Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Treky's Homebase Requirements

Treky says, "If you ask me, I think that we should have a "home base" here in Florida.  I use my Good Sam card when I fill up with gas at Flying J and that saves us three cents per gallon and I charge the gas to my Bank of America card and that saves us three percent.  All that saves us almost 20 cents per gallon.  So, I think we can easily afford a home base here."

Treky would prefer to have a campground with a pond and a little portico where folks can sit and look at the pond.

Better view.  Look what's on top of the little seating area.

A shady RV parking area would be a must in Florida.  That sun gets hot.

The shade here is provided by large ancient Oak trees.

Ron thinks that a laundromat in the campground is important as his clothes get sweaty quickly here.

A free library adjacent to the laundromat would be nice to give him something to do while waiting on the wash to complete.

And a nice place to sit and read while waiting for the laundry to finish washing  is very nice.

Tomorrow, Tippy will list her requirements for a "home base" here in Florida.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Central Florida Campground #1

It rained last night so the Resurrection Fern has turned green and is growing on the Oak trees.

 Tippy likes Azaleas.

 Are Azaleas blooming where you live?  They are in Central Florida.

I'm not sure of the name of these flowers but they look like Poinsettias.

Better view - What do you think?

Closeup of an Azalea bloom

This campground has a dog park shaded by huge old Oak trees.  

Ron, Tippy and Treky love this place.

If we buy a lot here, we will own our very own orange tree!!!

More on this campground later,

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Remembering Oshkosh Flyin # 1

Oshkosh Fly-In # 1

Experimental Aircraft Association's 2015 Oshkosh Adventure.  Ron, Tippy and Treky are there.

There are about 35 motor homes here in my "Fantasy RV Tours" group. Each afternoon about 6:00 pm, we gather for dinner.  Each person brings their own chair, drink and dinner ware.  Last night we had Shrimp Creole with rice and a salad - Delicious.

Each Fantasy RV Tour member is issued a card that is worn as identification and admission to some of the attractions.  This is my card.  It makes a pretty good souvenir in that it has the date on it.

  There are thousands of RV units here - tents, trailers and motor homes.  

Can you see Treky back there parked between those two giants?  Tippy insisted that we put Treky's windshield cover on to act as a blindfold so Treky couldn't see how small he is in comparison to his neighbors.

Not everyone is camping.  The shuttle bus driver said that they had issued more than 1000 motorcycle permits and this is just the first day.  A few of them are parked at the pedestrian gate.  Home security is everywhere.  If you have a bag when you go through the gate you have to present it for inspection and examination. I don't carry a bag.  If it won't fit in my pocket, I leave it back with Tippy and Treky.

Airplanes at last.  Not all airplanes have wheels.  This is a pontoon airplane designed to land and takeoff on water.  Some airplanes have skis designed to land and take off on snow and ice.  This airplane is being towed by a "Tug".

There are over 10,000 airplanes here at Oshkosh this year.  In case you think I made a mistake with my numbers I'll spell it out:  Ten Thousand Airplanes here at Oshkosh.

I may try to take a picture of each one but I definitely will not be able to identify most of them.

Lots of planes tomorrow,

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Remembering Aiken State Park # 2

Aiken State Park, South Carolina # 2

This is a nice spot to eat lunch by the small pond.  The temperature here at 10:30 am on January 26, 2016 is 62 degrees (F).  Nice.

More picnic shelters and a nice lake

Yep, they have an excellent campground - level large sites with water and 30 amp electric.

However, in season, it is very busy.  Reservations recommended.

Tippy says that this would be a wonderful place to come just to watch the weeds grow.

The access roads within the campground are not paved - Sand.

In spots, the park roads are narrow - No problem for Treky but big motorhomes would have to be careful.

This is the fishing lake - Fishing equipment is available for rent.  Nice reflection - don't you think?

At the end of this road is a fish shelter.  Boats, canoes, and kayaks were for rent the day we were there.

This is what winter looks like in my part of South Carolina.

Come on, ride with us.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This Day a Year Ago - Aiken State Park

There must be thousands of miles of Florida backroads like this in central Florida - mostly cattle ranches.  We like it here.

Everyone is fine.  I thought we might look back at this day a year ago as there is nothing new going on in our lives.

Aiken State Park

Aiken State Park - South Carolina #1

Today, Tippy and I took a day-trip to Aiken State Park. It's only about 15 miles from home so we did not take Treky with us.  He would have been bored.

The entrance road to the park.  I'm sure it will be more attractive in the spring and summer.

We run into this "silent sentry" at every state park in every state.  Regular admission is $2.00 here with a 75 cent discount for SC citizens over the age of 65.  I never carry change so I put $2.00 in the envelope and moved on.  We have paid as much as $10.00 admission in some states up north.  I think most states charge $3.00.

For the most part, the roads throughout the park are one-way.  They are nice and smooth and level.

This is the parking area for the swimming lake that you cannot see; however, you can see the white building in the distance - that's the bath house for the swimming lake.

Nearby is a picnic shelter and play area for small children.  Nice.

Swings and picnic tables.

There are several hiking trails in the park.  Tippy thinks that the name, Jungle Trail, indicates that there will be at least one alligator down there; therefore, we bypassed this trail.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Orlando Rally

Sunrise over the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  This is where the Roadtrek Chapter Rally is being held.

Sunrise over a Roadtrek

There are 69 Roadtreks here.  

Twenty of the Roadtreks are driven by SoloTrekyers- That is folks who drive a Roadtrek and normally travel alone.  Can you spot Treky?  Right in the center of the picture with his awning out and his two chairs under his awning.  Treky likes for folks to stop by and visit.  That's why he puts out two chairs.

One thing Roadtrekers like to do at rallies is eat.

In the rear of our dining room is a display area loaded with new Roadtreks for sale.

We are parked in a large field.  Electricity and water connections are available at each site.  There's Treky in the center of the picture again.

Every Roadtrek model is represented here.

Chow line.

Hurry, the desert table is almost empty

Our last night at the rally featured Florida Folk Music entertainment.  One of our Solotrekers bought a new Roadtrek here!

Tippy loves rolling around in the grass at our campsite.

We love our life - It is so good.  We wake up happy everyday and stay that way all day.  

We love you too and hope that your life is as good as ours.  It is said that only you can make yourself happy or sad - no one else can make you happy or sad.

We don't have anything planned for the next two weeks when we will go to another FMCA rally.  If we run into something interesting, we'll blog.

Ron, Tippy and Treky