Sometimes it is the everyday pictures that are memorable. Since Walmart was part of your trip, your boys may ask some day "didn't we eat and sleep at Walmart sometimes?" You say "well yes, here are the pics" ... (Not too sure what you mean about what "Walmart did to our country") Walmart is what society is these days, fast, convenient and 1 stop shopping. (or, for your trip, staying overnight since you want fast, convenient and very cheap...(free).. overnight stays)
Nothing wrong with all that.
As others said, yes! But, it is very easy to take the fairy to the contemporary resort and go to the observation deck, specifically situated to see the entire show. Fast, easy and a lot better than from FW.
As others have said, October to May are the best months. The summer months are warm. Just make sure your campsite is in the shade and use the A/C. So it is relay a matter of just how much you want to camp.
That is the great thing about Florida life. Our sports are year round.
By the way, the first summer you live in Florida will be the worst as your body adjusts. Year two on will get easier.
We just made our reservations for October in Florida, first at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and then at Walt Disney World. What kind of weather can we expect in mid-October?
October is one of the best times of the year, not only because it is my birthday month, but the humidity goes away for the next 4-5 months. It will be 80s and you will need a/c, but it is very comfortable. It is a great break from the long summer.
I have stored our TT outside (ADCO covered) for 3 years (tampa) I had to throw out my first cover just last month, just buy a new cover and get another 3 years. TT looks brand new. We camp all holiday weekends, and usually will camp on either coast during the summer as the breeze does make a difference (especially at night). Since we starting RV'ing 4 years ago, we have really appreciated the living in Florida and the ability to camp all year long. Many florida parks have great tree cover, if they don't, you will be uncomfortable. The sun gets everything very hot and fast!
You will not see anything cheaper than $30 per month, that is what we paid up in zephyrhills, we now pay $55 closer to our home. Your camping frequency is up to you, sure it is hot and humid in the summer, our a/c runs during our winter florida trips, that is just florida camping.
From Lakeland, you can get to both coasts in less than 2.5 hours. We are a young, busy family, and florida camping is fast, easy and enjoyable. Come on down and enjoy the florida lifestyle
I hate to hear about the lack of interest from your family. Your journey was so amazing, you just want to share it with everyone. My kids are 8 and 11, and I have learned that everything we do is for them, no one else really cares. As they get older, they will be even more appreciative of you and your wife's efforts than they are now.
As others have said, we (on the forum) really appreciate your trip and hard work. As I brought up in an earlier reply, the amount of views and comments of your thread speaks volumes! A great story for sure. Your forum family is here for you!
We stayed at the branches at niagara this past summer. Nice campground, big sites and nice people. Niagara is definitely worth the trip. We traveled from tampa with 2 young kids and would do it again. Even my 7 year old was amazed by the falls. Pictures or videos don't do it justice. If you just want to see the falls, there is no reason to go to the Canadian side, you can see it just fine from the boats and tours.
We went last summer in mid-july. Very hot and uncomfortable, even for us floridians. I hope June makes a difference for you. You sound like you are giving yourselves plenty of time. If we go back, I would definitely do a guided / bus tour. I know they offer a lot of packages for the triangle, we just winged it and that did not go so well. (Especially with 2, hot younger kids)
I never even thought of using the stabilizing jacks to help from the sway. It was really moving when those big rigs would pass. I don't know if I would use them to jack it up, but, I should have used them to "stabilize". I did drive up on my 2x8's, but even when it was almost high enough, it was just seemed too unstable, so one more 2x8 would have made it higher than I liked it... that was more slop than I wanted to deal with, maybe I was being a whimp!
I may buy a smaller floor jack that is easy to bring with us, the one I have at home is way too heavy and big to travel. I will also add my jack stands to the list, since I had to have both tires off to repair them, I didn't like my 30 foot Trailer just hanging out on the truck's bottle jack for a while.
I usually take pride in my tire changing times.. Kind of like the old man in "A Christmas Story" when the kid curses when he looses the lug nuts... I will figure it all out, this was just a first on the side of an interstate, so I was nervous, and with 2 young kids, I really didn't want anything stupid to happen.
Part 1.. We had our first blow out on the road last week. (We were on I-75) Not too much damage down below, maybe because I stopped immediately as I knew exactly what had happened and I was only going 60 in the right lane. Or maybe I got lucky..
I am a very prepared and organized person, I had everything to change the tire (so I thought) BUT, I didn't count on the highway shoulder to be at such angle that my truck jack would not work. (Meaning I felt it to be unsafe with all the sway from passing trucks and cars) In comes a Good Sam service about an hour and a half later with their 3 ton floor jack with no problem. My jack may have worked, but I didn't want to chance it.
Lesson learned, but, my question to any of you...
If any of you have changed a tire on the interstate, what have you used?
Part 2.., Here is the best part, leaving stone mountain, all packed up and pulling out of the site, our neighbor yelled for us to stop. As we were passing his site, both tires were quickly going flat as air rushed out if them. I immediately reversed and backed into our site. No one could figure out what popped them (nothing was in them and nothing was on the ground) This time, we were in a nice and flat area, so I took both tires off and had them patched at a nearby good year tire store.
4 hours later, as I installed the tires, the kids and the wife looked all around for what punctured the tires. Finally, under a bunch of leaves, my wife saw what looked like a tent stake in the ground nailed into a rail road tie. I called the office and they came down to take a look. No one had an explanation, so we just took some pictures, they removed it (not easily, they ended up just nailing back in) we made sure the office knew what happened and we had to get on our way, long trip back to Tampa yesterday.
So, 3 tires, one trip. BUT, we had a great time at Stone Mountain! one of our favorite campgrounds.