01.30.14 Bye Bye Bee’s RV Resort!

541509_550572981639824_1052114858_nWe are leaving Bee’s RV Resort on our way to St. Augustine to visit our friends Russ and Annie. The weather is really bad in St. Augustine right now (the Louisiana weather must be making it’s way there) so we’re going to stop at a nearby Sams for the night and try to drive there tomorrow.  Even though it is dreary outside every Christian knows that
Today is a beautiful day simply because God made it!

Travel days at the Chauvin RV are actually deep cleaning days.  Everything gets removed from the tops of counters and floors so they don’t get damaged when we travel and perhaps swerve or hit a big bump.  This means everything is open for cleaning which we do before we leave.  Floors get vacuumed and everything gets cleaned and sanitized.  I try to have all our clothes, towels, etc. washed and dried before we travel since sometimes we stop at locations that do not have sewerage hookups where we can empty the laundry water.  It might seem like a lot to do just to travel but since we travel at least once a week, I don’t have to do too much in between cleaning wise other than a little tidying up when needed.

I took some pictures I haven’t posted of the resort and wanted to share them with ya’ll.  Heaven forbid I should have some pictures on my camera that I haven’t shared!  We wouldn’t want that now, would we???!!!  Bee’s is definitely a 50+ RV park as I haven’t seen any children and they have shuffleboard!!!  It also seems that older folks have more animals and since we were parked near a big grassy area we saw most all the pet owners walking their little ones.  Most RV park rules say they have to be on a leash and you must clean up their poop and put it in a bag.  So every dog owner out walking had their mandatory poop bag with them.  Roy still says no dogs for us so I guess I won’t get a poop bag soon!

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Dora as seen from Boot’s eyes!
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Welcome to Bee’s
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Internet Cafe attached to the office
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Up close pic of the old gas pump in the office
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The manager’s dog – the resort mascot
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Our home for several days
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Shuffleboard anyone???
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Someone who lives here is growing tomatoes!
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Super cool golf cart like thingy parked next to us
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One a walk I came across these guys and they followed me when I’d talk to them!
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This was very large and I thought very pretty!
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Here are my two little friends again. They would stand right next to me and I couldn’t take a picture of them until they’d move away.
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Landscaping at someone’s home in the park

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01.29.14 Universal Orlando parks still standing, Chauvins……. not so much, but loved every minute of it!

2014-01-27_17-19-21_322We had an absolutely marvelous fun time at Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure!  The ride waits were not bad, except for two or three of them. The weather was perfect – in the 70s both days!  Some new rides awaited us since the last time we went to Universal.  The rides now incorporate more of the 4D experience into them than before which was very cool! Nothing like donkey snot sprinkling on you when Shrek’s Donkey sneezed or when Spiderman threw a flaming ball at us we could feel the heat from the fireball!

For those of ya’ll with children who may have to choose between one or the other of these parks, Universal Studios seemed more geared to adults with some children rides.  Universal Islands of Adventure had many more children’s rides and playground activities with one ride being only for children under 36″.  If you are an adult you can’t go with out a child under 36″.  Roy and I wanted to go on that ride so bad, and even used our best sad faces on the guy at the entrance way to try to get on, but we were turned away.

At the end of our first day when we stopped at KFC, I discovered that I lost my debit card.  Oh no!  But the next morning we went to the Lost and Found and there it was!!!!!   I cannot tell you how happy I was to get it and avoid having to get it replaced.

We purchased a three days for the price of two ticket, and just could not make it back the third day.  Good thing the third day was free!  As much fun as we had, the toll on our old bodies from all that walking and excitement has us wiped out.  I slept 12 hours last night waking up at 10 am today.  The days of constant activity with no physical repercussions are behind us!!!  Most of the rides we chose had warning signs about not going if you had physical limitations but did we pay ANY attention to those.  Of course not, over and over and over!  Roy’s knee that was feeling okay before now is screaming at him as is my neck and shoulder. We’ll recover and will still have the wonderful memories of swirling, jerking, spinning, speeding, flying and other experiences from our time here.

Even thought it’s taking us all day today to recover from just two days of fun we truly had more fun than two old folks should have.  It’s was so much fun being a kid and enjoying the sights, sounds and rides. I will take a day of pain recovery for those two days of delight any day!

Instead of posting all our pictures here I created photo albums in Facebook and the links below are to those albums.  My WordPress storage space is dwindling since I include so many photos so I figured this was a good way to save on space!  Universal Day One includes our Universal Studios pictures. Universal Day Two includes our Universal Islands of Adventures pictures.

We are headed to St. Augustine tomorrow to spend some time with our RV friends Russ and Annie and CAN’T WAIT!!!!  These are the folks we met at Northern Lights who left before we did.  They taught us about campfires, cooking over campfires, playing music and singing around the campfire and blessed our lives immensely with their friendship.  Annie has been  having cancer treatment the last few months and we look forward to spending some face to face time with them catching up.

Here’s the links to the pictures! You do not need to be on facebook to see the pictures, I made them all public.

Universal Day One:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100836030375724&set=a.10100836103638904&type=3&theater

Universal Day Two: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100836114856424&set=a.10100836138459124&type=3&theater

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01.26.14 Honey Pot, Lakeridge Winery, Abracadabra and RV Park Worship!

Our stay at Bee’s RV Resort has been an enjoyable one thus far.  This is really a place where the snowbirds land when leaving the cold north for the sunny south.  Most of the park are plots of 800+ square feet that you can buy and it’s yours to bring your RV whenever you want, whether it’s weekends, all winter or all year.  The ones you own have pavers that that make your little area very nice. Across from where we are parked is a big open field.  Yesterday a man was flying a remote control plane doing all sorts of stunts and I enjoyed watching him for a quite a while!bees airplane bees lake bees pavers

Our first night here we enjoyed dinner at the Honey Pot Eatery here at the park where they served all you can eat fried or baked fish, corn fritters, french fries, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread and baked apple dessert.   They have all you can eat dinners on Tuesday (chicken), Thursday (meat loaf and pot roast) and Friday is the fish night.   This was our first time eating in an RV park restaurant and WE LIKED IT!

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Saturday we did some sightseeing in Clermont and surrounding towns.  Beautiful highways and everything is stretched out, not all bunched up.  Lots of rolling hills, palm trees and pine trees.  Everything looks new and well kept.

We saw a sign pointing the way to Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard and we pulled in to check it out.  It’s a beautiful place with a sprawling lawn on the side for picnics and gatherings.  We enjoyed the tour and wine tastings (which was all free) and browsed the shop downstairs before heading outside.

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On the side a bandstand is set up with live music played from 1-4 pm.  Lots of people were sitting in lawn chairs enjoying the music and eating.  We could smell the food cooking off to the side and made our way over there.

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Roy got a gyro and I got a vegetable plate.

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We didn’t have our lawn chairs with us so I sat on the grass and enjoyed my meal while listening to the music.   I hope to bring our chairs back with us one afternoon this week and sit for a spell enjoying the beauty of the surroundings there!

We next went for some more sightseeing and spotted an ice cream parlor (I’ve been looking for one for days) called Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory.

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We’ve never been to one like this.  They use a mixture of cream and sugar, add the ingredients you request to the mixture and then hit it with some nitrogen.

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It looks like a wizard’s pot over flowing with smoke. They mixed it right in front of us and we could feel the coolness seeping out of the bowl as it rolled over towards us.

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Roy got a Turtle which was ice cream, caramel, walnuts and chocolate.  I had a banana split.  It was absolutely the best tasting ice cream concoction I’ve ever had and quite a treat to get to watch our serving being made.

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Today was a first for us, our first church service at an RV Park.  When we saw it on the list of activities we decided to attend and how blessed we were for having done so.  The Rogers family, 6 children (in their 20s) and their dad, sang several songs of Praise to God.  They were accompanied by different types of instruments for each song.  Each one of the children had a very special gift for singing and we enjoyed them immensely.  The preached message was from 1 John and I have to say it was a special blessing to be able to worship God with fellow RVers.  I will be keeping a eye out for other RV Park church services in the future.

The park has a Jam Session on the activities schedule from 2-4 so we may be strolling over there in a bit to check that out!  We’re planning on going to Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure this week along with making a stop at the Disney casting center to apply for whatever looks interesting when we get there.  I’ll write more about all that soon!

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