Saturday, August 13, 2016

Countdown

Well, I can’t claim Summer of 2016 has flown by, but the pace has proven perfectly pleasant. The passage of time only feels slow when I consider how long it’s been since the GDB wheels have turned down unknown roads.


This is my first summer home in 4 years and I’m kinda digging it! And for all the reasons I suspected I would (see previous post re: tomatoes).

While the swampy summer weather has been expectedly and truly horrific, time spent on the front row couch at the Olympics and Tour de France has provided pure and decadent indulgence.  A daily super-sized bag of CheetosTM would have really been icing on the cake (sorry for the disgusting metaphor), but the hostile weather conditions and subsequent inability to hike AT ALL have forced me to cut back on the intake. Sigh.

But we’ve completely enjoyed all the luscious fruits and vegetables of summer. Including our cute little jalapeno plant. See - even the pepper plants are sweating!


John splits ‘em, fills ‘em with pineapple cream cheese, wraps ‘em in bacon, bakes ‘em, and feeds ‘em to his wife.  

The best part of a summer at home has been - no contest - watching John adapt to retirement. Which took about 20 minutes. We figure he’s doing it right as he rarely knows what day it is without consulting a calendar.  His usual response to a pop quiz: Hmm … I know it ends in D-A-Y.

The days are mainly filled by catering to Doris’ every desire, doing something artsy every afternoon, and keeping up with a hefty teaching load.

Perry versus Doris

Currently, our sleepy summer college town is awaking from hibernation as classes start next week.  Another sure sign summer is winding down: the sounds of the Auburn University marching band practice.

I leave for the Great Lakes in about 3 weeks and have completed my usual trip planning. That is, I’ve made a list of National Park sites. 

The rest of the planning happens as I go.  And I love it that way! Trip prep amounts to downloading an abundance of books and music, packing the van with some edibles and wearables, and placing the key in the ignition.


Here’s the highlight list for the Great Great Lakes Journey, in no particular order.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Isle Royale National Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Voyageurs National Park
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Aviation Heritage National Historic Park

With all that, the prospect of temperatures compatible with human life is the biggest attraction of all. Note: as I write this, it’s a lovely 73 degrees. In International Falls, MN.

BTW, I appreciate suggestions regarding what to see along the way through TN, KY, IL, WI, MN, MI, and IN.

Stay tuned!







Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rest Stop

Just wanted to pop in to the ole Blog homestead and give you an update.

My travel plans for the summer ran into some timing issues so I’ll likely spend the summer here in the Swampy Southeast.  (Of course, you all know about jello plans). 

I thought seriously about touring the Great Lakes this summer (on my list), but I hear the black flies are absolute torture this time of year and, as I discovered, the summers are quite HOT at those latitudes as well.  

But I have a plan to enjoy this with temps in the mid-70's. 


Once I realized I had to reassess the summer, I made a mental list of why I’m willing to just hang out here at home.  Actually, there are some pretty compelling reasons when you type them out for your blog readers.  

1)      Our brand new Air Conditioning system.  I’ll really get to take advantage of that pricy new addition.

2)      Art time. I’ve been in a creative frenzy for the past few months and now I’ll have plenty of time to indulge. 


My new Gelli plate is habit-forming! 


3)      Homegrown tomatoes.  I’ve seriously missed those for the past 3 summers and intend to make up for the deprivation. For those of you who've never sampled the tomatoes we grow in the Deep South, well ... I’m sorry for you.


4)      No summer crowds. No shrieking kids. No motorcycle caravans.

5)      The Summer Olympics.  Get to see it all on the big big screen.

6)      John + Doris.  Both retired now and loving it.   


This hiatus is temporary.  I’ve got plenty of miles left in me yet.  

After Labor Day, the GDB and I will hit the road, probably in the direction of the Great Lakes.  Lots of National Park sites between here and there!  


Home for the holidays, then back to the RTR and the desert SW for the winter. 

Stay tuned! 


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Randy On Paper!

Randy's e-book (published November 2015) is now an actual book.  In print, that is!  Softcover, that is!

Author! Author! 

Get the details on both the print and e-versions here on Randy's Mobile Kodgers blog. 

 Here we are at the Sandio Casino in Albuquerque last fall working on the first draft of his collected poems. 


What a fun collaboration this was! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

More Amelia Island

And more doggie photos.




And the obligatory gull shot.


Here’s the view from my new spot at Scott’s Road Beach.  


This lot is more secluded and thus quieter than Peter’s Point, though not as level.  One other rig was here the night I stayed.  What a treat to fall asleep to the roar of the surf!


Fernandina Beach is a great Small Town USA – one of my favorite jaywalk beach towns.  


The historic part of the town is (of course) built around the working docks.  One can stroll and duck in and out of shops all day.  As you can see here, town proper is about 5 miles from Peter’s Point.


Don’t miss stopping at Tasty’s for a luscious char-broiled burger. 


(BTW, I’m loving my new dining room table)!


Meanwhile, back at the beach - this sunset turned the whole world pink.


The End



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Amelia Island


After a southerly coastal crawl, the GDB and I stopped over for a few days at Amelia Island, FL.  


I really love it here. The island isn’t at all crowded this time of year and offers so many choices for public beach access.  Bonus: the beaches are dog-friendly!


As another bonus, Nassau County allows overnight parking in the beach parking lots.  


This lot at Peter’s Point, is convenient – with picnic tables, rest rooms, and trash bins.  The lot is level, well-lit, and (so the locals tell me) frequently patrolled.  The first night here there were 4 rigs – 3 of us Roadtreks! 


The beach is but a short boardwalk away.  


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hilton Head Island

Dropped by for a visit with old friend Janice.  Well, not old – you know what I mean.  Actually I’m older than she, by some 24 hours or less.  Back in the day, we celebrated our back-to-back birthdays together and now try to maintain that tradition when life allows.

Mooch-docking at its finest!


Seems like there is always at least one gator in residence when I visit.  


The weather turned cold, windy, and wet.  But we made the best of the indoors by indulging in some creative pursuits.  I spent many happy hours coloring in my birthday present from Janice – signed by the author!  What a thoughtful and timely gift. 


And adding to my art journal. 


We also managed to visit the collection of six artistic pianos scattered around various island locations.  These spinets have been transformed by different artists and will be auctioned in a few weeks as part of Piano Palooza.  




Cool stuff.  Here's more information.  


We also found time for a satisfying lunch at a dockside bar. Mmmm ... eggs benedict with fried oysters along with grits and a tenderloin slider. 


After four laughter-filled days, it was back on the road.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Savannah

A city I always enjoy visiting.  Even more now that I found an overnight spot just 2 block from the city center.  Here's the GDB parked next to another Roadie!


The Savannah Visitors Center allows overnight parking (max 24 hours) in dedicated RV spots for $8. Dry camping, of course.  The lot is level, well-lit, and patrolled.  If so inclined, you can catch the town trolley right outside your door.

Savannah offers an intriguing mix of art, architecture, and history.




Oglethorpe Park - one of the many park squares.


I love browsing the plentiful galleries, seeing what the artists are up to and, most of all, checking out their studio spaces.  Who wouldn't love this space in which to create?


There is much inspiration in this town!

Off to the coast ....