2021 is behind us.
We upped it by 2 for a total of 24 trips.
And as you can see, we made it a little further. Since August in a new Class A RV. Now on to 2022 and let the good times roll.
January 14, 2022, to January 19, 2022
We are starting 2022 by going to New Orleans. We stayed at the Bayou Segnette State Park. Driving there took us straight through New Orleans and we were greeted by Ceasars Superdome. Even though it was nice and sunny, I was immediately reminded of the gray and dirt of Gary, IN. Damage from Hurricane Ida is still visible. And a drive through the French Quarter while pretty cool, can be a little depressing. I for sure was not prepared for the parking situation. They charge you an arm and a leg for parking. Lokai once again caught everyone’s attention walking through the French Quater. Charlene finally tried some local (sea) food. Maybe there is hope. We drove across Lake Ponchatrain and enjoyed some sunny hours on the other side. We have to come back to visit some of the cemeteries and a tour of the swamps. On our way back we stopped at the Tampa RV show. I have never seen this place this busy. And we stopped by on a Thursday. Crazy. Char now has 3 rigs on the shortlist.
January 28, 2022, to January 30, 2022
How to describe this trip? Cold, cramped campground, beautiful sunset on the lake.
We have to come back when it’s warmer. The area around Eustis, Mount Dora is just beautiful. Charlene roamed a big fleamarket on Saturday. And she met some Youtubers that we follow at the campground. Thank God the campground was part of Thousand Trails. I know there are people that like this kind of place. Not us. Did I mention that it was cold?
Istokpoga Canal, FL
February 11, 2022, to February 13, 2022
Our first real dry camping experience. Istokpoga Canal Campground is part of the SWFL Water Management District. You can camp for free, but you need a permit/reservation. The canal is perfect for kayaking even though you can’t get directly to the lake. The fire pits and picnic tables were of better quality than most paid campgrounds we have been to. We did learn that we need better batteries and more solar panels and that there are only a few days during January/February in Florida cool enough to stay in an RV without using the A/C. But the generator worked just fine. I think it’s safe to say that we will do more boondocking in the future. The people we met were great too. We even had dinner with one of the neighbors. We will be on the lookout for junior.
Florence Marina State Park, GA
February 25, 2022, to March 02, 2022
Our first trip with our new 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid. We went to stay at Florence Marina State Park to explore Providence Canyon, State Park. Georgia’s mini version of the Grand Canyon. Still impressive though. Pretty much man-made due to farming mistakes done in the early 1800s. Charlene wore herself out by exploring the outer rim and Lokai and I went down the canyon and hiked it twice over the week. The shorter trail is just 2 1/2 miles long and on the easy side. I think we should make it a mission to find and visit all the mini canyons in the USA. There seem to be quite a few. Location wise this place is in the middle of nowhere. The next grocery store was 35 minutes away. A trip for the memory book.
March 11, 2022, to March 13, 2022
Cypress Glen Campground at Silver Lake, FL
What is with the weather this year? It got way too cold and windy on Saturday to go kayaking. We still enjoyed a little hicking and some good food. It went down to 33F during the night to Sunday morning. Hopefully the last cold spell.
March 25, 2022, to March 27, 2022
Withlacoochee River Park
Nice little campground in the woods near Dade City. It was slightly overcrowded with caterpillars. Some moth. They were everywhere. Could this be our last trip as part-timers? Will see I guess.
April 13, 2022, to April 27, 2022
Riverside RV Park
Well, yes we are full-timing it now. The house is sold. We are moving on.
And with that, we finished our first 2 weeks as full-timers. We stayed close by at Riverside. The commute to work was only 10 more minutes. The RV is a little cluttered from all the extra stuff. We are slowly but steadily working on getting that sorted out. Getting pretty good at it.
April 27, 2022, to May 08, 2022
Torrey Oaks RV Resort
63 miles one-way trip to work. I think we will get something closer to work before buying into a resort this far away. It’s quiet and laid back here for sure. Maybe a little too quiet for Charlene’s taste. At least that was her initial thought. She has warmed up to the place and now wants to come back. Unfortunately, there is nothing available. Oh well, the local Walmart doesn’t even carry the dog food Lokai usually eats. One thing Is for sure though. From now on we will leave Florida before the love bugs come out. They are annoying. Some of the best Mexican Street Food nearby. Something to keep in mind. 🙂
May 08, 2022, to May 11, 2022
Highlands Hammock State Park
Just a little relaxing stopover before meeting up with my parents. Saw some deer.
May 11, 2022, to May 25, 2022
Ramblers Rest, Venice, FL