|My personal space|
I moved from my old RV park, where I was getting way too comfortable, to Fort De Soto, near St. Petersburg. It was really beautiful there, and very relaxing. For some reason, though, it took me a couple of days to relax. After almost taking out my exhaust on the day of the move (got too close to the curb when leaving Dunedin), I was really in no mood to drive. I got set up in my site at Fort De Soto around 5:30, but I had gotten up at 4:45am to get down here to line up for a walk-in site for the weekend, so I was beat. After climbing up on my roof to install my digital antenna — not as difficult as it sounds — I was ready for relaxation, a shower and bed.
This was my first time in a real Park (this one is Pinellas County), and I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. The previous sites I’d had were in RV parks with lots of people, many of whom are fulltime residents. Campers can only stay in these Parks for two weeks at a time (same with state parks), so no one really knows anyone else. Lots of waving, but no real connections. That takes some getting used to. . . After three days, I was on the road — again!
My next stop is in Largo (no, not the Key, just the city near Clearwater), where I’m staying for a month. It’s not the best park I’ve been in, but it’s definitely acceptable. There’s a pool and activities (in which I don’t generally participate), and the people here seem nice enough. It was a bit difficult getting here, as my GPS kept telling me I had to make a U-Turn to get into the park. Yeah. Try making a U-Turn with 40′ of vehicle mass behind you. So, I improvised and turned at a light, driving down the road trying to find a spot large enough to allow me to get turned around.
I found what I thought was a good spot, but the exit was suboptimal (i.e., too small); I bumped my way back into the main road, causing my drawers to fly open and my dishes to crash to the floor (broke two of my Corelle plates, but the melamine survived!). I had some cleanup to do once I arrived, but at least I arrived relatively unscathed. . . As usual, I had someone from across the street come to help me back into my site (after a local worker almost guided me into the tree on the right). I’m now being pelted continually with acorns from that tree (I could swear it’s the local squirrels), but at least it’s shady here.
|My Largo Site|
Somewhere in March, I’ll need to look for my next site, which will probably be for a month if I can find one with that availability (it’s still high season here). The weather is getting warmer, and the snowbirds generally leave in April or May. After April, it’s easier to find a site, and cheaper, too! But that brings me back to my dilemma: how to travel without spending a lot of money.
I’m fairly certain I’ve lined up a Camp Host position in Ft. De Soto park for July and August, and possibly for longer, so that will definitely save me money. And I’m happy to be able to explore the area more by staying there longer. Camp Hosting is how many RVers handle the expenses. Not all of the positions pay, but you always get a free spot. I also volunteered to provide updated photos of the campsites to the website manager, but I haven’t heard back about that offer. . .
Here are a few shots of Ft. De Soto, since it’s a lot more scenic than my current area:
|Flying Egret (I spooked him)|
|Near Ft De Soto Entrance|
Until next time. . .