S3E11 – Myakka River State Forest Part Two

IMG_0776Returned late Friday afternoon following a night at Sue’s parents to charge the trailer batteries and coincidentally avoid camping on the coldest night of the winter. Check out the prior post for my thoughts on why we had to recharge the batteries so soon.

Sue’s been pushing the PT probably a little too hard so we just chilled for the rest of the afternoon reading outdoors while trying to maximize the sun and minimize the wind exposure.

Dinner turned out to be both good to eat and easy to cook (with Sue’s expert guidance of course). The asparagus, oranges, potatoes and tomatoes we got at the Englewood farmers market Thursday morning turned into grilled potatoes and asparagus with a tomato salad and oranges for desert.

IMG_0771Saturday morning we went to the Spinnaker Cafe for a big breakfast then went next door to the Englewood library to check out their selection of used books. We got five books for seven bucks then returned to the campsite to dig in. A perfectly lazy day, snacks for lunch, hours of reading and an hour stroll around the campground. Cooking dinner was easy even for me: warmed up Chinese food left over from Thursday night’s meal at Sue’s parents.

We went back to Port Charlotte earlyish Sunday morning to get showers before 10:30 church at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Lunch with Sue’s parents then back to the campground. We moved to a different (prettier but less sun for the solar panel) site which was only available for our last three nights.

IMG_0773After the hour of moving chores we settled back into veg mode with our books for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was more complex, a sort of stir fry with quinoa with carrots, tomatoes and edamame served with two poached eggs on top of each plate. With Sue by my side it came out good.

Monday morning we were back to Port Charlotte for PT then hair cuts for both of us at Sue’s mom’s across the street hair dresser friend on her day off and still made it to the South Beach Grille on Boca Grande for a late lunch. It was a perfect beach day, about 75, clear sky, light wind. We had a nice long walk to work off the great grouper salads.

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IMG_0774Stopped at Publix on the way home for dinner supplies. With a lot of Sue’s advice I managed grilled Tilapia, potatoes and corn on the cob.

Back again to Port Charlotte for more PT then lunch with Sue’s parents. The weather forecast was for a repeat of yesterday’s so we headed for Englewood Beach. Unfortunately it got steadily cloudier as we drove to the coast and our 75 degree sunny day turned to a foggy 65 degree drizzle. After a little shopping we returned to the camp site and hemmed and hawed for a while then decided to pack up and go back to Port Charlotte instead of waiting until the next morning. We have a lot of chores to get done before leaving Thursday to start our Mexico trip. This will give us the full day Wednesday to get laundry done, clothes packed and the trailer cleaned out and put back into storage.

We took in a movie Tuesday night, “Still Alice“. I can totally see why Julianne Moore won the Oscar for best actress portraying Alice, a vibrant 50 year old who succumbs to early onset Alzheimers. The movie was gripping. When the credits began rolling at the end not a person got up or made a sound. One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long long time.

Off to Miami tomorrow morning after Sue’s PT session, then flying to Mexico Friday morning.

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8 thoughts on “S3E11 – Myakka River State Forest Part Two

  1. Despite Sue’s setback, your trip sounds lovely! I thank you for all the details, Denny. May God speed, bless, and keep you both! Love, Colleen ๐Ÿ€

  2. Those photos of a gorgeous blue, blue sky, white sand and Sue with a stylish sling are just wonderful. Dennis, it is different reading about your growing culinary skills rather than about motors, etc. The asparagus and potatoes look yummny!

    • Hi Veronica, it was a beautiful day at a beautiful place. My cooking education is going well, maybe too well. I didn’t think this through – it might become a permanent job.

  3. Hi Denny, I enjoy reading your blog. I have two questions. 1) what vehicle are you pulling your LS with? 2) do you know of a site that show remodeling/creative designs and paintings other Lil Snoozy owners have used in and outside? I saw a picture of one that was painted outside with two tones. Very retro looking. I’m still dreaming of ordering my Lil Snoozy now that I’m retired. Thank you.

  4. Brenda, we used a 2007 Toyota RAV4 V6 to tow the first two years then upgraded to a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The RAV pulled fine, got about 15-16 mpg while towing. The rear axle was a little low so I added air shocks. The Jeep is much more capable and comes with load leveling rear shocks. MPG is a bit better too.

    There aren’t that many Snoozys around and as they are all brand new there aren’t a lot of renovation stories. You might get a few ideas at FGRV.COM

  5. Hi Denny~ I found you~ This is YOUR blog!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love love love reading through it, & The photo’s are simply incredible!! It’s a wonderful service you’re providing we Snoozy fans all over the country! Thank you, so very much!!

    • Hi Donna, thanks for the kind words. We haven’t been camping (or blogging) since April 2015 but hope to resume with a trip out west this fall.

      We love the Snoozy, it’s fixed up ‘just right’ for us.

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