It’s not all fun and games out here.

Today we left Cedar Key, FL and headed back out that 25 mile stretch of highway to get back to the nearest road going north out of Florida. CampTel where we stayed was one to write home about. The whole Cedar Key is one to write home about.

Camptel is has every make and model of Tiny Homes accounted for inside it’s perimeter. Container homes, Tiny Homes, RVs, DIY Homes and one Skoolie, ours.

Chess anyone?

We travelled north and made it to the panhandle of Florida. Tropical Storm Claudette was still lingering North and west of us, but that did not deter us. What we really wanted to see was Apalachicola. We have unforgettable memories of this place. These memories are from a different time in our lives. This was our first overnight sail, actually 2 nights. We were unprepared and inexperienced. Neglecting to look at the weather or understand the land layout in the ocean, we set sail from Panama City, FL to Clearwater, FL. It was an eventful night. While we were rounding Apalachicola cape the winds were racing around the cape, the waters shallowed up and the waves increased. We both remember looking at the knotmeter and reading 0.0 kph. It was a long night.

Nevertheless, we wanted to see it again but from a different vantage point. Much less terrifying being on land.

We drove along the outer islands of Alligator Point to San Blas Cape. Stopped along the way to enjoy the beach and coffee. Claudette did not forget to rain on us, but it was still nice. Why is it always raining when we are trying to find the bathrooms walking outside.

Off we go again, it’s early afternoon and we are headed another couple hours to our stop for the night. Traveling through Fort Walton Beach, FL and all seemed to be going well. Until a distinct odor of antifreeze/coolant filled the cab of the bus. Hmmm…that seems odd, maybe it’s someone in front of us. We continue to drive and monitor the temperature gauge. The smell does not subside and the temperature gauge starts to climb. Uh-oh. Houston, I think we have a problem. As the temperature gauge continues to climb, we don’t have much room for error on the temperature gauge, for the bus runs warm the way it normally runs. We quickly pull into an abandoned bank parking lot where someone is pulled in the one time drive through listening to the car radio really loud. That seems odd too.

Pop the hood and sure enough, our 3rd coolant hose has sprung a leak and we lost 6 gallons of coolant. Check for nearest auto parts store, 6 miles, too far to walk, call Uber, Marina waits with the bus while I Uber to the O’reily’s for a hose that this store does not carry. We will just have to find one that is close. An hour later and 6 gallons of coolant later we are back on the road. NASCAR would have been proud of our repair performance.

We made it to our RV Park before dark, but without planning ahead we were stuck with the choice of $100+/night or the $200+/night choices. We choose the prior. Albeit, it was a nice park

Concrete, level parking spaces, tree lined privacy from your neighbors, kids playing in the streets, oh our neighbors won the award for kindness. We were eating our dinner, chicken again, of course. Our neighbors spotted us and proceeded to offer us about 2 lbs of boiled shrimp, still warm, they just purchased. So peel and eat shrimp and curried chicken for dinner it was.

Chasing Tropical Storm Claudette

Looking out into the Gulf during Claudette

Moving from a sailboat to an RV, we never thought we would have to wait for a weather window again. Well, on day 2, we were proved wrong.

This morning we were putting the bus together to leave. The typical stuff, velcroing the cabinet doors shut, velcroing the drawers to the cabinet doors, tying the closet doors together, tying the pantry door shut and the bathroom door. That bathroom door still slams on every turn we make. Not to mention disconnecting the power cord that supplies the power to our air conditioner. We love that air conditioner down here in Florida.

We were watching the news in the club house last night and it was showing this Tropical Storm Claudette that was bringing wind and rain to Panama City, exactly where we wanted to head to next. So, we had a slight change of plans. Even though the weather man was dodging heavy rain and wind on the beach near Tallahassee, we want to stop near there anyway. So off we went.

Back out highway 24. Twenty-five miles to get out of Cedar Key. Why is the return trip is always so much faster? Turn north and drive for a few hours to Ochlockonee Bay. This is our staging point for the tomorrow so we can visit Alligator Point and Cape San Blas.

Marina found a nice RV Park Holiday Campground on Ochlockonee Bay. We pulled in, registered and Rudy directed us to our spot near the back. The back was favorable tonight because Claudette was supposed to bring heavy winds and rain. We didn’t see much of either.