I spent the day weaving and hiking and photographing nature.
Day two was beautiful. There was a thunderstorm threat in the late afternoon but it decided to skip us campers.
After a lovely day of fishing and hiking we roasted hot dogs for supper. Yep steak one night, hot dogs the next. Dan added chili to his dog. The temperature was around 55 degrees so we slept all cozy again. Tomorrow is our last day then home for a couple weeks and off to Gulf Shores for Fourth of July.
Dan and I visited Death Valley National Park last January. We only had a few hours there and it definitely deserves more time to explore this eerie Martian like landscape.
Sunset at Saguaro National Park in Arizona
A few years ago Lynn and I stayed in a lovely little cabin in Dalonega, Georgia. It was on some property outside of town and had a beautiful creek with chairs and a fire pit. Growing all along the creek were several varieties of mushrooms, so armed with my camera and close up lens I decided to take a closer look at these fairy dwellings. Here are some before and after, enjoy.
A few years ago we went to New Orleans to surprise Lynn for our 65th birthday. Our birthdays are exactly one week apart and I’m the oldest! We actually flew in on my birthday and my sweet children had the most beautiful vase of flowers waiting in the room. I had a lot of fun playing with the colors and textures. When experimenting with Prisma it’s crazy how one click can change the look.
I took this photo somewhere in South Dakota. Notice how the little prairie dog doesn’t mind sharing his space with his bison buddy. We should all be able to coexist.
Still using Prisma I changed this photo of a lone bike on a street in New Orleans.
First trip for Calypso in the 2020 season. We are in Rock Island State Park near Sparta, Tennessee. This is a beautiful park nestled in the hills. There are a number of great hiking trails as well as fishing on the Caney Fork River. It’s still a little chilly in the hills but some of the wildflowers are starting to pop through.
Danny Boy was content to sit on the bank while we counted more than 20 fishing boats scattered around.
On the Blue Hole trail there are spring fed waterfalls. These run down a short distance and fall into the river.
A short hike from the road and you can enjoy Twin Falls. These falls provide power for the nearby hydro plant.
About and hour and a half from Nashville, Rock Island State Park is a real gem. Visit for the day or stay awhile in the cabins or the campground.
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.