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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Baby Mantids

Baby Mantid

Hey, Sue, these are for you. Everyone else, you can look if you want. I wish I'd had my good camera when this little guy decided to hang out on my finger!

Another Baby Mantid


While Sue & I were canoing, we found a couple of beach balls had drifted down to the dam at the lower end of the lake. We retrieved them and brought them back to the swimming area.
I was pretty amazed by the warning label on this beach ball. Somehow I had never thought of a beach ball as a hazardous object. It's too big to swallow and choke on. It's too soft to give you a concussion. So?

Just what constitutes "competent supervision" for beachball use, anyway? I mean, beyond what common sense would dictate for swimming in general.

Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg

IWLL beach in the morning
While my RV was in the shop getting its new roof put on, my friend Sue and I went camping. Although we both do 18th century Rendezvous camping, this time we camped in modern nylon tents. Gypsy Jane and Sue's Modern Camp
(All varieties of camping are fun: car camping, RVing, primitive camping, backpacking, you name it...)
We set up camp in the shadiest spot I could find us at Walton Park, the Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg facility, and enjoyed a pleasant beat-the-heat weekend, mostly swimming.
The Fountain
The Izaak Walton park is one of my very favorite places to be. There's lots to do there, more fun than I can cram into any one weekend. Take a quick tour with me:
A Shady Road to Walk
IWLL members enjoy

Tent camping
RV Camping Area
RV camping, seasonal or overnight
Guys shooting archery
Archery range - and a really cool archery woods walk too.

People enjoying the beach
The lower lake is for swimming, boating and fishing. The upper lake (no picture, sorry) is for fishing.)
Picnic Pavillion
Besides the picnic pavillion, there are many picnic tables and even a huge grill suitable for cooking for a large crowd.
The Skeet Range
This is the skeet range. There are also ranges for rifle and pistol. We have various contests and events.

IWLL Beach in the eveningFinally we tied the canoe to the tree, packed up our gear, and returned to the workaday world and, in my case, other sorts of camping.