August was a great month to watch the hummingbirds and other chirping friends at our bird feeders, The weather was terrific – warm and sunny most days. We used the campground pool more and ate most meals outside at our table set up the motorhome. We had lovely campfires in the evenings; marshmallows were toasted and roasted as a special treat. Even Lenny has grown to tolerate campfires – at first he was very suspicious but now he has relaxed and sits in one of our laps for an hour or so. its hard for him because – it’s dark and to dogs that means its bedtime! We have continued our walks around the campground and enjoy the different ways people choose to be outside – in motorhomes, 5th wheels, C class vehicles, and a huge variety of tents and campers. I have great respect for those driving the big 5th wheels and parking them in tight spots – it is great entertainment – backing and filling while a spouse gives verbal directions, while waving their hands around alot. We communicate best via short wave radios while parking the bus. We can both hear each other and verify the actions being taken. A lot less yelling & misunderstandings! I love using them – and recommend them for everyone – it avoids getting upset with each other – a real relationship saver! The campground changes quite a bit as the kids get back to school – overnightthe weekenders and vacationers are gone and there are just four or five seasonal guests like us there during the week. The two large fields normally filled with campers & tents are empty except on the weekends or for special group rallies.
Our 2015 to 2016 Itinerary is pretty complete and we have reservations through May 8 2016. Here are some highlights: Upon leaving October 1st we visit friends in Carlisle PA and hope to stop at Gettysburg too. Then down to Staunton VA to see two of our grand daughters. We will make our way to Charleston/ Mount Pleasant through North Carolina enjoying fall in beautiful Smokey Mountain country. We plan to spend Oct 15 through Dec 11th in Charleston to see our oldest and youngest grandchildren and enjoy one of our favorite places in USA. We will leave there for a trip home for appointments and a grandchild birthday followed by a tropical respite to Mexico. We will leave Lenny in the care of his long time sitter and travel to Mexico visiting Tulum and Playa Del Carmen for our fall tropical break. It will be our first stay in Tulum at a small intimate resort on the beach. We are looking forward to it.
We return to Charleston & the Taj mid November and stay until a trip to Savannah GA starts the winter trip south. Tybee Island is the site Near Savannah where we are staying – great bird refuge. We will visit Bainbridge GA to see dear friends on our way to FL.
We will spend from December 21, 2015 to March 23 2016 in various parts of Florida – with 1 month on Long Key and two weeks in St. Pete visiting friends and celebrating New Years. Christmas will be at Caravelle RV Resort near Appalachicola on the Gulf Coast. We found the Resort back in 2010 and hoped to visit someday, so I made it our Christmas gift! A month in the Keys will be interesting and offer a chance to visit Key West with less time pressure. A real treat will be two weeks at Everglade Isle RV Resort which is a class A resort near the state park and halfway between the Keys and the Fort Myers area where we will be much of March. A Red Sox spring training game is in the cards too. We also hope to attend our first Allegro Bus Rally in Sarasota sponsored by Tiffin – a change to meet owners of the same type of motorhome and swap suggestions & stories.
April 2016 brings us to Washington DC for a FMCA Rally which hopefully coincides with some blooming cherry blossoms. A real bucket list item comes in May when we attend a week long event at the Kentucky Derby with visits to a horse farm, breakfast at millionaires row and tickets to the Oaks and the Derby races. I will need to get a hat! This will be a dream come true. So many places to visit – so many sites to try – we are so excited about this first big adventure.