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Homer, Alaska

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time to Catch Up!

Time just seems to fly by lately. I didn't think I would be this busy over the winter, yet there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day for everything.

We have settled into our work schedule here at Otter Springs. Friday Saturday and Sundays we clean the bath houses, check sites and firepits, do trash patrol throughout the campground and trails, and anything else that needs to be done. Its a very relaxed atmosphere here, and we're enjoying it very much. Last Saturday another blogger, Janna and her husband Michael (Tin Teepee/Log Cabin) arrived and are, staying at least for the week. They too are enjoying the quiet life here, and I hope they extend their stay a bit longer! They have explored the area more than we have at this point, and found a lovely craft center in the town of Trenton. I would like to explore the stain glass studio myself, and possibly learn how to do this.

Last Monday, 1/30, we hooked up the fiver and headed down to Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground for four nights. We were meeting up with several members of Al's family, and had a great time! His sister Susie flew in from Texas for a visit, and his cousins Bill and Denise, Kathy, and Fred were also along. Al's mom, sister Ginny and Aunt Rita rounded out the group of ten. We had a great time chatting with everyone and catching up what's been going on. I have to laugh, because everyone is most interested in our experiences at Amazon.com this past fall :-).
What a beautiful day we had at the Magic Kingdom. The weather was the most awesome we've ever experienced. Sunny and warm, but not hot. 

Al's sister Sue, and cousins Fred (who visited us in Michigan this past summer) on the left and cousin Bill (one of our first on-the-road visitors while we were at Hunting Island SC in March) on the right.

Six intrepid cousins on Splash Mountain...I'll wait to experience my mountains in Colorado :-).

The wet aftermath :-).

The whole group enjoyed the ride on the Jungle Cruise. I was quite impressed with the handicap service in place for the elderly and disabled. Al's Aunt Rita would not have been able to go if they had not had the boat set up for wheelchairs and scooters to drive onto. She's 93 now, and quite a hardy soul, but there was no way she could have stepped down into the boat and gotten back out. Its really nice to see how they take care of these folks.

Wednesday we enjoyed strolling around Sea World. Its been many many years since we visited Sea World, and it has changed a lot. The orcas are always amazing, and just makes me long even more to head up to Alaska and see them in the wild. My favorite show there was actually a pet show, where dogs and cats performed a really cute skit on stage with very little assistance from trainers. What I really liked about it was that every dog and cat in the program was rescued from a local shelter or rescue society. They were amazing, and I can't imagine how difficult it must be especially to train a cat! My cat would look at me and say "yeah, right...you want me to do what?" :-). 

A trip to EPCOT rounded out our all too brief visit on Thursday. We were leaving early Friday morning so we could get back to Otter Springs for our Friday shift. Very sad, but hey, we are a lot closer to Disney than we were back in New York :-)! I know, yes, we love our quiet campsites, close to nature, hiking alone in the forests, kayaking silently along the rivers. But, we have always loved Disney World, and make no excuses for it! I can't explain it, it is just one of our favorite places, and we always, always have a great time there. Its extremely touristy, crowded a lot of the time, but we love it. One is not mutually exclusive of the other, right? Its what we are learning as we go along. There is no one right way to live this RV style, and its up to us to decide what combination of things is what makes us happy.

Lastly, this week we are back in Sugarmill Woods. After our work weekend, and meeting Janna and Michael, it was time Monday to head back south. All the furniture and stuff that was in storage waiting for the house to be bought arrived early Tuesday morning. Since then it's been a whirlwind of activity, opening boxes, arranging furniture and cabinets, and discovering what we had packed up last year! But at least everything is going according to schedule, and we should have Al's mom and sister all settled in the new house before we leave in April to head for Colorado.

I guess that's enough for one post. I have some random musings and thoughts, but will save them for next time! Thanks for reading, and let me know if there are any other Mouse fans out there ;-)!


  1. Any mouse invading my rig I cannot be a fan of! I especially like Pluto though. :)

  2. You've got two Mouse Fans here:o)) We just spent 4 days there as well. We love nature, but like you, we love Disney also. It is just magical!!

    We had our house settlement at the Fort Wilderness Outpost with the most special lady we have met in a long, long time. Talk about Customer Service!!!

  3. We love Disney as well. Ft. Wilderness is a great campground.

  4. I get what you are saying about loving Disney World. We live less than 2 hours from Yellowstone Park and in spite of all the crowds there most of the time and the fact we have been hundreds of time, we still love to go to Yellowstone Park. We have decided to extend our time here to a month so we will see you Friday.

  5. We love WDW, too. Heading down in April for the flower festival.

  6. Never been there...but do want to go :)

  7. Glad to hear that you are finally moved into your new home. I'm sure getting Ma and Ginny settled in was a major priority for you guys. Now you can go to Colorado in April with clear minds. I'm sure that you will enjoy your trip out west as much as we did. The mts. out there are absolutely awesome. Don't forget to let us know when and if you are planning the Alaska trip. Not saying that we'll dry camp but I've learned to "never say never". Our visit with all the cousins at Disney was great but very short. Next time try and make it longer. Keep up the good work. We'll see y'all again soon.

  8. We love Disney too. We were just there in October. It will always be in our future! Glad you had a good time!

    Bruce and Laura