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Old 03-25-2009, 10:12 AM   #21
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Yesterday at sundown, DW and I were sitting out beside the motor home in a state park, enjoying the sunset. The weather was beautiful, the strong winds from earlier in the day had disappeared and given way to total silence. We began to hear a whooshing sound coming from behind the motor home, growing steadily louder. We looked up to see a large flock of geese flying directly above in V formation, less than 50 feet overhead. I've heard them honking as they fly far above, but never been close enough to hear the sound of their wings slicing through the air. A really remarkable experience...
If I had been there, that remarkable experience would have been interrupted with me cleaning bird poop off my head.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:48 PM   #22
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How wonderful it will be to wake up every morning to that beautiful view of the water! Lucky you.

I have a view of the mountains but I really don't appreciate it very much unless it is snowing, or just afterwards when the sun comes out in the blue sky over the snowy peaks. This is the only time I love snow.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:24 PM   #23
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If I had been there, that remarkable experience would have been interrupted with me cleaning bird poop off my head.
Small price to pay for such a unique experience!

Once stopped along a road and watched hundreds of geese gaining altitude after leaving their overnight stop at a huge wetland. From my vantage point, I could watch the birds "levitate" (sort of like seeing a telephoto view of aircraft coming at you.) I watched as the birds jockeyed for their "assigned" positions in the many V's being formed as I watched. Seemed almost a spiritual experience.
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Sounds lovely. Nothing quite as nice as nature!
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Nice post Ha. Life's simple pleasures are the best.
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There is something about looking at a beautiful, natural view that is good for the soul. Somehow brings things into perspective. Enjoy!
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Just a reminder of how some free, simple pleasures can really enrich life beyond the relentless pursuit of "stuff." Very cool.
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... now I have a beautiful view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains! Ha
I am about to give up my pipe dream of a house on the east shore of Bainbridge Island. The view of the Seattle skyline is of course free, but the lot would break the bank. Can't have the "free" pleasure without the expensive "stuff".

I should be content with the view of the National Forest from my 2nd home in the boonies, but there is absolutely no water in sight. If I have the choice, I would take the water over the mountain.
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I am very lucky to have this little lake only 3 miles away...I keep my boat here on a slip. I spend a lot of time here in the nice weather. The second pic is our own "baby Niagara Falls" spillover across the dam in the spring.
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I've lived on the water for almost eight years. I'm now ready to move inland . I've enjoyed living on the water but the insurance costs and the worry during hurricane season have made me ready to move . Plus I'd like to downsize . Here is a picture of the view from my deck .
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Wow, that's sweet Moemg!
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I've lived on the water for almost eight years. I'm now ready to move inland . I've enjoyed living on the water but the insurance costs and the worry during hurricane season have made me ready to move . Plus I'd like to downsize . Here is a picture of the view from my deck .
I'm blown away. No pun intended.

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I've lived on the water for almost eight years. I'm now ready to move inland . I've enjoyed living on the water but the insurance costs and the worry during hurricane season have made me ready to move . Plus I'd like to downsize . Here is a picture of the view from my deck .
Hard place to leave. It looks almost like you would have to travel to Tahiti or something to get a spot like that.

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WOW. That sounds NNNice!

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I've lived on the water for almost eight years. I'm now ready to move inland . I've enjoyed living on the water but the insurance costs and the worry during hurricane season have made me ready to move . Plus I'd like to downsize . Here is a picture of the view from my deck .
Wanna swap houses? It only snows a little bit here.

What a gorgeous view you have.
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I've lived on the water for almost eight years. I'm now ready to move inland . I've enjoyed living on the water but the insurance costs and the worry during hurricane season have made me ready to move . Plus I'd like to downsize . Here is a picture of the view from my deck .
Beautiful! It would be very hard for me to leave such a gorgeous place by the sea. But I would wonder if insurance costs will go up in the future, and I can understand the worry during hurricane season.
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Thanks everybody , My view is great but it comes with a price that I'm not sure I want to pay anymore . Luckily I bought this house before the market went nuts so even with the real estate melt down I' m still ahead . I bought the house in 2001 from a christian singer who thought she was the next Reba . It came with a black room ( the recording studio ) , a leopard print bathroom that took days to strip the wall paper , the worst vinyl flooring& counters in the world , tie dyed curtains but an incredible view , two lots on Sarasota Bay and a great price .I'd like to eventually sell it and move inland . I'll miss the view but not the insurance premiums .
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I cant believe you took down the leopard print wall paper.
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I cant believe you took down the leopard print wall paper.
It was leopard print on the bottom and the top was foil wall paper that the owner had made from aluminum foil cut up and glued like a collage . That paper took me forever to strip .I usually can not look beyond tacky decoration but this time I did .
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Welll - with 26 yrs in the old PacNW and 25 yrs over Lake Ponchartrain with the Sun setting at the end of our pier - I'll take Kansas City, Missouri side, on a hill, high above the wide Missouri, in the wonderful suburbs with slushy old snow on the ground.

I have a Passport, or SUV, and am underspending the travel budget so far(New Orleans, south of Chattanooga) this year - should the itch strike.

Spring is near - had some bird poop on the windshield before the snow hit and a few tubby Robins in the yard the last few days.



heh heh heh -

I seem to appreciate the views I travel to see - rather than the ones at hand/thus taken for granted.
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I've lived on the water for almost eight years. I'm now ready to move inland . I've enjoyed living on the water but the insurance costs and the worry during hurricane season have made me ready to move . Plus I'd like to downsize .
Well, you can always build a cabin on your own private pond. Wildlife plentiful there in FL.

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