Monday, November 19, 2007

After 50 days on the road, we packed up our trailer on Nov 17th and put it in storage at King's Bay Submarine Base. It being on the base and in an almost perpetually mild climate, we feel comfortable leaving it there. We unhitched the 5th wheel, prepared it for storage and were on the road by 1 PM. The traffic was light and we made good time up I-95. Such good time we decided not to stop and continued straight through to Maryland. We arrived home around 11:30 PM. It was one of the best trips we have had, up or down I-95, yet. No incidents or even heavy traffic.

We came home to mild weather. Thank goodness for that. The leaves on the trees had not completely fallen yet, but there is no shortage of them on the ground. We had hoped last spring not to have to rake leaves here again, but such is life.

We had not been home a day before our feet started to itch and so we started planning another trip. This RV stuff is getting in our blood.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Days 41-50
On Nov 9th we said our good-byes to the folks at the Ft. Stewart RV Park and headed the 90 miles south to the King’s Bay Submarine Base. This base is where the Atlantic missile submarine fleet calls home. So…you know with all what they carry and, obviously, what is stored on this base, the security is very tight. More than very tight.

We really enjoyed our stay here. The base is large and there are many bike paths throughout. We did a lot of riding and feel more comfortable on them now. The park is located on a small lake close to the Intercoastal Waterway and is home to many migrating birds. They, too, have their gators and crocs.

We took several day trips. One was to Fernandina Beach, Florida. Fernandina Beach is a city on Amelia Island, just NE of Jacksonville. Florida. The area was first inhabited by the Timucuan tribe. Known as the "Isle of 8 Flags", it had the following flags flown over it since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags. It is a quaint town and even in the “off” season, it is bustling with tourists.

Another trip was to Saint Augustine, Florida. St Augustine lies on the coast SE of Jacksonville, Florida. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565 and served, initially, as a coastal defense fort for the Spanish Fleets. There was plenty to see and plenty to do there. This was a trip well worth re-taking. We just could not see everything we wanted to see in one day.

After staying here for 9 days we are scheduled to depart for Maryland on Nov 17th. Not looking forward to it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Days 31-40

We decided to leave Maryland earlier and arrived back in Savannah at our trailer around 11 PM. An uneventful trip, thank goodness. We rested the next day and did little. We are still disappointed with the wasted trip to Maryland over a prospective buyer that failed to qualify after we were told they had. Next time we will contact their bank personally. Lesson learned.

Over the next week and a half, we just tried to enjoy the area and the people we had met at the Ft. Stewart RV Park. Did some fishing, we toured Savannah (that never gets old), took a tour bus to some outlet stores on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and just putzed around. It has been so hard to “learn” how to relax after a lifetime of hurry-hurry. We surely are not looking forward to returning to the craziness of the Baltimore/Washington area.

The campground hosts made our stay particularly pleasant. Besides doing an excellent job at keeping the place running very efficiently, they were a hoot to be with. We totally enjoyed their company and hope we will be able to stay in contact with them.

We took several short jaunts on our bikes and found we were more out-of-shape than we had thought. That is definitely something we need to work on. I see more bike riding in the future.

We hope to spend more time here on the future journeys. Our stay here comes to an end on Nov 9th when we relocate to King’s Bay Submarine Base RV Park in Saint Mary’s, Georgia.

P.S. We did not get any Trick-or-Treaters. I guess the parents do not want their small kids wandering around the swamps of Ft. Stewart at night. Too many alligators and other strange creatures.