What’s the big hurry?
The crew and I stayed another day (Wednesday) at Brantley State Park. Time moves slowly here and we’re in no hurry to get on the road again. We sleep later than usual. First thing we do is walk the loop of sleepy campsites. Something runs across the campground road way up ahead. What is that? It’s too small to be a deer and too large to be a rabbit. Spike is confounded, too. He stares in his pointer pose until I break his attention with a pull on the leash. Bridget misses it all, per usual. I think it was a rabbit. One of those weird kind with big ears. That was one big rabbit!
I enjoy studying the variety of plant life that I’ve never seen before, including pretty flowering bushes. The crew walks well on the leashes. Spike sets the pace with a jaunty trot. We come across a self-pay box near the restroom and shower building. I retrieve a permit and money envelope to fill out and insert another $4 to stay another night.
On the way back Bridget poops in the road and then fifty feet later she poops in the road again, right in front of the camp host’s Class A rv! And I forgot the bags. As soon as Bridget and Spike hop up the step into the Casita, I grab some bags and go back to dispose of the evidence. Note to self: When dressing each morning, put a supply of bags in my pants pocket. Also a camera!
I meet the Old Fat Man who is camped at the next site!
Reader Bob G. alerted both of us that we are neighbors. Soon I hear a knock at the door and I meet the Old Fat Man (who, by the way, is not old, nor fat), also known as Barney. Chances are you’ve seen his blog: ofmadventures.blogspot.com If you click on that link, you’ll see some lovely photos of the flowers at Brantley Lake. Barney checks out my Casita, all the while sharing information about its systems and answering my many questions.
I am so glad that he is at my campsite when I start to feel poorly. We are sitting at the table under the shelter when he notices my complexion is looking strange. I’m feeling slightly nauseous.
Uh-oh. The heat is getting to me.
We go inside for the air conditioning and I sip some water. Barney stays to make sure I recover okay. He gives me some essential information on monitoring my hydration. If you’re not used to this dry heat, it can creep up on you, if you aren’t careful. Now before anyone gets alarmed, I’m fine! Really!
Bridget passes a big milestone today!
She can jump up on the bed all by herself! Up until today I’ve always had to lift her up. The past few days she has backed up whenever I tried to lean off the bed to grab her and lift her up with me. I thought she was trying to annoy me, one of her hobbies. Now I realize she wanted to jump up all by herself.
She is so proud of herself. I let her know she’s “a big girl now” and she obviously knows it!
I can’t get too upset with her for the bad thing she did today.
I’m trying to have a conversation with Old Fat Man, so I hook the crew’s leashes to a bush.
Soon Bridget is running around loose. She chewed right through the leash! Like I said, annoying me is her hobby.
The crew and I are leaving Brantley tomorrow to head north.
I’m happy to have you come along with me!