A “Friendly” Week At Modoc COE Campground – September 19-28, 2014

One of our favorite Corp of Engineer campgrounds is MODOC
on Thurmond Lake just north of Augusta, Georgia.
  00 - MODOC COE Campground - 'A' marks our site
We managed to get 8 nights on site 29,
the best site in the park!!
01 - Great site on the waterfront
Then we also got to spend time with Friends!!
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On Saturday, we spent the day with Bruce & Laura and Bob & Pam04f - Bruce, Laura, Pam, Bob and Bill
exploring Thurmond Lake Dam!!
04b - view of Lake Thurmond Dam from the Visitor Center04e - View from below the dam

That evening, we enjoyed a campfire and a beautiful sunset!!!08b - great ending to a great day
On Sunday…
Bruce, Laura, Bill and I
 01d - Savannah Rapids Park - Bill, Nancy, Laura, Bruce at the Headgates
went to Savannah Rapids Park to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful morning:o))
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00 - Savannah Rapids Park - Satellite View 00b - Savannah Rapids Park - Rapids01 - Savannah Rapids Park - Headgates 01b - Savannah Rapids Park - Headgates01c - Savannah Rapids Park - Crossing the Headgates 01f - Savannah Rapids Park - Augusta Canal Tow Path - Bill and Bruce
01h - Savannah Rapids Park - Lock Keepers Cottage 01i - Savannah Rapids Park - Lock Keepers Cottage View of Canal01g - Savannah Rapids Park - Lock Keepers Cottage Sign
Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed the beautiful day at our campsite.
We watched Clem teach Bruce how to throw a stick;o))
06 - Clem waiting for Bruce to throw the stick 06b - Clem got the stick 
We also got to watch the local wildlife!!
07 - Osprey in our Backyard 07b - Bald Eagle in our Backyard
Bruce and Laura had to head back to the real world on Monday. 
They have their house for sale and with a little luck,
it will sell soon and they will join the full-timing ranks:o))
Thanks for visiting, it was a great weekend!!
As Bruce and Laura headed home,
we had other friends arrive at Modoc.
Paul & Marti and Mike & Terri arrived on Monday and Tuesday.

Both of these couples were volunteers at Modoc last year.  Paul & Marti have returned to volunteer here again until January.  Mike & Terri stopped on their way to a volunteer position in Florida.
They are all here this week to help with the National Public Lands Day Program.
It’s because of great volunteers like them, that we get to enjoy some beautiful places!!!
We managed to enjoy a couple visits, a beautiful sunset and a nice campfire:o)) 
Beautiful Sunset
Friday Night Campfire with Friends
Lucky Us… Meeting Friends Wherever We Go :o)))

Hanging Out At Huntington Beach SP – September 8-19, 2014

Our week with the Family at Pirateland Campground ended way to quickly. 
But we will see them again soon in October!!

In the meantime, we headed south about 15 miles to Huntington Beach State Park.  I guess you could call this our “Home” park.  We return here on a regular basis to check in with my mother, visit friends and take care of regular stuff.  Of course, we find time to enjoy the beautiful beach as well:o))
00 - Sunrise
One project we want to complete is getting a fishing cart.  However, it must be able to fit in the Tahoe next to our bikes, hold the Sea Eagle, still have room for the lounge chairs on top and not cost a fortune!! 
We haven’t found any that would meet our requirements… SO we decided to build one out of PVC.  I helped Bill design a cart and drew the plans on the computer.  It only took 2 trips to Home Depot and the help of our good friend Bill Jordan, to complete the cart!!
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How hard can this be ?!?!???
01b - Fishing Cart - Sort of like LEGOS  01a - Fishing Cart - In the beginning Parts on Picnic Table
Production Facility and Teamwork!!!
   We forgot WHAT???                                              This part goes WHERE???
01e - Fishing Cart - And THIS part goes WHERE  01f - Fishing Cart - Beginning to resemble a cart
Add  kayak wheels, removable legs and fishing poles…    Yep, we have a FISHING CART !!!
01g - Fishing Cart - Add Kayak Wheels and removeable legs 01h - Fishing Cart - Add the fishing pole holders
Time for a Test Drive :o))
01i - Fishing Cart - take it for a test drive
It fits in the Tahoe!!!

01j - Fishing Cart - fits in garage and holds the kayak 01k - Fishing Cart - lounge chairs fit flat on top of cart

When we were here from April to June this year,
the birds that usually fill the salt marsh and causeway had not arrived yet;o((
they’re here NOW :o))
Whenever I have free time,
I just hang out on the causeway and enjoy…
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02a1 - birds - Anhinga 02a2 - birds - Anhinga02b - birds - Cormorant

02c - birds - Wood Storks  02d - birds - Wood Stork02e2 - birds - Great White Egret  02e1 - birds -Great Blue Heron02e - birds - Wood Stork, Great White Egret, Great Blue Heron

02f - birds - Caspian Tern  02g - birds - Black Skimmers02h - birds - Bald Eagle

02j - birds - Roseate Spoonbill 02j1 - birds - Roseate Spoonbill and Snowy Egret02j2 - birds - Roseate Spoonbill 02j3 - birds - Roseate Spoonbill
It’s very common to see Gators napping and sunning along the causeway.
03 - Napping Gator  03b - Napping Gator
Occasionally, they share the waters with the birds !!!
04 - playing well together  04b - playing well together
OK, enough already…
05 - OK, enough photos already