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Sunday, June 12, 2016

~ Our 2016 Summer Adventure Begins Sorta ~

Thursday June 9th: It began as a hot muggy day as usual on Florida's Nature Coast.  Today we are loading up our new little coach "CiCi" and getting it ready to go on our 2016 summer adventure. It is the first time in over 12 years that we had to get a coach ready for a long trip.  That is definitely one of the benefits of full timing in an RV is that everything is always ready to roll.  Any ways after many trips in & out of the house and hooking up our tow vehicle we were ready to head north to our friends farm and don't you know it started to rain - lightly at first but as we headed up the highway it became a torrential downpour.  Not to long after we passed the town of Crystal River it stopped and we happily continued up the road.  We stopped for a bite to eat at Bill's BBQ in Chiefland (so yummy) and then back on the road.  Before we knew it we arrived at the Beckner's Resort (our friends farm) ... We parked on our assigned spot and set up for three nights as we wait for our friends Jeannie & Buck to load up their RV and get it ready to go.  They will be traveling with us this summer.  We were pooped and in bed early today!!!

Drive up Highway 19 ~ Bill's BBQ in Chiefland
Friday June 10th: After a great nights sleep we woke up raring to go.. Jeannie & I headed into the big town of Live Oak to get pampered.  We had our mani/pedi done and I had to get my hair done.  We also stopped at Wally World (Walmart) to pick up last minute things we needed on our trip.  Later that night we went out to dinner at one of our favorite places up here... O'Neal's Country Buffet in Madison Florida.  It is just what you expect from a local home style country buffet.  The outdated Formica tables and booths, the terrazzo concrete floor, waitresses with southern charm and an endless restocking from the kitchen of the buffet.  There is always fried chicken, with the selection on other days varying from fried pork chops, liver & onions, country fried steak, chicken wings, fried pork ribs.  We went on Friday night so it was seafood night - They had fried fish, stuffed crabs, scallops, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp & hush puppies.  The variety of sides also vary every day, but generally you will find mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, butter beans, farm peas and some type of greens every day. Cornbread and biscuits included on the buffet as well. In addition to the buffet there is a salad bar and dessert bar.  Ice cream is available on request with sweet tea, lemonade or water included in the price of the buffet. We paid $11 per person and it was well worth it.

O'Neals Southern Buffet
Saturday June 11th:  Another great nights sleep... ahhhhh fresh country air and good country food will always keep you happy & satisfied.  Today is our last day here at Beckner's Resort... and a busy day it'll be.  Buck and Jeannie pretty much have everything loaded in their RV but today they will be loading up their food, clothes and any other little things they will need.  I am cooking dinner for all of us... using up a huge Turkey that we had at home.  Looks like Turkey sandwiches in our near future.

Our Little "CiCi" ~ Beckner Farm ~ Buck & Jeannie's RV
Sunday June 12th:  Today we pulled out around 8:30 am and headed for Blackwater River State Park in Holt, Florida.  We have never been there so we are looking forward to seeing another Florida State Park and getting our Florida State Park book stamped.  We entered the Central Time Zone shortly after we passed Chattahoochee.  what was about a 5 hour ride we finally arrived at our destination.  After setting up we enjoyed a simple BBQ of Sausages with Baked Beans... Definitely hot & humid here. 
I'll have more on this state park tomorrow.

So now we are officially into our 2016 Summer Adventure... Stay tuned for more!!!

Come on back and follow our adventures...
Have Fun & Travel Safe


Sue and Doug said...

nice to see you back blogging again Donna!! enjoy your summer adventure..we will be 'riding along'!!

Sue Malone said...

Great to see you on the road. I love CiCi! I also love that northern stretch of 19. I have driven it when it was just as empty of cars as your photo. Brought back some happy/sad memories of when I would visit my friend Bel in Ocala and take her to Manatee and Cedar Key. Love following along.

Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

The pictures you've posted have already brought back memories. Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.
We didn't get much time to visit when we got together but there have been lots of changes in all our lives. You and Ralph are now part-timers and Kathy and I are Fulltimers. Hopefully we'll meet down the road again in the future.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Myrddin said...

We've just gone through packing up our RV too. Not near as much fun and just turning on the key and hitting the road like we did when full-timing.

Have a great trip,

Jim and Linda

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