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Old 11-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #57
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We will head for Bonita Springs, FL in late Dec. That is about 2 1/2 hours south of Tampa. We are 5 mi. from the beach and have plenty of other areas where we can ride bikes. When the tide is right, we even haul the bikes a ways and ride the last few miles on the beach to Fort Myers and Times Square (I think). Lots of eating joints and shopping areas right at the beach. Lots of things to do nearby - flea markets, seafood markets and restaurants, malls, etc.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:14 AM   #58
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We are leaving Boca Raton, Fl for Pensicola today and will begin a slow return to Denver with a short stopover in Arlington, Tx.

Will probably winterize in Texas before heading north.

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:28 PM   #59
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State Parks in Florida?
We love Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, just south of Sarasota, Anastasia State Park near St. Augustine and St. George Island on the panhandle.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:38 AM   #60
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We will leave the Airstream here all winter as our cold weather respite destination. That's an orange tree. In the bottom photo, Picacho Peak looms above the site of the Four Corners, New Years Rally.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:43 AM   #61
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State Parks in Florida?
We love Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, just south of Sarasota, Anastasia State Park near St. Augustine and St. George Island on the panhandle.
That's exactly what I was looking for places you have actually stayed at and love!!! They all look good in the book when it's 20 out and snowing.

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Old 11-27-2011, 10:15 AM   #62
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After Xmas we're off to Charleston, then Savannah, then Daytona, then Stuart, Orlando, Tampa, Biloxi, and then a couple days in NOLA.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #63
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We leave Minnesota right before New Years for Venice, Florida. We'll stay there until early April, then head towards home with stops at St. George Island State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. We'll make stops in Mississippi and Missouri to judge BBQ competitions. We can hardly wait!
Can I ask where you normally stay around venice? We have been going to Tucson for the last couple of winters and I think we'll go to Florida this winter (Feb-Mar) for a change.

Not sure if we will get to the Gulf coast this time, but when we have before, we always enjoy the Venice area - not too busy, yet lots to do and see and nice beaches.

We stayed several times at the Royal Coachman RV Resort in Nokomis, just North of Venice - nice place but last time we stopped it was getting rather pricey!

Never did come across other nice spots in the area, we tried getting into Oscar Scherer State Park once or twice but always booked up, guess I'll just have to start making reservations!

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Old 11-28-2011, 10:49 AM   #64
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Can I ask where you normally stay around venice? We have been going to Tucson for the last couple of winters and I think we'll go to Florida this winter (Feb-Mar) for a change.

Not sure if we will get to the Gulf coast this time, but when we have before, we always enjoy the Venice area - not too busy, yet lots to do and see and nice beaches.

We stayed several times at the Royal Coachman RV Resort in Nokomis, just North of Venice - nice place but last time we stopped it was getting rather pricey!

Never did come across other nice spots in the area, we tried getting into Oscar Scherer State Park once or twice but always booked up, guess I'll just have to start making reservations!

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We have stayed at Oscar Scherer in January the past three years for two weeks each visit. We had to make our reservations WAY in advance as it is a popular state park campground. We love the nice, private campsites. We stay at Camp Venice Retreat on South Venice Avenue for the majority of the time we spend in Florida. In fact, we will be there from January 1st through April 1st this year as well. We like it because it doesn't have that "big park" atmosphere. Hope this helps!
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:28 AM   #65
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Hi from GA. . .trying to put together a winter trip to Big Bend NP & environs. Problem I have is hanging around younger folks, & while they're a lot more fun than most folks MY age, they're NOT retired like me ! The 2012 trip to Alaska involves a LOT of finding places/times to plug folks in & out of the trip. Even my college son can only make certain segments...I know, I know, I could have a lot worse problems ! ! regards, Craig
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We hope to leave late Dec or early Jan for Venice Fl Our first time traveling in the winter As long as we can get out of the area of cold weather before we have to use the trailer ( Don't want any freeze ups ) nor do we want to encounter slippery roads on the way to Fl . Guess I'll have to watch the weather map and then make a mad dash for it . Any hints would be helpful .
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:34 PM   #67
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Hi from GA. . .trying to put together a winter trip to Big Bend NP & environs. Problem I have is hanging around younger folks, & while they're a lot more fun than most folks MY age, they're NOT retired like me ! The 2012 trip to Alaska involves a LOT of finding places/times to plug folks in & out of the trip. Even my college son can only make certain segments...I know, I know, I could have a lot worse problems ! ! regards, Craig
Hmmmm we to are planning a winter stop to BBNP, but we are younger.
Guess if we see your rig we should stay clear
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:57 PM   #68
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Hmmmm we to are planning a winter stop to BBNP, but we are younger.
Guess if we see your rig we should stay clear
You are way too dang young! Just makes us feel old. Carrying on all night long like you do.
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You are way too dang young! Just makes us feel old. Carrying on all night long like you do.
O yea! You know the Rock Stars we are!

So much for making friends...
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O yea! You know the Rock Stars we are!

So much for making friends...
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