To say we are happy to see 2020 behind us is an understatement! Although, all things considered, the effect of Covid on us was minimal. Yes we had to make some reservation and travel changes, but otherwise, through all our travels the last 9 months, we have remained healthy. We still think that this RV lifestyle was the best way for us to social distance.
We welcomed in the New Year in our home for the next several months in Lady Lake, FL. We decided to stay in place for 4+ months at Recreation Plantation. This is definitely a change for us! We tend to get "hitch itch" around the 2 month marker so this should be interesting come March.
There are a couple reasons we chose to stay here that long. #1 is that I will be working on taxes again this year remotely and will need stable internet service. Recreation Plantation has screaming fast dedicated internet hook up at the site and with the help of our personal wifi router, we have our own internet throughout the rig. If you remember past posts, with the extended tax season, I ended up working on taxes in the bottom of a canyon in TX. That was rough and a test of patience to wait for screens to upload! This should be a much better experience.
We stayed at this resort in 2018-2019 for a week and really enjoyed ourselves. In addition to the internet, we also have cable at the site. We are in the newer section of the resort which is mostly all RV's and the sites are decent size and not packed in awning to awning. We are able to set up the clam shelter and awning screen to provide a nice outside area to enjoy the great weather.
The resort also has alot to do, including pickleball, pool and hot tub, cards, exercise room and classes, live music and food trucks, weekly produce truck, not to mention alot of walking space as the park is quite large with more than 1000 sites! The folks here are super friendly and respectful of distancing.
Since we are going to be here for several months while I work on taxes, we decided Rick would also look at doing some work. Ok, maybe it was more my insisting so he wouldn't sit and watch me work! :-) He checked into workamping at the resort, however their workamper positions were already filled and they also have a FT staff. With his culinary skills, the next logical choice was to look for a seasonal cook position in the area. After applying to a couple positions while still in WI over the holidays, he was able to score a perfect position at a breakfast/brunch restaurant a couple miles from the resort. He will work part time as a line cook with no management responsibilities and be done by 3pm. Perfect! No late nights and I will work on my taxes when he is working, since my job is flexible. This will leave us plenty of time to spend together exploring. With both of us working for a bit, it also allows us to bank some money to pay for our big excursion in 2021. With the help of our wonderful friends who own Tom Golden Travel, we will be taking an Alaskan cruise/rail/resort adventure for our 25th anniversary. Booking in 2020 during the Covid pandemic allowed us to score several complimentary upgrades. We are excited for that cruise in September and are hopeful that the Canadian border is open and cruises are back on schedule.
Outside of getting all setup here in FL after our month in WI, we have laid pretty low. We are located just outside the Villages so we have family and friends in the area to visit. We also have every restaurant and store within reach, and I am sure we will become very spoiled by that convenience. In addition to walking in the resort, I have also been researching all of the hiking trails and parks for us to visit and maybe even some kayaking with manatees.
We also took advantage of the FL Resident deals that were just released at Walt Disney World. 3 days at the Disney Parks for $179 is a great deal considering a single day ticket is $109 normally. Another plus is those 3 days do not need to be consecutive. We can use the 3 days whenever we want outside of a couple blackout dates, until June. You still need to make a reservation to visit the parks with the capacity limits currently in place and in talking with a family that was just there, FastPass is not needed since there really isn't long wait lines. We may finally get to go on some rides that have been just to long of lines to wait for.
We wish everyone health and happiness in 2021! Stay tuned for more of our adventures from Central Florida...
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