The status quo

So, as usual it has been way too long since we have posted anything here.

We have been back in Florida since March of 2017. Our winter in Minnisota was cold and mostly uneventful but we needed some warmth so I found work back in St Petersburg, FL. Stephanie got right back in at Great Explorations pre-school and just started another year with a new set of kids.

I’m working for a small health care company, Health Axis Group, over in Tampa, I’ve been here since March 2018.

We are still dreaming and hoping for a remote position so we can travel again and I am going to start applying out for some soon. I had some health issues in April that turned out to be a good thing and I have more energy and brain power / motivation than I’ve had since my small stroke in 2013. So I’m ready for a new position and some travel!

We have been staying at Roberts RV in St Petersburg since arriving back in Florida in 2017. It’s a mostly ok park and is quiet most of the time (except for the airplanes landing at PIE and the killer cycles that like to race on Gandy at night.


Winter Plans

As of this post, we are hold up in Minneapolis, Minisota for the winter.  And it’s cold!!!!

After loosing my remote software developer job we ended up north to work a 6 month contract.  We are staying with Stephanie’s Mom since there are no campgrounds open up here in winter and we might freeze to death in our camper in these temps.

We are hoping that some work will crop up in FL before winter’s end and we will be able to head south for some warmth and to see our friends in St Petersburg.

But as of now, it’s jackets and gloves for the Sikes…

Hot Springs National Park

After leaving San Antonio and Iron Horse RV with our new fully reinforced entry step (they welded a steel support structure under so it’s good and strong this time, thanks guys) we had a couple overnight’s in East Texas (College Station to see Papa Bush’s Library) and Texarkana to break up the drive to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Our parking spot for the week was at the National Park’s Gulpha Gorge Campground [our review].  This is a first come first serve park so we arrived early afternoon on Sunday and snagged an ok site (not on the stream).  After a conversation with the camp host, he said the people across from us (on the stream) were leaving in the morning so we could move there if we wanted (heck yeah!).  Normally switching sites is not OK here, so he was just way cool.

We spent afternoons sitting by the stream (or sometimes sitting in it) and treated our selves to a afternoon at the Qwapaw Bathhouse one afternoon for a hot spring water soak & massages. 

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Off to Memphis!