Thursday, December 17, 2015

McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian, Florida

When we were staying in Sebastian, Florida we stopped at the McLarty Treasure Museum, the site of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet.  Between the 1500's to 1700's Spain dug vast amounts of silver and gold out of the mountains of Mexico and South America.  Smelted into ingots and coins, it crossed the Atlantic in wooden sailing vessels. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

American Victory Ship, Tampa, FL

We went to tour the American Victory Ship in Tampa Harbor.  It is one of four fully operational WWII merchant ships in the country.  It was built in 1945 at the California shipyard and served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam as a cargo vessel.  It circumnavigated the globe twice.  In 1999, it was towed to Tampa and underwent a $2 million restoration to become a world-class national memorial and museum.  It's mission is to honor the dedicated men and women who provided service during times of peace and war.  

American Victory Ship

Friday, October 16, 2015

A visit from Sandhill Cranes, Ruskin, Florida

The campground had a surprise visit this morning by three Sandhill Cranes.  They were near the dock for a while and the local cat was completely awed by them.  It sat pretty close to them and then one of the birds started flapping its wings to chase the cat away.  Not to be deterred, as the Cranes started walking through the park, the cat followed and looked like it wanted the birds for lunch. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Duck Commander, West Monroe, LA

While making our way from New Mexico to Florida at the end of July, we found ourselves in West Monroe, LA for the night.  Jim happened to mention that he thought the Duck Commander headquarters was somewhere in the area, so I looked it up and low and behold, it was right in the same city we were staying. We also discovered transmission fluid dripping from the bottom of the engine and decided to have that checked out as well.  The next morning after getting the transmission checked out, we went to the Duck Commander Warehouse.  Their store is really cool, and we bought Jacklyn a coffee cup with the quote "arise, kill, eat" (Acts 10:13), which Joe has now confiscated.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Smokey the Bear, Capitan, New Mexico

The true story of Smokey the Bear took place in Capitan, New Mexico.  Smokey was a small black bear who survived a fire in the Capitan Mountains and became the world's most well-known bear.  It is the birthplace and burial site of Smokey the Bear.  Smokey's story is factual although it might appear to be fictional.  In May 1950 a fire started in the Capitan Mountains, from a carelessly discarded cigarette butt.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Lincoln, New Mexico (The Legend of Billy the Kid)

While we were staying in Capitan, New Mexico we went to the old city of Lincoln, New Mexico. Lincoln is famous because in 1880 Pat Garrett was elected Sheriff of Lincoln County and is determined to bring in the outlaw William H. Bonney, famously known as "Billy the Kid."  Garrett and his men pursue Billy and his gang for roughly 140 miles, ambushing them at Fort Sumner.  On December 23, 1880, Billy and his gang were hiding out in a small rock house.  Some of his gang were killed and Billy was captured.  He is sent to Santa Fe pending trial, which was to take place in Mesilla, some 150 miles southwest of Lincoln.  Billy is found guilty of murdering Brady.  He is the only person convicted of any crimes related to the Lincoln County War and sentenced to hang on May 13, 1881.  He is kept separate from the other prisoners, shackled, and chained to the floor and guarded by two deputies. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area, New Mexico

Our first trip in the Carlsbad area  took us to Sitting Bull Falls.  Trip took about 45 minutes, about 35 miles on winding roads through the mountains. The water comes up from a spring and runs along the mountain top, dropping at Sitting Bull Falls, to travel along the mountain until it disappears under ground. The water felt good on our feet - cool but not cold.  The dogs loved the water and would have enjoyed being let off leash to run and play, but there were too many people there today.  Talked with the camp host and another National Forest employee who, as usual, tells us about applying for the job.  The drive there took us through open range land where we had to stop to let some cowboys on horses pass as they round up the cattle. 

Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico

We arrived at Brantley Lake State Park on Saturday, July 18, and luckily found a real nice spot with a lake view.  There is no grass in the area, just lots of rocks, cactus and other dessert vegetation.  We have a small spot to sit a couple of chairs and look out over the area, and a nice pavilion with a picnic table.  There is a short trail through the hillside that takes us down to the picnic area and boat ramp.  I worry about letting the dogs loose because there are scorpions and snakes all over the place.

Sitting Area

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns began about 250 million years ago.  A 400-mile long reef in an inland sea covered the area.  This reef formed from the remains of sponges, algae, and seashells and from calcite that precipitated directly from the water.  Cracks developed in the reef as it rose and eventually the sea evaporated, and the reef was buried under deposits of salts and gypsum. An uplift began and uncovered the buried rock reef and formed the Guadalupe Mountains.  As the mountains were pushed up the rooms and passages in the cave were being formed. This process created horizontal levels connected by steep passages.  Stalactites, stalagmites and other formations began over 500,000 years ago, drop by drop. It's amazing walking through the caverns seeing all the different formations that were formed.

Dressed and ready to go into the Caverns

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad is situated in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Living Desert State Park has all the plants and animals that can be found in the desert.  It is the largest desert in North America.  There is a 1.3 mile trail that took us about 2 hours to walk through.  They had a lot of mammals but we could not see them as it was too hot for them to be out and I guess they were in the shade of the trees.  I asked about the birds and other animals that they had there, and was told that they were orphaned or injured and would not survive in the wild.  We talked with the Camp Host quite a while and she was very helpful telling us about the different places to visit in New Mexico.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Glen Rose, Texas

After resigning from Yogi Bear Jellystone we headed for Tres Rios RV Resort in Glen Rose, Texas, one of the Ocean Canyon properties we belong to.  Glen Rose is a small town with not much in it except for little shops catering to tourists.  We stopped at the local museum to view some of the artifacts.  They had a lot of old, old memorabilia, including some interesting fossils.  There was also the old Post Office on display (which had a geocache attached to it).

Inside the Museum

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stone Mountain House; Visit with Janice Strang

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, we drove down to our house in Stone Mountain to look at it and make sure everything was still OK with it.  Leon met us there and we all walked around the property.  Evidently the grass and bushes had grown up a lot and Leon mowed and trimmed the bushes all around the property.  One shock was that someone chopped down one of our trees in the back yard.  Leon said the leaves were still green when he was there earlier, so it had just happened within the past week.  Not happy about that, but nothing we can do about now.  We also discovered that someone broke in and stole the safe that we had concreted into the floor underneath the basement steps.

Tree chopped down

Frances Kerch - Laid to Rest

On May 12, 2015, Frances Kerch (Jim's Mom) passed away.  She appeared to be in good condition on Mother's Day.  Jack went to visit her, and she also talked with Jim, Jacklyn, and other people. On Tuesday morning she fell in the bathroom.  Jack found her there and helped her back into her chair and said he would come back later that afternoon to check on her.  The staff brought her lunch and a friend of hers stopped by during lunch only to find her in an unresponsive state.  The staff came and discovered that she had passed away. 

Mother's Day

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Painting Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, Lone Star Yogi

This winter the Yogi Bear and Boo Boo statutes were taken down from the pool area and brought into the Recreation Center to be painted.  I was the lucky one who got to paint them.  The statutes are pretty big and a lot of fun to paint.  Yogi Bear sits on top of the kiddie pool and Boo Boo sits at the bottom.  Boo Boo is also asleep in his flower bed.

Yogi Bear

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Old Gas Station / Speakeasy, Glen Rose, Texas

On our way back to Glen Rose, Texas we happened along this structure and had to stop and look closer and take pictures.