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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mississippi Cranes


Let me start out this post by welcoming my 2 newest followers.  They are Whitey and nantucketbreezes.   I could not find a blog site for either of you, but if you have one please share it with me so I can mention it here.  Thank you so much for following are crazy antics, and hope you enjoy the ride.

We have had a very busy 10 days since leaving Concan, Texas.  We traveled across Texas on our first leg of the trip, next we traveled into and through Louisiana.  Then, on into Mississippi, and now are in Montgomery, Alabama.  Next we will be dipping down into Milton,  Florida for a couple more visits with friends, and then on to Lake City, Florida for a months stay.  It has been a whirl-wind, but we have enjoyed every minute of the trip.

We finally got to meet the “Bird Lady”, Judy.


She is such a warm and welcoming person.  We clicked right away and talked non stop through our whole visit.  Of course, we discussed the do’s and don’ts of blogging, but we also talked quite a bit about the cranes and the refuge where she is volunteering.  We couldn’t have had a better time.  She started us out with a movie about these majestic birds, then took us on a tour of the refuge and surrounding areas to see if we could spot some cranes. We were sadly disappointed for the first part of the tour, then magically there they were.  They were pretty far away from us, but I did manage to get a couple of pictures of them.  Judy has a big camera with long lenses, but I just have a small digital.  If you want to see fabulous pictures of birds, and everything else there, check out her blog.  The cranes we got to see were Cross Beak and her young mate.  This is the first time she has chosen a mate so, this is an exciting season for the refuge.


After the tour, Donnie and I returned to the RV Park to take Rusty out to pee.  I am not saying anything about the RV Park on purpose because, it was not one I would recommend staying in.  I would rather just not say anything than to blast them.  I will say the roads in were very good, but where you park was in bad shape.  Nuff said… :) 

We then went back to the refuge to meet Judy, and the gang she volunteers with, to go out to eat.  She had first picked a BBQ place,The Shed, for us to go to, but when we drove by, the crowd there was just unbelievably large so, we opted for her second choice, Huck’s Cove.  To say it was interesting, is putting it mildly.  It was a hoot.  We opted to sit outside and enjoy the air and the river.  The River is “Singing River”.  One of the gentlemen explained that folk lore says the way it got it’s name was people would camp up river from the small town of Gautier(Go-Shay), MS., and the town folk would hear them singing all hours of the night.  Hence the name “Singing River”.  We loved this place and they have very good food too.  If you get a chance to meet this wonderful lady, Judy, you should.



We pulled out of Gautier, MS. early yesterday and made our way up to Montgomery, Alabama to meet my good friend, and faithful reader, Judy and her husband Dick.  We met them last night and I will write more about these great people in my next post.

Catch you later… Stay safe.


Randy and Terry said...

You're going to Milton, FL? You need to swing by Summerdale, AL first!! We're on the way - kinda. :) Glad you're enjoying the trip.

Donna K said...

What a great post...I follow Judy's blog and enjoy it very much. It's always fun when you get to meet an online friend in person. Glad you got to see some cranes.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

The header pic of the Cranes is great, the are really large birds, Hope you guys have better luck at the next campground. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

Gail Durham said...

I love the header picture. Glad you got to meet Judy, I love reading her blog.

Gypsy said...

I enjoy hearing about your visit from both yours and Judy's blogs.

Carol K said...

Your blog header pictures are always so interesting. I'm so glad that you and Don got to meet Birdlady Judy. I enjoy reading both of your blogs.

Rick and Paulette said...

Nice header picture! Glad you got to meet the 'Bird Lady' and enjoyed your visit.

Judy and Emma said...

I was so very pleased to meet you and Don, and I'm glad you got to see some cranes. Maybe our paths will cross again as we both make our way to Indiana for the summer. :)

Alan and Marilyn McMillan said...

I think your camera takes great pics as well...enjoy your travels & be safe out there.

Kevin and Ruth said...

Nice header picture, glad you got to see some real cranes and that you had a great visit with Judy.

Kevin and Ruth