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

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Planning for the Future...............

This past Sunday we drove down to Homasassa to visit Bill & Betty, friends we met in Del Rio, Texas in 2009. They are staying at the Turtle Creek RV resort year-round while going home to Erie, PA, in the summer (leaving their RV at Turtle Creek). We had a great visit and enjoyed lunch at Cody's Roadhouse in Crystal River. Coconut Shrimp was yummie! Next time I will take pictures! ;-) And next time we will leave Buddy at home so we can tour Homasassa Springs Wildlife State Park. That looked like fun.

We thought about moving to Turtle Creek later in November but decided to stay in Chiefland. We are close to Gainesville and Sam will need to get some treatments there for the next 5 or 6 weeks, as a result of his bladder surgery.

Our new (revised 11/15) 'plan' is to remain here at Chiefland RV Park until about mid-January (which is only 8 weeks - yikes!). Sam has doctor appointments that will continue thru 1/7/11. Then we'll move to Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL, where we've had reservations for over a year! It takes that long to get a site in the winter! We'll stay there a couple of months, and hopefully have some of the grands visits while school is out for their winter break, the week of February 21st! :=) In the meantime, we'll go 'home' to Georgia for 2 or 3 weeks around Christmas.

Of course, all of this could change by next this is the new 'plan'.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Now in Florida........

We arrived at Manatee State Park in High Falls, Florida, last Wednesday (10-13). We had planned to stay for 4 or 5 days but changed our minds after one night and moved on to Chiefland RV Park in Chiefland, FL. TV, phone, and computer reception was zero at Manatee and that just wouldn't work for us. We decided to stay in Chiefland for a month and not go to O'Leno State Park for the volunteer position. We visited O'Leno and they understood that after Sam's recent illness, he didn't want to be committed to working in a maintenance position 5 days a week (20 hrs.). They were very nice and let us know we were welcome back any time.

Today we drove out to Cedar Key, about 30 miles southwest of Chiefland. It's a small, fishing village that has become a tourist destination known for it's seafood restaurants. We took a picnic lunch and found some tables at the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, a state park with hiking trails through the salt marshes and hardwood forests. We also toured the Cedar Key Museum and got my passport book stamped.

A few permanent residents of Cedar Key:

There was a very cute, small RV & motel on the island. Low-Key Hideaway would be a nice place to stay a few days to explore the island a little more. Here's a shot of a couple of rv's already there.

More exploring left to do another day.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Looking back to Saturday, 10/16/2010

A tragic loss for Rv'ers and the blogging community:

Although we never met in person, we kept up with all their adventures, including this past summer they spent 'babysitting' with their grands. Our hearts go out to all their family and friends.

Susan & Sam

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I can't believe it has been so long since I contributed anything to my blog. Sam has completed his 6 months with the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Battlefield Park and we have left Holiday Trav-L Park. We are now at John Tanner Park in Carrollton, GA, We'll be here for about 2 weeks for our grandson's 7th birthday party on 10/9.

Happy Birthday Kyle!!!! (Today, 10/5)

We're leaving here on 10/12, heading to Manatee Springs State Park in Florida. We will arrive there 10/13. We will stop for one night in Georgia at Georgia Veteran's State Park. We'll probably stay at Manatee for a week or so before heading further south to Rainbow Springs State Park. There are a lot of 'day use' state parks in the area that we want to check out and get stamped in my Florida State Parks Passport book.

DS, Scott and DIL, Angelia and grand kids, Mackenzie and Ethan, visited us at the campground near Chattanooga on the last weekend we were there. They all went to the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and the Tennessee Aquarium. The kids really had a ball. My mother even made the trip with them for the weekend. We had a great visit and ate too much, as usual!

Tonight I plan to spend some time catching up on my blog reading. I am wayyyyyyyyy behind!

Angelia with Ethan & Mackenzie at the Choo-Choo.

Mackenzie and cute!

Mackenzie on new scooter at the campground near Chattanooga.
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