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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Well I hate to say this but it has been a very long time since I/we have posted. I guess I have to ask myself why? As Markus would tell me "Why Not?". The first thing you might ask is who is Markus?  Markus and Anita, they are from Switzerland. They have been on a 5 year journey across the world. Incredible journey....


I have made the photo extra large so you can see every where they have been. They started on a 1200 BMW motorcycle (red), then moved into a truck camper(yellow). The line in blue is where they transition to a plane or boat. And this was all because of the phrase "Why Not?". As he explains it, if you ask yourself "why" you might never do something, but if you think "Why Not" your mind is open to endless possibilities. 

Markus is still catching up on his sleep after 5 years of fast paced travel as you can see. I am posting a Link to their web site BCProductions (Black Cat).  The photos are wonderful, however be aware that the content is in German.

We have gotten to know them well, through dinners and happy hours here at John Prince County Park Campground in Lake Worth, Florida. Markus is working very hard on producing his various travel videos. We have seen many of the wonderful lands and the people they have met. And it is always the same, the people are wonderful, the government not so good, including the US.  People in the world like the US people, but like me, they hate our government (I am not going there).


By the way, if you look closely at the map, I believe Harley Davidson would have ever been able to accomplish what their BMW could did.

Anyway, I guess I will explain later about blogging and the changes that will be coming down the line.

For now I have to run outside and see what all the commotion is all about. 

Safe travels and happy holidays. 

Here are some photos of West Palm Beach's, Night on Clematis Street. The last photo is a 30' high sand castle complete with lights.  The evening was complete with a street concert by Randy Hauser.  Weather was beautiful for an evening out.






DaGirlsRv, Della & Tilly

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Post Blogger

Today was a festival day, we went to the first annual Stuart Seafood Festival. We both commented that it will only get better. Even as we were leaving additional people were streaming in. Tickets were $7 @ the gate or $5 for advance purchase.


As you can tell by the title, it was a Fish / Seafood event. Plenty of vendors with special crafts related to the ocean along with food vendors:



Least we forget Eric and the Parrothead Party Group,  we thought of you when we saw these signs;

Of course this is for Dana – we spied a beagle taking a swim;


Even the police were on segways having a fun time


Least let us not forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.  The event was hosted in Memorial Park, Stuart, FL


Anyway, this was a fun event although a little warm mid-day.  We kept our wrist bands on for the day in case we returned that evening, but we didn't make it.

Sorry for the very, very late post, time seems to have slipped away.  Retirement can keep us very busy, or everything we do takes longer as we grow older....

Dale & Susan 2003 SeeYa1084
DaGirlsRv  Della & Tilly
Elks Lodge #2349

Monday, November 11, 2013

Time to Report in

Well it's been awhile since we have reported in or reported on what we have been doing. On Monday, we went to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center located in Stuart, Florida (Google Map). We both agree this is a must see. The facility is mainly manned by volunteers, who are excellent in explaining about the Eco system, aquatic, wildlife and birds of Florida. There is a self-guided tour which is 1 mile long, we recommend that you take the guided tour. Our tour guide just happened to work for the county as an alligator trapper, and is very well versed on the area.
We arrived just in time to see and hear about the aquatic life of the area. On-site is a very LARGE lagoon which is fed by the ocean and thru filters.


Check out some of the fish swimming around in the lagoon:






Check out the Fish Feeding Video below




As we arrived back to the CG we spied additional photo ops. We hope you enjoyed them.

Safe travels 
Susan, Dale, Della and Tilly









Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Port St Lucie Corp of Engineers

Location: COE Port St Lucie, Fl
Coordinates: 27.11042, -80.28513
Links to Photos: COE Port St Lucie
Satellite View:


Well, we made it after a harrowing 161 mile drive from Lake Louise SP outside of Clermont, Florida.
No, it was really not harrowing, just a little windy and Susan drove most of the way. I need to remember to take photos of her driving a 40 Ft rig. She shows how easy it is to do it. And really it is easy, just point it down the road, take it easy and drive.

What's the first thing we have to do when arriving? Of course, it is a requirement to take Della and Tilly to check out their new digs:

Morning after for Della's walk down the trail:

Our main reason for traveling here is to visit my father, sister and her family over in the Lake Worth area. We moved my dad 2 years ago today  (Nov 5).  Yes, 2 years ago today, Susan and Pop drove off into the sunrise on their way to Florida. He had decided it was time for him to move here, especially since we were planning on going full-time. He recently reach the age of 90 (Aug 23rd).

Of course he is older, but he still has the same smile:

Our plan was to have him come and stay with us or visit us here at the COE, well, as always plans do change and we have to be flexible. He has decided he has seen everything there is around here and decided not to come.

Well it is that time of morning, Della is looking at me and reminding me about our appointment outside, so we'll be seeing you later.

Safe Travels from DaGirls

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Low Expectations BUT Big Results

Sunday morning we all awoke to sunny skies and off we went to Apopka Airport. This morning promised to be sunny with the wind picking up. Susan and I were both excited, Greg has been flying for many years now, and why not, he lives in sunny Florida where it is almost possible to fly every weekend.
In prepping the airplay there is many things that have to be done.
A shot of the plane in the hanger


 One is the removal of the plane from the hanger. 


We were all loaded up, safety check completed on the plane and passengers. 

And off we went. For those of you who remember the Space Shuttle and where it lands upon returning, let me tell you even from 3000 ft a 3 mile runway looks mighty small. And they only got one chance to get it right.


Susan is ever vigilant looking for other airplanes in the sky.  Plus she is looking for other beautiful sites. 

Such as this airial shot of Universal Studios


 One last run, can you guess were we were heading?


Well, it is time to head for the hanger as we have been out for over 2 hours,

Here are 2 links to other photos for your enjoyment.

Plane Ride 

DaGirls Rig from the Air

And the Finale....



Saturday, November 2, 2013

Plan B

On Friday we were off to Greg's Man Cave, his man cave started over 8 years ago when some $$ fell into his lap. One of his dreams was to fly, so off he went in search of the best instructor. Needless to say he found her. So before he knew it, with pilot license in hand, plane in the barn and a apartment/condo and hanger in hand, he has the best of 3 worlds.



Well since it rained on Saturday, so our plans for flying were put on hold.  So plan "B" was implemented. Plan B - off to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. The best way to describe this special event is to watch the Video link below. Copyrights Universal Studio.

Universal Studio Halloween Horror Night

In my opinion,  this should be put on your list of thing to do and see if you are in Orlando during this time of year.

Just a few photos of our evening.







O'h did I mention that Greg is part of our family? If I haven't yet, then, Yes he part of our close family

Safe Travels from
Dale, Susan and DaGirls

Clermont, Florida

We arrived at Lake Louise SP, Clermont, FL on Wednesday after a long and dusty trail of 46 miles. Susan's directions led us down interesting highways and byways, to the point of making a right hand turn into the SP.
At the counter, Susan and Clarence discuseds options about days of stay and location. This is a good SP, big  rig friendly and hot showers (low water pressure). It is best to use tank water. We are using our booster for our AT&T cell phones, as we only have 1 bar, but our Jet-pack (Verizon) clearly shows good 4G.

Here is a photo of one of the lakes we are next to (sandwiched between 2):


Our rig in a big pull thru. 


Greg, a long time friend who I had not seen in over 5 years, he invited us over to his house for a few days including da girls. Greg is the one on the left.


I met Greg, in Arizona many years ago when we both lived on Edwards Dr in Tempe. He was my neighbor 2 doors down. Funny story, I came home after work and I noticed this guy removing palm fronds from the front of the house to the alley, except he was doing it the hard way.  Anyway being the kind of guy I am  and having full size truck, I pulled up and started loading them up and removing them.  His comment was what are you doing? Easy answer, I am moving this stuff to the alley in the pickup. We have been friends ever since.

Now back to the present, Greg also scored us entrance to Universal Islands of Adventure:

Universal

Needless to say we had a great time and after a full day in the park, we were ready to head home at the end of Greg's work day.

Today (Sat.) Greg had a special surprise for us, so we all packed up (including da girls) and headed out to a small town called Apopka.  Oh by the way it is cloudy and rainy today.

Can you guess what the surprise is :


Safe travels from all of us.
Dale & Susan and Da Girls

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Last Day

Well time has come to pack up and leave this beautiful location. Everything about Woody's and Anna ranch reminds Susan and me of boon-docking in the national forest. Cool nights, quite, and just plain great. On Tuesday we took the air-boat out on Lake Panasoffkee, it was a might windy, until we arrived on the leeward side. We did spot 2 gators, but just barely.

Susan and I were thinking we really do not want to leave, but the time has come. Of course we have been invited back anytime. Woody, stated next time park in an area closer so we could hook up our sewer hose. Seems we have to stay longer next time.


Photo of Woody driving the Air-boat


 We did come across this Hawk who was having lunch


The Hawk was determined to have lunch even though we were in the area.



The one who will be really sad to leave is Della, she enjoyed her time here, as she never wore her leash, she ran with the pack and enjoyed her time as Queen who survey here domain.
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Well I guess it is time to slowly start packing up. 

Safe travels in your journey 
Dale and Susan

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Woody and Anna Hill

Currently we are in the backyard of Woody's and Anna house. They live on about 20 acres outside of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida. They are really West of the lake in a wildlife area. This area has over 10,000 areas of wetlands, rivers and lakes all connected by canals.

Woody and Susan are related and they have always wanted to get together. Being here reminds us of boon docking in the forest except with hookups.

Here is a shot of their place:


In case you are wondering who is Anna and Woody:


On Saturday Woody took us out on his airboat for a ride in the area. In my opinion, it would be easy to get lost out in the wetlands.  (Susan) Air-boats and good hair days do not go together....



Here is a side shot of Woody as we rode along.


We did spot 2 gators, but the camera was not ready. Along the way, we spotted wildlife such as these turkeys, didn't spot any wild pigs, but lots in the area.


The crowning moment, came when Woody handed the controls of the airboat over to me. What a joy it was, this is a toy I could really like. Susan reminded me that we could not tow it behind the Rig.

While out in the area, Susan spotted a news paper delivery tube on an island where airboaters stop and sign in.  Story as told by Anna - before you can sign in you must remove your shirt and run around the tree.  Then you can put your shirt back on and sign in..... (Susan) Like that was going to happen!  But both Dale and I did run around the tree (in opposite directions).

She also was deep in thought with Woody on dry land.

Did I mention that this boat can go over land AND water.

So I leave you with this photo. You can see all the photos we took by going to the link below:

Photo Link

Safe and Happy travels from the DaGirls rig