Friday, September 15, 2017
We then rode the bikes back to Gulf Shores and enjoyed some pampering with a mani/pedi. A nice stress reliever.
Back at camp we took in another beautiful setting sun. The sky has been remarkable both morning and night from our camp each day. Grilled chicken Caesar salads for camp dinner and early to bed completed another enjoyable day in exile.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 11:28 AM
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Back to camp for steak on the grill with our gator barking. Yes. Barking. Mating season.
Wednesday morning brought beautiful clear skies. Breakfast at camp was simple and delicious. Today marks a week in exile, so it was time to do laundry; with a pleasant place to kill time.
Still no power at home. Will's power returned at noon.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 5:14 PM
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Winds were strong in Gulf Shores, AL Monday as Irma blew her way up the coast of Florida. There is virtually no news coming out of Marco Island. So, we wait to hear about power and water and try to enjoy this beautiful area on the Gulf.
There's a gator who stops by now and then to see if Solo is out. The birds and vista soothes our soul while going about in our survival mode at camp. We are blessed.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 4:56 PM
Monday, September 11, 2017
At noon, we hopped on the bikes and took our Mario Cart-like wooden path 2.5 miles to our favorite bar: The Flying Harpoon in Orange Beach. Luckily, football was the main attraction on TV and we drowned our sorrows as Irma drowned SWFL.
I watched Irma smack down Marco Island from my most informative Twitter feed. The rest of the day all the FL refugees in the bar wondered about their property and future. We all ordered fruity Hurricane drinks to ease the pain.
I was reluctant to impose on the neighbors who stayed in Marco for information on our home. Appreciating the ordeal they must have gone through during a Category 3 storm pounding their space and nerves, I would sit tight and be respectful. That was non-essential information. Timing is everything. I'll find out soon enough.
Meanwhile, all is calm at Gulf State Park camp.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 9:06 AM
Saturday, September 9, 2017
With news of Hurricane Irma getting more dire by the hour for our sweet community in SWFL, we'll stay put on the Gulf coast until after the storm. No longer are we in the mood for fun and adventure. Our friends and family could be in for suffering and loss. We'll need to get back home ASAP after the wrath of Irma.
We are finding cute little spots with amazing oysters, brews and bayou views. This is the perfect spot for the bikes with an extensive trail system all around. Exercise is lifting the mood, but not by much. Ugh.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 10:04 AM
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Unable to at least get out of FL, we pulled off short of the state line near Gainesville. In fact, our fave State Forest, Paynes Prairie, off of I-75 had plenty of sites available for the night. We were set up before 5pm with a well-deserved cocktail and hot shower. Grilled salmon, quinoa, asparagus and coleslaw was served at camp for dinner. Love our tiny home and almost forgot the woes of the day.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 8:20 AM
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
After some deliberation, Anderson SC was picked out for the best odds on the weather map. Once in Anderson, we couldn't decide between the airport or state park for our eclipse viewing pleasure. We figured no way in hell would we get a campsite within 100 miles of the totality path, so we focused on a good spot for sky watching. Feeling optimistic, we headed to the state park. The "no vacancy" sign and ranger station confirmed our thinking, so we paid for a day pass and parked at the baseball field as instructed. After a little marital spat, we ditched the confines of the baseball field and settled on open sky and water near the boat launch. It was perfect. So lucky to have explored our options.
A sweet couple from SC had their camper parked in the shade and were setting up camera equipment as we observed possible clouds moving into the area. We started a conversation and before you know it, they offered us their campsite for the night as they were taking off after the show. Lucky again!
The clouds stayed away and it was an amazing experience to witness such heavenly glory! A total eclipse of the sun! The light, the dark, the quiet, the cool, the gasps of awe, the spectacle. So lucky!
There was such a sense of togetherness; a special and peaceful connection among the people around the boat launch. We shared something so incredible. One by one people left and we found our way to the campsite. It was on a lake. So beautiful! So lucky. There was loads of firewood, too!
A heavenly day and night. So lucky!
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 8:26 AM
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 3:16 PM
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Thanks for following along. We'll be posting from the big eclipse next week!
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 2:10 PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Charlottesville is on our mind tonight as fanatics exercise their right to free speech and excite the media into a frenzied state of incessant and sensationalized reporting. God help America.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 6:43 PM
Friday was mostly spent exploring lower Manhattan's waterfront. A ride on the Staten Island ferry capped off the tour.
We couldn't resist a stop for lunch at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It was packed!
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 11:20 AM
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Ally is taking her turn babysitting. We left Solo for a few days in NY. Lunch at Mister Dips in Brooklyn was first on the list. Then, we shared a solemn couple hours at the 9/11 Memorial. The Oculus transportation hub at the WTC connected us to our subway and hotel in Union Square; close to my old stomping grounds.
Posted by K.F.Rogers at 7:40 AM