The Florida Panhandle: An Ice Storm?

Pensacola: Warm beaches, soft sand, gentle sun? Not this time!

Who would’ve guessed? We knew we might run into some sort of winter weather at some point on this trip, but in Florida? What a surprise. We stayed in a small campground called simply, Pensacola RV Park. People were nice, bathrooms were clean and cute, the “office” was really a house with a room dedicated to campground business. When I walked in I felt like I was at home. Someone was cooking something in the oven, a woman and her daughter were making some crafty thing at the table and a sewing machine was set up on another long table with lots of fabric scattered around. I thought I might come back with my beads and hang out later.

Well, that night a huge storm swooped in and covered the whole southern part of the country around the Gulf of Mexico. We woke up to icy steps and a frozen ground. Here’s proof:

flamingo in under the icy palm

flamingo in under the icy palm

My brother said, "Have a seat!" He's so funny.

My brother said, “Have a seat!” He’s so funny.

iccicles on the mirror

iccicles on the mirror


no swinging today

no swinging today


Careful of that last step!

Careful of that last step!


*****
It was all over the news: Atlanta at a standstill; Cars abandoned on the side of the road; derailed train in Mississippi. We decided to stay put till Mother Nature told us it was time to go.

Tallahassee: Big Oak RV Park

After four days basically hanging out in the RV it was nice to get on the road again. Tallahassee is only a couple hours from Pensacola, so it was a nice trip. When I saw the Big Oaks I knew I was headed in the right direction.

The Big Oak, branches so heavy they touch the ground.

The Big Oak, branches so heavy they touch the ground.


Many arms

Many arms


Only one night here, but that oak tree will live in my memory for a long while.

Heading South and staying awhile

Highway 10 goes all the way from one side of the country to the other. We could’ve gone to Jacksonville if we wanted to, but our plan was to go to Orlando Thousand Trails and meet our new bosses. So, off we went. And what a different reality we found…

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