Last night was the perfect weather for a campfire! When we went to Bledsoe State Park a couple of weeks ago there was a burn ban in effect due to the lack of rain in September so we were ready for a big fire! I picked up a packet of color flames at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and I was eager to see if it worked. I was not disappointed as you can see from the photos above. The colors lasted more than 30 minutes, and we sat mesmerized by the show. These photos were taken on my iPhone XS. I enjoyed seeing what spectral images Mother Nature chose to reveal. What do you see?
If you have trouble quieting your mind try gazing into a fire. The dancing flames will take you far far away and suddenly all those nagging thoughts will magically disappear! You won’t even know you are meditating!
A new camper joins our family! Layula has moved to a new home with our kids. Our new trailer is named Calypso! That was the name of Jacques Cousteau’s boat. He was a great sea explorer as you know. I don’t do boats so Calypso is my land explorer. We are on her maiden voyage at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. It’s beautiful today, and so quiet! The day after Labor Day and we practically have the park to ourselves. I look forward to our adventures together. I’m ready to head west and see the Grand Canyon, but Dan says “baby steps.” So Tennessee State Parks it is.
First morning light I interrupted a spider as she was weaving her web.
And speaking of weaving I just finished this weaving that I started a few weeks ago while camping. Seems I don’t get distracted by every day life when I’m in the woods.
Layula rides again! Dan and I took the long drive to Seven Points Campground on Percy Priest Lake. It’s about 15 miles from our house😁. Point is, I’m sitting in the woods on the lake listening to the cicadas. It’s a hypnotic sound. I am not in my house I am outside touching Mother Earth. GROUNDING!
We will be here for three days and I look forward to having a cocktail or two and seeing what the weaving masters will help me create.
We were greeted at our campsite in the afternoon by this very friendly squirrel. He was not shy at all. I gave him some grapes which he devoured. I offered him a strawberry and he turned his nose up and just sat looking at me. I offered him a grape tomato and still nothing. I found he had a taste for Asiago flatbread chips! These he loved. I watched as he turned the chip around munching on the edge. He seemed to be smiling with delight. He’s by far the fattest and most friendly we have. Heather said he reminded her of the smiling Buddha so that’s his name. He’s come to visit every afternoon usually around three. He’s never come in the morning. I don’t know if he’s sleeping late or just making his rounds.
Oh I forgot to mention that he’s very neat! After each grape or chip he cleaned his mouth. Maybe he was just cleansing his pallet between flavors!
Blue fairies dance on lighted wings
Searching the forest for magical things.
If you look you surely see
Blue fairies dancing beneath the tree!
First camping trip of 2019 for Layula! We named her after my fifth great grandmother who was a Native American from the Lumbee Nation. We are on the creek at Montgomery Bell State Park. Our goal is to stay in all the Tennessee parks. I call this glamping!
Death Valley is about a two hour drive west from Las Vegas. We got a late start and we were meeting Dan’s cousin who lives in Pahrump, so we had a very short amount of time. The park covers 5262 square miles! You would need several days there to really appreciate its beauty. The power of Mother Earth is beyond imagination. These are just a few photos made on my phone!
The lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet.
That white stuff is salt, not snow!
We met Dan’s cousin Dickie Hooper who lives in Pahrump. He insisted we eat lunch at the famous Sheri’s Ranch Brothel. He knows the bartender and apparently everyone else there! That was not on my bucket list but I can say it was a unique experience. They greeted us at the door of the bar and asked if any of us had an appointment! We said no we just want lunch!
Didn’t have time to see Red Rock Canyon so back to MGM. Later we had appetizers at Greek Sneek complete with Greek wine and Mythos beer. Ah, memories of Greece!