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".

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Indian Springs State park










Yesterday we took a short drive to an area called Indian Springs and visited Indian Springs State Park. This park is located off I-75 in middle Georgia just north of Macon.We have been curious about this state park for some time but have never had time to explore it. We packed a picnic lunch
and left Pine Mountain RV Resort around 11:00 a.m. and found ourselves at Indian Springs around 1:00. There is tremendous history in this area surrounding the Creek Indians. The state park boasts of a spring that was used for centuries by the Creek Indians to heal the sick. The spring is still there today. It is actually a flowing artesian well giving off the most awful sulfur water smell. The park is thought to be one of the oldest in the United States. The facilities include rental cottages, 90 campsites, a nature trail, picnic shelters, group shelter, group camp, 105 acre lake, pedal boats, beach and an 18 hole miniature golf course. We were there on a beautiful Saturday and really enjoyed exploring this historic area.
Since we have been able to take a look at Indian Springs State Park, we now feel comfortable accepting a host position there for the months of February and March. The only state park we have ever hosted at was FDR State Park here in Pine Mountain, so we wanted to be sure of what we were getting ourselves into. We feel very good about spending two months in this location. Our jobs will consist of assisting the campers, cleaning campsites, pulling cards when campers leave and possibly selling wood. Pretty much what we did when hosting at FDR. Getting satellite might be tricky but Mike wants to get a portable dish to use for times when trees might interfere with the roof satellite.
Why host? Everyone finds their own special style of fulltiming. We have been told this by many ,many seasoned fulltimers. Some do the snowbird style where they travel back and forth pretty much from one place to another each year. Some just travel and never workamp or volunteer. Some travel and sit, travel and sit. You get the picture. Mike and I have just started this lifestyle so we really don’t know what style we will fit into but we both agree that we want to volunteer some as we travel. It enables us to stay in one place for a month to perhaps three months free. We are able to learn about the area, get to meet the local folks and /or campers and stay active. Volunteering usually affords you a lot of exploring time. Usually volunteering jobs can be done for shorter time spans such as one month to three months. There might be a time when we might need to workamp where services are exchanged for money, but for now we want to explore the volunteering aspect. So we are hosting at Indian Springs for the months of February and March. We feel good about this.
We returned to the campground around 6:00 and sat outside under the awning and just enjoyed the evening. There is a touch of fall that makes you feel so alive this time of the year. We took our two mile walk and called it a night.

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