Sunday, December 16, 2018


After a couple of weeks back in Webster, FL (our winter domicile), we were "ready to roll" when time came to attend a planned motorhome chapter rally with about 30 other motorhomes from all over the USA, being held in the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida.  The St. Augustine area definitely meets all the criteria for a successful RV rally ... lots to see, lots to do, and plenty of shopping.  A side benefit is seeing our friends who enjoy traveling in their motorhomes who are members of the Tiffin Travelers Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA).

Compass RV Park - St Augustine, FL
Tiffin Travelers RV Rally - December, 2018
St. Augustine, FL

This is the 25th year the City of St. Augustine has hosted the annual Night Of Lights which not only draws people from Florida and throughout the USA, but is also recognized on an international scale.  The festival's origins begin as a Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays.  The tradition continues in St. Augustine with over 3 million white lights twinkling on the old buildings, landmarks along the Bayfront, and throughout the brick-lined streets.

Daytime View - Flagler College
St. Augustine, FL

Night of Lights View - Flagler College
St. Augustine, FL

Our group purchased group tickets for the Night Of Lights annual affair which began November 17, 2018 until February 3, 2019.   The St. Augustine event has been proclaimed one of the best light displays in the world by many travel publications as well as National Geographic Magazine and Rachel Ray Magazine.

Daytime View - Casa Monica Hotel
St. Augustine, FL

Night Of Lights View - Casa Monica Hotel
St. Augustine, FL

Parking is always challenging in St. Augustine but during this celebration you have to make a special  effort to get parked and locate your group.  To participate, you arrive at one of several designated locations to purchase your reasonably priced ticket for a designated nighttime tour.  You choose your transportation ....... either by one of 2 different trolley companies, a boat company, or a red train, and I can't imagine the coordination of people to make this happen.

Old Town Trolley Tour Company
St. Augustine, FL

The Old Town Trolley Tour was our mode of transportation and we might add it is also a great way to tour St. Augustine day or night.

View of Flagler College at Night Of Lights - 2018

Night Of Lights Trolley Tour - 2018

Lightner Museum - Night Of Lights 2018

Plaza de la Constitution - Night of Lights - 2018

The rest is up to you.  Your evening is filled with Christmas music and winter songs and it's up to you to make as little or as much noise as you sing your heart out, wave to passers-by, and say Merry Christmas to everyone that you pass.

Night Of Lights - St. Augustine, FL - 2018

We left with our hearts brimming with Christmas Spirit....just the way it was supposed to be.  Oh, before I forget...those lights were dazzling!

May the beautiful lights of every Christmas season remind
us of Him who is the source of all light.  
                                                             David Bednar

Sunday, December 9, 2018


We were excited to arrive back to our winter domicile, Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, in Webster, Florida, after traveling from April 14 to October 14...about 6 months on the road this time, approximately 4,000 miles.   Everything about our trip was interesting and rewarding but we missed our families and close friends in that period of time.   Circumstances left us too far away to get back.  It all worked out fine but sometimes you find you have to be patient and a saying I heard was "Let go and let God".

Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort
Webster, FL

 Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort
Webster, FL

Road travels in our RV - RV There Yet?

Our country is huge and traveling as well as finding decent roads requires a lot of planning.  We are always amazed that our country is even more beautiful than we ever imagined, and while we know there are a lot of unstable and evil people running around, we were grateful to be shielded from any danger and only ran into the nicest humans...interesting, awesome people we now call friends, and many we will look forward to seeing again.

Sunrise at Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort

Getting back into our routine after 6 months away is not as easy as it sounds.  We arrived about the same time many friends and "snowbirds" were returning and it was great to welcome friends and visit with our neighbors again.   Our neighborly horse, Toby" had not forgotten where to come for snacks and peppermints.

Getting ready for sunset in our backyard -
our great neighbors are Toby, the horse, and the cattle
He is one "moo-velous" cow!

For me, it was harder to organize my art supplies and new projects with all the other household items that needed to be re-organized as well.  Having our small suite is helpful but hard as I try, it is hard to have a place for everything.  

Our Suite - also called a Casita - also our Coach House

A few days after getting back to Florida Grande my first scheduled ARTitude Adjustment Painting Class was held.  We made a hand painted Christmas ornament snowman, complete with felt hat and scarf, out of a stair spindle, and it was even more fun than I imagined.  Everyone is using their handmade ornaments inside their motorhomes, in their yard near Christmas flower arrangements, etc., and they turned out adorable.

First ARTitude Adjustment Class at FGMCR
November 2018

After 6 months absence from home usually means doctors, dentist, eye doctor appointments and enjoying reunions and celebrating with your family you missed while you were traveling.  We missed grandkids' games, school trips,  and just sitting and talking about what they did that day.

We are known as "YaYa" and "PopPop"
Kenneth, Kile, Kenzie and Khloe
Khloe - our Soccer Star Granddaughter

Our family celebrating after we returned at
Lake Weir, FL

Thanksgiving Day with our Family
Lake Weir, FL
 Do you agree that even though we talk on our cell phones, exchange pictures, messages, etc., and believe we know what is happening, we still miss and treasure the close interaction with our friends and family as we travel?