...to a fine weekend. This photo was from the Oak-Savannah Trail at Neal Smith Refuge on Friday, but our Verizon hotspot was taking 45 minutes to upload a photo while on the road so I will include it here. On Saturday we managed a pancake breakfast outside before the rain started. What to do next?
For one thing, hop in the truck and journey to Pella. On the way we checked out a large county campground on the north side of Red Rock. Then a check of a junk store and the visitors' center before indulging ourselves at the Jaarsma Bakery for cookies, coffee cake and bread. Still raining, so out to the Tassel Ridge Winery. This is quite an impressive operation.
After a tasting, we took a glass of our favorites out to the new sun room--an excellent place on a rainy day. It includes remote controlled shades on the ceiling for sunny days and a large wood-fired pizza oven.
Back at the ranch--er, campground--the sun finally came out and we watched numerous orioles while we cooked salmon over the fire. We did have company Saturday night--one other camper and some men who were participating in a fishing contest on Sunday. Other than that, we had the place to ourselves.
It was so empty that on my Sunday morning walk, I startled a group of five deer in another loop who gave me a "What are you doing here?" look. It's a great park and will be better when the new shower house is operational in the non-equestrian loops. However, one cost-savings I would argue with. All campers are used to showers on a timer, where you need to keep pressing a button to get water. But when the lights and fan go off automatically while you are dressing---really? There's no windows. You could make them come back on by opening and closing the door twice, but when you're dressing? We never did see Mr. Ed.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.