20 years of trees…..

Our 20th spring here at the campground! As the trees have started blooming I look at the trees and think back to what I saw 20 years ago. A score! (I mean a score as in 20 years).  Enjoy the pictures.  These were taken on May 1.

The best friend of earth of man is the tree.

When we use the tree respectfully and economically,

we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

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Spring HAS Sprung!!!!

Monday was one of those wonderful Ohio spring days.  The high was about 62.  Just cool enough that I needed a jacket but warm when you were in the sun!

The grass is growing before my eyes

The grass is growing before my eyes

I think the grass was growing right before my eyes, so I jumped on the Kubota and started mowing.  That is Keoni and I were mowing. If you do not know who Keoni is, he is my mouthy 2.5# Chihuahua that rides around in my shirt.

George just cringes when I mow because that is my thinking time and today was no different.  I wasn’t even on the mower an hour when the poor stump grinding guy – got the Amy has an idea!!!

Amy & Keoni mowing!

Amy & Keoni mowing! You can barely see his head sticking out of my jacket!

For 20 years we have cut trees down or the wind blew them down for us, but we never did any stump grinding.  So our wonderful contractor Steve Shriver (wonderful because he has remodeled the SPA and has endured me changing my mind on a few things!) recommend Seth McFadden to grind some stumps that needed removed before we pour the new concrete pads for the seasonal sites.

McFadden Stump Grinding - 567-203-7565

McFadden Stump Grinding – 567-203-7565

McFadden Stump Grinding – 567-203-7565 came in last week to quote to George the stumps that George wanted removed.  Well of course George just mentioned it in passing to me that Seth was coming today.   So bless his heart, Seth came in here today thinking he only had about a half days worth of work but what George didn’t think about was that the weather was nice, I came out of hibernation, me getting on the mower today and thinking about stumps.  So Seth spent the day here, cutting down trees and grinding more stumps.  What a nice young man with a wicked stump grinder!  I have more stumps that I think need to go but the Kubota will be happy with the ones that he took out today.

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

And it is gone!

And it is gone!

I had lunch today at Trails End Pizza. While I was eating, I was checking out Facebook and what did I read but Mohican Adventures posted that they were sending rafts today, adults only but hoping by the weekend the mighty Mohican might be back to normal.  No way anyone was going to go rafting today, I thought.  But as I was mowing look at what when by me – a raft with some daring young souls.

Rafting on the Mohican River

Rafting on the Mohican River

They seemed to be having fun!  But I guess my old age is creeping in, I think it might be just a little cold!  Watch for the updates on Facebook  if there will be canoeing this weekend.  Also don’t forget about the Mohican Wildlife Weekend and Jack Hanna’s Animals at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill this weekend.

Even if you don’t go camping this weekend take a drive down to the Mohican Area/Wally Road and check out all the activities starting to happen in the area!  And if you do drive down make sure you stop in at Smith’s Campground and say Hi!

SHS-?????

Spring has Sprung?  SHS?  Really.  We are mowing the lawn, the trees are blooming but Saturday as I was working in the SPA I heard this ping, ping, ping against the window.  SNOW/ICE pelts.  NO NO NO NO it is the end of April.  April showers bring May flowers.  The only flowers so far have been the tulip bulbs that I forced inside.

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George is cooking Pizza, beer is stocked so if you want to take a drive just to rid yourself of the never ending cabin fever cthis spring, come on down and eat some pizza and wings.  If you have not made your reservations for the summer come on down and pick out your sites for the summer.  We opened up those 15 river front sites this year on the lower end so groups have moved around which has opened up other sites.  If you know someone who has tried to get a river front site here for years now is their chance to get in.  Plenty of river front sites to choose from on the following weekends May 31-June 2 and Aug 23 – 25.  Limited number of river front sites on June 14-16 and Aug 16-18.  The other weekends there are one or two here or there on the other weekends.

Does your family have a reunion? NO then Plan your family reunion now! Let us help you plan your family gathering!

 “Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.” 

Here are my spring pictures so far!

First worm of the season!

Another tree blooms

Lilac tree by the house!

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Since not much camping is going on here at the campground between the rain, swollen river and 28 degree mornings, I am just going to leave you with these pictures of SHS here at the campground.

As the blooming continues so will the pictures!

Happy Monday!  At least the sun is shining!

 

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!!!! Spring hasn’t sprung and your six weeks are up.

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!

I am sitting here this morning, drinking my warm cup of coffee beside the fireplace watching the rain.  I am thinking of the outside projects that need to be done before Memorial Day Weekend.  We had wanted to get a jump start on things this year.  Luckily it is only rain this morning unlike the 2 inches of snow they were predicting but snow is on the horizon for the week ahead.

We did get some winter clean up the past 2 weekends.  Outside The Landing, the winter tree limbs were raked up. The flower beds were cleaned up and are ready for the beautiful hostas that call The Landing home, to start peeking out their heads.

The electric company came in yesterday to turn the electric back on from its long winter sleep.  It looked weird last night seeing all of the lights back on. I am sure the deer were not happy last night as all of their hiding places have now been lit up.  Talking about deer, I came out of the SPA Thursday during the day and 4 big does were down under the pines trees.  They stopped and looked at me like who do I think I am doing there. I tried to pull my phone out to take a picture of them but they just turned, flipped their white tails up at me and ran across the road.  This is a picture of a deer from the other day that flipped its tail at me.  Are they flipping me off?!!!

White tailed me!

With camping season that much closer there is definitely something we all need to do before we start towing our campers.  MAINTENANCE. Whether it is a short trip or a long trip you need a checklist of maintenance items you should always do.

When I towed the 5th wheel back from Florida, every time I stopped for gas I had my short check list.  I always walked around the truck and 5th wheel and looked at every tire and every light.  I checked the doors and latches to make sure everything was secure.  At the start of the trip, I had a professional check the tire pressure on all of the tires and I still had a blowout.  Preventive maintenance, do not take it for granted.  Does it cost money? Sure, but what it can save you in the long run is well worth its weight.

Since Buckeye Chuck was wrong and winter weather is still hanging around this weekend, take the time to create or update your check list.  The wonderful people at TechnoRV.com wrote a very helpful article – Tips on How to Tow Your RV Trailer Safely.  Check it and get ready for camping season because,

SPRING REALLY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

Hunger Moon or Snow Moon

February’s full moon is known as either the Hunger Moon or Snow Moon.  Our earlier ancestors declared it the Hunger Moon because hunting is at its hardest during February.  Food stores were also becoming scare at this time of year.  Traditionally. February’s full moon name is the Snow Moon.  Normally the heaviest amount of snow falls in February, hence the name.  Luckily for us in North Central Ohio we only have 3 more days to stay below our snow fall totals for the winter.  Lets’ keep it that way!

According to StaryNight, “The full moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.”

Looking ahead to next months full, one of its names is Sap Moon.  The reason, Sap refers to tapping the trees during the month of March, Maple Syrup Festival!   Wow it is amazing to me how our ancestors figured this all out with Google and remembered it all without having  100’s of Gigabytes to store all that info on!

The moon puts on an elegant show, different every tine in shape, colour and nuance.                             Arthur Smith

Maple Syrup Festival March 2-3, 9-10

One of the greatest rites of spring passage in Northern Ohio is the Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park.
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Malabar Farm is one of Ohio’s greatest gems. Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield . This was his home until his death in 1956.
Bromfield was a man who valued the land. He demonstrated this at his farm with progressive conservation farming practices.
This video was used in “The Man Who Had Everything,” a documentary produced by WOSU about the writer-turned-farmer’s life.
On May 21, 1945, Bromfield hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding and honeymoon at Malabar Farm.

Bromfield’s prophecy came true in August 1972, when the state of Ohio accepted the deed to Malabar Farm • The state pledged to preserve the beauty and ecological value of the farm.

As a child, my mother would tell us stories about going to Malabar Farm as a teenager. My mother was friends with Ellen Bromfield. Louis Bromfield’s youngest daughter. Mom would tell us about the grand and glorious Big House that had a homey feel. Mom always loved to go and visit the Big House at Christmas time with all the beautiful decorations from the 1940’s & 1950’s. It has been a couple of years since I have been out there myself. So I will mark my calendar for the first 2 weekends in March to visit the Maple Syrup Festival and learn about The Pleasures of Maple Sugaring.

Malabar Farm is one of the must see while visiting our beautiful Mohican Country!

“As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them”
― Louis Bromfield

Where have all the deer and turkeys gone?

Everyday my father and I would sit in his livingroom and watch the deer walking along the hill across from the house.  But the last few couple weeks we have not seen the deer.

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So you can see it is a tight trail but everyday we would see them walk along a path they have.  Usually they come down into the campground and walk around the front yard, but for the last 3 weeks – no deer or turkeys.

We usually have a huge flock of turkeys that fly into the yard and walk around.  Many mornings, even during camping season, you can hear the turkeys clucking away. But all has been quiet.

Maybe with the snow coming in this weekend the animals will be back!

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.  Linda Hogan