Full moon in Virgo part 1



I’m camping at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Preserve with Belle and Elliot.

Today’s adventures:

We went to the Wind Creek Casino Grill for breakfast. I had a cheese, spinach, and bacon omelette, a biscuit, strawberry jam, unsweetened tea, and hash browns. It was tasty.

Afterwards we toured the impressive casino facilities: two gift shop, huge pool, gambling floors, hotel, buffet, spa, a couple of bars, game room, cooking classes, bowling alley, movie theaters, coffee shop, liquor store, amphitheater, and the Grill. We boogied to the music 🎶 from the rocking rock.

Back at World HQ we hiked to the creek and went wading. We hiked to the burn pile and picked up giant pine cones. Later we hiked down the road, saw some geese, and played kick the pine cone.

We hiked a couple of miles total. Pretty good considering one of us was only one year old.

We trekked to David’s Catfish House for supper. I had two catfish filets, coleslaw, hush puppies, and turnip greens. I liked it all but the greens. The prices were reasonable and they had an intriguing decor that included a phone booth in case one needed to transform into a super hero.

On the way back to World HQ we made a short trip to Florida.

I’m looking forward to what tomorrow brings.

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Further Down the Road


I rolled Further down the road today. I left New Orleans and Jude Travel Park, went by the U-Haul for some propane and some tight space driving practice (a scary proposition when I’m almost 9’ wide and 44’ long). I flirted with the nice lady. I did some really fancy weaving between the buildings, trucks, and trailers. Everyone that worked there was ready to hop on board the bus. It’s was a rocking and rolling good time at the U-Haul. I paid $53 for the propane and I was history.

I went by the abandoned Six Flags next to I-510. I would like to spend a day there.

From Mobile Alabama I traveled the Hero’s Highway (because it was hero time) and arrived around two pm at Magnolia Branch. I sure did miss my hero partner.

I passed some fire trucks and the burned out husk of someone’s motor home. I hope they escaped.

Robinsonville Baptist Church

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The Passport Application


I turned in my passport application (cation)* today. How (misbehave)* naive of me to think I would walk in, turn it in, pay money, and walk away. It was not that way at all.

Guided by the Gatekeepers instructions and (seeks no)* seeking the light of the holiday tree, I wove my way down into the bowels of the county courthouse. There stood the holiday tree in all its radiant glory. Nice Person asked, “Do you have an appointment?” My brain goes, “appointment? This requires an appointment? Huh?” My mouth says, “No, I didn’t know I needed one”. Nice Person says, “Let’s see if we can work you in today.” Off Nice Person goes deeper in the maze. After awhile and a roll of Smarties, Nice Person returns telling me I’m in luck there has been a cancellation and Passport Person can see me now.

More directions and wandering about. Oh look, It’s Passport Person’s office. Ceremonial greetings are exchanged. Palms are pressed together. Paperwork is reviewed, revised, and copied. The appropriate funds are exchanged. Pleasantries are exchanged. Advice is given. An hour passes. I bid farewell, leaving behind my identity, and like the experimental mouse I wind my way back through the maze to Gatekeeper. The Gatekeeper gives me a lighter, a laugh, a knife, and buzzes me out into the rain.

That’s my story and Maya and I are sticking to it. 😉

*The things in parenthesis are messages from the muse, Autocorrect.

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Happiness Project 41


Happy in the month of thanksgiving.

1.  MBWR

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem in Central Alabama. We have have a large campsite. The (boathouse)* bathhouse is adequate. There are great bike riding spaces, a nice lake, a river, and we have cell service. It’s a bit remote which is great.

2.  A travel companion

I’ve enjoyed having a traveling companion for the last few weeks. It always seems like more fun sharing the adventure.

3.  New Front Curtains

Share your joy. Tell us something that made you happy this week.

*Things in parenthesis are messages from the muse, Autocorrect. #Maya

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Fisheye Black and White 


I like the fisheye lens from Olloclip.  

These pictures were taken by me at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum with the Hipstamatic app, and the Olloclip fisheye lens on an iPhone 6.  

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What’s Happening in June


What’s going on at World HQ this month? 
1. Lots of service work:
* Air conditioner service 
* Refrigerator service 
* Engine oil and filter change 
* Onan propane generator oil and filter change
* Chassis lube
* Gas filter replaced
* Check brakes, shocks, steering stabilizer, and air dryer
* New radio
* Check house batteries 
* Fix steps 
* Maybe a new TV 📺 
The one in the bedroom has been broken for a while now.

2. Gunter Hill Campground 
This is one of my favorite campgrounds. It’s in the River Region of Alabama just outside Montgomery. Most the lots are wooded. As an added bonus, since it’s a COE campground I can stay for half price. 

3. Back in Alabama – sigh

4. Visiting with some good friends and family 

5. A beginner kayak?  
I have been shopping for a kayak. I’ve looked at inflatables, kayaks that come in sections, regular kayaks, one person, two person, sit on, sit in, life vests, paddles, and a multitude of ways to carry a kayak with a soft top Jeep or motorhome.  
I was hobbling around Gunter Hill and there was the 8′ DayLife sit on kayak. The reviews indicate it is a good beginner’s kayak.  Any suggestions? 

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Alabama Politics 


Normally I don’t blog about politics but an article about the Alabamafication of America struck a nerve. To read the article click on the link below. 

Alabama politics don’t play well on the big stage.  The Alabamafication of America is a scary thing.  If you aren’t a native of Alabama you may not understand the deeply entrenched corruption that controls this state. 

Sweet Home Alabama: “For such a long time, the corruption of Alabama politics was something we thought we had under control, or at least, contained. Our graft, buffoonery and ineptitude had become a Dixie Ouroboros, too busy eating itself to hurt anyone else. ” ~ Kyle Whitmore

It’s not contained any longer. It has moved to the big leagues. 

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Choo Choo


I spent hours wandering the trainyard at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera Alabama.  I’ve been here many times and it’s a unique joy to take photographs at the museum. There is always something new to shoot.  
I miss seeing the caboose at the end of the train.  A train crossed the road in front of me yesterday.  It’s just not the same with just the light on the last car.  It makes me happy to see places like the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum preserving cabooses for future generations to enjoy. 
One of the many cool things here is riding the train. You can purchase tickets to ride in an open car or an enclosed car.   There are also tickets available to ride in the caboose or in the engine.  I think I should take advantage of one or both of those options while I am here.   

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Photos taken with an iPhone 6 and edited with Snapseed.  

Mt Zion Cemetry 


Across the road from the Mt. Zion AME church is an ancient cemetery. Many of the grave markers are long gone. There are a lot of graves there. You can see dips in the ground where the graves sank.
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I went to the beach


By the sea
By the sea
By the beautiful sea
Me and me
Me and me
Oh how happy I be

The white sand beaches in
Gulf Shores, Alabama


Lunch at the
A short video of the ocean.

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