Friday, April 11, 2014

Living The Life Down South

It is 7:31 A.M. on Monday, April 7th as I sit here writing this possibly thrilling episode of “The BooniePeople”. My old senses are heightened. Well, I am getting thrilled anyway. It is the usual reason. I have been up for over an hour now, since 6:15. Suddenly awoken by the sounds of yet another dramatic war type bombardment of an electrical rain storm. So, this is what it is like to live in a tin can. The sky is filled with a continuing and seemingly never ending barrage of flashing electricity followed by the war like booms. “Rolling Thunder”. Now there is a memory! Kind of like a near spent florescent light bulb just before it expires. On and off, and on and off as the little Bee-Bee type rain pellets crash into our RV so as to make as much racket as possible.

I told Janet she should get up and dress. Just in case we get nailed by the “big one” she wouldn’t have to run around half naked looking forlorn like those pictures you see on the 6 P.M. news shows. Everyone knows major storm disasters aim right at RV Parks! Janet continues to lay in bed faking sleep!

Bang-Bang! That one was close, and Janet is suddenly showing signs of life. Oh, she wants to comb her hair if she’s going to be on the news!

I think we better get out the raft. The grey din-gee daylight hours allowed a peek at the ground around the RV and the water is at least three inches deep. This is not the first time we have seen this in southern Alabama, but it has been at least a week. The ground under the RV Park is a tight sand base that allows the water to disperse within about an hour of when it quits raining. If it quits raining! Again, has used 100%. Does that mean there is a 100% chance it is going to rain, or, is it going to rain 100% of the time? This is the fourth day of a five day storm by the way. The other three days were decoys for today.

I’m sure this will clear by tomorrow because tomorrow is golf day. My golf partner tomorrow, Bob C., was a close friend of mine back in “La-La Land” 40 some years ago. He recently moved from Fresno, California, to Destin, Florida, where he is a member of a very nice looking golf club at Kelly Plantation. Well, either it clears or we go out anyway! Maybe it will be like the scene in “Caddy Shack”. Lightning, thunder, and more rain with dark skies. Looking right in the face of the “Foul Weather Gods”. Let’s play anyway!

Caged and going somewhat looney. Ya think? A low degree of looney though!  Makes me wonder what the astronauts are doing on the International Space Station. Nowhere to go there. Hard to order a pizza, etc. Maybe things aren’t as bad as I thought here.

The outside air temperature is around 70 degrees. Just enough heat to create the electricity in the air. This is one of the big weeks for golf. The week of “The Masters” tournament in Augusta, Georgia. I hope the Azaleas are blooming there like they are here. We have never been around these bushes before. They are stunningly beautiful. Hopefully they will be in full bloom in Augusta. Or, maybe, just maybe, it will snow! What weather we are having this year, everywhere. Nothing would surprise me.

To remind everyone, Janet and I bought a 38 foot 2009 Fleetwood diesel motorhome in February 2013. We packed our keepsakes into a five by ten storage unit in Henderson, Nevada last May/June 2013, and dispersed the rest of our 35 years of accumulation. Other than a couple months around the holidays we are seeing the U.S.A. on a five year plan to see most of it, and Canada, and maybe continue as long as our health stays good.

We actually drew a line on our map to indicate the path we will take. Our plan is to follow this line but do it without a timeline. We are doing a pretty good job of sticking to the line. We go down the line occasionally seeing friends and acquaintances from our past. We are sorry we don’t give more notice of our arrival, but again, we don’t have a timeline.

Past postings to this travel blog will reveal our traveling through the northwestern U.S. during the summer and fall of 2013. Specifically, Arizona, Utah, southwestern Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and California.  Thus far, 2014 has seen us travel through the southern states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. We will be moving into the western shores of Florida next week for a five week stay that will eventually see us travel the entire west and east coastlines of Florida, including a trip to Key West to take a picture of what I’ve heard is the best sunset, ever! Standby for that picture!

This past Tuesday we joined forces with Bob and Sue, a couple we met in Livingston, Texas a month ago, for a driving trip into Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, to view the Navy’s precision flying team, the Blue Angels. This made the small hairs stand up having spent a couple years in the Navy. Even though it was back in the days of wooden ships and iron men! My friend Bob made a career of the Navy and retired a Master Chief. It was fun telling old stories.

Janet and I had lunch this past Wednesday, before the storm started, at Big Daddy’s Place down on the Fish River. If we lived here this would certainly be one of my hangouts. The setting is unique being on the river, and the $6 half pound cheese burgers have my attention. We continue to blow our budget up eating out. But it’s a “good” food addiction!

Tomorrow night we are going to sleep in a bed in a house as we are leaving our coach to move in with Bob and Sandye C. in Destin, Florida, for an overnight and a couple days of golf.

           We continue to find much joy living in different beautiful and fun filled locations as we travel around. The only thing we miss is . . . Ya‘ll, or as they say in Alabama when they are referring to more than five – “All – Ya‘ll”. 
Stay in touch.

P.S. - I’ve been adding to this posting throughout the morning. It is now 10:15 A.M. and it has suddenly gotten eerily quiet. The storm has subsided and the sun has come out, but like an earthquake, I’m wondering if that was the big one, or is that one on the way? Anyone seen “Noah”?

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