On Wednesday morning, we fired up the engine and left the Melbourne area – where we’ve been parked, this time, since late February. It’s been nearly a month since my father passed away, and it just felt like the right time.
Lucky Clover Mobile Home Park (our review) has served us well for over 5 months since we arrived in Florida last September. It’s walking distance to the beach, grocery shopping and dining – which is very handy. And of course, being able to have ample power, water, sewer and cable internet had been fantastic. But we had grown tired of living in a mobile home/trailer park with close by neighbors.
But the biggest triggering factor was nearby construction that was waking us very early on weekday mornings – not ideal for these night owls who were already sleep deprived.
And we had gotten tired of fighting Melbourne traffic, which has gotten tremendously worse since I hit the road 6 years ago.
Oh, and the growing heat and humidity in Florida really convinced us it’s time to start heading northward.
Yeah, it was time – the nomadic itch was flaring up.
With all of the major logistical stuff handled, my mom and us were ready to start the moving on process. Which for us, involves literally.. moving on.
For our next stop, it made sense to relocate to Altamonte Springs, just north of Orlando. This is where a business colleague lives, and sometimes it’s just nice to work in person instead of remotely. We have a major software project going live this weekend, so the timing was perfect.
Serendipity further confirmed the timing was right, by scoring us a fabulous site. We love staying at Wekiwa Springs State Park (our review), it’s one of our favorites – very scenic, but yet close to town.
Wekiwa is undergoing campground renovations (including installing sewer at many sites.. score!), and is currently not available for reservations. Which was wonderful for us, as the rangers advised us that showing up mid-week would pretty much guarantee us a site that we could keep through the weekend. We can hardly ever get weekend reservations at popular Florida State Parks last minute.
When we showed up – the ranger assigned us to spot 33. Which is the spot we always try to reserve anyway, and not just because 33 is our magic number.
Our site is far from other neighbors with lots of privacy, and we can almost pretend we’re alone in a forrest with LTE. Especially if we can imagine the nearby road traffic is the rumble of an ocean or waterfall (an essential RVer skill sometimes.) We pre-paid a few nights to get us through our work project, and we’ll decide later if we want to extend.
Ever since we arrived, it’s been pretty much non-stop raining – and is predicted to keep it up through the weekend.
And that’s fine by us. With nearly daily commutes to visit my parent’s house since February – we are seriously in need of some self-imposed homebody time. We’ve had hardly any time in months of feeling ‘at home’. Ironic that to feel stationary, we had to get in motion, eh?
Besides, we have a new mattress to break in. *grin*
We have some general plans shaping up that will next take us to the Savannah, GA area, then Chattanooga and then on into St. Louis by Memorial Day weekend. After that, we’ll start our journey to the west coast.
We’re excited to return to having regular travelogues on the blog!