Oh well. My volunteering stint at the Escapees CARE Center here in Texas will be over at the end of July. It turns out that they have a slew of volunteers available for the lovely month of August, so as my teammate put it, “We shall gracefully exit.” It has been a great time, I’ve learned a lot, and I will be leaving with a wealth of good memories and experiences. The people who work at CARE and the residents who participate in the program are golden. Absolutely. Without exception. Golden.
So, rolling along like a good little stone, the first thing I did when I got back to my rig after getting the news was google “coolest US cities in August.” The thermometer here has been toying with the 100 degree mark and when you toss in the humidity, it’s like slogging through twice warmed-over soup. Poor Dawny’s mid-day walks consist of desperate searches for shade puddles, which are few and far between at that time of day. So we shall work our way back towards cooler climes.
I’d love to see the upper Michigan peninsula and now that we have some time to spare, that may be where we aim the hummingbird. Along the way, we hope to do some camping with our friends, Carol and John, if they can spare time from their ranch and family. At any rate, we’ll pop back by their place on the way north and maybe shoot some of those cows (or perhaps do something else that would be helpful, since Carol said the inoculations are pretty much done by now). We also have an invite from friends we met at our Florida winter roost to visit them at their summer place in Pennsylvania. Dawny is especially hopeful that we pull that off, as it will mean she can see her good friend Dusty sooner rather than later.
Yup, it will be good to be back on the road for August. A horizon rich with choices before us. A village of golden friends behind.
(Photo is of Dawny submitting to her latest modeling assignment, wearing my pink “Don’t Mess with Texas” baseball cap that I use when on kitchen duty. Hairnets just don’t do it for me. She agrees. Best to go with as much attitude as you can muster!)