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".
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The only drawback, yea there is always a drawback, is on our driver's side is the tent camping area. Every now and then we get some interesting tent campers beside us. Most of the time they go further back into the woods and we aren't bothered at all. Not so much last Friday night!! Mike and I were sitting on the patio enjoying the evening and listening to the crickets "when all of a sudden there arose such a clatter" no it wasn't Saint Nicholas but instead two trucks shinning their bright lights into the woods. We expected them to go off but no, not for another 20 to 30 minutes. The 6 young people that emerged from the trucks were talking loud enough to be on a PA system(people don't realize how loud they talk in the woods). They put up their tent, using the bright lights, and then two of them began to search for twigs for fire. Ok, that's normal enough but not in our site!! Yes, they walked right up to our Oliver looking for twigs, hello there!! Now remember, there are lots of woods around but they must have felt more secure near us!!
This continued for nearly 20 to 30 minutes when the lights suddenly went out!! Ok, good, they are finished, tents up, fire is started and the illuminated woods are once again dark!! We settled back in our recliners ready to enjoy the evening when what to my wondering "ears" should hear? A congo drum!!! A guitar player and a singer (of sorts). Now we can handle the guitar and singing around the campfire. We've even been known to walk to a campsite to just stand and listen to some good campfire singing. This wasn't the case!! The singing was not so good but I think the young man thought he was at a concert because he sang that loud and the congo drum was heard all the way to the other camping loop where the camp host was alerted while sitting on his patio enjoying the evening!! It wasn't long before we heard the sound of the "host cart" heading to the tent area!! They were asked to "lose the drum" and they did!! I don't think they were bad kids just not campers if you get my drift!! The talking continued on into the night...around 2:00 a.m. and then bright and early the next morning around 6:45 we were serenaded again with the congo drum and guitar. The drum was bit softer at 6:45 but they were right next door to us so it was an early morning for us. When we saw them putting their "things" in their trucks we were delighted!! We almost started singing the Hallelujah Chorus!! You just gotta laugh!!!
We love the woods and the view out our back window!! Every now and then we get a visitor. We noticed these two young deer coming around before we left last time and it didn't take long before they reappeared.
The fall colors haven't really started in this area yet!! I know a few friends that have gone to the mountains and the colors are gorgeous!! Next year we plan, Lord willing, to be in the mountains and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. So far, we have brown leaves falling and that is about all. I'm still optimistic!!
One reason we had to head back this way was to take care of our truck tag. We had no problem obtaining our tag for the Oliver but we had to wait for Georgia to send the title to the truck to Alabama and that usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. We got a temporary title before we left but that date was about to expire. We were hopeful that the paperwork had arrived but when we went to the courthouse Tuesday we found out it had not. So another temporary tag and hopefully the last one!!
So we will wait, hopefully not too long, for the tag and then head to Gulf Shores to spend some time at Rainbow Plantation an Escapees Park in Summerdale, Alabama!! We love this park and the area....so much to do!! Last night it was going to be good bit cooler, so we made some chili, Stephen came over and we sat around a fire and ate the chili. Felt great out!!
In the meantime we will continue to enjoy each day God grants us and try our best to share our love for Him!!
Saturday, October 14, 2017
|The Beaver Dam, notice the bench under the trees in the background|
There were lots of other things we could have seen and toured in the area but we were only going to be here two days and one thing high on my list to see was the birthplace of Helen Keller. It is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
We drove up to a beautiful home situated on a lovely yard and garden!! Helen Keller was actually born in the cottage next door to this main house. The main home was built in 1820 and originally sat on 640 acres. There were enormous amounts of ivy growing in and around the house and cottage and thus the home became known as Ivy Green.
|The Original Well Pump that springboard her learning words|
|Helen with Alexander Graham Bell. He convinced her parents that she needed a teacher.|
|This is the Cottage where Helen was born. It is next to the house.|
Tomorrow we will begin our travels back to Auburn and our "home" base at Chewacla State Park. We will work on getting the tag for our truck and a few other things along with visiting our son before heading to Rainbow Plantation, an Escapees Park in Summerdale, Alabama!! It's been awhile since we have been there so we look forward to returning and enjoying the many places we fell in love with several years ago. We are feeling excited!!
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
|The view from our back window|
|Our site on the river|
|Looking to the right of our site|
To Mr. Hendrix the wall is a mile long holy place that winds through his property. It has never been advertised....simply a place that "if you build it they will come." Please click HERE to read this story.
After walking the length of the wall, Charlie Two Moons, a spiritual person, said:
"The wall does not belong to you, Brother Tom. It belongs to all people. You are just the keeper. I will tell you that it is wichahpi, which means "like the stars." When they come, some will ask, "Why does it bend, and why is it higher and wider in some places than in others?" Tell them it is like your great-great-grandmother's journey, and their journey through life ---it is never straight."
Mr. Tom Hendrix passed away February 24, 2017. He was 83 years old.
Monday, October 9, 2017
As we stood there looking at the very spot where his life ended you can't help but wonder how much more he could have done had he lived longer?? Evil always has a tendency to target the good!! It was a sobering moment!!
We had noticed a sign at the entrance to T.O.Fuller State Park that said "to Chucalissa Museum" and we both had been wondering what exactly that was. So as we made our way back to the campground we decided to pay a visit and see for ourselves.
|Replica of how things probably looked|
|Inside the model hut|
Our plans are to head east toward Florence, Alabama and attempt to do some of the things we were hoping to do before Nate decided to visit Alabama!! So far no rain on our parade!! We'll see what tomorrow holds!!