Weekly Wanderings #48 – Elephant Butte

After (mostly) ten days of laziness in Key West and then seven days driving (eight days total as we spent an extra day in San Antonio) we had a nice week in Elephant Butte in New Mexico. On Saturday, we re-scouted Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for sunrise, sunset and full moon photos. Last time we were here was in February and the water levels in different spots were different, … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #47 – On The Road

We traveled on I-10 West for daaaayyyyyssss.......  We hit it last Friday when we drove through Tampa. We stayed in North Tampa that evening. Then Tallahassee on Saturday.  Given that Key West is the southernmost spot in the U.S., it took us four days to get out of Florida! We hit rain in Tampa and Tallahassee and Sunday we stayed in Mobile where there were major thunderstorms.  Didn't prevent … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #46 – Key West & On The Road

The ten days we were in our little RV oasis in Key West were simply perfect. One day blended into the next. I didn't know the dates, most times I didn't know the day.  It was exactly what I needed.  We had done something similar for ten days at Newport Beach on the coast, but it was a little different - cold, foggy, without internet.  I read lots of books and watched lots of CNN. This time, in … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #45 – Key West

I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday.  For my friends in Paris and beyond, hope it was a good Thursday ;-) We tried to go to the beach.  And we succeeded.  We arrived at 8:00 a.m. to get a good spot at Bahia Honda State Park. We got a great spot, in fact we were the only ones there! But then at 9:30 it started pouring down rain and we were forced home.  … [Read more...]

RV Eating for the Holidays

DISCLOSURE: This post is brought to you by Lucerne® Dairy Farms and Safeway.  All opinions and holiday meals I eat are of my own choosing, but these guys brought a little bit of home (the West coast) to us here in the Florida Keys. As I've shared before, living and traveling in a RV, I can become a little disassociated with what's going on in the world. I can go days without knowing the date … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #44 – Ft. Myers

It's been a super fun, jam-packed week! Monday we visited the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a 2.25 mile nature trail created by the Audubon Society. We saw birds, a beautiful dragonfly and some adorable raccoons. They were much smaller than the huge city raccoons we had trouble with in Berkeley! It's a shorter walk but I still prefer the Six Mile Cypress Slough (which we visited twice last week). … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #43 – Ft. Myers

When I last left you we were headed to Orlando for a Freightliner appointment. That appointment was for a 2-3 hour service beginning at 9 a.m. We left at 4:30! The bright spot of our day was finding an amazing barbecue place for lunch, but other than that it pretty much sucks to be at the mercy of a mechanic. Leaving at the time we did put us right in the middle of commute traffic as we … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #42 – On the Road in Florida

We left (ran actually from) Red Bay on Saturday. By all rights we should had stayed a few more days, but we couldn't take it anymore and the remaining things we wanted fixed can wait.  Because we needed to be in Orlando on Friday (for our engine to be serviced - getting an appointment was an ordeal in itself ) we decided to take the southern coast route.  A night in Mobile (Alabama), three … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #41 – Red Bay

Our third week in Red Bay.  And the last. We should be staying longer, but if we did we would lose our minds. So we're giving up some minor items we had on our wishlist and one item that can be done by a dealer.  Anything to get out of here. I am a reformed yeller, I gave that up in my early thirties. But like any bad behavior sometimes you can be placed into an environment where that little … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #40 – Red Bay

We completed our second week in Red Bay. Red Bay is in a very rural part of Alabama, right on the Mississippi border.  There is not a lot to do and we are basically sitting on an old airstrip that has been converted to a "campground" for RV's waiting for repairs.  There are 93 spots for RV's and at the moment the grounds are nearly full. October is a very busy month for them. Without (working) … [Read more...]