We packed up and hit the road out of TT Orlando on Thursday morning around 9:30 am. Today’s drive was a no brainer…..I-4 west to Tampa and then south on I-75 to exit 191 south of Venice, FL and Rambler’s Rest. We thought about stopping for fuel at Flying J in Seffner but decided to leave that until we stop in at Lazydays on the way back to Orlando in March. Lazydays is going to look after repainting our wet bay passenger side panel after the Tiffin guys in Red Bay banged up the panel a bit when replacing our wet bay floor last month. We’ve also discovered a blown seal in the bottom window in our door and Tiffin is sending a replacement under warranty to Lazydays, so that will be waiting for us when we arrive on March 5th as well.
This our first time at Rambler’s Rest. I’ve been to Venice before to photograph birds a Venice Rookery back in 2009 but haven’t been back since then and Chris has never been here. Our friends Lee & Judy are here as well and we have them to thank for suggesting we give this park a try. Rambler’s Rest is an older park and part of the Encore system. We are here for two weeks on a special weekly rate of $120 for Thousand Trails members. That rate was for a 30 amp site full hook up site. We arrived shortly after noon and could get Phaeton Place into the site they assigned to us. There are lots of mobile homes in this park and any empty sites not occupied by a mobile home seem to be used for RV short stay rentals. Some of the trees are not trimmed to allow motorhomes to easily pass underneath so we have to watch for branches scratching the side of our home. The office staff were very accommodating when we went back to ask for a larger site. In fact, they gave us a large 50 amp site at no extra cost. Lots of seniors in this park and many of those seem to be from Ontario. Our neighbors on one side are from Michigan and renting the mobile home for three months. Our other neighbors are from New Jersey but we haven’t met them yet. It’s been pretty hot and humid here so we are thankful for the 50 amp site as it makes running the air conditioners much easier.
We joined Lee & Judy for dinner at a Mexican restaurant, Compadres, in Venice last night. The food was excellent and plentiful. After that we drove out to watch the sunset but missed it by a few minutes. No worries though as there will be more sunsets while we are here. We took Nicky & Teddy for a wander through old town this afternoon where Chris picked up some wonderfully flavoured oils at the Venice Olive Oil Company. After coffee & scones at a local bakery, we were off to the local dog beach to let the boys have some fun. The dog beach was not far from the local airport and is better than some public beaches we have seen. Nicky & Teddy played for hours in the water and sand chasing tennis balls that Lee & Chris threw endlessly for them. Teddy ran with all the dogs but never left Nicky’s side all afternoon. Simply put…..they both had a blast!
We popped into the Venice Rookery on the way home, just to have a look see. Lots of bird activity in the mangrove island just offshore but no young ones yet. Looking forward to getting out my tripod and lens in the coming days.