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Goodbye for now, Mustang Island.

♫ TIME TO SAY GOODBYE ♫

After an amazing seven months at various locations here on gorgeous Mustang Island, it’s time to hitch up the RV and move on down the road.

One of my personal goals for 2016 is to haul the RV outside of the Texas state line, so this is a step in the right direction!

While I’m sad to leave Port Aransas, I’m equally excited about the new adventures yet to come…

Here are a few final photos from Mustang Island, 2016… See ya down the road!

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Throwback Thursday

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Big Thicket National Forest (near Livingston, Texas)
March 2015

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Upon my return to Deep East Texas in the early Spring of 2015, I enjoyed exploring the Big Thicket National Forest during a weekly ritual I call my “Sunday Morning Gratitude.”

This focused quiet time allows me to reflect on my blessings, express thanks for the special people in my life, and stand in humble awe of God’s majestic creation.

One morning, I took a back road and ended up at this place. It was so breathtaking and grand, yet incredibly still and silent.

A perfect setting for reflection and giving thanks for abundant blessings.

Hope you have a blessed day today.

AmyO.

Is this your Grandma?

02162015_SweetGrandmaFor three months, my RV was happily parked in the charming Gulf Coast town of Port Aransas, TX.

One morning about a month ago, I met a sweet, soft-spoken lady in her late 70s/early 80s walking on the beach.

She was ever-so-slowly collecting shells to make a hanging shell display for each her two teenaged grandsons.

I didn’t realize that her reflection was in the photo of this shell at the time, but when I offered her the shell for her project, she accepted.

As I left the beach about an hour later, this dedicated granny was still there, so I snapped the three photos from afar.

I wish I could get these photos to her grandsons so they could fully realize how much effort, work & love are going into their future gifts!

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#‎MadeWithLove‬ ‪#‎GrandmaOfTheYear‬

Trip #2: Livingston TX to Waco TX

TRIP #2

Date: Sun., Nov. 09, 2014

Depart: 11:22 a.m.

Arrive: 4:11 p.m.

Traveled: 188 miles

State(s) Travelled: Texas

Gas Stops: 1 (Took 3 tries!)

New Experiences:

  1. Unexpected Detour
  2. Construction cement barrier
  3. Busy Gas Stations

Incidents: 1

Exiting the gas station, spare tire scraped the sloped ramp. No damage to tire. Minor bend to metal secure bar. Oops!

 

Here we are in Livingston, about to hit the road.

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And upon arrival in Waco, TX! My awesome rescue dog, Sofie-Darla, was sooooo happy to be out of the truck.

11092014_LivingstonToWaco_PhotoOnlyYes, what normally should have taken about 4 hours took 5 hours. I had to go at the speed in which I was comfortable, so that meant going about 55 mph on I-45 while other cars were whipping past me at 70+mph. No one honked at me, at least that I was aware.

I have to admit that the stress-factor of the long drive was pretty intense! At one point, when I was instructed by police to detour around Huntsville, my jaw was chattering so badly that I’m sure I looked like a crackhead, or really, really cold. I couldn’t make it stop either! Fortunately, I didn’t give a darn at that point… I just wanted to hurry up and get to Waco – in one piece!

There was a lot of self-talk going on, “You can do this. You can do this.” At about two hours into the drive, I thought, “You know, Amy, you’re not ‘trail-blazing’ here. There are a lot of people, and a lot of single ladies at that, who do this. If it’s too much, you can always go get an apartment.”

WHAT?!?! Yes, the thought of an apartment was enough to snap me out of the “fear.” Later that night, after I was set up in Waco, I wrote a note to myself that included the phrase, “This kind of fear will NEVER stop me!”

The confidence I gained from RV Driving School played a big roll in my driving abilities, and Trip #2 was a huge milestone!

 

NEXT UP: TRIP #3… Waco to San Antonio

 

 

Trip #1: Move to The Hills + RV Driving School

TRIP #1

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

Destination: Glicks’ private property to Rainbow’s End “The Hills”, Site #68.

Mileage: Less than 1 mile.

Challenges: Nerves! And luckily, Mr. Glick backed the rig into its spot.

Incidents: NONE (whoo hoo!)

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NEXT UP: Private Lessons with “RV Driving School

DATES: Nov. 4-5, 2014 

11052014_RVDrivingSchool_PhotoOnlyPrivate Lessons, RV Driving School.

(Notice my instructor Glyn didn’t even wear a helmet!)

This was me on Day 2, after backing up *perfectly* 3 times in a row.

The Day Before, A Freak Accident: One of the thick metal pieces on my new Equalizer kit snapped!

Luckily, I was already slowing down to make a turn into an empty church parking lot when we heard the **BOOM**!

West RV said they’d never seen this happen before, but they got me fixed up fast and back on the road for my lessons.

I had a LOT of fun with the parking and backing up.

Freeway driving is a little nerve-wracking, but everyone tells me I’ll get used to that “air suction” of the 18-wheelers as they pass along side of me to the left.

I also did okay driving on the main street through town.

Residential driving, I hope I never have to do it! Streets are too small.

 

Thank you to my brave RV Driving School instructor, Glyn! I’ll shout from the mountaintops that RV Driving School was worth every penny!

 

TRIP #2 INFO (Livingston to Waco) COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

Rain Chasing!

For the past couple of weeks, rain has eluded me.

I’ve watched it on weather radar tracking closer, closer… only to skirt around me at the last minute, or rain itself out before it gets here.

So today, for the third day in a row, there were some pop-up rain showers in the area.

08102014_RainChasing_1027Was this rain headed my way? Of course not!

So I loaded up my 9-year-old rescue dog Sofie-Darla, and hit the road.

If rain won’t come to me, I’ll go to it!

Thirty minutes later, I pulled over on the shoulder of a wooded back road, listening to the melodic patter of light rain on the hood of my vehicle. I could smell the fresh hydration of summer green leaves on nearby trees.

Overjoyed, I stood in the rain, letting the raindrops dampen my hair, arms and dress.

It was heavenly!

Shortly thereafter, I got back in my car and drove away… happy, smiling, content.

On the way back to my RV some 30 miles away, I realized it didn’t bother me one bit that I was returning to a blistering sun, with no breeze, and a heat index of 104.

I chased rain today… and caught it!

I’m a happy girl.

Make it happen,

Amy O.

 

 

Making a Dream Happen

 

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I believe it!

I’ve had a life-long dream to do this:

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So after two years of planning, I sold my Waco house:

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Bought this:

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So I can do this:

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Of course, I still do a little of this:

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Mixed in with a little of this:

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Mostly, I do a lot of this:

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Because this is what it’s all about:

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Make it happen!

Amy O.

 

 

First Blog Post!

Wed., Aug. 7, 2014

 

My first blog post for “On The Go With Amy O”!

Thanks for checking out my Life Adventure blog.

So… this is me:

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This is what I do:

I write. I rescue. I roam.

 

This is why:

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This blog will highlight my adventures in all three areas.

I invite you to join me!

Amy O.

 

 

 

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