Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Cutest Sound

The cutest sound to me is that of a baby laughing hysterically. The runner up is the sound of birds walking across a rubber roof. Each time we hear it, it makes us laugh.

A lot of baby Cranes and Starlings visit the campsites here. I googled Starlings yesterday and learned they're part of the Mynah Bird family. An article said in some areas they're used as pets, and if you say the same word to them 50 times a day for three days, they will repeat that word back to you. I spend a lot of time outside while Trev's inside at work. I plan to use this information to freak Trevor out. He's going to walk outside in a few days and hear his name being called from all the trees, bushes, and rooftops. Trevor! Trevor! How cool will that be?

Myrtle Beach is full of wildly fascinating things. Trevor said I'm like a 3 year old when we're out on the beach. It's because, not unlike a 3 year old, most things out here are new and exciting to me. There are the things I showed you in the last post, but there's been much more since.

I've seen schools of small crab make their way out to the ocean at sunrise, a live Sand Dollar washed up on the beach, schools of Mullets jumping out of the water, a Shark diving down after them, fishermen pulling in Skates and Sharks, flocks of Sea Gulls and Pelicans diving for food, and a fishing pier highlighted by awesome sunrises. How could one not be fascinated but such wondrous things?

And the fish we caught when we went deep sea fishing on Saturday! I caught a Trigger Fish, so named because it has two fins on top of it's head. If you try to push the first fin down, it won't budge. But the second fin goes down easily and brings the first one with it. Like a trigger.

Trev had an interesting catch that day as well. He caught what they call a Piggy. Or Pig Fish. When you pull this fish into the boat, it grunts like a pig. I've never heard anything like it before!

It was supposed rain, so we didn't set the alarm to beat the sunrise today. I wish we had, because it hasn't rained yet, and I sit here wondering what all we missed this morning. And so what if we had gotten wet? If it's raining too hard I won't bring my camera, but we'll continue to beat the dawn from now on and if I can't photograph what we find, I'll just have to tell you about it.

We hope all of you are well. We love you!

Love, Trevor and Roni

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oh, The Distractions!

While in Virginia, I was able to make a lot of headway on the book I'm writing. Except for the slight concern there may be a flood in the park, there wasn't much to distract me during the pouring rain. But this new place is going to be a problem!

We've parked our home just steps away from the ocean, where thundering waves constantly call my name. I do oblige the call at sunup when Trev and I go for a morning stroll, but it never quits. As I prepare to do the laundry, “Roni!” As I sit down to write, “Roni!” As I prepare dinner, “Roni!”

Along with a never ending show of color and wonder, the ocean knows exactly how to entice me with new treasures it leaves for me each day. You would not believe the things to be found out there! Birds feasting at the river that meets the ocean, beautiful arrays of shells sprinkled on the beach, winged birds and military jets that soar over the water, blow fish washed up on the beach, and interesting things that inquiring minds would like to take home to dissect if their husband didn't forbid it! I want to know, what is this thing???

When we've taken one last stroll on the beach at sunset, when we've hunted for our last treasure of the day, I look forward to bedtime when at last, the thundering waves turn to whispers and gently lull me to sleep.

I think we're really going to like this place!!!

Trevor and Roni

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Um...Where's Our House?


If you were a fly on the windshield, this is what you would have heard as we drove home from Lexington, VA yesterday. With all the traveling we've been doing, we've begun to get a little confused at times. You know the feeling you have when you leave a store and can't remember where you parked your car? Well, we seem to be able to locate our “toad” (car, tow vehicle) okay, but can't remember where we've parked the RV. All the campgrounds we've lived in since we left 5 months ago are beginning to meld together in our brains. Sometimes it takes a minute to remember which park we're at now.

We've been blessed to be able to stay in some really nice places here on the East Coast. Cherry Hill Park was great, although we didn't spend a whole lot of time there, as the purpose of that stay was to visit my sister in D.C., who (whom?) I haven't seen in years. It was so great to see her and the area that she so enjoys living in. It's not hard to see why. Take a look at the view from the top of her apartment building! How many national monuments/memorials do you see? Sorry, I'm sure you could see them better if I HAD A LENS THAT WOULD FOCUS!!! I'll be able to do something about that soon, I hope!

In Staunton,Virginia, we stayed at a nice little KOA campground where we parked the rear of the RV so that it hung over the edge of a beautiful pond. And it was lovely. Until the rain began! It rained so hard, for so long, that the pond rose up over its banks. We had one semi-sleepless night there, from fear that we may need to move to higher ground, but we were fortunate enough to have been on the high end of the pond, so we were fine. I did enjoy photographing the many ducks that frequented the pond. Looking back though, I wonder if I may have been missing a hint that they did not appreciate being photographed.

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is so beautiful. My sister was adamant that we take a drive on Skyline Drive. With all the rain there, I thought we were going to have to miss it, but the Lord is good and blessed us with 2 days of beautiful sunshine that we took full advantage of. We took the 6 hour drive along Skyline Drive, where I found myself speechless so many times along the way. All I could say was, “Wow! Wow, thanks Sis, for suggesting it. I really hated to leave Virginia this morning. I'd love to stay put there and bask in the beauty of the area much longer, but it's too cold there!!! .

We're currently on our way to Myrtle Beach where we plan to park the RV only steps away from the ocean and where I plan to wear out my sunglasses. But with the lack of traffic on highway 38 at the present time, Trev is wondering if there's a hurricane we haven't heard about. It looks okay; I guess we'll see. The weather's been pretty crazy all over the country, so be careful out there and as always, I hope you enjoy the hazy, unfocused pictures I'm sending your way.

Trevor and Roni