On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!
By: joealaska , 3:20 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
It is 3 weeks since I came to Mount Eden, the official mailing address here at the lake.
The first full weekend I was here was busy and packed. The next weekend was rained out. Just me.
Then we had heavy rain earlier this week, but it has finally stopped. But the trails here are closed due to the rain, so horse campers will not be coming this weekend. It was worse. BOY SCOUTS. A PACK of them.
Started Friday afternoon. Earlier I had noticed the maintenance guys bringing extra picnic tables to all the sites around me. Then a guy in an SUV pulled up midday and pulled into the spot next to me. He and 3 kids got out. I watched in horror as they started unloading bedrolls and tentage. Soon there were more coming in. What the hell? I still wonder what the deal was, as all these folk would fit on a nice hillside nearby set up for group camping. Which is empty right now.
The tents are crowding in, with three of them in an area I consider my turf. I stayed inside a lot.
Dutchie was excited with the new neighbors arriving, but she wanted out. She hung out under LEGGS, but something spooked her and she bounded into the nearby woods. A few of the campers saw her, and one guy asked WHAT was that? The other said a CAT or a RABBIT. It was chaos with everyone arriving for a while, and I knew Dutch would wait it out, so I did too. But every 5 or 10 minutes I would whistle to her. I had my dinner and went over toward the woods and whistled. Right away she stuck her head out. Thick foliage there, even for a cat. She was looking at me, but there were kids kicking a ball around just a few feet away as a distraction. I just told her C’MON! She bolted through the commotion and went underneath LEGGS. I opened the door and she ran inside.
A couple nights ago we were still having storms coming through. But after being stuck inside for a full day, I let her out during a calm period. I could tell by radar we had an hour or so, then here we go again. I watched her as she walked down the road here. The place was empty then, and quiet. I could talk to her as she went several hundred feet away. Still pretty much in sight. I have been try to teach her what RAIN means. And I was telling her RAIN! Every few minutes. So she was ready when the drops started falling. I was yelling RAIN DUTCHIE, C’MON! She bolted right away. A sprint toward me. She had to stop dead once, just to do it and look back. But then she came on in full bolt, tearing into the gravel to stop. We both went inside as it started to POUR again.
Finally, Saturday morning, with all the scouts possible tented nearby, she wanted out again. I watched as she ran into the woods (now a lot thicker and dense since her first debacle there). No problem. About an hour later I saw her trotting down the road toward the RV, but she got distracted with something nearby. I had to whistle to get her coaxed in. But she hesitated. I went out and talked to her, approaching slowly. That little lady turned and ran back to the woods, but stopped short from going in. Dense as it was. I kept talking and went and got her. It took a few minutes. I think she is pissed there are so many people. I understand that. By noon Sunday they will all be gone.
It got into the 30s last night, and I felt sorry for those campers to a certain degree. Tonight it is going into the low 40s. Bummer. 90s later this week. More rain Thursday.
Tring to get soon-to-be 80 DotMom and 91 year old JoeKY out golfing this week. Maybe I will finally be able to give the old guy a game. He is 91 and coming off a couple injuries. I got him where I want him. But, maybe he is just setting me up...
Saturday night here. The guys with a small boat on my left side are all sitting in that boat as it is parked at the campground.. At least 7 of them in a 16 foot boat at most. They seemed to be checking all their night lighting system. But then they headed off into the darkness. All of them sitting in that boat as it was towed away by their truck. It HAD to be illegal as hell. They had about 1.5 miles to the water. I am sure it happens all the time here. An hour later they were back
It is 9:30 PM and dark. The camp is still alive with kids and adults.
It will all be over after tonight. Will probably fire up the furnace after the last few nights of COLD. Hate to do it for one night. Tried the gas stove inside. It works fine, although I will rarely use it. Nice to be there when I need it.
After freezing the last couple nights, it was just last week where the GIRLS and I were learning the A/C system, as well as a big ceiling fan never used until then. They worked!
I know the furnace works, but not sure if the thermostat does. Will find out.
I can see my breath. Going inside.
Everyone was up at 6:30 AM, so I was too. Kids screaming. No parents telling them to keep it down. Almost everyone was gone by 10 AM. The boat boys are still play-fishing, sitting in the boat again this morning. I am sure they know there is a big lake just down the road. It is 11 AM and they are not out fishing. Does not make sense. They were just practicing their casting when one guy got his lure caught up in a tree. That kept them busy for a while.
I watched the boy scouts all line up and walk the campground in a line to police for trash. It was a good thing to see them learn. There were 20 people in an area 100 by 25 feet. They were picking up minuscule trash. Now they are gone and I see a water bottle and a hat left behind. Even better, I see they left a decent pile of firewood. 6 or 8 big logs. Somebody paid some money for that wood. I assume they did not need it and left it for the next guys. Or they just missed it. Each site here has a nice fire pit for big fires. I have not used mine yet. If that wood is still there in a while, I will move it over to my area and tonight there will be a FIRE.
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