Sarasota for some rest and relaxation

Sarasota

Us finally getting some much needed adult time!

We tried to head out of Clearwater area a couple of days ago, stopped by to meet a friend in Apollo Beach for lunch….But, to our surprise the bus didn’t start.  Luckily our friend knew a quality guy who happens to be a mobile mechanic. We stayed the night at Winn Dixie…And we received amazing hospitality of the local fish fry restaurant, great for wifi and a place to hangout and eat while we waited.  It turned out to be our starter, so we fixed it along with the help of Frank the awesome local mechanic…And two days later we were on our way South.

We decided to stop and take some R&R in Sarasota. We found a nice space at the local Ramada.  Complete with tiki bar and restaurant… Called the Bearded Clam.

We found this fun little guy at the Bearded Clam tiki bar.

We found this fun little guy at the Bearded Clam tiki bar.

The restaurant and drinks added to the already comfortable accommodations the Ramada had to offer. Plus the front desk hostess was amazing, Mary Jane thank you for your care! Next we head down towards Miami.

Sunsets are beautiful… Even at a Walmart parking lot.

See you in South Florida!!

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Clearwater Beach

This New England group is loving the fresh winter flowers in Florida

This New England group is loving the fresh winter flowers in Florida

Fun in the sun… Swimming, drumming, friends, food, flowers and love what more could we ask for!! The Dunedin Brewery has a weekly groovin drum circle on Tuesday nights starting at 8 p.m full of awesome people and good vibes ( complete with local ladies belly dancing)… Not to mention they are the longest running micro brewery in Florida (they have delicious food as well)

Peaceful afternoon walk with old friends and new ones too.

Peaceful afternoon walk with old friends and new ones too.

Another relaxing nature walk, a bounty of birds contributed to the enjoyment of it all. Headed to the beach next.

Perfect sunset walk

Perfect sunset walk

A great end to a fabulous day… Our picture perfect no filter needed sunset on Clearwater Beach. Feeling grateful!! Until our next update…Have fun and enjoy the ride!!  🙂

Bus Life in Florida

Unlocking the gate to our free camping at the Serenova Tract.

Unlocking the gate to our free camping at the Serenova Tract.

We were so fortunate to find this great hidden treasure of Florida.  There are multiple wildlife preserves that you can get permits to stay on (for primitive camping)… Yes Florida, ya do know how to make a bus family happy!

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Beautiful wildlife preserve just East of Hudson Beach, Florida

Driving down the road to our site was nothing short of magical!!

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We stayed at camp for a couple of days and then headed to Hudson Beach ( only 14 miles away) for an afternoon of relaxing, picture taking and a light lunch with the kiddos.  And some computer work and home schooling on the way back to camp. Now onto Clearwater Beach to see some old and new friends!!

If you have any suggestions or tips on life in Florida or must see adventures please let us know!!

~Gemini Life Surfers 🙂

Oh, Florida…So thankful you exist

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When the arctic blast takes over almost the entire United States what do you do? Well, if you’re us you reevaluate mid-tract, change your plans, turn around and head to Florida!  We had been planning our trip back out West since we left last spring. But When we got to Texas on New Years Eve and their local weather talked about snow and ice storms we pulled over and researched our options ( for 6 hours at the Beaumount, TX. McDonald’s off Rt. 10 utilizing their heat, hot coffee, free wifi and power outlets). At the end of our research it was clear we were Florida bound.

The Feed the People aspect of our tour would need to change a bit, given the laws in Florida (No Free Hot Food allowed), but that’s ok we are the creators! Solar is waiting for us in Arizona, but we can get that sent to Florida and add some more DIY to our ever evolving skill set list.  Rock climbing will also be limited, but hey life’s an adventure no matter what…So back to the drawing board we go.

See you all in Florida!