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.

 

Wilmington, NC

Thursday September 21, 2016 – Travel Day

Since we stayed at a Moose Lodge for the last 5 nights, we had to find a dump station along the way to Wilmington.  There is a Flying J on I-95 South, Exit 106 in North Carolina. It cost $7.50.  We got a Good Sam discount (it is listed as $10.00). That took about 20 minutes.  Easy in and out.  They have 2 dump stations with diesel right there too.

We arrived in Wilmington about 1:00.  We were not sure where to park, so we waited for Bill, the administrator to show up. 20160928_122043He set us up behind the Lodge.  We have 50 amp service and water.  There is a dump beside that bath house.  For $15.00 a night, you can’t beat this. Do you see the white square thing sticking up above our rig?  That is our Winegard Rayzar antenna.20160924_192838Check out the great picture we got from our Rayzar Antenna.  This was a square dancing competition being broadcast from Smithville, TN.  You can’t see it from this picture, but in the back, behind the man on stage, the Wilson Bank & Trust is one of the sponsors.  It seemed sort of weird to be on the coast of North Carolina and receive this broadcast from our little antenna.20160921_132823Moose Lodge outdoor pavilion.20160921_161422We decided on a local place for some fresh seafood. Fish Bites. I had Shrimp and Grits and Cliff had the Fish and Chips.  Both were very good.20160921_154857This is a very cute place and our waitress was very nice.20160921_164538Then off to Walmart where we found a Maserati in the parking lot.  You don’t see that very often.

Thursday September 22, 201620160927_124800It started raining last night and it is still raining today.  I made a pot roast in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  In about 1.5 hours, we had the most tender and flavorful pot roast I have ever made.  It was wonderful and we ate it for 3 days. As Cliff said, “It’s a keeper”. Just send me a message if you want the recipe.  I also rented a movie from the RedBox at Walmart.  A Hologram for a King with Tom Hanks.  Pretty good.  I had a discount on my app, so we got it free.

Not much going on Friday and Saturday.  We had a free spagetti dinner at the Moose Lodge. New recruiting technique.  If you come to a Lodge meeting, they give you a ticket that can be used for a free meal on a Friday night. We did not attend any meetings, but they were being very nice to us and gave us the dinner anyway.  We did offer to pay, but they declined.  Saturday, I got a pedicure and a haircut.  I am not even going to tell us how upset I am about both.

Sunday September 25, 201620160925_092434We went to the NC Spot Festival.  We did not know what it was, but “when in Rome” right? The Spot is a small short-lived saltwater fish. The species inhabits coastal waters from Massachusetts to Texas and derives its name from the prominent spot behind each gill.20160925_092908There were camel rides.20160925_093053They also had ponies and goats, but who wants to ride a pony when you can ride a camel? There were vendors selling art and other items.  Some really cute stuff, but we have no where to put it.20160925_095651This was the Spot dinner for $8.00.  It was kind of fishy tasting and had a lot of bones.  But now we can say we had Spot.20160925_102233There were quit a few people here.  It had a very friendly small town feel to it.  Everyone was very friendly. We stayed a couple of hours.20160925_111233Then we drove to Wrightsville Beach20160925_1113260There was a very nice ocean breeze.20160925_111331Nice large sandy beach and not too crowded.  I wish I could bottle the sound of the ocean and add it as background music to this blog.  That would be cool. 20160925_112839The water was colder than I had expected.20160925_112846We had some nice waves. This is a beautiful place.  We had kind of forgotten how nice it is to walk on the beach and hear the sounds of the ocean.

Monday September 26, 201620160926_091119We took a ferry over to Southport, NC. It is only about a 14 mile drive to the ferry.  You can actually drive to Southport by car, but there is no fun in that.20160926_094746It was a beautiful day for a boat ride. The ferry is $5.00 a car, one-way. 20160926_094752We were right up front and this bird decided he needed a ride too.20160926_101504The construction of Fort Johnston was approved in 1745 to defend the Cape Fear River region’s British settlements from pirates and Spanish attackers.    Fort Johnston was originally built by the British in 1748.  Fort Johnston was conveyed to the city of Southport in 2006 after 250 years of federal service as the oldest active-duty fort in the United States.20160926_105545The town has a total area of 3.8 square miles. 20160926_102441The town was founded as Smithville in 1792 adjacent to the fort.  The town was named after Benjamin Smith, a colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and later Governor of North Carolina.20160926_102219In an effort to promote the town as a major shipping port, the town changed it’s name to Southport in 1887.20160926_102209It is 596 miles to Key West and 581 miles to Nantucket.20160926_114910It is a charming town with a nice list of movies and TV shows filmed here. The Nicholas Sparks movies are A Walk to Remember, Nights of Rodanthe, and Safe Haven. Other movies like Crimes of the Heart and Summer Catch were also filmed here.  I think that is pretty impressive for 3.8 square miles.20160926_102720There is a nice walking Historic tour. 20160926_114020A late lunch at Provision Company at the Old Yacht Basin.  It is Monday and some restaurants are not open because it is now “off season”.20160926_113622You order at the counter.20160926_113632Find a seat and they bring the food to you.  It was very pleasant.  We both had the special, 1/4 lb of steamed shrimp with a deviled crab cake, with a drink for $7.95.20160926_130025Back to the ferry ride to Fort Fisher Ferry Terminal. We probably should have taken the ferry to Bald Head Island, but we were running out of time.  The only way to the island is by ferry and no cars allowed. So the only means of transportation on the island are bicycles, golf carts and your own 2 feet.  Sounds very cool and maybe we will make it another time.20160926_130021We passed a big container ship on its way to the ocean.20160926_131922A beautiful drive back along Carolina Beach Road.20160926_131926Right on the ocean.20160926_132147The town of Kure Beach is very nice and colorful. This house is really Purple, but it does not show up that bright in this picture.20160926_132259A very contemporary house being built right on the beach.  It was a beautiful day.

Tuesday September 27, 201620160927_184446Moose Lodge #343.  Draft beer special on Tuesday night.20160927_182826It is a nice large lodge with pool tables and shuffleboard tables.20160927_182821They also host a game called Feather Your Nest.  It is similar to Bingo.  You pay $1.00 a card for 2 rounds of play.  If you cover all 3 cards on your card, you win. First round paid $10.00 and second round paid $11.00.  I won $10.00 once. It was fun, fast and easy to play.

We have really enjoyed our time here in Wilmington.  This is a great Moose Lodge and I hope they can encourage more members to join. The bartenders are very nice and Bill, the administrator was a perfect gentleman.

We are off to Myrtle Beach on Thursday.  Until then, Cheers!

 

North Carolina

September 16, 2016

We left Williamsburg, VA on Friday morning heading to North Carolina.20160916_091722We crossed a beautiful bridge on I-295, south of Richmond.20160916_091727Over the James River.20160916_101618Then down I-95 into the state of North Carolina, the Nation’s Most Military Friendly State. I did not know that.  That is pretty cool.20160916_164120We were lucky enough to get hook ups at the Wilson Moose Lodge.20160917_16311230 amp with water.20160918_143712The whole parking lot to ourselves.20160918_143650They have a swimming pool at this lodge.  They had just closed it down for the season.  It is very nice.20160917_163210The outside.20160916_162955The lodge is nice and big on the inside.  They have a full menu on Friday nights.20160916_165706They have nice bar decorations and the white wine is always served in a chilled glass.  I really like that. This Moose Lodge had a lot going on.  Everyone was so friendly.  It is nice to be back in the South.20160916_195915They had karaoke on Friday night and this couple are Full Time RVers’.  They were in town  for only one night and did not know that this Moose Lodge had hookups.  They have been workamping for the past 11 years and love it. We exchanged contact information and they are going to give us some advice on places they have workamped.

Saturday September 17, 201620160917_104747We drove to Raleigh, NC this morning.  The Crepe Myrtles are beautiful along the interstate.  I have never seen so many in one place.  North Carolina is full of them in all different colors.  We had to do some errands in the city.  It was a very pleasant experience until we had to go to Camping World.  The parking lot was extremely tight and I don’t see how some of those rigs made it in and out.  We had purchased a zero gravity lounge chair for me last May (2015).  The sides are tied on with elastic cords.  Well, one broke.  We thought we could take it back, but Camping World only has a 60 day return policy.  Wow.  So anyway, it did not go well.  The rest of the day was great.

We went to the Moose Lodge to watch football.  Oh, and by the way, if you missed it: University of Louisville beat Florida State 63-10.  Go Cards Go!  I will be watching the Clemson / UofL game in 2 weeks.

 

Sunday September 18, 2016 – Rocky Mount, NC20160918_121615We have been so blessed this year to be able to visit with family twice in one year. My first cousin, Claire Greer, is married to Rev. George Greer.  They live in Rocky Mount and George is the Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  We got to go church with them twice this year.  Claire’s mother, my Aunt Stevie, is picture above holding Claire’s granddaughter, Anna Claire.20160918_121624I love being around this part of my family.  My Aunt Stevie is one of the sweetest people I know.  The whole family is so much fun to be around. We never seem to run our of conversation.20160918_1216260Cliff and I always have such a good time and love the time we have had together this year.  Anna Claire is so sweet and mellow.  She loves everyone.20160918_121938This is Anna Claire’s parents, Sarah Katherine and Brandon.  Such a sweet couple. 20160918_122651Here is 4 generations. Great grandfather, Bob.  Anna Claire just adores him and his hair.  Grandfather George is to the right, she adores him too.  And Sarah Katherine and Brandon in the back.  We had a wonderful lunch and we are sorry that we have to miss the snow sledding hills they are having at the church in a couple of weeks.  It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday.

You can also go back to our first visit this past spring by clicking here. Rocky Mount, NC

Monday September 19, 201620160919_083923It is laundry day.  This was a wonderful laundromat, very clean and lots and lots of washers and dryers.  This is the Wash House, 2700 Downing St. SW in Wilson, NC. It was right around the corner from the Moose Lodge.  If you are ever in Wilson and need to do laundry, we highly recommend this one.20160919_083941We read a lot of RV blogs and laundry is a topic that is discussed a lot.  We, personally, do not mind going to the laundromat.  Some people just cringe when they think about it.  Talk about meeting the locals.  It usually only takes an hour and we can get 2-3 loads of laundry washed, dried and folded.  Sometimes we meet some really nice people at the laundromat. It is not all bad. We spend between 6.00 – 8.00 a trip.  If you stay in a campground, most of the time it is less expensive. The trade off is the washer and dryers are usually smaller than these, so it takes longer and cost almost the same.

Tuesday September 20, 201620160920_114325It has been raining for 2 days. Since laundry was done yesterday, there is not much to do so we decided to go have lunch.  Bill Ellis’ Barbecue was right around the corner.  This is a serious Barbecue joint. 20160920_111341They have Bill’s Buffet, which is a buffet restaurant with all the fixins.  They even have a whole pig that you pull the meat yourself.20160920_111346They have a separate drive-thru and walk up.20160920_114332The Tuesday special was interesting.20160920_111350They have a convention center next door.  Bill does a  lot of catering.20160920_114552Bill’s World Famous Barbecue and Chicken has a fleet of 25 patented mobile kitchens. All of the mobile catering equipment has been specifically designed by Bill to deliver fast, hot, freshly prepared meals from coast to coast.  They transport the hogs in a refrigeration area and are cooked fresh once they get to their destination.  Even in California.  It was good barbecue.  Another place we would recommend if you are going to Wilson, NC.

Tomorrow we are off to Wilmington, NC.  Maybe the sun will come out.

Mystic, CT and Newport, RI

August 24 – August 28, 201620160825_083456We stayed at Seaport RV Resort in Mystic, CT. by the advice from Helen and Bryan Salgado. This is a Beautiful place.20160824_173904Site #69. Very level and long.  They have 50 amp service with water, but no sewer.  They have a pump out service that comes by every 3 days for free and 2 dump stations on the way out.

Thursday August 25, 201620160825_094644Heading to Newport, RI.20160825_09473420160825_094806Nice bridge 20160825_094830Rose Island Lighthouse.  It is hard to see through the glare of the window. Sorry.20160825_095410Newport Shipyard, right behind the Visitor Center. Look at the tall masts.20160825_101322Repairing this huge sailboat. History of the America’s Cup had a strong influence in Newport.20160825_10170720160825_101916The bridge we came across to get here.20160825_102440Beautiful sailboats.20160825_103112The big one is named Sun Chaser.20160825_103116Another Big boat.20160825_104249 - CopyWe took a Historic Trolley Tour with Nate.20160825_110853 - CopyThe Bernardo Cardines is thought to be the oldest baseball field in America.20160825_111027 - CopyWhite Horse Tavern, est.1673, is thought to be the oldest Tavern in America still in operation.20160825_111808The International Tennis Hall of Fame. Known for their 13 grass courts. 20160825_111841The most recently restored building in Newport.20160825_111854This is the front.20160825_112012Mansions everywhere.20160825_112535The Breakers. Vanderbilt’s Summer home, 70 rooms. Click on the link and see all the cool photos. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt(1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad. The Commodore’s grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, purchased this property in 1885. There was a small wooden house on the property then. In 1893, he commissioned a new Italian Renaissance-style palazzo.      Nate, the tour guide, was great at explaining the history of Newport and how Doris Duke was mainly responsible for saving a lot of the mansions in this city. This is my cup of tea.20160825_114334_003And real breakers.20160825_114854Striped cows.20160825_115419The trolley makes a short stop at Fort Adams.20160825_115540Remember this ship, you will see it later getting under sail.20160825_115814There is a nice food truck here at Fort Adams, A Fork in the Road.. We split a Mediterranean Chicken sandwich, which was very good.20160825_121410These moorings have little docks (look between the sail boats ahead). Never seen this before.  Everywhere else they are just buoys.20160825_125315Large Sailboats.20160825_131655New England churches are beautiful.20160825_131709Newport harbor.20160825_135416Remember the big old sailboat at Fort Adams? We caught sight of it going out when we crossed back over the bridge.20160825_135439Pretty cool. We need to spend more time in Newport, RI. Loved it!!

Friday August 26, 201620160826_084017We drove to Mystic, CT. (Our campground is in Old Mystic)20160826_084957Draw bridge20160826_085056Mystic Pizza anyone?20160826_085115Beautiful churches.20160826_090957Then on to New London, CT. Kind of a rainy day.20160826_092948Beautiful colonial homes.20160826_092959New London had some pretty homes. 20160826_09300220160826_09324620160826_093410Private lighthouse.20160826_094508Art out on an island.20160826_094908Plenty of boats.20160826_09532920160826_095355New London is a lot bigger than we expected. 20160826_09540220160826_095427Very cool fountain.20160826_095500Large bridge to get here.20160826_101240Back to Mystic to go to the Mystic Seaport. The Museum of America and the Sea.20160826_102454There is a whole lot to see here.20160826_102722This Live Oak log grew on the coast of South Carolina for over 600 years, until it was blown over by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  Live oak is a dense and strong wood, long favored by shipbuilders for frames and parts of the structural system within a wooden ship. Mystic Seaport workers salvaged this tree along with ten trailer loads of prized live oak.20160826_10283620160826_103414They have an active shipyard here where older vessels can be repaired authentically.20160826_103953One of the ships being repaired.20160826_114051This was a general store.20160826_114329There is a large building that demonstrates how rope is made.20160826_114305The yarn runs through this spinner to make the strand.20160826_114320The strands are twisted together to make the rope. They can make all different sizes of rope, depending on how many strands they use.20160826_114918Replica of Brant Point Lighthouse.20160826_115041You can take a sailboat ride for $4.00.20160826_115050We met the Captain in charge of this beautiful sailboat. He takes students, ages 15-18, on a five or 10-day voyage on this sailboat. The students learn teamwork, leadership and traditional nautical skills while sailing as the crew under his direction.  The students stand watch, steer, and help navigate through New England waters.  They go to places like Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Cuttyhunk.  Sounds great for a teenager.20160826_115853Beautiful wooden sailboats.20160826_11585620160826_120223These large old sailboats are massive.20160826_121503Mystic Bank – 1833.20160826_121154This is the museum’s pride and joy.  The Charles W. Morgan.  The oldest American merchant ship still afloat – and the last surviving American wooden whale-ship. When launched in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Morgan was one of more than 600 American ships hunting whales to supply the world’s need for oil.20160826_121413Check out the girl climbing the rope lines from the whaleboat to the ship.  You can barely see her just above the whaleboat with the yellow strip.20160826_121838The guy standing on the railing is singing as the crew and visitors pull the whaleboat up.  These boats weigh over 2,000 lbs.20160826_121841The Charles W. Morgan is 106 feet long.  Named for it’s original owner, Charles W. Morgan, a whaling merchant.  The vessel made 37 voyages during an 80-year whaling career.20160826_121919Hunting primarily in the Pacific Ocean, the Morgan often spent 3-5 years on each voyage. Seventy whales were killed during the first voyage, filling the hold with 2,400 barrels of oil. A crew of 30 to 36 men were needed to sail the ship, row the six-man whaleboats used to hunt and kill whales, and render oil from the blubber in a brick tryworks on deck.20160826_121928And there is the whaleboat and the man is still singing.  After the ship’s retirement in 1921, the Morgan was preserved as an exhibit near New Bedford, Mass., before being brought to Mystic Seaport in 1941. It was named as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.  It is a beautiful ship. (Trivia: the difference between a boat and a ship – you can put a boat on a ship, but you cannot put a ship on a boat).  Learn something new everyday.  Love it.20160826_123033This is just a beautiful boat.20160826_124155We learned about Scrimshaw, the Whalers’ Art.  And learned about oysters and how they are harvested.  Very interesting place. Highly recommend going.

Saturday August 27, 201620160827_102457Leaving Mystic, CT today, heading to East Stroudsburg, PA, about 220 miles away. We went through New York state.20160827_111449Across the Hudson River.  Dang, this is a big river.20160827_115519Into Pennsylvania.20160827_131944We have 2 nights at the Moose Lodge in East Stroudsburg, PA.20160827_13195220160827_173407They have a lot of property, with an outdoor pavilion and a small creek in the back.20160827_173424Not a bad campsite, it was level, 30 amp and water.  $15.00 a night, we love these kinds of places.20160828_093734Sunday they had a bike ride for charity.  Nice place and pretty easy to get to.

Monday we are off to Lancaster, PA, about 114 miles from here.

Niagara Falls, NY

Monday June 20, 2016, Longest Day of the Year  87 degrees in New York

So we are off to Niagara Falls.  Cliff went when he was about 12 years old and I was there when I was about 6.  I remember a few things, but it has really changed.20160620_090612One of the Scary high bridges from Buffalo to Niagara Falls.20160620_09063220160620_090635Buffalo River.  I know it does not look that high, but it was High!20160620_100731The rapids before the Falls.20160620_112221That boat comes from Canada, called the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. You can tell because they have on Red rain coats.20160620_112235Amazing!!20160620_112238This is the American Falls on the left and the Horseshoe falls in the distance.20160620_112405We walked out on the Observation Deck.  It was so windy, we had to remove our hats.  It was so windy, I thought it was going to blow my phone out of my hands.20160620_112412I remember that tower in the distance.  When we came here when I was about 6 years old, we went to the Canadian side and my parents bought me wooden shoes at the base of that tower.  Then we had dinner at the top in the revolving dining room.   It is called Skylon Tower.  We decided not to go to Canada, but we saw it.20160620_112538Beautiful.  Very hard to describe the beauty.20160620_112541The Canada tour boat again.20160620_112615It was very windy on the observation deck, so no hats.  Cute picture though. My hair is crazy wild.20160620_112701Canada20160620_112705The Rainbow Bridge to Canada.20160620_112713The Canadian Dock.20160620_112730There it is, the “Maid of the Mist”.  Blue rain coats.20160620_112841You can see both the Canadian tour boat and the Maid of the Mist.20160620_112844Sorry, but I could not get enough of the beauty.20160620_112848The folks from the Maid of the Mist can walk a path closer to the falls.  We were really high up on the observation deck.20160620_113719We got pretty close to the edge.20160620_11373920160620_113958Rapids.  It was so cool.20160620_11403020160620_12161120160620_121642They are building a new observation area.  It will really be nice when it is finished.20160620_121647It will be really close to the falls.  It will be nice.20160620_12202420160620_12205220160620_12205920160620_125443New York uses the falls for power.20160620_125500Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls to Canada.20160620_130919We made it to Lake Ontario. We drove north to Youngstown, NY.  Beautiful park at the waters edge.20160620_130923We have now been to all 5 of the Great Lakes.20160620_131442On a clear day, you should see Toronto.  It was not a clear day, so this is all we saw.20160620_132218The Estates along Lake Ontario were amazing!!20160620_141430Back to Buffalo and the first Cabela’s store we have ever been to.  Looking for telescoping fishing rods.20160620_141738Big Buffalo.20160620_141741Cool Store.20160620_161547Success with the fishing poles.  Telescoping rods.  Easy to store in the 5th wheel.

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty much down days.  We went to Walmart and hung out at the 5th Wheel.  We saw a deer and have a groundhog that keeps coming out.20160622_10502720160622_105044This is the mother.  There is a baby too, but I could not get his picture.20160622_153834The Moose Lodge has a Blue Moon special,  $1.50 draft, for a limited time.  So we took them up on that since we are here.

Thursday was laundry day.  We found a very nice laundromat in Hamburg.  The machines even take credit cards. It was busy, but we only had to spend $5.25 to do all of the laundry.  Then off to the Moose Lodge for our last night.  Thursday night is wing night and again $1.50 special on Blue Moon.20160619_133207We really enjoyed our time at the Moose Lodge 992.  They were so nice to us and made us feel like family.  We recommend this Lodge to anyone.  They don’t have a pump out, but we stayed 7 days and did fine. They only have 110v service and water.  The weather was so nice, so we did fine with just fans and leaving the windows open.  It kept the refrigerator cold and that was the main thing.20160623_190606My new friend Jan and her husband Al.  She and I got pretty good at synchronized drinking.  We were watching the synchronized diving nationals and it got us inspired.  We got a 9.9 and eventually a 10.  Thanks Jan.20160623_190613Mike is the Governor.  He likes to fish and might move to Alabama so he can do a lot of fishing.  Erin, the bartender, is such an inspiration.  Raising a daughter on her own, who is now going to college.  Good for you Erin.  You are the best.20160623_192752Mike and Andy.  Andy was a blast.  Hope to see you all again sometime.  We had a blast in Hamburg, NY.  The Moose Lodage has a car show every Friday night, called Moose Cruise.  We were here for the one last weekend.  It is a big attraction for this Lodge.  Saturday night is the Campfire.  You can see the campfire last Saturday if you check out our blog about Hamburg, NY.20160623_195052Cliff and Erin.  Erin is going to come see us in Florida.

We had a wonderful time in Hamburg, NY.  Now we are off to the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Again, we have no idea what to expect.  Everyone told us it is beautiful. We can’t wait.  We will miss our friends in Hamburg.

Hamburg, NY

Friday June 17, 2016

We left Geneva on the Lake early and headed to New York, by way of Pennsylvania.20160617_08015520160617_084200We can still see Lake Erie.20160617_084728And vineyards everywhere.20160617_08475320160617_084804We did not stay very long in PA. Drove by Erie, PA, but not much to take a picture of there.20160617_085655Miles of vineyards. So beautiful.20160617_104904This is where the Buffalo Bills play. We are heading to Orchard Park to Colton RV. They are going to look at our slide topper and let us when they can fix it.  Stacy at Colton RV was so nice to us.  She is probably the nicest person we have met that works for an RV Dealer.  We were there for maybe a hour. And off to Hamburg we went.  She even called us to let us know that she had contacted our Extended Warranty provider and they are going to take care of the repair.  This was on a Friday afternoon.  I am going to write a letter to her boss. Thank you Stacy.20160617_095136Welcome to Hamburg, NY.  Less than 20 miles south of Buffalo, NY.20160619_133207Moose Lodge 992.20160618_174449We have 110 power, enough to keep the refrigerator running and water.  What else do you need?20160618_174552Mike, the Governor of the Lodge, was so nice and got us all set up.  He gave us a lot of information about the area and where everything is that we might need.20160618_174511They have to have these for the winters here.20160618_174522They have a bonfire every Saturday night.20160617_135747First stop, Walmart.  This is one of the fanciest Walmarts we have ever seen.20160617_13580520160617_162437Friday night Fish Fry at the Moose Lodge. They have place mats with the calendar of events and advertisements.. Very clever.20160617_162446They can seat a lot of people.20160617_164230This is the fish dinner for $8.00. 20160617_164234I had the fish sandwich. 20160617_164302Erin the bartender, was super nice too.  We were happy campers.20160617_172316Then we won $100.00 on a pull tab. How fun is that?20160617_172327Great night in Hamburg, NY.

 

Saturday June 18, 201620160618_083551Decided to go sightseeing today. This is a lake front park.20160618_083612There once was a dance club here during 1940s.  It was destroyed by a fire in 1954.20160618_083643We could see the windmills in Buffalo, NY from here.20160618_083700A beautiful day.20160618_083728Rocky shoreline.20160618_091307We took Hwy 5 south to Old Lake Shore Road. The estates along this road were amazing!20160618_09132720160618_100328We ended up in Seneca Indian Reservation where they have very inexpensive diesel. $2.1120160618_10033120160618_10045320160618_100955We had lunch at Aunt Millie’s. I had a Buffalo Chicken sandwich, which is the best I have ever had.20160618_10100120160618_110114They are known for their pastries and pies.20160618_11012120160618_11012420160618_11013120160618_110137We did not have any of these, but they looked good.20160618_114403We went to Willow Creek Winery and had a wine tasting. There are several wineries in this area. This is Silver Creek, NY.20160618_114331This is the tasting room.20160618_114340This is a family owned winery.  They grow all their own grapes. 20160618_114428A crowd going in as we were leaving.20160618_115217Stopped at Liberty Vineyard.20160618_11515220160618_11522020160618_115251There are grape vines everywhere.  Most are privately owned and they sell their grapes to Welch’s. 20160618_11525820160618_11530220160618_121307Then to Merritt Vineyards. They advertised that they did tours, but that is not the case. We are really looking for an educational tour on wine making.  Apparently, the wineries up here don’t offer tours.20160618_12131420160618_12132120160618_121406The flowers are so beautiful here. 20160618_12141020160618_200734Nice sunset.20160618_201514We made it back in time for the Saturday night bonfire.  Met some new people and enjoyed our evening.20160618_204627And a full moon.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and the Moose Lodge is serving free breakfast to all the Dad’s.  After breakfast we might head into Buffalo and take a look around.