Monthly Archives: August 2015

We made it to Arkansas!!

– Jodi

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Are We There yet?

  No! We’re not there, yet. But, we’re getting closer. 

We drove about 8 hours yesterday and made it to Birmingham, AL. Our cabin was cute and acceptable not nice and comfy. We did get some sleep and the dogs did well.

We were the only ones in the park and it was nice and clean. But, there are no bathrooms in the cabins which requires a walk to the bath house. This is nothing new to us since we have camped many times. However, it’s been raining and there was MUCH mud. Blech! I HATE mud!!

Anyways, we are fine and we just made it to the Mississippi State Line. Only about 4 more hours to go and we’ll be in Hot Springs Village, AR.


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Initializing Launch Sequence in 5…4…3…2…


Time to pack up the black rocket and move to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

While our time at The Villages in Florida has been one of our absolute favorites, we are ready to move on. I’m not sure why we are so ready to go. Either we’ve been blessed or cursed with wanderlust during this time in our life. But, staying in one place just doesn’t seem like the thing to do. So, we can only assume that we’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing.

The most common question I get is about having to move all the time. Does it get old? Nope! We are master packers, at this point. From the time we start moving everything back to its place to the time we pull out of the driveway = 2 hours. When you don’t have much stuff and everything has it’s place, it’s pretty easy to be mobile. Plus, it’s like packing for vacation. We’re always heading off to a place we’ve never been and we are filled with anticipation.

For me, it’s the trill of the hunt and finding an amazing home at a bargain price. So far, I’ve been very proud of my house hunting skills. The owners have been awesome and we’ve not been refused a full deposit refund, yet. We take good care of the homes we live in and hope that owners will continue to rent to dog owners because of people like us. Our goal is always to leave it better than we found it.

So, on Saturday, we will make our journey to the half-way point of Birmingham, AL to spend the night in a cabin at a campground. Sunday we will drive the remaining distance to Hot Springs Village, AR. I’ve been watching the temperatures and they have been, at least, 15-20 degrees cooler than here at The Villages. I just cannot tell you how excited we are to have cooler temps. We have been living in 90+ degree temp areas since April. WE ARE DONE!



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Amazing Sunsets this week

The sunsets here in The Villages have been amazing this past week.  Here’s a short video of one evening.

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Time for cooler weather

We’ve got a couple of days left here in The Villages.  We’ve really liked it here, but we’re ready to move on.

It’s been incredibly hot and humid for most of this month.  Judging from what the weather says, Arkansas is going to be like Alaska compared to the weather we’ve had here recently.

As usual I’m fighting move anxiety and Jodi’s completely calm.  For some reason, it’s stuck in my head that moving means a lot of work and stress.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Our trailer is still the same size as always, 5×8.  There’s only so much to be done when you’re filling such a small trailer.

Jodi tried to find us a dog friendly hotel with ground floor entrance, or someplace similar to stay overnight.  This would have made the trip much easier since it’s about a 14 hour drive.  As it stands right now, we’ll be driving straight through.  Oh well.  We’ve both driven further without stopping.

So, that’s it for now.  Life goes on as usual.


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Palm and Sun

The dogs and I were out for a short walk this morning when I noticed the sun shining through this palm tree. I thought it was picture worthy, so here it is. 


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Hello tiny frog

This tiny Kermit wanna be was on the front porch wall last night. 


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You Shouldn’t drive on sidewalks

We’re still in The Villages in Florida.  This morning I was driving our golf cart back from the post office.  I was stopped and waiting to make a left hand turn into our neighborhood.  One oncoming car passed and then I saw something that made me do a double take.

The next car in line, a new model Buick, being driven by what appeared to be a lady in her 60’s.  The problem was that she was driving her Buick on the sidewalk.  She drove there for a couple hundred feet or so and then swerved back onto the road and kept going.  Luckily, there were no pedestrians or golf carts in her path.

The driver of a car stopped on the side road and I looked at each other, shook our heads and went on with our day.  I think I need a hat with rear view mirrors on it so I can stay safe on the sidewalks.


1998–2002 Buick Park Avenue

1998–2002 Buick Park Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Too hot for a dog walk

We’re still in Florida and it’s been insanely hot.  I’m still wondering why there aren’t dead golfers all over the course at the end of each day.  I don’t know how they are avoiding heat stroke.

It’s also way too hot for our usual dog walks in the middle of the day.  I did a search today to see if there was a rule of thumb for knowing when it’s too hot to walk the dogs on concrete or pavement.

Turns out there’s a 5 second rule to know whether your dog’s paws can take the heat or not.  According to several websites, in order to find out if it’s too hot, hold the back of your hand to the concrete or pavement.  If you can’t take the heat for 5 seconds or more, then neither can your dog.

I haven’t tried this yet, but it makes sense.  Try it at your own risk.


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I drove a golf cart through hell and back

It is just fun to be able to drive a golf cart wherever you need to go within The Villages.  Take today for example.  I needed to pick up some rental papers from the main rental office in Lake Sumter Village.  According to The Villages GPS app, it’s a 5 mile drive via golf cart.

It was about 10am or so and I had been out with the dogs and it wasn’t too hot.  So I made the choice to drive the golf cart over.  Unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead for the second half of my mission.  It was a very comfortable and pleasant drive over. One of those days when everything just seems to be right.  I got my business done at the sales office, had lunch at Panera Bread and then headed back home.

As I said before, the weather on the trip to Lake Sumter was very nice.  The weather on the way back was similar to what I would imagine hell feels like.  Even with the heat though, it was still fun.  Plus, environmentally speaking, I’m sure I saved a penguin or something by driving the cart instead of the car.  Actually, a polar bear probably ate the penguin that I may have saved, so all of my efforts were for nothing.

Oh well.  If you ever come and stay at the Villages, make sure you have a golf cart.  You’ll be glad you did.


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