We finished packing up the house in hopes it will sell while we are traveling across country and then we won’t need to come back. We loaded up the motor home and set up in a local campground 1/2 mile from the beach. We are bringing more in the motor home than we have done in the past because we don’t know if we’l be living in it moving into winter. If our house sells, our goods will be placed in storage and be inaccessible until we find another home to rent or buy. It will likely be a few weeks before we can figure out how to organize the motor home so we can find stuff.
The last several weeks have been stressful because of all the packing and saying good-bye to so many wonderful friends. We had some moments when we wondered if we would regret leaving. We have the most amazing friends here in St. Augustine.
Dart has been uncomfortable with all the activity and didn’t eat much this past week. It always scares me when a dog stops eating because my experience has shown me that it can be a sign of something very bad going on with the dog. Because of all the activity, I’ve been hoping Dart’s appetite will pick up once we get settled. Fortunately, Dart ate well today so I think he was stressed out and is starting to relax. While we were finalizing the packing we had the door to the garage open and Dart went out to the driveway and laid down next to the car. I wonder if he wanted to make sure we didn’t leave without him.
Getting into the campground reminded me why we are doing this. It has been lovely. The weather has been beautiful and there are lots of birds and turtles in the campground. We are camped by a pond and we are enjoying the neighbors. A bunch of Mallards are hanging around. There are also Anhingas, Egrets, Herons, and lots of birds soaring closer to the ocean. I can’t identify all of them but the Swallow-tailed kite is easy to identify. I love when the Swallow-tailed kites return to the area in Spring and I get a thrill every time I see one. I have seen many of them soaring and have never seen one flap it’s wings. They spend all day hunting on the wing.
The first morning we camped, we headed to the beach to watch the sunrise and picked up some eclairs at the local French bakery. We’ve hit that bakery a few more times and I’m certain we will get some pastries before we leave tomorrow. If I stayed in this campground too long, I would need to purchase larger clothes.
We also went to Matanzas Inlet one last time. I love this area and I knew the Least Terns were starting to nest. We were not disappointed and got to see a lot of Least Tern activity. It looks promising that it may be a good season for them. Let’s hope so.
We’ve already had our first camping glitch. I was attempting to take a shower this morning and the water would not heat up. I would like to understand why the universe must let any glitches with our hot water heater show up only when I (not Regis) attempt to take a shower. These glitches could show up when you are washing your face before you go to bed at night or when you are washing the dishes. No. They happen when I am standing butt naked in the shower wondering why the water won’t warm up. I started yelling out to Regis hoping he was nearby and could quickly diagnose and fix the problem. It turned out that the circuit breaker was tripped, so it was easy to resolve.
Later today, we arrived back at the motor home after being away all morning and I went to get some water for Dart’s bowl and no water would come out of the faucet. Mr. Fix-it was getting ice cream at the local camp store. Once he returned, he determined that there was no water coming out of the spigot from the campground. He checked with the campground host who told him that when they were mowing the grass, they broke something but the repair was underway. At least our first two glitches were no big deal. But, the car is intermittently displaying a nasty message, so we may have an issue with the car to resolve soon.
Tomorrow we head to the Gulf Coast. I’ve never been so sad to leave a place because of all the wonderful people we have befriended. Nevertheless, we are really excited about getting started on this year’s adventure.