Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Betsy's Take on Things!

Betsy here! Nancy has been doing most of the writing because I have other things (a book!) that I need to be writing. Just wanted you all to know that I wasn’t always off having fun while Nance writes, cooks, walks the dog, does the laundry, cleans the moho, etc, etc. Actually, we have been sharing all of the duties except cooking! Most of you know that me doing that would be disaster. We drive the RV, gas it up, watch the GPS, walk Otter at the rest stops and even drain and clean the yucky tanks that we use when we aren’t hooked up at a campsite.

Three days ago we left wonderful Ft. Pickens, Florida and came to even more wonderful, Grayton State Park in Grayton Beach, Florida. Drive was 3 hours but we stopped at a store called Camping World where, appropriately, we and thousands of other RVer’s buy their “stuff”! Even ate sandwiches in the moho while parked there.
Passing by too crowded Destin.
Our campsite at Grayton is large, with picnic table, fire ring, all the things RVer’s ever need. Nancy sets up her table and grill and induction burner and she cooks outside every night. We have been eating gourmet meals as only she can cook: steaks, lobster, crock pot pulled pork, and flank steak with couscous and asparagus. Wine and s’mores follow around the firepit!

The campsite all set up and ready for a picnic.
Yesterday we kayaked all morning, went to the beach and read. We’ve been riding our bikes to nearby Water Color and Seaside that are small developments beach side and have restaurants, shops, many expensive homes and even a beachside grill named Pickles that you can guess what they sell! Nance loves fried pickles! Tonight we are taking Otter to Seaside to an outside free concert. We’ve been here in this area before and in fact own a lot in Seacrest Beach which is close to Seaside so we have eaten in most all of the restaurants. This is our first time camping here and we are loving it! Can you believe, it has been more than a week and I haven’t had to go to a meeting or get out of my jeans or shorts! I miss the friends and wonderful ACRES staff in New Orleans as well as the great science they will carry on. But this is a new adventure for Nance and I together and I have more mountains to climb and conservation messages to spread. Retirement isn’t here yet. Stay tuned!

Morning kayaking instead of morning meeting.

Western Lake -the lake we are camped on.

Location of the campsite in Grayton Beach State Park.

View of the campsite and motorhome (the big black and tan thing in the background) from Western Lake.

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