BEVPRESLEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BEVPRESLEY BEVPRESLEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Hollywood Studios and the wonderful Star Tours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710012 Thursday found us at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are many fine attractions there, but Star Tours was the hit. Our youngest grandson is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He even has a Death Star Fathead on his wall at home. So when we told him he would get to do a Star Wars ride he was in heaven. I booked it on our Fast Pass and he waited impatiently for our time. He was jumping with excitement as we walked through the "cattle line" to the ride. We waited patiently for our turn to enter, buck... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:55:32 EST Adventures at Epcot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709355 Wed we spent at Epcot and an adventure it was. Space Ship Earth and Mission Space were big hits with the boys. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81490656.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742271122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The aquarium at The Seas With Nemo and Friends was a lot of fun, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476836558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:11:54 EST Camping at Disney, and the Magic Kingdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708473 Last week we took the grands to Disney World. We camped at Fort Wilderness Campground and it was great. The pool is awesome, and they got to meet Chip and Dale at the smores campfire/sing along/movie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1058662578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2132518912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20146659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:26:21 EST 2014 Alabama Tandem Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665775 DH and I just returned from the ATW in Andalusia, AL and what a great weekend. There were 33 this year, a good turnout, and the hosts did an outstanding job. We stopped by Gant Lake and did a little kayaking before the weekend started. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445596623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner Thursday was at Hill top Steak and Seafood. Friday was our first ride and we chose the 26 mile option. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:56:51 EST Camp Cheerio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101915 Thursday we left Marlinton and drove to Camp Cheerio at Roaring Gap, NC. I have a quilt retreat there every year and it is beautiful. The drive was lovely, even though the colors aren't quite as bright in NC yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176100828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The husband of one of my friends painted a picture of me. Please note my sewing machine has a Harley motor. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109221343.jpg"> <B... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:32:26 EST Greenbriar Trail, WV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101093 Due to various interruptions, we have not done much cycling this year. But we did go to WV and ride the Greenbriar Trail before by Quilt Retreat this month. We stayed in the Old Clark Inn B&B in Marlintin. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672547612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tuesday morning was cool and drizzly, but we headed north up the trail to Cass. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264569178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The colors are just changing,... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:54:33 EST Congratulations Max http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890399 I'm running a bit behind, but wanted to share some pics of my youngest Grandson. He graduated from preschool and will start kindergarten next year. While his mom was washing his hair, he told her to "do a really good job, this is a big day for me". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838990467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They put on a nice show, the boys sang a "Robot" song. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l300202678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was gla... Sun, 20 May 2012 22:33:24 EST Happy Birthday Paul. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885484 Last year our friend Cheryl purchased her hubby a guided kayak trip for 4 for his birthday. Well, due to surgery on his arms, our bike trips, and work schedules, he didn't get to take it till this week. We met our guides at Weiss Lake and traveled up the Little River (west branch, I think). We were his first group of the year, and he took the opportunity to bring some of his summer guides along for a training run. What delightful college students he has hired. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 17 May 2012 10:19:50 EST Tandem rides and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812812 Ok, so I am just a bit behind in posting this, but here goes. Last weekend DH and I hosted the Alabama Tandem Weekend in our little home town. There isn't a lot going on, but we came up with some nice rides and a few activities. I had to work Wed, but we had a ride with friends planned for Thursday morning. So when one of the couples came in early and ask if there was anywhere to ride, we just invited them to join us. The ride was great, lovely weather, good roads, little traffic, then... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:08:14 EST Tandem Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762512 My DH and I will be hosting the Alabama Tandem Weekend March 23-25. The previous hosts had made some beautiful Adirondack chairs as a prize for a trivia game, and we wanted to continue the tradition. DH has worked so very hard on the arrangements, and I can't build chairs, so I decided to make a quilt. It has gone through several versions, but I have finally finished it. <BR> <BR> It is a full size, and the pattern is Jewel Box. I made the top completely with pieces from my scrap box ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:24:45 EST On the trail again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590598 Yesterday the physical therapist gave me my walking papers. YIPPEE! Still supposed to avoid riding up big hills, but otherwise, if it don't hurt I can do it. So we took the bikes up to the Chief Ladiga trail and went for a ride. It was WINDY!!! Only did 21 miles, and the knee did good, but was a bit sore this morning. <BR> <BR> Today we took the dog for a short hike on our mountain bike trail. Got cut it shorter than originally planned, but got in about 3 1/2 miles. I have to work... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:02:38 EST Back on the kayak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564024 I have had my bike in the trainer and getting 30-45 minutes on it every day. Sure feels good to be back on the bike, even if I'm not on the road. This afternoon was absolutely beautiful, so we took the kayaks out on the watershed for a little over 2 hours. It was great fun, and beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206461390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l490460626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our bike trip this weekend has be... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 21:54:12 EST First day of PT and some kayak pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551198 Had my first physical therapy today, and survived! It felt so good to get those big bulky bandages off and have some fresh air on my leg. They put me through some stretching and strengthening exercises to do twice a day, iced it, re-wrapped it, and sent me on my way. She thinks I will be able to do the bike ride next week if I ride the tandem and put the flat pedals back on. The rides are short and flat, so not much pressure on the knee. I can drive as long as it isn't a stick shift, do ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:54:22 EST Waiting on therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548301 Well, here I am on the first full day after surgery. Don't know how my knee looks, can't unwrap it till I go to physical therapy on Monday. So far so good. I can get around slowly with no crutches today, and surprisingly, there is very little pain. Nothing just the ice pack can't handle. I'm sure that will change after therapy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145909037.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't wait to get back on my bike. <BR> <BR> Life is good Sat, 22 Oct 2011 20:49:38 EST Thursday - Sunday Fun at Camp Cheerio, then going home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539414 The 5th annual Camp Cheerio Quilt Retreat was a great hit. We had many returning friends a few new folks join us. It is nice to meet new friends. It is amazing how fast you become family. <BR> <BR> Thursday we sat up our quilt room and had our show and tell. Friday we spent all day sewing and eating. <BR> <BR> I started the Morning Star quilt for my bed. Love my little featherweight DH got me for Christmas, she purrs like a kitten. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:57:11 EST Thursday Byllesby Dam to Foster Falls and to Camp Cheerio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536870 I missed yesterday's post, sorry. DGS was sick at school and DD and SonIL were both working. So I picked him up and he stayed here. Gotta take care of the sick little ones. <BR> <BR> Thursday morning we ate a quick breakfast in the room, packed a few Cliff bars, Nekot Crackers, and water and hit the trail again. We drove to Byllesby Dam through the fog, and hit the trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422924100.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 14:24:13 EST Wed, Damascus to Abingdon and Fries to Byllesby Dam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533044 Wed started off a bit cool, so we ate breakfast and took our time getting started. It felt good to have leg and arm warmers, and a jacket. Just 2 blocks away from the B&B and we were on the trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l209759851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110096663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341580219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most of the damage from the spring storms has been... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 23:54:31 EST Tuesday, Damascus toward White Top http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4531024 We got a late start on our week, but did arrive in Damascus in time to get in a short ride on the Virginia Creeper trail toward White top. There is a slight up hill grade in that direction, but that is ok, I am on my bike and I am happy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l332852609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389546098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l218144495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We stayed ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:16:32 EST Frontier Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503854 This past week was Frontier Days celebration in Eva, a small town near my parents. Saturday was the tractor parade and booth sale downtown. Dad's antique tractor club had a big tent with lots of activities planned, so we picked up the grands after school and headed up for the fun. We got there Friday in time to ride the 4 wheelers a bit before dark. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194607875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:33:24 EST Family 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429354 For his birthday my DH wanted our youngest DD to run a 5K with him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710667640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So we turned it into a family affair. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l425065397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For reasons I won't go into, I was unable to run the whole 5K, but did manage to walk/run the whole thing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680551919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our SonI... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:40:18 EST Friday in Panama City Beach, then coming home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403520 Friday everyone was feeling so much better so we all went to the beach. No rain, no undertow, and the water was great. DH went for a swim in the surf and the boys took lessons on how to break through the waves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913549373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Max is our ladies man and always manages to attract a cute little lady to play with. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220784265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the afternoon... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 22:56:30 EST Thursday in Panama City Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4401001 Thursday morning Max woke up with a fever. His Dr phoned him in some antibiotics and he spent the day (unhappily) in the room with his dad. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l932729669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> David got to go to the beach and we made a space ship in the sand. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157276357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We played in the surf and the p... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 21:54:34 EST Wed in Panama City Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4398109 Wed we woke up to clouds and rain. Not to be discouraged, we bravely went to the beach. But the rain continued, so we went to WonderWorks (the upside down house). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929562338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We played with a very LARGE Google Earth. We found our house and followed the road to great-grandmaw's house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l227289635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to spend some time with the o... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:15:10 EST Panama City Beach with the grands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4396712 Another vacation with the grands in history. We reserved a 3 room suite and took DD#2, SonIL (not her husband, DD#1 had to work), and the 2 grands to the beach for 6 days. Monday was spent driving, checking in, and getting settled. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946815974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tuesday the fun began. There were 6 pools, 2 were indoor and included a lazy river. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594716113.jpg"> <BR> <B... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:57:05 EST And a great Birthday party. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341561 What a great time we had with my grand mother this weekend. The grands (her great-great-grands) were so good, and kept her entertained. She got to watch them ride the 4 wheeler and little battery tractor, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l869674518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had family "wind sprints", <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l516792525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> worked in the garden, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 00:13:51 EST Another successful camping trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333989 We had a few days with nothing scheduled, so packed up the camper and took the grands to Logan's Landing for a quick camping trip. We did a lot of swimming <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473080748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l758366610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some kayaking <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l352215594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584668261.jpg"... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:08:56 EST Missed my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323327 Well, June is almost over and I have failed to meet my goals for the month. I had hoped to ride 575 miles and only got 243.8. Between no scheduled bike rides, rain, storms, and clean up we just couldn't get a lot of miles in. But that is ok, we need the rain very badly, but could do without the storms. <BR> <BR> My training for the 5K has been put on hold for now, for reasons that won't be discussed here. But hopefully I can start back in a month or two. <BR> <BR> We will be taking ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 09:47:21 EST Up in smoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316706 Today was the day I only work 1/2 day, so I don't have to leave till 1. There was a big storm moving through, so I waited for it to pass and left a little late. As I was driving down the street I saw a big plume of very black smoke rising from towards town, and thought it was odd for the forest service to be doing a prescribed burn now. As I kept driving I realized it wasn't the forest service, it was IN town. As I kept driving I realized I would have to drive right by it. Seems lighteni... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:56:21 EST June 5 home from the Smokies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4279193 Today was our last ride of the Tandem Rally. We opted for the longer 33 mile ride that left from the hotel. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721158116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our youngest rider. She is 4 and they rode the long rides everyday. She logged over 120 miles in 3 days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83368751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We rode together more today than on most days. The route was not as hilly, but the humidity w... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:59:09 EST June 4 in the Smokies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4277636 And what an adventure we had today. We opted for the long ride (54 mile) <BR> to lunch today. The day started nice and cool as we left the hotel. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473096007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The scenery was beautiful and the roads were great. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212610681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484578185.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We took an unofficial rest stop at a l... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 23:19:23 EST June 3 in the Smokies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276253 I wrote this last night, but then it vanished into Cyberland, so here goes again. <BR> <BR> We had a remote start from a local high school today so we could avoid the traffic around the airport. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158248807.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather was great, started in the 60's with low humidity and the roads were great. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511883964.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We rode a nice shady road to T... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 07:44:03 EST June 2 in the Smokies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273391 Today was a lazy day. We slept in late (7:30 local, 6:30 our time), ate breakfast then hit the trail. Today we are hiking the West Prong trail, or at least part of it. Unlike the Middle Prong trail which is an old railroad bed, the West Prong is much more "intimate" (please read narrow and uphill). At least it goes uphill at the start when we are fresh (riiight). So off we go on our adventure <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l302670728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 20:10:04 EST June 1 in the Smokies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271216 We drove to Townsend TN and arrived last night. The first glimpse of the Smoky Mountains was wonderful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303934525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Wed and Sat mornings, Cades Cove is closed to cars till 10, so we got up early and took the bike to the cove. The sun was just coming over the mountain tops as we began our ride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l572835012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw MANY deer everywhere ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:08:56 EST 2011 Ga Tandem Rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4249319 We are home from another great tandem rally in Macon, GA. Roger and Eve did a great job again this year. We had 106 teams (mostly doubles, but a few triples). The routes were good (if a bit hilly) and the social activities were great. <BR> <BR> We skipped the Thursday ride and arrived Thursday evening and checked into our hotel. Dinner and first social mixer was at the Fish N Pig restaurant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908604274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They... Sun, 22 May 2011 18:48:15 EST 2011 Florida Bike Safari is history http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215514 DH and I were fortunate enough to get to go to the Florida Bike Safari again this year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We drove down on Friday, set up our indoor camping (bugs were just too bad for me to sleep in the tent), met some friends for dinner, met some more friends for after dinner chit chat and riders meeting. There were 629 riders for the 3 day option at Live Oak, and 260 for the 6 day option which traveled to Cherry Lake. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1... Fri, 6 May 2011 23:17:22 EST More kayaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4186400 Well, we went and did it again. We took the grands to see Rio today and stopped by Academy Sports for a few things. Ended up with 2 more kayaks for the grands. Of course we had to put them in the lake as soon as we got home. The youngest (he's 4) said he couldn't "peddle" it, but grabbed the paddle and took off like a champ. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922757217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The oldest (he's 7) paddled around a while, then ran in and got his fishin... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 22:34:57 EST Another beautiful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185314 I am so very happy to have several beautiful days in a row. Yesterday we had a lovely 27 mile ride yesterday morning. The water plants are getting ready to bloom and in a few days the creek will be covered in yellow flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l768040681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When we got back from the ride, UPS had delivered the final pieces for our kayak rack, so DH finished it, and loaded the kayaks. We went back to Lake Howard (our watershed lake) a... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:54:14 EST What a great week so far. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178136 It is finally spring! Friday DD and I took the grands to see HOP. Saturday and Sunday I put them to work spring cleaning closets and cabinets and sorting all their toys (Civitan has a yard sale coming up, and I need to clean). The boys helped wash my car, then we dyed eggs. Monday we got a great mountain bike ride in. Only 11 miles, but they were beautiful miles. The roads and trails were nice (except where they are cutting trees), weather was perfect and I had a great time. Then we di... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 23:23:33 EST Quick camping trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156599 DGS had a good week at school and REALLY wanted to go camping. So, I packed up the camper and when DH got home from 4 days of back packing in the snow in TN, he threw his clothes in the washer, got a bath, ate dinner, loaded the kayaks in the truck, and off we went for a weekend of camping. It was late when we got there, but we set up our site and got ready for a fun day Saturday. We had the two of us, the 2 grands, DD#2, and her dog, so it was a bit more crowded than usual, but we manage... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:36:37 EST Monday at Grammy's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144197 DD and SonIL were both working yesterday, so the grands came to our house after school. We decided to experiment and see if they would/could ride in the kayaks, and they loved it. We can't turn the youngest lose by himself, but he rides really well. Didn't get a picture of him in the kayak with me, but we did get out and paddle around the lake. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588455063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Got in a little fishing, too. Didn't catch a thing thi... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:50:58 EST Visiting great-great-grandmaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140880 My grandmother sent me a message that she guessed she would never see the great-great-grands again. So since DH, DD and SonIL all worked last weekend, I loaded the boys up after school Friday and took them to visit. My grandmother lives with my parents now, so we got to spend time on the farm and had lots of fun, and ate everything in sight. The boys are old enough now they are getting over some of their fears and can be trusted on their own a bit more. They loved that. <BR> <BR> The w... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:12:59 EST More road blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127683 After having a great weekend, the week is off to a shaky start. Monday my diverticulitis decided to act up again, so here I am on a low residue diet (miss my vegetables) and back on antibiotics for 10-14 days. Didn't get any riding in Monday or today, but perhaps by Thursday I will feel good enough to get back on the trainer. Guess I should have skipped the peanuts last weekend. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:29:13 EST Alabama Tandem Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125262 This past weekend DH and I went to the Alabama Tandem Weekend in Clayton, AL. It was based at the Abercrombe Fish Camp (more of a hunting lodge, but he packs sells farm raised catfish, hence the fish camp part). We arrived early enough on Thursday to get a 26 mile ride in. The roads were great and drivers very courteous. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810474535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday was our first official ride of the weekend. We had lunch at the Dime St... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:04:30 EST Just some catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4063354 Had a nice day at work yesterday. Wish they were all so pleasant. While we were on our trip, DD#1 went back to work. So looks like I will be back in the baby sitting business for a while till they get things worked out a bit. With only one car, it will take some juggling. I am sorry I haven't had time to respond to all the replies to my BLOGs, but thank you all for stopping by. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I will have more computer time. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 12:45:40 EST Saturday in the Okefenokee Swamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4052787 We got up early, ate breakfast at the hotel and headed for the Okefenokee Swamp. DH and some of the group did a short 16 mile ride before our tour. Okefenokee Adventures fed us a lovely lunch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335873432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> then sent us out to get our canoes and kayaks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878914369.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After paddling around the practice pond, off we go into the canals of the s... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:19:52 EST Friday on Amelia Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4048302 Today started with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short bike ride to the dock. We loaded the bikes on the ferry and headed to Amelia Island. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960446124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We passed by Ft Clinch on the way to the dock on the island. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236602681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We rode to Gourmet Gourmet for lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l4593... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 22:39:33 EST Thursday on Cumberland Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045551 Today DH and a friend of ours got up and went for a bike ride, then we took the ferry from St Mary's to Cumberland Island. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356250947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked to the Dungeness Ruins (former home of the Carnegies). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287712347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271381571.jpg"> <BR... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:34:28 EST Wed in St Mary's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4043003 Today was cool, but fabulous. We had breakfast at the hotel, then had some time to putter around before the ride started at 10. The owner of the local bike shop got us started and led the ride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903068791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The captain of the Wyoming and some of the crew rode with us. We stopped by the entrance to Kings Bay Naval Base and made pictures with a cast of a sub (yes, that is DH on the nose). They were having "nuclea... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:57:18 EST Tuesday in St Mary's, GA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4039967 This morning we arrived in St Mary's, checked into our hotel, and met some of the other riders for lunch at the Riverside Restraunt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391718330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we went for a short ride around the area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699084015.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38604654.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l8698808... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:46:58 EST Vacation Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036964 DH and I have become accustomed to challenges during our vacations. We have endured illness, stolen vehicles, and lost reservations. Today as we left home the vehicle in front of us had a tire blow out, crossed the median and flipped. The driver was thrown out violently and sustained massive injuries. DH and a nurse on the scene tried to help while I called 911. Then another man saw car seats in the back so we pulled them out to make sure there was not a child inside. This is the second... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:51:45 EST