We’s in Flo-ee-da!

The title of this blog is a shout out to Kathleen 🙂

Finally!  After traveling a total of 1,913 miles since we left Bloomington, Indiana, we finally arrived in the sunny state of Florida on Thursday, November 13.  This leg of the trip wasn’t too bad at all, although parts of I-95 were a bit teeth-jarring as the road was in need of desperate repair for the L-O-N-G-E-S-T stretch!  Whew!!

The temperatures since we’ve been here have been absolutely FANTASTIC!  For those of you in the north and east states that are experiencing record cold temperatures and snow, all I can say is “come on down!”  We have had a couple of nights where it dipped into the 30’s due to the cold front that was pushing down in this direction, but the daytime temperatures quickly crept back up to comfortable temperatures.

Before we started out on our journey, Dave agreed to make Florida our first winter trip destination so that I could visit Walt Disney World, or as he calls it, “rat world.”  I absolutely LOVE Walt Disney World as it truly is “the happiest place on Earth.” The imagination that goes into creating the entire park, whether it is a ride, show, or the development of the park itself, is truly mind-blowing.  Working at Disney, at least for me, would be a fantastic place to work, as it’s a place where people go to in order to have fun with their families and create wonderful lasting memories.  After all, life is too short and it’s meant to be enjoyed.

The resort that we’re currently staying at is located in Bushnell, which is about an hour north-west from Walt Disney World.  Dave and I purchased annual passes to Walt Disney World as we felt that it was the most logical and cost effective choice for us, since we’re going to be spending the winter in Florida.  We’ve been to Disney numerous times before, but we were always on vacations that only afforded us the luxury of a week at the parks, so like tourists, we hurried through to experience what we could.  This time around we’ve been going at a slower pace and exploring every inch of Disney since we’re not on a time schedule.  So far, the only park that we’ve made it to has been Epcot, and we’re still not done exploring it.  I’m enjoying our trip to Disney so much better this time around.  On a brighter note, we have reservations for a new RV resort in Clermont, Florida beginning December 01 for the remainder of our stay.  The resort is located 6-miles from the west gate of Walt Disney World which will allow us to spend more time at the park and we’re both excited about that.

Yesterday, Dave and I drove to Dunnellon to visit a very good friend and past co-worker of Dave’s.  Tim and his wife Bonnie moved to Florida about 5-years ago and purchased a house on Rainbow River.  Their back yard IS the river and the beauty of it is simply breathtaking!  I can’t imagine waking up to that every morning, or sitting on the deck in the evening and watching the ever changing world of the river.  The water is so clear that you can see to the bottom of the river that ranges in 8’ to 25’.  Fish abound in the water, as well as alligators in some parts, otters, turtles, and varying species of water fowl can be seen everywhere one looks.  Tim and Bonnie took us on a boat ride up and down the Rainbow River and we thoroughly enjoyed the scenery.  The only thing that would have enhanced the day would have been if the sun had been out; however, it had rained earlier and the sky was overcast.   If you’d like to learn more about the Rainbow River, please visit: http://www.therainbowriver.com/ and be sure to click on the video link as well for some really neat underwater footage of the Rainbow River.  Thank you again, Tim and Bonnie, for a wonderful day!

Views along the Rainbow River.
Rainbow River.

 

Rainbow River.
Rainbow River

 

Rainbow River
Rainbow River

 

Rainbow River
Rainbow River

 

Rainbow River
Rainbow River

 

Rainbow River
Rainbow River

 

Rainbow River
Rainbow River

 

Rainbow River.  In this picture, you can see how clear the water is.
Rainbow River. In this picture, you can see how clear the water is.

6 thoughts on “We’s in Flo-ee-da!”

  1. Thank You Beth and Dave, for the great write-ups and pictures of your exciting adventure all the way from

    Indiana to Flo-ee-da ! I have enjoyed so very much your detailed descriptions of all the highlights of your trip.

    It seems as though you are enjoying yourselves to the fullest, and for that I am so very happy and envious.

    Enjoy the winter in the sunny state, I’ll be thinking of you often as I shovel my way out of the driveway !!!

    All the best . Chuck

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    1. Hi Chuck! We are enjoying ourselves down here quite immensely and we do not miss the northern winters at all. We hope that the winter isn’t too bad for you this year. If you get the chance to come south for a few days, let us know! Be careful out there in the snow! Beth & Dave

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  2. Hi Beth,

    It’s great to see that you and Dave are enjoying yourselves. I appreciate your blog and check it every now and then to see what new adventure you’ve embarked on. Best wishes very a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Blessings,

    Bruce Wade

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    1. Hi Bruce!

      Dave and I are really enjoying Florida and the warm sunny days down here. It’s a rather weird feeling though to be experiencing the holidays in shorts, but I’m sure that I could get used to this. We spent our Thanksgiving at one of the RV resorts that we stayed at. They put on a delightful dinner, complete with all of the trimmings. I don’t think Dave and I moved for hours afterwards! I hope that you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family?

      It’s hard to believe that in 19-days, 2014 will come to a close. I can only hope that 2015 will bring positive change to our world. I’ve stopped watching the news as it’s so depressing anymore.

      Write when you can, as I’d love to hear from you. My personal e-mail is m.pankoski@att.net.

      Take care of yourself,
      Beth

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  3. I have really enjoyed checking out your blog and seeing what your up to. We miss you at work but you really wouldn’t want to be there right now, it’s a daily frustrating mess. Wish I could be there and go to DW with you.

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    1. I miss all of you too. Too often throughout the day I wonder what the three of you are up to. I’ve been tempted to call a couple of times, but I don’t want to get anyone into trouble. I’ve had contact from a few other people that are still up at the salt-mine and they too are frustrated with the way things are going. I’m actually surprised that there is anyone left!

      Anytime you want to escape from up there for a few days, just let me know. You’re more than welcome to stay with us. We have two pull out sofa’s that appear to be very comfy for sleeping. 🙂

      Miss you!
      ((HUGS))
      Beth

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