Saturday, July 13, 2019

Nelson's Family CG, East Hampton, CT

Saturday: (07/13) We drove down to the Nelson’s Family Campground to see what it looks like. We liked it so we rented a space for the next six nights using our Passport America membership discount so 5 nights are half price. That definitely pays off the membership cost. We shopped around some on the way home looking for a protective screen for my phone and a new computer for Dawn. Lou made sausage eggs and potatoes for breakfast. Brunch at the Spicy Green Bean Restaurant. Leftover mac and cheese with wiener for dinner.
(GPS: 41.609983, -72.514198)

Sunday: (07/14) We relaxed at home all day. Chatted with neighbors. Learned of a big even at the campsite across from u last night. We heard nothing so this is all hearsay. Our neighbor campers in two spaces across from us had a fight that ended up involving the police, an arrest, a broken arm and an eviction. I did do a small mod to the kitchen sink cabinet by moving the lower cabinet door such that it will clear the slide when it is in. This will give us access to our pan drawer. Later I’ll add a spacer in the middle of the cabinet doors to fill the 1.25 inch space that exists after the relocation. Breakfast sandwiches from the RV park snack bar. A chili size for lunch. Chicken and gravy on toast.

Monday: (07/15) We returned to the Mark Twain Museum where Dawn had an appointment to look at their archives. Lou and I mailed some boxes and explored downtown and went shopping/looking. We accidentally ended up at the shopping center where the Far East restaurant was located near noon, Such good fortune. After lunch we returned to the museum to meet Dawn and we all went next door to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. It was more of an author tour than a house tour but quite interesting. We then looked at a few thrift stores and did some grocery shopping before heading home. Granola for breakfast. Lunch at the Far East Buffet again. Lou made some sauerkraut with potatoes and sausages in the slow cooker for dinner..

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hartford, Connecticut at Cabela's

Thursday: (07/11) Granola with bacon jerky for breakfast. We prepared to roll. We were on the road by 0900. We headed up Hwy 209 and stopped at Walmart in Milford to refill our drinking water. We then go on I84 going all the way to East Hartford, Connecticut after crossing through New York. We arrived at Cabela's about 1500 and confirmed we can spend the night. We looked around the store then relaxed and watched TV until 1900. We then took the Jeep over to a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant for dinner. Lunch was a hummus and cheese sandwich. Nice weather today. We did have some minor sprinkles in the evening. Nice to be camped in a place with a good cell signal and TV.
(GPS: 41.754960, -72.623006)

Friday: (07/12) Granola for breakfast. We toured the Mark Twain House and Museum downtown Hartford. Lunch at the Museum Cafe. Dinner at the Far East Chinese Buffet.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Delaware Water Gap NRA, Dingman's CG

Wednesday: (06/26) A relaxing morning. Granola for breakfast with a wiener and cheese sandwich for brunch. Lou and Dawn were off to play a game of pool and air hockey before they took their showers. I dumped the tanks and prepared to roll. We departed about 1140 heading NB up Mt Nebo Rd. I stopped at the market and used the ATM and we did some shopping. We can't check in at our next campground until after 1400. I attended my Wednesday webinar while Lou and Dan visited a nearby nursery. We then continued up to the Dingmans campground checking in at 1430. We had leftover stew for lunch. Only needed an apple and peanut butter for dinner. I spent some time fiddling with our cell signal booster and finally found a Verizon signal so we aren’t cut off from the world during our stay here. Most of our TV watching is via the Internet. (GPS: 41.210297, -74.872432)

Thursday: (06/27) Granola with pill for breakfast. I drove in to Milford to the Jeep dealer and made an appointment to get our TPMS sensor looked at, It suddenly showed 0psi on the right front yesterday. It’s the one in the wheel and ruins the dash display by continually restoring to the tire pressure screen. The Jeep also has screw on sensors to display the pressure for the Jeep in the RV, They are OK. I got an appointment for next Wednesday. Good thing we planned a long stay here. I then took a little tour around Milford stopping at a hardware store for a water filter cartridge for the RV. I also drove through Dingman's Ferry area locating our Post Office. Our mail will arrive tomorrow. I stopped at Ray and Charles Deli for a breakfast sandwich before returning home. At home I installed the new water filter, tacked down the outdoor mat. Attached some cords to the Telephone antenna mast to reinforce it in case of any wind. Otherwise I relaxed.

Friday: (06/28)  Granola with pill for breakfast. We drove to the Post Office to get our mail package. We went to the Failte Irish Pub in Dingman's Ferry for lunch. Nice shepherds pie. Lou made sauerkraut potatoes and pork chops in the slow cooker for dinner. We visited the Weis Market near Hwy 84 and did some grocery shopping. This is another area with no water vending machines to fill up our drinking water bottles. We have to resort to new bottles from the market. I erected our screen room. It hasn’t been used since Hope. Alaska seven years ago.

Saturday: (06/29) Granola with pill for breakfast. We drove down to the Pocono flea market for a look.I had a snack of a Papa Rellena (deep fried mashed potato with beef filling). and a beef empanada. Lunch at the Chinese buffet.We continued down to another flea market in East Stroudsburg but it was closing down permanently. The day started nice but we did have a downpour on the way home. Leftover sauerkraut potatoes and a wiener for dinner. The RV door latch has failed again by requiring the latch be partially opened to close the door. I had to add more spacers and trim the door latch hole to provide proper alignment so it snaps closed properly. I also replaced the outside light lamp. In doing so, I found my old (spare) LGG4  phone and the old inReach communicator in the lamp storage box. Not sure why they were put there. That is a mystery solved since they have been missing for five months. The phone service was cancelled and the communicator replaced. Now I have two communicators which will be nice for sending text messages on hikes when I need to be picked up and neither of us have cell signals.

Sunday: (06/30) Granola with pill for breakfast. We went over to the Failte Irish Pub for brunch. A little shopping at a hardware store and a Dollar General store on the way home. After a nice nap, I took apart the door latch again and went to the hardware store for some bolts and washers to make it more secure. Otherwise we relaxed at home today. Lou prepared some peaches for a snack. For dinner we had slo cooked peppers and sausages.

Monday: (07/01) Leftover peppers with sausage for breakfast. I was off early, by myself, to visit the three nearby waterfalls (Dingman’s, Raymondskill, and Buttermilk). I headed up Hwy 209 to see the first two.  I stopped in Milford for lunch at the diner. Then I continued across the Delaware River into New Jersey and down Hwy 206, the Old Mine Road and other miner roads to Buttermilk Falls. I hiked up Buttermilk Falls trail until it met the Appalachian Trail, about two miles most up to the trail junction then back down. A good test for my foot. It held up fairly well. I was home about 1630. After a nice shower I relaxed. Lou mad chow-chow salads for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/02) Granola for breakfast. We took a drive today. We stopped at Dingmans Fas and Lou and Dawn got to see them. We then continued up to Milford and stopped at the hardware store for Lou to look. We then were headed toward Woodstock, NY but stopped at Walmart to do our dry goods shopping first. We crossed into New York and stopped in Port Jervis at some thrift stores and also for lunch at Stewie's Restaurant. By then it seemed too late to continue to Woodstock so we changed plans and visited some thrift stores and a bookstore in Middletown. The some more shopping and a stop at the Golden Corral for dinner. Then we headed home. We stopped for gas just before reentering Pennsylvania. Gas prices are 20-30 cents more in PA than in NJ or NY. We were home just before 2000. Today’s weather was nice but we did have a short sprinkle of rain as we got home.

Wednesday: (07/03) Granola for breakfast. Dawn and I drove up to Milford. We stopped at Walmart and picked up some paper towels then headed over to our 1030 appointment at the Jeep dealer. They replaced the TPMS sensor on the right front wheel. They also told me the front struts are leaking. They ordered the parts and we have another appointment next Wednesday. Dawn and i took care of some online needs while we waited. We then had lunch at the Milford Diner. Unfortunately Lou called with some additional needs so we returned to Walmart before heading home. At home I extended our stay here another 3 days until next Thursday. We relaxed at home the rest of the day.

Thursday: (07/04) Granola for breakfast. Had brunch at the Ray And Charles Deli in Dingman Ferry. After brunch.we took a drive up to Hawley today. We caught the extreme end of their 4th of July parade then took a train ride on the oldest train line in the US, It started in 1829. The Stroutsburg Line. It follows the Lackawaxen River. We enjoyed a milkshake from a shop downtown before heading toward home. On the drive home we stopped to look at the Shohola Falls. When we got home we had lots of new neighbors. Leftovers for dinner.

Friday: (07/05) Granola for breakfast. We did our tank duty this morning. We’ve been here a week and will be here almost another so we knew we couldn’t make it two weeks. Unfortunately to be able to roll the 100 feet to the dump we had to retract our awning, bring in the slides and raise the jacks. I also had to bring down our telephone repeater antenna mast. After dumping then we just have to get the RV spotted in the same position related to our map the reverse all the above to be setup again. Lunch at Perkin’s Restaurant. We drove down to East Stroudsburg and did our laundry then returned home. We had considered going to see some fireworks while we were there but decided we’d return home instead. I drained, rinsed and filled our fresh water tank. That made quite a muddy mess in front of our RV. Dawn made crawfish soup for dinner.

Saturday: (07/06) PBJ toast for breakfast. drove down to Stroudsburg to the flea market. Dawn got a game board last week but didn’t find the pieces nor case for them. It’s an unusual Amish game and replacing the wood disc pieces isn’t easy. No luck. While Lou and Dawn looked for those, I got gas in the Jeep and did some shopping. I then stopped and looked at a nearby antiques warehouse. After they were through at the flea market they needed a look at the antique warehouse as well. We then stopped by the Triplets Cafe for lunch. We then drove out to another outlet store. It was then late enough and we were tired so we headed toward home but I took the long way home through New Jersey and the other side of the Delaware River to show them the Buttermilk Waterfall. We had a deluge just before we got to the falls with lots of nearby lightning and thunder. Fortunately it had stopped by the time we got to the falls on the dirt road. Just before the falls we saw two bears relaxing in a field near the road. Not near enough for a photo but fun to watch. On the way back we stopped at a graveyard and old village before recrossing the river at Dingmans Ferry bridge and getting home. It had rained there as well and we now had a huge puddle in front of our RV.

Sunday: (07/07) Granola for breakfast. We had some usable Internet in the morning. I interrupted my viewing and dashed off about 0830 for a shower before it gets too backed up. I was evidently too late. The shower room was well used. Many of the guests have no idea how to use a shower, a shower curtain or door or even how to flush a toilet. I wouldn’t want to visit their home! Fortunately they’ll be gone today and maybe the restrooms will be cleaned. We live in hope. I took a walk up part of the McDade Trail to Hwy739 then back along Hwy209 then up Wilson Road then back to camp. It was about a 4 mile hike. The McDade trail looks interesting for future hikes. I had to take a second shower when I returned. While the weather was great it was muggy/ We relaxed at home much of the day. For dinner we drove down to East Stroutsburg to Muller’s restaurant.

Monday: (07/08) Granola for breakfast. We headed off to the town of Jim Thorpe, PA. It is a town much like Bisbee, Az but healthier. On the way we stopped at a Burger King for brunch. We explored the town then headed over to the town of Leighton and a look at the junction General Store, the largest General Store in the US. Then we headed home stopping at the Triplet Cafe again for dinner. Then a stop at Walmart for groceries. A final stop at a CVS to pick up a prescription then home at last. The day started out with rain. Near Jim Thorpe we had fog and rain. While there we drove up to the top of a mountain that boasted a 200 mile view. It was more like 5-10 due to the fog.

Tuesday: (07/09) Granola for breakfast. I worked all morning putting things away. The screened tent needed drying. The mats were put away. Drying the tent and tarps took a while. When I went inside after lunch to relax. I tried to listen to the XM radio. It didn’t have power. Nor did the lighter socket. Turns out the chassis battery was dead, no low but dead. It’s only a year and a half old so I took it to Walmart. They charged it for a couple of hours and ran it through their tester. It supposedly provided 799 crank currant so it was good as far as they were concerned. We’ll see what the charge is in the morning. I suspect a shorted cell. If it’s still bad I’ll replace it warrantee or not. They’re only $95, not worth the fight. Peach pie and a pork and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover spaghetti and toast for dinner.

Wednesday: (07/10) Granola for breakfast. After a quick shower, I was off to Milford. I stopped at the Milford Diner for a breakfast sandwich then on to the Jeep dealer. They installed new front shocks and i was out of there about noon. I stopped for a look at the Apple Valley Outfitters then had lunch of mushroom brie soup and a slice of apple pie. I tried to attend my Wednesday webinar but even with good signal I couldn’t connect for the webinar. This area is not well connected. I returned home and mostly relaxed. I did check the chassis battery, start the engine and exercise the slides and lifts and there is still a 10 amp constant drain on the battery. I’ll have to continue disconnecting the battery when we are stopped until I can isolate the problem. Either that or get a 10 amp charger. I washed all the windows in preparation to roll and put away the awning in case it rains. Lou made brunswick stew fr dinner.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Delaware Water Gap NRA, Stroudsburg, Pa

Sunday: (06/23) Granola for breakfast. We prepared to roll and were on the road a little after 1000. We headed up Hwy 222, 22, 33, 209 (?) to Stroudsburg. We stopped near Reading for lunch at a Weis Market. We got gas in Stroudsburg then looked for a campground. We decided on the Foxwood Family Campground. It’s a little rundown but close to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. I wanted to look around and thought I might do some more of the Appalachian Trail. That isn’t likely now that I need to rest my right foot. We’re also looking for a real rural forest service like campsite.
(GPS: 41.022012, -75.114964)

Monday: (06/24) Granola for breakfast. I paid for two more nights here. We got off to a slow start today. We dropped a couple of boxes off at the Post Office and also found a medical supply shop where Lou got a knee brace. We continued up Highway 209 to the park headquarters. Not much there but the did have a nap if the park. We then stopped for lunch at a Chinese buffet before continuing up the road.  We visited the Bushkill Falls thinking we’d have a nice hike but it, like much of the area is private and ridiculously expensive so we just visited the museum and shops and skipped the falls. We  explored the Dingmans Campground and reserved a site for our next stop. It’s more natural than where we are staying and is half price because it is a federal campground. It’s only water and electric but does have nice showers. Lou made BBQ ribs with finger potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/25) Granola for breakfast. Repetitive breakfast because I need to take a pill and eat with it so my breakfast is first thing. Lou and get more variety. I called Dingmans CG and extended our reservation through the 7th of July. I generally tinkered at the computer and watched TV all day while Lou and Dawn were busy sewing and beading. I had a nice wiener hummus and cheese sandwich for lunch. About 1600 Lou couldn’t stand relaxing any  more so she and Dawn headed off to Stroudsburg to shop. In the evening we put all the outside stuff away while it’s dry. We leave tomorrow. We had a few short showers in the morning, otherwise a really nice day.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Amish Country Visit

Wednesday: (06/12) Granola and banana for breakfast. We prepared to roll and were on the road at 1030. We headed up Highway 95, 495, 83, then 30 to Lancaster Pennsylvania. We stopped in York, PA for lunch at the York Buffet, possibly the best chinese buffet we’ve been fortunate to find on our trip. Lou and Dawn examined the Tanger Outlet Mall in Lancaster while I relaxed. We intended to stay at the Walmart in Lancaster which said we could when we called. When we arrived, there were signs prohibiting overnight parking. We then tried the Cracker Barrel but they didn’t have any RV parking. So we looked for an RV park and decided on the White Oak Campground in Strasburg, PA, a few miles South of Lancaster. Looks like a nice rural park in the middle of Amish Country.
(GPS: 39.944092,-76.140832)

Thursday: (06/13) Lou made omelets with grapes for breakfast. We went over to Strasburg to look around. On the way we stopped at a farm that had  homemade ice cream. Nice start. In Strasburg we stopped at a bakery for a snack then visited several antique stores. Just outside town we stopped at another antique store and a really nice market that had everything a regular market had but it something was produced locally like baked goods or jams, that was all they carried. We then went to the Dienner restaurant next to Dutch Haven in Bird-In-Hand. We enjoyed an excellent smorgasbord for a late lunch. After lunch more looking at the shops and antique stores. It seems that most things close at 5pm so we headed home. While we had heavy rain last night today was nice until shortly after we got home.

Friday: (06/14) We went to breakfast at Dienners Restaurant where we had inner yesterday. Really good Amish breakfast. They eat well.  After breakfast we drove toward New Holland. We stopped for a while to watch an Amish farmer mowing hay with a six horse team. Interesting that the mower had a small gas engine on it powering something  In New Holland we visited several antique shops. No lunch today. We had an early dinner at China One in New Holland. On the way home we stopped at a Mennonite market and picked up a few things. I finally mentioned to Lou that my right foot is bothering me. It has been for the past couple of years. They want me to have it looked at. Unfortunately the nearest Kaiser is 60 miles South around Baltimore. I will probably until we get home. After some searching with Google I suspect it is Morton's neuroma (something like carpal tunnel syndrome of the foot.) Basically damage to the nerves of the foot. Causing a burning sensation and other pain behind the 3 and 4 toes in the ball of the foot. It mostly bothers me when I start to walk somewhere. Generally OK when still or after some distance walking. More recently it bothers me a little when I’m still. If relaxation, a change of shoes and icing helps I’ll wait to see if it gets better.

Saturday: (06/15) The office provided Father’s Day donuts in the morning. We prepared the RV to roll. We only had to move a few spaces down to another space for our next four days. We had leftovers for breakfast and lunch and I had chili for dinner. I relaxed at home all day. Lou and Dawn were out shopping at flea markets and antique stores all day. The did start there shopping by going to a nearby farm to get a shoofly pie. While there were out, som Amish kids rode up in the horse cart with chairs, tables and lots of baked goods. I got a nice peach pie as well. About 1800 I went over to the bluegrass music jam at the office. When Lou and Dawn got home , they joined me. Lou noticed my right foot was swollen and we had to dash off to urgent care to have it looked at. More may have to be done but definitely lots of time off my feet is needed. We got home about 2315.
(GPS: 39.944437, -76.139825)

Sunday: (06/16) Another day of rest. We had pie for breakfast. About noon, Lou made corned beef hash and eggs. I was occupied watching Dalgleish murder mysteries as well as some youtube. Almost all our neighbors left this morning. Weekends over. Lou made zucchini with sausage for dinner.

Monday: (06/17) Leftovers for breakfast. Lou and I were off to the doctor again. I’m trying to get a 2nd opinion on my foot from a podiatrist. It didn’t take long. The place the urgent care referred us to didn’t have any appointments for a couple of weeks so we stopped by another nearby doctor that Google suggested. We got an appointment for Wednesday. We returned home and extended our RV park stay another day. We stopped and did some grocery shopping on the way home. We then picked up Dawn and were off for my Father’s Day lunch at Dienners Restaurant again. Back home,  I settled in to relax and ice my foot and Lou and Dawn were off exploring the stores. Those smorgasbord lunches last I had a ham sandwich for a late dinner.

Tuesday: (06/18) Lou made our breakfast of blueberry sausage with eggs and hash brown potatoes. I relaxed at home all day and Lou and Dawn were off exploring antique stores. I had cottage cheese and fruit for lunch. They were back home by 1700. Lou made tuna stuffed tomatoes for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/19) Up at 0600 to take a quick shower and head off to the podiatrist office. We got to Dr Smith’s office around 0710. We were a bit early for our 0730 appointment. The doctor checked my right foot and confirmed I had Morton’s Neuroma, a swelling of the nerve between my 2nd and 3rd toes. He gave me a steroid shot and a prescription for  naproxen to reduce swelling. Also installed a metcookie in my insole to support my foot off the ball of the foot. We then stopped for breakfast at the Logan City Diner. Then a couple of thrift stores and the post office. We then stopped by a Walmart store and it was time for lunch. We, of course, visited the Dienners Restaurant again. We were back home by 1500. Lou made an apricot cobbler for dinner. They were busy in the evening watching and catching fireflies. 

Thursday: (06/20) Granola for breakfast. We got a new site in the RV park for the next 3 days. It is an Electric/Water only site, no sewer. I dumped our tanks and did a good flushing of the back tank before we moved. The park will be even busier this weekend than last, thus no full hookup sites. When I hooked up I noticed the outlet we were to plug in to was bad. Lou notified the office and before she could return a guy was there working on it. It came on after I flipped the breaker about 6 times. The outlet looked bad as well and the guy replaced the outlet. I just hope the breaker stays on since AC is really needed. Lou and Dawn  were off to do the laundry and I relaxed at home. They also looked at a recycled hobby store and did some shopping. They had lunch at a Weis Market deli. I had hm and cheese cold cuts and hummus with chips for my lunch. Lou made a nice green salad for dinner. Lots of new/different RVs were arriving all day.

Friday: (06/21) Up early. Lou and Dawn had breakfast and showered and were off to Philadelphia to a look around. I relaxed at home. My foot is pretty much normal now but I’m letting it rest. I had a chili size for lunch. My exercise for the day was a walk around the campground to dispose of the garbage and take a shower. Later I took a short walk around camp for a stretch at 1900. I prepared some ramen noodles and sausage for my dinner to take with the pill the doctor prescribed. Lou and Dawn were back about 1930 from Philly. We had a lot of rain in the morning and the afternoon was pretty nice.

Saturday: (06/22) Granola for breakfast. A really nice day. Almost no rain and mostly clear skies. We drove to downtown Lancaster to the central market  for a look around. On the way home we stopped at Annie’s Cafe for lunch. Back at the RV park we bought a pie from the Amish vendor that sells in the park on Saturdays. Mostly relaxed the rest of the day. Lou made tuna noodles for dinner.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Cherry Hill RV Park

Saturday: (06/08) Lou and Dawn were out exploring thrift stores around Loral, MD. I relaxed at home all day. Granola and banana for breakfast. Weiner sandwich and soup for lunch. Crawdad corn chowder for dinner. (GPS: 39.027595, -76.946324)

Sunday: (06/09) More of the same. Lou and Dawn did a Costco and Walmart shopping run. I spent the day relaxing. I binged through the 5th season of the Bosch TV show. It was a drizzly / Rainy day. We extended our stay a couple of days. Lou made a nice ham, eggs and potatoes breakfast. I had a wiener sandwich for lunch. For dinner I visited the cafe for a BLT sandwich.

Monday: (06/10) Leftovers for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were out all day to the Bethesda Medical Library. I relaxed at home all day. I made some phone calls and other business stuff. I also enjoyed a good afternoon nap which was interrupted by Lou and Dawn’s return. We went to dinner at the China Bistro buffet. In the evening I rode the tractor hayride around the park a few times.

Tuesday: (06/11) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Lou and Dawn headed off to the US Medical Museum in Bethesda. They dropped me off at the RV Park bus station and I caught the bus to the College Park light rail station. I caught the yellow train and got off at the Prince George station and walked to the West Hyattsville station. Then I got on another yellow train and headed to the Crystal City station where I got some lunch then walked to the Pentagon and looked at the9/11 memorial there then caught a blue train from the Pentagon station to Largo Town Center. Then I returned to the L'Enfant station and caught a Green Train toward home. Lou called me on the train and I got off a few stops early at the Fort Totten station and walked to the Walmart where she and Dawn were shopping. My lunch in Crystal City was a nice beef lasagna and a cafeteria in the Small Shops there by the station. We had chicken and leftovers for dinner.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Time For A Change

Friday: (06/07) Leftover spaghetti for breakfast. I called Camping World in Thornburg, VA (Fredericksburg) and made an appointment to get the oil changed. We prepared to rol and were on the road by 1000. We arrived at CW at about 1150 and filled the LPG tank. It worked this time. It didn’t fill last time at the RV park in Williamsburg. I was prepared to have it repaired hre at CW if it didn’t fill this time. Our service appointment was at 1330 so we had leftover soup for lunch then Dawn and Lou headed off shopping. I got the RV in at 1300 and they finished at 1400. I had walked around looking at RV’s and the store before settling in at the lounge for a nap. They had really comfortable recliners. We got back on the road about 1430. We had some rain today as we left the RV park and showers on up from Thornburg. Traffic really got bad near Washington and was stop and go for our last 40 miles. We got a spot at Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park, MD. We’ll be here for a couple of days while Dawn explores a library in Bethesda. We had dinner at the park cafe. I have another cold so I’m relaxing tonight. (GPS: 39.027595, -76.946324)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Williamsburg, VA, American Heritage RV Park

Wednesday: (05/29) Granola and banana for breakfast. We took showers and dumped out tanks then were on our way South. We took Hwys 211, 17, I95 and I64 to get to the American Heritage RV Park in Norge, VA near Williamsburg. We’ll be here five nights. The temperatures are in the high 90’s. Good thing to have power for the AC unit. We got  some soup for lunch at Walmart. Once settled into the pak we did our laundry then went to dinner at the Golden Corral. (GPS: 37.3759274,-76.764964) We had big gust of wind as I was putting away our awning. I had to hang on to it until a lull in the wind.

Thursday: (05/30) We enjoyed showers at the parks shower room. I headed off to get gas, cash and deodorant. We got to the Visitor Center at Williamsburg early and toured the Governor's Palace and some of the buildings. Is was a really hit day so we called it quits at 1600. Lou made soft boiled eggs for breakfast. We had lunch at the Chownings Tavern. We had leftover soup with toast for dinner. About 0200 I woke up and found the lights not working . There was no power, AC nor DC in the RV. We’d had a heavy rain earlier. A breaker for the inverter had tripped. We continued to have power until the batteries died later in the evening while we slept. It turns out the likely cause was when Lou used an electric fry pan for the toast. For a heavy appliance like that we need to bypass the inverter or watch our total load. I installed a special outlet in the kitchen just for use to bypass the inverter for an electric heater of whatever. I reset the breaker and we were charged back up by morning.

Friday: (05/31) We were off to Colonial Williamsburg again today. We start where we left off yesterday at Merchant Plaza and walked the other side of Duke Of Gloucester street. We visited a blacksmiths, shoe maker, gunsmith, and the old capitol building. We also attended a presentation about the largest plantation owner freeing his 500 slaves. We ended our day visiting the Folk Art Museum. Today was really nice. Never hot and only a tiny sprinkle of rain. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at the Kings Arm Tavern in Williamsburg. Lou’s hot chicken potato salad with gravy for dinner.

Saturday: (06/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. We were  off again to Williamsburg. We visited  everything we haven’t seen yet like the wheelwright, the carpenters, the brickyard, and the Bassett House, which was the home of John D Rockefeller, the benefactor of the colony. He bought and restored colonial Williamsburg. We had a couple of nice rain showers today. Lunch at the Chownings Tavern again. Dinner at the Cracker Barrel. It’s been an interesting three days. Tomorrow we rest.

Sunday: (06/02) A nice day, no rain. I picked up our mail package from the office this morning. I also extended our stay a couple of days. We all relaxed to the extreme today.Lou made omelets for breakfast. Spaghetti and meatballs for lunch. Chicken, mashed potatoes and succotash for dinner.

Monday: (06/03) We stopped for breakfast at the Capitol Pancake House in Williamsburg. They had gluten free waffles for Lou and their breakfasts were excellent. We then went to the Jamestown Village and Museum. They had some reenactment interpreters for the Indian Village, The old fort and  the ships. The ships were about the best to give the idea of sailing across the Atlantic at that time. The museum wasn’t really too good. Bad lighting and little to see. We had lunch in the cafe there. When we closed them we stopped off for groceries at Walmart on the way home. Leftovers for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/04) We had an easy morning then headed out  about 1100. We went to Yorktown Battleground. The little Visitor Center  Museum was interesting but the ranger talk by Ranger McAleny was outstanding. Very detailed information about the battle that enabled our independence from the British. The presentation was detailed and funny. The ranger was much like Bill Engvall in voice, accent and humor. Before we left the area we took a walk by the beachfront. We didn’t finish so will return tomorrow. Leftovers for breakfast. Soup and salad at a pub in Yorktown. Dawn made onion soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/05) We needed to get our teeth cleaned so before we went off on our exploration of the day, we stopped by a couple of Dentists offices. The first could get us one of us in next week. The second office said to come back this afternoon and we could all three get our teeth cleaning done. So we walked around in the Williamsburg Market Square, had lunch there and returned to the dentist. Nice to get that off the list. Leftover pancakes for breakfast. We had lunch at the cheese shop in Williamsburg. Dinner at the Golden Corral.

Thursday: (06/06) We spent the day in Yorktown at the American Revolution Museum. We also toured the Yorktown battlefield that we missed the other day. After dinner, we intended to go out to the Historic Jamestown, which is open until sunset. We arrived a couple of hours before sunset at 1830 and the gate in was closed. Nowhere does it say you have to enter before that. We were a little upset. We’re leaving tomorrow so it will just be missed.  Granola and banana for breakfast. Brunswick stew for lunch at the museum. Pizza for dinner at Harris Teeter Market. Lou and Dawn did the laundry this evening.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Shenandoah National Park

Friday: (05/10) Granola for breakfast. We visited Walmart for a couple of things then got back on Highway I81 to Front Royal. We then got onto Skyline Drive in Shenandoah NP and got campsite #A1 in Mathews Arm campground. It started raining just after we had camp set up. Then we relaxed inside most of the rest of the day. We don’t have cell and only rare #G data here in camp. I sent a text to my niece Kyle to try to arrange a meeting. Not having heard back from here by 1930, I took a drive South on the skyline Road to find a good cell signal and called Kyle. Hopefully we can get to see her and her family. (GPS:38.761159, -78.297251)

Saturday: (05/11) Granola for breakfast. We took our showers and about 1030 we got the text message of where and when to meet my niece Kyle. We drove into town in heavy fog on skyline Highway. We got to town about 1130. Our meeting time was 1245. We noticed a flea market near our meeting location and took a look there while we waited. We met Kyle and her husband Reed at 1245 and we all drove over to meet her daughter Andrea at her work. We visited a while then walked downtown to a family fun day (street fair). We met Kyle’s son Josh and had lunch at the Element restaurant. Lou and I had a couple of interesting Nachos. The ingredients and chips were all separate. Very good and a really nice way to be served. After lunch we walked around a while then drove over to a friend of Reed’s curio shop. Nice visit with the Virginia side of the family. After we left them, we went to Walmart then drove home. It was foggy and raining on Skyline Highway and at camp. Ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner.

Sunday: (05/12) Medium to heavy rain all day. We spent the day at home, inside watching TV. We watched the series Murder In Suburbia, a women detective team show from England. I fixed ham and eggs with toast for breakfast. I also started our dinner of pork, sauerkraut and potatoes in the slow cooker. We have limited generator hours here only 8-10a and 4-7p so it was a test of the new batteries. Now that I have the charger working better they were charged up and handled the job. We had ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. For some reason the park emptied out today. Could it be the weather or the end of the weekend? It was nice to relax. The limit of our outside adventures was my taking the trash to the dumpster.

Monday: (05/13) Leftover spaghetti and wieners for breakfast. With our limited generator hours, We didn’t depart camp until the batteries were fully charged about 1000. We drove up to the Visitor Center at Dickey Ridge. About noon, we headed home for lunch. I made grilled cheese sandwiches. After lunch, we headed South to stop at some lookout points and visit the Visitor Centers at Skyland and Big Meadow. It was raining or foggy most of the day clearing up just before our return home. Lou made chili beans for dinner. We were listening to audiobooks much of the day and evening. I bought a Appalachian Trail map for the RV wall and some trail guides. I’ll try doing a couple of AT sections tomorrow and after. May turn into another obsession of a long distance hike?

Tuesday: (05/14) Chili beans for breakfast. I was busy preparing my backpack for a hike. It’s been a while. Lou and Dawn dropped me off at the Compton Gap Trailhead. I hiked a 12 mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) back to our campground. There was a little rain as we left camp. Fortunately, my hike had no rain but it was cold and windy. Interestingly, there weren’t many paces to get a view of the valleys below the trail. Lot of trees. The trail pretty much follows the path of the Skyline Road jumping from one side to the other several times. Usually you can’t see the road but it’s never far off. I passed at least 25 AT through hikers, a couple of section hikers and about three day hikers like me. The through hikers all seemed to have started the trail in mid February. This section is about mile 1000.. Unlike my PCT hike, you can’t just camp anywhere on the AT. The have huts and campsites where you can. Now, I can say I have started my AT section hike. Currently, at this annual rate, I should complete the hike in 200 years. Lou made crawdads with rice for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/15) Fried sauerkraut and potatoes with ham and eggs for breakfast. Later in the morning we rolled over to dump our tanks and get water. Our house water wasn’t too fresh so we purged as much as possible before filling. I still don’t know where the tank drain is located so we had to pump it out. Lou awoke with a bad spider bite so we decided to drive in to Fredericksburg to visit Kaiser, do our laundry and shopping. It’s about 70 miles away but our closest Kaiser location. When we arrived in town we got a bite to eat at an Ihop restaurant. While Lou visited the doctor, Dawn visited the library and I did the laundry. We picked up Dawn a little after 1800 and stopped for dinner at the Mason Dixon Cafe. Really good pork chops for me, lettuce wrapped bacon burger for Lou and some too hot shrimp and grits for Dawn. We then stopped for a quick visit to Walmart for essentials before heading home. We got home about 2330. A late night. It was also a sunny day. Would have made for good hiking.

Thursday: (05/16) We slept in. Leftovers for breakfast. Grilled cheese and ham sandwiches for lunch. We all were worn out from yesterday and remained inside watching TV all day. Another sunny day wasted.

Friday: (05/17) Granola for breakfast. Lou dropped me off at the AT trailhead near Hwy 211. I hiked back to the campground from there, about 12 miles. Along the way I visited one of the AT trail huts at Pass Mountain. Just before getting home I stopped at the Elkwallow store for a milkshake. Today started out rainy but then cleared up. It was actually quite warm. I only met three AT through hikers today. Then two lady’s out looking for flowers that showed me an interesting yellow flower called a Lady Slipper. And also a couple of girls out for a five night backpack trip. A lot fewer people that the last hike. Lou made potato salad for dinner.

Saturday: (05/18) Granola for breakfast. We drove in to Front Royal to the flea market. While Lou and Dawn explored the treasures, I visited the bank for some cash. I grabbed a hotdog and some fries there. We then went by the Rural Farm store. It’s our kind of store. A mix of Kmart, Tractor Supply and a feed store. We then had lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant before heading downtown to the Wine and Art Faire. We met Kyle and Reed there and walked the faire. We visited the Royal Brewing Company for a snack and brew. We then walked a block or two and visited the Beer Museum. We then said our goodbyes and stopped at Walmart to shop before heading home.

Sunday: (05/19) Granola for breakfast. We headed off a little after 1000 to the town of New Market to a Civil War reenactment at the battlefield it happened on just 155 years previous. Evidently the only reenactment on it’s actual battlefield. After that finished about 1500 we went into their museum for a hurried visit. We had lunch at the event. Lou and I had tenderloin pork sandwiches and Dawn had a hot dog. Dinner at a great restaurant on New Market before heading home.

Monday: (05/20) Granola with banana for breakfast. A slow morning. We dumped our tanks after our showers. We had leftover for lunch. After lunch, we drove down to Luray Cavern and enjoyed a tour of a very well decorated cave. Our admission also include their Auto Museum. The Auto museum had some really interesting vehicles we’ve never seen before. There were old wagons and very old cars. The cars were mostly from the period 1894 through 1915. Our admission also included the Luray Valley History Museum. The blacksmith shop was the best one I’ve ever seen. It definitely looks functional. Also a nice old cabin with the kitchen in the basement. We had dinner at an Italian restaurant before stopping at Walmart for a couple of things.

Tuesday: (05/21) Leftover chicken fettuccine for breakfast. I was off in the Jeep by myself for a hike. I hiked down to White Oaks Waterfall, about 4.6 miles and to Dark Hollow Waterfall, about 1.4 miles. Somehow this added up to 11.3 miles on my GPS tracker? As I was driving between the two hikes I noticed three ranger vehicles and one trailhead and two at the next trailhead. I didn’t know what was going on but knew I didn’t need to be there. After the hikes I overheard the manager of the store say there had been a person with an AR15 rifle that they were looking for. There are some crazys out here, especially gun nuts. I enjoyed a nice vanilla milk shake before heading on home. Lou and Dawn relaxed at home. They made sauerbraten in the slow cooker for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/22) We extended our stay here for 6 more nights so we’ll be here through the Memorial Day weekend. We were off early toward Fredericksburg again. We stopped for breakfast in Culpeper at the Frost Cafe downtown. Really good breakfasts. We continued on Highways 211, 511 and 3 into Fredericksburg. We stopped at the visitor center for information and bought day passes to the museus in town. We toured George Washington's boyhood home at Ferry Farm, then had lunch at the Noodle House. Then toured the apothecary of Dr Mercer. And finally toured the Rising Sun Tavern. Dawn visited the Riverby bookstore and Lou visited Wegmans Market. Then we headed home a little before 2000.

Thursday: (05/23) Granola and banana for breakfast. We got away about 1030 and drove down the Skyline Road through the Shenandoah National Park for mile 22 to 105. We checked the view from all the lookout points on the way. We had lunch at one of them. We then returned on highway 340 and 211 back home. Before returning we stopped at Walmart for more stuff. We made it home at 1835 in time to warm our leftover dinner with the microwave since we had generator time left.

Friday: (05/24) I made pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Then I went to the store to get some firewood for Lou and Dawn. And then I was off for a hike. I drove down to the Pass Overlook where I get good cell signal and download the Guthook AT app so I can better do sections of the Appalachian Trail. Then I drove to the Cedar Run Trailhead and hike down to Cedar Run Falls. A strenuous trail down and worst coming back up. Nice waterfall and stream to the falls. On the way back while myself and another hiker, Tiffany, were catching our breath, a couple that had just past us going up returned and said there were two bears just ahead. They returned back down to trail to where they started at the bottom trailhead. We needed to continue up to the Skyline trailhead. A little ways up we saw one bear about 50 feet to our right. It didn’t seem concerned about us. My real concern was where was the second one. If it was mama we could get into trouble. No second bear and we passed through without a problem even got a photo of the bear. I then drove to the Rose Run Trailhead and hiked down to the Rose Run Falls. This was a nicer shorter trail and even had three falls. One was a slide, the second and probably the namesake falls was flowing well with four streams and 67 feet fall, and just below that was a sideways fall through a trench. All nice falls. On the way back home i stopped again at Pass Overlook and downloaded some data for the new Guthook app. Lou made chicken broccoli and corn on the cob for dinner. We had a campfire this evening.

Saturday: (05/25) We prepared to roll, right away and drove over and dumped our tanks. We beat any rush by being so early and doing it Saturday not Sunday or Monday. Granola and banana for breakfast. After Lou and Dawn took showers we headed off, me for a hike and them to look around town. I hiked from Compton Gap to Highway 522, about 6 miles of the AT. At Highway 522 there was trail magic with a guy providing hotdogs, chips and cold drinks. I couldn’t pass them up even though I’m not a through hiker. Lou picked me up while Dawn looked at the flea market. They had looked around Main Street earlier. We had soup at the Daily Grind coffee downtown. Possibly the best chicken and rice soup, ever. We then dropped Dawn off at a bookstore and Lou and I drove out to a kayak dealer to look at some Nucanoes. I’ll have to return on another hot day to enjoy the view of the people renting the canoes. Must have been a sorority outing. Lou and I stopped by at a yard sale in Brownstown. Lou and I picked up a couple of things at Walmart then picked up Dawn and returned home as the rain started.

Sunday: (05/26) A lazy day. We had a deluge last night and this morning some clouds but mostly an nice day. We lounged around all morning. Lou got busy collecting firewood from all the recently vacated campsites. She likes her campfires. She also cleaned and vacuumed the inside of the Jeep. About 1430 I finally headed out on a hike to Overall Falls, the falls closest to our campsite. It was only just over five miles but made for a nice stretch in the muggy afternoon. Leftovers potato salad and wieners for dinner.

Monday: (05/27) I made corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. Lou dropped me off at Thornton Gap (Hwy 211) and I hike down to Skyland Resort on the Appalachian Trail. It was a nine mile section of the AT. I also did the little side trip to the top of Mary’s Rock, which is supposed to have the best view in the park with a 360 degree view. However, timing is everything and today it was foggy, no view. It also started to rain coming down and rained for about 30 minutes on the trail. The turned out nice later, even a bit warm. I met another section hiker (Stroke) headed to Skyland and we hiked together from Pinnacles Picnic Grounds to Skyland. We ended up taking a shortcut that took a more direct route but might have been a little more rocky. She was finishing her section from Front Royal to Big Meadow tomorrow. I have now completed from Front Royal (MM971.5) to Skyland (MM934.1) for 37.4 miles of the AT trail. Current estimated completion is 59 years. Started at 1010 and finished at 1600. Lou and Dawn picked me up. We had a little to eat at the Skyland Dining Room before heading home.

Tuesday: (05/28) Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. It’s a rainy morning. A day off. I spent some time working on my recent photos and preparing some for the blog. About 1500, we drove up to the store at Elkwallow to get milkshakes. The one’s I’ve had there previously were great. Today I took Lou and Dan and they were out of the makings? We had to settle for just ice cream so it must have been milk they were out of. Leftovers for lunch and dinner. We had a campfire in the evening but ended it early and put all our outside things away in preparation to leave tomorrow.