We haven’t gone anywhere since March of 2020 except for the grocery store or doctors appointments. Sure we live in a beautiful spot with a view of the lake, but to say I have cabin fever is an understatement! We haven’t joined in any of the resort activities or done much of anything, UNTIL NOW! Two COVID shots and two weeks plus later, finally a venture out into the real world!
Punta Gorda is a small town, but I heard about a car show downtown. Not knowing what to expect, I visited on a beautiful sunny Saturday. To my surprise there must have been fifty to sixty cars and a great variety on display. From the expected Mustangs, Corvettes, TriChevys, some Street Rods, T-Birds, a few Exotics, there were a few surprises like a Pacer Wagon, and my personal favorite brand Studebaker.
I love to go to car shows to meet the owners, learn about the car’s history and hopefully see something I never saw before. Today was no exception! I saw for the first time a BMW i8. This hyper-futuristic sports car, with butterfly doors, was only built for six years with a total of 20,000 units. It is both battery and gas powered. An electric motor drives the front wheels and a 1.5 liter inline three cylinder engine powers the rear wheels. WHY DIDN’T I TAKE A PICTURE?
For the second Saturday in a row, we ventured out again. (yeah!) This time to the Punta Gorda’s Downtown Farmer’s Market. According to their website: “Award Winning! Voted the best small market in Florida and the 15th in the USA, we have a large number of vendors offering fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, Italian bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, fresh citrus, jewelry, candles and soaps, dip mixes, Florida arts and crafts, cheese, French bakery, baguettes and olives, homemade pies, orchids, organic produce, personalized pens, kettle corn, coffee beans and drinks, native and exotic plants, and live music from 8 am – 1 pm.”
While we were downtown we visited Fisherman’s Village, a waterfront shopping, entertainment, and resort complex located alongside Charlotte Harbor. There are over 30 shops and restaurants as well as a resort with 47 timeshare villas and a full service marina.
Now that COVID restrictions are lifting, and I have received both shots, I was finally able to head down to Naples to the Revs Institute before we leave Southwest Florida. They are allowing visitors again, with mask and temperature checks, and I am OK with that! To quote their website: “Revs Institute is more than a car museum – its a place to see society through a different lens. It is an invitation into a working educational institution dedicated to the study, preservation, conservation, and restoration of historically significant automobiles.” For more information check them out at http://www.RevsInstitute.org
There are one hundred and thirteen automobiles on display plus a complete repair shop. The museum is dimly lit so they can put spotlights on the cars, so my pictures aren’t up to my standard, but. . . Here are a few of my favorites: 1958 Porsche Carrera GT Speedster; 1934 Chrysler Airflow CV-8; 1937 Delahaye Type 135 MS Special Roadster; 1938 Maserati 8 CTF Grand Prix; Google’s WAYMO self driving car; my personal favorite, the STUNNING 1962 Ferrari Superamerica Coupe which was the personal car of Enzo Ferrari. (and it’s not red)
We’ve been parked since November of 2019 hoping to replace our Summer 2020 cancelled trip. Since it appeared it would be safe to travel again this summer, we started (re)booking the new trip in October in the most popular destinations and finished making the reservations in March. This is quite possibly the last trip we will make in our coach. (see blog entry GOAT or BLT for details) As such, we are very particular when choosing an RV Resort. It has to be within 300 miles of the last stop, have great reviews and offer more than a place to park like an ocean view, be lakeside, have a patio site, etc.
Here is a post card not FROM the road but OF the road as planned in March. We leave in mid June, so check back often to see the actual photos of each stop as we travel the USA! I tried to make the dots interactive so when you click on a dot it tells you where it is, but Mr. Flip Phone failed. So here it is in rotary dial format: Flagler Beach, FL; Hardeeville, SC; Longs, SC; Suffolk, VA; Newark, MD; Galloway, NJ; Elizabethtown, PA; New Stanton, PA; Cincinnati, OH; Mt Pleasant, IA; Onawa, IA; North Sioux City, SD; Mitchell, SD; Belvidere, SD; Rapid City, SD; Buffalo, WY; Livingston, MT; West Yellowstone, MT; American Falls, ID; Salt Lake City, UT; Richfield, UT; Virgin, UT; Las Vegas, NV; Lake Havasu City, AZ; Flagstaff, AZ; Gallup, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Tucumcari, NM; Sayre, OK; Ardmore, OK; Waco, TX; Kemah, TX; Lafayette, LA; Biloxi, MS; DeFuniak Springs, FL; Alachua, FL; and back to Punta Gorda, FL.
As proposed, and we know that ain’t goin’ to happen, that’s thirty seven sites, twenty four states, four and a half months and 7,356 miles. But who is counting, except Kathryn?!
Remember the “good old days” of going for a Sunday drive? We decided to take one with no particular route in mind. We ended up at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL. It is a private Catholic university which shares its history with the now closed Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
The center of the university is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. The beautiful simplicity is modeled after the chapels in Missionary of Charity houses all over the world. The only adornments on these chapels’ bare walls are a crucifix and the words “I thirst.” (photos by Kathryn)
One of the beautiful things about our eight foot picture window (aka the windshield) in the front of our home, (aka the motor home) is the huge view. Even when parked! Last night, April 12th, just after ten pm, suddenly the dark sky was lit up by what appeared to be a large fireball streaking diagonally across the sky. The gold tail burst into a green ball and then, in just a few seconds it was over, but very impressive nonetheless. Obviously I didn’t get a photo except in my mind. Here is the best I could find on Google.