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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Social Calendar is Full Again

Mark  happy with his dozen oysters.
Busy, busy, busy is how I would describe the last few days.  We had another friend and fellow Mainer (of Marks), Bonnie, come for a visit and the four of us continued the routine of eating, laughing, and enjoying the bright Florida sunshine and white sandy beaches.  Since we love the Florida panhandle, we are more than happy to share it with our friends and show them the area.  And of course that means indulging in the Gulf’s bountiful seafood treasures.  Mark is a raw oyster fan so we are on a daily quest to find the best slippery, slimy, salty, slithering shucked goodness.  Betsy and I don’t eat raw oysters but love hearing him moan in gastronomic joy and proclaim how good they are.  Ah, the simple pleasures in life!

Bonnie and Mark taking a break from watching the football game to pose for the camera.
We also met some RV’ing gals, Jan and Phyllis, who are blog readers and were camped in the same park.  Phyllis contacted us and asked if we wanted to meet when they were in town.  Our response, “of course!”  These ladies travel part-time leaving their North Carolina stick house for much-needed vacations in their rig with four dogs and a cockatoo.  Wow, and I thought our little four-pawed pooch was a lot to handle?  It was great getting to know them over dog walks in the woods, cocktails in the evening, and dinner. 
Phyllis, Jan and just one of the dogs with their rig before heading home.  Can't wait to see them this Spring in North Carolina.
One of the best things about RV’ing is meeting new people and sharing stories.  We have learned a lot from those we have met – everything from which is the best winery to visit . . . where is the closest dog park . . . how to find my diesel water separator (and what to do with it once I find it) . . . to finding the best donut in town.  It seems that living in RV parks and making new friends goes hand in hand.  I admit, we don’t always talk to our neighbors.  Sometimes, we are scared by two adults traveling with four kids and three dogs.  Some neighbors prefer their privacy and sometimes we prefer ours.  But most of the time, we are telling each other about “our new best friend” that we met while walking Spirit and exchanging cards so we can stay in touch.  One never knows who you will see again or where because there is a lot of smallness to this world.

And for the small world category, Jan is a veterinarian and scientist and had graduated from Ohio State Veterinary College where Betsy went to college but she arrived two years later.  Phyllis is a lawyer.  We had an immediate connection.  Great new friends that we plan to see again in their home state on our way to Maine.

We especially love meeting blog readers because it gives us a chance to meet the people that read my written ramblings.  The Blogger homepage tells me how many people hit my blog in a day but I have very little idea who you are.  Thanks for reading and letting us get to know you through your comments and contacting us.  Our door is always open and there usually is a bottle of wine open in the evening, so please stop by if you are ever nearby. 


  1. Nothing better than making new friends along the way.

  2. Now I thought retirement was for relaxing and resting. Seems your calendar is filled with the opposite activities! ;c)

  3. Give Mark a hug from all of us in MD who miss him! Can't wait to see you guys in a few weeks!!

    1. We can certainly do that for you. Looking forward to your visit.

  4. I don't think there is anything "little" about your four pawed friend Spirit! Eat some more seafood for us!


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