Papa’s World – hiking with the grand kids – Veeren Memorial Park – S.C.

Cassidy Bode Papa Tammy

We had driven past this park dozens of times as we went to golf and also after we bought our lot!

Always saying – we need to stop and check it out –

might be a good place to bring the grand kids as they all

like to hike and explore!

Papa Cassidy Taylor and Bode

So – we did and then when they came down – we went for a hike –

out through the marsh – into the trees – a sand trail – pathway –

I had a map as it splits off several times!

I guess in the warmer months you will see gators in the marsh!

The little ones are always curious – exploring – seeing and asking questions!

But – they also stay close – ever watchful –

and tend to hang with MorMor!

Sherry – ( MorMor) Swede for Mother’s Mother – loves to lead and show them – explain what everything is!
They also listen to her!

Cassidy Taylor Bode – walking the beach after the trail through the woods.

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Bode 6 The twins Taylor Cassidy 10

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Papa on the ICW waiting for everyone after bath room break!

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Papa”s World – Walking with friends on the beach!

Good morning – afternoon or evening!

Or just plain GOOD DAY!

Good day is what we had when the first morning of our friends stay-

we all walked to the beach – and it started to sprinkle

even though the Sun was shining!

The start of a fantastic three days was blessed with a RAINBOW!

Even though there was a light rain –

just enough to get you a little wet

we pushed on – to the beach!

A pathway – the sound of the surf – and toes in the sand!

Papa Jim Cindy

The ocean and sand has a way of making everything okay!

The rain had stopped –

and it was warm – not cold – at least for people from the North

as we all are from NWPA and WNY!

We are seniors – well most of us are

but – we are aging healthy – all of us!

Walking the beach – first morning with friends

before a day of golfing and then dinner

This has been our life throughout the years

The beach is new – but the friends are ageless!

From one rain bow to one walk on the beach

A little rain – a lot of laughter

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MORMOR ( Sherry) & PAPA (Tom)

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Walking with friends on the beach!

Papa’s World – year in review – besties – and being blessed!

For years since we came South – we try at least get together every four to six months!

We all lived close to one another back in NWPA and WNY!

Cindy Jim Buck Dottie Sherry Papa

We now all play golf together after a couple years ago Dottie decided to try it out.

Walking the beach at North Myrtle Beach on our last get together.

Now we also play cards – sip a beer – and listen to and sing to music!

We have always had a great time – we travel – explore new places

We play gals vs guys in golf and the gals are good!

This last time we won by I think 2 strokes!

Cindy Dottie Sherry

Bestie’s – good friends –

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Papa’s World – Boardwalk – Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We decided to take a little side trip on our way to Costco!

Since neither one of ever remembered going to the Boardwalk

on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach –

We thought we would take our time

and follow the beach road from North Myrtle Beach

all the way down to the Boardwalk!

It had been almost 25 years since we vacationed in North Myrtle Beach

and – we were not disappointed!

We parked half way in between the two piers.

And then we walked toward the Northern Pier!

We entered the doors and went out to the open pier

where the fishermen were and the other tourist.

We had walked by numerous shops – places to eat –

a large volleyball complex with multiple courts

and a sand volleyball game going on –

two on two!

The boardwalk continued beyond that pier

but – we decided to return from our starting point

and then walk South to the other pier

about a mile distance between the two.

The southern pier in the distance

The walk back to where we parked the car

was on the boardwalk

but it changed to a paved walk – wide – and lined on both sides

with bushes – plam trees and shade and flowers.

It was not straight but wound from side to side

with benches in the shade.

Places to see and observe the beach
The beach of white soft sand

We decided once we got to the second pier

we would look for a place to grab a late lunch

before we continued on our way to Costco.

We found that place by the pier itself –

actually looked like it was part of the pier

called “WICKED TUNA”

where we made our way to the top and had a great view of the pier

and the beach in both directions!

We had a great lunch sharing some appetizers.

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Sherry and I sitting at the WICKED TUNA

We continued onto Costco – and vowed that when we have to make that trip again – we would include the Boardwalk and this place to sit and have lunch!

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Papa’s World – Living a dream – Ocean Keyes – South Carolina!

The back ocean side entrance to Ocean Keyes!

It was by accident that I found this place while searching for a place to live after selling our house!

I came across a picture of the view from the Lanai and we fell in love with it!

This is situated in North Myrtle Beach and we had no thought of coming here!

The plan was to find a home to buy or a lease –

planning on only being here for five months!

But – after searching and searching and visiting numerous homes – condo’s

And the housing market going up every day- it became apparent to us –

that maybe the best way was to find a model and build it our way!

Where we are staying is the building at the very beginning of the small lake – top floor – four stories -middle!

We found that we could build for almost the same price that we would buy –

and not have to do any renovations!

So – we extended our stay here until the end of June!

And hope that our build out of four to six months

would allow us time to enjoy what we have here!

From our condo – is 6/10 of a mile and we are standing on the beach!
There are six pools here – a tennis – pickle ball court – a work out gym and a community center!

We walk the road every day past the pool straight to the beach entrance.

Cross two roads and are in the parking lot of Avenue six beach entrance!

Standing on the beach after a 12 minute walk!
Early morning view from our Lanai – with views from both the master bedroom and the living room!

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A view of Ocean Keyes and North Myrtle Beach!

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Papa’s World – living life one day at a time- in Ocean Keyes – North Myrtle Beach SC

When you live one day at a time – you count your blessings each day!
The dawning of each day brings new adventures – one day at a time.

Life to me is seeing the beauty in what is around you –

Seeing the history and enjoying the minute –

Being grateful that you have been able to see that moment in time.

Sometimes this may happen – but the majority time – you do and remember – living life to its fullest!
In Ocean Keyes – North Myrtle Beach – S.C. – we have found that life.

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Papa’s World – Sunrise – Windy beach – Full Moon – Charlie Brown Christmas!

NO IT DOES NOT GET OLD!
TWO AND ONE HALF MONTHS – WAKING UP TO THIS!

Every morning – the sunrise from our condo –

it paints a different sky each day.

I watch this as it develops each morning –

Sherry has the same view from our bedroom!

She has almost never seen the sunrise – but now she wakes up to this

and has almost trained herself to wake up to it!

Some days – we walk when we should of just stayed inside! LOL

Those days are mostly when the high winds are around.

One is because of the giant trees here!

They are high above our fourth floor condo!

And branches – even though small – come down!

We do not want to get hit by them!

The wind causing the sand to blow across the beach!
You can see that when it is windy – very few people venture forth! The sand is blown across all but wiping out the footprints!

Papa and MorMor – we tried as you can see –

but the wind was so strong –

and the sand was stinging our faces!

We decided not to for go a walk here

and instead walked the sidewalks where it was bearable!

We returned to the condo after getting in our three mile

beach less walk!

There are days such as this that we also do our errands!

Or go to a late lunch early dinner

when no one is around

keeping social distance!

Back at the condo – we await the late show

not on TV but outside

once again in the dark sky

the rising of not the sun

but the full moon!

Both sun rise and moon lit nights from our own private Lanai!

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FULL MOON FROM THE LANAI!
All our decorations are in storage – so Sherry put together our own CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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Papa’s World – after scrubbing down the Lanai – we treated ourselves – 3 hours on the beach!

Our little escape for three hours!

We did a job that Sherry has been wanting to do – wash the walls of the Lanai down by hand!

The Lanai is screened in and has a vinyl siding – which with storms – gets dirty.

So – with soap and water and some cloths – we cleaned it all down

Took us about two hours –

and then we treated ourselves to BEACH TIME!

A few people were out – being this was the middle of the week. It was in the low to mid 70’s!
Looking South on North Myrtle Beach – we decided to walk North – toward the pier two miles away!

This day – we did not spend all the time sitting – but walking for most of it!

We walked to the pier two miles away!

We try to walk three miles a day – and as much of that we can on the beach!

Sherry – while walking – will do her network marketing business with her phone!

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This has always been a dream of mine – walking in the sand and surf every day!

Always a view in the sky – dark clouds contrasting with white – and then blue skies – and sunshine!

We had never walked all the way to Cherry Grove – point pier –

And – along the way we collected shells for a church group back home!

Beyond the tall buildings – just visible – is the pier – so you can see just how far we walked!
Tidal pools forming behind me as I walked through the surf. The water felt warm – and some pools we had to walk around as they were above our knees!

This day – just to walk was relaxing – cleaning the Lanai –

A day in the sun – living life to the plus!

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Sherry – walking – no shoes – no worries!

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Papa’s World – Thanksgiving day – testing the water – walking the beach!

Thanksgiving day – we stayed home – cooked some small turkey breast – mashed potato’s – stuffing – and went for a walk on the beach!

In my 71 years – I have never spent Thanksgiving near the beach –

let alone – on that day – go for a walk – in short sleeves and shorts!

I was surprised at just how many people were on the beach – both ways we looked and this is what we saw!

While everything was baking in the oven – we had bought all the trimmings at Costco!

We decided to just walk down in the sunshine – it was mid 70’s –

And see if the water was warm – thinking there would not be a whole lot of people there!

WRONG – a lot of people were down there!

I guess a lot of people come here for this week at reduced rates!

So – we started our walk – and sure enough – I was drawn to the water –

I took my sandals off –

as I could see a lot of people in the surf and swimming beyond the surf!

To my surprise – it was not that cold –

And I do not like cold water!

I walked in and after the initial feeling of the water

I started walking the surf!

I never thought I would be doing this let alone on Thanksgiving Day!

Now that we have decided to build instead of buying

We will be within a four mile drive to several beaches.

So I am beginning to think of tradition!

Walking the beach On Thanksgiving Day!

And – who is to say – if it is nice the day after –

Walking the beach the day after Thanksgiving!

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And on our walk home – white ducks in the lake!

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Papa’s World – Eating out – Social Distancing – being careful.

Every morning with exception to heavy cloud cover – we wake up to this!

Welcome to Papa’s World – from North Myrtle Beach – in S.C.

Where we have temporary taken up residence!

The abnormal has now become the normal!

We sold our home of 14 years in NVA.

Stayed with our daughters for over two months

packed up and came South – searching for were and what we want to do next!

Sherry – at Hickory – just down the street – keeping social distancing – staying away from crowds and wearing our masks when out.

We have searched out and found places to visit – usually once a week we venture out to eat.

Always being aware and checking them out ahead of time.

Almost all have conformed to Covid19

Spacing out tables and we choose to be there early

before the normal dinner or after the normal lunch crowd.

And if we can not do this – then we order pick up and go!

We are in our dream place – beach – warmth – things to see and do – and GOLFING!

We found this by accident – and we knew we had to try it out!

Every day we walk and include the beach in that walk.

Yes – we are doing this!

But – we still believe in and practice Social Distancing!

The wide open beach is easy to do as you get nowhere near anyone.

Walking also is no problem as we stay far away from people and they also do the same.

And as you can see in the pictures here – our time to be there – lowers the risk.

Lowering the risk – only going in when it is like this!

Again – we limit this to maybe once a week.

There is a greater risk in shopping for food – although 99.9 % of the people

honor wearing masks – after all – it is not only yourself you are protecting

but those whom you come close to!

Common sense –

NO SHOES – NO SHIRT – NO MASK – NO SERVICE!

It is not a RIGHT QUESTION

But THE RIGHT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT!

Today we live in a not normal World anymore.

The virus is real – and easy to catch.

The numbers are what overwhelms the establishements health care.

In large population centers – the volume –

critical patients – will take up bed space

leaving those with other life threatening illness

no place to go – as the ICU’S fill up!

COMMON SENSE!

Practicing social distance – courtesy – common sense

We are extending our stay here until the end of June

at which time we are hoping our build will be done.

Yes – we decided to build –

one half hour away into N.C.

Where we will still have this – walking the beach – social distancing.

Where we dream to be.

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