Monday, December 30, 2013

Yes....back in Tampa

Yes, we are back in Tampa at my Uncle's marina.  We have been all settled in here for a little over two weeks.  Lots of holiday celebrations.....great food and fun shared with family and friends.  It's good to be back!
Getting ready for our big New Year's Eve bash.....folks have come by boat and by RV.......we have such fun and everyone spends the night.....that is the best part... not worrying about folks driving home!  We can all just relax and enjoy!  Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year.....

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Back in Miami

Back in Miami and back at the Larry and Penny Thompson Park.  This time we made sure we had a "roomy" site....less trees and much easier to get in and out!  We had originally planned on spending another 3 days in Key Largo, but that did not work out.  I had called the Key Largo Kampground and Marina RV check on availability and to make sure they could handle a rig our size.  The gentleman I spoke to assured me it was no problem and, in fact, I could have a waterfront site if I was interested.  We only had about an hours travel time to reach the place so we didn't leave Grassy Key until noon.  Arrived at the Key Largo park around 1:30.  Passed a really nasty accident on the way.....a semi who somehow manage to dislodge his entire cab from its frame....really scary looking.  We knew something had happen because before we left Grassy Key traffic had backed up for several miles.  Sure hope everyone involved in that mess is ok.  Anyway, back in Key Largo I'm informing the gal at the desk that I called yesterday....that we had a 40 foot fifth wheel, 3 slides, 2 dogs, and a dually.  She is all smiles, tells me the site number and to go ahead and check out the site then come back and pay.  This park is really old and back to the way in "heck" are we getting into it.  Back to the office to explain and she actually says to me, "Oh no, the largest rig we can accommodate anywhere in the park is 35 foot".  "I thought you meant you were 4o foot total...including your truck".  I"m like "REALLY????",  I called yesterday and spoke to a gentleman who assured me you could handle us.  "Oh well, maybe he thought you meant 4o foot total too".  Again, "REALLY????"!!!!!  Here it is late in the day, we have no place to go, and I really would like to jump over the counter and strangle this old lady with my bare hands.....time to go....least I be seeing the inside of a jail cell.  We got back in the truck...regrouped....and decided Miami was our best and safest bet.  Thank goodness that plan worked out.  Once we arrived and were set up we treated ourselves to a nice dinner out at the local Longhorn was delicious!  Yesterday I went back to the Miami zoo and spent another great day there enjoying all the animals.  It really is a beautiful zoo!
Tomorrow, Friday, we head to Fort Myers.  Found a Passport America Park....looks very nice.  They have 75 foot concrete pull throughs and were even willing to give us the passport rate for all 3 nights...on a weekend no less.  Sure hope there are no surprises waiting for us there!  I'll let you know.....and yes, there will be photos!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Grassy Key, Marathon

We have spent the last 3 nights in a sweet little RV park in Grassy Key.  It is called Grassy Key RV Park and Resort.  It is just about 15 miles north of Marathon.  Check out the web site, it is a small park so do call ahead for reservations.  I would also suggest you try and get a premium site....a lot more room and easier to get in and out!  There is also a bicycle/walking trail about a 1/2 mile from the park....very nice...will take you right into Marathon...about 18 miles round trip.  Easy riding....fairly flat and a lot of shade!  Here are some pics of the park and our site....
Awesome views....
Here is our site...we were right next to the pool.  They keep the pool right at 90 degrees...wonderful!!
Looking back from the dock....see us back there on the left

I just love this palm!  The whole place is beautifully landscaped and maintained!  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Key West.....

Loving Key West......we ate, we drank, we danced our way through downtown Key West and yes I'd have to say we were extremely merry!  LOL! In fact, my sister and I were even up dancing on the bar in Coyote Ugly!  That was a first for me and what a hoot it was!!! I know there is video of that event on my brother's iphone!
Here our a few pics of our digs there....beautiful......
Awesome right??
 Great relaxation spot!
This is where we parked....great view of the water out the rear window!
Now our stay was not without it's problems.....the "girls" (me, my sister, and two friends) headed over to the Tiki Bar one night (within walking distance).  We had a little trouble finding our way....somehow I manage to get caught in a neighbor's hedge...LOL!  But on the way back, we all decided to play a game of "we all fall down" lots of giggling ensued but somehow we managed to find our way home....although one of us lost their shoes...we did go back and find them later...the shoes not the person....HA!
Then there was the "oatmeal" incident.  Never try to microwave your oatmeal in a plastic bowl....cause this is what happens.....
Not good.....and yes, I was completely sober!
Now let's talk about my Bill!  What can I say....what a trooper!  Sober all week taking care of those who weren't.....a very dedicated DD!  I can always count on him to be there keeping us all safe.  I know it is not that much fun for you my love, but I so appreciate you allowing me to "party" with friends and family.  Just one little thing.....apparently lighting the oven Thanksgiving Day proved to be a bit to much for my overworked man.  Seems he forgot to take the "electric match" that he used to light the oven, out of the oven after it was lite.  NOT a good thing!  I was not there, but he said a fireball came busting outta of the oven and this is what was left of the match....
He was pretty lucky, as the match was almost empty of gas at the time.  
We left Key West Saturday and moved up to a great little rv park in Grassy Key.  I'll have some pics for you next post.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  ME....time to dry out a bit before the next "party adventure"!!!  Living the "GoodeLife" and loving it!!