John became a teenager yesterday. We woke him up early to go watch the sunrise on the beach. It was cloudy, but still pretty. Then, of course, we went to Starbucks. It seems to have become a tradition to take the birthday kid to Starbucks.
After breakfast at the RV, we drove to Jacksonville for a picture at EverBank Field. I think it was his best yet. He seemed very happy to be where he was, with his blue hair.
I think he had a good day.
Sunday he told us thanks for putting up with him for 13 years. How cute is he? We took everyone to brunch at The Reef Restaurant for an early birthday celebration. I think I drank more than I ate. Although it was barely 70 degrees, we went back to the RV for swimsuits and drove back to Vilano Beach.
We got to St. Augustine Thursday. John made the reservation at Compass RV Park a couple weeks ago. They told him it would be $270/week and he used a credit card to pay the entire amount. I got an email confirmation with the same information.
After checking in, the owner showed us to our site, then told John after we parked that he hadn’t charge us for the kids. He said he would figure it out and get back to us. A few minutes later I got an email asking for $57.
Are you kidding? I don’t think so. The time for negotiations has passed. I replied to the email saying it was unacceptable. Nowhere could I find a charge for kids. The website told me $270/wk for 2 adults and 4 kids. John decided to offer $1/kid per day. That became $30. I filed a complaint with Florida consumer protection, but didn’t tell John.
The place has no amenities. No playground. No pool. No reason to charge 20% more for kids.
So we need to get going on a podcast and ebooks. I’m trying to figure out a website still. I hope we get something moving soon. So what can I write about? I think John may be sitting in front of me right now writing something. He won’t tell me what he’s doing. Well, I didn’t ask.
This weekend we’re moving to a small campground in Georgia, then on to a Thousand Trails in Yemassee, South Carolina. I hear the bugs are bad there, but it’s supposed to be a good base location for exploring Savannah, Charleston, and the nearby islands.