Leaving Va Beach with Rosie to seek warmer temps. Will hug east coast taking short legs seeking NICE parks. As opposed to previous travels, the RV park will be the reason for stopping. The surrounding city’s will be the icing.
  • Back Home

    March 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Well, once again I needed to come back due to a loved one in need. This time, my mom experienced a heart attack on Sat night, 3/11 and perished quickly thereafter. It was her decision not to have recommended procedures done, a decision I agreed with, but which finally caught up with her. She went her way, and I am happy for her....all the while I will miss our talks. Thank goodness Deb was with her and Sue joined them at the hospital.

    When I left in early Feb, I knew in my heart it may be the last time I would see her but I also knew she could still go on to outlive me. She wanted me to go on as usual and she thoroughly enjoyed my posts on my travels. We talked constantly by texts about my travels and VT games.

    So I know she was at peace till the end and her suffering was short... That’s what she wanted and I’m glad it worked out for her.

    After I was advised of her passing, I immediately decided to leave the park in Jacksonville, Fl and head home. Eric was in Jupiter, Fl and got a ride to JAX to join me for the ride home.

    We jumped on I-95N and the GPS said “537 miles to next turn”... damn....

    All worked out well initially until a tire on my Jeep (towed car) blew a tire on I-95N at 65 mph and I didn’t know it until a car passed us honking their horn. The tire was fried by the time I stopped.

    A Good Samaritan stopped to help with a good jack and we were back on our way. I’m working on finding out more about the “Coastie” (US Coast Guard guy) that helped us. More later as I track him down.

    So after 8+ hrs, I found it amazing that our route took us directly over the same spot that my father died on in a traffic accident on RT 58 in Nov, 1975. It was strange looking over the junkyard where the truck he drove that day was taken.

    So Rosie and I are back home for a period. My mom was an amazing woman, classy and most of all for me, allowed me to search my own track, standing by admiring my progress and most importantly, my failures. That to me, is by far, the best traits of a parent. I will never forget her for that incredibly deep lesson and sincerely hope I have passed the same on to my children. I love my successes but remember so clearly and painfully my failures. Thanks so much MOM for standing by and letting me experience those failures so I know sincerely the differences, allowing me to more appreciate the successes. In the end I’m sure she’s smiling with pride on the legacy Dane and Zella Cox have left.

    I sincerely hope when my time comes, someone will say the same of me.
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    Sandy Figueroa

    Very nicely said...she was a wonderful lady (Aunt). My memory of her is when she taught Teresa and Me how to make Lima beans while you and Deb camped with our family! Even the little things make memories and they will keep her alive in our Hearts forever 💗 Love to All, Sandy (Coastie Power)

    3/14/19Reply
    VaBchMark

    I am Sorry to hear of Moms passing Jerry..

    3/14/19Reply
    Brad Schwartz

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Brad and Angie

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  • Day28

    Heading Out Tomorrow

    March 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    North of Jacksonville, Fl for a week. Hearing it’s a really nice park. Starting to really enjoy moving around after a few days.

    Keeps you from getting bored. Not sure I’d want to be one of these guys that spend 3-4 months in one park.

    It’s a lot of fun checking out new areas.
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    Stuart Carlson

    Definitely spring below 32 deg lat 74 sunny left Charleston Home in VB 42 deg clouds rain

    3/9/19Reply
    Brad Schwartz

    Go visit Amelia island - love that drive down through the park.

    3/10/19Reply
    Jerry Cox

    Thanks Brad. Been there many, many times. Stayed at the Rirz. It is really nice

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  • Day27

    I've Had A Nap.... Now What?

    March 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    The “stare” is incredible.

    Ramsay Smith

    Love it!

    3/8/19Reply
    Jerry Cox

    When she stares, she HAS to see your eyes. If I hold my hand over my eyes, she barks. Amazing

    3/8/19Reply
    Carolyn Davidson

    Cute girl!!

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  • Day26

    West Side of Fla for 3-4 Days

    March 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Left Jupiter, on the east coast, around 10:30 am with 85 degree temps.

    Arrived west coast Fla, around 2:30 pm, and temps were low 60’s... Right now, at 7:00 pm, its 50 degrees.

    Now I read there’s a FREEZE warning until 9:00 am tomorrow. Oh boy.

    Rock Crusher RV Park... lots of room in spaces, sandy soil, palm trees and Spanish moss. Gonna feel strange to see freezing temps.

    In the pic, you have to zoom in yo see Rosie and since I’m on the end space, there’s lots of trees separating us from road. Nice place.
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    Zella Cox

    I see Rosie.

    3/7/19Reply
    Jerry Cox

    Yep. It shows how BIG the space is. Really nice!!

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  • Day22

    "Fishing" (not catching)

    March 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Well, three (3) days of trying and skunked twice trying for bigs (tuna, billfish, shark, etc). Luckily, it’s a short ride to the Gulf Stream so the disappointment is short lived.

    Today, we bottom fished reefs and caught two (2) drum (same we could catch at home 😡). We hooked what appeared to be monster but it took him into a man made reef and tangled the line in 80’ of water. After 45 minutes of heavy fighting the hook released and it was over.

    Beautiful water though.

    Just looked at my map of the entire trip and realized it tracks all my locations, when I’m in the app. You can see most of the fishing “efforts” as well as my travels from the RV, to the hotel and Rosie’s drop off and pickups.
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    Ramsay Smith

    That is why I don’t fish. More boring than baseball! I would go just to watch the hilarity of it all, drink and read a good book.

    3/4/19Reply
    Andrea Gimm

    Wow Great pics!!!!

    3/5/19Reply
    Jerry Cox

    Great meal the last night we were all there at Michael Jordan’s.... incredible steaks, fish and LOTS of bourbons. I went with Wellers red label.

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  • Day20

    Arrived Jupiter

    February 28, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Staying where Eric keeps his boat; beautiful Wyndham on the water.

    Had some time after dropping Rosie off for boarding to look around before check-in.

    Guess what’s walking distance from the hotel?

    Extra points to the first correct answer:
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    Zella Cox

    My first thought was White Castles but Googled and none in Florida. No more guesses.

    3/3/19Reply
    Jerry Cox

    Haw!!! None south of N.J.... believe me, I know. It’s the “spa” where Robert Kraft was caught. A billionaire, in a strip center. Incredible.

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  • Day19

    And So It Begins

    February 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Dana Christian is wheels up in Montana, arriving 3:30. Eric, Kayla, Kyle and friend arrive 6:10.

    Rosie moves to Dogsworld Resort (https://www.dogsworldresort.com) for a few days. They will post FB pictures so I’ll link when they’re up.

    I button up RosieBus for s few days and move to the group hotel, next to Eric’s hotel till Monday. This should be interesting.
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  • Day17

    Arrived Port. St. Lucie

    February 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Well, “nice” park but it’s PACKED and if my RV had slides (extended rooms), I would’ve needed to be very careful about parking.

    This is the first “back in” space I’ve had so it was more complicated. Not that it’s difficult to back in (my driveway is harder) but as tight as this place is, the need to back in means I had to stop and unhook my car, move the car somewhere, get the RV backed in properly and then go get the car.

    I grilled out tonight and had to watch the wind to ensure the smoke wasn’t blowing in my neighbors windows. It’s that close.

    I’m told Fla parks will be packed until the end of April. I’m also told the reason these parks are so full is French Canadians; who normally go further south, Key West, but because of hurricane damage, most of the parks south of Miami are gone.

    So because of the crowds, after fishing, I’ll head NW to the west Coast of Fla. AFTER I get reservations; which I’ll secure in the next couple of days.

    Dana Christian, Eric, Kyle and girlfriend get here Thurs. We’ll fish Fri, Sat & Sun. I have Rosie boarded at “Waldog Astoria” for those days so I can enjoy the trips without worry.

    I’ll post pics tomorrow but it’s not much to see. Myrtle Beach looks pretty nice.
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    Ramsay Smith

    NW Fl is more than the three hour limit (250 miles).....the way I drive. But I love the approximate location decision.

    2/26/19Reply
    Jerry Cox

    Found a nice place in Crystal River Fla on way NW. meets my criteria.

    2/26/19Reply