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Home Sweet Home!

Citrus Ridge, Davenport, Florida

sunny 90 °F

Yes, we are home in Florida. We woke up to a beautiful morning, packed up and headed home. It was only 150 miles and an easy drive. The weather deteriorated a bit and we even had some sprinkles, but nothing bad.
We arrived home and got most things set up. We are leaving a few things to be done next week because we have to go to Raleigh and pick up our Jeep.
It is bittersweet to be back, happy to not be traveling, setting up and taking down so frequently, sad because it was such fun to go to new and different places :) ;(.
Citrus Ridge

Citrus Ridge

Citrus Ridge

Citrus Ridge


We were on the road for 2 days shy of 5 months (152 days) with a total of 16,296 miles on our vehicles. That is 10,565 on the old truck and 5,731 on the new one. Those miles do not include Alaska! During the trip we went into 26 states and 1 Canadian province. We visited between 35 and 40 National Parks, Forests and Monuments. We spent 7 days on the cruise ship, 26 days in hotels, 5 days in Bob and Shirley's camper. We went to 46 different parks or campgrounds, 5 of those we returned to at least once. Our average campground cost was $27.41 with $55 in Weir's Beach, Vancouver Island and Stone Mountain, Georgia being the most expensive. Last night in Manatee Springs State Park was the least expensive at $10.40. We spent $5045 on gas, with the highest being $4.29 in Northern California and the lowest being $2.88 in Dallas.

We had to get home today because I had my first rehearsal for the Candlelight Choir at Epcot. If you are ever here at Christmas time, make sure you go to Epcot to see it.
The weather turned into Florida weather, 90, sunny and humid! The air conditioner hasn't stopped running since we got here ;(.

This is my last post for this trip, but keep your eyes on this site as I will be entertaining you with more adventures. The next one will be our son's wedding at Thanksgiving time. Thanks for following along with us, it's been a true adventure!

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Way Down Upon the Suwannee River, again!

Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland, Florida

rain 74 °F

Yes, we are here on the Suwannee River, almost where we started this adventure 5 months ago! We traveled about 230 miles today, mostly in the rain and stopped at Manatee Springs State Park. It was a surprise when we woke up to rain this morning. We weren't sure what we were going to do, but upon arriving in this area, decided to stop here for the night.
Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs State Park

The spring

The spring


We have only been here one other time, in 2006, when we first retired and came to Florida. At that time, March, the manatees were all in the spring run in the park. Right now, the manatees are out in the river, so there are none in the park. There are turkey vultures, snakes, ducks and deer, though. We actually had a group of 5 deer wandering through our mostly empty loop here at the park.
Our site

Our site

Our empty loop

Our empty loop

Deer from our camper

Deer from our camper


There is some biking and hiking here and we did a little of each today. There is a fabulous boardwalk through the park that is my favorite part.
Cypress knees

Cypress knees

Boardwalk

Boardwalk


There was rain, with temps only in the low 70s today!

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Our "Home" State

Chipley, Florida

sunny 79 °F

Wow, we started out in Louisiana, drove through Mississippi and Alabama, ended up in Florida!
Welcome to Alabama

Welcome to Alabama


Whew! In actuality, it was only about 275 miles and we are camped (yes, camped) at Falling Waters State Park. We really like the Florida State Parks and don't camp in them often enough. This one was right on the way and a great place to stop, so we did. It's a nice park with only 24 campsites, each with electric and water. We were lucky enough to get a pull through, too.
Falling Waters State Park

Falling Waters State Park

Our campsite

Our campsite


Since there was a WalMart in Chipley we went out to do some shopping. Imagine our surprise when we returned to a gate at the park. When we checked in no one said anything about there being a code to get back in, so we waited until another camper came along and let us in! All's well. There are walking and biking trails here and we did a little bit of each this afternoon. It felt good to be moving after riding for much of the day. There is a large waterfall and many sinkholes here in the park.
Our weather today was beautiful until we got into Florida, where the clouds arrived. It's been cloudy and windy since then with a high of only 79. It looks like we might get some rain in the next few days.

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The Big Easy

New Orleans, Louisiana

sunny 80 °F

Since we drove so many miles yesterday, we only had 150 miles today to get to the N'awlins (that's New Orleans to you northeners) area. The campground we chose is in Slidell, Louisiana, about 30 miles from the city. We got here about 10:15 am and left at 10:45 to go into New Orleans. When we arrived we had lunch at the Riverfront Restaurant on Decatur Street. I had Shrimp and Grits (yum!) and Don had the Taste of New Orleans, which included Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee and Gumbo. Everything was delicious!
Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

Carriage Rides

Carriage Rides


After lunch we walked the Riverwalk and around a few other parts of the French Quarter. The St. Louis Cathedral is the longest operating Cathedral in the US. We took a 2 hour City Tour and our guide knew so much about the city, we were overwhelmed with all the information!
St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral


We made a stop at one of the above ground cemeteries. They are built like little towns, with each family owning a house. The rich have bigger ones, with porches and patios, and can hold more people, up to 500! When someone dies they are put in their wooden coffin in the house for 1 year and 3 days. After that time there is nothing left but bones, so those bones are taken out of the rotting coffin and pushed to the back of the house. That way about 125 can fit in a regular sized one! Very interesting, isn't it? Makes sense, too.
Smaller houses

Smaller houses

Big house

Big house


We had time for a stop at Cafe Du Monde for beniets and a stroll through the French Market.
Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde

French Market

French Market


The walk down Bourbon Street was a trip in itself! Lots of LSU and University of Florida fans all over the street.
Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street


We even discovered 2 National Parks in New Orleans today, New Orleans Jazz and Jean LaFitte. That brings our total up to about 34 National Parks, Forests and Monuments!
The weather was quite nice today, 80 and sunny, until we got into the city, where it was cloudy. The sky finally cleared, but the wind was incredible!

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State #23

Lafayette, Louisiana

sunny 88 °F

This morning we left Carol and Russ' house not knowing exactly which way we would end up going, either east towards Vicksburg, MS or southeast towards New Orleans. As you can see from our map, southeast won out and we are in Lafayette, Louisiana, our first time in this state. It was about 380 miles today, but the drive was fine and uneventful, with only wind to contend with. We are at Bayou Wilderness RV Park and it is very nice.

The landscape changed quite a bit today from the dry, brown of the Dallas area to looking more like upstate New York with green grass and deciduous trees. For a while the interstate looked just like the Thruway! The re-introduction of Checkers and Piggly Wiggly has made us realize that we are getting nearer and nearer to our Florida home.

We had another beautiful day with temps in the high 80s, sun and wind.

Posted by jcorilio 18:21 Archived in USA Comments (1)

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