Trapped in all this beauty

Rain last night, clouds today….makes for some rich color in this hardwood forest!

Out of superlatives

Oh my goodness, how much better can life get?

Check out the picture of us checking out our new digs.

Actually, we moved into Gun Creek Campground on April 10. We found our site to be just a little uncomfortable to climb in and out of the coach because of sloping ground, so we spotted another site nearby that we could move to. But it was a little boring, and we could hear Interstate traffic noise, so we drove 8 miles to another campground where we have reservations in July, to see if there was anything interesting there.

While we were thinking about what we found, we drove back toward Gun Creek. There was a third campground on the way, so we stopped in there. Oops, that was a mistake. Tooooo nice! We found a real nice spot that was available!

We went back to Gun Creek, cancelled the rest of our 14 day reservation, and drove back to the third campground, North Sandusky. Most of the sites are on spurs that end at water’s edge in a turn-around loop. The boys and I walked beyond that to the point of land for our spur. Totally lovely!

Now, we’re rethinking our July reservations!

This is kind of a classic campground, with sites set back into the shade of very large trees. The spur roads keep all the campground traffic from having to crawl past every campsite. The place is quiet.

We’ll have pictures in the coming days, because it’s a pretty scenic place. Been busy from the move and all. Computer problems, too….ordered a new one today….lifeline, you know.

Temperatures back to normal: 67 today, 37 last nite! Nights are supposed to warm about 10 degrees, but days will warm only a few. Excellent!

Happy Anniversaries!

It has been ONE YEAR since we loaded the Big Taxi and went on the road!

Some of you were there at the beginning….shaking your heads in wonder! Some of us didn’t have that much good sense…..

Nahhhh, for all the info we lacked, there was a truckload waiting to be read and experienced, and we learned more each day than we had learned in the preceding umpteen months!

What a year it’s been!

We celebrated by driving up through Land Between the Lakes, a National Recreation Area that starts in the south in Tennessee and runs north about 40 miles into Kentucky. We found a good herd of bison eating beside The Trace, the name given to winding & hilly Route 49 that runs up the middle of LBL.

And we celebrated the other anniversary on our way out of LBL this morning…..

There’s this fabulous, home-grown restaurant just a mile from our campground called Patti’s 1880’s Settlement. People clear on the other end of Tennessee have been raving about it to us for weeks and weeks, so we thought we’d try to catch a meal there.

Robyn and I have been married 18 years as of next Monday, and a good meal in a special place seemed the right way to celebrate.

Oh baby, was it ever!

We couldn’t eat their amazing pies we were so full….so we got a bunch of different slices to go so we could keep celebrating all week!

And the staff was sooooo kind! They had overhead music that was a bit loud in our small side dining room. When we asked if they could turn it down or off in our room, they said well, not exactly, we have to change it everywhere, but we’ll just turn it off. Everywhere!

And they used the other dining rooms for guests that arrived after us, so we had this dining room to ourselves! Which was probably good for everyone, because Ross wasn’t inclined to sit, and spent the meal standing. Ryan was tickled with some magnetic cubes we’d found in the gift shop, and sat through the meal being mostly quiet!

On our way out, staff in the gift shop inquired if we were going to spend some time around the grounds, and when we said yes, they said they’d be sure to keep the music off for awhile, would an hour be enough? Oh my goodness, the music was also piped outside, and they’d had it turned off while we ate!

The grounds of the place are a reason to go in the first place. Notice in the background of Ross & Ryan on the swing….the huge wind chime! The final picture is just part of the pathway between the parking lot and restaurant.

Ahhhhhhh, life is good!

Ahoy, matey, loosen the lanyards, tighten the jib!

We’ve been parked for several weeks in a campground that includes a marina. That rents pontoon boats.

We finally bit….ohhhh, what a mistake.

It was soooo much fun!

What a wonderful distraction! Actually, this is what we do….things that occupy and interest the twins, that help them explore their environment, and amuse all of us, if possible.

We really weren’t sure how this would work, however. There were any number of things that could really bother Ross and Ryan, and completely sidetrack the whole event. But the nice marina people really worked with us to alleviate the issues, the weather and water conditions were perfect, and Ross and Ryan were in very cooperative moods.

It was perfect!

Actually, what makes it a distraction is that we liked it so much we’ve actually considered buying one of these boats to haul around to all these Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds we visit, so we can go yachting….I mean boating….all the time!


Back on terra firma (literally and figuratively), we’ve been having a grand time with all the fabulous new vegetation. Check out the Trumpet Vine that grows wild. Around here it’s also known as Cow Itch Vine. If you look real carefully at the turtle photo, you’ll see 3 of them on that log!

We have really enjoyed this campground because of its lovely grounds, and will spend an extra 9 days here instead of spending the time at our next stop. Which is saying a lot, because the next stop is at the north end of Land Between the Lakes, in western Kentucky, near where it bumps against Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois. It, too, is lovely, but we’ll have to come back and do it justice some other time. Just two days this time; leave here Sunday.