Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving and a visit from our daughter…

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We had a few cold days here in Bradenton, Florida… well, at least cold for this part of the world. Just before Thanksgiving we had the pleasure of reacquainting with some  RV’ing friends, Eldie and Jeanie of Where's Eldo? They were RV’ers when we first met them in Naples a few years ago but now they have settled down into a sticks and bricks home not too far from where we are staying. We were hoping to cross paths again and luckily they were available.  The took us to a really nice place called the Blue Rooster where had dinner and drinks while enjoying some live blues music. Jeanie and Eldie were so happy to find their place to settle.  We told them we have yet to find the it place for us and they assured us that when we find it, we will just know much like they did. We really had fun meeting up with them once again and will try again to do so upon our return to this area in the future.

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We were looking forward to Thanksgiving as our daughter, Katie, and her roommate, Heather, had planned to escape the cold of North Carolina to visit us. So although the weather turned chilly we created a fabulous Thanksgiving feast and really enjoyed their company. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole and of course all the important sides and deserts were cooked in the motorhome and laid on our table. Before long we were all gorged and simply lounged around the rest of the evening.

bradenton florida 010Post Thanksgiving the weather improved considerably even though it was still a tad chilly. Given the warmer temperatures we headed out for Coquina Beach near Cortez, Florida. Still too cool to do a whole lot of laying out on the beach we still got in some nice hiking along the water’s edge. Katie and Heather were even able to sneak in a little sunning as the sun peeked out of the clouds and warmed up things a bit more.

bradenton florida 016Saturday we will hit the beach once again for the North Carolina girls to get their sand and surf hit and then Sunday they have to head home. Sunday is also our last day here as we will pack up and head 100 miles south to Bonita Springs Florida. This is where we will winter for the months of December and January at Imperial Bonita Estates. We are looking forward to our return to Bonita Springs and reacquainting ourselves with the area we first wintered at in 2011…


  1. Sounds like a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. What a joy to be able to spend it with your daughter.

  2. That looks like a delicious Thanksgiving spread. Guess you've proven the skeptics who say you can't do the big thanksgiving dinner in a motor home wrong. It is so nice to have daughters come to visit.

  3. It's too bad the weather wasn't better for the girls visit, but I'll be 100 miles south will make a big difference.

  4. Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving time with Katie and Heather.
    Nice that you were able to meet up with Jeanie and Eldo again we met them last fall at the Gulf Shores.

  5. Sorry we did not get to see you in Bradenton. Vic would have liked a piece of that pie.

    I am sure Katie loved her time with you no matter the weather!

  6. Wow that was quite the spread! Made my little dinner look kinda pitiful. Sounds like a wonderful time with your daughter.

  7. We will try to get down to visit while you are down there!