We had already planned our trip to Titusville and The Great Outdoors RV Resort when we learned that space shuttle Discovery was going to be launched for its final mission on Monday, November 1. So that was like icing on the cake.
Since Titusville is right across the Indian River from the John F. Kennedy Space Center, we’re in the perfect location to see the launch.
Well, Monday came and went, and the launch was delayed until Wednesday, due to mechanical issues. Those issues were resolved, and then an electrical problem caused the launch to be rescheduled until this afternoon. Then, late yesterday, NASA said that there is an 80% chance of the launch being postponed again, due to bad weather that is moving in. So I guess time will tell if it flies or not. We’re scheduled to leave here Sunday morning, so I hope the launch goes off before then.
We have not been doing any exploring on this trip to the Space Coast, because my dear friend Tim Moran has been having some very serious health issues, and I’ve been spending as much time with him as I can. Miss Terry and Tim’s wife Ann have been running around a bit, doing some shopping and having girl time while I stay at the house and keep Tim company. It’s hard to see somebody you love suffering so much. Folks, live every day to the fullest, because life is very tenuous, and the time goes by way too fast.
When we leave here Sunday, we’re going to the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, which is actually in Clermont. This is a big campground, and one we haven’t stayed at before before. Our friends Dennis and Cindy Henderson are at the Thousand Trails, and we hope to get a chance to get our kayaks in the water and do some paddling with them.
Our annual Thousand Trails membership dues give us 50 nights of “free” camping a year, and any nights over 50 are $5 a night. We’ve had the membership for five years now, and this will be the first year we have used our whole 50 nights. We knew going in that it would take us a while to have the time to really get the most out of our membership, but since we basically got it for free, we were okay with that.
This is a good example of why I always tell new fulltimers to wait at least a year before they buy into a campground membership, because it will take them at least that long to define their camping and traveling style. And I always encourage RVers to look for used campground memberships, because you can save literally thousands of dollars. Our nationwide Thousand Trails/NACO Platinum membership sells for a lot of money brand new, but on the resale market one can be picked up for pennies on the dollar.
Do your homework before you go shopping for a campground membership, and understand that a membership may not be right for you. Many, many RVers we know get by just fine with a combination of Escapees campgrounds, Passport America RV parks, Corps of Engineers campgrounds, and such. A membership is only a good investment if you use it enough to get your money out of it. Only you can decide that.
Thought For The Day – The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.