TOUR AMERICA, 2020: LAKELAND, FLORIDA, THE SUNSHINE STATE

Places We Have Called Home In 2020

(We’ve Added A New Stop To Our Link)

Home Is Where We Park It:  Colt Creek State Park Campground, Lakeland, Florida

September 27, 2020

Temperature 91 Degrees

Florida – The Grim Reaper State

Time With Friends

Travel Day

I have a new nickname for the state of Florida.  I believe it is soon going to be called The Grim Reaper State.  They have lifted all COVID-19 restrictions and are allowing all businesses to go back to full capacity, there will be no mask mandate, and you can have as many as you want at outdoor gatherings.  I sure hope I am wrong but unfortunately I don’t think I will be.  Time to hunker down in The Republic of Newmar and let the world go by.

Saturday night we were thrilled to be able to spend more time with our good friends, Dennis and Pam.  This time we went to their house in Ocala.  Pam was the ever gracious host and prepared a delicious meal.  We look forward to spending even more time with them in the future.  A bonus, Dennis had a mountain bike for sale which I immediately scooped up.  Oh yea, I’m looking forward to going riding around Sumter Oaks in the near future.

Sunday and we . . .

began our worship at our home church in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

A highlight of the service was the installation of the church’s new elders and deacons.  At one point in the installation service the current leaders usually come forward to lay hands on those who have been newly appointed.  That, of course, was not possible today.  So, everyone currently installed as leaders at some point dipped their hands in a dish of paint and then left their hand prints on a special shawl. . . .

which was then laid on the shoulders of those being installed.  What a wonderful way to lay on hands.

Also today.  Remember the number one rule of full time RV life?  Always be flexible.

Well, we both wanted to be closer to Ms Barbara’s brother and his wife who would be in Tampa on Monday.  Harry was scheduled for another out patient surgery and his wife Janet sounded like she could use a shoulder to lean on.  With that in mind, just in case they needed us, we decided to move south to a state park just outside of Tampa.

The trip was an easy one but not, however, without a bit of the unexpected.  As we were leaving our current home our back turn signals on Elvira decided not to work.  Since we still had turn signals on our toad we decided to press on.

A quick hour plus and we were at the entrance to

Short trail near Mac Lake - Picture of Colt Creek State Park, Lakeland -  Tripadvisor

which is located in Lakeland, Florida.  I was really surprised when I was able to reserve a site here just this past Friday.  Looking around from where we are parked right now there is not an empty site to be found.

A quick stop at the ranger station for our registration packet and then a twisting two mile ride to the campground.

This is our new home.  It is back in, hard packed gravel, dead level.  Unfortunately, it only has water/electric but we’ll make due.  I connected the water, plugged into the electric pedestal and started doing a few other things and just like that we lost all power.  OK, now what?  It seems we tripped the 50 amp breaker at the pedestal.  I reset it and all was good – for about another fifteen minutes and then it tripped again.  I checked and we were only using thirty amps maximum.  A closer look at the power pedestal and it was obvious that the 50 amp breaker was no good.

A quick call to the office and the campground host was dispatched to our location forthwith.  He apologized for our inconvenience and promptly went to work replacing the breaker.  And he did it with a smile.  Now that’s customer service.   Well, it has been several hours since and we’re still up and running with no further issues.

Several pictures of the park.  It is only three years old.  Site’s are spacious.  Lots and lots of green grass.  The roads are paved and in excellent condition.  It is a beautiful place to call home for the next couple of days.

About those pesky back turn signals on Elvira.  I removed the bulbs, sanded the contacts in each socket, put the blubs back in and now they’re working again.  All’s well that ends well.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  Right now we’re sitting here listening to the thunder and the rain coming down in buckets.  It is pouring.  Thankfully, we’re all set on the outside so we can just hunker down and watch a few movies or maybe play some Mexican Train.

Thanks for joining us again today.  We always appreciate your company as well as your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, enjoy the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

2 thoughts on “TOUR AMERICA, 2020: LAKELAND, FLORIDA, THE SUNSHINE STATE

  1. The campground looks very spacious and clean. Glad you will be able to be there for family. Both the turn signals and the 50 Amp were easy fixes. That’s the kind we like. Enjoy your time and prayers for Barbara’s brother.

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  2. Sounds like that spot was saved for you from above, so you could visit family. Have a good visit, and enjoy your new park. I look forward to reading about your bike adventures. Enjoy the coming week!

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