Friday, March 9, 2012

Out in the "Outback"

I know that I usually have a post on crafting on Friday's however I am still working on things for Melissa and Loralie's shower - so I can't share the stuff with you just yet.  So, I thought I would share the little trip that Mountain Man and I took last week.

I know that you didn't know we were able to sneak away for three wonderful, glorious days last week.  We loaded the two pups into the truck - threw some groceries in the camper and headed down to The Keys - Bahia Honda State Park to be exact.  We were really very lucky Monday to be able to reserve a camping spot right on the water for three days at the last minute.  In fact, we got the last available spot in all of the Keys - at least at a state park.  So Tuesday morning we left and were back home Friday afternoon.

Now, let me back track just a little.  In October of last year - the Mountain Man and I bought a new to us camper - a 23 foot long Outback travel trailer.


As you can see from the picture above the back of the travel trailer slides out -  that is a queen size bed in the slide out, plus there is a queen bed and a twin bunk bed in the front.  I think that it will make more sense if you see pictures of the interior - so here are a few pictures of the interior.


Looking from the door to the back.


The front queen bed and bunk - also taken from the door.


Full bath.


Taken from the back looking toward the front.

Now, as you can plainly see we have a wonderful, beautiful camper - that we had not used at all.  Why?  Well, right after we purchased the camper, MM went into the hospital for his first heart catherization.  Then he couldn't lift anything over five pounds - which meant we could not hook the camper up to the truck since the hitch weighs more than five pounds.  Just about the time that he thought he was back to fighting form - he had his second cath and we were back to square one. 

Then, of course, we had Thanksgiving and Christmas in this time frame also.  It just seemed like things were going against our getting away.  You know how that is - something always coming up.  Finally, last week, we just decided that we were going somewhere - and it didn't really matter were.  That's when I went to the Reserve America website and booked our three day trip.


Mountain Man watching the sunset on our first night at the camp site.


Sunset over the water



                                             Pretty nice, huh? 

This was the view right outside our door.  It was the best three days.  We just slept and ate and took it easy - I even took naps!  It was so nice to be able to just sit back and not have to worry about anything!  We never left the campground, which is really different for us.  We usually spend at least one day out when we are camping, site seeing, but we just decided not to leave the campground.  We didn't even go into Key West, which was only thirty minutes away.  Oh well, maybe next time.

Now, there was one thing that we saw that neither one of us had ever seen in the wild before.


For those of you that don't know - this is a manatee, or as some people call them - a sea cow.  These are the most amazing animals.  A lot of people can see them at power plants because manatees like warm water.  They are also found in the springs here in Florida.


 This guy was HUGE!   This picture really does not do him/her justice (I don't know what sex it was, but that really isn't important).   To make it even more special - there were actually two of them.


Aren't they amazing???

Mountain Man actually gave them a drink of fresh water - which was really pretty cool.


                                                  Neat huh?

I have a couple of other pictures I would like to share with you - I usually have some great pictures of Samantha Ann - she likes to pose and I am able to get good pictures of her. 


 However, I never seem to get any good pictures of Jessie Lee.   For some reason, Jessie doesn't like to have her picture taken.  Her ears are always down and back - not a pretty picture. 



Well, I finally was able to get some good pictures of Jessie and I want to share -


                                                                   Much better! 
                           Isn't she cute?  What has her attention?

                I'll give you a hint - there is only one thing that would
                           capture her attention like this.   Give up? 
                                                        


                                                                            
                                                                             FOOD!

                                Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

                                "See" you Monday for Monday Menu!

                                                       Hugs!
                                                       Carol


I'm linking to:
http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/?p=6603

8 comments:

  1. Love the Manatees and love, love those little doggies! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Rebecca -
      Glad you enjoyed and hope you'll come back and visit again!
      Hugs!
      Carol

      Delete
  2. I am so glad you let me know about your travels. I am in the process of reading all your posts 2008-2010 to learn. I can't wait for us to be able to hit the road but it will be about 1 year for us to fulfill this dream. Meanwhile I will learn from everyone that has done this. Thanks so much!
    Evelyn
    My Turn (for us)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Evelyn - I glad you are reading our old posts - If you have any questions please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.
      Hugs -
      Carol

      Delete
  3. I've never had the chance to see a Manatee up close, they look like gentle cows of the sea! Marvelously captured... I'm so glad you decided to join us and share at 'Weekly Top Shot.' :-) I hope you'll come share again next week...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Madge - seeing the manatees was great - I'll be sure to come back and post again and I hope you'll come back and visit me again!
      Hugs -
      Carol

      Delete
  4. Beautiful post.

    Regards and best wishes

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you - I'm so glad that you enjoyed the post and I hope that you will come back and visit again!
      Hugs!
      Carol

      Delete

Lakeland

Hi everyone!  Hope you all have had a great week.  I thought I would let you know what Dan and I have been up the past week. A couple of...