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.
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.
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.
I need to get to know the guy who owns this pontoon boat. Maybe he’ll take me for a ride.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Thought For The Day – Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.