Friday, February 18, 2011

Great Weather Now it's time to leave

   Looking back our time here in Florida it has really went fast.Lately the weather has been exactly what we came here for.Some may question leaving Florida this time of year but it is time.We have really enjoyed being here but need a change of scenery.We will be working our way to Arizona to finish out the winter and spring before heading for Oregon where we have reservations for June 1st.
Pink Taxi Cabs

We took a trip down to the Florida Keys and spent a few days checking out the various Keys.The Keys are a very unique area with almost perfect weather.As with all warm weather tourist areas bring your money.We ordered a pizza to eat in our Hotel and was shocked when a plain jane pizza cost $19.00 and it wasn't even that good.We had Buddy with us so it was pretty hard to go out to eat seafood which is the big thing here.That's ok, he's our baby and we don't mind sacrificing certain things for him.The companionship he gives us more than makes up for it.I think the highlight of the trip was one morning in the Marina right out of our window where the Dolphins were feeding on fish within 20 feet of where we were walking.It was amazing to watch them circle and group the fish before feeding.Very fascinating to watch.I asked one of the locals if it was as exciting to them as it is to us drylanders and he said they never get tired of watching Dolphins.We walked old town Key West which was also very interesting.Was as far south as you can go in the U.S.A at one point.

On the way home we were going to take a road through the Everglades but somehow missed the road and had to take I-75 through instead.Got to see some of it but not as much if we hadn't missed our turn.Linda and I were talking and she mentioned all the years going to Yellowstone Park wanting to see a bear in it's natural habitat she never did.We figured her luck would be the same as far as seeing an Alligator here but kept watching.All the sudden she got really excited as she had spotted 3 of them on a bank along side the road.Again a new experience for a drylander.
Linda and Buddy's new chair




Beautiful old Home circa late 1800's

Oldest eating establishment in U.S.A.
Dolphin in Marina



Baby Bald Eagle

Old section of 7 mile bridge from new bridge

 
Buddy not as fond of beach as Linda is
 
    
    For me The Daytona 500 is Sunday and I'm really looking forward to being there in person.This is the Super Bowl of NASCAR and it will be bittersweet to be there in remembrance of 10 years since the Death of Dale Earnhardt.Go Dale  Jr!! Just watched Michael Waltrip win truck race 10 years to the day of his 1st 500 win.

  It's going to be a busy two weeks as I would like to go to Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum and take Linda to the beach one more time.We have a lot of prep work to do to get ready to start traveling again so until next time we will be Chasing A Rainbow.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Winding Down our Winter Stay

     Wow it's hard to believe it's been over a month since I've posted.Despite some days and evenings that were cooler than I expected it has been a very pleasant winter here.When I compare it to the temperatures in my home town we are overjoyed with our decision to come here.The t-shirt and shorts days far outnumber the days having to wear long sleeves and sweats.That being said we are less than 30 days from leaving here for Arizona for a spell on our way to Oregon for the summer.The pictures are of some of the birds that hang out by the pond by our trailer and of an Alligator that had to be relocated  a couple years ago.

Relocated Gator
                                                          
Broad Wing Hawk
Ugly Turkey Vulture
    We took a very enjoyable trip to Indian Shores,Florida for a week to meet my cousin Laurel and her husband Ron and shared a condo with a beach view of the Gulf of Mexico.They are a lot of fun and we had a great time.The week went way to fast for us but not for Buddy.We had to board him as we couldn't have him with us in the condo.He has had sitters at home before but never had to stay somewhere else.Boy was he ever happy to see us when we picked him up.Of course we didn't miss him at all.Yea right,we were just as happy to see him. The pictures below are of the Condo at Indian Shores.If you ever get a chance this is a nice area to visit.

Ron and Laurel
Linda and I
View from Patio at Condo
Sunset from our Patio


















   We are going to the Florida Keys Monday and will have a report and pictures from there.We are looking forward to this trip as we are told it is beautiful down there.Buddy gets to stay with us this time so he will be happy.I also have a trip to Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum and a trip to attend the Daytona 500 yet this month so will have plenty to write about and more pictures to show.Blogger changed the format on me so I hope this post isn't messed up as it takes me a while to catch up with the changes.Seems I just get one format figured out and they change it.That's hard on us old guys:).Until next time we will be Chasing A Rainbow.