Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Too! Enjoy Our Photos of Miss Journey

12/21/14 Sunday in Wauchula,FL (Peace River Preserve-TT)

Boy, does the time fly when you are just crazy busy. I’m not even going to try to explain – moving from one home to another, praying that all your “stuff” will fit in the new smaller home! For two weeks of that time we were not in either our old home or our new one. The first week we stayed with our very generous friends Betty and Denny, here in Florida. Our second week was in a park model cabin on the Thousand Trails campground, Orlando. We’re extremely grateful we had a couple times before we “took delivery” to work at packing and moving. On delivery day (Monday 12/15/14) we spent the majority of our morning with our “walkthru.” After lunch we watched our extended warranty inspector (through Wholesale Warranties) examine lots of basic things, including a test drive. Thus there wasn’t a lot of time left to get the rest of our belongings from the Safari to the Journey before dark, but we did. Then we drove our new home to a campground only 7 miles away from the dealership (Wekiva Falls RV Resort-private).

We managed to get some sleep that night, surrounded with plastic bins of “treasures.” Jacks up in the morning and we headed for Wildwood, FL (Three Flags-TT).

Time for our first adventures: we knew we were low on DEF, but thought we could make it to Wildwood, getting it filled there. Unfortunately even though our gauge showed 1 green bar when we left LaMesa, it was reading yellow as we left Wekiva Falls. Very bad things could happen if it ran out (coach wouldn’t go over 20 mph and we’d need a specialized tech to re program our engine), so John pulled into the first gas station we came upon. Their driveway had quite a dip and we had to turn into it. Bottom line, we experienced major rocking and rolling. Enough that our residential refrigerator burst open, letting a bottle of V-8 juice and another of olive oil drop onto the floor. Thankfully the olive oil was pretty solid so it didn’t make a mess, but the V-8 was all over our vinyl floor. Boy was I grateful it was vinyl and not carpet! So I clean up the mess and rested while John took the 1 hour trip (each way) to Wildwood to get a couple gallons of DEF. The local gas stations didn’t carry it. Boy were we tired when we finally rolled into our campground in Wildwood. We even got a day to rest at that campground, then more adventures started the morning we needed to leave.

A couple jacks just wouldn’t go up all the way. John decided to try a “restart”: he pushed the button for “Auto Level” (set down). Once they were down, he pushed the button for “Auto Store.” (Yes, all automatic-really a treat when it works!) This time they all came up. Whew!! We needed to fill our fuel tank and the DEF tank so we got to a Pilot in just a few miles. It took an hour, between waiting for the prior trucker and then the DEF flowed really slowly. So it was rather late for us when we arrived at Peace River by 12:30pm.

Lots of folks had already arrived and claimed sites, so we were concerned about our choices. As it turned out, we really like the spot we have. It’s got power (50 amp-they needed to fix), water and sewer as well as Satellite TV reception. Nice shady trees as well. This is a very peaceful park, with sunny, open spaces as well as woodsy ones. Lots of 30 amp/no sewer sites that are what’s available as the season gets busier. After Christmas I guess, the crowds come and they begin a lottery system. For the lottery, when you arrive your name is placed on a waiting list (can get here by 9 am to get higher on that day’s list). Each day at 1 pm they’ll call out the top names. You can decline to respond (if you don’t want to move or didn’t see a better site) for 4 days, then you’re placed at the bottom of the list. SO you’re likely to first set down on a non sewered site, then move to a better one a day or so later.

As I said, it’s peaceful, with lots of activities, a heated pool and hot tub. Even the Peace River runs along the park; you can take your boat down it.

Here we are, happily ensconced in our new to us Miss Journey.

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You all have a great holiday season. I’m going to take another blog break until maybe the New Year. Just trying to get caught up on rest. Plus I’m sure you’re really busy with your own lives these days.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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3 Responses to Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Too! Enjoy Our Photos of Miss Journey

  1. Jim Keller says:

    Merry Christmas!
    I have been following along with your journey. I am wondering why the change in your RV.

    Jim Keller

    • tjelser says:

      We wanted an newer RV for two major reasons: the Safari was now 11, almost 12 years old. After an RV is 10 years old people can’t get an RV loan to purchase it, they need to have cash or a personal line of credit, thus there is a smaller group who can afford it. It’s also recommended that you not buy a 15 years old coach because the repairs may well cost more than what you paid for it. Thus dealers will give very little for it in trade–hard for them to sell. We couldn’t sell outright because we were living in it – we and our belongings would be out on the street. The other reason is the two large slides. They had narrow tolerances at the top. The technicians said it couldn’t be fixed. We struggled finding a level spot and then juggling with the jacks to give them “space”. There were also innumerable annoyances for John that he was tired of struggling with: fuel peddle was a couple feet too far to the right, no ladder, oil took an hour to slowly slide along a level pipe to the engine….

      • Jim Keller says:

        Thanks Trish.
        Merry Christmas to both of you. And thanks for the tips you have learned along the way.

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