Sunday, February 5, 2012

Back to Nature

Tampa Bay Area (site #55)

On Thursday we got our release papers from Lazydays.  While we enjoyed our stay there, we were ready to get back to a quieter more natural CG.  We gave Don and Jinny a hug and told Tiffany that we were going to stay in the area a few days in case anything popped up.  We hooked up and drove Tawanda for the first time.  She is one smooth ride!  It will take me a while to get used to her, but I like driving her.  We got an email from our realtor and we have put the house back on the market.  That changes things as for as our travels the next few months but it is what it is.

Friday was a very laid back day.  We basically just went to the supermarket and hung out with Sherry and David back at camp.  They are here too for a few days.  It’s been great visiting with them again.  We called Tricia and Dan who are staying at a nearby SP and invited them over for a paddle since we are waterfront on Tampa Bay.

We all got our boats out on Saturday and enjoyed a gentle breeze while we paddled amongst the mangrove. 
Ready for a paddle  Gin amongst the mangroves at Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay...David, Sherry, Gin, Tricia and Dan  Dan and Tricia

We saw a lot of birds in the mangroves, but I’m sure that for each one that we spotted, there were probably a dozen more that we didn’t see.  Here’s a Great Blue Heron, an immature Little Blue Heron, a Snowy Egret, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
Blue Heron in the mangroves  Bird in the mangrove
Snowy Egret  Heron

We paddled around a point and there were a few of these American Oystercatchers.
Bird on a stick
Further on down a canal,  I heard some splashes in the water.  It was just under this Pelican.  He had just relieved himself so that he could get comfy in the top of the tree.
Pelican in the mangroves  Nice and comfy

Wildlife, calm waters to paddle, and great friends to share it with.  It just doesn’t get much better!  Today we plan to pedal around the park some with Sherry and David.  Dan and Tricia plan to come over with their bicycles too and we’ll all relax and watch the Super Bowl commercials.  Who knows what all we’ll get into.

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


Sherry said...

Great pictures. You really captured the day well. By the time I get caught up to posting it on my blog it will be old news! :-)

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Looks like a great campsite and park!

So sorry to hear about the house. All things happen for a reason though. Something better will turn up. In the meantime, we've got our fingers crossed :)

Have fun today!

Jim and Dee said...

I feel like Gail, so sorry about the house, but there's always a reason we don't understand. I'm so glad you have moved out of Lazy Days and having fun.

Karen and Al said...

Sorry the house didn't work out. Unfortunately it goes that way some times.

Looks like a nice place...I'm working on finding out the secret location and I have a pretty good idea where it is, but I'm waiting for Al to get home to see what he thinks! (then I'm blabbing) :) just kidding

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Glad you got sprung from Lazydays, it's always great to get out on the road. These DPs do drive nice. :c)

Sorry to hear about the house, hope you get a real buyer soon, you'll be in the prime selling season shortly.

We'll keep our fingers crossed that all will go well for you.

Mike and Terri said...

We also believe that everything happens for a reason. Something better will come your way. In the meantime, keep the faith and enjoy your time in Florida.

Laurie and George said...

So sorry the house sale fell through. Another one will come along. Love the new header picture with Tawanda. She looks beautiful!

Nancy and Bill said...

What a great day you had!! Wish we could have been there with all of you ... we miss you all!!

Really sorry the house had to go back on the market. But so glad you have TAWANDA and can enjoy her while you wait for the right buyer. Trust us, they will turn up just when you think it will NEVER happen ;o))

Jim and Judy said...

Looks like ya'll are at nice campground. Loved the pictures. Things will work out.

Dan and Tricia said...

A perfect day with perfect friends! So glad we were finally able to get together. And, today's paddle was even more amazing!!! Thanks for the good times and memories! See you down the road!

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

Great pictures. Bummer about the house- keep the faith. It will work out. Enjoy the Tampa area. I left Sherri some suggestions in your area.

Travelwithwhippets said...

What a nice spot to go out on the water. We have not done that for a while, and miss it. So sorry about the house. We had a similar situation, but eventually it all worked out. Hang in there.

Cindy & Rick said...

what a beautiful new coach. so happy for you two and for nancy and bill. i met all of you at the rv-dreams rally in TN last spring. we were in the little casita right next to you two. its so great to see rv-dreams coming true! happy trails!