Monday, December 21, 2020

Bonita Springs, Naples, FL

ODOMETER: 80,806 | MILES TRAVELED: 2,861

 

by Grant

Well, it’s about that time. We have no real way to wash and groom the dogs on the bus, so we booked them in with a local groomer, Manny. We take the dogs over to Manny’s Pet Grooming and we’re delighted to meet Manny, a charismatic Argentinian gentleman who is obviously passionate about what he does.

With the dogs ‘entertained’ and Jack and Ellie still sleeping, Jana and I headed to Barefoot Beach to walk the beach and take the inland trail back.

It’s about 3 miles round trip and we really enjoy the quiet of the morning and the beautiful morning sky. Seashells abound and even though there’s a lot of dead fish from the red tide, the beach feels good for the heart and the soul.

Gamble Family Adventures and Travel Blog | Living on a Bus

We head back into Bonita Springs and do the final Christmas shopping for stocking stuffers and wrapping paper and such. Fully laden, we head back to the RV park to catch up with Jack and Ellie.

I’m finally ready to install the window on the bus’ main door, with Jack’s help, and then we go to pick up the dogs from Manny’s. He has done an awesome job and the puppies look great! We drop them back to the RV for a nap and set off to Lovers Key State Park to check it out.

The park is incredible and home to one of the newest beaches in the world, courtesy of Hurricane Charley. It’s pretty windy, so we do a little reconnaissance and head back to the RV park for dinner.

It’s burger night with real burgers and impossible burgers on the menu.

A bunch of our Christmas presents have arrived, so Jana and I decided to give the kids some of the presents in stages to offset the overload Christmas Day brings, and give them some time to enjoy some of the gifts we’ve gotten for them. Ellie gets her new swimsuit and Jack gets his new soccer ball. Both are very needed and appreciated.

After dinner, we chill out and settle in for the night. It’s been a beautiful day and a lovely night.

It’s about 3 miles round trip and we really enjoy the quiet of the morning and the beautiful morning sky.

Travel with us:

Travel Diary

Travel

This is a daily log and photos of what we’re up to.

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

read more
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

read more
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 2: Mo’orea to Bora Bora

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 2: Mo’orea to Bora Bora

It took us about 24 hours to get from Mo’orea to Bora Bora on August 28 2021. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we spent a  week there waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

We made trips to get water, fuel and provisions, but apart from that we had to stay on the boat. We passed the time snorkeling (saw a giant moray eel!) and inventing new water sports.

Once we received our exit paperwork, we were finally free to leave for Fiji.

read more

Reflections

Reflections

These are our personal thoughts on some of our experiences.

How Big Is Too Big?

How Big Is Too Big?

Lessons From the Road | How Big Is Too Big?instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterDoes Our Built Environment Affect Our Relationships? The “Big Mac” symbolizes the belief that more is better. If one beef patty is good, wouldn’t two beef patties be better? Similarly, the...

read more
Lessons from the Road | Less is More: Adventure over Stuff

Lessons from the Road | Less is More: Adventure over Stuff

Lessons From the Road | Less is More: Adventure Over StuffinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWe have been on the road for about four months, and while that’s a relatively short time, I think that some of the big lessons happen in the initial “adjustment period” of an...

read more
My 10 Favorite Books of 2020

My 10 Favorite Books of 2020

My 10 Favorite Books of 2020instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWelcome to 2021! Most of us couldn't wait to see the back of 2020, looking forward to better times with hope and anticipation. If you are at all astrologically inclined like I am, you know that on December...

read more

Wooyung Beach, NSW, Australia. Camping weekend 🏕️🏝️ ...

25 2

Australian summers 🌺🌞 ...

27 4

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia ...

3 2

Learn more, read sample chapters or get your copy. Link in bio. ...

12 1

Lom Homolák, Czech Republic ...

33 4

Svatý Jan pod Skalou, Czech Republic ...

22 0

Karlštejn Castle, Czech Republic ...

24 1

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague ...

17 2

Our Trip

Trip

Our Trip

Trip

Culture Nomads Travel Blog | Our Trip

HOME      ABOUT US       TRAVEL BLOG      CONTACT

Get in Touch:

14 + 11 =

TRAVEL WITH US!

We are currently sailing the South Pacific to Australia.

 

Thank you for joining us, have a great day!