Monday, May 22, 2017


Look who came to visit Tippy and me at our house today.

A female Sandhill Crane.  She may be looking for a nesting place.  They usually lay two eggs and incubate them for about a month.

Here she is with her better half.  He has the red top.

She's busy getting a drink of water from the bird bath.

The next day, Tippy spotted the male checking out our walking path.

He was not the least bit afraid of me.  He walked right up and let me take his picture.  Tippy didn't know whether to bark or run.

When we got back from  our walk, Tippy noticed sand flying up around the power pole in our back yard.  

When we investigated, this is what we found. A turtle digging a nesting hole.

They are called by many different names - I call them turtles.  Tippy says that she calls them friends.

After welcoming all those visitors, Tippy curled up in her favorite spot - on the back of the couch - She can look out the window or sleep in the sunshine here.

That's all for today.  Tomorrow, we go to the Old Sugar Mill State Park.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cinco de Mayo

The folks in my neighborhood celebrate everything.  This was a decoration for our Cinco de Mayo luncheon.

We had about 20 folks to show up for the luncheon.  Most of my neighbors come to Florida for the winter and go back north during the summer.  

The luncheon started with alcoholic and non-alcoholic margaritas.

One of my neighbors was in charge of the celebration.  She made all the fixings for Tacos.  I like Tacos.

You can see the taco shells at the end of the table.  We had both hard and soft taco shells.  I like hard best.  I also like lots of tomatoes on my tacos.

Of course we had desert.

Appetizer was chips and Mexican flavored crunchy sticks.

 My paper plate was decorated to look like a football.  The food you see was my second helping.  Mmmm good.

We also have pot luck dinners about once a month.  Maybe we'll post about one of those next.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Garvan Gardens - Hot Springs - The Pond

More waterfalls - We had to go down a steep hill to get to the pond.

At last, the pond - Tippy is very excited seeing the fish.

There are gold fish, white fish, and fish that are a mixture of all colors.  These are not small gold fish like in a bowl - These are big.

The Garden's gift shop sells fish food so that visitors can feed the fish.  The fish have learned this.  So....., the fish swim up to everyone who comes to the pond bank.  The fish beg for food. We didn't buy any fish food but the fish came to see us anyway.

The "climb" down to the pond was worth the effort.  Don't you think so?

Tippy is absolutely fearless.  She doesn't know what might be in those bushes but it's her instinct to go in there and see.  She's a very curious dog.  Tippy wants to know if you noticed her new "pink" harness.

Our last look at the Garvan Gardens includes a couple of peacocks.

Tippy says, "I'll never forget this trip.  They stamped my paw with a re-entry stamp - just like they do humans.  What a great day for me that day was."

Bad storms are coming through so we are going to head home tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, May 15, 2017

Garvan Gardens - Hot Springs 2

That's a small pond down there.

We were just wandering along the trail and came up on a little bridge.

Tippy wants to go down the hill and see the little pond up close.

But, first, she must carefully examine every rock, plant and grain of sand along the way.

A waterfall (trickle) provides water to the pond.

We are getting closer to the pond.  When we got to this point, there was absolute silence except for the tinkling sound of the tiny water fall and the birds singing with joy.  Nice, could sit here all day.

Nice spot to rest as we go down the hill to the pond.

Tippy checking out a small waterfall.

Next post, we will reach the pond and discover a surprise.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Friday, May 12, 2017

Garvan Gardens - Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Garvan Gardens is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains

Entrance sign

Mission Statement

There are several miles of trails through the gardens.  Sometimes, we come to a fork in the trail.  Which way to go?

Tippy says, "Lets go this way - it's shady".

A tiny little waterfall and pool - Tippy loves the ferns.

Another little pool of water - Tippy thinks that the small pools of water were put there for her to drink.

Neat name - "Garden of the Pine Wind"

We have enough pictures of the gardens for at least two more posts.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Greatest Thing Happened to Tippy

One day, while in Hot Springs, we visited Garvan Woodland Gardens.  We were pretty sure that they probably have a "No Pets" policy but we took a chance and Tippy went along as far as the entrance.

We could see from the front gate that the gardens were very colorful.

At the Garden entrance, I was required to pay an entrance fee of $15.00 and they put a stamp on my right had to prove that I had paid and to allow me to re enter.  I ask them if Tippy could accompany me on the tour of the Garden.  They said, "Yes, but she must also pay a fee - Her fee was $5.00.  I paid the $5.00 and...........

They put the same stamp on her right front paw.  Tippy is so excited.  Can you imagine?  "I'm being treated just like a human"  She was so proud that she showed her stamp to everyone we met that day.  She said, "I'm never going to wash my right paw again." All that day, Tippy just kept looking at her paw and smiling. 

If I can get Tippy to calm down, we will show you the Garden next.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Roadtrek Rally - Hot Springs, Arkansas

This rally is hosted and planned by Roadtrekers from Region 7 of Roadtrek, International.  Region 7 consists of Roadtrekers from states in and around Texas.

The first thing on the agenda is to register. I received a sack full of information about attractions in Hot Springs and the agenda for rally events.

All of our meetings were held in the KOA campground social hall. Tippy not allowed.

Fountain on a lake near Treky's campsite.  Tippy loves this walking trail around the lake.

We walk this trail three times a day and Tippy never gets tired of inspecting every inch.

These three ducks make the campground their home.  The one in the distance has only one leg.  Her leg was caught up in fishing line and she was near death when some kind campers took her to the local vet who amputated her leg.  She's fine now.  She walks with a hop but can fly very well and appears to be happy.  Campers feel sorry for her and share their food with her more than with the other two.  So she is well fed.

Are these Morning Glories????  Tippy likes their scent.

Pretty wild flowers

Tippy says, "Let me tell you what happened one day here in Hot Springs - 

We had this terrible rain storm - Lightning - Thunder - High Winds - Lots of Loud Noise!!!!

It almost scared me to death.  I'm afraid of storms - So I hid in the darkest corner of Treky that I could find, hoping that whatever evil thing that was causing all that thunder could not find me.

Then I saw Ron - I knew that he must be frightened too, so I crawled out of my hiding place and went to comfort him.  Oh well, that's what happened to us in Hot Springs today.  Ron's smart phone says that tomorrow's weather will be better.  We're (Ron and me) going to Garvin Gardens."

Ron, Tippy and Treky