Fort Morgan

This past week has been cold and rainy.  A good time to get stuff done inside and just relax, which we did.  Other than the mundane routine chores, we played cards (Skip.bo and Phase 10), watched TV (football and Christmas movies) and I bought some yarn while at Walmart to make dishcloths which I can make while chatting or watching TV.

Day 23.  Finally a nice sunny day with temperatures in the low 60’s.  A good day to get out and do something.  We decided to take a drive along the water to the end of the peninsula where Fort Morgan is located.  It is also where you can take the ferry to Dauphin Island.  As senior citizens we got in the fort for $5 each.

We visited the museum first where we learned about the history of the fort.  I didn’t take pictures inside the museum.  Something I found interesting and funny was the Christmas menus they had on display.  At the bottom of the menu under desserts were listed cigars and cigarettes along with plum pudding and other holiday desserts.

After walking through the museum we ventured outside to see the fort.  Although the sun was out and the temperature was reading low 60’s, it felt much colder with the wind blowing off the water.  I did take pictures outside.  Enjoy.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Gathering Together to Chat and Craft

Day 17.  Each Tuesday morning a group of women from the campground gather together in the activities room to chat and craft.  This was my first opportunity to join them.  There were about 14 of us with a variety of different craft projects in the works.

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A few of them were working on knitting and crochet projects of varying degrees of difficulty.  Others were working on a group project that one of the women brought the supplies for.  They were making Christmas ornaments that were apropos to the area.

Another lady was working on a cut glass project.  But, the craft I was particularly interested in was the pine needle basket another woman was working on.  I forgot to take a picture of it.  Maybe next week.  This is also apropos to the area, as she finds the pine needles here in the park. She is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and said the pine trees in Michigan do not have long enough needles to work for this craft.  Her work is beautiful.  It is a craft I would really like to learn.  I took an embroidery project to work on, but I didn’t get much accomplished.

I really enjoyed my time with these women and I look forward to going again.  Many of them come here every year for a few months at a time.  Even though they all seemed to know each other quite well, they made a newbie like me feel welcome.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Christmas Decorations

Day 16.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – in Winnie.  I’ve completed decorating our motorhome for Christmas.  I didn’t go all out, just enough to help us get into the holiday spirit.  Just remember, whatever I use to decorate with has to be stored somewhere in the motorhome as this is our only home.

It’s going to seem funny not having any snow at Christmas this year.  It is our first Christmas away from family and cold winter weather.   The family I will miss (already do), the cold weather-not so much.  I do love snow, just not the cold.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Walking the Trails

Day 15. Today we decided to take our pug, Patty Pepper, to a dog park we noticed on our way home from Walmart the other day.  It is not very far from the campground.  When we got there we found out it would cost us $3 to park.  Now, $3 isn’t much, but we have a dog that doesn’t socialize well with others or strange dogs.   And, as there were a number of other people and dogs enjoying the park, we decided to just take her for a walk back at the campground.  I’m really glad we did.

The park has many walking and bike trails, all well-marked.  The weather was perfect for a nice long walk and so was the view.

According to our phones, we walked about 1 mile.  This was far enough for our little pug and me too.  I’m still trying to get back to my old self after not being able to physically do much for the past year.  It feels good to be out and about enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Walking the Pier

Day 14.  Another beautiful day here in Gulf Shores State Park, Alabama, as was yesterday when we decided to walk the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier.  As campers in this campground we have a pass to walk it for free.  There is a fee for everyone else.  The pier was rebuilt after the 2004 hurricane Ivan.

I’m not sure how long the pier is, but it boasts 2,448 feet of fishing space.  When we were there we saw many fishermen and women along the rails.  We didn’t see many catching anything, but they looked relaxed and enjoying themselves.  One thing most of the fishermen had in common was their gear.  They are very dedicated to their sport and it looks like they have everything they could need or want.  The guy I captured below was on his way to the pier.

dsc_0023.jpgAs we walked along the pier we couldn’t help but notice the number of birds in the water.  I guess they were fishing too.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

The Beach, Shells & Sea Life

Day 13.  Yesterday was a beautiful day, temps in the 70’s and sunshine. It was a good day to go to the beach.  I love the white sand, easy to walk in and not hot on your feet.  The water was cool as it washed up on our feet at first, but then we got used to it.

It was interesting the way the shells washed up in groups along the shoreline-in waves. You can kind of see it in the picture below. We didn’t get to the beach until after lunch.  I think many of the prime shells had already been discovered, but I had fun collecting them anyway.  Today I will wash, dry and sort my collection.  Pictures will come later.

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While we walked along the beach we watched the little birds, we called sandpipers, run up and down picking at the sand.  What were they looking for?

There was also a flock of seagulls (we think) along the beach.

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We stopped to talk to others along the beach.  One family from this area had just moved back after living in Alaska.  They said they enjoyed this beach even more than the beaches they had been to in Hawaii.  Wow!  Who would have thought.

After our beach walk we went to the pier for an informational talk by a marine biologist.  We really enjoyed her presentation about the small creatures she had found at the shore to show us. We will definitely go to more of her presentations as they are offered.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Just Relaxing

Day 12.  Yesterday was not too productive.  We took our time, got a few things accomplished but not everything on our list.  The day was warm enough but overcast and the humidity felt like it would rain.  Not a good day to sit outside.  Today is suposed to be much nicer.

I did get my cleaning and grocery shopping done.  We had our choice between a Walmart that looked like it was groceries only and Winn Dixie.  We are very familiar with Walmart, but not Winn Dixie, so we decided give them a try.  The store was a lot smaller than we are used to.  We found what we needed, just not the variety of brand choices.  Next time we will try Walmart.

Next door to Winn Dixie was a small dollar store.  We were looking for some postcards to send out.  They had a few, which we bought, but not the variety we had hoped for.

I did get my mini Christmas tree decorated.  Today I will get out the rest of my decorations.  When I am done decorating I will post some pictures.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn