Saturday, June 17, 2017

Almost Home! Yippee!

This will be the last post from our long, long but wonderful trip. If you'd followed along with me, I hope you've enjoyed it too.
On this day, I made cinnamon rolls, from a can but good, and left the last RV camp around 7:00 am.
 We made it to Pennsylvania, another beautiful state.
 We arrived at a camp but I guess I was tired as I have no idea where in Pennsylvania it was or what it was called. Just in case you think I have an amazing memory, I will now burst that bubble. I keep a journal for our travels or I really would forget what we did from day to day. I've done that for years, even before we started RVing. Anyway, it is what it is. Is your tiny mouth watering by looking at that fruit cake? Well, we bought it in Waco at the Collin Street Bakery and just couldn't wait any longer to chomp down on it. So I opened up the tin and we went to town!
Somewhere we stayed the night in Pennsylvania! :)
 Okay! Okay!! Can you see this snap? Huh?
 Now can you see it? Yes! We are in New York and that is 'the city' in the distance.
We outdid ourselves on this day as we drove 518 miles! I only drove about 50 of those miles. George just likes to drive so I let him. :) One of the main reasons we drove for so long to get home was...
 To celebrate our little grandson's third birthday the next day.
Needless to say, we made it home safe and sound and slept in our own bed. My thanks to God for watching over us and keeping us safe on this long journey. We got to sing Happy Birthday to our little Campie in person! Gotta love it.

For all of you who stayed with me - thank you. 

Happy trails, 
Shelia :)

Erie County Ohio

At 3:30 pm, we pulled into the Sandusky/Bayshore RV Camp in Erie County, Ohio.
 I kept singing that song by Neil Young in my head - Four Dead in Ohio. I know, that's terrible!

 We were really blessed on our trip to find such nice clean campgrounds to stay in.
 This park was in town and had trees and was quite nice. This was the first time on our trip to see water and folks in the swimming pool! All the other pools had been drained already. I'm guessing they were getting ready for the winter a bit early. We went to the swimming pool and visited with some nice folks who lived in this park full time. One was a little lady and she said she lived alone and by living in the RV park she always had folks around her and she could stay busy and meet new people. Good for her!
 There were some darling little cottages. Wouldn't it be fun to stay in one?
Here are Itsy and Kiki all buttoned down for the night. You can see we didn't bother to unhook Itsy because we were 'done'. Tired and were going to leave first thing in the morning. We paid $53 with our KOA discount. As you can see the site was very level and there was some nice green grass and a picnic table.
We do eat out a bit while we are out traveling in Kiki but I cook too! On this night I took some leftover scalloped potatoes I had made and added sour cream and cheese and yummy! George grilled me a filet mignon we had bought while in Canada (it was frozen from another trip) and grilled a sockeyed salmon for him. I made a salad and grilled some crusty bread and we had a very nice dinner. As time goes on, I've started cooking double at home and eating one entree and freezing the other to take along on our little trips. Makes it so much easier for us when we're too tired to cook from scratch.

Okie dokie, one more little story. We have found that most campers really do follow the rules and respect the quiet hours after dark but this was not the case on this night! We had some neighbors move in right next to us at 8:00 pm and it took them over two hours to set up. That's not so bad because maybe they were new at camping but they were so so so LOUD!! I mean LOUD! The mom was yelling at her kids right outside our bedroom windows and the kids were screaming and running around. This went on for hours! Needless to say we couldn't sleep and I wanted to go and tell them that it was 'quiet time at the RV campgrounds' and that meant they should be quiet! Well, I didn't because I'm nice but Lord, have mercy!

Almost home...really.

Happy trails,
Shelia :)

Notre Dame University

Moving right along we entered the state of Indiana and it was now the middle of September.
 This is a blurry drive by shooting but it amazes me how the landscape can change so from state to state.
We stayed in a KOA campground in Granger, Indiana.
This was also such a pretty camp and paid $41 for our one night here. Now we were trying to enter as many states as we could on our trip so we hopped in Itsy, our little Smart Car, and drove across the Michigan state line so we could add another new state! We're so talented like that you know! :)
 We had to drive to South Bend so we could see Notre Dame. Now I'll apologize right here, right now. We are not sports enthusiasts and know nothing about football so it is what it is! I don't know what I'm saying! :) Okie dokie, just look at the snaps...
Okie, this one thing I can say and I want to to join me...

hee hee

Oh, one more important thing to tell you, when we left the Uni we popped into a thrift shop and I found a pretty white tureen to add to my collection for $5! Yay me!

Happy trails,
Shelia :)

Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, we entered Iowa. As I said before, we love to visit Presidential libraries and homes and while driving we just stumbled onto the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch.
I have to admit I just didn't know anything about President Hoover and his library and museum really opened my eyes to what a humanitarian he was.
This is what I found online:
Born in a two-room cottage, Herbert Hoover could have been any small town boy. Orphaned at age nine, he left West Branch, never to live here again. The landscape and buildings of the early years remain, however, to tell how family, faith, education, and hard work opened a world of opportunity— even the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.
He loved to fish and here he is!
A replica of his office.
Before serving as America's 31st President from 1929 to 1933, Herbert Hoover had achieved international success as a mining engineer and worldwide gratitude as "The Great Humanitarian" who fed war-torn Europe during and after World War I.

Early in his term on May 8, 1933 Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior changed the name of this huge dam back to "Hoover Dam" from the name "Boulder Dam". After 14 years congress felt compelled to pass a joint resolution to change the name back to "Hoover Dam" in honor of the United States 31st president. So the saying - The Dam So Nice They Named It Twice! :)

After the United States entered into WWI, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Hoover head of the Food Administration. He succeeded in cutting consumption of foods needed overseas and avoided rationing at home, yet kept the Allies fed.

Hats that belonged to the former first lady, Lou Henry Hoover. She must have looked most spiffy!
Now outside we're looking at the the grounds of Herbert Hoovers home and surrounding buildings.
Here is the tiny two-room house where the 5 hoovers lived (parents and 3 children). Hoover's father's blacksmith shop is across the way from the back of the house. The Quaker Meeting House is just up the block.
I captured these beautiful morning glories growing up the column on the back porch of Herbert Hoover's little birthplace. I thought it was just so pretty. If you ever get the change to visit here, you will enjoy it and learn more about our 31st President.

Happy trails,


Moving right along, we entered the state of Illinois.
 Just wanted to show you a few of my drive by shootings! Wouldn't this make a lovely painting?!
This one too!

 We stayed in La Salle, Peru KOA for $35 a night. This was a very pretty camp. Nice with clean grounds and bathhouses. Pretty trees and friendly folks.
 Wouldn't this be a nice space for a family gathering or picnic?
 We don't stay very long in a park and at this time we were headed home so one night here and then we're off again.
I spied my first fall leaf! Well, after all it was September.

Happy trails, 
Shelia ;)