Eastbank COE

Our Casita at Eastbank COE

Our Casita at Eastbank COE

Casita at sunset

Casita at sunset

We’re at beautiful Eastbank COE campground on the Georgia/Florida border.  There is not much to do except fishing and a couple of short trails.  But soaking in the beauty is a full-time job!  It’s a quiet, heavenly place to relax.  It’s also only $11 a day with our senior pass.  We’ve spent much of the day reading, doing crosswords and walking Sheba. And admiring the lake view from our door and all of the windows.

We are also having to make sure everything that touches the ground is sprayed with bug spray.  There are tiny ants everywhere.

Coots at sunset

Coots at sunset

Sheba has been more combative when other dogs are walked by our site than usual.  I’m guessing she’s getting tired of having to be tied up all the time. And little Sunny is exhibiting symptoms similar to an elderly person with Alzheimers.  It’s stressful for him and for us.

These sunset photos are all unretouched.  The colors were more magnificent than my camera could show.  And if I had retouched them to make them match the splendor my eyes saw, no one would believe it anyway!

Cypress tree surrounded by cypress knees

Cypress tree surrounded by cypress knees

The coots are so numerous here that it is startling.  At first we thought they were trash floating on the water.  Then we realized they were coots.  There are hundreds of them.

We plan to go to Bainbridge tomorrow to shop and look around.

And Wayne, we haven’t seen an alligator, but with all those coots out there, they probably do just fine without ever coming ashore!  🙂

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  1. Sunsets (and sunrises) are like chasms or treed hillsides . . . they are just breathtaking in person, but not as spectacular in print – still gorgeous – but just not like “being there”!

    Virtual hugs,


    • Don’t you wish we could depict the majesty? I see photos of the Grand Canyon, but people say no photo portrays the awe they inspire when you see them with your own eyes.

      • That’s about true. I love looking at all of the current blogs that are about hiking in Utah – you know who you are. I am in awe of what they are doing on a daily basis. Then I remember that I did that, too . . . but thirty years ago. Thirty years is a long time for a body to deteriorate! And mine certainly has!

        • I used to backpack… many moons ago. I never did anything as exciting as those photos the Blonde Coyote posts, though! I could envy her if I didn’t accept that we are at different stages in life. 🙂

  2. Ahhhh …. Looks so peaceful.

    • I just get lost in the beauty of nature. Mountains, beaches, lakes, sunsets…. it’s so wonderful that such great places are available on almost any budget. 🙂

    • Marsha

       /  December 4, 2014

      Sometimes it’s nice just to hang out and be.

      What are coots?

      • Coots are little water birds, kind of like ducks but smaller.

        Yes, sometimes it feels like sheer luxury to just be. Especially someplace beautiful.

  3. Gail

     /  December 4, 2014

    Absolutely awesome pics!

  4. Gosh, I love sunsets 1, 2, and 3…just beautiful!!

    I guess someone warned you of the sugar ants…I remember washing clothes and sharing experiences with a fellow camper in Salt Springs in 2013. She reported getting a terrible infestation of sugar ants at a COE on the GA/FL border. So stay on alert.

    Enjoy this wonderful warmth!

    • We are on guard for the ants. So far they aren’t inside the Casita. They were on the outside near the door, so I sprayed it and I think it got them all. I also sprayed the electric cord. We did learn not to put dog food bowls down outside!

      The warmth is sheer heaven, Lynne. It seems so strange to be wearing shorts in December, but I am loving it!

  5. See:




    for Utah beauty.



    I haven’t seen The Blonde Coyote . . . but will! ;->

    • Judie, this comment ended in the moderate list. Sorry for the delay.

      I do usually check Take it to the Highway, but Little Adventures is new to me. And I had almost forgotten about WinnieViews. Thanks! Now more places to drool over!

  6. Jerryc

     /  December 4, 2014

    You know I love sunsets, and your captures are awesome. Good luck with the ants.;-)

  7. Thanks — on both counts! 🙂

  8. You always manage to get such beautiful water sites. You may not always be right on the edge but at least right across. Sorry about Sunny not doing so good poor little guy. I don’t think Fred likes being tied up all the time either when we go camping.

    • Little Sunny does love camping when he’s not shaking with anxiety. He just gets short walks around our campsite. And water sites are my favorites. We don’t always get one, but we try!

  9. Your photos are gorgeous. Looks like you have really gotten the hang of your new camera. We haven’t stayed at too many COE parks, but have loved the peacefulness of the ones where we have stayed. They are special.

    • Thank you, Judy! They were taken with the phone camera. I saw some beautiful little water plants that I think I will have to use my bigger camera on. I’ll try them with the phone tomorrow, but carry the other camera as a backup.

      Some of those campgrounds you stayed in up north had the same effect on me. They looked so natural and well managed.

  10. What wonderful views from your campsite!

    • It feels a little like Paradise must feel! We are so happy here. I love this running away from home trip! 🙂

  11. That sure is a beautiful place. Remember it well. Now I did not see any gatore either but was told how many are in there and a fellow camped close by said to shine a spotlight across the water at night certian times of the year and all you can see is eyes! Spooky for sure. Bet some of those old coots were ones that hung out at Patagonia last spring! There were a bunch there too.
    For those ants, I heard if you mix powdered sugar and baking soda 50/50 and set it out in small batches, e.g. lid for a drinking cup. They eat it and carry it back to the den for their friends and the queen, when they get gas from the baking soda poooof! They are gone. I’d give it a try and can’t wait till we have the opportunity, have not had an anu problem out here.
    Feel for those pups.

    • Wayne, that’s what a boater told us a Cotton Hill COE in Georgia near Eufaula – where we DID see lots of gators. He said when he brought the boat into the canal at night it looked like a Christmas tree with all those red eyes shining. That’s where I yanked Sheba out of the water when I saw a young gator rapidly swimming toward her… and when I saw a young boy teasing a baby gator with his fishing bait. I felt that it was dangerous there.

      I am seeing a few ants in the trailer now so it’s time for me to go on the warpath. I have boric acid which I know works for ants and all kinds of crawling bugs. I am very curious to see if the sugar and baking soda works, too!

  12. What stunning photos! I understand about the unretouched aspect. I often touch up pictures for my blog but it’s fun when nature is so vivid you don’t have to make adjustments.

    • Hi, Brad! Good to see you here! I also often tweak my photos to make them look better. But there are some things that turn out too gorgeous for me to mess with!

  13. What a group of magnificent sunset photo’s…Those should be framed and displayed for all to see!!! I think you’re knocking on “Heavens Door”…what a awesome place you Guys have found…sugar ants be damned!…Thanks for sharing…Horst sends

    • Horst, if I’ve got to have sugar ants here, it is a small price to pay.

      I have noticed that the one thing my phone camera is especially good at are sunsets. Or maybe I have just been in the right places to see some gorgeous ones lately.

  14. cozybegone

     /  December 5, 2014

    See you are getting the hang of the camera for sure, lv the Cypress!! Digging these temps too but miss those cool less humid nights for sleeping 🙂

    • It’s the LG G3 camera phone. I am really pleased with it.

      It’s supposed to be highs in the 60’s next week with nights in the 40’s. So I think your weather is on the way. 🙂

  15. Rick & Beth Clark

     /  December 5, 2014

    Good Morning Sharon,
    Your pictures are beautiful! My wife and I are new to your blog. We just moved from central Fl. and retired in “upstate” Salem, SC. If you have not been to this area yet, we think you would really enjoy it. We are close by Devils Fork State Park on beautiful Lake Jocassee….foot-hills of the Blue Ridge Mts. We would enjoy meeting you.

    My wife and I are heading out to Rice, Tx. 02/10/15 to pick up our Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe.
    We are excited. Hopefully our paths will cross someday! Looking forward to seeing more of your new adventures.

    • Welcome, Rick and Beth! Glad you enjoy the photos. Taking them is so much fun and I love sharing them.

      I’m not exactly sure where Salem is, but we have driven through the hill country of SC and were surprised at how beautiful it is. And all the people we met were so very friendly and welcoming.

      Heading to Rice to pick up a Casita has to be one of the most exciting things ever! We bought ours used, so missed that experience. I hope you make many wonderful memories in your sweet little Spirit Deluxe!

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