Triple C’s RV Park, Chattahoochee, FL

  • So Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 was not a great day on the road….but still better than a day at work!

    Started out with finding a nail in one of the new RV tires. We changed it out with the spare and hit the road 45 mins late. We got to Discount Tires in Pensacola, FL and after an hour were back on the road with our tire fixed and replaced. We got to our next stop around I-10 and 231 (Compass Point RV Resort), and the GPS took us down a one lane road to a dead end with no turn around! So I had to back the RV backup the road about 1/3 mile, which took about 20 mins. We finally found the check-in and paid for the spot, but when we got there, it was no where near level, and I estimate we wound have to stack 8-10 2x6s to get it level, the spots were crappy even for a tent! There were also some shady characters that looked like they were squatting there for a while…NOT safe, so we left and finally found a nice park about 35 miles east on I-10 at about 7pm. What should have been a 3 hour day turned into an 8 hour day….

    We met Kirby and Kayleen from Albaquerqe, NM. They are a semi-retired aeronautic engineer/College Professor and teacher heading back home after welcoming their latest grandchild. Quite an interesting couple. Back in the mid eighties, Kirby was on the short list to go up on the space shuttle Challenger. He is descended from the Zuni Tribe in New Mexico, and teaches the science and math behind Zuni astronomical beliefs and observations on over night excursions into the southwest desert.

Fort Morgan, AL

This was a perfect time to visit the Gulf of Mexico. It was still cool enough to not need the air conditioner, and the humidity was low. The park had it’s own dock, for fishing and viewing the local birds. The fort was fun to explore, and I spent one morning watching the pelicans, egrets, herons, and other water birds in the bay.

We also visited the battleship USS Alabama. The memorial park was well worth the cost of admission, in fact you can see most of it for free. Afterwards, we met our  friends from Panama City, Mellynn and Bob Townson, for dinner . Delicious oysters!

Riverview RV Park, Vidalia, LA

I have mixed emotions about our visit to this Pre-Civil War antebellum city. As a lover of architecture, I enjoy the historic buildings and plantation houses. They are beautiful, ornate, and marvels of engineering.

However, the wealth that provided these land owners to ability to build these magnificent homes was provided by the practice of slavery. People forced from their homelands, living in horrific conditions, to provide the labor required during the pre-industrial age.

That being said, slavery is a sad part of our American history, we did not invent it. It has been practiced world-wide over millennia, by conquerors over the conquered, regardless of color or ethnicity. We can not, and should never bury our heads in the sand like it never happened. The history of slavery, over all of recorded history, should be taught, and learned from it. Otherwise we are destined to repeat it. We are who we are, warts and all.

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First Stop, Bossier City Louisiana

As we were setting up Myrtle yesterday afternoon at the Barksdale AFB fam camp, we heard taps playing across the loud speaker, followed by our National Anthem. We both turned to the sound of the music and stood, hand over hearts until the last note. Not only because of duty, but because of respect for this great country. The roar of the jets along with the playing of reveille in the morning, and taps, and The Star Spangled Banner are the sounds of freedom. We always feel at home regardless of which base we may be visiting.

Retirement, Take 2


2002 Andy retired the first time after 22 years in the USAF and now in 2019 he just retired after 16y7m with Raytheon.

We are in the process of selling the house and have already moved into our 36′ travel trailer, Myrtle.

We will finally be on our way April 15, 2019, 2 and a half years after we came up with the idea of selling everything and hitting the road.

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