Broad River Tubing Lake Lure NC

The nights were cool and refreshing compared to our Florida home, but the days were still pretty dern hot. The solution was simple: Lets Tube down the Broad River.  Our search brought us to River Creek Campground.

Broad River FunThe Broad River and its tributaries feed beautiful Lake Lure with over 10 million gallons of water per day. Like many lakes created by damming one end of a river, The water needs to be released on the downstream side. The release is calculated based on the water height in the lake, Releases can be daily in the event of heavy rain or snow melt. In the event of drought, water may be released only every several days. On days when the downstream Broad River is dryer, tubing is impossible. On release days, however, the river boldly flows and water levels increase above the level of the many rocks in its bed creating small rapids and a really good time tubing. Continue reading

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Knows How to Get Things Done

Taking a break from the never-ending story of the BP/Transocean oil leak disaster, I came across an amusing, often forwarded email regarding Arizona’s Maricosa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.   Sheriff Joe is a controversial figure with many,In fact the website is all about “getting rid of him.”  but you just cant deny the fact that his prison programs work.  The email, printed below is peppered with links I found about “Sheriff Joe” as he is affectionately known.

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN! (Wikipedia info regarding Joe Arpaio)

You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well……… Continue reading

Kiteboarding Ft Desoto Park, Pinellas County Florida

ftdesotokiteboardingIt was so hot out and the AC was on the blink so we headed out to Ft Desoto on the southern tip of Pinellas County to catch a breeze. LOTS of kites were  in the air.  We could see them the moment we crested the bridge leading into Ft Desoto Park.  We hung a left at the flagpole heading for the East Beach

Watching the kites boarders is always fun and  any breezy day one will find a few out there, but never had we seen the number present on Sunday. It looked like it might have been a contest.  We parked right on the water, facing the Skyway Bridge,  to watch the action. Continue reading

Driftwood on the Oregon Coast

Driftwood makes me swoon.  I know its weird maybe, but its me. Plentiful driftwood, like one finds on the beautiful Oregon coast sends me to another dimension.  Beclecto Oregon driftwoodDriftwood, I believe, even inspires  Mother Nature’s artistic spirit. She  takes a raw log, a gnarly root  and  a bundle of branches or  bark,  bathes it  with waves, polishes it with sand, then turns it out on a beach to let it bask in the sun to provide rich contrasts between light and dark. Continue reading

The Seaside Oregon Clam Chowder Contest

Day 2 of our Oregon Coast trip was going to be fun we just knew it.  Seaside Oregon was our destination for shopping and a little Florida type tourist interaction.  We’d made big plans the night before to walk from the jetty to the iron skeleton of the shipwreck on the beach at Ft Stevens State Park.  In the interest of time and wanting to move on down the road we drove to the Beach Access by the shipwreck instead.  The only other vehical in the sandy lot was another Cruise America coach. Continue reading