Tuesday, 21 May
Eastbank COE Campground — Bainbridge, Georgia
Temps: Lo 68F / Hi 95F (20C / 35C)
Seems odd to be writing about everyday mundane things while so many in
Moore, Oklahoma are dealing with the aftermath of a horrific act of Mother Nature.
We all know that Mother Nature isn’t always kind and gentle. But do you wonder
sometimes if she is sending us a message with the increased ferocity of these storms?
Our hearts go out to all those affected.
Today wasn’t as hot as yesterday. The high reading on our weather station was 95F (35C). Amazing how that felt “cool” after the oven-like afternoon we had yesterday. It helped, of course, that there was a barely-felt breeze at times, and that the humidex wasn’t quite as high as yesterday.
Taking advantage of the temp being a mere 68F (20C) at 7:00a, we started our day with a walk around the campground. With only three loops that have a total of 65 sites, this is a smallish campground; it didn’t take us long to wander around and enjoy the well-maintained, lush green grounds. There’s a trail to the dam that we hope to walk soon — if we can find the trailhead, that is.
Open green space to the left of the C Loop; there’s a picnic pavilion at the far end.
The C loop area behind and to our right has trees for those seeking shaded sites.
We took the opportunity to check out the main bathhouse while we were at it. It is located down the road from us, and has four individual shower rooms for unisex use behind the restrooms. (There is another bathhouse at the back of Loop B with facilities and one shower each for men and women.) Since we don’t have a sewer hook-up here, we’ll be taking advantage of the bathhouse, though we may have to schedule our showers for off-hours once the campground fills up.
The water channel between loops A and C is a haven for small birds.
On the other side of the channel is Loop C.
Of course, I’m always on the look out for birds and other interesting subjects that might give me an opportunity to click the shutter while we’re wandering around. Here are a few things that caught my eye today.
Insect eggs? I have no idea; they look like pearls and are everywhere along the shoreline.
The cypress tree across from our site makes a great drying room for this anhinga.
A male anole displaying for the gals.
We were out for just an hour or so, but by the time we returned to the Phaeton, the temp was already up to 75F (24C). And it kept going up from there. So, we hunkered down for the rest of the day.
Foil-lined skillets to warm-up the last of our leftovers eliminates dishwashing.
From now on, it’s simpler meals for us until we return to the world of full hook-ups.
Mid-afternoon, the Canada geese family that welcomed us yesterday put in another appearance. They stuck to the grass, respecting Mui’s hard work yesterday to clean the cement pad of the evidence they had left behind on previous visits.
Here come the mowers!
This time Poppa (standing guard) cooperates for the photo-op.
And one of the Goslings provides “the End” for this post.
Despite “The End” above, I had to come back and share the sunset photos from today. I walked over to a different vantage point to include “our” cypress tree in some zoomed in shots of the red sky and red waters of Seminole Lake.
I’ll let the Waning Gibbous Moon be the second and final “The End” for this post.
P.S. The ant shield is holding up. Except for the couple of Argentine ants we saw when we arrived, no others have been spotted on or around the site. The vigil to make sure it stays that way continues ;-)