Jonathan Dickinson State Park

When you score two weeks at a Florida State Park in January, you jump on it. After our busy week in Tampa at the RV Supershow, two weeks of sitting in one place sounded great. Jonathan Dickinson State Park (JDSP), located just north of Jupiter, Florida, is a perfect place to chill.

This state park is located just across from Highway 1 and the Intercoastal Waterway and backs the Loxahatchee River. Complete with history, a varied ecosystem, and lots of trails, we kept busy for a full two weeks.

Most days we started with a run or bike ride through the park. With paved paths, single track, and very quiet roads, we had plenty of room to roam. Along the way we saw wildlife including deer, otter, and tortoises. Hard to believe there’s so much wildlife so close to the city.

There’s lots of history in the area as well. Our first exploration was of the 1860s-era Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse where we climbed the 105 steps to the top for sweeping views of the coastline and surrounding area. We even got a certificate for reaching the top!

The Jupiter area is home to large estates, including one owned by Tiger Woods. We enjoyed driving the A1A and peering through the hedges to catch glimpses of the mansions of the rich. Is that creepy?

On the one cold and blustery day we had we drove north to Vero Beach to meet up with our friends Jennifer and Cliff, who we met at Tampa RV Supershow. For some reason we didn’t get any photos of our group at American Icon Brewery but we did get a few shots out at the beach. 

Back near the park we found Blowing Rocks Preserve, a Nature Conservancy site that protects the unique rock structures along the coastline. We wandered up the beach to watch the waves crash up and through the rocks, which made for some good photos and a nice morning.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park is located about 30 minutes north of Palm Beach. With a little research we learned about the Lake Trail, a walking and biking trail along the Intercoastal Waterway that backs the massive mansions that populate Palm Beach. Have you ever seen so many yachts? 

The trail passes the palatial Flagler Museum and a majestic kapok tree that hints to the preservation that allows this area to flourish. 

Also in Palm Beach we strolled the famous Worth Avenue, which is kind of like Rodeo Drive. Filled with swanky restaurants and exclusive boutiques, we fit right in wearing our bike gear.

Then, because we enjoyed Palm Beach so much, we returned to visit what was voted the country’s best farmers market, the West Palm Beach Greenmarket. The large, waterfront market features a huge selection of produce, baked goods, and just yummy stuff. Beauty abounds in this affluent area of Florida. 

Our time on the Treasure Coast was filled with lots of time reading, cooking, and just relaxing, just what we all needed after the Supershow. But the adventures continue and we’ll have more to report soon. 

Everybody enjoyed the rest of Jonathan Dickinson State Park!

2022 Tampa RV Supershow & Rally

For the second year we attended the biggest RV show in the country, the Tampa RV Supershow. The 2022 show was massive compared to 2021 and we were in the thick of it.

In our role as Lippert Scouts we camped on the grounds of the Florida State Fair with other Scouts. Together we enjoyed a great happy hour sponsored by Lippert, which allowed us to get to know our fellow Scouts and the Lippert staff. You can be a Lippert Scout too! Just join us on Facebook.

Nightly “campfire” chats with plenty of good wine and munchies finished each day. By the end of the week we had renewed friendships made last year and made new friends for life!

Lippert is the largest maker of RV components. They were strongly represented at the show with a fun expo booth which was our meeting place throughout the week. Fun stuff happening there.

Our Scouts leader, Tanya, was always available with energy and a smile…and lots of love for the dogs!

To promote the Scouts program throughout the show, we volunteered to drive golf carts throughout the grounds, offering rides to anyone who needed a lift.

The show grounds are vast and once in the mix of it, it’s easy to get lost. Both of us drove tired and lost souls to their cars, to food, to the exits…wherever they needed to go. Along the way we learned their stories and offered a little information about Lippert Scouts. Everyday was a new adventure, driving through crowds of over 20,000 people, dodging the daily parade of entertainers.

Of course we did a little shopping throughout the week. We checked out the latest models of our favorite brands and drooled on a few. Ultimately we reminded ourselves that the rig we have is just perfect! Of course, we bought several doo-dads for our trailer to make it even more perfect!

We had such a fun week making new friends and connecting with those we hadn’t seen in a year. We’re already looking forward to next year.

After a high energy, busy, 100% RV week, we’re now settled in a beautiful state park, resting up, restocking, and getting back to “normal.” 

Can’t Get Enough of Key West

Last year we spent two weeks in the Florida Keys. This year it’s been six weeks, and we still have so much to see and do. For two weeks we based ourselves at the luxurious Blue Water Key RV Resort. We stayed here last year and it’s a real treat. We had our own tiki, complete with a kitchen and living area, which allowed us to spread out and breathe. 

The highlight of our time here was a visit from our dear friends Tom and Nancy. We share a wall with these two in Prescott and have been friends for many years. To be able to share Key West with them was a treat!

Together with Mia and Bob we took a fabulous sunset sail on the Argo Navis. Besides the incredible views, this ship, which we also took on Christmas Day, offers premium cocktails and appetizers. If you’re ever in Key West, we highly recommend this excursion!

And, you can’t miss the cuban dinner at El Meson de Pepe on Mallory Square. What a fun evening!

Blue Heaven is one of Key West’s most popular restaurants and, in the past, the site of cockfights and Hemingway’s notorious boxing matches. We enjoyed brunch one afternoon, and yes, the Key Lime Pie is that big!!

Sunset at Mallory Square is a must when you’re in Key West and we all enjoyed a lovely evening watching the day come to an end. Having Tom and Nancy join us was very special, and we were happy to share a little of this paradise with them.

Also in our final week in the Keys we cashed in on a tour we won a few weeks ago and went parasailing. This was the first time in all of our travels that we’d strapped ourselves into a parachute to get pulled by a boat, and it was incredible! Check out the videos!

Watch us take off!!!

Believe it or not, up there above the water, it’s very peaceful and relaxing—until they splashed us down into the water.  What an experience!

Taking a dip

We also paid a visit to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, another gem in Key West. The park, which contains a large civil war-era fort and expansive beach, is popular with tourists and locals alike. We toured the fort and enjoyed learning about the history of the military presence in Key West, which dates back before the War of 1812. Next time we’ll spend more time at the beach.

It’s now time for us to move along from this paradise but we’re leaving with gratitude for the opportunity to spend time here and looking forward to our next visit. But there’s more fun ahead!