29.01.2017 50 °F
It has been quite an ordeal for John and I the last few months...filled with doctors appointments and physical therapy. So going to Florida was a last minute thing that almost didn't happen. We had delayed our trip til the end of Jan since I had a total knee replacement in November and needed time to recover. Recovery was slow and it didn't help with gouty toes, ankle and sciatica issues. With the support of friends and family I got thru it one day at a time.
John had his share of mishaps. He smashed his thumb and it got infected and was in emergency room twice and follow up with our doctor 3 times. Then his back started bothering him. Then came the neck pain and headaches. Also, he's been sick since New Year's Day. With cold/flu. He needs to be healthy since he has does most of the work while camping. We figure during the trip we can always take ibuprofen as we need it, and can always go home if things gets tough.
The drive was long going down. We stopped as much as we could so my new knee would stay limber. The weather was stormy with tornadoes everywhere. However, we did miss most of it. At the Comfort Inn in Valdosta, Ga, the hotel manager mentioned 1/2 of the city is without power, so we are lucky to have power at the hotel even though no Tv signal. We ended up having dinner at a sports bar, Chedders, which happens to have the football games on. The food was inexpensive and delicious. Good evening despite all odds.
Once we got into Florida, It felt so much warmer than last year, which could mean more bugs in the evening, especially in the Everglades. Time will tell.
Instead of a daily blog, we are planning to do a weekly blog for each campground stay...hope you can follow along for another winter of our discontent.