Boutique Campsites in North Florida are Coming To Life


The Captain’s Hideaway is coming together! All the hard work over the past several months is bearing fruit and we couldn’t be more excited. Working on our property has definitely been a labor of love and we apologize for taking so long to get the next video out to y’all but please enjoy our next progress video of building out our acre of land/RV home base and installing the septic tank. We accomplished a lot and even saved an injured hawk.

We are catching up on all the videos so expect to not have to wait months before the next video is released! Sad to say that we haven’t been out on the water in a while but that will absolutely change soon! Scalloping season is starting and we are going to try something new.

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RV Remodel – Painting and Additions – Phase 1

We decided to give our travel trailer a facelift. So we start by repainting the inside of our RV to the colors we love! We added some peel and stick tile in the kitchen area and added and additional workspace to make working on the road much easier. We have a lot more work to do, but this is a great start.

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Phase one of this remodel consisted of painting the cabinets, adding a backsplash to the kitchen and a few little details here and there to give us just a little bit of comfort while traveling.

I started with removing all the cabinet doors as well as all the hardware and sanded everything down with 200 grit sandpaper. Most travel trailers are made the same; particle board and contact paper over it to give it the real wood look. They do that mainly so it is nice and light and most SUV’s or minivans can tow it. It is key too sand and prime all of the contact paper really well or the paint will not stick.

Prepping the trailer took up a lot of time but it is an important step so take your time to tape off all the edges.

Everything was primed with about 3 coats of Kilz all purpose primer.

Then I did a couple of coats of the Behrs paint and primer in one.

These are the colors I used. The bleached linen is for the walls and I also used it for the desk my dad help me build for the home office as well as the removable desk we made for the RV.

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Working from our trailer before our last weekend trip. We were hooked up to a generator in a Cracker Barrel parking lot.

The peel and stick tile was a pain to instal. Id say it mainly had to do with the rounded edges. I will tell you if that has anything to do with it after I put a hexagon shaped tile in the bathroom sink, soon I hope. I will say that I am glad that I stuck through it and installed the tile because it looks so fun! Yes it is very colorful but it is way better than what was there before.

I have to say I’m very content with the way phase 1 of this project came out! I can’t wait to start phase 2. Phase 2 will consist of the walls being painted and painting the bedroom cabinet as well as adding a shelf or two in that cabinet. We shall see what else I have time for with the holidays coming up and all the sailing we hope to do on top of the RV travels we have planned!

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Dolce Far Niente

Dolce Far Niente – What does that mean? The best way I can translate this Italian concept is: The Sweetness of Doing Nothing.

We did’t plan anything for this Sunday other than packing the radio and a cooler full of water and beer. A strange concept for most people these days with life being the way it is. We are constantly worrying about how we are going to pay the next bill or how much we need to save to buy the next expensive thing but sometimes, in order to put it all into prospective, you have to put some distance between you and your life and simply fare niente.

I’m from a large Italian family and grew up so Italian that one would think this concept would be a very familiar to me. All too quickly I ran as fast as I could away from the tomatoes and herbs growing in my mother’s garden and fell right into the ditch of this American Dream we all chase. I forgot the sweetness and importance of just slowing down and admiring life in its simplicity.

We always have to do something. We can’t just sit still and take it all in. That phone has to come out of our pockets and instead of absorbing that beautiful sunset we are too busy watching it through our phones to record a video that we will never go back to watch. We take advance of life as it happens and it just passes right on by.

But this day, we just sat and stared as the sun reflected off the water and the wind blew gently across our faces. We just inhaled it all in. The beer never tasted better, our conversations were never sweeter and our body’s never felt so rested.

 

We are extremely excited for the upcoming months and are even more excited you all are here to join us.

We just designed this Christmas anchor and wanted to share our Teespring store with you.

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Hanging at Walt Disney World for Independence Day and Apple’s Birthday

The first thing anyone would say when they found out we were spending 4th of July weekend at Disney was “hell no” or “you guys are crazy!” Independence Day at the parks is expected to be insanely busy especially when the fireworks are to go off. But if it is one thing Disney knows how to do well, it is to move people. This isn’t their first rodeo. They anticipate the crowds.

Magic Kingdom scheduled their Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky for the 3rd and the forth. So, just in case we did Epcot on the 4th, Rob wanted to make sure I had seen the Magic Kingdom fireworks first. Rob has always been a passholder. At one point in his 20’s he had an annual pass to not only Disney but to Universal and other parks. Me on the other hand, I was busy training to be the next celebrity chef. In fact there was a good 10+ years that I did’t go to the parks. To make a short story long, I never experienced Disney during the holidays or any way other than going with the family, waiting in long lines and only riding 4 rides. So, when he said “Baby, I booked an AirBnB for 4th of July weekend and your birthday” I knew I was in for a treat!

The fireworks were incredible! I had goosebumps throughout most of the show. And the grand finale… wow! Click on the video to see it, but let me tell you that wont do it any justice! No matter where you are in the park, you will see fireworks and at the end, as they were finishing the “Star Spangled Banner” a 360 of fireworks surrounded the park!

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The night got more exciting when the fireworks were over. There were DJ’s set up in all the lands and were spinning some popular songs. And yes, I joined them when the DJ’s in Frontier Land played the Macarena! You will be able to laugh at that in the video.

The next morning, July 4th, we pop into Animal Kingdom to go ride Flight of Passage and planned to meet up with our friends Corey and Tee. As we are walking to Pandora, in the Animal Kingdom, we saw a group of people that had a private tour guide heading in the same direction. Hmm who could that be? We really hate to get all fan girl on people especially when they are with their family so we tried not to be obvious when I ran ahead and turned back around to see it was Chris Kattan. So, quietly Rob asked if he was Chris Kattan and I went a tiny bit fan girl! Thankfully I didn’t embarrass myself too much. Fan girl mode only lasted about 15 seconds. You an watch that in the video too haha. We were polite as can be and tried to give him his space and wished his family a happy 4th but he kept talking to us the whole way to Pandora!

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We hosted our first official Meet and Mingle with our Annual Passholder Facebook group on July 5th. The meet up was at the Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios and it was a lot of fun! We were to busy getting to know everyone that we hardly recorded anything!

We made reference to not being able to wait for Mark Daniel post a video about his Porg meeting Chewie… Check out what we were talking about on his YouTube channel here!

We started July 6th a little late because Rob was sick. By the time we got to spend any time with our friends at Epcot, they had to head back home and then the rain came… So we decided to go resort hopping on the Walt Disney World monorail.

Our first stop was The Grand Floridian Resort where we did a little browsing in the shops and Rob got the band to sing Happy Birthday to me. That is definitely in the video, you have to see it, I go so embarrassed!

Our next stop was The Polynesian Village. We looked around in the shops and I got laid hehe. My birthday wasn’t until the following day (Sunday) but we were leaving then so I wore my birthday shirt and button and we celebrated on Saturday. We tried to get a bite and a cocktail at Trader Sams but the rain brought everyone inside. The wait was over an hour and a half to get a seat. So, explored the resort a little more and moved on to the next Resort.

There was a resort launch boat in the back that took us to Magic Kingdom so we can pick up a bus to the Yacht Club. The rain had turned into a bearable mist and the sun was setting which made for a beautiful ride. I really enjoyed the Yacht Club’s New England Feel being that I am from Massachusetts originally. We walked through both the Yacht Club and Beach Club resorts as they are connected and passed by the beautiful pools and delicious smelling restaurants where we grabbed a snack at the Compass Market to hold us over. We were balling on a budget so dinner was off property this evening.

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On the final day of our Independence Day/my birthday weekend, July 7th, we head to Port Orleans Resort for a boat ride on the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs for breakfast at Earl of Sandwich and shopping. The rain put an early end to a relaxing last day in Disney. We returned to Port Orleans Resort to taste the famous beignets and made birthday wishes in the fountain.

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Fitting a New Bimini Top to Our Catalina 22

We got a new bimini top for our Catalina 22 sailboat and it turned out to be higher than the boom. It was the perfect size otherwise so we decided to cut it down and make it fit. Take a look at our step by step process.

 

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Camping on Our Catalina 22 Sailboat

Now that we have new (to us) cushions for Luna our plan is to try them out. It took forever to get the covers off the cushions and dry them out. The zippers were all jammed and it took a lot of WD-40 and messing with them using pliers but we got them to open so the covers could be washed. The foam was soaked. It took us hours to squeeze out all the water in the v berth cushions and several days for the rest of them to dry out on their own.

The next day was eventful. We motored down to Haulover Sandbar for a swim and a tour around Sandspur Island and did a sea rescue! Thankfully the guys that fell off their boat were OK and I am proud of myself at how great I did having to captain Luna all by myself while Rob went to rescue them. Watch it all here:

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Dumping Our Boat

After stripping “Freebie” for all she’s worth, and obtaining several thousand dollars worth of things, we couldn’t give the hull away. The only option left was to take her to the county dump. We’re grateful to the couple who gave her to us but the reality was she was very old and not in the best of shape so we didn’t find it worth taking her on as another project to fix her up.

 

 

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New Cushions for Luna

Since Luna was still anchored we decided to bring some of our new treasures to her and hang out for the evening. We slip our new cushions into the v-berth of our 1983 Catalina 22 and see if we can sleep 2 adults comfortably. Watch and find out!

 


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