Sunday, October 18, 2009
Grab a cup of coffee, it's time to sit back and catch up on a good read. First, let me give you our itinerary so you can keep up with us. 1.Leave Clifton to Lancaster to drop off car at in-laws hotel. Lenny drove the RV, Chrissy and me drove the car. 2. After we dropped off the car in Lancaster, PA, drive to Mt. Crawford, VA., 3. drive back to Lancaster, pick up our car and spend time with Len's family, 4. Len drives RV home, me and Chrissy drive car home. We left on Wednesday headed down to Mt. Crawford, Virginia to the Green Valley Book Fair http://www.gvbookfair.com/. We had heard of this book fair from friends of ours who full-time in their RV. This place is only open for two weeks every two months. They buy back overstocks, damaged books, etc. and then sell them for 60% - 90% off cover price. All of us being avid readers, we decided to take some time off work and travel south. Our first night, we stopped and stayed in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel, off I-81 in West Virginia. It's great travelling in a motorhome. You stop when you get tired and spend the night. The following morning we had a hearty breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed the grits and the biscuits and gravy, while my daughter chose a much healthier option. Doesn't it look inviting. It's good to know that wherever you are you can eat healthy. About an hour into our trip, Len noticed the battery level decreasing. If it's not one thing it's another. Well, we pulled off and went to the truck stop. They were able to charge our battery but said it looked like the alternator was bad and they don't work on RV's. They sent us off to a Ford dealership off the next exit. The people at Muhlenberg Ford were great. A.J. took good care of us and got us back on the road the same day, but not wanting to sit at the dealership all day, we opted to rent a car from Enterprise. They were the closest and on the same property. Shawn took good care of us and got us in a car in no time. We continued in our rental car south to the book fair where we shopped till we dropped. Talk about books. If was huge. We walked and we shopped, cookbooks, mystery's, childrens books, you name it they had it. Even best sellers. We were all in our glory. Chrissy purchased 28 hardcover books and only spent just over $100. I didn't count how many we bought, but we spent about the same and I can now say that Christmas shopping has begun. While we were still there, AJ called to say our coach was ready for pickup. We finished our shopping and drove back to pick up our "home". It was still pretty early so we drove north and back into PA before stopping for the night at a Wal- Mart. Our first night in "Wally World". It's great to be able to just pull of the road for the night, but boy was it noisy. The garbage men were by around 4:30 AM banging away with those dumpsters. Needless to say, we got an early start that day to Lancaster, PA. We were at my in-laws hotel by lunchtime to pick up our car and headed to our campground to set up. My sister-in-law and her family were joining us, but decided to stay at the same hotel as her mom and dad because everyone had colds and it was bad weather to be sleeping in a tent. That afternoon we all met at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster to see "In the Beginning". It was a wonderful show. We all enjoyed it. The next day was devoted to more shopping and swimming. We met at the Rockvale outlets on Rt 340 in Lancaster and walked the entire place, at least it seemed that way. Then it was off to the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market. Wow, can these people cook and bake. We had the most amazing caramel popcorn, the sweetest whoopi pies, and some hot chocolate. (Please don't tell my doctor). The quilts we saw were beautiful. I have always wanted an Amish quilt. This time my dream came true when Lenny insisted on buying me one. I love the wedding ring pattern and the colors in this one would match the interior of our RV. Tired of shopping, we all went back to the campground for dinner and a swim. Circle M is located on the other side of Lancaster so we took back roads to get there and saw an Amish schoolhouse on the way. Lots of horse and buggies too. The kids all went to the indoor waterpark at the campground while us adults stayed at the coach and chilled out. Our nephew signed up with the National Guard, so this is probably one of the last camping trips we'll be able to take with him before he goes off to boot camp next year after he finishes high school. It was a great time finding bargains and spending time with family. Cherish the time with your loved ones. You never know when those days will end. Thanks for going along for the ride with us. Stayed tuned, you never know where we'll end up next in our RV. We love you, but more important, God loves you.
Monday, October 12, 2009
The chill of autumn has arrived. This weekend Lenny and I went away to Triple Brook Campground in Hope, NJ. Two nights away are better than none. We were meeting up with my cousins from down the shore. I had checked the weather but did I plan accordingly...WHO ME??? No way. Good thing we keep winter coats in the motorhome. Lenny drove up early in the afternoon on Friday, I had to work till 4pm so I drove up later in our new to us red Saturn LW300. Fancy word for station wagon. After sitting in traffic for over an hour, I finally arrived at the campground around 6. It was a crisp, cool evening and the rain held off until after we sat around the fire. By morning the rain had stopped. Lenny and I decided to go to PA for a nice drive and some shopping at Wal-Mart. On the way home we drove south on 611 thru the Delaware Water Gap. The leaves are just starting to turn vibrant reds and yellows. Just past the trolly tours we turned left and found a wonderful place for lunch. If you're ever driving in the area be sure to check out the Village Farmer. They had all sorts of homemade breads, cookies, pies and cakes. They also had homemade pot-pies. Their selection that day consisted of chicken, turkey, a mexican pot pie, shepherds pot pie and mac n cheese pot pie. Lenny and I ordered the latter two and shared them. The also had fresh apple cider. The best part was our seating. They offered indoor and outdoor seating. We chose to eat outside because it was beautiful out and scenery could not be better. They had a gazebo and picnic tables along a stream with waterfalls. We continued on 611 south to Portland where we crossed the Delaware River back into NJ and back to the campground where we shared some Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake with my cousins. So yummy.
That night my cousins came over to our sight where we had a roaring fire burning and roasted marshmallows. It amazes me how fast you can go thru a large bag of marshmallows. They were so good. Gazing at the stars we were able to see Venus. I told Lenny we need to invest in a good telescope. A book about constellations would help us too. The sky was so clear but so cold. Drinking coffee at 8pm just to warm up is not a good thing to do. At least not at my age. That night I had such trouble falling asleep. Such a good weekend. Two days until our next trip. Stay tuned as we travel along.