Swimming with Manatees

pontoon boat Crystal River

One of the many advantages of spending time with other people who travel full-time is finding out about places to see and things to do that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Swimming with manatees at Crystal River in Florida was one of these things for us. We met another family during our stay at Peace River who told us about this amazing place where you can go and swim with manatees. About two months Continue Reading →

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Exploring the Everglades

Coopertown airboat

  The Everglades region in southern Florida is a place we’ve always wanted to visit. The nature and ecosystem of the southern tip of the Florida peninsula is so unique and important that most of the land area down there is protected by two national parks and a national preserve. We spent four nights in the area and were able to explore all three. Everglades National Park Campground Our home during our stay was at Continue Reading →

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Peace River

peace river

One of the things we’re learning about a traveling lifestyle is pacing. When you’re on vacation, you usually want to see and do as much as you can before you head back to everyday life. The days are fun but intense and often we talk about needing to recover after a vacation. Even on our big trip in 2012, our time was limited to about 3 months and we moved on to a new place Continue Reading →

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Welcome to Florida – Osceola National Forest

ocean pond campground

It was hard to find. We’d taken a several mile detour before we realized we were following directions to the wrong place. We were out of cell phone and internet range, so we traded Google Maps for our trusty old (new) road atlas. It was late afternoon, it had been a long drive, and we were all very tired. But we got there. It was worth it. The Ocean Pond campground in Osceola National Forest Continue Reading →

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Dayton Beach KOA – Campground Review

Since our friends were in a housing transition and staying with family, it was important to us to be able to visit with our friends at our campsite rather than expect them to host us. The Daytona Beach KOA gave us a great location to be able to do that. Here’s our campground review (spoiler alert: it’s a good one) Price: $70 for 2 nights (not including KOA member discount) Location: convenient to most Daytona Beach Continue Reading →

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Daytona Beach

Jess and I met in college. We had the same major, the same minor, shared faith and a lot of common interests. We were fast friends. After graduation, she headed off to teach as a missionary in Ecuador, and except for an occasional email, we lost touch for a while. A few years later, she was married to an Ecuadorian man and we reconnected over the headaches involved with sponsoring our foreign husbands through the Continue Reading →

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Gulf Coast part 2: the Florida Panhandle

Continuing east into Florida, we stopped and spent a night at the Tallahassee East KOA campground. We had plans to meet up with friends in Daytona Beach for the weekend, so we did not take time to see or do anything in the area. Here’s our review: Price: $33/night after KOA member rebate Location: Convenient to I-10 in the Tallahassee area. Facilities: Great shower and bathroom facilities. The common room was comfortable, with armchairs and Continue Reading →

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