Thursday, April 18, 2013

Moving to Orlando TT, My Birthday, Epcot Center

Orlando, FL

If the blog title seems to suggest that we’ve been fairly busy since I posted last Saturday, then it would be accurate.

We left Wickham Park on Monday and drove a whopping 77 miles to the Thousand Trails Preserve west of Orlando, near Clermont, FL.  The last time we were here was back in 1991 when we owned a 19 foot travel trailer.  Suffice it to say that the area has changed quite a bit in 22 years. 

TT Orlando is a very large campground, but because most of the snowbirds have already headed back north and because many of the kids’ spring breaks are over, we were able to get a 50-amp site without too much difficulty.  We’ll be here for 2 weeks before beginning our westward trek culminating in late June at the Escapade National Rally in Gillette, WY.  Between leaving here and arriving in Gillette we honestly have no schedule planned.  We’ll just start west and stop and see things as we’d like.

Gopher Tortoise Leaving Nest
Protective Enclosures throughout
the park for the Turtles

Got a "Happy Birthday" from many passersby today

Tuesday was Steve’s birthday (the big 55) and Karen surprised me by decorating the coach and making an excellent birthday cake for me.  Thank you so much!

We didn't have "55" candles in the rig!

Wednesday we decided to make a trip over to see the “Mouse”. Specifically, we went to Epcot Center for the day.  We were last in the Disney complex back in 2005 when we purchased “non-expiring, park hopper” 7-day tickets. We still had 5 of those days left on the ticket, so we went to Epcot on Wednesday and will probably use 1 more day next week to visit one of the other parks.

I am very glad that we purchased these tickets 8 years ago at the locked in price at that time.  For anyone who hasn’t been to Disney World in some time,  IT’S EXPENSIVE!  A single day ticket for an adult now costs $89.00 plus tax.  I will be the first to admit, however, that I love to visit the mouse.  The second thing which I discovered is that neither of us are as young as when we visited years ago.  By the end of the day we were both pretty worn out. I think Disney does an excellent job at running a theme park.

Epcot Center is currently showcasing the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.  If you enjoy vibrant flower colors and beautifully manicured topiaries and gardens, this is the time to see Epcot.

On a closing note in this “catch up” blog, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to take a look at our blog. Last Sunday we passed the 10,000 view mark.  That still impresses the heck out of us, because when we started this blog it was just to notify a few friends and family members of our whereabouts and what we were doing.

On a final quantitative note, we also picked up our 500th GeoCache. 

GeoCache Find #500!

We began “officially” GeoCaching thru the site back in 2003.  The first couple of years we did a bunch of geocaching and found the first couple hundred caches in no time at all.  We got busy after that and the caching slowed, but now that we are visiting many new and different areas we decided to pick up the GeoCaching “habit” again.

Thanks to all for AGAIN taking a look!


  1. Happy Birthday! You are in our old stomping grounds. Steve and I are from Central Florida. If you get a chance you should visit downtown Winter Garden. The bike trail runs right through it. You should also check out the Oakland Nature Preserve. You could ride or walk the trail from the preserve to downtown Winter Garden.

  2. Sounds like you're having lots of fun.

  3. Great Birthday picture, you don't look a day over 90! Guess your fulltime RV lifestyle is what keeps you young. ;c)

    Congrats on #500 and #10,000! You certainly have reached a lot of milestones this week. :c)