When I returned from the Everglades I parked my trailer at an angle so that the distance from the electric box to my trailer would be shorter and not require an extension cord. An extension cord provides too much resistance and my air conditioner doesn't cool.
Those of you reading this from the snowy north will have a hard time imagining that sometimes we are still turning on our airconditioners here in Inverness, Florida.
I like the angle of my trailer, the screen tent can set further from the road. It is still is in danger in this 55 and older Mobile Home and RV Park. The flower pot I set by a tent stake to mark it, got smashed last week. I have added some reflectors on tall sticks to try to prevent others from driving into my stuff.
The Couple Status
There are studies out there in the Universe about the euphoria and chemical changes that occur during the early stages of romantic love. I believe I have read some articles about that.
Reading about it and the experience of it are two different things. I am giggling and giddy, I am one dang sexy old woman. I am 30 years old until I look in the mirror.
I thought I was happy before, but this new experience with Steve has me over-the-top with excitement for future adventures and just sharing the beauty of today.
And the best part (besides all the things I admire, enjoy, am grateful for, am amazed about, in Steve) is that I now have a play mate.
Now get your mind out of the gutter! That isn't what I mean... well, not what I mean here.
What I mean here is that he says, "You wanna go kayaking?" and I am there because I love sharing nature with him and I love kayaking the lakes and rivers around here.
In the Everglades I waded through a puddle and Steve joined me. And later we were aiming our bikes to ride through puddles. Playing like kids.
I say, "Would you like to join me on this camping trip?" and he becomes just as excited as I am to go explore a place together.
Did I tell you that he wants to do the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail? We are planning on doing that the second half of September 2023. We will carry out tents and all that crap. I just replaced my back rack with one that is rated for 85 lbs.
We were at lunch on a Withlacoochee Bicycle Riders' ride and the couple across from us were telling us about their trip to Bonaire in the Western Carrabean. They said the snorkling was amazing. Steve nudged me.
Oh my! Yes! That too is a distinct possibility when you have a bold and venturous play mate.
I am keeping my eyes open for when Sister Corp (a branch of the Sister's on the Fly that goes in to help months after a disaster) will be going to Fort Myers to help with the rebuild after Hurricane Ian. Steve is very interested in doing that also.
So much of the things that I wanted to do but didn't do because I didn't want to do them alone, well now I just might do them!
Today I canceled my commitment to volunteer to camphost again at South Trout Lake in Wisconsin. I just don't want to tie myself down to one place for a whole month. Even if Steve decides not to come out to Wisconsin to do a shake-down bike tour with me, I have places and people to see while I am there.
I am making my camping plans for spring now, when I will return traveling into the northern states. I shared with Steve a couple of the places I will be going. (I was silently hoping that he will be interested and join me for them).
He is interested! He has made his reservations. So we will be pulling our trailers north and enjoying some really great places on the way.
A couple of the places we are going, I had really wanted to share with him.
Hunting Beach State Park in South Carolina is the place I stayed during the Sisters on the Fly/Pledge the Pink event I attended in October on the way down to Florida. The beach is flat and when I was there lights were not allowed on the beach because of turtle nesting season. I don't know if it will be a good star-gazing beach in the spring, but I hope so. I also want to visit the Gulla/Geechee museum in the area and stop at the Gulla/Geechee Artists Gallery.
Hocking Hills State Park is in Ohio. I hosted my first Sister on the Fly event there on my way down and I was impressed with the hiking trails. It has many hiking trails, gorges, and is next to the John Glen Observatory.
We are also going to Hungry Mother State Park This park was recommended by a Sister on the Fly, Susan J. I emailed her and Dee to see if they wanted to join me there for some kayaking and hiking. Dee responded with a resounding "YES!". I haven't heard from Susan yet. I may have to break down and call her. It is funny how making a call is the last way I try to contact someone.
If you have been reading these letters all year, you may recall that on my way North I met up with Susan and Dee to do the Virginia Creeper Trail in Virginia. We really enjoy each other and they like to hike and eat pizza like me.
In Delaware, Steve will branch off and head for his home in New York. He has a house and family there that will need his attention. I am still un-encumbered by house maintenance. I am liking that a bunch, really.
I will visit trails in Pensylvania and then the Finger Lakes Region of New York. In my plans are Vermont and across the border into Canada where I will spend the week of the 4th of July with my good friends, Louise and Richard.
My next travel season is really taking great shape and I have anticipating another awsome summer.
What's Been Going On
A couple villas have come up for sale in Windermere (my former neighborhood). The prices are still high, and I have time to wait, so I will wait and continue to be house-free.
Or will I? Read on.
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