We must be having fun because time is flying past very quickly. Here it is December already and we haven’t updated you in a while.

We made it Florida!

Navarre

First stop was Navarre, Florida. Located in the Panhandle, Navarre was further west from where the hurricane decimated Mexico Beach, and remained relatively untouched.

We found a very nice campground and scored a great site right on the water with our own viewing deck.

There was also a private beach right below our site. It was the perfect place to begin the process of unwinding from the hectic campaign season.

Emerald Beach RV Resort Navarre

Fort Myers

We headed south to Fort Myers to spend time with cousins John and Nikki. We had a really nice visit. John was recovering from open heart surgery, and we were pleased to be able to lend a hand around the house.

We got to have dinner at one of our favorite hangouts, Ford’s Garage. It’s a fun restaurant that has an exclusive license with Ford Motor Company. It’s a great place to eat.

The 32nd Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship kicked off in Fort Myers Beach while we were there, so we headed out to the beach to check it out. While the sculptures were really great, we’ve seen better at the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater.  To be fair, it was early in the ten-day festival, so a lot of the carving had not been completed yet. Nonetheless, we had a fun day.

Here are some of the highlights. More are in the gallery.

The First Place Winner

Lakeland

Thanksgiving is a time for family, and boy did we have family to see! Thirty-five family members descended on cousin Louise’s home for a great Thanksgiving feast.

And we had a pre-Thanksgiving meal the day before with cousins Tim & Melissa, and a post-Thanksgiving meal with family. What a fun, and overly-filling, three day celebration!

Wildwood & The Villages

We’ve mentioned before that we belong to the Thousand Trails membership campgrounds. Following our Thanksgiving feasts, we headed to the Thousand Trails resort (Three Flags RV Resort) in Wildwood. We’ve been here before, and its a nice place to hang your hat for a week or so.

Our first stop was to catch a dinner show at Katie Belle’s in The Villages.

Quite a disappointment. The food was very good, but the service was slow and our waiter seemed pretty scattered (one example: he took our order twice). The entertainment was okay, but we’ve seen better bands at some of the RV resorts we’ve visited.

The most disappointing thing was the seating. We were seated in an area with a view that was nearly completely obstructed. Put a damper on the entire evening.

Gatorworld

Our adventure in Gatorworld made up for any disappointment at the Villages. Gatorworld is a drive-through alligator safari, coupled with a petting zoo where you can hold an alligator, feed gators and see and pet other animals.

It was quite interesting.

Yes, Jeff held an alligator!

There are more videos from our Gatorworld experience on our video page.

November was a great start to our Florida vacation, and we’re both definitely feeling more relaxed as we head toward Christmas.

Next stop is Sarasota for an RV Rally with friends old and new…