Eastbank COE

Our Casita at Eastbank COE

Our Casita at Eastbank COE

Casita at sunset

Casita at sunset

We’re at beautiful Eastbank COE campground on the Georgia/Florida border.  There is not much to do except fishing and a couple of short trails.  But soaking in the beauty is a full-time job!  It’s a quiet, heavenly place to relax.  It’s also only $11 a day with our senior pass.  We’ve spent much of the day reading, doing crosswords and walking Sheba. And admiring the lake view from our door and all of the windows.

We are also having to make sure everything that touches the ground is sprayed with bug spray.  There are tiny ants everywhere.

Coots at sunset

Coots at sunset

Sheba has been more combative when other dogs are walked by our site than usual.  I’m guessing she’s getting tired of having to be tied up all the time. And little Sunny is exhibiting symptoms similar to an elderly person with Alzheimers.  It’s stressful for him and for us.

These sunset photos are all unretouched.  The colors were more magnificent than my camera could show.  And if I had retouched them to make them match the splendor my eyes saw, no one would believe it anyway!

Cypress tree surrounded by cypress knees

Cypress tree surrounded by cypress knees

The coots are so numerous here that it is startling.  At first we thought they were trash floating on the water.  Then we realized they were coots.  There are hundreds of them.

We plan to go to Bainbridge tomorrow to shop and look around.

And Wayne, we haven’t seen an alligator, but with all those coots out there, they probably do just fine without ever coming ashore!  🙂

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Nice Weather, at Last!

Beautiful weather finally arrived, and today was a day worth waiting for!

I’ll let the pictures tell the story today.  🙂

Coots amid water lily pods

I believe that these little lilies are atamasco lilies. There were several clusters of them along the very short trail.

Violet

Wood sorrel

Picnic shelter and Spanish moss

Looking toward our campground loop

I don't have my mushroom books with me, so have no idea what this polyphore is. It somewhat resembles the turkey tail fungus.

The lily pods again

Redbuds, I think

Not sure what these are

Trillium

And finally -- how to cram a camper dish drainer to max capacity! 😀

Afterglow

We’re home now, tired, but relaxed and basking in the afterglow of a beautiful week.

Little coots

We enjoyed foggy days shrouded in mist as well as days with sparkling sunshine on clear blue waters.  The little coots’ antics delighted us.  The honking of geese was thrilling.

Our long walks in the fresh air invigorated and refreshed us.  Campfires warmed and cheered us.

And the people we met enriched our lives.

 

Sunshine at Last!

Coots and a waterbird. Sorry, I don't know the ID of the waterbird.

Today was sunshiny and in the high 60’s!  Gorgeous camping weather!

When I took my coffee outside this morning, I was entertained by two Canada geese at the swimming beach directly in front of our campsite.  They were near the water’s edge, and spent much of the time bottoms up, beaks working the sandy bottom.  Then they would raise their head, swallow something, and go back to digging in the sand.

Shells litter the beach, exposed by the receding water level. They give a pretty good clue to what the geese were eating.

Little coots would swim by the geese within inches, with the geese taking no notice of them.  But after the geese left, a swarm of the little coots moved in to mine the disturbed sandy area.

Unfortunately my camera was inside the Casita at the time.

We spent the afternoon shopping in Augusta.  I was trying to find a replacement glass tabletop for the oval one we have in the Casita.   I love the glass table.  But I want a smaller top for it.  We didn’t find glass tabletops anywhere,  but we did find a glass company that could order one for us.  The only problem is that it wouldn’t be

Mussel shell

delivered until next week.  Since we’re leaving Sunday, that wouldn’t work.  So I’ll just order one online when we get home.

We met our reclusive neighbors in the next site today.  We had wondered why they were always gone.  Today we learned that their son was killed by a drunk driver here two years ago and they are down from up north for the trial.  They are camping because they have three little Pomeranians and it would be very difficult to find a motel that would allow them.

Our campsite neighbor with his three little Pomeranian dogs

The two little blond Pomeranians are shy, but the little black one came over and introduced himself to me.  A very friendly, very sweet little guy!

We were planning to have a campfire this evening, but I was tired when we got back from town and still have dinner to cook.  So we’ll save the campfire for tomorrow.

Sunny paying rapt attention to the honking of geese as they take flight

Just had to include this photo!

The Casita and blue skies!

Finding Beauty in the Rain

casita at Petersburg COE Campground near Augusta GA

The Casita perched on a hill in the fog

Even though it’s foggy and soggy again today, it is beautiful here.

I’ll let the pictures tell the story.  The photos are all clickable if you’d like to see more detail.

But I must admit I will be very happy to see sunshine again!  🙂

Coots

Coots coming ashore

These two coots were far away from the group. Maybe they're a scouting party?

Ghostly island

Holly berries

Mossy tree

Although the raindrops came out a little blurry, this was a beautiful sight.

More beautiful raindrops

Red berries

Sweetgum balls

Remnants of a ring and a bulbous base mean this is probably a deadly amanita.

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