At Heyburn State Park

As we start the inevitable and unavoidable process of getting ready to roll, the time to document our time here at Heyburn has arrived.  We have had a wonderful time here with great people, wonderful scenery, and best of all family.  I will begin with our campsite home for the past two months.

Our Site at Heyburn
Our Site at Heyburn With Elaine Waving Hello We’re Here

Wow, another site in the woods to die for!  The site itself is quite large with a lot of privacy in an area reserved for volunteers. We are surrounded by tall pines,firs,  douglas firs,  hemlock, tamarac and many other trees.  We also have many guests (or maybe we are the guests).  So far we have been visited by a wolf, a young cow moose, and a few deer.  Unfortunately the camera has not learned to take pictures by itself and I sit or stand just staring but will try to do better so that I have pictures to share.

A Chipmunk and Some Whitetail Deer
A Chipmunk and Some Whitetail Deer

We saw many of the local inhabitants every day.  So many of them in fact that we had to be extra cautious when driving.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

I am sure that the thing we will remember most about this park is the ever changing profusion of wildflowers.  We saw hundreds of varieties of which many only lasted a week or so while others bloomed the entire time we were here.

Elaine's Contribution
Elaine’s Contribution

Elaine spent 20 hours per week assisting park visitors and collecting park fees.

A Rustic Bed Frame
A Rustic Bed Frame

Gordon occupied himself a similar amount of time fixing tools and making cabinets, shelves, and this bed for one of the rental cottages at the park’s maintenance building.

Riding Bikes, Hiking Trails, and Boating With Phil and Anette
Riding Bikes, Hiking Trails, and Boating With  Elaine’s brother Phil and his wife Anette

When we weren’t working or off seeing family there were plenty of things to keep us busy.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Plummer Creek Marsh
Plummer Creek Marsh

Just two more images of this wonderful place.

Happy Travels,

Your Random Rover,  Gordon

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Happy 4th of July!!

I received this from a friend and thought it important enough to pass along. 

US-Flag1Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56
men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their
fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and
large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated,
but they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by
the British Navy. He sold his home and
properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move his family almost
constantly. He served in the Congress without pay,
and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions
were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall,
Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and
Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that
the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was
destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was
dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his
gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children
vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they
paid.

Remember: freedom is never free! We thank these early patriots, as well
as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as
you can, please. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a
sin, and the Fourth of July has more MEANING to it than beer, fireworks,
HOT DOGS, and picnics…..

May your trips be many and your memories bring pleasure,

Your Random Rover,

Gordon