No, there were no spaceships landing in our driveway in the last few days. We did have a visitor, but she didn’t come from that far away! Jill Baum used to work for my White Mountain Weekly newspaper back in Arizona about 24 years ago. We lost touch as time went on and she moved away from the area. But a few years ago when we were at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson for an RV rally, Jill happened to be there showing some of her whippets and we reconnected. She’s been part of the dog show scene since she was a little girl and her whole family has been involved in dogs and showing dogs forever.
One of Jill’s sisters lives over toward Ocala somewhere, and she has been visiting her for a while and wanted to come by and see us before she headed back to Arizona. It was sure a treat to see my old friend.
We took her down to our dock, where she managed to see some of our local dolphins playing in the water, and she mentioned that seeing a manatee was high on her bucket list. You want to see a manatee? No problem, we’ve got plenty of them to show you. There is a short canal that comes off the Intercoastal Waterway in our little private community and it’s usually got a few manatee in it. Sometimes as many as 70 of the gentle giants can be spotted in the canal. So we took Jill over to see them. Yep, she got her manatee fix. She also learned about another type of local wildlife we have here, the no-see-ums. Those little critters pack a nasty bite, and they were sure hungry. After Jill got a few photos of the manatees, we beat a hasty retreat.
Jill is a very accomplished photographer, and something else she is into is lighthouses. She has photographed a lot of them in her travels. When I mentioned the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse in Daytona Beach, her eyes really lit up. So we took a drive to check it out. By the time we got there the lighthouse was closed but we were able to get some good pictures of the lighthouse and the moon hanging near it in the sky.
By then we were all hungry so we went to Crabby Joe’s restaurant on Sunglow Fishing Pier. We have been to the pier many times, but had never actually eaten in the restaurant. It was kind of cool to be sitting above the water as we ate, with the windows open so we could hear the surf crashing below us on the beach. The food? It was okay, but the ambience and the company was better.
After dinner, we strolled out on the pier and Miss Terry got a nice picture of the lights of the hotels and condos along the shoreline.
And here’s a picture I took of Jill and Terry on the pier.
By the way, if you read my John Lee Quarrels series, one of the characters is a redheaded newspaper reporter named Dixie Landrum, who just happens to raise whippets. Hmmm…. I wonder where I got the inspiration for that character? I always leave a teaser for my next book at the end of a new release, and in Mullets and Man Buns we learned that in the next book in the series, Strawberry Slugbug, Dixie mysteriously disappears. Jill asked me not to kill her off, and I really don’t want to, because I’m kind of fond of Dixie. But those darn characters of mine have a way of taking stories in directions I never see coming, so I can’t make any promises.
Thanks for coming to see us, Jill. The next time we get to the Phoenix area, we will look you up.
As some of you may know, we are currently running a special on the digital back issue collection of the Gypsy Journal. You can see details below. Somebody contacted me and wanted to know if they could get a better price than the special offer, like half off, because they are senior citizens on a fixed income. I’m a senior citizen, too. I wish somebody would fix my income, because it seems to be broken.
Monday is your last opportunity to take advantage of our special offer for digital back issues of the Gypsy Journal for the years 2003 through 2017. They are in PDF format on a USB thumb drive and will provide you with weeks of great reading about places to visit from coast to coast and our adventures as fulltime RVers. The normal cost of the back issue collection is $75, but we are running a special through the end of April for just $65, which includes shipping. Don’t miss out on this great deal. If interested, you can log onto www.paypal.com and make payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your mailing address for fast delivery.
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Thought For The Day – Nothing speaks louder than a guilty conscience.