Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What took us so long??

We've been full-time RVing for nearing 4 years now... and we just now made it to Florida?  What took us so long?  It may have something to do with the fact that it is 3000 miles from our home base.  But I'm so glad we finally did it.  We didn't know what we were missing.  The Emerald Coast is Incredible!

We have the bay right out the back door, and we're able to lock our kayaks up "on the dock of the bay",  so we're able to go out in the kayaks anytime. 

The other afternoon was especially exciting.  There were many dolphins jumping and showing off their acrobatics... and we had a front row seat!   Unfortunately, we hadn't taken the camera out.  I doubt that we would have lucked out with our timing for a good action photo anyway.

We checked out the Destin Harbor Walk another day.  Not Impressive.  We couldn't find a parking space on the weekend, so we tried again during the week.  We found a parking space, but half the shops were closed!

One thing is a given... EVERY day, we visit the Gulf.  I get excited about it every day.  Every day it's different on the ocean.  Some days it's all calm... other days it has 6 foot waves!  I like it all.

We've really got into collecting shells.  We've even lost a phone because of going too far into the waves in search of that seashell.

That is from many days ago... our collection has grown MUCH bigger an much more impressive!

We've been here 2 1/2 weeks, and I'm sad that we have less than 2 weeks left.  We could live here!
But we don't... our home has wheels, so we will move on down the road.

We do plan to get some maintenance done while here, though.  Some of the rubber stripping on our slides was totally dissolved, so we ordered new stripping from the factory, and replaced it. 

We also noticed that the trailer tires have become really worn, just on the inside... but I calculated the mileage on these tires, and it's over 23k miles!  So we will just get new tires.  Taking the truck in for new tires is one thing, but hauling our home in, is another thing... as most of my readers know!  So we were thrilled when we came back from the beach yesterday, and there was a mobile tire service at another site.  So we spoke to them and they will be replacing our tires tomorrow!

Next on the maintenance list is several things on the truck.  We have new batteries on truck and 5er, we have new tires on the truck and will soon have new tires on the 5er.  But its time for some routine maintenance on the truck, and we need a glow plug replaced, and the latest is noise coming from the alternator.

We were happy to have a visit from RV friends, Duane and Louise, yesterday.  We met on the beach, then had dinner together.  It was great seeing them again.  Hopefully, we will meet up again in Arizona or California.  If its in California, then we will have a motorcycle with us again, and we can ride together.

Lovin' life here on Florida's Emerald Coast... Where are you lovin' life?


  1. Love all the pics, but especially the pelicans. They are awesome birds. We went to Florida last winter for our first year. This year we are heading to LA and TX, also new states for us. So many places to see and experience!!

    At the moment we are in KY working at Amazon. We have four more weeks and will be so excited to get back on the road!!

  2. That is a beautiful part of FL. We've spent the month of April in Destin twice. It was a wonderful time. Looks like you are having super weather. Enjoy the rest of the time:)

  3. Really enjoyed our visit although to short. Hope we can hook up again soon.
    The beaches there are the nicest sand beaches I have ever seen. Travel safe.

  4. Glad you had some special time with friends, Duane and Louise. We always enjoy spending time with them.

    The shell collection looks awesome. Collecting them can be addicting.

    Smart move just getting all new tires. We have been there and done that.

    It looks like you two are enjoying the good life for sure.

  5. We are loving our lives in Southern California...but be sure it does rain here! It is raining today and has been spitting most of the night...first time in months but it does rain in Southern California even if the song says it doesn't! LOVED the Emerald Coast...hope to visit again soon!

  6. Lived in Pensacola for almost 30 years but didn't get to the beach often enough. Destin definitely has the prettiest color water of the entire Gulf Coast and October/November is the best time of year to be there.

  7. You got some great shells there - I just got my shelling fix of: olives, sharks eyes, lightening whelks, cockles, scallops and some sand dollars. My favorite place in Florida is Sanibel Island.

  8. Isn't it just the greatest place? Most of the time the weather is great, ocean great, great shells, great sand.... fond, fond memories.....

  9. Ok, now its going to make waiting until Monday seem long. See ya soon!

  10. We are enjoying following along on your east coast travels. Our goal is to follow a similar trail from Maine, south into Flordia, then slowly back to the west coast via the many great states along the way. We have been to Florida a few times before but to travel with the fiver would be far more enjoyable.

  11. We are in Wisconsin...but not enjoying it. Highs today and tomorrow in the 20's with wind chill of 8 degrees. That is not a typo! I plan on cleaning house and cooking today, there's no way I'm going outside. I'll just have to live vicariously through my internet friends for a few more winters. Shell collecting could get dangerously addicting. I'm all about the hunt for something new!

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