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May 8, 2020 - More Paintings

With virus continuing to restrict my activities, I have plenty of time to play around with "Painter Essentials" painting program. These images were all cloned from photos but I am increasingly trying to fine tune them so that they reflect my "artistic" interpretation (such as it is). I have done a few portraits as well, but I decided not to post those.. respecting privacy and all. There will, no doubt, be more as I don't see an early end to our sequestration here in Florida. Patti and I certainly wish to continue our RV adventures, but for...

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Jan 24, 2020 - Bradenton (Continued)

So let's see, what have we been up to. Last week was the big RV Show in Tampa. We arranged for a dog walker to visit Marley and took a ride up there last Thursday. We spent the day wandering around, eyeing all the goodies the vendors were hawking and peeked into a couple of the rv's on display. It was about an hour drive each way, and as usual, the place was a mob scene. We kept our purchases to a minimum so no need for another mortgage yet. While the weather was cool this weak, we drove up to the big power plant at Apollo Beach. Florida...

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Winter 2019-2020

Jan 21, 2020 - Mid-January

We're more than halfway through our month here in Bradenton. Time is flying by as usual. The weather has unusually warm even for Florida. Last week set new records with high temperatures in the upper 80's. We're making up for it this week with night time lows in the upper 30's. It has been windier than I recall Floria being. Not quite as bad as the winds in Texas and not every day, but it has seemed to be a lot of wind. We have toured around Sarasota and Bradenton Beach. We traveled up to Tampa for the big RV show and spent the day there....

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Winter 2019-2020

Jan 6, 2020 - Pleasant Lakes RV Resort

Well, we made it to Pleasant Lake on New Year's Day around noon time. Weather was good and traffic was practically non-existant. We've been here a few days now. Other than a very rainy Saturday, the weather has been good. The temperatures have ranged from mid 40's overnight to 85 in the afternoon. We took a ride over to Anna Marie Island to look around. You don't see much of the beach as the shoreline is completely built up. It's nice, but I'm sure a rental there is out of our price range. Anyway, this is what Winter is supposed to be like....

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Winter 2019-2020

Apr 9, 2019 - Bradenton

Okay, now I'm caught up. We're in Bradenton, just South of Tampa. We're going to look around at the few campgrounds in the area and see if we can find any candidates for next Winter. It's a bit of culture shock as the the camp sites in Florida are much smaller than they were in Texas and the prices are quite a bit higher. So the challenge is to find a place that we can afford and where we can't reach out the window and touch the rv next to us. We'll be in the area for several days looking around before we head East to do the same over on...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Letterboxing again!

It's been awhile since I went letterboxing and what better way to see what's in this area but to find parks and letterboxes! The letterbox in Rye Preserve was planted on what used to be a homestead. All that's left of it now is the frame for swings. There was supposed to be a trellis with the letterbox under it but the trellis is gone so I have no idea if the letterbox is still there or not. It hasn't been found in a couple of years. On the way out, I noticed the beautiful violet and couldn't resist trying to capture its true colors. fair...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Shopping and Beach Day

Saturday morning we checked out a "flea market" called the Red Barn. This was not your typical paring lot flea market! It was HUGE, inside, and air conditioned! There had to be hundreds of sellers of anything from old tools and junk to high end cosmetics and everything in between. Some nice looking fresh fruits and vegies, a food court, entertainment (the little old guy with the accordion was especially enjoyable), and even a cold beer. We had a great time and came away with a few purchases! Later we went to a beach on Longboat Key called...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Arrived at our next campsite

Arrived at our campground near Tampa this afternoon. It's called the Manatee Winter Quarters in Bradenton, FL. Very nice with full hookups, plenty of shade, pools and hot tub, and a nice laundry - which Linda and I definitely took advantage of! Sadly, no actual manatees here, but hope to see some on this trip! Will be here for the next few days checking out the area, so stay tuned!

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Apr 3, 2016 - Sunday Walk On The Trails

We had rain on Sat afternoon and Norma and I played some games in the trailer during the rain. But we did see a few people walking in the rain , looking for those containers out in the woods. We got up on Sunday to see the sky had a few clouds and the sun was out on a nice cool day of around 75. We did a few cache with some friends on the trails that run behind the campground. We found a cache where you had to use you batteries from you GPS or flash light to insert in to the container to be able to operate the lights to find the right...

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Apr 2, 2016 - TIME TO EAT

Registration begin at 8:00 am , lunch was at noon time , then we had a raffle at 1:00 P.M. The raffle begin and before it was over , the rain came. People came up front to get out of the rain. The raffle went on and we all had a great time, even if we got a little wet.

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Apr 1, 2016 - Lake Manatee State Park

This year at the Geocaching Event they had a camp site theme about the American Film Institute of the last 100 years. You could dress up your camp site to win prizes for the best campsite theme. Then on Friday night we all got to do "TRIVIA NIGHT" the questions was about, of course MOVIE QUOTES. WHO SAID " go ahead , make my day " and different things about last 100 years of the old movies.

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Mar 1, 2016 - February 28th

February 28th Today was a travel day. We woke drank our coffee and readied the RV for travel. We will go from Ft Myers to Bradendon, about 80 miles. On the way we stopped near Venice and visited with my cousin Susan and her husband Don for a few hours. We then finished up our trip arriving around 1 o'clock or so. We quickly set up camp and headed into Bradendon to visit Dianne and Colin Mayled. We sat and talked for quite a while then sat and talked some more after supper, At 8 o'clock we headed back to the campground. The weather today...

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