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".
Monday, September 28, 2009
We took a Sunday drive through several of the areas we are responsible for while here at Hagerman. One of those areas is Haller’s Haven Nature Trail. This is a short 1 mile trail. This trail was recently renamed from its former name of Dead Woman’s Pond.
A farmer and his much younger wife were scraping out a living in Grayson County. The attractive young wife had not been seen for a while. The farmer was noticed By a neighbor driving his wagon down to the local pond with a large bundle in the Back. Said farmer returned home with the bundle missing. From that time on, the Locals began referring to the pond as Dead Woman’s Pond.
We then headed for Meadow Pond Trail. This is a 6 mile hike - 3 in and 3 out. It is a very flat walking area with nice shade trees in spots. At the two mile marker is the namesake Meadow Pond. Here you see raptors, wading birds and wild pigs. Today we only saw the wading birds but it was a bit hot. This area used to be the old rail bed for the railroad.
After lunch we went into Denison to explore the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. We began at the visitor center where we viewed many memorabilia and exhibits highlighting his life and accomplishments. We viewed a short 12 minute video that was pretty informative. The birthplace is a modest two story home that shows the working class life of the Eisenhower family. President Eisenhower was the only child born in this house and lived here only until about 3 years of age. He, in fact, didn’t remember living in the house. There is a beautiful statue on the grounds of “Ike” presented to the Texas Historical Commission. I never knew President Eisenhower was an artist. He began his paintings at the urging of Winston Churchill in order to help with his stress and admitted it was very calming. He did most of his paintings at the Eisenhower home in Pennsylvania.
It has been a beautiful Sunday and we have enjoyed our drives, hikes and exploration of the Denison area.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We went to Sherman this evening for a quick sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. We wanted to see about getting one of those green grass looking indoor/outdoor carpets that you find at Lowes or Home Depot. We finally did find one at Lowes. It is an 8x6. I think I mentioned out site is not the best. It is not long enough for a 39ft. RV so we had to park at an angle. In doing this we are not near the grass that would normally be right outside the door. The road is very close to the front of the motorhome and the road is the white powdery crush and run type gravel. Anytime a vehicle goes by dust is thrown in our direction. Messy! The biggest problem has been our dogs. When they go outside they have been getting their feet wet and then walking in the gravel stuff and then coming into the motorhome. Mama is not happy!!! This evening Mike cut some limbs from the cedar tree behind the rig so tomorrow we are going to back the motorhome up about 4 feet. That, along with the carpet, should help make things a bit better. We hope so because this is a nice place and a good workamper job but we have both decided that if we can’t make this work we might have to leave early. We just won’t mess up the motorhome for the sake of a job. We’ll see how things go tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We left Texarkana this morning around 10:00 and probably took the longest route here but it was a good trip on good roads for once. This wildlife refuge is located in a remote area outside of Denison. Denison looks to be a mid-size town with most anything we might need including a Super Wal-Mart. We had to travel down some narrow two lane roads to get here. Our site is not anything to brag about. In fact, Mike had to park at an angle in order to get all of our 39 feet in the space. We are just off the main road that leads to the visitor’s center. The bad part of the main road is that it is small white crush and run gravel. I am sure the coach will be constantly dusty. The good part is that it is only a short walk to Lake Texoma. We will be working with one other workamping couple, Bill and Carol Powell. They are the experienced workampers here and we hope to learn from them. Mike and I love birds and this should prove to be a good place to be this fall as the birds begin their migration south. Mike is already getting his camera equipment ready.
We will be here until the first week in November. Kathy Whaley, the refuge manager was kind enough to allow us a week off from October 4th to October 11th in order to attend the RV Dreams rally in Kerrville, Texas. Tomorrow we should learn more about our duties here at Hagerman. Until then enjoy the first sunset over Lake Texoma
Monday, September 21, 2009
We were ready…. Time to go forward, our initiation to full timing hopefully over and we passed !
Since it was almost noon, we decided we did not want to go far since we were exhausted from the events of our beginning trip. Also, we did not sleep well in the hotel knowing our home and possessions were 2 miles down the road in an unfamiliar city. With our dogs, we could not stay in the coach as it was too hot. We headed to Texarkana where we stayed at Shady Pines Rv Park…. Wow how nice it is! We will probably stay here a couple of nights to rest and explore. It really is a nice RV park.
And now to rest!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
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.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Did I tell you I have hummingbirds?? Yes, I have hummingbirds. I have been so excited. When we lived in our house (in the city) I did everything but stand on my head to get one or two hummers each season. I planted every flower they liked and had five to six feeders going. Since we have been at Pine Mountain RV Resort I have had up to six or seven at one time dive bombing each other to get to the feeder. It is sooooo much fun to watch them. I have had to fill the feeders at least three times since we have been here.
We spent Tuesday going to Columbus (Georgia) for my doctor’s appointment and then back to LaGrange for a repeat test. We are in the process of getting things in order to “roll.” Yeah!!!! We are working on another plan for internet and Mike plans to make an entry on that very soon. We had been trying the Verizon MiFi 2200 but have not been getting a strong signal. He made a call to the 3G Store and we think we have come up with a plan. More on that later.
With a little luck we should be on our way to Texas in the next few days!!!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Just as we thought our day could not get any better, as we were sitting under our awning, some newly acquired friends, Dave & Norma Barker came down and visited with us for the evening. We met them a few days ago when they came to the campground on their way back to Florida. We enjoyed our time together and they are indeed a wonderful couple. It is true; you meet some of the nicest people in the campground. Needless to say, we slept great last night.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
On Tuesday we took the Jeep back to the dealer to make sure the front end was in alignment. Mike has noticed that it pulls to the right a bit when we are coming to a stop and that can cause wear on the tires. They discovered that it was in line but the tires needed to be rotated in order to help the “pull” to the right situation. It was so funny, the young guys rotating the tires were so intrigued by the tire pressure pro stem caps. They just couldn’t believe that it would let us know if there was a blow out or low pressure. They certainly learned something new yesterday. Anyway, they got the job done and the Jeep now drives and stops so much better.
Today is Mike’s birthday and we plan to take him out for dinner to celebrate. We will have a little cake and ice cream when we get back to the rig. We are both trying to loose a few pounds and it is sooooo hard. Stephen is going to bring his little dog, Josh and spend the night with us. We have started walking the campground each evening and that is helping but we probably need to up the number of miles to get really good results.We’ll work on that. You gotta start somewhere!
That about does it for now. We are just tying up loose ends and getting things in travel order. We are ready to roll.