It certainly doesn't help that we have been maintaining a lower profile because my back hasn't gotten any better since my slip and fall and quite honestly that is beginning to concern me. If nothing else, it's keeping me from playing golf and that, to quote my mother, "p*sses me off". Kind of a private joke and it needs to be said with extreme emphasis on the "P".
Since Denny and I pulled out of the Thousand Trails park in Wilmington we have visited with our youngest son Darby and his wife in central Ohio where we celebrated Net's birthday along with her parents.
Of course there has to be a little goofiness and showing off for the camera by the youngest granddaughter.
Upon leaving Denny and I took the red road route down to Myrtle Beach, staying one night in a beautiful campground in Bedford, Pennsylvania. We agreed that we'll have to come back here when we can stay longer to do some exploring and just kick back and enjoy the scenery.
Once we arrived in Myrtle Beach we had just the one day to get set up and the chairs pulled out before Darb and Net arrived to stay a week in Myrtle Beach with us. Of course we yanked out the hide-a-bed sofa soon after we purchased The Beast, so Denny and I rented a park model trailer for the kids. Since I'm a "get up at the crack of dawn or earlier" kind of person and the kids....well, not so much, this works out better.
Fortunately we had good weather for the most part while they were here so campfires were enjoyed, along with the occasional adult beverage.
For physical therapy purposes I talked Denny into allowing me to buy a folding bicycle. There are one thousand campsites in this campground so a bike makes it easier to get to the office, the camp store and the indoor swimming pool. I love this little thing, and we also picked up a carrying case for it so we can put the bicycle in the back of the truck or inside the trailer when we move and not worry about scratching anything up.
There haven't been a lot of spectacular sunrises this year, although I've taken several shots of the state park pier/south Myrtle Beach skyline under a variety of weather conditions and at different hours that could be an entire series of photographs on their own. When we first arrived there were a lot of military planes including cargo planes and fighter jets that were practicing "touch and go" landings and take offs from the airport just up the road from us so we've been seeing a lot of planes up close and personal here.
This year I managed to take over a thousand photographs of the American Heart Association Heart Ride on the Beach that occurs at the end of October/first of November. This year there were 1,200 horses from 22 states and even a few from Canada. There were supposed to be horses from 34 states but apparently a lot of folks cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Not surprising although it didn't hit us here.
I have taken a lot of photographs of the brown pelicans here, trying to get the perfect shot of a group of them skimming the waves like flying surfers. I'm still working on it.
And of course, I spend a lot of time walking Patches, or rather I spend a lot of time standing around while she investigates every bush, hole and waving stand of grass. And yes, I'm as bored as I look. Denny caught me. I'm also trying to be good about going to water aerobics for the stretching it provides my back. If nothing else, it feels good to be in the warm water on cool mornings (it's an indoor pool because nights get much too cool here to keep the outdoor pool open).
So we've pretty much been living on beach time; not doing much of anything and enjoying that just fine. My back still isn't up to playing golf so we just do a little walking around the campground. I did ride along with Denny when he played golf this week and it made me a bit anxious to get back out on the golf course but I'm just not ready yet. The back still grabs me if I move to quickly or twist suddenly so winding up to swing a golf club just doesn't get it yet.
Tomorrow our RVing friends Don and Vicki arrive. They will be staying a couple-three months so we'll overlap a month if all goes as planned. Plenty of time for some fun. And maybe a blog post or two.