Still at Ocean Pond

boat launch area

The boat launch area at Ocean Pond

Last night was our night to celebrate several occasions at once.  Mike’s retirement, Mike and Ron’s birthdays, Gail and Mike’s anniversary and Ron and I getting out of debt (except for the mortgage).

We went to Red Lobster.  I’ve had disappointing meals there in the past, but last night was a glorious exception.  Ron and I had a grilled salmon, lobster tail and shrimp platter, and it was superb.  Especially the salmon.  I must find out how they made it so melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious.  Gail and Mike said their dinners were also superb.

Down toward the primitive camping area

Down toward the primitive camping area

I also am thrilled with my Allstays app.  I have found several very inexpensive campgrounds farther south that have great reviews at

We are planning to stay another night here (after tonight), then Gail and Mike and Ron and I plan to caravan to Mom’s place.  Mom’s new husband wants the guys to go fishing in his ponds, so Gail and I are planning some quality girl time with Mom.

You-know-who in the water.

You-know-who in the water.

After the family visit, Ron and I plan to head South for a week, then come back and camp with Gail and Mike again.  By that time we’ll have new things to talk about which should be fun for all of us.

We are so loving having no plans and knowing it will be a long time before we have to think of heading back home.

Cypress swamp near primitive camping area

Cypress swamp near primitive camping area

Nights have been chilly. My favorite spot — under the afghan!




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  1. Lots of celebrations for you – many congratulations on all of them! ;->

    Afghans are great! I keep one my grandmother crocheted close at hand. Over the years, it seems to have gotten more tightly woven somehow, so it is extra cozy!

    • Thanks for the good wishes! May and November seem to be the months when lots of the family’s special days cluster together.

      I bet your afghan must be real wool for it to seem more tightly woven now. And I bet it’s warmer than mine! 🙂

  2. EmilyO

     /  November 9, 2014

    I love time with no schedule and filled with “jello”. I have a nana afghan. Glad life is so relaxed for you.

  3. Fantastic to read of you out and about!!!!!!

  4. We have a red lobster near us now it has always been good. Sounds like you sure had plenty to celebrate this week. Great times for all have a wonderful visit with your mom.

  5. John has found Allstays handy to use as well, and really like the campground reviews. For me, I usually go to Google maps, and type in “camping near XX”, xx being the name of the city or area, of course. There are also campground reviews, and links to campgrounds. The internet sure is a traveler’s best friend, isn’t it?

    Sounds like you are relaxed and happy. Yay!

    • I didn’t know that about Google Maps! You taught me something new! Thanks!!!

      More relaxed and happy than I have been in a LONG time!

  6. happytrailsga

     /  November 10, 2014

    Sounds like you are having a grand time and I love the ” no hurry to get home” plan!! I love Allstays!! Have fun 🙂

    • Gerri (Geri?) I am so happy! I also love the relaxed cooking and using throw-away dishes which means more time and energy for other things.

  7. Marcia GB in MA

     /  November 10, 2014

    I’m so happy that you’re footloose and fancy free. You deserve it! Enjoy! Only 19 more days and we are off to FL ourselves. Yay!

  8. Love looking at the Ocean Pond photos! Nice afghan. Have frequently used the AllStays app!
    Looks like the winter adventure is off to a great start!

    • Lynne, I am so happy! I really needed to get away from home! We are looking forward to going to Mom’s tomorrow. She is like a teenager with her new hubby. So funny — and sweet!

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