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
While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee
Tick Removal: Kevin saw a tick on our Yorkie Joey. The tick buried its head into Joey’s neck. Kevin and I took turns holding the dog and gently removing the tick from his neck. Our Yorkie was glad to have the tick removed. It was gross. We bought tick medicine for him afterward, I wish we had bought it sooner. I was told the campground was sprayed for ticks. I found two ticks during our stay. I don’t want to think about how many more ticks would be in the area if thousand trails staff hadn’t sprayed.
New Pans: Kevin and I are trying the new copper pans from Walmart. He bought a flat pan for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, bacon and using on his bbq outside. I bought a 9.5-inch pan for cooking veggies and heating chicken for fajitas. The copper pans are working out so far, only time will tell how sturdy they are.
Plenty of open camping sites here but not many big rig sites
Walking: Kevin and I entered the Goal Day 2017 for Fitbit. Our Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps or 4 miles today. I’ve changed my Fitbit strategy. We saw two American Robins on our walk this morning. Kevin and I both reached our Daily Fitbit Goal today.
Next, Camping at Natchez Thousand Trails in Tennessee.
- American Robin
- Chipping Sparrow
- Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (new life lister)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker (new life lister)
“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
While camping at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails in Texas.
Kevin and I visited Livingston, Texas its about 1 hour from Lake Conroe Thousand Trails. We saw the Escapee RV Club Headquarters. The staff let us see our mail box and gave us a tour of the mail processing area.
We also filled out paperwork for a library card at the Livingston Library. We can check out ebooks from the library while we travel.
Exercise: I’m still loving my Fitbit. My goal is 10,000 steps most days.
While camping at Medina Lake Thousand Trails in Texas
I saw so many deer at this park. The deer walked into our campsite several times.
Site Seeing: We saw the Alamo and the River Walk in San Antonio Texas. Kevin and I walked the whole river walk loop then had lunch.
Birding: We added the Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal and Black-crested Titmouse. We also added Egyptian Geese to our bird list. There are two of them here at the park.
Exercise: We’re walking 2-3 miles a day at Medina Thousand Trails.
“After a storm comes calm.”–Mathew Henry
Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California
Kevin and I were going on a 5k volksmarch but it started raining with thunder & lightning. We decided to wait for a break in the rain. When it stopped raining for a few minutes we walked around the campground. I enjoy walking outside after a rain. I avoid the rain puddles and breathe the air. It smells fresh.
We need to sell our 2014 Jeep Wrangler back seat so we drove to our storage area to take pictures of the seat. Then Kevin posted it on craigslist. I hope it sells quickly. The storm was beautiful in the late afternoon. We kept the door open and left the screen closed. I could see the rain and hear the thunder. It was intense but exciting.
I made low smart point fajitas and Kevin steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts in the pressure cooker. Then Kevin made popcorn and we watched Derek Gentry Holistic Detective Agency on tv. I played trivia crack with Kevin and read the book Rebecca for a book club that my daughter Katie started.
Homemade Product Recipe
I needed a few ingredients so we drove to Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart had the vitamin E & tea tree essential oil I needed to complete two recipes. I finished the coconut oil moisturizer lotion & my honey facial cleaner. I’m so glad were using more natural ingredients.
“Walking is a cheap, fun, safe and acceptable exercise.” – Annie Taylor
The American Flag & US Army Veteran Flag flying high at our campsite.
Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California for the holidays.
Kevin and I did a 4k around the campground for our morning walk. Our fellow campers were out walking their dogs, jogging and starting their day. I saw a hawk flying over the campground. He was a beauty.
The pool was refreshing today. Our fellow campers were friendly but not as talkative today at the pool. The jacuzzi was full so we passed on our spa time. There were several of us with pool noodles so one of the ladies joked that we should have pool noodle races. lol
I gathered more ingredients for my homemade product recipes at Super Target. The gathering of the ingredients has been a big process because the ingredients are in several different stores. I’m going to experiment with several homemade products.
I found the lavender essential oil and sweet almond nourishing oil on sale at Super Target. My heels are cracked so I placed 1/2 a lemon on each heel then covered my heels with socks for one hour. My heels feel softer but they still need some work.
Kevin and I walked our yorkie around the park. Then we watched tv and had our 80 calorie greek yogurt dessert with strawberries, blackberries and blueberries on top. I read, played friends with words and blogged before bed. Kevin read, played friends with words & played games on the computer before bed.
Lemon On Feet Video
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