Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rental house on Sunset Lakes Blvd., Kissimmee. About 90 degrees today!

Rob and Emily arrived last night just after midnight.  They picked up a rental car at the airport (a Mercury Milan) and found their way to the rental house using the GPS we gave Rob for Christmas.  We chatted for a bit, then we all went to bed.

This morning, Paul and I went out to Lowes and Walmart and an auto parts store for a couple of items, then came back to the house for lunch.  The weather today has been very very hot, 90-ish.

After lunch, Rob and Emily went shopping at Target and Publix while Paul & I relaxed with the kit kats.  We sat by the pool, and went in for a bit of a swim.  The cats are intrigued by being able to go outdoors into the screened-in pool area, but they are a bit hesitant about it.

The manager for the house dropped by today and replaced the pool skimmer and the bowls under the stove burners, and chatted with us a bit.  His name is Rob; very friendly guy.

Front of rental house on Sunset Lakes Blvd., Kissimmee.

View from front entrance to living room.

Kitchen

Living room.

Master bedroom.

Ensuite bathroom.

Bedroom 3.

Bathroom.

Living room and kitchen.
Paul barbecued steak for dinner, and we had baked potates and asparagus and salad with it, it was great!

Paul barbecuing steak.
Rob continues to work on his essay for school.  We TRY to let him be, but he is being constantly interrupted by us all, including the kit kats.  But he's working diligently at getting it done so he can come out to play!
Rob working on his essay.

Abby, the Queen of it all, relaxing on the bed!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Rental house on Sunset Lakes Blvd., Kissimmee. About 90 degrees today!

We were sad to leave Ft. Wilderness today, I hope we can came back again some day.  Before we left, we walked to the marina area and took a couple of photos and just looked around.  Check out time was 11 a.m. so that's when we left.

Marina in background

Pioneer Hall at Ft. Wilderness

Trail's End Restaurant & Davy Crockett's Tavern

Since we couldn't check into the rental house till 4 p.m., we had a couple of hours to kill.  So we went to the Target store, then checked out where the house is (the cleaners were still here at that point), then went to Walmart.  By the time we came back, the cleaners were gone and we got into the house at about 3:30 p.m.  The weather was really really hot, about 90 degrees.

Bandit staying cool in the sink.

The house is nice, a typical Florida house.  It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, washer & dryer, fully outfitted kitchen, screened-in pool, TV with VCR & DVD player and a selection of videos to watch, cable tv, wireless internet, bedding and towels, everything we'll need for the 10 days we'll be here.  It is in a subdivision close to where we stayed last year, 4 miles from Disney, and it backs onto a pond.  There is another pond around the corner with a dock to fish from.  We watched people fishing there today while we ate lunch in the RV.

Rear of house - living room and bedroom windows overlooking pool.

Screened in pool.

Pool and pond in background.

Once we unloaded a few things from the RV (fridge, clothing, cats and their stuff), we made a trip to the local Publix grocery store for a few items.

When we came back, we decided to try out the pool.  I found it a bit chilly, but Paul went right in!  After that I made a snack for dinner, and we are just relaxing waiting for Rob and Emily to arrive.  Their flight gets into Orlando Airport at 10:56 p.m.  We are looking forward to their arrival!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Disney's Fort Wilderness Campgound. 82 degrees F.

Another hot day!  We are MELTING!  We had to turn the air conditioning on in the RV, it works really well!

We went to the marina today and rented a little boat, a Sea Racer two seater with a 9.9 hp motor, and toured the two lakes for half an hour, that was fun.  We met a lady named Hilda who lives in a 45 ft. coach with her husband, and she gave us a couple of discount coupons, one related to the marina, so that helped.

Hilda's display.

Bandit sitting up, watching the birds outside.

Paul in the Sea Racer.

Lou driving the Sea Racer, with Contemporary Resort in the background.

Contemporary Resort and monorail from the Sea Racer.

We came back to the RV and had lunch, then took one of the Disney buses to the recreation area, where Paul took an archery lesson while I watched.

Paul at archery.


Paul at archery.
We had thought about going to downtown Disney next, but it was SO hot, we came back to camp to check on the cats, then decided to shower to cool down.  Could've gone to the pool, but we're just chillin' with the kit kats.  They are outside on leashes with me as I am doing this blog update.

Slide at the pool.


Pool area.
Weather forecast is for very hot weather for the next week or so, so that will be nice for Rob & Emily when they get here tomorrow.  We leave Ft. Wilderness tomorrow to get the rental house.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a magical day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Disney's Fort Wilderness Campgound. 82 degrees F.

Yippee!!!!  We did it!!!! We're here again!!!  At Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground!!!!  TOO MUCH FUN!!!

Welcome to Ft. Wilderness.

We travelled about 150 km today to Ft. Wilderness.  As we barrelled down the highway we almost LOST THE PLOT (the focus of getting to Ft. Wilderness) when we spied a BIG shopping area with SUPER Target, Best Buy, Marshall's, just about everything you could think of.  We went into Super Target to buy a replacement headset for me, and Paul got some Cheerios and licorice.  In and out in half an hour!  We were on a mission to get to the Disney Campground, and there was no time to spare!

It is exactly as we left it (lol) and at 3 p.m. I was so excited I didn't know what to do first!

We decided to walk to the marina, then take the ferry to Wilderness Lodge first to take a look around, then from Wilderness Lodge to the Contemporary Resort, again, to look around, then back to camp where we threw together a quick dinner of salad with canned salmon, cottage cheese, and cantalope.

Beach beside Ft. Wilderness marina.

Dock

Ferry ride.
Campsite 302.

Lou waiting for ferry.

Paul waiting for ferry.

Wilderness Lodge lobby.
Mickey Mouse topiary at Contemporary resort.

Our neighbour's outdoor lights.

Then we relaxed watching TV (Survivor), we were tired after a very busy day!

Looking forward to tomorrow.....!

Have a magical day!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ocala, Florida. Oak Tree campground off I75. Temperature about 60 F.

We left the Emerald Coast today and took the coastal route along the panhandle, travelling 525 km from Destin to Ocala, Florida.  It was a long day, but we are fairly close to Disney's Ft. Wilderness Campground, which is our destination for tomorrow.

Perfect beach at Destin.

More Destin beach!

The drive along the coast of the panhandle is very scenic.  We stopped at Port St. Joe again for lunch, same spot as last year.  The cats really enjoyed watching all the birds (seagulls?).  We enjoyed it last year and wanted to do it again.  It is however slower going than barreling down I75!

Lunch at Port St. Joe.

Port St. Joe view.

Port St. Joe where we stopped for lunch.  Our RV is in the background.

Coastal route on the panhandle.

Scenery on the coastal route along the panhandle.

More coastal route.

We started out at about 9:00 a.m. and stopped at 7:30 p.m., and we had a one hour time change in there!  So we are ready to rest up for tomorrow's adventures at the House of Mouse!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Destin, Florida. Camping on the Gulf campground. 84 degrees F.

Although we planned to leave Destin today to be in Kissimmee tomorrow for a Roadtrek Rally, we decided to stay here another day.  I was suffering a bit after yesterday's restaurant meal, and have picked up a bit of a cold.  Besides that, it was just too beautiful here to leave!  In addition to campsites, they also have cabins to rent that look really neat.

Beautiful beach at Camping on the Gulf campground.

Rental cabins.

We took it easy this morning, deciding to skip the pancake breakfast the campground put on ($2 for pankcakes, coffee and juice).  We went to the beach for a bit before lunch, then had lunch and relaxed a bit.  After lunch, the campground had a free presentation featuring Bubba the alligator, so we went to that.  It was very informative and interesting.  Both Bubba and Dave the trainer were very funny.  Bubba is about 15 years old, 6 1/2 feet long and 160 pounds.  He is very tame.  The trainer told some funny stories about Bubba.  For instance, Bubba likes hot dogs and head-butts the refrigerator to let Dave know he wants a hot dog.  Or how Bubba plays tug of war with a 20 lb. beagle.

Bubba and Dave

Dave hugging Bubba

Lou on the beach just before lunch.

After that, we went back to the beach for a bit.  The winds started picking up so we left to come back to the RV for dinner.  There is a possibility of a thunderstorm tonight, so the temperature is dropping a bit, although we still have all the windows open in the RV and I am working on the blog outside at the picnic table in shorts and T-shirt.

Paul reading at the beach.

We do plan to leave tomorrow because we have reservations to camp at Disney's Fort Wilderness for a couple of days, although I am almost tempted to cancel that and stay here, it is that nice.  It's like being in the Caribbean or Mexico with the green ocean and sugary sand, but you don't have to fly here and you have all the conveniences of being in the US.  I plan to return!

Perfect beach in Destin, Florida!