Blue Sky, Clouds and Rain

June – July, 2018, Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Camp Alexander Greeter

Hello from North Georgia!! Yes, we are still here at Camp Alexander and enjoying every minute of it. What’s not to love, we live amongst the pine and oak trees, in the middle of 6 acres of piece and quiet. The only sounds are the birds chirping and fighting with the squirrels for their daily ration of bird seed and sunflower seeds and LaciLou chasing the squirrels up into the trees.

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look what I found hiding in the bushes, looks like a baby getting ready to fly

The nights are still nice and cool, 60’s, the windows are open, a nice breeze is flowing thru, we fall asleep to the chorus of the whippoorwills, the crickets and cicadas.

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taken from my car along the highway

The days so far have been a little of everything, mornings are bright and sunny with nice white fluffy clouds. By the afternoons there is usually dark clouds and thunder, lightening with lots of rain…

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it is so green with all the rain

with all the rain comes lots of wonderful green ferns, berry bushes, native azaleas, magnolias, mountain laurels, rhododendrons and numerous other green things.

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Occoee River, Tenn
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Mallori and Craig in the Occoee

Two of our grandkids came camping with us for a couple of weeks while their parents were in Mexico. Living in a 30′ fifth wheel is perfect for 2 people, adding 2 kids, 2 blow up mattresses and all their paraphernalia sure makes a difference. Sharing 6 gals of hot water with 4 people did become a challenge, but the kids made a game out of how long each person took and tried to take the shortest shower.

 

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Mallori and Craig camping on the floor

They sure kept us hopping and trying to come up with fun things to do while they were here. Guy and I haven’t played so many board games since our kids were small. There were campfires, marshmallows, kayaking, swimming in the lake and driving the side by side. They also loved playing in the Ocoee River, where the Olympics held the first kayak races. There are lots of rocks to climb on as well as swimming. A fun time was had by all….they have called us a few times now wanting to know when can they come back…

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Poppie and Craig having some boy time kayaking
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moving trees along the driveway

We had a great and quiet 4th of July. Where Camp Alexander is located there are 3 states within a 30 min drive. There are also 6 small rural towns within that area, this year every one of the towns had parades and fireworks, all on different days and nights. We choose to stay close to home and decided to watch the Blue Ridge fireworks on Saturday night. Usually the fireworks are shot off by the marina but the decision was made to shoot them off at the dam.

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Happy Independence Day

We decided to pay $10.00 to park in a field by the Taccoa River right below the dam.  We took our chairs and some adult beverage and just relaxed and talked to those around us. It turned out to be an awesome place to watch. I’m sure that word will get out about this field so next year it will be pretty crowded. It’s alright with us as we hope to be in Canada.

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One of the things that we had done before we went full time, was purchase Trek Bikes. They hung on for dear life on the back of our Class A for 2 years, we rarely used them. We finally put them in storage and forgot about them. In January, we went to the Tampa Rv Show, well, Trek was there showing off their new E (electric) bikes. Yup, we tried them out and really liked them. We walked away! Fast forward to June….Guy and I decided to walk around the little town of Blue Ridge and have lunch. The first store we walk up to is Pedego E Bikes….the end of the story is, they delivered our 2 new bikes that afternoon. Our good friends Marty and Debra had mentioned that they would like our old ones, so they are now the proud owners of our Treks.

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our sweet new E bikes
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love our helmets we got while in Sturgis, Sth Dakota, we also use them in the side by side 

We have so enjoyed these bikes…we are going places and seeing more of the surrounding area than we did in the car. With our old bikes we mainly rode them on flat land, now we can go anywhere. If you have never investigated E bikes,  here is a little something on them: an E bike is just like a regular bike, only better. Ours have 10 speeds, a pedal assist, and a throttle for more power. The bikes can go up to 20mph which depends on the terrain, level of pedaling, rider weight. The pedal assist has 6 speeds, 1-5 work while pedaling, 6 is throttle only, but uses more battery. The assist program also keeps track of your miles, also has a timer and speedometer.

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We met Eldon, 92 and Stan 86, brother in laws, on the road, who have lived in the area since 1975. It was great talking with them and hearing about the area and how much has changed.
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private lake along our bike route

The motor works only when you are pedaling, the assist part starts if the bike feels like you are having trouble pedaling. I’m telling you going up some of these hills is now a piece of cake!! Guy and I have been riding these bikes at least 3-4 days a week and seriously we have done between 25-35 miles every time we ride. Our neighbor, Peggy, who bike rides, was so impressed with the bikes that she purchased a mountain bike for herself and now rides with us.

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the view from the top of a hill not far from Camp Alexander

The pictures are from a few of our rides around the area of Morganton, Blue Ridge and Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga. We try to find forest service roads that are mostly gravel with little or no traffic, or the out of the way roads that have old farms or houses still standing or vegetable and animal farms.

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notice the flag
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Church outreach community garden

One of our favorite and longest rides (35 miles) is in the Chattahoochee National Forest along the forest service road which follows Laurel Creek and Noontootla Creek. There are 2 hikes half way up the mountain one up to Long Creek Falls, the 2nd along  Laurel Creek.

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love the old barns

There is nothing better than riding along a dirt road after a rain, the smell of wet dirt, pines trees or the sweet fresh smell of cut alfalfa / hay and freshly mowed grass. The sweet smell of the flowers blooming.

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someones home from long ago

Riding along the stream, listening to the water flow over the rocks, the ferns swaying as the water flows by. Being startled as a hawk takes off from the limb of a tree and swoops over your head.

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The sun rays coming thru the leaves of the trees and little droplets of water landing on your arms. Stopping along a fence and watching the horses or cows in the fields munching on grass. Making a fool out of yourself as you call or whistle at them hoping to get a reaction…my husband just shaking his head!!

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interesting fungus
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love these mushrooms

Biking along the forest service road there was a sign for Hickory Flatts Cemetery,  we decided to head out and have our lunch. We really didn’t know how far it would be (turns out is was 5 miles) or what to expect when we headed that way. It turned out to be an interesting stop.

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We were surprised at how many markers were in the cemetery.  It was so sad that the  dates and names had worn away on the markers, there were a few markers with dates still on the markers. They were of residents who were born and raised in the area, and had died 20 or so years ago. This is also a stopping point for anyone hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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covered shelter for hikers of the Appalachian Trail

A large covered structure has been built with tables and seating, a restroom facility and fire pit for hikers to use for a short rest or as an over night stop.  The New Bethel Church sponsors drinks and food to share with hikers.  There were 2 couples in their late 70’s there waiting for hikers with ice chests full of drinks and food to share, they also had a nice fire going in the fire pit.

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The town of Blairsville which is 12 miles east of us was having a Pro Rodeo at the Union County Saddle Club. Sounded like a fun time so we rounded up a few neighbors, Chuck and Dee, Bo and Debbie and Peggy and off we went. Of course, food comes first, we headed for the Armadillo Cafe, which was a great hit to all.

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The rodeo started off with a prayer, then the National Anthem, while the Sass ‘n Saddle Precision Drill Team rode around the ring with each rider holding American Flags. It was such a wonderful time being with our neighbors and sharing this experience.

Guy and I thank you all for following along on our journey in this wonderful life we live. Everyday is such a blessing, we are so blessed to be able to do what we do and love sharing with everyone. Please take time to leave us a message as we love hearing from you and appreciate any and all comments.

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24 thoughts on “Blue Sky, Clouds and Rain

  1. Thank you so much for posting these blogs! I am enjoying the beautiful pictures and reading about your adventures! So glad your both are loving life!!

    1. Hi there Maureen, I’m so glad to read that you are reading about our adventures…this is such a beautiful area with lots of history..we do enjoy exploring this area. Give your sweetie a big hug from us…

  2. Love following your journey. Your story telling skills bring us along for the ride ❤️ Now Mr. Bill wants an E bike 😂. Miss you two 😘

    1. Donna, you tell Mr. Bill to come on up here and we shall fix him right up for just the perfect E Bike!!! He needs one so he can ride it to the golf course!!! Nice to hear from you…give Granny and Calvin a big hug from us!

  3. I love reading your wonderful words. You are such a good writer. Good photographer too. I think I would enjoy doing what you do. I am so happy for you that you are having such a good time. Much love, Sue

    1. Sue, so glad to hear from you. Thanks for the compliments…I do love writing the blog…its fun looking back at what we have done, it helps us old folks remember!!

  4. Love seeing your happy place. I see why you enjoy it so much with all the beautiful new places you get to see. Maybe one day I’ ll get to come camping there.. Love ya

  5. Sounds like you’ve been keeping yourselves busy. I love all the lush and green landscape. Those bikes are intriguing. Perhaps I’d ride more if I had a little help on the uphill climbs. Something to think about!

    1. Ingrid, it is such a pretty time of year for this area, of course winters are very different once all the trees loose their leaves and all the wonderful green plants are gone. Every season has its own beauty!
      The E bikes were a super purchase! The places we are able to go with them has opened up new territory for exploring. We have ridden them over 300 miles already!

  6. Camp Alexandria looks like a little slice of heaven. Some of those pics look so much like northern Michigan, where we’re currently parked. Are you getting the humidity & mosquitoes like we are? We always enjoy having our grandchildren visit us in our camper but you are so right about close quarters & managing the hot water. But the kids love the adventure & we love making memories with them. Where are headed to in Canada this year?

    1. Hi Gayle, so good to hear from you. I miss your blog!! Camp Alexander is surely our little piece of heaven…it is nice to have a place for some down time. We do have the humidity just like you, because we are in the mountains its not as bad as being in the big city of Atlanta. We really haven’t been bothered by mosquitoes this year, but Guy sprays our yard with some kind of stuff that keeps all the bugs away from the coach…but it doesn’t keep those pesky mice away!!! We are headed to British Columba, Alberta and Yukon next year.
      How is Dons song doing? Is it still being played?

      1. That sounds exciting. I can’t wait to read your posts especially those on the Yukon. Don’s music is being played nationally on Internet radio & some FM stations that play beach music. It’s been exciting for both of us.

  7. Loved the pictures and thanks for the detIled explanation of electric bikes. I never really understood what the appeal was before but I get it now. So glad the grandkids got to come.

    1. Hi Tracy, we are really loving the bikes…we uses them atleast 3-4 times a week and go virtually every where….you can work as hard or as easy as you want…I like to work a little harder than Guy…lol!!! Our grandkids love coming camping with us and want to come back again..they start school Aug 7 which seems like there is still lots of summer left…
      I sure love where you are this summer, I am putting Timothy Lake on our list to visit. It seems like our kind of camping in the trees and in the mountains…hope to see you on the road this year…hugs to you and Lee

  8. What awesome times with the grands! I want to be the same kind of grandparents as you guys – taking the kids for weeks at a time for adventures! We need to come and see your Camp Alexander for ourselves one of these days!

    1. Hi Kelly, We have had some wonderful times with the grands…they have pretty much grown up and spent most of their summers at our house…the one thing they miss is staying with us…they also miss those weeks at the lake…it was lots of fun.
      You are more than welcome to visit Camp Alexander…when we leave here we won’t be back until 2020…we don’t want to spend another winter here in the snow…so wheels up….

  9. Girl, I so wish I could be you. I have enjoyed your journeys and fun things you and Guy have been doing. I regret that we have not been able to get to gether. I do hope everyone is healthy and doing well.

    Cheryl

    On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Our Rovin Journey wrote:

    > OUR ROVIN JOURNEY posted: “June – July, 2018, Blue Ridge, Georgia Hello > from North Georgia!! Yes, we are still here at Camp Alexander and enjoying > every minute of it. What’s not to love, we live amongst the pine and oak > trees, in the middle of 6 acres of piece and quiet. The onl” >

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