Monday, July 26, 2010

Vacation 2010

It's finally here. That time off that you work hard for all year long and this time was no different. Our vacation plans had changed due to my health. I didn't want to travel too far from my doctors so we decided that instead of going to Vermont we would stay locally. We parked our coach at Timothy Lake South campground in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Ten days of relaxation, doing what we want, when we want. It started out great...or did it. It didn't take long to get Aggie all hooked up and level. Then we heard it. Len thought I was running the water inside to get the air out of the lines, I thought he was running water outside for whatever reason. Both of us were wrong. Our motorhome is 15 years old and over time things need to be replaced. This was one of those times. The hot water tank had given up the ghost, it had heated its last shower, it had warmed the last bit of water to wash the dishes. I was not about to camp for 10 days without hot water, so off to the camp office to see if they could recommend an RV technician who was willing to travel to us and fix it. Thank God we found one, but more of that in another post. I still had to go five more days without hot water.

Liz relaxing after a day at the pool
The day after we arrived, a very dear friend of ours came to join us for the day with her daughter. It was wonderful. The weather was so hot that we just hung out at the pool like bums. Our friends were having so much fun we invited them to spend the night so we could do the same thing again the next day. Yep, hang out at the pool like bums. I did warn them that our couch is VERY uncomfortable and that we wake up VERY EARLY (I know Liz likes to sleep late). Still, they wanted to stay. OK, we still had no hot water so off to the bath house for our showers. The next day proved to be just as hot so the pool was very refreshing.

At the campground our site was along a deer trail and we had visitors day and night. The first night one kept coming toward me and all I wanted was a close-up shot. She, however, wanted food and must have thought I had some to give her. Here is shot of some of visitors while we were sitting at the fire.

More exciting news of our vacation to come. Until then...thanks for travelling along with us on The Thomas' Trails.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Graduation Rachel 6/19/10

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that Rachel joined our extended family and here she was graduating high school. They say "Time Flies When You're Having Fun." And we were having fun. We decided to make it a weekend trip and took the motorhome. Life is good when you travel in a rolling home. All the modern conveniences right at your fingertips. That weekend we purchesed our first DSLR camera. A Cannon Rebel. It worked really well even though I could only figure out the automatic portion of it. So many videos to watch to learn how to operate this camera to its maximum.

We stayed at Scotrun Campground, an Outdoor World property located near The Crossings in PA. It's a smaller campground but half-way between our house and my sister-in-laws. They have a beautiful swimming pool area but the water is COLD! I think that is because it is spring fed water and they don't heat it.

On Saturday we drove up to the Scranton area for our neices graduation party. The sun was out in full force and it was HOT! My sister-in-law, Lisa, is not the best at giving directions so needless to say we passed up the turn for the park. After turning around, we almost missed it again. Things can get so confusing out in the country. We finally arrived and what an adorable city park. They had a pavillion with picnic tables and a charcoal grill next to a babbling brook, swingsets and a jungle gym for the kids to play on. The best part was all the good food. Len was the "unofficial" griller and I was the photographer. It was a great day and Rachel received many gifts and lots of greenbacks.

Rachel, you have grown up to be a beautiful young lady. May your future be as bright as you are. Happy Graduation.

Lenny and his mom
Charlie, Lisa and Rachel
Thanks for travelling along with us on The Thomas' Trails...