Georgia, South Carolina, California and Cruise

 


 


On August 9th we left Charleston, SC and headed towards Georgia.  Right at the state line we had a blowout on the camper.  The weather was only 100 so we called Coachnet and they sent someone to fix the tire.  We waited for an hour but at least Tim did not have to change it on the highway by himself.  We pulled into the corps of engineers park and set up camp.  Really pretty campground but while there we were infested with ants.  We had to throw a lot of food away but we finally got rid of them. 


While at the campground we did some walks, had a few campfires and also Tim and Joshua went  fishing which they totally enjoyed.  I sat and read while that was happening – fishing just does not interest me.  We stayed until the 12th and then headed west then north.


We arrived at World Famous Navy  Lake Site which is located 30 miles north of Atlanta on Lake Allatoona.  The campground sits on 52 acres with cabins, rv sites, tent sites, marina, pavilions, lodge, beach, swimming, fishing, and boat rentals.  Our site was full hookups, table, firepit and sat right across from the beach.  What a beautiful site especially at night with the lights on the water.  While here we rented a pontoon boat and Joshua was able to go water boarding.  He did so good – took about three times and he got up like a pro.  He is really a smart kid – able to do so many sports and so well.  This was the end of his visit with us.  On the 15th of August we took him to the Atlanta Airport for his flight home.  Thank goodness we got passes to stay with him cuz his flight was delayed 2 hours.  We really enjoyed the five weeks he toured with us.   We said our goodbyes and will see him again soon.


This summer was especially good to us as we had our oldest granddaughter for 2 weeks and then our grandson for 5 weeks.  They both enjoyed it greatly and we hope to be able to do it again next year.  They are at the perfect age and so much fun.  Thanks Emily and Joshua for letting us enjoy you both so.


We returned to the campground and that Sunday Nancy and Paul came to visit us.  This is a couple whom used to live in Windsor, Ct where we had our home so we enjoyed catching up on life.  Thanks guys for visiting – we really enjoyed it and will call you when in the area again.


On the 20th of August we left Cartersville, Georgia and headed south to Robins Air Force Base near Perry, Georgia.   This base is located 100 miles south of Atlanta and offered a beautiful campground which we enjoyed greatly.  We took a lot of walks but mostly just relaxed and read.   One day we did take a ride into Perry and found the Ocmulgee National Monument.  Here they have a reconstruction of a ceremonial building which was a meeting place for the towns political and religious leaders over 1000 years ago.  The mounds are really interesting and so different from any other parks we have visited.   They have a very interesting museum which had just reopened that weekend.  We enjoyed that greatly.


On Monday morning  August 24th we left Robins Air Force Base and head east then north to Charleston Air Force Base.   We just love this place – enjoy camping back in the woods and enjoy hearing the birds and planes.  This will be our home for a few months as we head in different directions for vacations.  I will explain this later.


The campground on base has 23 sites right now with just electric and water but plans are to add more sites.  The cost is $12 a night which is great for the budget. 


We enjoyed our granddaughters for that week in Charleston.  On the 29th of August we attended Julia’s, our 5 year old granddaughters, soccer practice.  She is a super player which surprised me cuz she is so girlish.  She seems to enjoy it which pleases her dad as he loves soccer.  After that we dropped our oldest granddaughter, Emily, at dance and we headed south to Hilton Head, South Carolina. 


We checked into our timeshare at Marriott’s Surf Watch which is located on the beach.  Two weeks of luxury that we both enjoy greatly.  We have a two bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, 2 baths , laundry room and a porch so it gives us more room than our home on wheels.  On the property they have a fitness center, bike shop, market, bocce, croquet, shuffleboard, tennis, cabanas, beach, two outdoor pools and an indoor pool.  We rented 2 beach chairs and umbrella on the beach each day and just soaked up the sun and nice warm water.  Two weeks of beautiful weather, only one day cloudy and that day we did the island winery happy hour tour.  Over Labor Day weekend our son-in-law Jerry came down with our 3 grandaughters for a fun time at the beach.  We enjoyed being with them and shared many laughs and good times. 


On Friday, September 11th we attended Grandfriends Day at Coastal Christian Preparatory School where are 2 granddaughters attend school.   We met first to have coffee and  muffins and then went into the chapel  for a nice program.  Our hearts were bursting with pride when our granddaughter’s class sang to us.  She looked right at us as she sang and it brought tears to my eyes.  God has blessed us so with our grandchildren.  After the program we were able to visit both their classrooms and see what they do during the school day.  I was very impressed with the school and the size of the classes.  This should give them both a great education.


On the 18th of September we celebrated Makenzie’s birthday with dinner and cake.  She was so cute cuz all she wanted was a cake with candles.  She is now a big girl at three and such a cutie pie.


On the 23rd of September we flew to San Francisco, California to visit with our daughter Amanda, son-in-law Tim and our grandson Josh.  The following day we welcomed our 4th granddaughter into the world.  She is a little cutie named Grace Elizabeth and weighed in at 7lbs 15ozs and 20 inches long.  Mom and dad were delighted – Josh is not to sure about all this.  We had an enjoyable week playing with the baby, visiting with them all and seeing their new home.  While there I celebrated my birthday which is nice.  We also got to see Josh play football as he plays for his high school team.  I am not just bragging when I say he is a good player.  On the 30th of Sept we were saddened but had to tell them goodbye and we flew back to Charleston, South Carolina.


October brought us to New Jersey to take a cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Explorer of the Seas.  What a beautiful ship and totally relaxing vacation.  Our daughter Susan and her family went plus our son-in-laws parents so we had a really nice time.   We had an inside cabin this time on the ninth deck and it was not bad at all.   As I told Tim we are never in our room except to sleep and shower so why pay more?  Guess the cheapness in me comes out every once in awhile.  We left Bayonne New Jersey to the site of Governors Island, our old home, and the statue of liberty.   What  a beautiful site.  We cruised to Bermuda under calm seas but cold weather.  If you have never taken a cruise this is the best vacation in the world – you pay one fee and get everything except drinks.  We did the shows, nightclubs, ice skating show, ate and ate, drank and drank – wow what a great time.  This ship had a chapel, card room, bars, golf, rock climbing wall, sports court, track, disco, spa, gym, pools, fitness center, library, shops, ice cream bar, dining rooms, theaters and nightclubs.  Great vacation.


We pulled into King’s Wharf in Bermuda and enjoyed the town of St George one day.   We walked and walked, rode a ferry, had a nice lunch outside and enjoyed the nice warm weather.  At night we hit a few bars in town which was quite enjoyable.  Another day we toured the Bermuda Maritime Museum which we all enjoyed.  All in all it was a great vacation.


We are back in Charleston with no definite plans yet.  We will not post again until we get back on the road. 


Today is Veterans Day – please thanks all our service men and women whom gave so much for us.  God bless them all.