Dec 31 2009

Home for the Holidays

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Here's our "Home for the Holidays"



Tree 1209



Lights 1209


Christmas Eve 2009

Dec 24 2009

On the Road – Florida

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We rolled on through Alabama and arrived in the Florida Panhandle on Sunday, December 6. We overnighted at Arrowhead Campground in Marianna, Florida. The temperatures were starting to warm, though it was still chilly. 

Arrowhead Campground takes no reservations; it's a first-come, first-serve campground. It has a pool, laundry facilities, gas, and store. The sites aren't paved, but they have full hook-ups. 

From there, we drove to St. Augustine on Monday, December 7. We told the Indian Forest Campground manager that we would be there before 6 p.m. We arrived at 5:45 p.m. We made reservations for this campground because we want to stay until January 7. It's a pet-friendly park, with a pond for fishing. There are several pull-through sites. None are paved, but have full hook-ups with 50 amp service. We definitely plan to stay here again. 

We've had a great time visiting with Tracy and family. We've attended Courtney's Daisy Scout outings and especially enjoyed the troop's Christmas Caroling at the Augustine Retirement Community. Brittany and Courtney came out and spent a couple of nights with us in the RV. 

We came here with the idea that we would get a screened canopy room and put up our 6 foot artificial Christmas tree. We purchased the canopy room, but it wasn't to our liking. So we scrapped the idea of a full-size Christmas tree and bought a 3 foot artificial tree which we decorated with our favorite ornaments. This tree took up residence on the dashboard and looks quite festive. Gray still likes to sleep "under" the tree on the tree skirt.

 Gray under tree

Dec 24 2009

On the Road – Alabama

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Alabama SignWe left Ferne Clyffe State Park in Goreville, Illinois, on Saturday morning, December 5. Our next overnight stop was at Love's Truck Plaza in Falkville, Alabama. We were the only RV parked among the 18-wheelers. Having lived by the freeway in Honolulu for seven years enabled us to sleep through the rumble and roar of 18-wheelers coming and going throughout the night. Nights were still chilly. We ran the refrigerator and furnace using our propane and the furnace fan through our house batteries. Everything worked great. Woke up to a hard frost. 

We stopped at the welcome center/rest area near Dothan, Alabama. While we were looking at travel brochures for Alabama, we heard a blood curdling scream. We were almost afraid to turn around to see what had happened. As it turns out, the welcome center's female greeter screamed when the Crimson Tide won the football game in a last minute touchdown. As it turned out, they were playing the Florida Gators, so we got to hear the "agony of defeat" on the other side. 


At the Alabama Welcome Center near Dothan
At the Alabama Welcome Center near Dothan

Dec 23 2009

On the Road – Michigan to Illinois

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Michigan_ObamaAfter dry camping in Donna's driveway for the month of November, we started on our trip to Florida. Our first stop was in Taylorville, Illinois, to visit family and friends. We spent three days dry camping in Vern and Carol Endsley's driveway. We left on Friday morning and drove to Goreville, Illinois (past Carbondale), and stopped at the rest area there. We met a couple that stopped to talk to us about our RV. They're wanting to buy the exact Bounder model. They recommended Ferne Clyffe State Park as a great place to overnight. It would mean a short driving day, but sounded ideal. We checked out the park, liked it, and decided to spend the night in our first campground. We also thought it was time for a dump station, which they had open. The only other amenities were 30 amp service, which suited us fine. We'll go back to the park in warmer weather. On the way out of the park on Saturday morning, we saw five deer in the woods.

 Ferne Clyffe Sign

Dec 5 2009

Trial by Tempest

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On Friday, October 23, we left Donna's house to go to Traverse City to pick up the Bounder. We rented a car at Muskegon County Airport. It was pouring rain and it poured rain all the way up to Traverse City, a distance of about 150 miles. It continued to rain as we prepared the motorhome for travel. 

We needed to return the rental car to Traverse City airport, which meant driving through Traverse City town. Then we started our trip back to Donna's house. It poured rain nearly all the way back, plus we had a strong cross-wind. 

When we got back to Donna's after dark, we knew that any trip forward would be easy.