Great Horned Owl

Good morning. Wow, what a wicked night of storms we had with heavy downpours of rain, thunder, lightning and wind. I’m glad we are about done with it. The rain is supposed to be over soon, then we should have a fairly nice day. No sun in the forecast though.

Yesterday morning we had a break in the rainy weather, so we decided to head to the beach to see the big waves. We timed it perfectly. The sun was out and the temperature was warm but not too hot. The waves were coming in hard and fast. The red warning flags were out. The birds were enjoying the weather too. It is fun watching them run up and down the beach. Sea foam was washing up the shore. We didn’t find too many shells though. 

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Then we went to the nature center to learn about the Great Horned Owl. Her name is Doctor and she is about 3 years old. She was placed here because she had been around humans too long and no longer was able to fend for herself. We didn’t get her complete story because the weather was making her uneasy and she was stressing out, so the ranger had to cut her time short.

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We made it back home just in time for the big storm to hit. We hunkered down for the rest of the day playing cards, reading and watching football. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

A Nice Day Outside

Good morning. It is going to be another nice day here in Gulf Shores, Alabama with a high around 70º. Only partly sunny, so not as nice as yesterday but a far better day than anyone else I know is going to have. It is nice not to have to bundle up in a winter coat and hat.

Yesterday morning we went down to the beach. We enjoyed watching the birds. We collected some sea shells and got our feet wet. The water was cold. Not a day for swimmers.

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Clyde at beach

When we got back we spent some time getting our patio set up. This is the first time since summer that we have been able to sit outside. It was beautiful out but, even in the sun I was a bit chilly. We even turned the football game on the outside TV for a while. We weren’t able to watch either the Lions or the Bears game, but Clyde was happy just to get a station that came in good and enjoyed the game that was on.

After dinner we decided to go do our laundry. It was piling up and we were running out of clothes. Soon we would need to turn our underwear inside out-not. The park has a very nice laundromat that equals any you would go to outside the park. We picked a good time to go. There was only one other couple doing their laundry. After $20 we were able to go home. I did say we had a lot of dirty clothes.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Good morning everyone. And what a nice morning it is. It’s only in the mid 40’s right now, but our high today is 70º with full sun. It will be a perfect day to go to the beach and walk along the shore. Maybe I’ll find some shells.

We’ve switched time zones since yesterday. Alabama is in the central time zone. Florida was in the eastern. Which means it gets dark earlier in the evening here. We also have daylight a bit earlier too. And a side note on time change; I love that our TV programs come on an hour earlier. I won’t have to stay up as late if I want to watch one.

As we were packing up to leave yesterday we got to see the deer one last time. Clyde also had his little lizard back on his chair. I’m not sure what wildlife we will see here. I’m hoping to spot an alligator. There are signs are all over the park telling us not to feed them. This morning I had a little bunny rabbit outside my window.

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For those of you wondering which way we went yesterday, we went north along I-10. It was a safer and faster drive. If we would have taken the route along the water we would have added another hour and a half to our drive, which was already pushing our limit for a comfortable days travel for us.

We arrived here around 2:30 pm yesterday. We are now in Gulf Shores State Park. This is a large park, almost 500 sites, that are all a nice size. We have a large paved patio, new picnic table and charcoal grill (which we won’t use). We are in site #319 which is right by the restroom; also large and very nice. We will be on this site for 2 weeks, then we move to a different site for the month of December.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a nice weekend.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Point

Good morning. Waking up here in the Ochlockonee State Park is so peaceful with the wildlife outside my front window. The deer are frequent and the squirrels are numerous. You see many grey squirrels with a few white squirrels scattered in. They are entertaining to watch, chasing each other up, down and around the trees.

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This is a small park with only 30 sites. Each site is separated by vegetation, which helps give you more privacy and space. The park recently updated the electric and now offers 50 amps; always a plus for us. We are in site #7 which is deep enough for our unit. Some sites are short and wide, perfect for smaller units and tents. They have both sites to reserve and 1st come sites. The park is a favorite for fishermen and has a boat launch.

Yesterday we took a ride in the opposite direction along the coast to Panacea. We crossed over the Ochlockonee Bay bridge. The picture below shows the unusual (at least to us)water swirls. We thought it was interesting.

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We also drove over to Bald Point State Park and walked to the shore. There we spotted a horseshoe crab. We have no idea if it was dead or alive. We did not want to disturb it.

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We are enjoying our stay here. Loving our lifestyle .

Until next time.

Kathryn

 

 

 

Morning Walks

I’m back. I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by. We have been at Brighton Recreation Area for the last 15 days. It has been extremely hot and humid. One of the perks of high humidity is that my hair curls very nicely. Just wash it, fluff it and I’m ready to go.  But on the down side, with the park in desperate need up an electrical updating we have not even had the 30 amps the park is supposed to have. That means no air conditioning and at times no fans. Ugh.

We have really been enjoying the beach. The grandkids spend as long as they can in the water and playing in the sand. We take a picnic lunch down so we can spend the day. It was so cute when our little Zack asked if we could “do this every day” (go to the beach). Don’t we wish.

One thing I started to do is getting up early, about 6 a.m., and going for a walk. I’m trying to get in better shape or condition as our swim coach used to say. Before I got sick I used to go for walks. I had been missing the fresh air and good feeling you get from a little exercise. I started out slow, going for about 20 minutes each morning. I am now up to over an hour and walking at a brisk pace. I am getting the recommended 10,000 steps in a day which I thought was impossible for me to do. My daughter bought me a Fitbit and I love it. I can track my steps, heart rate, miles I’ve walked and more.

I started out wearing my sketcher slip-on shoes. They were fine for the short walks I was doing, but the faster I walked and the longer I walked the more I noticed I needed new shoes. I started to get blisters on my feet. I also do not wear socks with those shoes which two of my children scolded me for. So, we (my son, daughter and granddaughter) made a trip to Costco where I bought a pair of shoes appropriate for walking and a new outfit to wear. Now I will look like a real athlete. All I need is earphones and music. I was going to say a Walkman but that would date me. I think they stream music now (whatever that means).

When you go for early morning walks you walk when it is calm and quiet. Very few campers are up and about. I may see an occasional dog walker or two, a runner, a biker and maybe another walker. I will sometimes see a someone sitting out by their campfire drinking coffee or in a lounge chair reading a book. You give a nod hello as you don’t want to wake other campers or break the peace and quiet. On the water I might see a fisherman casting his line. This morning a swimmer was in the water doing laps. By the time I am done and ready to head on back the campers are up and about getting breakfast ready or heading to the showers. I am ready for my bowl of oatmeal and blueberries.

This is Sunday. Today we watched the park empty out. All of the week-end campers had to go home. I can remember when it was us who had to go home and I would think how much I really didn’t want to leave. I wanted to stay at the campground. Now I watch as the other campers are packing up and think about how lucky I am that I can enjoy this lifestyle.

Tomorrow morning we pack up and head back over to Proud Lake State Park. But first we have an appointment at General RV to get some work done. We had Winnie over there a few weeks ago to have some needed maintenance done. They needed to order a few parts which are now in. So we are making a stop there first thing in the morning to have the work completed. Meanwhile, the latch broke on our screen door and the closing latch on a drawer broke so we will need to order both of those parts. It seems like maintenance and repairs are never-ending. But, then again it is no different from when we owned a home.

I’m moving along on Sue Grafton’s, Kinsey Millhone Series. I am now starting “W” is for Wasted. I love a good book and I love my library. I would much rather hold a book than read it on a tablet. But, I will read it whichever way it is available.

That’s about all for now. Have a good week. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Memorial Day Weekend

Good morning. Our warm weather has arrived. It was a warm one yesterday and I was a bit concerned about how warm it would be for sleeping. We have air-conditioning in Winnie, but with only 30 amps here, in this state park, we cannot use it as we continually blow circuits.  No worries. It cooled down and we enjoyed a comfortable nights sleep.

I mentioned the 30 amps in this state park, Brighton Recreation Area. We like this state park, despite the lack of 50 amps, for few reasons. The park itself is close to family, healthcare providers and shopping. But, it is also a nice park to kick back and relax in and it has a good sandy beach that is in walking distance from all of the park sites for the kids to enjoy.

The other campground that we use during our stay here in Michigan, is in Wixom. It is also a state park, Proud Lake Recreation Area. That campground has a few 50 amp sites for us with larger units and it is just as nice for relaxing. Proud Lake is known for having many trails for hiking and biking. It is also known for being a great place to go canoeing. The park even has a canoe rental area set up in the park. On the down side, it is not a good park for the kids to go swimming. The beach area (if that is what you want to call it) is all mud and no sand.

Because Brighton has the nice beach for the kids, we prefer to be here on warm days so the kids can enjoy their time with us. It is also a few dollars cheaper than Proud Lake. This weekend is going to be a hot one! Our highs are upper 80’s to 90º. The kids should have a great time. Now just to keep the rain and mosquitos at bay for the entire weekend.

This morning we will joining many others in the grocery store to stock up with goodies. We will be doing some grilling for sure. I also have a few books in at the library to pick up. I don’t know how come I have never read any of Sue Grafton’s books, but I’m glad I found a series to start on. I am almost finished with “A” is for Alibi.

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is a time to remember those who died while serving in the military fighting for our freedom. We decided to decorate the outside of Winnie a little to show our appreciation for those who served and those who are now serving in our country’s armed forces. Thank you.

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Loving our lifestyle. Have a great weekend and safe travels.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Isla Blanca Park

Good morning. The weatherman says it is going to be another comfortable day with temps around 80, but it is also supposed to be overcast all day. That makes for a gloomy no sun day. The good news is no high wind advisory for today.

Our time here is almost up. Only a few days left. In reflecting back over this last month our stay here is not what we expected. From what we have been told, the weather has been exceptionally cool for this area (and everywhere else). I pictured us spending time walking along the beach or sitting in our lounge chairs on the beach enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and warm temperatures. That never happened. We did walk along the beach a few times but I never had the desire to bring my chair and sit. The wind was always too strong for my liking. Just call me spoiled. I love my Michigan beaches.

As I mentioned before, the campground is very large with many sites that are close together. Location wise our site is ideal. We can see the water from our site and we are close enough to the beach to takes walks anytime we want.  But the site has many flaws. It is rocky with lots of pits. There is no nice area to put out your chairs to sit and relax. The picnic table is cemented in the ground and is located so that when you open your door it is right there. When walking the park I’ve noticed some sites are nicer than others. Some have cement patios, others have nice grassy areas.

The campground is going through major renovations. I do not know if that means they will be cleaning up and redoing the sites or just some of the areas. I’ve also heard that they are changing the reservation system they now have in place. This change is not one long time campers welcome. I do not know, but I will assume that with the campground renovations will also come raised camping rates to help offset the cost of improvements.

The campground does have many activities that are available to participate in if you choose. I have enjoyed the beading group and the show and tell group. We also went to bingo. There seems to be something for everyone if you choose.

Will we come back? Probably not next year. We have enjoyed the area. There are many things to do and see here. We did some and left some for another time. But, there are still many places we haven’t visited and would like to see.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn