Saturday, August 02, 2003

Hey! August 1 and we're taking our first road-trip. Well, the first road trip for me and Jim. I took the camper the last weekend in June with Mom, Chris and Emily and went to Jonathon Dickinson park. Before I got too comfortable with Jim doing all the driving and setting up, I wanted to do it all myself, just to know I can. It was great. There wasn't anything I couldn't do, although I'm sure I was more tense than Jim is driving it. After no more than 2 hours, I felt pretty exhausted. When Mom asked me, "Well, what are you going to tell Jim? Are you going to tell him that this is piece of cake and you'll do all the driving now?" I said .... actually, I think I'll say "Been there done that, don't need to do it again ... here's the keys."

So, this is really the first time doing real vagabonding!! We have been living in the RV full time for the entire month. So, when I would think about what we needed to go away for the weekend, I had to keep reminding myself "Everything will be with us! We're taking the whole house AND the kitchen sink." It is SO comfortable riding and it is SO comfortable living in. We just LOVE our RV. We're going to visit my Dad in Dunnellon, and we wanted to check out another internet option for RV parks. We found an RV park in Ft. Myers - Shady Acres - and we're using their wireless connection - Linkspot - right now. Left Ft. Lauderdale at 1pm on Friday - got into Shady Acres at 4:15 - 132 miles and we stopped at a rest stop on Alligator Alley for lunch and to wait out a storm. So, not surprisingly, the internet connection didn't work last night. So, we used the cell phone. Hooked it up to the USB port and dialed into the internet piece of cake. Cool! Of course, it was connected at 14,400 - pretty painful, but at least we could get our email. We went to the office this morning to see if anyone could help us. We said, 'just check that the internet is up on your computers here'. Linda replied "Oh, I don't have access to the Internet, just the owners have that. whew! Jim got the Linkspot guy (Mark Kaplan) on the phone and he told him some IP address to type in manually and got us on. Meanwhile, Jim asked for literature to be sent to Paradise Island - and inquired as to job opportunities. He was told that they're looking for someone in Florida!