Off to Ohio

Good morning. It is a comfortably warm sunny morning which is always nice for a travel day. Our time here in Peoria is over. It sure went by quickly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; we never seem to have enough time anywhere we go. I hate saying goodbye. We always have such a nice time with those we love.

Today we are on the road heading to see our daughter Melissa in Ohio. We will be staying in a state park we have not been to before. There is a KOA very close to her home but they want an arm and a leg camping fee which is not in our budget. Besides, we like state parks much better. Caesar Creek State Park is only about 20 minutes from her home, which isn’t bad. We have always had to travel that far for shopping anyway, so we are used to it.

The weather is nice now, but looking ahead I see rain.  Some rain is ok, I just hope we don’t run into high winds and bad storms. Maybe we will get lucky.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Full-Time Lifestyle 1st Anniversary

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Jubilee College State Park

Good morning everyone. This post is a few days late as our 1st anniversary as full-time RVer’s was last Saturday the 15th (also our daughter Karen’s birthday). I’ve just been so busy having fun I haven’t had time to post. I guess that’s the way it should be.

We have completed one full year of living the RV lifestyle. It sure has gone by fast. Looking back I had my doubts we would ever be able to start our adventure. We had so many road blocks that kept getting in the way. My health being the biggest one. But, here we are living the lifestyle with no regrets.

Many people have asked if I miss not having a home. My answer is always the same. Winnie is my home. I do not miss owning a large home or do I need all that space. I have everything I need right here. I do not have to pack and unpack a suitcase or sleep in a strange bed. We are always home wherever we are.

The best part of living this lifestyle is that we get to visit our children more often. With our grown children living in 4 different states we didn’t get to spend as much time with them as we would have liked. Now, we are trying to divide up our time equally between the states and we still have time to see family and friends who live farther away.

We have been asked many times which of the many places we went was our favorite. I can honestly say I don’t have one. We enjoyed so many of the places we went and saw for different reasons. We enjoyed the Corps of Engineering campgrounds for the wildlife and wilderness settings. We love any campground that is by the water. I mean, who wouldn’t.  And, we love any place that gets us closer to our friends and family.

Another question we have been asked numerous times is what has been downside of living this lifestyle. The answer is not too much. The same things you find unpleasant living in S&B home you will find just as unpleasant living in a motorhome. You still have to clean, things breakdown, the weather is not always pleasant and you sometimes have to deal with unpleasant neighbors. We just get to move if we don’t like where we are.

We have learned a few lessons along the way. First, take your time and don’t try to rush when setting up or leaving an area. Second, don’t try to do things when you are tired. That is when accidents happen. Just ask Clyde.

We have had a great first year living this lifestyle and I am so happy we are able to continue living the dream.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Time is Flying By

Good morning. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Time seems to fly by. We haven’t done anything spectacular to talk about. We’ve just been busy doing everyday things you are all doing too. Sometimes it’s just the two of us and other times we are with family.

We played games. The weather was nice enough that we enjoyed playing Rummikub under the shade of a tree on the picnic table. I don’t enjoy sitting at a table without a back on my seat anymore. So it’s a good thing we kept the stadium seat we had when we owned our home. We got a second stadium seat at Costco last year for Clyde. They work really good on the picnic table bench.

I finished all of the books I had gotten from the library. I’m moving along the alphabet in Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series. I will be starting on “J” next after I get to the library.

We did enjoy our stay at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom. We knew it was time to move on because we ran out of water in our tank and the black holding tank was getting full. So it’s either go dump or move on to another campground.

We planned ahead and yesterday moved back to Brighton Recreation Area. We have the same spot as last time. I like it here. It is a nice level site with shade and plenty of room. After setting up we made a trip to the library and the grocery store. The librarian had a couple of books waiting for me and I found a few more on the shelf. That should be good for a while.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

A Day at General RV

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. The weather was very cooperative and for the most part kept the rain at bay. The hot temperatures made for an enjoyable time at the beach. We grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs. All in all, it was a great start to our summer.

Tuesday was moving day. We left Brighton Recreation Area and headed over to General RV in Wixom to spend the night. We had scheduled an appointment to have work done on our motorhome the following day. The RV dealership has a few spots with 50/30 amp outlets to accommodate RV’ers like ourselves. This is their busiest time of the year and the parking lot was crowded. We sat and waited a long time watching all types of RV’s coming and going and being moved around. It took them a while but they were finally able to open up an area for us to spend the night.

We weren’t the only unit spending the night. There were a couple of RV’ers (one was a 5th wheel toy hauler and the other was a motorhome) who had purchased new units and were in the midst of moving their belongings from the old unit to the new one who spent the night too. The couple in the 5th wheel toy hauler told me they had their old unit 20 years. They were leaving for home (Las Vegas) in the morning. We call them “happy campers”.

Our spot opened onto a nice grassy area, so we were able to open both the bedroom and dinette slide out. We could have opened the full slide out too, but we didn’t find it necessary for just the night.

In the morning we went in and talked to our service writer, Jennifer who was happy to see us. We discussed all the issues we were having and wanted to have checked out. Living in a motorhome full-time does put a lot of wear and tear on the unit. We had no major issues, just a good number of smaller things that needed to be looked at and taken care of. We knew we would have an all day wait.

We left our home in their capable hands and went to go do laundry. We were having such a good time over the weekend with the grandkids, we didn’t have time to get any clothes washed. Lets see . . . work or play? Yep, we decided correctly. The grandkids come first.

With laundry done, we went back to General RV to check on the progress on our motorhome and wait for the work to be finished. I had a good book to read while I waited. Clyde and Patty Pepper watched TV and people watched. We couldn’t believe how good Patty Pepper was. She only had a couple of episodes of barking when she saw another dog with their owners. For the most part she laid at Clyde’s feet and slept.

It was after 5pm when we were given back the keys to our motorhome. A couple of the items on our to-do list need new parts that were being ordered. We will have to go back to have that work completed. But, for now we were finished and on our way to Proud Lake State Park, which is only 5 miles from the RV dealership.

When we pulled into the campground they were just finishing up cutting the grass on our site. Nice. With all the rain we have been having the grass was quite long. Clyde was even able to get the piles of grass raked up. Now the site looks great.

Our grandson Tristan had just gotten off of work and stopped by to see us. He helped us finish setting up and of course I fed him dinner before he had to head home. It is nice that he lives so close to the campground. We will get to see him often.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Campfire of the Season

Good morning. It looks like cooler weather for the next few days and no sunshine. At least there is no rain in the forecast. I think we have all had enough of that for a while. The rain sure brought the mosquitos out in full force. And, that is during the daytime. I can’t remember when I’ve had so many bites on me and bad ones too. We did go to the store and bought a ton of bug spray; both for our bodies and to spray around the campsite. Hopefully it will help.

When we were coming back from shopping the head park ranger for this campground was sitting on a large mower right in front of our campsite. I stopped to say hi, as I had gotten to know her last year when we camped here. She remembered me right away and asked how I was doing. I asked her if she could mow our campsite as it was getting long and the mosquitoes were awful. She reiterated what the camp hosts had told Clyde, that the staff was told not to mow occupied sites do to the liability issue. But, she was happy to do it for me. I’m a happy camper. The area looks a lot better and hopefully the mosquitoes will find another area to haunt.

 

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Brighton Recreation Area – Zachary, Kevin, Brooklynn, Xavier and Clyde

We enjoyed our first of many campfires of the season. It was time for pie iron pizzas and s’mores. Yum. Our grandson Tristan also joined us after he got off of work.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

It’s Good to be Back

Good morning. It looks like another beautiful day outside. I’m hoping it continues through the weekend, but according to the forecast, rain is predicted for Saturday. I think a campfire is in order if we can hold off the rain. We haven’t had one since last fall. Again, the weather just hasn’t cooperated with us.

The ground crew came around while we were out yesterday and mowed all around us but didn’t mow our site. When Clyde talked to the camp hosts about it they said the park doesn’t mow occupied sites. Ugh. The grass is long and the mosquitos are bad. I hate to complain, but they could have mowed part of the area around us. I can see not wanting to go to close, but we didn’t even have a car on the site. We are here for two weeks. Does that mean no lawn mowing the entire time? Not cool. They need to rethink their mowing policy.

It sure is nice to be back in our old stomping grounds. We went to our local library the other day and the librarian recognized us immediately. She asked how our winter was, if we enjoyed Texas, how was I feeling, and how were the triplets. Wasn’t that nice of her. We don’t even really know her and the library has many patrons. She said it was nice to see regulars coming back. I guess that’s me. I do like a good book.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a nice day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Camping Season is Beginning

Good morning. You can tell camping season is beginning and that more of us “snowbirds” are making our way north. Instead of us being the only campers in the campgrounds as we venture north, or sharing it with one or two others, we now see a steady flow of campers coming in and out. Most RV’ers stay only one night and continue on their way. Over the weekend this campground filled with families taking time to enjoy a couple of days of family time together. There was even a tent camper in the tent area of the campground. By Sunday evening the campground was back to about a half-dozen RV’ers.

This is our last day in Ohio. Tomorrow is a travel day. We will be ending our winter adventure and be back where we started. Time sure has flown by quickly. It is hard to believe we have been full-time RV’ers for 236 days.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn