Fort Morgan

This past week has been cold and rainy.  A good time to get stuff done inside and just relax, which we did.  Other than the mundane routine chores, we played cards (Skip.bo and Phase 10), watched TV (football and Christmas movies) and I bought some yarn while at Walmart to make dishcloths which I can make while chatting or watching TV.

Day 23.  Finally a nice sunny day with temperatures in the low 60’s.  A good day to get out and do something.  We decided to take a drive along the water to the end of the peninsula where Fort Morgan is located.  It is also where you can take the ferry to Dauphin Island.  As senior citizens we got in the fort for $5 each.

We visited the museum first where we learned about the history of the fort.  I didn’t take pictures inside the museum.  Something I found interesting and funny was the Christmas menus they had on display.  At the bottom of the menu under desserts were listed cigars and cigarettes along with plum pudding and other holiday desserts.

After walking through the museum we ventured outside to see the fort.  Although the sun was out and the temperature was reading low 60’s, it felt much colder with the wind blowing off the water.  I did take pictures outside.  Enjoy.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Today we will be at our daughter Karen’s relaxing and enjoying good company and a delicious meal.  The last couple of years we went to the Lion’s football game on Thanksgiving Day.  It was a fun-filled time with family as well.  This year we will have to watch the game on TV.  That’s just fine with me. I just enjoy being with family wherever we are.

This year I am extremely thankful to be alive, able to enjoy time with family and friends.  I am able to travel and see America with improved health.  I hope you all have much to be thankful for too.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Vacation in Ohio

 

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Indian Lake State Park, Lakeview, Ohio-site B062

 

We arrived at Indian Lake State Park in Lakeview, Ohio around 12:30 pm on Monday in time for lunch.  We left home at 8 am and with a stop 1/2 way for breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Maumee, Ohio. It made it an easy relaxing trip of only 158 miles.  I hope to keep all of our travel days under 200/250 miles.

The campground is huge with 443 nice size sites.  Our site was 50 amps and $27 per night with both sun and shade.  Water is available at the restrooms which were very nice and kept clean. Playgrounds are dispersed throughout the campground, each a little different from the others, which our grandson Wyatt thoroughly enjoyed.  Many campers brought their boats and fishing poles to enjoy.  A large pool is being built by the commissary that is scheduled to be finished later this summer.

A nice size sand beach was within walking distance from our site, which we enjoyed a few days later with our daughter Karen and her family and our grandson Tristan who drove down on Thursday night after work for a couple of days.

Karen and family came on Tuesday from Kentucky with their new to them pop-up camper and set up in the site next to ours.

It sure was good to see them again.  Our times together are too far apart.

Clyde watched the Stanley Cup playoffs while the grandkids played a game of Trouble.

We couldn’t believe how brave the squirrels and birds were.

We really enjoyed our week together with campfires every day and night.  The wood in our new box was just the right amount for our trip.  Thanks again Kevin for our box.  It worked perfectly.  I had the best corn on the cob cooked over the fire.  We hadn’t had it cooked like that in years.  My dad used to cook it that way for us.  Thanks Rob, it was delicious!

Sunday came too soon.  Time to say good-bye and head home.  Vacation wasn’t long enough.  Can’t wait until we are full-time!

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

1st Campout of the Year

Our first campout this year was very enjoyable.  We didn’t go far, only 10 miles in total to Brighton Recreation Area, Bishop Lake Campground.  We were on site #4 in the upper level, a nice level site backing up to trees.  We only got the site because we decided to go a few days early and found out they had a cancelation which was probably do to the rainy cold weather.  Being the hardy campers we are it didn’t bother us.  I had faith that the weather would change, this is Michigan after all.  And change it did.

On Friday our grandson Tristan came to visit for a while before he headed up north for the weekend with his buddy.  Friday afternoon Kevin and the triplets joined us for a couple of nights.  They had a good time doing many activities.

IMG_1236 They road their big wheels, roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.

 

While on a bike ride they met a local policeman who let them sit in his patrol car.

IMG_1247They made lanterns at the parks recreation program.

IMG_1256Play dough is always a fun activity.

 

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Painting is fun too.

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IMG_1265While the little ones painted the adults played bean bags.  It was a relaxing enjoyable time that I hated to see end.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Tail Light

Today I called the RV special order parts department to find out how much a new tail light would be.  This is the second one that needed replacing.  The first one was when we bought Winnie one year ago and I notice on our way home that it was out.  I was not a happy camper as that should have been taken care of.  After an immediate call to our salesman, expressing my disappointment, he ordered us a new tail light.  Anyway, I had the part # I needed thanks to my son Kevin who checked it out and also priced it online.  The salesman wanted to know the usual and then asked me for the vin number of our motorhome.  Why? I asked do you need that?  I told him I didn’t have it right off and just needed to know how much the part was.  My son found the part for $50 online through amazon.  The RV special order department wanted $70 plus S&H.  I said thanks but no thanks.  That’s some mark-up!  We will be ordering it online and installing it ourselves.

On a more up note, it is official, we will be camping the first full week of June with our daughter Karen and her family in Ohio.  The reservations have been made.  This is the half-way point for both of us, as they are coming up from Kentucky.  I can’t wait.  We should have a really fun and relaxing week.

Until next time,

Kathryn

A Beautiful Day – Getting the Itch to Go

Today was a perfect day; full sun, slight breeze and temperature almost hitting 70F.  I made use of my good fortune by working in Winnie. Where else would I be?  I’m trying to pack and organize her for going full-time without having to bring items back into the house because they are needed again before then.  It’s not an easy task.  I really want to pack it all and go now.  I know, I have to be patient and wait for everything to fall into place.  It will happen before I know it.

In the meantime, plans are being made for a mini vacation the first full week of June.  My daughter Karen, who lives in Kentucky, is planning our campout someplace 1/2 way between the two of us.  I told her “you plan, we camp”.  I’m just happy to get to go and to be with her and her family.  We did this last year and really had a nice time.

Until Next Time,

Kathryn

Spring has Sprung

With the warmer weather arriving, it is time to get Winnie cleaned out and stocked with all her gear.  Over the last couple of weeks I was able to do just that with the help of my son Kevin.  After wiping out the cupboards, vacuuming and giving her a thorough cleaning (all except steam cleaning the carpet) we were ready to put everything back in her we had stored in totes.  I didn’t find any surprises, no signs of any unwanted visitors.  I had put dryer sheets in every cubby and place I could find to deter them and keep her smelling fresh all winter.  Not sure if that helped or not, but I was happy with the results.  As I am not allowed to lift more than 10 lbs., Kevin carried all the totes from the house for me to unpack.  I took my time, enjoying every minute of putting items away.  I was thinking about the fun we had last year and hoping we will be able to get some camping in soon.  All I need now to go are our clothes and food.

We are still hoping to be full-timers this year.  It might not be until late fall, but that is our goal.  It all depends on how my treatments go and what the final outcome is.  We will also have to have the house sold, which we can’t do until I’m better.  In the meantime, we hope to get some weekend camping in.

As I mentioned in a previous post we have had some problems with our batteries.  We may need to get a couple new ones this year.  We also need to have maintenance done on the generator, as our hours are about up.  New tires are on the list to buy before we start out full-timing it.  We want to keep her in tip top condition for full enjoyment without worries.

It’s a good thing I have a handy son.  Our front blinds needed adjusting.  Not sure how or why they stopped working,  It could have been because of the problems with the battery, but the guys were able to get them working again perfectly.

While we were cleaning out the basement cubbies and checking the rest of the outside Kevin found a birds nest in the slide-out awning over the dinette.  We were happy to see it was empty as I would hate to disturb hatchlings.

Happy Easter everyone.  We will be enjoying a beautiful day with family at our daughter Melissa’s.

Until next time,

Kathryn