Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".
Friday, March 24, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
As some of you already know, this is our second time to enter the full-time lifestyle. This time came differently than last time. We actually thought we had a calm life. I mean sitting on the front porch, visiting a certain restaurant for lunch nearly every day just to get out and actually have something to do and interact with people.....isn't that calm? Or maybe that is boring??? All I know is Mike and I both felt like something was missing...we just couldn't put our finger on it.
Everyone knows it's good to stay active, be busy and involved in something.....we weren't. We just did the same things over and over all the time and being restless inside. One day we both asked ourselves, "why don't we full-time again?". Can we do this! Can we go back? Why not? We weren't giving up much by staying. So after much praying....we listed our house. Forty-eight hours later we had our asking price by way of a cash sale.
|This was our motorhome when we full-timed our first time|
This is what we wanted in our next RV. We want to explore national parks, national forest and even do some off the grid type camping. Our style had changed and what we wanted from the lifestyle had changed. That's when we discovered the double hull molded fiberglass trailer called Oliver. We had ours built equipped with every option available which included 320 watt solar with a 2000 watt Xantrex inverter....yes, we can go off grid now. The tanks are enclosed and with dual pane windows we are four season.
|This is the bottom hull with holding tanks. The inside hull is placed on top of this.|
|The inside floor hull...|
|Our 23.5 ft. Oliver Legacy Elite ll|
|Peace comes from the inward, not circumstances|
We walk in the campground wherever we are and enjoy the beauty God created. We talk to the people we meet along the way and every now and then we still eat out for lunch. Old habits are hard to break. We have even started to capture some of these moments "through the lens." We sit outside and read and spend quiet time in the Word with God and enjoy a late night fire in the firepit.
I would say our lives are calm but most importantly WE are calm.
|Be still and know that I am God...Psalm 46:10|
Saturday, March 4, 2017
We left the campground and traveled northwest for about 45 minutes to Alexander City, Alabama. This is where Windcreek State Park is located.... sitting right on the banks of Lake Martin.
Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama. It is a 44,000 acre lake with over 750 miles of wooded shoreline.
It is one of the largest man made lakes in the U.S. A noted recreation area that sees swimming, boating, camping and lots of nature. The shores are lined with, not only a state park, but many beautiful homes.
|This is taken from an rv site|
It will take another trip there to be able to see all that it has to offer.
Our purpose for this trip was not only to get out and do something after so many rainy days but to explore the state park campground for a future stay.
Out home base is in Auburn, Alabama at Chewacla State Park where we have full hookups and a monthly rate. Our son lives in Auburn and it is also very close to our doctors and Mike's physical therapy. We have been tethered to this area because of this. I have to see my doctor every 3 months for another year and then I can go every 6 months. My doctor is located in Lagrange, Georgia. So we have to be in this area quite often.
Now enters football season!! Football is very big here in Auburn. This is the home of Auburn University and the Auburn Tigers. This year there will be some huge home games. Two of those being Georgia and Alabama. We have found out, the hard way, that every campsite is booked and also outrageously priced during football season. They even raise the price for RV storage during that time. So we are scoping out alternatives for this time since we want to be nearby for Thanksgiving. Windcreek is a good possibility.
Windcreek is a huge state park and they offer full hookups and monthly rates November thru February. It is also a wildlife sanctuary. We were told there are even some bald eagles nesting in the sanctuary. Unfortunately, we didn't see them on this trip.
So our trip yielded a nice outing and a great possibility for a November stay.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I finally came to the conclusion that a small DSLR would be the best choice. I chose a Canon SL1. It is about the same size as my Sony, which was a big plus. I have two lenses, the 18-55 mm and 75-300mm. I will learn with these two lenses and probably use the 75-300 the most. I still don't know a lot about DSLR cameras and terminology such as ISO, aperture and speed but if all else fails I can use the automatic setting. I do want to learn more about how this camera works and how to make it do what it's designed to do. But even on automatic I get good clear, crisp pictures with good color.
It feels good to have a camera again!!!
|I think he is looking for spring|
|Spring is truly right around the corner|