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, April 16, 2017

An Easter Tradition

Last week we finally decided it was time to find our Casita a new home.  We listed the Casita on the Casita forum and the Casita Facebook.  Within one day we had a buyer and our sweet Casita had a new home.  It wasn't easy selling her but she needed a new home with someone who will take her on many camping adventures.  She got just that.  So Monday afternoon we said our good-byes and watched her pull away.
             


Today is Sunday......Easter Sunday!!  It has been a wonderful day.   We usually spend this day at Callaway Gardens.  It has become a family tradition to begin the day at Sunrise Service but there is an hour difference in time so we had to begin this Easter at the Callaway Lodge and Spa for a breakfast buffet at the Piedmont Restaurant.   It was delicious as usual.
               



We then visited the Discovery Center.  It is a beautiful area that just sits nestled among the trees and a lake.
                

Years ago Mike was the Recreational Food and Beverage Director.  He oversaw all things food and beverage in the recreational  arena at Callaway Gardens.  That included overseeing the building of this neat restaurant called The Discovery Cafe.  We even saw a young lady Mike hired when this cafe opened many years ago. She still works there and is now the Supervisor at the cafe.     



After strolling around the Discovery Center for awhile we drove to the Brothers Azalea Bowl.
                      

                  

Of course, we were a little late for the azalea blooms but we did see many beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs.
I really focused on the things of nature that were awakening after a long winters night!! Its so much fun to see the new birth at this time of year.
The Brothers Azalea Bowl has a walking trail that leads to my most favorite place......The Chapel.  I always refer to this area as my "happy place" but actually Callaway itself is my "happy place."
          



While sitting on "my" bench we noticed this guy taking a casual stroll.  This Great Blue Heron usually hangs around the lake by the chapel. I suppose it might just be his "happy place."  He is quite handsome and very laid back.  We snapped a few pictures of him because he posed so nicely.
              




We finished up by driving over to the beach area, another one of Mike's venues.  There is a nice pavilion overlooking a sanded beach. A very nice area especially in the summer.
It wasn't very busy today but when summer vacation comes and the temperatures are warmer it will be hopping.        
        


     




We had a wonderful Easter.  A blessed time of remembering the resurrection of our Lord.  Hope your day was blessed as well.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Vintage Kind of Day


What a fun day this has been!!!  This weekend Chewacla hosted a vintage camper rally.  I have seen vintage campers on facebook, magazines, Pinterest but not any up close and personal.  Now I have!!
                


This group does their part in giving RVers the reputation as the friendliest people anywhere.  We met the first of several of these folks on Friday when we were taking our walk.  Sherry started talking with us telling us all about the group and just how special each one was. It was apparent they were friends and they meant a lot to each other.  The amazing thing was she talked with us as if she had known us quite some time and we were part of the group.
                     


We returned on Saturday and met just about every one of the owners of these neat little trailers.  They had an "open house" and we were welcomed with open arms.
           


The interesting thing about these little campers is what a personality each has taken on.  Most name their campers and decorate with a theme in mind.  I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
                     


It is so wonderful to see these vintage campers loved and restored to their former beauty.....no, BETTER than their former beauty.  They aren't just campers....they are part of this amazing group!!
       






Thank you guys for allowing us to visit and enjoy your trailers with you.  It was a special afternoon!!
             

Sunday, April 2, 2017

It's Spring..........FINALLY!!!!!!!

                           
Several weeks ago the weather suddenly went from cold (chilly to you up north) to beautiful and rather nice....70s.  Like most people that have endured a long, cold, drab winter we got excited.  So excited in fact that we took nearly all our winter clothes to our storage building bringing the spring/summer attire to Ollie.   You guessed right!!!  Too early!!!  It wasn't long after that the temperatures decided to get colder, wetter and uglier.  We endured....determined to use what we had and not give in.   It paid off......spring has arrived in the south!!!!




Now in the south we really don't have a very long spring.  In fact, it's almost over!!  Today it will be in the mid 80's BUT without the horrible humidity that we will experience later in the season.

We decided to take a walk around the park today and learn more about the settings on my new camera.  I experimented with the manual mode and I would say I'm in the learning mode!!  I found a few interesting sights along the way.
           



You can always tell how excited folks are when they can finally get outside and enjoy some wonderful sunshine!!  The kids are even swimming in the lake....how cool is that!!!!
           
Swimmers are right behind the middle branch on the left

Floaters in the background
Last week I got some great news from my latest CT scan.  I have to have those every so often.   The results showed NO nodules or masses.....all clean and clear!!!!  To God be the glory!!!  If it were not for His grace I believe I would not be doing what I'm doing today.   I have an appointment with my Oncologist Thursday and then Mike has two physical therapy sessions and then we are free to roam some.
We can't roam as far as some but a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered.  Well, he didn't exactly order it but he would if only he understood the joy of RVing, full-timing or just exploring God's creation.
             

My journey is not over with this cancer....or I should say recovery from cancer.  I will be pulled back every 3 months for another year and then every 6 months for 3 more years.
It's ok because I'm ok!!!

We are planning a big trip this fall!!!! If all goes well we plan to travel to the Grand Canyon and see as many as possible of the national parks in that area of Arizona, Utah and Colorado.  I know many of you have seen these places but we never have!!!! How do you say....excited!!!!  So any pointers or tips are gladly welcomed.
             

So hopefully in a week we an do a post from a different view!!  Until then, safe travel nd happy journeys!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Uniqueness of the RV Life


Several years ago Gerri and I had our first outing as full-timers, and we loved it.  The 2 years we were in our RV, we met some of the best folks ever and those special friendships continue even after 7 years.  When we began full-timing people would tell us that its not only the places you visit but its the friendships you make!!  Boy were they right!!
We got a call from Mike and Peggy Evringham a few days ago that they wanted to stop by for a visit on there way back to Maine and of course we said by all means.  We were excited because we had not seen them in about 4 years.  We told them where we were camped and fortunately there were several sights available for his motorhome. 
            

After they arrived and got settled, we visited for a while and took a tour of their new Winnebago Forza motorhome and we showed them our new Oliver Trailer.  Our conversation picked up as though we had just seen them yesterday.  It is incredible the friends you make on the road and how you can pick up even when you haven't seen each other for about 4 years. 
        

 Mike and Peggy brought some fresh gulf shrimp with them and grilled them for dinner and boy were they good.  We had some fresh fruit and a salad and some cheese biscuits to go with the shrimp, followed with dutch apple pie topped with ice cream.

We visited a good bit after supper until we decided to call it a night.  Mike  and Peggy were planning to make it out around 9 the next morning so we got up to say our “see you down the road” and wish them safe travels.  They invited us to come up to Maine sometime and they would give us the tour…think that will definitely be on our to do trips.


We enjoyed our visit and sharing the friendship…after all that is more important than the places you see!

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Walk in the Park


Mike and I discovered a very nice park in town the other day.  Town Creek Park sits right in the middle of a very nice section of Auburn.  
                 
There is a nice entrance where you can park your car and has restroom facility along with a large fenced dog area.  On the day we visited there were several dogs happily at play in this safe area.  

We began our walk at this point and discovered a very nice wooden path and bridge over a creek.  
                   
 
                               
    
As we continued walking we saw a nice sized pond with a dock leading out to a pergola.  What a nice quiet place to just sit and listen to the birds or watch the turtles sunning.   You could tell it is spring with all the birds happily singing and so much pollen in the air.
                    
                            
The path just continued on around the pond where we met several people on the trail, some with children in strollers some walking their dogs and some just enjoying a nice spring day.
                    
                                           

On the back side of the pond we found an exercise play area for both larger children and adults.  A good place to tone those muscles.
                

 
There were a few side paths but they didn't lead to much...no outlet.  One side path led to a very nice public cemetery also called Town Creek.  



This park continued across the street with more walking trails.  We were pretty impressed with the park and the cleanliness and just how well done everything was.  A definite place to return enjoy and walk!!  
              
"This is a beautiful world, and all who go out under the open sky will feel the gentle, kindly influence of Nature and hear her good tidings."  Enos Mills