It was a first since we've been on the road. Linda found how comfortable it can be in a recliner all night. :)
Like I usually do, she thought a couple of times "I should get up and go to bed". And like my body often does, hers said "Nah, I'm sleepin' good, no reason to mess it up". :)
But we did have to get up when morning came. It was Dunes Day and we had volunteered to go help stake discarded Christmas trees on the beach.
It was supposed to warm up, but it was still a cool, cloudy morning. We threw on our thermal underwear, dressed in layers, and grabbed some gloves.
We arrived at the Quintana Beach Park to find our other volunteer friends waiting for instructions.
It was quite a turnout. Lots of volunteers.
We all drove out onto the beach and started lining the trees up end to end.
Stakes and twine were supplied. We didn't know that we needed to bring a mallet, so we waited for others to drive stakes.
Then we tied the trees to hold them in place.
As we were finishing up, some patches of blue sky started to appear.
It had been awhile. I may have teared up a little when we got our first glimpse of the sun. :)
With so many volunteers working together, all the trees we had were laid out, tied, and staked in about an hour. It was pretty amazing.
We all went back to the park, where the sponsoring association had chili dogs and hot chocolate for us. It felt good to get out and do something for the beach community .... even if it did only last an hour.
We got ourselves pretty dirty, so Linda was glad we had time to get cleaned up before we were to meet with our afternoon visitors at 1:00.
Our designated meeting place was the Discovery Center, so we got there a little before 1:00. Linda waited inside and I went out to talk to some folks on the boardwalk and see what birds were out today.
When I came back in Linda introduced me to Darryl & Mary. They were from Michigan and Darryl has been a follower of ours for quite some time. It was a pleasure to meet them and chat for a bit.
But, they were not the ones we were expecting to meet today. :) They had come down to the area, and just took a chance they might run into us while they toured the refuge.
In fact, they sort of shocked Linda when they knew her name and she wasn't wearing a name tag. :)
As fate would have it, we met up within the tiny window we would be at the Discovery Center today. Cool.
After Darryl got his picture with us and they left, four more folks showed up. I had been corresponding with Jerry and knew he and his wife were coming. And he mentioned some in-laws would probably be with them.
Now these meetings usually happen with one person that has been following us taking the lead while the spouse hangs back and says "I don't read the website, I just get told everything that you do." :)
Well not this time. We had four smiling faces all coming at us at once introducing themselves. It was two couples of enthusiastic folks not just Jerry and "the others". :)
So we met Jerry & Carol (on the right) and Donna & Tom (sandwiching Linda on the left).
Donna and Carol are sisters. Jerry & Carol live in Corpus Christi and Donna & Tom live in Houston. All are future full-timers.
After a tour of our rig to see how it's laid out and how much storage it has and how we utilize the storage, they took us out for a late lunch.
We were happy to answer questions and get to know these folks a little better. It was a fun afternoon.
After a couple hours together, we parted with hugs and handshakes. More excited folks looking forward to life on the road. :)
Donna gave us an embroidered cloth picture frame she made. It's a light-weight way to display photos on the walls of RVs. Wonderful idea!
Now we just have to find a photo for it. :)
Jerry gave us one of his handcrafted pens.
His pens are beautiful and well made. Check out his new website at CreativePenWorks.com. He is looking to take his pen-making on the road, so I'm sure he would appreciate feedback and assistance with the website. :)
Future full-timers with all kinds of skills and all kinds of plans for living on the road. There certainly is no "right way" to do it. And that's what makes the adventures and the introductions so much fun.
Back home, Linda worked on editing recipes for the RV-Dreams Family Favorites Cookbook. She is glad to see a good variety, and that we are approaching a third of the recipes needed.
We've had a great increase this past week. Now we just need to keep it up until we reach the goal of 300.
Thanks for your help! It's going to be a great cookbook and the more contributors we have the better it will be. :)
Well, it was a full day with some volunteer work and six new friends. And the warmer temps and sunshine in the afternoon helped.
We're off tomorrow and it's supposed to be warmer. Who knows what we'll get into. :)