Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Friday, January 25, 2013


  The photo in our header is of our site here at Lake Griffin…since the big Allegro pulled out Monday…They were very nice neighbors, but it sure is great to have some room to breathe here..So far, no one has pulled into it, but the weekend is looming large and the local families will be in abundance..I just hope that whom ever takes the spot next to us has a camper we can at least see the tree tops over!!

  Well, yesterday I got brave, re-velcroed myself to McGyver and we took one of the trails through the woods….There hasn’t been a bear siting since before we got here, nor has there been an alligator siting…There have been no more police cars and helicopters either..But…last night we were sitting by the campfire and we heard an ambulance …and he sounded real close..Yep, you guessed it..The ambulance came rolling through our campground, lights flashing, being lead by one of the “gate keepers” in his golf cart.  They pulled in up the road around the curve..DAMN! I really wanted to wander over and see what was going on, and I couldn’t convince Dennis to peek for me, so we sat there wondering…Something about the sad prospect of someone needing an ambulance keeps me from being my nosey self…It could be the fact our son was a paramedic that keeps me from being an “ambulance chaser”..

Back to our walk on the trail…(my mind wanders like a snake in the grass Rolling on the floor laughing)…This Spanish Moss is dripping from everything here…We followed the trail back toward the Dead Swamp (the name is encouraging, no?)…I took a few pictures, letting go of Dennis long enough to snap the camera…



There were signs at certain types of plants and trees saying what kind they were…We ran into no scary critters, but in my mind I felt like there just HAD to be a snake hanging in one of those old live oaks…hissing and giving us the hairy eyeball…waiting to drop on my shoulders...With thoughts like these, WHO NEED NIGHTMARES..I CREATE DAYMARES FOR MYSELF!! I gotta relax.


I like that sign on the right…It makes the forest less scary, knowing that Walt Disney got it right…”The Circle of Life” is at work here, for sure…

When we got to the end of the trail, we came out at the playground, amphitheater, and boat launch….


Those steps on the right are intriguing…They are in the amphitheater are, middle, and lead to nowhere…Maybe there was an old building here once…


Got myself 2 birds in flight , the one on the right is just coming in for a landing…

Yesterday late afternoon, Den and I went to visit an old friend from Sandwich who has a  home 15 miles from our campground..Jerry and Janet come down here for the Winter, and go back to Illinois for the summer…We  had a great time and they live in a very nice area.  Jerry gave us a tour in his golf cart….


Notice that the garage floor is carpeted…Jerry does love his vehicles…That one on the right is a 2004 “Little E” Special Edition Monte Carlo…in premo shape, naturally!


….Not a bad ride, I’d say…So we had a full day yesterday. Tomorrow is “date night” and we might take a ride through The Villages, a well-known 55+ retirement community just a couple miles from us…This will be followed by a trip to the Leesburg Moose Lodge for an adult beverage, with a stop on the way back to the Hiker for a large Papa John’s “The Works” pizza… We are having a great time, and the weather is perfect.  Oh, yes, I’d also like to welcome Gay and Joe, our new riders in the GMC. Everyone shift and make room..They are just finishing their first year of full-timing, and I am jealous..Jump in the truck, Gay and Joe..and pardon the sand.…

Don’t think McGyver and I are busy every day…Much of our time is spent relaxing here….


…and for those who wondered…yes, I do have a few new items in my evening wardrobe…socks and fleece jacket…EAT YOUR HEART OUT MAXINE!!

“I wore a thong once.  Actually, I might still be wearing it.  Who knows?”



  1. butterbean carpenterJanuary 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Howdy D&D,
    Donna you look magnificent and so does the McGuyver!!! Y'all look well rested after walking thru the WOODS and not seeing any BEARS!!
    Just wait Donna, there is a SIXTEEN FOOT PYTHON lurking around down there waiting to SWALLOW A DEER WHOLE!!! If y'all were 'boondockin'' out in the forest you probably wouldn't have all of those 'city-type' intrusions, like squad cars, ambulances & hecktocopters (my daddy didn't let us say he.icopters!!!) Sounds like 'party-city' for the Cave folks this week-end, so, Party Hearty, but take a taxi home!!!

  2. Now... is it the creepies or the crawlies that give you the willies? Glad that you now have a view... enjoy it while you can.

  3. Maybe Denny could get a Special Officer Badge and then just wander up and stand outside like Leslie Nielson and say, "Nothing to see, keep moving, everything's over, Nothing to see" God I lived Cop work.Your outfit looks great, still laughing about the thong. Have fun and be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  4. Thanks for the warm welcome.
    Looks and sounds like you are having a great time. I love the collage of pictures. I still have soooo much to learn about this blogging stuff! Have fun on date night!

  5. That collage of the moss covered trees is really nice - great shot. Glad the bears, gators and snakes didn't get you on that walk either.

  6. nice new campfire ensemble!! look just lovely!!! Cheers!

  7. I think I would be a leery of walking around in the woods with gators & snakes hanging around too. Certainly wouldn't be doing that with the Pheebs off leash. Good luck on not getting crowded out on the week-end. You sure have a lot more patience than I do......

  8. Have to chuckle about your hike phobia. You'd definitely not do well volunteering on NWRs. :)

    1. 10-4, Judy...and thanx for the Sandhill Crane info...