Today, we left Lake Louisa State Park and drove 20 miles to meet friends at
We managed to get all the campsites on the same loop:o))
Bruce and Laura Gin and Syl
Once everyone arrived and got set up,
we decided to spend the afternoon exploring!!
Yep… Bikes, Boats and Monorails!!!
From there, we caught the boat to the Magic Kingdom.
Bill, Nancy, Gin, Syl, Dan, Tricia, Bruce, Laura
we boarded the Monorail to explore the resorts!!
First stop… The Polynesian!!
Next stop, the Grand Floridian!!
Tea Party Anyone?!?!?
Our last stop on the monorail was the Contemporary Resort
where we caught the boat to The Wilderness Lodge.
From there, we took a boat back to Fort Wilderness.
It was a fun way to try the transportation system to see some of the premier Disney Resorts.
There are 29 resort, including Fort Wilderness Campground.
While they are all very nice, we really like returning to our "homes" in the campground:o))
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This was our first visit to Lake Louisa State Park. It is very different from other Florida State Parks we have visited. Lots of wide open spaces and it is hilly!?!?! The State Park covers 4500 acres and the campground is located between Dixie Lake and Hammond Lake, 3 miles from the entrance.
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There are 3 campground loops. The sites were nice but very few trees. If you like a place that is real quiet and away from it all—you might enjoy this campground.
We liked it and would come here again if we plan to be in the area.
Lake Louisa is the largest of all the lakes in the state park.
It is about 3 miles from the campground.
We spent a couple days hiking and biking.
There are many hiking trails. Most are designed for horseback riders.
So they have a base of soft sand—not so great for walking.
There were a few places where the trails were more natural.
On our arrival, we saw a Bald Eagle. However, after that we never saw it again. It was surprising how little wildlife we saw in such a large park. We did see Red Shoulder Hawks and Osprey quite often. Of course, there are vultures and the evidence of Wild Boar everywhere:o((
We got our bikes out one calm morning. The winds were really strong while we were here. Combine the strong winds with the hills and that’s a little more than we were willing to take on. When the winds are calm, this is a wonderful park to ride. Lots of paved roads and beautiful scenery. The hills are just enough to add a little challenge. Another plus for bikers, is Lake Louisa SP is located near several rail to trails. If we were here longer or come again, we will be checking them out!!
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One afternoon, we managed to get the tire covers made from the material we bought at Beasley Manufacturing. The project was actually a lot simpler than I anticipated:o)) First we measured and then measured again!!! Each cover needed to be 43” high. However their width were different. So first, Nancy cut 4 strips 43” high. Then Nancy trimmed the width of each piece for each wheel.
The best thing about this fabric is it doesn’t fray…so NO sewing!!!
We placed 3 across the top and 2 on each side. We used an ice pick to poke a hole 1 1/4 inch from the top and side on each top corner. Inserted the pin and then pressed the suction cup onto the pin. After the two top corner suction cups were attached, we poked another hole halfway across the top and 1 1/4 inch down from the top edge to attach the third suction cup. Once the top three were attached, we put the cover on the motorhome before we attached the two side suction cups.
In order to be sure the side suction cups were in the correct place, I stuck the cup where I wanted it on the motorhome and then used the ice pick to punch the hole in the correct spot.
All the suction cups are in place!!
Just one finishing touch…. paint the white caps BLACK!!
Start to finish, the entire project took less than two hours :o))
On our last day, we drove to Showcase of Citrus just down the street from the State Park. Nancy has always wanted to pick an orange from a tree. Well, she got to do just that. We had a great couple hours picking citrus—Pink Grapefruit, Valencia Oranges, Red Naval Oranges, Spring Naval Oranges, Honey Tangerines, Meyer Lemons, Key Limes and Kumquats!!!
All in all we picked 1 1/4 bushels… should be enough;o))
We’ve enjoyed our stay at Lake Louisa State Park,
but it is time to move on to our next adventure.
I think it could be a “Magical” one :o))
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This is the third year in a row that we have gone to this huge RV show at the Tampa Fairgrounds. Every January, the show runs for 5 days – Wed thru Sunday. We stopped at Lazydays on our way to the show to have breakfast at The Crown Club. That was nice and it is always fun to see the people that take care of our rig. We’ll be back here in March for a few warranty and maintenance issues. After breakfast, we headed off to the RV show to hang out with thousands of our closest friends;o))
We actually ordered Baby at the show last year!! We are just thrilled with our rig, so we were not looking to buy another RV. I did, however, have my wish list of things I was looking for. Even if you aren’t buying, it is fun to see the different RVs. We went through every type from the multi-million dollar Prevosts to truck campers.
Little too over the top… We’ll stick with Baby!!
Hmm… This would make a cool toad;o))
It's called a Tiger Adventure Vehicle, 4x4 camper!!
Who says you can’t take it ALL with you!!!
One of our favorite stops was at the Vintage RVs.
These units have been beautifully restored and are still used regularly by their owners.
They just make you smile:o))
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Many vendors and campgrounds were displaying their goods.
There is not shortage of “stuff” you can buy.
We ended up buying three items on my list – an “Xtreme” vent cover, a gallon of 303 Tire Protectant and an under-sink water replacement filter which we need to change shortly. It was a warm day, even HOT at times and we heard people complaining about how crowded the show was. It wasn’t bad early in the day, but the crowds did pick up as the day went on.
With all these people, we felt sure we would bump into some fellow RV-Dreamers.
We stopped and chatted with Paul and Jill, the infamous ‘Dunkin Donuts’, from the Carolina Clan group;o) After a short visit and a ‘see you down the road’, we decided we were ready to head back to our site at Hillsborough River. Originally, we had planned to go to the show today and tomorrow, but after today, we are ‘showed out!!’
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