Long overdue update on the site. As you read on you will understand why in the Jan--Feb update.
to the dentist. He fitted my partial plate and by the time I got outside I had
to take it out. Gag reflex kicked in & I couldn't handle it.
had some very special guests on fri
& sat nights. Fri we had 5 1st Cav troopers from Walter Reed Hospital
visiting with us. They were sponsored by a local motorcycle club. On Sat at the
banquet we had 3 soldiers as guests. 2 from Iraq
& 1 from Afghanistan.
were made about next years banquet which will be the 40th anniversary of the
battles in Ia Drang. Should be a great one! Already made our hotel reservations.
returned from DC we headed to Tunica, Ms where we met Bob & Donna to travel
together to Paynes Creek Historic State Park where we are volunteering again
this year. We celebrated our (Kay & I) 30th anniversary with dinner at
Harrahs casino. From there we headed to the SKPs RV Park in Summerdale, Al for a
few days. Summerdale is a little north of Gulf Shores
which took a big hit from hurricane Ivan. We drove down to Gulf Shores and it
was a ghost town! Unbelievable the damage that was still very visible. All the
condos, apts & businesses along the coast were damaged severely. The pics I
took do kind of give you an idea of the damage. And this was a couple of months
later. Sure had us wondering what to expect when we got to Paynes Creek as they
had the other 3 hurricanes pass over them.
As we were
traveling from Summerdale we heard weather/news reports of a tornado that hit
there about 1 hour after we had left. We drove in rain and were just ahead of
the bad weather all the way to Old Town, Fl.
Arrived in Bowling Green, Fl at the state park on the first. Bob & Barb Tydd had arrived a few minutes before the 4 of us. Good timing! Spent that evening & the next day setting things up for our 3 month stay. Then we started working. Lots of thing to do due to the hurricanes. The buildings stood up real well except for shingles missing but the park itself was heavily damaged. Lots of trees down, blocking trails. The whole park had flooded also.
electric we put in last year for 2 sites was down. A tree had knocked the pole
down. So that was the first on the list. The first week we were there, Rich
& Diane Emond stopped by for a visit. Always good to see them. We had dinner
with them one night at the Elks and next night at a local Chinese restaurant.
an old 1 ton truck that the park uses but they were having problems with it not
charging the batteries. So I took that as one of my projects. Got it working
after troubleshooting for a couple of days. It was a combination of a couple of
things but mainly poor grounds. I also rewired the connection for the trailer.
Then had to do the trailer. Replace lights and some wires. Thats the sort of
things I did for Dec.
A few days
before Christmas, Kay went down to Jared (nephew) & Julia's house in Ft.
Myers. They had a baby (Ryan) in Aug and Kay was anxious
to see him. Plus the rest of the family was going to be there for Christmas
instead of Savannah this year. Later in the week, Bob, Donna & I went down
for a couple of days. Jared fixed a 'low country boil'
and it was wonderful! That boy learned good from his dad.
At the end
of Dec was Renee's (ranger) last day working. She quit so she could pursue her
music. She had quite a few gigs lined up and was keeping busy with her fiddling.
And I can understand why---she is good! We put together a surprise party for
her. Tracy made a birdhouse for her, Donna burnt
some pics onto it and then we all signed it. She did a great job. Make sure you
check out the pics.
for the month, we went to the Elks for New Years Eve. We really enjoyed
ourselves. This lodge has some great people.
of the many forums I visit I found this
page. It has lots of smileys and they are easily inserted into emails. Just
make sure you navigate to the page using Internet Explorer. Find the smiley you
want, right click, copy, go to your email, right click, paste. Thats it.