Ron and Hazel's 'Travels with Nuggie' travel blog

A beautiful RV park? Yup, it's the Walmart in Lake City, Florida.

We owned one just like this, but not with a wood stove!

This car has been following us all the way from Minnesota!

The Sunshine RV Park in Lake Placid.

We arrived just in time for the $3 Easter Ham Dinner.

Our spot is right across from the swimming pool.

Hazel dressed up for Easter Sunday mass.


We left the National Seashore Park in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on Friday and headed to Florida, spending the night in Lake City at the luxurious Walmart RV park. There were a couple of motorhomes already there when we pulled in late in the afternoon, including a 1984 Tioga Class C, just like the one we used to own. Except, ours didn't have a chimney. When I was walking the dogs, I ran into the owner, and we had a nice visit. He was a handyman, towed a small trailer with his equipment, and certainly a free-spirit, "I bought this thing thinking the small size would be make for good gas mileage, but I can only get 8 miles a gallon" (about what I got with mine). "I put $50 in the gas tank yesterday, and when it runs out, that's where I'll stay, until I make some more money." He'd been working up North over the winter, and had taken out the only chair in the living area and installed a wood stove. An interesting guy.

The lady in my GPS, "Lola", said I should take Interstate 75 on my trip to Lake Placid. But, Hazel had the Rand McNally map book and said we should take highway 27. Lola disagreed, but I took the highway 27 exit and for the next several hours I regretted that move. Maybe 40 years ago, this was the highway to take, but not today, with about 100 intersections with traffic lights, lots of cars, and businesses on both sides most of the way. Cross words were exchanged.

We stopped at a Sears store in a shopping mall along the way, I was looking for a Craftsman air compressor that I wanted to buy, but they were sold out. I mentioned our route on highway 27, and the clerk said "Oh no, you don't want to do that, it was was great years ago, but not now."

Finally, we arrived at Sunshine RV Park in Lake Placid, and I was immediately impressed by how nice the place was. Blacktop streets, neat and clean, several motorhomes that are here for a few days, and a lot of permanent residents, with some grand old travel trailers and motorhomes with porches attached, probably the final resting place for them, and their owners.

With my Passport America membership, we paid $97.50 for 5 nights, including cable television and all the activities. What a deal.

I drove the Oldsmobile off the car dolly, and after a quick shower, Hazel and I headed into town to meet our old friends Dave and Helen Ramnes, who winter here and summer in International Falls, Minnesota. We had a great visit, had something to eat, and we will be getting together again during our visit here.

It is Easter Sunday, and this afternoon, there will be a ham dinner in the community room for $3 a person and a potluck bring-along. This morning at 9, there was a non-demoninational church service in the community room, but Hazel elected to drive into town for the Catholic service.

I am watching the news on CBS that Mike Wallace has died at age 93. "Meet The Press" is running a story about Mike's life, they must have been ready for this, saying Mike had been sick for some time.

Lots of activities planned here for the residents, I'd say at least half the park is permanent, so Hazel and I might be "exercising in the pool" and "playing bingo" this week.



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