June 09, 2016 – From Big Creek to Prince Frederick, Maryland

I have been neglecting my photography and log writing for weeks now. You know I’m sick when I don’t take many pictures. I did take my camera with me on a run into town for groceries.  Andy took me to Carver’s Apple House for lunch to cheer me up.  I love eating lunch overlooking the orchard.

b View from Carver's Apple House
View from Carver’s Apple House

Last Thursday, we drove to Gatlinburg and ate Mellow Mushroom pizza with Ranger Heath, his wife Dana, and their youngest son Garret.  Garret made a cherry pie for dessert with cherries from the tree in their yard.  Heath’s mother helped him with her pie crust recipe.  It was fabulous. The rest of the family is just as delightful as Heath and we enjoyed our visit with them.

b Dana, Heath, and Garret Soehn
Dana, Heath, and Garret Soehn

On Monday, we left Big Creek and headed east on I-40.  I took Imodium before we got on the road so I wouldn’t have to pull over on the shoulder of the interstate for an emergency bathroom break. We stopped for the night behind a Cracker Barrel restaurant along the interstate near Raleigh, North Carolina. It was a quiet a peaceful night.

We left the Cracker Barrel Tuesday morning and headed to Wilson, North Carolina for my annual pilgrimage to Bill Ellis Barbecue.  I ate way too much.  Then we continued on to Suffolk, Virginia to the Davis Lakes RV park where we stay when we visit son Mike.  We didn’t plan the visit very well.  We usually try to stop there on a weekend so we can spend more time with Mike, but this time we only got to see him in the evenings.

Here is Sao in our campsite.

b Sao at Davis Lakes
Sao at Davis Lakes

We sat outside on our little wooden deck and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We noted that we have not seen a robin in a year.  This one was not too shy and sat still enough for me to take a few portraits.

b Robin at Davis Lakes
Robin at Davis Lakes

This squirrel is also accustomed to campers and watched us watching it.

b Squirrel at Davis Lakes
Squirrel at Davis Lakes

Andy got me out for two walks around the lake.  I could really feel that I have done nothing but lie around for several weeks now.  I was tired after one lap. This is the swimming area on the lake closest to us.

b Swimming Area at Davis Lakes
Swimming Area at Davis Lakes

We had been planning to stop in for a visit with Fred and Cas, as is our custom every year.


I finished my prescription for the C-diff a couple days ago and thought I was over it.  The last two days, without Imodium, have reminded me that I’m not over it but, am getting worse again. Dr. O’Connor, in Marathon, suggested another round of Metronidazole.  If I am not cured after that, he said I should go see a gastroenterologist.

Tonight, we are parked in my Sister Barbara’s driveway in Prince Frederick, Maryland. We’ll hunker down here until I am cured.  Some Google searching revealed that I can consider myself non-contagious when I have not had diarrhea for 48 hours.  I’ll use the time to work on Big Creek. I do not want to visit the grand kids or Andy’s brother Paul until I’m sure I won’t pass this nasty bug on.


5 thoughts on “June 09, 2016 – From Big Creek to Prince Frederick, Maryland

  1. Mala Burt June 24, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    So sorry you’ve been so ill. What a nasty, nasty bug. I love seeing all your photos.


    • Dinata Misovec June 24, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks Annie. I’d never even heard of Clostridium Difficule. Now I wish I still haven’t. I’m glad you like the pictures. My objective is to take you along with me and see what I see and learn on my day to day senior adventures. I hope I’ll get back to my normal pictures and blogging before too much longer.


      • Mala Burt June 24, 2016 / 6:39 pm

        I’d never heard of it either. Senior adventures are such a great thing. At age 73 I’m doing things I never would have imagined in my 50’s.


      • Dinata Misovec June 24, 2016 / 8:21 pm

        I suppose I should write a short post about it. It is serious and a little bit scary.


  2. milliethom July 17, 2016 / 6:49 am

    I’m really sorry to hear that this bug lasted for so long. No wonder you’re so weak. It sounds like a really vicious and nasty bug. Perhaps a visit to a gastoenterologist will be a good thing. Here’s hoping you get rid of this thing very soon.


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