Friday, October 21, 2011

Surgery Went Well and Hiatus

Rocky Mount, NC

Just a short update on Gin's mom, Judy.  She had surgery early Thursday morning for an abdominal aortic aneurism at Wake Medical Center and made it back home at 7:30pm Friday.  All went well but the next few days are going to be tough on Judy.  Gin and I parked Wanda in their yard on Monday and have been house sitting and dog sitting while her folks were at the hospital.  It looks like their new house will be ready next week so we may stay around to help them move a few things over.

I'm planning to take a blogging hiatus for a month or so.  If anything exciting happens (house sells, win the lottery, etc), I'll have a little more emotion in my posts.  Right now, my heart just isn't in it.  We need to get on the road.  I will still be reading quite a few blogs and adding an occasional comment or two though.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cedar Point Tideland Trail and Another Small World

Cedar Point CG (site #37)
Croatan National Forest
Cedar Point, NC

There is a nice hiking trail right beside the cg here that has been cleared out nicely after last month’s Hurricane Irene.  It’s wide enough to enjoy a bike ride to get away from the many mosquitoes.


There are about five bridges to walk over the marshy areas.  I’m not real sure if it’s legal to fish from them, but I doubt that he was catching anything.

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The trail makes a loop so that you come out at the beginning point and is a little more than a mile long.  I didn’t walk the whole thing because the mosquitoes were horrendous.  I learned from Sherry that it’s ok to follow the same trail back because you see the same things from a different angle.  Here’s an example.  This bird feeding station was recently added to the trail.  See how different it looks.

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This little fella was glad that the squirrel guard was working.  He wasn’t much bigger than the mosquitoes that threatened to carry me away.


There is also a shallow boat launch right here that will handle kayaks very nicely.  A small jon boat would be ok at high tide.

A little closer look at the sentry on the far post…


We are in site #37 which is the last site in the cg.  It is becoming one of our favorite sites because you have a private patio area and it is close to a water spigot.  I enjoyed relaxing with Smudge after checking out the trail.

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On Friday after taking Wanda to freshen up at the dump station, the neighbors across the road asked Gin to help them with their vuqube satellite dish receiver.  They had noticed that we had ours on the roof and they were having trouble getting reception on theirs.  While chatting with them, it was discovered that they not only live near Clayton but they actually live in our subdivision!  They live two cul de sacs from us.  They have noticed that Wanda hasn’t been in the driveway as much as usual while walking their dogs.  Bill and Judy have had truck campers in the past but got a nice 5er this year and enjoy it a lot.  Another small world moment in the rving lifestyle.

We will leave here soon to go to Rocky Mount for a few days.  Gin’s mom is having surgery this week so we will help out in whatever way we can.

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

Monday, October 10, 2011

Nice Unexpected Guests and Relaxing Drizzle

Cedar Point (site #37)
Croatan National Forest
Cedar Point, NC

Sunday was a busy day with people leaving the cg.  Gin’s folks decided to leave also instead of waiting until Monday so we were visiting with them at their site before lunch.  When I went back to our MH, there was a note tucked in our door from Cynthia and Ronnie.  They follow our blog and were spending the weekend at their 5er which is set up in Page Place, a nice seasonal park across the road.  I gave them a call and they came back over for a visit.

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Small world moment, it turns out that they live about 10-11 miles from our house in Fuquay-Varina.  Even smaller, Gin’s brother lives in Page Place right beside their weekend getaway.  They know Butch but had not put the two of them together as siblings.  We enjoyed chatting with them for a while.  Cynthia has recently retired as a teacher and Ronnie has over 33 years in with his company so he’s getting close.  They had recently visited with Gail and Rick to glean a little info about the fulltime lifestyle.  They want to get a MH in the near future to join the ranks.  We encouraged them to go to an RV-Dreams Rally to meet others who want to enjoy the freedom that only fulltime rving offers.

Today started slowly for us but we decided to go to the shore for a couple of hours.  We even took grumpy little Smudge with us and let her get her feet dirty in the sand.  No pictures because it was very overcast.  As a matter of fact, it began to rain as we drove back to camp and will probably rain for the next two days.  I feel a pajama day coming up real soon.

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

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Day on a Boat

Cedar Point CG (site #37)
Croatan National Forest
Cedar Point, NC

Friday is the beginning of a weekend at most campgrounds and this area is no exception.  Gin’s cousin Pam joined us in the afternoon and we hung around the cg and visited with Gin’s folks.  The real treat came today when we rode over to Emerald Isle to see Gin’s cousin Tony (Pam’s brother) and his wife Margaret.  They have a very nice mobile home on the island with nice landscaping and a great screened in deck.  They also have a wonderful deck boat and Tony took us out in the Intracoastal Waterway for an afternoon of fishing and relaxing.  Tony and Gin each caught about a dozen hand-sized fish so no keepers.  Pam and I just relaxed and soaked up the beauty of the day.  Here’s Tony, Gin and Pam who were close buddies growing up.

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We weren’t the only ones out there enjoying the waves.  Here’s a few other boats anchored near the channel at the Hwy 58 bridge to Emerald Isle.


There were big sailboats and yachts enjoying the day also.  I know there are people who live on these nice boats but I’ll just keep my feet planted on the ground.


Oh no!  Don’t run into each other!!

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Since there were no fresh fish to fry, we enjoyed a steak on the grill back at camp with Gin’s folks.  What a nice way to wrap up a wonderful day!

Oh, we did have an offer on the house, but they wanted it for “free”.  We’ll hold on to it for a little while longer since we’re having showings about every other day right now.

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

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cedar Point

Cedar Point CG (site #37)
Croatan National Forest
Cedar Point, NC

That's right.  We are here again at one of our favorite getaways.  We spent a week at the house getting it ready for Fall so that someone will fall in love with it and buy it.  We actually had 3 showings last week after a dry spell so keep your fingers crossed.

The cg is full.  Since it went to the reservation system, it stays full.  It may have something to do with the "Mullet Festival" this weekend in nearby Swansboro.  No it's not a celebration of the popular haircut back in the 1980's (think Billy Ray Cyrus).  Mullet is a type of fish so it's going to be sea food, beach music, and people.  Too many people for us to join in.  I think we'll relax at the beach, find a new place to launch the kayaks, and spend time with Gin's folks.  They needed a few days away from home to relax before surgery and the move.  It's been beautiful weather lately so we plan to enjoy and relax.

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