It’s been almost 4 months since I last wrote. Back then we were quite content being at Camp Westwood once again.
Then on August 8th we received news that the YMCA Board of Directors had voted to discontinue seasonal camping and close its seasonal campground at the end of the season – October 15th. Very surprising and sad news indeed.
After talking it over for a bit we decided it was probably the push we needed to move on. We really enjoyed our time camping, but much had changed this past year that brought stress instead of peace… especially the mice issues. They just weren’t going away and the thought of them partying in the camper again over the winter was not a something we looked forward to dealing with. Also, we thought maybe COVID had eased enough to begin traveling again.
We drove down to Maryland in August and enjoyed a visit with family: sisters, brother in law, niece, nephews, daughter, son, and granddaughter. First time we’d all been together in well over a year, so was really a very nice visit.
In September we enjoyed a long weekend in my hometown of Babylon, NY. First time staying in an AirBnB and first Uber rides. Both good first experiences. We had a great time at my 45th high school reunion and it was nice to spend some time with childhood friends/neighbors/classmates over the weekend. The weather was perfect and we got to spend a few hours at the beach Sunday afternoon. As with every place we’ve ever lived, what I miss most is food. My list for this visit included things that are never as good as they are in NY: pizza, bagels, kaiser rolls (bacon, egg and cheese sandwich!) and Chinese food. And all were as delicious as I remembered them to be, if not better. On our way to the Orient Point Ferry we stopped at Hero Express in Bohemia, NY to get a roast beef hero. We enjoyed that bit of deliciousness with a Bloody Mary for lunch on the ferry. YUM!
So here we are in October. The camper has been sold. We sold some things on Facebook Marketplace. Some stuff ended up in the dumpster, some given away or stored in our sons basement. And then there are all the belongings we moved into the apartment with us. Storage space here is extremely limited, so a few new shelving units were purchased and assembled over the past couple of months to help get us organized. We’re getting there.
As we venture into this next season of our lives, we’ll continue to travel and look forward to sharing our adventures with you all.
May your life be filled with peace, love, and laughter. Be well.