Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Pot Pourri 2



Hi All,

On Sandy's first Nature tour she had a family with two young boys. Nathan, the 6 year old, loved to watch nature shows on TV, knew lots of animals and plants and was an absolute sponge. He remembered the plants Sandy described and pointed out other examples as he walked along.

He was a delight.

Another tour participant was a great snake spotter, finding 2 of these black racers.

Next day Carl spotted a "feeding frenzy" where dozens of birds gather to feast on newly hatched minnows or some other abundant food source.

On our weekend we visited Babcock Ranch for a tour around their enormous property. Our guide Ken, was a hoot. At one point he pulled a baby gator out of a box and let us look and touch (but not hold) 

the cute little guy.

This anhinga is also watching an alligator.

We had a beautiful sunrise yesterday.

Sanibelle is enjoying the couch and is not too happy when her humans want to sit there.

Love,

Sandy & Carl πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Wakadohatchee

Hi All,

Friday we drove to Boynton Beach to visit Roberta and Elliot for New Year. One of our first trips was the artificial wetlands with great birds, Wakadohatchee.

Once again, our iPhone 13 Pro Maxs got some great shots.
Snowy egret 

Tricolor heron

Great blue heron 

Lily Pads

Red bellied woodpecker 

White ibis

Another white Ibis

Time to go home as the sun set
Happy, Healthy New Years wishes to all.

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Monday, December 27, 2021

A Visit with the Pallys

Hi All,

Wednesday we drove to Clearwater to visit Sandy's brother and family. They moved from Massachusetts in September and now live in the delightful  town of Dunedin. They are a half mile from the beach and loving retired life.


We went to a Christmas light display at Tropicana Field in Tampa.


Niece Elissa and her SO Phil came with us.

Lots of cute little shops in downtown Dunedin, at least one with a sense of humor.

Elissa and Phil live nearby, Elissa is a Chiropractor in Tampa.

This is Alan and Barbara's dog Tank.

Welcome to the Florida holiday season .

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
617-435-8502

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Settling In-Sort of

Hi All,

Here we are in our temporary spot out behind the Maintenance buildings. No room at the RV sites yet, but soon!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Geek Alert: Rocket Engine Inflation

Hi All,

As a space geek, I have been following the "growth " of SpaceX rockets. Following the single engine Falcon 1, there have been-

The Falcon 9 with 9 Merlin engines

Then the Falcon Heavy, basically three Falcon 9s-27 engines.

And now the Starship Super Heavy Booster planned for its maiden launch early next year. 29 of the more powerful Raptor engines
with plans for 32 total in the future. More powerful than the Apollo Saturn 5!

Stay tuned.

Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Monday, November 1, 2021

Catching Up

Hi All,

After our wonderful DC Night Tour our tourist experience was mixed. On Wednesday we headed for the Air and Space Museum only to find it closed. Plan B was the American Indian Museum next door. It was evacuated due to a bomb scare! We Yelped a nice deli for lunch but found it was take out onlyπŸ˜–. Only nearby option was McDonald's😩. 
During lunch we went online and got tickets for the African American Museum. After a long walk we had a sobering but extraordinarily well done experience at the museum. From Slavery  to Civil Rights and beyond. We left at 4:30 and rather than fight the mobs on the Metro, we took an Uber home.
At 7 AM on Thursday, Carl went online to get last minute Holocaust Museum tickets. Just like the African American Museum, these tickets are free but used to limit crowd sizes. Another sobering experience. One of the most painful was the story of the ship St Louis. Loaded with Jewish refugees trying to escape Hitler in 1939, it was refused entry from north and South American and European ports. Many or the over 900 refugees ended up back in German held territory and the fate they had sought to avoid. 

Yesterday the Boston Globe obituaries included this
Never enough remembering indeed. Especially with some Texas school districts beginning to teach "alternatives" to the Holocaust.The bright spot of the day was a dinner visit with cousins Ann & Maurice who live in the DC area.

Stay safe & healthy

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On the Mend

Hi All,

As many of you know, Carl was diagnosed with liver cancer about six weeks ago. It was early stage and small (3.6 x 2.4 cm).

Today he had the procedure to destroy the tumor with microwaves. Procedure took about an hour, he was out of the hospital in four hours and is resting comfortably, aka drugged, at home.

Thanks for all of your prayers, good thoughts and positive vibes.

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502