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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Monday, August 29, 2011

We're packing up and cleaning out, getting ready to move to Georgia to Sprewell Bluff State Park for the month of September. Sprewell Bluff is a day use park and does not have overnight camping facilities. There is a ranger who lives on the premises and takes care of most issues. We will be caring for the day use facilities around the picnic area down by the Flint River which runs through the park and just general upkeep where needed.

We will be moving to F.D.Roosevelt State Park on 10/1 through 12/31.

August 19.....

Friday, two weeks ago, we took the short drive west down Hwy.98 to visit friends Ron & Barb Gurta in Navarre, Fl. They have a beautiful home on the water with gorgeous views of the bay from almost every room.
We had a wonderful visit and Barb fixed a great lunch we enjoyed out by the pool. Buddy and Katie greeted each other like old friends and shared Katie's lunch and toys!

The lovely Katie

Buddy loved the tile floors

Refreshing dip in the pool before lunch

Yummy lunch by the pool. The ceiling fans kept us cool!

Barb's new kitchen

View from family room

We are looking forward to seeing them again in Georgia, when we are hosting at F.D.R. State Park!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

August 21.....

Last Sunday, the hosts couples got together and rented one of the pontoon boats available in the park (exceptional deal for all of us!) ;-)

We rode over to the other side of Grand Lagoon to one of the waterfront restaurants, Bayou Joe's. It was excellent and we will definitely return.

There was a threat of rain, with a small storm in the distance, but we only got a few drops as we went under the closed draw bridge....and we just did fit under that low bridge.

After dinner, it wasn't quite dark so we rode over to another area and stopped at a bar and grill for after dinner drinks and a little local music.

Bayou Joe's.....waterfront dining

Our pontoon parked at the restaurant

Good Food

Good Friends

Nice Views

Low Bridge!

2nd stop, Gracie Mae's Bar & Grill

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August 8.......

I returned to Florida, to the camper at St. Andrews S.P. Hated to leave all the family but happy to be back to the camper & Sam & Buddy. Here's some thoughts about Georgia, copied from my Facebook page:

I was raised in Georgia, where you can use the ‘hootch or the Big Chicken for directions. We visit the Atlantic Ocean, Jekyll Island, and Paula Deen in Savannah. We cherish azaleas and dogwoods in the spring and magnolias all summer. We take pilgrimages to the mountains in the fall to see the leaves and keep our babies home from school if it snows. We love the Dawgs, Jackets, Braves & Falcons, Krispy Kreme, Vidalia onions, peaches, boiled peanuts, and a large Frosted Orange. We celebrate the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta and the country’s first gold rush in Dahlonega. We play football, fish in mountain streams, kayak in the Okefenokee, camp, hunt and surf. All soft drinks are called COKE!

Two stadiums: Atlanta Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field
(1997, before the old one was imploded!)
The Georgia Dome in upper left background where the Falcons play.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Georgia Visit

I came up to Georgia on Saturday, 8/23, to bring a truck load of bikes, etc., to Samantha's house and to bring Kyle home because he had stayed with us for a week after Samantha and Logan and Tyler returned home. Nathan came back with us also for the weekend and returned to Panama City with a co-worker on Sunday night or Monday morning. Then I found out my mother wasn't feeling well and my brother and sister-in-law were here from Asheville. I went to Mother's on Wednesday to stay for a while and my brother went home on Sunday. This is Tuesday 8/2, and I'm still at mother's for a few more days. She is much better now so I will probably leave this week to return to Sam & Buddy at the camper at St. Andrews S.P.

We'll be at St. Andrews until 9/1, then we are heading to Georgia to Sprewell Bluff State Park for one month, then on 10/1, go to F. D. Roosevelt State Park until 12/31. On Jan.1, we'll leave Georgia and go back to Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. Then back to St. Andrews on 3/1 for four months. Whew............that's the plans for now...........but, of course, they could change at any time! ;-)

Special plans for January or February......but more on that later. Here's a hint: