Once we knew we were good to go, attention turned directly to sorting out the winter. And, 24 hours later, our winter plans are shaping up in spite of how long we had to wait to make them! Mind you, I was not looking forward to calling around for RV resort reservations so late in the season. So much of our “knowledge” of Florida is hearsay and I’ll be frank when I say I was freaking out about competing with those hoards of Florida snowbirds we keep hearing about! And us not knowing any campgrounds firsthand that we could try with assurance….
Numerous of the campgrounds on our “we-like-‘em” list were full before I started calling around. Even more discouraging, I didn’t find any parks that were the least bit appealing near St. Augustine; Daytona doesn’t appeal to me — the only thing I ever got in Daytona Beach was a tattoo. And, for this winter, I didn’t want to be all the way over on the Gulf Coast; our limited experience of Florida has been the Gulf Coast and we wanted to see more (or other) of the great state of Florida.
At length I found a spot for us. We’ll be spending January through March near Ocala. I’ll share more details as the time gets closer — just in case there’s a surprise. We made reservations, but when the park doesn’t require a deposit I’m always a little leery of how firm the reservation might be in THEIR mind. But, I confirmed it in writing so we do have some sense of certainty that the reservation is real.
As soon as we had a firm arrival date in Florida and departure date from Florida I felt 100% better. I thrive on direction!
Over the next few days we’ll muddle over our routing options, where we might overnight, and how long to spend at our various stops. A couple weeks to travel 1200 miles leave plenty of time to nose around. Should we run through states in which we haven’t yet RV’d? How much Interstate to take? How many lesser highways? Should we lengthen the trip by dropping straight South to the Gulf Coast and enjoy a few extra days of fresh seafood along the way? And, as always, what will the weather be like for our travel days?
We’re back to the fun part of RV’ing!
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow. It’s just a couple days till Mike starts on the refrigerator change out. I’ve roughed out a sketch for some storage alongside the new fridge (in a larger than needed cavity) and I know that will add a little time to the change-out process but I think it’s still doable.