Solar Splendour

Today was just beautiful – enough to break out the shorts for the first time. Not that I’m trying to rub it in to those up north who are experiencing an unusually cold winter. If it’s any consolation, we have not escaped the cold down here. Florida has also, by their...

Sunday in the park

It was one of those lazy Sundays. We hung out in the van this morning and waited for the sun to burn off the dew and warm everything up. Like yesterday we’re set to have some warmer weather today (22C | 72F) and even warmer over the next few days. We did consider staying another night...

Workin’ at the...

Today was carwash day! The van has needed a good wash for a while but after you rust-proof you’re not allowed to wash thoroughly for some time afterwards. We had rust-proofed just before we left to the USA and haven’t yet found a good hot day to wash her. We don’t even think...

Fresh food?

Yesterday we left the town of Ocala for a smaller one called Inverness. We wanted to test out the battery charging on a longer distance trip. It seemed to do pretty well but it wasn’t a full charge – we would likely need a solid 2-3 hours of driving for that. When we arrived in...

Sears to the rescue

So since we’ve had a bit of a quiet day we wanted to write a post about our experience with Sears as we’ve been really impressed with them on a number of occasions. On two previous trips to the USA (before the firebus), we had a much more problematic car which always seemed to...

Scallops in the dark

We haven’t done a whole lot today, but we did return to back to Fore Lake in Ocala National Forest. If you’re wondering whats up with all this forest business lately, we are currently hanging out in the central Florida area so that we can go to a conference in Orlando the first...

Watt-er day!

The excitement of yesterday has spilled into today and we ended up getting more work done on the van.  With a new alternator we set out to sort out our auxiliary battery situation. So our morning was spent removing the old auxiliary batteries and putting in a new one. The two older ones we...

Crisis averted

So we’ve been noticing that the van’s battery is not charging recently. We started out with the intention of having a bit of a work day, but ended up searching for a Dodge dealership instead.  We chose a dealership mainly because if we had a true problem, we didn’t want any...

Shower power

Even if it’s the most practical of things you seem to always learn something new. Take showering for instance – you think you know, but you’d be surprised how much you can learn about how to get a good shower. When you’re on the road there are some really...

Cooking in the wild

We enjoyed our time in the forest last week so we decided to go back. This particular park doesn’t offer electricity but is not exactly “roughing it” either.  There are hot showers, flush toilets etc. In general it is just simple, quiet and enjoyable. And we get to make some...

Vansanity

So, sometimes living in a van can make you do some wacky things. Like purchase mini bananas, for example. Though, when you try eating said bananas, you find they’re still not even the slightest bit ripe (even though it’s the third day you’ve tried one and they’ve...

Golf Cart City

A community filled with golf carts – can you imagine it? Andrew and I happened to stumble on one today in a town of retirees called Lady Lake. It was surreal. Working in harmony with the cars were all these golf carts. The licensed, gas powered versions are allowed on more main...

Elusive water tank

Last night we left Mount Dora after the sun had set in order to find somewhere to spend the night. Ideally we wanted a place with a shower and maybe some power. We found a Wal-Mart instead, which ended up being another one of those “No Overnight Parking” deals, so we pressed on a...

Putting on a show

Today the weather was better so we got to check out a bit of Mount Dora. As we walked around we found a dog bakery, some candy stores and a wine store that was playing some fun 80’s music. We also noticed that they still have a lot of lights up.  A christmas tree even. As we started...

Cartoons and Coffee

Today we intended on exploring Mount Dora – a town which seems like it would be perfect place to wander around, with lots of shops and a waterfront area. However, the weather didn’t really want to cooperate – it was warm but we had some pretty heavy rains at times. So we...

Back to civilization

This morning we cleaned up the van, got our dishes done and headed south the local town where we could restock on supplies. We’re pretty much out of water and low on some food items.  Three days in the forest has done us well – it was really quiet and peaceful.  The weather has...

Forest exploration

So it’s day 3 in the forest and we’re loving this generator.  This has been our first real test of it over a few days. We have broken it out on the odd cold night along the way, but not on consecutive days. It’s amazing to be able to generate energy anywhere you are, to...

Winter camping

Last night was cold – in the low negatives (C) | mid 20’s (F). We managed fine with a heater, but I’m really hoping this is not going to be the norm for Florida while we’re visiting. We still have to keep in mind it IS winter. The temperatures today though...

Self-sufficient?

With the colder weather for the next few nights we’ve decided to do a bit of “camping”, so we’ve left DeLand and headed in to the Ocala National Forest for a the weekend. The only caviet is we will be without power for a few days. So before we arrived to Ocala, we...

10,000 kms

Today we spent another day in DeLand and hung out in another local coffee shop to get some work done.  The weather was great yesterday but today it’s on the chilly side so we’re back in sweaters. There is supposed to be a bit of a cold snap on its way, so we likely wont be in...