So....we are a little over a three weeks into "life on the road" and......so far, think we are doing okay adjusting. It's been different, weird, and not sure how to actually describe it. I'm sure it will take a bit to develop a routine, if there is such a thing and our new "normal" will probably change and evolve on a daily basis.
We are with a group of friends, which is a kind of way to ease our way into this. The folks working at the campground have referred to all of us as the Corleone compound; not sure if that's good or bad, but no one is messing with us, so guess it's OK. We met the group of friends who are here with us through the RV-Dreams forum and rally and are blessed to be able to spend time with some really cool people. We started with four couples and by the time we leave, there will be six.
Our friends Lee and Tracy gave Greg a welcome present; pic below. First, yes, an unusual gift, but there is a very cute (and sort of sentimental) story to it, but ultimately the reason for the unusual gift? Who else are you going to give a blow up doll to? Greg. OK, makes sense.
The first couple of weeks, I was wrapping up full time work, and for week three, I have transitioned to part time--different, but so far okay. I did have to take a work trip week one and man did I miss the direct flights out of Philadelphia! Some sort of work has occupied a good portion of the daytime hours, but mostly on evenings and weekends have been a little more on the social side.
And speaking of the social side, our life has definitely been a lot more social. With so many people, we did put a little structure (okay, we have a full blown calendar for pete's sake!!) around some meals to organize things, etc. The grocery store is around a 20 minutes away so it does take a tad bit of planning to make this work. We have typically had four or so nights a week with something on the calendar and then three nights are left to do whatever. We've had a few theme nights (Italian, sea food, etc.) potlucks, grill your own nights, derby party, etc. Still remaining are a progressive dinner, chili cook off, and a few other things.
The highlight of our group dinners so far has been Cinco de Mayo. We made tacos, cause you have to have tacos on Cinco de Mayo, but it was definitely NOT the food that was the highlight. It was the company. And perhaps the tequila.
Bill, the wicked bartender, mixing up some margaritas. The blender--along with a couple of portable ice machines--were busy all night.
This is the effects of Bill the Wicked Bartender! There's actually a series of pictures that show the demise of Greg throughout the evening. This picture is about half way through. I'll leave the last picture to your imagination.
And who has a party without entertainment? Certainly not the Corleone Compound!! Here's Guy and Lee looking very musical.
And here's a picture of Tracy after the second round of entertainment, which unfortunately, or fortunately, we didn't get a picture of!! Her face says it all.
Can't remember the last time we had that much fun on a Tuesday!!
Dinners have been awesome and we are grateful, we made friends with not only cool people, but good cooks.
We've had a couple of field trips so far as well, First trip we took was to Roanoke Island Festival Park which is a state historic site in Manteo, North Carolina on Roanoke Island. The park includes a recreated 16th-century sailing ship, living history demonstrators, a museum, and a variety of performing and visual arts. It was pretty cool, but unfortunately I forgot to put a memory card in my camera, so only have a few pics from my iphone. Important lesson learned. Duh!
We saw this cool bus on the island. We thought it was pretty cool; would have been to neat to see the inside.
Next field trip was to Ocracoke Island. To get to Ocracoke Island, you have to take a ferry, which took about an hour.
And once we were on the island, we did a little sight seeing and took the ferry back. The ferry runs every hour on the half and in the off season, they only run one ferry....which meant although we got in line about a half hour early, there were about 50 cars that got in line an hour earlier! So....we waited, but luckily we were able to get on the second try. It was close.
Well, there's more to report, but will never get anything posted if I don't just stop. Stay tuned for the next episode which will include a recap of additional field trips that (hopefully) include: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Wright Brothers National Museum....and perhaps Pea Island, oh, and also a report from driving school. Yes, I'm going to learn to drive this beast. If you don't see any additional posts, it means I wrecked the house.