Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lake Manatee State Park and snafus…

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After saying our goodbyes to our new found friends, we left Seminole Campground and headed north on Interstate 75.  I was a bit reluctant to leave as there seemed to be omens telling us that maybe we should stay. It started with the morning coffee as I was cleaning Sharon’s favorite coffee mug the handle just broke off into my hand… Next I went outside to check the air in the tires on the motorhome and couldn’t find my 120 psi tire gauge anywhere.

2012-02-20 Lake Manatee State Park 675So I borrowed one from our neighbors and topped off the tires. After we got the RV road ready I went to start the motorhome and it just wouldn’t start.So I fired up the generator while trying to figure things out. I gave the RV several more tries and was about to give up when it started… Yea!!!     We made our way out of the park and got on the highway. Then I noticed the check engine light and noted a code. The code suggested we were low on coolant as I could best determine so we decided to continued on because the gauges looked find and I could take care of coolant at the campground. 

imageAlmost directly after the coolant fiasco a car in the left lane ahead of us somehow veered off the road. Then the driver over-corrected and skidded around with tires smoking before righting himself in his lane.

Next we arrived at Lake Manatee State Park and as we were setting up  we realized we couldn’t find our 50 amp to 30 amp converter... Sigh!!! I went on the internet and after a few calls located an RV dealer within 17 miles that had one. So $24.00 later we were finally hooked up and settled in.

2012-02-20 Lake Manatee State Park 679Now about the park! Lake Manatee State Park is just outside of Bradenton, Florida and is close to Sarasota as well so it offers us ample opportunity to explore the beaches in this part of Florida… which we will do today! The park has very roomy sites that are mostly screened by small oaks and tall palmettos between them. We are in site 47 in loop two. If we come back we would try to get on the outer side of either loop facing the lake.

Today has started off better as we had our morning coffees and I even got in a 45 minute mountain bike ride on the trails in the park. Now it is time for some chili omelets for breakfast and then it will off to the beaches…

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  1. The picture of your site looks wonderful. That was some harrowing day you had. Any idea what the check engine light was about??

    Ah...more beaches. Just what I need.

  2. Nice duck. Is that a carrot on your face, or are you just happy to see me?

    Some days you're the carrot, some days you're the duck. Hope today is much better.

    The Good Luck Duck

  3. Love your new site! Another one of those places we need to see when we go to Florida...someday :)

  4. I'm going to guess oysters for dinner? :)

  5. Some days you're the windshield and some days you're the bug. Here's wishing you windshield days! Beautiful new spot you're in!

  6. Wow! That was a tough day! The crazy car swerving beside me would have made me check my drawers! Hope your's stayed clean.

  7. Hate those kind of days, but glad things worked out for you. Park looks really nice! It's great to see where others stay...we take notes! Thank you!

  8. Hey if it will go wrong in one day everything will, glad you made it thru and all settled in again!

  9. Some days are just like that, glad today is starting off better!