The date is April 18th – according to the calendar. On Face Book many have been referring to it as January 107th – according to the weather! That sets the stage for this weekend’s planned campout at Morgan’s Canoe Livery. The plot thickens as Alan inquired about conditions at Morgans and found that they were muddy, squishy, and very wet from the recent rains! In a flurry of text messages, the whole venue was moved to Caesar Creek State Park!
We set up in the “walk-in” sites in loop “A”, surrounded by lots of thick, green grass, with lots of blue sky and sun-shine! We arrived just as Alan did, and within the hour Lou and Larry pulled in, followed by Georgia and Rick. John and Suzie and the new pups, Penelope and Rupert, will be here tomorrow.
Caesar Creek campsites are mostly in grass with backdrops of shrubs, bushes, and trees, and the lower growth was sprouting fresh green, and a few flowering trees. Like other Ohio State Parks, they are on a mission to cut down the Ash trees to eliminate the ash-bore-beetle, and there were piles of cut trees bordering the woodsy edge.
When rain moved in we loaded up and drove to a nearby Max and Erma’s for dinner. I don’t think we reached freezing overnight, and the predictions for Thursday were for increasing sunshine! . . . more like April than January!
Thursday started with a morning gathering of the boys around Alan’s u-shaped dinette! A dog walk down to the lake and a late morning fire took us up to lunch!
Suzie and John arrived with new little puppies Penelope and Rupert and they received their first camping lesson. This called for some pictures around the campfire – both doggies . . . and humans!
Supper was a community gathering around the picnic table with each bringing their own food and a good fire-stoking to prepare for the evening circle. There was a quick walk to the lake to see the sunse, and a group headed out for an ice cream run. As the sun got weak the temperature dropped . . . and I headed for the camper.
Friday started with breakfast -- Alan had made four Quiche, and others pitched in hash, bacon, sausage links, and fruit!
The breakfast fueled a quick shopping trip into Waynesville, and sweet little town with some interesting stores.
Friday morning I mentioned to Georgia that I would like to have pictures of the flowering trees and wildflowers -- just to prove that Spring was coming. She promptly took up the challenge and took a walk and returned with this gallery of pictures. Georgia is one of the most accomplished bird and flower photographers that I know! Thank you Georgia!
Tom and I spent our last night around the campfire on Friday night, leaving early Saturday morning to return to Van Wert for a wedding celebration with the Thomas family. We're looking forward to our next outing to the Urban Air -- Wake Up Downtown in Logan, Ohio.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown