My blog reading list is fairly long and if I neglect it for a few days, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the number of unread blog posts that stare back at me when I go to Google reader. In order to get the number down I take short cuts. Last Monday was such a day and luckily I did not apply drastic measures to reduce the number. I opened one of my favorite blogs and found that Erin and Mui were in Pensacola for a few days. This is a very short drive from our house. After making contact, we were able to meet them at one of the popular restaurants in town and enjoyed a great visit. When you meet fellow RV bloggers, you already know a bit about them and can skip all the normal meet and greet conversations. They are great people and it was very enjoyable to talk with them about their plans to soon become full timers. It brought back some of our excitement as we prepared to do the same nearly six years ago now. It was a fun time and look forward to meeting up with them again down the road.
The other surprise encounter came a few days earlier when our daughter and family were having dinner at our house. As the meal was concluding our SIL looked out the window and said we had deer in the backyard. Since we our property backs up to several hundred acres of wooded land, I knew we had deer, bear and other less desirable creatures like snakes nearby. But so far, we had not actually seen much large wildlife. This was Victoria's first sight of deer in the wild and she seemed to find it very interesting. I am sure we will see more of them as time goes by.