Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On The Road - Our First Stop

We’ve been enjoying our time at home in Medina but it’s time to hit the road and head to our next volunteer assignment. 

We’ve been spending some time cleaning out clutter.  You would think there wouldn’t be much but we seem to keep finding things we haven’t used in a year or more.  One of the things we have wanted to get rid of is our camping gear.  We haven’t camped much since we retired and don’t really enjoy it as much as we used to.

We have really nice camping gear from REI and were having some trouble figuring out how to get rid of it.  We were running out of time to put an ad on Craig’s List.  Frankly, that was really too much of a hassle.  Mark decided to call the local Boy Scouts and see if they could use it.  Sure enough, the scout leader was very pleased to have it.  Turns out, his troop goes on a camping trip every month (rain or shine) and he has had to buy some gear with his own money.

We started gathering everything up and loading the car: 

It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate!  We got it all dropped off with the scout leader and are happy to find a good home for it.

Next up were a couple of “starter” planes that Mark purchased a couple of years ago.  The four planes he has now are more advanced and can do a lot more maneuvers.  So, on the phone again to the model airplane club he joined last year in Marble Falls.  Turns out, there are a couple of young people in the club that are saving up to buy their own planes.  These two planes will be perfect for them.

It feels good to de-clutter and help others out too!

We left Medina this morning.  We didn’t have very far to drive as our first stop is Inks Lake State Park in Burnet.  You might recall that we volunteered here January - March of this year and really enjoyed the park and the area.  The other couple that we worked with are back volunteering and we’ll get together with them for some disc golfing, trying out the local restaurants and just good conversation. 
Inks Lake State Park

We’re only going to be here for three nights before moving on to our next stop.  We’ll get to Florida eventually but we’ve got lots of stops before then.
Stay tuned!



  1. When I unclutter, that generally means the dumpster. I don't have much of anything anyone would be interested in.

    Looking forward to your upcoming adventures.

    1. It felt good to give everything to someone who can use it!

  2. Florida? I think I've missed out on a lot not having internet for the past 1.5 months. Where will you be volunteering there? How generous of you to help out those scouts... so nice!

    1. We'll be at Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge on Big Pine Key in Florida. It will be January - March so we have most of December to make our way there.

      Mark used to be a boy scout a looooooong time ago.