Moving to the KOA

Good morning. What a beautiful day to go to the zoo. That is what is on our agenda for today. We have never been to the Cincinnati Zoo. They have a baby hippo who just turned a year old we hope to see and we are looking forward to just getting out, walking around and enjoying the fresh air.

Before we leave for the zoo we have to move to the KOA campground only a mile down the road. Apparently the neighbors do not like having our motorhome parked in the subdivision. That’s ok. We weren’t sure if we would be accepted and thought we would give it a try. We totally understand. It was nice while it lasted. The good thing is the KOA is so close to our daughter that it will not be inconvenient at all.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

National Museum of the USAF

Good morning. It’s going to be a beautiful day again with a high in the low 70’s and sunny. I am going to be sitting outside for sure.

Day 161. With the weather being nice but cool, we decided to take a trip to the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. We have had the museum on our list of things to do for a long time.  With our daughter Melissa living only about 45 minutes away from it, the timing was perfect.

The museum was easy to find. It has a huge free parking lot and the entrance to the museum is also free. You may make a donation if you choose. The museum itself is enormous. I would not plan on seeing everything in one day. Going through with my history buff husband will take us at least three days to see everything.

We started our tour in the World War I area. Immediately my mind went to Wilbur and Orville Wright. I took a lot of pictures, but nothing compares to seeing the exhibits in person.

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Next we went into the World War II exhibit area.

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Everyone knows Walt Disney and all of the wonderful children’s stories and cartoons he is famous for, but one thing I didn’t realize was how he used his talents during the war.

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The only one of his characters that wasn’t used was Bambi. Donald Duck was the most popular and requested.

There is so much more I could tell you about and show you pictures of, but it is best if you go see this museum for yourself. We ended our day in the World War II exhibit and I do believe when we come back that Clyde will want to visit this area again. I don’t believe he was ready to leave, but his legs and his body said otherwise. We are definitely going to try and get back here again before we head further north. We have only seen about 1/3 of the museum.

I have been to many museums in my lifetime and I have got to say this is by far one of the best museums around. It is very well organized with so much detail and so many interesting facts that you do not want to miss a thing.

On our way home we stopped at Tank’s Bar & Grill, also in Dayton. When we got off the highway we weren’t sure about the area, but the restaurant had good reviews so we thought why not give it a try. It turned out to be a quaint little bar & grill that was very busy.  The food was good and the portions were quite large.

We had a full enjoyable day and it was time to get home to our doggies.  Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Pot Roast

Good morning. It looks like we are going to have another nice day, sunny with a high around 60º. Each day is getting a little nicer. Summer is just around the corner. I can’t wait.

Day 160. We are making ourselves right at home here at our daughter Melissa’s. We spent the day doing a little of everything. We took a short drive through town and decided we would come back on a warmer day to walk around and investigate.

Melissa made a pot roast for dinner. A delicious comfy meal that we haven’t had in a long while. It really isn’t a meal that you can make for one or two people. Even with the three of us we have enough leftovers to make a pot pie. Yum. Even that sounds good.

Clyde was able to relax while watching a couple of games of the hockey playoffs. Something he has always liked to do. Of course we played a few games. We started a game of dominos on Friday night and finished it on Saturday. Then we moved on to a game of Racko. Today will be more games. I believe I heard Yahtzee. I don’t care what we play. I just like our time together.

Each place we stay has something different to offer in what we see around us. Our backyard view here is totally new to us. Her home backs up to horse corrals. I enjoyed watching a young girl with her horse.

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Later in the day we watched her ride her horse around the area.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Using Mobile Apps

Good morning. It looks like today is going to be a nice but cool day with a high of only mid 50’s. It will be a perfect day to check out our new surroundings.

Day 159. We said goodbye to Karen and Rob, filled up with propane at the Oh! Kentucky Campground (which is located right off I-75 in Berea, Kentucky) and we were on the road by 10:30 am. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a travel day.

I use the mobile apps on my phone Park Advisor and RV Parky quite often to locate places to stay or to get gas and propane. This time it was Park Advisor that helped me find a place to dump our holding tanks. A Flying J off I-75 (exit 171) in Walton, Kentucky met our needs and had good reviews. We were able to use our Good Sam’s card to get a discount on both our gas and the dump fee, which is always nice.

We arrived at our destination, Lebanon, Ohio around 1:30pm. Our daughter Melissa met us at the entrance of her subdivision to guide us through. She moved here right after Christmas, so this is our first opportunity to see her new place. There is a lot of new construction going on and the roads are quite narrow. We wanted to weave our way through the subdivision only once and be headed in the right direction to park our motorhome in front of her home. Her driveway is quite level, but not long enough to fit all of the motorhome. We can comfortably use our motorhome with only the bedroom slide-out opened. So, that is what we opted to do.

With the necessities taken care of, it was time to relax and enjoy our time together. Patty Pepper made herself right at home by eating all of Lady’s food as soon as she came in. You would think we starved the poor dog. It is good to see Patty Pepper adjusting so well to our new lifestyle. It doesn’t seem to take her anytime at all to relax and feel at home at each new location.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Next Stop – Lebanon, Ohio

Good morning. It looks like we are going to have a gorgeous sunny day with high around 70º. That will be nice. Today is a travel day. Our time here is up and we will be spending the next two weeks in Ohio with our daughter Melissa.

When I woke this morning and looked out into the rear of the yard I finally saw the deer that we had been told came to visit often. What a nice way to end our visit.

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Day 158. It is time to get ready to leave here and head on to our destination, Lebanon, Ohio. We spent part of the day cleaning and going through our check list of items to do before we leave.

We have really enjoyed being able to spend this time with our daughter Karen and her family. Being able to move from place to place, spending time with each of our children and their spouses, our grandchildren, along with our other family members and our friends was the main reason we chose this lifestyle. It is so much easier to say goodbye when we know we will be coming back again soon for another visit. Living in a motorhome has made this possible.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Rainy Day

Good morning.  Don’t you just love this weather we’ve been having. We go from sitting outside enjoy the beautiful weather in 80º temperatures to steadily dropping temperatures and all day hard rain and now we are back down to freezing cold with snow in the forecast. Later this week the temps are supposed to be back into the 70’s.

Day 147. Rain, rain and more rain. What a day. Steady downpours all day long with wind and dropping temperatures. Not a good day for outdoor activities. But, that is what Karen and her family had planned for the day. They weren’t going to let the weather stop them from having a fun day outdoors. While they went to Lexington to the horse races, Clyde and I stayed warm indoors in our motorhome, Winnie. We decided we would try to go with them another time when the weather was a bit more cooperative.

Melissa had stayed the night with us in Winnie and didn’t have to head back home to Ohio until late afternoon, so we were able to spend the day with her. We just relaxed, talked and played a game of Phase 10.

Phase 10 is a card game that is played with a special deck of cards that is available anywhere. The game takes a little longer than some of the other card games we play, so we plan accordingly. The game is easy to learn, fun and you can still talk while playing. It is another good game to have in your camper.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

A Surprise Visitor

Good morning. Rain, rain and more rain. Ugh.

Day 146. We got our move on early and headed to the Lexington Farmers Market. And, yes, they did have fresh vegetables. Maybe not grown locally (we saw most from Florida), but fresh vegetables none the less. We also saw plants and flowers, kettle corn, bakery items, jams, jelly and sauces. I supported the cause and bought some jams and jelly.

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Karen and Meghan – Lexington Farmers Market

As it hadn’t started to rain yet, we decided to take a short walk around the area.

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Clyde and Kathryn (Me)

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Next we took a tour of the Boone Creek Creamery, The Kentucky Proud Store, where we learned about how cheese is made. That was very interesting. We all enjoyed the free samples. Again, we had to support the local merchant and brought home some cheese.

It wasn’t long after we got back home when a familiar car pulled up. None of us believed who we saw getting out. It was our daughter Melissa and her dog, Little Lady Buttercup, (Lady for short), who lives in Ohio. She had told no one she was coming. What a nice surprise. We only get her for a short visit, but we will take what we can get. She does have to be at work on Monday.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until Next time,

Kathryn