Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lover’s Key State Park, another beach…


imageThe last blog seemed to be a hit but now it is time to talk about another beach we like to visit in this area. This beach is actually found in the Lover’s Key State Park. There is  an $8 per car fee to enter or it can be entered near the bridge at a $2 per person self pay station (at least that is what it cost last time we used it a couple years back). There is a nice beach here with some dead trees similar to what are found at Jekyll’s Island but not nearly as many.

Since November is still off-season we went to the park on a day when they offered free admission. Always nice to save $8 when you can.. It was a short walk from the parking lot to the beach or a free tram can be taken if visitors don't want to carry their beach stuff across a couple of bridges.  This beach was far less crowded than Vanderbilt’s but there were still plenty of folks out enjoying the rays and water.


We set up our trusty Sun-Brella and I got my fishing pole all set up and I set out to catch some bait using my cast net. I bought my cast net a few years ago and have easily paid for it with the savings from not having to buy bait. I like using live bait but man it usually is pretty expensive and sometimes hard to find. I already bought a $50 annual non-resident fishing license so I need to save some money where I can. Now I need to catch $50 worth of fresh fish ;) 


I sat in my little beach chair and sat back with my fishing pole in hand hoping to land a big one… Sharon sat in the shade of the Sun-Brella reading a book. This is one way we like to enjoy the beach. After not having a lot of luck fishing I put the pole up and we went for a stroll on the beach. Being  it is a state park with emphasis on maintaining the natural environment there are no buildings immediately behind the beach. Thus there are a whole lot more birds  than on other more public beaches.


We took off down the beach for a long stroll and enjoyed just simply listening to the surf, doing a little shell hunting and watching the antics of the birds nearby. This is really a great place to visit when we tire of the more public beaches and want a little more natural feel (well as natural as you will get in this part of SW Florida). I wish it didn’t cost so much to get in as we likely won’t visit more than one or two times more this season especially since we already bought the beach parking pass for Collier County. That said, there are plenty of beaches around and I am sure we will enjoy them nearly as much because  we feel it is really hard to have a bad time at the beach…


Thursday, November 19, 2015

25 Essential Items all RV’s Must Have…


We are often asked about what things we have that we would recommend that all RV’ers have. Since we have been full timing nearly five years now I think we are finally qualified to make a list of recommendations that we think all or most RV’ers should strongly consider having in their RV. This blog will focus on those items that should be purchased first. I mean you have an RV now what items do you still need to buy before going out on your first trip…

  1. A high quality RV water hose specifically designed for safe drinking water (buy 2 as you will need the extra one one day to reach the water spigot)
  2. RV water pressure regulator to prevent damage to internal plumbing
  3. In-line 100 micron fiber water filter  (cheaper by the four pack)
  4. To ensure premium water quality for drinking add another in line filter
  5. 30 amp or 50 amp extension cord
  6. 30/50 amp or 50/30 amp converter
  7. RV Surge Protector - Two of the most popular brands are SurgeGuard and Progressive Industries
  8. Surge Protector to protect your computer and appliances
  9. RhinoFLEX 15' RV Sewer Hose Kit – get an extension hose as you will need it someday
  10. 50 foot Coaxial Cable for TV hookups
  11. Premium first aid kit
  12. 150 PSI portable air compressor – needed to maintain air pressure on RV tires
  13. Portable ladder – We have a simple 6 foot ladder but if I had to do it over again I would get the more versatile collapsible ladder
  14. RV Tire Pressure Monitor System – I have to be honest as we still don’t have one of these but I would buy the one from Pressure Pro found here
  15. Outdoor propane grills – maybe not a must have but I certainly must have one – the two best are the Weber Q series or the Coleman Series. We have the Coleman but when it wears out I will likely try the Weber.
  16. RV GPS – We love our GPS device. It is not perfect but we certainly would be less comfortable traveling down unknown routes without it. We also use our smartphone GPS as well. They seem to sometimes offer different routes which makes it even better traveling. Two of the most popular options are the Garmin RV 760LMT and the Magellan RoadMate RV9165-LM
  17. Walkie Talkies (Two-Way Radios) - Two-way radios make for a handy RV tool we parking in your new site. We don’t use these since we have a speaker at the rear of the RV that serves the same purpose. But communication while parking just might save your marriage ;).
  18. Weather Radio - Having a weather radio – When the weather is getting rough this is a must have!
  19. Camping Chairs – again maybe not a must have but we certainly must have them – we love the Zero Gravity Recliners the best
  20. Patio Rug – another highly preferred item to have for the more extended stays
  21. RV Extendable Brush – all the money we spend on our RV we surely should protect that investment
  22. RV Leveling Blocks – Plastic stacking blocks that weigh next to nothing when compared to heavier wooden blocks.  They also take up less storage space. 
  23. Microfiber Door Mat – We just ordered a new one to replace our nearly 5 year old mat
  24. RV Tire Covers – As expensive as RV tires are they must be protected
  25. RV Windshield Covers – there are lots of people out there that make these such as Sunguard, Shade Pro and Sunshades4less.  Our RV came with one when we bought it used. We certainly wouldn’t want to live without it.

Did we miss anything? It would be interesting to hear from other fellow full-timers as to what they would add to this list!