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)