Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back in familiar territory

Wednesday morning was calm and cool and we broke camp early to pick up I-29 toward Kansas City. We wondered through Yankton, SD to get gas and make a coffee exchange (potty break & get more coffee). Then skirted Vermillion, SD to get to I-29.
Once on I-29 heading south, we stopped at a rest area in Iowa to dump our gray & black tanks. Most Iowa rest areas have dump stations, as well as many in South Dakota rest areas, although we found several closed for repairs. Apparently Missouri doesn’t care to collect such stuff from travelers in the state!
Since the cool, north wind was holding, we decided to camp at one of our favorite, nearby and free campgrounds which we haven’t been to this summer — Atchison State Fishing Lake.
Jeff finally got to do some serious fishing. Within a half hour of putting hook in water, he caught a 2# legal bass! Then he caught a small Sunfish, but some critter (probably a raccoon) snatched the stringer out of the water overnight and ate it!
Of all the wondrous, fantastic sites I’ve seen on this trip, it occurred to me — waking up in a quiet, lakeside, shady campsite — that camping is about staying put somewhere long enough to slow down, relax, and enjoy the scenery, while RV’ing is more about traveling and visiting the local sites. This is the FIRST morning we haven’t woke up & rushed off to see this or that. There’s something disappointing about going home to REST UP from a vacation! I’ve always looked at photography as an opportunity — and even a responsibility — to capture the the EXTRAORDINARY beauty in ordinary life. I definitely captured and appreciate some extraordinary beauty in the past 10 days!

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