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Wintering in Florida

Like many fulltime RV’ers we spent most of the winter in Florida. After spending the holidays with family in North Carolina we headed back to our hometown of Fernandina Beach, FL to stay at Ft. Clinch State Park in January. Most of the time we were there it was very cold, well by Florida standards that is. I know most northerners would question my definition of “cold”. We woke up one morning to find that the water coming into the RV from the outdoor spigot had frozen. We’ve traveled for 3 years and that has never happened. How ironic that it would happen in Florida of all places!

In spite of the cold we had a blast hanging out with friends, playing lots of games, enjoying lots of campfires and watching gorgeous sunsets.

We were so happy to be in town to attend one of our best friend’s surprise 50th birthday party!


Good friends Danny & Kim

So much fun with friends…


Game nights with Mimi


Catching up with Kym

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Camping with Kelli and the rest of the Norstrem family

One night while watching the sunset we were so excited to see a couple of dolphins playing so close to the shore. Photo credit to Kelli for these beautiful sunset pictures.



After almost 4 weeks in Fernandina we headed down to another one of our favorite places: Disney’s Ft. Wilderness campground. This time my parents, sister and brother-in-law joined us for some Disney fun.



Later in February we moved on to Three Flags Thousand Trails where some good friends were staying. In the past I have shared pictures of some of the incredible campsites we have been blessed with that included lots of space and gorgeous views. Well, sometimes we end up with a site with a lovely view of the neighbor’s camper with barely any room in between.


Jake and Jesse with their good friend Gavin

The sites at that park were pretty close together, but thankfully the neighbor was really nice. She brought treats over for the kids often and even told us we could use her golf cart anytime we needed it. We didn’t take her up on that, but I have to say she was one of the nicest neighbors we have ever had. In addition we got to hang out with some other Fulltime Families which made our stay there really fun.

Even though we didn’t have a lot of space between our campers, our back yard was pretty amazing with cows coming to visit us every day.



From there we moved on to “moochdock” at a friend’s house. We met these friends on the road 3 years ago. They recently bought property in Florida with a very nice, large RV spot.


Keith and Michele’s house

We went kayaking in Silver Springs while we were staying with them. That was lots of fun until we realized we missed a turn and ended up 2 miles downstream which meant we had the strenuous job of paddling back upstream that far. I was so thankful Keith tied a rope to my kayak and helped tow Jesse and me back!


Peaceful and beautiful while we were still heading downstream.

Next we spent a quiet weekend at a beautiful state park on the Suwannee River.


Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Lastly we attended our 6th Fulltime Families rally in Madison, FL at one of our favorite Jellystone Parks. We used to go on weekend camping trips to this Jellystone years ago before we started traveling fulltime. They have a really awesome water slide and lazy river. The entire week the boys were so excited for them to open the water park. It was a chilly week, but the campground promised they would open the water park for the rally no matter how the weather turned out.


Well, the campground kept their promise and many of the kids braved the cold to enjoy it one afternoon. The outside temperature was in the 60s, and I have no idea how cold the water was but based on the blue, shivering lips of most of the kids it was quite cold!



Photo Credit: Brooke Foster


Photo Credit: Brooke Foster

Rally weeks are always so busy and super fun. One day we had a field trip canoeing down the Suwannee River.


Another day they had field games like relay races and crab soccer.


We also had campfires, pot luck dinners and lots of other fun with old and new friends.


FtF Rally Group Picture – Photo Credit: Brooke Foster

So that wraps up our winter in Florida and now we are making our way up the east coast. We are so excited to begin another year of adventures and making memories.


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Cross Country Road Trip

After an amazing summer in the Pacific Northwest it was time to start making our way back east for the winter. We had 6 weeks to get from Washington to Florida. This post will cover the stops we made along the way.

First we spent a quiet week in eastern Oregon on the Idaho border, recovering from a couple of very busy weeks in Washington. We stayed at Farewell Bend Recreation Area on the Snake River across from Idaho. It was beautiful and peaceful!



The 2nd week we spent celebrating Jake’s 13th birthday in Park City, Utah which I already wrote about. You can see it here if you missed it:¬†Birthday Celebration in Park City, Utah.

Week #3 was spent in South Fork, Colorado where the fall foliage was gorgeous! Our campground was right on the Rio Grande River.





We spent week #4 in Amarillo, Texas for a couple of days and then the rest of the week in Oklahoma City.

In Amarillo we used the complimentary limo service to go have dinner at the Big Texan. This was so much fun and a shining example of true Texas hospitality!




We also stopped by Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo to leave our mark on the classic cars and to meet up with our good friends the Thomas family. Somehow we always end up on the opposite side of the country as them, and our paths crossed here in Texas as they were headed west and we were headed east. Someday I hope we’ll be in the same state again for more than a day or two!


My beautiful friend Erica who I miss so much!


After a busy 2 days in Texas we moved on to Oklahoma City. Our campsite here was interesting, right on the mini golf course!


While in Oklahoma City we met up with my sister’s good friend Rene who gave us a personalized tour of the Oklahoma City National Memorial where she lived and worked at the time of the tragic bombing. This was a very sobering site to see, and so interesting to hear Rene’s story of the events that happened that day in 1995.



We also visited the Science Museum in Oklahoma City which we could go to for free on our ASTC reciprocal membership. The boys enjoyed this science museum very much!



We moved on to Arkansas for week #5 to visit Hot Springs National Park. I have to admit we were not all that impressed with this national park after all the amazing and scenic parks we’ve been to out west. This was basically just a town with historical bathhouses. Maybe were missing something, but it seems like it’s probably more interesting for adults… not including Chris and me, we’re not adulting right now. ūüėČ



It turns out we were parked next to another Fulltime Family at the Hot Springs KOA and we enjoyed getting to know them. I hope we meet up with them again in the near future.

The Mid America Science Museum is located near Hot Springs and it is also included on our ASTC membership so we went there too. Another super fun science museum that the boys really enjoyed!




After an overnight stop in Tupelo, Mississippi where Chris & I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary at a Japanese Hibachi grill along with our kids, we moved on for week #6 in Woodstock, Georgia where we were able to visit with my sister and her husband for the week. We stayed at Victoria Campground which had very nice and large sites and beautiful sunsets on Lake Allatoona. We had lots of fun with Cheryl & Chris playing games and just being our silly selves.



And then finally, after 6 weeks and over 3000 miles we were back “home” in Florida at our happy place, Disney World just in time for trick-or-treating at Ft. Wilderness.



We purchased new FL resident annual passes and got busy exploring our favorite amusement parks all over again. Lots of other Fulltime Families spend the winter in the Orlando area also, so it was fun to meet up with some of our friends at the Disney parks.






We even enjoyed a visit from my parents at Ft. Wilderness one weekend while they happened to be in the Orlando area.



As much as I love traveling out west, it is good to be home. We’ll spend the rest of this year hanging out with friends and family in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. I will probably be taking a break from blogging until we begin traveling again next year. Until then, I hope you all enjoy a blessed holiday season. Remember to make the most of your time with loved ones and be thankful. ūüôā


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Fulltime Families Tally Rally

We attended our 5th Fulltime Families (FtF) rally in Tallahassee, FL at the North Florida Fairgrounds. Affectionately known as the “Tally Rally”, this was the biggest rally we have attended so far at approximately 85 families. I have to admit, being an introvert, I was quite overwhelmed by this many people at first. When we first pulled into the giant field where we all camped for the week, I really had second thoughts about whether or not we should have come. But I needn’t have worried about that. Within an hour or so some good friends from previous rallies stopped by and we got out and about meeting old and new friends. We ended up having a blast!



Here is a cool video that a rally attendee made early in the week:

The rally week started with a field trip to the Mission San Luis where we were transported back to the year 1703 and learned about how the Apalachee Indians lived.




The next day we had a field trip to the Tallahassee Museum and Tree to Tree Adventures. The boys had their first experience on a ropes course. Jesse was not yet tall enough for us all to do the larger ropes course with zip lines, so Jake and Jesse did the ropes course for smaller adventurers. The larger one looked like lots of fun so once Jesse is a little bit taller we will look for a place for us all to do this together.


Besides the ropes courses, the museum was fun to explore. It was more like a zoo and gardens.




One of the really fun activities for kids at the rally was building a box city. Many thanks to the mom who came up with this idea! It was a big hit with all the kids. They built a city out of boxes and then had to sell stuff and earn “money” to spend at other businesses in the city. Some of the kids thought it was funny to commit crimes so they would be arrested and brought to the city jail. ūüôā




One afternoon some of the adults played bubble soccer. This was hilarious to watch! Chris played, but I did not. It looked pretty dangerous and painful, and you even had to sign a waiver in order to play because you could get seriously hurt or even die. No thanks, I’ll just watch. ūüôā





One evening the moms attended a Pampered Chef party, other evenings were spent having potluck dinners followed by games or dancing. After all the other festivities, we usually could be found at one of many campfires around the fairgrounds while the kids ran around and played until they crashed from exhaustion.



We had such a great time at this rally! If you are a fulltime traveling family or planning to be, I would highly recommend attending one of these rallies. For us it has been a great way to get to know other families living this lifestyle.


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St. Andrew’s State Park – Take 2

Last year I wrote a post about the not-so-great experience we had at St. Andrew’s State Park in Panama City Beach, FL. The manager offered us 3 free nights if we would come back again sometime, so we took him up on that and I am so glad we did! This time we ended up with the best site in the park and it was amazing! Our site was on the end so we didn’t have a neighbor on one side which gave us so much space, and it was right on the water. I was up early our first morning there and was rewarded with the most beautiful sunrise. It was like God was painting the sky before my eyes that morning for about 30 minutes. The colors and reflections in the sky constantly changed while I watched the Master Artist at work.




Our campsite was on the lagoon side, but the state park is also on the Gulf of Mexico so in the evenings we went over to the ocean side to watch the sunset and play on the beach.




We were surprised to find out that our friends Kym and Galen from Fernandina Beach were in Panama City at the same time as we were. We kept missing them in Fernandina so it was so nice to finally catch up with them somewhere else.


My parents came to visit us there too which was lots of fun. The boys got Grampa out playing football on the beach with them. These pictures mean so much to me because my dad is 72 years old, and it’s so awesome to see him so energetic and playing on the beach with his grandkids. Just before Jake was born (over 12 years ago) my dad had quintuple bypass heart surgery. Every time I am reminded of that time, I am so thankful that he is still around to play with his grandkids. He is such a blessing to them!





Jake and Grampa walked way out almost to the end of this jetty before they had to turn around because it was getting dark.


I stayed behind on the rocks and watched the boats and birds.



We went on a short hike at the campground on Gator Lake, but we didn’t see any gators.


My sister always likes to pose my kids in front of signs like this to make it look like they’re breaking the rules, so we took this one for her. ūüôā


Chris got to do some fishing while we were there too, but it was all catch-and-release since every fish he caught was so small.



We had a great time at St. Andrews and I’m so glad we came back to give it another try. Next up another Fulltime Families rally in Tallahassee!


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Second Nomadiversary

Two years ago today we moved out of our house to begin this amazing adventure on the road, and what an incredible ride it has been! We started out saying we would do this for 2 years, but we quickly realized that there is far too much to see in this beautiful country to stop after 2 years. So we are onto more adventures for year 3. ¬†But first I would like to share this video of the highlights of our second year on the road, as well as give an update about what we’ve been up to lately.

If you missed our 1st year nomadiversary video you can watch it here:¬†One Year Nomadiversary. This is why I blog. I am certainly not a professional blogger and I don’t do it for money, but I like to keep this as a sort of travel journal so we can look back and remember everything we did. It is really fun to look back at prior blog posts and nomadiversary videos and count our blessings. If it helps anyone with travel planning or inspires you to travel, that’s an added bonus.

In 2 years of travel we have visited 24 states and 24 national parks/monuments. It’s hard to say what has been my favorite experience so far, but in 2016 I would say it’s a tie between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.


I never did get around to sharing last year that we were interviewed by Epic Education Radio. Here is a link to the podcast if you would like to listen.¬†¬† Honestly I probably didn’t share it because I am generally shy and not comfortable talking in an interview like this. But some people said they liked it and it was helpful, so here it is for your listening pleasure. ūüôā

It has been a while since my last post. Since then we have been spending time with friends and family in NC and FL. We stayed at Ft. Clinch State Park twice to visit friends in Fernandina Beach where we used to live.

Ft. Clinch has 2 campgrounds: one on the beach, the other on the river. We stayed on the beach side last year, you can read about that here: Ft. Clinch State Park. This time we stayed on the beach side for 3 nights, and stayed on the river side the rest of the time. These pictures are from the beach side.


Chris enjoying evening happy hour on the beach hammock.


Both campgrounds are wonderful, but I think we like the river side a little better. The river side campsites are larger and surrounded by trees so you get more privacy at those sites. We also had a lot more room for friends to visit.



The boys got a new slackline kit for Christmas which was fun to try out with friends.


And I finally got to beat Doug at Mexican train dominoes which means I don’t have to eat a bison burger! ūüôā


The sunsets behind our site were glorious!



After Ft. Clinch we moved on to the Gulf Coast of Florida to St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach. I will write about that next time. Cheers!


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Disney’s Fort Wilderness

While we were in Florida last winter we purchased Disney annual passes. We got some use out of them last December and January and then headed west. Now that we’re back on the east coast again, we headed back to Disney to get some more use out of those passes before they expired.

We stayed at¬†Disney’s Ft. Wilderness campground for Halloween and went back again a few weeks later to enjoy the sites decorated for Christmas. Ft. Wilderness is still my favorite campground ever. Disney just knows how to do everything with excellence, and their campground is awesome. Of course you have to pay for that awesomeness. Ft. Wilderness is definitely the most expensive campground we ever splurge on. For us it’s worth it to stay right on Disney property and take advantage of the bus, boat and monorail transportation to all the parks as well as all the amazing amenities this campground has to offer.

Our first stay started the day before Halloween so that’s where our kids went trick-or-treating this year. Many people decorate their campsites for Halloween and give out candy. This was such a fun place to go trick-or-treating!


Sorcerer Mickey and the Storm Trooper

Some nicely decorated campsites.





Can you tell which storm trooper is Jake and which one is a decoration?


Ft. Wilderness has so many fun things to do that you could really stay there and not even go to any Disney parks if you don’t want to. They have a really nice bike trail that goes between the campground and the Wilderness Lodge Resort Hotel.



The marina beach area on Bay Lake is really nice. From there you can catch a boat to Magic Kingdom or to the Contemporary and Wilderness Lodge resorts.


At night you can watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Bay Lake beach and also the electric light parade passes by every night at 9:45. Both are awesome to see!

The pool at Ft. Wilderness has a water slide, a kid’s splash park and a hot tub. Every day they have a pool party and games for the kids.


One weekend while we were there some really good friends from our Nassau County Homeschool Group (NCHE) came to stay with us. Our homeschool group had planned a Sea World field trip which was perfect timing so we could attend and see lots of friends from where we used to live.


We took a break from Disney (as if we ever need a break from Disney!) and went to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Atlanta and then my parents in Charlotte for Thanksgiving. Then it was right back to Ft. Wilderness for my favorite time of the year to be there. The way some campers decorate their campsites is something to see! We like to rent a golf cart whenever we’re there in December so that we can ride around the camping loops at night and check out all the decorations. Ft. Wilderness is huge! Having a golf cart to get around is nice, but certainly not necessary. They have internal bus transportation to take you all over the resort if you don’t have a golf cart. Disney charges way too much for golf cart rentals so we rent from someone off property for half the price Disney charges. Keep that in mind if you go, there are other options. ūüėČ

This campsite was right in our loop and it’s amazing. They come every year I think because we’ve seen this set up many times and it’s one of the best.


Another one that seems to be there every year is a site that includes a lighted walkway and they allow you to walk through their site and check out all their decorations. It’s pretty amazing and super nice of those folks to let a bunch of strangers wander through their site.






And lastly, Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom is stunningly beautiful at Christmastime. Although I really miss the Christmas lights they used to have at Hollywood Studios.


I love traveling all over the country, but I will always love coming back to Disney whenever our travels bring us back east.

If you need advice or tips on traveling around Florida, please check out my friend’s blog over at Crazy Family Adventure for the Ultimate Florida Road Trip. They put together a great post with ideas for visiting many different places in Florida. Their post also contains some helpful links for visiting Disney World.

We’ll be spending the remainder of this year with friends and family in FL and NC. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2017!

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Our last stop in Florida was in Pensacola Beach.  We stayed at Ft. Pickens Campground on Gulf Islands National Seashore.0305161203e

This place is perfect if you are looking for a peaceful, quiet and uncrowded beach.  Our campsite was just steps from the beach.  It was the most beautiful white sand beach, and we almost had the whole beach to ourselves.  It was rare to even see another person out there.  We spent most evenings on the beach watching the spectacular sunsets.



Sometimes during the day I took the boys to the beach to play in the sand or I just went by myself to enjoy a good book.  This was the perfect place to relax!





One day we saw lots of dolphins swimming in the waves and we saw this large group of ducks or birds floating down the current all clustered together.  It was a strange sight!


Even Fat Cat loved this place.  She wanted to be outside all the time; she even made friends with an armadillo!  I really wish I had a picture of that!


Gulf Islands National Seashore is part of the National Park system which means they have a Junior Ranger program.  There was a bike path from the campground to Ft. Pickens so the boys and I went over there one day to tour the fort and do some activities towards earning their Junior Ranger badges.


Touring the fort…






There was also a museum to tour where we learned about the birds and sea life that is common in this part of Florida and we watched a movie about the history of Ft. Pickens.



Earning new Junior Ranger badges…



We enjoyed this park very much!  I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an uncrowded place to go near the Gulf Coast.

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St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park is in Panama City, FL on the beautiful gulf coast. ¬†Like most Florida state parks, it takes some diligence to get a reservation, and even more so if you want one of their highly coveted lagoon front sites. ¬†I didn’t make this reservation at the 11 month window because other than going home to Fernandina Beach, I don’t usually¬†know¬†that far in advance where we’ll be.¬†So for this reservation I had to watch for cancellations and was happy¬†to eventually find a waterfront lagoon site had become¬†available¬†for the dates I wanted.

Here is a picture of our site on the lagoon.  Too bad it only lasted about 20 minutes!



You know, living in an RV can sometimes come with some challenges.  The day we got to St. Andrews was one of those days.

The first thing that happened was we couldn’t find our site. ¬†It is not clearly marked from the road. ¬†Once we found our site I realized it was at a very weird angle and I¬†wasn’t¬†sure how Chris was going to back our house into it. ¬†He starts getting the rig into position to give it a try when this joker in a little convertible comes whipping up beside us and pulls into our campsite like he’s just going to spend the day there. ¬†Um, no, I don’t think so! ¬†Chris told him he’s getting ready to back into that site so he pulls out, but instead of driving away he pulls up right next to Chris so that Chris can’t even start backing into the site until this guy¬†gets out of the way. ¬†Meanwhile I’m behind the rig on the phone with Chris because my job is to¬†direct him in and we’re both just wondering what this joker¬†is doing sitting there in the way. ¬†The guy acts all mad at us like we’re inconveniencing him or something, but he finally drove off.

Next Chris could¬†finally start trying to back into the¬†site and I have to say that he did an amazing job. ¬†He has really gotten quite good at this! ¬†Our RV has an automatic leveling system so once he got in the site and unhitched he started the leveling process. ¬†When it was done the tires on one side of the rig were up off the ground. ¬†The site was that un-level! ¬†We realized that’s not going to work so we had to re-hitch to the truck and move a little, get some buckets¬†of dirt and make piles under the levelers so we could try again. ¬†Don’t ask me why we don’t have leveling blocks… that’s something Chris says he’s going to get one of these days. ūüėČ

Anyway, attempt #2 worked and we¬†were finally¬†unhitched and leveled and ready to set up. ¬†That is until I realized the refrigerator wasn’t working. ¬†Then I realized half of the RV doesn’t have power. ¬†A few minutes later the whole RV lost power. ¬†By the way, if you’re an RV’er and you don’t have one of these Electrical Management Systems¬†(EMS), get one. ¬†I think this saved our appliances and electrical system from serious damage that day.

We called the park office and they sent a park ranger to check out the electrical pedestal. ¬†He wasn’t able to fix it and since it was Sunday they would have to wait until the next day to get an electrician to come out and fix it which means we had¬†to move. ¬†What? ¬†Are you kidding me?? ¬†After all the trouble it was to get into this beautiful site, now we have to move? ¬†Oh, and there are no available water front sites either.

Here is a picture of the new site. ¬†Nothing really wrong with it. Nice and woodsy and lots of room. ¬†It was also across from¬†the playground which the kids loved. ¬†It just wasn’t the waterfront site that I had worked so hard to reserve.



Anyway, we thought they were getting an electrician out on Monday to fix it, but on Monday the park employees acted like there was nothing wrong with the electric at that site and we should just move back to it if we wanted to. ¬†Chris took our¬†EMS back to that site to check the voltage readings and it was not good at all so he told the employees we can’t move back until they fix it. ¬†By Tuesday it seemed nobody was really taking this seriously and they were just blowing us off, so Chris asked to speak to the park manager who came by our site Tuesday afternoon.

I have to say the park manager was awesome! ¬†He listened to our¬†concerns and took full responsibility for the whole situation and said he would get an electrician out to look at it as soon as possible. ¬†The electrician came out Wednesday and confirmed that yes, there was indeed an issue with that electrical pedestal and the issue could eventually¬†affect the other sites nearby. ¬†The manager was very good to us and refunded us for half of our stay, and offered to give us 3 free nights if we would come back sometime. ¬†We will certainly take him up on that. ūüôā

In spite of all that drama, we did enjoy our stay. ¬†St. Andrews is a beautiful park with one side on Grand Lagoon and the other side on the Gulf of Mexico. ¬†The boys and I hiked the trail around Gator Lake. ¬†We didn’t see any gators though until the very end when a lady pointed one out to us. ¬†It was a small gator and covered in green stuff so he was hard to see.


There were some cool trees to climb on this trail.




We also saw several deer at the campground.


And my favorite: the sunsets.  You know I love sunsets!




One more thing went wrong while we were there. ¬†As soon as we were hitched up and ready to leave on our checkout day, I noticed a bubble on one of our tires. ¬†So Chris had to change a tire before we left. ¬†He’s getting pretty good at that too, it was the second one in 2 weeks!

I honestly wouldn’t trade this traveling life for anything, but sometimes things don’t always work out the way we want. ¬†I always remind myself that whatever happens I can trust God¬†to make sure we are where we need to be. ¬†I pray over all the plans that I make and every trip we take. ¬†I pray that if the plans I made are not His best for us that He will change them. ¬†So when things don’t go exactly according to my plan, I try not to get too disappointed and trust that things happen the way they are supposed to. ¬†It’s not always easy though, because you know I am human. ūüėČ


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We’re Still in Florida

Since my last post we have been very busy hanging out in Florida. ¬†There’s no sense leaving the state until it warms up in other states, right?

We spent a couple of weeks at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness, and my parents came to visit for part of our stay. ¬†Those of you that know us well, know that we are Disney fanatics and when we lived in FL that is where most of our vacations were spent. ¬†So anytime we’re back in FL you can be sure part of that time will be spent at our favorite place.



My mom sure does look young, doesn’t she? ¬†And she rides all the roller coasters too! ¬†I’m so thankful to have such cool parents. ūüôā



Next¬†we attended our 3rd Fulltime Families (FtF) rally at Lazydays in Tampa. ¬†If you remember that is where our adventures started last year. ¬†It was like a “nomadiversary” celebration being back at Lazydays.

At the rally last year, the boys started a new scouting program called FtF Explorers. ¬†At this year’s rally they finished up the required activities to advance to the next level. ¬†Here is a picture of the ceremony for the kids that graduated from Stargazer to Pioneer.


One of the Explorer badges they earned was the Fire Safety badge by planning and executing a fire drill in our house.  Here is a picture of them learning how to use one of the fire escape windows.


The rally was super fun and super busy with several activities like a Valentine’s dance, an adult Hungry, Hungry Hippo game and a field trip to Legoland.

This is Chris playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos. ¬†This was hilarious! ¬†I played it too with Chris pushing me around on the floor, but I don’t have any pictures of that unfortunately. ¬†I must figure out how to get in more pictures!



We enjoyed a beautiful day at Legoland with more than 300 other fulltime RV’ing families.





I must admit that after several weeks of visits with family and friends in addition to Disney trips and a rally, we were quite exhausted. ¬†Chris & I are introverts. ¬†And that doesn’t mean we don’t like to be around people, we most definitely enjoy all of this social activity! ¬†But what it does mean is that we need some mix of downtime in between to recharge. ¬†Well, we didn’t have much of that since probably sometime in December so you can imagine that after leaving the rally we were pretty worn out. ¬†It was time for a few days at a peaceful and quiet campground. ¬†Eastbank Campground on Lake Seminole on the FL/GA border was just perfect for a chance to relax and recharge.



Our campsite was huge and had a fantastic view of the lake and we enjoyed gorgeous sunsets and campfires every evening.  We even enjoyed a lovely visit from my sister and brother-in-law.  It was very nice to relax and unwind with them as they also have been very busy and needed some downtime.  I loved watching my brother-in-law Chris enjoy the scenery with his ever-present camera.





Next up? ¬†More Florida travels…


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Ft. Clinch State Park

Ft. Clinch State Park is located on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, Florida. ¬†We lived in Fernandina before we began traveling, so whenever we come back to visit our hometown this is our first choice of places to stay. ¬†Besides being close to where we lived and our friends that live there, it’s a beautiful park to visit. ¬†But just like most Florida State Parks it is very difficult to get a spot to camp unless you reserve it well in advance. ¬†FL State Parks have an 11 month reservation window so if I know that we plan to be in Fernandina Beach that far in advance I will go ahead and reserve it.

We spent the first two weeks of January there and had such a great time visiting with friends. ¬†We enjoyed having friends over to visit and sit by the campfire, and the boys and I went to our Community Bible Study (CBS) class that we had attended when we lived there. ¬†It was so nice to spend so much time with as many friends as we had time to see. ¬†Because we were kept so busy with social activities we didn’t have much time to explore Ft. Clinch, but since we used to live there we have explored it many times before.

Ft. Clinch has two different campgrounds: Amelia River and Atlantic Beach.  We stayed on the Atlantic Beach side and it was beautiful!


Sand dunes and the ocean in our backyard!


Jake and I went for a bike ride one day to see the Egan’s Creek scenic lookout where you can see the Amelia Island lighthouse in the distance.


Jesse and I took a walk down the beach to the fishing pier.








The sun setting behind the campground.


So peaceful!


There are several other things to see and do at the park including nature trails and bike trails and of course touring the fort. ¬†Since our main purpose for coming to this area was to visit with friends we didn’t have time to do all that. ¬†But if you plan to visit this area, it’s worth taking advantage of all that Ft. Clinch has to offer. ¬†But I would highly recommend making your reservation as far in advance as possible.

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