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We’re all settled in at Pleasant Lake RV Resort in Bradenton and we spent the afternoon yesterday running some errands and getting to know the area a little bit. Within a mile or two of the campground is everything you could possibly want or need – a Publix grocery, WalMart Supercenter, Lowes, nail salon, beauty shops, auto parts stores and just about any kind of restaurant you might want.

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, the full hookup RV sites are on grass, and there is plenty of room on both sides of our Winnebago.

Winnie at Pleasant Lake

This place is called an RV resort, though the park model trailers outnumber the RVs by quite a bit, as we have seen everywhere in the country. But unlike many such places, there doesn’t seem to be any separation between the transients like us and the long term folks who live in the park models. Everybody we have met has been friendly, and you could wear your hand off returning all the waves you get just driving in or out.

We’ve been in a lot of RV parks and campgrounds in our years on the road, and more than a few of them have boasted of having a lake. All too often, their idea of a lake is something between a mud puddle and a small pond. But the lake here is an impressive 25-acre body of water that I’m looking forward to casting a line into. No fishing license is required and they have everything from pan fish to bass. You can keep everything but the bass, they are catch and release.

Lake View

Lakeview reeds

There is a nice wooden deck overlooking the water that would be a great place to just sit and relax, read a book, or visit with friends.

Lake deck

I need to get to know the guy who owns this pontoon boat. Maybe he’ll take me for a ride.

Pontoon boat

While we were checking out the lake we saw this anhinga. This picture explains why they are called snake-birds, because they swim with just their long head and neck sticking out of the water.


When we saw these two sandhill cranes, Terry said she knew we were officially back in Florida. Those are some big birds!

Sandhill cranes

Among the many restaurants in the area is Texas Roadhouse, and when John and Kathy Huggins from Living The RV Dream asked if we wanted to go there for dinner I was all over that idea. We had a nice meal and some good conversation, and back at Pleasant Lake we spent another hour or so visiting with them in our motorhome.

I had to blush just a little bit when I read this blog comment yesterday posted by my author friend, Carol Ann Newsome. What a sweet thing to say! Carol Ann is the author of the excellent Dog Park mystery series, and you can download a free copy of A Shot In The Bark, the first book in her series from Amazon. We got to meet Carol Ann for lunch when we were in Cincinnati, Ohio last summer.

Carol Ann Newsome Nick

Speaking of books, don’t forget to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs by my friend Jason Deas. It’s the first book in Jason’s excellent Benny James mystery series, a fast-paced tale centered on former FBI agent Benny James, who hoped to retire to a slower paced lifestyle on a houseboat but finds himself drawn into a murder investigation. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Birdsongsaudio copy

Another author friend, Alison Blake, has just made her excellent book The Road To Cordia free on Amazon. This is the first book in her A Cancordian Adventure series. Check it out and leave a review after you finish reading it.

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  7 Responses to “Settled In At Pleasant Lake”

  1. Wow Nick….Carol hit you right on the head…lol….One thing I have been admiring since I started following you over a year ago, is your appreciation for Terri. It is so apparent in your daily postings how much you love and admire her not only for her talents but just because of who she is. Those are the qualities that every women dreams of finding in a man. You both have such a beautiful relationship. It is so refreshing in this day and age of marital chaos. Kudos to both of you…….

  2. Nick, I guess you have a fan in Carol Ann, even though she tells the truth. I bet you were blushing, but I bet there are many, many of your friends and blog readers who would agree with her. She is just a better writer than most of us.

  3. Yeah, Nick, I can only HOPE to emulate you. 🙂 I try, but fail sometimes. Right now I’m trying to catch up with the Santa Claus part. 😉

  4. As I’ve said many times Nick, I have loved the way you so openly adore Miss Terry since we first met those many years ago at the Elks in Lancaster, CA. The world needs more relationships like yours. And as I’ve also told you before even though I’m gay, if she ever gets tired of you I’d consider jumping ship! 🙂 Not that she’d ever do that, so I guess we’re both safe.

  5. Yes you and Terry have a special bond, few have that special relationship you have. Love the picture Terry took of the park, looks very nice. We know that winter is on it way here since our flocks of Sand Hill Cranes use the back field behind the park as a stopping off point on their journey to Florida . Only wish they would not start talking among themselves so early in the morning, I is lovely to hear them at any time.You planning to get you canoes wet while there the lake looks great or is there big critter in to lake to make it dangerous to do it.

  6. Carol is exactly right, not only about Nick and Terry, but also about what makes a man romantic. My husband, I’ve been told, looks like a little short guy with glasses to lot of people, but to me he is the world’s most attractive man because he spoils me rotten and always comes through when I need him. Naturally, I try to do the same for him.

    In a previous life, I did some marriage counseling. I gave it up because it seemed to me that what keeps couples together was not something I could help them with. Some couples want to stay together so badly, that their relationship is the first priority. They willingly make the sacrifices and compromises that are necessary.

    The ones that came to me for help, however, were usually the ones that did not care enough about their relationship to do the hard work required. They did not have that magical desire to be with each other that makes the compromises and sacrifices into acts of love. I couldn’t do much about that.

  7. What a nice compliment your friend Carole gave you, Nick!! And that Terry is happy with you all these years says a lot too. My hubby and I are happy after 42 years together…not that every year was perfect, but we are more friends how than ever we were and our love has grown too. Looks don’t matter, indeed they do not. My Mama, who married a handsome man, but lived in hell, told me always: Pretty is as pretty does!! Tis true. And by old age, most everyone looks rather saggy and old anyway.

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