Race Day! Sunday, March 15, 2020

Certainly not what we had wished for but …

We dress in our race gear ūüôā Allan getting us set up¬† ¬† ¬†

We select the 2003 St. Petersburg race and away we go. Pace laps

Green flag! 

How ironic the Corona car spins out!

Even the skinny squirrel came to watch

And the win goes to my favourite driver of all time, Paul Tracy!!

Paul after win

All in all a fun lemonade day!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Covid-19 is beginning to be real.¬† Kyle, our son, called today and urged us to come home.¬† Our concern is that we are safe here; if we were to leave what could we encounter?¬† Closed state borders?¬† Snow storms?¬† ¬†We agree to check our extended health coverage – if it doesn’t cover Covid-19 we will begin our journey home.¬† Email our rep, Dan, who likely isn’t working till Monday. He does email but says as everything is changing so quickly it is best to call the insurance company directly on Monday.

Loving the weather! 

We decide to entertain ourselves with a walk around the park, first park we’ve been in that has a No Pet area;

and then walk around the neighbourhood and see this sign for a car wash.¬† ūüôā

Allan gets a photo of a gecko. 

Fast little guys and who knew some have them as pets “geckos are long-lived compared to some reptiles. On average you can expect your gecko to live six to 10 years, but many males live 10 to 20 years. At least one male is still breeding at 27¬Ĺ years of age.”

Have to keep washing hands, not touch face, keep hydrated and LAUGH!

Friday the 13th!

Although many people do not like Friday the 13th my Mom loved them and said they are lucky days.¬† Not his one ūüôĀ

Just a weeks ago, we were “living the dream” and anxious for today as it was the beginning of our much awaited first IndyCar weekend of the season.

So much has changed and incredibly fast!  The coronavirus is no longer just in Wuhan China but spreading world wide. The stock market is dropping, toilet paper and  hand sanitizer are hot commodity. People panic buying and hording.

The memes are beginning

It would appear, had China reported this earlier we would not be in this situation.  

We find out today the practice, qualifying and race are cancelled.  It is the right thing to do but disappointing, none-the-less.  Public events or more than 250 people are all cancelled.

Announcements today, Trump declares national emergency

We decided, Sunday, race day, we will sit outside and use our outdoor TV to watch a youtube a previous year’s race.¬†¬†

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Today is get familiar with the park and area.  Living in a virtual bubble, rarely listening to the news we were not prepared for the magnitude of what we would encounter and learn.

We had to chuckle at this sign.¬† How popular is Rick that they now required a “Rick doesn’t live here anymore” sign.

We see our first Walmart Marketplace store, that sells only groceriesEnter the store to what will become the reality for, anyone’s guess to how long this will last.

On this day…

Coronavirus

Coronavirus response has reached an unprecedented level in the US. Here are the most critical developments over the last 24 hours:
‚ÄĘ President Trump is¬†suspending travel to and from Europe¬†for the next 30 days. These restrictions don’t apply to American citizens who have been screened, or to travel to and from the UK.¬†Airlines are scrambling¬†to comply with the new rules.
‚ÄĘ The State Department¬†raised the worldwide travel advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. It’s an official¬†warning¬†against nonessential trips abroad.
‚ÄĘ The NBA¬†suspended its season after a player preliminary tested positive¬†for coronavirus. That makes the virus a concern for the rest of the league, given the close contact players and teams have had with this person.
‚ÄĘ The NCAA is¬†barring fan attendance for its March Madness¬†tournament as a precaution.
‚ÄĘ More major events,¬†like the video game conference E3¬†and several of Trump’s public¬†appearances,¬†are canceled, while others, like¬†Biden campaign events¬†and¬†the G7 meeting, are switching to virtual formats.
‚Äʬ†Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they tested positive¬†for coronavirus in Australia and are seeking treatment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We spent the last few days doing not much of anything.¬† We did get mani/pedis at “Beautiful Nails” in Seffner.

This is the view from inside,  a little cramped.  Neighbours, Jerry, Lynn and Spud the puppy are from Brampton.  Across the street is Saskatchewan.

Because this park is also a dealer; there are many RVs on display Рjust open the door and walk in.  We saw some  super, nice RVs of all classes.

We came across a bare Freighliner chassis.  Bailey sits on one so Allan was happy to check it out.

Today is another Bailey bath day.¬† The last bath didn’t last long.¬† Bailey is filthy.

These are the pretty trees, not sure what they are but the drop the red pedals everywhere

End of day jiggle

 

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Today’s adventure has us taking a Lyft to Ybor City, (pronounced EE-bore) aka Cuba Town, known for it’s Cuban cigar making and restaurants.What we didn’t expect is roosters & chickens run free.What’s with that?¬† Oh those stairs!

I take some interesting photos, don’t you think?We encounter smoke, from where? This cigar, smoke billows from the bottom. Although the sun is shining it is a bit nippy; we want to warm up so pop into¬†The Big Easy.Roosters here too You encounter some strange restrooms.¬† This, not so clean, bathtub is the sink.

Ybor’s main street¬†

Wall art!Last camp we learned about alligators.¬† This one chickens/roosters; didn’t know they could climb trees.

Apparently¬† it isn’t a fun fact!

My favourite

 

 

 

 

 

So many choices for dinner.¬† We decide upon the town’s oldest restaurant built on an entire block Columbia Restaurant Allan ordered their signature 1905 Salad (The Columbia‚Äôs legendary
salad tossed tableside. Crisp iceberg lettuce* with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese, Lea &
Perrins¬ģ Worchester sauce and our famous garlic dressing) and Cuban Sandwich (The ‚ÄúMixto,‚ÄĚ as it was known in the beginning, was created in the 1890s for the cigar workers as they walked to and from work. The sandwiches underwent changes as immigrants from different countries
came to Ybor City. The Spanish brought the fine ham, the Sicilians the Genoa salami, the Cubans the mojo-marinated roast pork, the Germans
and Jews the Swiss cheese, pickle and mustard. Put it all together between sliced, freshly baked  Cuban bread). 

I was going to have that too but then the shrimp called me. Shrimp Supreme (large shrimp is wrapped in wafer thin bacon, marinated and fried with yellow rice.)

We walk around a bit more, before heading back stop off at TBBC for a flight.

Waiting for our Lyft, we see Tampa’s skyline Back at the resort we enjoy some live entertainment.¬† The bass player was entertaining, he twirled the bass-never saw that before.

Friday, March 06, 2020

It’s official!!¬† The gators won but maybe we’ll prevail here?Travel day to Seffner FL¬† It’s a 59 m drive but we’ll be stopping at our first Pubix Super Market and Walmart.¬† Leave at 930a 63,478k

It’s an eventful drive, we thought traffic maybe bad but no so that’s good.¬† There is a Walmart as well so do the necessities shopping there.¬† ¬†Groceries at the Pubix.¬†

Head out to LazyDayz RV Park.¬† This park attached to a dealer, so I didn’t know what to expect.¬† ¬†All good, sites are closer together than we’d like but…Bonus! Free breakfasts at the dealer’s cafeteria every morning¬† ūüôā

 

 

We check things out and find the hot tubThere is a restaurant/bar attached to the hot tub/pool area interestingly built around a bus Allan must drive everything!Love the counter top, not only has our name but checkered flags

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Last full day here!¬† We’re going to the exercise class at 9a but first a gator check walk.¬† We’ve walked by this so often, finally occurred to me to take a photo #Poinsettia growing in a tree.

We’ve never been this early so maybe??¬†

                          Nada!

Back to exercise class, then breakfast, then some work, then get showered up and off we go for another check.¬† It’s easy getting our 10k/steps with all this gator chasing.¬† This cutie is checking us out on our way by

Don’t really have to say but nothing again.

In the hot tub we meet a guy who took one trip to the pond and spotted one of the smaller ones.  

Think we know who got the last laugh!

Wednesday, March 04th – the only day of the year that tells you what to do!

Open the blinds to see these birdsGoogle teaches me they are Great Egret.  

During breakfast we receive a call from an unknown 800 number, we continue eating.¬† We’re surprised they leave a message.¬† ¬†It’s RBC leaving an automated message, letting us know the only US credit card we have with us has been compromised, the account may be frozen.¬† The message lists the last few charges, they aren’t ours.¬† The charge that caused the alert was a Walmart in California for $137.11.¬† There were also 2 charges of .01 each and a declined movie theatre charge.¬† We’re happy they caught it but it’s a mystery how they did.¬† We shop at Walmart and have been travelling so why did that seem like a fraud call.¬† I would have thought the 2 one cent charges would have been more suspicious.¬† Allan calls, he wastes at least 2 hours – each call after the recording recaps the charges, says you must wait for the next rep, minutes later – the dreaded recording “we are too busy now, try your call again later”. They hang up.

They did say, may be frozen so we go to the grocery store and purchase a few items.¬† Yes it’s declined.¬† Back in Bailey, Allan gets a

Call the number on the back of the card!!  He gets a live person within minutes.  They will send a replacement card to our campground so we should have a new card by Monday!   Fingers crossed!

Next! Today’s gator check


Still nothing 

Try again in the afternoon, still nothing  How can he be such a good hider?