All we heard on the radio driving here yesterday was "100% chance of rain and severe weather on Tuesday". When we woke up, it was cloudy, but no rain.
Linda checked the usual weather websites and looked at the radar. There was a long line of storms that looked like they would get to us eventually, but nothing in our immediate area. This is supposed to be the warmest day of the week with highs in the mid to upper 70s, but we didn't plan to do anything outdoors because of the forecast.
There is a washer and dryer at the bathhouse, so Linda did a couple loads of laundry and read her book. There was a little humidity, so it felt really warm. I decided to ride my bike around the park.
There are just enough paved roads to make for a decent bike ride, but there are also walking/hiking trails where bikes are allowed. I found the 2.7 mile loop trail and decided "What the heck". Our Electra Townies aren't really suited to most off-pavement bike trails, but I never mind a little test. :)
That was a great trail and I really enjoyed the ride. There were some hills and some sand, but I did the whole trail in first gear and never had to dismount. That was fun and good exercise. I might have to make that trail an every day workout. Hopefully, Linda will be able to do it, too.
Next, I rode a .7 mile loop trail near some of the cottages. That wasn't bad, but it wasn't as much fun.
Then the clouds lifted and we got some blue sky. It was beautiful for a couple of hours and we went for a walk. We walked from the campground ....
toward the main entrance and the mill.
The Parrish Mill is a combination grist mill, saw mill, covered bridge, and dam built in the 1880s. As you can see, the lake water levels are really low due to a drought this summer in central and southern Georgia. The ranger said that some spots of the canoe trails are actually on dry land right now.
Still, we are looking forward to getting out on the water and doing some paddling.
We could have done it today had we known the weather wasn't arriving until much later.
On the backside of the mill/dam, water flows from the lake, known as Mill Pond, into 15-Mile Creek.
We read all the historical information inside the mill "museum", and then I played with the several Green Anoles running around. :)
They are mostly brown this time of year, but the do have the ability to change color. The one above "greened up" a little bit. :)
Once they determined I was no threat to eat them, they gave me some nice poses.
As usual, Linda was amused by me lying on the ground talking to these tiny lizards and trying to get pictures. :)
Past the mill is another trail - a 3-mile loop. Linda was still a little concerned about the weather, so we walked a little ways on the trail until some dark clouds rolled in. We ended our walk and headed back toward the mill. Of course, those clouds broke up. Little did we know that the rain was still hours away.
So we sat on a swing and looked out over the water for awhile before returning home.
Soon, Linda was back looking at radar. The storm system was being shown on the Weather Channel and they were talking about high winds and tornadic activity all over the southeast. But that had to be the slowest moving storm we've ever seen.
This morning, we thought it would arrive in a couple hours. By 10:00 p.m. tonight, we were still waiting on it. I think Linda watched radar for three or four hours straight. She has figured out how to zoom in and look at each storm cell and figure out which ones have hail and circular winds. :)
Fortunately, when the system finally arrived, the worst of it had gone north of us. We got some wind and quite a bit of rain, but thankfully for us, it wasn't significant at all and we were able to sleep.
The storm was followed by a cold front which is supposed to make things cooler by about 20 degrees over the next few days, but there is no precipitation in the forecast. If we can drag our thin-blooded selves out into the cooler weather, we should have some fun during the rest of our time here. :)