Saturday, May 28, 2016

Blog Update - Jellystone Memorial Day Weekend!

My new location opened with a flourish this weekend - a full park and a ton of activities and wonderful hot sunny weather...

Wednesday was a great day to start with the entire local middle school - 10 school bus loads of kids to open the pool and get the staff ready for the holiday was a great time!

Friday the park started to fill and by the end of the evening and early Saturday morning the park was full and the pool was full and a ton of activities planned! My job this weekend was to get pictures - so far I am well past 500 and many really good ones....

My Camper in my site!

The neighborhood!

A few from the park pictures from this weekend!

Outback Ray brought some animals for everyone to see!

There was also tie-dying shirts!

I got a ton of great pictures of all the kids and adults having fun...sure is different taking pictures of active kids rather than the seniors back in Twentynine Palms - harder to keep up with for sure!

Still plenty of action left this weekend...more pics and an update later after I process more pics!

Plenty more pictures on my photo site HERE!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Summer in Ohio - Re-Group New Destination

Well, as many of you know my original destination didn't quite work out...I was extremely disappointed in the park and the way my departure was announced, I will chalk it up to poor management.

Basically the Park is in transition and they were way behind on their scheduled plans and needed another person around like a hole in the head...of course my feeling was they should have known that a long time ago and I could have punted before I even made the drive...but they didn't and I had to leave quickly (not fair) and re-group.

Thankfully my old HS Classmate (David Augustynovich) stepped up to the plate and allowed me to move my trailer to his place while I found another place. My sisters driveway is not an option - it is a steep hill and besides it has an association with restrictions...Augie's is on a large piece of property in the country and no problems.

So I dropped the trailer there and headed to my sisters for a few days to find something else. As it turns out had three offers and one was perfect. So I accepted the job and moved the camper over on Thursday the 19th of May and got to work right away on Saturday in the rain.

The job entails two functions - a couple days a week I will work collecting money for the waterpark and during functions and activities I will be taking pictures for the park, which is really what I enjoy, so should be a fun summer. In the meantine here are a few I have taken so far.

My Little Home in it's new summer location!

The neighborhood!

A Couple Park Pics!

Many of my park pics will be of kids and I don't want to publish pics all over the internet of kids who I have no idea who they are and would hate to have a parent get upset, so will leave those for the park to put on their website.

But here is an example!

So reality is, it worked out way better than the original place, much more to my liking and only 2.8 miles from my sisters, vs 25 miles....

Should be a fun and interesting summer!

I have a couple personal projects for this summer - 2017 Calendar will be either a Barberton one or an Ohio one, depends on the shots I get and the time to take them.

Stay Tuned!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Home at Last - Ohio for the summer!

After a very long trip almost completely across the country I am now settled into my summer campground. I arrived last Thursday, but dropped the camper and headed to my sisters house in Uniontown for the weekend for some rest and relaxation and good food and a real bed and bathroom.

I returned to the campground on Monday and started squaring away the camper and my site. Got the trailer leveled and put out my solar lights and adjusted the picnic table and will set up the camp chef outdoor kitchen tomorrow - damn rain.

The campground is a work in process and things are kind of a mess right now - but when the work is complete this place is going to be really nice - the new owners are putting in sewers, new electric and water, so there is a ton of ditches being dug and new pipes and wires being run. The septic system is in and all the plumbing is getting done. The plan is to do half the park now and then the other half later this summer. I am in the section not being done right now with electric only, no water or sewer, but I have plenty of water and the ability to get more and fill my trailer.

My first "Day of Work" was today - cleaned chairs and did some painting in the clubhouse then weeded a flower bed by the entrance and transplanted some plants so it will look nice. Hopefully the rain will stop so we can get some mowing done - everything is too wet right now, and the grass is high!

When I arrived last Thursday I pulled into the grass with the truck and trailer and promptly got stuck - so had to get another vehicle to pull me out onto hard ground then place the trailer...all is well now.

I am right across from one of the ponds!

Truck is muddy!

Trailer is set!

Geese and Gosling Family in the pond!

Chair out and ready to relax!

Signs out and solar lights!

Need more window space for future travels!

Time for a cocktail and a little relaxation...if somebody wants to donate a 24 pack of PBR, feel free to drop by!

Ready for summer to get here - some swimming in the lake, a little fishing and some visits with my Ohio friends!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!