Polly's Pantry Royal Tea Room – Wildwood, FL

Polly’s Pantry Royal Tea Room

Address: 819 S Main St, Wildwood, FL 34785
Owner: Tricia & John Bennett
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 3pm   (Reservations are encouraged)
Cost: $10-20pp
What we had: 
Selection Platter – 2 types of Chicken Salad, spinach quiche & a cup of broccoli soup.   $12.95
Bacon Quiche w/ Side Salad $10.95
Coffee, water and raspberry tea 

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The only thing that is constant is Change…and Bandaids.

Have you ever thought about how familiar your environment is?
You live in the same house every day, you travel the same route to your job at the same place. You go to the same gym every day and frequent the same restaurants.  You run by the same park near your house every day and sometimes you stop and sit on the same wooden bench to catch your breath. The bench looks and feels the same every day. You know that you can run your hand along the top of the bench, as you have hundreds of times, and it won’t filet your hand like dead fish.
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Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort

We had reservations for our 2 week stay at this park. The night before we arrived we received a phone call from TTO informing us to not stop at the registration building. We were told to proceed directly to the main gate where they would have our paperwork. On arrival we were directed to the staging area (club house parking lot) where we could unhook Twinkie and be escorted to our site. Once we were all unhooked the woman in charge asked what my preferences were and showed me which sites were available. We chose what we liked and were promptly escorted to the site. All in all it went quick, smooth and painless. However when we arrived there were only 2 people ahead of us. More came in behind us and we were told that the following day they would have 75 people coming in. While we were here we regularly saw the line to get in going all the way out to the main road. Be prepared for a long wait during the busy season (Dec-Mar) unless you get lucky and arrive when no one else is checking in.
Campground: Thousand Trails Orlando 
https://www.thousandtrails.com/florida/orlando-rv-resort/
Contact Information: 2110 Thousand Trails Blvd, Clermont, FL 34714
Phone: (352) 394-5531
Dates: 3/5/17 – 3/19/17
Site#: F48
Hookups: FHU sites
Rate:  Included in Thousand Trails Membership
Cell Signal: Sprint 4G LTE 4-5 bars; Verizon 2 bars (unboosted)
Top Attraction:  Universal Orlando, Disney
Pet Friendly:  YES! Dogs Allowed.

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And then it hit me.

This morning about 2 miles into my run, I stopped to take in a view of the lake. It was so peaceful and quiet. It was beautiful. 

And then it hit me…before I realized what was happening, the emotion overwhelmed me and the tears started rolling. I couldn’t stop. I kept thinking about how happy I felt and how hard I worked to get here. 
The last several years I dedicated myself to getting an education and building a career that would afford us a better life. I sacrificed both my time and my sanity. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the Bear. He was so crucial in keeping me on track when I wanted to quit so many times. It wasn’t easy for him, not even close. I was really the one who was a Bear and he put up with me all those years freaking out, crying over papers, screaming about asshole professors. He sacrificed our entire life in general because I was stuck studying and doing homework every weekend and every weeknight into the wee hours. It sucked and it was worth it. I am very proud of myself for working hard and making it happen.
When I started on that journey, I didn’t know where it would lead. I probably thought more money, bigger house, nicer cars…you know, the American Dream. I had no idea that we were going to ditch status quo and go on a wild adventure. We are exactly where we are supposed to be.
The last three weeks on the road have been surreal. It is so much more than I expected it to be. The feeling of freedom, not being tied down is a feeling you can’t explain. It’s scary, not knowing exaxtly what comes next but it is awesome. I know we made the right decision. It just feels right like we have been doing this forever. I am happy. This is perfect and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It feels like home.
– Pookie

Working On The Road: First Impressions

It’s been two full weeks since I began working remotely on the road. I have been accustomed to working in a remote culture over the last 6 years, but always had a home base with reliable cable internet. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. Is my internet going to be reliable? Will I be able to focus? What would my co-workers or clients think if they knew I was homeless?
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The First Two Weeks Of Full Time RV Life. 

I sit here in my tiny house on the highway. It’s 11pm and we’re getting ready for bed. We checked the weather and it looks like we’ll have a little wind tonight so I stowed our awning. The bikes caught a little rain this morning so I decided to put them in the Volkswagen tonight. We’re headed out this Sunday and moving a little further north to Clermont. I figured I might as well get some of my pre trip check list done a little early. Traveling day so far has been the most stressful on us. There is so much to be done and so many things to check. Imagine every 2 weeks or so you pack up your entire house and everything you own and drive your house down the highway at 60mph. Maybe it’s just me but it makes me anxious and a little nervous. Obviously this type of travel has its advantages or we wouldn’t be here. But let me tell you travel day will kick your ass if you’re not paying attention. Continue reading “The First Two Weeks Of Full Time RV Life. “

Thousand Trails Peace River

I plan to do a post on each campground we stay at. A review of sorts but not so stiff. I really want to put down my thoughts and impressions about each place we stay so others may benefit from our experience but also as a record for us so we know if we would want to come back to this location in the future.I expect these will evolve over time as we discover what we like, dislike and come to appreciate in a park.
Campground: Thousand Trails Peace River
Contact Information:  2555 River Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873
Dates: 2/19/17 – 3/5/17
Site#: A34
Hookups: W/E sites & FHU sites
Rate:  Included in Thousand Trails Membership
Cell Signal: Sprint 4G 1-2 bars; Verizon 4 bars (unboosted)
Top Attraction:  Fossil Hunting in the river
Pet Friendly:  YES! Pitbull approved! They have a dog run and poop drop stations throughout the grounds.

For those that don’t know we are members of a campground club that has parks all over the US and Canada. We pay our yearly membership dues and we get to stay in all of their parks for one flat fee. We did a post some where about Thousand Trails and there is a ton of information on the internet about it. This is our first stay at a one of their parks. All the opinions and thoughts expressed are my own based solely on my own experiences. We have not been compensated in any way for our reviews of the places we stay.

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