My happy place

April 19th, 2022

I spent a few hours on the water at Silver Springs State Park before the rest of the Happy Campers got in. The springs are cold and clear and filled with wildlife.

I did what they called the two hour “path” but got it done in just an hour, so I did it again! 🙂

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Silver Springs Florida

April 19th, 2022

We made it to Silver Springs State Park despite the traffic and crazy drivers. We are joining the “Happy Campers” group my sister Lori and brother-in-law John belong to. They are mostly still working, so we beat them to the park by a few days. Good thing we had time to rest up – these are SERIOUS campers and know how to have a good time!

Reba can’t believe how HUGE these RV sites are!

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Don’t be THIS GUY!

April 3rd, 2022

We can’t stop as quickly as you can.

I get it, it’s annoying to be stuck behind an RV or other large vehicle. We purposefully leave a significant gap between our rig and whatever is in front of us.

This is NOT an invitation to cut in front of us.

If something were to go wrong, I guarantee you will be on the losing end of the accident you cause.

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Mimosa please

April 2, 2022

We dropped by the Saturday market at Ybor City where I got my fortune read and an amazing reflexology session. Oh, and we met some of the city birds! There were beautiful and BOLD chickens everywhere!

Can anyone read this?

We went on to brunch at Gaspar’s Grotto, which was delicious. I asked Tim to order me a mimosa when I used the restroom and came back to this!

Tried, but I couldn’t finish it all..

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Brother John’s tickets

March 29th, 2022

My brother John (you will meet brother-in-law John in another post) has the most incredible tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightening and even though he knows I know and care very little about the actual game of sports, I love the spectacle of it all. Check out these seats!

John’s seats are literally right on the glass!

The penalty boxes are right to each side of the seats, so we got to witness a lot of the smack talk

And I’m not sure exactly why the most profitable team in hockey (so says my brother) has such a need for duct tape, but it did bring me back to my old radio days!

Pretty sure they could afford to just get this stuff fixed, right?

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Adjust

March 24th, 2022

We stayed an extra night in the Blue Ridge KOA so we didn’t have to make the drive down to Lake Blackshear in stormy weather.

Got up early this morning and got on the road by 8:30. We made it through Atlanta area traffic without too much trouble and I even participated in a Zoom call from the truck.

We got to Lake Blackshear and Georgia Veterans State Park, to find out that while we are here they are having a Watermelon festival including a Chili Cookoff, art festival and air balloons! What a happy surprise!

Our neighbors on both sides of us have been so welcoming and helpful!

view from our site at Georgia Veterans State Park

Tim picked up a steak at Stripling’s General Store and we had a wonderful dinner with the lake right in our “backyard.”

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Adjust your plans

March 24th, 2022

Storm clouds – change of plans

Lessons learned today?

Lesson number one:

It’s more than OK to take time away from camping when you see a sign that says “the only salt cave in North Georgia” and the fact that this salt cave is attached to a fabulous spa didn’t hurt either!

Serenity In The Mountains lived up to it’s name. I had a wonderful 90 minute massage followed by 45 minutes in their salt cave, which is supposed to be very good for inflammation and anything else that ails you. Not sure if it worked, but it sure was relaxing!

If you get to Blue Ridge, Georgia on your travels, I HIGHLY recommend checking out this beautiful place. If you don’t have a 5th wheel to go home to they have a lovely resort attached to the spa!

We were supposed to be packing up to leave Blue Ridge and head to Lake Blackshear tomorrow morning, but there are some good storms coming through tonight and it’s going to rain heavily most of the day tomorrow. We thought about hooking up tonight and sleeping in the rig attached to the truck so we could stay a bit drier. We would then just take off in the AM for a minimum of four hours of rainy driving with the RV in tow – but I had an epiphany while relaxing in the salt cave.

Lesson number two:

We are RETIRED! The KOA we are staying at is not full and we don’t have to be at work tomorrow – so….we are staying another night in Blue Ridge and will be on the road on what we think will be a sunny Thursday drive instead of a miserable, rainy Wednesday. Why didn’t we think of this idea in the first place? We have never had the luxury of just waiting another day – for anything. Even vacations were carefully planned.

Not to say we don’t have anything on the calendar. I’m going to be attending a We Exist meeting on Thursday from our drive and tomorrow’s rainy day will give me some time to work on a marketing project! Yes, I’m taking a tiny baby step into doing some freelance work. (under 5 hours to start – I DO remember lesson number two – we are RETIRED!) 🙂

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Blue Ridge Mountains

March 22, 2022

On our way down to Blue Ridge, GA, my brother John Elmer texted to say he and Chris Behrens Elmer would be here this weekend too! We only overlapped a day, but they came over to see the RV and we had a great dinner together at Black Sheep! Great food, great company. It’s a gorgeous restaurant that looks like it was built into an old house.

Today, Tim and Reba and I started on our commitment to walk every day. We only did a little over a mile for this first day, but we got to explore the Blue Ridge KOA and the beautiful Toccoa River.

Went downtown Blue Ridge today to walk around and I found the perfect purse for our travels. Just big enough for a small wallet, glasses and my phone and I lived up to our new rule, if you buy something you have to get rid of two things! Kicked an old too big and a too small purse to the curb. Living in a 5th wheel can really put a needed crimp in a shopping habit!

The park is very, very nice. I believe it’s about two years old and it sits right on the river. We saw some folks fishing there today. We considered getting the poles out, but really didn’t see them getting any action and we would need to purchase a Georgia fishing license…might change our minds and try it out tomorrow.

We are getting used to some of the home chores that need to get done even when you are living in an RV. KOA has a great laundry facility and Tim made quick work of all our dirty clothes!

I’ll be brushing off my Girl Scout skills and starting our fire shortly and there may be a bourbon and a pig-in-a-blanket in my future!

I’ll post more pics in a few minutes. I’m having some trouble getting the phone pics to upload to the Ipad – technology…..sheesh….

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Scary first night

March 16th, 2022

Another day – another ten lessons in patience. I understand that as you get older it is important to continue to learn new things. 🙂

We had hoped to leave about 10am today, but with the truck window repair we were delayed.

Got the truck about noon and the new back window looks great. Hooked up the RV and got the final things packed in. Got gas and while we were on the road later than we hoped, we were confident that we would make it to the park before dark.

Did I mention we are continuing to learn new things???

Drove through Chicago suburban traffic and Indianapolis traffic which made us get to the nearly 16,000 acre Brown County State Park just as the sun disappeared. You might ask, how do you find pull through site number 409 in a giant park in the dark? You don’t find it from your truck. You drive up and down and all around then you get out with your iphone flashlight and just hoof it down the various paths.

So our first night in the camper will be in the spot, but not fully set up. We will get up with the sun and fix everything, stay for one more night, then off to Nashville, Tennessee.

I can’t wait to see this place in the daylight. As the sun was setting and we were trying to find our spot we turned a corner and saw the most magnificent view. I’ll post a picture of it tomorrow. Now it’s time for a bourbon in a red solo cup.

First of many bourbons as we learn new things!

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