Circle Complete

Good morning. A chilly one too. It looks like it isn’t supposed to warm up much either, as our high today is only 50º. To make it even gloomier, the forecast is calling for rain starting late this afternoon and all day tomorrow. What a way to start our summer in Michigan.

Day 172. This was our final day of our first adventure in Winnie as full-timers. We traveled from the Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA in Ohio to the Proud Lake Recreation Area, a Michigan State Park in Wixom, Michigan without incident. This is where it all began last November when we left Michigan to become “snowbirds”. The circle is complete.

We left the cold Michigan winter to find warm sunshine in the south. That was a laugh. Everywhere we went people said “this is the coldest winter we’ve had in years”. Many said we brought the cold weather with us. Just kidding I hope. Even though the temperatures were colder than normal down south, it was still warmer than what our family was getting back home in the north.

We were able to visit family and friends, see places we had never been before and experience life in a new way. We had a few glitches along the way, but nothing major. Even those were far and few between. I would call them learning experiences. Next week we start the summer out with doctor visits. Not much fun, but necessary.

We have been full-time RV’ers, with no other home than our Winnebago Itasca Suncruiser, for 238 days. Next week it will be 8 months of living in a very small home on wheels. No regrets. I love our lifestyle.

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

 

 

Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA

Good morning. It looks like today is going to be a perfect sunny day with a high in the low 70’s. I plan on being outside as much as possible.

Day 168. I’ve been trying very hard to get back in shape. Or should I say back into condition, as there is nothing wrong with my shape. My daughter Melissa bought me a Fitbit which helps me keep track of my steps and my heart rate.

This day we decided to get our steps in walking around the campground. Melissa came over early and we walked while Clyde cooked breakfast. Although the trail we walked the day before was relaxing and pleasant, I got a more vigorous workout walking around the campground. We had more inclines to go up and down. We also walked a brisker pace. It feels good to get your heart rate up and feel your muscles tighten a bit.

While walking around the campground we were able to checkout the different sites and amenities the campground has to offer. We walked by a small enclosed dog park area with a double gate which is always nice. Two small dogs were enjoying the area.

In the back of the campground is an area where you can get your motorhome filled with propane. It didn’t appear to have an area that you could pull through easily. It looked more like you had to pull in and back out. I could be wrong though. I will have to take a closer look at that area.

The campground also has a nice grassy electric only area for tents. Smaller campers would also fit, but I believe they have designated the area for tents only. The park has a small pool and a nice playground area.

The restrooms, showers and laundry area are all in the same building as the office and camp store. We did not check those areas out yet, sorry.

As for the campground itself, you can see they are working hard making improvements to the sites. The pads are gravel with a gravel patio. Each site has a new picnic table and a fire pit. Grass has been seeded and is trying to grow. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are also included.

Now for the not-so-good. When we checked in we were told they only had only one premium site available. That means 50 amp and full hook-ups. Which is great. But, with us being at Melissa’s most of the time it isn’t necessary and why pay extra for something you don’t need. Melissa was busy checking online to see what was available and found that wasn’t true. After some hassle, we were able to obtain a 30 amp electric and water only site. We were told that was the only one available for that long of a time period. We can see that isn’t so either after being here a while.

The prices are ridiculous. We are paying $45 a night and that is with their KOA discount card that cost us $30 for the year. The pool isn’t open yet and they have no activities going on at this time. You would hope they would have an off-season rate, but they apparently don’t.

We have never paid this much before, even when we were on the ocean and had full hookups. But, as they are the only campground around and can get away with it, they do. Unfortunately we do not have a choice. On the plus side, we are less than a mile from our daughter.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Scenic Trail

Good morning. It looks like today will be another overcast day with a good chance of rain this afternoon. That’s ok, we will just plan our day around it.

Days 166 & 167. Friday went as planned. Melissa went to work, Clyde watched the Star Wars movie marathon on TBS for as much of the day as he could and I beaded. I made 3 ankle bracelets and one wrist bracelet to go with the ankle bracelets. The main bead color is Flamingo. I used #8 Miyuki beads. This is the first bracelet I’ve made from the Northern Star pattern. I am sure I will be making more. I find many of my beading patterns and inspirational ideas from Linda’s Crafty Inspirations blog.

Saturday we walked along the Little Miami Scenic State Park trail. The scenic trail covers over 50 miles from Cincinnati to Greene County, Ohio. The trail is a pleasant walk that is paved and wide enough for those walking, jogging or biking. Clyde’s only wish was for a bench or two for him to sit and rest.

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Little Miami State Park Trail

When we finished our walk we had lunch at the Little River Café where we had parked our car.

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1955-1957 Chevy Bel Air Camper

In the parking lot was this unique camper. Clyde talked to the owner who told him there were only 5 made just like it. What a conversation piece.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

National Museum of the USAF – Trip 2

Good morning. Today is the May the 4th. If you are a Star Wars fan it is “May the force” (be with you). TBS is having a Star Wars marathon that started at 2:30 this morning. Clyde is hoping to watch as many of the old movies as he can. That’s ok with me, I can spend my time beading. It is going to rain on and off all day anyway and Melissa has to work.

Day 165. We went back to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio as we didn’t get to see everything last Sunday when we were there. Today we started our tour in the Vietnam War exhibit. As this war happened during Clyde and my teen years, it was very meaningful to us.

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The “Big Belly” Bomber

 

 

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DSC_0029We then went back to tour the Korean War exhibit. The first thing both Clyde and I thought about was the old TV show Mash with Alan Alda.

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Embroidered Flower Map of Korea

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Just  before we were ready to call it a day we saw an exhibit in the hallway that caught our eye. Our grandson Tristan had been to the museum with his scout troop many years ago and he had remembered this exhibit. As a dog lover this exhibit was special to him and he knew we would enjoy seeing it also.

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Just visiting those two exhibits took us well into the afternoon. What Melissa and I don’t do for our history buff. We only wish Tristan had been able to be with us, as he loves history just as much as his Grandpa, and it would have been nice to see the two of them share this time together. I think for us to completely see all of the exhibits we will need to go back two more times. It is a good thing Melissa lives so close to the museum. I think we will save the rest of the exhibits for the next time we come to visit her.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Girls Day

Good morning. It looks like it is going to rain most of the day today. We thought it would be a good day to go to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio again. We went last Sunday and Clyde didn’t get to see everything. Melissa and I promised him we would make the time to go back before we left for Michigan. I think a rainy day is a good day to be inside and see more of this great museum, don’t you.

Day 164. Something Melissa and I have always enjoyed doing together is getting our nails done. Since we’ve been on the road and Melissa moved to Ohio, we haven’t had them done. So, we decided that this was the perfect time go.

We went to Deluxe Nails Spa in Lebanon. We were both taken right away and we were seated next to each other. That is always a plus, as that is why we like going together. We have gone to other places that separated us or they didn’t have enough nail techs to work on us both at the same time. Those times were not as enjoyable as when we can sit together and talk. These techs also took their time and gave us their undivided attention even though other clients came in and had to wait. We never felt like they were in a hurry to finish with us so they could get to the next customer. We left satisfied customers who are now ready to wear sandals for the summer.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Cincinnati Zoo

Good morning. Nice weather has finally arrived. Oops. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that. Is that like when you say “the sun is out” and the next thing you know, it’s gone. Anyway, our high is in the low 80’s with low humidity. In my world that is a very nice day.

Day 163. What a perfect day. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to go to the zoo. During the month of May the Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating zoo babies and they have many. Every exhibit with a zoo baby has a 6′ stork sign to let you know a baby can be found there.

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We decided to go to the zoo on a week-day thinking it would be less crowded. Wrong. On this day the zoo was packed with kids of all ages on school field trips. What a beautiful day they had for their outing.

I took over 300 pictures. Animals are such good subjects to photograph. Unfortunately, or fortunately for you, I will only be able to share a few of my favorites.

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Elle the western lowland gorilla – born 8/25/2015 – A critically endangered species.

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Daphne – A 1-year-old orphaned Manatee rescued from Florida along with her 3 brothers.   Mother was struck by a boat and did not survive.

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Kendi – A Black Rhino born 7/17/2017

When I took the picture of the owl, he turned around as if to say “hey, don’t do that! The flash hurts my eyes”.

 

Those are my favorites. I hope you enjoyed them.

We had lunch at the Base Camp Café. I thought the food would be your typical high-priced fast food that wasn’t very good. How wrong I was. The food was delicious and it was reasonably priced. I highly recommend it.

We had a very enjoyable day. I got my 10,000 steps in and was exhausted by the end of our stay, but I would do it again. We did miss a few of the exhibits because either the animals were not out or because Clyde and I were getting very tired and needed to rest. Unlike the Detroit Zoo, which is flat, there were many hills to walk up and down. We definitely got a good workout.

If you are thinking about going to the Cincinnati Zoo you can save money on your tickets a few different ways. We bought our tickets through AAA, which Melissa is a member of, and got a nice discount. You can also buy your tickets on-line to save a couple of dollars. Parking is free for zoo members. Non members pay $10.00.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn