Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Life at Wilderness RV Park Estates

We are now 3 weeks into our stay here at Wilderness and must say we are very happy with all aspects of being here.The weather is perfect and the people are friendly and not pushy.I say that because Linda and I are somewhat private people and although we enjoy a good visit with anybody we are not 'joiners" and so far everyone has respected that.We have been places where if you don't join in all the activity's you are kinda shunned.We did attend a very nice Veterans Day Celebration in one of the meeting rooms.It's been a while since I thought about the time I spent in the Army.Made me proud to be with my fellow servicemen.I have learned a lot from the people here about the area and why they come here and it seems to be a very common thread of good weather,not crowded like the coastal areas but still close enough to go there if you want.Buddy and I enjoy our walks as he loves to meet new people.There are quite a few lots for sale here right now but we have not made up our minds yet if we really want to own anything again. As it stands now it would have to be a pretty special lot for a pretty special price.

We are slowly learning where everything is in town so that we can plan our trips and not have to backtrack to much.Tomorrow will be a trip to get the balance of our Turkey Day meal and to look at new laptop for Linda.With Thanksgiving coming Christmas is right around the corner.This will be our first year away from family during the Holidays and it seems kinda strange.We miss you all but are happy living our dream.

The weeks have been full of good news for us.A while back I wrote about blowing a tire on the trailer in North Carolina.There has been a lot of chatter on the Forest River forums about many people having many problems with the tires Forest River used for a few years so I thought I would send a picture of the tire and see if they could help me out.This is the second time I have had to contact the factory about a problem with my almost 3 year old 2008 Cedar Creek 5th wheel but I must say they came through once again in a very satisfactory manner.Even though the trailer and tires are out of warranty they are recognizing their mistake in choice of tires and sending me 4 brand new aluminum rims with new upgraded tires.They do not even want the old ones back.This is at no cost to us. It's nice to buy a mid grade unit and be treated like you mean something to them.Forest River in the past has had a checkered customer service rating but I give them an A+.

Next I applied for my Social Security Benefits as I will be 62 in February and have opted to take the early payments(not going to wait and have the Government steal that from me ).Wait a minute.....I'M OLD ENOUGH TO GET SOCIAL SECURITY!!!.How in the world did that happen!!!! It turns out the amount will be a little more than we had thought so it will be nice to finally have the Government finally start repaying the money I loaned them.Our pension fund,401k money and savings will be happy also.Now if we could just get some leadership in our Country we will have enough money to live out our lives. Our long term plan continues to work.

Linda did get a photo of the Great Egret that hangs out on the pond so I will include it and since it's been a while since I have had one of any kind of a car I'll add one from a gas station in Ocala.Chasing A Rainbow. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Winter Home

Well, after a 250 mile trip we are now in our winter spot for at least the next 4 months in Silver Springs, Florida. This is a very nice park with friendly people that are not as clickish as some ownership parks tend to be. Our first 3 days were spent in one of the park lots as we actually arrived 3 days earlier than planned and didn't feel right asking our landlord to let us in early. In retrospect they would have had no problem letting us move in early.Could have saved a few bucks but Linda and I both do not like asking for favors.On Monday the 1st we packed up for the move to our spot and I put my first dent in the trailer. I was sick.As you can see it's not very bad but it just being there bugs me and will until I get it fixed.The interior roads are quite narrow and as I swung out to clear a planter on the drivers side I did not pay attention to the tail swing of the trailer and clipped a small red pole.I didn't even know I had hit it until a guy pointed and told me I had hit something.I think I was more embarrassed than anything.

Since our lot is at the end of a dead end street I was going to have to back the trailer about 450 feet down the street to get it in.After scraping a pole just turning a corner my confidence was a little shaken but I actually got it backed in and parked without much trouble.Whew !!! This lot is really nice as it sets right by a pond with a fountain that lights up at night.It's kinda cool to have a fountain to look at right out of your window.Another nice thing is no RV on that side either to block the view.We had originally rented another lot in the park but at the last minute the lady kinda backed out on us so we had to scramble to find a place since we were in South Carolina when we found out. In the long run we ended up with a much nicer lot to spend the winter in.

View at night out of the window.

We are pretty much just getting settled in and have not done much yet but have been enjoying being able to walk across the street and use the hot tub to sooth our aching muscles.The daytime temps have been just what we were looking for although the nights have been a little cooler than we thought they would be.Not cold mind you, just cooler than we thought. There is a beautiful white Great Egret bird that hangs out at the pond and catches fish but is really cautious and so far we haven't been able to get close enough with our cheap point and shoot camera's to get a good picture .Oh well, got at least 4 months to sneak up on it and get a picture.

I won't have much to add regularly to the blog but promise to at least let you know we are still alive and kicking once in a while.We will be soaking up the sunshine and Chasing A Rainbow.