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 touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On the Road Again...

Finally the wheels were rolling!!!   We left Chewacla State Park, our home base in Auburn, Alabama, around 10:15 a.m.  We are on our way to our beloved North Georgia mountains for the "Eggs on the Hiawassee River" rally.  This is a fiberglass rally of all kinds, shapes and sizes of fiberglass trailers and some of the greatest folks you'll ever meet.                          

We began our journey by stopping at McKinney Campground.  This is a beautiful COE campground sitting on Lake Allatoona in Georgia.  We are not quite in the mountains yet but it's so nice to be out and about doing what we truly love.                                 


As many of you already know two years ago this August I had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.  I went through seven months (12 treatments) of chemotherapy.  Through the grace of God my scans and test have all been clean and clear since that August.  But I do have to visit my oncologist every 3 months for another year and then I can go every 6 months.  So that creates some creative planning in order to be back in the Auburn area every 3 months.
It's ok because I have a new appreciation for life and being able to go anywhere at all.  It's a blessing and precious gift to be well and able to travel.            

This January Mike discovered he has cervical stenosis in his neck/shoulder area as well as 2 pinched nerves in his neck.  Very he has been doing physical therapy a couple times a week all winter until recently.  Last Wednesday he had an epidural shot and although the doctor said he might not know if the shot helped for a couple weeks he already feels less pain.  We are hopeful this doctor can help him manage the pain with this condition so he can avoid surgery!!        

We both feel that we have so much to be thankful for and are so blessed that we should enjoy this life God gifted us with.  We are pushing forward and enjoying this awesome lifestyle!!                
Looks like an empty raft for someone to be on and glide on the water

While we were walking we came across this grave within the campground.  As Gerri walked up to the site she noticed a fenced in gravesite where the wife of McKinney is buried.  She was born in 1832 and died in 1858...a very short life.            

Tonight should be beautiful on the lake and then tomorrow we will travel further north toward those beautiful North Georgia mountains.

Thanks for stopping by.....hope you had a good day doing whatever makes you smile!!

"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed.  It means the damage no longer controls our lives."


  1. I like that quote. Godspeed to you both. Travel safely.

  2. I'm in the same category as you. I always say I am living my life in technicolor now. Three years for me. I go every six months which is nice but now I get twice as nervous before my check up. I guess just one more thing to live with. Here's to many more years!

  3. Love there you are travelling through. and wonderful that you are enjoying everyday to the fullest. we know life is too short not to.

  4. Really like the quote...very true. Great to see the smiles! Terrific photo' are seeing some truly majestic places..Good to see Mikes pain is improving. Take care and safe travels...Horst sends

  5. That is an awesome COE park.

    Yes, everyday is a blessing with God's help. So glad you are doing so well, Gerri!

    That is wonderful news, Mike. Praying that you continue to feel God's healing hand.


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