American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.
Louis Grizzard, a great American
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It's choice ~ not chance ~ that determines your destiny.
Jean Nidetch

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Monday, July 14, 2008

~ Where to begin ~

OK, I am finally here, getting this blog started. I have been putting it off for far too long. Starting a blog has been on my list of things to do for a long time!

Where to start? First, let me introduce myself to you. I am Susan, the Beach Bum. My husband of 40 years (in Jan.’09) is Sam, the reluctant Beach Bum. We have two children and 5 grandchildren. They all live in Georgia, but about 1 ½ hours apart. My son, Scott and Angelia, have a daughter Mackenzie (6 ½) and a son Ethan (11 weeks). My daughter, Samantha and Nathan, have three boys; Kyle (almost 5), Logan (2 ½), and Tyler (1 ½).

Sam retired in 2006. We purchased the motor home in August of 2007 and took off for our first volunteer position as soon as I retired in October of 2007. That was at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Cape San Blas, Florida, where we were campground hosts until the end of January, 2008. From there we went to Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth, Georgia, where we volunteered until the end of March, 2008. We are currently serving as volunteer campground hosts at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Florida. All of these positions are strictly volunteer. For compensation for our 20 or so hours a week, we receive a free site for our motor home with water, electric and sewer hookups. There are some other perks like free use of the park's facilities such as water shuttle to Shell Island, lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach, kayaks, laundry, ice machine, and annual passes to other State Parks.

When we leave St. Andrews, just after Labor Day, we will head north to Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge in the north Georgia mountains for the 3-day annual Volunteer Conference and Gathering compliments of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. We are leaving the RV in Florida at our cousin's lovely home (more on this later) and will stay in the lodge for the conference. We are looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. Here are two of the volunteer couples from Red Top.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Hi, Susan, and welcome to the blog world, and also welcome to workamping! FabGrandpa and I have been on the road for 8 years now. We have volunteered for three winters at Unicoi State Park in Helen, and just loved it there. But, we are thinking that we won't be going back to Georgia this coming winter, but going to southern Arizona instead. The desert is calling us, hahaha.

Come by anytime and thanks for putting a link to me on your blog. I am going to link to you on mine.