Papa’s World – Papa – when are we going on a hike? PAPA? PAPA?

Our young grandson – five granddaughters and then Bode!

From the very moment they pulled in – he asked that question –

PAPA – CAN WE GO ON YOUR HIKE?

To him – a hike is like back home – rocks – hills forest – streams!

I tried to explain to him it is different here –

But PAPA – That is not a hike – we have to go to the mountains!

Bode – entering the forest for our hike – along the ICW and the marsh land – no gators – at least we saw none!
“FOLLOW ME GUYS”!

He is a leader – and always out in front!

This is him to a tee – always staying ahead of the game – his own mind.

We walked a good mile and one half through the woods –

although he was out in front of me or alongside of me –

he never sought to run off –

staying close to me!

There were many intersections going in different directions – which way do we go PAPA he would ask – I had a map so I could tell him – he always listened to what I would say!
The twins – Taylor and Cassidy stayed close to their MORMOR ( Sherry)

We spent the better part of a hour walking the marsh and the woods

I want to come back here in the Summer so we can see more wild life!

Cassidy MORMOR Taylor Tammy Bode

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The day we went on our hike –

Bode now understands a hike can be different

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At the end of the hike – snacks and a swing – life is good and feeling blessed!

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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 – a cool early morning walk on the beach!

There are times that we walk early – before 7 AM.

It is a quiet time to walk –

a time to just take it take in!

Life comes at you and never stops!

You and me are just along for the ride.

We can make the most of it

and when we get off

our legacy can continue to the next generations

hoping we made a lasting impression

in that all to be short ride!

How many have stood here before you?

How many have viewed the view?

Walking – thinking – talking together!

Early morning to clear out the mind –

A time to reflect – to plan.

A time to see what lies ahead

knowing that this will be here tomorrow

and the day after that many – many times!

Yes – walking early – hearing the sound of the surf –

the warm feeling of the Sun on your back or face.

A walk on the beach – a walk through time – a time to reflect

Walking – listening – solitude – but being together – sharing moments and thoughts -for it is here that ideas are formed – problems solved.

AN EARLY MORNING WALK ON THE BEACH!

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Papa’s World – One final beach walk with friends!

Dottie Sherry Jim

They were leaving mid morning for their trip back to Va. Beach

where they have lived for a number of years.

Our other friends – who live 50 miles away

had gone home the night before

as appointments awaited them in the morning.

We have been getting together for the past 25 years

when we all moved away

having been friends prior to that for at least 10 years.

The beach – as it always has – called us to walk one final time!

Jimmy

For years and years we took beach vacations together

raising our families

Jim and I played softball together back in the late 70’s!

Now the little ones are all grown up

and have little ones and big ones of their own

Grand children – the years have passed

but the love of the sand and surf remains!

Beach life – Boggie Boards – Wave riding with tubes – Sipping a favorite brew

all things we loved to do – but I no longer ride the waves –

I still sip a brew – and I still walk the surf!

One last walk on the beach – just as we have done countless times before.

Life has been good to all of us

we still get along and get together

friendships last and last!

Papa Jimmy Sherry Dottie

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Papa’s World – A windy day walking the beach.

The calm before the wind!

We had gone through one day of winds

then another storm way off the coast

brought another windy day!

We headed out on our walk – nervous from the trees!

But we pushed on – walking the streets until we came to the beach.

Entrance to the beach – South of main street

The wind was stronger on the beach –

sometimes blowing the sand up and into your eyes.

This reminds me of desert sands

the wind dries out the sand

which is like powder here in SC.

Leaving footprinrs such as these after walking on it!

Did we make a error in coming to the beach?

The Ocean was rough – waves bigger than normal!

White caps from the shore outward.

A lonely man metal detecting

We were almost all alone!

There were a few brave souls

but the wind whipped up the sand

causing it to swirl across to the waters edge.

Almost no one on the beach and this was almost lunch time

We walked a short distance –

bracing against the wind

Even the birds were not there!

We are soul mates in the wind.

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And then the calm at the end of the day – Full Moon – over the lake – our view from the Lanai

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Papa’s World – Low tide – exploring the beach!

On the way to the beach to at last see the low tide!

Every day we have been to the beach for the month of October.

But – this was the first time we were there at exactly low tide!

First view at low tide.

We were excited as this is a very wide beach even when the tide comes in.

Sherry’s first view

We can actually hear the surf from our Lanai!

The beach at low tide

Even then at low tide – you can wade way out

and still only be waist high!

Looking South toward Myrtle Beach

The sand is like powder

and so far has not burned out feet!

We walk the tidal pools

and the water has been warm to the touch

The air feels cooler than the water.

Papa carrying his sandals

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EXPLORING THE BEACH AT LOW TIDE!

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Papa’s World – sister – beach –

Sherry’s sister Debbie – came for a visit – 5 days four nights.

Debbie

We will be here a total of five months –

Ocean Keyes – North Myrtle Beach

and she would be our first visitor.

We spent three days either sitting – walking or both

on the beach!

Watching fishermen catching sand shark and two rays!
One of the two rays caught
This fisherman would wade through the surf – going way out and then casting his line!
The beach is very wide here even during high tide!

We would go to the beach around 3 PM. and stay a couple hours.

Walking in the surf and watching all the locals.

The water was around 74 degrees.

And the weather beautiful at 82 degrees!

Sometimes we would walk down –

if we had no chairs –

other times we would drive down and park

carrying everything in the trunk

There are

Jhonny on the spots

And showers to wash off the sand at almost every parking lot!

Sherry doing her network business from the beach!

In all – we really like this beach here – it is quiet – wide and clean.

Debbie had a great time – walking – sitting and just relaxing.

Papa and Sherry – ” Beaching it”!

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Papa’s World – beach house some memories of who was there.

We came together on a Sunday afternoon –

some family – some friends – some friends of friends!

Kathy and Kevin

We have known for years – they live not too far from our house we sold.

Dylan Ella Sarah Ryan the little ones with Megan and Abby
Zoey Kathy Cory Dottie Katie Adam Cody

I am hoping I get all the names correct

I am not good at names!

Nicky and Katie
Adam Dylan Ella Sarah and Megan
Kathy Nate walking Cody and Cory Kevin and Jim and Dottie

The house was large three complete floors

Nine bedrooms and seven 1/2 bathrooms.

Sherry Cody Jim Nicky
Adam and Dottie
Cody and Jim

Many years ago – Jim – Dottie – Sherry and I

with our families – would vacation together

at various beaches

and when they were young

I would help carry the little ones!

Katie – my little friend

Here is Katie – my little friend – as she said I was the only friend she had!

I would carry her through the sand dunes

only to get to the beach and discover one of her little shoes was missing!

All these years we kid each other on being the only friends

either one of us had!

My – how the years have gone by – she is still in my heart

“MY LITTLE FRIEND”!

Sherry my beautiful partner
Cody Cory ( lifetime friends) Zoey and Nate
Sherry Cody Jim Nicky

I hope I was able to get everyone and their names correct

Jim and Sherry we have been friends for 44 years
Papa and Jim

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