Monday, December 21, 2020

Annual Christmas Letter / Year in Review

Merry Christmas,

Other than “the virus”, 2020 was AMAZING!  This full-time RV lifestyle is life changing.  We were blessed to spend Christmas in Florida with my parents and Florida family.  Mom, Dad, Mike and I explored the Lion Country Safari.  The giraffes make you feel minuscule as you drive pass them and they are enormous as you have to climb a story or two (OK not two but it felt it) to hand feed them.

Mike and I stood on a beach in Cocoa Beach, at night, to watch SpaceX Falcon Starlink Mission launch from Cape Canaveral, a once in a lifetime experience.  We took my parents to Kennedy Space Center to explore the history of space exploration and see a glimpse into future space adventures.  Also in Florida, we had our good friends, Keith and Susan visit and stay with us in Tampa and went to the RV show.

As we traveled north, we stopped at Jekyll Island in Georgia to see the driftwood beach and toured Mosaic Jekyll Island community of the 1920’s.  This was an exclusive community of summer cottages for the wealthy of their time, like Rockefeller, Morgan, and Vanderbilt.  While on the island we stopped at the Georgia Sea Turtle center and saw them examine an injured turtle and witnessed a feeding.  Also in Georgia, we went to Savannah, a MUST for me.  Stood in the spot where Forest Gump sat on the bench telling his story.  Took a trolley ride and learned the history of the city.  It was amazing and I can’t wait to go back.

We stopped at Paris Island (USMC base museum) in South Carolina and Hilton Head.  My parents met us in Charleston South Carolina on their way home from for my Uncle Chuck’s funeral in Buffalo.  We took a car tour of the city.  After my parents made it home, Mike and I went to Fort Sumter and went to President Trump’s rally.  We were in Myrtle Beach (MB) for a Grand Design rally, when Covid-19 concerns started.  Had our living room slide rubber flaps replaces and slide adjusted at the MB non-rally.  We quarantined for 14-days in North Carolina before heading to Buffalo for my birthday.

Mike, Abby and I stayed in my brother’s driveway (mooch-docking) for 2 weeks in April before moving to our friend’s Keith and Susan’s driveway for a few weeks.  Mike and I had tickets for the Indy 500, but due to “the virus” we have a raincheck for the 2021 race.

We stopped in the Badlands in South Dakota on our way to Montana for the summer.  While in Montana, we visited with family.  Mike and I joined Jerry and Mary in a cowboy action shoot.  My cowgirl name is Buffalo Girl and Mike’s cowboy name is Mike Hammer (fitting for both, don’t you think?).  We also explored the Copper King Manson, Ringing Rocks and Philipsburg.  Montana wasn’t as lock-downed as other states.  Mary had to have more cancer tumors removed in early August, so we wanted to limited any exposure to the virus for her.

On our way back to Buffalo for our fall visit, we made a stop at North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park (south unit) and traveled through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the west coast of Michigan’s main land.  Michigan is like WNY, we love the landscape and people but their governed politics does not match our beliefs.  We plan to visit again.

On our way south for the winter, we traveled through Kentucky and visited the Creation Museum, the Ark Encounter, Mammoth Cave and the Corvette Museum.  The next stop was Tennessee, were we visited our friends, David and Carol, who live outside of Nashville.  While there we visited the Hermitage (President Andrew Jackson’s home) and took a trolley tour of Nashville.  Our next stop was Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg area and WOW!  The fall color of the Smokey Mountains was amazing!  We spent a week in Chattanooga and took a ride on the Incline Railroad at Lookout Mountain.  We have to return since we have so much more to do in Tennessee.

This fall, we learned that Mary’s (Mike’s Mom) cancer returned.  She is currently doing Chemo until her next scan in January.  Please keep her in your prayers.

While back in our residential city of Crestview Florida, we visited with Mike’s cousin Ryan and his family for a week.  Isn’t it funny that both of them are from Montana and now call their home Florida and the same city?  Keith, Susan, and Susan’s son, Matt, came out to visit us for Thanksgiving.

We are currently traveling down Florida to spend Christmas with my parents and Florida family.

Mike, Abby and I have a blog…  We are also on Facebook and Instagram (both Enjoying Our Devine Life), so please be sure to like and follow our blog and pages.   

Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year,
Mike, Abby and Melissa

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