Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

“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.

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 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.

Happy RVing!

Finally, the seasonal Texas farmer markets are opening. I’m so excited!!!

Bird Spotting

  • Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (new bird life lister for us)
  • Killdeer
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mallards
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Mockingbird

Wildflowers

  • Texas Verbena
  • Texas Thistle
  • Wine cup
  • Coreopsis

Sky Watch Friday

 

 

Mt Rainier & Mount St. Helen in WA

Mt Rainier & Mount St. Helen in WA

“…the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” – John Muir, conservationist, 1889

We camped at Paradise Thousand Trails and drove into Mt Rainier National Park. I found a few fun facts about Mt Rainier. Mt Rainier is considered an active volcano. It last erupted in 1894. The first female to reach to summit was Fay Fuller in 1890. I saw men and women with wilderness hiking gear ready to brave this mountain. Mt Rainier is an impressive sight.

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Kevin and I braved the Myrtle Falls Trail. On this trail the Summer wildflowers were blooming. The trees were green. The hikers were friendly. It was a beautiful morning.

The trail to Myrtle Falls is beautiful. The Summer wildflowers were everywhere. I had a good time trying to identify them. This trail made it easier because it has the name and a picture of the flower along the trail.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 

I remember hearing about the Mount St. Helens eruption. It shocked me that an active volcano was in America. I’ve since found out that active volcanos are very much in America.

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The eruption area

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. A 5.1 earthquake marked the start of the eruption. Kevin and I drove to the Johnston Ridge Observatory to better understand what happened here.

Mount St. Helens is another geological wonder for me. My last geological wonder was in Yosemite, California. Half dome and El Capitan are spectacular. Looking at pictures of before and after the blast was an eye opener. The whole North side looks craved in after the eruption.  The miracle is that new growth is all around at Mount St. Helens.

We hiked the Hummocks Trail. The trail is a 2.3 mile loop. It’s a rock and ash-covered trail with a 300-foot elevation change. The trail was filled with Summer flowers & life.

Next, Kevin and I are traveling to Portland, Oregon to explore the underground tunnels, Ft Vancouver, Carver’s Cafe, see Nick Burkhardt’s house from the tv show Grimm and visit my army friend Vance. Thats right I served in the US Army in Germany during the mid 1980’s.

Happy RVing!

Weekly Photo Challenge Fun

The Thrill of the Hunt

The Thrill of the Hunt

They love the thrill of the hunt. Leslie Joseph

Not all treasure is silver and gold mate. Captain Jack Sparrow

The morning was beautiful so we decided to go geocache hunting. We camped at Ponderosa Thousand Trails so the drive to Dave Moore Nature Area was short. We drove in our Jeep Cherokee with our new travel bug trackable on the back. Track us anytime 🙂

The nature area was a breath of fresh air. We took our time enjoying the trail. I’d like to point out a few things about geocaching. Geocaching can be addicting. Its mentally & sometimes physically challenging. You explore new places. You meet new people. You get to spend time with nature. Best of all is….. the thrill of the hunt.

We found 4 geocaches. The first geocache was under some bark by a tree. The second geocache was in a ammo can. The third geocache was funny. It was called Big Mac. A rock that looked like a big mac was near the geocache. The fourth geocache was small. This geocache needed maintenance. We couldn’t even sign the log it was filled with too much water.

The day was perfect. The caches were fun. The trails were clear.

Happy Geocache Hunting!

Dave Moore Nature Area

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails in Pilot Hill, CA 
while camping at Ponderosa Thousand Trails in Lotus, CA

The rain and thunder finally stopped in Lotus, CA. We decided to take advantage of the clear skies and do some birding & hiking. I saw dogs, horses and lots of people on the day we hiked. The multi-trails were interesting to walk on. I had to watch my step. The horse scat(poop) was huge.

We hiked until we came to a picnic area. Kevin mapped our hike on run keeper app. The trails were mostly flat. Overall, it was a 4 mile hike.

The wildflowers were everywhere. I have the photos on my computer. I’m slowly finding names for all of them. 🙂 I like photographing wildflowers. This quote says it all.

The first wild-flower of the year is like land after sea. ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, “April Days,” first published 1861, quoted from the 1897 edition

Happy Trails!

Bird Spotting– Today the birds hid in the trees but we did spot several types of wildflowers, dragonflies and a few different butterfly species. Only two birds came out of the trees a Western Tanager and Red-winged Blackbird. We were very happy to see them.

Ponderosa Thousand Trails

Ponderosa Thousand Trails

Ponderosa Thousand Trails in Lotus, California

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We found a spot by the river front at Ponderosa TT. Our river front spot cost $5.00 a day. The weekend campers are friendly & quiet. The direct tv & verizon are good at our river front site. I extended our stay another week. On one of our walks I found this Chinese House wildflower its colors are vibrant.

On Saturday, we drove into Placerville to look around. We found a used book store that had several used field guides. Also, I found one of the gold country names of Placerville is Hangtown.

Kevin and I saw the Hangman’s Tree Tavern. The tavern has been closed since 2008. The stump of the white oak tree used in Placerville’s first hanging in 1849 is supposedly in the tavern basement. If you look close enough at the picture of Hangman’s Tree Tavern a noose is hanging from the roof.  On the way home we passed the Fence of Boots. A boot on every fence post and pole, in honor of the owner’s late son. I found this information on the Roadside American app. My picture of the Hangman’s Tree is published in the Roadside America website & app.

Then, we relaxed talking to other campers and looking at the kayaks & rafters going down the American River. One lone kayaker flipped over in the water but he bounced up and righted himself quickly. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of it

Happy RVing!

Bird Spotting

  • Scrub Jay
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Crows

 

Lake of the Springs

Lake of the Springs Thousand Trails in California

We found a pull thru spot in site X-25.  This site has spotty Verizon internet, no at&t cell service, satellite good. The section with good cell service is I section. If I section had more working electric sites this place would be perfect.

We placed a Nemo trackable in a geocache near the campground. Hopefully, someone will find it and I can track it. The Nemo trackable’s mission is to travel the world one geocache at a time. A Mennonite bake shoppe is in Bangor, California. The Mennonite women are dressed in old-fashioned clothing inside the bake shoppe. The blueberry muffins were heavenly.

Lake of the Springs is a nice size lake about 41 acres. I saw people catch fish here. The wildflowers were blooming in the campground. We relaxed in our lounge chairs after a walk around the lake. I missed the internet but loved the birds, wildlife & wildflowers in the area. Kevin and I went looking for a farmers market but ended up on a fire road. It wrapped around a lake with several houseboats on it. We never found the farmers market but had a good adventure on the fire road.

We spotted two bald eagle flying around the campground store area. Kevin and I rented a two seater kayak for $8.00. While we paddled by the shore a bald eagle flew towards the lake looking for food. Its always a treat to see a bald eagle in action. We also had a good time seeing several deer in the campground.

Happy RVing!

Birds Spotted

  • American Robin
  • Pair of Bald Eagle
  • Western Bluebird
  • Crow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Acorn Woodpecker
Spring in Tucson

Spring in Tucson

Throw dirt on me, and grow a wildflower by Liz Wayne

The Saguaro National Park is starting to bloom so we decided to go on a hike at the park. The Sendero Esperanza Trail at the Tucson Mountain District is a moderate hike. We got up early in the morning but not early enough. The sun was starting to bake us about 9:00 ish.

Wildflowers are blooming on the trail. We bought a used field guide and attempted to name the flowers. Nature is so interesting to explore.

We  found a few new cactus on our walk to identify in the Saguaro National Park. The Arizona Pencil Cholla and a Pink-flowered Hedgehog Cactus that looks like it has horns. lol

The Ocotillo Flower

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Happy RVing!

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Birding

  • Cactus Wren
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Phainopepla