TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

April 2, 2022

Three Days

Temperature 69 Degrees

Proton, Plastic Blinds, Thunder Storm

This afternoon my son Paul and his wife Brittany took us to Harry’s Seafood Restaurant for an early dinner. What a treat! This restaurant has the absolute best in terms of seafood that we have discovered so far. Thanks so much Paul and Brittany.

Well, that of course meant that Proton would be left home by himself. This is normally not an issue. We have left him home alone numerous times in the past without an issue. However, this time while we were gone a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area. Now, whenever he gets scared his first instinct is to try and find me. Not finding me in the house he next, it appears, tried to find me outside. The problem was the front blinds were down and he could not see out. But that was not going to stop him. The result is what you see above. I can only imagine how scared he must have been. I just didn’t have the heart to scold him. The blinds were due to be replaced soon anyway. They were plastic and had gotten brittle from the sun.

On another note. Just three more days and we’re on the road again! Yes, three days – yippee! For so long it seemed as if this day would never arrive. But we’re knocking on the door and eager to get moving again. Elvira is as ready as I can get her. I’ve checked, and rechecked every system at least twice over. My tools are onboard. And everything else I think I might need while we’re on the road. The provision boxes are packed. We have paper goods aplenty. Tomorrow we’ll organize the kitchen and the bathroom cabinets.

Our route this year will take us through 19 states and we’ll cover approximately 7,000 miles. Yea, ouch, that is going to hurt in terms of the cost of fuel. We’re just going to have to suck it up and make the best of it. Sure, we could sit home and wait for things to get better and the cost per gallon of diesel to go down. But tell me, can anyone give me an idea when and if that will ever happen? I’ve always said it and I’ll say it again Now is the time to make the most of every minute of every day that God gives us.

So we’re ready to roll along again on The Road of Retirement. We’re planning to visit everything from the minor – The Spam Museum – to the major – Mt. Rushmore. We’re also planning to visit some dear friends – Steve and Patti – as we roll through the state of Wisconsin. We met them several years ago and have kept in touch and are eager to see them again. I’m also eagerly looking forward to meeting someone in person who I also consider a really great friend though I’ve never met her in person. That would be Betty who I know through her blog Chambers on the Road. And I’m also as eager to meet her husband Dan. It should be an exciting summer full of all kinds of neat adventures.

Thanks again for stopping by today  It’s always great to be able to share our story with others. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish each day that God gives you and live it to the fullest.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

3 thoughts on “TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

  1. Poor Proton! I wasn’t sure what happened when I saw that picture! I’m glad it wasn’t something more serious. Now you know to be extra careful to not leave him if there is bad weather in the forecast. Wow! I can’t believe you are leaving in 3 days! I agree with you. Now is the time to make the most of every minute God has given us. Dan and I are looking forward to meeting you and Barb, too! Safe travels! I look forward to reading your posts about all your adventures!

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