We are leaving the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve today and are moving about 45 miles back to the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground near Bushnell, Florida. We’ve really enjoyed our time here at the Thousand Trails, and will be returning again many times in the future, but right now its time for an Escapees fix.
Yesterday we got a double treat. First our friends Denny and Cindy Henderson stopped by for a visit. They were very understanding about my having to cancel our planned kayaking outing the day before, and we had a nice visit. We didn’t realize that they had never been in our Winnebago, so Terry gave them the grand tour.
Then we met our friends Stu and “Froggi” Donna McNicol for lunch. Stu and Donna are two of our favorite people, and we always have a fun time together, and yesterday was no exception. Those two are adventurous, intelligent people who embrace each day with a spirit and love of life that just makes me feel good to be around them.
We also got to meet Sadie, their new puppy, and I was able to get my puppy fix. And what an amazing little dog Sadie is! She’s well behaved, smart as a whip, and just full of love for everyone she meets. Here Stu is with their furkid. How could you not love her?
And here is Sadie in her favorite place in the whole world, on the back of Stu’s Harley trike. She’s a stylish little lady, check out her pink “doggles.”
I even got to get my picture taken with the happy family!
Now, I’ve owned quite a few motorcycles in my time. I grew up riding an old Triumph Bonneville, then graduated up to a Norton Commando, and over the years I’ve owned Hondas, a Suzuki, and my last bike was a beautiful V Star 1100. But I’ve never owned a Harley. In fact, I have never even ridden one. But yesterday I did get to sit on Donna’s gorgeous bike. Its probably a good thing I’m past that point in my life, because otherwise I’d be trying to figure out how to carry one on our motorhome. I doubt that I’ll ever own another bike, but they are like cute little blonde secretaries – I don’t need one any more, but sometimes I miss the ones I had!
This Thousands Trails is one of our favorites overall, however I was disappointed to see this sight the last few days. Did somebody forget to pay the trash bill? I called the ranger station, and they said the pickup is today, but for the last two or three days every dumpster in the park has been filled to overflowing. Yeah, it’s nice belonging to an upscale membership camping organization. I wonder why Thousand Trails doesn’t have a photo like this on their website or sales brochures?
Somebody sent me an e-mail yesterday saying that they read RV blogs to learn about RVing and to prepare for when they start fulltiming a little over a year from now, and that they don’t want to waste time reading about me being sick, or hassles like getting our Norcold refrigerator recall done for the second time, or complaining about it being cold in Florida so much of this winter. They closed by saying “we have un-bookmarked your blog and will go read fun ones instead.” I bet if they were still reading, they wouldn’t appreciate the above photo either.
But that’s what fulltime RVing is – life with both the good and the bad. Fortunately, this lifestyle has a lot more good than bad. But if anybody thinks it’s just going to be a constant vacation, as pictured in a RV manufactures’ sales video, they are in for a very rude awakening. RVers get sick. RVs break. We have to deal with rain, cold, and other nasty weather, sometimes for weeks at a time. Sometimes the trash doesn’t get picked up, the folks in the next campsite are loud and rude, and sometimes you and your significant other will have arguments. It’s just like life if you live in a house, a condo, an apartment, in a big city, or on a farm.
I think it’s important to understand that, and my goal from Day One with the Gypsy Journal and with this blog, has been to share that life and try to give others a realistic idea of what to expect. I may not always make you laugh with what I write. But I won’t blow smoke up your butt either. And if that loses me a reader now and then, so be it.
Thought For The Day – It’s not what happens in our lives. It’s how we respond that makes the difference.