The Distance: 665 miles during our big “inverted J” route from Sanibel to Central Florida and down to Key West. Our total for 2019 ended up a bit shy of 10K, ringing in at 9,940 miles.
The Places: We spent the bulk of December in Sanibel at Periwinkle Park and Campground before beginning our furious race around the state to visit friends and family. This started with a few hours in Venice to have a pre-Christmas dinner with Gloria, Jerry, and Baby Jerry before heading up to Central Florida for two days at Blue Spring State Park.
Christmas morning we packed up and parked the rig near Aunt Judy’s for the big family brunch, then sprinted down to Coral Springs to spend a few days with Xavier and Joy. We had a one night stop in the Nieves’ family driveway in Cutler Bay before finishing off 2019 with our New Years Eve drive to Sigsbee Campground in Key West. Whew, a furious final week.
During December we spent 22 days in a private resort, 2 days in a public (county) park, 6 days with family and friends, and 1 day in a military campground. We had full hook ups for 22 days, electric and water for 2 days, electric only for 5, and dry camped for 2.
The Budget: 23.2% under budget! I am honestly astounded given that we spent 22 days of the month at one of the most expensive places we stay, didn’t deny ourselves very much while in Sanibel, burned through a good amount of gas during our furious holiday sprint around the state, and also had traditional holiday expenses. But since I only just now, 2 1/2 months after the fact, did the actual budget math, I had forgotten how fantastic two of the markets we worked that month were.
The Koreshan State Park Craft Festival and the German American Society Christmas Festival ensured we would be well under budget, and a substantial gift from a relative added to the surplus. Oh yes, and Rose won $130 at the casino. This major budget victory also pushed us 1.6% under budget for the year, something I was doubtful was possible after our November numbers.
The Drama and the Improvements: Nothing significant to report.