Monday Glenn Jr picked us up and we traveled with him to Clarksville, Tn where he needed to register his travel trailer. After visiting DMV we stopped at the auto recycling yard. They did not have the items he needed. We then had lunch in Nashville. After lunch we drove to the "Gaylord Opryland" The gardens are many and were all were decorated for "Christmas" We arrived at the RV about 6 pm. Today we visited "Wheeler Wild Life Refuge" here in Decatur, Al. We have many pictures. Our planes are to go to Red Bay, Al to have the front AC repaired then head South and west toward Livingston, Tx to have the licenses transferr3ed.
Sunday Dec 28 and the temperatures are 60 degrees. Not bad for this time of year. At Noon Rick Snyder "The Windshield Man" came to repair the stone chip in the motor home windshield. While he was here he found a chip in the Taurus windshield. Two windshields repaired for 70 dollars, not bad. Yesterday we drove to the park by the Wheeler lake to take pictures and walk the dogs. The park was not busy and we experimented with the Camera. Later Glenn Jr called and invided us to Dinner at his home, we accepted and had a That's it for now. wonderful evening.
Today the new toy arrived!! We have a new camera, a Nikon D40. Now the learning curve begins. This is so much more camera than we have ever owned before. Untill we learn more about the camera it will be used as a point and shoot camera. Glenn Jr., Lana, and Amanda visited us here in Decatur for lunch. This evening we all went to the light show in the gardens in Huntsville. What a great show. We will be spending Christmas Eve and Day with Glenn Jr and his family. This is one of the advantages of this mobile life, being able to be with the grandchildren at Christmas. Our park lit up.
Rain! Rain has fallen every day here in Decatur, Al. Today's forecast was for fair weather, rain was the norm. Today we washed clothes at Lana's, and visited. We played the game of "Life" with Amanda, Interesting. When Glenn Jr came home, we all went to dinner at "Mi Hacienda" in Decatur. The food and service are great. The cat needed attention.
Rain today, The temperatures are low,40's. Not my best kind of weather. Just lazy days. We did go to visit Lana this afternoon. We have not taken pictures of the campsite here, Maybe the weather will be better tomorrow for pictures. Tonight we went out to dinner at "Mi Hacienda" here in Decatur, Al.The service and food was very good. We will return. I have bought a small heater, mostly for piece of mind. Today"s picture is "Sayde", Amanda's Puppy. That's it for now.
Friday we packed up and moved to Decatur, Al. The trip was in clear weather. There was a traffic incident just South of Birmingham that slowed us for about 45 minuets. Other than that the trip was uneventful. Last night, with the heat on electric heat pump, the temperature outside dropped to 28 degrees. The heat pump stopped making heat. We woke up to inside temperatures of 65 degrees. I changed the heat over to gas and all was well. Saturday I checked the propane gas level and discovered the gauge read 1/3 of a tank. We packed up and went for propane. I should have checked the levels prior to the move. More lessons learned. After we were setup again, we drove to Glenn Jr's. I helped Glenn work on his car while Sylvia and Lana went shopping. We had dinner and good conversation. We r3eturned to the RV about 8 pm. Point Mallard Campground is a large campground and well laid out. The host site is well decorated for Christmas. That is a nice touch. That's it for now.
We survived the rain storms! We received about 11 inches of rain in a two day period. We got up to water on the floor at 5: am this morning. After the cleanup, we had breakfast and waited for the rain to stop so that the source of the leak could be found. The crank up TV antenna has a coax that enters the roof via a boot. When I looked at the boot this morning I discovered that the boot was pulled up allowing water to enter. I walked across the street to the Auto Parts store and got silicone adhesive to repair the boot. Hopefully this will stop the water. The later rains today did not cause a leak. This evening Glenn Jr., Sylvia, and I went to "Ruby Tuesday's" for dinner. The ocassion was my birthday. We are now all set for the trip to Decatur, Al. We will be there for about 3 weeks. It may be better to stay for the month depending upon the park fee rates. Pictures today are from the campsite in Daleville. We are close to Glenn Jr's camper but it is for only 4 days. Until next time.
Tuesday, we did laundry,oops, Sylvia did laundry, I visited with George, a ham radio operator who also owns the trailer park we living in. Later we found a grocery store as we needed some soup mix. The soup mix made a great with our son. Glenn Jr is a computer expert for the Army here in Ft. Ruker Al. Wednesday, we woke up to rain and a tornado watch. The plan is to go to the laundry building if the siren sounds. Evening now. The rain stopped and I walked the dogs. Glenn Jr stopped for a dinner of chicken and dumplings. Sylvia does a great job with that. That's it for now
This morning we packed up and moved to Daleville, Al.After dumping the waste tanks we left the Eastbank Campground about 10 am. The drive was 88 miles and we were here at 12 am. Glenn Jr was having lunch at his camper when we arrived. He helped us get spotted in the campsite then had to return to work. After the setup and cleanup, we drove to Walmart to get groceries and material to cover the dash while parked as the dogs seem to spend a lot of time there. Tonight Glenn Jr joined us for a dinner of fried chicken. While here he also set up the Wireless router to operate the air card. That will allow both of us to be online at the same time with one air card. Works great. We expect to be here until Friday then we will move to Decatur, Al. and will be there till after Christmas.
December 7. Sylvia had a bad night. She has back pain that sometimes is almost crippling. Last night she had the neat pad with her most of the night. This morning I made breakfast and cleaned up. After her shower, things seemed better. Today I topped off the air in the motor home and car tires. Tomorrow I will have to clean off the slide toppers in preparation of the move. Our neighbor has a "Tin Man" as a yard ornament. There were about 8 of us out in the camp road admiring and discussing the "tin Man". Interesting decoration made from metal cans. I have included a picture.
Dec 5. We drove East today to tour the area. We found lots of farming and woods. The area is remote. We returned home and spent the rest of the day relaxing. The sunset was terrific. Sylvia has several pictures. Today we were up early and prepared to attend the "Florida Caverns" in Marianna, Fl. This State park is a great show with a good guide. The tour was about 1 1/2 hours long with lots of pictures. The temperatures inside are a constant 65 degrees. We returned to the Eastbank Campground. I walked the dogs and watched a movie, "Pink Panther". Tomorrow is our last day before the move to Daleville, Al. A trip of about 70 miles.
Dec 3 we drove to Marianna, Fl to the Florida Caverns. The tours were not running today. We took pictures of the rocks on the road to the campground. This is a possible camp site for a future trip. What a great day, temperatures in the high 60's, and this evening no rain. Today we went to Sneads, Fl. to wash the clothes. When we returned I got the buffer out and began a wax job on the RV. Of course I did not finish today, this is at least a 3 day job. The campground getting more campers every day. The normal is for campers to arrive mid week and stay for the week. We expect to leave on Monday Dec.8 and drive to Daleville, Al. to spend some time with Glenn Jr. Long range travel includes Christmas in Huntsville, Al. and return to Summerdale, Al for New Years. Next year we expect to go into Texas. Plans are uncertain at this point.
Monday we extended at the Hanna Park, I needed medicine and Sylvia needed groceries. We took the dogs out to the beach and walked for about 1 and 1/2 hours. We needed the rest from all the visiting. Tuesday, we left Hanna Park by 10: am. We arrived here in Lake Seminole at 3:15 Eastern time, or 2:15 central time. The traffic was light and the roads good. Our site here is looking at the Lake threw the windshield. An assume site. There are about 8 campers in the campground with 60 sites available. Pictures are Jacksonville beaches and Lake Seminole Campground. Lake Seminole is on the Chattahoochee River formed by the "Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam"
My where did the time go? We landed in Hanna Park Monday afternoon. The site assigned was to small, so I drove the car back to get another site. This being Thanksgiving week, most of the sites are booked. They allowed me to move to site 125. Not an ideal site But it will do. After hooking up we drove to Scott's home which is about 30 miles away.We visited with Scott, Jamie, Alex and his girlfriend Amber. We had Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday as Scott worked a 12 hour shift on Thursday. We had a wonderful day Friday with about 12 in attendance. Wednesday I had called my nephew Richard Overman to arrange a meeting. We agreed to meet at the Cracker Barrel over in Orange Grove for Saturday Lunch. We had a great visit. The week has just flown by. The food has been great and the visits are remarkable. Till next time.
Monday morning we packed up and moved out of the Suwannee River State Park and drove to Jacksonville, Fl. The drive on I-10 was uneventful, just the way we like it. We are camped in site 125 of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. The park is close to the Mayport Naval Air Station. After we were set up Scott called and we drove to his place in SW Jacksonville. Sylvia and Jamie attended a class on the perfect pies. Sylvia's pies have always been great but now they will be better? Tuesday, Jamie picked us up here at the park and we went to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station to have lunch with Scott. Scott gave us the tour of his work area which is cardiac critical care. We returned to Scotts home and had a wonderful afternoon and evening. We did not have pictures. To busy visiting. Later
Suwaname, an Indian name meaning black or dark muddy water. The Suwannee drains the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia into the Gulf of Mexico. The river wanders for 250 miles. The campground is located at the confluence of the Suwanne and Withlacoochee Rivers. This location was an important ferry and railroad crossing during the Civil War.The many trails through the campground are self guided with handouts from the Rangers. The total distance is about 5 miles and the grades are leisure. Sylvia and I walked all the trails Saturday. We had no trouble sleeping last night. Today we relaxed and enjoyed the warm weather with temperatures in the 70's. We did drive into Live Oak to gas-up the car. Gas is $1.92 here with Diesel at $2.78. Some change from last summer!. This afternoon I washed the windshield and the other windows in preparation of tomorrow's move. We move to Jacksonville, Fl. to Kathryn Abby Hanna Park. We will be there for the week. Plans beyond that are uncertain.
Today was travel. We cleaned, packed, and moved out of Eastbbank Campground. By 8:30 we were on the road. The change in time zones added 1 hour as we drove East We are now in Suwannee River State Park. This park is on the river and has many hiking trails. After a hike, Sylvia noticed that her house keys were missing. We retraced hike, but no keys.We returned home and checked all the other possibility's. We told the ranger station about the lost keys. They said they would be on the lookout for them. Well you know the probability of that. Well about 2 hours later a knock on our door, The Ranger had our keys. Thank God for small favors. The campsites are smaller here than the Corps of Engineers campgrounds, but we have a sewer connection, and the sight fees are 15.00 per day. That's it for now.
We got up this morning to a beautiful sunshine day. Today we cleaned the windshield and the outside of the Motor home. We drove into Chattahoochee, Fl to do the laundry but could not locate one. We drove to Snead, Fl. to wash. This afternoon this crane came to our campsite. It seemed to be feeding.This evening we had another pretty sunset and later a fire. Tomorrow Friday we leave here and go to "The Suwannee River State Park". We will be there until Monday. This evening we h
Wednesday,we got up early, for us, had breakfast and cleaned up and packed up to move. We are out of the site by 10 am. We stopped for fuel then headed for Rt 10. We stopped at Exit 97 for a rest stop. This rest stop has concrete tables with roofs in a wooded site. Very nice for a rest stop. The remainder of the trip was uneventful, just the way we like it. We arrived in Eastbank Campground at Seminole Lake, Ga. at 4:15. We are in site 28. The site is spacious at the edge of the Lake. The pads are Concrete and level. We will be here two nights. I did take pictures.
Tomorrow is moving day. Today was shopping and clean the outside. The clothes line has been disassembled and stored, and the acorns have been removed from the slideout awnings. This evening our friends Jim and Ellie hosted a gathering with us and our friends Mark and Dortha. We each provided a dish. The net result was one fantastic dinner. Mark and Dortha are moving out on Thursday. At this moment Jim and Ellie's plans are uncertain. Tonight is our going away party. Thank you Jim, Ellie, Mark, and Dortha. You will be missed. We do plan to see you in Texas next year, like Janurury. The temperatures here are low. Tonight's forcast temperature is 30. I have disconnected the water hose. Wont have to deal with a frozen hose in the morning. We expect to be on the road after 10 am. We will drive about 160 miles to the South East corner of Georga. See-Y'all later.
Friday Nov. 14. Today after breakfast and walking the dogs, I restrung the day night shade in the hall. Think that this completes the day night shade rehab. Jim and Mark stopped by and asked about attending the Blue Angle Show. Today is homecoming for the Blue Angles in Pensacola, Fl. We decided to attend today verses tomorrow because of weather. The 6 of us left for Pensacola. We stopped in Foley, Al to have lunch at "The Oar House". The food was good and the price rich. We arrived at the Naval Air Station about 1 pm. Security was normal for the air show. The planes and pilots gave a wonderful show. We left the air show about 3:30 and came home by way of Orange Beach, Al Double click the pictures to enlarge bthem. That's it for now.
Yesterday 11-11 was Veterans day and my Grandson's birthday. Thanks to all the veterans, we could not live like this without you. Happy Birthday Joshua, 20 is such a good year. We had the oil changed in the car and had the car cleaned, both inside and out. We spent the remainder of the day relaxing at home. Two couples we meet in Red Bay, Al. arrived here today in Rainbow Plantation. Ellie and Jim; Mark and Dortha are now setup in camp. Sure is good to visit with friends again. Wednesday we got up late, again. We drove to Walmart to pick up prescriptions, walked the dogs around the park and visited with campers outside. Another laid back day. I did setup reservations for next week as we are traveling to Jacksonville, Fl. to have Thanksgiving Dinner with out son and his family. We leave here Wednesday to travel to Seminole Lake in Georgia for two nights, then on to the Suwanee River in Florida for the weekend. Monday we will be at the Atlantic Ocean just north of Jacksonville, Fl. Sure hope the good weather holds.
Saturday we attended the"Foley Harbor Days" fair on the common in Foley. There were demonstrations about early life in this area, including Indian enactments performed by children in authentic native dress. There were the usual old farm tractors and equipment, train museum, and a live blue grass band. Saturday evening we went out to dinner with our neighbors Paul & June. They will be leaving in the morning to visit their children in Tampa, Fl. We ate at "Big Daddy's Fish Camp". We returned to the RV and they joined us here for a game of "Mexican Train" dominoes. Sunday we are up at 7:30, early for us. After breakfast there were hugs etc. as Paul & June were all hitched up and ready to leave. We will miss them. Today we toured the coast west of here. We followed the coast south and east till we arrived at Weeks Bay. They have an estuary with elevated walkways and a visitor center. We had a bag lunch at the picnic tables and walked the elevated walkway. They are about 2 miles long leading out to the edge of the bay. This was a very interesting walk and we saw birds close-up. This evening after dinner we attended the "Ice Cream Social" in the club house. The band"Lock Stock and Barrell" performed "Blue Grass". The band is great and will be back every other Sunday this winter.
Glenn and Sylvia Avery retired, sold our home of 14 years, purchased a Tiffin motorhome and went on the road full time. Nuts! Maybe but thats what we want to do.
We have 5 children and 10 Grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter spread out in 4 states.
Read along as we travel this great land.