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Good neighbors make good vacations

Egret and fishermen

Southern fox
squirrelPerfect vacation tip #3: Make friends

Every time we drove off the island, fishermen lined the causeway...and one of them had feathers.  It was fun to see the causeway egret every time we passed by, and even more fun to get cooking advice time after time from the ex-car-salesman behind the fish counter in the supermarket.  (These pleasant inhabitants even made up for the excessively-surly waiter the one time we went out to dinner.)

WilletIf you don't make friends easily, it's possible the universe will even plop some friends down in your lap.  Despite the fact that none of us had discussed our vacation plans beforehand, it turned out that our next-door neighbors on the island consisted of some of our favorite folks from back home!

movie-star neighbor, my ex-boss from the non-profit, my first garden mentor, and a homesteader we'd been wanting to get to know better just happened to rent the neighboring house for the same days we did.  What are the chances of that?

I didn't manage to take any pictures of our human neighbors, but we had fun catching up, making an audition tape with our movie-star neighbor, and building a sand monster with our homesteading friend.  Having neighbors we knew turned this from a four-star to a five-star vacation!

You can read about my movie-star neighbor's root cellar in my $1.99 ebook.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Those are the most unusual markings on the squirrel! Glad you were able to get a photo of it.
Comment by Sheila Wed Oct 16 22:40:54 2013

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