We spent 10 days in the RV as sort of a “tune-up trip” before heading out on the 3-month summer trip. This way we can make note of things we forgot, etc., so we don’t do the same thing on that trip. But not only are we “getting the kinks out” we’re also having FUN!
We arrived in
On Saturday, we drove the 40 miles or so to Immokalee where there is an Indian casino. (What? You’re surprised?) Anyway, Julian had some pretty good luck (I didn’t) and we walked out of there even for the day. How much better could it get?
Sunday found us driving around
We stopped at the
We spent the afternoon reading, napping, generally relaxing. We had great weather during this trip and sure did enjoy it.
We had dinner out again, at a restaurant called Chloe’s. This was the best food of the whole week and it was really great!
We drove to Sanibel and
We drove the entire length of both islands and then headed back towards home. We stopped for lunch at Jimmy’s Pink Cadillac near our campground. Very 50’s and the food was really good, too.
On Tuesday morning we went to
We walked a good part of the “tourist” area, enjoying the sights.
Wednesday’s entertainment was a drive further south to Bonita Beach and
We had lunch in a great little sidewalk café and then headed out to the
We went out to dinner again, our last night in
We packed everything back up and headed south on Thursday. We traveled to
We spent Friday with them also. They own an avocado grove and park their RV (they are full-timers) amongst the trees. It’s a gorgeous setting. The weather was great and we were able to sit out on their patio and just drink in the location and the friendship.
Saturday morning found us packing up again and heading back north. Ken had showed us an easier way to get to US27, without taking the turnpike and the interstate through the city. This also took us right past another casino. Well we had to go in for their buffet breakfast, which was really very good. And hey, why not play a machine or two while there? We walked out with an extra 60 bucks, minus the cost of breakfast. So it was worthwhile, wouldn’t you agree?
Then we drove on to Sebring and our friends’ driveway. The first order of business was to clean off the front end of the coach. It’s love-bug season and a lot of them gave up their lives as we drove along. We could barely see out of the windshield. They have a high acidity and it’s important to get them cleaned off quickly so as not to pit the paint.
We met this couple when we first moved to Royal Highlands. Mary Jo is a fabulous cook and she and Julian have developed a sort of culinary war. They each challenge themselves to come up with something different and it’s been going on for years.
She told us ahead of time that she was serving something that she guaranteed we’d never had before. She wasn’t kidding! Dinner that night was pickled rabbit and pickled frog legs. It sounds a bit bizarre, but I have to say it was very good! Plus she had some tongue on hand and she made me try that. I was leery, but it pretty much tasted like roast beef.
On Sunday, after a great breakfast at a Mexican restaurant, we went fishing. Unfortunately only one little, scrawny fish was caught and returned to the water. But we had a good time in the great outdoors.
Just across from where we were was this osprey nest. We could see a couple of chicks in it. One of their heads is sticking up in this pic.
We spent the rest of the day at their house just enjoying each other’s company. We had another terrific meal of fried catfish.
After blueberry pancakes for breakfast on Monday, we headed back home. I am pretty sure we’ll need to go on a diet since we ate so incredibly well over the past 10 days. But it was worth it. We had another great time!