Greetings all from Biloxi, Mississippi! Man, it has been a full month already. Where does the time go? We have had an absolute blast this past month catching up with family and friends in Florida, and landed back in Biloxi, MS yesterday.
We last left off on Halloween at the Cummins repair facility in NC. Our parts showed up the first thing on Tuesday morning (new heater booster pump and hoses), and the mechanics had us out of the shop and parked back in our spot by early afternoon. Total damage with parts (pump, hoses, 32 gallons of antifreeze) and labor was just south of $1K…not too bad considering all that happened. Rather than head down the road that late in the afternoon, we decided to spend one last night in the Cummins park. We hit the road early on the 2nd, and made it as far as the Coastal Georgia RV Park near Brunswick, GA. It was an uneventful day, and nice travels. We have stayed here once before, and oddly enough it was the night before we got towed the first time back in the summer of 2014. Karma I guess.
We departed early on the 4th, Thursday, bound for Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake in Orlando, where we were originally supposed to be on the 1st. Again, another good travel day, but if we never, ever drive I-4 through Orlando again with the bus we will not be disappointed.
The next almost two weeks were a blur. We spent a ton of time with Mandi and Justin, and got to see my mom and dad and play some cards a couple of times. I don’t have a ton of photos…
The rest of the week slipped by with trips to mom and dads, shopping, truck maintenance, bike rides, dinners with Mandi and Justin and just other “stuff.” Saturday the 12th we ended up back at UCF for their next home game. I got a free ticket due to their promotion of Veteran’s Day. What a great gig.
On Monday, the 14th we transitioned over to Wickham Park in Melbourne FL for a little over a week. It was a great time catching up with great friends!!
What a blast…I know I say that a lot, but it really was fun catching up with, and not spending nearly enough time with several folks who stopped by, or that we met at the Marina or elsewhere. Time sure does fly. Thanks to Trase, Shonna, CJ, Al, Marlena, Tina, Steve, Kevin, Michele and to anyone else that stopped by or we caught up with that I may have failed to mention. We certainly hit the jackpot with the folks we got to know during our time on the Space Coast.
We learned earlier in the month that Jason and Meghan and family, and Ashley and Toby were going to all come to Orlando for the Thanksgiving weekend. Mandi and Justin were happy to have everyone in their neck of the woods.
Ashley and Toby headed back to WI early on Tuesday morning, and Terri and I hit the road early too and made it about 420 miles to Eagles Landing RV Park in Holt, FL which is just off of I-10 north of Pensacola. That would leave only about 160 miles to go to get to Keesler AFB, MS by Jason and Meghan on Wednesday, the 30th.
We took our time on Wednesday morning, watching the weather before we left FL. There were severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings along our route. We were lucky and avoided the tornado activity, but did get into some nasty thunderstorms. I do love the way our Coach handles wind, rain, whatever. We made good time and were all set up in the Keesler FamCamp in the early afternoon. We plan to be here for a couple of months or more to welcome our next grandchild which is due in mid January.
This afternoon and early evening we were treated to a Christmas celebration at the base Marina provided by the base Force Support Squadron. Here is what went on:
Well, a very brief explanation of what has transpired over the past month. We are feeling very blessed and fortunate to be able to do what we do, and especially for the time with family and friends that would not have been possible had we not embarked on this journey over two years ago! We hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving, and wish you an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Oh, we found a neat quote the other day: “The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum.” —-Menander
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!!!