Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Green Light

It's always good to get the green light!!!  I fondly refer to months like January as my medical marathon!!  Every Monday in January plus a Thursday was spent either at a doctor's office, lab or hospital.  Why you ask?  Twice a year I have to see my Oncologist as well as my PCP for blood work and a check up.  I'm proud to announce I only have to have a CT scan once a year now!!    Unfortunately for us, this fell in the cold cold month of January!!  The good news....all is clean and clear and no signs of cancer!!! Praise God!!!!   The blood work was great and the check up showed a terrible condition called "hitchitch" that the doctor could only prescribe one thing to cure.... a trip!!  I always follow my doctor's orders sooooooo.

 YAY!!  Tomorrow, February 1st, we are heading to one of our most favorite places....gulf shores!!!          


 We will stay at the Rainbow Plantation which is an Escapees Park located in Summerdale, Alabama!!  I know it might not be quite warm enough but what the temperature doesn't give in numbers the people at Rainbow and this awesome place will!!  I think we'll definitely feel the warmth!!  
            
The fire ring at our site in Chewacla                       

Our Oliver through the woods on our site before we packed up
Our last night here we took a picture of the moon through the trees
This was our large site at Chewacla 
We have spent the last couple days breaking camp.  It usually takes us a bit longer to put things up when we have been stationary for two and half months.  We store many items in our climate controlled storage building when we are on the go.  When traveling we find we don't need as many things set up on our patio.  A mat, a couple chairs, a table and lamp pretty much does it.  Living in a smaller RV means we can't carry everything with us each time we set off.  I store our seasonal clothes in tubs and whatever we are not using stays in the storage building.  We rarely carry our Clam with us and we leave our spare chairs as well.  It's a learning curve for sure!!          
I noticed this hawk had perched on a tree about 100 feet from our site
APPRECIATION - When we full-timed before I never thought about the luxury of making reservations or plans for travel.  We just decided what or where we wanted to go and planned accordingly.  I took so much for granite.  Having gone through this journey called cancer I now know what a privilege it is to raise those jacks and go!!  I am still waiting for the day when that 6 month visit is no longer on the calendar and plans don't have to be made around it.  
Until then I will be grateful for every single trip we take, every person we meet and every memory we make!!                           

It is with humble appreciation that tomorrow we will take our friend, Marsha Weaver's advice and "lift those jacks and get out there and experience all of God's wonders!!"  Thank you, Marsha, great advice!!                
This was taken a few years ago at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge where we volunteered
It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.                        Jeremiah 10:12






17 comments:

  1. Scratching that hitch itch sure iOS a wonderful way to enjoy this good life. WE love the Gulf Shores too , its been a few years though.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. It is nice to have the freedom to just hitch up and go to different places and see different folks. We have always liked the Gulf Shores area and there is so much to do.

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    1. Thanks Jan, it was great news and now we are near Gulf Shores and already set camp.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, it was great news and we are already at the Escapees Park near Gulf Shores. Lots to do in this area and we greatly enjoy Fairhope, Al.
      Take care and hope you guys have a great weekend.

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  4. The good report from the medical exams is truly a blessing. I can imagine how satisfying it was to "lift those jacks" and hit the road again. Hope you have a beautiful stay at Gulf Shores. Spring will be here before we know it!

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    1. Linda, thanks for your comments. It is nice to have the freedom to just go somewhere and enjoy different scenery and people. We are at an Escapees Park (full time and part time rv club) and they have dinners twice a week in the clubhouse as well as about 35 different activities during the week for things to do. It is nice and we ate at the clubhouse tonight with friends we met 8 years ago and are catching up on things.
      Take care and we hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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  5. I am a more recent 'friend/follower' so I didn't know that you had dealt with cancer.It seems to hit everyone in some way.I've had it, my Hubby went to Heaven earlier because of it.Good to hear that for now all is well.Each day is a blessing.

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    1. Ruth, thank you for your comments, we are so glad our paths crossed via Facebook and blogs.

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  6. GREAT report!!!! stop scratching and start traveling...super photo's though you know I am bias to sunsets...love the header and the last photo. Take care and Happy Trails...Horst sends

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    1. Horst, thanks for your comments, we thoroughly enjoy sunsets also and glad we can capture some good ones every now and then. As I write this comment, we have arrived at the Gulf Shores area yesterday.
      Take care and best wishes for a great weekend.

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  7. So happy to read that all your test results were what you were hoping and praying for. We have a dear friend that goes through the same experience four timss a year. The few days before the scan and tests really work on her. Hope you can now go and enjoy your freedom.

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    1. The feelings before the scans are very intense, but a blessing all reports are good.
      Thanks for your comments.

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  8. We finally have a little WIFI at the campground store.
    I love your header photo!
    We are so thrilled that you got such an awesome report. God is good!
    We love Gulf Shores too! We hope to get back there next fall.
    You are so sweet to thank me. I bet everyone was thinking the same thing. We pray you both continue to enjoy the journey for many, many, many more years.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words....God is good! Gulf Shores has become a special place for us, we also love Fairhope and how can you beat the ocean/beach. Yes, many many years to come.

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  9. Great medical news and a nice place to camp...perfect!

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