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.
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!
See the day through the eyes of a child. Always find the magic in each moment! Life is full of wonders! Today, let your inner child be free!
One lone tomato
Hanging on the vine
One lonely tomato
Waiting for her time
Early in November
One sweet tomato
This one is mine.
copyright Toni Dranes Hooper 2018
And flies fly,
Why can’t I?
Alcohol ink and mixed media on yupo paper
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Monday we drove to Patriots Point to the Maritime Museum. It was incredible. You cannot imagine the size of an aircraft carrier loaded with helicopters, jets and radar airplanes. The USS Yorktown aircraft carrier was pretty spectacular. It’s the size of a small city. Also on site was the submarine USS Clamagore built in 1945 and a destroyer USS Laffey launched in 1943. I have never been on ships before. The submarine is not for the claustrophobic. We went onto the sub and down the first set of steps, not too bad. When we got inside I had to go right back out. Dan went through the small sub and said it was very tight. Glad I came back out. I have a lot of photos but I’ll only post a few here. My dad joined the navy near the end of WWII. He was only 16. I can say that even though he was only on a cargo ship for a few months that I am very proud that he volunteered to serve his country. Pretty good for the son of Greek immigrants.
The USS Clamagor
Move over Maverick, Toni is your wingman. I’m in the cockpit of an F9F Cougar.
The USS Yorktown
After an educational day at the maritime museum we ended the day at two oyster bars and an Irish pub! What a grand finish. Good thing we walked everywhere! Charleston is a really fun place to visit. The restaurants are the best and there is so much history. You will not be disappointed!
Fried green tomatoes at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar and below the actual oysters.
Later in the night at the Oyster House. Dan has she crab soup, and grilled oysters. Topping the night was Irish coffee with Jamison’s and Reese’s Pie. Really glad we had to walk it off!
We will head back to Nashville on Tuesday with one stop at Congaree National Park and spend the night in Newport, Tennessee. We will have a rest and wash some clothes. Looking forward to the next adventure.