Wednesday, June 08, 2011

We're on our way again.

All's well around here. My mothers arm is on the mend & the house is all ready for a hurricane. Our fingers are crossed for another uneventful hurricane season but you just never know. A few years ago we replaced the exterior doors and all the windows with the new hurricane resistant products, has the roof structure brought up to current code, replaced the shingles, etc. We're as ready as we can be.

We leave in the morning. 56,856.5 miles on the odometer. The camper just turned three this past April; that's just under 19,000 miles per year. My goodness,how did we manage that many wonderful miles?
To date there have been no significant issues, either with Ford or Lazy Daze. Just your basic routine maintenance.

Our first stop this trip will be lunch at Singleton's Restaurant in Jacksonville. We first heard about Singleton's in a book we both read. The main character, a Navy captain stationed in Jacksonville, used to hang out at Singleton's. On our first visit, we kept looking for the captain. Never did see him. The restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. It's not much to look at but the food is superior. Certainly among the best seafood restaurant's we've ever tried. It's right on the south shore of the St. Johns River, about a block from the ferry that crosses the river.

We'll stay the night at Huguenot Memorial Park, a City of Jacksonville campground about ten minutes from the ferry crossing. The campground is on the north side of the St. Johns River just across from the naval base. Most of the campsites have an unobstructed view of the river. A few years ago when we stayed there, we drove the camper onto the beach and spent the day a few feet from the ocean.

One of our daughters, Alex, lives in Northern Virginia near DC. She's having back surgery a week from Friday so we're going to her house for a while to lend a hand as needed. Alex lives on a large cul-d-sac so we simply "camp" on the street. There is an electrical outlet available so it works out real well.

After that, the only commitment we have is the family get together in Pennsylvania starting July 9th. Every year, our three daughters meet up someplace. This year it's at a lake house in PA.

The general summer plan is to just drift around the Great Lakes states. We've been through that part of the country twice before and really enjoy the area. Baring any medical problems with my mother, and assuming our house doesn't get blown away by a hurricane, we plan on staying out until mid-October.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you guys hit the road again. I will be looking forward to your posts when in the Great Lakes area where I am originally from.

Jim and Gayle said...

Great to hear you are able to take your summer trip. We sure don't miss worrying about hurricanes!
Look forward to reading about your travels.