Mid-April finally arrived and we were more than ready to get the wheels rolling! Even though our first stop was only 45 minutes away in Eustis, FL, it was movement. Southern Palms RV Resort was to be the next destination for the first Central FL Grand Design Owners Rally. If you follow our travels, this was going to be our 4th GD Owners rally. Previously being to the National rally in Elkhart, IN, Arkansas and Texas rallies. Each rally is different and we were excited to see what this new FL rally had in store. Well, first off, it had rain,,, and lots of it! We arrived 2 days before the rally started to avoid the crush of RV's trying to all park on the same day. That gave us time to get settled into our muddy site and watch it rain for another day. Everything was still a bit muddy when most of the attendees arrived on Wednesday. They had over seventy rigs to check in that day!
The rally itself was well done and we enjoyed helping as volunteers. We were assigned to prize delivery so we turned on our best Vanna White impersonations and handed out alot of prize giveaways almost every night. Well, Rick did more than I since one day I was out of commission with Covid vaccine #2 side effects. That was a special kind of hell that I wish upon no-one!!! I never knew ever fiber of your being, including hair, could hurt soo much!
On to better subjects... The rally lasted 4 days and had a good mix of entertainment and activities, a little something for everyone. One evening of entertainment was kind of like the Soggy Bottom Boys with music and comedy. They were pretty funny.
There was some really good food too., including a Sonny's BBQ dinner one night and Blue Bell ice cream. Everyone got their own pint of ice cream. We certainly did not go hungry!
It was great to have the U.S. Honor Flag RV there and to finally meet Chris and Cindy in person after following their travels on Facebook. Their story was incredible to hear and their dedication to honor our fallen service members and first responders is inspiring! Check them out and all the good work that they do to support America's finest.
With RV park reservations made in advance for the Keys, we needed to leave Sunday, along with just about everyone else!!! It was a bit of organized chaos but we made our way out of the park and pointed the RV south to our next destination. We decided to break up our 6+ hour journey to the keys with an overnight stop at a Harvest Host location in Miami.
We love using the Harvest Host and Boondockers Welcome locations as quick overnight stops when we are relocating to a new destination. We have had great experiences at each of them and this one was no different. When I first looked at this location, I thought, a farm in Miami???, well there are indeed numerous farms in this area, properly called Homestead, FL. Accursio Farms is a family vegetable farm with over 2500 acres. In addition to the farm fields, they also have a cool little farm stand where they sell some of their produce and other local delicious foods, such as jellies and numerous pickled items. On the weekends they usually have live music and a food truck.
We arrived on Sunday afternoon, after an uneventful drive, just in time to hear some music and visit the farm stand. We purchased some yummy red onions and zucchini. The farm stand looked to be lightly stocked but soon found out that the growing season was coming to an end as they would be wrapping up the following week and the owner goes back to Italy to rest and recuperate for the next growing season in the fall.
Once parked in the field behind the farm stand, we decided to let the RV cool down a bit, since it was in the upper 80"s, and go have dinner at a local establishment. Man did we hit the authentic food jackpot when we visited La Quebradita Mexican Grill! They claim to be the best authentic Mexican food in South Florida and I bet they are right! You will not find the average Mexican food fare here, but more authentic homemade original's. We knew we were in for a treat when we entered on a Sunday evening and found it busseling with local Mexican families gathering for a Sunday dinner. Our food was absolutely delicious and we left quite stuffed!
Our stay was a peaceful one, parked in the field behind the farm stand. We sat outside for awhile after dinner reading and visiting with one of the other travelers spending the night. The next morning we packed up and headed out about 10am for our short 2 1/2 hour drive down to our destination in the Keys. We really enjoy these quick little overnight stays as they take us to out of the way places that we might otherwise visit. We have a couple more of these visits coming up in a future post, so stay tuned for more interesting adventures.
Up next, visiting the Keys...
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