Our last night in Florida we took Lyn and Don out to Applebee's restaurant in Brooksville. I could tell the strain of looking after our father had eased but she still felt responsible for his welfare more than she needed to. Thankfully she still looked forward to looking after Brenna during the week and was still riding. We had a chance to spend some time with Shawn and Lauren as well. Brenna was her usual delightful self and a pleasure to be around. Her and I went swimming one afternoon, summer like weather securely established in central Florida! But the north beckoned so we set out early the next morning, driving over to Spring Hill one last time to say goodbye to Dad. Marie had him sign some tax forms before we left, the last sight of him slowly and painfully making his way to breakfast. From Spring Hill we took SR19 to Otter Creek then the 24 to Gainesville where we caught the 301 and headed north to Starke, picking up the I-10 to Jacksonville. We had hoped to get into South Carolina and look for a campground there our first night but as we had not got away from seeing Dad until almost noon we were still in Florida when we finally stopped around 6pm, pulling into the Big Tree RV Park in Jacksonville, just south of the Georgia border.
After hooking up to the power and water we prepared our first dinner in our new camper! A/C was the order of the day but we slept well our first night in the new bed. The sun was setting when we stopped late near Florence, South Carolina, the next day at the Swamp Fox campground. It was closed, being after 6, but we found a nice open spot near the washrooms and parked for the night.
|Big Tree RV Park, Jacksonville, Florida|
|Swamp Fox Campground, Florence, South Carolina|
|The Good Earth Peanut Company, Skippers, Virginia|
|Hidden Acres Campground, Bowling Green, Virginia|
|Maryland Welcome Center|
|early morning, Tri-State RV Park, Matamoras, Pennsylvania|
|almost home! Vermont Welcome Station|