Time to catch up…

One of my resolutions this year is to get back into posting on our blog. Lots of reasons why I’ve neglected it but they are boring and whiney so I’m just gonna update in pictures the last 8 months and then start fresh.

Jekyll island -great place to just bike along the ocean.

Savannah, Ga – downtown watching the freighters roll by

Charleston, Sc – downtown market and a great little cg

Myrtle beach – cg. on the ocean and a view from the MH door

Topsoil island, NC – spent 3 weeks visiting my daughter Lisa.

Lake Norman, NC – very relaxing

Lake Lure, NC – Apple valley motorcoach resort & the Biltmore

Then back to ohio for Dr appts and visits with friends. This winter found us again in Destin, FL for Nov and Dec enjoying the beaches one more winter as we are heading to AZ next winter. Today we are in silver springs, Fl until mar when we head to st Augustine then up to Hilton head.

So…I updated to today and I’ll just end here with a few favorites:

 

 

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Time for a new Coach…..

After leaving Destin, Fl we headed for Carrabelle, Fla.  There we stayed at Ho Hum RV Park and it was anything but Ho Hum.  Aside from having a gulf front site, watching dolphin from our front window,  and bears in the park at night, we had a 10 ft alligator swim up onto the beach.  The next morning he was discovered under one of the rigs which was exciting, well, not so much for that rig’s owner…

Our Site…

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While there we also visited Wakulla Springs state park to take their nature boat ride

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great ride watching gators, annahinga, and we were lucky enough to see several huge manatee

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Then we moved on to Cedar Key, Fla

We only had one night to stay there but will definitely go back to the tiki bar

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At that point we headed for Tampa….We had a plan.  We decided we wanted a newer, bigger coach so we were on our way to Lazydays Deaership .  Well things took a bit longer there that we had planned but we got our coach and had a great time during our 5 weeks there…

First off our friends George and Diane were in the area and we got to meet up for some Casino fun!!

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Then we headed to st Petes Beach to visit with the Bridges

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Good to see some Millbury faces!!!

We also got in a Detroit red wings playoff game

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The Bolts arena is pretty amazing…

Lazyday’s Crown club pool was very nice …

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Our time at Lazydays Tampa was fun, while waiting for our coach we met so many great couples and will be completely disappointed if we don’t see them somewhere down the road.

And yes, the new coach is fantastic

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Our 2012 40 foot Tiffin Phaeton.  14k miles with 4 slides.  We love the extra room, the stackable washer and dryer, and the residential refrigerator.

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no more Laundromats ..

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and Dan’s outside tv

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Well that got me caught up to May…..I’ll have to do another post on our trip up the east coast, I’ll just say tonight we sitting here (pictured below) on lake Norman in North Carolina and it’s pretty sweet. Thanks for following along…

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Next up, our stops in Jekyll island, Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Topsail Island, and where we are today, Lake Norman , NC

Destin, Florida….Our winter home

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Spending the winter on the beautiful sugar sand beaches of the Emerald Coast was the best choice we’ve made yet.  I found this place online and booked it sight unseen except for their website….paradise found!!. After 3 1/2 mos rolling along camping in the woods and state parks it was time to just stay put.  A few pictures of our home from Dec 1st to Mar 7th….

10641030_10204459710185302_8696319527509506483_nOur first site (December)

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10917843_10204781257303779_7877568599618731643_nWe then moved to the waterfront site for Jan and Feb…nice view?? This resort is right on the intercoastal and is run by the ramada resort across the street. We have full amenities at the Ramada including pools, hot tub, gym, beach, and room service.  We do have a pool right behind us here at the resort and it’s wonderfully warm!!

10917316_10204781258663813_4366862519212798881_nView from the door of the Motorhome

1610861_10204762933645699_4220812443727342359_nEnjoying the beach across the street. Most evenings we go over to the pier for sunsets, a few of those pictures to follow…

1798607_10204556766011637_453182042912855859_nChristmas with no snow….psst, glorious!!

1509967_10204480917395469_8069808825411596130_nDancing in the surf, releasing all the negative toxins from the last year and feeling SO blessed to be here…

10845896_10204480200097537_6051848109104020718_nDan soaking up some sun10384512_10204817721455360_8127306627968098457_nSALT LIFE – DAN IS GETTING HIS OLD SALT LOOK ON…”Son of a son of a sailor”….singing it, lol10423302_10204552654708857_6114037894399521081_nof course in Dec we saw our first ever boat parade, so cool10868297_10204552655028865_8803372247647523115_n10805719_10204552653788834_5105878155294756555_nfollowed by fireworks over the water…522094_10204488163416615_7616743205144339995_nHave I mentioned the Food?? Fish tacos….

New years day we bought 2.5 lbs of fresh snow crab and 4 lobster tails ($40 total) at the market, they cook them up for you and package them up hot…home to eat seafood and watch football, wink, living the life…10405621_10204691859388887_739713395590486287_n10882195_10204679525960559_5310907503911251321_n10931319_10204860161276329_1361762847664412803_nan evening pic I took on hwy 30A, says a lot to me…

10917128_10204856023292882_6154102630433156256_nWe are actually in Fort Walton Beach, just west of Destin. This beach is the Gulf national seashore, just beautiful, hard to find beach areas that aren’t overbuilt. That’s the pier we view sunset from and the motorhome is just near that watertower.  The sand here looks like snow but it’ll like walking in powdered sugar.

A few of my sunset shots and hopefully a few more to come, we are here til march and then heading to my daughters on Topsail Island in NC….1502570_10204481061839080_4757529692985344263_n1507208_10204868739970791_6755232889886846036_n1601539_10204766844103458_8963556778644584951_n10362841_10204836135355696_4707826680496212490_n10406470_10204481062039085_2054669908379325511_n10906548_10204836150076064_3109266145525267764_n10926369_10204766844143459_3691687913621041877_n10429413_10204780551446133_6137293660118087896_nWe think this is our spring route….plans are written in jello…but we would like to stop in st Augustine, Amelia Island, Jeckyl Island, Savanna and Charleston on the way to Surf City,NC. Day at a time, counting our blessings, it’s been a great 5 months since we left home…

Feel free to leave us a comment, even if you hate us…….lol, we love hearing from y’all….:)

Loving gulf shores, AL

Not much to write, just happy to be away from Wintertime.  Celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary and feeling pretty blessed.

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After last Feb, this anniversary was pretty special.  We took a ride and found this beautiful beach bar and had to have a bloody mary (or two)….

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And then fresh oysters for dinner.

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Love the white sandy beaches, especially when it’s snowing at home

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Hope every one had a blessed Thanksgiving.  Moving to Destin, Florida on Monday where we will be for two months. Dan will be getting some checkups and some tests so we’ll be stationary for two months.  Loved this gulf shore area so we will definitely be back someday.  Kris

Tupelo MS – Trace state Park

Trace State Park – what a beautiful setting on a lake with full hook ups.  We were only going to spent a few nights here but stayed a week.  We did take a 40 mile trek into Oxford, MS to get Bailey groomed at a petsmart. Oxford is home to Ole Miss college and they have a very cool downtown Square with shops and bars but traffic was horrible due to a football game so we didn’t stay any longer than her grooming appt.

From Trace State Park we spent some time at the following stops on the Trace:

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20 mile bottom overlook20 mile overlook 2 20 mile overlook 1Looking down onto old trace sunken path

Hiking at Chickasaw Villagechickasaw hike 1

Of course Tupelo is Elvis’s birthplace so we had to stopElvis birthplace

And a few pic’s of Trace State Park in Tupelo:trace state park 2trace state park 1trace state park

After a week in Tupelo we headed to Brandon, MS outside of Jackson, MS.  After 350 miles of “wooded” Natchez Trace it breaks out of the woods along Ross Barnett Reservoir. jackson msjackson ms 2

We stopped at the Reservoir overlook:overlook

We stayed 3 nights at Timberlake State Park but my favorite part of our Jackson, MS stopover was Cypress Swampcypress swamp 5cypress swamp 4cypress swamp 6

Now on to Natchez State Park and the final 110 miles of this beautiful Parkway….

The Natchez Trace – Our slow trek to a warm winter place

We left Land Between the Lakes and headed to the Natchez Trace.  All backroads today, no highways, 120 miles…..just the kind of short day we like.

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This is just after getting on the Trace.

10414509_10204237543351270_7557190952715704946_n  The Natchez Trace goes 440 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Ms.  No commercial vehicles are allowed on the trace so NO semi’s and the speed limit is only50 mph so you just enjoy the view.  The area is rich in history and there are lots of neat stops along the way. No billboards, no gas stations, no carryouts,  so pack a lunch, lots of  pull offs and great views.  Here are a few…

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1234695_10204251329055904_6803612372858249667_nA pic of the Jackson’s at Jackson Fall’s ( thanks Krya)

and a view of the falls

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We boondocked (camping with no hookups)  for 4 nites at the Meriweather Lewis campground where our friend Kyra was camping also.  We also got to meet up with Malia Lane who is traveling the Trace (in her motorhome) writing about the Trace for Motorhome Magazine.  We really enjoy meeting up with other full timers and had a wonderful visit around the campfire. Hopefully we meet up with Malia farther down the Trace later this week.

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After 4 nites it was time to move on and we headed on down the trace, passing through Alabama

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Another short day, 130 miles to Tupelo, MS.  We are at Trace State Park (full hook ups) since we are gonna have a few chilly nights and the cold isn’t good for either one of us. So we are cozy and warm here for the next week, temps will be back in the 70’s Monday, then we’ll head out Friday.  yep, drive 130 miles, stay a week….that’s how we roll.  below is the new camp, i’ll get a better pic later as this was late in the day when we got here….

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Thank you all again for the wonderful heartfelt prayers for Dan.  We are blessed to be able to head south and get him away for the winter.  Between his heart, COPD, and the paralysis in his right hand, cold weather is the worst for him. Thanks for following along and indulging me on making this journal/blog.  Kris

 

 

Day 52 – Living the dream

After leaving Mohican (Loudonville, Ohio) we returned to our home area and spent a week at Maumee Bay State park while we had the Jeep set up for towing. We’ve always camped here and love the park especially the bike trails along Lake Erie.

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After getting the Jeep all set up we finally, FINALLY, left Ohio and headed into Indiana. whew, seems like it has taken forever dreaming about this and we were actually somewhere new.  Headed to Goshen, Indiana and met up with Howard and Linda Payne of rvddreams. We attended their 2013 fall rally in Franklin, NC and knew that they were in Goshen hosting another rally which gave us the opportunity to get the rig weighed by them.  Well we weighed just fine, all good side to side and underweight so I really didn’t overload this coach.  We had a great time seeing Howard and Linda again and appreciate their friendship and  support.  Jim and Dee Walters joined us and we had a great dinner out.

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Well after our meet up’s at the rally we explored Goshen and Elkhart. Elkhart has a great riverwalk and of course we had to stop at the rv museum.

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After leaving Goshen we drove south of Indianapolis to Franklin, Ind.  we found a cute little county park and stayed for a bit since it was close to a camping world and we needed to buy a new tow bar. Yep, we had our first mishap and the bar on the front of the jeep snapped when we were going around a corner, bending the tow bar that came with the motorhome.  No damage to the MH, the Jeep, or the bikes so I guess we were lucky.

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Leaving there we headed to Dover, TN to Land Between the Lakes and that is where we are still currently at.  We really do love our spot here and our good friend Kyra is about 4 miles away boondocking at one of the neat places to camp.

10574363_10204168180977254_8275958839396799697_nour walk-in site, $16 electric only

10635910_10204072631108567_6594550868262207346_nday and night view from the dinette.   10678472_10204075160531801_6251724503956505528_n 10690186_10204090303190358_6892067975295424143_n 10696274_10204090305430414_3397238531738874427_nboondocking sites down every road, just beautiful…

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Now just relaxing in this beautiful area enjoying the fall colors. Next week on to the Natchez Trace and on to Mississippi.  Thanks for following along.

 

 

 

Living the Dream? Full-Timer? Newbie? Nomad? Retiree? I wear many hats!

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Today is Thursday Sept 4th, Day 12 of fulltiming!!!  So far so good, woot woot.

Above picture is after my maiden voyage, I drove the motorhome 3 hours from our home area to the Mohican Area of Ohio near Loudonville, Ohio.  I know I look all smiley there, and I was, but there were several times on the journey I’m sure I was biting my lip or thinking “what have I gotten us into” …

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looking pretty brave before we left, lol

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All set up for labor Day…

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an outdoor office…

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a state park pool (barely anyone there on a weekday)

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And seating for two at our river site!!

Heading out Friday morning to a county park with no hook-ups for a little boondocking.  This will be our first test camping in the MH without electricity so we can test out the generator and see how the fridge runs on propane.  Will be getting the jeep set up for towing next week and then heading to Goshen, Ind to get the rig weighed by Howard and Linda Payne of RV-dreams and an appt. at Fox rv for an oil change. Then we will finally head south to the Nashville area and in Oct. pick up the Natchez Trace (a scenic drive from TN to Miss.

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It’s really tough typing this in my outdoor office 🙂

Dan is doing great and enjoying everyday, it’s so good to see him enjoying himself. Walking and riding his bike in this environment is definitely nicer than riding that stationary bike in st. Charles hospital (although he misses all his wonderful nurses there)  Day at a time is working for us. We are really blessed and excited to take this journey together.

I’ve never been a big “hat girl” but I’m getting my “gypsie soul” on….

One of many hats I hope to accumulate along the way!!

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Thanks for following along, we would love to meet up with others along the way!!

 

 

 

Hockey Playoffs and a Leap of Faith

           Quote:   “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky

In our area it’s hockey playoff time and while I am way more interested in my Detroit Tigers baseball you gotta watch the playoffs when your Redwings are playing your daughter’s beloved Bruins.  Of course her team won and is moving on in the playoffs and my Tigers are kicking butt so all is good here in the Midwest.

I remember watching it snow as I stood in front of the window in Dan’s hospital room two and a half months ago, praying he would be ok, wondering if our dream was gone…

Weeks after that, snowed in at home, just taking care of Dan…..restful, quiet, and calm…

Then getting him out everyday to walk, usually in a store due to cold weather.  Later in Cardio Rehab watching him walk on a treadmill just about made me cry, whew, have we really come this far??

He looks so good today!!  Just amazing.

Bought a 35ft class A motorhome – pick it up on May 20th – Don’t even know where we’ll keep it yet – lease on this condo is up in Oct – Dan can’t drive yet but I did the test drive – The dream is on…..

OMG – I’M TAKING THAT SHOT, thanks Gretzky….

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Our 2005 Monaco Monarch – I’m not always sure where I’m going, I just know I gotta go..

 

 

 

adios for now…

My bluehost is expiring and I just don’t have the time or energy to blog at this time.  thanks for all your warm wishes and kind comments.  See ya down the road, Kris

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