Summer 2019 Travel, Part 1

Finally getting aroung to writing about our summer vacation.  The first part of our vacation was getting to Massachusetts.  We were focused on getting there, not sight-seeing.  We had a “minor” detour to visit Lubbock Camping World to deal with the trailer ratchet issue. 

Over the course of 8 days we traveled 3303 miles to get to our Massachusetts location from Camping World in San Bernardino, California

 

I think I’ve mentioned this before – we really like to stay at KOA locations and fill up at Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers (truck stops).  I really need to take photos of our stops!

Day 1 – 251 miles Kingman AZ KOA

Day 2 – 474 miles Albuquerque NM KOA

Day 3 – 286 miles Amarillo TX KOA – severe wind from Albuquerque so we stopped early for safety reasons & discovered trailer ratchet issue

Day 4 – 416 miles, 264 miles round trip to Lubbock Camping World to fix tow dolly and 152 miles to Elk City OK KOA

Day 5 – 569 miles to St Louis West MO KOA

Day 6 – 505 miles to Huntington/Fox Fire WV KOA

Day 7 – 421 miles to Jonestown/Hershey PA KOA with a detour to Todd Judy Ford in Charleston, WV to fix radiator hose.

Day 8 – 381 miles to Minuteman Campground in Littleton, MA

Working on the Backyard

We’ve been working on the backyard for about a year now.  Here is a before pic and the current pic.

2 years ago, while California was in a pretty severe drought, we were highly encouraged to stop watering lawns.  We did our part and it all died, allowing the weeds to take over.  When we returned from vacation last year, this is what greeted us.

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before the weeds were removed.

 

We decided to put in pavers to extend the patio, make flower beds along the side and make a divider around a fruit tree.  2 loungers were purchased recently and now we can look at the night sky in comfort (It is still too hot to be out there during the day.)  The chairs on the new patio were on the original patio by the sliding glass door.

We purchased the Lyman Whitaker wind sculptures last summer – one more needs to be installed.

 

Decluttering Update

We decluttered 186 items in July, most items were from the garage so the tow dolly can be parked in it.  This is pretty amazing since we were gone July 1 – July 21.  We are up to 688 items this year!!

So far in August we have decluttered 32 items.  26 of those are recipes from the recipe box that I have NEVER used, many from when we got married 35 years ago!  I also found 2 bottles of stuff that had gone bad when looking for something in the pantry.

Here are some pics of the stuff that left our house.

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Caught Up!!

I am feeling very accomplished this evening.

  • I’m all caught up on my blog reading!
  • All of my grading is finished for tonight
  • AND my lessons for the rest of the week and next week are ready to go.

And it is only 7:45 pm.  Guess I need to catch up on my blog writing!

Not the tow dolly this time!

Now that you know all about our tow dolly issues, I bet you are thinking nothing else could go wrong on this trip.  Well, you would be so wrong!

Between Lubbock, Texas and Buffalo, New York we had to make an emergency stop at the Ford dealership in Charleston, West Virginia.

As we were beginning our day, John noticed Winnie was running hot.  Thankfully we were near Charleston and they had a Ford dealer.  They don’t have the facilities to work on RV’s but took pity on us and looked to see if it was something “easy” to fix.  A hose had wiggled loose with all the crappy roads we were traveling on, burned a hole in it, and we were out of radiator fluid.  They were able to order a part to fix the hose.  Thankfully everything could be accessed from under the rig and through the hood opening.  Otherwise they wouldn’t have been able to help us at that location and they are the “largest” one in the state.

$493 later we were on the road again!