We settled in a couple of days before FETC, the Florida Educational Technology Conference which I was attending and where Lucie was doing 4 presentations!
The day before the conference we had another technology educator, Rushton Hurley from California over for dinner and to check out the Sand Hill Cranes who make the campground their home. It was great to hang out with Rushton, who was one of the featured speakers at FETC, and to share our nomadic lifestyle with a fellow educator.
As soon as FETC was over Lucie flew back to Vermont to spend some time with the grandchildren and to continue working on some of her educational projects. On my last day in Orlando I drove the car to Daytona to visit my Uncle Charlie and Cousin Sheryl. It was good to see them and spend the afternoon chatting and catching up.
The next day I drove the RV to Cedar Key, it was an uneventful drive, which I am always glad of when our home moves. I enjoyed being back at Sunset Isle Campground and settled right back in to sunsets on the dock, bluegrass music and a friendly community of campers.
One sunny afternoon while at Cedar Key I "swung the radiator" on the Wanderlodge so I could adjust the fan belts. When I got the radiator uncovered I discovered that it is nearly worn out and is seeping coolant. I hope it will get us home, where I will need to get it re-cored. A major expense, but not unexpected with a 32 year old vehicle.
This picture is of the first leg of Lucie's trip back to Florida, a train ride through a blizzard to Connecticut.
It was good to have Lucie back!
While we were at Cedar Key our friends Deb and Frank McCarthy drove up from the Tampa area to spend an afternoon with us.
Our next stop was the Ho Hum Campground near Apalachicola on the Florida Panhandle. We got a site there for a week and hung out enjoying walks on the beach and oysters on the half shell.
One day we climbed a light house for a panoramic view of this "less traveled" part of Florida.
On Valentines we got dressed up and went in to Apalachicola where we met some friends who are nomads also.
Kristen and Jason Snow (the Snowmads) were in their brand new Trek RV with their canine traveling companions.
We all took advantage of the restaurants and bars in Apalachicola, having a wonderful Valentines day celebration.
A memorable Valentines Day in Apalachicola Florida with the Snowmads.
When it was time to leave we took advantage of the free camping under the bridge we had learned about from our friends the Snows.
they were leaving, their next destination, New Orleans.
Lucie and I had scheduled work obligations that day so we parked under the bridge, took care of work then spent the day taking a walking tour of Apalachicola.
Wanderlodge Owners Group and almost immediately other Wanderlodge Owners chimed in with lots of good advice, only some of which was possible in a truck stop parking lot.
But we had made it to Texas!