Friday, December 18, 2009

Weekend At Myakka State Park and New Friends

Wow, what a great weekend. We camped at Myakka State Park this past weekend and had a great trip. Let me start from the beginning. I took off both Friday and Monday, unfortunately Terri had to work both of those days but Joined Cinnamon and I after work on Friday )more on that later). I arrived on Friday just after noon. I found my spot, which was a little tight and close to our neighbors, but I made due. I met our neighbors, Ed and his wife Susan and Ed helped me get backed in. We chatted for a couple of minutes and then they let me get set up. After I got most everything set up I called Terri and let her know the exit and site number for when she came down after work. So with the afternoon to our selves Cinnamon and I went for a walk and then came back and we chatted with Ed a little more. Ed and Susan are from Newnan, Georgia and have been at the cap ground for about 3 weeks now. This was their 4th year of coming to Myakka and they really like this campground. We had a good conversation and I told them we would meet and talk to them again later. I had planned all of the dinners for the weekend and all of the meals were ones that I got from Linda from RV and her recipe page. So I went in and started Taco soup for dinner then spent the afternoon catching up on some magazine reading. Terri called about 5pm and said she was getting ready to leave. She went by Publix to pick up some fresh bread and a couple of things that I had forgotten and started down. I figured it would take her about an hour and 15 minutes. Well, i got caught up reading and didn't notice it was almost 7pm before she pulled in. Seems she had used our GPS an it took her to the back gate of the Park. Of course the the park officials had already left that gate for the night and she didn't know that combination for the gate. It also seems that she had tried to call me several times on my phone but I had turned it off to reset it and forgot to turn it back on. She finally got hold of someone at the front gate and they gave her the combination to the gate so she could get in. Needless to say she wasn't very happy with me when she finally got to camp. Sorry Honey, I hope the wine cooler and the dinner made you relax a little and forget the bad day you had at work. By the way the Taco soup was delicious and I highly recommend it. Well, we just relaxed and enjoyed the rest of our evening. We did have a small fire in the fire pit but it was under the canopy and there was no way to move it. I told Terri that maybe Saturday night we would have a fire with the neighbors.

Saturday turned out to be a nice day. The weather man said it was suppose to rain, but what do they know. I would love to have a job where I only had to be right some of the time and get paid for it. Anyway, Terri and I decided to take a bike ride and enjoy the day. We rode quite a while and checked out several parts of the park. We soon realized that this was a great park with lots to do and see. There is a lot of wildlife and plenty of trails to ride and hike. After our bike ride we got back to camp and visited with Ed and Susan some more. Ed had invited us to join them around the fire before I could even ask to join them. So we agreed to meet after dinner. Once again I made dinner and I prepared Pecan Crusted Fish - a variation of Linda's salmon. Again it was delicious, but Terri wants to try it on the salmon next time. I had used Mahi Mahi which is a fish I prefer. After diner we sat around the fire and talked till almost 11pm. We really enjoyed talking with Ed and Susan and I think that they enjoyed having the company.

Sunday: The day started a little foggy so Terri and I slept in for awhile. After a nice big breakfast we went to do some more exploring. We did some more bike riding and checked out the north end of the park. After we got back Ed and Susan invited us to join them at the bird walk on the lake to enjoy the sunset. After wards we all went back and we had dinner together. I made the Slow cook ribs from Linda's page, and once again it was delicious. We finished up and chatted a little more before we called it a night, Terri had to get up early to go to work in the morning. Ed did invite me to take a kayak trip down the river with him because his wife doesn't like all the gators.

Monday: Terri was up and gone by 6:45 am. Way to early. She called me just before 8am when she got to work. I got up and again it was really foggy. Ed ask me if we were ready to head to the river so away we went. We put in at the Concession area and we were going to float down to just below the campground. The weather was actually very good for the trip, overcast and not much wind. There was plenty of alligators and many types of birds. Several of the birds you could almost reach out and touch before they flew off. Thanks Ed for inviting me, it was a good trip. I look forward to doing the lower part of the river next time.

Oh yeah, just after we went under the bridge in the park we saw an inflatable kayak. As we got closer I noticed it was a Sea Eagle, I said hello to the couple in the boat and assured the lady in the kayak that the gators would not bother her. I introduced myself and Ed to Peggy and Gary. We started talking about the Sea Eagle and how my wife and I wanted to look into it before we go full timing. Well low and behold they had read about it on RV Dreams and they were about ready to start the full timimng life style. Not only that but they are attending the Rally in April. Wow what a small world. We look forwad to meeting and getting to know Peggy and Gary more at the rally. Well, we got back to camp and I had to pack up to head home, but not before saying good bye to Ed and Susan and exchanging our addresses so that we could stay in touch. Oh yeah, by the way Ed is not ready to full time but I think Susan is. Time will tell wether or not Ed gives in. Thanks Ed and Susan for a great weekend. We hope that our paths may cross again.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Another Weekend Closer .....

A very nice weekend. Nothing special, just a relaxing weekend. Thanks dear !! We didn't do anything special really, just kinda hung out and relaxed. Friday night and Saturday was rainy, which made Saturday morning a nice morning to just stay in bed, snuggle and sleep. We haven't done that in a long time. We had our company Christmas party at noon. It wasn't to bad and it was good to see every one's other halves and their kids. I just hate having to go to those things. Oh well, it didn't kill us and we got a free meal. After the party we really didn't do much at all the rest of the day. I started the long task of scanning old photos on to the computer. I hope to be able to put all of them on a hard drive before we depart on our adventure. Between this and all the old VHS and 8mm films I want to put on a hard drive, I have my work cut out for me. Terri worked on her Christmas presents (pillows), she really does great stuff. We did take time out to watch the Gators lose for the first time this year. Now we really are not big football fans, but this was a big game and it was just a great afternoon to lay around and watch the game. I kinda felt bad for them, but Alabama came ready to play and were the better team. Congratulations to Alabama.
Sunday kinda started the same way. We were lazy and I didn't get out of bed till 10am again. Wow, 2 days that I layed around and was lazy. But when I did get up I really needed to get out of the house and blow the stink off. So Terri had some errands she needed to run and some more crafts to get. So, shopping we went. We ended up driving from one end of the county to the other. We even went to the SPCA. Yes, Terri wanted to see of they had any lap dogs. She really has been wanting one after she saw my sister's Sweetie. The SPCA didn't really have much of a selection, but one of the workers said they are going to Georgia to pick up 30 to 35 small dogs this week and that they will be ready for adoption in about 2 weeks. Oh no, looks like we may have a new dog for Christmas. I will let you know. While we were at the craft store, Terri and I decided that she could make some Dog toys for Cinnamon. She is our current dog of 12 years. She is an American Cur. Anyway, she loves the fleece chew toys and they are so expensive to buy. So, we decided that Terri could make them. We got some remnants to make some. We also had gone to Walmart and we found men's Fleece jackets on clearance for $5. Wow what a bargain. We got 2 of the 3x sizes to get the most material we could. We couldn't have even bought the material for $5 dollars. What a deal. Any way when we got home Terri proceeded to start making dog toys. We may try selling some, so let me know if you want any. I even ordered the squeakers to go inside of them. We did one and gave it to Cinnamon and she loved it. Other than that I scanned probably 150 pictures and then called it a night.
We are going camping this coming weekend to Lake Mayaka, looking forward to getting the trailer out again. We are going for 3 nights. Hopefully we will have good weather. I will write about it later. Thanks for following and let me know you were here !!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Oh, what a day!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving !!! Yes I know, it's late. But as they say better late then never. We had a good day. We spent the day at Terri's Mom's with most of her siblings. Also, her nephew and his wife and mother in law came down from Ohio. They are now in Disney World for 5 days. Hope they are having a good time. The rest of the weekend went by way to fast. I did host a poker game at our house on Saturday. No, I didn't win this time, but it was nice to have people over and I hope that we will do it again soon.
Terri and I are going camping to Myakka State Park on the 11th. I had a couple of days vacation to use before the end of the year and this was about the only free weekend we have. Terri will have to work on Friday so I will go down by myself on Friday to set up. We are looking forward to getting out in the camper again. We haven't camp in Myakka in several years. We are looking forward to that.
Well for the title, all I can say is that I can't wait for the day to be able to tell work that I am done. Yesterday at work was one of those days that makes you just want to scream. Days like that are why I can't wait to get out of the rat race. All I know is that as soon as we can get all of our planning done and debt paid off, we are out of here.
Well that's about it for now. I will post more about our trip later. Thanks for reading my ramblings.