Back At Last
2016-09-15 Final Flight and Return Home
We got into Florida, ate at our favorite restaurant and fell sound
asleep in the parking lot. That's common. Usually we get some work done
on the computers then hit the wall of wakefulness and call it a night
right there. I marvel at how soundly sleep comes in the Enterprise. The
one downer was a beggar who started banging on the motorhome at 3 AM. At
first I figured it was someone asking us to move but it quickly became
obvious it was someone asking for money. "really, you wake us up in the
middle of the night and ask for money?". Uggh.
Alas we were able to fall back asleep and got on the road early. Only
2 hours to home and there was one more place we wanted to fly: some
hills near Groveland. An uncompleted development provided the necessary
surface, unfinished though it was. Tim took the "grass" and I took the
It turned out to be a beautiful finish to an incredible trip. If we
never go out on the motorhome again we've done more than I ever
Weird thing about this site: no fire ants. And we
were looking. In a state where nearly everything stings or bites these
things are among the most voracious, malevolent creatures served up but
evolution so we were pleasantly surprised by their absence. They're not
native, either, but they sure have thrived. The "grass" was long with
small trees growing but we removed the worst offenders right by the
Once aloft it was beautiful with very lightly rolling
hills and the many lakes Florida is famous fore.
We came across this apparently abandoned mansion.
There's a quarter million dollars in DRIVEWAY here. Look at that bridge,
the sidewalks, the bulwarks and, of course, the drive itself. We saw no
signs of life and clearly the pool hasn't been maintained in probably
several years. I can imagine some horrendous divorce story here.
We did some video, too, and if I get motivated I'll
slice together 60 seconds of that or so.
After flying we were only 36 minutes from home and
this Red Wing restaurant was right on the way. We've heard about it from
several neighbors and finally tried it out. Delicious! That's the owner
there who was quite welcoming.
After arriving home we tucked the Enterprise into its
dry dock, plugged it in and called the trip complete. Wow, what a ride.