Am I Dreaming? I keep hearing Dorothy say, “There’s no place like home”!

Yes, we are back home in Naples, Florida. And while there is certainly some truth to Dorothy’s murmurings, we now know that home is where you park it! We have been through 20 states and have enjoyed the beauty around us. We have met so many wonderful people along the way. But now that we’re home, we have work to do. First of all we unpacked Junebug and took her to storage. Our home is now filled with boxes and bags, (remember, Marj and I did some shopping along the way), so now the fun begins of putting it all away.

Rosie and Kaiser were very happy to get home….they ran around the backyard and sniffed in every corner. Howie was a bit sad in the last week on the road….he would be very happy to travel full time – but now that we’re home, he keeps saying how much he likes our home. There are certainly some things we missed. First, the obvious, space. Junebug has opposing slide outs, so for a motorhome, it’s spacious. Of course, it doesn’t compare to our home without wheels. Secondly, the water pressure. Junebug definitely has adequate water pressure, but it’s pure joy to have the shower pulsate down with surprising force. Third, a fenced in yard. When you have dogs, it gets a little old to have to leash and walk them every few hours. Fourth, a permanent building. While it really is not difficult to “set up” and “tear down”, it’s nice that our Naples home doesn’t have folding walls!

Having not lived in this home long before leaving on our journey, we are now having to refamiliarize ourselves with where things are. And we had just started understanding the Naples streets and store locations…..it seems we’re a bit lost again. But I’m sure we’ll catch on quickly.

So now life goes back to normal?? I’m not sure what that means….but we have some fun stuff coming up. First, it will be great to just relax a bit….maybe soak in the pool, go for a bike ride, read a good book, etc., etc. We do have some friends and family coming for a visit. Howie’s oldest daughter, Tracie and her husband, Mark are coming for a few days in December. I will be flying to Chicago on November 5th for 10 days – I need a grandkid fix. We have friends coming the end of February. And then there’s our annual “Sister’s week”, when we 5 girls get together – that’s coming in March. Throw in a couple of wonderful holidays and I think we’ll stay adequately busy for the winter months!

One other major event will be happening during the winter – Marj and I will be busy planning our next great adventure…..we hope to travel the East coast next summer. I’ll be posting on occasion over the next months but will pick up the usual pace sometime in July.

I hope you all have enjoyed following along with us. But I would really appreciate your input as I’m looking for suggestions on how to improve my blogging. So please, take a moment and submit your thoughts on what I should consider including or changing to make the reading more enjoyable. I value your following us and I value your input. Did you enjoy the photo contests? Were there too many or not enough photos? Did I post too often or not enough? Please, let me know your thoughts.

So, just one more thing to say……Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!

Peggy, Howie, Kaiser, and Rosie

Holiday Springs RV Resort, Spring Hill, FL (Weeki Wachi)

This is a very nice, clean RV park. In truth, it is more of a permanent RV community than a campground. Most of the RV’s are park models and are very well maintained and the grounds are nicely manicured. There is laundry facilities and a large spring fed outdoor pool. It is in a nice location, right off of US 19, but it is far enough off the road that you do not hear traffic noise. There are numerous stores and restaurants in close proximity.

Our site is a level cement pad, well distanced from neighboring sites. There are also grass yards between the sites. We have full hook ups as well as good over the air TV and we also have cable. The WIFI connection is EXCELLENT and our cell phones work without difficulty.

AMENITIESCLEANLINESSHELPFULNESS & FRIENDLINESSSITE FEATURESPRIVACYCONNECTIVITY (WIFI/TV/PHONE)
555435
TOTAL SCORE =4.5FULL HOOK UP COST PER NIGHT = $ 45.00

And finally….this has GOT to be the strangest growing tree in the nation! Would you agree?

Well, that’s the last “Campground” post for this particular journey. For those of you who plan to visit some of the places we’ve been, I hope that these post have proved to be of value to you. If you get to any of these campgrounds, drop me a line and let me know if you agree/disagree with our assessments. Our wish to you as you travel is……………….. HAPPY TRAILS!

Pick One…..Pick Just One!!

As I was going through my pics, preparing the “America the Beautiful” post, I realized that I have quite a few kind of fun and cool videos that I wasn’t able to include in the “photo” contests. So, here’s yet another contest to vote on. There are no “categories” so just pick your very favorite, for whatever reason! Again, when voting, the top one is # 1, the second is #2, and so forth.

I hope you had fun viewing and voting on these videos….they give just a glimpse as to some of the wonder we got to experience along the way.

The winning video will be announced along with the final photo contest…..that will be all the “winners” from the four photo contests to determine the best of the best.

Thanks to all for participating in the photo contests – it made it fun for me as I was always looking for “the perfect” shot along the way!

HAPPY TRAILS!

“AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL”!!

After traveling through so much of the western/southern part of our great country, I am refreshed by it’s beauty.  We’ve been through the plains, the mountains, the dessert, the caves and canyons as well as the gulf….all in all, we’ve been through a total of 20 different states, traveling just under 10,000 miles!  This journey has been an absolute joy and blessing.  Here are pictures which give reason to the words from                               “America the Beautiful“!

 

Oh, Beautiful, for spacious skies.…………..

 

For amber waves of grain…………

For purple mountains, majesty……

Above the fruited plains.…..

America, America, God shed His Grace on thee,

And crown thy good, with Brotherhood.…….

From sea to shining sea!

His beauty is all around us….we have been blessed!

And as always……HAPPY TRAILS!!!

Traveling in a motorhome. Come ride along with us!!!

It occurs to me that some of you may never have traveled in a motorhome. It actually takes a little getting used to – you’re higher up, it can be a bit noisy and bumpy but the view is unmistakably awesome! It’s like you’re in front of a cinemax screen watching the magnificent scenery rolling by.

So I thought it might be fun to show a few videos from the passenger seat of Junebug!

Well, that’s it for moving along in Junebug. I hope you enjoyed it…..let me know what you thought about it. Are you ready to run out an buy a motorhome? If you do, let us know and we’ll plan to meet up with you!!

HAPPY TRAILS!! ALWAYS!!!

Photo Contest #4 – the next will be the finale

Well, this is it folks….the last of the photo contests (except of course for the compilation of winners, which will be coming out in about a week or so).

As always, please submit a vote for each category, one for “Beautiful” (A) and one for “Fun/Cute”, (B). The 1st picture in each category is #1, the second is #2, and so on. Please take a moment to submit your votes. Your participation is appreciated.

BEAUTIFUL

CUTE/FUN

HAPPY VOTING AND HAPPY TRAILS!

Navarre, Florida

When our reservation at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama cancelled, due to continuing clean up efforts following Hurricane Sally, we had to scramble to find an alternative campground. We focused on Destin, Florida but quickly found that all the campgrounds were filled – so we began looking in the area and got the last opening at The Hideaway Retreat in Navarre, FL, about 45 minutes west of Destin. We have had a really nice time here, including the beach.

Once again, Marj and I found entertainment shopping the antique stores but today, Howie and I went to Navarre Beach. We had the perfect day….the temp was about 82, the breeze was constant but not too strong so it kept us cool. The sand was like white sugar…so soft and beautiful. The waves were quite substantial so we stayed in the more shallow water. As always, the birds kept us entertained as well but they didn’t stop Howie from catching a few Zzzz’s.

I always enjoy the challenge of capturing seagulls in flight….today was no exception!

I’m not sure what these two guy’s problem was, but they were certainly squawking about something!

This big guy stole the show. I think he was pretty accustomed to people.

He was a real beauty and very photogenic.

The end to a perfect day. Tomorrow we drive to our final Campground before heading for home. The end to this journey comes with mixed emotions….we have been blessed with safety, great weather, beautiful scenery, good eats, great company and a marvelous time. However, it’s always good to get home again and settle in again. So what will we do once we’re home?? Well, plan our NEXT journey, of course.

The Hideaway Retreat, Navarre, Florida

Another winner, winner….chicken dinner! This is a hidden gem, just as the name may suggest. This campground runs along side the gulf and is nestled among many mature trees, mostly magnolias! The lots are NOT “parking lot style” but are placed a bit hodge podge which gives it all a bit of charm.

As I mentioned, the campground is on water and has a nice beach. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sally recently took out their sea wall and pier, but the beach is still useable. The bathrooms are very nice and clean, as is the laundry room. There is no store on site, but there are plenty of stores to choose from in the area, as well as restaurants. There is a super nice playground, built for both kids and adults, nestled amount the magnolias – it features games such as beanbag toss, a yard size Connect 4 and tic tac toe, ladder ball, swings, and a large community fire pit. At night it’s lit up with fairy lights and it’s actually all used by the campers.

The campsites are level and gravel but each site has it’s own raised wooden platform. The connectivity here is great – excellent WIFI, great cable TV and our phones work without difficulty. (Satellite reception is difficult due to all the trees but it’s not needed!)

This is definitely a campground to put on your radar if you are ever in Navarre, Florida. (BTW – it’s about a 45 minute drive east to Destin)

AMENITIESCLEANLINESSHELPFULNESS & FRIENDLINESSSITE FEATURESPRIVACYCONNECTIVITY (WIFI/TV/PHONE)
455435
TOTAL SCORE =4.3FULL HOOK UP COST PER NIGHT = $ 70.00

If given the chance, we would definitely revisit this great little campground. HAPPY TRAILS!

You’ve Gotta Love New Orleans! Muffulettas and Beignets…..spells NOLA!

I used to think that I would not care for New Orleans…but this is going to be my THIRD time visiting this unique and wonderful city. It is filled with interesting characters and the food is WONDERFUL! When visiting, there are just some things you HAVE to experience. One is Central Groceries famous creation, the Muffuletta sandwich. This sandwich is made with a crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside bun, filled with salami, ham and cheese along with a chopped olive spread. It’s huge and tastes amazing. Then for dessert, you must try one (or six) of the well known beignets from Cafe du Monde. A beignet is a little square of dough, fried and COVERED with powdered sugar…..so, so good! But, the absolute best is Willie Mae’s Scotch House where you can get the best fried chicken EVER along with all the soul food ‘sides’ you can imagine! It’s not a fancy place but you definitely know you’re in the heart of New Orleans.

As soon as we arrived and got set up, we headed for Willie Mae’s for some good ole’ down south soul food. We got there around 3 pm and there were no lines – apparently a great time to get there! We were NOT disappointed!

Our first full day here was a gorgeous, sunny day. But Howie had to work so when he’s done, we’re heading to the Central Grocery for a muffuletta.

You’ve GOTTA have a Muffuletta!

And then you move across the street and down a block or so to Cafe du Monde!

So once you’ve consumed THAT many calories, it’s time to shop and sit in the park for a spell. The park is quite interesting as there are street acts, vendors and PEOPLE to watch! It can be quite educational! Unfortunately, the park was CLOSED due to an increase in Covid cases.

The architecture here is something you just can not ignore. From the wrought iron to all the ginger breading on the quaint homes – it’s all unique and fun to see. It all screams New Orleans!

If you know football, you know that New Orleans is home to the Superdome! Of course, we had to get a close up and personal look at this famous stadium!

Today we kicked around the idea of participating in a plantation or swamp tour but in the end we all agreed to just “chill”! We got some necessary things done around the “house” like fixing the shower drain, replacing a defunct computer battery and I’m happy to say that I went through the entire motorhome, weeding through and boxing up all the “extra and unnecessary” stuff! The plan is when we get home, we’ll just carry in all the packed boxes, leaving only the essential items in the motorhome. It’s just like home…..before you know it, you’re space is filled with all the “treasures” we tend to collect along the way. It feels good to have that done.

So after the work, Larry, Howie and I went to the pool for a quick dip. It wasn’t heated and was actually pretty cool, but it was certainly refreshing!

Tomorrow, we are on the move again. This time, we’re heading for Destin, Florida. It’s hard to believe that our journey is coming to an end. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we jumped in Junebug, all excited about our almost 4 month trip out west? But, we’re not done yet! We’re looking forward to Destin – it will be good to see the Gulf again! Until then………… Happy Trails!

Pontchartrain Landing, New Orleans, LA

This is our second time staying here at Pontchartrain Landing when visiting NOLA. This time we had a really nice site compared to last time we were here. Our site is a gravel pull through and very level. There is plenty of space between sites, unlike the back in sites. There is no shade but connectivity is great….we get over the air, satellite, call, as well as hot spot TV. Our cell phones work just great and WIFI is excellent using our hotspot (without it, WIFI is sketchy, at best). The campground is gated for an extra measure of security although we are far enough from downtown to feel safe, about 6 miles or 14 minutes. That distance also allows easy access to the French Quarter to go noising around a bit.

There is a small bath house, laundry, restaurant and swimming pool. They come around each day to collect your garbage. A shuttle is also provided ($6/person/day) which takes/gets you from the French Quarter – a very nice amenity if you do not have a car. Oh, and did I mention that Pontchartrain Landing is also a marina, so we’re “on water”.

AMENITIESCLEANLINESSHELPFULNESS & FRIENDLINESSSITE FEATURESPRIVACYCONNECTIVITY (WIFI/TV/PHONE)
455444
TOTAL SCORE =4.3FULL HOOK UP COST PER NIGHT = $ 70.00

The first time we were in New Orleans, we stayed at French Quarter RV, which is just a few blocks from the French Quarter. It’s a nice campground as well but Pontchartrain is a much better value in our opinion. If you note the price above, it seems high….but we are in a popular place and sometimes you just have to pay the going rate.

HAPPY TRAILS!