Florida – “The Sunshine State”: 12/10 – 12/28/19

On the morning of Tuesday, 12/10, we took 278W out of Hilton Head Island to 95S to 4W towards Orlando. We passed briefly through Georgia, and took a moment to stop at a Rest Area. It was a hot, beautiful day.

It wasn’t long before we would enter The Sunshine State.

We wanted to break up the driving from Hilton Head to Fort Lauderdale, so we stopped at about the half way mark. We found an RV Park in Orlando to spend the night.

That evening, we met my friend Lori’s daughter, Tracey, and her husband, Joe, at a restaurant in Windermere – Signature Lakes. It was a gorgeous night, and it was great to spend it talking with friends.

When we were getting ready to leave the next morning, we saw a little friend in our yard. I wasn’t quite sure what it was at first. Can you identify it?

We arrived at our home for the next 17 days within five hours.

This beautiful state park is located just outside of Weston, and only a 15 minute drive to my sister’s home. We had site C6 that abutted a canal. Truth be told, we didn’t see ONE gator in the park while we were here. This was a fear that I had during the entire stay, and it never materialized.

This 666-acre park features 11 miles of bike trails plus model airplane field and lakes for jet skiing. It has a popular doggie park (Markham Barkham), playgrounds, tennis courts, 18-hole frisbee golf course, picnic areas, and an outdoor fitness area. It also has a shooting range for skeet, pistols, and archery. While we were there, we watched a RC (remote control) Boat competition. Unfortunately, it rained A LOT during our stay. It rained just about every night, and the mountain bike trails were closed the entire time due to the muddy conditions that were created. We did, however, take a ride along the canal on one of our last days there. We were able to get a view of our campsite from the opposite direction.

Besides being in Florida to celebrate Christmas with family, we also got to be a part of some special events and reconnect with old friends.

My nephew, Cody, graduated from University of Miami on 12/12/19.
Lunch and at the Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale for my sister, Rosie’s, birthday on 12/15/19.
Prime Time Bar & Grill in Weston for my brother-in-law, Dean’s, birthday 12/18/19.
My dearest Lipton friend, Debi, in her home.
Playing tourists in Jupiter.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
A wee bit windy on top.
Gorgeous eastern view from the top.
The Spirit of Lauderdale Sunset Catamaran Cruise on 12/26/19.

And finally, the only picture that I have of all of us…and my phone was on Portrait. Oops. I would have preferred to have my family in focus and my face blurry. LOL

During this visit, Scott and I visited Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. A separate blog will detail this event.

Next, we will head north in Florida to the white, sandy beaches in the panhandle.

One thought on “Florida – “The Sunshine State”: 12/10 – 12/28/19

  • The photo from the Jupiter Lighthouse inlet is the most beautiful color i have ever seen of water. What fun memories of family and friends. Happy travels. Loving you two. Mom

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