2013-01-14 to 2013-01-17 To Three Rivers State Park near Sneads, Florida.

2013-01-14 Mon to 2013-01-17 Thu To Three Rivers State Park near Sneads, Florida.
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I packed in the morning and left my house about 10:30 a.m. I stopped in Columbus for food and gas. I arrived at the state park about 5 p.m., Central Time. The other women at the park were Norma, Lynn, Paula, Peggy, and Bernie. Later, I met Lorraine and Terri. We had shirt-sleeve weather during the day and it was unbelievable that in mid-winter, we were relatively warm. I enjoyed every minute of it.

A flock of ducks on the lake were fun to watch and we could see them easily from our campsites. Every afternoon about dusk, a flock of birds perched in nearby trees.The birds would make noise for about 45 minutes, then fly off to roost overnight.

I really enjoyed the trip and meeting everyone.
At night, I would listen to my radio in the back of the van. The radio station announced that cold weather was on the way and would arrive late Thursday. On Thursday morning, I packed to return to Atlanta and left about 11 am. It was very windy and the warm weather was rapidly leaving. When I stopped in Columbus for food and gas, when I opened the van door, a gust of wind hit the opened door and almost blew it away from the hinges. I had to put on a rain coat and really wrap up for the walk to the store. While driving, about 60 miles away from Atlanta, I tuned the radio to an Atlanta station.  The predicted weather for the city was that it would not freeze overnight in the city. I arrived home about 6 p.m. after driving through rush-hour traffic. I was very glad to sleep in my bed again and delayed unpacking the van until the next day.

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2012-12-20 to Tybee, Georgia

2012-12-20 -to-2013-01-03 to Tybee to visit with family and celebrate the holidays.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope that you have a GREAT upcoming year!
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As I look back at my last year, it seemed to pass very quickly. But all of the memories are good. I’m still excited to wake up each day at whatever time I wish -and- to do whatever I want with my time. Life is good, as the saying goes. (As long as I can keep the bills paid. ‘Money running out’ is an ever-present retiree fear.)
I was able to visit Tybee for TWO weeks without having to ask a manager at work for vacation during the holiday period when everyone wants to get time off. In addition, I was able to visit my younger brother and his family, as well as have my older brother and Dad at Tybee.  My niece and nephew were home from college and were in-and-out running errands and visiting friends. We had some wonderful food – my older brother brought his outdoor propane stove (that is built into an army trailer) and cooked many meals for us. And my sister-in-law spent much time in the kitchen, both cooking and cleaning for us. All of this work was much appreciated by all.
The weather was pretty good the whole time – we had a few windy days, a few cloudy days, a little rain and some welcome sunshine.  But – it was much warmer than many blizzard pictures that I watched on the news while visiting.  My brothers were able to go fishing and Dad even tried to catch some fish from the dock.
One night, after supper, we saw many Christmas-light, decorated, golf-carts pass the house. As the street is a dead-end, we knew that they had to turn around, so many of us waited on the front porch for them to pass the house again. At first, I thought that it was a golf-cart Christmas parade (Savannah and other nearby islands have Christmas boat parades, why not have a golf-cart parade?)  Then, I was told that the neighborhood goes caroling each year. Since the golf-cart drivers saw many people on the front porch waving at them – they stopped and sang a couple of Christmas carols for us.  There were about 12 golf-carts (and 1 hunting 4-wheeler cart) and each had several people riding. I guess that about 25+ people were singers and about 9 of us were on the porch listening. IT WAS *SO* COOL! I took a video of them singing, but since it was dark, there isn’t much to see. (And no need to try and post the video.)
On Christmas Eve, the ‘children’ were told that 9 a.m. was ‘the time’. On Christmas morning, we opened presents that were under the Christmas tree.  It was a lot of fun and Tybee merchandise was a big hit by non-residents.
A few days later, my younger brother and his family prepared to host a few friends at a New Year’s Eve’s party.  From their house, you can see the fireworks of Tybee beach (across the river). Most of the younger party attendees stayed overnight for the polar plunge on New Year’s Day. For the party, my y-brother had reserved some oysters from a local seafood store, but – when he went to buy them, he found out that the state had closed the oyster beds due to pollution.  So, the oyster roast was changed to a low-country boil. <Note: A low-country boil is: shrimp, corn on the cob, small red potatoes, seasoning>.  I had a great time at the party and knew many of the guests who came.  Everyone enjoyed the fireworks. After the fireworks, I retired, but the younger crowd stayed active much longer.  The Tybee “Polar Plunge” is held on New Year’s Day at 12 noon – at the beach pier. The “plunge”  rule is that you haven’t completed the plunge unless you get your hair wet.  The weather was pretty good for this time of year, so there were a large number of participants.  At least the weather wasn’t freezing cold or blowing rain. Before leaving the house, most people ate some pancakes and other food for breakfast. Everyone left in time to get to the beach – but, Dad was still in his room so I stayed at the house until he got up and helped him get some breakfast. I asked my y-bro to take some pictures for me and he did. (I’ve attended several times before – and plan to attend as much as I can in the future, so not going this time wasn’t an issue for me.)
I watched a lot of football with my brothers and others while there – and watched some cable shows that I don’t normally see. <I.e., Swamp People, Pawn Stars, Duck Dynasty.> (I don’t have cable service in Atlanta. I live in the city and am able to get the major network channels with a home antenna – and digital converter box since my tv is not a new one.)

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