Wednesday. We woke up to some fine weather. I'm going to keep mentioning the weather because after our last two trips, it's absolutely glorious.
One of today's main activities was walking the dog. The poor old thing has a problem with her shoulder and does struggle walking too far, but she wanted a few short tours of the campground and I was happy to oblige.
We also had Emma and Charlie visit us in the afternoon. As you may know, Charlie is our grandson and is, well, a very busy child. He's only 15 months but he never stops moving and so, to prevent him getting into the tick infested fringes of the site, the fire pit, and sundry other exciting (but not in a good way) diversions, he came straight into the camper. There he proceeded to open every door that his strength would allow and basically make the place his. We endured for a while before loading him in his stroller and taking him out for a cruise around the campground, and the bits of the park that bordered it. I had to drop out of the excursion before we reached the lake, though, mindful of the hound's infirmity. Not that she wanted to leave the group, because she resisted, but she'd already walked a goodly distance and I certainly didn't want to aggravate that shoulder of hers.
I did take the time to have a look at some of the naturally occurring flora and fauna while I was out. Mrs. Toad is seriously into indigenous planting, and this park is full of trees, shrubs and flowering plants that she'd dearly love to have in our garden at home. There are Tulip trees, Paw Paws, Kentucky Coffee trees and a host of other Ashes, Oaks and Pines that make up the Carolinian Forest. There are Asters and Golden Rod everywhere, as well as Sumac, which is going brilliant red right now. The wildlife is abundant, too; Chipmunks, Squirrels, Turkey Vultures, Blue Jays (by the score) and a fabulous pale brown hawk of some kind, which we didn't identify but it was bigger than the vultures, and majestic in flight. No Deer to see this trip, but I think if we mooched about just as it was getting dark then we might see some.
As I said yesterday, we're thankful that we can be here to enjoy all this; it's a great time to recharge your mind and body's batteries, that's for sure.
Back to the weather, and there are dire predictions of storms for Thursday and Friday, all thanks to a Hurricane coming ashore in Mexico. That might sound to be a bit of a stretch, but when you see the track of the weather system, it heads right across the continent to the lower Great Lakes, and that's us folks! Still, we will enjoy what we have, and deal with what's to come.
Our evening was initiated by a quick viewing of the news on the TV. Yes, we cranked up that old antenna again and, after 25 minutes of working on getting the correct direction, we had pretty good reception of Global TV on the DTV free-to-air channel. I actually broke the crank handle on the antenna on the last trip but, this being North America, where everything is available on Amazon, I had a replacement delivered before this trip. In fitting the new handle, I did lubricate the crank gears for the first time in ten years, this despite the advice to do it at least twice annually. Maybe that's why the handle broke? Hmmmm.
We're very old school when it comes to TV in the trailer, partly because we don't often watch it. Looking around the campground, there are some serious TV antennae on display; small satellite dishes in pods and on fancy tripods, full size items built into the RV's roof that fold out for use, and new for this year, little fibreglass pods on the end of 15' tall poles. I'm not sure about these last things, they may be wifi/data devices, but that seems a bit over the top for a service you can get on your cell phone. Anyway, we watched a 1950's British gangster movie on the Bluray last night, so sucks to all those antennae.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that the meteorologists have it wrong again for tomorrow.
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