Passing Through Wyoming

Location: Douglas KOA, Douglas, Wyoming

Dates: Aug. 2 to 3, 2017

After leaving the Denver area, we went as far as Douglas, Wyoming and stayed overnight in the KOA there. We’ve stayed here before and not much has changed. It is a nice campground with lots of long sites. We were placed down in the corner near the horse pasture, which Malcolm liked. The horses preferred the other end of the pasture, though, so no bucolic views of horses grazing outside the back window.

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The only “sightseeing” we did was to head into town and get groceries and fuel at the Safeway. Other than that, it was just relaxing and resting.

 

Say Cheese

Location: Country Gardens RV Park, Odessa, Missouri

Dates: July 27 to 28, 2017

We left Sikeston fairly early in the morning with the intent of traveling as far as we felt like and then finding a place for the night. We decided to travel a pretty fair distance and stopped for the night at Country Gardens.

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We didn’t unhook the truck since we had recently purchased fuel and didn’t plan on running any errands. We stayed here before, in the fall of 2015 the evening before we had our wreck in Indiana. We’re hoping for better luck traveling west from here.

Country Gardens has a nice shop inside with a huge variety of cheeses and other products, many Amish made. We walked back up to the store while the rig cooled off and did a little shopping.

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We each picked out a variety of cheeses, then took them back to the trailer and cut them into cubes. We’ll use them as a side item for our lunches on the road.

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Time to cube the cheese

Other than our shopping jaunt, we relaxed in the trailer and Malcolm caught up with some items for work.

Daily Life at Home

Current Location: Our RV Lot

Things have been moving along here in Florida. We’ve slowly been officially becoming Florida residents the last couple of weeks as well as taking care of little things around our property. All in all, we’ve generally just been settling down here before our next trip out (tomorrow, as a matter of fact).

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Malcolm’s office view

Malcolm has been back to working, primarily in the trailer, but he did make a run to the Orlando office one morning to fix something they needed before customer testing started the next day. His view straight out the back window is of the side of our shed. The view out the side window is at least a little better (though it is looking out over the retention basin and our neighbor’s slightly neglected bushes and trees.

We made a trip over to the tax office (which we can see out the back of our lot) to try to take care of driver licenses and vehicle tags. We were about halfway successful, getting our Florida drivers licenses, our voter registrations and the tag for the car. The truck and trailer tags couldn’t be done because Florida needs the title in hand from the lender before it will issue tags. We sent off for our titles to be sent to Florida that afternoon.

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No more state-issued front license plate, so a substitute was purchased.

A week later (yesterday), Malcolm stopped by the tax office and inquired about the title status and found that they had received the truck title that morning, so he waited in line again to get a tag for the truck. An hour and a half later, he was done and now all we have left to get done is the trailer tag. We’ll have to wait on that one until we get back from our upcoming trip.

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Truck tag

Despite what I’m sure a lot of folks that follow us in Instagram and Facebook think, we don’t spend every day over at Disney World. We did take one afternoon and visited over at Epcot and having dinner at La Cellier, the restaurant in the Canadian area. It was good food.

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Sunset over the Canada Pavilion

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Topiary at Epcot

We also had a Sunday brunch at Raglan Road at Disney Springs last weekend. It was tasty food and they had some good Irish entertainment.

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Sunday Brunch

Malcolm made a few improvements around the lot. We had the cable company come in and hook up cable and our internet. While parked on our site, we’ll have internet that is not cell based. While we are away, we’ll leave it on for some other projects Malcolm has installed.

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Cable and Internet – check

Our lot has an irrigation system for the plants that a previous owner installed. It was controlled by an old and rather fragile looking RainBird controller. Malcolm looked for a newer controller at Lowes and actually found one that can be controlled and configured via the internet using an app on his phone. It was only $20 more than a standard controller, so we picked it up and got it installed.

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Watering in progress

We also picked up an outdoor security camera which Malcolm mounted today. It, too, interfaces with the internet and stores 10 days worth of video in the cloud. It also sends alerts when it sees a person in any areas that you select in the frame. We excluded the street so that it wouldn’t trigger on people walking by.

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Malcolm capturing a picture from the security camera.

We also finished cleaning out unwanted shelves and items from our white shed (the storage shed). On our upcoming trip, we’ll be bringing stuff back from our storage unit in Alabama and start storing it in our shed here, instead.

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Ready for shelves and storage boxes

We’ll be heading out to Texas this coming week. We have a rally in Alpine, Texas (western end of the state) followed by another rally in Louisiana a couple weeks after that. In between rallies, we’ll be visiting around the Louisiana and southern Alabama areas.

 

Fun Visit with David

Current Location: Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

We had a fun and productive visit with David this past week. After we got there on Monday, he drove over to the campground and we went out to eat dinner at a restaurant called Newk’s Eatery. It was pretty good food. We visited for a bit and David headed back home.

Malcolm worked during the day on Tuesday. David came over after working a little late. We went out to eat dinner again, this time at a really great British restaurant called Eat my Pasty. It’s a locally run place with excellent food. Malcolm had the Fish and Chips, David had a really good burger and Val had a Chicken Pot Pie Pasty. It was all delicious.

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FIsh and Chips

We took the car in to the local Ford dealer to get an oil change and tire rotation. Since this is the first service at Ford since we bought the car (used), Malcolm asked if they could pull up the service history on the car. They could only pull up warranty history as service history is kept only by the local dealer where it has been serviced. They did find that no warranty claims had ever been worked on. Hopefully the car will remain as reliable in the years to come.

We visited with David a couple more times while we were in the area. On Friday, we went to his house and spent the day. We used his internet to update all our devices. Malcolm got a little work done and we also took dinner over to cook there. For lunch, David treated us to lunch and free bowling at the alley on base.

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Bowling with David

While at Lowe’s looking for something else, we found this cute flamingo. It was the only one they had, so we bought their display model. It’s nice and heavy compared to the pair of plastic flamingos we bought this past summer.

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The new flamingo

On Friday evening we said our goodbyes to David. Saturday morning we got all packed up to leave and headed out fairly early. We drove up to I-10, then headed east to I-75. We took I-75 a few miles south and stopped overnight at Casey Jones Campground near Lake City. Our final destination is Walt Disney World. We find it is easier to make it a two day trip instead of packing it all in one single driving day from Panama City. We left the trailer hooked to the truck overnight since we were on a fairly level spot.

This morning we were up a bit early, but we had to pace our time. Since check-in at Fort Wilderness Campground starts at 1:00 PM, we try to leave Casey Jones at around 9:30 am. We decided to head up to the next exit and eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Malcolm won three $25 gift cards for Cracker Barrel at the office Christmas party so we used one of those to pay for our meal.

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Time for breakfast

We got back to the trailer (which we had packed up and gotten ready to go before we left for breakfast) around 9:15. After a quick bathroom break, we were on the road right around 9:30 as planned. We stopped at the first service plaza on the Florida Turnpike to fill up the truck with fuel and to grab a bite to eat for lunch. We took our time as we were a little ahead of schedule. Once we got done eating, it was around noon, which was when we needed to leave to get to Disney around 1:00, which was about when we got there.

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We’re here!

It took a bit to get checked in (typical when you arrive at 1:00), but we were rolling up to our site before 2:00. It was a quick back-in and unhook. Malcolm took the truck over to long-term parking. Val followed in the car and brought him back to the site where we finished setting up. We spent the afternoon setting up outdoor stuff and hanging our Mickey Mouse lights and other decorations.

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All set up.

We cooked dinner at the trailer – spaghetti in the Instant Pot. Afterwards, we headed down to Disney Springs (the shopping and restaurant district) to get our annual passes started up. They issued us our annual pass cards and we were on our way. We did some light shopping before heading back to the trailer for the evening.

We’ll be here for two weeks. With the annual passes, we’ve got a lot of flexibility on what we do each day. We don’t even have to head to any of the parks if we don’t want to. We are heading down to the Tampa RV Supershow one day this week. Otherwise, we’re leaving everything open.

 

 

A Little Bit East

Current Location: St. George Island State Park, Eastpoint, Florida

This morning we got most everything ready to go, then went to meet David at the base to drop off some food goodies with him and tell him goodbye for now. We also topped off the tank on the truck.

We hitched up at 11:00 AM and headed east a little over an hour to St. George Island State Park. The campground is out near the end of St. George Island, which is a barrier island off the coast near Apalachicola, Florida.

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The town of Apalachicola looked pretty neat as we drove through. We’ll have to make a trip back that way to check things out. We’ll be here through Friday morning, so we’ll have some chances to do some sightseeing.

Today we mainly sat around the trailer (inside, unfortunately, due to the massive number of mosquitoes in the campground). We did venture out to the beach for a while. Val looked at shells and Malcolm flew a new kite he had purchased a few days ago in Mexico Beach. The wind was just strong enough to get the kite flying, but it was just a little too light to do much higher distance flying.

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Malcolm Flying His Kite

The campground is really nice here. The beach is excellent. There were maybe a dozen people on the beach as far as we could see. The beach is part of the state park, so that probably helps (as does the fact that the holiday weekend is pretty much over).