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  • The wifi in this campground is the best we've ever had so we are working hard to take care of all the stuff that needs good wifi. We decided to book accommodations for our first days in Italy so we can get our feet on the ground and plan what's next.

    Gordon is all about heading south to escape this FREEZING 65-69 degree weather. We arrive at 3:00 pm. We figure we'll be shot after collecting luggage, going through customs and picking up our car so we've booked 2 nights at a hotel 15 minutes away from the airport. We were shocked to find one that's well-rated on both Google and TravelAdvisor for about $50/night! Our plan is to spend that day looking around Milan and getting over jetlag.

    Thursday we'll head south, thinking Amalfi coast where temps are in the high 70's to mid-80's. We needed a place to break up the drive and found an apartment on Airbnb. $151 for 4 nights, including wifi and on-premisis parking in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. Walking distance to the town and ocean. We decided to book for 4 days and just relax. And decide where to go next.
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  • Heather did her very best Steve Irwin imitation when she saw the gator.

    Cikey, has she got a set of fangs on her or what!

    We had gone for a walk and we snuck up on where we had heard a large splash before, and Heather spied the gator sunning herself on the pond bank. She was huge! She was fierce! If she had opened her mouth I am sure there would have been 3 inch long fangs! We barely escaped with our lives.

    After that, we saw several more gators floating in the pond, all about the same size. On our way back, another camper told us he had heard there were about 700 living in the area.

    The other pictures are shots from around the pond. The tree trunk with the holes looks like wood pecker was working fast and furiously to get a bug that was hiding. (Heather adds: I was put in mind of the word "tattoo" in it's usage as a sustained snare drumbeat. This woodpecker must have sounded very like one, and the result looks every bit like a tattoo around one's arm. There was a smaller band up above.)
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  • Goodbye to Central America! What a fabulous trip.

    Filled in time by going back to the mall.

    Spent alot time sitting in Panama airport watching bags being unloaded from the planes and hurled into into the carrier trucks!

    At LA quick processing through customs but a 40 minute wait for the bags.

    Then picked up rental car (about midnight now) and drove to hotel in the rain. Checked in then out again to get some fast food. Exhausted.

    You get to see my dress!!
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  • We were making a lot of progress towards getting ready for our European trip at the Point South KOA. The wifi there was the best that we had found anywhere. But when it came to shopping... the nearest town was over 30 minutes away in Beaufort. So we decided that having finished with most of the things that could be handled over the internet, we should move somewhere where shopping was easier.

    The KOA in Mt Pleasant is minutes from every possible store! The farthest store is Whole Foods, just 15 minutes away. The KOA is good, our only complaints are the bathrooms (small and needing maintenance ... Heather is channeling her inner girl scout camper) and the sand fleas (they like Gordon's ankles).

    There are also several other small trailers. We are almost always the smallest trailer in the campground. This time there are a couple of small teardrops. I don't know how people travel with dogs and just a small tear drop, they must really like their dogs.
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  • Yesterday we saw a BILLION turtles on the lake, but the minute we got close, they all jumped into the water. They would then swim out a little bit and stick their noses above water juuuuuust enough to see if we were still there. Today we vowed to tiptoe by their habitat in the hope of immortalizing something besides their noses. We weren't quick enough to catch ALL of the 5 or 6 hanging out on a branch, but we did catch a few so's you don't think we're fibbin'.Read more

  • Dinner with Lori. Music is always good. Very classic country. Cumberland Band. Had fried Moon Pie for dessert. Awesome. Lori had salmon with wild rice and veggies. I had a fried catfish sandwich with fries.

  • First floor was crowded, went up to the second floor. Tim Bridges Band. Not bad! Playing Johnny. Coors light for me and a Corona light with lime for Lori. They had creepy people working the bathrooms as attendants.

  • Rounding up dinner with a flight sampler at the Tap Room.

    Cola Stout, Coconut Porter, Raspberry Kolsch, Nice Lacing Belgian IPA, Atlas Double IPA and Hoppy Ending IPA, all from Palo Alto Brewing Company was tested.

  • After returning from lunch with speedment, we returned to Nordic Innovation House, and met Emil and John from, you guessed it, Speedment as well.

    A few hours later I joined them for a dinner at Umami burgers.

    A slider trio with smothered fries, awesome.

  • Staying at the Motel 6 near the airport. Its great and so cheap. An interesting mix of people are staying here. Only downside has been the wi fi which rarely works. I had a better connection in an obscure cafe in El Salvador!

    Had a twin room so I had two queen beds to spread all my stuff on.

    Finally got going in the morning and went to my favourite store in LA - Target! I spent hours here trying on stuff and just looking at everything! Then to the Beverley Centre to have a look at Macys and Bloomingdales and the other shops.

    The Centre is undergoing a massive renovation so its a construction site although the shops are open. That Centre was so dated glad to see it getting a makeover.

    Then stopped by Marshalls where you can really find treasures if you dig around. There is stuff everywhere and they stock clothes shoes luggage homeware bags and so on. Got a fabulous suitcase which I just love.

    Also stopped by my favourite shoe outlet store (Off Broadway) where I always pick up a bargain. No different this time. Yay! Modest purchase only!

    With the driving and the traffic the day went very quickly.

    You can guess where I had dinner! My favourite fast food burger place.
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