Year 2-part 1

hello again!

I finally have gotten around to using this mobile version of Word Press which I downloaded in May with high hopes of creating a few posts in my spare time while at “home” for the summer. Life got all crazy busy and the posts did not happen as planned. 

Today was spent beginning to wind up our stay here and get this rig ready to travel on down the road to Florida, via upstate New York and Maine for our fall 2016 travel plans as we begin year 3. But hey, let’s catch up on year 2 first!

We took off out of West Michigan on Sept 29th, 2015 on a bright, sunny morning. First major stop, Maggie Valley NC for a bit of exploring and visiting with the NC kids and grandson. North Carolina is a beautiful state and our intention was to head on to the Outer Banks after our family visit, since we had not yet been there in our travels. Maggie Valley NCShauna and JoshCheckers at the Lazy Hiker Brewery and Maggie Valley at nightfall

Well, Mother Nature, had other plans for us. A rainy fall season and tropical storm changed our destination to Raleigh NC. No worries our house has wheels and we had no time frame til November 1, so adjustments were easy to make. We found a great RV park, Raleigh Oaks, to call home for a couple weeks. We explored the history of the area, visited some local breweries, hiked, and relaxed at the RV park’s pool, hot tub, and gym while enjoying free waffles every morning at the clubhouse. I sustained a broken toe injury and the injury combined with the craft beer, waffles, and no running saw me departing Raleigh several pounds heavier than when I arrived. Well worth it!

fall!

doesn’t feel like fall

fitness center

ouch, that hurt!

hiking near Raleigh

Raleigh is the capitol of NC

About mid-October we had done just about what we needed to do in Raleigh. The Outer Banks area was still a little wet, so we decided to check out Titusvillle FL and the Cape Canaveral area, so we pointed the truck south and headed that way. It turned out to be a great destination. 

Our winter season home last year was to be in Tampa near the Gulf of Mexico, so this was a great opportunity to explore the Altantic side of Florida. I found a ritzy RV park (The Great Outdoors) which during snowbird season goes for a premium rate totally out of our budget, but it was still off-season in Florida, so we got a fantastic deal!

sweet site

The Great Outdoors was a huge resort filled with mainly seniors some who lived there full time, some part-time, and some who pulled their rigs away for the off-season, leaving their lots to rent to vagabonds like us. The main pool was enormous, a gym with so much equipment it made this fitness fanatic very happy, many roads to bike on, golf course, and even it’s own post office. We could have easily spent our entire stay within the confines of the park, enjoying the amenities, but that’s not exactly how we roll.  

year round resident

part timer

cute decorations

Cape Canveral National Seashore was in the same town, and has many beaches, 14 if I recall correctly with beach #14 being a nude beach. We did not try beach #14. There is also a sweet nature drive, great if you love birds, gators, and other wildlife. Bruce purchased a National Park Passport (for folks 62 and over) for 10 bucks which gets us into ALL national parks free of charge. A must for us. We intend to use the heck out of it!

nature drive and beaches

a bald eagle

this crab frightened Bruce!

The town of Titusville itself is a nice one, and home of the Kennedy Space Center.  We went to see a rocket launch on our last day, it was as cool as it sounds. We took a day trip to Cocoa Beach to check out the area and got caught in a cloudburst while walking the beach. The local VFW in Titusvillle was a great place with friendly people and some bingo games. Bruce even won one game!

good place to watch a launch

launch pads

winning!


We really enjoyed the area, and looked for some RV parks for the next season, but all were too pricey. We may swing by this year on our venture to Tampa. 

Stay tuned for part 2 of our year 2 travels. Next up, winter in the Tampa/Zephyrhills area.

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