Grand does not cover this canyon… it is truly a marvel and I feel blessed to have seen it. Hopefully we will be back to see it again and explore it more thoroughly. https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
We had been too long of hours to make our way to my Dad’s place so we decided to take it a road side attraction. Just off I-40, right on the frontage road in Amarillo, TX is a public art display. We figured that this would satisfy my daughter’s request to stop at some crazy road side attraction. It was actually pretty cool.
Created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, artists of part of a group called Ant Farm. The display is made from old Cadillacs that were buried have way in the dirt and they are painted different colors. Over time they have been painted with spray paint from visitors from the world around. While we were there, we heard several languages and watched as others put unique tags on the car and joined in to do it too. I’m sure that in the next several weeks our tags will be covered by other visitors, but it was pretty cool. How many places can you legally graffiti a piece of art? What an experience for kids visiting. Here kid take this spray paint and knock yourself out… yep, kind of cool. You can bring your own paint or pick up a can left by others. Be an angel and take an empty can away with you to dispose of properly…
Today began and ended my vacation, because it is the last day before we start traveling into weather to make our way home.. our last day in Florida and the first day I felt totally like I was on vacation.
No upcoming art shows, no stress about will people not only admire our work, but also buy it. No nothing.. today after waking up and getting ready we drove into the small gulf town of Cedar Keys. It’s just a beach town.. lots of condos and B&B type places and several restaurants and a few shops.
Today after a nice walk on the beach with the dog, I left Scot metal detecting on the same beach while I went downtown if there is such a place in small towns and played tourist looking for a few items to take home to the kids. Cedar Keys has a couple of art galleries, you know the great kind with several local artists displaying their work.. some really nice and affordable pieces. They also have an art show in mid April that sounds really cool. Like so many times when I see local art, I wish I was wealthier. I would so buy things just to support local artists. Having been one now for awhile, I truly understand how much a sale can make the difference. One particular shop was filled with tie-dyed shirts and dyed silks, painting, leather dog leashes and collars and so much more. What a treasure trove.
After picking up a few items for the children, I went back to the small beach they have here.. really a park with a man made beach attached. While Scot hunted for buried treasure.. sinkers and coins, Bitty and I stretched out under a tree. I for the first time in this vacation, felt like I was on vacation.. I suppose maybe that typical of me.. waiting until the last moment to truly relax. But relax I did. After Scot exhausted the beach for treasures we went over to one of the local restaurants, several of them are dog friendly if you eat on the decks… and finally I got my gator bites and Scot got his oysters.. Sometimes life is just perfect. Tomorrow is soon enough to worry about the storm that suppose to hit right in the path of our travels… today is my vacation.
Today has just been one of those days.. you know, the one that make you wished you had just stayed in bed with the covers over your head.
It dawned bright and warm, perfect day. I thought that as I got up and walked the Bitty. Perfect day to be on vacation in Florida. It doesn’t matter if the art show yesterday failed to meet our expectations and doubts of whether or not someone liked our work or why that person didn’t buy the piece they claimed to love… it just didn’t matter because we were on vacation again! The tear down and leaving of the campground went well.
Good campground.. was close to the show, so we were able to base out of there and have air conditioning at night.
Anyway.. we started the day good. Stopped at Fort Meyers at Camping World. Got some breakfast at Bob Evans.. and felt like we were making good progress. Figured we would be at the campground in Cedar Keys around 4.
Never count your chickens before they hatch… because about an hour later the right back tired blew… we discovered we forgot the lug wrench. Seriously? Yep there is always something.. Thank heavens we have Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance. It only to about an hour and a half to get help.. thank goodness we had a jack because the repair guy showed up with a small 2 1/2 ton one and thought it would work. Sometimes I wonder..
Stopped at an RV place in Venice where we had ordered parts for the awning when we were there 3 weeks ago, but due to the yuck weather up north didn’t come in until a week ago. They gave us the name of a tire place on our way that we stopped at and got the tire repaired, put back on and tucked the spare back under the camper in the holder Scot made. So now 3 1/2 hours behind schedule we took off down the road thinking all way good.. until we hit Tampa traffic and construction. At some point, I think you just give up.. give in.. and acknowledge that time is against you. I’m just happy we weren’t on any hard time schedule.. no show to be at and no have-toos… Because we are on vacation again. As we pulled into the campground in Cedar Keys at 7:49pm.. I’m laid back and relax.. because in reality time really didn’t matter at all.
Crazy weekend with the Venice Arts and Craft Festival, set up was 5:30am on Sat. It was more craft than art and though we had a lot of admiration for our work, sales were few and far between for us. Some artists did great, some did ok and some like us did little. The set up and break down were relatively easy and one of the organizers, Elaine came by introduced herself and brought snacks both days. That is always appreciated. The weather was good on Saturday, but despite the weather predication of only a 20% chance of rain after 3, we had showers on and off all day. Meant a wet break down, so we had to dry out the tent today. Ugh, one of my least favorite activities.
The show was what it was and we both agree, it wasn’t really the venue for us. So we will try something else next time. But now the weekend is over and we are on vacation. Definitely a lifestyle I could get use too.
Before I completely leave the weekend behind, I want to talk twins with you all. You know when we see someone is almost a twin of someone you know… maybe a younger or older twin or a chubbier or skinnier… that twin.
Well I got news for you all… the majority of your twins are here in Florida attending art shows in Venice. Was just a little freaky. I’ve been lots of places and met many people, but I have never seen so many twins in one place in my entire life. They say there are only so many DNA combinations, so at some point you are bound to repeat a combination that is close. Do you think it is true? If it is.. the doubles are vacationing here. To freaky!!
Today was nice. Scot and I are finally embracing the idea of being on vacation. We slept in, took Bitty on a long walk and then I went with a neighbor, Rhonda to yoga class. Rhonda and her husband, Larry are from KY too. Interesting, we are right next to our fellow Kentuckians. Anyway, we enjoyed an hour and a half of stretching and relaxation, something my back and body really needed. This park has tons of activities. It’s one of the biggest reasons people come here. If they had shopping, you’d never have to leave the park. Exercise classes, computer club, wood shop, stained glass, and to many more to name, like being a resort, but having your own place to stay. Nice or Freaky… not sure on that one?
After yoga, we went out to lunch. Something we don’t do very much since we can cook in the trailer. Then we walked the beach and after awhile, Scot dug out his metal detector and spent an hour or so combing the beach for that ten carat diamond ring. I’m sorry to report he didn’t find it. But there is always tomorrow…
Then it was back to the Artship, an evening walk and a dinner complete with reading. We are such an old couple. What do you want to do tonight? I don’t know.. maybe we could fix some chow and read across the table from each other… Yeppers.. another exciting day on vacation.
Ugh! I really hate it when I can’t sleep. Ended up finally getting up at 5:25 and checking email. Makes me drag all day when I don’t get a good night sleep.
Went to a café for breakfast since we had some time to kill before delivering the eagle. Nice place, good breakfast. If you are down in southern Florida area check out Popi’s Place, a Greek American Diner. They have a few restaurants around, we ate at the one in Palmetto. Very relaxing local hang out. Sat and read for awhile while enjoying our breakfast.
After breakfast we called our client and drove over to their home. They live in a gated community. First part of the community is condos, but then over a bridge starts the homes. The very palatial homes. Our clients live in a large home right on the bay, behind their home is the dock with their 57′ yacht. The eagle certainly will have a great home. After setting the eagle up and chitchatting with the husband, we continued on the road to Rambler’s Rest. Set up went a lot smoother this time since we know how to approach our space and soon we were figuring out our plans for the day.
I did laundry, put some spaghetti sauce in the crock-pot, and did some cleaning; Scot went metal detecting.. hmmm, that seems a little wrong. But I actually enjoyed the mundane things with some alone time. Was able to start a book I’d been wanting too. And after the laundry was done take a long nap.. which I totally needed. Scot can back about 36 cents richer and decided that a nap was a good call for him too. Guess we are definitely on vacation!
After naps we took Bitty on a long walk and enjoyed the river at dusk. Then back to the camper for spaghetti and some more relaxing.. I could totally handle this kind of life.