Adventure Memoirs of a Vagabond

New York City

I was born in New York. Elmira is a small town on the border of Pennsylvania along the Chemung river. I guess to some that makes me a Yankee. Even though I grew up in rural small town. Some would even call me a Chemunkey. But that’s another story. Let me tell you, a New Yorker, I am not. I’ve been to the city on one other occasion. Pookie and I had a day to spare on a road trip we were on. We stopped in New Jersey on the way to see my mother in Elmira. We were staying at her father’s place, much like we are now and took the train into the city for the day. That is the extent of my experience with NYC. We went to the Central Park Zoo and Central park. We enjoyed The American Museum of Natural History. We ate at the Famous Carnegie Deli where we dined on a 50 dollar corned beef sandwich. Even after all of that I still know very little about city life! So when I tell you these things don’t laugh too loud. For us, it’s this whole other country.
Continue reading “Adventure Memoirs of a Vagabond”

The RV Effect.

A lot of the time inspiration is fleeting, at least for me. Let’s not even talk about motivation. My interests have always been all or nothing. When something grabs my attention I am all about it. THIS IS MY LIFE! and when it’s gone… meh. So when I find the mood hits me I have to get it started or the moment is gone. Part of me wondered if that was going to be the case with this new lifestyle were living. I asked myself over and over “Do I really want to sell everything and do this?” But you really don’t know if you don’t try so here I am. So Let’s talk about it for a minute. Furthermore in the spirit of keeping my interest in writing going here’s what’s been going on.
Continue reading “The RV Effect.”

Thousand Trails Three Flags RV Campground

Three Flags is the third park we’ve stayed in the thousand trails system. Florida has 3 parks that are included in the southeast zone. This one feels the oldest and most rundown despite obvious work and improvements. They are renovating the park in certain areas and attempts are being made to clean the place up. It is also the smallest of the 3 Florida parks. We heard lots of complaints on the internet that it’s a dump and poorly run. I have to say you should take these people’s comments with a grain of salt. We have friends who complain about how terrible a restaurant is and when we go there we love it. While the park is older and smaller than we’ve seen and definitely needs some upgrades. We found it to be an acceptable place to stay and did enjoy being here. In short I would not hesitate to book another stay.

Campground: Thousand Trails Three Flags RV campground 
https://www.thousandtrails.com/florida/three-flags-rv-campground
Contact Information:  1755 East State Road 44 Wildwood Fl, 34785
Phone: (352) 748-3870
Dates: 3/19/17-4/1/17
Site#: 139
Hookups: FHU sites
Rate:  Included in Thousand Trails Membership
Cell Signal: Sprint 4G LTE 3-5 bars; Verizon 5 bars (unboosted)
Top Attraction:  Santos Mountain Bike Trail, The “Big Daddy” Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing
Pet Friendly:  YES! Dogs Allowed.
Continue reading “Thousand Trails Three Flags RV Campground”

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.

Continue reading “Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort”

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.

Continue reading “Thousand Trails Peace River”

A Theory Tested 

When Pookie and I decided to embark on this journey we came up with this crazy idea that we could go anywhere so long as she could find this remote job that would be the answer to our unfortunate need for money to finance the adventure. I wish Regina would run on hugs and well wishes but 6 mpg is going to require some cash. In the beginning there was a lot of dreaming and what if-ing on our part. In reality that’s kind of where the adventure begins. We talked about where we wanted to go and the places we wanted to see. We even bought a map of the US and stuck pins in all the important places so we could try and plan a route. We told Dozer about all the amazing walks he could go on and piles of poop he could sniff. We didn’t really have a clue how we were going to get there but talking about it and thinking about it kind of motivated us to keep after this thing we wanted to do. I don’t know if I want to call it dream. Sure I thought it would be fun, the three of us exploring the country together. But I honestly wasn’t sure we could make it happen when we came up with this.
Continue reading “A Theory Tested “

Long walks and lots of poop in Wachula, FL.

Let me say first that I don’t have any formal writing experience except for what one receives in the public school system. I’ll do my best to keep the grammar nazis at bay but I’m still a dumb white kid from upstate NY.  Please don’t set your expectations too high and you won’t be disappointed. That being said some useful or constructive criticism on my writing style would not be unwelcome to make these easier to read. I haven’t decided what I plan to do with this blog. I guess I really like the idea of having a place to record my thoughts, experiences and ideas about this adventure that isn’t Facebook or YouTube. So for now this is going to be a public diary of our journey of sorts. An open letter to my friend’s and family maybe. Let’s see what happens shall we?
Continue reading “Long walks and lots of poop in Wachula, FL.”

It's officially official! 

Well we did it. It took a year and half of planning, saving, selling, donating and throwing our belongings in the trash. But on the day Pookie had set as our launch date we said goodbye to our land lord and the house we had lived in for 8 years and moved ourselves and what we thought was everything we couldn’t live without into our motorhome and set off on this crazy journey. Just like we planned. In truth that’s probably the only thing that went as planned.
Honestly I carried this thought in my mind that if we could just get to the launch date we could take a moment to breathe. The stress would let up and it would be smooth sailing. I was even looking forward to it. Ha! We have been working on this for 18 months. It consumed our every thought and steered our decisions. The launch date felt like a finish line to the work and the party would begin.
And then it was upon us. It’s go time. Nothing left to sell, repair or clean. All we had were a few pieces of furniture and an old tv to throw out and we could go. I have to tell you that launch day was the most stressful yet. With the excitement of the adventure ahead and the last minute things we had to get done I was running around trying to get out the door like a angry lunatic. It’s been unseasonably warm here in South Florida (which we affectionately refer to as the Devil’s armpit) so I was hot, sweaty and thirsty. Now you don’t know me but if you did you’d know that makes me grouchy. For whatever reason I decided I wanted to wait to check my tire pressure and lug nuts that morning. We have a 3 axle rig with 8 tires and the 4 tires on the Volkswagen. So tire pressure and torque check is actually a pretty big job. 60 lug nuts at 150 foot pounds in the sun is a serious workout. And then 20 more on the van. I was pretty tired as you can imagine. At last we get the rig into the street and we’re getting Twinkie hooked up to leave and I can’t find the ever loving key to the lock for the towbar. A few trips back and forth checking keys and eventually I realize I do have it and get it locked up. The next step is to do a lights check and wouldn’t you know we can’t get the tow lights working. Ahhhhh! As you can imagine my boiling point is rapidly approaching from the heat stress combo that I’m now eating for lunch because it’s after noon and I haven’t been able to eat much of anything. I check and recheck the connections and some how they all decided to work at the same time that time. Finally! GAWD Tina! For all I know they quit working after we made the first left out of our neighborhood. We said our final farewells and we buckled up and began this adventure we had so painstakingly planned. You’d think great, chill the worst part is over. You’d be very wrong indeed.
Continue reading “It's officially official! “