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Old 01-10-2017, 08:51 AM   #3613
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I've met the nicest people already on this trip, and I'm only a week out.

Lots of nice folks at CanOpener, and yesterday after choring I decided to take myself out for breakfast and shared a table in a crowded restaurant with another woman about my age.... also there by herself.

Exchanged first names, and had a lovely conversation while we ate.

This morning, I am walking Lily and come across another woman about my age who has been with two little dogs in a tent at this SP for the past week...she has been on medical leave from her job due to lung cancer, has had surgery, chemo and now a clean bill of health, taking a trip to places she has never been before she returns to work next month.

She has been fishing in the ocean, and cooking what she catches.

We had a great visit and she had some helpful tips about where to take our dogs, and how deserted the beach is after dark ...because no one here goes on the beach at night, characterizing it as "spooky".

She takes her flashlight...and goes.

I have a flashlight that could probably signal our astronauts in space...going to give it a try tonight.

I told her of the LowCountry, its many areas suitable for kayaking, Cumberland Island, etc. She is camping in a tent, and at least in her mid-60's.

A better woman than I, who likes to be off the ground and have many of the comforts of home.

Have done what I could to clean and hose down my awning this morning, out for the first time this year.

A lovely place, and we are going to enjoy it.

IPad is on EST, phone still on CST.


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Old 01-10-2017, 10:01 AM   #3614
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Maggie, so nice to see you having such a good time. Where to next?
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:13 AM   #3615
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Hi Evelyn,

I will be here until Friday, then east and inland some, toward the Jacksonville area.

Have just had my first bike ride of this trip...temps are to be in the mid 60's today, and only slightly cooler overnight, so I have put the space heater away for awhile, can get out of microfleece, etc.


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Old 01-10-2017, 11:22 AM   #3616
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Maggie, it was so nice to meet you at Canopener. I met you at the Chili Feed when you brought in your Rumtoph (sp) that was fantastic. I wish you would share your recipe. Sounds like you are having a fantastic trip. I love your sense of adventure. Hope to see you down the road. You take care. I look forward to following your travels.

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Old 01-10-2017, 11:50 AM   #3617
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Hi Judy!

I remember you introducing yourself, and you gave me a hug.

Glad you liked the Rumtopf.

I thought it was pretty darned tasty, and the liqueur off it especially delicious.

A friend of mine made this with dark rum, which I may try next time. I started mine last spring with raspberries, then added blueberries, nectarines, and peaches, as each came in to season.

I thought those flavors would combine well, and they did seem to. My recipe said not to stir it when you make each addition, just add the fruit, sprinkle with sugar, cover with rum.

The recipe I used I believe was on paper, pulled out of something, as I can't find it on the IPad, but this is from Mother Earth News and basically the same.

I used a large glass crock with a corked lid, that I found at the Meier store at home...made by Anchor Hocking, I believe.

I just poured into a capped bottle the dredges from the bottom of the jar I brought for the rally. I will use it at some point.


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• Seasonal fruit
• 1 cup sugar per pound of fruit
• 108-proof rum


1. Start with a 1-gallon, wide-mouth glass canning jar, or with a 1- to 3-gallon classic rumtopf crock. Add fruit, prepared as you prefer, and sprinkle a cup of sugar over each pound of fruit. Pour in rum to cover the fruit.

2. Keep the fruit submerged in the rum. You can do this by putting wax paper directly on the surface of the liquid, or, if the container is wide enough, by weighting the fruit down. A plate with a closed jar of water on top (as long as it will fit inside the container) will work well.

3. Keep adding different fruits as they come into season, plus additional rum and sugar each time.

4. After the rumtopf jar is full, cover it and store it away from direct light. Age it for a minimum of 3 months before serving. Before that, the flavor may be harsh, but as it ages it will become deliciously mellow.

5. After the rumtopf has aged, lift out the boozy fruit with a slotted spoon and use it to top ice cream, cakes, custards, puddings, and other desserts. After the fruit is gone, serve the fruit-infused rum as a digestif or in cocktails.
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:29 PM   #3618
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A first!

I just took my second bike ride of the day, with Lily on her short fabric leash running alongside of me.



Doug always did this, I was afraid to for fear she would pull me down, but I told her she needed to stay with Grandma...and, she did.

Good for her, good for me...the first of many.


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Old 01-10-2017, 08:40 PM   #3619
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Congrats on the bike ride!!! I'm drooling after reading your rumtoph recipe... now I will have to make some!!! Hugs and love Maggie.. pats for mz lily...keep having fun!!!! It's good for you!!!
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:48 AM   #3620
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Hi Gail!

This is a beautiful place...if only they allowed dogs on the beach.

I may take a stroll out there by myself after a bit, tho it makes me feel disloyal.

I was surprised how easy it was to leash her and bike. I'd been afraid to try it, but she did really well, which will expand our horizons a great deal.

I slept with my windows open last night.


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Old 01-11-2017, 08:03 AM   #3621
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Our site here...cement pads are good in sandy areas.
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Good morning Maggie... it's snowed here last night.. here on the coast!!! Very pretty... however it also snowed on the Portland side and that's a mess... freeways clogged, schools and businesses closed...
Your spot looks very inviting... that's really good you can bike with Lily... yes, broader horizons!!! enjoy it all... hugs and love to the two of you
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:44 PM   #3623
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I did take a walk on the beach about 10 this morning, where I saw at least three sets of fresh dog tracks...early morning and after dark seems to be when owners get their dogs out to run.

There is another dog owning couple here from CanOpener...Todd and Susie... and we are going to head out after dark tonight...

It is truly a lovely place, with a few pretty shells found by me this morning and a larger pile brought to me by Karen a bit ago....serious bird-ers, those two, who did a 2 1/2 hour beach walk and bird observation trek this morning.

Nice to have a bit of company.


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The beach sounds lovely, Maggie. Good that you found a way to get Lily out on beach walks, under the cloak of darkness. (Wink-wink)! Kudos on finding a way to bike and run Lily at same time. She must have been smiling all the way!
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:24 PM   #3625
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It apparently is a common night-time practice, as I have been told by others.

She is enjoying the bike rides, and staying right with me even when we pass another dog.

My big fear was that she would take off after another dog, a rabbit, etc. and pull me over...and I don't need that,

We've been twice today.


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If you let them run loose, how do you clean up their poop? Bad surprise first thing in the morning on a morning walk on the beach.
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