After a pretty rough winter I think we’re all longing for spring! So in honor of that longing, here is a post from early May, 2009, when we visited the Skagit Tulip Festival in Skagit, Washington. It was spectacular!
By the time I returned from Columbus (and that great week with the kids), the tulips had come out in full force over at the Skagit Tulip Festival. I couldn’t resist all of the beautiful color, and I was very busy clicking away. Although the main attractions are the fields and fields of tulips, we really enjoyed a little “sampler” corner that was full of individual rows of beautiful blooms.
But those fields full of blooms were pretty impressive too!
(I loved that little renegade yellow tulip!)
But our day wasn’t only about tulips! We also went to the cute little town of LaConner where we visited the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum (well, actually I visited the museum and Gary took a nap!). The exhibits were impressive – the first floor full of quilts and quilt tops by a traditional quilter that not only quilted by hand, but also pieced by hand. Such tiny stitches!
The second floor was dedicated to work by textile artist Sheila Groman. One of her specialties is the crazy quilt – fantastic detail!
And up on the third floor were amazing works of textile art by Karin Franzen. No pictures allowed up there on the third floor, but the art was stunning. Ms. Franzen lives in Fairbanks, AK – do you think she’ll mind if I stop by while I’m in town?
Speaking of Alaska (we were, weren’t we?) – our scheduled departure date is Monday May 11th. Our caravaning buddies have all arrived here at Warm Beach and this week, along with our Sower work, we’ll be doing all of the last minute chores in preparation for our trek north. Here’s our team – I’m sure you’ll be hearing (and seeing) alot about them in the weeks and months to come!
(We took them back to the tulips today before it started to rain. Already fields are beginning to be de-capitated of the beautiful blooms!)
Have a blessed Lord’s day – and if you’d like to see more of God’s tulip creations – the entire set is here!
Still pretty gray and drizzly here in East Texas – so it seemed only right that I took a peek back to March of 2007 and a beautiful day that included a couple of waves and lots of blue skies!
A Day in the Sun – March 26, 2007
I figured it was about time we actually saw some of the beautiful area that is all around us and get these toes into the Gulf of Mexico , so armed with the Reader’s Digest The Most Scenic Drives in America
, bookmarked to Drive 116 (Gulf Coast Drive) we started out early Saturday and headed toward Tallahassee. Our first destination was the Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway
. It was a beautiful drive toward the coast through “longleaf pine flats, cypress bogs and grassy savannahs”. But before we had traveled too far we took a little side trip to the “The Garden of Eden Walk – Apalachiola Bluff and Ravine Preserve
“. It seemed like a do-able hike (3 miles round trip), and after all, this is Florida right? How hard could this be? So off we set, me in my slip-on sandals and Gary in his docksides.
It started out nice and flat….
Then the terrain started to change (you know you’re in trouble when the trail guide says -“Do you notice the change in temperature?”)
and then the ups and downs started…..(get it – ravine and bluff
We did finally make it to the top – and the view was very fine indeed –
…the only problem was the 1.5 mile hike back to the car! It really was nice hike – though a bench or two along the way would have been nice for us out of shape (and badly shod) adventurers. A good start to the day, though.
Back to the Scenic Byway :-), until we came to Fort Gadsden Historic Site. A small but interesting site of Florida history (of which I know very little) and a nice little side trip.
OK – enough of the pines and live oaks with beautiful spanish moss. On to the BEACH! There were several choices, but we opted for St. Georges Island State Park – and it was a very good choice.
Need I say more.
After our beach fix we headed to Panama City where we joined friends for dinner and then headed back home to Bonifay. It was a full day – and a very very good one.
You can see the rest of the day’s photos here, if you’d like! Lots of Flora, but no Fauna – and lots of Blue Sky!
In honor of it not getting out of the 30’s today (along with some cold drizzly rain) here in Livingston, TX and the pretty horrible weather happening across most of the country, here are some warm Florida memories from 4 years ago!
This Month’s Florida – February 21, 2011
This was the Florida we were in last month –
This is the Florida we are in this month –
The lean palm trees have been replaced by stately Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss.
We don’t see so many vibrant flowers,
but that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of interesting flora if you look hard enough!
The Great White Heron and pelican
have been replaced with Sandhill Cranes.
We’re not surprised by bright green iguanas in the bushes,
but rather we’re always on the lookout for those funky armadillos!
(For a critter that doesn’t actually move all that fast, I was having a terrible time getting a good picture of him. I’ll blame the bad lighting, OK?)
They spend a lot of time with their noses in the dirt and leaves looking for food, so it’s not a surprise that when he finally got close enough for a flash picture, I managed to get it with an inappropriately placed leaf!
So that’s a snapshot of flora and fauna here in Central Florida. And while it’s quite a different Florida than what we enjoyed last month, we’re finding great beauty in this area also.
See ya later!
January 7, 2009 – Real Life
Well, we’re back on the road! Our precious time with the kids and grandkids is sadly behind us. Our time together was wonderful – lots of laughter, game playing, great food, and time to re-introduce ourselves to those granddaughters. They are all growing so very fast! It’s hard to believe that Ellie will be 6 in less than a month, Hayley is 4 and Maddie is one. They’ll be in college before we know it!
I have found that one of the best parts of the family photo taking is the “OK – everyone be goofy” shot –
And this one was no exception!
I love my family!
(When I have a faster internet connection, and a little more time to process the scads of pictures that were taken over the last week (both by me and any other random person who was checking out my camera!) I’ll try to get some additional pictures posted.)
After an uneventful (but full of (now disappointed) Ohio State fans heading to the Fiesta Bowl) flight from Columbus to Phoenix and a good night’s sleep in our own bed (yes, it was hard to say good-bye to the kids, but it was good to be home!), we set out for Yuma, AZ. Did you know that Yuma is the winter lettuce capitol of the world? It’s also got lots of citrus, broccoli, asparagus, cotton, peanuts and dates. But what it really has a lot of is RV parks to accommodate the over 95,000 winter residents who come here for the sunshine and warm temperatures. Today was sunny and 70 so I can certainly see why they come! We’re chillin’ out at one of the RV parks for a couple of days before we head to our January project. We’re planning a quick trip into Mexico tomorrow morning and then will be hitting the Arizona Marketplace – one of the largest flea markets in the state. But on Friday we will be pulling out of Arizona and moving to CALIFORNIA!!! Our January project is at Palomar Christian Conference Center on (you guessed it) Palomar Mountain (home of the Palomar Observatory). While it’s not too far from San Diego, it’s about 5000ft. elevation, so we’re not counting on many 70 degree days there. In fact, since they got 16 inches of snow a couple of weeks ago, it could give a whole new meaning to the phrase “winter project”. Regardless of the weather, we’re excited to be finally entering California and are looking forward to getting back to work.
Just think – California. And it only took us 4 1/2 years to get there!
I love this life! 🙂
One of the assignments given during the Blogging 101 Course that I (sorta) took was to create a “feature”. I thought about Wordless Wednesdays or Throwback Thursdays (already done over on Facebook) or maybe even Freaky Fridays. Nothing really jumped out at me until I started doing a couple of posts that required me to look back through my 10+ years of blogging to find a particular entry. And I found out that I really enjoyed being reminded of some of the really wonderful-special-extraordinary-everyday events that I’ve journal-ed about over the years. So my newest feature (this month and hopefully for the months to come) will be Mondays are for Memories – a re-post picked randomly (or not) from the RV There Yet archives. I’m more than happy to do all the choosing, but if you’d like to shout out a date (no, you can’t just shout it, Fitz – you have to leave a comment!) I’ll be happy to find the post closest to that date and re-post it on a Monday. (Just for the record, my first post was June 29, 2004.)
For this week, I’ve chosen one that is almost 10 years exactly old. February 15, 2005
On The Other Side of Disney!
What do you get when you take 6 adults and 2 small children, put them together in an RV and a tent on one campsite, add a five day Disney pass and almost perfect weather?
Eight very tired people who thoroughly enjoyed themselves (to the point of exhaustion it seemed at times) and each other immensely!
We truly had a special time as a family at Fort Wilderness and Disney World last week. It’s hard to believe that something we’ve talked about and been planning for over three years is now just a wonderful memory to be cherished.
Yes, we were a little cramped and
Yes, there was “stuff” everywhere and
Yes, our precious 2 yr old Ellie suffered a couple of meltdowns from excitement overload combined with late nights and missing naps and
Yes, we ALL went home with colds and the need for repeated naps,
Hayley was content in her stroller for hours on end,
Ellie got to hug Snow White, Mickey Mouse, any number of Lion King friends, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch (or was it Lilo?) and even Nemo.
Toby, Tammy, Lara and Josiah got to ride the roller coasters and see the shows they wanted to. Gary and I even took in a few ‘coasters and shared some old people moments while we enjoyed the company of the grandbabies while the big kids took their turns!
We got to share meals together (even getting together with my niece Bethany who lives in NY City, but who happened to be in FL on a mini-vacation) and even agreed (mostly) on what kind of food we should be eating! (BTW, everything was delicious and while not a bargain, was not totally out of sight price-wise!)
We played miniature golf, sat around the campfire and sang silly songs with Chip and Dale, spent recovery time just hangin’ round the campground and never left the Disney Complex (except to do airport runs) the entire time.
It was a VERY WONDERFUL WEEK and one that I believe we will all cherish for years to come.
Lara’s back in California, Toby, Tammy and the girls are back in Columbus (trying to reestablish their routine, I’m sure) and Josiah is back in Doylestown. The RV is quiet again, and I’m missing them already!
Here we are at the Disney miniature golf course – with a trailer of course!
(There are a couple of new pictures of the girls on the family picture page – I must confess that most of the pictures centered around Ellie (and I’m sure you’ll be able to tell why!) )
(This post was done on a different blog ‘platform’ and the mysterious “family picture page” no longer exists. I have no idea where those pictures are now living on the internet. I hunted around and finally found the batch on a CD, so you are welcome to see more of our family ten years ago in Disney World HERE!)