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  • We have signed the papers and July 1 we will move into our freshly built home in the Del Webb Ponte Vedra community in Nocatee Florida. We have not stopped thinking about the community since we visited it in December. It has so much we are interested in: warm weather somewhat modified by its proximity to the coast, a community with activities we are interested in as a way to make friends, proximity to good healthcare and to cities with great amenities, airport, etc. We are only 5 minutes to the shopping in the community, and 15 minutes to the nearest Fresh Market.

    This particular community has a couple of bonuses, a big one being that it is part of a larger planned community that is all ages with activities and facilities of its own so we can easily interact and make friends with people younger than ourselves and rub elbows with kids if we want. It has a 7 mile bike and walking path that takes you directly to the ocean beach. The community is surrounded by permanent greenbelt areas that will never be developed. Though houses are very close together, our own house and immediate neighborhood backs up to one of those green areas. Gordon had thought he would not be able to have a garden outside of pots, but that was not correct so he is feeling cheerful about that. Though right now he is focussing on the many many pots of citrus and gardenias he can get going right away.

    We scoot in and out of the jitters having made such a rash decision, though really we have been looking around for a while. But I am reassured by my lovely mom who showed up to sit on my shoulder and encourage me. She made many such rash decisions and never looked back ... and was blessed by each one.

    Oh ... and we will have a guest room. AND we are only 2 hours from Disneyworld for those of you who care. And who wouldn't?
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  • Well dagnabbit, we were just a bit tired by the time we headed north from Manatee Central and did not take photos as we should have of all the beautiful beaches, mossy trees and gorgeous coastal homes. But before hanging it up, I did get a couple of shots of dramatic horizons with incoming clouds. Living all those years in the PNW, I kind of forgot that clouds are a gorgeous and ever-changing phenomenon in much of the world. We're thankful to be reminded.Read more

  • Good friends, excellent wines and an upcoming sunset. We are so blessed! Paul
    is unwrapping a pre-birthday gift. A biography
    of Candy Barr! We all had heard a story that Paul's daddy told of Candy Barr. The story goes....that in her later years spent time living in a trailer in Helena. She went by her real name; Juanita Dale Schlesinger. We are now on the grand research project for the potential Historical Marker- lol. Famous strippers need historical markers too.Read more

  • First night out. And not very busy. But beautiful

    Second night. Cold and musty. But soup from my own stove will make it all better.
    Plus the electric blanket won't hurt either. 60 and sunny predicted for tomorrow

  • We finally got a move on and headed northwards, the reason being we had made an appointment with the real estate guy at the Ponte Verde community to get some more information. We took the long way up, though, and were thrilled to see Cape Canaveral in the distance.

  • Found the park and have hiked 2 canyons and found the hot springs. 70 at river and 55up at chiso basin. Sunny and clear The photos are of the campsite and then Chisos Basin. I need to get some of the other photos out of the camera. That will require patience and wifi. Maybe on Saturday morning.
    Ok so found them this evening, Pictures 3 and 4 are St. Elena Canyon, Picture 5 is the hot springs literally on the banks of the Rio Grande. The last photo is from the Chimneys trail this morning and the petroglyphs on one of the chimneys.Read more

  • While hog cooking at its finest. Traditionally an eastern North Carolina tradition, whole hog BBQ consists of smoking the meat in the entire hog for several hours (in our case 12-16 hours) before chopping it up in mixed cuts and serving. What you get is deliciously moist, flavorful pork that will make your knees knock.

    This place - Burton Hall- in particular is special: the whole hog process was developed after visiting the grandfathers of whole hog in Columbia, SC, Hemingway, SC, and Ayden, NC. These were the institutions that originally dotted our map.

    The restaurant was charming with it's reclaimed-industrial style and character that reminded me of old-style southern antiques. We ordered the BBQ platter and the fried chicken sandwich (recommended). For starters, chicken sandwiches were popping out of the kitchen! Clearly the crowd favorite. We loved it - excellent old-school fried chicken breast that was super moist and topped with pimento cheese and pickle. The collards were sweet and slightly spiced, which was delicious! Sam's BBQ platter came with a hushpuppy, which made my day. We could see a bowl of hot hush puppies sitting under a warming lamp, and walking over and snagging one was a legitimate temptation.

    BBQ was good, but not the best I've had. The flavor profile felt a little monotonous in comparison to others I've tried. The vinegar sauce on the table was true to its roots and was good, but the mustard sauce tickled my taste buds more. Oh, and the banana pudding pie is wonderful.

    Overall, amazing atmosphere. Order the chicken sandwich and a slice of pie, which we pronounced more like "pah" as the day wore on.
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  • We spent January 1st in McMinnville with our friends Leslie & Chad, Lesa & Dean...a wonderful way to kick off 2017.

    The next two weeks was spent in Coburg, Oregon for biannual motorhome maintenance and repair. As always we met new friends at "Camp Monaco". We also survived snow, freezing rain and 16° temperatures.

    Thankfully the completion of repairs and maintenance coincided with a window of clear weather so over the Siskiyous we traveled. Our first night was spent in Corning, CA at Rolling Hills Casino RV Park. The next morning we stopped at the Olive Pit before hitting the road and heading to Harris Ranch Inn in Coalinga, CA. We enjoyed a martini with the olives purchased that morning🍸
    Today we finally arrived at Catalina RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA... so wonderful to be in weather warmer than 30°🌴☀️😎
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