Friday, October 23, 2015

It’s Fall and that means fall colors

So we decided this year to go to Arkansas and try to catch the fall colors.  Everyone has always said the colors through the Ozarks could be beautiful there so why not. 

10-21-15 Carson Cty TXClouds while sitting in Carson County, TX

Our trip had a little bit of a bumpy start.  As we slipped into Carson County we passed a black SUV on the side of the road with dark tinted, very dark, windows.  I knew right away it was Texas Highway Patrol.  No problem – Ross never speeds pulling the trailer.  In fact he tries to keep the speed at about 60 and the speed there is 75.  And we had checked all the lights before we left.  In a few minutes the SUV pulls right next to us then backs off.  Strange.  Sure enough he pulls us over.  Ross is getting out his license and the trooper calls him to the back of the trailer.  Darn.  A light must have gone out or something.  Nope.  They pulled us – US – over to do a drug search!!  They hemmed and hawed around until the dog got there.  Ross was standing in the rain for 45 minutes while the dog went around, not in, our truck three times.  Then the officers went in the trailer.  No dog inside.  What??  They asked us each separately when we left, where we were going, how long would we be gone, what was the purpose of our trip, where we lived.  All that good stuff. 

After sitting for 45 minutes they gave Ross a warning ticket for drifting onto the shoulder of the road!  OK, now we have rumble strips on the shoulders and we hate to drift over those especially with the trailer.  Don’t you think we would have know it if we had drifted?  Yep, just our good state troopers wasting my tax money on a really stupid stop.  All we can figure is they have to stop so many so the ones they do catch with the drugs think they won’t get caught.  Who knows. We were nice but Ross is still pretty peeved and said next time he will tell them no, get a search warrant.  Big talk, huh honey?

That set us behind in our travels so we stopped about 4 p.m. at Lake Eufaula State Park in Oklahoma. Pretty park but so glad they had electricity as it was warm!  Cannot imagine how hot it is in the summer.

10-21-15 Lake Eufaula OK 01View outside our front door.  10-21-15 Lake Eufaula OK 0410-21-15 Lake Eufaula OK 05

We got up the next morning and headed for Devil’s Den State Park.  Really pretty here.  We had lots of rain the first night and was cool. 

10-22-15 Devils Den Ark 0110-22-15 Devils Den Ark 0310-22-15 Devils Den Ark 06Colors are starting to change.10-22-15 Devils Den Ark 08Lots of lichen and toadstools so you know it is damp here.  However I met a fisherman who said it had been very dry.10-22-15 Devils Den Ark 0910-22-15 Devils Den Ark 1310-22-15 Devils Den Ark 1410-22-15 Devils Den Ark 16

This dam had been rebuilt recently as it had burst a few years ago. 

OK, that’s it for now.  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Football and Cross Country in the fall

With lots of pictures of the grandsons needing to be shared, I decided I need to do a picture filled post of them.

Zane is playing tackle football for the first time.  Zane is a big kid.  He can knock anyone over pretty easily.  However, someone needs to make him a bit more aggressive and MEAN.  I don’t think he has a mean bone in his body until he gets mad.  Well, he need to get mad.  But hey, he is doing a pretty good job.  He has three jobs – defensive end, tackle, and kicker.  His kicking is his strong suit I think but he needs to kick barefoot.  I have seen him with and without a shoe.  Believe me, barefoot is the way to go but they won’t let him.  Oh well.  Here we go.  He is #55 of the team in white.

09-19-15 Zane first FB game 1709-19-15 Zane first FB game 1809-19-15 Zane first FB game 4809-19-15 Zane first FB game 56OK, here he lost his shoe.09-19-15 Zane first FB game 57But he just kept on going.  No stopping to get that shoe until the play was finished.09-19-15 Zane first FB game 6609-19-15 Zane first FB game 6709-19-15 Zane first FB game 70These new fields are great on bare feet.09-19-15 Zane first FB game 7109-19-15 Zane first FB game 75Next game…09-20-15 Zane football 00409-20-15 Zane football 01409-20-15 Zane football 02609-20-15 Zane football 02709-20-15 Zane football 03009-20-15 Zane football 04109-20-15 Zane football 07309-20-15 Zane football 07409-20-15 Zane football 10809-26-15 Zane football 1709-26-15 Zane football 2409-26-15 Zane football 28

Zachary’s turn.  Zachary is running cross country this year.  First time ever.  Where he got his running ability I am not sure!  Certainly none of us ever ran cross country.  Some did track but we are all amazed.  He has the runner’s body and he certainly has the stride.  Great form and very smooth.  He has run in five or six meets (I lose count) and has bettered his speed every time, improving with each stride!  And he has medalled in at least three of those meets.  We have never even gone to a cross country meet until now and they are really kind of fun to watch.  OK, here is Zachary.

A couple of weeks ago it was warm.  09-12-15 Zachary CC 0209-12-15 Zachary CC 1209-12-15 Zachary CC 1509-12-15 Zachary CC 2109-12-15 Zachary CC 2709-12-15 Zachary CC 3209-12-15 Zachary CC 3609-12-15 Zachary CC 39Today it was cool and wet.  But he had is best time today.  More clothes maybe?  11-04-14 17-51-17 - 001211-04-14 17-53-43 - 001311-04-14 17-54-12 - 001711-04-14 17-59-08 - 003011-04-14 18-31-10 - 004911-04-14 18-31-20 - 005511-04-14 18-31-23 - 006311-04-14 18-33-31 - 007009-29-14 12-49-53 - 0077Across the finish line…09-29-14 13-00-58 - 008609-29-14 13-02-45 - 0097

Very proud of both my grandsons.  Good kids!

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It’s Fall and that means fall colors

So we decided this year to go to Arkansas and try to catch the fall colors.  Everyone has always said the colors through the Ozarks could be beautiful there so why not. 

10-21-15 Carson Cty TXClouds while sitting in Carson County, TX

Our trip had a little bit of a bumpy start.  As we slipped into Carson County we passed a black SUV on the side of the road with dark tinted, very dark, windows.  I knew right away it was Texas Highway Patrol.  No problem – Ross never speeds pulling the trailer.  In fact he tries to keep the speed at about 60 and the speed there is 75.  And we had checked all the lights before we left.  In a few minutes the SUV pulls right next to us then backs off.  Strange.  Sure enough he pulls us over.  Ross is getting out his license and the trooper calls him to the back of the trailer.  Darn.  A light must have gone out or something.  Nope.  They pulled us – US – over to do a drug search!!  They hemmed and hawed around until the dog got there.  Ross was standing in the rain for 45 minutes while the dog went around, not in, our truck three times.  Then the officers went in the trailer.  No dog inside.  What??  They asked us each separately when we left, where we were going, how long would we be gone, what was the purpose of our trip, where we lived.  All that good stuff. 

After sitting for 45 minutes they gave Ross a warning ticket for drifting onto the shoulder of the road!  OK, now we have rumble strips on the shoulders and we hate to drift over those especially with the trailer.  Don’t you think we would have know it if we had drifted?  Yep, just our good state troopers wasting my tax money on a really stupid stop.  All we can figure is they have to stop so many so the ones they do catch with the drugs think they won’t get caught.  Who knows. We were nice but Ross is still pretty peeved and said next time he will tell them no, get a search warrant.  Big talk, huh honey?

That set us behind in our travels so we stopped about 4 p.m. at Lake Eufaula State Park in Oklahoma. Pretty park but so glad they had electricity as it was warm!  Cannot imagine how hot it is in the summer.

10-21-15 Lake Eufaula OK 01View outside our front door.  10-21-15 Lake Eufaula OK 0410-21-15 Lake Eufaula OK 05

We got up the next morning and headed for Devil’s Den State Park.  Really pretty here.  We had lots of rain the first night and was cool. 

10-22-15 Devils Den Ark 0110-22-15 Devils Den Ark 0310-22-15 Devils Den Ark 06Colors are starting to change.10-22-15 Devils Den Ark 08Lots of lichen and toadstools so you know it is damp here.  However I met a fisherman who said it had been very dry.10-22-15 Devils Den Ark 0910-22-15 Devils Den Ark 1310-22-15 Devils Den Ark 1410-22-15 Devils Den Ark 16

This dam had been rebuilt recently as it had burst a few years ago. 

OK, that’s it for now.  Thanks for visiting!

Football and Cross Country in the fall

With lots of pictures of the grandsons needing to be shared, I decided I need to do a picture filled post of them.

Zane is playing tackle football for the first time.  Zane is a big kid.  He can knock anyone over pretty easily.  However, someone needs to make him a bit more aggressive and MEAN.  I don’t think he has a mean bone in his body until he gets mad.  Well, he need to get mad.  But hey, he is doing a pretty good job.  He has three jobs – defensive end, tackle, and kicker.  His kicking is his strong suit I think but he needs to kick barefoot.  I have seen him with and without a shoe.  Believe me, barefoot is the way to go but they won’t let him.  Oh well.  Here we go.  He is #55 of the team in white.

09-19-15 Zane first FB game 1709-19-15 Zane first FB game 1809-19-15 Zane first FB game 4809-19-15 Zane first FB game 56OK, here he lost his shoe.09-19-15 Zane first FB game 57But he just kept on going.  No stopping to get that shoe until the play was finished.09-19-15 Zane first FB game 6609-19-15 Zane first FB game 6709-19-15 Zane first FB game 70These new fields are great on bare feet.09-19-15 Zane first FB game 7109-19-15 Zane first FB game 75Next game…09-20-15 Zane football 00409-20-15 Zane football 01409-20-15 Zane football 02609-20-15 Zane football 02709-20-15 Zane football 03009-20-15 Zane football 04109-20-15 Zane football 07309-20-15 Zane football 07409-20-15 Zane football 10809-26-15 Zane football 1709-26-15 Zane football 2409-26-15 Zane football 28

Zachary’s turn.  Zachary is running cross country this year.  First time ever.  Where he got his running ability I am not sure!  Certainly none of us ever ran cross country.  Some did track but we are all amazed.  He has the runner’s body and he certainly has the stride.  Great form and very smooth.  He has run in five or six meets (I lose count) and has bettered his speed every time, improving with each stride!  And he has medalled in at least three of those meets.  We have never even gone to a cross country meet until now and they are really kind of fun to watch.  OK, here is Zachary.

A couple of weeks ago it was warm.  09-12-15 Zachary CC 0209-12-15 Zachary CC 1209-12-15 Zachary CC 1509-12-15 Zachary CC 2109-12-15 Zachary CC 2709-12-15 Zachary CC 3209-12-15 Zachary CC 3609-12-15 Zachary CC 39Today it was cool and wet.  But he had is best time today.  More clothes maybe?  11-04-14 17-51-17 - 001211-04-14 17-53-43 - 001311-04-14 17-54-12 - 001711-04-14 17-59-08 - 003011-04-14 18-31-10 - 004911-04-14 18-31-20 - 005511-04-14 18-31-23 - 006311-04-14 18-33-31 - 007009-29-14 12-49-53 - 0077Across the finish line…09-29-14 13-00-58 - 008609-29-14 13-02-45 - 0097

Very proud of both my grandsons.  Good kids!