Moochdocking again! 😀 This time, we visit some old friends and stay on their property in Dade City, FL! Besides visiting friends, we're in the area to wrap up some doctor's appointments before we hit the road West. But, we still find plenty to explore and see before we leave our home state.
We've been friends with Norm and Heather for many years. In fact, they used to own a wedding photography business and photographed our wedding in 2014! They recently purchased a new home previously owned by RVers who had a very nice covered RV area with 50Amp service and invited us to stay with them! Score! 😀
For the record, we ALWAYS thank our moochdocking hosts by paying for utilities and and some kind of gift.
While we were just working most of the time we were there, we did get out on a few adventures.
Withlacoochee River Park 🐊 😳
Our first outing was kayaking with our friends on the Withlacoochee River. It's a very beautiful river with a very slow flow and is very easy to kayak. Like many Florida rivers, this one has quite a few alligators!
We saw three or four on our way back to the launch, but we knew there were many more we didn't see!
Dump and Wash! 🧼 💩
After a week with our friends, we decided to extend and stay another week (to facilitate some follow-up doctor's appointments). While we were able to dump (pump) our grey into a deep sink in the adjacent garage, we were not able to dump our black. And, in the heat of Florida, a week of black tank use needs to be dumped! 🦨
Since the truck stop nearby also had a Blue Beacon, we decided to wash the RV also! Score!
Dade City Heritage Museum
We love to visit small local museums to learn about an area's history, so we took an afternoon to visit the Dade City Heritage Museum. We never know what to expect when visiting small museums like this. Sometimes, it's just a self-guided walk through but this museum is a guided tour only, which is awesome! Particularly when the tour is given by someone who is both informed and passionate about the area's history.
What an amazing tour with some very good stories! Everything in the museum has a story and some of the stories were very touching.
If you're in the area, be sure to take a couple of hours and check it out!
Visit with Chat's Girls (and more kayaking!)
We didn't want to leave the area without another opportunity to see Chad's daughters, so we arranged to meet them in downtown Tampa to kayak! This was a very different kind of kayaking, being in the heart of Tampa. No alligators, but lots of very large ships! We took our ORU Haven and rented a tandem kayak at Tampa Bay SUP and Kayaking for the girls.
We got to kayak around Harbor Island, taking in the sights and catching up with the girls. What a great time and unique experience! We definitely need to do something like that again!
We also got back out with Norm, Heather, and their son Gabe to visit one of our first ever campgrounds, Chassahowitzka River Campground(The Chaz). This river is spring-fed and is a great place to see Manatees and other Florida wildlife. While we only saw a couple of Manatees this time, we did see some otters but didn't get them on camera, unfortunately.
From here, we finally get back out on the road and are heading West! We have some really cool thins planned for the summer and we can't wait to share them! 😀
- Withlacoochee River Park: www.pascocountyfl.net/303/Withlacoochee-River-Park
- Dade City Heritage Museum: dadecityheritagemuseum.org/
- Tampa Bay SUP and Kayaking: www.tampabaysup.com/
- Chassahowitzka River Campground: chassahowitzkaflorida.com/
- Easy Rv Dry Wash and Blue Beacon: youtu.be/P_7zoBI3PG4
- Dump Your RV Into A TOILET! [RV Moochdocking!]: youtu.be/I_xiU0L8-W0
- Chassahowitzka River Campground: youtu.be/9XtO-nHk_aM
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