Winter WOB Tour (days 54-56)
Saturday Feb 27-Monday Feb 29
Saturday we departed Ft. Myers Beach and headed back north to Brandon, FL, to our friends condo. We parked the tiny house, walked the dogs, made some food, and then headed to Sarasota for a show.
The show that night was outside…and it was 50 degrees. Which may as well be 30 degrees to Floridians. Curtiss and I placed bets on whether or not he would play to empty chairs. Thankfully, as the night progressed, people DID sit outside…in jackets and by the heaters…but regardless, he had an audience!
It even turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the people who chose to sit outside did so because they wanted to hear the music…as opposed to most bar patrons, who are there for the drinks & their company first, and the music second. It was an intimate crowd, but they loved him!
One couple had apparently looked him up when they saw he was playing there and specifically chose to come to the WOB just to hear him. They had read all about our story on the blog and looked in to who Curtiss was. It was a neat experience having two strangers show up, thrilled to meet us & hear the music.
We drove back to Brandon that night to crash.
Sunday we had a change of plans and decided to stay in Brandon since Curtiss was going to be playing at the school our friend teaches at Monday morning. Once again, our hosts treated us to a yummy breakfast!
We ran some errands, did laundry, walked the dogs and enjoyed the pool.
Monday morning we got up early (6am)…which is something neither of us have had to do since we started this new lifestyle. I won’t lie, it was rough. Curtiss had to be playing by 7:45 at the middle school. Once the bell rang at 7:45 kids came pouring through the doors and found seats on the playground to listen to Curtiss play and talk. He played until 8:20 and by the end of it, there were roughly 600 middle schoolers there.
The band teacher loved what he did and how he incorporated so much technology into his music she asked Curtiss to come talk to her first hour class. Of course, Curtiss was thrilled for the opportunity! He ended up talking to the class for an hour about how his equipment works and answering all of their questions.
It was such a cool experience!
We headed back to the condo and made a late breakfast. Curtiss took a nap and I vacuumed the truck out. In some spots the dog hair was collecting to about an inch thick. Yuck!
By about 1:30 we had everything pack and ready to head to Key West, FL!!!!
We planned to stay in a state forest, about 45 minutes south of Naples, but just north of the Everglades. The address we had lead to down a very rough dirt road along the expressway in to some questionable area. There were no designated camping spots, we passed a few creepy camps that we weren’t sure if they were still inhabited by people. We both quickly agreed we weren’t comfortable camping in our tent here.
We didn’t have a lot of options since southern FL, near the Everglades is not very populated. It was either we back tracked 45 minutes to Naples OR we pushed through 2 more hours to the Miami area. We opted to push through and found a dog-friendly hotel just south of Miami.