Papa’s World – visiting VAREEN GARDENS with family – priceless!

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Our family from back home in NWPA drove almost fifteen hours to stay with us for a week!

Andrea – Troy – Papa – Shawn – Trisha and Autumn

We decided other than beach time we would take them exploring nature – and the best way for that for us was Vareen Gardens – just across the border in S.C.

You walk the boardwalk across the marsh and come to this area on the ICW – where you can gather shells – make a wish – sign them and hang them from a tree or bush.

There was what is called a KING TIDE and water came up the steps!
Andrea and my oldest son Troy. BEACH LIFE!

We explored the coast – ICW views and the trail then continues across the marsh and into the woods.

My youngest son Shawn

Shawn is a ranked pool player in both Canada and the USA – here taking a selfie!

Troy can build a house from the ground up!

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Nature in our backyard – Snakes and Turkey!

The open patio in the backyard with the protected tree line.

We have an enclosed lanai along with an open patio with a fire pit.

It does get really hot in the sun out in the open – but mornings are shaded and so are early evenings.

Papa sitting outback watching for snakes!
And I spotted the first of two that I have seen!

Needless to say – we are not happy with this – I spread snake-be-gone around and mow the grass short.

But – it is a protected area in the woods – and since I put down the snake-be-gone –

we have not seen anymore – but I warn the grandkids to watch what they are doing!

This one I later found out was not poisonous and as soon as I took the picture-

it turned around and very fast went back into the woods.

Then a few days after – two large turkeys and little ones crossed the yard as I sat out there!
I was sipping my coffee and all of a sudden they came from between the houses.

We have also seen them down by the pond!

At night – deer will set off our motion light in the backyard as I will look out and see them.

We are only four miles from the beach – but it is real country.

One of the reasons we picked this area.

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Papa’s World – our private backyard – nature abounds.

Faces in the trees look back at you as you sip a drink or coffee.
I have added these to the trees – there is no purpose other than my own enjoyment.

In these trees are countless birds and sounds that I can not identify.

I smile when I look at them – and to me, that is all that counts!

But we have so much more back there.

PAPA granddaughter ELLA SHERRY

We have SUNSETS that are to die for!

Reflection of SUNSETS in the trees to the EAST!

Soon we will add two more Palm trees back here!

ELLA and daughter DEBBY

All the family tends to end up on the back patio and lanai – with seating and a SOLO STOVE firepit.

Our SOLO STOVE firepit on the back patio.

We look for dead wood and pine combs to burn along with purchasing wood from the stores.

Once the fire gets going it is almost smokeless!

DEBBY and ELLA – hoping in June the whole family can visit!

We choose this lot because of the woods and how it would be situated for SUNRISES and SUNSETS!

It does not disappoint!

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SUNSETS and SOLO STOVES in the BACKYARD!

Papa’s World – Family time on Sunset Beach – N.C.

Bode leading the way to the South end of Sunset Beach!

Marcus and Tammy made a surprise visit with the little ones for a four-day stay!

Along the long walkway to the beach – this end of Sunset Beach has no houses and is the beginning of Bird Island.
People make wishes and hang shells on the tree along the 1/4 mile walkway over and through the sand dunes!
Sherry at the end of the walkway and if you turn to her left – nothing but sand – beach and ocean.

This is the start of the 1.4-mile walk to the Kindred Spirit mailbox –

No more homes – dunes with nature walks among them.

A place of solitude – walking in the surf – birds – sand – sea turtles.
Cassidy and Bode – two peas in a pod!
Marcus – Taylor – Bode and Cassidy.
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TAYLOR and BODE – SUNSET BEACH, N.C. NOVEMBER ’21.