A Great Gay Cruise with old and new friends. Parties day and night! And the costumes and more! What can one say other than it was FABULOUS!
Mike and I celebrated the season with family and friends get togethers and a New Year's Day open house. Great times and food was had by all.
We ended up in a wonderful home, three blocks from Wilton Drive. Wilton Drive is the hub of the area with restaurants, bars, clubs, and more within walking distance. Our POD arrived, and in 5+ hours we were furnished and home. Unloading the Motor Coach took a little longer and really didn't get fully cleaned out until March 2018. Mike set about decorating and we are now very comfortable in our (much larger than the "tin can") home! I worked outside de-weeding the front motor court and setting up the patio area for parties! For those that want a snail mail address: 520 NE 25th Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. The first two pics are before and then after. The last two are Ron's Oriental topiaries that he trims every week!
We were all atingle as we crossed the Georgia border and entered Florida. Almost home. But first, a weeklong stay at the famous Sawmill Campground to relax and ponder the long and amazing journey we were about to complete. We stopped at many of the 'gay' campgrounds which were along our route but this is the mac-daddy of them all and always lots of fun.
We both admit to having mixed emotions. Although we don't want the adventure to end, we are, indeed, looking forward to being home with family and friends.
We have a great place to move into in the heart of our old neighborhood, Wilton Manors. Our RV will be temporarily parked next to our house while we empty and prepare to sell her. Then we will set out to build/ remodel/ purchase a forever home.
But, fear not. THE PARTY NEVER ENDS! See our post on the Future Plans page. We already have many fun trips planned through 2019.
We spent Halloween at OZ in GA. Had a great time despite the weather turning wet Saturday night. There were many tricks and treats :) !
We stayed in Marietta, GA, a large suburb of Atlanta and new home to Dehn and Fancey Larson. The iconic Marietta Diner was just down the road and we had several great meals there. We visited the Ponce City Market and had a great lunch at H&F. Club FLEX was right downtown and a great place to 'work out' and relax. We also had a fantastic meal that Mike made for Dehn, Fancey and her parents, Jodi & Glenn, at their new home. Mi
We purposefully routed our trip to include Asheville after Uncle Mike got a call and request to plan a very important occasion. Dr. Anna Larson and Meg Ohno Flute Haman's wedding in Asheville, NC, Labor Day weekend next year. We allowed ourselves a full week to select a location, order tents & equipment, caterers, DJ's, cake bakers, build a website, etc. And how do we keep it from going over budget? Plans are now settled and it will be a very special event for two loving, wonderful gals! While there we visited with our good friend Lyn McFarland, had dinner with Fancy & Dehn who were visiting from Atlanta, and did some touring of a wonderful eclectic mountain town with so much to see and do.
We reprised our visit to this wonderful county park to visit Mike's college friend Gail and her husband Carey. Gail is retiring in December after many years as the President of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. Mike is feeling better and joined them for dinner, while Ron is now suffering from a cold and cough, his first since we started our epic adventure. We are not blaming our colds on the flu shots.... but WTF!?
Our base camp in Brunswick, MD., along the Potomac, gave us access to visit family and friends. The Tawney Family live nearby in Purcellville, VA. Karl Ruiz lives in Arlington, VA. Mike made a quick trip Friday to visit and have lunch with Karl. Saturday we visited with Scarlet & Harrison along with their Mom Erica & Harold Tawney. Naturally we arrived bearing gifts! Those two kids are just the cutest and happiest redheads ever! We got our "senior" flu shots last week and after 16 months on the road Mike was down with a bad cold. Mike had to cancel our planned visit with Vicki and Guy Nichols which we were so looking forward to. Ron did some touring of the Brunswick area and Harpers Ferry, WV.
On our way to Maryland/Northern Virginia we stopped to visit and have lunch with Debonny & Lee Shoaf in Shippensburg, PA. which was near their home in Newville, PA, Debbie and Mike grew up together in Uniontown, PA, and spent their freshman year together at Ohio University. It was great to see them and get caught up. We're sorry it was such a "flash visit" as Lee called it, but we'll get together again soon.
Our RV Adventure
Here's a record of our travels as we explore the USA. Blog posts are listed by month in descending order.