Archive for April, 2013
Today was our last day at the YMCA in Pensacola and I feel like I am leaving my buddies. Women everywhere have so much in common and so much to share. Ellen, raised a deaf daughter and had to fight very hard for her rights back in the 70″s. Jeanne is leaving for their 6 months of living in Seattle. This way she keeps friends and family in her life. What a great idea. A young woman (looking 18) exercises mornings while the little ones are in a pre-school. We shared the mirror and hairdryer and chatted on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. Judy who runs a tight ship led us through real exercises unlike anything I have tried before and I leave with notes from her so that I can continue. Certainly appreciated being in the pool with all the beautiful southern accents, as well.
In our camping spot we have become friends with couples who want us to join them here next winter/spring. In fact Linda and Wayne have invited us to their home town in NW Georgia just below Tennessee. They have a boat and are on a lake. We will be traveling in extremely gorgeous country. Tonight we are going again to the Sunset Grill where we took Shadow with us a few nights ago. Dogs are allowed on the deck eating area. .
We met so many cool people there and want to go with our new friends before we pull out for Nashville.
The month here at Pensacola has been mixed weather with incredibly high humidity. Tonight it is in the 40’s, last night so warm and humid Russ sweat out the mattress. We have had sunny days with white sands, and blue green water followed by thunder and lightning storms that shook the RV. Rain like you could not believe. The worst part is we cannot leave Shadow alone as she shakes, shivers and will only stay in Russ’s arms.
Have biked regularly on a nearby spit of sand that is called Johnson’s Beach, where the Gulf is on our right side going out and the wind is 25 miles per hour against us, and where the ride back the inland waterway is on our right and we cannot feel the wind. Russ and I are not really “lay on the beach” people, so we sit on the protective wooden walkways and take pictures and say hi to everyone that passes and have wonderful views.
We have discovered that we have free passes to the YMCA as we have a medicare silver slipper card that comes with AARP supplement.
I love the water exercise class, unlike any class in the water I have ever been in. Never worked on individual muscles so hard in my life.
Russ likes the weights.
We have had the car and RV tuned up and bought a tire and had the tow dolly brakes replaced. Just 1600 dollars! But it was time and we had planned the time here for that purpose.
HAD A WONDERFUL # OF OFFERS ON THE HOUSE AND ACCEPTED A GREAT ONE OVER ASKING. THEY ARE A MARTINEZ COUPLE -PRINCIPAL AND TEACHER IN TWO OF OUR SCHOOLS AND HAVE 2 KIDS.
THEY WROTE US A LETTER AND WE WERE JUST SO HAPPY WE COULD SELL TO THIS DELIGHTFUL FAMILY
Every evening after dinner Shadow and I take one of our walks. She loves to smell things and I love to look around. The minute I stepped out I ran back in-sunset time. Caught some terrific moments. Also stood on the dock with a couple who had just come in this week behind us. They gave me all kinds of ideas about driving up the Alleghany Mountains. Got to speak to them again with paper and pen.
On Easter Sunday we drove up to Tallahassee and parked in Big Oak RV. The motor home photos are during my two hours with Mary on Easter morning. I put out to the Universe that I wanted an Easter event, then Mary called and we created our own. Out first hour was all exchanges of the spiritual journey we are on. She is one of the people I have shared many important steps with. Our belief systems weave in and out and have supported each other for many years. We loved the Easter Story in a way we never have before. I always was so concerned that if I cared about it or talked about it, people would think I was a Christian who believed that only through Christ could we know God. Well obviously that is not my story. But as I age, learn, grow, I appreciate this story so much. Painful death, rolling away of the Stone, Christ raising from the dead. What a story-whether we see it as a metaphor for our lives or more, it is very exciting. I was just saying to someone recently- what’s with all these beliefs that some Christians have that judge people and decide who is good or who is bad and who can marry in the church or not. Why not just follow Jesus’ saying “The Greatest of These is Love”. I may fail often, but my intention every day is to treat every one with Love and back off the judgements. Of course Russ is a challenge!
At any rate we arrived to Perdido Cove to the prettiest spot we have stayed in. Gulf Inland waterway outside my door and just a short bike ride to the Gulf and the prettiest sand you have ever seen.
Called my sister’s vet in Idaho to talk with her about our dear Shadow. We are seeing some changes and wanted to know what to look for and how to know when to make a decision. We have enjoyed her so much without Izzy. She is the best girl and she certainly earned her right to be the only child. Izzy was beautiful and we loved her, but she was so stubborn and bossy and hard on Shadow. So we 3 have really enjoyed each other.
I am actually sitting on the patio at Perdido Cove and should be doing those photos. But here I am today just back from a bike ride and have decided to catch up with photos. We have had many days where Shadow can stay in the car while we bike ride. The photos show the St. Petes downtown area. We parked under trees and took a bike ride and then ate out at a cute little bistro. It was cool, in the high 60’s and a breeze was blowing but we enjoyed just being there. We did little to no research and just existed in the beauty.
The Freckles in the title is about me. I have so many now and I do wear sunscreen.
Am including a couple of maps to help you see where we have stayed.
1. St. Augustine 2. Fort Meyers 3. Big Cypress south and west right on the 10,000 islands (Everglades) 4. Ft. Lauderdale 5. St. Petersburg/Tampa 6. Tallahasee (unite) 7. Perdido Cove on the Gulf just out of Pensacola
When Russ and I left Fort Lauderdale, we came back over to the Gulf Coast but drove north of Fort Myers to St. Petersburg and Tampa. We crossed the whole Tampa Bay on an incredible bridge to get to St. Petes. We pulled into a campground where no one was around and we had to just pick out a spot and move in. Neighbors helped and we really enjoyed our week. We swam and rode bikes, went down to the St. Petes waterfront area (see photos on next blog) and then crossed another Bay Bridge into Tampa. Its downtown and waterfront were beautiful and the stadium where the hockey team plays is gorgeous.
But ever since we arrived in Florida, we saw signs to save the Manatees. Yet out on the Everglades we never got a look at these marvelous gigantic mammals. So when I saw that Florida Power had set up an observation area on the Bay where the water is warm during the winter months, I knew we had to get there. After all they leave mid April. The manatee is closest in DNA to the Elephant. They are counted by airplanes, as you don’t get to see too much of them. They have no predator except us, with the fishing nets and junk that catches them and keeps them from getting to the surface for air. They are up to 2000 pounds.
The new walkway at the site was over the water and we could look down on them and catch their getting air and sticking their funny fins out of the water as if to wave. Oh, yeah, there were parking spots at the site where you could plug in your cars.