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".
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
|This front Oliver is ours|
Saturday, May 5, 2018
We pulled off at a picnic area to take a bathroom break...so nice to be able to just carry your own bathroom around with you. I know its clean!!
Anyway, we found this lovely creek with lots of running water. What a beautiful sound!! We stood there for awhile just enjoying the serene view and listening to the soothing sounds of creek water.
A little further along the way we rediscovered our first stop and picnic on the Trace. This is Metal Ford.
When we were here in late September the water wasn't running nearly as fast. What we did discover is that in May there are plenty of little black gnats all over the place!! Very annoying!! I doubt we could have had a picnic there on this day!! Still a beautiful area and obviously a favorite of local fishermen!!
We made it!!!!! We arrived at the Oliver Sales Office Tuesday afternoon and got all set up in our spot. We wanted to have our Oliver at the factory first thing Wednesday morning so spending the night here would really help us make that schedule happen. This is such a nice privilege offered to Oliver owners (if space is available). We usually call in advance to make sure there is space for us. We are able to hook up to electricity and water. So Wednesday morning we were at the back service area of the Oliver factory at 8:00 sharp. We were there to have a kit put on our Truma Aqua Go Tankless Water System that will allow us to decalcify the system so the water flows proper, not clogged and the system is easily maintained for proper use. We have an endless supply of hot water in about 15 to 20 seconds from turning the hot water on. Wow, it sure is nice to take a long hot shower and not worry about running out of hot water. That process took the factory a little over 2 hours to install and we received a discounted rate since they installed the system to begin with. Always nice to save money!!
|Yoders Amish Market outside Hohenwald|
|The Old Natchez Trace Trail at Meriwether Lewis|
|This is just outside Hohenwald|
We drove through the Meriwether Lewis area of the Natchez Trace. Once again, the bugs were pretty bad so we opted to return to the sales office and eat our lunch.
|Entrance to Cedars of Lebanon|
|Our site at Cedars of Lebanon|
We were able to visit with Darrell and Judy on Thursday as well as eating lunch together at Demos Restaurant. This is a new place to eat for us and we were very impressed with the food and the service!! A definite place to return to. We visited with Mike's mom, who lives in an assisted living facility in Murfreesboro.
|Mike and Mimi, she is 95|
It's been a great few days since leaving Chewacla. We have accomplished quite a few things and now its on to the rally!!
We are now in Lake Guntersville State Park just outside of Guntersville, Alabama for the third annual Oliver Rally!! This will be the first one we've attended and we are excited about meeting some owners we have corresponded with via facebook or blogs.
Stay tuned for the fun and excitement of the Oliver Rally!!
Thanks for stopping by our blog!!
Monday, April 30, 2018
We arrived at McFarland Campground in Florence, Alabama around lunch. We noticed right away there were tons of sites available but as we got closer we realized ALL the sites were available because they were closed. What a disappointment!! It seems as though there had been some heavier rains earlier and the water levels were getting a bit too high and they closed the park until the levels dropped. So we decided to just stop right there and picnic right beside the Tennessee River!!
Joe Wheeler State Park is only about 26 miles from McFarland Campground so we decided to give Joe Wheeler a try. We drove to Joe Wheeler State Park and got a site that backs up to the river. This is a nice woodsy state park that sits way off the highway so it is very quiet and peaceful.
|Taken inside from our back window|
After getting all set up we walked around and took a few pictures and sat outside for awhile. Unfortunately the laundry was calling to me....it had been awhile since I had done the laundry and it was becoming a necessity!! So we drove to the laundry facility and discovered a very nice, clean laundry room. There are three washing machines (one was out of order) and two very large commercial dryers. I was able to use the two washers and get our laundry done pretty quickly.
Tomorrow morning we plan to backtrack toward Florence, Alabama so we can catch the Natchez Trace for our drive to Hohenwald. It is no secret...we love this parkway. And why not...we have all day to arrive at the Oliver sales office. They have a couple places at the sales office where you can park your Oliver and hook up to electric and water. As Pete ( Pete and the Wonder Egg) put it....it's an exclusive, members only campground in Hohenwald, Tennessee!! So we are looking forward to our trip up the Natchez toward Hohenwald tomorrow and arriving at The Mothership
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