LTRVD0380 Escapees and Full Time Families

Escapees and Full Time Families

Escapees and Full Time Families are the subject of this week’s show. We are in Essex Junction, VT at the 56th Escapees RV Club Escapade. Kathy and I have had a very full week here both presenting 2 seminars and manning a booth to sell our books.

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We sure appreciate all the listeners of our podcast as well as folks in our Facebook group who came up and introduced themselves. Kathy started to write the names down but she quickly got overwhelmed. Thanks to all of you who came by to meet us as well as to buy our books.

Escapees RV Club

Travis and Melanie Carr were named the President and Vice President of the Escapees RV Club http://www.escapees.com this week, succeeding his parents, Bud and Kathy Carr. We interviewed them by phone a few months back and they were gracious enough to give us some time yesterday during a lull in the action to do another interview. I think you will enjoy what they have to say now and about the future of the Escapees RV Club.

Full Time Families

Kimberly Travaglino and her husband are the principals of the Full Time Families organization. We have been chasing them all over the country for an interview and our schedules finally allowed one. Kimberly gives us a good overview of the group and some insight on how they are able to raise, home school, and care for a family of 4 young kids while traveling full time in an RV.

We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we did doing them.

LTRVD0357 Hundreds of Manatees

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We viewed Hundreds of Manatees when we visited the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) Big Bend power station this week. They were in the warm water of the facility’s discharge canal. When the Gulf of Mexico’s water temperature dips below 68 degrees F, the warm blooded manatees need to find warmer water. TECO has constructed a wonderful manatee viewing area where we took the pictures that accompany this show note. Admission and parking are free. Get more information at http://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/

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There are actually over a hundred animals in view of this picture.

We also visited the Hillsborough River State Park which is quite close to our current location in Zephyrhills, FL. This is an old park with many improvements done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s. They have a really nice campground with many spaces large enough for 40 foot rigs and a few that can accommodate 45 foot rigs. It is a really kid friendly place with a huge swimming pool (check for open dates, and rentals of canoes, bicycles and 2 and 4-person tandem pedal cars. There is lots of history there as well. There are old forts used by the army during the Indian wars against the Seminole tribes. One has been restored and is open for tours several days a week. Check it out at http://www.floridastateparks.org/hillsboroughriver . We did a blog post on this park. Check it out at http://blog.livingthervdream.com/hillsborough-river-state-park/

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We also spent some time at the Lazy Days Campground while we visited with the folks at the Full-time Families 2016 Sweetheart Soiree Rally. Check them out at http://fulltimefamilies.com/ We were able to meet Kimberly Travaglino, founder of this wonderful group that is an awesome support group for folks full-timing with kids and homeschooling them on the road. Kathy got to tour some of their rigs to see how they have adapted them for doing the schooling and just living with 3 or 4 or more young children. We had a good time with them and we will interview Kimberly at a later date.

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