The State Park offered an afternoon talk about the endangered Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse. We learnt that even something as small as the beach mouse has a huge impact on the ecosystem and is an incredibly important part of the food chain.
There was another family listening to the talk, with 5 children, similar ages to ours. Their grandmother, Pamela, invited us back to their house for tea and playing, as they lived locally. Our kids were thrilled to be back in a house with oodles of toys! The family lived on the Mack Bayou, their back yard went directly down to the water with a dock – it was beautiful. When their parents, Paige and Chris, arrived home (to a house FULL of kids), they invited us all back to dinner. This is definitely that southern hospitality we hear so much about! How incredibly kind, we went back to collect Dave, made a quick stop for treats and returned to find a smorgasbord of food laid out.
We spent a wonderful evening with them, Dave and Chris enjoyed a couple of pints and many games of billiards. I enjoyed chatting about our travels and listening to their stories, Pam worked in Belize and the rest of the family have been living the army life for a few years, getting ready to settle in this house that they had recently moved to. The kids were thrilled to play with each other, different toys, games and friends make for happy children.
States visited: 49!
visited 49 states (98%)
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Miles driven so far -
LOOP 1 (Aug 2009 - Aug 2010): 29,000
LOOP 2 (May - August 2012): 10,800
Highest altitude with camper: 11,158ft (I-70, CO)