When we left Walt Disney World in December to head home for Christmas we left the motor home in Florida and drove our tow-car home.  We left home again on New Year's Eve and checked in at a campground in Lake Wales Florida on January 3rd.  If you want to read about what we've been doing before we went back to Disney click on this blue link to follow our adventures as ROOKIE SNOWBIRDS.

Tuesday February 1 - We checked in at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.  It was nice to have a short drive (only 61 miles) and arrive at Fort Wilderness early in the day! 

Our last Canopy Oaks sunrise . . . until next year!

The RV cast a long, sad shadow as we left the campground at 9:40.

We've been seeing this flock of storks at the same culvert for a month.

Orange groves everywhere!

We've learned a few shortcuts to bypass the construction in Lake Wales.

Both of the dogs settled quickly on the couch.  Jasper is now a veteran traveller.

At 10:00 a.m. Carol received a text message - campsite #703 was

ready for us. We turned from Highway 27 onto I-4 at 11:00 a.m.

Only ten minutes later we were on Disney property.

Our Happy Place!

We took the Fort Wilderness exit just before the Magic Kingdom gate.

We followed another Happy Camper as we drove to the campground.

At 11:15 we were home.

We were all set up in our campsite by 1:45 and picked up out rental golf cart.

Carol took the golf cart to The Meadow to browse the shop.

At 4:00 we took the boys to the dog park.  Jasper met Stella.

They bonded quickly. (Do you see Stella's Hidden Mickey?)

They ran and they rassled!

Then the rested and ran and they rassled some more.

Jake made  friend too!

Here we are, all set up for the week.

We drove to the Polynesian Resort for dinner at Kona Café.

At 7:00 p.m. we headed back home to meet friends Curtis and Alek.

Wednesday February 2 - We spent most of the day at EPCOT enjoying the Festival of the Arts.

These two were having a drink as we left the campground.

We always enjoy the Festival of the Arts.

The Chorizo and Potato Empanata was terrific!

Carol had the Grilled Cheese, I had the Bacon, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese.

This guy snuck up behind me and ate half of my sandwich!

We rode Soarin' with this guy!

Can we go to the dog park Momma?

Thursday February  - Animal Kingdom in the morning, EPCOT in the evening.

As we entered Animal Kingdom we ran into DeVine.

The first time we've seen her in a few years!

The safari was good today.  Lots of animals posed for us.

The setting sun turned Spaceship Earth a brilliant gold as we passed by.

The Broadway stars put on a great show for us!

We wrapped up our day with dinner at Teppan Edo.

Friday Feb 4 - Morning at Magic Kingdom, evening at EPCOT

I almost ran over this armadillo with the golf cart this morning.

A bright, sunny day was ahead of us!

We took a spin with Buzz Lightyear.

The hot dogs at Casey's are always great!

This is the 'clean-up crew' at Casey's.

Back at the campsite we relaxed for a while!

We headed back to EPCOT to meet a few Disney Artists.  Carol bought prints

from Don 'Ducky' Williams and Alex Maher who were both there to sign them.

We also met our friends Curtis and Alek and had a nice visit with them.

The display of coloured lights on Spaceship Earth can be dazzling.

As we left the park we enjoyed the 'Rainbow Connection' light show

set to the song by Kermit and Miss Piggy.  Wonderful!

Saturday Feb 5 - We had a short drive to the KOA in Naples FL - 197 miles

It was a leisurely morning; we got away at 10:00 a.m..

Carol said, "It's much easier to leave Disney when you know you're not going home!"

We saw plenty of pretty areas . . .

. . . and crossed some magnificent waterways . . .

. . . but it was overcast and dreary with occasional showers.

It wasn't as pretty as it could have been.

Our exit came into view at 2:30.

The street leading to the campground was very inviting!

The pool and hot tub were inviting too!


But the campsite isn't so hot.  The place is really cramped.  I had to back the RV up a few feet when we saw that our living room slide-out was going to hit the awning of the motor home next door.

We'll be continuing our Snowbird adventure for another two months.  We'll soon be off to the Florida Keys, then make a few stops on the Gulf Coast before heading to Savannah Georgia and Charleston South Carolina.  If you want to follow along just click on the blue link here:  ROOKIE SNOWBIRDS