Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Express Yourself.” I needed a prompt to blog during our “down time” to handle the mundane tasks of life.  Today, I am supposed to finish preparing our taxes for our accountant. We’re due a refund so I don’t need much motivation, but being a full-timer now, makes it so hard to sit inside the camper while it is a GORGEOUS day outside. I’ve already put it off enough and today is my deadline.  So after reading Ingrid’s awesome post this morning, I decided to take a quick detour and join this weekly photo challenge!

There are four things in this world I love as we travel. So first, the foundation of our marriage began walking on a beach in Jacksonville, Florida 40 years ago, just about to the month!  We were “falling” in love and discovered we both love the beach. So here are just a few snaps of our recent walk on Little Talbot Island near Jacksonville.

Little Talbot Island

The way to the beach is almost as good as the walk on the beach

The walk to the beach

The walk to the beach

Fabulous beach

Fabulous beach on Little Talbot Island

Cool dunes!

Cool dunes!

Bill lived in Jacksonville, FL soon after graduating from a technical training institute. He fell in love with the beaches and vowed to never move north….then he met me (Debbie), who was from the north. And like the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, it looks like we’ve been wandering that long too!

We decided to travel full time because we no longer know, or really care, where we live (in a stix and bricks house). Because as much as we love the beach, we’ve decided it’s not the place to live…permanently! We love to visit and during the off season! We just bundle up a bit!

So the next thing we discovered about each other is that we love to visit historic places, museums and gardens. So while in Jacksonville, we went to a garden/museum we had not visited before, the Cummer Museum, a garden and art museum. Now this was a bonus visit as it also had a great water feature, the St. John’s River! I just couldn’t caption these as it depicts a few things. One is a very old and huge oak tree that has become art itself. Much like life, as it grows, it adapts to the environment! My words just can’t do it justice! And then this fabulous urban museum overlooks the St. John River where I captured a boat gliding by with a bridge just peeking through my pictures. This was once a sanctuary for a family to express themselves, entertain and eventually help rebuild Jacksonville after the great fire of 1901.

And then our third love, we discovered we had was in July 2003, hiking! After we moved to Florida in 2005 (the Bible says God will give you the desires of your heart, so this was after 30 years of marriage), we thought our new found love of the mountains was never to be revisited.  But alas, in November 2013, we discovered we could easily find ways to hike. We just take our mobile-home with us and go to the mountains. And have we ever!  Here are a few snaps of our most recent visit to the mountains, near Franklin, NC.

We discovered our love of hiking goes back to our childhoods. Bill played in the hilly woods growing up outside of Pittsburgh, PA. And I spent a glorious six years in Colorado Springs, CO as an adventurous little girl.

So this brings me to our last great love of things on this earth and it is because of this, we have become full-time RVers! So we praise God for whom all blessings flow for delivering to us the next best thing in life, next to our own child, is our grandson! You see, when he was born, we lived 800 miles apart. And we were in Florida where Bill had yearned to return after our marriage nearly 40 years ago! So here I sit in the warmth of Florida while I blog, and thinking on these things that really help express who I am!

One year old birthday pic

We’ve entered the promised land!

Fun at the Florida RV Super Show!

Two pictures which depict the highlights of our time at the Show.  Bill isn’t in the photo, he is “working” inside, learning what we (he) needs to know before we buy our dream home on wheels!

These four are talented bloggers and full-timers as well as experts in their respective fields! They have inspired and taught us much and more! Jason to Debbie’s right, his wife Kristin Snow and one of their puppies in front (The Snowmads) , and Gerald and Shari Voight (their website is referenced below), to the left.

This couple is so inspiring with their youth and creative talents! Jason helped rescue an extensive https://dalees107.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/home-page-tumblelees-adventure-travels/post I not only wrote over, but deleted! I’ve hoped to meet up with him one day and finally did!

To learn just what exactly this Florida RV Super Show is, visit here, a post written by friend pictured above, Gerald Voight: http://usa-rvnomads.com/2015-florida-rv-supershow-day-1/

Learn all about the Snowmads at http://snowmads.com

The back story
This was our 3rd or 4th time at this show. We’ve gone to nearly every other RV show in Florida at least once (maybe 10?). In the beginning, a Class A motorhome was a dream for Bill. I love to travel, so it was interesting to think about owning one. My mom and step dad were full time RVers for a year when they first married (looking for a place to settle down in their new life) and one of my sisters and her husband owned one for a few years. In fact, my sister told us we’d love the lifestyle and we should get one. This was when I first retired and Bill just started managing our newly purchased rental homes. We weren’t ready-and that’s the key!
In the summer of 2013, we were ready to buy an RV, Bill holding out hope for his Class A – and me, Debbie, just not sure! Well we compromised and bought a beginner 5th Wheel, only to absolutely fall in love with the lifestyle! Now it’s time to upgrade and the 3 days at the show were for our final education in the process of deciding what to buy! Now to find that dream home on wheels!

(Depiction of the type of Class A motorhome)