Caesar Creek State Park

Good morning. Time is flying by. I can’t believe we’ve been here, in Ohio, 3 weeks. I realize I’ve been very neglectful in writing. I’ve just been having too good of a time.

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We have been staying in Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, Ohio. It is a beautiful park with nice large grassy sites. We are in loop A which is a first come loop (no reservations). Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Electric is 30 amp which was fine when the park was fairly empty, but when we filled up on the weekends our power went off and on. The bathrooms are old but doable. As for wildlife, we have seen many deer. Always a plus for us nature lovers.

With our daughter living between Dayton and Cincinnati there has been plenty to see and do. Our weather has cooperated too (always a plus). I will have a hard time saying goodbye once again, but I am looking forward to seeing our daughter Karen and her family.

Tomorrow is a travel day. We head out and go further south to Berea, Kentucky. We will be there 3 weeks also. It is only about 3 hours from here, which will make it a nice easy travel day.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

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

 

Back Again Peoria

Good morning. We made it. We had beautiful day for traveling yesterday and made it to our destination without any drama. Just the way we like it. 415 miles total.

We are at Jubilee College State Park, which is just west of Peoria, Illinois. We stayed here last spring when the park was only partially open for the winter. We were snowed in the first night. We came back north just a tad too early.

The campground has 3 loops. Last spring we stayed in the 1st loop, Coyote Cove. The other two loops were closed off for the winter. The 2nd loop is Possum Bend. The 3rd loop is Woodchuck Ridge, where we are this time.  At the moment we are the only campers in the campground. I don’t think that will last long. There are still plenty of weekend campers that love fall camping. Yes, fall. It is September even though the temperatures are still summer like.

There are a handful of 50 amp sites in this loop. The majority of sites are 30 amp. We prefer 50 amp when we can get it. The sites all have a gravel pad, picnic table and fire pit. Our site is located along the outer circle backing up to the woods. It is nice and level. I will take some pictures to share. It really is a pretty park.

As for amenities, the park doesn’t offer many. I see two pit toilets in the loop, but no shower house or flush toilets. There is a building in the 2nd loop with showers and flush toilets but I haven’t checked them out yet.

The weather forecast is showing all day rain for the next 3-4 days. That puts a damper on enjoying the outdoors. But, I always have my crafts or a book.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Goodbye Michigan

Good morning family and friends. Summer vacation is over. It sure went by fast. We had a great summer and we will take with us so many good memories.

As I write this we are on the road heading to Peoria, Illinois where we will spend the next 3 weeks with family and friends . It is a longer ride and more miles than we normally like to do in a day, but we have made the same journey so many times before we could do it on auto pilot in our sleep.

The weather this morning made the process of dumping the black and grey tanks, filling the potable water and hooking up the car fast and easy. Well as fast as you can anyway. It is so much nicer to do when it is not raining, snowing, freezing or so hot you are melting. We also like that we waited a day so that we did not have to feel rushed with a line behind us waiting to use the dump station. Yesterday, the end of a holiday weekend, campers were lined up all morning long waiting to dump so they could head home. That is one advantage we have being full-timers and retired-we can come and go at will.

We are going to miss everyone here, but we are looking forward to starting our 2nd adventure in Winnie. We are able to get an earlier start this fall than we did last year by a couple of months, which is a good thing. And, we also have an itinerary for this winter. Last year we had no idea where we were going or where we would stay. Everything worked out perfectly, but it is nice to not to have that worry.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

Good morning. Our time visiting my sister and her family is over. What a great time we had. It was hard to say goodbye knowing we won’t see them again until next year. It is hard when family is so spread out. You only have so much time and then you have to move on.

We are back in Brighton, Michigan for our last couple weeks of the summer. We then will be at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom, Michigan for Labor Day weekend. Once again we will be saying good-bye. This time to my son Kevin and his triplets and to my grandson Tristan. We won’t see them again until next summer.

I can’t believe we have been living this full-time lifestyle for 335 days. I love it. I wouldn’t change a thing. I do not miss having a home. The things I do miss we have adjusted to doing without and we have found alternative ways of doing them.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

St Clair, Michigan

Good morning. I just thought I’d let you know I was thinking about all of you. We are presently in St Clair, Michigan staying at the City Boat Harbor. They have 9 sites with water and electric. Instead of towing a car, these motorhomes tow their boats. What a life. The best of both worlds.

We are here visiting family and enjoying every minute. There is so much to see and do in the area; boating, swimming, fishing and good food just to name a few. Go to the Murphy’s Inn if you are in the area for great food and the best people.  My sister, brother-in-law and family own it, so I’m not prejudice at all.

One day we took a boat ride to Marine City to see a water skiing show which we watched from the boat.

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We watched the freighters go by.

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The Coast Guard was there too.

Another day we took a boat ride under the Blue Water Bridge.

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We’ve been able to enjoy many hours watching the freighters and other boats go by in front of their house.

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Yesterday we walked the boardwalk. It was such a nice day and the park is so pretty.

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That’s just some of the things we have done while enjoying our time here. Today I think the plan is to go over to Canada. We haven’t been across in years. Well, the last time we went you didn’t need to have an enhanced drivers license or passport.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a nice day.

Until next time,

Kathryn