Monday, August 4, 2014

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! - 2014



After we leave our winter domicile, Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, in Webster, FL, we usually discontinue our blog until we resume travel again.  However, I committed us to several activities that extended our stay in Florida into hot and humid July.  PLUS - We attended our 50th High School Reunion!  By the way, we had a great time.
FGMCR - Webster, FL

Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort
Andrew Jackson Sr. High 50 Year Reunion - Class of '64
A friend, Linda Hardin, from Florida Grande, and I planned our first very successful "Granny Camp" for our granddaughters. For almost 2 weeks, Linda's granddaughter, Adelai, and our granddaughters, Kiley, Kenzie and Khloe, filled just about every waking moment with activities - Wild Bill's Airboat Ride, picking peaches at an orchard in Coleman, FL, painting, drawing, modeling and talent shows (for everyone left at Florida Grande), homemade ice cream cones, waffle/sausage breakfast, swimming.
Kenzie, RV and Kiley - 2014

Kiley, Kenzie and Adelai -- 2014

Adelai, Kenzie and Kiley - 2014

Adelai and Linda Hardin

Granny Camp - Kenzie, YaYa and Kiley - 2014

In closing, Granny Camp was somewhat like giving birth. After it's over you say, "Never again!" but next year we'll probably do it all over again.  We had fun and we're still recuperating from all that fun!

In July, RV and I took the 170' Key West Express catamaran out of Ft. Myers Beach to Key West.
Key West Express - 2014

Upon arrival we rented a red Mustang convertible, and met our daughter, Kristen, her family (and a few friends), and 14 of us stayed in Marathon, and thoroughly enjoyed all that Key West and that area has to offer.
Key West, FL 2014

Marathon, FL 2014

Harold and his crew - 2014

Kristen and I celebrated our birthdays together.  I caught my first mahi, (one of  many caught by all the fishermen), and we enjoyed a delicious blackened mahi dinner presented by Chef Harold (our son-in-law).

Savannah, Kristen, Marty and Christie

Yes, I caught that fish!

Almost a week later we brought 8 year old Kenzie back with us on the catamaran to Ft. Myers Beach, then picked up our motorhome in Webster, and traveled to Pine Mountain, GA, near Calloway Gardens. After an awesome week with Kenzie, we met all the family in Atlanta for an unbelievable surprise - to me and RV!
Kenzie - 2014
 Our daughters, Kristen and Lauren, planned a surprise wedding vow renewal for RV and I at a beautiful mountain resort close to Dahlonega, GA, Forest Hills Mountain Resort, to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  I was led to believe we would be continuing my birthday celebration.  The weekend had been pre-planned giving great attention to detail (and surprising me).  On Saturday evening, Chris, our son-in-law, presented our vows and did a superb job.  Kristen and Lauren made arrangements for a photographer, flowers, our honeymoon cottage, our dresses and shoes, dresses for all the granddaughters, meals with our family, a girls day in Dahlonega, etc.  I could go on but you get the picture.   I'm still flabberghasted!  We were blessed to have such a special time with family that entire weekend, but it meant so much to us that they wanted to be a part of our very special anniversary and a special event in our life. 
Old Federal Corps of Engineers Campground - Flowery Branch, GA

Lake Lanier, GA
For one more week we are in northeast Atlanta at a beautiful Corps of Engineers park, Old Federal, and it has been so nice to relax.  I'll continue to publish our blog while we are on our journey and hope you have a few minutes to read it.  Oh yes, Welcome back to RV THERE YET!   We have several interesting trips planned this season and just like the past, we'll also enjoy those spur of the moment memories that make this lifestyle so interesting. If you have a moment, drop us a line while we are on our 2014 journey - we enjoy receiving your comments.   
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