Florida: Week One….And A Half

Well, we’ve been in Florida for a week and a half now. The trip and the first week were exhausting and a bit of a whirlwind! I have so much to write about, so in efforts to catch you up quickly before my next post – this is a tiny, quick recap on what our first week in the new state held!

  • Disney  – The second day we were here the kids just had to go to The Magic Kingdom. After all, they had only been waiting for that for the past 8 1/2 and 7 years! We had A BLAST. It was worth the money, the aching feet and sheer exhaustion of running like mad for 12 hours straight! I will say that I’m glad we waiting until they were the ages they are to take them. We squeezed every drop of fun out of this park and the best part is, we weren’t dragging around hot, whining babies and they will remember the whole experience! So Magic Kingdom = 2 thumbs up!
  • Finding a new RV park – After about 2 additional hours of driving, and 3 RV park visits later….we finally found the perfect spot! (RV websites are not always reliable as they don’t always show everything) The first was too expensive, the second was a total dump, the third a bit unimpressive and basically sitting ON the interstate. So finally, we arrived at one we really liked and picked out the lot we loved. I walked into the office to inquire and was notified that it was a 55 and older only RV park. UGH. My excitement went down the toilet immediately. But after about 2 minutes of conversation with the lady at the front desk I could tell were were winning her over. She went to the back and talked with the manager and they agreed to let us stay there anyways, gave us a discounted rate AND the exact spot we had already picked out. We were crazy excited! Ohhh the things that excite us these days.
  • We spent the day after the Magic Kingdom scrambling to turn our RV back into a somewhat clean, orderly, cozy home again before my husband had to start his new job the next day. Oh, and we squeezed in a little rest. As one could imagine, we were exhausted.
  • Since it was 89 degrees when were arrived, it was just like we had stepped back in time to a North Carolina summer again. So we quickly found the pool and have been watching our pasty white, fall mountain weather skin get it’s color back every since. We had literally not seen sunshine for the past 2 months and have been beyond happy to see it again!
  • Got back at with our schooling. Unlike our last city, there is no shortage of coffee shops in the area now and we love to go there some days and do school. We find that somehow a coffee shop just makes everything happier and better….even school. 🙂
  • We spent our first full weekend after the first week driving around the area seeing what there is to do, exploring Tampa ….OH and we ate at this AMAZING spot in Tampa in which I experienced THE BEST dish of. my. life. And I’m not exaggerating.
  • Found a really great church that our family is hoping to connect with more as we are here.

Today, I started on our search for occasional child-care for the kids in a new city in which we know NO ONE. Also, the kids and I met our first group of new “friends”. I’ll be letting you know what came of that and maybe even share what is (and isn’t working for us) in my next post!

Whew! Ok, I think that brings you all up to speed on our journey. I love that you’re following along with our travels as it makes it all the more fun to share all new things we are experiencing with you guys!

Own less, live fully, travel light.

About Rachel Rowell

A true southern gal at heart, Rachel was raised and lives in the deep south and spends her days raising her own babies, writing, making music, reading out on the front porch, and cooking supper for her family to sit around the table and enjoy together at nights! Her ultimate girlhood dream was to raise a family in a house just like "Anne of Green Gables" and now she is living her dream and inspiring others along the way.

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4 Responses to Florida: Week One….And A Half

  1. Paul October 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    This is awesome, we are just about 5 minutes north of Tampa, if you need any good places or ideas feel free to contact me.

  2. Dave October 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Cool love your blog. I am living in sarasota just moved here so going thru culture shock. Love to hear others experiences in the area!

  3. John Lamb October 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Sounds like you found a great place to park!! You’ll find a lot of 55+ RV parks in Florida, but awesome that they let you in! Hint—money DOES speak louder than words, especially to campground owners!

  4. Angela Callahan October 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    We also travel for my husbands job and in fact we spent about 10 months in Tampa last year for that. We really enjoyed Tampa and would be happy to live there full time. They have great beaches, I recommend Honeymoon Island or a trip to Caladesi Island by ferry for a more natural and secluded beach but only during the week. You will have trouble just getting to it for the crowds on the weekends. Clearwater beach is nice but very touristy and crowded because it has hotels and tourist places all around it. There are lots of little public parking areas along the beach where you can park and walk between condos to access less crowded areas of the beach. We went to Indian Rocks beach and it was nice and free other than the parking, bring quarters. They also have a fun Children’s Museum we took our granddaughter to visit. Of course there is Busch Gardens which I hear is nice but it was so expensive we opted to skip that. The good news is you arrived in time for wonderful weather the bad news is you also arrived in time for the increased winter pricing at the RV parks. We stayed at Bay Bayou RV park in the summer when it was cheaper but their prices are some of the highest in the winter. We also stayed at a place out in Thonotosassa east of town called Southern Aire, that was nice but only if your working on the far east side of town. Your lucky the 55+ place let you in so many of them are picky about that. I’m sure you will enjoy Tampa the weather should be wonderful this time of year. Happy Trails!

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