A Walk to Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam

3/5/15 Thursday in Bainbridge, GA (Eastbank Campground-COE)

After our usual morning routines, I got the laundry going, then we took a walk from the campground to the dam here. Even got to Florida! Nice sights.

dam 1 dam 2

dam 3 dam 4Lesser Scaup above.  How many turtles can you find in the photo next to them?

Northern Mockingbirddam 5

On our way back at the campground we met another camper. He told us of where we could see more of the dam and even some little historical area. So after lunch we got the dryer started. It is better than it had been, the noise is quieter, but it still has a whine in it. At least it’s quieter, easier to live with. Also, it’s nice when you only stay a place for 3 nights that has no sewer at the sites, because we can do all our normal water usage in that time before filling the gray water tank. Naturally we have to keep track-no going overboard with laundry or cooking (dishes).  Anyway, once I started the dryer we headed out for the Jim Woodruff dam in the car, from another angle.   Even more birds there, along with fishermen.  Notice the bench to sit on?  The river’s pretty high now.  The white bird is a Great Egret that decided to take off as soon as he saw me walking his way.  The Pelican is sitting atop the cover of our bench, looking for fish.  Mr. Cormorant got his.  In fact he got one every time he dove.  I haven’t seen the sort of net fishing shown below.  He was fishing the same area as the Cormorant, but with no luck whatsoever.  Then we drove on a very badly washboarded/potholed road to the historical area.  The sign says this is the last of seven Indian Mounds built in the Fort Walton period (1450-1650 AD).  They were residential mounds, not burial or ceremonial mounds.

more dam 1 more dam 2 more dam 3a more dam 4 more dam 5

Historyhistory 1 history 2

On to our campground.  The rain started as we got near Miss Journey. Soon after we got into the coach, the dryer stopped. Talk about timing! John watched his old TV shows during our rainy afternoon while I got some phone calls/business accomplished. It felt so cozy in our rig while the rain fell.

It stopped before supper, right about the time I reminded John to order the GPS power cord that he needed. The one for our Rand McNally GPS had fallen apart a couple trips ago, we’d used the one from the car when needed. Well, the cool thing is that he got to wondering about his box of electrical odds and ends might be helpful, after noticing that they called the GPS power cord a mini-multi charger. Sure enough he found a USB cable that fits and a 12 volt plug, thus making his own GPS power cord…for free! How do you like them apples?

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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