Saturday, September 28, 2013

We're Back -- after some big changes!

Our last post was almost one year ago and to say the last year was full of changes would be a great understatement. We had just settled into our winter RV park in Umatilla as noted in our last post when our parents, who live close by and are the reason we spend the winter in Central Florida, ran into some serious health concerns. After a couple months of treatment and rehabilitation, it was clear that they would need to move into a residence offering more support than their current home. As a result, Rick and Orinda made the decision to come off the road and purchase a house near their new independent living facility which was located in the amazing retirement destination called The Villages in central Florida. I guess that during all the changes, the blog got lost in the shuffle (and no, contrary to the comments of a couple readers, we did not enter the Witness Protection Program - lol)

We ended up selling the motorhome (and came out OK financially since we had negotiated diligently when we bought it) and purchasing this home in The Villages:

Wow -- the room! Rick needed a GPS transponder to find out where he was for the first few days as the 2,000 sq. ft. home was about 5 times the size of the coach. Since we had virtually no furniture, our first order of business was to furnish the house, which was a lot of fun. We were very glad we had not tried to keep all the old furnishings from our South Dakota home -- they would really have been out of place in our new home. 

Moving to The Villages was a big change for us, but an exciting one!  One of our first purchases was a golf cart since everyone seems to get around the entire community by cart. This place is huge - about 30 square miles of area. We wondered if it would be a problem with that many "older folks" as you need to be over 55 years old to live here, but it has turned out great -- everyone is very friendly and happy to be here. 

There are many, many places to explore, including beautiful Lake Sumter seen here in the sunset. We learned that there are three central "town centers" offering theaters, shopping, and free entertainment -- every night. Rick and Orinda have enjoyed these which offer a fun, relaxed way to spend an evening. 

The other thing we have already learned about living here is that folks LOVE to come visit. We are an hour away from Disney and The Villages offers all kinds of things for the guests to do, including swimming, golf, shopping, etc. Oh, and grand kids and family are welcome (they don't have to be 55!). As a result, we have really enjoyed having company several times already!

Rick promises to get back to the blog and update our experiences in The Villages and with our new, much smaller, RV! 

1 comment:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Welcome back. We toured the Villages a couple of years ago and I thought it was a fun place. We ended up going off the road to spend more time with the kids and grand kids and swapped the big RV for a little one.