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Ft. Lauderdale Fun

Our grandson is the primary reason we travel to Ft. Lauderdale; we love our son, daughter-in-love, and her parents, but He is the reason!  This trip centered around his 2nd birthday and all the fun for that time.  As a two year old, Ansel loves big machines, construction equipment, fire equipment, big trucks……..but specifically Trash Trucks!  For the last 6 months, he has loved everything to do with trash:  putting stuff in the can, emptying the can, taking the container to the street, and watching the trash man in his trash truck on the street.  His tears can often be abated with the words, “Will you put this ___ into the trash please?”  And so, it goes without saying that he would have a Trash Bash Birthday!  My daughter-in-love had trashy invitations, trash truck banners, trash can party favors, even a trash truck cake!

Trash Bash Party

The rain held off (for the most part, it is back to that 2 minute rain cycle again) and many of his pre-school and church friends came to the playground to celebrate with him.  As the saying goes, “You know it was a good day if you didn’t hit or bite anyone,” so this party was a success.

While we were in the area, I spent an hour (until it started raining, again) at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.  This is a tropical oasis right in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale at the beach.  Seriously, once you drive in here, the high rise condos and traffic are gone, and you are swallowed by the jungle.  They have a walking tunnel to cross FL A1A that takes you right out to the beach!  They also have a nice loop drive through the park, through mangroves, Banyan & Live Oak trees, beside bayous and the Intercoastal Waterway.  Again, I did not see any alligators or big stuff, but I did see lots of birds and a rangy looking raccoon.  

If I were an alligator, I would hang out here…….
Nice benches to watch boats on the Inter-coastal Waterway
Big Banyan Tree

Too soon, our wet trip to Ft. Lauderdale is over.  We already miss our grandson and can’t wait to return, rain or no rain!

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Who We Are

Hello!  We are Barry & Susan Johnston, recent purchasers of a 39′ DP Motor Coach to live full-time out on the road!  Barry is a Manufacturer’s Rep for packaging machinery and works from our coach.  I was a part-time Senior Move Manager, we helped senior adults down-size from a large home to a smaller one.  We have 3 grown sons, 1 daughter-in-law, 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and one fantastic grandson, Ansel!

We purchased our coach in September, 2016 in Orlando, FL.  We have our home of 27 years on the market in Missouri.  We have traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Melbourne, Daytona and Palatka, Florida over the last 3 months before settling in Cleveland, South Carolina for February.

I hope to chronicle the travels, both good and bad, as we move from place to place.  Of course, I will throw in some Corgi fun facts and grandson love from time-to-time!  Please feel free to comment and help me understand this new world of RVing and blogging!