Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler - Winter 2011 travel blog




The grassy field campground at the Tampa Super Show was packed rather tightly with large motor homes like ours who arrived on Wednesday as we did. We had seen and done everything on the list at the show and thought we would leave in a leisurely way mid morning since the drive to Sarasota would only take a hour. But everyone around us was a lazy bones just like we were, and our departure at 11am was among the first.

We have spent three winters in the Rio Grande Valley at very large, activity filled campgrounds. We have heard great things about Fun-N-Sun in Sarasota, which sounded similar to what we had enjoyed in Texas, but at three times the price. We thought we'd put the place to the test and settle down for a month, which brings the tariff down a bit. The park is quite full and the first site we were taken to did not meet the request we had made with our reservation - a clear shot at the southwest sky is necessary for us to use the satellite dish and get HD TV and the internet. This site was right next to a large tree. Our guide in a golf car took Ken on a tour and we made the best choice we could from the three remaining sites. Thus far the TV is working fine, but we still have no internet. We also cannot get the campground's internet signal from this site, but can go to the computer building for larger computer tasks.

The Bears game was the most important item on today's agenda, but at half time we took a quick spin through the park and got a first impression. The swimming pool area is beautifully landscaped and the pool is huge with two large hot tubs nearby, but over all it appears that there are fewer activities here than there were in Texas. But it's much too soon to make a valid comparison.

And the Bears won!

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