Let’s see, where to start?
Wednesday, we rode with Charley and Sherry over to Leesburg to meet Duane and Debbie for lunch at the Olive Garden. This was our third lunch with rv blogger buddies and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the concept. Anyone else wanting to meet-let us know. We love to eat and we love to talk the rv lifestyle. We all enjoyed our food selections and especially enjoyed the conversation and fellowship.
Read the other couples blogs for their take on the day for more info. It was a most enjoyable day for certain.
We occupied the table for three hours. If we each had shared one more rv tale, we could have ordered dinner. The a little over an hour’s drive over and back to Leesburg was filled with more getting to know Charley and Sherry and vice versa.
Thursday, we had a 1:00pm appointment at Jerry Ohm Dodge in Tampa to finalize the acquisition of our new truck. We had researched and test drove the Ford, Chevy and Dodge one ton diesel trucks. Quite honestly, any of the three would have done a great job for us I’m certain, but for the $$$ we felt that the Dodge 3500 Big Horn SLT Crew Cab 4X2 (say that 5 times fast) with the 6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine with the 6-speed automatic 68RFE transmission would be the best deal.
We are extremely pleased with the truck. We previously owned a first generation Dodge 2500 Cummins Diesel back in the early 90’s and pulled a 32 foot travel trailer. That truck was terrific and we only parted with it because we moved to a motorhome.
We rode the Suncoast Parkway from just south of Homosassa all the way to the Tampa Airport exit which is a mile from the Jerry Ohm dealership. Once there, since we had cleaned out the Silverado we traded and they had the Dodge ready to go, it only took a short time before we were headed back north for Crystal River. Instead of just hopping on the Suncoast again, I decided to ride over into Clearwater and catch US 19 and travel north. It wasn’t nearly as easy or as quick a drive as the parkway because of the many lights and stop and go traffic. We stopped for dinner at the Pit Boss, a barbeque restaurant in Spring Hill. We both had chopped pork dinners and it was really quite good.
We weren’t home long when we got a phone call from another couple in the park asking if we still had the recliners for sale. When we bought the Alpine “Castle”, we had decided to sell the matching rocker recliners and purchase a new wall hugger recliner. I do not care for the rocker type recliners. So we decided to put an ad in the clubhouse to see if we could sell them. Bottomline, Greg and Mary bought our recliners so we went chair shopping Friday. We visited 4 furniture stores in the Citrus County area and were surprised that we may have to wait 4-6 weeks to get a new chair we wanted. Fortunately, Badcock had a perfect wall-hugger and their warehouse is in Lakeland so we can pick our new chair up Monday afternoon here at the Crystal River store. It’s a good thing, I’m sitting here watching the Daytona 500 in an outdoor lawn chair. Speaking of the Daytona 500, there was just a huge wreck that ruined the day for 10-15 drivers, including my favorite. Oh well, it’s just the first race of the year.
Saturday morning started with a breakfast in the clubhouse made by our park chefs, Bruce, Carol and Florie. Once again a great meal of scrambled eggs, home fries, hash browns, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, grits, fruit salad, oj and coffee was served. We sat with Charley and Sherry and made plans to go out for dinner at a local eatery, Cozy Country Kitchen later that evening. Saturday wouldn’t have been complete without a stop at Pet Supermarket in Inverness for another “puppy fix”. We enjoy visiting the adoptable dogs that a couple of groups bring each Saturday in hopes of finding them a loving home. This week “Scooter” nearly stole our hearts. She was an 8 year old terrier mix that was very calm and subdued. Could have been because her owner went into hospice care and her 15 year old sister was separated from her. We spent some quality time with her, Barbie even held her, but we resisted the urge and headed back home. One of these days???????
‘Til next time……