Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jacksonville, IL - 04/13/17

April 13, 2017 through May 12, 2017

Jacksonville, Illinois

We arrive back in Illinois to spend time with Sharon's brother and sisters. On our travel back from Florida we learned Sharon's older sister has been hospitalized.

For the time period April 13, 2017 through May 12, 2017 we have been busy setting up a financial budget and caregiver services for Sharon's older sister. We also added a new addition to our family: a 16-year old male toy poodle named Maurice. The poor little fella had been so neglected due to the poor health of Sharon's sister to properly care for him and with her blessing, she agreed to let us adopt him. Initially, he was very aggressive toward anyone that approached him. It took me three days of loving care before I gained his trust. He soon turned into a loving pet, eager for human companionship. We nicknamed him “MO.”

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:
Departed: Oak Grove, KY
Departure Time: 7:00 am
Arrived: Jacksonville, IL
Arrival Time: 2:05 pm

Miles traveled: 331

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oak Grove, KY - 04/12/17

April 12, 2017
Oak Grove, Kentucky

Continuing on our trip back to Illinois. Normally we like to take our time returning home, however, we recently learned Sharon's older sister has been hospitalized, so we are packing in as many miles as we feel comfortable with each day.

Our trusty Allstay;s Walmart ONP app provided us with a spot to spend the night in Oak Grove, Kentucky. This is a 24-hour Walmart, which is what we prefer, for an added safety factor, while we are traveling. There were a couple of RVs already there, so we selected our spot and settled in for the night.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:
Departed: Graceville, FL
Departure Time: 7:45 am
Arrived: Oak Grove, KY
Arrival Time: 8:00 pm
Miles traveled
: 468

Campground: Walmart Store 3362 (Open 24 hours)
Location: 14800 Ft. Campbell Blvd. (Alt US-41)
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 36.66688 N
Longitude: 87.44347 W

Verizon Cellular Service: 4G-3 Bars
Verizon Internet Service: 4G-3 Bars (JetPack)
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent Service

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Panama City, FL - 04/11/17

April 11, 2017
Panama City, Florida

Time to end our 2016/2017 winter snowbird adventure and return to Illinois.

We make a short stop in Panama City to have dinner with our son and his family at the Bonefish Grill. We say our goodbyes to the family and travel 65 miles north on US-231 to the Florida Welcome Center. We nestle our trailer in between other RVs and truckers. This will be our home for the night.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:
Departed: Fort McCoy, FL
Departure Time: 8:30 am
Arrived: Panama City, FL
Arrival Time: 3:15 pm
Miles traveled
: 326

Departed: Panama City, FL
Departure Time: 7:30 pm
Arrived: Graceville, FL
Arrival Time: 8:45 pm
Miles traveled
: 65

Campground: US-231 & Alabama State Line
Type: Florida Welcome Center
Coordinates:
Latitude: 30.9947 N
Longitude: 85.4091 W

Verizon Cellular Service: 4G-3 Bars
Verizon Internet Service: 4G-3 Bars (JetPack)
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent Service

Miles traveled today: 391

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Salt Springs RA - 04/06/17 - Fort McCoy, FL

April 6, 2017 through April 10, 2017
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Fort McCoy, Florida

Continuing on our journey north through Florida we visit another one of our favorite campgrounds: Salts Springs Recreation Area. This is a beautiful campground located 35 miles east of Ocala, FL. It is the largest campground in the Ocala National Forest. featuring full hookups for RV's. Campsites are nicely shaded and well away from the usually busy day use area.

Campsites are available by reservation only. Early in the week you can sometimes find a campsite for one or two nights without a reservation.

The Salt Springs Recreation Area is home to the salt water springs, with crystal clear water that is 72° year round. The springs are full of Bass, Turtles and Blue Crabs. Although alligators inhibit the area, the swimming area is safe and free of these predators during the day. Lake Kerr is the body of water that connects to the springs providing excellent fishing. Boat rentals are available through the Lake Kerr Marina.

The main roads through Salt Springs are State Road 19 as well as County Road 314 and County Road 316, both of which terminate at SR-19.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:
Departed: Zolfo Springs, FL
Departure Time: 10:15 am
Arrived: Fort McCoy, FL
Arrival Time: 2:15 pm

Campground: Salt Springs Recreation Area
Type: National Forest
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: N 29.35822
Longitude: W 081.73215

Camping Fees: $19.50 with Senior Pass
Campsite: 70
Campsite Hookups: Electric, Water & Sewer
Campground Amenities:
Flush Toilets, Free Hot Showers, Water Spigots, Trash Dumpster, Sewer Dump

Verizon Cellular Service: 4G-2 Bars
Verizon Internet Service: 4G-2 Bars (JetPack)
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent Service

Miles traveled today: 163