Friday, March 23, 2012
Once we left Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama, it was less than 100 miles to Pat and Dan's farm in Woodbury, Georgia. Our last visit there was last spring. When we were there, Jaclyn the donkey was born. She's a big girl now and we were anxious to see her again. We stopped at Ingle's grocery store for some carrots, after all, we couldn't come to the farm empty handed. Jack, Diane, and Jaclyn were going to LOVE those carrots. Pat and Dan met us at the front gate, and the donkeys weren't far behind. Usually when we get there, I get parked near my usual spot at the pump house shed, then Gary heads out to give the donkeys their treats. But this time, he promised to include me in the fun. He fed the donkeys the carrots while standing inside my door. Those donkeys would have walked right inside of me if Gary would have let them. They're so funny! After eating the two-pound bag of carrots, Gary closed my door while talking with Pat and Dan. The donkeys were all around me, smelling and rubbing against me. It was a little scary having animals that big all over me, but I knew they wouldn't hurt me. A short while later, Gary parked me near the pump house where I get my power from, and that's where I stayed for three nights. Pat and Dan and Gary did a little work, but goofed off even more. They went antique shopping in some nearby towns, had lunches at a couple of places that Gary hadn't been to before, and drove all over the area looking at property. I hung out with the donkeys, the goats, and the chickens, and rested up for my long ride home. We left on Thursday around noon, and got home to St.Augustine around 7PM. The van traveled almost 900 miles, and I was right behind him for about 800 of those miles. No wonder I'm tired! Now that I've finished posting about our trip, I'm going to hang out in the Green Acres Garage and do nothing for awhile. Doing nothing is what I do best. Another adventure is close at hand, but I don't know where we're going to yet. You'll know when I know. Bye-bye for now.
Sunday morning began with everyone packing up that had to leave. By late morning, everyone was gone but Debbie and Bubbles and Gary and I. Debbie and Gary went out for lunch and to do a little antique shopping in Eufaula. Bubbles and I had some alone time together. It was VERY quiet with nearly everyone in the campground gone. When Debbie and Gary returned, they talked and listened to music for a couple of hours, then went for a walk. Debbie showed Gary where the campground beach was in another part of the park. When they returned, they hung out like they had done earlier. It seemed like it got late very quickly, and it was time for bed. Our last night at Eufaula had come. Gary got up early on Monday morning and took some pictures of the lake and our campsite. Debbie made breakfast, and after eating, the campsites were broken down. Bubbles and I said our final goodbyes as we headed out of the park. It was a fun and fast four days, and we met lots of nice people that we hope to camp with again. Bye-bye, Eufaula. Next stop: Woodbury, Georgia.
Debbie and Sherry are definitely good cooks. In no time flat, they had whipped up enough breakfast for the whole gang. Even though I don't eat, I do know good smells when I'm near them, and there's nothing like the smell of good camping food. Gary must have been hungry. He was out of bed and hanging out in Debbie's camp kitchen before she had the first piece of bacon in the pan. Just like the previous evening, everybody hung out and visited for most of the day on Saturday. Friends of the families came and went as the day progressed. There was fishing going on at the lake for some, and the youngest girls rode bikes and played with the dogs. Everybody new that came by checked out Bubbles and me. All the women liked how pretty Bubbles was, and the guys enjoyed my "man-cave" qualities. Gary checked out Ron and Sherry's Hilander named "Tiger" which is in the process of a makeover. They also own a second Hilander named P.J., a '73 model that will someday be turning heads itself. The day ended with another huge meal consisting of "hobos" that are wrapped in foil and made in the fire, and lots more conversation. Saturday would be the final night for everyone but Debbie and Bubbles and Gary and I. The time was flying by, but luckily, we still had one more night of camping to go.
Gary and I slept pretty well during our first night. We had tried to catch a few hours of sleep at a rest stop along the way to Eufaula, but it was just too noisy. With the new day upon us, we looked forward to the arrival of Debbie and Bubbles. They arrived early, and parked in the spot right next door to us. Debbie has camped for most of her life, so Gary wasn't much help in lending a hand while she was getting Bubbles set up. He's kind of a rookie at this camping stuff. Debbie had everything from pink flamingo lawn decorations and lights, to a vintage ovenette and an ice maker. She even has a tent she sets up as a camp kitchen. That girl comes equipped! Bubbles was cute, and I didn't have any objections to checking her out the whole weekend. After getting everything set-up, Debbie and Gary went out on a supply run to Wal-Mart. With that done, we all hung out and got to know each other while waiting for the others to arrive. Debbie's son Jed, his son Hunter, and his girlfriend Sherry arrived with their pop-up. Then Ron and Sherry Muzyka arrived in their '81 (we think) dual-axle Hilander, along with their son Ronnie, his daughter Kallan, and his girlfriend Tonya. Ronnie, Kallan, and Tonya set up a tent next to Ron and Sherry's Hilander. Everybody visited, and I got to meet everyone as they came over to check me out. So, this mini Scotty rally was under way.
Gary decided to go to see his sister and her husband at their farm in Georgia. It has been nearly a year since we were there last. But first, we spent four nights at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. It's only about a hundred miles from the farm, so it was a convenient place to spend a few days. Arrangements had been made to meet up with Facebook friends Debbie Donaldson and Sherry Muzyka since they live fairly close to the campground. Gary and I had never met them before, and Debbie has a cute little Scotty Hilander named "Bubbles" that I was particularly interested in meeting. We arrived on Thursday, March 15th. We were there alone for the first day and night. After getting me set up, Gary wandered through the park taking pictures as he usually does. The park is big and pretty, with over two hundred campsites spread over four different loops. The Clark Loop where we stayed is the only one that is right on the lake. All of the campsites along the banks of the lake were taken, but we were right across the street and had a great view. As usual when we camp, I was the smallest and oldest trailer there, but that's alright. I like being different. It was quiet and peaceful, even though a fishing tournament was going on. There were lots of squirrels, and a couple of very friendly ducks that came by for visits. Our first day was nice, but we were rather tired after the long drive. The real fun would begin on day two when our new friends would arrive.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Gary has been busy rebuilding a large shed for the last few days. All of the parts to the shed have been stored all around me in the garage for nearly a year. They take up a LOT of room and block my view, so I'll be happy when they're gone. Today, I needed to be moved from my usual spot so that Gary could access some more of the shed parts. At first, I barely got my head out the door. But Gary needed more room to work, and I got to go ALL THE WAY outside. Man, I've been missing a lot in the couple of weeks since I was outside last. The first thing I saw was this pile of dirt. It's here for a reason, but I'm not going to ask any questions. As long as I don't have to shovel it, I don't care. It's a BIG pile! Once I was all the way out, I could see the big oak tree in the back yard. It had no leaves on it, and the grass was brown the last time I saw them. Now the oak is beginning to look alive again, and the grass is greener. What happened to winter? It sure looks like spring around here to me. What a beautiful day! The wind was gusting, but the sky was blue, the sun was out, and the humidity was low. Perfect! Gary finished what he needed to do with the shed parts, and now I'm back in the garage again. I sure hope Gary takes me camping soon. If everyday is like today was, then it's just too nice to be inside.