4/14/24

Not Well But Not Real Bad

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 14, 2024



It was a good day for walking this morning and we covered lots of territory WITH OUT THE CAMERA. Knuckle head OFM forgot it. But we ended up making several short trails in different parts of the facility with out taking any pictures. It was not as bad as it sounds, it was all heavily forested and looked a lot alike all through the area.



We spent a lot of time thinking about what to do next in our adventures before school lets out. We want to be back here off the roads when school lets out for the summer. The school restarts in this area August 1.



We are thinking we might just take a three week small loop sort of a check out things trip maybe. We will see what happens. Mean while the OFM had a full afternoon of something not right with his innards that seems to easing back for now. So with that said we wish you a good nights rest.

4/13/24

Dumb Move By OFM

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 13, 2024



More wonderful weather and lots of folks were out playing. Several very friendly conversations with other campers happened. It seems there is a bit of a shortage of decent campgrounds during the up coming holiday times before schools is let out this summer. This likely happens every year now days. I wished them all good luck.



Out on Flint Creek were several kayakers out there paddling around having a blast in the nice weather.

This was taken at max zoom hand held while standing on the walking trail on our side of the water. We are surprised it came out in any decent focus.



The OFM was not doing really well with a hip pain so when we got to this mile marker we settled for a mile and a half walk today. That sure was an inviting trail today.



As we returned to the Castle we noticed that the door was open. Apparently the OFM forgot to secure the Castle before we headed out. What dumb move that was.


The rest of the day was restful and relaxed. The OFM had a couple of nice long phone calls with friends. Now we need to make some rolling plans and try to do some serious decision making about our near future.

In the meantime everyone get busy practicing having tooooo much fun.

4/12/24

New Travel Style Evaluating In Progress

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 12, 2024



It has been an interesting day for the OFM Teams. We started the day with great walking and picture taking weather. We only took two pictures during the 2.5 miles of great walking. This one struck us as nice to show the morning weather we had to put up with.



All along the trails the weather seemed to be glad to be finished with the rain after 4 days. We definitely were.

Awe moseyed along we came to a tree laying out over the water with five turtles on it. As we approached it to do a little photography, four of the turtles slid into the water. Number five was the largest turtle and it stayed put and hunkered down a bit. So we got a photo of a hiding turtle in the brush. It wiggled around a little but stayed in place.





The rest of the walk got the OFM to thinking about swapping our vehicles and changing our travel style. Please note we did not say quit traveling around. Many years ago during our employed life we camped in just about every style available on FOUR wheels. No two wheel style was ever tried. The one that we found really good was no build van camping.

Today we stumbled onto a very good web site on no build van camping and caught our attention. For those who do not know what no build van camping is here is the explanation.

You use a van, large or small, and rearrange the inside to give you comfortable camping as you travel. The big difference from most camping vans is that no building cabinets or beds or ???? and attaching to the van done. Things like a bed is a folding cot with a mattress on it. A toilet is a Thetford Portti Potty like the OFM used for several years in his no build vans Showers happen at bath houses in campgrounds or wet wash cloth scrubbing in the van with a rag and pot of water. Folding chairs worked outside or inside. Van original furniture was stored in safe storage until it was needed to be reinstalled for selling the rig later. It was a great way of traveling fast to make big loop travels while still having to go back to work in a couple of days or week or two.

We are not considering and will not again be considering the van-ish Class B motor homes running around now days. We have looked at them carefully for a couple of years and they do not fit our wants. Nothing wrong with them just not our choice.

And that is the big news from north Alabama.

4/11/24

Do It Tomorrow Right?

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 11, 2024



We had light to heavy rain just about all day and it is still raining tonight. But it was a day of getting a few things moving along or finished. The middle of the day was laundry day and we got the whole laundry room to ourselves since it was raining out there.

We got it all done, back home and put away in only an hour and a half. It was great. And it was hot tea time and it was good also.

While sitting and thinking about what to do travel wise the OFM realized he had to get busy on some Stoup. We had cubed and cooked chicken breast in the freezer and Knorr rice noodle packages in the cabinet, shredded carrots and a cup of cubed potatoes standing by in the refer so we went to work and soon the Castle smelled delicious for supper. Wow that is good stuff.

Now there is two meals worth of chicken/rice stoup waiting politely in the fridge for the OFM to be ready to eat stoup again. It shouldn't be long.

WARNING AHEAD Yesterday while at Walmart Neighborhood market we picked up a single serving size of ready made sandwich for lunch. Today it exited in dramatic undesirable fashion. So we now know to be more careful about Out Of Date markings on those RTE sandwiches. It tasted fine going in yesterday but today was a new show for sure.

Several other ideas about the next few months are bouncing around inside the OFM skull making a lot of racket. We need to get something lined out soon and get business gitting going. One of the big troubles is this is such a nice area that it is very easy to kick back and gently slide along on the I'll do it tomorrow routine. This sounds like a good idea to do tomorrow. Have a great night .

4/10/24

Got To Try (Revised)

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 10, 2024



A beautiful day arrived shortly after we got going this morning, but let us begin at the rolling out of bed. The great news is the OFM rolled out of bed and landed on his feet instead of setting a new world record for splatting on the floor. After breakfast we needed to get in some walking after three days of rain confinement. So we bagged up the garbage to carry it to the dumpsters on the other side of the campground. Checked our selves for the gear we wanted to have along and ZZZZZZOOM we were on our way. A couple minutes later we took a right turn onto the walking path going over to the dumpsters. Passing by the first pathway to a different location we could tell that not all the rain water had drained away yet and we better choose the higher ground trails.



It was a bit cool in the shadows of the clouds with the light damp breeze so we were glad to have on our windbreaker as we turned toward the dumpsters way over yonder. It was only about ten yards farther when the sun attacked us with vigor. This picture was just as the sun broke though the clouds. In just a couple of minutes we shed the jacket for the rest of the walk.



And for the rest of the 2 miles it just kept on getting hotter. Nothing really exciting happened the rest of the day, BUT we have began working up a bit of an itinerary for rolling in the future. We got notice that Kiddo's family was able to finalize two great trips for themselves at the end of spring and start of summer. That bunch knows how to try to have tooooo much fun.

4/9/24

Very Rainy Day Today

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 9, 2024



We had a miserable day today. Light continuous rain all day here in Decatur Al. Drove out on the slip and slide roads to get my nooner burger and went right back on home to the Castle. There we stayed the rest of the day researching camping areas in hopes of rolling west soon. Seems to be LOTS of folks out on the roads already. Some of our favorite locations in west Texas are already having days in the mid to hi 90s. That makes sleeping in boondocking situations not really nice.

And the OFM is still pretty creaky and achy from the wild Sunday at the grands house.

So we guess we will take another easy day and get more better to have tooooo much fun.

4/8/24

Recovery Day

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 8, 2024



We had a miserable night and morning. The OFM was having muscle cramps here and there all over his body often. He would have to massage them out just to not scream from the pain of the cramps. Finally near noon the misery started to abate somewhat. So far this afternoon the OFM is getting by with only light cramps now and then.



Most of the campground folks were doing all sorts of things in preparation of the eclipse. We were the non participants in the event Of course it was mostly just an excuse to have a big party everywhere. We did take a photo of the special event to keep for ever and ever for those who want to see what the eclipse was like around here.





Along about 1600 the OFM finally got to feeling human again. We are fairly certain we will be a lot more careful next time about over using the OFM body trying to keep up with an 11 yo and a 6 yo. That could be dangerous for 77 YO FAT MAN.

One thing that surprises the OFM is he did not fall down even once. He stumbled frequently but did not go down!

We are proud to announce that our grand son has substantially improved his chess playing and came very close to beating Grandpa.



We are hoping that tomorrow will be a much more normal day in the OFM life. But we are very excited we did not miss all the fun of yesterday.

YYYAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!



4/7/24

Too Much Fun

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 7, 2024



We arrived at the grandkids home at 1000, and the fun started. We played soccer, chess, frisbee chasing, looking at pictures of places to visit and places the OFM had been and on and on. Hit up Phil Sandovals for great chicken salad, We finally left in late afternoon whopped to a frazzle. It was just about the funnest day in my life ever. Now for some serious resting. Too busy having fun to take pics. Good Night.


4/6/24

Left Over Fun

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 6, 2024


Another great day of spring springing all around us here on the Tennessee River. We hit the campground back trail entry and right away the OFM got a surprise. A little sprig of a tree that was treeless last Sunday had grown lots of leaves since then. Here is the end of a limb with the OFM holding a wad of the new leaves in his hand.



This place is literally exploding with new vegetation everywhere you look. WOW.

After the two mile walk was finished the OFM was not feeling well and decided to kick back for a good bit. It quickly proved to be the right idea to take it physically easy for a bit. So he went to studying some of the new techniques for coloring he is trying to learn well. They are some great techniques to use IF you can remember how to do them correctly when you need them. Here was the art table for a good while today,



We spent a couple of hours practicing the newly acquired information and once again the OFM proved he is an expert at learning at a very slow rate.



This effort was at getting enough coloring on the paper for correct blending. It was not easy.



Tomorrow is supposed to be Mexican food day with Kiddo and his family at Phil Sandavals place in Huntsville Al. They have very good food every time the OFM has eaten there for the last 20 years.

It is a great family friendly restaurant and the grand kids love it there.

Well folks, it is like this. During the walk this morning the OFM noticed a lot of fun left laying around outside from yesterday. We need to get busy using up all that extra fun OK.









4/5/24

Beautiful Days To Enjoy

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 5, 2024



Another very nice day in the country today. The walk went very nicely also. An email from Mary S. wanting to know what the golden flowers fragrance was like led to a repeat of yesterdays trail. It was still a wonderful route again today. As it turned out we reported back that the blossoms smelled like trail dust even after we removed all the dust we could. Maybe right after a rain they might be better.





Nearby was this nice scene from the trail of a beautiful cloud filled bright blue north Alabama sky. We stood around for a few minutes just enjoying the great view. We think it was time well spent.





It is amazing how quickly the greenery rushes into the forest areas. It was only last weekend when this area did not have any greenery and now it is mostly waist deep already.



The greenery seems to be squirting out of the ground like a high pressure water hose with a hole in it. WOW.



There is not a lot of fast and furious excitement happening around lately but it has been some great meandering outside weather. This spring is showing off rather nicely it seems to the OFM.

Have fun and stay Happy.



4/4/24

Exciting Choices To Make

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 4, 2024


It was a very pleasant day all around town today. The OFM had a very wonderful long conversation with OFM's son Kiddo's mom today. That pretty well got us both updated on things happening in the two families.

The walk was a nice bit of exercise and we ran into some old friends on the trail. They are about to leave to go up into the mountains of NE United States for a vacation. It sounded wonderful.

And we tried a new objective for the photo taking on the walk. The objective switched to finding pretty scenes instead of narrative or unusual things. We are trying to add variety to our coverage of the areas we go.

At the start of the walk we went out the back trail from the campground and found this bank of Fairy Dust floating gently through the vegetation greeting us at the start of the adventure. It was neat how it swirled around us as we passed through the magic cloud on the trail.


Fairy Dust


The flowers of Spring are working their way into our sight as they chase the sunlight. These golden flowers have bloomed since yesterday morning.


GOLDEN FLOWERS

We hope they become wildly special and we get to take more pictures of them this next few days. Then we might get to attempt a nice painting of them. That should be fun.

And on a back slough we noticed this nice view and spent several minutes taking some shots of it. Here is the one we chose to show tonight. We think it is pretty nice.


ARCH OF CALM

Sierra needs to get a Texas inspection so we are considering what we want to do about that. A quick six day trip back maybe by moteling or a few weeks with the Castle and be back here in early June when the Grands return from their big vacation at the end of school. Lots of very difficult decisions to make in this Rving life.

In the meantime everyone kick back, relax and try to have some very relaxing easy times.





4/3/24

Wonderful Walking Day

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 3, 2024



It was a pretty good day today. The OFM recovery seems to be moving on along. Good enough we got in a couple of miles again today.



As we began the part of the trail in the picnic area of the park we noticed a tree we had been passing for years. Today we noticed the old man face growing in the trunk. It is right next to the trail. It was a fun surprise to finally notice it.

The trail goes along Flint Creek and we just moseyed along enjoying the huge cumulus clouds in the sky decorating the beautiful blue skies everywhere.

This next bench is really popular when it is hot in this area. It gets you out of the HOT sunshine in the summer and has a nice view across Flint Creek to relax you.



This next bench is close to a good viewing area of where the Tennessee River joins Flint Creek. The bench sits all by itself in that big area a is frequently being used for reading or other quiet peaceful things. We like it for the sunshine in the cold weather.





That made for a very nice walk today and even a couple of nice conversations along the way. Now we have the chore of trying to have tooooo much fun tomorrow. Good night everyone.

4/2/24

Big Surprise Today

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April 2, 2024

During the ambulance ride the OFM kept on having a funny feeling of been there done that before feelings. He put them off to the time a couple of years ago when he came to the emergency room the first time for a damaged right eye. He put his thinking to that was where the funny feeling was coming from. He also noticed he was rapidly recovering his eyesight and balance but he could not figure what was going on. And this went on even when Kiddo and the OFM went back to the Castle.

Then this morning the OFM was doing really well and went out for a walk. His walk went so well he got in a comfortable two miles. Then as he was getting ready for a shower after the walk and his vision was excellent again It hit him right in the nose what was going on. He had had a migraine attack that was his worst ever and it scared him so badly in a new way that he went to the hospital from fear he was having a stroke or ?. The feeling he had been feeling since the hospital is the old familiar feeling he gets when a migraine is going away.

The sight return has a schedule that is pretty steady the same each time and it is happening this time also. But the attack was considerably stronger than anytime before.

So tonight the OFM is back at near full strength again. And better prepared for the next time.

The legs and camera are ready for more stories and adventures this spring. How about you?

4/1/24

What Happened Last Night

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: April1, 2024



The OFM story as best as we can recall the details. The OFM was working on the computer when his head quit working properly and he lost all ability to use his equipment. He could not recall much of anything about what he was supposed to be doing. Eventually he went to the campground office to get help for an ambulance team to take him to the emergency room.

The Emergency got to the campground and packed him up and away we went. At the emergency room they quickly spotted his blood pressure as WAY higher than acceptable and went to work on that. We do not recall any details for this time. Several readings were done for who knows what. The OFM clearly did not have his head on straight for this time period. His blood pressure was running extremely high as in 150/125 or so.

After Kiddo (OFMs son) got there things were calming down somewhat.

A long wait happened before the doctor came in to talk. His statement was basically “we have no idea what happened.” The good news was that there was no sign of heart trouble or stroke. The excessive blood pressure was all they found and it was responding to the treatment. They did recommend going to a regular doctor for more treatment. We were told we could resume normal activity. The medicine they had given the OFM was bringing his blood pressure down. So we left when the Doctor told us to resume our normal activities.. Today the OFM has taken it easy and monitored his BP and it is running only slightly high. We also noticed that the OFM slept a lot of serious naps during the day today. We figure he needed the rest.



And there you have the story as best the OFM can recall it. Today we had our usual lunch and supper. We made several slow laps of the campground office building for gentle exercise and quit immediately when it started to feel even a little strenuous.

3/31/24

Ambulance Ride

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 31, 2024



The OFM got to ride an ambulance to the Emergency room in Decatur to enjoy the afternoon and evening laying in a bed all hooked up to wires and tubes. He is considered OK now by the emergency room doctor and is home as of 2232 tonight.

Rest of the story tomorrow. Sleep time for now. Goodnight. 

3/30/24

Head Pains

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 30, 2024

The OFM man woke up to a strong case of migraine headache. It has been several months since one of those has hit with any force but this one has been been showing off its ass kicking ability all day. It has been a beautiful day for sure as this picture through the Castle door shows.





However we have been lucky to mostly sleep through most of the pain and blindness and this evening feel like we are finally over the worst and will recover soon. For those who would like a comparison think Babe Ruth with a steel bat knocking your head for a home run a few times.

If the normal pattern continues tomorrow the OFM brain will feel bruised as it gets moved around in his head while the OFM is doing things.

See you tomorrow with good news we hope.

3/29/24

Shopping Travel Trailers

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 29, 2024

The main stuff of today was looking at new travel trailers to find out what they are like. We saw lots of all sorts of cheaply built trailers with cheap prices to high priced cheap trailers. The worst part to us was that all of them seemed to be aimed at folks who do not spend much time inside them.

So we did not come up with any for full time living today. But quite a few the Teams would not think about traveling in. Now let us defend them a bit, they were sold to be sold by price not usability. Our guess was that if you did not use them much and they stayed outside then 10 years would be about the end of them. Otherwise 5 to7 years would be a generous limit.

So there you have the results of a day getting educated as a way of trying to have too much fun.



3/28/24

Delicate Knees

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 28, 2024



Another good walk today. In fact the OFM decided to try a faster pace to see how well he survived it. To his surprise we made the over two miles noticeably quicker than normal. However this evening the knees are not happy so we will likely just go back to the marching speed and all the body parts will be in a better mood then.



This picture has a white arrow pointing to the waterline spot two days ago after the flooding rains we had. River authorities got the level back down to just right for the barges to be running in full force today which is wonderful for business in the area. Having supplies in hand is great for business. That was a three foot level drop in about two days. It seems to us that the River Authority does a good job of keeping the barges moving along rather well.



That is all for today. The OFM took it easy on the knees and they seem to have appreciated it but tomorrow we will be a bit busier we think. We are hoping the knees will be all cured and ready to function well tomorrow so we can try again for tooooo much fun.

3/27/24

Getting Ready To Roll

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 27, 2024

We got in some good walking today by breaking it up into two sessions. 3.4 miles was the total to our surprise. However we did not get any pictures today for some unknown reason. Knuckle Head OFM is likely the reason.

Perhaps some of the excuse is that early this morning we were able to sensibly make a decision on if to roll. Yes was the answer. Then the real tough choice was where to head toward. Right now the decision is head south on I-65 to Birmingham and turn right onto I-20 and safely make it back to Texas by the second night. From that point we can choose points of interest and roam freely for 2 to 3 months and still get back to grand-kid land in time for all the birthdays in Alabama in July and August.



After being stuck here for 10 months we need to carefully go through the Castle and Sierra to make sure everything is in its traveling location. I doubt we have been ten months continuously in the same campsite since October 07, 2007 when we rolled out of Richland, Washington to begin our full time traveling.

We are planning to attempt to move less frequently than in the past. We have noticed the hot temps line is already just about up to I-10 in western Texas. Staying on the cooler side of that temperature line is probably a good idea. It might be time pretty soon for some boon-docking in New Mexico before they make their HIGH price increases in July.

Most of all we are excited that the repairs on the Castle, Sierra and the OFM seem to have us ready again for chasing wonderful adventures while roaming this country.

3/26/24

Heavy Rain and Flooding

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 26, 2024

We had heavy rain from about 2000 last night until 1200 today, Ditches were running over full here in the campground. My neighbors pups had trouble finding a place to squat to do their business with nearly all the land covered with water. This is a pic of the golf course next door about 1600 today after lots of the water had drained away.





Supper tonight was green salad with cubed pork chops stir fried in Italian seasoning and olive oil. The BBQ sauce for dressing really makes the meal great. We are glad the OFM likes simple meals.





During our short flood dodging walk the sun was setting very brightly.



In fact so bright it turned this dark green pine tree an orangeish brown.



We are hoping for nice weather tomorrow.

The OFM is trying to put together a road trip for us. So far every thing seems to be coming together. We are planning to roll west on I-20 the week after Easter and find out where we go. It has been 10 months since we could roll and that is way too long.

We have a new coloring in progress but the new techniques are taking the OFM a bit to master them but they sure make a big difference when they are done correctly. We will be awhile on this learning coloring we think.

In the mean time everyone be nice and try to have tooooo much fun.

3/25/24

Pretty White Flowers

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 25, 2024

We got in something of a walk in cold damp windy conditions but it was miserable. The rest of the day was spent mainly indoors at home or Burger King or Walmart. The good news is the OFM remembered all the little things he needed from wall mart and we now have a blank sheet of paper as a we need this LIST.

During the walk we got to photograph a very pretty cluster of white flowers on a wild bush in the park.



What did we do with the rest of the day?

We piddled on this and that for a bit then got very productively busy on art stuff. We took a page from a coloring book and got very busy for several hours trying things out to see how it works out for the OFM. Most of the effort involved water color paint mixed with colored pencils to see how it worked out. Here is the that we mutilated and piddled with. There is likely over 20 different things we tried out on the sheet and it was definitely educational. Most of it was education on what does not work out well.



So overall it was a productive and interesting day of taking things we had had on hold for some time and messing around.

The weather prediction for the next couple of days is not wonderful so we may be having some seriously lazy days coming up.



That is all for tonight so kick back and relax.



3/24/24

Viewing A New Style RV

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 24, 2024



A beautiful day started our morning and continued all day until dark. Bright blue skies with clear bright sunshine. In fact the OFM waited until near sundown to try to get some nice pictures.

The soccer fields were in heavy use nearly all day. Then this evening the fields loaded up to the maximum.



Down the trails a little ways was a scene that looked really great to our eyes but the picture did not quite catch the mood we felt. It was still a pleasant shot but the sunshine was just not as bright as it seemed when we were taking the picture.



After the nice walk around the area we headed back to the Castle to see what is next. On the way to the Castle we noticed a new decoration the neighbor down the street had installed at the corner of his site. We liked it a bunch.



During mid day we got to get a nice tour of a class B rv. These are the oversize van models. This one was by Winnebago and the folks were really nice. We got an exceptionally thorough tour with lots of details. The owner gave the OFM all the details so we have an excellent idea of what using one would be like. Thank you folks.

We have no idea of what tomorrow will bring but we hope it will turn out to be too much fun.



3/23/24

Kid Size Soccer Goal

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 23, 2024



Today was a goofy day for sure. The temps were not supposed to be bad but when we set our body to go walking the COLD damp wind cut us to pieces immediately. So we walked a very wind protected several short trails to stay sort of comfortable while bundled. The result was a tad over a mile of miserable walking.

Here is a picture of the soccer goals they use for the younger players on smaller fields to fit their size kids. When the mowing guys are mowing they stop and just grab it with both hands, pick it up and move it as needed. We thought they would be way to heavy for that. So we had a chance to mess with one on the side lines and got a big surprise, Even the OFM was able to pick one up and carry it a little ways with no problem at all if he used two hands. I wonder how they stay in place with the kids banging them during play. We need to look closer when the next games are being played.





Sure enough the OFM messed around until late for supper but we got lucky and found the last of the bag of mixed leafy greens to go with a large portion of cubed chicken already cooked and waiting to be warmed in the microwave. So it was tossed salad with chicken and BBQ sauce for supper with cheap Root Beer to drink. WOW that salad was good.



  

We are hoping that the weather will be better tomorrow for trying to have tooooooo much fun. Good night.

3/22/24

Cubed Pork Chops

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 22, 2024

Thank you to our readers who commented and gave us their opinions on the Traveling Trailer. We have found them very valuable in our considerations.

The OFM was not at his best today but we did get in two miles of walking, although slower than normal. We never out figure what the trouble was. (old age maybe) But we were definitely not on the leading edge of greatness today.

But on the walk we noticed this tree seemed to be eating its breakfast and enjoying it. We just kept on moving.



While on the subject of eating, here is what the OFM eats for small snacks a couple of times a day. 


We find them tasty and just right for getting us to the next real meal with low calories but nicely filling.



With wet weather all over us the OFM decided it was time to cube our last pork chops purchase. So choppity chop we got busy. These were normal thickness rather than the thin ones we prefer but the price was very right. So we got to work.



Very shortly the chops were fast becoming cubes for OFM cooking,



.

We cooked some for supper tonight and they turned out very good.



The OFM found them very tasty for supper and is looking forward to the other three meals of cubed chops in the refrigerator in the near future.

Last night we made a small start on another coloring. We have a short list of new techniques we have learned about in the last month that we will be putting a lot of effort into incorporating into my efforts. At least it will be interesting doing new stuff.

That is about all for this rainy cool night in north Alabama on the south bank of the Tennessee River.



3/21/24

Traveling Trailer

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 21, 2024

Another nothing special day in Decatur Alabama. We made the walk a deliberate effort at getting some nice nature photos. However we were very unsuccessful at recognizing any views to keep for the blog. The air caused too much light foggy appearance making the pictures in the sun light seem fuzzy. All of them went into the waste basket.



However we did get one in the campground that is an excellent illustration of what we are thinking we want for a TRAVELING TRAILER.



We have been considering having the Castle home based in Point Mallard most of the time. But for easier and faster loop traveling have a much smaller trailer for our run around the country trailer. This is an old rig that sleeps two and has a dry shower and toilet, one burner stove, sink and small refrigerator. It would be easy to handle in close quarters like a lot of older gas stations. The OFM could easily travel around for a couple of months and return to Decatur for special grand kid events and roll out again. At least that is his thinking at the moment.

We would appreciate comments on this idea.



3/20/24

Idiot Camera Operator

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 20, 2024

After breakfast the OFM gathered the trash into bags and off we went to the dumpsters. It turned out to be so nice out that we made a nice walk of a mile to get things going this morning. So we headed back out to get some pictures. Wouldn't you know it, the camera operator was an idiot and we did not get any pictures.

So it was lunch time and we headed to Burger King and found our lunch buddy there. We had a good visit and afterward went to the town he lives near and did 1,2 miles of walking with him. It was very nice visiting but no pictures.

Back home the antihistamine hit the OFM really hard and he slept right through the alarm that was set to wake him after thirty minutes of napping

That brought us to supper time and still no special stuff for a blog write up tonight. So everyone just relax knowing nothing earth shattering happened today and we all get to try again tomorrow.



3/19/24

Really Nice Blue Skies

 

Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: March 19, 2024

It was definitely a cold night last night with 28F at sunrise on our gauge. But a couple of hours later all we needed was a windbreaker for reasonable comfort outside. The OFM was not feeling on top of the world today and we never figured out why but nothing bad happened either.

Lunch was with lunch buddy Jerry at Burger King. He had some good stories to hear today so lunch was fun.

Back at the Castle the OFM spent a good while trying to figure out what we are going to do in the near future. No success on that issue was forth coming so we went out to get in a walk since the weather was nice and sunny. It turned out to be a nice walk with lots of sunlight and clear air for photos. It turned out to be a task walk and the task was to find pretty pictures to take

The OFM did his best effort but all we came home with was four to show. The first one he shot was the one that got him going. The tree is trying to grab that beautiful sky and take some sky home with it to show the family.





Nearby was a large stand of very straight trees all standing at attention watching their reflection.





On down the path a good bit we caught the sun reflecting on the water of Flint Creek showing you the way in from the Tennessee River to explore Wheeler Natural Area. It is a neat area to explore by land and water.



And as we got back in the vicinity of the campground the rear entrance came into view and lo and behold lots of new greenery had exploded since two days ago when we last came through here.



So we got a nice welcome home in the cool evening air. Hopefully we all will get a nice refreshing sleep tonight and be ready for an exciting day to chase in the morning.