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RE: Cass WV

You can do Cass Scenic RR and the Green Bank Radio Observatory in one day (although we opted for the shorter train ride and did not do a shop tour).
Drbolasky 12/18/14 04:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping? When did you start.

If you don't count camping in the back yard in a makeshift tent, then 1966 with my folks and two brothers. '66 Buick Special station wagon pulling a Tartan folding tent trailer via a clamp-on bumper hitch. When DW & I married we tent camped to save $$; got off the ground into a Coleman pop-up 7 years later, then a Sunline T-1550 & then to our current unit.
Drbolasky 12/17/14 03:21pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Massachusetts

When we visited Plymouth we used Pinewood Lodge and liked it very much; found it as a previous reply to your post stated. That was a long time ago, though.
Drbolasky 12/15/14 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A Christmas Poem

As always, well said.
Drbolasky 12/13/14 06:45am Around the Campfire
RE: 2015 summer vacation details: PA, MD, VA, DE, NJ, NY

I didn't read all the replies to your post, but here's our take: Gettysburg - if you & the kids are in to military you will enjoy it here. And even if they get their fill of military there is lots of other things for them to do, and mom & dad, too. We like the Adams County Winery and the Round Barn, both just west of Gettysburg off of Rt. 30 near Cashtown. Our favorite eateries in Gettysburg are Kilwin's (for ice cream), Dunlap's (basic diner food) and Gen. Pickett's Buffet (and there is one waiter at Gen. Pickett's who can regale the whole family with lot's of interesting history about the battle). You could spend a whole day at the Visitor's Center alone looking at the weapons, uniforms and other displays. Don't miss the cyclorama. You can tour the battlefield in a number of ways; we borrowed a CD that narrated the battle in chronological order - gives you a good idea of how the battle unfolded over the three days. You can even tour by horseback if so inclined. Colonial Williamsburg - there is much more to this place than meets the eye. It's not just static displays; take in the demonstrations, musical & theatrical programs, re-enactments, etc. The fife & drum corps parade in the late evening is not to be missed. Our campground of choice in the area is American Heritage, but we've stayed at the KOA and it is nice, too. Sites tend to be small. DC - You can get a Metro bus right at Cherry Hill CG that connects with the trains or go back up the highway to the Greenbelt Metro station. To me, the Metro is THE way to get around DC. Cherry Hill is a nice park, but remember you are in the middle of a densely populated urban area, so there will be highway noise. Sites are small. Philadelphia - maybe because I live so close, the thought of stopping here doesn't float my boat. Yes, it's the "cradle of the Revolution" because of the things that happened here, but over all IMHO Philadelphia is a dirty city and traffic is horrendous. Personally, I'd skip this and spend more time at some of the other attractions you have on your list. Yes, your itinerary is ambitious, but do-able. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 12/13/14 06:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Place in SC

X 2 on Myrtle Beach Travel Park.
Drbolasky 12/09/14 08:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: It's amazing how schools are changing

There is talk at some high schools about allowing online class. They are indicating they would start with students that excel in their studies to try it out. Cyber-schools are already underway here in the Northeast. Nearly 25 years ago I had a prof in some grad courses who predicted the day when students would do school work at home from a computer; darned if he wasn't right.
Drbolasky 11/30/14 05:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone just keep the first trailer?

Our TT is coming up on 15 years old. To date, we've seen nothing in the way of a floor plan, features or interior decor that would prompt us to trade in our Futura. Like many other responses to this post, we have made the mods we wanted and in effect have customized the our rig to the way we want it, so we camp on.
Drbolasky 11/30/14 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Panic averted

Would bother me, too. Glad it turned out o.k.
Drbolasky 11/30/14 01:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Colonial Williamsburg in June

Then make it early June like JimShoe said. Much later in June and it will be hot & humid. The combo pass for the three attractions is the best deal - did that with our two loooooong time ago. I'll quick throw this out there - another GREAT time to go is between Christmas & New Years. All kinds of fabulous programs, many of them indoors. That area of VA is tolerable at that time of year and with a little forethought you can camp there in a 3 season rig. Williamsburg at night over the holidays is stunningly beautiful. We've done it twice and will do it again in the future. Enjoy & safe travels, no matter when you decide to go.
Drbolasky 11/30/14 01:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody else get caught in the mess on I-80 in PA?

To a certain extent, I agree. In last week's storm the western part of the state had sleet and (as we found out as we worked east) freezing rain. The east had nothing. The elevation of I-80 in the western half of the state is substantially higher, and as we headed east we were actually moving faster than the warm front so we ran into the back of the bad stuff. We were but one of tens of thousands of vehicles out there at the time. Fortunately for us, most of our time spent waiting was not on the interstate and by about 8 p.m. the temperature had risen 15 degrees and thus well above freezing. We did manage to side-step most of the mess created by accidents further east to get home. I was grateful we were not towing.
Drbolasky 11/29/14 12:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Twas Just Wondering

No. DW only makes one dish with tofu in it, and thankfully that is not often. I'd rather eat REAL food and just less of it than to try to subsist on tofu. To quote Marie toward the end of that episode: "You know what makes me happy? BUTTER makes me happy!"
Drbolasky 11/28/14 05:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Ingalls Homestead and Mount Rushmore

We did not stay at the CG, but plan on spending the better part of a day at the Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet. We also toured the house in town and the Surveyor's House. Great stuff for the kids (ours were 12 & 9 at the time and we still talk about the things we did there....that was back in 2004). Rushmore - we stayed at the Palmer Gulch KOA a few mile down the road from the monument. Many here on the Forum prefer Rafter J Bar CG but again, with kids the KOA might be a better choice. Lots of stuff for kids to do - the usual things like a pool, water slide, game room, etc. BUT they also rent horses there and give guided tours on horseback. Free shuttle service to the monument. I'll suggest taking in the monument during the day AND go back at night for the lighting ceremony. MOST impressive. Yellowstone - by all means do it if you have enough time. Four days would give you enough time to take in the major highlights, like Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, Firehole River, etc. Rent a boat and go out on the lake for a couple of hours. Be sure you have warm clothing and a good supply of LP for the furnace. Nighttime temperatures can routinely dip into the 30's even in July. Also, stock up on food and other consumables before you get in to the park; the trading posts have very limited selections of brands & sizes and what is available is VERY expensive. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 11/27/14 07:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: drug bust at Crow's Nest Campground, Thurmont, MD

Not surprised. We have had a lot of that kind of thing in very rural areas not far from here. In one instance the Feds raided a nice home in a residential area to find it had been completely gutted and was being used to grow over 600 marijuana plants.
Drbolasky 11/23/14 12:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping near mammoth caves

If we stay there, we will probably spend a day or too at Splash Lagoon in Beech Bend. Thanks again. OMG!! Whatever you do DON'T stay at the CG adjacent to the Splash Lagoon park!! Ask me how I know..........
Drbolasky 11/23/14 12:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Anybody else get caught in the mess on I-80 in PA?

Saturday morning11/22 we left Cleveland at 11 a.m. and set sail for home. All was fine until about 100 miles in to PA; I-80 was closed due to slick conditions and multiple accidents. Took a back road that parallels 80 but got held up about 5 miles west of Snow Shoe, PA when the road got too icy to drive on. After the PennDOT truck came through and salted we were on our way but 80 was still closed eastbound. Long story short, after temps rose high enough we headed south to State College and picked up Rt. 322. We rolled in at 12:35 this morning; what should have been a 6 or so hour trip turned in to 13 and a half. Dorothy was right - "There's no place like home."
Drbolasky 11/23/14 12:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Make You Learn?

Wonder what career I'd have had if they had computers when I was in school? Anybody besides me remember doing calculations in school on a slide rule?? Yes, I'm that old. No, the abacus was "old school."
Drbolasky 11/21/14 05:36am Around the Campfire
RE: James Island County Park, Charleston SC places to eat/see

S. Carolina Aquarium - yes. Also check out the H. L. Hunley at the Warren Lasch facility in N. Charleston. Usually only open on weekends (the conservators work on it during the week) it is (to me anyway) a fascinating piece of history. If you're there, check out Sesame Burger (just a bit further north) for an incredible selection of burgers and beer. We've been to both Hyman's & Bubba Gump's. The former has a more extensive selection of seafood but the quality of both is good. If the weather cooperates a bit, check out Magnolia Plantation.
Drbolasky 11/19/14 03:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Snowblowers - is bigger better?

My old snowblower was a 7 hp. MTD (Yard Machines) and it was adequate. I now have my dad's John Deere (same hp. and both are 26") blower. The JD throws the snow much further than my old one, even the wet, heavy stuff. Both were 6 forward/2 reverse gears; the MTD had a better/wider range of speeds. Good luck in your search.
Drbolasky 11/07/14 07:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sequoia door-jamb sticker

You should be able to find that information in your owners manual. I also think you're within your limits HOWEVER if I recall correctly from when I was shopping for a TV there are a few other things you should consider. According to Toyota: 1) 20" wheels will decrease your towing capacity by 500 lbs. over 18" wheels 2) the powered seat option (in seats other than the driver's) decreases your capacity by another 500 lbs. Since you have the Limited model there is a good chance you have one or both options on your Sequoia. In any case, I'd start by taking your Sequoia to a scale and get an accurate weight. Payload is the "weak link" in what is otherwise a fine tow vehicle. Our TT is around 6,000 lbs loaded for a trip. Between the tongue weight and our kids (when they were still traveling with us) we were right on the GVWR.
Drbolasky 10/28/14 08:14pm Travel Trailers
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