Sadler State Park turned out to be quite a gem, 395 Acres of beautiful forests on a peninsula of Lake Hartwell (56,000 acres). We stayed on Loop #1, site # 1, a pull through that abutts up to the water.
After quickly setting up, little man and I took a walk down to the beach area. He and I, loaded with our cameras, partook in a few photography lessons. I talked to him about composition and foreground and background. He caught on quickly; took a few of his own shots on his Kodak camera his dad had given him and then took off to run the beach. Lessons over, I took many beautiful landscape shots of the lake and its shores. I practiced what I learned in the book Perfect Exposure (I’ll edit with the authors name later.) Using the sand as my midtones, I got perfect shots. Can’t wait to see them on my Surface.
When we checked into the campground little man decided, for some odd reason, that he was afraid to fall in the water! He didn’t want to stay at the site we had chosen. Of course, we didn’t listen to him and number one it was. After seeing how shallow the water was at the shore he decided it was quite safe to play knee-deep for several hours.
We had a lovely evening and slept very well. The next morning, little man earned his level 1 Junior Ranger badge. We had a nice chat with Ranger Austin who suggested we come in the fall. I do believe our Thanksgiving week plans have been made.
For many years we heard that there were monkeys living along the Silver River in the Ocala National Forest. Many people, myself included, felt this to be urban legend. Well, I have proof it is not. Back in February we took a canoe trip down the Silver River. It was such an enjoyable, beautiful day, made even better by encountering these fun creatures. They live about 5 miles from the Ray Wayside Park. Their territory seems to be about a mile in length. We found it interesting that both times we came here, this was the area they hung out in. Why they don’t travel farther, we don’t know.
My photos are not the best, as it is difficult to get a steady shot from a canoe, sometimes moving at that! Unfortunately, we were limited to staying inside the boat. My dream is to get a faster lens so that some of this issue is eliminated, but until then……
After much preparation we are off to Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs for a much needed spring break. We will be practicing boondocking some more to prep us for the long summer trip. We created checklist which should hopefully have prevented many forgotten items. Except for the tiny bungee cords to hold together the canoe tiedowns. They are flapping noisily against the roof of the truck. Wal-Mart here we come – again!
I said we had a plan! And what an adventurous plan it is. At this writing our summer will consist of approximately 3500 miles, at least 12 reserved campgrounds, hiking, swimming, canoeing, train riding (and dinner in a train car, if Lesa gets her way) and of course lots of campfires and marshmallows. I will be in Photography Heaven if the sites are true to reality.
Our first stop will be Acadia National Park in Maine. We will be staying at Acadia for a week. According to the following site, we will have more than enough to see and do. Besides, this is a beautiful site even if you don’t get to travel there. Check out the photograph gallery. Breathtaking!
We will be staying at Seawall Campground http://www.acadiamagic.com/seawall-campground.html , on the southwest end of the Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is on the other side of the island, but a little distance won’t keep us from heading over for a Maine Lobster meal! And, oh, all the things to see and do between Seawall and Bar Harbor. So exciting.
Next stop……….Covered Bridge Campground in Conway, New Hamshire.