Tuesday, October 22, 2013

We’re OK, Adios, and Anniversary

EG Simmons Park
Ruskin, FL

Where have we been?  Well, we finished up the month of July in Trenton, ME totally enjoying Acadia and the Bar Harbor area.  We will go back there again sometime.  Besides the wonderful hiking and biking, we enjoyed a puffin/whale watching tour, horse carriage ride, sunset from Cadillac Mountain, and a few other things.
We then spent a week near Moosehead Lake, ME and yes, we saw a couple of moose.  We liked it there because it’s less touristy but still touristy enough, if that makes sense.  That is where I developed an abscessed tooth that hurt like the dickens.  We decided to cut our New England trip short and head for NC so that I could get some dental work done.  My brother is a dentist and he was able to work me in nicely.  I am now a triple crown winner with three gold crowns.  I had two cracked teeth crowned (one abscess) and one preventative crown.  That took half of August and all of September which was a great time to visit with family.  It had been about 11 months since we last visited so we probably won’t go that long again.

It’s now October and we are in FL for the winter.  We had our yearly service done at Lazy Days and also had all four jacks replaced.  Thank goodness HWH covered that part.  We had always had trouble with them, but during the summer they got to the point where they would not come up without spraying them.  After talking with HWH, they said to stop spraying them so that they would fail for Lazy Days.  Thank goodness we didn’t move much because we had to pry them up every time.

We are on our way to the Keys for a few weeks.  We were lucky enough to get reservations at a State Park with some friends.  Then we plan to spend the rest of the winter in Cedar Key.  We are in the process of purchasing a lot there so it will be our winter home on a regular basis.

After this last hiatus from blogging, I have come to the conclusion that it just isn’t meant for me to blog.  There are thousands of other full-timers out there that don’t blog or do facebook, and I bet they enjoy themselves just fine.  I find myself feeling guilty if I don’t post once a month, but then I start dreading it.  Life is too short to put myself in that position.  I do plan to update Tawanda's Tracks in the next few days and keep it fairly updated.  Gin is on facebook but rarely posts also.

On a brighter note, today is our 30 year anniversary!  We don’t have a marriage certificate or wedding photos to share but we have each other.  What did we do to celebrate you ask?  Had lunch at McDonalds.  You see, when we started seeing each other, we ate there quite often.  It has been years since we actually sat down inside to eat a Big Mac and fries.  Brought back lots of memories and that’s what it’s all about!  Enjoy making memories with the one you love.

Remember to enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.  Adios amigos!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hike up the Bubbles and around Jordan Pond

Trenton, ME
Narrows Too RV Resort

The Bubbles are two mountains that over look Jordan Pond.  They show up in many photos taken from the grounds of Jordan Pond House.  That was on our radar today.

Jordan Pond with the Bubbles in the background
The Bubbles overlooking Jordan Pond

I joined Nancy, Bill, Tricia and Dan for a hike up North Bubble to the summit, through the crevice (cleavage) and up South Bubble then around Jordan Pond.  We get early starts so the crowds aren’t so bad.  It’s another beautiful day!

Hiking Acadia  View from atop North Bubble... Bill, Tricia, Dan and Nancy
Starting up the trail                    View from atop North Bubble

Tricia at North Bubble summit  Dan soaking it up 
Tricia at North Bubble Summit            Dan soaking it up

We all started our decent but a certain section got a little too steep for most of us.  Dan continued on that way but the rest of us back tracked and took a different route.

Going down  Too steep!
Going down                                          A little too steep!
Going back up
Going right back UP!

One of the great features on this hike is Balance Rock.  It looks like it’s barely hanging on to the side of the rock face.  Of course, everyone takes photos of folks pushing on it.  I am no exception.

Bill and Tricia at Ballance RockDan and Ballance RockBalance Rock
Bill and Tricia push            Dan leans              and the Rock remains

We make it down to the flatter trail around Jordan Pond.  It goes all the way around the lake and offers great views.  It may be flat but the footing is still pretty dicey in sections.

Neat footbridge on the trail around Jordan Pond  Jordan Pond from the base of the Bubbles
Tricia on the trail around Jordan Pond
Hiking around Jordan Pond

As we headed back to the Tahoe in the parking lot, we stopped to admire a curious onlooker.  She was actually waiting for us to go so that she could cross the trail to reach her destination.  Enjoyed her big brown eyes and it was a befitting wrap up for this varied hike.

Curious deer

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bike Ride and Connors Nubble

Trenton, ME
Narrows Too RV Resort

Another great day awaits us so I join Nancy, Bill, Tricia and Dan for a bike ride on the Carriage Trails that includes a stop to hike up Connors Nubble to pick a few Maine blueberries.  They are so good!

Jordan Pond with the Bubbles in the background  Rock slide area along a Carriage Trail

Connors Nubble isn’t as high as many other peaks here but the views are still stunning.  I love the views overlooking Eagle Lake.

Connors Nubble in Acadia  Blueberries on top of Connors Nubble at Acadia
Connors Nubble                                  Overlooking Eagle Lake

I know that I have mixed up my days, hikes and bikes but I do know how much I love this place.  One bike day, Tricia, Nancy and I take a break while Bill and Dan ride all the way up to Day Mountain summit.  As we sat on the coping stones that edge the trails, a couple of the Carriage Tour wagons come by.  These are some beautiful draft horses that are well cared for.

Carriage tour on the carriage roads  Carriage tour group
Carriage tour  Carriage tour