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Old 09-30-2020, 11:57 PM   #1
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FLORIDA or BUST!

Welp...here we GO!!!

We are off on our 1st annual snow-birding adventure from Spokane, WA to Melbourne Beach, FL starting this Saturday, October 3rd!!!

SOOOO EXCITED!....and yeah..a little bit scared!

Some of you have seen some of our post as we've been getting ready, and we 'thought' that we would be traveling to Florida in our new (to us) DP but that hasn't happened....sigh.

So here we are, in our trusty(?) 1997 RexAir 32' gas rig WITH NO SLIDES!! heading down to Boise 1st, then Salt Lake, then Albuquerque, then Las Cruses and from there....???....not exactly sure.

We have renters in our RV site in Melbourne Beach until the 23rd of October so there's no need to rush, which is nice.

This has been a tough year, probably even longer, in getting ready to retire. We didn't know we'd be full-timers a year ago when we decided to downsize and sell our house. We thought we'd live in the RV for a "couple of months" and then move into our newly purchased house. Well...for SOME strange reason, the housing market is booming here in Spokane, and while it's a GREAT time to sell, it's was terrible to try and buy.

So one thing lead to another and the next thing we know, we purchased an RV site in Outdoor Resorts in Melbourne Beach and BOOM! WE'RE FULL TIME RV'ers! HA!

So here we are about to embark on our 1st snow-birding adventure and while there have been MANY challenging issues, we feel we are ready and are excited to be heading south!

I will attempt to post here from time to time to let you know how it's going, and if we happen upon "THE" RV on our way down, so much the better! Although I have NO IDEA what we'd do with this old rig if we do find one.

Gosh..so so excited!

Let the SNOW-BIRD Migration BEGIN! WOOHOO!

GOOD BYE WINTER CAMPING! HELLO SUNSHINE and WARMTH! (Our site minus the trailer)
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Good for you Trimoot. Congratulations and may all your travels be on smooth roads. Have a blast you deserve it!
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Safe travels and enjoy! We're on the "wait and see" plan to see if we can escape winter weather in late January or February. Overall, I feel I can be as safe in my MH at a RV park as I can at my house in Ohio, but I'd hate to be somewhere down south and if things get bad, have to hit the road because RV parks have shut down. I would also prefer to avoid any "hot spots" if possible.

I think it may be a long winter for many of us...but I hope I'm wrong!
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Good for you, it sounds really exciting.
Up here in Nova Scotia we are stuck until the border opens. Not looking forward to another Canadian winter. Shudder.
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TriMoot.... looking forward to your experiences and travel!! Enjoy!
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Good for you, it sounds really exciting.
Up here in Nova Scotia we are stuck until the border opens. Not looking forward to another Canadian winter. Shudder.


Iíd rather spend winter in Nova Scotia than summer in Florida.
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You might want to stop into Quartzsite AZ during the RV Show in January. I’ve heard good deals can be had on DPs during the show. This assumes the show goes on in January and the big RV dealers show up.
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Come on down and safe travels.
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Safe travels and enjoy your winter. We will be leaving for FL the end of October.
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Thanks everyone for the encouragement.....here it is at 9:40 at night and all the basement bays are full and now weíre attempting to organize the inside.

Iíll probably wash the windshield in the morning as I just ran out of time today.

But I did take the time to put a special message on the toad....

Iíll check back tomorrow to let you know how it goes on the first day.

Oh, btw, first thing in the morning weíre filling up the gas and propane and weighing the RV....want to make sure we didnít over load it!

Thanks again!
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Annnnnnd weíre off!!

Woohoo!

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Made it to Marsing Idaho! So far so good.

Roads were good but the visibility was terrible! So much smoke in the air.

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As promised, here's an update!

10/7/2020 - Caldwell/Marsing ID to Heyburn, ID

So we left the Boise area today and headed down south towards Heyburn. And for the FIRST time, we feel like we're REALLY DOING THIS!

So exciting, and a bit nervous, but the 1st real day of being on our own is under our belts and we are LOVING IT!

On our way south we decided to stop at Mountain Home, ID where I lived while in the Air Force back in 1975 through 1977.

It was a blast seeing some of the old places (It was over 40+ years ago!) and of course many of the new places.

Rather than rehash what I've already posted on my blog, head over to it here:

Day 1
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I will continue to post here and there as we continue our adventure to Florida!
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I can feel the excitement in your trip so far! You're heading into the area of some excellent Utah national parks. Good time to visit them and also the Grand Canyon.
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