Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ottawa metro park lima ohio

I fell in love with this old building while walking the town where my RV broke down in Lima, Ohio, September 2016.

ottawa metro park lima ohio

On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with automated blog post such as this one sometimes utilizing one of my favorite photographs from the past. When I can post to the internet, I postpone the automated blog post and write a current one.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

dear miss mermaid

Out walking the puppy dog, I caught this picture in Pipestem, West Virginia summer of 2016

On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with automated blog post such as this one sometimes utilizing one of my favorite photographs from the past. When I can post to the internet, I postpone the automated blog post and write a current one.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

rv travels

No matter where you go there you are.

Rainbow from 2010 in Ohio.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Amphibious RVing is going to be a reality soon.

Turn your RV into a boat.


On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with automated blog post such as this one sometimes utilizing one of my favorite photographs from the past. When I can post to the internet, I postpone the automated blog post and write a current one.

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Friday, April 21, 2017


Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida is my latest focus while I camp nearby.

A 117 page recreation guide can be downloaded in PDF to learn more about his unique area.

I am cramping in an RV park near the lake.

My neighbors are close enough to almost pass the Grey Poupon out the window. To give you an idea, out my front door on the huge side, I put out my 8 foot awning then rolled out my 9 by 12 foot outdoor patio mat. The rug touches the fifth wheel rig next door. On the other side, if I suck in my belly, holding my breath, I can squeeze by my rig and the lot next door.

Bicycling for exercise is easy enough, for shopping not so easy. Downright scary. Not even sure biking to shop will work at all. The stores are about 3 miles away, but the safety factor of getting there on bicycle is something I haven't mastered at this point and time.

The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail

There is a marvelous paved trail on top of the berm that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. No shade, but perfect for bike riding. The scenery is awesome. However I have to go over scary tiny bridge with no where for bikes or pedestrians with cars flying by at 50-90 mph and about 1/4 mile on both sides  of bridge down hair-raising busy highway riding on teensy tiny roadside with braille bumps, then POOF, if I can cross traffic to make a left,  without peeing in my pants,  I can go down a side street that wanders through another RV park, then up a hill and onto the berm.


At the top of the berm, a whole new world appears. Flat riding more or less, like traversing on top of a small mountain ridge with fabulous downward views of the huge lake on one side with the canals, busy highway and outskirts of town on the other side.

A Rose by Any Other Name 
As time went on, the popular name for the trail became the “LOST” trail. Some folks are still looking for a more noble or elegant name. Others like the romantic notion of getting LOST for the weekend on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

salt springs rec area class c motorhome
Tiny wheel estate
Big tree.

I am happiest out in nature.

Salt Springs a year ago.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Doggone Question

I want to learn to ride the bicycle on my own.

harley rides a day 6 bicycle

First question, how do I reach the pedals from the seat?

harley rides a day 6 bicycle

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

The past four and a half months I have been camping at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida. It's an odd county owned parked that is managed ambiguously.

Now the fun part begins, packing up my outdoor living so it all fits in my little old wheel estate, say my prayers and hit the road.

While many snowbirds glamping in the park already fled Florida in search of their bricks and sticks home in the north, I am fleeing southerly in search of bargain rents.

This post was interrupted by a sudden:
BLACK SCREEN (not the dreaded blue screen but a black screen which seems worse than a dreaded blue screen)

An hour later... I typed the above and below. I have no idea what's wrong with my computer but I hope to keep it working a few more years. (Purdy please!)


Well, to make a long story longer...
20 minutes later, the internet springs back to life.

I was going to say I guess that makes me a sun bird rather than a snowbird. (I am fleeing southerly in search of bargain rents.)

So there might be a hiccup here on the blog while I pack up, or while I travel, or while I unpack, or while I battle with an erratic computer and a dicey internet.

I just want simplicity.

But life is sometimes overly complicated.

Oops, blogger just crashed.

See you round the campfire!
Um, maybe not... there is a ban in place.
See you round the campfire ashes of... yesteryore.

Life is goof!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Egg-stra Fun

Hoppy Easter to all!

I boiled my Easter eggs in turmeric powder and vinegar. Then I realized I had some red dye tucked away I had bought to test the water purifier. Duh, I could have had some pinky eggs too.


Harley put funny bunny wunny wabbit ears on his brutha from another mutha.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

What's A Kid Sock Got To Do With It?

kid socks
I bought three pair of kid's socks for a dollar at Dollar Tree. Such a bargain!

Oh wait. I don't have a kid. Well, then it's not a bargain if you don't need it. It's just wasted money.

In my funny little brain what  I saw for a dollar was not 6 socks, but 6 soft flexible protective covers for adaptive aids.

magnifying glasses with uv
Magnifying glasses with a light is handy for teensy-tiny-itsy-bitsy print found on critical items such as  ingredient lists (what's REALLY in our foods) and directions on ointments, creams plus obscure pill and supplement bottles.

Ever noticed how many so called child-proof contraptions are in print big enough for a child to read but too small for an adult to see?

Then there are such lovely items as my huge spiral bound atlas. Where ever I am going is on the fold, in the middle of the spiral bound holes.  GPS is sometimes completely clueless about many areas in the country or in and around small towns.

Just last December I trusted my GPS (silly me!) to take me 120 miles from point A to B, but for some insane reason GPS sent me an EXTRA 94 miles out of my way. I felt very foolish when I discovered this. If I had just used my magnifying glass ahead of time, mapped out my route on the atlas then compared it to GPS, I could have possibly made the correct choices

Sometimes studying the atlas with a magnifying glass can make those lilliputian street lines and route numbers come to life in a more sensible way.
magnifying glasses with lights and assorted lenses
 Back to the socks. I have a magnifying glass with a light and 3 assorted lens. I was dismayed the magnifying lens never seem to come with a proper cover to keep them clean and scratch free. When I saw the child socks, lens cover sprung into my head.
magnifying glasses with lights and assorted lenses

My other magnifying light includes a UV light otherwise known as a  black light. This is useful for checking money  to make sure it's not counterfeit and other items that rely on UV light.

I had a friend drop by who ordered up this gigantic 24 inch pizza for delivery. It was daylight when we ordered but it arrived after dark. That is when we discovered my motorhome door is also 24 inches wide. Hilarious!

The total with tip came to about $35 so he handed the pizza delivery person, two twenty dollar bills and asked for a five dollar bill in change. The young woman handed out the five then vanished into the night, presumably to drive her car away. A few minutes later while we were laughing ourselves silly at the huge pizza box being the same width as my motorhome door, she came wandering up in the dark claiming we gave her a counterfeit twenty.

My friend said well he just got those from the bank that very day. I dashed inside my wheel estate looking for my magnifying glass with the UV light, while he was looking to hand her a different twenty. Back outside, I held the twenty she claimed was counterfeit under the magnifying glass with the UV light. The plastic strip embedded in the money lit up bright green. I asked her what method she used to test the counterfeit money. She shrugged her shoulders wandering off into the dark again.

While the UV light and strip is only one of about ten different methods used to tell whether money is counterfeit or not, it's one of the best tests, because it's deemed virtually impossible for forgers to duplicate.

You can read all about numerous ways to check your money from an article published on  the Secret Service website. You can download their article to have on hand for your own use at:
Know Your Money

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


On my birthday reality set in. 
I discovered I'm  just like an old battered car.
A few parts are missing. 
The paint is faded, scratched and scarred.
I overheat going uphill.
I have drips, leaks and squeaks. 
The exhaust smokes.
Some days I need  a jump start.  
And when I have gas, I toot my horn!

Life is goof. 

Thank you for making my life awesome!
You rock my world.

Sunday, April 09, 2017


Dawn of a new day.

Fog is so hard for me to photograph yet so stunningly beautiful in an eerie surreal way that I wish I could capture like a pro.

fog at wickham park florida dear miss mermaid

Some days I am in a world of fog yet I feel so blessed and lucky to witness another glorious day in paradise on planet earth.

The snowbirds have abandoned my current campground in Melbourne, Florida to head for points far north while their campsites are rapidly filled by spring breakers of all ages on vacation. It's a whole different vibe.

Easter is around the corner, next Sunday to be exact.

easter eggs

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Toot Tooty

Another day in paradise.

I woke up alive, the sun came up and life is beautiful. Stormy but gorgeous. Winds blow away pollen, rains make the trees greener. It's all good!

My birthday is around the corner. Yippee doodle doo! I plan to watch the sun come up, smile, giggle, play music and dance. Wheeee! I might just might even let some dark chocolate accidentally fall in my big mouth too. Maybe...

Toot tooty!

That's little old me tooting my horn.

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Thank you for another fabulous day

Florida State Parks Early Bird Summer Special

Florida State Parks: Early Bird Summer Special

(Promo Code: EARLYBIRD17)

Although it may seem too good to be true, we assure you that this is no April Fools' joke! You really can get one night free if you make your early reservations now from April 1 - April 30 for stays this year between June 1 - September 30 at select campgrounds*.
Simply reserve a minimum of three (3) nights and get your fourth night free! It's that easy! Offer not valid for holidays (July 1-5 or September 1-4).

*Eligible parks include
Big Lagoon State Park,
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park,
Wekiwa Springs State Park,
Lake Louisa State Park,
Tomoka State Park,
Little Manatee River State Park,
Hillsborough River State Park,
Oscar Scherer State Park,
Koreshan State Historic Site,
Jonathan Dickinson State Park or
Oleta River State Park.

**Must book three (3) consecutive nights for stays between between June 1 - September 30, 2017. Bookings must be made from April 1 - April 30, 2017. Offer not valid for stays during holidays (July 1-5 or September 1-4). Only one discount per customer. Offer not applicable for current bookings. Promotion available for reservations made online or by phone, which must be completed by April 30, 2017 at 11:59 Eastern Time (ET). All reservation policies and fees apply.

Located on 655 acres, Big Lagoon State Park sits on the northern shoreline of Big Lagoon, offering visitors a full array of recreation opportunities among the marshes and pine flatwoods, along with boat and kayak rentals. Crabbing is an especially popular activity and is a great way to spend some time by the water.

A popular location for boating and fishing, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park provides a double-lane boat ramp for easy access to Rocky Bayou and the bay beyond. Try hiking, biking, picnicking, canoeing/kayaking and wildlife viewing along with full-facility camping under shaded campgrounds.

With three miles of pristine white sand beaches and freshwater coastal dune lakes, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has a wide range of natural communities ready to be explored. The campground is just a short walk, bike or tram ride away from the beach where visitors can swim, fish, sunbathe or beachcomb.

At Hillsborough River State Park, just north of Tampa, Class II rapids attract those with a sense of adventure but cater to beginner and experienced paddlers alike. For a more relaxed experience, try canoeing and kayaking, or hiking and biking through over seven miles of available nature trails. Full-facility, youth/group tent and primitive campgrounds provide options for overnight visitors.

Just 25 miles from Orlando's major attractions, Lake Louisa State Park is home to rolling hills, scenic landscapes and 13 gorgeous lakes for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Within the 4,500 acre park, 11 natural plant communities provide a diverse landscape to explore. Enjoy a variety of options for your stay, from more rustic RV or tent camping sites to cabins with all the amenities of home.

Visit one of the park's best kept secrets at Little Manatee River State Park. Be sure to explore the six-mile hiking trail loop set along the main river, which includes scrub ridges, marshes and plenty of wildlife.

Only 14 miles from Daytona Speedway and home to the endangered West Indian manatee sits Tomoka State Park. Visitors can camp next to the Halifax River with scenic marshes and live oak hammocks that flourish with wildlife. Tomoka is also a birders' paradise with over 160 species sighted.

Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within Wekiwa Springs State Park are an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Hike, bike or horseback ride thirteen miles of trails or paddle the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. The park includes full-facility campgrounds as well as primitive sites.

Come see the vision of Cyrus Reed Teed's late 19th century utopia at Koreshan State Historic Site. Fish, picnic, boat and hike where Teed´s visionaries once lived. Take a leisurely paddle to the west and enjoy tall oak trees or for the more adventurous, paddle four miles downstream to Estero Bay. The park has a full-facility campground for overnight stays.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park provides a perfect backdrop for a day’s ride with paved and off-road multi-use trails. Navigate down the Loxahatchee River in a boat, canoe or kayak (all available for rental). Stay the night at one of two family friendly campgrounds or in a cabin right by the river.

Best known for its miles of off-road cycling trails, Oleta River State Park is Florida's largest urban park. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore the amazing natural areas while beachgoers can soak up the sun on a beautiful sandy beach. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes and bicycles. Saltwater fishing, picnics and hiking are also popular activities. The park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground available for overnight visitors.

Oscar Scherer State Park is home to the famous Florida scrub-jay, an imperiled species found only in Florida. Observe these magnificent creatures on 15 miles of nature trails. With select trails that are wheelchair accessible and bicycle friendly, exploration of this beautiful park is available to everyone. Fresh and saltwater fishing are available on the shores of Lake Osprey along with swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Ample camping opportunities are provided by the full-facility campground.