Reservations at our local Ohio SP, about 5 miles from home. But...
Our first grandson will be born very soon!:) DIL is scheduled to start induced labor tomorrow morning. Fortunately, the hospital is only 20 minutes away. We'll be able to shuttle back and forth very easily. What an exciting and wonderful way to spend another adventure in our retirement.
I am seriously thinking about retiring December (67 yo) and hate my job and bosses. The problem is What the heck will I do?
My kind of day is looking like this...
8-10am coffee and breakfast
10am - drive to golf or fishing or gym
1100am arrive at one of them... Golf will kill 5 hours / Fishing maybe 4 hours / gym maybe 2 hours
so get home between 1pm and 4pm....
So then what???????????? do a few honey do's for maybe 2 hours... Then what???
Set and watch TV until 11pm??????
What is your average day like...? Now that you are professionally retired.
You're trying to set a fixed schedule for every retirement day? Why? I'll bet this may be part of the reason you "hate your job and bosses". In my dictionary, "retirement" is from an obscure language that translates as "relax". You'll have no time clock to punch, no bosses to answer to, and no paperwork to file (except in the bathroom).
My "average" day gets me out of bed when I can't sleep. During the winter months, I go snow skiing 3-4 days a week, with or without my buddies. It's a 2-hour drive, but worth the time outdoors in the fresh air with friends on the mountain. Now that my DW has retired, we spend time in our TT when and where we want, 32 nights since Memorial Day. This is the part of "from this day forward" we promised each other in our marriage vows 35 years ago.
Best gig we've ever had! Wake up every morning with no where we have to go, and nothing we have to do, but we have all day to get there and get it done.
I retired 20 months ago, DW just retired (a second time) about 2 months ago. Our travel plans are now made up as we go. Reserved a site for 5 nights at a local SP over the July 4th weekend, spent lots of time watching a local American Legion baseball team win a huge tournament, and extended our stay another 4 nights just because we could. Living close by, we ran home to do laundry. Checked out from the SP CG and drove north to an 8-night vacation stay at Cedarlane RV Park near Port Clinton, OH and the Lake Erie Islands. Before leaving, the DW came up with the idea to stop off in Ohio's Amish country. Reservations were easily available at Evergreen RV Resort, in Mt. Eaton, OH. Learning that this oppressive "heat wave" was in store, we returned home to our S&B.
This is the part of "To have and to hold, from this day forward" that we've waited so long for. The great "icing on the cake" is the anticipation of the arrival of our first grandson over the Labor Day weekend. We'll be able to easily leave our local SP CG for that glorious "labor" day!
Who, among the active camper community, has a spare empty space in which to store and use such a contraption?
OTOH, the soap nuts are available at Lehman's Hardware Store in Kidron, OH, a supplier of non-electric goodies commonly found in the Amish communities of Wayne and Holmes counties. Prices are lower than those of this website.
Great article can be found in the August issue of Trailer Life magazine, pages 38-42, written by Lisa Ballard. I'm sure it will address most of your questions. It provides an excellent account of a similar trip on US Rte 89, north through Wyoming and Montana (also known as the National Park Highway). This route takes you through Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The author provides excellent advice on where to stay, things to do, and a list of those things you need to know before you go (permits, maps, and fuel stop recommendations).
Trailer Life offers tempting travel destination trips in each and every issue. Not all are practical, or of interest to me, but Mrs. Ballard has succeeded in adding this trip to my bucket list!
Our White Hawk 27DSRB (by Jayco) has a factory-installed mini-fridge in the street-side front storage unit. Electric receptacle is also positioned in that storage area. Newer units with outdoor kitchens are also prewired. Breaker panels in the TT are no doubt engineered to deal with power requirements. I've seen many seasonal campers with their fridges outside the TT. It's been done by many, so I don't think it would be any problem for you, no matter where you plug it. The extra cold storage is a great thing. You won't need to run in and out of the camper every time you want a cold one. Enjoy!
On our first two TTs, we had no trouble carrying water in the FW tank, full or partial. Our present unit does not travel well with any water on board, lots of uncomfortable shimmy with the water sloshing around. I figure it has something to do with the location of the tank, the suspension system, the wider spread of the two axles, the ultra-light construction, yada, yada, yada. I have a spare water container to provide water for the toilet while on the road, if needed.
I'm also one of those who opens the FW drain upon leaving the CG, allowing the water to slowly drain on the highway.
PLEASE don't give him a name that rhymes with anything. .
Jokingly, that leaves "orange" and "giraffe"?:h
As a retired middle school teacher, I can attest to witnessing the cruelty of name teasing, whether arising from "malice or mirth". Our efforts to choose names for our two sons were challenging because of my various experiences with former students. I had to put all of that aside and realize this was OUR son, not anyone else's. We are very proud of the names we chose, and more importantly, the productive young men they have become.
To the OP, requesting our opinions on a name is fine, someone might actually suggest something you really like. But in the final analysis, the choice is yours alone. May you choose wisely, a name you and your child will be proud of, one that will honor your ethnic heritage, enhance your present family experience, and leave a positive and lasting legacy for generations to come.
We've had wonderful vacations on Chincoteague Island, VA. It's famous for the annual roundup. swimming, and auction of the wild ponies from Assateague Island (the VA herd on the southern end of the island). This tradition was made famous in a book titled "Misty of Chincoteague", written by Margaurite Henry, and a movie adaptation by Disney studios in the 1960s. Pony Penning takes place the 3rd Wed-Fri of July, elbow-to-elbow crowds on Chincoteague. Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day are also crowded.
We have usually gone the week before the Pony Swim, staying at Tom's Cove Campground. From here, we have been able to enjoy the relaxing, laid-back island lifestyle, with easy access to Assateague Island National Seashore and public beaches. Ocean City, with its boardwalk and hustle and bustle are a short drive to the north, if you want a day or two of that excitement.
Although I'm sure the other campgrounds previously mentioned are of excellent quality, there is a fine campground located in Fayetteville. Rifrafters Campground, privately owned, is located just 4/10 of a mile off I-19 at the Laurel Creek Rd. Exit, a left turn when coming from the south. We stay here when attending the Bridge Day Festival each year in October. Coming from the south, you'll first pass the exits for downtown Fayetteville and many shopping plazas, and still be situated less than 2 miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge. CG has several paved campsites with W/E hook-ups, one or two with sewer. Bathroom/Shower house is centrally located and very clean! Two dump stations are available. For more information:
Another vote for the Xcel spreadsheets, separate ones for TT camping and winter ski trips. Wife's idea, not mine. Forty-two years as a financial officer in public schools and county health departments keeps her mind working at that highly organized level.
Turn on the fan then flip the switch. That is how ours was wired...
X2 We leave the switch located on the vent fan itself in the "on" position. Easier to reach the wall switch than the ceiling switch to activate the vent fan.
To measure the distance of an obstacle in the way of our slides, we have a piece of pink string in the truck, cut to that length.
My two yellow wheel chocks, one pair for each side of the TT, are connected with lengths of 3/8" braided utility rope. The length of the chocks and rope combination matches the distance required of my slide-out. Stretching these out on the ground before backing in gives me the bright yellow visual cues needed for the task.
The rope connections are more than long enough to reach the proper positions for chocking the tires, and provide a convenient grasp to pull and store both chocks at the same time.
I-70 W does have an exit putting you directly on Wheeling Island. Approaching and entering the tunnel, stay in the left lane. Exit the tunnel, still in the left lane, watching for traffic entering the bridge in the two right lane on ramps. Merge into the right lane while crossing the Ft. Henry bridge. The Wheeling Island exit ramp will be immediately after the bridge. You will go about 1 or 2 blocks, then turn left at a traffic light. Signs will direct you off the ramp and to the casino.
We had a firm, home-style mattress custom-made by an Amish craftsman in Ohio's Amish community near Mt. Hope, Ohio. We took the measurements to another Amish lady living just a mile or so from the mattress shop. She made a fitted sheet that works just fine. Always good to support the local business community.
For those wondering how?, both shops had diesel generators to operate the professional machinery in their respective shops. Some Amish sects do permit and encourage such "modern" adaptations for their productive business enterprises, so long as they are "off-grid" from our "English" power supply.
I just saw this article about the Cicada Invasion.
They are expected to be out in force next month and a half. As many as 1.5 million per acre.
'We are trying to plan a trip for June till July 4th in the Shanandoah Valley when we read this article. YIKES. :E
Will this (or should this) change yours or our plans? Anyone camped in this before?
Really? Only those 16 years old or younger have never experienced them. They come around every 17 years, we've known they'd be back. It's always a different schedule in various counties and/or states, they won't be everywhere.
That looks like one of those 1960's Sears tents that came with 37 different poles, not shock-corded together and with no decipherable instructions. Setting those up was stress-inducing. :)
Yeah, my brother "sold" his to me, said it was a "cussing" tent. First outing we found out why, couldn't put it up without cussing like an old seadog. Brother and SIL still laugh about it.
Best outcome of that "stress-inducing" experience? DW said, "If we're going to continue camping, we've got to get a pop-up." Done!!! Twenty-two years ago, PU and now our 3rd TT, never regretted it.