It seems all days start early these days. It was 76 at 5:30 when we walked. We really don’t like walking that early but it’s early or not at all these days. Today, after breakfast we finished up our packing and headed to Red Bay. It was an uneventful drive and we arrived a few minutes before 12:00. There were two rigs in line in front of us for check-in but there were plenty of empty sites. About 1/3 of the sites have rigs waiting for service but if this week is like others, a lot of rigs will come in tomorrow. Hopefully we will not be waiting too long to get our last warranty work completed.
After getting parked and set up, we drove over to Belmont, MS, only about 6 miles away, to a Mexican restaurant that has been recommended several times. The restaurant is across Main Street from the famous Belmont Hotel (and the somewhat less famous Monkey Barber Shop). After our late lunch, we walked around the campground, but it was too hot for our neighbors to be out. We had another afternoon thunderstorm come through today, and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. With the cooler temps, we were able to take another walk shortly before dark and met a number out our neighbors. Everyone is here to have a problem resolved by Tiffin but everyone is good-natured about it. It’s fun to meet people from all over the US and hear their stories. Of course it is also a chance for us to share information about NOMADS. It should be an interesting week and it’s really nice to be “back on the road”, or at least away from Tuscaloosa. We will be back to travel mode soon, we hope. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
We were up early, walking at about 5:30. It was already hot, but better than it would be later. We then had breakfast and got ready to hit the road. We headed back to Blount County to check on the aunts, the house and pick up the mail. With all the storms this past week we needed to check Helen’s and our house and freezers.
The ladies seemed to be doing well today. Jean was thrilled because Debra sent us a picture of Newdul, Jean’s 46 year old turtle enjoying some blueberries. Thanks so much Debra for taking such good care of Newdul and for the picture. You really made Jean’s day.
When we got back to Tuscaloosa we went to a play at Shelton State Community College. We have been to a few there before and they always do a really good job. This was no exception. The play presented by Theater Tuscaloosa was “Once Upon A Mattress”. It was a very energetic performance with wonderful vocals and orchestra. If you are in Tuscaloosa, you have through July 22 to see the play. You won’t be disappointed.
It was a busy but very nice day. We thank God for safe travels.
We slept a little late this morning so it was already 78 when we walked. Hot and humid! After our walk and breakfast, it was a laundry day. We will be be leaving for Red Bay Saturday morning if all goes as planned so it was time to start getting ready to depart. It’s time for Fred to get some exercise and we really have hitch itch.
Today was also the day Anne’s cousin Ross and his wife came for a visit. They live in the Houston, TX area so we don’t get to see them often. It was so great to see them. It seems that lately we have only seen each other at family funerals so it was nice to just visit. Ross spent a good deal of time with Anne’s family as a young man. His dad died in an on the job accident and Daddy Dwight really tried to step in and be a father figure to Ross. Ross had looked on Yelp and decided they would like to go to a little local restaurant, Nick’s, for dinner. As a total surprise to Ross, the restaurant was just a few blocks from Anne’s family’s childhood farm, the place Ross spent so many summer days. When he realized the location, we of course had to go by the old farm house and the 40 acres Daddy Dwight eventually developed in to a subdivision. This brought back so many good memories and time of sharing. Ross had to go on to Birmingham tonight but such a good, even though short, visit.
After Ross left, we went to Cookout for milkshakes and brought one back for our across the street neighbor. The visit over milkshakes led to more memories of when we were all growing up in the subdivision and the houses Daddy Dwight build in Wood Manor. Again a time of good memories. A little sad, missing Mama Ruby and Daddy Dwight, tonight. But know we are blessed with wonderful memories.
Today was another hot sunny day in Tuscaloosa. We have had frequent afternoon storms with another day of flash flooding, something that is unusual for Tuscaloosa. Today was another afternoon storm. It does drop the temperature significantly and we certainly won’t be having to water the grass anytime soon.
Since we have been still busy with business and estate stuff, we thought we would share something from the beginning of our great adventure, our new life of RVing With A Purpose.
Back around 2010 or so we first met Sandy and Roger at our church. We noticed they were driving a large truck with a fifth wheel hitch and signs on the doors for NOMADS. We didn’t own an RV at the time but knew we wanted that to change as we looked ahead to retirement. We got to know Roger and Sandy and they shared with us all about their travels and work with NOMADS. Jump forward to March of 2014 as we were preparing for Max’s retirement, Roger and Sandy invited us to join them for a project at SIFAT in Lineville, Alabama. Not yet retired, we could only commit to one week since Max was working to make a smooth transition to the new leadership for Blount County. SIFAT stands for Servants In Faith and Technology. We knew nothing of SIFAT and had a totally different idea of technology (like computers) before our visit. Be sure to check our their website to find out about their technology. Anyway, we started our week meeting our fellow team members on Saturday, worshiping with them on Sunday, and of course lunch afterward and the Sunday night team meeting. We started Monday sorting donated medical supplies. After that we built new railings for the administration building and ended with some painting. It was a wonderful week that started us on our new adventure and we have never looked back. Such a blessing.