Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kayaking, Biking and Hiking

We sure do stay busy here at Huntington Beach State Park and keep saying "we sure are glad that we are here a month because there is so much to do"!!

This past Sunday, my sister Cathy and BIL Bruce came to spend the day with us.  After a yummy lunch of chili lime chicken wraps, we headed out on our pedal bikes.  The day was brisk so we were sure to bundle up!

Enjoying lunch outside!
We ended up pedaling for about 4 hours stopping along the way to take in the sights of the birds and the alligators.   We didn't get pictures of the alligators but here are two pics that turned out nice.

During the ride, Cathy and I tended to lag behind as we were chatting and just enjoying the day.  Dan and Bruce got quite a bit ahead of us at one point but they made sure they left us "directions" on how to find them.

"Arrow" made out of sticks and pinecones.
Funny thing is, Cathy and I were chatting so much we never saw the arrow!  We did end up finding them down near the boat launch!

We biked/walked to the jetty again too.  Boy oh boy was that a workout.  The sand was not quite as hard as it was the first time Dan and I rode on it.   Of course, Cathy and I had to stop and search for seashells along the way too.
Such cut-ups!
Dan pointing out something to Cathy; Bruce posing for the camera!

Cathy and Bruce hanging out at the jetty.

After our bike ride, Gin and Syl came to join us for dinner and a campfire. As only Bruce can, he personally greeted them with his standard "hello" and laughs were had by all. We enjoyed a good meal and campfire and before we knew it, Cathy and Bruce had to leave to head back home.  We then watched the finale of Survivor with Gin and Syl.

As I type this, Dan and I are sitting by the campfire that we are going to share tonight with Gin and Syl.  They are headed back to NC tomorrow and it is a bit bittersweet.  We have so enjoyed their company at Huntington Beach State Park and have shared many a meal, laughs, kayaking outings, bike rides, and many hours of good conversation!    We bid them safe travels and know that we will see them "down the road".

Tomorrow, our good friends Laura and Bruce arrive and we will celebrate Christmas with them.  We are looking forward to spending time with them both and showing them around Huntington Beach.  We will leave here  next week and celebrate Christmas with my family (kids, parents, sisters, brother, DIL, SIL, BILs, nieces and nephews).  It will be a fun time with many laughs!  As a bonus, I get to see my best friend, Linda, over New Year's.  Get ready to whoop it up, girl.  We just may have to call

Before I end this post, I wanted to give a shout-out to my daughter Ashleigh.  She is a freshman at UNC-W and just got her final grades this week for her first semester of college.  I am very proud of her accomplishments and am pleased to boast her 3.3 GPA she earned!  Way to go, Ash and keep up the good work!



Nancy and Bill said...

Hope to see you two once more before you leave!! We have really enjoyed your time here:o))

Hope to see you on Monday afternoon for a short visit. Until then, Merry Christmas to you two and Bruce and Laura!!

Cathy said...

We had such fun with you two and we don't want it to end. Looking forward to a fun time next weekend with the family. I, too, am very proud of Ashleigh! What a great start to her college years!!!

Sherry said...

Biking, hiking and Kayaking!!! Music to my ears. These are the reasons I'm on the road. How many places can I find to do them! Have been to Huntington Beach twice and it is definitely a great place for all 3.

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Our congratulations to Ashley too! What a great way to end the first semester...kind of a nice Christmas present for Mom :)

I just know you 2 and Bruce and Laura will have a blast. We'll be thinking about you! Merry, Merry Christmas!

Gin and Syl said...

This month has really flown by. We've had a great time with you two and feel that we have made life-long friends.
Have a good time with Bruce and Laura, and congratulations to Ashleigh.
Can't wait to see y'all again in Florida. Safe travels.
Syl & Gin

Elaine said...

More great photos & glad you're continuing to have such a great time on the road. Congrats to Ashleigh on a job well done! Looking forward to seeing y'all next weekend:-)

Brandon and Amanda said...

Nice update! Can't wait to see you guys next weekend!!!