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09 March 2015

February In Numbers


Like last month, here’s a little recap of how February went for us in numbers. We spent the entire month in Florida. It is the Sunshine State after all. Where would you rather be during February – basking in the sunshine and warmth in Florida or shoveling yet more snow from a driveway somewhere up north?
  • 11 – Number of different places we camped at in Florida including two Walmart parking lots, three Florida State Parks (Jonathan Dickinson, Collier-Seminole & Myakka), one county campground (South Bay RV Campground near Lake Okocheebee), two RV Parks (Jolly Rodger in Marathon and Linger Lodge near Bradenton), one casino near Miami and one wildlife management area. 
  • 104 – The number of eggs we ate. Every morning for breakfast we usually have scrambled eggs with onions, green bell peppers (aka capsicums), jalapenos, some cheese and a little bit of ham.
  • $290 – How much we spent on gas. Down a tiny bit from January, but still a lot of money relative to our other spend.
  • $23 – How much we spent per night on campsites. This is up from January ($18), which isn’t really surprising given how much more expensive camping is in central and southern Florida and the fact that we splurged in the Keys. But we did manage to find an awesome free boondocking site near Indiantown at the end of February which really helped keep this number down.
  • 1 - The number of times we ate out (Ethiopian at Queen of Sheba in Sarasota). We try to keep costs down by cooking ourselves, but we do make an exception for Ethiopian food from time to time.
  • 3 – The number of times I got the crap scared out of me by alligators at the Shark Valley Visitor Center in the Everglades.
  • 0 – The number of times I screamed when I saw an alligator. Small victories, but important nonetheless.
  • 2 – The number of days we were complete and utter slugs. We basically did nothing and went nowhere for two days at Jonathan Dickson State Park. It got windy and cold so we hid inside Scamper and read books, wrote blog posts, ate Oreo cookies and watched The Sopranos and Bob Roberts.
  • Unknown – Like last month, I have proven to be completely incompetent when it comes to recording our mileage. I have no idea how many miles we’ve put under our wheels during February. Chances are you’ll hear the same story from me next month.
  • 1 – The number of times we ate a chocolate cake slice from Walmart, which is down dramatically from last month. But not to worry, Oreo cookies were on sale at Publix so I used them to satisfy my very demanding sweet tooth.
Hope you had a great February and an even better March!

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12 comments:

  1. No zombie wallabies but lots of the living kind (well kangaroos). Right now I can see four or five from our cabin veranda. I love your slug days. Some of our happiest memories are looking back on wet and cold afternoons when we gave up being tourists and retired to our hotel room with the kids. D and I started a tradition of reading to each other - it began when we were both reading the same book and only had one copy. It is such a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

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    1. Slug days are the best! Sometimes, I feel guilty about not doing anything, but I do enjoy just sitting around reading and being as lazy as possible from time to time! Say hi to the kangaroos for me :-)

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  2. Nice update, some days you have to pace yourself 's and chill.

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    1. Thanks Roy! Everyone needs a good slug day from time to time.

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  3. Lol at your small victory comment. I hear ya, alligators are no joke! Some days are meant to do nothing. Especially if you guys are always on the go!

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    1. The thing about alligators is that they sit there absolutely still and you think to yourself, nothing could possibly happen. But apparently all of a sudden they can go for you and run really, really fast. I try to keep my distance :-)

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  4. I have to come to the defense of the noble slug. Nothing wrong with a slow, casual, and deliberate approach to life. Slugs rarely suffer heart attacks you know. ;-)

    And one more statistic you can mention: "0 - amount of snow you've had to shovel". Many of those north of you...including myself at the moment...wish we could say that.

    Hope you guys are getting a little quality boat shopping done...in between alligator sightings.

    Take care and have fun,
    -Mike
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    1. So true about the snow. Do not miss that at all! I never thought about slugs in terms of heart attacks. You've shed a whole new light on these often maligned critters. Still looking at boats - a few contenders, but some issues with them . This may take a while. Where are you now?

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    2. Boat is in Hammock Beach FL, but I'm back in Denver with my wife trying to get the rest of the junk moved out of the house so we can pack up and drive to the boat for good. Amazing how empty a house can feel and still have so much stuff to deal with. Hope to be back down that way in a few weeks. Hope we will be around if you find yourself near the northeast FL coast...would love to meet, chat, etc.

      -Mike
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    3. Yes - we definitely want to hook up with you guys! Saw you were sick - hope you're feeling better.

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    1. Thanks so much!! It's so nice to get sweet feedback like that :-)

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