This is going to be another short post…we’re just not doing that much right now, and that’s totally ok by me.
As much as we liked Lake Kissimmee State Park, the bad internet was not conducive to a productive work week. Before we left on Monday, however, we were visited by some local whooping cranes:
…and wild turkeys:
We’re now in Claremont FL (just outside of Orlando) where the weather is as humid as ever. It hasn’t been rainy, but each morning everything is very wet:
Back in Greensboro we got connected via a friend-of-a-friend to a professor at Embry-Riddle University, a private university near Daytona Beach focused on aviation and aerospace.
Assistant Professor Alex Mirot was kind enough to give Amy and the girls a campus tour. They saw the labs, classrooms, flight line, and simulators, and Emily got some more expert advice on what a career in aviation might look like. Interestingly, Mr. Mirot characterized many of the students at Embry-Riddle as having developed an interest in aviation “when they were 10 years old.”
No, we’re NOT shopping for a new RV, but there is an RV show going on at our campground. It was a good excuse to get out and walk around on a beautiful Saturday. It’s always fun to see all the different options and floor plans that they’re putting in RVs these days.
Natalie has been wanting a US map to put up in the RV for a while…something to mark all of the places we’ve been since we left Indy 19 months ago (we’ve camped in 27 states so far.) It was never an official objective to hit every state in the continental US, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes before we call this trip “done.”
Last night we took an evening walk to a nearby lake to watch the nightly fireworks over Disney’s Magic Kingdom. We’re about 7 miles away from Disney (as the crow flies) which is plenty close enough.
All the orange-themed stuff around here had given me a craving for an Orange Julius, so last night we made a batch. Our slushy ice wasn’t perfect — we smashed ice cubes in a cereal bag with a rubber mallet — but the final result was delicious enough:
This makeshift clothesline was a result of half the campground’s dryers being out-of-order today. Problem solved, but it was likely our most flagrant display of redneckery to date:
So that’s our week. As much as I’m proud of the porch light I replaced and new shower head I installed today, I can’t bring myself to deem them blog-worthy.
We’re at this campground for another week, and then we’ll head back to St. Petersburg for another visit with my Uncle Walter and Aunt Sue. Florida is a pretty great place to ride out the winter.