South Florida to Arizona – Day 1, 2, & 3.


Happy gypsies on the first road trip of 2017, year two of our pilgrimage life.

Our friends Lee and Tracy are full-timers like us and they have been an inspiration in many ways. Frequently, they post a blog every other day, providing detail of their specific life-on-the-road experiences and I am going to try something like this on our first road trip of 2017.  We will be covering 2,300 miles in twelve nights so here goes.

Day 1. We left Koreshan State Historic Park in Estero the morning of January 28 after a temporary delay.  As Peter was tightening up the lug nuts on the truck, he realized that some of the aluminum caps had gotten rounded and were not holding steady.  It probably happened when he took the truck in for service when they rotated the tires.


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48 hours in my Koreshan life.


The wedding rehearsal underway at the Art Hall.

Today, during my docent shift, there was a wedding rehearsal in the Art Hall.  I am so in love with weddings that I even find rehearsals wonderful.  The acoustics in the Art Hall are lovely and after a few bars of Pachabel Canon in D Major, I was reaching for my handkerchief. That’s how deeply wired I am for these ceremonies of connection, commitment, and love. Continue reading

What’s there to see and do near Estero, Florida?


The Randell Research Center offers a glimpse into the lives of the Calusa Indians who inhabited this site for nearly 2,000 years. Once its largest city, the settlement was called “Tampa”. Now one can tour the archeological site of middens, canals, and a sacred burial ground and learn about this place.

Whenever planning trips for the family, one of the considerations always was, “what’s there to see and do when visiting?” During our three months here as resident docents at Koreshan State Historic Site, the question continues so in this blog we will share some of the places nearby that we have visited while living here in Estero, Florida.

One of our first stops was fifteen miles north of here to Pine Island and the archeological site called the Randell Research Center. Here, one of the major settlements of the Calusa Indians, who dominated this part of Florida for nearly 3,000 years, was located.  It is a remarkable place and the self-guided trails are very well marked so the tour becomes easy and informative and compelling. Continue reading