Island.
While we were still in the general vicinity, we took a motorcycle ride to Everglades City (the part of the Everglades that extends to the west coast and home of Ten Thousand Islands)
Unfortunately we forgot the camera for the airboat adventure. Luckily the couple who shared our boat ride with us did bring camera and video recorder. They took our email address and were kind enough to send us a few pictures so we can share with you. Very nice folks; we ended up chatting with them for about 45 minutes after the ride.
We spent a long weekend on Pine Island and visited with Ivan and Leslie. They took us to the hot spots-the Moose Lodge, the Ragged Ass Saloon, and Froggie's to name a few. They took us out on the water in their Boston Whaler. We saw a lot of dolphins, but I had trouble catching them on film. Got one pretty good shot if you look hard enough! We also saw a bald eagle-that makes three of the majestic birds that we have seen so far on our trip. We had a great weekend with Ivan and Leslie (and a great homemade steak dinner!) and it was nice to see them.
We left Pine Island on the 4th of February and dropped our RV off at RV World of Nokomis. We haven't gotten it back yet and it's now March 6th! It's not been a pleasant experience, but we hope to get the RV back this week and hit the road again soon. We have been staying in Tampa-Bob's brother, Lee has a house in South Tampa, which we have used as our home base. We've taken a couple trips across the state to visit our friends Maureen and Ralph in Palm Coast, including for the beginning of Daytona Bike Week, and a couple of trips to Sarasota to visit my mother and stepfather. It's been great to spend the time visiting friends and family, but we are itching to get back on the road.