|The fun continues... Glenn and Diane left for home and Jim and Sherri arrived. When Rollin Hubbs moved out, it ignited the "campground shuffle". Tom and Diana moved into their spot, someone on down the road, moved into that empty spot, someone else changed spaces, etc. It was quite a "moving" morning for everyone:) We just stayed out of the way:) We were able to end up with an empty space next to us for Jim and Sherri who arrived later in the day.
We went to Idabel about 20 miles away to church on Sunday. Very nice people and they have finished their new building which was only about half done last time we were there.
Everyone was on their own for dinner, so we grilled some chicken and had a great salad.
Some people down the way had heard our music and stopped by to visit. Charles and Cheryl are from Monroe, LA. Charles mentioned he played guitar and harmonica and would like to join the music group. Everyone was excited and he made a great addition. We all loved the harmonica music. It wasn't long until they were just part of the group and we had fun learning about them and their lives. They were very interested in the full time RVing life style and had lots of questions, which everyone answered completely. Cheryl is a great scrapbooker and spends her time on that hobby while Charles fishes all day. Sounds like a good situation to me:)
In previous years, we have enjoyed the fantastic array of birds visiting our campsite, but we didn't see many this year. We finally noticed that a big hawk was making a daily stop in our area. That explains why the little birds are pretty scarce. There was a Heron that would fly in every evening and perch in a big dead tree across the river and several in our group watched an Eagle fishing in the river from their fishing spot. The deer became a little braver every day and we were able to interact with them each evening.
Diana's grandchildren and mother were frequent visitors since they live in the area. They all caught nice trout. JoElla's cousins visited for a couple of days. It was good to see them again.
We had several more evenings of music and Friday it rained again. Wes has noted on his calendar "rain - rain - rain", so it was an "inside" day:) I noticed him outside at one time making little "ditches" to carry the water away from the campfire. Someone had started a good fire in the morning and it continued to burn through all the rain.
JoElla and Gary had a "movie" evening in their home, inviting everyone to watch Avatar with them. We spent the afternoon doing our laundry, grocery shopping, and getting mail etc. in town. I just wasn't up for a movie, but Wes went and enjoyed it. His only comment - "glad I didn't pay to see this one" :)
Saturday was a bittersweet day. On the one hand, we don't want it to end, but on the other hand, we all have other things to move on to. We do a lot of things "one more time", like music, eating the last of the hot dogs and marshmallows, catching that last trout. All the while, making departure preparations. Tradition is also that we eat out on this last day, so everyone gathered at Stephen's Gap, a nice little local restaurant. They were very busy, but we finally got all of our food - catfish, burgers, sandwiches, chicken strips, and onion rings. All very good.
Finally the time came - time to leave. Everyone shared hugs and good byes amid plans to meet again - same time, same place - next year. Jim and Sherri and Gary and JoElla pulled out early. They both had the farthest to travel. Charles and Cheryl were next and finally we were ready. Tom and Diana had their family with them and so they waited until later in the afternoon to leave.
A great two weeks with great friends!!