Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Slow Start To 2017

January-February 2017

Our time is winding down but we're still hanging out on the TX Gulf Coast. Our days start with walking either in the park or along the beach, weather and wind permitting. We try to get at least 6-7 miles of steps in every day. Dave has been enjoying the surf fishing, our freezer is well stocked and happy hours have frequently featured fresh fried fish. I've been enjoying time with good friends, sitting by the beach or spending the afternoon on the patio reading. We've established a doctor here and had checkups this winter. With a few adjustments we are good to go. In the last few weeks we've both been feeling the itch to get the wheels moving but we haven't succumbed to it since we are awaiting the arrival of some good friends whom we'll be traveling with across the Gulf to AL.

Here's some highlights from the last few months.

Beautiful sunrises...

Full moons...

Visits with Ingrid & Al of Live Laugh RV while they were staying nearby. We always enjoy our visits with them, lots of fun and laughter when we are together. They are back in AZ now and we won't see them again until the fall when we are back in AZ.  Just a few shots of the wildlife we saw while out walking Goose Island with them.

A fortuitous phone call to our friends Dick & Pat had them stopping by on their way back to GA. Dick is retired military so they stayed at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station Fancamp. What a nice rv park they have, sites with lots of space and views of the Corpus Christi Bay and just a short drive from our place.

One of Dave's coworkers from his IBM days came to escape the cold and snow of VT. Terry and Jackie enjoyed a few days on the beach and we were even able to have a fire on the beach one evening.

We currently have, as neighbors, our friends Ron & Rose from Australia and their friend Ciel whose motorhome they are all traveling in. Our first meetup with Ron and Rose was in the fall of 2014 when they were here at Gulf Waters staying in the site next to us.

We've been eating well, through lots of walking we are losing weight though.

Oysters were a good price at $48 for 110pds.

White Gulf Shrimp buy 20pds and it's $3.50/pd

Some BBQ...

       Eating well...

        Dave has been enjoying his fishing...

We've enjoyed catching up with some of our friends at Gulf Waters...

It's been a fun winter and we've enjoyed living on island time, especially after our crazy summer last year. Two weeks till takeoff, time to get ready to travel. Before we know it we'll be on our way back to some of our favorite state parks and  exploring a few new ones. Lots more friends to catch up with before we head to Lake Shelbyville, IL for the summer.

Until next time...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Life And The Holidays At Gulf Waters Beachfront RV Resort

November 15-December 31, 2016

We have been settling in to life here at our place in TX, the days are very similar which is nice after all the summer traveling we did.

We arrived in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends. Deep fried turkey has become our regular main course for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanks Bev and Dennis for having us over.

My brother, sister in law and one daughter were in town for the holidays.

Once Thanksgiving passed it was time to get ready for Christmas.

 Dave has been out fishing as much as possible. His friend Steal A Fish usually joins him.

One morning Dave got attacked by the clams, all of the sudden they appeared in mass. Good thing he kept his wits about him and made it out alive. 

     One of his bigger catches.

Waiting for his handout.

We purchased a small freezer for our shed so Dave has plenty of room to freeze up as much as he catches. We can also take advantage of sales at HEB, now we can have on hand meats to BBQ whenever we feel like it. Two pork butts and brisket in the freezer, we're ready to BBQ.

I have been diligently exercising  6-7 days a week, either power walking, an aerobic workout or with hand weights and a dvd. Slowly but steadily the weight is going down and the muscles are getting toned. We have both joined the Fitbit movement and strive to get 10k steps every day.

Before the holidays some of the ladies from the park went to Santa's Texas Workshop and Christmas House in Falfurrias TX. What a treat and experience it was, the three ladies who own and run the enterprise take Christmas to a whole new level. Janie, Esther and Dorothy Minten never married and still live in the home they grew up in. Every year the start decorating the whole home in July and open the doors in late September and stay open through the end of April. Tours are done by phone reservation only, 1-800-276-4339. These wonderful ladies keep Christ in Christmas and part of all of the admission proceeds go to charity. Your tour will consist of visits to each room of their home, snacks and you will be entertained by song and piano playing, be prepared to spend 4 hours there.

For many years I purchased these Crayola Hallmark ornaments for our oldest son. 

I've spent lots of fun time with my friend Jackie, we seem to be into the flavor peach this winter so we decided try making peach moonshine. Tasting will take place in another week or so, sure tasted good as we prepared it so we have high hopes for the finished product.

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of love and laughter while enjoying the day with our Gulf Waters Family. Christmas Eve there was an open house, followed by a golf cart parade and ending with a Mean Santa kept us busy all day. Phone calls with family in between the events and the day was complete. Christmas Day we enjoyed a buffet lunch at the only restaurant  open in Port Aransas, all the seafood and sides you could eat, sure didn't need anything more for the rest of the day.

The Jones family, new friends who have the most well behaved kids, a pleasure to get to know them.

Francy, the one who is responsible for all the activities we enjoy here at Gulf Waters. Thank you for a wonderful day.
The winners of the most tackiest golf cart, thanks Jackie for sharing your ride with me.
The Gingerbread house sandcastle from our Christmas Day buffet restaurant.
Our travel plans for the next 16 months, we leave here on 3/21 and will be traveling with our friends Curt and Glenda east along the Gulf coast as far as Gulf Shores AL. Some of our caravan friends will join us there for 9 days of fun and good times, we also will be able to catch up with our friends Carla and Jerry who workamp at a nearby local campground. On 4/10 we will  head north to IL. In mid December we received a call from Lake Shelbyville COE, we will be volunteering for them and working at the visitors center located at the dam. We will be staying at Oppussum Creek Campground on the west side of Lake Shelbyville. We will be there mid April till sometime in October, we will then head to Cave Creek AZ where we will once again be volunteering at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. 

We hope you all have had wonderful holidays and wish you a safe and enjoyable New Year.

Until next time...