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May 5, 2019 - Key West, Homestead, Tampa-Week 33-Bye Bye Key West

4/29-5/5 Week 33 Monday 29th Today is our last work day, but as I said, we were told there was no rush for us to leave the resort. Tuesday 30th I worked on some things on the motor home and went into Key West to buy a couple of tools and things. Margie is chomping at the bit to get on the road but she is enjoying the down time on this site also. Wednesday 1st The new Workampers started working today and since I had kept a two-way radio for a while I heard the boss tell everyone they were buying pizzas for lunch. It was funny when he called...

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OTR with M and R

Jun 20, 2018 - Day 22 - Homestead, FL

Met my son in law Raul at his favorite barber shop for a haircut. It's becoming a tradition. Always get a great haircut down here; Cuban barbers must be the best. Spend the rest of the morning developing a plan to exit Homestead tomorrow. Turns out it's a bit tricky. There's only one exit out of the RV park and you exit onto a one way street going away from the Turnpike entrance. There are several U-turn options, but I don't think I can get the beast through any of them. Looks like the best option is to head the wrong way for about a mile...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Jun 19, 2018 - Day 21 - Homestead, FL

Pretty uneventful day. My son in law Raul has a friend that runs a nice golf course up near Miami. So he got me a really good deal and I drove up there (about 30 minutes) and played. After playing so well the day before, I thought I would go big and play from the back tees at this course. At almost 7,000 yards long, big mistake. Rough was extremely thick and I think I was in it on almost every hole. Played ok on the front, but by the back 9 all that hacking out of the rough really took it's toll. Learned my lesson big time. Beer sure was...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Jun 18, 2018 - Day 20 - Homestead, FL

Nice quiet night at the RV park. We head over to my stepdaughter Shelli's where the entire gang is parked in front of their phones or watching TV. There is no plan to do anything else, so I head to the local golf course, have lunch and play a round. Course (Redland) is a nice layout but the greens are pretty bad - like they haven't cut them in a week. I catch a 3-some on about the fourth hole and have to wait on every shot for the next 12 holes. Then suddenly on 16 they ask if I want to play through. Would have been done an hour earlier if...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Jun 17, 2018 - Day 19 - Homestead, FL

Spent a solid hour (maybe more) in the morning trying to tighten the light fixture that hangs over the little dining room table. The bracket that holds the light is attached to an incredibly thin piece of particle board by 8 little wood screws that have all stripped out. There are a lot of things we like about this new Winnebago RV, but they have set a new standard for cheap cabinet construction. No way that light is going to stay attached to that board; it's way too heavy. They should have just put in LED lights like they did everywhere...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Dec 30, 2016 - Royal Palm & Flamingo

Friday, we had planned to go snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Due to unfavorable weather, the trip was cancelled so, we instead went back to Everglades. We first stopped at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, where a ranger suggested we head to Royal Palm. Arriving here, all the cars were covered in tarps. Apparently, the vultures attack cars and try to remove windshield wipers and weather stripping. There were no bungee cords left, but we were able to wrap the rental car with a tarp and close it in the car doors. Once the car...

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Mar 19, 2016 - Everglades

Homestead, FL The Everglades of Florida is the largest subtropical wilderness in the US. Although the stereotype of the Everglades is that it is a swamp, it is not. Swamps have stagnant water. Here water flows from Lake Okeechobee (elevation 18’) in a slow river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long hidden among sawgrass marshes. To the visitor, the Everglades is a river of grass. It is home to an amazing diversity of animals and plants. Naturally everyone knows that the Everglades area has lots of alligators. Not only do alligators swim...

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Keys to the South

Mar 18, 2016 - Northward bound

Homestead, FL There are 42 bridges connecting the islands of the Florida Keys. The longest is the famous Seven-mile Bridge, which is 35,716 feet long. The shortest is Harris Gap, which is only 37 feet long. Highway 1, also called the Overseas Highway is comprised of 18.8 miles of bridges – 15% of total travel time in the Keys is spent on bridges! Our goal today was to return back up Highway 1 to where we had been 4 days ago. We got off to a rather slow start. By 11:30 we had gone only 3 miles. Key West is home to the Key West Tropical...

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Keys to the South

Dec 6, 2015 - Day 28 - in Homestead, Florida

This Sunday we headed out to find a rivet tool to fix the sliding closet door. The GPS said there was a Home Depot 15 miles north of us so we headed that way. On the way we stopped at Bayfront Park, next door to Biscayne Bay National Park. The Park as a lovely pool next to the Bay and a Marina. We managed to walk around both before the rain started again. We continued to follow GPS route to Home Depot, not there, don't think it was ever there, is now a Turnpike interchange. So we asked for an Ace Hardware, found one 6 miles away, found it....

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Dec 5, 2015 - Day 27 - Ochopee to Homestead, Florida

We have 9:30 AM reservations for a tour at Shark Valley in Big Cypress Park so we were on the road at 8:00 AM. We took a two hour tram tour through the Everglades. It was very informative, with lots of birds and alligators. After lunch we headed south to Homestead. We called John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo and found out that they were flooded and not taking any campers for several days. We called Southern Comfort RV Park in Homestead and got their last available site. When we drove into Homestead and Florida City we could see the...

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Dec 7, 2014 - Everglades

When we left Naples, we drove along FL Hwy 41 instead of I-75, both go through the everglades; however, Hwy 41 is the most scenic one. We also stopped at two of the National park visitor centers along the way. Saw Alligators, birds and fish jumping. Well worth the extra miles. We spent the night in Homestead, our last stop before we arrive at Sunshine Key and start of Winter Florida Stay in the Keys.

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Nov 22, 2014 - Homestead for the night

Today it was pretty windy, and it rained off and on, as we entered the Florida everglades. Spike spent the day dodging the wind which was 20-25 with gusts to 35 mph. Even with the comfort steer, it was a tiring day of driving for him. We bypassed Miami and drove the 2 lane back roads, so there are not very many rest areas or turn outs to stop at. In fact not any paved shoulders, only grass with deceivingly soft ground underneath. (If you aren't careful you could sink up to your axels in mud). We found a paved turn out to stop at and have...

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Heading to the East!

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