I had not mentioned it in previous posts, but while we were in Central Florida we received the unfortunate news that Rosemarie’s Godfather, Uncle Carlos, had passed away from advanced stage cancer that had not been caught until it was, apparently, too late to effectively treat. The viewing and funeral were now driving our schedule.
We left Venice after our three day maximum authorized stay and headed south on I-75 towards Naples. We selected a one night stop at a Passport America RV resort as we were a day ahead of our intended arrival in Coral Springs to stay with Xavier and Joy. We had a moderate sized back in spot with full hook ups for $24. This is not a fantastic rate in general terms, but for the region it is quite good. The price includes cable TV but not wifi. Since the cable TV there requires the installation of a special converter box, we didn’t bother with it for our one night stopover.
The next morning it was back on the road as we crossed through the everglades and Miccosukee Indian Reservation on Alligator Alley. Some find this 80 mile stretch boring, but we always enjoy it; there are so many large bird species to spot, and plenty of places you can pull off to see alligators. The Tamiami Trail is even better for roadside nature spotting, but it would add a lot of time and mileage to the run, and is a two lane road much of the way and thus a bit more stressful to drive.
We arrived in Coral Springs and pulled Serenity into Xavier & Joy’s driveway, which is just big enough for us, for our four day stay. We attended Carlos’ viewing at the local funeral home, and two days later the funeral itself at the Methodist church. Carlos had served in the army during Vietnam, and his family arranged for a burial at a military cemetery. We drove in the procession up to the his final resting place where another short but formal ceremony was conducted before he was interred. Funerals are tough on everyone, but it was at least nice to see so much of the family and friends regather in Coral Springs, including Rosemarie’s sister who flew in from NYC for the occasion.
After four days it was time for us to head back north and deal with some more issues related to the sale of The Big Kahuna, but it won’t be long before we are back in South Florida. We will spend November and December bouncing between SE, Gulf Coast, and Central FL before heading to Key West in January.