Camping at Lake Louisa State Park and a New Truck!

We went camping at Lake Louisa State Park in central Florida, but first we need a new tow vehicle. Come along on this adventure as we explore the area, discover some good eats and taste some local craft beer.

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Introducing our new pickup truck, affectionately named “Snow White”! We picked her up just in time for our camping trip to Lake Louisa State Park which we booked with a group of friends right when we bought the travel trailer.

Lake Louisa State Park is located in Clermont, Florida and just a short drive to Disney. You really don’t feel like you are still in Florida when you pull into the state park. There are hills everywhere and I don’t think we even saw a palm tree throughout the whole park.

The price was right at just about $55 for the whole weekend but be sure to bring ant killer and bug spray. Most of the sites only had electrical hook up but there was a dump station on the way out so keep that in mind when planning your visit there.

Downtown Clermont was a very nice area full of cute shops and a few market place type spots like The Downtown Exchange, which is where we visited. It was full of little booths of various yummy eats, gifts and a craft beer bar downstairs.

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Flora-Bama and Fort Morgan – RV Road Trip – Part 3

Join us on our final leg of this road trip adventure through the South. We visit the the world famous Flora-Bama, Fort Morgan and Buc-ee’s!

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Wow this one took forever to finish but it is finally here!

We stayed in Alabama for 3 days instead of 2 but it still ended to quick! I have to say that the Florida Panhandle was definitely our favorite spot. The weather was perfect, the white sandy beaches were amazing and the whole off the beaten path beach life was exactly what we were looking for. We even got to make our “pilgrimage” (lol) to the Flora-Bama. In case you haven’t realized by now, we are Kenny Chesney fans and one of his songs is called Flora-Bama. That’s the only reason we heard of this place!

Check the video out! The sites were lovely and the food and drink were enjoyable.

Here are some of the local craft beers we really liked.

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Graceland Tour and Memphis, TN – RV Road Trip – Part 2

Part two of our Southern RV Road Trip continues! We have 400 miles until we hit Memphis Tennessee so we jump on I-20 in Atlanta and head to the west. We plan on doing some sightseeing and Tour Graceland to walk in the steps of Elvis Presley and hopefully find some amazing barbecue along the way!

Stopping in Mississippi was absolutely a last minute thing that we found completely by mistake while searching for a gas station. Memphis was our next stop on our Southern Road Trip for 2 reasons: Graceland and some good Memphis style BBQ. Tupelo, Mississippi was literally 5 miles off the interstate and we saw absolutely no reason not to stop. What’s Tupelo Mississippi? The birthplace of Elvis Presley of course and since we were headed to Graceland we could find a single reason to not stop and check out where the King of Rock and Roll was born.

The property is a museum and closes at 5pm but according to the GPS we weren’t scheduled to get there until 5:45. Fortunately the grounds are open to the public and the young lady I spoke with said that we can walk around and check it out. We just couldn’t go inside the house and church.

Elvis’s childhood home was about the size of our living room and dining room combine… and I think we live in a small house. Things were different back then. When you were poor, you live in what you could afford to build. There were a few other structures that were brought to the grounds like a church and an outhouse. Visiting here is definitely a must do if your are a fan of the king. We just wish we were able to get there earlier to see what the inside of the house and church looked like in person.

Here is more info about the property: https://elvispresleybirthplace.com/visit/

A few hours later we arrived at Graceland RV Park and Campground. Yes, Graceland had a hotel and Campgrounds on property which was pretty convenient and at $46 a night you couldn’t complain at all! Admission to tour the exhibits and mansion was a different story. We chose the Elvis Experience Tour which was $73 a person. This included the mansion, the jets and all the exhibits. The 2 more expensive packages just got you extra frills and such but the package we chose was probably the best option.

The tour includes iPads and headphones for a guided tour done by John Stamos.

Visiting all the exhibits is an all day affair which we didn’t expect. There is so much to see about a man who left this world too soon! There is even a restaurant on property that serves up his favorite snack, fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. We came to Memphis as much of a fan that you could be when you weren’t even around when Elvis was alive but we left admires of the King.

I have been obsessing about trying good local BBQ since we got to “The South.” I can’t professionally cook anymore but I can still eat! The night we got into Memphis, not a lot of BBQ restaurants were open. I should have taken that as a sign and cooked in the RV instead but no I wanted BBQ! After some googling, and ruling out all the spots that were closed, we settled on Marlowes which was just up the street from Graceland. The service was excellent and they even pick you up in a pink Cadillac, which we didn’t know was running due to the “pandemic”. They had a good beer selection. We tried Zippin Pippin, a local IPA that had quite the story. Zippin Pippin was the name of a roller coaster that Elvis loved to go on. So the name was fitting for the beer and the beer for the Restaurant (I love things like that). The food… well let’s just say I didn’t finish my plate.

The next night we made plans to visit “the place” to get BBQ in Memphis, it was on everyone’s list for the best in the area so we went out of our way to drive downtown to try it. Not only were we not disappointed, I was speechless. I wanted to go back and get more before we were even finished with our lunch. The place was called Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous and it was out of this world. Next time you find yourself in the area, you must go.

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Next stop: The Panhandle

It took us a lot longer to get to our final stop, but we stay there a day longer and luckily the weather was on our side! Stay tuned for the final video coming real soon!

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Space Coast and Stone Mountain, GA – RV Road Trip – Part 1

Part one of our Southern Road Trip begins in the Space Coast to see some rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center. We then drive up to Georgia and visit Stone Mountain.

Only one hour late this time. We spent the last few days packing up the travel trailer, doing laundry, taking the dogs to the groomers for my parents to dog sit and cleaning up the house before we embark on our 10 day Great Southern Road Trip. I was trying to not over pack the trailer and at the same time make sure we had everything we needed. It was pretty stressful because on top of that I asked my dad to build me a little desk that would fit right in front of the couch so I can work from the road. Rob already had this time off for a cruise we were supposed to take bit I work for myself and if I don’t work and get orders out on time then I don’t make money. Packages were cutting it close, coming in at the last hour but luckily the supplies came in earlier than expected so we were able to get on the road on Friday at 6pm, just an hour after Rob clocked out of work.

Part 1 of 3 – Titusville

Rob and I had tossed around our road trip route many times. We wanted to go here and there and all over the place but when we sat down to calculate drive time and how often we needed to stop, our trip got a little smaller and closer to home. Even though we both are perfectly capable of working remotely these days, we just couldn’t leave our pets for this long and most importantly, we didn’t want to risk our old Tahoe getting broken down all the way in the Dakotas.

SpaceX as well as ULA planned for 3 launches out of Kennedy Space Center that weekend so our first stop ended up being the Manatee Hammock Campground in Titusville FL. I have yet to see a Rocket Launch and Titusville is a great place to do that in because Cape Canaveral is directly across the Indian River.

Our campsite was a decent spot and a short walk to the water. We can’t expect much when we are booking these sites just a day or 2 ahead of time but Manatee Hammock Campground is a nice place and really cheap. After setting up, making dinner and working for a couple hours, we took a nap to get ready for this 2am launch of the Delta Heavy. By 1:30 am there were a lot of people streaming over to the Indian River and setting up chairs with their cellphones playing the livestream. We made a few friends while waiting around. Most of us never saw a launch in person and a few were showing videos of past launches. One guy even knew one of my neighbors.

At about Tminus 4 minutes they stopped the clock to double check some temperatures and after about an hour of constantly refreshing our twitter feeds, they finally announced that the clock is being set to 25 minutes and we are a go for launch! Yay! I was so excited! Rob was telling me that is is a pretty rare launch. They don’t do very many of the Delta Heavy launches and this was supposed to be a very large and powerful boom that we were definitely going to feel miles away.

T-minus 5… 4… 3… 2.. abort. Wait what? The launch got scrubbed at tminus 2 seconds! It was 3 am! We were so disappointed! The sky was perfectly clear and they had a great weather window but it got postponed for another week. Not to worry, there was a SpaceX launch at 10am on Sunday morning when we check out. Just kidding, that got scrubbed too. Not to worry, it was still a relaxing couple of days and a good start to our road trip. Saturday we drove around this small city called Melbourne just a half an hour from Titusville. It is supposed to be a little local hidden gem and we wanted to see what it was all about. The marina was where we parked. It was right next to the downtown area which was absolutely adorable and charming. We made friends with the owner of a country bar and had a beer to wait out the rain before we walked around some more to discover the cute old homes in the historic district right on the creek.

The next morning we packed up bright and early to make our way up to Georgia but made a quick pit stop to Destination Daytona to pop in to the Harley dealership and get some BBQ at Colt’s Pig Stand.

After driving about 400 miles, we arrived at our campsite in Stone Mountain late at night and in the pouring rain but we still managed to set up a little bit. When we woke up the next morning we saw how fantastic the view really was. Our campsite was right on the end of the lake but a short walk and we were able to see just how lovely the park was.

Most of the attractions were closed during the week but we were able to explore the grounds. The skylight to the top of the mountain was open we met the most adorable old man that gave us a history lesson about the carving. Turns out the guy who did Mount Rushmore was the one who started this carving and Stone Mountain is 30 ft larger than Mount Rushmore.

Next stop: Mississippi and Tennessee

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Scenic Views of Ft. Lauderdale

It has been too long since we hopped in the sailboat and just relaxed so it was nice to just be back on the boat. We head out for another day on the water in Fort Lauderdale and enjoy the sites. Enjoy the video below.

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Titusville, Cocoa Beach and Manatee Hammock Campground

We went up to Titusville for the weekend to watch a SpaceX launch and had originally booked a campground further north. Just on a whim, as we were driving there, we pulled up google maps and saw Manatee Hammock Campgrounds and even better, they had availability for the weekend. 

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Largest Dude Ranch East of the Mississippi!

We took our new travel trailer on her first weekend trip to the largest dude ranch East of the Mississippi! River Ranch RV Resort is located next to the Westgate River Ranch Resort. They say the birthplace of the American Cowboy is right here in Florida! Makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Haven’t you noticed all the cow pastures everywhere? The RV sites were fantastic and the resort was still a lot of fun despite the pandemic. We can’t believe we never went to a rodeo before, what a blast!

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A Day on the Water

We head out for a day on the water sailing off Fort Lauderdale with our friend Peter. It was his first time sailing and our Catalina 34 was a great way to experience the fantastic sailing weather and see the sights off South Florida.

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