We had planned on staying in Tennessee until October, at which time we would be heading towards Texas for the winter. However, we had to make an unplanned trip to Florida to be near my family after my Mom give us all a health scare. It was really scary when the call came that my Mom was being life flighted to the hospital. Because it would take eight hours to get there and this wasn’t in the plan I wanted to know how bad things were before we picked up and left. By the next day we were told that they would be doing a procedure called ablation and there hope was that this would take care of the situation and after some recovery she would be good.
In the end we decided it was best to go on to Florida and make the most of it, so we packed up and headed that way. We stopped half way for the night and on Friday the 4th we arrived around 1:00ish. We only told my oldest daughter that we were traveling, as we always want at least one person to know that we are actually on the road, so my mom was totally surprised when we pulled up in the yard. She had arrived home from the hospital an hour earlier. We are lucky enough to be able to park in my parents yard when we visit.
As of Friday the 11th we have been here a week. Mom is doing better and gaining strength every day. My oldest daughter arrived from Tallahassee on the 12th for the night. It was nice that we got to see her and her family especially since we are headed to Texas for the winter and have no plans of being in Florida until June at the earliest.
Seeing my family is always a good thing and as always I got the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family.
Our trip here was not without surprises or unplanned expenses. About a mile from our destination we got a flat tire. This is the second flat in the last three months. So last week we spent all day getting new tires all the way around, G614’s, which are supposed to be one of the best to have on a fifth wheel. For the price, they better be good. In addition to the new tires, Greg also added a stabilizer bar to the rear jacks. We already had one on the front.We seem to be keeping busy while here as we seem to be doing something every day. One of those days included a trip to the Commissary on the Navy base in Pensacola. I have never been to one and wasn’t sure what to expect. I hope we have time to go back before we hit the road back to Tennessee as the prices on some items is well worth the forty minute drive to get there. I also want to check out the PX as we didn’t get to see much as we shopped for groceries first, so we only had limited time to look around.
Living this lifestyle makes it possible for us to pretty much come and go as we please and do whatever we want whenever we want. Sometimes that is a blessing and sometimes not so much. I enjoy the flexibility of going places and seeing new things, but I also miss the stability of being in the same place. I’m looking forward to spending the winter in Texas where not only will we have access to all the resort activities, but the ability to explore many new places.