A note to update. Well, the RV made it south but it was not without some issues down here.
First, despite no engine lights, when we finally hooked up the full water west of Tallahassee we blew a water line, later in Lutz, when we were having a repairman look at it, the leak was where the feederline for the hot water heater went into the coach behind the shower. To repair it would take quite a bit of work and many people. Large items would have to be removed. No one here wanted to have any part of this. The result.... we will be stopping at Red Bay, Alabama (the home of Tiffin) to get it fixed on the way home and drop it off for a while. and.....we would therefore be camping this entire trip without having water.
Secondly, I ate that lettuce, you know, the lettuce they recalled. I got salmonella and had a week of abdominal pain, but I fought it for days and before I started myself on antibiotics, diagnosing myself with....appendicitis, an ulcer, alcohol induced gastritis, a kidney stone, an appendicitis again, and e. coli from bad hamburger. It went away as we left Pasco County Florida on our way to Poinsiana.
Thirdly, I have had a bit of amnesia.....walking home from the bar the other night after the Eagles loss,, my right knee started to hurt and then swelled up. I really hadn't been drinking that much...really. There was this white Russian someone bought me and...? This has slowed up my birding somewhat, and led to my third sleepless night due to pain on this trip. I guess it is always something. I just wish I remember what I did....
Some say I was singing Grandma got run over by a Reindeer in front of a restaurant but I corrected them, that was Saturday night, NOT Sunday night.
Despite feeling like death earlier last week, we went out with a bunch of couples for Buddhist breakfast near Tampa
The temple was quite nice again and despite having something eating away on my inside, the Thai noodle soup was to die for and later, I almost did. but....it was worth it. A word to the wise...if they recall lettuce again....don't eat any! .
So we got over to Central Florida. We met up with couples from St Martin. My stomach held and we survived a rather odd Christmas show although truth be told, our guests Paul and Nancy left before the "show" started....they could be said to have been the lucky ones.
I could describe this event in great detail but let me say you had to be there. It was actually undescribable and not necessarily in a good way. Have you ever had the morbid fascination of being unable to look away? I chose this picture as no one is recognizable to avoid calling out anyone who may not want to be known to have been here. Alvin's Christmas carol and Dominic the Donkey, which I hope to never hear again.
Back to birding.....
Someone reported a smooth-billed ani up the road a few miles so I drove up to chase it.since it is a good bird, especially way up north near Orlando