Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blackhawk

We got to Blackhawk, South Dakota on May 10, 2004 for a two week visit. We stayed at the Three Flags RV Park right off I-90. The park is at the eastern edge of the Black Hills National Forest. Some of the things most etched in my memory took place in the RV Park itself. First we drove in after a heavy rain and everything was muddy and our motorhome skidded a little going to our RV site. Not much more rain during the two weeks we were there, but there were some foggy days when we could not see ten feet ahead.

My favorite memories are of the high wind blowing all day and all night. The wind blew so hard, we could feel the motorhome lift up and rock. It rocked us to sleep almost every night we were there. Out our front windshield we looked out at the mountains covered with green trees in the distance and right across I-90 was a field with horses grazing. In the time we were there I never saw a human taking care of the horses, but I guess they had water and grass for drinking and eating, so they appeared to be okay. What was amazing was the horses seemed to have their own exercise schedule. One horse in particular we watched gallop down the fence line and walk back to the corner where he started, then turn and gallop down the fence line again. Maybe he just felt like running. It was beautiful to watch.

The weather was gorgeous most days -- cool with bright sunshine. Like I stated earlier -- this was one of our most enjoyable ventures. We had a lot of rabbits living in the vicinity of our RV site and some were baby rabbits. Every time we opened our door they scurried out from under our motorhome. We tried to supplement their diet with fresh greens and carrots, but they would not eat anything we fed them.

Blackhawk was a good home base to visit many area attractions. It is about twenty miles southeast of Sturgis. We drove into Sturgis one day just to see the town. There were motorcycles on the highway every day going to and from Sturgis. We enjoyed the drive into town, but would not care to be there during one of the motorcycle rallies. It would be much too boisterous for us at this stage in our life.

Bear Country USA was another memorable day trip for us. The Bear Country address is in Rapid City, but it is actually out of the city. This is a drive through park that features bears of all sizes, elk, cougars, goats, wolves and porcupines. It was well worth the entry fee to drive through the park.

Another trip was a drive to Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok was killed. How could a western movie buff such as myself not go to Deadwood when in the vicinity. Deadwood had only two main streets filled with tourist shops and tiny casinos. We did not stop but just the drive through the mountains to get there made the trip worthwhile. A lot of houses are built on the mountainsides among the prevalent evergreen trees.

In the next few post, I will discuss some of the sites we visited in the area, including Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse.

Pastoral scene in south Dakota

Horses grazing

A small herd

More South Dakota scenery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mitchell, South Dakota

Well, we survived another Thanksgiving feast and I saw no one explode from overeating, but I tried as hard as anyone to get my share of the good food. We had ham, turkey, corn casserole, mashed potatoes, dressing, yams and lots of other items of good taste. Everyone in the family brought their favorite dishes and some extra favorite deserts. We had a great time visiting with family and friends on a beautiful fall day.

Kathi and I had a flat tire on the way to Thanksgiving dinner, so I spent this morning waiting my turn at Discount Tire. I ended up having to buy a new tire. A nail caused my tire to deflate, then I drove off without noticing the flat. I drove half a block and ruined the tire. I need to pay more attention to my first echelon maintenance responsibilities.

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In April 2004 we left Arkansas and made stops in Missouri and Nebraska on the way to Mitchell, South Dakota, a trip that took us about a month. We got to the Dakota Kampground in Mitchell on May 3, 2004. This RV park is family owned and we were the only ones in the park for most of the week. They gave us a good discount because we were there so early in the season.

The locals obviously do not have a lot of appreciation for the amenities in Mitchell. When we told a young man at a local business we planned on staying for a week, he asked, “In Mitchell? What are you going to do?”

We thought it was entertaining because everything we were seeing was new to us. We enjoyed just driving through the town breathing the fresh mountain air. We were fascinated by The Corn Palace. This building is dedicated to corn, corn products and the corn farmers. The signs in The Corn Palace are made of different colors of corn. Corn displays fill every showcase in the building. Wall decorations are made of corn. Even the facade on the outside of the building is made from corn.

The building is used as a convention center and has an auditorium where they have plays and concerts in the city. They also host a corn festival each September to celebrate the corn crop. If you ever get to Mitchell, South Dakota, do not miss The Corn Palace.

We also enjoyed the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Museum. The site is a continuing archaeological dig for Indian artifacts in the Thomsen Center Archeodome. Inside the building there is a grid of cord so they can identify the exact location where new artifacts are discovered. The Boehnen Memorial Museum contains about one and a half million artifacts. Personally I do not have the patience and stamina for archaeology, but if you are so inclined the diggers are active each summer.

Next Stop: Black Hawk 

Above my head you can see the corn facade on the building.

The old guy kept getting in the way of our pictures.

The Corn Palace Entrance

An example of the scenery in Mitchell

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lake Georgetown to Dickinson

Monday was intresting. We got up at four am to drive into Austin to take our oldest son, AJ to the doctor for eye surgery. We waited patiently for a few hours until they took him in for surgery and then waited a couple of more hours for the surgery to be completed. AJ’s friend JC stayed with us through the surgery and went home with AJ so he would not be alone in the afternoon after surgery. AJ went home with a patch on his eye, still groggy from the anesthesia. Kathi and I  got back home late afternoon. After we got home we found out a family member in Houston was ill and we felt compelled to return to the Houston area ASAP. We called AJ and told him the news and let him know that if his eye exam on Tuesday was good news, we would be leaving town after the office visit.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 was another interesting day. We got up early again to go to the eye doctor for a surgery follow up visit. Before we saw the doctor, a technician removed the eye patch and cleaned up the adhesive around the eye. The process gave AJ a headache similar to the headache he had the previous evening after surgery. After the eye was cleaned sufficiently the technician confirmed the vision had not changed in his left eye -- it was the same. Then she checked the right eye and asked AJ what he saw. He said he saw nothing. Then she held up two fingers in front of his face and asked him to look again. He got a shocked look on his face, raised his buttocks off the chair, leaned forward and said, “I see two fingers.” He has had no vision in the right eye in forty years and now he does. We are not sure where the vision will stabilize, but it is different and will require some adjustment.

We stopped by the drug store and bought an eye patch, then dropped AJ off at his apartment to rest for the rest of the day. Kathi and I went back to Lake Georgetown to check out early and headed to the Houston area. We took Texas Highway 29 east through Georgetown and turned south on Toll Road 130. We love this toll road. For the twenty five miles between Highway 29 and US 290 there is very little traffic, compared to the parallel route on I-35. We got behind a Greyhound Bus on 290 and followed it all the way to Hempstead. These busses used to be grey, but this one was two-tone blue. The bus followed the speed limit exactly and we kept up until the speed limit got to seventy, then we drifted behind, as I capped our speed at sixty five. This leg of the trip was uneventful and enjoyable -- we were glad to be on the road again after being in Georgetown for four months.

As we neared Houston, it got dark and the traffic got thicker as we progressed toward town. We were bumper to bumper on the narrow lanes from Cypress, through Jersey Village and onto the I-10 exit and it stayed bumper to bumper past the north edge of down town Houston all the way to Loop 610 South on the east side of town. We went over the ship channel bridge and turned back east on Texas Highway 225 through Pasadena and Deer Park. We turned south on Texas Highway 146 through La Porte, Seabrook, Kemah and Bacliff, then turned back west on Texas 96 for two miles. We turned south on South Shore Boulevard which changes to Caroline Street in Dickinson. This leads us directly to the Green Caye RV Park.

Kathi was an excellent and skilled guide and traffic director getting me to back into two different RV spaces in the dark. The first site had no electricity and a call to the office got us relocated to the site 185 that is now our home for a few months.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Memphis and Texarkana

After we left Raccoon Valley RV Park in Heiskell, Tennessee, we moved on to Memphis for three days. When we arrived in Memphis, we checked into the Elvis Presley RV Park on Elvis Presley Boulevard. We arrived on March 29, 2004 and rested that evening after our drive for the day.

The next day we made our visit to Graceland. We went to Graceland more for the nostalgia than for actual interest in seeing Elvis’ Home. See my blog post for June 25, 2014 for my “Visit to Graceland” adventure.

In my mind, Elvis is still the greatest showman I have ever seen and he had a really great voice that I still find enjoyable. Some of my favorite Elvis tunes are: “Something”, The Wonder of You”, “An American Trilogy” and “Until It’s Time For You To Go”.  Of course every time I hear “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, I see him and his bride floating on the raft at the end of Blue Hawaii.

Memphis was also the home of Sun Records, where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and several others started their recording careers. Sun Records is now a rock and roll museum.

Kathi and I stopped at a cafeteria down the road from the RV park for lunch. We were surprised when we got inside and we were the only white people in the place. There were a few stares, but they  made us feel welcome and my chicken fried steak was great, as usual.

After Memphis, we moved on to Texarkana, Arkansas and stayed in the Sterling Crest RV Park. Our site was so unlevel, we had our front wheels four inches off the ground.  We were in Texarkana to meet Bill Adams and his wife to have them install a Motosat internet satellite dish on our motorhome. We had tried several Verizon air cards previously with limited success. The satellite dish installation process was interesting. Bill and his wife put the new dish on top of their van and drove over next to our RV. They climbed on top of their van and the two of them lifted the dish and base plate to the top of our motorhome. Bill’s wife went on top and did the installation while Bill came inside to run all the wiring and install the computer software. In other words, he made his wife do the heavy lifting. They made a good team.

We used the satellite dish successfully all over the country until 2013 when I got a Samsung Note smart phone which was capable of being an internet hotspot. The phone has been very versatile and an excellent purchase. We have been happy with our AT & T service.

Memphis was fun and Texarkana was different. Next stop: Fort Smith/Alma, Arkansas.

 
View of the top of our motorhome showing the Motosat dish and Flex Power solar mats.

Sculpted trees and bushes in Tenessee

I have seen hedges and bushes scultpured, but this is my first time to see trees.

Another view

The pool at Graceland

Statues at Graceland

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Raccoon Valley

On March 15, 2004, we finally got to the Raccoon Valley RV Park in Heiskell, Tennessee. Heiskell is an unincorporated community, so small the post office only has one employee and they close for lunch. Raccoon Valley was a good starting point to see sites in the area. The dogwoods and cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the views were breathtaking. We also saw many golden trees and bushes in the area. It almost makes me wish I had studied botany, instead of mathematics.

South and west of Heiskell, hidden in the thick foliage is Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I have heard of Oak Ridge all my life because the laboratory there was part of the Manhattan Project to build the bomb. I was curious, but not enough to look for the lab.

One morning we drove southeast of Knoxville into Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We went to Pigeon Forge and I do not remember actually seeing a town. We did get to the entrance of Dollywood, but it was closed at the time we were there. It is amazing driving in the Smokey Mountains, because often you are in the smoke. Sometimes the fog is so thick you can see no mountains at all. Onward to Gatlinburg and we found it very commercial. Everything was in business for the tourist trade and the streets were filled with tourists moving from shop to shop.  Just so we were good guests we paid to go to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The aquarium was nice, but similar to aquariums we had seen for free in casinos in Las Vegas and restaurants in Texas The trip took most of the day and we enjoyed being out in the fresh mountain air.

Another attraction we attended in the area is The Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee, which is about thirty miles north of Heiskell. The museum is closer to Norris, Tennessee, so I did not understand the Clinton address, but who cares? We spent the afternoon walking the grounds and viewing museum exhibits. There was abundant wildlife on the property, including cattle, buffalo, horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens and turkeys. We saw breeds of chickens we had never seen before. They had fluffy white feathers. The museum hosts were attired in clothing from old Appalachia and were very friendly and welcoming hosts. Fortunately we had two cameras at the time. I lost all the pictures from my camera trying to download them to my computer. Kathi’s pictures are posted below.

We spent our last night in the area at the Knoxville Freightliner for an appointment the next morning. This is probably the most accommodating Freightliner location for RV owners. Usually the RV families wait with the truck drivers for service completion. At this location, they have a separate waiting room for RV families. Really plush furnishing and friendly personnel make this one of our best maintenance stops.   

Next stop: Memphis.

A pasture at the Museum of Appalachia.

Hello, you turkey.

I am not convinced Mark Twain actually lived here.

Street view in Gatlinburg

Red barn at the Museum of Appalachia

A pastoral scene driving through Tennessee

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Trip to Heiskell, Tennessee

It is another beautiful day on Lake Georgetown -- about seventy degrees and sunshine. We slept late and I spent the morning reading Worth Dying For, another Jack Reacher book, number fourteen in the series. Then, Kathi and I had lunch at Whataburger. Back home now enjoying the RV lifestyle.

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After we left Florida and the east coast in March 2004, we headed west with stops in Georgia and South Carolina on our way to the Knoxville Freightliner for routine service on our RV. The best RV park we found in the area was an Escapees park in Heiskell, Tennessee, about twenty miles northwest of Knoxville and five miles east of I-75 on SR 170. The Escapees book clearly told us to avoid coming from Oak Ridge to Heiskell from the south on SR 170. Somehow I got lost or turned around and guess where we ended up -- yep, on SR 170 south of Heiskell. This is a two lane road with lots of switchbacks, “S” curves and mucho traffic, so there was no place to turn around.

As usual, the way I get into these predicaments is by not listening to my navigator. I am sure that is the case this time also. We were traveling north on SR 170 and came into a double “S” curve with a dip under a railroad overpass. The clearance was not marked and I am sure Kathi said, “This is it.” and I pulled off the road into the brush and gravel. We were standing outside the motorhome evaluating the overpass. I thought I could make it so I started to go back inside and proceed on our merry way. Kathi asked, “What if you get under and get stuck?” I kind of stopped mid stride, changed directions and went back to unhitch our car so we could reverse course.

My part was easy -- all I had to do was a K-turn with a forty foot motorhome. Kathi had to be brave enough to stop traffic from both directions, and then direct our turnaround in front of a huge audience of angry onlookers, all the while keeping me out of the ditches. Did I mention she was brave?

We were only about ten miles from the RV park, but after turning around, hooking our car back up for towing and regrouping on a route we drove about forty miles to get to the Raccoon Valley RV Park in Heiskell. It was good being at a stopping point for a few weeks and great to be in the mountains again.

The Cumberland Gap

We saw a bunch of trees and bushes this golden color in March 2004 near Knoxville.

Picture of the Smokey Mountains in the distance.

Veteran's Overlook in Clinch Mountain, Tennessee.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Lake Okeechobee

Another beautiful winter day on Lake Georgetown -- the temp is about fifty and the sun is bright. At this temperature, not many tent campers or boaters on the lake today. Kathi took me to Longhorn for lunch. I had chicken fried steak with fries and she had soup and salad. I dropped Kathi at our niece Shanna’s house so they could spend the afternoon together. Since I was in charge of myself, I went to Shipley’s Donut shop and found they closed at 1:00 pm. I’ll have to postpone my donut binge.

Now I will continue with my stories about the 2004 RV trip I started discussing last week. While we were in Florida, I wanted to visit Epcot Center at Disneyland. We drove to Disneyland, but decide not to go because of all the crowds of old people in town. I guess I did not want to look like one of them. Now that I reflect back, I am sorry I missed the opportunity.

When we left our friend at Holmes Beach and the RV park in Bradenton, we moved to Okeechobee, Florida on Lake Okeechobee -- the second largest fresh water lake in the country. We stayed at the Big “O” RV resort, which I remember nothing about. We spent a week in the area and as big as this lake is, we never saw it. From the roadways we traveled you had to go over a thirty foot embankment to get to the lake and we never took the time to look.

While we were there we learned that there is an Okeechobee Waterway that has a series of five locks that allow boats to move from one coast of Florida to the other without having to go around the southern tip of the peninsula and the Florida keys. We were excited to learn this new information, so we visited the St. Lucie Lock. It was a nice afternoon watching the boats being elevated or lowered in the lock as they traversed the state. I had no idea this option existed.

The lock manager/operator kept fishing lines in the water about fifty feet below his station house. When he was not busy with boats he moved from one line to another pulling up fifty feet of line and taking pan sized fish for his evening meal. He told us he caught enough fish each day that they never had to worry about a meal -- he probably caught five or six in the hour or so we were there.

One afternoon we drove into Miami. It was fun and we saw some nice building architecture with an ocean views in the background, but nothing really attracted our attention.

I really wanted to take US highway 1 and drive down through the keys. I have been fascinated with the keys since I saw Key Largo fifty or so years ago. I have seen many movies and TV shows showing the beautiful views along the Keys Highway. I may never get to take this trip and I probably should have when I was there, but it is only a small regret. Compared to other things we have got to see over the years -- I am extremely happy with what we have seen and done.

All these pictures are at Lake Georgetown in Texas.

View across the lake with cool breeze at my back.

A view of the Cedar Breaks RV parking area across the lake.

There are my nearest neighbors today -- about 200 yards away.

Lots of empty spaces on a cool Monday.

A view uphill looking behind our RV. Deer stand near the fence on the right side in the late evening to graze and block the breeze.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Our Florida Trip

This post is about our adventures in Florida in January and February 2004. Our purpose for going to Florida was to see our friends, Tanya and Kelly who migrated from Texas to Florida a few years earlier. We were RV trekking and wanted to make the most of the trip, since we did not expect to return to Florida in the near future.

We spent two days in Tallahassee in northern Florida then moved to the Wild Frontier RV Park in Ocala, Florida. We were enjoying the beautiful weather, cool breezes, warm sunshine and many, many citrus trees. We still talk about the truckloads of oranges we saw on the roads while in Florida.

Our next stop was the Arbor Terrace RV Park in Bradenton, Florida. This was only a few miles from the island of Holmes Beach where our friends resided. Holmes Beach is on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. Being on an island, we got to see a lot of water and a lot of water activities. While Tanya was at work, we met Kelly at his home and he took us for a tour of the waterway around Holmes Beach, starting from the boat dock in their back yard. Kelly showed us the seabird habitats in the area and we boated into town to meet Tanya at the shop where she worked. It was a fascinating day for Kathi and I as we have lived around the water, but never lived the water life.

Tanya and Kelly have two sons, Shannon and Brandon. At the time we were there Brandon was running a charter fishing boat. We spent an afternoon at the dock when Brandon brought his boat in for the day and cut and distributed the fish for the fishermen he had guided for during the day trip. It was fun watching the myriad of pelicans gobble up the leftovers from the fish catch of the day. Their big mouths let them take huge bites and you can see the meal moving down their throats -- a fun sight.

Brandon's boat dock

One of many water related mail boxes in Florida

Hanging the catch of the day.

Waterway around Holmes Beach

Waiting for the fish to be cut up and distributed.

 We spent the evening at the Kelly house for a great dinner and got to meet Tina and Carmen, the wives of Shannon and Brandon. Dinner was fun and it was nice catching up on old times and new adventures with the entire Kelly Family. The next day Tanya and Kelly came to visit us in our motorhome -- they liked it. I guess they liked the idea a lot, because a few years later they bought a motorhome of their own. They treated us to dinner in the evening at a seafood restaurant on Holmes Beach. They were super good hosts and remain good friends via email.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Trip to Florida

2004 was our first full year in our Alfa RV and a big travel year for us -- we did not know any better, so we moved a lot. There are a lot of adventures during 2004 that will take several posts to relate. For brevity I am going to list the state abbreviations in order of our 2004 travels: TX, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, FL, GA, SC, TN, AR, MO, NE, SD, MT, ID, NV, CA, OR, NV, UT, NM, TX. Just writing them down made me tired, so it was obviously a busy year for us.

We left the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, Texas in January and headed east on I-10. Our first stop was at the Paragon Casino in Marksville, Louisiana. We spent three days at the casino RV Park which cost $7.77 each day. The weather was cool and we had bright sunshine. We did not do too well in the casino, but had a good time trying.

We left Louisiana and spent two nights in Biloxi, Mississippi where we tried our luck at the Beau Rivage casino, the Golden Nugget casino and the Palace casino with no luck in any of them. We moved on to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and Casino Magic, which at the time was one of my preferred casinos. Again no winnings, but Kathi and I had a ball just being together on the road.

We spent a week at the Brown RV Park in Mobile, Alabama to recuperate and I was lost the whole time. I never could figure out the configuration of the streets in Mobile and the week was frustrating for me. I am sure there are fun things to do there, but we never found them.

We finally got to Florida and stayed in the Tallahassee East KOA. The weather was beautiful and we really enjoyed seeing the truckloads of oranges moving down the highways. It was really crowded -- I think all the seniors from Michigan were in Florida for the winter months.

We wedged our way in and agreed not to complain about the crowds, because we had come to Florida to visit our good friends Bob and Tanya Kelly. With smiles on our faces and goodwill in our heart we began our Florida exploration.   

Alfa and Arlon at Green Caye in Dickinson, TX
Pink Flamingos at Cape Canaveral Wildlife Preserve


Old car at Green Caye
Arlon, Kathi, Kelly & Tanya

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cabellas

Kathi and I are still on Lake Georgetown. It is cool and overcast today. AJ has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so we will be driving into Austin to take him. We plan to stay on the lake until the end of November, before moving to Bacliff. We have had some beautiful days this week for taking pictures, but today looks glum, so I am going to write about Cabellas, which I am sure most of you are familiar with and may have visited.

Cabellas is a chain of stores that sells outdoor equipment for hunting, fishing, boating, camping and almost any other outdoor sport. They have about fifty stores across the United State and Canada. We have been to Cabellas stores in several states.

The merchandise is nice, but we like to go to Cabellas just to look at the huge aquariums and wildlife displays. These stores are huge and elaborate. Sometimes the stores may have huge pools where they float boats they have for sale. They have ATVs, golf carts and other camping vehicles on display.

Polar Bear

Wolves

Small Moose

Musk Oxen

Brown Bear

Javelina

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cedar Breaks to Jim Hogg

Saturday was a lot of fun for us as retired RV travelers, but I am going to save the fun parts to the end. First I am going to talk about the reason we moved from Cedar Breaks Park to Jim Hogg Park across Lake Georgetown. Both parks are nice and from many of the sites you get great views of the lake out the front window. The views we see are why many people love the RV lifestyle. We prefer to stay at Cedar Breaks because we make many visits to our son, AJ in Austin and staying at Jim Hogg adds about ten miles to each trip to Austin.

Last year The Corps of Engineers parks in this area started scheduling RV sites on recreation.gov. This is fine with us and it makes scheduling in advance a lot easier. The downside is recreation.gov will only allow you to schedule on line for fourteen days in a thirty day period. Kathi and I both have senior passport cards so we can each schedule two weeks and stay on the lake for a month. You can also ask for an extension for two weeks which is normally allowed.

On November 1st we were told the schedule changed and many of the RV sites in Cedar Breaks were shut down for the winter. Right at the end of our stay in Cedar Breaks, something came up and we needed to stay here a few weeks longer. I got on recreation.gov to schedule a new home and all I found available was at Jim Hogg. When Kathi told the camp hosts we were moving, she found out we could have stayed at Cedar Breaks by asking at the gate. What they meant to tell us was that many of the sites are not available on recreation.gov for the winter season. The sites we thought were not available actually are available for long term visitors, but you have to ask for these sites in person instead of scheduling on line. We decided to keep the schedule I created, so yesterday we moved from Cedar Breaks Park to Jim Hogg Park. I like to shorten the name and tell people I am staying at the hog park.

View through my right front windshield.

View from my left front windshield.

For the fun parts -- don’t get real excited as this might not sound like fun to everyone, but I enjoyed the day immensely. We slept late since check out time at the parks on Lake Georgetown is 2:00 pm and check in time is 3:00 pm. Then on a travel day we only had to drive ten miles -- this is my kind of travel -- you don’t get far, but you aren’t tired when you get there. My navigator guided me in without having to backtrack once. It was a beautiful sunshiny day and the temperature was in the low sixties. Not only was it a great day for travel, but a really great day just to be alive. As we drove into Jim Hogg there were tents everywhere. The RV site right across the street from where we parked had five tents. There were young girls, age approximately five to thirteen everywhere, riding their bikes, throwing rocks in the lake and walking their dogs. I really enjoy seeing kids having fun.

View to my neighbor.

View across the front of my Alfa. Man under canopy on the right is computing.

My view of the lake

Panning a little to the left.

Several boats, but no skiers today.
I’ll take all the days I can get like that. Today is almost as good, but the tents and kids were gone when we woke up. It got down to mid fifties overnight and probably a brisk wake up call for tent campers.