Friday, November 6, 2015
I've Got PICTURES!!!
Much to our surprise, there was sun peeking through the trees when we woke up this morning. We've been here at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park for five days, and this is the first time we've seen any glimpse of the sun. Gary saw his shadow today. Does that mean we're going to have six more weeks of sunny days? I doubt it, but we'll take what we can get. Trying to make the most of the good weather, Gary and Dodge headed out to get some pictures of the park. Not only was there some sun today, but the fog had also lifted enough for the scenic overlooks to actually be scenic. Unbelievable! For once, I am not the only vintage trailer here at the campground. There is a yellow and white Shasta look-a-like (it's another brand) here, and it's name is Daisy Mae. Pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Lake Delanor sure is pretty. So are the tree lined roads here, miles of them running in, out, and within the park. I've included another picture of the park office. I think that this one is a bit clearer than the one I posted yesterday. This is another CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) park, and some of the rock structures that they created back in the 30's are still in use today. They did some FINE work. The CCC was, of course, a group that was created by F.D.R. himself, just in case you didn't know. The Trading Post is right here in the campground, and has a full supply of anything a camper might need, as well as park souvenirs. There are camping cabins by the lake, the Liberty Bell pool which was built by the CCC (not pictured), and SO much more. Gary and Dodge covered a lot of ground here, but they barely scratched the surface. President Roosevelt's favorite spot here was an overlook called Dowdell's Knob. He spent a lot of time there during his visits to this area. He even had a grill built on the edge of the overlook. There is a statue of F.D.R. at Dowdell's Knob. He is looking out towards the overlook, as he must have done so often when he was here. It's sad that he didn't live long enough to come back here to enjoy it even more. Although the sun was shining today, there were still parts of the park that had small showers. It was dry here in the campground, but Gary and Dodge encountered several periods of rain during their travels. That got in the way of even more picture taking, but at least they got a good amount of them for me to share with you. I hope there will be even more. And on a final note, Gary surprised me with another little stuffed animal for my collection, a gray squirrel that I think I'm going to name Roosevelt. It just seems fitting, considering he came from here. There is still BIG chances of rain in the forecast for our final days here. We'll just have to wait and see if the weather guys are right or wrong. One way or the other, we're having a LOT of fun here, and we are already looking forward to coming back again and again. This is a WONDERFUL park!