From Hiking Boots to Dancing Shoes…..

We enjoyed a lovely ride today, leaving the serenity and beauty of the woodlands with breathtaking sunsets, chances of leisurely walks and a rare bird sighting or two, to a more commercial environment filled with the sounds of music, people enjoying life to its fullest and golf carts (what!?!).

This afternoon we arrived in Wildwood – a skip, hop and jump from the ever exciting, fun-filled, they don’t let the grass grow under their feet kind of place – “The Villages”. And, by the way a very beautiful place with lots of green manicured lawns, flowers of every variety and color, palm trees, water falls and fountains, walking and biking trails, (Golf Cart lanes) and lovely architecture fitting to the environment. There are homes to meet every pocketbook, grocery stores, shopping, eating places, recreation centers, performing art centers, gyms, libraries, hospitals, clinics and much, much more. One never has to drive a car again, just get your own,  your name on the front, color to your choosing, two or four seater – Golf Cart.

I love The Villages, where life seems “lived”, people enjoying themselves – golfing (or just riding around in a Golf Cart), biking, playing ball of every sort (Pickle Ball anyone?), performing activities that keep you young and young at heart. The Village people often refer to themselves as “frogs” – “we are here till we croak”.

Hence the need for Dancing Shoes while visiting this location. Well, I might do a line dance or two, if truth be told I love it, but you probably won’t find the hubby out on the dance floor too often. In the Town Square, everyday of the year, you will be treated to a live performance – music of every genre and don’t let your heart be troubled wine and beer are served! I guess it helps get those feet moving. Just watch out for the wine and beer drinking, golf-card driving, can’t wait to get home, people at the end of the evening!

We will be here for two full days and we hope to enjoy a little music and some good company. We will be meeting some great friends, in one of the three Town Squares, for lunch and some strolling-people-watching entertainment while catching up on events. Let’s hope we don’t get run over by a ????.

I hope to have a few Golf Cart photos for your viewing enjoyment in a following post.

An interesting person with an interesting way-of-life……

Today, he was dressed in work clothes – jeans, boots, hoodie, gloves and he was working in the woods. He looked the same.

We returned to this beautiful place to see what was new and what stayed the same! We spotted him while driving along this woody road as we hunted for the Fox Squirrel with my telephoto. We stopped our car to chat. He remembered us as we did him; an old friend who last year was a new friend and to think – I don’t even know his name.

We met last year when we were camping at Three Rivers State Park. We would be hiking in the woods and he would be working on the trail. We also would meet up with him – us hiking in the woods and him riding his trail bike on his day off. He was always friendly and seemed ever so happy and the same was true this day.

He loves to share his experience and appreciation for nature never seeming too busy or in a hurry for a chat. I guess he is just happy doing what he loves – volunteering in Florida State Parks enhancing the trail systems, finding Bald Eagle nests (which he shared with us last year) and a sundry of other woodsy tasks.

His work is hard, his life style simple and his rent is free. He is a full-time Rv’er and he can stay in a park for 4 months then he has to move on to the next one – rotating between his favorites. In his spare time you will find him hiking, biking or kayaking the rivers – a way of life that would suit very few, but just right for him it would seem. He is definitely an interesting person with an interesting way-of-life.

In parting today I said “You look so happy!” and he replied – “Yes, I am very happy!”

We hope to meet up with him again and I must remember to ask his name not that it really matters. And, next time just maybe I will get my photo of the elusive Fox Squirrel.

Two Side Trips…..

Two side trips……

Covington, LA

When we were in Purvis, MS we drove to Covington, LA to spend the day with dear friends whom we have known for a very long time. Their names are Brenda and Louis and Rhonda and Paul. We met at Rhonda and Paul’s beautiful home. Last time we all were together was about seven months ago so we spend time catching up on everyone’s activities prior to heading out for some good Louisiana seafood. We had lunch, on Rhonda’s excellent recommendation, at Chimes, a fairly new restaurant in Covington. We had a wonderful lunch and then went back to their house for dessert and more conversation. On our way west in March we hope to stop at Fairview State Park so we can spend more time with these dear friends.

Torreya State Park, FL

Being rained in is no fun so we decided to make the most of the day leaving Lake Seminole Park in a day long down pour that started before sunrise and headed to Torreya State Park looking for some sunshine and a new experience! We found both!!

The Torreya tree is one of the worlds’ rarest and oldest known trees and grows among the bluffs and ravines of the Apalachicola River Valley in Florida. There are only about 200 of these trees left.

Time to Head On Down the Road…

Leaving family, after a wonderful visit, is very sad, but we needed to head on down the road. Heart felt thanks and much love, to all, for making our visit so much fun! It is by far our most favorite “RV
Resort”.

Our new destination is Lake Seminole, Eastbank Campground, Bainbridge, GA. We discovered this Army Corps of Engineers Park last year, when we were camping at Three Rivers State Park near Sneads, FL. So here we are for two days ready to explore the area.

We arrived at the park yesterday, November 26th, in the early evening, setup and right-away noticed the sky filled with numerous clouds and the sun on its way to setting. I knew we were in for a treat. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous – the colors were breathtaking. The setting sun over Lake Seminole made it appear as if it was on fire! Canada Geese were swimming in the lake and busily feeding before nightfall.

Well, sometime during the early morning hours before sunrise it began to rain and it has rained all day long! It is a nice, slow, steady rain and one that is enjoyed from a warm, cozy place while drinking Plantation Mint hot tea. Since we have been prohibited from adventuring outside and exploring this beautiful area, as planned, we decided to stay another day. Tomorrow we are hoping for some sunshine.

Lake Seminole
Canada Geese enjoying the Evening

Our very favorite RV spot….

Welcome back to Mississippi…

We are surrounded by pines trees, live oak trees, Azalea bushes in every color, numerous other trees, bushes, and flowers. Not to leave out the dogs, cows, horses, wild birds and other nightly critters we hear, some far away and some pretty darn close. We are parked at my brother and sister-in-laws house in the middle of 160 acres. What a beautiful place!

Here we all are working hard!

Our 2012/2013 Travel Adventure began October 24th…

Our arrival back into the state of Louisiana…

We experienced a very nice ride today leaving Stephen B. Austin State Park and arriving at Frog City RV Park. We arrive early enough to search out a Cajun restaurant for an early dinner. We selected Fezzo’s, located near Lafayette, LA. We had fried Shrimp and Shrimp Etoufee, both were cooked perfectly! We could not resist dessert and shared a bread pudding, which turned out to be the very best we have ever had.

Yum!
The very best bread pudding ever!

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home