Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rest Stop

Just wanted to pop in to the ole Blog homestead and give you an update.

My travel plans for the summer ran into some timing issues so I’ll likely spend the summer here in the Swampy Southeast.  (Of course, you all know about jello plans). 

I thought seriously about touring the Great Lakes this summer (on my list), but I hear the black flies are absolute torture this time of year and, as I discovered, the summers are quite HOT at those latitudes as well.  

But I have a plan to enjoy this with temps in the mid-70's. 


Once I realized I had to reassess the summer, I made a mental list of why I’m willing to just hang out here at home.  Actually, there are some pretty compelling reasons when you type them out for your blog readers.  

1)      Our brand new Air Conditioning system.  I’ll really get to take advantage of that pricy new addition.

2)      Art time. I’ve been in a creative frenzy for the past few months and now I’ll have plenty of time to indulge. 


My new Gelli plate is habit-forming! 


3)      Homegrown tomatoes.  I’ve seriously missed those for the past 3 summers and intend to make up for the deprivation. For those of you who've never sampled the tomatoes we grow in the Deep South, well ... I’m sorry for you.


4)      No summer crowds. No shrieking kids. No motorcycle caravans.

5)      The Summer Olympics.  Get to see it all on the big big screen.

6)      John + Doris.  Both retired now and loving it.   


This hiatus is temporary.  I’ve got plenty of miles left in me yet.  

After Labor Day, the GDB and I will hit the road, probably in the direction of the Great Lakes.  Lots of National Park sites between here and there!  


Home for the holidays, then back to the RTR and the desert SW for the winter. 

Stay tuned! 


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Randy On Paper!

Randy's e-book (published November 2015) is now an actual book.  In print, that is!  Softcover, that is!

Author! Author! 

Get the details on both the print and e-versions here on Randy's Mobile Kodgers blog. 

 Here we are at the Sandio Casino in Albuquerque last fall working on the first draft of his collected poems. 


What a fun collaboration this was! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

More Amelia Island

And more doggie photos.




And the obligatory gull shot.


Here’s the view from my new spot at Scott’s Road Beach.  


This lot is more secluded and thus quieter than Peter’s Point, though not as level.  One other rig was here the night I stayed.  What a treat to fall asleep to the roar of the surf!


Fernandina Beach is a great Small Town USA – one of my favorite jaywalk beach towns.  


The historic part of the town is (of course) built around the working docks.  One can stroll and duck in and out of shops all day.  As you can see here, town proper is about 5 miles from Peter’s Point.


Don’t miss stopping at Tasty’s for a luscious char-broiled burger. 


(BTW, I’m loving my new dining room table)!


Meanwhile, back at the beach - this sunset turned the whole world pink.


The End



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Amelia Island


After a southerly coastal crawl, the GDB and I stopped over for a few days at Amelia Island, FL.  


I really love it here. The island isn’t at all crowded this time of year and offers so many choices for public beach access.  Bonus: the beaches are dog-friendly!


As another bonus, Nassau County allows overnight parking in the beach parking lots.  


This lot at Peter’s Point, is convenient – with picnic tables, rest rooms, and trash bins.  The lot is level, well-lit, and (so the locals tell me) frequently patrolled.  The first night here there were 4 rigs – 3 of us Roadtreks! 


The beach is but a short boardwalk away.  


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hilton Head Island

Dropped by for a visit with old friend Janice.  Well, not old – you know what I mean.  Actually I’m older than she, by some 24 hours or less.  Back in the day, we celebrated our back-to-back birthdays together and now try to maintain that tradition when life allows.

Mooch-docking at its finest!


Seems like there is always at least one gator in residence when I visit.  


The weather turned cold, windy, and wet.  But we made the best of the indoors by indulging in some creative pursuits.  I spent many happy hours coloring in my birthday present from Janice – signed by the author!  What a thoughtful and timely gift. 


And adding to my art journal. 


We also managed to visit the collection of six artistic pianos scattered around various island locations.  These spinets have been transformed by different artists and will be auctioned in a few weeks as part of Piano Palooza.  




Cool stuff.  Here's more information.  


We also found time for a satisfying lunch at a dockside bar. Mmmm ... eggs benedict with fried oysters along with grits and a tenderloin slider. 


After four laughter-filled days, it was back on the road.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Savannah

A city I always enjoy visiting.  Even more now that I found an overnight spot just 2 block from the city center.  Here's the GDB parked next to another Roadie!


The Savannah Visitors Center allows overnight parking (max 24 hours) in dedicated RV spots for $8. Dry camping, of course.  The lot is level, well-lit, and patrolled.  If so inclined, you can catch the town trolley right outside your door.

Savannah offers an intriguing mix of art, architecture, and history.




Oglethorpe Park - one of the many park squares.


I love browsing the plentiful galleries, seeing what the artists are up to and, most of all, checking out their studio spaces.  Who wouldn't love this space in which to create?


There is much inspiration in this town!

Off to the coast ....






Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pho Sure!

The culinary adventure continues as Mr. Leisure spends more time in the kitchen.  We both love Asian cuisine, and that love prompted a trip to the cookbook section at the local library.  Lives were changed.


For those of you who don't know Pho - it's a Vietnamese street food consisting of broth, noodles and herbs.


Top with condiments.  We used cilantro, red onion, lime, and jalapeno.


(I'm drooling all over again as I write this).

A bonus of making Pho at home is that your entire house will smell like star anise for days.  Trust me - that's a good thing.

Who knew that spring rolls are so simple to make at home?  John rolled as I manned the deep fryer.


The final product produces a crispy crunch so loud, it'll wake the neighbors!