Full-time RV Travel with Carmen and Jim Beaubeaux. This is the podcast version of our blog posts on www.LivingInBeauty.net.
Beauty: Our Retirement Un-Plan
This six-part monthly series, From Beauty's Doorstep, is based on five-years of full-timing, aka LIB (Living in Beauty)
This felt different, thrilling, and just slightly criminal – like being on the other side of the law, but in the right.
Light reflections from the sun-drenched alley streamed across the floor of the open four-car garage newly emptied of our lifetime accumulation. The ghosts of our old stuff lingered, reluctant to move on – the ladder, the old dog stroller, the pinecone wreath. Yet, within moments, the house keys would change hands and our get-away plan would be complete. We would walk away from our island bungalow, into the bright April afternoon to begin a new life, in Beauty.
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Carolinas: The Whole Biscuit
The Carolinas are puzzling, especially the coastal areas along the barrier islands. Everything is shifting, impermanent – even the things that are set in stone.
Every aspect of the weather, culture and geography has a flip-side. For every expanse of glistening turquoise beach, there's an impenetrable mysterious swamp; for every perfectly cinematic picnic beneath a blooming saucer magnolia, there's the threat of a tornado, copperhead or tick; and for every outrageous hissy-fit there's an earnest casserole apology.
And when that dense, muscular summer heat takes up residence, backing you into the cool corner of the porch where you and your computer submit to a cane lounger to try to attend to some urgent work ... the ceiling fan, with that low thrum, conspires with the booms of a distant thunderstorm to lull you off into the best nap of your life. Then, you wake up, wipe the drool off your chin and mumble, "I needed that" to no one in particular. But that's what I'm talking about. Contradictions abound.
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Campground Review: Jekyll Island State Park – Jekyll Island, Georgia
This post – Part 3 of 3 – wraps up The Navy Brat Tour of 2021.
In the interest of nostalgic self-care which the experts say is actually good for us these days, Jim wants to watch me rediscover the places I lived as a child. I'm supportive, but not much help.
At fourteen years-old I had already moved sixteen times. Memories of those first eight years are mostly learned from my sister Deborah and from Dad, and also from Mama who passed on several years ago.
And, as they say, "Time is like the Mississippi. It flows in one direction and never takes you back."
My early childhood is like a sweet southern ambrosia – a slurry of innocent moments, suspended in heaps of that fluffy stuff dreams are made of – absent of schema, montage or terra firma.
Which brings me to Jekyll Island!
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"I don't ever say a final goodbye. I always say, "I'll see you down the road." - Bob Wells, Nomadland
This is Part II of Navy Brat Tour 2021.
And, yes ... It was still raining, raining, raining like the opening scene in Rashomon.
On a wet and foggy Monday morn we pulled out of Presnell’s RV Resort and Marina. We would navigate across the Panhandle in two days with plans for some serious driveway camping at my cousin's house in Middleburg. Driving along the historic and scenic 30-A, we passed through the sweet town of Carrabelle and pulled off at Ho-Hum RV Park.
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Where Florida Begins
Welcome to Part One of The Navy Brat Tour 2020-21: From Jacksonville, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia, this 4-3-2 galavant through my itinerant childhood is about visiting places I remember and have not seen in more than 55 years.
It was all Jim's idea and I'm loving it. Besides seeing the places I have described to him for decades, Jim also included a prelude – a bonus side-trip – along The Gulf of Mexico, the seashore most fluent in our favorite southern dialect, Shrimp n' Oysters.
We'd originally planned to spend winter on the Pacific coast, but with the border of Mexico closed and La Niña pushing cold, wet weather into Southern California, we took our chances on the panhandle, or as the board of tourism calls it, Where Florida Begins. But we should have consulted with our friend and weather guru Dr. David Titley on RV Weather – esteemed expert in climate, tropical meteorology, oceanography, and a retired Rear Admiral, USN.
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Campground Review: Gulf State Park – Gulf Shores, Alabama
We should get out more.
In five years we have stayed in 325 places and only three campgrounds have percolated to the top of our 5-Bambi Rating system: Chula Vista RV and Marina in San Diego County, which is closing soon; Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio; and Fort Wilderness at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida ...
Until now. (Drum roll please)
We are thrilled to announce that Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama is the 4th LIB 5-Bambi Park.
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