We come home

We feel really fortunate to have had this fantastic experience of spending 17 weeks on the road together, seeing some of the most beautiful places in this country and visiting dear friends. We travelled 15,000+ miles without even one flat tire! We came home to a jumble of landscape debris left by Hurricane Irma, and a couple of screens blown loose, but we have power, gas, AC and hot water. A pot of split pea soup is cooking on the stove, and the second (of 3) laundries is rumbling in the washer.

We wish we could turn around and drive right back out to continue our travels. But the garden awaits, and we have a few unfinished projects to do in the house. This trip was cut short by the arrival of a threatening hurricane, and another one is spinning in the Caribbean. After hurricane season, who knows? A house hunting expedition in the San Juan Islands? A Geminids viewing party at Sebastian Inlet State park? A winter trip to Abu Dhabi? Stay tuned…!

Final counts

Saturday, September 16.

Today was a driving day: about 335 miles from Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC via I-77S to I-26E to I-95S past Jacksonville to a commercial RV park outside St. Augustine. There was a steady stream of vehicles with Florida plates the whole way, but no accidents and no significant delays. We will be home tomorrow, mixed feelings and all, exactly SEVENTEEN WEEKS from the day we left! Here are some final counts: 26 states, 15 national parks, 51 campsites.

Counting the States
1. Florida
2. Alabama
3. Mississippi
4. Louisiana
5. Texas
6. New Mexico
7. Colorado
8. Utah
9. Idaho
10. Oregon
11. Washington
12. Montana
13. South Dakota
14. Nebraska
15. Minnesota
16. Iowa
17. Illinois
18. Indiana
19. Ohio
20. Pennsylvania
21. Maryland
22. West Virginia
23. Virginia
24. North Carolina
25. South Carolina
26. Georgia

Counting the National Parks/Monuments
1. Gulf Islands National Seashore
2. Big Bend
3. Mt. Guadalupe
4. Carlsbad Caverns
5. Mesa Verde
6. Black Canyon of the Gunnison
7. Mt. Timpanogos
8. Newberry National Volcanic Monuments
9. Mt. St. Helens
10. North Cascades
11. National Bison Range
12. Glacier
13. Wind Cave National Monument
14. Badlands
15. Congaree

Counting the campgrounds: National=10, State=20, County/City=3, Commercial=15, Friends=3
1. Anastasia Beach State Park, St. Augustine
2. KB & Joyce Kimball B&B, Jacksonville
3. Coe Landing County Park, Leon County, Tallahassee
4. Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, FL
5. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean Springs, MS
6. Baytown RV park, Baytown, TX
7. Rick & Lynn Tinnin B&B, Port Aransas, TX
8. Seminole Canyon State Park, 9 miles west of Comstock, TX
9. Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Village
10. Big Bend National Park, Study Butte RV Park, Study Butte, TX
11. Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, TX
12. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
13. Carlsbad Caverns KOA, Carlsbad, NM
14. Hyde Memorial State Park Campground, Santa Fe, NM
15. Monte Bello RV Park, Taos, NM
16. Happy Camper RV Park, Pagosa Springs, CO
17. Mesa Verde National Park
18. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
19. Centennial RV Park, Montrose, CO
20. Deer Creek State Park, near Provo, UT
21. Three Island Crossing State Park, Glenn’s Ferry, ID
22. Emigrant Springs State Park, near Pendleton, OR
23. Deschutes Campground, Cove Palisades State Park, Culver, OR
24. La Pine State Park, La Pine, OR
25. Valley of the Rogue State Park, near Ashland, OR
26. Schwarz Park COE campground, Cottage Grove, OR
27. Harry Gardner Park campground, Toutle, WA near Mt. St. Helens
28. Charles & Ini Angell B&B, Paradise Bay, WA
29. Bellingham RV Park, Bellingham, WA
30. Riverside City Park, Sedro Wooley, WA
31. Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop, WA
32. Riverside Park, Nine Mile Recreation Area, Spokane, WA
33. Lolo Square Dance Center, Missoula, MT
34. Diamond S campground, Ronan, MT
35. West Glacier Campground, West Glacier, MT
36. Glacier National Park, Two Medicine Campground, East Glacier, MT
37. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 19 miles W of Three Forks, MT
38. Lazy R Campground, Ranchester, WY
39. Angostura State Park, Hot Springs, SD
40. Badlands RV park, Interior, SD
41. Left Tailrace COE Campground on Missouri R., Ft. Thompson, SD
42. Myre-Big Island State Park, Albert Lea, MN
43. Linder Point COE Campground, Iowa City, IA
44. Last Resort RV Park, Hanna, IN
45. Van Buren State Park, Van Buren, OH near Findlay, OH
46. Tionesta Lake COE Campground, Tionesta, PA
47. Pickerel Point Campground, Promised Land State Park, PA
48. Nahkeeta Campsite CG, Martinsburg, WV
49. Hagan-Stone Park Campground, Pleasant Garden, NC
50. Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, SC
51. Stagecoach RV Park, St. Augustine, FL

Counting down… our last few days on the road!

20170910_084838_resized_1Sunday, September 10.
Scott drove to the Park Office this morning to use their cell signal to call Sandy and Milton. On the road just outside the parking lot, he encountered a very healthy looking black bear who sauntered into the bushes at the truck’s approach. After his return to camp, we had a nice conversation with the two women camped in the next campsite in a Minnie Drop, a Winnebago model smaller than ours. We compared notes about our rigs, and told them about the Winnebago Minnie Facebook Users Group. They are both physical therapists and when their son graduates high school in five years they want to work four months on a contract PT job, and then travel four months in the RV. Good plan!
Then we realized it was almost 10 a.m. and we had to jump in the truck and get into Hawley by 10:30 in time for the Hot Yoga class at Hawley Fitness in the Hawley Silk Mill. We normally don’t care for hot yoga but this was only heated to about 90 degrees and was pretty comfortable. Emphasis on many standing, balance postures, which we need to do more of! The teacher, Debbie, is from Long Island and speaks with a strong LI accent, as do many people here in the Poconos.
We stopped at the IGA for a few items and then drove to Hemlock Farms. Robert wasn’t feeling well, and Scott wanted to stay in and monitor the Hurricane, so Paula and I went out for a wonderful walk on a network of trails in the state forest bordering Hemlock Farms. Map, hand drawn by Paula:FullSizeRenderPerfect weather, interesting and varied terrain, exciting encounters with ATVs, and found objects returning to Nature.

Back at the house, we used the wifi to check on the Hurricane and to post some blog entries while Paula made an amazing dinner of Pesto Genovese, balsamic tomato salad, and steamed cauliflower, with mixed berry pie and yoghurt for dessert. Wow!

Monday, September 11. So sad to leave this pretty park in convenient proximity to such good friends! Uneventful drive in beautiful cool, clear weather through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania on I-84 past Scranton to I-81 into Maryland and West Virginia where the weather turned overcast. We stopped at a commercial RV park near Martinsburg, WVA — an open field with rusted farm implements strewn around, and the park office in a derelict vintage Airstream trailer with a torn screen door. But it had full hookups and all the utilities worked so we happily paid $35 for the privilege of using them overnight. It was a convenient place too because there was a shopping center 8 miles up the road so we drove there to the Home Depot and bought some hurricane aftermath cleanup supplies such as reciprocating saw blades and a rechargeable lithium ion battery powered chainsaw. We bought an extra tank of propane too, and gassed up the truck.

Tuesday, September 12. Martinsburg, WVA – Pleasant Garden, NC (300 miles)
Morning in WVA
As of today we are still unsure about the status of our house after Irma, and the fate of Sandy and Jim’s place in Naples, along with their gorgeous sailboat “Sunshine” anchored at Marco Island. So, we have to time our drive South to ensure we do not get there too early, to avoid gas and power and traffic problems, or too late, to take care of whatever needs taking care of….

We leave about 11AM, knowing we will hit the rainy remnants of Irma. The roads are busy, curvy, hilly and yes, very wet. The countryside is lush and green and inviting. We hit truck stops for gas, enjoy the best State visitor Welcome center in Virginia.



The trip is interspersed with phone calls and messages, as we know Jim and Sandy are on the road as well. Over time, we learn that, despite lots of downed vegetation, both houses are ok, we learn later that the Sunshine, due no doubt to the efforts of Christa and Jim (while Sandy recovers from a test procedure), is also ok.

We get stopped due to the jackknifing of a tractor trailer across both lanes of 220, just in front of us. It is on a curve and we get locked in by traffic behind us. 20170912_135500_resizedAfter some clearing for emergency vehicles, we are given the chance to back out, wending our way through the maze of emergency vehicles, and are able to get to a backcountry road that takes us out, eventually, to 220 South of the accident. Later, we come across two more accidents, but we are delayed only another 30 minutes or so.

With great relief, and about 6 hours later, still raining, we arrive at Hagan-Stone town park, just south of Greensboro. Parking is tight and we are alone in a loop in the woods, small sites and not exactly level. 20170912_171703_resizedBut, the park is beautiful, many amenities, and we can relax. Right away, we agree to spend 2 nights, and to purchase supplies and do errands tomorrow. For now, we decided to forego a search for a small propane powered generator, thinking now that the power will be on when we arrive home, given that we want to enjoy some more parks, and not travel too far or fast at this point. Helen makes a perfect dinner and that is all I remember.

Wednesday, September 13.
On our way out to do our errands we drove around this park, admiring the many well kept facilities including the Aquatic Complex with a beautiful playground, pool and water slides which unfortunately closed for the season after Labor Day weekend. 20170913_111046_resizedThen we drove north into Greensboro and found the Planet Fitness gym. We worked out and then enjoyed hot, high pressure showers. A short drive from there brought us to a laundromat where we did our wash, and just across the street is a Walmart where we did our grocery shopping. 20170913_150142_resizedAll very convenient! And all day there were calls and messages from dear friends and family checking in with us. Thankfully everyone is safe and escaped relatively unscathed from Hurricane Irma. Not for the first time on this journey we have the opportunity once again to say We are SO LUCKY!

Thursday, September 14.
Continued on our way south today, on Interstate most of the time. Shorter drive than usual — under 200 miles. Our destination: Sesquicentennial State Park on US 1 just north of Columbia, SC. This is a surprisingly rustic park amidst suburban sprawl. Our original site #17 was tight, uneven, full of rocks and roots, and with a giant mud puddle covering 1/3 of the site.20170915_082436_resized The one next to it, #16, is better so after a conversation with the camp host and a phone call to the park office, we settled in there. After lunch and a rest, we ventured out again, having discovered from seeing a billboard that there is a Planet Fitness less than 1/2 mile from the park entrance. We worked out, showered, got gas, mailed a letter, found a Publix supermarket (our first in 4 months!) with a yoga studio next door. South Carolina specialties at the gas station: 20170914_180852_resizedOn our way back to the park, Lynda called to say that her folks’ power had just come back on in Naples. Then we heard from Milton that our power is on in Homeland! Good news all around!

Friday, September 15.
Packed a few snax and hit the road for the 24+ mile drive to Congaree National Park. 20170915_093737_resizedHere is a quote from the Park brochure on birds: ” Congaree National Park protects the largest remaining tract of old growth floodplain forest in the United States. Regular flooding (natural seasonal flooding of the undammed Congaree River) has helped to create a forest with rich biodiversity and produce trees of enormous size. The floodplain and adjacent Uplands are important habitats for a variety of bird species who either call Congaree home or use it as a place to stop on their long seasonal journey. Because of this, Congaree National Park is today considered a Globally Important Bird Area.”
Scan_Pic0517This is clearly an underutilized park, certainly when compared with other parks we have visited like Mesa Verde and Glacier. There is no entrance fee, no crowds, and only 2 small, primitive campgrounds. The Visitor Center is beautiful, and the rangers are happy to welcome interested visitors. Seen at the Visitor Center: A skeeter meter, and wisdom from John Muir.



And some resident wildlife: Spider and blue-tailed skink.



A 2.4 mile self guided boardwalk tour starts at the Visitor Center. 20170915_101642_resizedThere were plenty of trail guides at the start of the walk. The boardwalk takes you over wet, swampy stretches which we learned consist of an eight foot thick layer of mud, a mixture of clay and decomposing leaves called Dorovan muck.



This muck filters the water, keeping the floodplain and the Congaree River clean. The depth of the muck, along with the long, warm growing season (and the absence of human intervention for about 100 years due to the remoteness and difficult terrain), promotes the growth of the Big Trees for which the park is famous.
On the trail we met a fellow hiker named Wayne who revealed that he sold everything 12 years ago and has been traveling cross country in his 19′ travel trailer every since, volunteering at National Wildlife Refuges. His favorite: Bosque del Apache near Socorro, NM, famous for the seasonal sandhill crane and snow geese migrations. Tempting!!IMG_3234

We craned our necks constantly on this walk, marveling at the size of the trees — this forest has some of the tallest deciduous trees in the entire world — many familiar (bald cypress, loblolly pine, American beech), and unfamiliar (sweet gum, water tupelo).  The water tupelo is recognized by the swollen base of the trunk, and the moss which can indicate the depth of seasonal flooding (10 feet on average!)20170915_102148_resizedThe ranger had told us about a place on the boardwalk that intersects with the Weston Lake trail which you follow through the woods over a bridge, and then leave the trail on a “social trail” that leads to the current champion loblolly pine. We did this, although we missed the social trail and continued on the Weston Lake trail for quite a distance, crawling under huge fallen trees blocking the trail, before doubling back to the bridge and finding the social trail and the champion tree.

This was a peak experience. It was a perfect example of the benefits of “forest bathing.” There was an inexpressibly fresh smell in the air almost like the tang in the air after a lightning storm. It seemed to me that it was the smell of the trees exhaling oxygen and the ozone being replenished.
But here too, as in so many of our unique, protected places, there is cause for concern. Less than 5 miles up the road there is the Westinghouse Columbia plant that manufactures nuclear fuel rods. I don’t know if the Dorovan muck could ameliorate the effects of a leak of nuclear materials into the nearby Congaree River…

For some reason, this short, level boardwalk hike wiped us out. Maybe we need to become re-acclimated to the heat and humidity, although it made us feel right at home! We drove back to our trailer, lay down and rested. We talked about going back to Planet Fitness, working out, showering and using their wifi, but that didn’t happen. Instead, we had sautéed tempeh, onion and broccoli for dinner and prepared ourselves mentally for our penultimate day on the road.


Hawley, PA

Saturday, September 9.
We drove into Hawley and took an excellent Slow Flow/Alignment yoga class with Maggie at Roots Yoga. After class we drove to the PO and mailed some cards. Then we drove up the hill to Cocoon Cafe, an outbuilding in front of the old Hawley Silk Mill which has been converted into trendy shoppes as is the case with so many of these old mill structures.

We had an OK breakfast at the Cocoon, but more importantly we used their wifi to track the Hurricane and catch up with emails and texts from friends and family. Then we drove back to the Wash Wearhouse laundromat to do another wash (all our bedding) and use THEIR wifi. IMG_1441Now it looks as if the storm will miss our house in Homeland but will get close to Sandy and Jim’s house in Naples and their boat in Marco Island. Luckily they have evacuated and are on their way to Christa’s condo in NC. Lynda is great at keeping us updated with text messages. For us, the challenge will be to avoid the rains of the remnant tropical depression that will be wending its way through the southeast as we drive home, and to avoid the crowds of evacuees returning home at the same time.IMG_1448
On the way out of Hawley we stopped and took a walk along the top of the earthen Dam which is part of the hydroelectric project on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Once back at Promised Land State Park we took a driving tour around the north shore of Promised Land Lake and admired the many private rustic little cabins all around the lake. Then we stopped at the wildlife observation area which is a covered patio on the shore of the lake with beautiful views across the wetlands, and an interesting information kiosk showing the difference in the flight patterns of osprey (wings in a shallow “M” shape when seen head on), vultures (wings in a shallow “V” shape), and eagles (wings straight across). There was also a replica of an eagles nest showing that it is typically 7-8 feet in diameter!

Back at our campsite, we had to refill our fresh water from the campground potable water spigot with our 5 gallon jug. Scott did all the heavy lifting!

Wildlife rescue, and other charms of fall in the Poconos

Friday, September 8
Stopped at the Park Office to extend our stay at Promised Land State Park an extra day, so we will be leaving on Monday and heading southward, our exact route to be determined by the path of Hurricane Irma. On the way out, we stopped at the Masker Museum that is devoted to the history and contributions of the CCC in this area, but it closes for the season after Labor Day, so we missed it! ☹️ 20170907_094725_resized20170907_094734_resizedDrove into Hawley to do laundry and to pick up Scott’s medication at the CVS. Then we descended upon Paula and Robert once more, to be greeted by a wildlife rescue in progress. A milk snake had gotten entangled in a glue trap placed by Paula’s exterminator in her studio bathroom. It had also wrapped itself around the toilet brush handle. Paula had a time tested technique for freeing it. With a paintbrush, she applied cooking oil bit by bit to loosen the glue and as the Snake came free scale by scale, we inserted torn pieces of newspaper between the Snake and the glue trap so it wouldn’t get re-stuck. This painstaking process went on for about 20 minutes until the Snake was free, and seemingly undamaged but somewhat dazed slithered off into the weeds. Wow, what excitement!

Then Paula drove us about 45 minutes along pretty country roads, especially Raymondskill Road, to Zimmerman Road where we had a pleasant woodsy walk 20170908_144621_resizeduntil we figured out that we really wanted to be on Zimmerman Farm Road, just up the highway.20170908_151233_resized This is a history-rich area with wonderful wilderness value. Our goal was the Marie Zimmerman Farm. She was a metalsmith during the early 20th century when few women did this type of work. See also the Wikipedia entry for Marie Zimmerman for more information about this unusual talent. Below, the house and barn:

Back at home, with Paula’s Mushroom guide, H tried without success to identify the golden yellow fungi seen in front of the Park Office,20170907_115348_resized

while Paula rustled up another wonderful dinner of red lentil soup, salad, stuffed grape leaves and garlic bread.
We took off for our campsite early to avoid driving I-84 in the dark, so we drove towards a spectacular sunset instead.

Poconos wildlife adventures

Thursday, 9/7
Used cell service in the parking lot in front of the Park Office again, still monitoring the Hurricane. Took a beautiful short walk on trails on Conservation Island within Promised Land State Park. There is a section of the trail labeled “Geology” and here there is a massive rock outcropping. 20170907_112736_resizedThere is a pretty stone bridge connecting the parking area with the trails that circumnavigate the island, more of the CCC handiwork. The bridge is in the distance in the photo below:20170907_114650_resizedLater, Paula and Robert came over to our campsite to admire our setup and we all drove to the Bruce Lake trailhead for a 2.8 mile round trip hike to Egypt Meadow Lake. This is a beautiful hike on an old wide road in towering woods with the added attraction of wetlands, rock outcroppings and no ticks.

Once at the lake, standing on a wooden bridge enjoying the views over the water, we noticed movement just below us in the weeds and there was a young porcupine, munching away, very unconcerned about being observed. We watched it for a long time.20170907_152114_resized Another wildlife sighting: a red eft nibbling at a fungus.20170907_154145_resized
Then P&R drove us to Lake Wallenpaupack where we enjoyed an early dinner at the Boathouse restaurant, after which P&R delivered us back to our campsite. What a lovely day!

Hemlock Farms

Wednesday, September 6. Still rainy this morning. No cell service. We drove to the Park Office, sat in the parking lot, and was able to access the cell network. Scott’s sister Sandy and my cousin Phyllis had left voicemail while we were incommunicado. They are monitoring Hurricane Irma too…IMG_1412

We called Paula and Robert and they invited us to breakfast at their beautiful home in Hemlock Farms. Good food, good friends, good talk, good times!

We went outside to admire the native and butterfly gardens around the house. Note Paula’s spiffy turquoise garden boots (Kamik “Jenny” Low Rain Boots)!20170906_133310_resized


Then we went downstairs for a tour of Paula’s studio.

A trip to the supermarket, a dinner of red lentil vegetable soup, garlic bread and salad, and the day is complete!image

Promised Land

Tuesday, September 5th.
Tionesta, PA to Promised Land State Park. It started raining, with thunder and lightning during the night. 20170905_085400_resizedThis morning, Helen joined Scott under the weather, but with intestinal instead of cold symptoms. After ingesting our favorite nostrum, a “Revitalizing drink” made with kuzu (arrowroot), umeboshi (pickled plum paste), and soy sauce, we hit the road. First we drove about 40 miles on beautiful country roads, and the rain held off, mostly, until we reached I-80 again when it let loose intermittently during the 215 mile drive east. There were many stretches where the giant trucks passed us going 90 and threw up such clouds of water that it was difficult to see the road. And speaking of the road, I-80 could certainly benefit from some infrastructure funding! Patchy, bumpy, uneven and very rough where the road transitions to or from a bridge or overpass. Another white knuckle drive, but without the compensation of breathtaking mountain scenery such as we encountered in so many places out west. Probably the scenery was very beautiful here too, but the heavy rain curtained the view.
The rain had let up by the time we took the exit for I-380 which we followed 20 miles north to I-84 E and another 20 miles or so east to 390 and finally to Promised Land State Park.
Which is where we are now, but the rain has caught up with us, plus we have no cell service at all, so we will wait until tomorrow to drive out and contact Paula and Robert who live only about 12 miles away.20170905_164800_resized

Labor Day weekend, part 2

Sunday, September 3 – Monday, September 4. Tionesta Lake Corps of Engineers Campground in Tionesta, PA. We tried to avoid the interstate today and for about half the drive managed to stay on secondary roads through rural central Ohio but picked up I-80 again and followed it into northwestern Pennsylvania where we took a winding, hilly drive through the Allegheny Mountains to Tionesta. The campground was full of Labor Day revelers, including an extended family of about a dozen folks in the next campsite who had their car parked in our site, but quickly moved it and then watched our attempts to back into our spot with great interest, and commentary.20170904_122635_resized Scott persevered as ever, and soon we were comfortably ensconced in site 003. We took an early evening walk to scope out the place, and found the trailheads of several hikes we want to take tomorrow. In reading the campground brochure, we discovered that the CG closes for the season at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 5th. Perhaps this is why the entrance station was unattended the whole time we were there.
Monday morning, the place started to clear out and by Monday afternoon we were one of only 3 or 4 campers left. But first, we walked for a couple of hours up to the top of the earthen Dam (constructed for flood control) where the Visitor Center was closed, along an “Information Loop” featuring tree identification signs, down to the lakeshore, and back to our campsite along the Mill Race trail. Very pretty, hilly green country.

We intended to go out again after lunch to walk on the Plantation trail, connecting to the Summit trail, but Scott started feeling under the weather… allergies? Cold? So we rested instead, and worked out a tentative itinerary for the rest of our homeward trip. We had to change some plans because we were going to stay with our friends Art and Susan in Oxford, MA, but Susan’s mother passed away Sunday and they will be with family in Virginia for her celebration of life:

Leave PA Sunday 9/10 as planned but instead of going to Oxford, camp near Montgomery, NY (Catskills)
Monday 9/11: Storm King Art Center near Cornwall, NY
Tuesday 9/12: drive to Wompatuck State Park near Hingham, MA. Our dear friend Sharyn will come down from Cambridge to meet us there.
Wednesday the 13th: Our friends Bill and Chris who now live in Randolph have invited us to dinner.
Thursday the 14th: Drive south to New London and take the car ferry to Orient Point, then drive to Amagansett. That will be a long travel day!!! Park the trailer in Elaine’s driveway IF it fits!
Sunday the 17th: Leave Amagansett and drive west on 78 into PA again. I’m anticipating a horrendous drive out of LI, over the Verrazano Narrows bridge, through the industrial wastelands of NJ… etc. Paula suggests instead that we leave Amagansett, travel west, take the Throgs Neck or Whitestone bridge, get to the George Washington Bridge, and then bear south toward I-78. If we can get that far, we may stay East of Harrisburg in Shartlesville at a campground that looks good on Allstays.
Monday- Tuesday 9/18-19: South on 81 to Big Meadows Campground in Shenandoah National Park, Luray, VA. Maybe get in a little hiking and sightseeing along Skyline Drive.
Wednesday 9/20: Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, VA
Thursday-Friday 9/21-22: Sesquicentennial State Park near Columbia, SC. Two days here because it is near Congaree National Park (ever heard of this one? We had not!)
Saturday 9/23: Jacksonville, FL. Park our trailer in our friends’ (KB & Joyce) driveway.
Sunday 9/24: HOME!!!!!???!! Eeeek!!!!!!

Of course, if we sustain a direct hit from Hurricane Irma all bets are off, and we will head straight home sooner…IMG_1411

Labor Day weekend

Saturday, September 2.

No longer in solitary splendor (see yesterday’s post to compare):


Chilly, damp. We stayed snug in the trailer all morning. After lunch we drove into Findlay and got Scott a new pair of sneakers at the BigR — a combination farm store/Home Depot/grocery store/clothing & shoe store. Then it was back to Planet Fitness to work out and to use their wifi!20170902_161859_resized

A relaxing day, in preparation for our 275 mile drive tomorrow to Tionesta Dam in Allegheny National Forest in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania.