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

 

 

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

 

Unfortunate Events

Good morning. Wow! What a gorgeous day it is going to be. A clear bright sunshiny day with a high of 80º. You can’t get much better than that.

Day 144. We took our time leaving the Walmart parking lot in Seymour, Indiana because we knew we only had about a 3 hour drive to reach our daughter Karen’s. We didn’t want to arrive too early, as she works nights and we wanted to let her get some sleep. It was about 10 am after we filled up with gas at the Murphy’s next door and we were on the road.

We stopped at the Midway rest area off I-64 around noon for lunch. It was crowded with truckers who had the same idea. When we arrived at the Berea, Kentucky exit we stopped to fill up the motorhome with propane at the Old Kentucky Campground which is right off the exit. With that accomplished our next stop was Walmart right down the road. They have a nice big parking lot for us to unhook the toad. It is much easier to do it there than it would be in front of our daughter Karen’s house, as she lives on a fairly busy narrow road. Our campground for the next couple weeks is her driveway.

Unfortunately everything did not go smoothly when trying to unhook the toad. Clyde had problems getting the pins out that keep the car hooked up to the motorhome and it was taking him a lot longer than it normally does. He also was not thinking clearly. Why, I have no idea. But, anyway, he didn’t follow through the unhooking procedure in the order he was supposed and missed a very important step. He forgot to put the car in park after removing the braking system from inside the car and before he unhooked the car from the motorhome. I think you can see where this is going. He needs to make himself a check list and refer to it each time he unhooks or something so this never happens again. The car, still in neutral, started to roll. Clyde tried to jump in and stop it but was knocked down by the open door of the car. The car then ran over his left foot. The car didn’t go very far and stopped at a curb.

The car sustained a few scrapes but otherwise is fine. Clyde on the other hand has a large bruise on his thigh from the car door when it knocked him to the ground. He stayed on the ground for quite a while accessing his injuries. He told the crowd forming that he was ok and didn’t need the police or ambulance. We kept telling him the car ran over his foot but he didn’t believe us. He didn’t remember that happening. When he got up off the pavement he seemed to be ok. He was walking with only a slight limp.

By then, our daughter Karen and her husband Rob had arrived. Karen rode with her dad in the motorhome. I followed behind in the car and we proceeded to Karen and Rob’s where we would be parked for the next couple of weeks.

Later that evening, after setting up, visiting with the family and enjoying dinner together, Clyde realized his foot was starting to swell and it was beginning to hurt. We had him elevate it and put ice on it.

I think today we will take the stubborn old guy to the ER for an x-ray like he should have done yesterday. I will let you all know what happens. And just yesterday I mentioned how it wasn’t a very exciting day and how that can be good sometimes.

Still loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Seymour, Indiana

Good morning. Today is the final leg of our journey to visit our daughter Karen and her family in Berea, Kentucky. As we traveled more than 1/2 way yesterday, that leaves us only about 165 miles to go, about 4 hours give or take.

The weather is finally nice once again. I just hope it stays that way for a while. With temperatures around 75º today and 80º Friday, who can complain.

Day 143. On travel days we like to be on the road by around 9 am. We dumped our tanks and had the toad hooked up ready to leave the park on time. Then we had a little hick-up, which delayed us a short bit. No biggy. We are retired remember. We do things on our time. Besides, by 10 am we were gassed up and on our way.

We took our time, had lunch at the Farmland rest area in Illinois just before we hit the Indiana border. PB&J for us now. No more eating out all the time. We are back to the basics, home cooking, which isn’t all that bad.

I was able to do a little beading while we were on the road. At times it becomes a little challenging to thread a bead with the condition of some of these roads. We were bouncing all around. No matter, I still enjoyed myself.

We stopped for the night a little before 5 pm having traveled a total of 291 miles to the Seymour, Indiana Walmart. 5 pm isn’t a bad time. It gives us plenty of time to heat up our leftovers and eat our dinner. Then we like to go into the Walmart to do a little shopping. As I’ve said before, it is nice for us because we can get a few things we need before arriving at our next destination and it is a way for us to show Walmart our appreciation for allowing us to spend the night in their parking lot.

This is a busy Walmart with many truckers coming and going. There is another motorhome here also. It is an easy in and out also. That is always a big plus.

If you wanted to eat out you could walk to Steak ‘n Shake. We watched a few of the truckers do just that. There is also Applebee’s across the street.

Not a very exciting day I’m afraid, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Goodbye Peoria

Good morning. Today is a travel day. Our destination is Berea, Kentucky to see our daughter Karen and her family. Berea is about 455 miles from here, which is too far for us to travel in one day. We would like to go at least halfway or maybe a little further today. How far we travel in a day is always dependent upon the weather and the traffic. We plan on spending the night in a Walmart parking lot. We can usually find a Walmart that is conveniently located right off the expressway and has plenty of parking space. That way we do not have to unhitch the toad and we are able to get a little shopping in before we settle down at our next destination spot. I like to locate 2 or 3 different Walmart stores ahead of time to give us options.

Day 143. Our last day with Scott and Tina was bitter-sweet. We sure enjoyed our time with them and we hate to say goodbye. We didn’t get to see Scott’s wife Melissa, as she works late, so our goodbyes with her were made on Sunday.

We went over to Tina’s house in the morning, while she was at work, to take showers and do a couple of loads of laundry. With the state park not having the water turned on for the season just yet, we’ve needed to impose on Tina (she doesn’t mind a bit). We are also able to use her washer and dryer. As we had just washed our clothes on Sunday, this day we only needed to wash our sheets and rugs. The rugs seem to get dirty faster when you live in a motorhome even if we try to take our shoes off at the door. I also wash Patty Pepper’s blankets with the rugs. Because she is a pug, and pugs are notorious for shedding, her blankets get disgustingly dirty very quickly.

While we were waiting for the laundry to finish drying, Scott came over to see us. It was lunchtime and we were all hungry so we did what we do best-went out to eat. Scott took us to a little diner close by called Lucky Dog’s Pub and Eatery. It’s a burger joint with good food and a very nice wait staff.

Later for dinner we met up again with Scott, Tina, Jo and her 2 boys for dinner. For our last meal together they decided to go all out and took us to Osaka Hibachi & Sushi Bar. It was a fun place to go with our large group. We all enjoyed watching our food be prepared in front of us and the comical performance the chef put on while doing it.

Saying goodbye was hard. It never seems like we have enough time together. The only thing that makes it any easier for me is knowing that in a few months time we will be back again for another visit.

On our drive home (back to the campground) I was pleasantly surprised to spot the same owl I had seen the other day and I was able to get a picture of him before he flew off. It was as if he was posing for me.

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How cool is that! I just love spotting wildlife and being able to capture the moment with my camera (this time it was only my phone camera).

I best get my move on. I’ve got a few things to do before we head off. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

200 Days as Full-Time RV’ers

Good morning. It is hard to believe that we have been living full-time in our motorhome for 200 days now. That is a little more than 6 months of living in a home that is smaller than most studio apartments.

As with any new adventure, we wondered if we were making the right decision. I wondered if we would both enjoy the new lifestyle, would we be able to get along in such a small space 24/7, would we be able to find a place to stay every night.

So far, I can say I do not regret our decision to sell our home and purchase a motorhome. I believe we found the perfect motorhome for us. I love the interior layout, color scheme and wood cabinets. We have adequate storage space and seating. The motorhome is not too big or too small.

As many of you know, we tossed around different ideas as to what type of RV would be best for us. I love the layout and space in a 5th wheel, but you need a very large truck to pull one. A travel trailer was another option, but again you need a truck which we did not own. Purchasing a truck and an RV was an option we quickly vetoed.

We decided on a motorhome for a number of reasons. The main reason is the ease of setting up and tearing down. As we are getting older, that is very important to us. We are also self-sufficient. We have a generator, inverter, 50 amp, propane tank and so much more. We can stop at any time and not have to do anything if we choose.

Once we decided a motorhome would be the best option for us we started looking at them. We told a friend, who is also a motorhome salesman, what we were looking for. It wasn’t too long after that our motorhome became available. Because nice used motorhomes go very quickly we didn’t hesitate after we walked through it. I knew it was “the one” right away. It was exactly what I was looking for.

We have had some issues we’ve needed to have taken care of, but then when you own a home you also have maintenance and repairs constantly also. Owning a motorhome has certainly been a learning experience for both of us. And, we are still learning. It was really overwhelming in the beginning. I think we are both feeling more relaxed and comfortable now that we are becoming accustomed to how everything works.

Living in our small space isn’t as hard as one might think. I love my kitchen. Even though I don’t have as much counter space as I would like, I make do. Sometimes it’s a pain to find the right pot or pan or bowl. I have to empty the cabinet to find what I am looking for. I thought I might miss not having an oven, but the combo convection/microwave oven works just fine.

Moving around and seeing new places has been good for us.  Each place has had something different for us to see or do. We have stayed in State Parks, Corps of Engineering parks, private campgrounds, Walmart parking lots. We have been asked where and what we have enjoyed the most so far. That is a difficult question. We can’t say. We have enjoyed every place we have been for different reasons. That is the excitement and joy of our adventures.

Sometimes we are by ourselves. Sometimes we have been with friends or family. But, all the time we have the same bed to sleep in at night. It is our home. No regrets. I love our new lifestyle. And, yes, I would do it all over again.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Wakonda State Park

Good morning. We enjoyed another very quiet night. We are in Wakonda State Park, which is located in northeastern Missouri. Again, we are the only campers in the park. This park, like Lake Wappapello State Park, also utilizes the honor system when paying for your campsite. We chose a very large site on the water with 50 amps, water and sewer hookups, picnic table, charcoal grill, fire pit and a nice level pad. The water is turned off for the winter, but a sign says potable water is available at the rangers station.

Day 124. This was another travel day and again, we weren’t able to get as early of a start as we would have liked. This laid back lifestyle is spoiling us. After dumping and filling the potable water tank we were ready to make the long scary ride up and down the hills (which seemed like mountains to us). We decided not to hook up the toad until we were back on the main highway. That worked out great. There was a nice long stretch of highway with an extra wide shoulder where we felt save enough to hook up. It was a little after 10 am when we were finally on our way.

 

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Leaving Lake Wappapello State Park

The drive itself went smoothly, with only occasional rain and very little construction or traffic. We made the usual stops for gas, lunch and then again in Hannibal, Missouri at Walmart for a few groceries before arriving at our destination. It was a long day; 7 hours on the road and 274 miles traveled. The good thing was it was still daylight and the weather was cool but nice.

 

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Wakonda State Park – Campsite #103

 

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View from our campsite

 

 

We have not decided how long we will be staying here. We would like to check out the area before heading out, but the weatherman is predicting rain for the next couple of days. The problem is, he isn’t predicting anything nicer for our next stop in Peoria, Illinois. They could get all rain or snow or both. Ugh. I guess we left the sunny warm weather in Texas a little too soon. Yes, Steve. You did say that.

Still loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn