We are a couple of months away from celebrating our 17th anniversary as fulltime RVers. That’s a lot of miles, and we have enjoyed every minute of it. And we look forward to seeing a lot more of this wonderful country of ours in the future.
However, nothing is forever. We know that sooner or later health issues, age, or something else will take most of us off the road. Maybe not next week or next month, or even next year. But eventually it’s going to happen.
After so many years of fulltiming, we are slowing down. We are in Florida now and looking at our options. We don’t plan to stop traveling anytime soon but we would like a place where we could sit still for a few months at a time, with the idea of it becoming “home” when we do eventually hang up the keys. So we are considering our options.
And we have a lot of options. We just haven’t decided which one is best for us. We have talked about buying an RV lot in a 55+ park where we can park the motorhome and recharge our batteries, get some writing and weaving done, and just relax. And eventually, maybe put a modular home on it. We have also talked about buying a modular already set up in a park. We don’t think we want a house, but we are not ruling anything out.
We do have some criteria that we hope to meet if and when we find a place. We want to be close to a beach. When I say close, I mean no more than a 30 minute drive at the most, and preferably closer. We realize something like that may be out of our price range, but who knows? We know that there are some very good deals in central Florida, but they are too far inland for us and are not something we will consider. We’re not willing to compromise that much.
Yesterday morning we left the campground early in the Explorer and drove 165 miles to Vero Beach, where we checked out three places that we have been looking at online. In case you’re not aware of it, looking at RV sites online is kind of like looking at online dating profiles. What looks beautiful on a computer screen may be completely different in real life. The first place we looked at was a co-op with mobile homes and RV sites, but it turned out to be very small and very dumpy. The second place was nice, but they don’t allow RVs, only modular homes, and there was no place to store an RV. It was also pretty expensive. The third place was somewhere between the two. It was a co-op and the buy-in was reasonable, but it was full of old mobile homes and the average age of the residents seemed to be upwards of 80 years old.
You know you’re in Florida when you have to slow down for an old geezer in his motorized cart driving down the road!
We also didn’t care for the traffic in Vero Beach. There was a lot of traffic! We went out to actually see the beach, but there was no room in the public parking lot and cars were circling watching for anybody to pull out so they could grab their spot. It kind of reminded me of a shopping mall on Black Friday. I finally gave up, figuring that if the parking lot was that busy, the beach was going to be crowded, too.
We like the Titusville area and we have looked at Willow Lakes RV Resort just north of there in Mims before. Deciding that Vero Beach was a bust for us, we then drove 90 miles north to check it out again. It’s a nice place, they have a ton of amenities, but the sites are really crowded together. That’s okay when you’re going to be spending a week or two at an RV park and moving on down the road, but I don’t want to live that way forever. We’ve also stayed at The Great Outdoors in Titusville a couple of times, and again it’s got every kind of amenity one could want. But it’s a little too rich for our blood.
Since we couldn’t find the place that would work for us, we did the next best thing. We went to Dixie Crossroads for dinner. This is probably our favorite seafood restaurant anywhere in the country, and we have been known to drive 50 miles or more just to go there for dinner. So how could we be right in Titusville and not go there? It was absolutely delicious, as always.
Then it was another 110 miles back to Sumpter Oaks. We got back to the motorhome a little after 8:30, worn out from our long day, but with full tummies.
So where does all of this leave us? Right back where we started. Well, no, not really. At least we have eliminated some places, and that’s progress of a sort. We’re in no hurry and have lots of time to look. Who knows? We may find our “forever place” somewhere this winter, or we may just keep right on fulltiming until we’re too feeble to get behind the wheel. That wouldn’t be the worst thing that could happen to anybody, right?
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Thought For The Day – There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. – Willa Cather