Almost Back in Civilization

Enjoying the water at Flint Creek

The lack of internet at Flint Creek turned out to be a great thing.  We didn’t have to hear bad news, and it felt like we were given the gift of a week out of time… almost like another dimension.

Our Casita and Gail’s van at Flint Creek

We had made our reservations two months ago.  But right before we left I checked the weather and it was grim.  Days in the mid nineties with heat indexes ranging from 101 to 109 with thunderstorms every day.

But we prayed for good weather and headed out to meet Gail and Mike anyway.  And the weather amazed us.

We had two picnic tables at Flint Creek

Our site was in dappled or deep shade all day.  Almost always there was enough breeze to keep us from stifling.  The thunderstorms never materialized.  We’d hear distant thunder and see the storm clouds approaching, but they would go around us.  The only rain we had was the first day we arrived, and it was light and didn’t last long.  The only exception was a freak wind that threatened to destroy our awning one evening.  We managed to get the awning in and get Gail’s canopy bungied to a fence, and in a few minutes it had passed.

At Jennings Ferry COE

And the water!  It was the first time we had frolicked in a sand bottom lake in many years.  We felt like kids again.

Most importantly, Gail and I had time to spend together.  It was precious to both of us.

The people from the surrounding areas were another gift out of time.  I hadn’t seen that level of courtesy and good manners in decades.  The kids were remarkably well behaved.  All week the only sounds from them were the delightful sounds of happy children playing.  No

We’re still absolutely crazy about our little Casita!

screaming.  No rudeness.  No tantrums. Please.  Thank you.  Smiles.   Ron was out walking one day and said hello to a young teenage boy.  The boy actually tipped his cap to Ron… a sign of respect for elders that I didn’t think existed anywhere anymore.   And in town, friendly waves and smiles instead of rude gestures when, due to being unfamiliar with the area, we made a couple of traffic mistakes.

We fell in love with southern Mississippi.  Seriously in love!  🙂

Oh, there was the one requisite group of belligerent drunks that showed up at the swimming beach Friday.  We felt threatened and left.  But within a few minutes a ranger showed up and escorted them out of the park.

Guess Who 🙂

We left this morning with memories that will warm us for a long time.

We drove for about 4 hours and were getting tired.  When we saw a sign for the Jennings Ferry COE campground near Eutaw, AL, we decided to stop for a couple of days.  The park is super clean with spacious, private, level sites and great views on the waterfront side.  We were surprised to see (and hear) a tug pushing a huge barge past our sites earlier this evening.  It will be fun to watch them from the shore tomorrow.

And our senior rate for this campground…. a whopping $18 for two days!

 

 

Camping Next Week!

I just made our reservations for the R. Shaefer Heard COE campground at West Point Lake. It looks like our site will have a panoramic view of the huge lake. We will be leaving July 7 for 8 days.

I can’t wait!

We got new all terrain tires on the truck today.  Lack of traction had been a real problem at some of the places we have taken the camper.  So these should have plenty of grip without being too bumpy or noisy on the road.

soot on the inside of our screen room

The result of using a citronella torch inside the screen room

We do have to clean our screen room.  We used a citronella torch inside to help discourage bugs on our last few camping trips.  It worked, but now we have a cleaning job to do.  I plan to spray it with Greased Lightning and hose it down, and hope it takes the worst of the soot off.

I unsuccessfully looked for mushrooms again today.  The rain we got was apparently not sufficient to make them pop up.

Maybe we will hit another mushroom bonanza on our camping trip like we did on the last one.

I’ll close with pictures of flowers I took in the yard today.

peach colored gladiola

Gorgeous colors!

pink gladiola

These gladiolas are volunteers from last years bulbs that were not lifted over the winter.

unsprayed roses

These roses have never been sprayed, yet are almost bug free. Amazingly, the Japanese beetles have found the blackberries, but haven't touched the roses.

Made our reservations!

Got our reservations for the West Point Lake campground made today.

Our campsite to be

Our campsite to be

I went ahead and made reservations even though there are several first-come-first-served sites available.  I wanted to be sure we got a nice waterfront spot.

We plan to be there May 5 – 12.  I can already taste the fish!

This picture is from the Recreation.gov reservation website.

The best part is the regular price was $154 for 7 nights.  We got it for $77 with Ron’s senior pass.

Sure makes getting older a lot more fun!  Actually, it makes frequent camping possible for us.  I am so grateful for it!

Rainy Night in Georgia

We had planned to spend a few days fishing at Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park after we left Florida.  We arrived at the campground on Thursday, April 8th.

Rainy night in Georgia

Rainy view from our window

We only make reservations when it’s absolutely essential, preferring to stay flexible about where and when we go.

This was one time it didn’t pay off.  We didn’t realize this was spring break weekend, and every campsite was booked solid Friday through Sunday.

Also, while we were here, our water heater went on the blink.  It would light and stay lit a short while, then would go out, but the propane wouldn’t shut off.  So after relighting it and smelling propane very strongly and having the propane detector go out twice, we finally realized we were’t going to have hot water the rest of this trip.

It’s not a big deal for Ron, as he likes using campground showers.  They are much bigger and the water pressure is better.  But I like showering in the trailer, because it’s cozy, I know it’s clean, and everything I need is in easy reach.  In fact, having a bathroom and shower is the main reason I wanted this model Aliner.

So I took a cat bath with Wet Wipes.

Rained in, we spent the evening reading, surfing, and doing crosswords.

We left fairly early the next morning for home.

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