Published: February 26th 2012February 25th 2012
Daisy and her Mom and Winston
All Winston wanted were the treats in the pocket
Friday February 24, 2012 and Saturday February 25, 2012
A heat wave Friday. I had the windows open to sleep Thursday night and it was still hot.
Neighbor Nanette took me in her BIG CHEVY PICKUP TRUCK to Walmart and a few thrift stores. It was nice to get out. She and her husband, Clair, spend most of the year in their 5th
wheel. They winter in FL and summer mostly at their campsite in MI, but travel all over to meet up with friends. They sure have helped me meet people here and include me in all their events. Very nice people.
Once back at the rig, I knew Winston had been barking a lot, confirmed by neighbors who knew I would be back very soon and didn’t mind. It was so hot I had to leave the A/C on all afternoon. I put my bathing suit on and walked over to the pool to get wet, then came back and crocheted outside my rig in the sun and repeated this process a few times as I sure needed to cool off – the temperature went to 85! Free Movie night at the resort, Hoover, also free
They moved so fast and got so twisted, most of the pictures were a blur. You just have to believe me that Winston really was playing.
popcorn, soda, candy. I opted to stay in and catch up on some internet TV and pay some bills. I heard fireworks around 8. I think I was told it was some kinds of President’s Day celebration in Eustis. Winston, of course, thought it was thunder and was a nervous Nellie. He does have fun playing with Daisy. When she and her mommy came over today, Winston kept jumping on the mom and had no interest in Daisy. Then mom realized she had treats in her pocket!!!! What a scoundrel he is. I took pictures of them semi playing. Daisy is sure cute!!!
Friday night the temperature was still warm, slept again with the windows open. During the night it rained, so up to close the windows, then it got cold, and when I woke up it was 58 degrees, but beautifully sunny. It is very windy today, Saturday, and 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. The TVs talk about high fire danger due to the extreme winter dryness (???) and high wind.
My TV is out of Orlando, and all the talk is of the NBA All Star Game, and the riot at the Foot Locker at the Mall over Nike limited edition shoes, and, of course, the weather. There are constant banners on the bottom of the screen with some kind of weather notice pretty much all the time! I guess that’s better than Amber alerts, right?
The resort Luau was Saturday. Lots of games, music, food. I can hear the music and lots of loud laughter. I stayed in, paying some bills, figured it was a good time to do my laundry, and start to break down just a little so I can make an early departure Sunday morning. I am booked here until Monday, but the more I thought about it, I know I can’t drive 320 miles in one day without killing myself, so I will drive to the middle of GA, stopping along the way to view the sites, and make Sunday and Monday leisurely days instead of hecticness. I am sure gas prices will have gone up $.25/gallon in the week I have been here for sure. Dumb mistake not to fill up before I got here, but will fill up before I get to next campground, Hunting Island SC. I may be old, but I am learning. I have scoped out my route, and think I am going to try staying overnight at the Flying J Truck Stop in Kingsland, GA. My only concern is that I won’t be able to see the Oscars. I do have a battery operated TV, and, if I want, can turn on my generator and use my regular TV, I just hope the antenna is strong enough to get ABC. I might change my mind at the last minute and spend the $35 for a campground, but this would be a good place for me to try Flying J. I will make the decision at the last minute.
You probably won’t hear from me for a week. I will write as usual every night, and post after I get back home to NC. I am staying at two SC state parks, neither of which have any internet at all, not even at the ranger station. Tim and Gret and kids will join me over the weekend, and if I can hook onto his mobile hotspot then I can post, but who wants to play internet when the grandkids are camping with you. Not me.
Is it time for me to get philosophical about this trip? I wish I could say I do this for the love of the outdoors, but that’s not it. I am often dirty, dusty, tired, sleeping at a slant and having to deal with a sandy/muddy/leafy dog. I like being outside, yes, but for me it is not about communing with nature. It’s more about the inner peace of no responsibility. I think, well, I’m retired, I have no responsibility, but I do when ‘at home’. It’s different on the road. I get to watch as much TV as I want, and play as much computer games as I want. A positive is it takes me 30 minutes at the most to clean everything in the rig so it shines. I love driving the camper. It is easy to turn and park, high enough for me to see over all other cars, and very comfortable for both me and Winston. I spend time reflecting and talking to God and looking for guidance and patience. I love meeting new people. I love seeing towns I have never driven thru before and spend a lot of time pouring over maps just so I can see if there is a new road I can take. I look forward to going to a new campground, and have often thought I should review them on line, but haven’t done that yet. I get antsy after four days, except when I was with Ginnie and then Ginnie and Kathy. It was nice to have someone close for two weeks that we could do things with. I miss traveling with them more than I thought I would. I love camping near the ocean, and my last two campgrounds will give me that opportunity. I hope the warmish weather holds out so I can spend lots of time walking the water line and high tide line looking for shells. I have looked forward to being near the water the entire trip. For the past 2 years I stayed out almost 3 months, this year only 2, mostly for economic reasons, I have a lot going on the rest of the year, and still have that huge financial sword over my head of that house in NJ that needs to sell. I am rested, I am calm. No headaches this year. My indigestion is gone. My allergies started in February rather than April, yuck. I go home to dieting, exercising, physical exams, eye exams, blood work, stressors all, and the biggie, selling the NJ house soon. Yes, I truly do think it is the lack of responsibility I feel while doing this. Wish I could do it for one more month, but practicality has won out.
So, I sign out for a week or so, and will enjoy the peace and beauty of the SC state parks and the interesting towns I will pass thru with the interesting names on the way there….Umatilla, Palatka, Salt Springs and Satsuma. I will spend some time figuring out numbers – total miles, campground fees, groceries, etc., and let you all know what I come up with. I will write and post when I can.