National Museum of the USAF

Good morning. It’s going to be a beautiful day again with a high in the low 70’s and sunny. I am going to be sitting outside for sure.

Day 161. With the weather being nice but cool, we decided to take a trip to the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. We have had the museum on our list of things to do for a long time.  With our daughter Melissa living only about 45 minutes away from it, the timing was perfect.

The museum was easy to find. It has a huge free parking lot and the entrance to the museum is also free. You may make a donation if you choose. The museum itself is enormous. I would not plan on seeing everything in one day. Going through with my history buff husband will take us at least three days to see everything.

We started our tour in the World War I area. Immediately my mind went to Wilbur and Orville Wright. I took a lot of pictures, but nothing compares to seeing the exhibits in person.

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Next we went into the World War II exhibit area.

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Everyone knows Walt Disney and all of the wonderful children’s stories and cartoons he is famous for, but one thing I didn’t realize was how he used his talents during the war.

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The only one of his characters that wasn’t used was Bambi. Donald Duck was the most popular and requested.

There is so much more I could tell you about and show you pictures of, but it is best if you go see this museum for yourself. We ended our day in the World War II exhibit and I do believe when we come back that Clyde will want to visit this area again. I don’t believe he was ready to leave, but his legs and his body said otherwise. We are definitely going to try and get back here again before we head further north. We have only seen about 1/3 of the museum.

I have been to many museums in my lifetime and I have got to say this is by far one of the best museums around. It is very well organized with so much detail and so many interesting facts that you do not want to miss a thing.

On our way home we stopped at Tank’s Bar & Grill, also in Dayton. When we got off the highway we weren’t sure about the area, but the restaurant had good reviews so we thought why not give it a try. It turned out to be a quaint little bar & grill that was very busy.  The food was good and the portions were quite large.

We had a full enjoyable day and it was time to get home to our doggies.  Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

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Pot Roast

Good morning. It looks like we are going to have another nice day, sunny with a high around 60º. Each day is getting a little nicer. Summer is just around the corner. I can’t wait.

Day 160. We are making ourselves right at home here at our daughter Melissa’s. We spent the day doing a little of everything. We took a short drive through town and decided we would come back on a warmer day to walk around and investigate.

Melissa made a pot roast for dinner. A delicious comfy meal that we haven’t had in a long while. It really isn’t a meal that you can make for one or two people. Even with the three of us we have enough leftovers to make a pot pie. Yum. Even that sounds good.

Clyde was able to relax while watching a couple of games of the hockey playoffs. Something he has always liked to do. Of course we played a few games. We started a game of dominos on Friday night and finished it on Saturday. Then we moved on to a game of Racko. Today will be more games. I believe I heard Yahtzee. I don’t care what we play. I just like our time together.

Each place we stay has something different to offer in what we see around us. Our backyard view here is totally new to us. Her home backs up to horse corrals. I enjoyed watching a young girl with her horse.

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Later in the day we watched her ride her horse around the area.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Using Mobile Apps

Good morning. It looks like today is going to be a nice but cool day with a high of only mid 50’s. It will be a perfect day to check out our new surroundings.

Day 159. We said goodbye to Karen and Rob, filled up with propane at the Oh! Kentucky Campground (which is located right off I-75 in Berea, Kentucky) and we were on the road by 10:30 am. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a travel day.

I use the mobile apps on my phone Park Advisor and RV Parky quite often to locate places to stay or to get gas and propane. This time it was Park Advisor that helped me find a place to dump our holding tanks. A Flying J off I-75 (exit 171) in Walton, Kentucky met our needs and had good reviews. We were able to use our Good Sam’s card to get a discount on both our gas and the dump fee, which is always nice.

We arrived at our destination, Lebanon, Ohio around 1:30pm. Our daughter Melissa met us at the entrance of her subdivision to guide us through. She moved here right after Christmas, so this is our first opportunity to see her new place. There is a lot of new construction going on and the roads are quite narrow. We wanted to weave our way through the subdivision only once and be headed in the right direction to park our motorhome in front of her home. Her driveway is quite level, but not long enough to fit all of the motorhome. We can comfortably use our motorhome with only the bedroom slide-out opened. So, that is what we opted to do.

With the necessities taken care of, it was time to relax and enjoy our time together. Patty Pepper made herself right at home by eating all of Lady’s food as soon as she came in. You would think we starved the poor dog. It is good to see Patty Pepper adjusting so well to our new lifestyle. It doesn’t seem to take her anytime at all to relax and feel at home at each new location.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Next Stop – Lebanon, Ohio

Good morning. It looks like we are going to have a gorgeous sunny day with high around 70º. That will be nice. Today is a travel day. Our time here is up and we will be spending the next two weeks in Ohio with our daughter Melissa.

When I woke this morning and looked out into the rear of the yard I finally saw the deer that we had been told came to visit often. What a nice way to end our visit.

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Day 158. It is time to get ready to leave here and head on to our destination, Lebanon, Ohio. We spent part of the day cleaning and going through our check list of items to do before we leave.

We have really enjoyed being able to spend this time with our daughter Karen and her family. Being able to move from place to place, spending time with each of our children and their spouses, our grandchildren, along with our other family members and our friends was the main reason we chose this lifestyle. It is so much easier to say goodbye when we know we will be coming back again soon for another visit. Living in a motorhome has made this possible.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

April Showers

Good morning. Another rainy day. We have had steady all day rain the last couple of days. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. That will be nice. The trees are starting to bud here in Kentucky. That is a good sign. I think everyone is tired of the unseasonably cold weather the country has been having.

As for what we have been doing the last few days hasn’t been anything out of the normal. The kids are in school and Karen is back at work. Clyde and I are just relaxing and doing what we would be doing no matter where we were.

I’ve been busy beading. I love how making the same bracelet pattern with different beads looks so completely different. Below you can see what I mean. I have four bracelets each of two different patterns.

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I also made earrings to go with a couple of the other bracelets I made. The bracelet pattern is the same as the one used in the lower bracelets in the picture above.

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So as you can see, I’ve been busy having fun beading. Today is Karen’s day off so we will be doing a little shopping.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Buffalo Trace

Good morning. Nice, cold, nice cold. I wish the weather would make up its mind. Yesterday was great, today is cold. I guess variety is the spice of life.

Day 150 or 5 months on the road. For something different, we decided to take a tour of a bourbon distillery. When you think of whisky, you think Tennessee. When you think of bourbon, you think Kentucky. We are in Kentucky, so a bourbon tour it is.

Our daughter, Karen decided on Buffalo Trace Distillery, the oldest continuously operating distillery in America located in Frankfort, Kentucky. We learned that even during Prohibition Buffalo Trace was in operation for “medicinal purposes”.

Just a few tidbits we learned. Bourbon is a term used for a type of whisky that can be traced back to Kentucky in the 1820’s. Bourbon is made from grain and must contain at least 51% corn. Bourbon is aged in new, never reused, charred oak barrels. To be called bourbon it also must be produced in the USA and meet certain alcohol standards. There is more, but that’s the basics.

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We enjoyed our tour and found it very interesting. At the end we tasted the bourbon. Karen and I both decided we are not bourbon drinkers.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Artisan Village

Good morning. Finally, we are going to have another nice day – 73º with sunshine. Now that’s my kind of day. It will be a good day to go out and about.

Day 149. It was a bit chilly and windy but we still had a good time checking out some of the local stores. Last fall when we came to visit we went through the Artisan Center. This time we walked around the Artisan Village. Some of the stores weren’t open. I guess store hours are much like an artistic persons’ creative juices; sometimes they are working and sometimes they don’t. Those stores that were open were very interesting to look through. As a crafter myself I really admire the creativity.

I especially appreciated the time a few of the artisans took with us to show and tell us about their craft. In the Weston Glass Studio we were invited into the back room to watch them work. This day they were using some of the scraps to make buttons. They even offer workshops and classes if you would like to try to create something yourself.

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Michelle Weston

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Michelle Weston and her Dad

Another shop we visited was Weaver’s Bottom Craft Studio. The owner, Neil Colmer was busy at a loom creating coasters. It doesn’t sound like much, but the patterns created are all so different and beautiful. He took time to talk to us about the loom he was working on and a few of the other looms he had in the store. He told us about the history of each of the looms and he told us how each loom worked a bit differently. One of the looms works much like an organ. You could tell, even after all the years he had been doing this, he still enjoyed his craft. Now that is the perfect job.

 

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Neil Colmer – Weaver’s Bottom Craft Studio (explaining the intricacy’s of the pattern) 

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The loom that works like an organ

There are many other shops in this area of town that are worth exploring. I would love to go back again when the weather is nicer and more stores are open. Maybe in the fall when we come back again for another visit.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn