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Anyone who has been following our travels knows that we don't intentionally visit private RV parks, it's just not our style. Our last private RV park visit was a KOA in Virginia, back in September last year, when Hurricane Florence closed the campgrounds in Shenandoah National park where we were supposed to be visiting. This time also is due to having to reschedule, when a Florida State Park closed for renovations, just before we had reservations to visit. So twice now we have been forced into visiting private RV parks and I must say our desire to visit more of them hasn't changed.


YEAR #2 - STOP #6

It's rare that we get out and do something fun on a travel day. Usually our travel day includes breaking down camp, hooking up THE POD and moving it several hours down the road, then setting everything back up again. Because it was so windy and cold at our beach site, breakdown was easier because we didn't set up any of our outdoor decorations or seating area. Couple that with our shorter than average travel distance and once again we are not setting up our outdoor items we were all done before 1:00pm.

Our reason for stopping in this area is to visit the city of St. Augustine one more time before we leave Florida. We've been here several times in the last few years but one thing we've never done was climb the lighthouse. Hopefully that will change upon this visit!

The other thing we were hoping to do was revisit the two National Monument forts that are here. That unfortunately is probably not going to happen because while there is the government shutdown the forts, along with a lot of other Nation Park Service properties, are not open to the public due to no rangers working there to supervise the property or collect entrance fees. For the same reason we were unable to revisit the Canaveral National Seashore while we were out at the Kennedy Space Center at our previous stop.

Anyway back to the something fun we did, during the months of November through January, the downtown historic district merchants get together and display over 3 million white holiday lights all over the area. They call the event St. Augustine's Nights of Lights. The Old Town Trolley runs a 30 minute tour through the area, playing Christmas songs and handing out these 3D glasses that make all the white lights appear as snowflakes. It's really quite spectacular and has been an award winning St. Augustine tradition now for 25 years. At the end of the tour everyone receives a large sugar cookie and a small paper cup filled with hot apple cider. Yum! Yum!


RV (2006)

With another cold front coming through today we spent the day inside working. We had some big plans for our visit here that seem to be falling apart. Well tonight is going to be movie night and I don't foresee anything changing that.

Tonight's selection is a Robin Williams movie, RV (2006). It's a movie we have been looking for at all of the flea markets and finally scored a copy last week. For those of you who haven't seen it I'll give you a brief synopsis. Robin Williams play the dad of a mildly dysfunctional family who, for reasons I won't go into here, decides to take the family on an RV trip to Colorado instead of the Hawaiian vacation he promised them. Being a total rookie when it comes to all things RV related there are quite a few mishaps along the way. Some are traffic related, some are camping neighbor related and others are related to the less than perfect condition of the RV they have rented.

There are many zany moments throughout the movie which had us laughing out loud, always a good thing, because we could empathize with what they were experiencing, being relatively new to the RV world ourselves. This movie will probably become a semi-permanent member of our video collection of six.

Between 1988 and 1992 Robin Williams was nominated three times for an Oscar as Best Actor in a Leading Role. Then in 1998 won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in what film? (Please, no Googling)


and a flea market visit

Today our only plan is to rest and read a few hundred pages of our books. Just kidding, next door to the RV park we are in is a huge flea market, similar to The Swap Shop flea market back Fort Lauderdale. It is permanently located next door and is only open on Saturday and Sunday. There is no entrance fee or parking fee, but we are able to walk over straight from our campsite through a back gate. I believe it is owned and operated by the same people that own the RV park, at least that's the impression I got.

We walked around nearly every booth and managed to walk away with only one purchase. I know what you're thinking, more DVDs right? Wrong! Tricia found these little tiny glass bottles with cork stoppers in the tops for 50 cents a piece. We have been collecting samples of sand from the National Seashores that we have visited and plan to use the little bottles to display our collection in. They are much more attractive than the ZipLock sandwich bags they are in now.



Our first truly lazy day in a while, with it cold and rainy all day we never even opened the door to THE POD today. Lots of book reading and since today is the last day of our cycle for internet data, and since we have data left over this month, we splurged and watched a few YouTube videos from some of our fellow fulltime RVers. Recently a dozen or so RVers got together and created a full length documentary style movie about the RV lifestyle.

If you are at all interested in an in depth look at our new lifestyle, you should check out this video on YouTube, RV Nomads. It is an hour and twenty two minutes long and very well edited, narrated and produced by a bunch of RVers. It was just released on January 12th and already has over 96,000 views.

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