"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Monday, December 30, 2013

Slip, Slipping Away!


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Another year is about to come to a close.  Another year older, and possibly, a little wiser.  Seems like it was just last April that I retired, rather than back in 2008.  As those old folks used to say; time sure flies, the older you get.

The year of 2013 has had its ups and downs.  Definitely not my best of the bunch since retirement, but it had its moments.  January found us at Ft. Pickens campground, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.  A cold, damp few days, made warmer by the presence of a number of friends.

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February found us in Arizona, visiting various places, and getting our first taste of Quartzite.

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We took the long road back home. Found it to be through Borrego Springs, Death Valley, Lake Mead area, and many places in between.

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March found us back in Alabama at the Green Eggs and Ham Rally.  Lots of food and fun.

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April found us doing some fishing, and spending a little time in the Ozarks.

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May found us packing for southern Utah and other points for the Summer.  Of course, those plans changed with a phone call.  Wanda’s mom become the priority and we spent the remaining months closer to home.  We still were able to sneak off for a long weekend to New Orleans around Memorial Day.

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June found us making a trip back to Arkansas for a week or so. Had a detour along the way.

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July brought a trip to Destin, FL for a week of fun with family.

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August found the boredom beginning to set in, again.  Decided to start construction on another little house.


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September started with the grape battle,

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and ended with love bugs.

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October found us attending a rally in Texas, a music festival in Oklahoma, and balloon festival in Louisiana.

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November and December seemed to blend into one another.  Thanksgiving and the Christmas season are meant for family time, and we tried to fulfill that tradition.

Looking back on the year, I realized that we were able to do many things, and go many places, in spite of the plans change.  For that, I’m really grateful.

Another thing I’m grateful for is our blogger friends.  I appreciate that you find the time to read, and at times, comment on my ramblings.  I started this blog as a personal journal of our travels, and never thought anyone else would give it a second look.  Thanks for your support.

What 2014 has in store for us is yet to be seen.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to experience much more of our beautiful Country, and meet more of you along the way……jc


  1. Looks like a pretty good year to me. Congratulations.

  2. All in all, it's been a pretty busy year when you roll it all together. Hope next year is even better for you.

  3. What a great year! Travel, good food, and giving to others. Wishing you much happiness in 2014!

  4. Looks like a fine year to me! Hope we get to see you again this year!

  5. Wow.....I'm impressed!!!...first I hadn't noticed your "Mark Twain" Header Statement before...I like it!.....your photo's are a terrific representation of your 2013 adventures....and you already know that I think your sunrise/sunset photo's are spot on!....if I get half as many memories in for 2014 I'll be very happy...hope to see you and Wanda this coming year...BTW did you ever decide on the camera "platform"?....Horst sends

  6. I always enjoy these year end wrap ups. As I started to read, I wondered if you would include the grape war. :)

  7. Wow!! What a year!! You and Wanda managed to make many memories through your journeys in 2013!! Great wrap up!! Wishing the two of you the very best in 2014...hopefully we will finally get to meet you guys at the Green Eggs and Ham rally!!

  8. Great year in review. I hope to be part of your camping ventures in 2014.

  9. Great year and wonderful wrap up! How did you ever choose the pictures to include? It would be a monumental task for me!!!!

    Also noticed the mark twain header comment...love it!

    Happy New Year! See you in Q and in AL!

  10. Jerry, I sure did enjoy your 2013 highlights. I remember most of the original posts, so it was especially fun seeing your recap.

    Here's to an absolutely wonderful year ahead, and I do so look forward to following your adventures on your blog.

  11. Isnt it funny when you look back how much we really did in a years time. You saw some beautiful countryside and ate some outstanding food! Cheers to 2014...can't wait to see where you go next!


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