Myrtle Beach, SC

September 29, 2016

We left Wilmington, NC around 10:00 AM. Overcast skies, but a very easy drive to Myrtle Beach.20160929_090239This is the drawbridge across the Cape Fear River.20160929_090254Good-bye downtown Wilmington. This is a very nice city. We enjoyed the visit.20160929_100124Welcome to South Carolina. We drove down Hwy 17 and it was a great road.20160929_105314Arrived at the Myrtle Beach Moose Lodge and the sun came out.20160929_105315This is a very active lodge. They had pizza night on Thursday night and this place was packed.20160929_114609The inside is painted for the beach.20160929_114603It is big and October 1st, it becomes non-smoking.  They have lost some members because of that, but I bet they will gain more because of it too.20160929_133039It was suggested that we drive down to Murrells Inlet. It was a short drive.20160929_133018Once we got there, we discovered it was Bike Week at Myrtle Beach.20160929_133029Bikes and stages everywhere. Pretty Cool.

Friday September 30, 201620161001_090119We decided to go to Huntington Beach State Park and ride our bikes. It has been a while and we really wanted to get back on the bikes. The waters you cross going into the park are full of alligators.  There is one in that grass, but it is hard to see.20161001_090202Several were just watching the people and waiting for someone to make a misstep. We had a nice ride on a very nice bike path along Hwy. 17.20160930_125009And the bikes were out everywhere.  The weather was beautiful.20160930_125016This bike had its own trailer.20160930_125041There was parking everywhere. I don’t think I have ever seen this many bikes at one time.

Saturday October 1, 2016

We went back to Huntington Beach State Park to ride our bikes.  Plus we packed a picnic lunch and our beach chairs. Changed into our suits at the bathhouse and spent a few hours on the beach.20161001_104031It was wonderful and peaceful and just what we needed.20161001_104040This beach is less crowded.  It costs $5.00 a person to come into the park, but it has a wonderful beach and a very nice park.20161002_121802This is our campsite for a few days at the Moose Lodge.  Not bad, 50 amp and water for $15.00 a night.20161002_121806A small pavilion next to us.

Sunday October 2, 2016

We decided to go to the Market Common to ride today.  This is a new shopping area with lots of shops, restaurants and residential houses. They also have the Grand Park Recreational Complex at the Market Common. There are multiple baseball/softball fields and walking/bike paths everywhere.  After our ride and showers, we headed to North Myrtle Beach to meet up with some of my oldest friends, Mark and LeAnn Hardy.  They live in Louisville and are here with 14 others for a golfing week.14542345_1844631019105667_3600461624109861510_o-1I was the maid-of-honor in their wedding 31 years ago.  I have been friends with them longer than anyone else, except Colette Akin. (I met her first and she introduced me to Mark.)  It was a blast seeing them and spending some time together.7014_1475460714472We got to meet the gang and we got to go to dinner with everyone. 7015_1475460722109It was such a great time.  I am hoping we get to see them again before we have to leave. It was great to meet Fred, Becky, Brandy, Chuck, Lisa, Larry, Steve, Chu, Angela, Wanda and Steve. Such a great group of people and much fun.

Also, there is a Hurricane heading our way.  Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength in the Caribbean and we are not sure how it will affect our plans.

Thanks for following along with us and we will keep you updated on the Hurricane.

 

Cool Friends, Dinner and an Air Show

Thursday September 8, 2016

We had to leave Ashland because Americamps was booked for the NASCAR race this weekend.  We moved 51 miles to Williamsburg RV and Camping Resort.20160908_133700This is a Thousand Trails campground.  We are not Thousand Trails members, but they give Passport America member discounts. So we got 50% off everyday except Friday and Saturday.  It is a good thing, because there was not much to like about this campground.20160908_13371450 amp, water, sewer, No cable and No internet.  When you get to a Thousand Trails campground, you park by the office and then go look for a site you like.  This campground is very tight, the roads are narrow and the grounds are full of tree roots.  We looked at about 6 different sites.  It averaged out to $40.88 a night including tax.  It was expensive for what we got.20160908_133747We found this one that Cliff could wedge into.20160908_133734We probably would have moved, but the site was close to Dad and everything else we wanted to see.  Plus when we made the reservation it was less than 2 weeks from arrival and they required a non-refundable full payment.  A live and learn moment.

Now on to better things. We got to spend Friday with Dad in Richmond.

Friends that we stay in touch with were traveling back to Northern Virginia from Virginia Beach.  Since they are now retired, they decided to stop in Williamsburg and have dinner with us.  They are not full timers yet, but we met them at Blueberry Hill RV Resort this past spring.20160909_170113We met for dinner at Captain George’s.  They have a seafood buffet and all-you-can-eat crab legs.  Yeah, we are in heaven.20160909_180810We had such a good time with Barbara and Keith Sefton.  They have a Motorhome and tow a Jeep.  We asked the waiter to take our picture.  Which he did.20160909_180836Then he suggested we turn around so that you can see the restaurant in the background. It was a really cool place and the crag legs were awesome.  While at dinner, Keith and Barbara,  suggested we go to the Oceana Air Show with them tomorrow near Virginia Beach.

Saturday September 10, 201620160910_084723We followed Keith and Barbara  to the Navy Air Station.  This is a 3 day event.20160910_0849010It draws almost 300,000 people over the 3 days and it is FREE.20160910_084920That is their Jeep in front.  From this point, the traffic was crazy and the Navy personnel would not let us stay in the same lanes which meant we were not able to park close to each other either.20160910_085434Big hanger where the Navy is painting parts.20160910_104326F/A-18C Hornet – it was Loud and Fast.20160910_101822After the pilots put on a show, they land and drive by the crowd to wave.20160910_104420Another Hornet painted in camouflage colors.20160910_113550These planes were so loud and fast.  It was a lot of fun to watch.20160910_110332But it was hot.  We had some clouds and a breeze, which definitely helped.20160910_114641There is a narrator, but it was sometimes hard to hear.20160910_115141This is the Geico Skytypers flying unit based in Long Island, NY.20160910_115145They fly restored WWII aircraft.20160910_120350The F/A-18F Super Hornet was so loud it made my insides shake.  Keith put a video of this monster on facebook.20160910_120356He went straight up too.20160910_122143It was very impressive. 20160910_142906There were a LOT of people here.20160910_121845This is the USAF Heritage Flight.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF).  The Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997.  Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II, Korea and Vietnam era fighters display USAF airpower history. It was very dramatic. 20160910_142739Then came the Blue Angels.  Crazy!20160910_142747They fly so close together.20160910_142940The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service of the United States.20160910_143215One is upside down.20160910_143512Now 2 are upside down and 2 are normal.  Check out the tower to the right.  They were watching everything.  It made me feel very safe.20160910_143700The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.20160910_144530Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 427 million fans.20160910_145311It was incredible.  This was the first air show for Cliff, so we are so glad Keith and Barbara invited us to go. 20160910_165754The ultimate boathouse.20160910_171002There were several bridges and underwater tunnels between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.20160910_171130It took us 1.5 hours to get to the airshow and over 3 hours to get back because of all the people leaving.

We really enjoyed the day.  It was an incredible experience.

Pennsylvania

August 29 – September 2, 2016

Monday August 29, 201620160829_100912We left East Stroudsburg, PA, heading to Lancaster, PA.  It is only 114 miles, but took 3 hours due to heavy traffic around Allentown.20160829_102155Passed through Virginville, PA.20160829_142024It is hot in Pennsylvania in August.20160829_142204Beautiful campground in Gordonville, PA, Lancaster County.20160829_142228We stayed at County Acres Campground.  Beautiful farmland all around us.  Site #876, 50 amp, water, sewer, cable (70+ channels), decent WiFi. Nice laundry room, $1.75 wash, $0.50 for 30 minutes of dryer.20160829_142234Sites are decent.  Long enough for the 5th wheel and the truck.20160829_142251Not very level side to side, but not too bad.  Easy to get to, right off US-30. Bird-in-Hand Corporation owns a lot of property and businesses in the Lancaster area.  They own this campground, multiple hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc.20160829_140458Had dinner at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. In my opinion, it is not as good as The Blue Gate in Shipshewana, IN.20160829_140505Very pretty flowers.20160829_181734“If you build it, they will come.”20160829_181740That is some good size corn.

Tuesday August 30, 2016 – York, PA20160830_110437Decided to drive to York to tour the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations manufacturing facility.20160830_110456They build custom order bikes here too.20160830_112730These are the colors for 2017.20160830_112816They manufacture the Touring, Softail, CVO and Trike styles here in York.20160830_112848My favorite.20160830_113215Cliff’s favorite.20160830_113409I like it too. 20160830_113459I had a fun time getting off of that monster.20160830_115947_001We like to check in with new friends from time to time, just to see where everyone is.  Phil and Judy Kerns, full-timers from Oklahoma, just happened to be in Hershey.  They suggested we meet them for a tour.  We made reservations on-line, which we found out later was a very smart idea. The staff told us that most of the time people just show up and the tours are full.  We took the Steel Toe Tour, which was Great!  They don’t allow photos on the tour, so we just got a few in the lobby.  We are very impressed with Harley-Davidson and the commitment to the saying “Made in America”.  Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in the area.  If I could ride a motorcycle, it would definitely be a Harley. 20160830_144808The tour was over 2 hours long.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was British, not that really means anything, but interesting. We headed downtown York for an early dinner.20160830_144841It was recommended that we try the White Rose Bar & Grill.  It was very nice and we got to enjoy our time with Phil and Judy a little longer.  We meet them at the Escapees Rally in Vermont in July.  We just love meeting new full-timers and then finding them along the path again.20160830_163231Interesting public art downtown York.20160830_165614Beautiful bridges on our way home from York, PA.

Wednesday August 31, 201620160831_082626The Amish in Pennsylvania ride bike scouters. Cliff really likes these.20160831_083118Since our campground is owned by Bird-in-Hand, they have a free tour of the Lancaster County countryside.  Since we love tours and it was free, we had to go.  The first stop was a farm that make their own, well everything.  The hot pretzel was probably the best I have had in a very long time.  20160831_083018They had peacocks, donkeys, ponies, wild turkey, horses, chickens, goats and anything else you could think of.20160831_083130Sheep and Goose.20160831_083132The donkeys were so cute.20160831_102644Covered bridges.20160831_102719You can take buggy tours too.  Those are not free.20160831_102944Stunning farms.20160831_114356I posted this one on facebook, so most of you have seen this. Cliff was so excited, he stopped the truck to get his picture.  What can I say??20160831_110727Stoltzfus Meat market was nice and had a very large selection.  We stocked up on things for the freezer.  They did not have any pork burgers, which was disappointing.  They are really good if you can find them.20160831_110828There were shops like this one, Wild Goose Gallery.  We actually bought something here.  I will show you when we get back to Florida. A very nice man works there and sells his bird carvings.  Cool place to wander around.20160831_111800There are several road side shops.20160831_111803Roger and Dawn Brown, sorry this is so blurry, but we wanted you to see the flowers made out of horseshoes.  They were painted all different colors and they were everywhere.20160831_114349The hay is ready to harvest.20160831_112711My wings are not very straight….20160831_112726but Cliff’s are.20160831_121246Cliff found his favorite shirt.20160831_121533and his new Heike stick.

Off to Virginia. Till then, cheers.

 

 

Monhegan Island, Maine

Friday August 5, 2016

20160805_083419A 1-1/2 hour boat ride to Monhegan Island from Boothbay Harbor on the Balmy Days II.20160805_084210We sat on the upper level.20160805_08493320160805_085322It is an island 12 miles out to sea.20160805_085412Waves crashing against the rocks.20160805_085449The wind was blowing about 15-20 miles an hour.  The captain said the seas could be rolling today.  And they were.20160805_100209Monhegan Island only has about 65 residents full time.20160805_100417A small island across the bay has wild goats.  We never did find out how they got there.20160805_101907The Library20160805_101913The School.20160813_143108A gentleman on the boat told us to hike up to the lighthouse and then across the Island to Whitehead. 20160805_102631There are no paved roads on the island.  This is from the lighthouse point.20160805_102802The lighthouse.20160805_103542We made it to the lighthouse.  The Island Inn is in the background, the large building.20160805_10392520160805_103941The Monhegan Store and Ice Pond operated from 1911 until 1972.20160805_104007harvesting ice20160805_103956Mean looking blade.20160805_104015I would not want to be doing that.20160805_110111Whitehead. Oh, what a beautiful place.20160805_110149Waves crashing along the shore.20160805_110207_001Beautiful day.20160805_110208Helen and Bryan both taking pictures.20160805_110303Cliff, hatless.20160805_110345I would not go any farther back.20160805_111701We had packed a picnic lunch and this was a wonderful place to rest and take it all in.20160805_110313The seagull kept trying to steal Helen’s sandwich.20160805_112708It was breath taking.20160805_120143We took a different trail back down to the village.20160805_120209The lighthouse from this trail.20160805_121547The post office.20160805_12202920160805_122041I never did figure out what the Jelly Fish were.20160805_12211520160805_122144Lobster traps stacked everywhere.20160805_12222320160805_12354220160805_123558Cliff asked this young woman if the water was cold and she said “Yes, but you’ll get used to it.”20160805_123635So, of course he had to try it.20160805_123702And yes, it was COLD.20160805_134902Back on the boat. Another 1-1/2 hours and it was pretty rolling at times. Next time, I would like to spend the night and have more time to explore the island.20160805_144526_001The wind was perfect for sailing.20160805_145913Small islands everywhere.20160805_15001720160805_150800If you can see all the dots in the water, that is all the lobster lines.20160805_151454Back to Boothbay Harbor.20160805_163628We decided to try to the pizza.20160805_163800wood fired.20160805_163610Pizza and wine, my favorite.20160805_155226You go up to the bar to order and they bring it to you.  It was very good.

What a wonderful trip to Monhegan Island.  I would recommend this to anyone.  If you have time, spend the night and give yourself time to explore.  The Island Inn was recommended to us if we ever come back. There is also The Monhegan House and several B&B’s.

If you have a tendency for sea sickness, take something with you.  The only mercantile on the island did not have any Dramamine.

Well, we have had a blast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Saturday will be filled with preparations to move to Bar Harbor on Sunday.  Until the next time.  Cheers.

Boothbay Harbor, ME

July 31 – August 7, 2016

We made it to Maine and oh what a beautiful place. Our first place to stay in Maine is Boothbay Harbor.  It is about mid-way between southern Maine and Bar Harbor.  We stayed at Shore Hills RV Park.  Wonderful place.20160802_08302520160802_082945The office.20160802_082957The shuttle bus they offer to Boothbay Harbor.20160802_081631Site #124.  Kind of close to the neighbor, but we really liked them.20160802_081658The back side.20160802_081640Looking down the street.  A lot of LARGE motor coaches come into this park.20160802_081803They have daily trash pick up.  We liked this. The sites are very long. The truck is parked in front of the 5th wheel and we still have room in the back.20160802_081901They have a pretty pond.20160802_081939with ducks.20160731_141701This is the first place we went in Boothbay Harbor.  We are not recommending this place.20160731_14183020160731_141833The view was nice.20160731_142904This was the lobster roll.  It was good, but was $19.95 each.  Cliff tried the clam chowder, but there was nothing in it, it was just liquid, and had no flavor.  You go to a window, order your food, find a place to sit and wait for them to call your name.  The girl that took our order talked so fast, we could not understand what she was saying.  She just looked at us like we were crazy.  We finally figured out that she was saying, it comes with chips, plain or barbecue?

Monday August 1, 201620160801_113510Just down the street from the campground is the Boothbay Railway Village.20160801_113517This is an old train depot, now used as the ticket office.20160801_1135451925 Railbus.  This rides you around the property.20160801_115758Inside the Railbus.20160801_113606Railway crossing.20160801_11364630 acres and 24 buildings.20160801_114425This railcar was given to the United States by the French after World War I.20160801_12082920160801_1212591931 Ford Model A Victoria.  Museum Founder, George McEvoy has a beautiful collection of Antique cars.  Some in the museum are on loan from other people, but most are owned by Mr. McEvoy.  He stills comes by and drives different ones.20160801_1216181911 Ford Model T Cab delivery truck20160801_1221171930 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster20160801_1223081914 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup.  1914 was the first year of the now standard left-hand driver position.  According to Ford, the Model T had a fuel economy of 13 to 21 miles per gallon.

Leaving nothing to waste, Henry Ford had the scraps of wood left over from the production of the Model T collected and turned into charcoal.  With the help of E.G. Kingsford, a charcoal manufacturing plant was built and the newly formed Ford Charcoal would eventually be renamed to Kingsford Charcoal.20160801_1224011928 Maxim Fire Truck20160801_1226481935 Swallow SS-1 – British sports car produced from 1932 – 1936.  It is 15 feet, 6 inches long.  Only 78 of these cars were built and only 7 are known to still exist.  In 1936, the model received a new name – JAGUAR.20160801_1231161929 Packard 640 Limousine.  The division glass behind the driver’s seat indicates this car was intended to be driven by a chauffeur.  They sold for $3,850.00.  In comparison, a 1929 Ford was $625.00, a Chevrolet was $675.00 and a Plymouth cost $695.00.20160801_1231271935 Packard20160801_1232151938 Packard Club Sedan – the brand continued on the market until 1958.  Original purchase price was $2,990.00.  The white wall tires were extra – $23.50 for all 6.20160801_1232281959 Jaguar Mark IX.  20160801_1232491962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II.  This is one of George McEvoy’s cars.20160801_12560320160801_125528Spruce Point Chapel built in 1923.  Relocated and Restored in 1995.20160801_125127They have goats at the Village.20160801_125830And pretty fountains.

20160801_134131Walk down into Boothbay Harbor.20160801_135221The Harbor20160801_135240The sites of Maine.20160801_13580120160801_145510_001We walked across the Footbridge to the other side of the Harbor.20160801_145127Late lunch at the Lobster Dock.20160801_145101The sign: “Unruly Kids Sold as Bait”.  Other sign: “Order at Window & Food is Delivered”.  Nice touch.20160801_145107Really cute place.20160801_14504420160801_143738We ordered the lobster roll without the mayo.  The lobster roll was better than yesterday, $15.95.  The Clam Chowder was not very good.  No flavor.  Still in pursuit of a good clam chowder.20160801_145711This seagull flew over this large rock and dropped a clam on the rock and it broke apart.  Then he cleaned it completely out.  Amazed at our ingenuous these birds are.

Tuesday Aug.2, 201620160802_102510Woke up to 63 degrees this morning.  We decided to take a drive.  We drove to West Boothbay and Wiscasset and back to Boothbay Harbor.  20160802_10390020160802_10382720160802_10402920160802_11002420160802_110702Drove through East Boothbay and down to Ocean Point.20160802_111125Beautiful Maine homes.20160802_111155Beautiful Churches.20160802_111341Sorry, this photo was taken from inside the truck.20160802_123316So we decided to try Lobsterman’s Wharf in Ocean Point.20160802_12324620160802_12323020160802_113343Love the decor.20160802_11334720160802_114130Waterfront dining.20160802_122524Notice, this is the wine menu! Cliff had a haddock sandwich and I have stuffed shrimp.  It was okay and the clam chowder was better than the other two.  But still, I am not recommending this one either.  We really are not this picky, but something is just not right.20160802_114110Very nice new sailboat.  The scenery is beautiful.

Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016  – Happy Birthday to my brother Ben.  I wish for you a wonderful new year.DSCF1668Brother Bill is on the left and Ben is on the right.

20160803_134508Pemaquid Point, Maine – We took a drive out to Pemaquid Point.20160803_13251020160803_132524Check out the birds on the roof.20160803_134459A cute restaurant and shop.  Very cute nautical stuff here.20160803_13452320160803_132959Nice lighthouse.20160803_134658Cliff found his road.20160803_13280120160803_132739Maine coastline.20160803_13480820160803_135022Old lobster trap.  They don’t use the wooden ones anymore, they have gone to rectangular metal ones.20160803_13551620160803_135604It was so peaceful here.  I could sit there for hours just listening to the ocean waves.  You can hardly see him, but there is a painter down on the rocks on the left side of the photo.20160803_13561420160803_13562420160803_135746The lighthouse from the back.20160803_140706Cute house with sailboats on the shutters.20160803_140921House with a rock foundation.20160803_14093520160803_140957Large log home along the drive.20160803_141308This house has a rock foundation and a lighthouse.20160803_141159The water is so clear and beautiful.20160803_141409Hotel Pemaquid.  Looks just like what I thought Maine would look like.20160803_141420This is also part of Hotel Pemaquid.20160803_152055Back in Boothbay Harbor, we stopped in Pinkham’s to get some fresh fish to grill.  We got two haddock filets.  They were wonderful.20160803_152058

Thursday August 4, 201620160804_061828Back to Boothbay Harbor.  They have a lovely Library in the middle of town.20160804_061832And then off to our First Treat of the Day.20160804_071647Lobstering with Captain Clive20160804_07580620160804_071655We left at 8:30 AM to get a lesson in the lobster business.20160804_071701Every lobster has to be measured with a special tool.  It can’t be too big or too small.20160804_072133They pull the lobster traps in one at a time.20160804_072154Sometimes there is nothing in them.20160804_072158They put them in individual metal bins so that they won’t attack each other.  They stay in these bins until Capt.Clive can inspect each one.20160804_072449He is trying to show us the difference between a male and female lobster.  You have to look very closely.  Capt. Clive can tell by looking at their backside, but that is experience.20160804_072451The female lobsters are very protected.  If eggs are on the outside or if her tail is clipped, they have to throw them back or get fined $2,500.0020160804_073420There were 2 other guests on the boat with their daughter. Once the lobsters are inspected, they put a rubber band around each claw and they are placed in a large bin of water.  Bottom left in the photo.20160804_073618They put new bait in the traps and off they go.20160804_07480120160804_074804(0)20160804_07480520160804_07481220160804_074813Each Lobsterman has his own colors which are the colors of his buoys.  He has to register his colors and traps with the state each year and renew his license and get new tags.  Each lobster trap has his tag.  Capt Clive has about 500 traps out this year.  There are 5 traps per buoy with about 66 feet of line between each trap.20160804_075741Back in the “Hahbah”20160804_075748Thanks Captain for a great lesson in lobstering.

20160804_171018Boy is this our lucky day.  First we got to go catch some lobsters and now we get to eat some.20160804_172308Our next door neighbors and new friends, Bryan and Helen Salgado, from Massachusetts have offered to teach us how to eat a whole lobster.  This is their Tiffin Phaeton in the background.20160804_172039Helen does not like lobster, so she got some clams.  Cliff and Bryan went to Pinkham’s and picked up the lobsters and clams.  Bryan had to wash these and then steam them.  Pinkham’s steamed our lobsters for us, since it is very difficult in an RV to get a large enough pot and enough heat to boil the water.20160804_172300We set the table and brought out the wine.20160804_172845Looking Good.20160804_172856The guys are looking good too.  Check out the Blue Bird Motorcoach behind Cliff. That is Bob’s.  High dollar.20160804_173132Nice!!20160804_173136We did it.  We ate the whole thing.  Well, there is this green stuff on the inside that I tried, but did not eat.20160804_173030Thank you Helen and Bryan.  We can’t wait to see you in Florida.

Tomorrow is a tour of Monhegan Island with Bryan and Helen. Next blog.

 

 

56th Annual Escapade

July 24 – 29, 2016

Essex Junction, Vermont20160722_094508The country side of Vermont.  We rode on the red road heading north in Vermont.20160722_09451420160722_095943View of the Adirondack Mountains in the distance.20160722_100043Lots of solar panels on the farm.20160722_122228This big guy pulled in and parked 3 spots down from us.20160722_122231They had a lot of people helping everyone park.  It was very well organized and everyone was so friendly and excited about the rally.20160723_075918By Friday afternoon, there were a lot of people here.  More coming in on Saturday and Sunday. This is the area with hook ups.  The boondockers had their own section and so did the Escapers.  Our next door neighbors (Regis and Cindy) are from Floral City, FL, right down the road from Bushnell, FL.  They just sold their bicycle shop in Floral City.20160723_080215We also met Phil and Judy from Arizona.  They are full timers and have a dog statue on a lease.  We love this idea.  The dog even has a water bowl.20160723_080537They also have a small mailbox, so if they are not home, you can leave them a note.

Saturday July 23, 201620160723_085552Registration begins. We got a bag of goodies and the program for the week.  They also gave us a pocket guide with all the events and classes.  This was very handy.20160723_093436Look at the cute table decorations. That is Regis and Cindy on the other side of the table.20160723_143408Then a big rain storm came through, so we stayed in the main hall.20160723_143511It lasted about an hour.20160723_191645Then we got this.20160723_19173020160723_192442It was a beautiful way to end the day.

Sunday July 24, 201620160724_140413Opening ceremony.  There are about 700 rigs and over 1,400 people here.20160724_140433The woman to the right of the podium is Kay Peterson. She and her husband, Joe, started the Escapees RV Club.  To the right of her is Bob and Molly, the Escapade Directors for the last 5 years.20160724_143543This is Travis Carr, the new President of Escapees.  His mother Cathie Carr (behind the podium) turned over the gavel to Travis at this ceremony.  On the far left is Melanie, Travis’ wife and now Vice-President.20160724_150046Kay told some really good stories about her travels with Joe.  She was hilarious.20160724_183332Big crowd.20160724_183745They had some good entertainment. This was Jimmy Travis, singer and comedian.  He was very funny.

Monday, July 25, 2016

They had 3 sessions in the mornings, starting at 8:30 and 2 sessions in the afternoon.  Each session had 4-5 classes to pick from.  They had classes like, Investing Strategies for RVers, RV to Alaska, Maximizing Mobile Connectivity, Estate Planning, Tire Safety, Fire & Life Safety, Driving Your RV Safely, Disc Brake Conversions, Understanding RV Electrical System and much more.20160728_073845Geeks on Tour” did 6 different classes.  I went to 4 of them.  They were awesome.  I learned so much from them about wifi and mobile connectivity and Google Photos.  They were great.  “Technomadia” was here too, but they were here as Attendees, not presenters.

20160726_180934Then at 4:00 everyday, Paul Evert’s RV Country, threw a free happy hour with snacks.  It was a different theme everyday. Margarita Mondays was a hit.  Paul Evert’s RV Country is from California.  They brought at least 20 motorhomes to this Escapade, and we heard they sold 10. From left to right, Colleen (Frank is still working at the RV), Carl and Cheryl, Bunny (don’t know where Eric is), me and Cliff.20160726_102353They had a lot of vendors and they were there all day for 5 days.  We bought too much.

Thursday, July 28, 201620160728_103002On Thursday they had a dog parade and Closing ceremony.20160728_180617And a farewell party.  This is Phil and Judy, the couple we met on the first day we were here.  They are full timers from Arizona. They almost have us convinced to try boondocking.20160728_180629Colleen and Frank, Escapers, Frank still has a full time job, but works from the RV.20160728_180654Carl and Cheryl from Connecticut.20160728_183139Byron and Nancy. He sang “Laura” to me.20160728_192012from left: Judy, Phil, Cindy, Regis, Carl, Frank, Cheryl, Colleen, Cliff, me and some woman that wanted to photo bomb our picture. We don’t know her.20160728_192929on the far right is Bunny and Eric. They are also Escapers.20160728_194317Bunny, Colleen, me, Cheryl and Judy.20160728_194634Another beautiful sunset on the last night.20160728_200203Byron wanted to teach us how to make the perfect martini.  He and Nancy invited us to their motorhome for a demo.20160728_200247Their cat came out to see what all the ruckus was about.20160728_200337He is a Perfecto with the martinis.20160728_201508(0)Carl and Frank.  It was Carl that got us this invitation to learn how to make martinis. Thanks Carl and Byron.20160728_201511Frank and Judy.20160728_201707Cheryl, Bunny and Colleen.

It was a great week.  Table 7, you should have been here.  You would have loved it.  Maybe another year.

We learned a lot, met some great people and are ready for a rest.  Off to Maine.

 

Lake George, NY

July 8 – 22, 2016

We arrived in Lake George on my birthday, July 8.  A day early, I might add, which was my fault.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  The staff was so very nice about it.20160713_082939King Phillips Campground located on Bloody Pond Rd., a few miles south on the center of Lake George, NY.20160710_103511Our site has a lot of trees. Nice and very shady site.  This is a nice change since the last 3 weeks we have lived in full sun.20160715_192951It gets crowded in here on the weekends.20160716_193935Sunset through the canopy of trees.20160716_194040Plus we get to have a campfire again.

Saturday July 9, 2016 was rainy and overcast.  So we decided to clean the inside, like the floors and the bathroom. Then we headed off to do the laundry.  We decided to go to a laundromat instead of the campground laundry since we had so many dirty clothes. (Have not done laundry in 10 days.)20160709_121210We found this very nice and clean Dix Avenue Laundromat, in Queensbury, NY. They had multiple sizes of washers, TV and a lot of large dryers.20160709_121203They even have an exercise room with it’s own TV.  There was lots of places to sit and a table where I could sit and write in my journal.  We were done in about an hour.  We headed to Walmart, of course.  And got back to the 5th wheel to find this…20160710_081905The ceiling fan blade arm broke off.  The fan blade was laying on the floor near the door and the fan was spinning wildly.  Thank goodness we were not in the rig when this happened.  No telling what injury we might have. Since the ceiling fan blades had broken before, we ended up with a whole new ceiling fan in a box from when we were in Ocala.  So we opened the box and the blade holders are not the same color as the fan we have.  Go figure!!  Cliff put one of them on there anyway and we can still use it.  We will change out the rest some other rainy day.

Monday July 11, 2016 – we found a really nice bike trail just outside of our campground. The Warren County Bikeway. This is a little different than the trail at Seneca Lake State Park, this one has hills.Image result for warren county bike trail mapWe ride from Bloody Pond Rd to Glen Lake and back.  We also discovered a new app called Map My Ride.  It has been a cool way to track where we ride, how far we ride, how long we ride and how fast we ride.  This will be on the post I am working on called “A few of my favorite things…”

After our ride and showers we headed to Lake George.  There is a trolley service into the village so you don’t have to worry about parking.20160711_112210Next door is a small amusement park called Magic Forest. It is really for small kids and families.  The trolley stop is at the stone wall.  You can see part of the bike trial in front of the stone wall.20160711_11220720160711_112143There is a BIG Uncle Sam and if you look really close to left of the ferris wheel is a large Paul Bunyan.

20160711_113742And there it is.  The Beautiful Lake George. The Queen of American Lakes.  It is 32 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest.20160711_114319Look how clear the water is…20160711_113753Lots of parasailing on this lake.20160711_11381820160711_113829The Adirondack mountains all around.20160711_114340The Minne-Ha-Ha, one of the boats in the Lake George Steamboat Company20160711_114851The beautiful Adirondac boat is part of the Lake George Shoreline Cruises.  There are several options for cruises on Lake George.  You can cruise in the morning, afternoon, lunch cruises and dinner cruises.20160713_085909This is the old railroad station, it is now the gift shop for the Lake George Steamboat Company. You can see Fort William Henry on right.20160713_085913There’s our trolley.  The driver was very nice and even got off and pointed out a plaque he thought we would be interested in.20160713_085836Wilbur was a busy man. He was a seaman at age 15 and had a Masters license by 25.  Then he became an attorney. He rebuilt the Lake George Steamboat Company and founded the New Orleans Steamboat Company.  Pretty cool.20160713_085923The monument with Wilbur’s plaque.20160711_121023Cool little store fronts along the main street.

Then off to dinner with some friends from Blueberry Hill.20160711_161618Ninety Nine Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY20160711_162008There are 99 signs around the restaurant with reasons you should come here.  The restaurant began in 1952 on 99 State St., Boston, MA.  The founder, Charlie Doe was given a horseshoe for good luck by his wife.  The logo was created when the horseshoe was placed around the nines of the address.20160711_183220Our Blueberry Hill and shuffleboard friends, Kenny and Linda.  We had a great visit and the food was really good.  It was nice to catch up.  We are so glad we were able to make this happen.

Wednesday July 13, 2016 – we went for a very early bike ride, got cleaned up and headed back to Lake George for a 10:30 cruise.  We chose the Lake George Steamboat Company because of the reviews I had read online and it was a narrated cruise with lots of information about the Lake.This picture is from their website.  The Mohican was our boat.20160713_090844This is the picture I took.20160713_090852As we were leaving the dock.  We got 2 chairs on the rail on the 2nd level.20160713_093530It is going to be a beautiful cruise. The large houses along the Lake is called Millionaire’s Row.20160713_094039There are some rather large homes along this beautiful lake.  If I had that kind of money, I think I would have a house here too.20160713_094643The front lawn of this one was amazing.  The Captain told us who owned these, but I could not remember them all and which name went to which house.  Sorry.20160713_095414It was hot and hazy today, so the pictures do not show how blue the water is and the mountains are so green.20160713_09543220160713_10100320160713_102443This is the Sagamore Resort.  They have rooms ranging from $399.00 to $1,119.00.  High dollar kind of place.20160713_102544This hotel was built in 1883 and has a panoramic view of Lake George.20160713_102552Lots of waves as the boat goes by.20160713_102554It is stunning.20160713_102634There is an open air restaurant right on the water.20160713_103756Beautiful landscape along the lake.20160713_103801This is called the narrows and the captain took the boat right through it.20160713_104014“The Last of the Mohicans” was based here. The novel was published in 1826.  The novel is set in 1757 during the French and Indian War. It details the transportation of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, Alice and Cora, to a safe destination at Fort William Henry.  Most of the movie was filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina though.20160713_104023Beautiful little islands everywhere.20160713_104617Most of the islands are owned by the State of New York.  Some of the islands are single tent sites and you can only get there by water.  Brett and Julie, you would love this place. Take your kayak and your tent and the whole island is yours for as long as you can reserve it.  Some islands allow more than one tent and some have houses.  But the only way to get to them is by water or snowmobile if the lake is frozen over.20160713_105402Then the Captain drove us into Paradise Bay.20160713_105450Very pretty in here.20160713_105457The water is so clear.20160713_111005Nice house with matching boat house.20160713_111036Another nice boat house.  We could not see the house because of the trees, but I bet it is nice too, based on that boat house.20160713_111725The Adirondack Mountains are so pretty around the lake.20160713_113940This island had a lot of houses.20160713_113945The mountains are beautiful.20160713_114315This is the home of John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox.  He has a banner on the chimney for the Red Sox.20160713_114339He has a nice place.20160713_115541Wonderful wooden boats.  That was the end of our 2.5 hour boat cruise of Lake George.

20160713_124223It was after 1:30 by the time we disembarked, so we walked down the street and decided to have a slice of New York pizza.  It was wonderful. Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza.

20160717_141101This place in on Hwy 9 and is always packed.  We will have to try it before we leave, plus it has my mothers name, Martha’s.

Huron, Ohio

June 10 – June 13, 2016

I am sorry it has taken so long to get this post up, but the internet has been kind of sketchy lately and I could not get the picture to load.

So here we go, let me catch you up on our last week.20160610_090820We left Michigan Friday morning and headed to Ohio.20160610_104318They have service plazas on I-90 in Ohio that have hook ups for traveling RVers. Very cool.

Mini-Table 7 Reunion in Huron, Ohio.  We stayed at the Huron River Valley Resort, Marina and Campground.  Not a bad place.  We had electric and water and a very level site.  We arrived on Friday afternoon, had a small scare when the level up system stopped working.  But Cliff jiggled some wires around and it started working. Wha-lah!20160610_133526I forgot to take a photo of our site, but you can see it on the left.  This is where Roger and Dawn are going to park when they get here. Very nice long, level pull through sites.20160610_161921Heike and Chris wanted to make sure Cliff’s Whooping stick was still in one piece.  He has been pretty good lately, so no need to use it.20160610_175810Heike and Chris got here late afternoon and Roger and Dawn arrived around 5:30.  We are all set up and enjoying seeing each other again.  We sure wish Lisa and Todd were here. It would have made the weekend totally complete.20160610_175823We had appetizers and wine and special vodka drinks that Chris makes.20160610_180211Then Roger and Dawn bring out the most special gift I have ever seen. You see, Roger is a Farrier.  He shoes horses and he made each of us a Christmas Tree out of horseshoes. Each shoe has a small hole at the top to hang an ornament. You should see all the things he makes with horseshoes.  It is amazing!!20160610_180245Now we have to figure out how to get this to Lisa and Todd.  Cliff and I will be the closest ones to them later in the summer, so we hope we can get this to them.20160610_185352Heike and Cliff, the two real estate agents, talking smack all weekend.20160610_185428Chris and Heike and Chris’ Long John Silvers cup.  That thing must be 20 years old.20160610_192042Buddy – Smile20160610_192055Okay!20160610_192058We had such a wonderful evening.  Roger and Dawn brought out some food and we did some grilling.

Saturday, June 11, 201620160611_095229This is Chris’ boat. The forecast called for rain all day, but when Saturday got here, it turned into a very beautiful day for a boat ride.20160611_10154820160611_101640This is a very nice marina on Huron River.20160611_101712Huron Lagoon Marina20160611_10172820160611_10224920160611_102412That is Lake Erie.  So far this is the fourth Great Lake we have seen.  We have been on the water on Lake Huron, Lake Superior and now Lake Erie.  We only saw Lake Michigan, but did not go on it.20160611_102817Chris’ boat has got some power. 20160611_103659It was a little choppy going out, so we all had to hold on.20160611_103712The water sprayed up on the sides of the boat.20160611_10441020160611_104414Me with the Captain.20160611_104752Cedar Point – Known as the roller coaster capital of the world. More picture later.20160611_10511420160611_105432Lots of beautiful sailboats.20160611_105952This is “Dock of the Bay Marina” in Sandusky, Ohio.20160611_11012020160611_110314Sailboat races.20160611_11073820160611_11082120160611_110952(0)You can see the car on the track coming over the top.20160611_11114720160611_111353Large wooden coaster.20160611_11160020160611_111830A great day for a boat ride.20160611_111840The birds are loving it.20160611_11185220160611_11190820160611_11201720160611_112042People out on jet skis.  Water is still a little to chilly for me.20160611_112058Nice classic antique boats.20160611_112455Cedar Point.20160611_112538Nice boat.20160611_112559Check out this ride.  Straight up and over and straight down.20160611_112619That twisted ride looks crazy.20160611_11272420160611_112820This would not be my cup of tea!20160611_11291720160611_11292820160611_113008There they go – UP!20160611_11302620160611_113122Cedar Point is a 365-acre amusement park.  It opened in 1870.  It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the US.  The park features 71 rides, including 17 roller coasters which is the second -most in the world behind Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.20160611_114108Nice place right on the water.20160611_115751Back to the marina20160611_115824And all the nice sailboats.20160611_120554We went on a cruise of Huron River and the canals.  Nice houses in here.20160611_12060720160611_120652And nice boats.20160611_120723One of Chris and Heike’s friends lives here.20160611_12091320160611_12092720160611_120946Nice place.20160611_121155Those are some pretty good looking plastic palm trees.20160611_12120520160611_121245Looky there, one of Heike’s listings.20160611_121249Nice place Heike.20160611_121625We all decided this would be the best.  It is right on the point.20160611_132942Off to lunch under this huge umbrellas.20160611_132903But not at Table 15, ugh!20160611_135219Yes, Table 7 will do.20160611_133603Dawn and Roger enjoying the day.20160611_133606Heike and Cliff20160611_135238Oh, Table 7, less Lisa and Todd and John. We missed you guys.  The beer was good and Cold.20160611_135445Perch sandwich.  My first time, it was delicious.20160611_153515Heike’s find for the marina friends.

 

Sunday June 12, 201620160612_084009Breakfast Sunday morning at Main Street Tavern.20160612_084128Cool place and the food was great.

We said our good-byes to Roger and Dawn. They had to head back home.  One of Chris’ best friends, Chris Jensen, is having a graduation party for his son Jim.  And we got invited. So we thought, why not, we have never been to a graduation party in Ohio and when will we ever get invited to another one.  Plus we get to spend a few more hours with Chris and Heike.20160612_13121220160612_131214We had a blast! Cliff got to play corn hole.20160612_13121620160612_131235That is Jim throwing.  He is the Graduate.20160612_13123820160612_135908Meet Chuck.  He loves the water and likes to drag logs out of the lake and bring them to the party area at the marina.20160612_135912He is so handsome.20160612_141508Really small dog.20160612_141558The host, Chris Jensen, on the left.20160612_141222Thank you Tara, Jim and Chris for inviting us to the party.  That was very special.  Tara is the mother of the graduate on the left.  She certainly knows how to throw a wonderful party. Thank you again.

Thanks to Chris and Heike and Dawn and Roger, we had a wonderful weekend with new friends that we will have for live.  We are so blessed to have met you all.

Catch Up and Heading North

Monday May 23, 2016

The DRV factory representative came to our campground with a tech and Jay from Twin Lakes RV Repair.  They discussed what had to be done to fix the slide.  Told us they had seen this before and it was a piece of cake to fix it. Are you kidding me, it took A WEEK for that?  Jay had to move some units around to get us in by Wednesday.  In the mean time, we made the best of the time we had left.20160523_160945We went to dinner at Essenhaus with David and Kathi.  It was good, but not as good as The Blue Gate.  In our opinion.

Tuesday May 24, 2016       Kind of a quite day, Cliff washed the 5th Wheel and we made a trip to Walmart.  We thawed some shrimp that we bought in North Carolina.  Invited David and Kathi to dinner. They had some shrimp from their visit to Louisiana. 20160524_174441The Louisiana shrimp is on the left.  It was smaller than the NC shrimp, but it was so sweet and very good.  They bought it from a guy just off a boat.  They had to clean it and freeze it, just like we did.20160524_174446We both had some fresh asparagus and some guacamole.  It was all good.20160524_184405Even Harry enjoyed himself.20160524_184621Then he was out.20160524_191143We enjoyed our last evening with our new friends from California, David and Kathi.  Kathi loves to cook and is very good at it.  She shared some good recipes for food and an all natural bug spray and bathroom cleaner.  They both work great.20160524_191150

Wednesday May 25, 2016

We said our good-byes and headed to Twin Lakes RV Repair.  We dropped off the home again.  It is Wednesday, so we headed to the Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction.  They had an Auction every Wednesday.  It was busy.  We did not buy anything at the auction, but did buy a kite and wind sock from the Kite Man. We had lunch at 5&20 Country Kitchen and drove to Elkhart to the Lowe’s. 20160525_175151Back to the Holiday Inn for the evening.  This time we got a newly remodeled room.  This was a very comfortable chaise lounge and side table.  Nice touch and a great addition.

 

Thursday May 25, 201620160526_104321Waiting for the 5th Wheel to get finished, so we did some more sightseeing.  This store in Shipshewana has the best lawn art items.  Too bad we can’t buy anything.20160526_112748Beautiful pottery at The Blue Gate Restaurant.20160526_113333Pies at The Blue Gate Bakery.20160526_121230We went back to Eash Sales to look around.20160526_124452They have these beautiful wind spinners.20160526_124544Colorful chairs and barn art.20160526_12453220160526_143604Then we went and sat by the Lagrange County Courthouse and waited for the phone call.  Jay called and said we are ready.20160526_170142Jay asked that we spend the night in his parking lot so that we could test the slide.  He wanted to move it in and out a few more times before we took off to the north. It is working great now.

Friday May 27, 201620160527_064359Our new heroes, Jay (on the left) and Fly of Twin Lakes RV Repair..  They fixed us up and finished all of the other warranty items.  Jay fixed my trash can cabinet with new hinges and a custom shelf. They really took good care of us.  We will be back to have annual service and maintenance taken care of.  Thank you Jay and Fly.20160527_081632Heading to northern Michigan. They have a Bellevue too.20160527_094101We saw these huge windmills.20160527_09412520160527_094140Driving straight up I-127 to Mount Pleasant.20160527_110805We made it to the Isabella County Fairgrounds.  $15.00 a night for Passport Members.  We had 30 amp and water.  Very neat place.  We would recommend this to anyone. Easy in and out and not far from the Interstate.20160527_110722We were set up by 11:15. 20160527_110931This little steeple was on the hill at the corner.  See our 5th wheel in the background?20160527_11095420160527_111013We had almost the whole place to ourselves.  Three popups showed up and set up, but we never heard a peep out of anyone.

Saturday May 28, 201620160528_103825We headed north on 127 and it connected to I-75. We saw a rest area that had a Scenic pull off, so we decided to check it out.20160528_103953Nice trail up.20160528_10424520160528_104401That is Burt Lake in the distance.20160528_104640Beautiful wild flowers on the trail.20160528_131738Cliff decided to check the tires at the rest stop and noticed the tire on the right was starting to bulge and separate. We were not far from the campground, so we continued on.20160528_131809We made it to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping and set up in Site 776.  Nice and deep.  Cliff called Coach Net, our road side emergency service, and explained about the tire. They said they would send someone as soon as possible.  We are here for a week, so we could have waited until after the holiday weekend.  They sent someone anyway.  He put the spare tire on the unit and off he went.  This is the second time we have used Coach Net to change a tire.  The service has already paid for itself.  Thanks Coach Net.  We are now in search for new tires.20160528_180723The campground gives the children rides on an old fire engine through the park.  This is a very large campground.20160528_200041I walked down to the shore line to get my first look at the Mackinac Bridge.  Longest suspension bridge in the Unites States.20160528_200129The shore line was busy waiting on the sunset and the fireworks.20160528_201333It was worth the wait.20160528_20161720160528_201654

Sunday May 29, 201620160529_083237Nice view of the bridge this morning.20160529_084850We went for a drive around Mickinaw City, MI.20160529_084854These May Flies are everywhere, especially near the water.  It was crazy.20160529_101305We found this fresh fish market.  They were so nice and gave us some samples which lead to us buying some smoked trout.  It is wonderful.20160529_103256Check out the view at this house!20160529_103319Beautiful house in downtown Mackinaw City, MI.20160529_103505View from the city park.20160529_104856Old Mackinac Point Light Station. Founded 1889. This is right in the middle of town by the bridge.20160529_104925We also learned that the word Mackinac and Mackinaw are both pronounced with the ‘aw’. It does not matter how they are spelled.20160529_105756Colonial Michilimackinac.  This Colonial village was built by the French in 1714.  During the following years the British military took control of the community until the Indians attached them in 1763.  The British moved the fort to Mackinac Island and renamed it Fort Mackinac.  This site has been restored and is currently an archaeological site.20160529_105746The visitor center in right under the bridge.20160529_120009We went to Walmart in Cheboygan. It is fun just saying the name. You can see it on the water tower behind the store.20160529_124846And there was a Big Boy. Have not seen one of these in a long time.20160531_201245And another beautiful sunset.

Monday May 30, 2016  Memorial Day.   We spent the whole day touring Mackinac Island. When we got back to the campground, it was almost deserted.  So we looked around and found a nice new site with a view of the water and bridge.  The office staff said it was fine and we got $19.00 back because it is a 30 amp site and we had a 50 amp site.  Even better.20160530_165811What a view.  Worth every penny.20160530_16582720160530_16584820160530_194813