Today on Clearwater Beach

Today on Clearwater Beach, Florida
Today at Clearwater Beach

2/18/2014 – We thought you might like to see what an 80 degree day looks like on Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Boatmobile on Cleawater Beach
A Boatmobile at Clearwater Beach

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2014 Florida RV Super Show

2014 RV Super Show coming to Tampa this month
2014 Florida RV Super Show

Arguably the largest RV Show in the USA has come and gone for this year. We have been the past 3 years and it is truly something must-see for avid RVers.
Public Days: January 15 – 19, 2014
Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Wednesday – Saturday)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Sunday)
Location: Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610
Admission: Adults – $10 (2-Day Pass)
Kids Under 16 FREE
Discount: Senior Citizen’s Day – $1.00 off – Wednesday Only
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Parking: Cars $6, RVs $12 (Charged by fairgrounds)
All RVs and over-sized vehicles must enter through the US Hwy 301 entrance ONLY. Cars and standard size vehicles may enter the through MLK gate.
Pets: Mild-tempered dogs are welcome on a leash
Wheel Chairs: Rentals are available at entrance gates
Manual and Electric
Camping: Super Rally Registration on-site ONLY
Dry camping available in general parking lot
$20 per night (charge by fairgrounds)
Check their website for seminars, a list of suppliers and nearby campgrounds:
http://frvta.org/rv-shows/florida-rv-supershow/
See our photos from last year’s show at:
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/supershow2013.htm

Happy New Year 2014

RVing Florida to Upstate NY and back again
2013 RV Trails North & South

Happy New Year to all our family, friends and neighbors of the road.
It was a very good year for us starting with the maiden voyage of our new Excel up the East Coast from Tampa to the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY. It was our first trip along Rte 17 and first-time stopovers in Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. We found some really nice, economical campgrounds, dined on some great seafood, and explored some scenes of historical and “bucket list” significance.

Our Summer Workamping destination was the Warrensburg Travel Park near Lake George, NY. The work and the people couldn’t have been better and the owners were great to work for. The work and the base gave us ample opportunity to explore much of the Adirondacks as well as the Green Mountain State of Vermont.

Our Fall trip back South took us through our favorite Finger Lakes Wine Country, we found covered bridges near the shores of Lake Erie, Kentucky’s home of country music, the view from the top of Lookout Mountain, and a nice visit to the hometown of a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter.

RVing gives us a simple but exciting and always gratifying way of life. Each year our travels take us from our Southern, Winter base near the white sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast to the Northern, cool mountain lakes and streams and majestic Fall colors of New England. Life is good, we have no complaints.

Hopefully we might get to meet you somewhere down the road this coming new Season . We hope we do, we’d like that.

For photos, costs, mileages and all of the other info in our trip logs you can find it on our website at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/.

December Update: No More RV Sewer Problems?

SewerSolution water powered RV sewer pump
Making RV life easier

It may be time to toss that 3″ “stinky Slinky” sewer hose and try the 3/4″ SewerSolution replacement?

We are on the road at least six months or more each year and we stay at, on average, up to thirty campgrounds each year.

It seems every campground is different when it comes to sewer connections. Some places have only dump stations. Some have sewer ports either uphill from your connection, or that pvc pipe may be several inches above the ground, or more often than we like, an unreasonable distance from your RV.

This has necessitated that we carry extra sections of the 3″ hose and various connectors that would fit any situation we ran into. This assortment was all carried in a large plastic tub with a cover that took up a LOT of space in our basement compartment.

We started researching the macerators that were on the market. There are a couple of different types requiring connections to the RV’s 12 volt system.

Our research led us to “The Sewer Solution” pictured here. It requires no electrical connection and runs totally by water power. The campground’s water pressure is routed through a small nozzle with sufficient force to shred any material coming from the black tank (providing it is the normal “byproducts” and single ply toilet tissue recommended for black tanks. No foreign objects please!).

Yes, we were skeptical from the beginning though the reviews we found raved about the product and the good job it did. The reviews convinced us to buy it and try it. We did and it does!

Replacing thbe stinky slinky with the water powered SewerSolution
SewerSolution connected to our RV black tank discharge

We connected the pump to a clear, 45 degree swivel connection for monitoring purposes. It works as advertised, will pump uphill, and it back=flushes the black tank and cleans itself after use. Plus you have much less of a storage and hygiene problem!

For more photos and manufacturer info visit our web page at http://snowbirdrvtrails.com/sewersolution.htm

Disclaimer: We do not sell this product nor do we have
any affiliation with the manufacturer or any of its distributors.
The opinions are strictly our own.

A favorite lunch spot on Clearwater Beach

Palm Pavilion, Clearwater Beach, FL
Palm Pavilion, Clearwater Beach, FL

One of our favorite lunch stops is directly on the beach in Clearwater. Fantastic burgers, lobster salad wraps, cold drinks and a sea breeze.

View from the veranda at the Palm Pavilion, Clearwater Beach
View from the veranda at the Palm Pavilion, Clearwater Beach

They offer both inside seating with a large bar and plenty of tables are available outside on the open air deck. The railing is about 50 yards from the water’s edge. There’s plenty of free parking (perhaps with the exception of during Spring Break) with a lot reserved for patrons. The entire deck is covered overhead with large awnings that are electrically extended as the sun moves overhead. The Palm Pavilion is also a great vantage point from which to watch the technicolor sunsets develop in the late afternoons, perhaps with a favorite beverage close by. First the sky and then the sea turn a brilliant orange on a perfect day and it’s nearly as beautiful on any and every other day.

Good music with which to while away an afternoon.
Good music with which to while away an afternoon.

There’s always a talented musician singing and playing audience requests every afternoon. The music, the food, and the scenery make for a perfect place to spend valuable time doing absolutely nothing beautifully.

A Visit with WINTER – the World’s Most Famous Dolphin

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On a recent weekday we decided to visit “Winter, The World’s Most Famous Dolphin”. (Photos below) It was and is a two-part experience, first with a visit to “Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure” located in downtown Clearwater, Florida. This is all about the movie “Dolphin’s Tale”, with props, sets and background info about the movie and all the scientists went through and accomplished to create a working prosthetic tail for the dolphin. Not an easy task as a dolphin’s skin is very sensitive. The “museum” also has a large gift shop with everything “Winter”, a small snack shop, and even a “hurricane room” where a visitor can experience some of the wind effects of a hurricane.

Then we made the trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium located a short distance away in Clearwater Beach. The choice of transportation (included) was by “Jolly Trolley” or water taxi.

At the Aquarium we watched Winter with her handlers and other shows featuring dolphins, sea turtles, otters and other fish.

It proved to be a fun and interesting day that was also highlighted by lunch at Palm Pavilion directly on Clearwater Beach (not included).

“Winter’s Story
In December 2006, the CMA team was unknowingly about to encounter the most amazing animal – one that would catapult their mission of marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release into the public eye around the world. Winter is likely the most famous dolphin in the world. You may have seen her featured on the NBC Today Show, CNN, BBC, or hundreds of newspapers around the world.

Dolphin Tale (the movie) is produced by Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment and was released nationwide on September 23, 2011. Winter plays herself in Dolphin Tale, together with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble.”Image

Transportation to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater Beach

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