Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ft. DeSoto and John’s Pass

~Fort DeSoto State Park~

On Tuesday we loaded our bikes and headed out for one the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Once a 12-inch mortar battery, which is located at the fort for which the park was named, it merited a place in the National Register of Historic Places. With three miles of white sand beaches it wasn’t hard to find a place to relax after a seven mile bike ride along the coast and thru the natural surroundings. 

~yes, it was extremely hot, yes, we took lots of water and yes, we collapsed once we cooled off in the calm waters of the gulf~


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This beautiful park includes “A 238-site family camping area with facilities including picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a camp store.”

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Who wouldn’t love camping next to the water under palm trees!

Ahhhhhhhh, what a lovely day!


~John’s Pass~

John’s Pass is a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village complete with “unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, cruise lines, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing.”

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Yep, you guessed it, this IS the pass.

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All of that is entertaining but to me the best  part was lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.


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YUMALICIOUS!  you knew I’d say that…

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Need I say more?


IMG_6101  All this fun has me ready for some sleep. 


Blessings Y’all!


Welcome new follower!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ahhhhhhhh, Florida

I never tire of a white sand beach. Ahhhhhh…   IMG_5858Gulf Islands National Seashore

We took the scenic route to Tampa this time. While in Pensacola we discovered that my favorite little hotel, Five Flags Inn was destroyed in Hurricane Ivan in 2004. :( 

On a happier note I found the campground in Destin my parents took our family to when I was 16 called Camping on the Gulf. They took us in a Dodge truck with a cabover camper and we parked on the second row. It was heaven! We plan to stay here sometime next year.         (They take reservations up to a year in advance…a bit pricey but so worth it!)


Driving along the gulf coastline, we explored some “off the beaten path” places including Fanning Springs, The Suwannee River and BubbaQue’s at Chiefland, best BBQ we’ve ever had!

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~~ Food-Fun-Friends ~~

Whataburger in Destin, Steak at Tina’s new house, Dairy Curl coconut sundae in Clearwater Beach!

Yumalicious !


My most favorite time of the day on the beach…

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While we were playing along the coastline, my children were very busy…

My daughter, Danielle in her new office!

My son, Josh became a licensed Private Pilot!

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Guess who also loves the beach…

Beach Bella 


And just for those of you who LOVE antiques and collectables…


Antiques and Collectables near Hardy, Arkansas

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How ‘bout that trailer?


Blessings Y’all!


Welcome new followers! :)

Friday, September 10, 2010


There are many things about life I don’t understand but have chosen to accept. Why?
I believe with all my heart that God is in control, always has been, and always will be.
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After spending two glorious days in the breathtaking Smoky Mountains we headed toward Florida. On Monday we made it to Macon, GA when we received a phone call. Robert’s son, Corey told us the news.
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His grandfather Robert’s ex-father-in-law had unexpectedly passed away.
He had taken his own life.
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Photo courtesy of Gary Rushing
So we turned around and made our way to Missouri to offer our support to a grieving family with Corey in the forefront of our thoughts. Yes, when we arrived we found sadness,but also strength, unbelievable strength.
God had surrounded this family with His unexplainable love and comfort. The days following were filled with hugs, tears, storytelling, food and beverages, services, visits from friends, and laughter.
Gary Francis Barnes
March 15,1949-September 6,2010
On a lighter note, I visited with some of my co-workers from last year. They are a delightful group of ladies who always bring a smile to my face. Kathy, Rexanna, Margaret, Dawn, Debbie, Shirley, Jeanette,and Diana. It was wonderful seeing them again! thanks for the yumalicious cookies
don’t forget your promises~

   Can anyone say, “Shoetree?”
         Captn Dave’s Little  River Artistry
                        Townsend, TN

We’ll resume our travels on Sunday.
           Blessings Y’all,

Last but not least, WELCOME NEW FOLLOWERS!
It thrills me!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cades Cove



We were greeted this morning with dense fog and temps in the 40’s. Brrrrrr!  IMG_5644I actually had to put a little sweater on which for me is unbelievable! I’m always warm  After a quick breakfast and two cups of coffee also unbelievable we made our way to Cades Cove, an 11-mile, one-way Loop Road thru “a showcase for some of the most inspiring natural and cultural treasures that the Southern Appalachian Mountains have to offer.” www.SmokiesInformation.org.  Arriving early provided a less crowded road so there was more opportunity to drive slowly, snap a few pictures and really SEE this beautiful place.

One of our first stops was the Primitive Baptist Church, established in 1827. I didn’t meet any of the founding members but if they had been there on this Sunday morn, I bet they would have been sittin’ in these wooden pews, singin’ hymns and shoutin’, “Hallelujah!”

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             Our next stop-The Visitor Center

                          we got something really special here~

  Yes, some down-home Bluegrass music…

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  Yes, we watched “Eithel” work the sugar cane into Sorghum~


Yes, we visited the Blacksmith and the Grist Mill~

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Yes, we saw old cabins and a whiskey barrel trailer~


But the best part of the Visitor Center was…








Continuing along the Loop-Road, Robert took a few snapshots.

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But his BEST snapshot was of this BIG, BEAUTIFUL…



He was only about 30 feet from him!

We were thrilled that we actually saw a wild bear!

lions, tigers, and bears…oh my!

~We visited some wood carver shops this afternoon and

rode the bike trail in Townsend all the way to PIZZA HUT!

Hey, we rode all the way back so I’m sure we worked off those calories!

Heading to North Carolina tomorrow.

Blessings Y’all!


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