Saturday, December 13, 2014

Settling In, Getting Comfortable and Staying Warm

We’ve settled in quite nicely here at Water’s Edge, just chilling out, meeting the neighbors and settling into a seasonal kind of life. Not much is happening to blog about.

The past week has been on the cool side for Florida. We’ve had highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. It’s still a great deal warmer than most of the country so I sure won’t complain. It’s currently 72 and sunny and there’s more of that coming our way next week. Yay!

We’ve found the grocery stores, drugstores, hardware stores, some restaurants, the theatre and, of course, the fishing tackle/bait shop magic store :)

We found a nature trail a few days ago which is a nice 3.5 mile loop where we heard we could see birds, deer and alligators.  Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area Trailhead is located just north of the city of Okeechobee.

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This is what we saw…

Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Trail

Lots of birds. No deer. No alligators :(  No other critters either, thank goodness :) It was a nice walk though and I’d go back, hoping for different results next time…minus those other critters :)

We had a nice family visit earlier this week. Rick’s cousin, Pierre and his wife Jojo just happened to be in the Fort Lauderdale area for the last few weeks and they made the trip up here to see us last Monday.

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We had a very nice, but too short, visit. They have left Florida to return to Quebec, where I’ll bet they are freezing! :) Pierre and Jojo, thanks for stopping by. It was wonderful seeing you both!

Rick has been fishing and I’ve been keeping all those seasonal workers at Amazon busy :) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here :)

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I’ve also been playing around with Picasa trying out some of the other photo editing techniques. It appears there’s a lot more to Picasa than the “I feel lucky” button! :) The above photo is not very good but it’s the best I could improve a very poor picture :) I guess I won’t give up my day job :)

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

Friday, December 5, 2014

Home, Sweet Winter Home

We arrived at Water’s Edge Motorcoach and RV Resort outside Okeechobee, Florida on Monday, December 1st.

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We have been so lucky picking parks lately, and this one is no exception. Water’s Edge Motorcoach and RV Resort is situated right on the Rim Canal that encircles Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest lake. Lake Okeechobee (pronounced just like it’s spelled) means “Big Water” and is the 9th largest fresh water lake in the country behind the Great Lakes, Lake of the Woods (MN), Lliamna Lake (AK), and Lake Oahe (ND, SD). It comes in just ahead of #10 Lake Champlain (NY, VT).

Lake Okeechobee

The fishing should be decent and because that’s what Rick likes to do with his winter, it’s what I like too :) (more shopping time for me :))

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It’s no secret that we froze last winter in the Crystal River area. It seemed the entire winter was chilly and rainy. I think there were a few nice days in there but not too many :)

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Everyone told us that we had to be south of Tampa to stay warm, so that became my mission, long before last winter was complete :) I reserved our space at Water’s Edge 11 months ago!

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We spent our first 2 winters as full-timers in Texas. Last winter and this, will be in Florida. The “master plan” is to spend the next 2 in the Southwest :) So to get a good comparison, we really needed to find a nice, warm place to call home this winter! That meant south of Tampa :)

Our “street”. If you look closely, you’ll see a splotch of red on the left. That’s the Jeep and Lucy :) Click to enlarge any of the pictures20141203_102756

We couldn’t be happier with our choice. This is a small park with only 30 sites which is exactly what we prefer. So far, everyone we’ve met has been very friendly.

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We are 10 miles from the city of Okeechobee. Some might consider that a drawback. For us, it’s a plus. We prefer to be “out of town” so to speak. I think we found another “gem”!

Lucy at “home”. Ignore the ladder and tubs. Rick was still setting up :)Lucy's Winter Home

We shall see how warm we stay this winter, but I have great expectations. It’s been around 80 +/- since we arrived. I think I can live with that :)

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle