Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday was a Travel Day

It's after 10:00 pm and I'm finally sitting down to watch the Rays/Red Sox game that I recorded earlier today.  (GO RAYS!)

.....We were both up this morning before the alarm went off at 6:30am, we filled our travel mugs with coffee and we were on the road about five after seven.

First Stop:  Tampa for a couple of doctor visits.  We arrived about 8:50 and pulled out of the parking garage of the Morsani Health Center on the USF campus about 10:45.   Made a quick stop at McDonald's in Sun City Center  to refill the coffee and Rich picked up a McDouble to hold him off for a while.

Second Stop: Wauchula - It was a quick stop to fill the gas tank and then to CVS Pharmacy and then a stop at Peace River.  Since we were headed this way we stopped at the RV to pick up a Pickleball Banner that one of the guys in the Villages wants to use for an upcoming pickleball event.

The park was pretty empty, but we noticed that they had put up a fence around the shuffleboard  area, and they were in the process of resurfacing.  The rest of the park didn't look so great.  PILES and PILES of branches that had been cut and left to be picked up later, and the grass was close to knee high.  The river was still pretty high especially in Nate and Krystal's front yard - so I snapped a couple of pictures.  Not nearly as high as last year - but then again the rainy season is no where near over.

Back on the road again for Stop Three:  Adelaide Shores RV Resort in Avon Park.  One of the options we are considering is buying a Park Model and we learned of this 2006 model perfectly located on the lake's shore.   A very nice single bedroom modular home with a 13X38 combination Florida Room.    Pictures of the inside below:  The bedroom with LOTS of storage and closet space.  Kitchen with flat top range, double door refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher etc.   There is also a washer/dryer.  Nice size living room where the bay window faces the lake.   The Florida room has a very large walk in closed and a second full bathroom, and sliding glass doors that take you to the back deck. 

The outside pictures below:  The deck was just recently added and would be perfect with the insulated metal roof and screened in..... The view of the  lake is beautiful.  There is also a dock/slips on the lake where you can leave your boat.  We understand the fishing is very good!  The yard is nicely landscaped and well maintained. 

This is an over 55 community, both RV and Park Models. There is a beautiful pool with and outdoor bar, a 5,000 sq. ft. club house, covered shuffleboard, tennis courts with lines for pickleball, and tons of scheduled activities!   Even with the park quite empty for the summer it was very inviting.

Stop Four:  Well we were already in Avon Park and only about 12-15 miles from Lake Josephine in Sebring where our friends Nick and Tony have their RV parked.  After a phone call to make sure they were home, we headed down for a quick visit.  By this time it's close to 3:30.  We visited for about an hour, and they decided to join us for dinner before we headed back.    We began our trek back north hoping to arrive for dinner before it rained.    As we drove along the shores of lake Jackson the sky looked very threatening!

Stop Five:  And our last before continuing back to The Villages, was at the Hibachi Grill in Sebring one of our favorite places to eat.  It was nice see both of them and catching up on what they've been up to renovating their bus.  Hopefully they'll head up our way one weekend.

We arrived back home at The Villages about 8:35.  Thirteen hours and a half hours later.   A little different than our original plan - To the doctors office and back!

It's the top of the fourth inning and there is still no score!  Hope I can stay awake .... and hope even more that the Rays can take back first place!    Plus - I got to get rested to keep up with Krystal tomorrow!  

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