Eagles

Good morning. It got cold enough last night to leave frost on our car windows. Looking forward to another sunny but cold day with a high of only 55º.

Yesterday wasn’t much warmer but we braved the cold and took a guided nature walk to see an eagle’s nest in the park. We were told this is the female’s third mate. Her other two mates died. We were also happy to hear that she just laid eggs a couple of days ago, so they are busy protecting their nest. With it being a clear sunny day the nest was easily visible with my camera and binoculars. This is our first eagle sighting in a natural setting.

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In the afternoon we went to the nature center for a presentation on snakes. I’m not a reptile enthusiast, but it was very interesting and we learned some very valuable information. Now if I could only retain what I was told it would be great. I do have to say that those who have given the presentations are very knowledgeable. Their time in the field and education is very evident.

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We also managed to fit in a trip to the laundromat. Always a fun time (not), but it needs to be done. We were very tired and ready relax by the time we got home.

Today is my pine needle basket class. Can’t wait. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Barred Owl

Good morning. After a few cold days it looks like today will be a nice day to be outside. Our high here in Gulf Shores, Alabama is going to be around 70º. We plan on getting some outside work done along with leisure activities.

Yesterday was a busy day. In the morning we went to the nature center where they had a presentation on the barred owl. This beautiful gal, named Sherlock, ran into barbed wire and was injured. She no longer has the ability to fly quietly (which is necessary to capture its prey) or well and now has a permanent home at the nature center.

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After visiting the nature center we moved to our other site. We weren’t due to move until Saturday, but with rain in the forecast for this weekend and the site vacant now, we decided it was a good day to switch over. This is the site we will be on until we leave here January 1st. We are now on site #281 which is on Gator and is at the end of a loop. From here I can see the water (always a plus) and we are in a more remote area which hopefully will help keep Patty Pepper a little calmer.

We then did our necessary grocery shopping. I said it was a busy day.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Off to Ohio

Good morning. It is a comfortably warm sunny morning which is always nice for a travel day. Our time here in Peoria is over. It sure went by quickly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; we never seem to have enough time anywhere we go. I hate saying goodbye. We always have such a nice time with those we love.

Today we are on the road heading to see our daughter Melissa in Ohio. We will be staying in a state park we have not been to before. There is a KOA very close to her home but they want an arm and a leg camping fee which is not in our budget. Besides, we like state parks much better. Caesar Creek State Park is only about 20 minutes from her home, which isn’t bad. We have always had to travel that far for shopping anyway, so we are used to it.

The weather is nice now, but looking ahead I see rain.  Some rain is ok, I just hope we don’t run into high winds and bad storms. Maybe we will get lucky.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Full-Time Lifestyle 1st Anniversary

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Good morning everyone. This post is a few days late as our 1st anniversary as full-time RVer’s was last Saturday the 15th (also our daughter Karen’s birthday). I’ve just been so busy having fun I haven’t had time to post. I guess that’s the way it should be.

We have completed one full year of living the RV lifestyle. It sure has gone by fast. Looking back I had my doubts we would ever be able to start our adventure. We had so many road blocks that kept getting in the way. My health being the biggest one. But, here we are living the lifestyle with no regrets.

Many people have asked if I miss not having a home. My answer is always the same. Winnie is my home. I do not miss owning a large home or do I need all that space. I have everything I need right here. I do not have to pack and unpack a suitcase or sleep in a strange bed. We are always home wherever we are.

The best part of living this lifestyle is that we get to visit our children more often. With our grown children living in 4 different states we didn’t get to spend as much time with them as we would have liked. Now, we are trying to divide up our time equally between the states and we still have time to see family and friends who live farther away.

We have been asked many times which of the many places we went was our favorite. I can honestly say I don’t have one. We enjoyed so many of the places we went and saw for different reasons. We enjoyed the Corps of Engineering campgrounds for the wildlife and wilderness settings. We love any campground that is by the water. I mean, who wouldn’t.  And, we love any place that gets us closer to our friends and family.

Another question we have been asked numerous times is what has been downside of living this lifestyle. The answer is not too much. The same things you find unpleasant living in S&B home you will find just as unpleasant living in a motorhome. You still have to clean, things breakdown, the weather is not always pleasant and you sometimes have to deal with unpleasant neighbors. We just get to move if we don’t like where we are.

We have learned a few lessons along the way. First, take your time and don’t try to rush when setting up or leaving an area. Second, don’t try to do things when you are tired. That is when accidents happen. Just ask Clyde.

We have had a great first year living this lifestyle and I am so happy we are able to continue living the dream.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Time is Flying By

Good morning. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Time seems to fly by. We haven’t done anything spectacular to talk about. We’ve just been busy doing everyday things you are all doing too. Sometimes it’s just the two of us and other times we are with family.

We played games. The weather was nice enough that we enjoyed playing Rummikub under the shade of a tree on the picnic table. I don’t enjoy sitting at a table without a back on my seat anymore. So it’s a good thing we kept the stadium seat we had when we owned our home. We got a second stadium seat at Costco last year for Clyde. They work really good on the picnic table bench.

I finished all of the books I had gotten from the library. I’m moving along the alphabet in Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series. I will be starting on “J” next after I get to the library.

We did enjoy our stay at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom. We knew it was time to move on because we ran out of water in our tank and the black holding tank was getting full. So it’s either go dump or move on to another campground.

We planned ahead and yesterday moved back to Brighton Recreation Area. We have the same spot as last time. I like it here. It is a nice level site with shade and plenty of room. After setting up we made a trip to the library and the grocery store. The librarian had a couple of books waiting for me and I found a few more on the shelf. That should be good for a while.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

A Day at General RV

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. The weather was very cooperative and for the most part kept the rain at bay. The hot temperatures made for an enjoyable time at the beach. We grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs. All in all, it was a great start to our summer.

Tuesday was moving day. We left Brighton Recreation Area and headed over to General RV in Wixom to spend the night. We had scheduled an appointment to have work done on our motorhome the following day. The RV dealership has a few spots with 50/30 amp outlets to accommodate RV’ers like ourselves. This is their busiest time of the year and the parking lot was crowded. We sat and waited a long time watching all types of RV’s coming and going and being moved around. It took them a while but they were finally able to open up an area for us to spend the night.

We weren’t the only unit spending the night. There were a couple of RV’ers (one was a 5th wheel toy hauler and the other was a motorhome) who had purchased new units and were in the midst of moving their belongings from the old unit to the new one who spent the night too. The couple in the 5th wheel toy hauler told me they had their old unit 20 years. They were leaving for home (Las Vegas) in the morning. We call them “happy campers”.

Our spot opened onto a nice grassy area, so we were able to open both the bedroom and dinette slide out. We could have opened the full slide out too, but we didn’t find it necessary for just the night.

In the morning we went in and talked to our service writer, Jennifer who was happy to see us. We discussed all the issues we were having and wanted to have checked out. Living in a motorhome full-time does put a lot of wear and tear on the unit. We had no major issues, just a good number of smaller things that needed to be looked at and taken care of. We knew we would have an all day wait.

We left our home in their capable hands and went to go do laundry. We were having such a good time over the weekend with the grandkids, we didn’t have time to get any clothes washed. Lets see . . . work or play? Yep, we decided correctly. The grandkids come first.

With laundry done, we went back to General RV to check on the progress on our motorhome and wait for the work to be finished. I had a good book to read while I waited. Clyde and Patty Pepper watched TV and people watched. We couldn’t believe how good Patty Pepper was. She only had a couple of episodes of barking when she saw another dog with their owners. For the most part she laid at Clyde’s feet and slept.

It was after 5pm when we were given back the keys to our motorhome. A couple of the items on our to-do list need new parts that were being ordered. We will have to go back to have that work completed. But, for now we were finished and on our way to Proud Lake State Park, which is only 5 miles from the RV dealership.

When we pulled into the campground they were just finishing up cutting the grass on our site. Nice. With all the rain we have been having the grass was quite long. Clyde was even able to get the piles of grass raked up. Now the site looks great.

Our grandson Tristan had just gotten off of work and stopped by to see us. He helped us finish setting up and of course I fed him dinner before he had to head home. It is nice that he lives so close to the campground. We will get to see him often.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn