Beauty & the Deluge

We were headed to the visitors' center when the sky opened up.  Our wipers didn't have a chance against this downpour!

We were headed to the visitors’ center when the sky opened up. Our wipers didn’t have a chance against this downpour!

It rained last night, then drizzled on and off this morning.  For a while the sun peeked out and we thought that we were through with rain for the day.

Drizzly morning.  This is the first time we've used the awning this trip.

Drizzly morning. This is the first time we’ve used the awning this trip.

So we headed for the day use area.  It is so beautifully and thoughtfully designed.  It’s multi level with picnic areas tucked here and there, obviously designed with privacy for picnickers in mind, except for the large group pavilions.

We weren’t keeping track of time, so we decided to leave the day use area and head for the visitors’ center.  That’s when the sky opened up.

The day use area from the parking lot

The day use area from the parking lot

It was really scary driving those twisty, winding two-lane roads when we could barely see the road.  And there was nowhere to pull off and wait it out.

We finally got to the visitors’ center and found it closed.  It was 5:30, and the center closes at 4:30.  Then I worried the whole drive back to the campground about how our awning had fared in the downpour.  Since we hadn’t expected rain, we had left it up.  To my great relief, it was fine.

Entering the day use area

Entering the day use area

Bless Casita for using quality awnings!

We are heading home tomorrow.  The first thing I need to do is get estimates on a new roof, then, it will be time to tackle a whole list of home maintenance projects.

Sure would be nice to run away from home again!  🙂

Ron and Sheba

Ron and Sheba

Lower level looking toward the boat dock

Lower level looking toward the boat dock

Picnic sites

Picnic sites

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Down by the water

Down by the water

Path from day use area to boating area

Path from day use area to boating area






Perfect Campsite, Water Dog & Crockpot Pizza Recipe

Sheba is a real water dog!

We have a gorgeous campsite here on Ann’s rural property.  Spacious, private… and with a fish pond for Sheba to play in!

Sheba checking out the pond

I get so tickled reading about RVSue’s dog Spike and his water antics.  Looks like I have a water dog of my own now!

It started out with Sheba playing in the large dog water container that my brother in law has outside underneath the hose.  She splashed, jumped and did her best to  get inside the pan.  So I thought, I wonder how she would do in the pond?  So I walked her down there and as soon as she saw the water, she went barrelling toward it.  She hesitated only a couple of seconds before diving in and taking off swimming.

She’s in!

We are loving our awning.  It makes our little Casita even more fun to use!  We cooked breakfast and grilled hamburgers for dinner under it.  I don’t know why we drug our feet so long about getting it cleaned up and ready to use.

We took it in this evening as thunderstorms are predicted tonight.

Perfect campsite!

In the dog pen

Always Number One

None too soon as it sounds like the bottom just fell out of the sky!

A couple of people asked for the low carb Crockpot Pizza  recipe that my sister fixed for us yesterday.  So here it is.  Click on the picture to go to the recipe site.  And it gets top reviews from me!  🙂

This is not my photo. It’s from the low carb recipe site. Click on the picture go go to the recipe page.

Valances Finished & Awning Cleaned!

The valances are finally finished!

I finally got the Casita’s valances finished.  What a relief to have that project done!  The photo makes the side valance look longer than the rear valance, but they are actually the same length — 3-1/2″.

We had not used our awning before because it was really dirty and looked awful.  So today I scrubbed it with laundry detergent and bleach, and it came out looking great.  I was surprised that it cleaned up so well.  It will get a lot of use next week!

There are still a few spots, but the awning looks so much better than it did.

Finally, I’ll include a photo of the dinette mod that is now a twin bed for viewers who haven’t seen it before.

I still have some projects to putter on this afternoon.  Tomorrow is a busy day with vet and groomer, hair appointments and shopping, so I need to get everything I want done to the camper finished tonight.

Then I’ll pack the trailer Friday night and Saturday.  And we’ll head South on Sunday.

Here’s a picture of our dinette-turned-sofa/twin bed mod for those of you who haven’t seen it.





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