The Dream Becomes Reality – Road Trip #1, Key West

Barb retired from the Sheriff’s Office on April 30th of 2015 and we were on the road to Key West on May 9th.  The first night out we stayed in Homestead, FL.  (We try to limit driving to 3-4 hours daily).

Before continuing to Key West, we toured the Coral Castle in Leisure City, outside of Miami.  Back in the ‘20s, Edward Leedskalnin emigrated to the United States from Latvia. Ed’s fiance broke off the engagement and cancelled their wedding the day before the blessed day.  As a result Ed left Latvia and came to America. He settled in the Miami-Dade area and spent 28 years building his home.  A man’s home is his castle and that’s what he called his work.

Mr. Leedskalnin single-handedly harvested blocks of coral on site and built and sculpted this amazing structure.  As you can see from these images, Ed had an awesome imagination to come up with the ideas for his homestead.  (www.coralcastle.com).

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The Beginning

Forty-six years ago, in 1970, we bought our first camper, an 8’ Mobile Traveler cab-over truck camper.  We were living in Roanoke, VA, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This area was full of opportunities to spend weekends in the wilderness enjoying mother natures’ beauty.

During those forty-six years we have lived full-time in our camper on two occasions; the first time for two and a half years and the second for seven years.  We are now Livin’ The Dream in our ninth camper (7th trailer).

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

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