Saturday January 30th 2016
Life in my RV home is not all tourist adventures like yesterday’s visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today’s blog entry describes a rather boring day. However, it is in sunny Florida, rather than winter in New Hampshire. I’m not complaining.
The first order of business was grocery shopping. This is proving to be a bit of an adventure out here on the road. When you live in one area for a long time you develop patterns for when you shop, where you shop and what you buy at each place. On the road its pure guess work.
I’ve identified two possible store brands in the area. Publix is a Florida based grocery store chain that is all over the place. It seems to be somewhat of a high end chain, but it has its quirks. The selection of products with store brands is confusing. I can’t find a store brand for items I would buy generic, but can find mostly store brands for items I’d normally buy by name; ice cream.
The other common grocery choice is Super Walmart. There are several within easy driving distance. I find Walmart good for common packaged foods like cereal, canned vegetables and pastas. They seem to be the same price here as in the northeast. I don’t buy meat or produce at Walmart. I just don’t like the selection.
I need to find a farm stand or farmers market to buy fruit and vegetables. None of the stores, I’ve been in so far have good choices at good prices. Why do I find Oranges from California in the supermarket, but none from Florida?
I’m sure there are other places to buy food. I just haven’t found them yet. Hopefully it will happen before I leave the area at the end of March. That’s where the adventure comes in.
When I got back to the RV from the morning shopping, I still had two more chores to complete. Dumping the holding tanks and doing the laundry.
Dumping the tanks is simple once you’re hooked up. Step 1; check that all connections are still tight. Step 2; Pull the valve handle on the Blank (toilet) tank and let it drain. Step 3; Close the blank tank valve and open the gray tank until it drains. Fifteen to twenty minutes later the task is complete for another week.
The laundry facility is about 200 yards up the road in a 10×12 foot metal utility shed. It has 4 washing machines and 6 dryers. I can do a load of laundry for $2, one dollar for the washer and one for the dryer. This is incredible cheap compared to some of the places that charge $3 for washing and a dollar for each 10 minutes of drying. Even so, I don’t regret not getting a motorhome with a washer/dryer.