A few weeks ago when I was going out the front door, I saw a lizard on our fire hydrant! (The fire hydrant is part of the water garden) I dashed inside and grabbed the digital camera, and hurried back out. Thankfully, the lizard didn't look like he was moving anytime soon, and I snapped a few pictures of him. Here's the best one:

Cook Boys Campout

Below: The boys inside a sandbag "fort" at Camp Blanding Museum.

A picture of a heron, during sunset on the lake.

Last Friday, Papa, Daniel, Nehemiah, Noah, Elijah and I (Joseph) were able to go on a camping trip at Camp Blanding. Our site was located right on Kingsley lake, right near a fishing dock. We spent Friday night and Saturday morning enjoying the beautiful weather, fishing, and exploring the military equipment outside of the museum. We had two tents, and 6 people! Thankfully, one of them fit 4, and the other (barely) fit 2. We had plenty of charcoal grilled food, and lots of Shmores!
Below: Noah with his tackle box, on the dock near in the camping grounds.


Ernie Haase Concert

Today some of the family (Anne and Joseph)and quite a few friends went to an Ernie Haase/Signature Sound concert in Middleburg. The concert was two hours long, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Ernie Haase and Signature Sound sing Southern Gospel songs. They featured some songs from their latest project in production, which is made in honor of the Cathedrals. Joseph was able to buy a CD and have it signed by the members of the quartet, and the musicians. Anne and Joseph were also able to have their pictures taken with Ernie Haase. We highly recommend that everyone find the time to see this wonderful singing group! The Tour Schedule can be found here.


Fire Weather

Today there was a Fire Weather Warning/Watch due to how dry and cold it is. Daniel, Papa, and I were in the house when we heard the page for a woods fire. We got to the station as quick as possible! The fire was on Silver Springs road off of 214. Someone's backyard fire had apparently gotten out of control and begun to spread into the surrounding woods. Papa, I, and some others came arrived on scene in Attack 10, and Daniel rode with a volunteer on Tender 109. I stood by the truck watching the firefighters battle the flames. The fire was constantly shifting due to the mild winds in the area, so it took a while to settle it down. Once it was "out" I got to help with mop-up. Mop-up is the stage where everything is smoking, but there's little to no flames. I was able to ride on the walkway of one of the Brush Trucks, and "mop-up" the hot-spots with my hose. I also shoveled sand onto some of the smaller hot spots that couldn't be reached by the Brush Trucks. By the time we were finished and had got back to the Station, 3 hours had elapsed! I was surprised that it took so long--time had flown by quickly!
Being a Fire-Explorer is a lot of fun, especially when you get to participate in Fire Calls. And everyone knows that right after a call, a firefighter is hungry... so Daniel, Papa, and I headed home to help finish making homemade burgers!