To the Island we go!

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today. Life is good today.~Zac Brown Band

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When we first left Asheville, NC,  where we called home, we had jobs lined up with Amazon before we left and I swore I wouldn’t move somewhere without a job lined up. Never, say never because here we come South Padre Island, TX, jobless. The island is a hot tourist destination and home to a ton of Winter Texans so we crossed our fingers and winged it. We had made reservations just in time, the park was almost full months in advance. We stayed at Isla Blanca Park which was located on the southern tip of the island, surrounded by water on three sides and offered over 600 sites. Continue reading

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Adventures in Austin

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless.
We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. John Steinbeck

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“Okay babe, we are headed to Austin, TX, so how do we get there?” Jamie is in charge of driving and I’m co-pilot. What would we do without directions obtained as easy as just picking up our cell phones? My Dad is a retired truck driver and I remember him always mapping out his trips the night before I have no clue how he managed. Granted I still look at a map before we head out but I leave the majority of the planning to my GPS. Continue reading

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

This day is a journey , this very moment is an adventure. Rebecca Pavlenko

We all need food to survive so it only makes sense that food would be a vital component of our journey. In our old 9 to 5 life that meant cooking and lots of it. Don’t worry we will return to that but with the combination of long hours, hard labor and some pretty crappy weather recently we found ourselves eating out far more than we ever have in the past. I have enjoyed finding local culinary delights and thankfully the workout that Amazon supplied didn’t cause my waistline to suffer from too many orders of pasta, pizza and fries. Continue reading

Exploring Our New Territory

I ain’t here for a long time. I’m here for a good time. George Strait

We arrive in Texas a day late and not happy with our campground so living in a camper we move the house two days later. Okay, now we can have some fun. Our first week consisted of an 8hr orientation and then four 5hr days, piece of cake. Okay, that was a lie, I have been siting at a desk for 8 years, so this kicked my butt. I was hoping I could just stick with the 20hr weeks but that will not pay for play time. We worked our way in with two weeks of 30hrs and then went for the 40hrs. Meanwhile we played to make up for all the aching bones and muscles. Continue reading

“Walking in Memphis”

I was walking in Memphis, walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale. Marc Cohn

Arriving in Memphis we were slap worn out. Days of traveling, our first time on the road, and schedules to keep meeting up with the family. We had planned on staying one night and then moving on to our planned adventures. Well… the great part of not making reservations is being able to change your whole game plan. We ended up staying three nights to get rested up and see all the sites we discovered after being in Memphis. Yes, we missed our planned stops but this is not going to be our only chance out and about.

We stayed at Graceland RV park where they had Elvis playing 24/7. One night turned into three nights spent watching movies, eating barbecue, exploring the town, and planing out our new route to Texas. We were tired and hungry when we arrived so discovering that Marlowe’s would pick you up for free in a pink limousine was a no brainer. We shared a rack of ribs and we enjoyed the food so much we grabbed lunch there another day. We also stumbled upon some great Cajun fried fish in a gas station of all places. Continue reading