Saturday, August 18, 2018

Okeechobee Part II - Birthday - Goodbye - Luncheon

Auburndale, FL (Hi  94  Lo  74)

Saturday I was still with my sister, Doris, in Okeechobee. She's not far from the lake and we walked up on the levee to see the lake. There's a path around the lake which at times has several alligators. The lake is the same color of the sky so hard to see. A storm in the back ground on the third picture. The path to an area for a camping area that was taken out by a hurricane several years ago.

Sunday morning at 3am the  United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe launched from Cape Canaveral. It was scrubbed Saturday morning so we were glad it went up on the second try. It was a huge ball of fire and we viewed it at least four minutes. I wish there was less light around, just too many light poles.

 Doris wanted a golfcart for her birthday next month. We went to St. Lucie to the Bass Pro Shops to look for the one she saw last year. She found it and now has her "new toy" for Okeechobee.

While in town we ate at Original Tiki Bar. The food and drinks are great and it's a popular place.

Fish tacos with beans and rice.

The back road to get there is really neat with trees that cover the road.  I thought it was interesting enough to put in the blog. It's really pretty.

Her dog, Carley, loves to tear things apart, so she gets toys once in awhile to chew up.

Walking along the river we saw an alligator that was one of three.

I came home Tuesday morning. We had a party for a gal in the community which was really nice. Happy Birthday to Sandi.

Speaking of parties, our maintenance man of the community is moving back to his home and family in Ohio. He's been here quite a few years and the best guy ever. We all love him and hope the best. We presented a food gift for travels and money collection for the future at our Wednesday morning meeting. Good luck to Darrin.

He brought in his guitar for everyone to sign.

Signed guitar and Darrin.

Darrin's goodbye cake

A couple hours later the community luncheon was held at Hurricane in Lakeland. We had 26 gals this month. It's always a fun time with the group.

It's been a fast week. Thanks for reading and have a great week.


Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

Glad to see you are still Enjoying being a Floridian.
Be Safe!

It's about time.

Mark from Missouri said...

Wonderful post Dee. Wanted to also let you know I continue to read a ton of blogs. Always fun when I come across a post on another's blog where they visited or communicated with you and Jim.

Karen and I are now one year out for our anticipated date for going full time. I was able to let my supervisor know about when I would be leaving at work. I've go one of those jobs where co-workers and management is happy for people who can retire. Although I've not given them the actual date which has moved forward a few times already.

We are downsizing big time and have for a while. We have been doing repairs to the home and have been for some time. Selling stuff on Craigslist, to friends or whatever. A filling the trash can every week. Had our first garage sale also which was a success. We have decided one large moving sell will work for us in our area, however I'm worried about the ability to get rid furniture. For now we plan to keep a 5x10 storage unit and leave a couple totes of valuables at our daughter's home. Karen is farming out items to family, such as books, which she wants back someday. Other than maybe a tote of family handmedowns, I've got no interest in keeping things. But our artwork is the hardest to replace. So not sure on that yet. Climate controlled storage ($45-$75 a month) is the answer so far. I'm sure as we continue to downsize the stuff will become less important.

We are going with a truck and fifth wheel. Narrowed the trucks down to Ford or Ram. Now trying to talk myself out of fancy leather interior. May hit you up with a few questions on that selection (cloth vs leather). Going with a dually and the best transmission they offer. I understand pin weights and truck cargo capacity. So it's between a Ford Lariat/XLT or a Ram Laramie/Big Horn. Maybe I'll just shop for all four knowing the engine, transmission, gear ratio I'm after. May stumble upon a deal out there and being open to color and such will increase our chances.

Should get the truck and fifth wheel no later than early next spring. I've got a ton of vacation time to do some shake down trips before we go full time.

We decided a while back not to limit the places we stay anymore than necessary. We have a lot of experience camping. Owned a trailer, rent an RV and talked to a bunch of folks. We could not find anything under 35' we wanted to live in. So at this point we have decided on our top three trailers which helps with the truck decision. All three are between 35' and 37' in length. We are leaning hard at a 35' Montana (3120RL). And decided a gas/electric fridge is for us given what we believe to be our style of camping and keeping in mind we don't want to limit where we stay. A ton of solar is not something I'm interested in for a residential fridge.

That's a good update for now. Thank you again for the time on the RV Dreams Chat Room and answering questions. I used to pop in with a list :)

I enjoy your blog to this day and plan to read as long as you write....

See you in Florida someday..

Mark from Missouri.