Apalachicola, FL

We decided to check out the nearby town of Apalachicola, which is known for it’s oysters! We started at the pier where we spent half an hour watching the dolphins play in the river. They seemed like free spirits as they frolicked with each other and swam round and round the boats that passed them. The pier was amazing and looked to be brand new. We were intrigued by a two story houseboat tethered to an adjoining dock. It was complete with planters filled flowering plants on it’s deck.

Next we headed to the historic marina and oyster processing markets that lined the street which followed the river bank. What a great little find this was. There were several buildings along the river advertising their oysters and other seafood as well as a quaint antique and gift shop, called The Tin Shed, that had the most wonderful collection of marine stuff both old and new, huge chunks of drift wood that were natural sculptures, colored glass buoys, anchors, carved wooden birds, shells and every other possible decorative marine item. We found a great brass beer opener for the wall of our RV, because after all, what’s an RV without a wall mounted beer opener!

As we walked around this historic village it was clear that this community is determined to bring life back to this Gulf treasure. Almost every building was either refurbished, in the process of being, or torn down. We found a great seafood restaurant right on the marina called “Up the Creek Raw Bar” where we sat on the second floor deck overlooking the marina, watched the oyster boats come in. We ate the best raw oysters we’ve ever had! While we ate, we met yet another couple from Ontario (Bill and Cathy), who were staying in a nearby condo. They were considering purchasing an RV and were interested in our RV travels.

Tandem Travel

April 16

We set off from Cedar Key, Florida today, Jerry and Cabo in Big Red and Me following in the convertible talking through our walkie talkies to share the sights as we drove along. We couldn’t get our next address, a campground on Indian Pass, to show up on any of our GPS devices, so we put in something as close as we could find. The drive on US98 was beautiful, much of it through nature preserves was park- like.
The office was closed when we got to the Indian Pass Camoground, but our registration and site assignment were waiting in the office box.
Our site has a beautiful water view just steps from Apalachicola Bay with a direct view of the sunrise they tell us. Although services here are pretty basic (electricity, water and cable – no sewer) the setting makes it perfect.

Tandem travel is not ideal, and is a poor option for full-time RV’ing. The reason we are doing this, is because we are moving from New England to ???. Once we establish a ‘home base’ we will re-evaluate our vehicle situation. We will have to either move to motor coach, and a tow dolly for the car, or keep the current 5th wheel setup and store the Toyota Solara while we head out on the road. It will all come together someday, but we’ve only been at this for 9 months.

April 17 – Another Gem – Indian Pass Campground, Florida 

It is nothing fancy, just naturally beautiful! What else can you say about a place where there’s nothing to see but water, dolphins and birds from your doorway! Nothing to do but bird watch, dolphin watch, fish and walk the beach looking for shells! We wouldn’t have ended up here but for the stories of a couple we met (David and Brenda) on a pier in Cedar Key. They were right about the beauty, friendly people and peacefulness of this camp.

Sunrise on Apalachicola bay
Sunrise on Apalachicola bay

Jerry was up at sunrise to take pictures from our front door, then we walked for miles on the beach collecting shells and watching the dolphins play.

Saint Vincent Nature  Preserve Island is just across the waterway from us and we hope to get there this week. Yes, I said week, we first were going to stay a night or two, but by the time Jerry walked over to offically register, we decided on staying until Friday. We have to vacate because someone has reserved our space. Probably a good thing as we might just stay on. Talking with a nearby camper (Kevin) with Colorado license plates I learned he came for a night, in February, and is still here. It grows on you as you walk along miles of beautiful beach.


Cedar Key by Bicycle

April 14 – Cedar Key facts from Wikipedia

Today we decided it was time to give the bikes some exercise and ourselves too.
We rode our bikes into Cedar Key, first to the Cedar Key Museum State Park. Along the way we enjoyed seeing all of styles of houses found along the way, from ranch style to houses standing high above the ground on stilts. Continue reading Cedar Key by Bicycle

Cedar Key

Exploring Cedar Key

Well we’ve been here at Sunset Isle RV Resort and Motel in Cedar Key, FL for 3 days, and I have to say it is an interesting place. The town itself seems to be having a hard time surviving. Lots of empty storefronts, but they seem to be trying to revive the town. The area is beautiful with water everywhere and some beautiful homes, as well as shacks about to collapse – an interesting mixture. We found a cute little Tiki Bar Continue reading Cedar Key

RV Traveling With a Pet

Setting off on an extended trip with our cat seemed a bit daunting so I started by researching RV traveling with a cat on the Internet before we set out and learned helpful hints to make it possible and pleasurable.

  • Setup the litter box in your shower or tub.  This makes taking a shower a little more difficult since you have to move it out before you shower, but keeps the mess pretty contained. It also meant a cleaner litter box and shower. Continue reading RV Traveling With a Pet

On the Move Again

Today was a bitter-sweet day for us. We are leaving the Clearwater / Tarpon Spings RV Park in Palm Harbor, Florida where we spent most of the last five months. We hadn’t planned to spend the winter here, but we fell in love with the area and the people. We even seriously considered making this area our “home base”. Continue reading On the Move Again

Preparing for Full Time RV Life

Once we made the decision to be at least short term full-time RVers the challenges of having no brick and mortar home came to light. We were selling our home and not planning to purchase another one for some time.
How do you pare down 37 years of accumulated belongings?
What do you do with what you do keep, but can’t take in the RV?
What kind of RV will you travel in?

Continue reading Preparing for Full Time RV Life

Living The Dream

Living the Dream

I had never realized how many people dream of traveling across the country in an RV.
Having spent 12 years in Rhode Island in very demanding jobs, my husband Jerry and I decided last summer that it was time for us to head back to our roots in the West. Although we were from Montana, our daughters now live in Colorado and we wanted to be closer

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Coming Soon!

Agave plant
The Roaming Agave

Jerry & Nancy’s Full-Time RV Travel Blog coming soon … Retired for the time being from our high stress jobs in education, we hit the road in our RV travel trailer.

When we sold our home of 12 years in New England, For Sale by Owner(FSBO)  in August 2011, and decided to take a break from reality, and become full-time RV’ers (full-timers) for awhile. During the moving sale, we sold all our house plants, except my prized Agave plant with it’s beautiful Mexican ceramic pot. So for the past 8 months, we’ve loaded up the Roaming Agave with every move, and set it back  out with every new RV campground that we decide to call home for a few days, weeks, or months.

Hence the name of our blog: “Confessions of the Roaming Agave” This is where we will be documenting our travels around North America, with a margarita in hand, and the Roaming Agave by our side.

For those of you who do not know, my favorite spirit of choice is quality top-shelf Tequila. Tequila is produced exclusively in Mexico from the juice or nectar of the Agave Azul, or Weber Blue Agave plant.  Hence my fondness for Agave plants.

The Roaming Agave pictured here, is not the Tequila kind, but is still an interesting plant, and has endured our traveling well. With the help of Richard J. Hodgkiss, we identified this plant as Agave potatorum Kichijokan, or ‘Desert Diamond’. It loves Florida weather, and has grown quite a bit on our travels. It is getting almost too large for it’s pot, and may need to be re-potted soon. The Roaming Agave has also propagated with tubers or pups, and once re-potted, we will have several more Roaming Agaves to deal with. Richard also informed me that the Roaming Agave is monocarpic, i.e. it will flower once and then die. This is another reason to re-pot the agave, and split off the tubers.

For people wanting to know more about the Agave plant, check out Richard J. Hodgkiss’ informational  Succulent plant site, and especially the  Agave Page with tons of interesting data on this very interesting plants.