Although we’ve been enjoying the RV life, we had booked our first cruise many months ago, which is why we HAD to be in Miami during December. On December 8 we met our daughter*, her fiancé, plus his parents and my Energizer Bunny Mother-in-Law to board the Norwegian Bliss.
We ate too much, tried new drinks (cucumber jalepeño mojito!), and danced to a different genre of music almost daily. We enjoyed great entertainment and partied at the ‘80’s Retro Dance like we were 19 (hehe, hello 1985).
The food was excellent and (too) abundant. We were both craving an apple as we pulled into the RV park – what might that tell you, haha?
It was a great experience, and we connected with our future in-laws in a warm and wonderful way – and generally had a blast!
* Special thanks to Cruise Director, Emily Reid for organizing this wacky group of 7!
Back on land, our site at Larry and Penny Thompson Campground was excellent, and situated in such a way that we saw everyone (and every dog) walk by multiple times a day. From our small buddies who were full-timing with their parents, to the wise and experienced couple across the street, everyone was so nice and welcoming. Jim and Audrey had so much to teach and tell us, as they’ve been RVing for 30 years! At 90, Audrey was perky and fun, and Jim knew all the best spots. They took us to lunch at their favourite diner, where Jim likes to “aggravate” the servers, haha! On our 2nd last day, the mom of the two tiny buddies actually bought and gave us an Instant Pot cookbook! The kindness of campers is one-of-a-kind!!
Next up for January, Venice, FL.
On one of the first days of December we toured boardwalk path, of the 1.5 million acres of wetlands that make up the Florida Everglades National Park. The alligators were out in the sunshine, and at least one looked like he was at the dentist. A few had “crossed the road” (paved path) to the dry side! We saw two babies (3 inches, at most), and heard a Park Ranger tell a group of kids that she’d been doing this for 2 years and had never seen a baby before!! Isn’t swampland beautiful?
After this kind of sight-seeing we went to see about the milkshakes at Robert Is Here. I’d been calling it “Bob’s Not Here” for a couple of hours, haha. We chose one of the 21 flavours, all made with fresh fruit – and it was delicious, along with our first ever Cubano (famous cuban sandwich).
What a neat place! Part cafe, part market, part petting zoo and a historical sight for old aircrafts and vehicles. We got a lesson in Turtle Love, which was actually funny – the male was squeaking like a mouse!!
Next up is another adventure – our first cruise!
During our last few days at Yacht Haven, John gave the RV a good wash (by hand, a 4-day process), and we went to Butterfly World, which may sound boring, but was actually pretty and pretty fun. The tour only took about an hour, but we learned so much, and got a few nice shots.
On Fri Nov 30, we checked in at Larry & Penny Thompson Campground. It’s built on a former avocado farm, and is just great! Long, flat bike paths, and built-in exercise equipment on the walking trail – with a scary warning!
One morning we chatted with Jim, who’s been RV’ing for 30 years! He knew so much, and shared stories from his days with the Coast Guard. His stories were fascinating, and his wife is still on the move at 90! We’ll see if Jim’s suggestion for the best milkshake in Florida holds true! (Added later: I think it did!)
Next up is Everglades park, and while John researched, he’s sharing a great recommendation for lap desk/ lap warmer!