It has been a busy, stressful and emotionally draining few weeks. There has been so much to deal with after Toni’s passing and I feel like I am finally getting a little more of a feel for what it is going to be like for just CC going forward. I am really feeling the need to be back on road and traveling. I was not sure just what it would be like to actually be moving and getting back to what had become our normal nomadic life. Fortunately, I have been able to get in a few trips over the
last six weeks to sort of test the waters again. While it was strange to say the least, the feeling that I was doing what I should be doing was strong. Being away from my comfortable and safe mochdocking spot at my uncles house in Phoenix got my heart racing. Wether it was excitement or anxiety…… I’m not actually sure. I made a trip out to boondock with great friends at American (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Feels strange to be actually sitting and writing again. We have been in Phoenix, aside from a few little side trips, since October 13th!! Both Toni and I are a bit stir crazy (okay maybe alot stir crazy) but it has been a productive winter. While we were aware that we would be in Phoenix several months, we underestimated how long it would feel. After nearly two years of fairly constant motion, to be stationary this long just re-enforces that we love being on the road.
Our primary reason for the long stay was some medical work we have had planned for Toni for several years. I am happy to report that she is recovering very well and on the tail end of rehab. While it will not be until mid-February that we truly have the string cut and we are free, our anticipation for departure is becoming pretty intense. One of the things we like about or nomadic lifestyle is that we can deal with about any situation.
So what have we been up to in Phoenix, wow, it had been crazy. Of course we have been able to spend some quality time with friends and family and it has been amazing. Being on the road (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Finally, I had been looking forward to a return to Disneyland. It has been since September of 2014, right when we first hit the road to full time that we had been to Disneyland. Does not seem like very long ago
you say….well you may be right for most people. Thing is, I have had a passion for visiting Disneyland since I was a teenager. Never really sure how to explain it, but the best I can do is say that for me it has always been like being in another life. Whenever I am there, I can for some reason leave behind the thoughts of anything else going on in my life and just be engulfed in the present. It is not the rides, the lines or the crowds, simply the feeling of not having a care in the world and being totally relaxed. I am pretty sure we have come close to visiting Disneyland at least once a year for as long as I can remember. We flew our son Patrick over from Phoenix to spend the week with us as well, awesome to spend some time with him. Patrick has grown up with Disneyland as part of his everyday life, so he was excited to get the chance to come over.
While it did feel very good to be back, all three of us noticed some differences in this visit. It was just little things here and there that we each noticed, but pretty soon we started mentioning them to each other. Disneyland has always been pretty much perfect at all times since it opened, so even little things catch your attention. We noticed many of the water features were not filled or running, such as the giant waterfall on the
side of Grizzly Peak and the fountain in front of the Tower of Terror as well as those in front of Pirates of the Carribean and all the splash pads in Bugs Lands were not running. Lights that were burned out also started to (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Sitting here in Savannah, GA and thinking back on our time in Florida. It almost seems we can say we wintered in Florida. Our arrival in Florida was on 2/9 and we finally left on 3/30, so that means we spent 49 days in the state. Hard to believe it was
that long, the time really flew by. From the the Keys we headed up to the Tampa area and stayed a couple day at Little Manatee River State Park. Unfortunately we booked
ourselves a little tight and we only have two nights here. Our main reason for the swing into the Tampa area was to meet up with our friends Carl and Pat who live St. Petersberg. We were able to hook up for an awesome evening out in historic Ybor City. This cool little town was a big boom in the 1880s and was the cigar capital of the world up until the early 1900s. The old streets have a great charm and has been re-established as a center of art and nightlife. Carl and Pat took us to the Columbia Restaurant , a cuban establishment that may be the oldest in Florida. Toni
and I had not ever had Cuban food, so we were excited for the chance. It was a great choice and we really enjoyed the dinner. They took us on a walking tour of the old city, completeby Kurt Kuhl