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Monday, February 27, 2017

Nice Military Campgrounds

We "Pulled Chocks" and headed out of Key West for the trip to Home Base.  No more PDD driving days, we took it easy and broke the trip up into five days.  Maybe we're finally slowing down in our RV travels.  Although the Journey seemed to want to keep on going after we stopped each time.  It's been a wonderful rig and has served us well with only minor issues for almost ten years.

The first stop was at a civilian RV resort in Okeechobee, FL.  Silver Palms RV resort.  When we booked the reservation, the first thing they asked was the age of the motorhome, a first for us.  No rigs allowed over ten years.  Hmm.

As we got closer and closer, we passed a lot of RV "resorts" that looked like either sardines packed in a can or an elephant graveyard, the campers were so old and decrepit.  We were getting a little worried as we paid near Disney Fort Wilderness prices for our two night stay.  Thankfully, it turned out just fine, a beautiful place with rental lots as well as deeded lots.

We were led to our site by an employee who said he'd help me back in.  I thanked him, but told him I only back into sites with Marti's directions.  He seemed a little taken aback, but said okay.  We unhooked the car and Marti guided me in to the site with a group of people in the next site watching with interest, maybe expecting some backing disaster.  We slide the Journey into place as slick as usual with the hand signals we always use.  When Marti gave me the "Stop" signal, the watchers broke into applause, to which Marti took a bow.   I guess we amused them anyway.

Of course, it rained cats and dogs for the duration of our stay, so we didn't get a chance to use any of the amenities, including the hot tub (Sniff!).  No worries, we had  two more nice campgrounds ahead, both on military bases.

Cocoa Beach, FL is home to the Patrick AFB, and we got an amazing site right on the beach.

It was tough watching the sundown from our front door.

Next stop was the Navy Base at Jacksonville, FL.  There are two campgrounds there, one on the ocean side and one back in the woods called Osprey Cove, which is where we stayed.  Again a beautiful place.

While there, we visited with my very good friend Ron and his wife Amy.  Ron was my partner during my Coast Guard special agent days and we had many amazing experiences together.  It was great to see them and they picked our brains about full time RV life, seems they have bought a 37 foot motorhome and are putting their house on the market in April.  I guess we're bad influences... 😁😁

We're finally back at home base for a couple of weeks, then a week to the COE to help with some ranger training.  After that, we're getting set for about a two month trip to California to visit our four granddaughters that live outside of San Francisco.  I'm foreseeing a visit to Disneyland with them.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



  1. You had some beautiful views from your front door!!! Can't beat that!! We encountered a campground in Tennessee that had the 10 year requirement. I've seen older rigs better kept and presented nicer than some newer rigs that had been abused by the owners. Oh well....
    Glad you made it to home base safely!!

  2. So nice that you can slow down a bit and enjoy the Journey it makes for much mire relaxing travels. Then a trip to California sounds like a fun time as well.

  3. Way to go...kept it under 300 miles per day!! You are beginning to mellow...we are so proud:o)) Now, I bet that changes when you head to California!! Safe Travels...

  4. Amazing to see you slowing down. Good for you. Life in the slow lane is very nice. I've heard of the 10 year rule. But how would they know? They can't know every rig and year. It's all about looks I guess. Too snooty for me.

  5. I've not gotten the cowboy to slow down much when traveling from place to place--good for you guys!

  6. First, I want to know your travel plans as head west.
    We've seen rules at parks where they need to inspect RVs over 10 years old. Some just want to take a look to make sure it isn't trashed. Others just don't allow them. I guess they don't need the money.

    Sounds like a great trip. Rest a little before you hit the road again.

  7. Hmm, no PDD days? We must have lost our membership too, since we sit in CA so long! Hope we see you when you come to CA!

  8. Looks like a you've had a string of nice campsites. Can't beat those photos. We stayed at Patrick AFB a few years ago -- back when the base shooting range was in the middle of the park and they started their firing at 6AM! I think they moved it down the road into a new facility. Lovely pictures!