Wednesday, January 29, 2014

St. Augustine Beach

We're just about to wrap up our stay at Fort Myers Beach.  We had a nice stay.  The people in the park and all the people I met were super friendly.  Our weather was pretty good with several days getting up into the 70's.  I got a chance to get in a few beach days letting me forget that it was winter back in New England.  I was also able to bicycle just about everyday.  Here are some more pictures of our stay.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fort Myers Beach

What a difference a year makes.  Last year, in an effort to position ourselves far away from winter in New England, we came further south to experience the gulf side tropic zone weather.  It was our first visit to southwest Florida.  It was wonderful with temps in the 70's and 80's, but my colitis inhibited me from really enjoying it.  I needed to stay close to a bathroom and couldn't venture out much and explore the area.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Goodbye to my Roadtrek

And so it was, on this 20th day of January 2014, I handed the keys for my Roadtrek over to an RV Dealer and closed a chapter in my RV'ing journey.  On this day, I sold my Roadtrek 190 and traded up to a slightly bigger motor home.  The Roadtrek was my first motor home and it served me well for almost 2 years, 32,000 miles, and over 200 nights of being my home on wheels.

The day I bought the Roadtrek, I was brimming with the good feeling that I was going to live out one of my life long dreams - traveling this great country.  The Roadtrek was the enabler that allowed me to make this dream come true.  The Roadtrek exposed to me to the great world of RV'ing.  It taught me new skills, took me new places, and helped me meet new people.

My Roadtrek has been an ever ready and reliable partner.  It always started on command and was ready to go whenever I put it in gear.  It faithfully took me places that I always wanted go.  It took me over mountains, down the coast, and across the great plains.  It never left me stranded.  It kept me safe and sheltered from the elements.  It never complained when I wanted to linger or leave early.  It took good care of me and I took good care of it.

My Roadtrek was a great road trip vehicle, but I found that stay-put camping (like spending the winter in Florida) was challenging in such a small space. I loved the nimbleness, quality, and efficiency of the Roadtrek and wanted to find something that had those same qualities with just a bit more space.

My new motor home is a Winnebago View Profile. Still small at 25 ft and technically a class C.  It's 5 feet longer that my Roadrek and about 1,500 lbs heavier, but can still fit is most parking spots and camp sites.  It can hold more water (all types), has more storage, and more living space.  And the diesel engine has about the same efficiency as my Roadtrek.

Roadtrek builds a quality product and in no way was I ever dissatisfied with my 190.  I can also attest that it has a great resale value as I received a generous trade in value close to what I paid for it.

I know my Roadtrek will be as good to its new owners as it was to me.  I will look fondly when ever I see those three front ceiling windows coming at me on the road.

 Fair well partner.  See ya on down the road.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Roosting with the Snowbirds

I just wrapped up my week of winter detox and have successfully completed my rehab.  I feel great. Winter now seems like a distant memory.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Studying the Sunsets

A key activity in my winter rehab has been studying the sunsets.  Its a worthwhile activity that forces you to slow down and observe one of natures daily rhythms. Here at Siesta Key on the Gulf, the sunsets can be pretty spectacular.  At our campground, there is a nightly gathering of snowbirds on the beach to watch the sunset. Its a slow and enjoyable activity.  Most days they have been spectacular.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Siesta Key & Winter Rehab

Ah!!!  Sunshine, warm breezes, palm trees, beach sand, ocean front, the sounds of the waves.  This snowbird has landed!  The migration phase of Operation Snowbird is over and now we're parked and plugged into our home for the next 7 days.  We're at Turtle Beach Campground on the lower end of Siesta Key outside of Sarasota.  We are so fortunate to be able to make this journey.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hello Sunshine State!

Finally!!!!  The wheels are rolling and this years Operation Snowbird is underway!  We're on the road headed south, escaping the cold, snow, and ice that is winter in New England.  Ever since the first snow fall, I've been counting the days and anxiously awaiting the start of Operation Snowbird.  Goodbye to long underwear and frigid temps.  Hello to shorts, warm weather, and palm trees!  This will be our sixth year spending part of the winter in Florida.  It feels so good.  I'm sure that everyone has a different definition of what the good life entails.  For me, it definitely includes spending the winter in Florida.