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

 

Under the Weather

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on our progress to be full-time RV’ers.  What I had thought was the flu turned out to be much more.  I like to keep private things private, but as this is setting back our plans for a while I decided to share a bit about what is going on.  Since January 25th I’ve been in and out of the hospital.  I am not used to being sick.  I get a cold now and again, but nothing serious.  I eat healthy, exercise, and try not to stress much.  But guess what, I got sick anyway.  Go figure.

So what does this mean for our future plans?  Unfortunately, Clyde won’t be able to retire until I am better.  I now need his health insurance.  We have to postpone selling the house as I do not have the energy to continue going through our belongings. I will have to concentrate on getting well.  I just hope the housing market will be favorable when we are ready.  I am still hoping that I will be able to get back to normal activities by the end of summer.

What this has brought to our attention is don’t take your health for granted.  Anything can happen at any time.  Life is short.  You just never know what or when you or someone you love will hit a road bump.  So live life to your fullest. No regrets.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Happy New Year!

happy-new-yearAnother year has come and gone.  Out went 2016 and in comes 2017 .Yep, the new year is here.  How time does fly.  Where do the years go?  It seems like only yesterday I was young and raising a family.  Today we are both past the marked retirement age of 65.  If all would have gone as we had hoped, we would both be already retired.  But life is not always like that.

With all of my hubby’s necessary surgeries now out of the way, this is the year he will get to retire and we can hit the road as full-time RV’ers.  But first, we need to sell our home.  That is our short term goal (we hope), finish going through all of our “stuff” (and boy do we have stuff!), make a few needed repairs, list our home and hope we find a buyer quickly.  Then we will be able to move into Winnie and live full-time.  Meanwhile, he will continue to work so that we can finish getting all of our medical, dental, and optical needs taken care of.  So much to do.

I’m looking forward to the new year and a new chapter in our lives.  I hope you also have good things to look forward to in the new year and that you are able to enjoy good health.

Until next time,

Kathryn