We returned from Europe to find a cold front moving south.
As you can see, our pipes froze at night. The strange thing is we
took this picture in Orlando. We enjoyed staying in one place for
a month, but we seemed to pick the year that Orlando had record cold temperatures.
Yes, it's a fifth-wheel trailer complete with rear
ladder, TV antenna and solar panels.
|Each year for Christmas the boys make candy (gingerbread)
houses and this year was no exception. Mitch is working on a tree
for the front yard of his house.
But, as you'll see below, Max's idea of a house has changed
The Saturday before Christmas we joined many other Full-time
RVer's and Snowbirds for a Christmas dinner in the activity center of the
|We missed our usual gathering with family, but the boys
still prepared a spread of food that lasted for days.
||There's nothing like opening Christmas presents to bring
on a smile.
||We've found that the boys enjoy tools more than toys,
so our gifts to them consisted of wood working tools, (an electric jig
saw, a roto-zip, a dremmel cutting, grinding and sanding tool,) and a small
gas welding torch. Since then they have turned into a couple of devoted
We've added to our list of different animals that
Anhinga, (the Thunderbird)
|How cold was it in Orlando? Ask this fellow.
He kept flying up to our window, bumping into the glass and hanging onto
the edges. Even though we were standing right at the window he really
looked like he wanted to come in. So I opened the window and lifted
the screen. A minute later he came back to the window and to his
surprise it was open. He sat there for about 15 seconds, looking
unsure as to what he should do next. Cocoa was surprised too.
Then he flew back to the nearby tree.
||During the Christmas season the prices at the Walt Disney
World RV park are $75 a night, but on January 3rd the prices drop to $35
a night. The Disney RV Park is called Fort Wilderness and it is the
nicest RV Park we've ever stayed in. The Park is beautifully landscaped
and has a "western wilderness" feeling. It's very large and has country
stores, restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, bike paths, boat rentals
and nightly entertainment. Shuttle buses are continuously running
through the campground, so you can hop on one and go to any of the Disney
resorts or attractions.
There was even a bay for fishing and we manage to drag
in this shark. We nicknamed him Jaws.
OK, we didn't actually "catch" this shark. The
photo above was taken at Universal Studios in Orlando. One of the
attractions the boys really enjoyed at Universal Studios was this room
full of balls and air guns. In this picture a very large basket is
dumping hundreds of balls. There are several vacuum tubes that either
shoot the balls into the basket or blow them up to people on the balcony.
Below is a young fellow and his mom blasting me with balls
as I take their picture with the camcorder.
The other picture is Max with a scatter gun. You
load a couple dozen balls into this one and then blast them out all at
once onto the people on the balcony.
||A cute fellow from Disney/MGM Studios
We wanted to get out of the cold so we left Orlando for a
week and headed South. One place that we really liked was Hollywood
Beach, just north of Miami. The sand is fairly white, the water is
very clear with a brilliant aquamarine color. The temperature was
about 80. (OK, this was during the second week of January, and here
I sit, the first week of May in Monroe, Washington typing this webpage.
It's cold, 45 degrees, cloudy, a little foggy, raining. Yuk!
But only two weeks and we're headed south to Los Angeles for a homeschool
(Late note: I'm proof reading this page before putting
it out. We are now in Sedona, Arizona, its May 28 and last week it
was in the 90's. Can you seen the benefit of having wheels under
After a week in Key West and the Everglades, we returned
to Orlando. The boys had made friends with a family at the Orlando
Thousand Trails campground and they were looking forward to playing with
them again. We ended up in an RV spot right across from them that
had some great climbing trees. In the picture on the right Mitch
is riding on what he called an "airboard". He tied a skate board
onto a rope and they would take turns swinging and spinning around on it.
Looks a little like the floating skateboard in the movie "Back to the Future."
||Max was pretty jazzed when he got through on the contest
line of Radio Disney and then won the contest as well. He had been
trying for months and always got a busy signal. This time it rang
and he was the third caller. He enjoyed hearing himself on the radio
What did he win? A Pete's Dragon video. He
thought it'd be kind of dumb, but he actually has enjoyed watching it a
couple of times.
Hi guys, are you still in Texas?
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