We arrived at our destination in Sebring, FL on Wednesday afternoon around 4:00 pm and have been pretty busy since then getting ourselves set up and learning the layout of this huge resort. Tanglewood is a dual purpose residential community owned by Hometown America. There are probably over a thousand park model homes of all shapes and sizes. Some are quite palatial while others are more entry level park models. As far as I can tell there are two different types of leases for park model owners, the 6 month stay and the year round stay. As in any park model community there are always plenty of units for sale. The sales market here seems to be quite depressed at the moment so I expect there are some deals to be had. We saw an open house last night in a nice area with a sale price of $27,500 for the home. Several friends we know from our last stay here in 2008 are moving to the Villages and have their homes at Tanglewood on the market. There is also the Outback RV resort area, where we are, that rents daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal sites. There must be 400 RV sites, some with water views, some paved, some not. All RV sites are full service, 50 amp sites with cable, phone & internet hookups at your cost.
We are in site 707, a perimeter site, for the winter and have lots of friendly neighbors. We hadn't even got the toad unhooked when people started popping by to say hi, introduce themselves and welcome us to the neighborhood. We were a little disappointed Progress Energy didn't have our electricity turned on for Nov 7th as they were supposed to. Serves me right for assuming things would be done on time I guess. Our neighbors who are from Alberta graciously let us plug into an electrical outlet in their shed until our power was finally switched on late Thursday afternoon. Site 707 faces north so we get the morning sun but our motorhome gives us shade during the hotter afternoons. During our last stay at Tanglewood in 2008, we had an east facing site which gave us full sunshine all day long. We had our Bounder Diesel back then and our two air conditioners had trouble keeping up with the heat at times.
Teddy seems to be enjoying himself. There are lots of other dogs and a dog walk near by as well. Chris & I are slowly getting back into Pickleball shape after not having played since last April in Orlando. There are four very nice Pickleball courts here with two courts for paddle rotational play and two courts for challenge play. For some reason they seem to insist players must have a partner in order to play on the challenge courts which is a disadvantage to players arriving alone. Players always seem to play with the same partner too which we found strange. We like playing with different partners so we get to meet more people and to also play with better players. Yesterday, Chris & I stuck around the courts until 11:00 am when the more advanced players played. We were a little put off though when we weren't even invited to play with the group. Weren't even given a reason….just told we couldn't play….and this after after paying $15 each for pickleball dues for the season. Hopefully we can sort out some issues in the coming days so that anyone can play.
Our friends, Keith & Marie, are coming over from TT Peace River for a visit on Monday. We haven't seen them since last spring and are looking forward to catching up, playing a little Pickleball and having dinner. Also, Jim & Jane are on their way over from England next week to enjoy a month in sunny Florida. Barb Johnson is also flying in from the west coast so things are shaping up for a wonderful reunion in the coming weeks.
No Pickleball today. Instead, I breaking out the power sprayer to give Phaeton Place a much needed bath and get rid of some of that road grime we picked up on the way south.