On the coast in May

We decided to scoot away for a few days in May, and returned to one of our favorite places, Blythe Island, near Brunswick, Ga.
It’s a little county-owned rustic campground with a lake, ample camp sites and a picturesque dock overlooking the deep water.
We were so happy our new camping friends were able to join us here! Donna and Benny are just awesome. We met on our last trip to Tybee Island and I was so hoping they would be able to come on this trip! It makes camping even better when you have buddies to hang out with.
This camp is quiet and tranquil, and a place where locals come to launch their boats.
I took this group of photos on our first day, as I’m clearly fascinated with how this guy got his boat into the water!

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And off he went!

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Later that evening, the four of us went to what MUST be the most out-of-the-way seafood restaurant known to man. It was about 30 miles away at a little known marina. We’ve been here only twice in 16 years because it’s over an hour from home.

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This restaurant / marina needs about $1.5 million spruce up. It was sad to see that it’s really gone downhill.
Once we got back, Ninja Man (aka Driver) put his big screen (aka sheet) up and watched the NFL draft. He streamed it from our Dish Network at home via his iPad, via a projector. I’m forever impressed with his talents.

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Just before we left for camp, our pup Hoover had to have surgery. He is recuperating well but decided he needed to be hand fed. Of course, whatever makes him feel better, right?

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This is the lot we are in- just as we were starting to set up camp.

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We camped from Wednesday until Sunday- just enough to miss home but also just enough to wish we never had to leave!
Ninja Man hosted a movie night and our friends brought Avatar. Oh my goodness this movie was so vibrant after dark on the outdoor “screen”.

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Before we left home we picked up our organic FarmBag and we had quite a selection of veggies to grill.
Here’s what I did: wash, chop, season, butter and wrap.

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20140511-195049.jpgHere’s what Ninja Man did: grill. (And watch the NFL something on his iPhone).

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After a lot of fun with our friends and long relaxing days (I took a zillion naps) it was time to pull in the slides. And yes, that is our trash on the hood of the truck. If we put it on the back we are 99% certain to forget it. This has been proven many times.

20140511-195456.jpgMiele (Mee-Lah) kept an eye out on Baby Beluga during the drive home while Hoover snoozed in the back seat.

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20140511-195657.jpgBy the time we arrived in our neighborhood, they were both helping Ninja Man navigate.

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All in all, it was a great trip with sweet friends and easy days. Oh, and my previous post about the “Truth”- well, Travel Day was SOOO much better going and coming this time. Maybe, just maybe we are getting the hang of this thing.
Thanks for visiting and God bless.

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Camping: a spring celebration!

When we decided to go camping in March, we didn’t really count on a cold snap! We are Georgia born and Georgia bred, so when temps get into the low 50’s, our southern bones get to shivering.

Since driver is not yet retired, our weekend trips are within an hour of home. Really, when you wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and the smell of bacon sizzling, it doesn’t matter how far one traveled to escape their routine, just that one escaped.

Our trip began with a chilly but nice four day excursion to Tybee Island. It’s about 45 minutes away but it *feels* like a vacation.

I drove separately this time and though I’ve seen them many, many times, I paid attention to the sights along the way.

There was the little trek toward Bay Street, where the very tall Talmadge Bridges spans across the Savannah River. My route would not take me across, but I have driven over it many times. Here’s a shot of it from the Bridge and Tunnel Club

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Who knew there was a club for bridges – let alone tunnels? I’ll be checking out their site.
So I drove under the bridge and on to Historic Bay Street, where students from the Savannah College of art and Design seemed to have just been released from class.

20140403-002305.jpg The college campus is spread all over the city proper, so seeing backpacks, art supply bags and huge portfolio folders tucked under an arm is not at all unusual.
Historic Bay Street is a must see – even for those of us who live here. Today it is a mix of old and new- mostly old- architecture.

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After Bay Street, one follows the trail to the islands. You know you’re on your way when you see this drawbridge.

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I have to admit, drawbridges freak me out a little and I’m somewhat overjoyed once I’m safely on the other side. It’s just unnatural for a bridge to open up in the middle. It just is.
Having made that death-defying leap across the bridge, I drove past marshland, river ways and crossed over a few islands.
And then I saw this.

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The light had just changed when I got this shot. The famed Johnny Mercer, Savannah son, musician, lyricist, and all around local-guy-did-well, has this street as well as a theater named after him.
Read a bit further for more on Johnny M.
After a trek along the mostly two-lane Tybee Island road, I arrived at the city owned River’s End Campground.

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The first morning, Driver and I were delighted to meet new friends just next door to our camp. Benny and Donna are on the right. Driver’s sis Jane and husband Randy also joined us at camp. We spent absolute DAYS in this circle of chairs, feeling as if we had been friends with our new buds all along.

20140403-005232.jpgSince spring was blooming all around, we decided to go by Bonaventure Cemetery it’s famous for so many things, including an abundance of huge oak trees and a breathtaking display of azaleas in the spring. We were just about a week early, so instead of floral shots, I took the following pics:

20140403-010523.jpgThis is the bench in the Johnny Mercer family plot.

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20140403-010629.jpgThe rest of these are just some monuments that I found to be exceptionally beautiful:

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20140403-011136.jpgA fireside chat followed our Bonaventure excursion, and the next morning we did this:

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20140403-011434.jpgAfter breakfast, “us girls” took a walk to the many shops nearby. I saw this and it was hard- very hard- to leave it in the store:

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20140403-011620.jpgupon our return I woke these two camp critters, interrupting their little nap time:

20140403-011801.jpgEvery camping trip has to end – well, until we are retired- and here’s driver getting ready to close up shop and pull Baby Beluga home.

20140403-011922.jpgOnce there, she got a bath.

20140403-012008.jpgOh, and here’s a sweet shot of my sis in law and her traveling bunny

20140403-013011.jpgNow just in case you read this and think of how perfect it all sounds, please scroll a few posts down and see “The Truth”. It’s not ALL sugar and spice.
But for now, and until the next trip, that’s just how I want to remember it.
Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

Campy New Year!

We left for camp on December 27, eager to have a week of just doing little to nothing at all, for the exception of winding down 2013 and welcoming in the new year.

Every trip we take is a preview of life after retirement, and this one was just wonderful.

In the previous post I outlined the truth of how hectic it can be just to take this show on the road – and while that hasn’t changed, more of the truth is this: we had a great, great time.

We found this great county-owned and maintained park a few weekends before our camping trip.

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Located near Brunswick, Jekyll Island and St. Simons, Ga., it’s really a beautiful park.

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Soooo we are minding our own beeswax when we see this:

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Manatees! Right whales!
Oh. We were so stinkin’ excited!
And lo and behold, this guy swam by:

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It was a dolphin – or a porpoise- we didn’t get close enough to know. But whatever it was, we were just delighted to see it.
And we saw this guy too:

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Isn’t he just majestic? There were other pelicans and seagulls (see pix above) but this one was a loner and seemed to watch out for the others from a safe distance.
Other sites:

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And then some “family” shots of us and the pups.

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At the end of the day we enjoyed seeing Baby Beluga all lit up for the night.

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Along with the fire, it was doggone neat looking. I think we’re going to like this just fine.
Thanks for stopping in and God bless.

Post-Christmas trip!

We stopped by the storage lot this morning to get Baby Beluga ready for our next trip. I’m excited because it’s a week away on the coast! Though it’s too cold to take a dip, there’s a lake with a beach and plenty of walking to be done. We will also bike to the deep water pier and watch these:

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Yes, MANATEES! Oh, I can’t wait!

So Baby was dutifully waiting for us, all big and wonderful that she is.

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We will go back this evening to turn on the fridge and leave in the morning. Since it’s chilly out, there will be much crafting, movie watching and sitting by the fire pit. It’s gonna be a week of easy. I’m loving it already.
Watch my blog for more!
Thanks for visiting, and God bless you in the New Year and always.
Kathy Bo

A month to preview full-timing

We have been parked for three weeks, hooked up to water, sewer and electric. Notice I didn’t say “and fabulous Internet and cable TV.”

While Driver and I were considering staying the whole month, we lived here for two weeks until we decided the drive for him to go to work was too tedious each day.

We realized then that full-timing at retirement will be lots different when he is here with me and doesn’t have to be somewhere five days each week.

For now it’s a nice practice run. Here’s what we have learned:

We love it.

We really do.

No surprise, especially considering how we made a decision after that long trip in July, to go ahead and get “the” RV. It makes perfect sense if one considers that we can pay for it better now than when he retires and I have twice as much husband and half as much money each month.

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She’s a biggun. But then again, she’s a Beluga for Heaven’s sake.

You can see our house peeking out just a wee bit at the top of her. It’s the gray one. Yeah. Hidden.

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Driver was all excited once he towed her home. I think part of his excitement was that he would get to tow her again right away since she couldn’t stay parked there.

And her visit was oh, so temporary because we have tiny yards and an HOA that frowns upon such things as 5th wheels parked at the curb.

Off to the storage place she went, but not for long. We decided to take her the very next week to a campground about an hour from the house, to practice, as I said early on in this post.

We packed a lot of clothes, food and – since I would be holding down the fort for a while- a ton of papercrafting goodies came with us.

I made a lot of things including this
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And if you love crafting, you can see even more here on my crafting blog

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Is that we are just about 10 minutes from The Boy and his wife Emily and the grandLittles.

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We ended up staying two weeks and for the rest of the month we are coming back on weekends. It is so sweet and I do love this lifestyle. It will be even better when we can do it for long months on end. For now, I think a little house somewhere is in order, just to take a break now and then.

But we aren’t making any big decisions just yet; we are simply loving Baby Beluga and all that she has to offer.

Right now I’m blogging from camp, sitting in a camp chair with pups in the “yard”. We have just finished dinner, Driver is preparing a fire and it’s a perfect Friday night.

Sweet moments indeed.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

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A Campin’ We Will Go

We made it to Magnolia Springs to camp with our church. It is so pretty here- it’s a Georgia State Park and dang skippy, they have a ton of Mr. Ranger Sir kinda folks who work here. There were at least six park rangers in the office where we checked in and then we saw two or three others in the park. Wow!
We bought the annual pass for all the Ga state parks so we can enjoy as many as camping time allows.
This is how we looked all nestled into our spot:

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Soon after setting up, HooMan and I did this:

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While the elderly Kerby did this:

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Once we were all rested we went for a walk. This place is overloaded with alligators! I was mostly happy not to encounter one. It was a beautiful and tranquil place. Baby’s Driver needed this more than any of us.

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I loved chancing up on this little note left by two young lovers. It was carved onto a wood bench overlooking the water. I imagine them giggling as they left their forever mark, walking off blissfully, hand in hand. A girl can dream, right?

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And this girl does dream. I am blessed to have nearly 37 years with Driver- we will make that landmark in November. Maybe you can zoom in to read the sign that welcomes Baby’s visitors:

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Here’s our “porch” all set up. We spent most of our outdoor time at a friend’s campsite.

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And we had lots of friends on this, our second trip. We camped with our church family, and that meant a big dinner (I have to tell y’all this: when I typed that line, “dinner” came out “sinner”!! Freudian slip??) and afterwards we settled down to an outdoor movie. A sheet placed on an RV awning and a projector that plays DVDs, a few lawn chairs and blankies were the perfect combination!

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The next day several of us girls gathered to knit. I had just gotten the latest Susan B. Anderson book: Topsy Turvy Inside-Out knit toys, so I simply HAD to bring it along. How sweet it was to hang out with my sisters in Christ as many learned how to knit for the first time.

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I finished the egg part of the penguin. The rest is in my lap right now, waiting for me to finish blogging!

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This morning was Sunday and Driver and I were looking forward to church. Pastor Mike and his family camped with us. Here’s our group:

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Lucky for HooMan it was bring-your-pup-to-church day.

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We love Pastor Mike. He is assigning some scriptures to be read aloud.

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All too soon it was time to go. Here we are all packed up, Baby ready to follow us home.

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April in Georgia means azealas, and these were so beautiful, waving gently as we exited the park.

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We are home now, a pile of laundry unloaded, a basket of food parked at the pantry door. Driver and I went for a quick dinner out, then went out to the porch to listen to the rain. Adele is playing softly in the background. We have said we already miss Baby and wish she were parked here. We both are pleasantly exhausted. And you know what?

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That laundry will be there tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by. God’s grace and blessings to you.

Moving Baby

Since we live in a small cottage with a teeny yard and an HOA, Baby has to live in a storage facility. Kinda like extended day care for whale-sized babies!

The first place we took her was great, but far from our house and in a really busy part of town with a ton of road construction. After we made several trips out there we agreed it just wasn’t going to work. I called again to another place close to the house and voila! They finally had a space open!

The best part was the guy that owns the first place we took her to was super nice and gave us a refund for time we wouldn’t use. What a guy!

So we hooked her up

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And off we went!

Just as it was getting dark we got her all snuggled in. And wouldn’t you know… She already has a boyfriend!

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Down, girl!

Being closer to home meant we had more time to work on her. One of the first things was to tighten her wiggly table.

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It was actually in need of serious repair – but Driver was able to make it good as new!

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Another thing was to replace her Thetford potty with a brand new Thetford. We needed a taller one since we are getting creaky! We had a lot of trouble solving a how-to-get-the-water-from-the-floor-to-a-side-port issue, but after three whole visits to three hardware stores, we settled on a pump silencing kit because it had a flexible hose with fittings on either end. Wow! Innovation! That was a really big deal!

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At the end of the day we all felt like this

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But not “all” of us fit on that little patch of floor!

Tomorrow we head off to camp with the church. It’s exciting to go but it will be so much nicer when Baby is all fixed up and we can just take off!

I’ll post more from the state park- it’s got gators!

Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed