Guest Writer

Robyn’s away so I’m writing this time. Never done it before so we’ll see how it goes.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you… My name is Sarge. And, By the way, today’s my birthday and I’m 11 years old. I picked out Dave and Robyn to live with when ….I’ve never seen that squirrel here before…when I was 4 months old. I like Dave but I like Robyn more. She listens to me when I tell her stuff. But, Dave takes me on nice long walks so I like him too.

Sometimes, I get to go to places with them, but not all of the time. This time they took me to that place with our own little rooms and a big yard to play in outside. Miss Theresa treats me very nice… There was this one dog there that peed in places I like to pee … They went to New Orleans.

From Pensacola, Florida it’s only about a three hour drive to New Orleans, but as long as we all lived here, none of us had made it over there yet. They said I can’t go to New Orleans. This trip was only for a day and a half but they said they enjoyed it and they walked a lot… and it was very hot.

The Blake Hotel in the commercial district is where they stayed. Since they were there for a vacation package presentation the hotel was paid for but the parking wasn’t. The parking for guests staying in the hotel is $30 per night so it costs them $60! They told me they decided not to buy the vacation package.

Since they were there only a short time, they didn’t do any of the tours or see much of the history. Maybe the next time. They took the trolley from the commercial district to the end of the line at Frenchman St. and explored that area a little. Instead of taking the trolley back to the hotel, the walk back gave them the opportunity to see a little more of the Frenchman street area, the French Quarter and walk down Bourbon street. Bourbon street was narrower, and dirtier, than expected. They also had a lot of street repair going on at the time.

Here’s some pictures and a little video they took.

This is from Cafe Beignet. The cafe was full of statues of famous musicians and there were some live musicians playing on the small stage in the center of the cafe. Of course, the beignets were wonderful!

Marie Laveau’s on Bourbon Street.

To learn more about Marie Laveau, click on this link https://allthatsinteresting.com/marie-laveau and play the song by clicking on the link below.

Marie Laveau by Bobby Bare

Miss Teresa took these pictures of me when I visited her. She owns I Love Lucy Place dog boarding. You can click on this link to look at it. http://www.ilovelucyplace.com

Robyn will be back soon, so I think I won’t be writing any more posts.

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Milton, Florida

In the last post, I mentioned Milton, Florida so I thought I’d write about it this time.

Founded in the late 1800’s, Milton is one of Florida’s oldest cities Since it was built beside the Blackwater River a timber mill was constructed and Mill Town, as it was called at the time, thrived as a ship building town and a supplier to other ship building industries. Later, citing they preferred a one word name for the city instead of two, the Post Office changed the name from Mill Town to Milton.

According to Wikipedia, the town also went by several other names over the years. The most notable of these were “Hell Town” because it was a “muggy, inhospitable land covered with briars, mosquitos, thorns and snakes”; Jernigan’s Landing”, after one of the founders, “Scratch Ankle”, due to the briars that grew along the riverbank and “Hard Scrabble”. I’m not sure where that last one came from.

Milton is located in the center of the county and is the county seat of Santa Rosa County.

Pensacola across the bay from Milton, has one of the larger Navy bases, NAS Pensacola. Whiting Field is one of the two of the Navy’s primary pilot training bases and is located just north of Milton, FL.

Withing minutes of Milton, you could be fishing or boating on the Blackwater River or in the Gulf of Mexico. The Blackwater River was so named for the tinted color of the river that comes from the vegetation’s tanins that stain the water a transparent tea color. Along the river curves you can relax on the white, sandy beaches or sandbars.

The Blackwater river runs through Milton. Walking on the Riverwalk, along the river in Milton, you’ll find the Veteran’s Memorial, a concert pavillion and at the end of the riverwalk a grassy area where you can listen to the Bands on the Blackwater concerts or watch a movie on a large outdoor screen or even rent little mini boats. Numerous festivals throughout the year are held here, too.

The Blackwater State Forest is also within minutes from downtown Milton and is a great place for hiking, fishing, canoeing or camping. In the park, along the river, you can find canoe liveries where you can rent canoes, kayaks and tubes. They’ll take you up river where you can float back down to them. There’s also a place nearby where you can zipline.

About 30 minutes from Milton, you can be at the beautiful white sand, clear water beach called Navarre Beach. The lack of numerous restaurants and souvenier shops makes Navarre Beach one of Florida Panhandle’s least commercialized beaches.

West of Milton, on the other side of Escambia Bay is Pensacola. Pensacola is known as the City of Five Flags and has a great history of it’s own. The flags that flew over Pensacola were Spain, France, Britain, the Confederacy and the United States. The Navy’s Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola. The Cincinnati Reds affiliate team, the Blue Wahoo’s a minor league baseball team is located in Pensacola and they have a beautiful stadium in the Community Maritime Park. Pensacola is also home to the Ice Pilots ice hockey team.

Going south from Pensacola and Milton, you can get to beautiful water and white, sandy beaches of Pensacola Beach. There you can parasail, jet ski, swim, dine, shop, soak up some sun, or listen to some great live music.

At the west end of Pensacola Beach, is Ft. Pickens. Ft Pickens is a pentagon shaped military fort that has a very interesting history. It’s named after American Revolutionary war hero, Andrew Pickens.

It was one of three forts that guarded the entrance to Pensacola Bay and the communities on the mainland shore from European invaders. During the Civil War, it was the southern most point controlled by Union Soldiers. In 1886, Ft Pickens became one of Florida’s first tourist attractions. When Geronimo was captured and moved to Ft. Pickens for imprisonment, admission was charged to view him and his family.

With the proximity to Pensacola, Eglin Air Force Base, the two Navy bases and the beaches Milton is a great place to live and visit.

I hope you found this post both informative and interesting. If you like what you’re reading, there’s a place on the side where you can subscribe to future posts.

Full-time RVing- What’s it like?

We moved to Milton in 2003. Before we became house parents in Live Oak and Tallahassee, we lived and worked in Milton, Florida.

We went full time RVing and Workcamping in April 2018

Since that time we worked 5 months in Virginia, a short time at a site in Florida, 3 months in Savannah, spent a month in North Carolina with our oldest son and his family and now we’re back workcamping at a campground in Milton. Our younger son and his family live here in Milton.

We get a lot of questions about full-time RVing. I thought I’d answer a few of them in this post

The most frequent question is “Where do you put all your stuff?” If you think about it, most of us don’t need all the stuff we have. I can definitely say the closets and the basement ( the compartments beneath the RV) are not big enough. Before we took off, we had several garage sales and sold things on facebook and craigslist. And, we have a storage unit in Milton. Most everything we have in storage is stuff we need to keep. We have tubs full of photo albums, memories,Christmas traditional items, some household items, clothes we change out seasonaly and a few things we could probably get rid of but I want to keep.

We keep rearranging things in the RV thinking to better utilize the space. We’ll eventually get it, or we’ll find more we can do without.

Our R V has a set up bunkbeds. I moved the top mattress to the bottom bunk and put my computer, a file cabinet and my printer on the top and use it like a stand up desk. On the bottom bunk we have a couple baskets that we use for temporary storage for different things. This has been a great use of that space.

Our bedroom closets are small, but we’ve found, especially when we’re workcamping, since they usually supply us with shirts to wear, we tend to wear a lot of the same things over and over. We’ve been able to weed out some more clothes and donate or store them. It’s easier to not buy new clothes when we know there’s no place to store them. As far as laundry goes, we have a dirty clothes basket in the hall between the bedroom and bathroom. Most campgrounds have a laundramat on site and a housekeeping washer and dryer. Workcampers usually either get a laundry allowance or free use of the housekeeping washer and dryer.

Food storage is also limited. We do have several kitchen cabinets and drawers and we put some canned and boxed goods in a tub in the basement of the RV and it works out pretty well.

Some RVs have full size refrigerators and freezers. Ours does not. Here’s a picture of our fridge. We were making frequent trips to the grocery store. We’ve slowed down on our grocery trips to the grocery store since we purchased a new 100 quart cooler that is supposed to keep ice 8-10 days. So far it’s working. Since we’ve only had it a few days I’ll let you know later how it works out and I’ll give you more information on it in case you want to get one. That pretty much covered the storage questions we get.

Another question we’re asked is “How can you live in something that size all the time?” We don’t live in the camper, we live out of the camper. I admit there are days we spend most of time inside either because of heavy rain, very high or very low temps. We have lawn furniture outside and usually enough to do around the campground or in the area that we don’t need to just stay in the camper.

We’ve always looked for dog boarding places wherever we are so we can visit people or explore the area without having to get back to take care of him and resenting him for cutting into our time away.

Rarely have we found a place that Sarge didn’t like. He’s almost 11 years old so he’s not as active as he used to be so he’s ok napping in a kennel or in the R V for longer periods of time.

And, the last question for today. “What’s workcamping and what do you do?” Workcamping means you camp at different RV resorts, campgrounds, state or national parks and work while you’re there. They’re all different. We base where we go by what we want to do in the area, what’s the weather usually like during the time we may be there?, is it a paid position or vounteer work?, what is the work exchange for the site? – which means how many hours do you need to work to cover the site . What are the paid hours? Are there laundry benefits? And, what if any, are the other benefits?

I know there’s other questions about how we get our mail, do our banking etc. Since this post has already become a little lengthly I’ll address those things in another post.

See you later – Enjoy today!

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