Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Little Trip To Bennington, Vermont

Kiki took George and I took a little trip up the road to Bennington, Vermont on the Fourth of July, 2016.
 Bennington is a pretty little place and we've been here quite a few times.
 We were driving around and saw this lovely old church and decided to stop and look inside.

 Isn't it lovely? It's a working church today and we met a couple of little ladies who attend. In the olden days the individual boxes belonged to a family and they would sit each Sunday in their boxes. Today folks just sit where they want to.
 There was an old cemetery right next to the church and I just love to tour old cemeteries.

Really a tranquil place under the trees. We were walking along and then I saw this...
 okie dokie! So we followed the signs to see where Robert Frost was laid to rest.
 I found out that although he was not a member of the church, he read his poem, The Black Cottage, at the re-dedication of the church in 1937, after its restoration to the original interior design. At that time, the state legislature designated the church as "Vermont's Colonial Shrine" and the cemetery, "Vermont's Sacred Acre." Frost bought two lots in 1940 for a family burial place.
 I really don't know why there were coins tossed on the gravestone. Underneath his name it reads
"I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
 Robert Frost

Happy trails,
Shelia ;)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Last Leg of Our Trip

Well, if you've stuck with me this long - I thank you. This will be the last post of this trip. We headed on down the road and spent our last night in Pennsylvania.
Did I mention that it was very hot! I mean hot!!
We ended up here at Sara's Campground on Lake Erie. There are two sides for camping sites, the bay side and the beach side separated by the highway. We stayed on the bay side. We paid $35 for our night's stay.
We pulled in because we weren't sure where our space would be. The folks in the office were so very nice. But we were put in a space across the road. So George thought he could just turn around and go back. We were very close to the fence and we can't backup while towing Itsy, our little Smart car, and he went for it anyway. I told him it was too close but being a man, he didn't listen. Sure enough it was too close and we were stuck! So he had to get out and unhook Itsy then back up. The little office man came out and escorted us on his golf cart to our space. Like I said so very kind. I followed Kiki driving Itsy. It worked out.
Here we are in space 49. Did I mention it was hot!! I get cranky when I am hot. I was cranky!! It was a nice park but a bit noisy at night. There were lots of motorcycles riding by at night. Our air conditioning is kinda loud and it does drown out sounds! For all of the spaces there were on this side, there was only one bath house. Usually for a park this size there are more. We have what is called a 'wet bath' in Kiki, a shower, toilet and sink. You shower and just wipe down the walls when you're finished. We do try to use the bath house for our 'business' if you know what I mean. We don't have to, but we do! :) You probably didn't want to know all that.
There were all these darling vintage looking diners on the site. Don't know if the food was good or not because we didn''t eat in any of them.
Such a darling fun spot. I have to admit I took most of these snaps as we were leaving so that is why you don't see cars and folks! I'm so sneaky you know! ;)
We were hot and tired and went to bed around 7 pm. Can you believe it? Well, we got up very early, unhooked and headed out. We were greeted by a beautiful sunrise! We did have a nice trip but it's always so good to get home!

Until next time...
Happy trails,
Shelia ;)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Going to Cleveland, Ohio

Well, we were fairly close to Cleveland, Ohio, maybe 100 miles so we decided we would head on down that way and see how the Republican National Convention was coming along! ;)
 Here we go and the city looks so nice and BIG! It was still hot!
 Play ball!!
Look at this wall! I love it with the people celebrating.
 Getting into the downtown! There were no road blocks or fences up yet. We were here just last week, around July 12, 2016. It was still very hot!
 We got downtown and saw the signs.
 We do have it on our bucket list to come back to Cleveland as there are so many things to do and see! Wouldn't you love to go the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Yes! There is a zoo and lots of museums to explore! "A Christmas Story' has a house museum and wouldn't that be fun!! And of course if you're into sports - play ball!
The plane reminded me we were about to head on back home! We are loving exploring the Northeast since we've moved to New York. Kiki is having fun taking us around although for the winter months she has to go into her 'house' because of all of the snow and ice on the roads and the RV parks are seasonal up here! Okie dokie! Thanks for coming along with me and hope you've enjoyed our little trip.

Happy trails,
Shelia ;)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Greenfield Village

Right next to The Ford Museum is an outdoor museum called Greenfield Village. So we came back early the next day to check it out. I must tell you though it was so very hot and I don't do very well is HOT! If you know what I mean. If you decide to do this I would suggest the spring or early fall.
 Greenfield Village is a vast outdoor museum spread across more than 80 acres, a place where America's past feels like right now. Located in Dearborn, just outside of Detroit, Michigan; there are 83 authentic historic structures, from the lab where Thomas Edison gave the world light to the workshop where the Wright Brothers gave us wings and the building where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Visit the home where Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary and the farmhouse where Henry Ford grew up.  
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 Everywhere you turned there was activity reminiscence of our past.
 The Greenfield Village reminded me a lot of historic Williamsburg, Virginia.
Lots of different modes of transportation.
Lovely little shops, stores and homes from some of our famous ancestors.

 How refreshing to pop into the opera house and enjoy a little entertainment. Singing and dancing.
 We were able to tour some of the houses and I was in hog heaven!
 I loved this piece of The Lord's Prayer. Isn't it lovely? It was in the Wright Brother's home when they were growing up.
 We were treated to a little reenactment of the Wright Brothers returning home and greeted by their sister. There were lots of volunteers, dressed in period clothing, who were so helpful to explain things to us.
Look at this scene. It's like a scene from an old movie.

 Had to stop for some frozen custard - tastes just like ice cream. Hey, it was hot y'all! ;)
 Lastly we took a ride on an old steam train around the property. Loved it.
 Scenes from around the village.
 One of the oldest windmills in the United States.
This is a working school and summer camps are also held here.

 These rail cars are put together as classrooms and seniors are allowed to attend classes there. You can see the little campers in their yellow T-shirts waving to us!
I just had to leave you with a snap of me on my 'pitiful cart'! I traded in my regular one at the gate for a more sturdy one with bigger tires so I could really travel. It also had a lot more speed! I did try to find as much shade as possible. Hey, did I tell you I need one of these little pitiful carts? 

Happy trails,
Shelia ;)