Park “Hopping” on Memorial Day 2015

The Anclote River Park in Holiday Florida
A. L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida
A. L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida

It started out as a beautiful 90 degree Memorial Day 2015 here in the Clearwater Beach area so we decided to go for a ride and visit a couple of the beautiful parks in the area that we had not visited before. We wanted to see how families were enjoying this special day.

There are so many great parks to visit in this area and we have listed close to 100 Parks in the Tampa Bay Area on our website. Each Park offers something a little special or different so we enjoy finding out what it may be, in addition to great photo ops and we never know what wildlife might make an appearance.

A.L. Anderson Park a Pinellas County Park is located on Tarpon Lake at 39699 US Hwy 19 N in Tarpon Springs, Florida. It’s a nice wooded area with a dog park, walking trails & picnic spots, plus a boat ramp & fishing access. It even has its own “sink hole” on-site. The boat ramp on Salmon Bay was seeing plenty of usage this day. The picnicking families were having a great time. (More information can be found at their website:

Not too far up the road North of Tarpon Springs we find the Town/City of Holiday Florida. The Anclote River provides a good boating channel into the Gulf and along its banks we found the Anclote River Park (below). This is in Pasco County and the address is 1119 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday, FL. This neat little Park features a 300-foot beach, a boat launch, designated fishing areas and a pavilion for picnics. (Their website:

We were enjoying ourselves and looking forward to another brilliant sunset over the Gulf when the first rumbles of thunder began. This was followed shortly by the lightning and just as we pulled back onto the main road the sky opened up. When it rains here it can be a deluge and often ends as quickly as it begins. By the time we reached Clearwater and home the rains had stopped.

It was a very good weekend having shared a picnic get together with friends on Saturday, a quiet day of reflection on Sunday and a nice ramble to see new countryside on this day.

The Tampa – St Pete – Clearwater Area has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. There is always something new to do.

The Anclote River Park in Holiday Florida
The Anclote River Park in Holiday Florida

Are You an RVer with a hobby you love?

There may be gold on those book sale tables!

Maybe you can turn your hobby into an RVing small business you can take on the road with you as we have.

You never know what you'll find!
You never know what you’ll find!

We took our life-long love for finding and enjoying good books and turned it into a small business we can operate quite nicely from our RV,

Every town – large or small – has a library nearby and most will have a book sale at least once each year. Most of the sales are run by volunteer “Friends of the Library” to raise funds to add new books or make needed repairs. They sell the discarded books from the library to make room for new titles. When a call goes out to the community for book donations it will be answered by donations from attics and personal bookshelves from near and far. These donations can add up to 90% of the sale offerings.

There may be gold on those book sale tables!
Will there be gold on those tables today?

As a reader there is every possibility you can pick up last year’s blockbuster from your favorite author for as little as fifty cents or a dollar. It doesn’t take a very large stretch of your imagination to believe another fan somewhere would gladly pay twice that or more to own and read that same book.

Now take it a step farther and see that older books no longer in print (O.P.) command much higher prices – no new copies are being printed. This is where your hobby and books can meet. For instance O.P. golf books from the early pros will interest you and others if you are a golfer. The same holds true if your passion leans toward old trains, planes, automobiles, fishing or cooking for that matter. In short, whatever floats your boat surely does the same for others.

How to find the book sales, how to price your finds and how to store the books you find in your RV are topics we will take up in future posts. If this information is of interest to you be sure to let us know and also be sure to “follow” our Blog and website for more of our adventures.

Jack & Niki
More about our travels on our website at and our “Northwoods Bookshop” at Your questions and comments are always invited and answered.