Ontario to Florida – and stuff in between!

We left Ontario November 9th – just the day before the 1st snow flakes fell! Chuck does a great job watching the weather as the dreaded snow is what we always want to avoid. So far the weather follower has been right on! We’re headed to Riverbend RV Resort for 3 months, arriving on December 1st, but our initial travels are taking us into a rather circuitous route…

We kind of goofed on our planning…  We booked some service at the Newmar Factory in Nappanee, IN for the end of November and then decided to leave Ontario earlier than originally planned to visit with family along the way.  So, it was down, around, up and back down we go!

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Florida bound – finally Snowbirds!

It’s surprising that we’ve been on the road since July 2014 and we only just now make it to Florida.

Our travel plans did not originally include Florida as we were heading to the Canadian west again – to personally greet the arrival of Grand Baby #9! But, as is always the case, plans can change.  Due to ‘sold-out’ RV parks in the Victoria, BC area we had to re-visit our itinerary.  My family was going to Naples for Christmas and New Years – so, we did too.

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Just Killin’ Time…

Plans change and that’s o.k. We were going to Florida this winter but the kids and grand-kids had something different in mind and, of course, kids rule!  “We vote Vegas for Christmas they shouted!”  But, we were just there last winter – we’re not going…

In an inspiring wine moment I said to Chuck “why can’t we go to Vegas? In fact, we can stop in Poplar Buff, MO and pick up Kathryn, Jagger, Mollie & Katie. We’ll do a road trip! Oh, the memories we can make, the things we’ll see, the places we’ll go…”

As it turns out we’ll be watching the weather and burning 1600 miles of pavement.   We can’t leave Poplar Bluff until the 19th and then we have to be in Vegas by the 22nd – 23rd at the very latest. You see all the ladies will be putting on their ‘fancies’ and heading to the strip for Thunder Down Under on the 23rd. Yes, the 23rd at the latest…

In the meantime, until the 19th of December, we’re just killin’ time…

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‘Cuzzins’, Kenwood & Pizza – in Chicago!

Chuck has relatives in Chicago and it was an easy 3 hour drive from our Newmar service stop in Nappanee. It had also been a couple of years since we were last there and it was definitely time to pass through again.

Our home base was the Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL, housing a large casino, hotel and RV park. We had 50Amp service but the water had been shut off for the winter. That’s o.k. – we can manage for a few days with our 105 gallon fresh water tank. The location was approximately an hour from down town Chicago and 30 minutes from where most of them live.

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