just sayin' ... week 1 on the road
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sunday, April 10
We woke at 6am and left at 7:52 … almost a world record. We drove to Russell, Kansas for hot showers and sleep. Took a long walk with the pups … Tillie chased a poor bunny rabbit. Sleep was sporadic coz of the trains and the dogs shaking through the night coz we forgot and left their harnesses on.
Monday, April 11
Up and on the road to Independence, Missouri. We stopped for lunch and discovered the back license plate to the Toyota had fallen off. This has happened before but much more frustrating on day two of our three month “vacation”. Texted Jessica to get the phone number for Teller County DMV. As requested, wrote an email explaining what happened and zipped it off. We’ve been to Independence before … so it was a long walk with pups to town and back and getting a good night’s sleep … listening to the trains.
Tuesday, April 12
Drove to Effingham, Illinois. This is uncharted territory for us. We had not heard from the DMV so I gave them a call. They had not received anything. So we pulled into a travel center to find out they didn’t have WiFi. So across the street to McDonald’s for free WiFi. After sending it three times, DeeDee finally got it. The replacements are in the mail to Jessica’s friends in DC. Whew. We stayed at Camp Lakewood which is on a lake and we were right on the edge over looking it. Chatted with guest Charles about DC which he has gone to several times with his family. Walked the pups and us. Good night’s sleep … listening to the trains.
Wednesday, April 13
Found the Corvette museum owned by Motorworks. They actually bought out the VW Motorworks in Woodland Park and a small business in Divide … small world. David ohhhhed and ahhhhed over the cars. Then we found John Boos showroom and chatted with Norbert the store manager. Bought two cutting boards after we watched Norbert “brand” them. Pioneer Woman/Ree Drummond gives these wonderful cutting boards away on a regular bases … snagged both boards for a total of $20. I am a happy camper … literally. Toured the town, walking amongst the granite walls of names lost during different wars, went into an English antique store … kinda uppity for us and a quilt shop. Then drove to Altamont to a real antique shop and chatted with the owner who loves Texas and Colorado. Hot supper and slept listening to the trains.
Thursday, April 14
Got up at 4am so we could get to Jackson Center, Ohio … the Airstream mothership … for the 2 o’clock plant tour. David was a real trooper. We got there shortly after 12:30, checked-in and got a hot lunch. The plant tour guide Gary made the tour wonderful and very informative. Gary started working at Airstream straight out of high school in 1961. I didn’t get a “free” Airstream but I did get a rivet. The tour was 2 hours long and then it was back to our Airstream for rest and relaxation. BUT … our new neighbor informed us of how things “were done” there. We had used several items “found” when we arrived … just like the receptionist and a big wooden sign at the RV spots had indicated. Neighbor from Florida told us that we had used personal belongings that had been left as indicators that the spots were “taken” because they were there getting their “real” Airstreams worked on. We shared with him that we were told that Lot A had been reserved for those customers and what we had been told about items being provided for us for him to tell us “what the rules REALLY were”. We went our separate ways and everyone cooled off. David laid down to rest while I went for a 2+ mile walk. When I got back David had discovered that our electricity had mysteriously been turned off. Deep breath and exhale.
Friday, April 15
All seems to be forgiven and forgotten with Neighbor from Florida telling David he hoped we had a great day and them chatted about how Neighbor from Florida is retired Air Force. We drove to Dayton to check out the Wright Brother’s museum. Our GPS Mikey took us to someone’s home … so we reconfigured it and alas we found the museum. Lots of information. We ate our picnic lunch and then toured the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop. There was lots and lots of road construction so we ended up touring downtown Dayton by the time they detoured us back onto the freeway. Another 2+ mile walk this time with David and the pups, hot supper and then a good night sleep.
Saturday, April 16
Loaded up and headed to Farmington, Pennsylvania. Just inside Pennsylvania the scenery changed to rolling green hills … steep grades up and then steep grades down … for us to drive. Pennsylvania made me think of my dad and how much I don’t know about him. Born in Harrisburg, rough childhood, left home very young, a hitch in the Navy, married mom, worked hard … and was hard to get close to. I think he had a big heart that he guarded fiercely. Pennsylvania was like that … lush and green but you had to watch out for the ups and downs.
Our Five Pines RV camp is part of Morty and Judy’s private property which consists of hundreds and hundreds of acres. In its heyday, there was a restaurant and chapel along with a “swimming hole”, fishing and paddle boats. Now it’s a faded bloom of itself but we like being the only guest during our stay. Son Sean is very helpful and visited with us each of the three days there. No working restrooms or showers … Sean is up from Florida to help his aging parents work on it.
Sunday, April 17
Up and a hot breakfast before going to Fort Necessity where George Washington fought valiantly but lost what started as the French and Indian War … I know this coz David told me. The museum was very informative and a 30 minute movie told me everything I had forgotten from my high school history class. We walked the battle field and Braddock’s Road. We went to Washington’s Tavern and peered in the windows and then to Braddock’s grave. I discovered Martha Washington’s Cacao Tea that smelled of chocolate … only $6 an ounce. I could become a high maintenance kinda woman. We drove through the Laurel Highlands where there is a river spill with the community gathering and basking in the sun and the waterfall “music” to fill your soul. We found the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater home but they were closing so we found out all the dos and don’ts. Got back to camp and were greeted with the sounds of gun fire … felt like we had not left the Ft Necessity battlefield. As we sat outside at our picnic table being lulled by the gun fire … we heard a zing and then the bullet strike the road just behind our trailer. David chose to go and investigate while I chose to scurry inside for the night.
Monday, April 18
Hot bird baths in the kitchen sink and we were off to the Fallingwater home. We saw Sean and let him know of our exciting night before for him to be shocked and amazed. Upon leaving, we first drove towards the gun fire heard the night before to discovery a make shift shooting range with several men already “practicing” ... hmm. But after talking to shocked and amazed Sean … we never heard gun fire again … hmmm. The entrance fee to Fallingwater was quiet high at $27 a person ... but David knew I wanted to tour the home … so in we went. The home is built on the hillside and immersed in the river just before the waterfall. The summer home for the Kaufmans … is simple and gorgeous. Made of native stone, concrete and windows, windows, windows … the waterfall “music” is heard every where through out the home. After his parents past away, son Edgar, Jr deeded the home to the Pennsylvania Conservatory to be open to the public as long as it never was presented as a museum but as their home as intended. You want to curl up on the low wall couches and stay … forever. After pulling me away from Fallingwater we went to the community “watering hole” and walked the river’s edge and soaked up more soul filling falling water music.
Tuesday, April 19
On the road by 9am to Washington DC. More rolling hills until DC where there were cars every where going 90 miles an hour. Of course, it was me who drove through the western side of the District. We got to Pohick Regional Bay RV Park in Lorton, Virginia by 1 o’clock. Got set up and cooked a hot lunch. The park is gorgeous and just within Lorton. We took the dogs for a 3 mile walk and saw the bay. Got nice long, hot showers with adjustable shower heads … ahhhh.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
David’s birthday and he is sleeping. He had a restless night … no sounds, no trains, no street lights, no nothing … and he couldn’t sleep.