From the writers at Tampa Bay Times.
Miles away from the nearest highway, Joe Ortaliz sat on his front porch on a Saturday afternoon, strumming his guitar and belting a familiar Tom Petty tune. The day before he had pulled a 48-hour shift at the City of Orlando Fire Department, and it wouldn’t be long before he’d have to make the 45-minute drive back to the station once again.
But these days, being off work means being off grid — and it’s just the kind of unconventional lifestyle Ortaliz and his family of five have grown to appreciate.
For more than a year, Ortaliz, 46, wife Trish, 42, and their three sons have called a variety of Florida state parks home; more specifically, the 40-foot fifth-wheel camper that comes with them everywhere they go.
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