We usually don’t make RV park reservations six months in advance, for doing so can mess up our flexibility (we call it “jello planning”) as we travel along. But we were forewarned that snow birders from the northeast flock to Florida during the winter and parks fill up fast. Now, six months later, we arrived at Lake Monroe, Florida for a month’s stay at Town And Country RV Resort.
We learned long ago not to be fooled by the “resort” designation, as it is often misused to make a park or campground sound like what it isn’t. We chose this park for its proximity to Orlando Int’l Airport, from which we’ll be departing for our vacation.
This place is not exactly the stuff you write home about. In fact, the campground has been sold to a developer and in its place will be homes which will be constructed next year. No wonder the park is not crowded; on the contrary we’ve seen several of the “perms” packing and moving elsewhere. We feel bad for them, as many of them live in structures that cannot be moved and will have to start over. But to our advantage there are fewer campers, no crowds, less noise and spacious surroundings. We’ve kept ourselves busy – I with my household chores and reading, while Steve does maintenance and minor repairs.
We have a great site, an end spot under a huge oak tree with a canal view 🙂 (site #9). The local “feathered residents” are so welcoming as they check us out daily – early in the morning, around noon and again in the early evening – showing off their plumage.
As you may know, Florida is teeming with birds and I don’t have to walk far from our site to observe these waterfowl quarry for food in the canal next to our site.
The weather here during the past week has been astounding – 80’s during the day and mid-60’s at night – as we leave our windows open while we sleep. This, while most of the nation is suffering such a cold snap. We almost feel guilty! Our friend Marcy advised us that a “National Hate Florida Day” has been designated because of our fantastic weather break.
For our exercise, we drove to the nearby Lake Monroe Wildlife Conservation Area to tackle their yellow, red and blue blaze trails. We went there twice and never encountered another human during our long walks (although we did chat with several cows). Is that cool or what!
The city of Sanford was only 10 miles away, so on another day we loaded up the bikes after deciding to ride along their “Riverwalk” – thinking it would be a nice a long path. Well, it was actually quite short, but we enjoyed riding its length several times while checking out the abundant waterfowl that seemed quite comfortable in this urban setting.
Armed with a tip from Steve’s barber, we took another trip to a more promising bike path at Big Tree Park, which follows the Cross Seminole Trail. Before our ride, we walked down the park’s boardwalk to see “The Senator”, an approximately 3,500 year old Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to an arson fire in January of 2012. Steve angrily commented that he hoped whoever did that would himself burn when the time came.
About 40′ feet away is the Senator’s sister tree – “Lady Liberty” – another Bald Cypress Tree estimated at approximately 2,000 years old.
The Cross Seminole Trail was not one of our favorites, because a large section of it ran through residential areas and paralleled a heavy traffic road. But part of it was nice as it passed through 3 miles of Big Tree Park and over U.S. Highway17/92 via a large overpass. The signage was a bit confusing and we ended up stopping after 10 miles.
I know it seems like we are running around all the time, but yes we do take a break now and then to just sit around or read while waiting for our feathered friends to come and visit us.
I still have a post to write about our exciting visit to the Kennedy Space Center, but I’m running out of time. By the time you read this Steve and I will be on our way to San Juan, Puerto Rico to hang out for a few days before hopping on a Royal Caribbean liner for a seven-day cruise in the southern Caribbean. Steve calls this “a vacation from our vacation”, for he will not have to drive Betsy during this trip. We’ll be back a few days before Christmas – happy holidays to all of you!
Lastly, just for laughs this holiday season, somebody does not know their spanish…
That sign is hilarious!
Your bird pictures are outstanding Mona Liza! As well as the spider web…so cool!
Have a great vacation!
Really laughed at that sign, Mona. 😀 Yes, one of the things I love about Florida, is the wonderful bird life here. Great photos! Enjoy the cruise. What a treat for you both! xx
Enjoy your cruise and Merry Christmas!
Having a Merry Christmas with the fleas?
Loved reading your post and seeing your great pics! I want your life, and after all the cold and ice we’ve had this past week, I’m ready to pack up and head your way! 😉
Enjoy your cruise! We really enjoyed not having to drive, I enjoyed not cooking and no housework for 15 days! It’s a nice way to vacation from the vacation.
What a lovely area. Nice that the park isn’t crowded.
We just arrived back in Miami from our ten day cruise to the southern Caribbean. We are anxious to talk to you in Jan to see what you thought. Cutting out the two full days at sea on each end is probably a very good idea! Happy Cruising!
Ah, the birder is back. Have a fabulous time on your cruise and I look forward to hearing about all the adventures 🙂
So funny … we considered Lake Monroe as well before we took off on our vacation, but in the end decided on a campground in Winter Garden as it was closer to the storage facility where we left the Phaeton for our “vacation from vacation”. Enjoy San Juan (where they will surely spell Feliz Navidad correctly) and your Caribbean cruise. Looking forward to hearing all about both when you return.
We have learned the true meaning of RESORT when applied to an RV Park also. Funny isn’t it?
HaVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON.
You know how much I envy your bird sightings. You have so many now. Love your bird page. You can have like your own physical gallery of it! Enjoy your cruise. Happy holidays.
Nice post. We’ve traveled fulltime the past 2 yrs. and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Love the pictures!
As you can tell by now, I’m catching up on your posts – love the Fleas Navidad!
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