Back To Wildwood

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 032013

Yesterday was a traveling day, but we didn’t travel very far, just 48 miles. We left the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve about 9:30 and took U.S. Highway 27 north to Leesburg, where we picked up State Route 44 west through Wildwood to the Three Flags RV Resort, a Mid-Atlantic property that is part of the Thousand Trails family.

The campground is much busier than it was when we were here three weeks ago. There were quite a few 30 amp RV sites available, but manager Joanne Caplice put me in her golf cart and off we went in search of what turned out to be the last pull-through 50 amp full hookup site. Since we have used our 50 “free” nights that come with our annual membership, our three weeks here cost us $105. For anyone wondering if a campground membership is worth the investment, tell me where else you can get a full hookup RV site in Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, for $5 a night?

We like Three Flags better than Orlando. The sites are roomier and nice and level, and even though we only have 3G Verizon service, it’s much faster than the 4G was at Orlando. And this area isn’t nearly as busy, which we appreciate.

Once we were parked and hooked up, I waded through a couple dozen e-mails, deleting the forwards that I always ask people not to send me without even opening them, and replying to the rest. After all that work, I decided that a nap was in order. One can’t take too many naps.

About 4 PM we were both starving, so we went to Sonny’s Barbecue in The Villages, because I wanted some of their baby back ribs. We had a nice dinner, and then spent an hour or so wandering through a nearby Barnes & Noble. Even though we both have Kindles, there are some books we just can’t find on Amazon. Terry got a knitting book, and I found a reference book on Florida roadside history. I get a lot of story ideas from local interest books like this.

For some reason, our Splendide washer/dryer combo has developed a leak, and we can’t figure out where. It’s not a hose or any connection we can find, so it looks like we’ll have to pull it out of the cabinet it’s built into and see if we can figure it out. Where’s Greg White when I need him?

The other day I did a year-end review and talked about our travels in 2012. Here is a map of our route. As you can see, we covered a lot of territory!

2012 Travels

We’re supposed to have rain and daytime temperatures down in the mid-to-upper 60s the next few days, with lows in the 50s. Yeah, I know, it’s a lot better than what folks are dealing with up north. There’s a reason I’m not up north! But all is not lost. If we can’t go out and play, that means it will be a good time for writing.

Bad Nick did some writing yesterday, posting a new Bad Nick Blog titled I Want A Day Like That. Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – I don’t think we get smarter as we get older, I think we just run out of stupid things to do.

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  7 Responses to “Back To Wildwood”

  1. Bring it here and I’ll be glad to take a look at it for you.

    No Charge!

  2. Miss Terry will probably fix the washer/dryer and the leak will go away. She is a lady of multi-talented. I am so jealous of her ability. We are expecting possible sleet today, not that we are cold. Going to a RV show in San Antonio with friends, now just to make sure Mike does not do anything crazy. A new RV is not in our near future. Stay warm and try not to work to hard

  3. You mentioned that the campsite cost you $5 per day. You did not figure in the cost of the buy in and the monthly membership. It still may be a good deal for you, but it is far more than free or $5 /day.

  4. We had the same leak problem. Turned out to be a bad water pump on the washer.

  5. I appreciated the map of your 2012 travels. What program did you use to create it? What do the numbers on the map correspond to?

  6. Mark, I used Microsoft Streets & Trips and listed our stops chronologically.

  7. Roy, our $550 a year dues gets us 50 nights of camping, which come out to just over $10 a night. Any nights over 50 are $5/night. There are many used memberships out there that can be had for just the transfer fee.

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