Archive for July, 2012

Vero Beach—Ahhhh, the Sweet Sound of English and Piano Duets!

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

DSC02124Friday, March 2—When we got out of the Suburban at our new park, Sunshine Travel RV Resort in Vero Beach, FL, we heard  very welcoming and very much welcomed, “Hello! Welcome!! I see you are from Michigan.” We hadn’t heard much English since we left the Everglades and it was very nice to be able to converse freely with the nice man parked next to us.

We really liked this park a lot and wished we could stay more than three nights. They have a beautiful pool in this very clean park with more spacious sites than those we left behind in Pompano Beach. After doing a little shopping, we walked around the park in the evening. It was cut a bit short when we saw what we believe to be a King Snake slither across the road.

Saturday, March 3—We spent a lot of the day at the park. The girls love the pool and their newly found activity: diving for golf balls! After we got some laundry done, we wentDSC02136 to the Atlantic to take a wake along the beach. Once again, we enjoyed a late night walk around the park.

Sunday, March 4—This was a very special Sunday as we attended church with a very dear friend whom we haven’t seen for a long time and her husband whom we had only met briefly a few years earlier. After eating Sunday lunch at Southern Sisters Cafe, we headed back to their home where my friend and I were able to catch up on one of our favorite things: playing piano duets. We were able to get a piece together to play in her church for the service at her church that evening. Barry and the girls very much enjoyed the afternoon with her kind husband and their cute dog, Tinker Bell. We were all tired when we got home that evening but the girls wanted to walk and swim once again.

DSC02148Monday, March 5—Today was quite a bit cooler but we loved it! After grocery shopping and a coffee run to DunkinDonuts, we finished up school and prepared to have our friends over to have supper with us. We had a great night and felt that two days with them just wasn’t enough time. Before bed, the girls had to go for one more swim. It was quite late but I drove them to the pool (more on why we drove in a minute). It was in the 50s but that didn’t stop our MI girls. We had a good laugh because of the looks and comments we got about why in the world I would let the girls swim in such cold weather.

We had walked and biked every chance we could while at this park; especially at night. This stopped today because wild boars were seen running through the park. Prompt action was taken by the management but because they weren’t yet caught, we chose to drive to the pool and stay close to our site.

This was one park that we hated to leave. It wasn’t very big but it was very relaxed and well kept. We will definitely stay here again if we are in the area again.

Pompano Beach-Parlez Vous Francais?

Friday, July 6th, 2012


DSC02113Monday February 27: After hearing more French than English while in the Keys, we were excited to head back to mainland Florida and English. From the moment we entered the gates of Breezy Hill RV Resort in Pompano Beach, however, we knew this wasn’t going to be the case. Most of the signs were in French and as Barry stood in line to register at the sales office, he hoped that someone would speak English. Fortunately, they did! We found out that about 90% of the park were from Quebec (we think 98% since the only U.S. license plates were ours from MI and a couple from Montana). It was strange to be somewhat of a novelty in our own country. “You speak English?” We joked that if a country wanted to invade Quebec, the winter months would be the time as most of Quebec seemed to be in southern Florida.

We settled in at the new park quickly so the girls could get some swimming in before we had to get ready to celebrate the 6th anniversary of our business, Evmikna Graphics. A local suggested we go to JB’s on the Beach. It turned out to be a very busy but beautiful restaurant right on the Atlantic. After our meal, we walked a bit on the beach before heading to McDonald’s for dessert—McFlurries. We chose to go through the drive-through after seeing several police cars and officers in the parking lot surrounding several young men who were on the ground in cuffs. When we pulled up to the window, we saw a police officer ‘hiding-out’ in the back of the restaurant. Barry made a comment to the cashier that this must be the safest McDonald’s in Florida at the moment. She kind of laughed, hardly seeming phased at all by all the commotion. We were a little phased and later wondered possessed us to stop at all!

Tuesday, February 28: We mostly spent our time at this park on school. The park itself is very large but still the RVs are packed in very tightly. It was one of our more difficult back-ins as we were packed in like sardines. We did really enjoy being able to take long walks and bike rides, which we did several times each day and evening. The park is also very well manicured with beautiful flowers everywhere.

Wednesday, February 29 and Thursday, March 1—These days were pretty much the same: school, swimming, walks, biking, shopping. We celebrated Leap Year Day with more ice cream!