We have been camping in all modes from tents (in our younger days) and eventually got in to our first ever RV way back in 1989, which was a class C that we had for only a few years. We finally got back in to into an RV in 2008 with our first truck camper, went to another truck camper and then added a travel trailer to our line-up of rigs. We moved up to our first fifth-wheel late December 2016 and then a year later we finally said goodbye to the truck camper as well and now only travel in the fifth-wheel.
We love the outdoors, love meeting new people and getting off of the beaten path by exploring places most folks don't go to. We have gotten used to the extra length required for our current RV, but may eventually go back to the truck camper due to the versatility of it. We do miss being able to go anywhere with the truck camper.
Don worked 35 years in the Nuclear Power industry and Lucy has worked in the medical field since 1987. We are part time RV'ers that travel during the Summers and Fall and return home to FL for the Winter and Spring. We refer to ourselves as "Sandbirds" since we both grew up in Florida and keep our house and come home to roost. We have two married children and one granddaughter and love to travel to visit them on opposite sides of the country and having the RV is the perfect way to do it!
Don's background was as a project manager with nuclear power maintenance and in construction and loves woodworking and most any do-it-yourself type of projects. He also loves fishing, kayaking and the outdoors.
Lucy's background in the medical field was as a Certified Nurse Midwife/ Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and she loves knitting, crocheting and sewing while listening to audio books. She loves fishing, kayaking and the outdoors as well. Don has done many modifications to all of our RV's and loves figuring out how to make improvements to both our home on wheels and our sticks and bricks home.
Once our children left the nest and all the pets passed on, we felt that traveling with pets hampers our ability to travel more freely so we no longer are pet owners. We do however, love dogs, cats and other animals.
One of our favorites was while in Alaska on a trip in our truck camper was 20 miles down a muddy/dirt road which ended at a small river. It was so peaceful there and at the end were a couple of tent campers panning for gold and then another smaller RV came in that evening for the night. What made it so great was on our way out in the morning we were able to see Mt. Denali (FKA Mt. McKinley) in its full beautiful glory! I was able to set up our camera on the timer to take a self portrait of us as well!
We live in a small town on the Gulf of Mexico coast about 70 miles North of the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area. We don't live on the water (but live within a few minutes of the coast), don't have the beautiful beaches like the South of us have, but we have great fishing and enjoy getting out on our kayak to see what's biting when we're home and if we get the chance.
2017 Vanleigh Vilano 365 (39') pulled by a 2013 F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab with Dual Rear Wheel (25') and our overall length with RV hooked up to truck is 55' and we are always happy to unhook if/when needed.
TheSandbirds are seasoned RVers so it's always a pleasure visiting with them whenever they're passing through. Fun conversationalists and willing to share their RVing knowledge.
Glad to have you and as mentioned keep in touch and let us know how your doing.
And remember no Xtra charge for the added Adventure :-)
You guys be safe in your travels!
During these uncertain times it is important to be kind and hospitable (from a distance). In the two short visits we have had with the Sandbirds we have learned so much. Wishing them safe travels and good health. Great people. They are welcome here anytime.
It was good to see TheSandbirds again, lots of conversation and information about rv life which is a big help to us.
Welcome back anytime.
We have had the pleasure of having the Sandbirds stay with us two times this week. They are absolutely wonderful people. They have been at this RVing thing for a very long time and are full of great information. They shared their favorite boondocking spots and so many great tips with us. We really hope to meet up with them next year in Florida. We would welcome them ANYTIME!
It was great to meet and be able to host Donlu. We had a couple of nice chats and toured there RV which is very nice. They gave us a lot of information about Rv life which will come in very handy in the future when we start our own adventures. We hope to meet up in Tampa for the RV show in January. Hope they stop by again if passing by.
We enjoyed our stay at the Quiet Little Spur and touring around the Crystal River area for a couple days. Loved meeting our hosts. Appreciated them sharing their little paradise with us. Took advantage of topping off our water tank which we really appreciated.
Wonderful host,they were so friendly and kind. We enjoy the great conversations we’ve had with them. It was just great.
Lise & Mario
What a great quiet spot, very convenient to Weeki Wachee, Homosassa and Crystal River. And the hosts are just so very nice and accommodating! Hope we have the opportunity to return some day!
We arrived late afternoon to a warm welcome from the Sandbirds, was easy to find and relatively easy back in to a level elevated site. Quiet spot and slept great on a cool Florida spring evening. We have a nice chat in the morning and shared experiences, camping, adventures and general life. Great hosts, and a great stop if you're in the area. We hope to see the Sandbirds at our host site in the future if they find themselves in our neck of the woods.
Two nights on the spur with lots of shade and easy access. Next to agreat little town for dining out and shopping.
But the best part of the Little Spur were the host very accommodating and just good friendly people.
TheSandbirds are well seasoned RV'ers as are we which made it a fun stop comparing travel adventures, both good and not so good. Will definitely make a return visit.
This is a quiet and safe location. They have lots of experience with RVs and were willing to share their knowledge and as newbies we were delighted to have met them and learned new things.