I have been following Gypsy (a.k.a. Marty) for many years now on her blog, back when she was a single gal in a big fifth wheel doing camp hosting at Lassen campground in California. Since then she has tried apartment living, pickup campering, then to living now in a mobile home park in California. She is currently journeying in an SUV with a tent and sleeping bag--- all the way across the United States to visit family. Accompanying her is a wonderful lovable shepherd named Lady.
On her way back to California from out East, she managed to swing north yesterday after visiting with her brother in Milwaukee. Instead of finding a hotel or campground, I offered her a "moochdocking" overnight here in our driveway, where she can rest her head in the quiet countryside instead of the big city.
As I type this, she and Lady are snoozing away in our guest house, (the motorhome) and soon she will be in for fresh baked muffins and coffee!
Yesterday we had a great visit out on our deck, with all three doggers sniffing and checking each other out. Soon they were all plopped on the floor, snoozing away the afternoon. Lady is truly a lady, and well behaved with social skills of a well-mannered dogger.
We shared stories and dreams, places and parks... with those wonderful tips and tricks that only RVers know about at this place or that. Later we walked down along the river, and much to Marty's surprise, her dog Lady jumped right into the river! She waded along, with her tail trailing behind her on the surface of the river, lapping water as she walked. She went up and down a few times, just wading along belly deep, and enjoying her cool dip in the river. When she got out, she was loping around in the grass like a youngster! Marty said she hadn't done THAT in years! There clearly was joy on the elderly dogger's face, and a bit of youthful puppy exuberance in her gait. We didn't take along a camera at the time, but perhaps this morning we will walk back down there again to let her dip in?
We drove into town to show Marty the sights, leaving her wet dogger enclosed on our deck to dry. We drove over to Copper Culture State Park for a little look see. It's only about 4 miles down the river from our house.
The remains of the village and people that are buried here in mounds
date back before the Native Americans!
We strolled around the grounds a bit, past a big beehive in a hollowed out tree. The bees were swarming around the honey hole, and we expected to see Winnie The Pooh come ambling along. Nope, all we saw was the flash of a deer, and a fisherman coming up from the river.
From there we drove through our tiny town of Oconto, once a bustling lumbering town with sawmills and rivermen all over the place. Now it's a sleepy little town on the shore of the waters of Green Bay, where it flows into Lake Michigan. We took Gypsy out along the Breakwater Park to see the views. The tip of the breakwater is driveable with a car to go out to the end. We snapped a few shots.....
Gypsy & KarenInTheWoods
As we were pulling off the breakwater, I managed to snap a few sunset shots from the moving car...
We came back to the house to enjoy a snack of ice cream... and freshly picked strawberries that had just been growing in the fields that morning. The Mennonites up the highway grown wonderful strawberries and sell them not too far from our house. How could we resist? Yummmmm
The doggers all relaxed together on the floor .....
And we yacked the night away until 11p.m. before we all turned in for the night.....
What a wonderful visit! Today she will head on up to the U.P. of Michigan and head over on U.S. 2 towards Duluth, her next destination. This morning we will start her out with some coffee and muffins.... if I ever get off this danged computer and get them in the oven!