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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Monday, July 19, 2010

Easy Weekend

This was a pretty easy weekend. We weren’t full…not even    DSC03505 close.  Maybe about 75% but the best part was this group of campers were pretty good. We had several big rigs in the park including a very nice Escalade parked right across from us with a grandfather, grandmother and grandson. It is always fun to watch grandparents with their grandchildren. This young man was helping his grandfather set everything up and when it was time to leave he helped him get everything packed up. Mike even helped them get their portable satellite dish aimed correctly. Yep, you heard that correctly…Mike!DSC03514 DSC_3422

We pulled tags this morning and blew off a few sites and then we took the morning and early afternoon off. It is really too hot to do anything extremely exciting outside so we drove to LaGrange and had lunch together. We weren’t gone long but it was nice to get out and away for awhile.                     DSC_3430

When we got home Mike went out to do a little weed eating. DSC_3416 DSC_3435 It seems these afternoon thundershowers are encouraging the grass/weeds to grow. While he was weed whacking I stayed at the motor home and made some Taco Soup. I like to make this dish and freeze some of it. It seems we can get 3 big freezer containers from one recipe. No, I didn’t forget that we don’t have a freezer. We are temporarily using the chest freezer that is in the storage building by our motor home. This storage building is where we keep the bags of ice we sell during the week when the Trading Post is closed. One of the former camp host built this storage building for the park. Nice huh?

When Mike returned we decided to take a walk down by the lake.  I read where these walks, when you carry your camera, are called photo walks. So I suppose Mike and I did a photo walk late this afternoon. We are both trying to learn more about how the Nikon D60 works…what all we can do with it. Then we are still learning how to use Picasa Web. So much to learn but isn’t it fun????

While we were on our photo walk we saw a Great Blue Heron DSC03503   DSC03501 perched across the lake on an old dead tree limb in the water. We have never seen a Blue Heron in this park. It was pretty exciting to see the old guy stop by for a visit. He was a distance away but we managed to get a shot of him. The other shots are of the lake. It was so quiet down there this afternoon. Nobody was camping in this area so we had it to ourselves. Nice!

We also saw Mama Mallard and her three little children. DSC03524 They were born about a month ago and we have tried to get a good picture of them. Whenever we had the camera they were nowhere to be found. Today they were out swimming. They have really grown up.DSC_3433

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our camp host adventures. We appreciate your visit and hope you found something of interest while visiting. We have several new friends that have decided to join us and we hope that you will click on their thumbnail pic and take a look at their blog (if they have one).

Life is Good!!

20 comments:

Carol K said...

Easy weekends are always good! Glad your campers behaved themselves this weekend. Your pictures were great, as usual. Really enjoyed the pictures of the great blue heron. I've never seen one that close up.

Margie M. said...

We saw our first Great Blue Heron down in Florida in 1997. I was so happy to see one and, yet, amazed at how "great" it was. Nice pics and it looks like you guys are learning very well. Hope it cools off soon. (I've been in the South...and I know that is wishful thinking this time of year)

Have a good week!

Rick and Paulette said...

From your pictures, that sure looks like a very nice campground. That was a great shot of the blue heron as well. It's always fun to go on a photo-walk too especially with a great camera like the Nikon D60!

Sue and Doug said...

nice photo walk pictures!..looks like you had a nice,quiet weekend..taco soup?..yummy!!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Well, now I know where our Great Blue Heron has disappeared to. Always looked forward to seeing him every year on our morning walks down by the pond. He didn't come back this year & now I know why. His aging wings couldn't carry him as far & now he resides at your place. Next time you see him, say hello from The Bayfield Bunch & tell him we wish him well:))

Rod and Connie said...

It certainly is a beautiful shady park with its green water and trees. I think your getting the hang of that D60 mighty well. :)

Connie

Karen and Al said...

My walks are usually "photo walks" and Al gets frustrated with me when he's trying to get some good exercise! You just gotta stop and get that once in a lifetime picture though!

I'm glad you have a place to store your freezer items until your replacement comes.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Your pictures keep getting better, you guys are really lucky to have all the wildlife, to photograph, so far the only wildlife pictures I could have taken here was a couple of teenage girls at the swimming pool and Donna wouldn't care for that.This campground lost quite a few spots on monday but there are still plenty of kids and the pool is not as crowded, so it worked out great so far. Be safe out there. Sam&Donna.

Phyllis said...

Ahhh Taco Soup. I have a great recipe I tried one time and we loved it. Thanks for the reminder. Even in hot weather we still enjoy homemade soup.

Bob said...

By the looks of your pictures, you sure have that D60 figured out....great shots!

Judy and Emma said...

I've seen taco soup mentioned on quite a few blogs lately. How do you make it?

Dennis and Donna said...

I know one thing for sure...I couldn't be a campground host..I would be arrested for threatening a camper with a rolling pin..and the campfire attire "police" would throw me in the pond!!

Levonne said...

I love those blue herons! $4 for firewood is darn good. We sell it for $7 here at Morro Bay. And up at Big Sur, they are selling it for $9 a bundle! We're thinking of getting a small freezer for when we are at Big Sur then selling it when we leave. I'm not entirely sure we'll need it. But John is thinking we might be glad to have one. Love that picture of the ducks coming toward us. I've been thinking that I want a new camera. What is the size of the lens you used for these photos?

Randy and Pam Warner said...

Very nice! I like the new look and the picture/photo walk. Sounds like you are enjoying yourselves.

tresa7t8 said...

I love reading your posts. The pictures are really good. I love FDR State Park and you are doing a good job of relaying how beautiful it is through your pictures. How about a shot from Dowdell's Knob? It's really pretty there. I like it when people show a few shots of the campsites. Some of your readers that might be interested in coming there might appreciate them. Park websites tell you alot about their parks but camper's like seeing where they will be staying. Most of the time you don't ever see pictures of the sites. Just a few suggestions. Keep up the great job you're doing. You're a great asset to our wonderful Georgia State Parks!!!!!

-Nellie and Jonathan said...

Let's hope this comment gets through! I've had trouble typing up my comments on my smart phone. When it gets time to enter the word verification, nothing happens! Maybe today I will get lucky!

Looks like you guys had a great photo walk. Your pictures are so clear! Pretty soon, all your walks will be photo walks. Shoot, I even ride my bike, and run with the camera :)

Nellie

Jim and Gayle said...

Mike and Gerri,
Enjoying your blog after I saw the comment you left on ours yesterday. FDR was one of our favorite spots when we lived in Pensacola. Only a 4 hour drive and we could be in the "mountains" of Georgia!

Evelyn said...

I have just come across your blog. I'm anxious to read about your fulltime and workamping adventures. We began fulltiming in May and are workamping this summer at a county park in Wisconsin. I look forward to reading all of your entires as I find time.

Mark and Dortha said...

Great blog. I loved the pictures.

Ali said...

So good to get caught up with you again and loved the pictures. We are thinking of getting a new camera just not sure which one to purchase.

I know you are camp hosting, just can't remember where?

Hope you have a great day.