Now that we have what will be our new home (the 5th wheel), we have to find a "base camp" that will be our location when we're not traveling. We want to stay in the Fort Myers, Florida area, and fortunately, there is no shortage of RV parks here. One day in August, Janet and I were driving to Fort Myers Beach, and just after we passed our favorite ice cream parlor (Love Boat Ice Cream -- all hand made, best on the planet), we noticed an RV park: The Fort Myers Beach RV Resort. An interesting find for two reasons: First, the RV park is actually four miles before Fort Myers Beach, and second, we've driven past this RV park a gazillion times in the past fifteen years and we never really noticed it was there! Funny how when you start looking for RV parks, they suddenly appear. Janet suggested I do a scouting trip and check out the park later in the week. I did so, and found the cost of an annual spot to be reasonable and the RV park to be really nice. The location is great -- lots of restaurants, stores, and food shopping within walking or bike riding distance. So too is Janet's dad's place, and a big public library (yes, we still like to read dead-tree tomes). Fort Myers Beach is only four miles away, so we can bike there too. The park has a large, heated pool and big hot tub -- we'll surely enjoy those facilities all winter. And best of all, Love Boat Ice Cream is just steps away (cue Jack Jones)!
We pick a lot that will be ours for the year, sign the papers (including giving management permission and money to do a required background check on us that we somehow pass), fork over a security deposit and the first month's rent, and starting on October 1, 2012, we'll have a home for our new home.
Now there's just one little detail that comes next: We have to sell our house!
Coming up next: Selling our house in Cape Coral, Florida, and the end of my days as a pack rat