1/16/14 Thursday at Longwood, FL (Betty/Denny’s pad)
In preparation for our cruise, we cleaned the inside of our CRV. That poor thing hasn’t had a lot of inside attention since we bought it in 2011, I think. Not that I can remember. So since we’ll be putting piles of luggage and 2 more people in it, I thought it was about time to get the sand and junk out to make room. With everything a kind of vinyl, it cleaned up really well. John vacuumed with our shop vac and I scrubbed the rubber mats on the floor and the seats. It feels so good. Ready for company now.
For our afternoon, we struck out to see what La Mesa RV had to offer. We felt this would be like visiting the Florida RV Supershow on the cheap. After spending the whole afternoon with a salesman, I saw a rig that met all my desires, but John did not have his all-through basement compartments nor a Cummins engine so he said those were deal breakers. We came back to a new Winnebago/Itasca marked down from $256,000 to $175,000. John was very happy with this one, but this time I held back. I didn’t want to buy new nor get a loan. This would have required we come up with something like another $91,000 as well as our Miss Zanzibar for trade in. Plus Washington State taxes ($15,225). Sorry, way beyond what we can afford in my opinion. Not to mention we are going to meet Karen and Sherie in Wachula,FL tomorrow then head to Miami on Saturday for our cruise. We just wanted to gather information, not get head over heals in buying a new rig. Whew, that was close!
Just for fun, we had a little hot tub time after supper. When it was time to leave it was pitch black dark, even though we had a full moon, due to all the foliage and fencing. We considered if John should shut things down tonight to save on electricity or hold off until morning when he could see things better. He decided to go ahead and shut things down. In his concentration on finding the right knobs he forgot that the deck dropped off by 2 feet onto flat rocks, leaves and into a small area bordered by brickwork. He fell hard. Poor dear. He looked like Sasquatch as he stumbled back onto the deck. We made our way back home to showers. That’s when I saw his cuts and scrapes so after his shower I put medication on his boo boos. Wouldn’t you know, just before our cruise.
Warning: we’re traveling to our friends’ place in Wachula tomorrow then driving us all to Miami Saturday and boarding our Carnival Cruise ship. Consider this the beginning of a blog break until at least January 28th.