While camping at Seaside Thousand Trails in Oregon
Seaside Thousand Trails is one of my favorite thousand trails in Oregon. Its has clear open areas so we have good satellite reception. Our Verizon wifi works good here. We found a campsite with full hook ups by the indoor pool & spa. We can walk to the beach & movie theater from the campground.
Local Restaurants: The local breakfast place we found is Pig’s n Pancakes. It serves a variety of breakfast meals. The coffee is hot and the waitresses are friendly. We have tried the Dooger’s Seafood & Grill for Clam Chowder. I was happy with the flavoring of the clam chowder here but it wasn’t the best clam chowder I’ve tasted.
Seaside on Saturday: Saturday was busy in Seaside. The beach was filled with excited kids & hopeful parents for the beach soccer series in Seaside. The muscle cars lined the streets in downtown Seaside during the muscle car & chrome show. The local Seaside elks had a fundraiser for a fallen police officer. Saturday in Seaside was filled with things to do.
Nature Identification: I’ve spotted several wildflowers to identify. Also, we found a new bird for our life list. While on our morning walk we spotted a Caspian Tern. His orange beak and black-capped head stood out among the seagulls on the beach.
Bird Life List
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
I spotted a Bindweed wildflower in Huntington Oregon at the Catfish RV Park on our walk.
Entrance to the Elks Lodge
Camping at the St Helen Elks Lodge #1999- Kevin and I had a great meal, good conversation and a friendly welcome at this elks lodge. There are a few low branches on the city road leading into the lodge. There is camping with electric/water on a grass campsite. It cost $15.00 a night. The view of the Columbia River at the lodge bar & dining room is beautiful. While relaxing in the lodge we saw a barge going down the river. The dining & bar is non-smoking. This is a great lodge. I would return here.
I spotted the Red Clover or Cow Grass next to our camping site at the St Helens Elks Lodge camping area.
On our walks, I discovered several wildflowers in the St Helens Oregon area.
Hairy Cat’s Ear or False Dandelion
Wildflower Spotting List
While camping at Natchez Wilderness Preserve in Hohenwald, Tennessee
Natchez Wilderness Preserve is a thousand trails campground. Kevin and I are elite members of thousand trails. We found a campsite by the lake for an extra fee of $10.00 a night. The campsite has lakeside access, fire pit, full hookups, gravel campsite and a good view. The staff BBQed a pig for memorial day and had a raffle. We didn’t win anything but we had a good conversation with fellow campers.
At the red barn, a band played for a few hours. I liked the music until a thunderstorm interrupted the band playing. We were already in the RV nice and cozy when the storm started. The thunderstorm took out two trees in the park. We sat in front of the RV watching the thunderstorm. It was magnificent. The next day the sun came up. We enjoyed the lake swimming and relaxing outside our RV identifying birds.
Red Barn Band
bbq & raffle
Kevin and explored the Meriwether Lewis Burial site. This is Lewis from the Lewis & Clark Exhibition. Lewis was on his way to Washington to explain his finances when he was found shot twice. There is some controversy on how he was shot. Did he commit suicide? or was he murdered?
We also walked the Natchez Trail for a bit. I felt very much in awe of the people who walked this trail and the history behind it all. I couldn’t find the National Historic Site stamp here but the site was worth the stop.
Yoder’s Homestead Market: This is an Amish/Mennonite store. I admire their commitment to something they believe in. The sandwiches and pastries were supposed to be excellent. We weren’t disappointed. The ladies that worked the store were dressed like an Amish/Mennonite person. One of them warmed up a cinnamon pecan twist for us. It was nutty with the perfect amount of drizzled frosting. We had the ham & cheese special for lunch it was excellent. The bread was exceptional. It tasted soft and fresh. The Amish/Mennonites know how to make food.
Happy Walking- Kevin and I took time off the Fitbit Challenges. I was getting too competitive. Its about balance. I like to balance my walking, healthy eating alternatives, and portions. Its not about winning. Its about keeping healthy. I’m back on track now. Bring on the Fitbit Challenges 🙂
Next, camping near Nashville, Tennessee. Change of plans – heading South to Red Bay Service Center
- Barn Swallow
- Tree Swallow (new bird to life list)
- Rough-winged Swallow (new bird to life list)
- Black Vulture
- Northern Mockingbird
- American Robin
Camping at our Elks Lodge in Texas
This is our camping site at the Grapevine Elks Lodge. We pay $20.00 a night. We have electric & water hook-ups and plenty of social opportunities. The lodge has a drawing & meal on Wednesday nights. Thursday nights is Karaoke nights @ 7. Friday night is a nice dinner & dancing.
Kevin and I attended the Wednesday night meal. It was chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta, 2 different salads, and 2 different desserts. The volunteers were friendly and helpful. I’m happy to be part of this lodge.
Grapevine Elks Lodge #2483
Lodge #2483 began in 1971 in Hurst, Texas. Kevin and I were given a tour of the lodge when we joined. The kitchen area looks clean and efficient. The dance floor looks like fun. A new outside area was recently added. It looks like a good place to relax with a drink or meal outside.
Members Only Park
Wonder what is cooked here
Places to relax during an event
Members only park
This is the members-only park we have access to. Joey (our yorkie) likes to sniff at everything in the park. lol
If the weather is nice Kevin found a few places we could go on our morning walk up the street. I’m involved in several Fitbit challenges this week. I love it! It keeps me accountable. My daily goal is 10,000 steps a day.
Overall, the Grapevine Elks Lodge is a great place to join the elks. The location is near the Globe Life Park in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play baseball. The lodge is military veteran friendly. Kevin and I both served in the Army. The members are friendly. Whenever we enter the lodge a member takes a moment to talk. I’m very happy with our membership here.
“It is good people who make good places.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas
This park is near Bridgeport, Texas.
This park has a 5-mile walk. It’s called the Armadillo walk. We have our Fitbit’s charged and ready to go. 🙂 My Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps a day.
We found a 30 amp site with full hook up next to the clubhouse. The street is called Hollywood Blvd. 🙂 The satellite reception and internet work well at our site. I think we’re going to have a nice quiet Easter here.
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a new find for us. The long forked tail on this bird is used it catch insects.
We applied for our elk’s membership in Texas this month. I’m excited to join the elk’s organization. If everything goes well we should be elks soon. Its good to be part of an organization that helps others. Also, the elks have RV parks all over the USA.
Finally, the seasonal Texas farmer markets are opening. I’m so excited!!!
- Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (new bird life lister for us)
- Northern Cardinal
- Northern Shoveler
- Northern Mockingbird
- Texas Verbena
- Texas Thistle
- Wine cup
Sky Watch Friday
Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California
Fitbit Walk trying for 10,000 steps a day
Stir Fry Wok Food
Birding – We started a new bird list for 2017. This list will track our bird spotting for the year of 2017. We recently added the Great Blue Heron, Great-Tailed Grackle & the Double-Crested Cormorant to our 2017 bird list.
Healthy Eating- I received a wok for Christmas. I’ve been trying to make healthy meals with it. I’ll leave a link below.
Walking- Kevin bought me a Fitbit Charge 2 for our 25th anniversary. I’m so excited. The device tracks my heart rate, steps, miles and sleeping activity. It helps me calm my anxiety with a breathing technique. It also notifies me if I sit too long. At this point, the Fitbit Charge 2 is my new favorite toy. Kevin and I walked 15,686 steps in one day. 🙂
My Fitbit Profile. We could motivate each other.
How to Stir Fry
Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California
Full Moon Peaking Out
View of River
Tiki Bar & Grill + Pool Area
Our time- here is spent walking, sky watching, going to the jacuzzi, reading, birding and geocaching.
The campground- is filled with people. I usually don’t see this many RV’s here. We have a good spot in the second row with a slice of a river view.
Photography– My pictures were taken with my iPhone today so be patient with the quality.
Skywatching- The moon was full last night. I saw it in the sky with some clouds. It looked like something from a scary supernatural movie. lol