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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Monday, April 30, 2018

A Jello Moment

We left Deerlick Creek COE Campground around 9:30 this morning with the hopes of getting to McFarland Campground and securing one of their first come first serve sites!  We took the back roads and it has been a beautiful day!!  Little to no traffic and just lush countryside!
We arrived at McFarland Campground in Florence, Alabama around lunch.  We noticed right away there were tons of sites available but as we got closer we realized ALL the sites were available because they were closed.  What a disappointment!!  It seems as though there had been some heavier rains earlier and the water levels were getting a bit too high and they closed the park until the levels dropped.  So we decided to just stop right there and picnic right beside the Tennessee River!!

 It was a beautiful day and lots of people had decided to enjoy lunch beside the river!!  It's always nice to see people outside enjoying the outdoors instead of sitting inside somewhere eating.  I fixed us sandwiches a pistachio salad and chips and we enjoyed the lovely day.  As we ate we talked about where we would go from here.

Joe Wheeler State Park is only about 26 miles from McFarland Campground so we decided to give Joe Wheeler a try.  We drove to Joe Wheeler State Park and got a site that backs up to the river.  This is a nice woodsy state park that sits way off the highway so it is very quiet and peaceful.
Taken inside from our back window

After getting all set up we walked around and took a few pictures and sat outside for awhile.  Unfortunately the laundry was calling to had been awhile since I had done the laundry and it was becoming a necessity!!  So we drove to the laundry facility and discovered a very nice, clean laundry room.  There are three washing machines (one was out of order) and two very large commercial dryers.  I was able to use the two washers and get our laundry done pretty quickly.

Tomorrow morning we plan to backtrack toward Florence, Alabama so we can catch the Natchez Trace for our drive to Hohenwald.  It is no secret...we love this parkway.  And why not...we have all day to arrive at the Oliver sales office.  They have a couple places at the sales office where you can park your Oliver and hook up to electric and water.  As Pete ( Pete and the Wonder Egg) put's an exclusive, members only campground in Hohenwald, Tennessee!!   So we are looking forward to our trip up the Natchez toward Hohenwald  tomorrow and arriving at The Mothership

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sleeping with the Enemy

Sunset at Deerlick Creek COE

Ok, it’s not as bad as it sounds!!  We have homebased for over a year in Auburn, Alabama where our son is currently living.  It’s no secret we have been Auburn Tiger fans and it’s also no secret that Auburn and Alabama are rivals on the football field as well as other places of sports competition.  With Stephen moving to Baton Rouge to work with the food service at LSU, we will have to become a different kind of Tiger...the Geaux Tiger kind!           
Our site at Deerlick Creek COE
Today we FINALLY got the wheels rolling on Ollie!!  They rolled us about 3 1/2 hours northwest from Auburn and landed us in the Tuscaloosa area at Deerlick Creek COE Campground!!!   

What a beautiful place this is!!  We are right on the water and surrounded by nature!!!  Our kind of place!!!  We are in a pull thru site with a wooden deck right outside our Oliver and steps leading down to yet another sitting area, picnic table and wooden deck.        

 All clean and pristine....COE do things right at and such a wonderful cost...especially if you have The America Beautiful Pass!!  We could stay here a week but we are on our way to the Oliver factory or fondly referred to as the “Mother Ship.”  We need a kit put on our Truma Aqua Go tankless water heater so Mike can do the necessary maintenance on it.  I think it needs decalcifying yearly.  This will only take a couple hours but it gives us time to enjoy those yummy sweet rolls at Yoder’s and maybe a picnic lunch on the Natchez somewhere!!  

 Tomorrow morning we will be heading further north and stopping for the night at a favorite campground...McFarland Park in Florence Alabama.  Hopefully we’ll have a good view of the Tennessee River!!             

Stay tuned....we’re rolling!!!