Could this be the start of a warm-up? Thursday started at 32 degrees, but was warming by the minute with bright sunshine and blue sky. Finally -- welcome to the sunshine state! By 9:00 we were cutting west to the center of the State, our destination was Highland Hammocks State Park and a visit to Van Wert friends Steve and Cindy in their winter home in Sebring.
Steve and Cindy bought a winter home in Buttonwood Bay RV resort several years ago with a plan to spend the Ohio cold months in residence. Choosing a beautiful little yellow villa on a corner lot with an enclosed lanai, two bedrooms and kitchen/living room, they found a population of like-minded people for bridge, mahjong, shuffleboard, and all kinds of other planned and unplanned fun. They spent an hour touring us around the community in their golf cart to view their winter lifestyle, and even though it was only 50 degrees, people were out and about. The Sebring area was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, and everywhere people were working to replace and repair what was damaged. Cindy and Steve had no damage to speak of!
We returned to the Highland Hammocks State Park to walk Charlie on one of the trails – no black bears or alligators, although they are highly advertised! The park is beautiful in a Florida kind of way: palm trees, spreading live oaks, and marshy swamps. The temperature finally topped out at 56 to make being outside an enjoyable difference from the past few days of this vacation!
After enjoying the park, we retraced our route back to join Steve and Cindy and their friends Judy and Tom for pizza at the American Legion. Two hours of pizza and drinks convinced us that Steve and Cindy had selected a perfect winter retirement base with the natives at Buttonwood Bay!
As for us -- we're heading on to the Everglades tomorrow morning -- less than 200 miles. Prediction are for continued warming, and I think we can say that the cold-blast for Florida is over!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown