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

 

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