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Jan 2, 2012 - The Sunshine State, you betcha

Monday, January 02, 2012 HAPPY NEW YEAR YA’LL!! How in yumpin yimminy did another year fly by? Whose managing the time anyway? Tell em to slow it down a bit will somebody. Anyhoo we FINALLY made it to Florida. Yup, I had a long talk with the oxen and told em that it’s time they kicked it in the butt a little bit and get the old Conestoga wagon into the sunshine state. Only took just under 2 months. I talked to a couple snails and tortoises from up north that were wondering if we were ever going to get here since they’ve been enjoying the...

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Jan 5, 2011 - A Stop in Oak Hill

At 9:00 a.m. we were ready to go to our next destination, Lake Worth, Florida in Palm Beach County. We were anticipating the warmth of south Florida. However, we had a side trip planned to see some neighbors of ours who live in our association in Marion. Dave Koshiol and Debbie Druan had an RV too and spent some time in Florida for two years. Then, last year, they decided to buy a piece of property including a house in a small town, Oak Hill, which is between Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral. We planned to spend a few hours with them and...

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Jan 3, 2011 - Blue Spring State Park

Every time we have come to Florida in the winter, we have heard about manatees. These huge, gentle creatures also called sea cows, come to inland waters when their usual haunts along the coast get too cold. Even though they can be twelve feet long and weigh two tons, they are hard to see. They move slowly grazing on underwater vegetation and only come to the surface to breathe, staying beneath the water for as long as twenty minutes. Because they move slowly and are hard to spot underneath the sagging tree limbs hung with Spanish Moss, they...

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Jan 2, 2011 - winter is over

When you stop at the Florida Welcome Center and have some freshly squeezed orange juice your face breaks into a wide grin. It's then that you know that you are really here. Putting on a pair of shorts and grilling dinner outside on the picnic table are also good signs. We saw frozen FL crops on TV last year and know that it could get colder again, but it's great to be able to make plans without worrying that the next blizzard will interfere.

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Dec 31, 2009 - New Years Eve update

Hello to everyone who might still be following this journal. We are just about ready to leave Florida. Heading out first thing in the morning. Next leg of the journey will take us close to Deming, New Mexico to see the property we bought (about 20-30 miles south east)out there several years ago and have still never seen. Not sure what our internet connection will be for awhile. But will update as often as possible. Should be about 4 days or so to get there. Hoping we will be able to stay right on our property. There are no utilities of any...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Changing RV Parks

Hello to everyone who is still following the journal. Our month was up at the RV park we were staying at and we decided to move to a different park. We did this for several reasons... Moving closer to Daytona Flea Market where we are working, Moving to a park which was a bit cheaper and did not charge additional fees for electric, cable and internet as the one we were at did..... We are just a short distance from the beach in the area where dogs are allowed on the beach, so the kids can come out and play. (Smyrna Dunes Park) and most...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Smynra Beach 6/20-23

Saturday – Tuesday, June 20 – 23 Back to I – 95, moving to New Smyrna Beach and New Smyrna Beach RV Park. Another RV Park in our CCUSA. This campground quickly became one of our favorites. Isabel was the manager, and she was from Germany, traveled with Circus Vargas for years and was quite the character. One of our best buys at $13.50 a day, we had a nice camp spot with many amenities, the pool being the favorite. We spend a lot of time in the pool between site seeing and beach trips, it was always back to the pool. It wasn’t over crowded,...

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Apr 27, 2009 - New Smyrna Beach, Part 1

What a busy day this has been! I had quite a few clues for letterboxes in this town and some parks to check out. So, after having breakfast and saying so long to Jeanne & Laurie, off I went. First stop was the Atlantic Center for the Arts. While there was a sign for it on Route 1, it is at the end of a narrow dead-end street that is otherwise residential. The grounds were open for walking the nature trail but the visitor center was closed. Artists live here, as evidenced by signs along the trail asking us not to go down certain branches as...

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Apr 14, 2009 - New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach has been a pleasant surprise. I was concerned that the campground would be inadequate and that the community would be too commercialized. Although the price at the campground was very reasonable for our week-long stay, the campground had excellent facilities. Although it was not close to the beach, it was only a short drive over a causeway to the beach and parks area. Much like the Fort Pearce area, New Smyrna Beach has a long isthmus that runs between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. Our big discovery was Smyrna...

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Jan 11, 2009 - This and That

We have been so busy that I haven’t even had time to write our story. Gee retirement is rough. There have been so many things going on that I can’t even remember them all so I will refer to our January calendar. I do remember that the day little Xavier was born we were with our friends Judy and Glen and their Grandson Daniel. We had planned on going out on the glass bottom boats at Silver Springs Park but they did not allow enough time to get here with all the stop and crawl on I-75. That week was the worst we have ever seen the freeway. By...

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Dec 15, 2008 - New Smyrma Beach, FL

New Smyrma Beach is located on the Atlantic just below Daytona Beach. We spent a week hear relaxing, walking the beach and visiting the local stores. Melissa was on spring break from college show she met us here. The beaches are great and the water wasn't to cold. This is another great location and I am sure we will visit again. Next stop Dunedin, Florida

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Adventures in 2009

Mar 30, 2008 - New Smyrna Beack RV Park, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

We had originally planned to stay a month at White Springs but after seeing it again (not like the last time we visited) and realizing how far it was from everything we decided to move on to the Daytona area and New Smyrna Beach. Daytona was the very fist place we stayed when we started this Southerly Winter Movement back in 1974 with Edwin, Sandy and all our kids. We stayed at a motel on the beach in Daytona called 'Perry's Ocean Edge' and Sandy I'm happy to report that it is still there but it has grown to mammoth proportions. We...

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