Simple Pleasures


It’s Saturday morning, barely after sun-up and all is well with the world. I shared this same image a day or two ago but I’m too lazy to go out and take another identical one and there’s no need.  The difference is that there are half a dozen kayaks out there, three or four hobby fishing boats ( as opposed to commercial fishing boats )  and way out there I can see the vague shapes of 40 or 50 pelicans diving for food.  It’s idyllic.  It’s peaceful — except for the SIX dogs owned by the next to campers to our North.  Life doesn’t get much better than this.  An Egret is about 25 feet from the window looking for grubs or crabs or whatever it is they find in the marsh to munch on.  Because I’m in the lounge on the other side of the window he/she doesn’t realize I’m watching him and I’m quite content to have it so.

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Our view out the window; the BAY

The Galveston Island State Park has sites on both sides of the main north/south highway. The Gulf side goes for an additional $5.00 because it’s… well…. the GULF side.  But to be honest, I love these sites on the Bay side.  They really suit my personality.  We get beautiful sunsets. There’s a little shelter from the wind that you don’t get on the other side of the island.  Even with the little bit of shelter I’m not in a big hurry to put our or large awning.

Diana is coming for a picnic lunch today.  Not sure what all we’ll do, but I’m not in a big hurry to be doing much of anything.  For the moment I’m content being in the warm, along the ocean, and just enjoying life without campers knocking on the door or rangers sending me emails.

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

Some for the Glories of This World; and some
Sigh for the Prophet’s Paradise to come;
Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go,
Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!

Look to the blowing Rose about us–“Lo,
Laughing,” she says, “into the world I blow,
At once the silken tassel of my Purse
Tear, and its Treasure on the Garden throw.”

The Rubaiyat b
y Omar Khayyam
1120 A.C.E.

Truly, the best moments in life are the simplest.  I’ve always known that but retirement and RV’ing have both reinforced that reality as well as made it a more common experience.  I love that I have the time to appreciate the world around me.  So many different places we’ve been and each has had it’s own unique beauty; it’s own unique appeal — even the ones I didn’t care all that much to repeat or return to.  If I’m really honest about it, they all have their glory.

Knowing that Diana is bring a picnic lunch I’m reminded of the oftquoted line from Omar Khayyam “A jug of wine, a loaf of bread — and thou” — but the poem itself is far more encompassing and even profound.  I only share three stanzas but the rest is worth looking up if you’re into poetry.

The meal she brought was lovely.  A couple vegetarian choices, some chicken salad, fruit salad, a hunk of nice thin-sliced rye — lots of good stuff.  We all ate a bit more than we needed.

A “Picnic” in the RV can be something quite different — if you think about it.  Yes, you can take your picnic blanket and lay it out on the sand, and deal with the wind and the blowing sand and the ants, etc… Or you can lay a full table inside and gaze out at the same scene from your dining room window.  Which we do frequently.

Or you can stop along the way, at a wayside, or a roadside pullover, as we did numerous times in Oregon along US-101 hanging off the edge of the continent, viewing the surf.  We regularly stop along our route for lunch on-the-fly — which can be anything from sandwiches to leftovers from the night before.  But definately more interesting than a McDonalds burger.

Whatever you do as you’re making your way around the country — make sure to take some time for that jug of wine, the loaf of bread, and whomever you’re traveling WITH!

Thanks for stopping and why not stop by tomorrow to see what’s goin’ on!

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6 Comments

  1. We’ve made the trip to Rockport and our first “picnic” was to buy shrimp and have it for our evening meal the second night we were here. Also got to get out sailing on Aransas Bay with one of my local friends, perfect weather he says. A little too hot and humid for this northern bred guy! Those are the good things.

    The bad…we had a leak on the bedroom slide and it took three days to repair and clean up the mold and mildew.

    On the bright side our remedies worked and our trailer has never been so clean in recent years.

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    1. Ah, yes, the joys of RV’ing!

      I forget — you travel with your RV each year, right? You don’t leave it on site do you?

      We’ve been enjoying the seafood since arriving. It seems to me that seafood in Texas is a bigger ‘thing’ than it is in Florida. People here are really into it and the quality, quantity, and availability are great! I was also reminded of the lower cost of living here when we cashed out at the grocery checkout. Love it.

      Yesterday we made our first trip to Padre Island this year — and the island looks like times are improving and the economy is prospering. Glad to see that. Actually — our trip through Texas has looked that way all the way down. Whatever your political leanings, the economy has been improving and business is being done. We have seen an amazing amount of new construction!!!!

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  2. We travel with our truck camper to and from Texas and take side trips with it but chose to leave our 5th wheel in Texas two years ago. Last year we decided to rent our site year round when the option came up so we left it on the site. Although we can also download the truck camper in our site, we leave it on because it’s only 5 miles or less to anything we need in town. We also beachdock at Magnolia Beach or North Padre with the truck camper.

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    1. Thanks. Somehow I had gotten it in my head that you had a coach not a 5th wheel — but I’ve been known to confuse people and things before! 🙂

      I think your approach makes sense for a certain percentage of folks! Some of our friends down here do the same. And for those who like to arrange their site in a certain way it’s easier to accomplish. Some of the folks here either have a shed on their site that stays year round — or they leave their RV on site and have plantings around their RV — or various other permutations on the them of making RV’ing more homey.

      Comes the right time and we might do the same. — or sell the coach and switch to a trailer of some sort.

      I’m not sure if that’s something we might ever do. I already know that if something were to happen to me it’s doubtful that Peg would make the semi-annual trip on her own — she’s more likely to stay in Milwaukee near family. So, I don’t want to leave a real estate disposal hassle behind for her. And, for now we’re just fine with what we’re doing.

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  3. Peter, I am with you. I prefer to look over the changing scenery of a marsh or river to that of the ocean or way. So many people around here want the higher priced ocean front views but at night there is only darkness. On the river…you have boats and activity…lights from the city and many varieties of birds.

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    1. Yup. What’s so great about darkness anyway…. And of course there’s the NOISE!!!!!! ON the bay side you don’t hear the surf.

      A few years ago we had a friend who moved into a high rise apartment (as “high” rise as you get in Milwaukee) right on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. We helped her move and while the apartment was in disarray with friends bringing in furniture and possessions she had two little vent windows at the bottom of there floor to ceiling windows opened for circulation. Way up there I was amazed at how LOUD the lake sounded. When we went to Fl in winter of ’12 we stayed at some Gulf front hotel in a storm and it was so loud a person couldn’t sleep if their life depended on it.

      Give me a Bay View any time!

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