Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Getting ready for Christmas

Tom and Leah finished the last of the Christmas shopping yesterday. Today was cookie baking day. oh boy, there is nothing like the smell of something baking.

This weekend is stacking up to be a busy one with family and friends coming to our house and with us going to some as well.

We do hope eveyone has a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Big Expenses

The past month has hammered the bank account pretty bad. While in Va. for our sons wedding, we had to purchase four new tires for the car. Tom was going to replace them is a week or two, but a flat tire changed the time schedule.

After coming home from Ohio, Leah went to do some laundry and said the washing machine was making a "funny" noise. Well, later that day found us shopping for a new washing machine at Lowe's. We found a very nice front loading machine and had it delivered the next day.

Things happen in threes or so they say. :-( The TV in the family room stopped working, so several days later we went to Sam's Club and purchased a Sharp LCD widescreen TV. Just to let you know, things don't always happen in threes. Leah went to use the blender two days ago and it broke. So, along with Christmas shopping yesterday, a replacement blender was purchased.

We decided that Christmas just came a bit early for us this year and we will not be buy each other much. It will still be a nice Christmas for us as we will have time with family and friends.

Time Flies

Well as you can see, this blog is not as active as it should be. After our trip to New England, we were home for a little bit and went to Ocean City, Md with the Traveling Americans.

The Traveling Americans are a group of Fellow Good Sam members and are a great bunch of people.

Our next outting took us to Stafford, Va. Our Son, Todd, and his girlfriend, Beth, got married on November 18, 2006. It was a very nice wedding and we wish them many years of happiness together.

Saturday night my sister Julie called and let me now that my aunt Liz Phillips died. Well, change of destination from home in Maryland to the funeral in Ohio. On Sunday morning we went to the newly weds house, shared the sad news about Aunt Liz, had breakfest, said our goodbyes and was on our way to Ohio.

We stayed the first night on the road in Bedford, Pa. The tempatures were dropping and we were glad to have a full propane tank for heating the motorhome.

We arrived at Van Buran, Ohio late Monday afternoon and checked in to the campground for several days. We drove to North Baltimore for a super market, car wash and to find the location of the funeral home.

On Tuesday morning we drove to Fayette, Ohio and visited with my mother, my sister and her family. We returned to North Baltimore for the afternoon viewing. The only thing good about a funeral viewing is seeing family and friends that you have not seen in awhile.

The Funeral was held at noon on Wednesday and the funeral home was full of family and friends. Aunt Liz will be cremated so there was no trip to a gravesite.

We had lunch with my brother, Roger, some of his family, my sister, Julie and some of her family. We had a nice time and a nice visit.

Our trip home went well, but boy oh boy the east bound tolls of the Pa. turnpike will eat you up.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Trip Recap

Well, its been awhile since I last posted. We have been traveling throughout the New England states, eating local foods and seeing fall colors. We have had internet access on and off during this trip, so the blog has not be updated the way it should have been.

We spent a very nice time in Moody Beach/Wells, Me. The weather was nice most of the time there and we were able to take a number of walks on the beach. There was also a walking trail along the ocean called the Marginal Way. It ran from Perkins Bay to Moody Beach. There are plenty of benches along the way to set and rest enjoying the views.

We drove to Walkerspoint and looked at the Bush home. We think we saw Barbara Bush outside the front of the house for a brief period.

We stopped for lunch and had to have a "lobsta" roll. They are ok, but the hot boiled lobster with drawn butter is much better.

Our next stop was in New Hampshire where we spent the night at the home of one of Leah's nursing school classmates.

The following morning we set out for Montpiler, Vt. The campground cost us $36.00 a night, but was not worth anything near that amount. In a word, it sucked.....

We went to a Sugaring farm and learned about the maple syrup making process. We were surprised to learn that buckets are not use to collect the tree sap for syrup making. A series of hoses and a vaccum system is used to bring the sap from the trees down to the sugarhouse to be boiled to remove the water to get the pure maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup and thats why it is expensive.

We moved onto Essex Junction, Vt. to attend the annual Newmar International RV Rally. As rallies went, this one ranked low. Vendors were sparce, seminars poor, and the food was fair. The high points were the entertainers and the 2007 Newmar products.

We move to a campground about 20 minutes north of Burlington, Vt. called Apple Island. I would rate this campground average. We drove over to New York and came back to Vt via the ferry at Plattsburg. The leaf peeping was at its peak according to the local news. We saw a lot of yellows, but very little reds.

Our next stop was at Lake George, New York. The area was in the final days of the season and not many other people were there. The leaves were showing more red color than Vt. trees.

We next stopped at Camp Bell, NY for a visit to Watkins Glen and a trip around Senecca lake which has 32 wineries. We stopped at several, tasted and bought several bottles of wine.

Next we went to the Wellsboro, Pa area to see the Grand Canyon of Pa. Getting to the campground was a trip in its self. The campground advertised mountain top camping and they were not kidding. The last 1/2 mile must of been a 10% grade, but we made it and had a site that overlooked a pond. While we were there, we had mixed rain and snow fall along with some very, very cold temps.

Our final stop was south of Lancaster, Pa at Outdoor World. On Wednesday we paln to be back at our home in Maryland.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

On the Road to Vermont

Well Monday morning we backed the motorhome out of the driveway, hooked up the car and started our journey to Vermont and the Newmar Int. Rally. We are following I-81 towards Scranton, Pa and will connect up to I-84 East. Along the way, we saw a number of the Nextel Cup Team vehicles heading for their homebases from racing in New Hampshire. The next stop will be in Dover, Delware for the racers.

We also seen the trucks of Brad Pasley, a country singer for you that don't know, as they were heading for the next gig.

We also saw a number of the top end motorhomes that belong to the NASCAR drivers.
The drivers, for the most part, flew home Sunday evening and its up to the crews to get everything either back to the homebase or to the next track.

We are staying several days in Sturbridge, Mass and will be heading for Moody Beach, Me. While there we will make the manatory stop at L.L. Bean.

The Newmar Rally is being held later in the year so we can have a shot at seeing the fall colors. Here's hoping it works out for us. We are seeing signs already of leaves changing.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Went to the Vet Today

Leah took me to the vet today and I got poked, prodded and told I was overweight. Boy, how many of you have heard that? Well, I guess we'll just have to let up on the doggie treats abit. :-) The worst part of the whole day is I have to go bad and have my teeth worked on, bummer :-(

We are packing the motorhome for a rally in Vermont and plan to see some friends who live in New Hampshire. Our fingers are crossed that we will see the fall colors as well. Tom had the motorhome serviced and gassed up so we will be ready to go.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


This past weekend we went camping with members of our Goodsam group. Tom and Leah were one of three host couples for the Laborday Weekend. We left home Friday Morning heading South towards Williamsburg, Va. Guess what was heading North? Yep, Ernesto.

We drove in rain about two thirds of the trip. The further South we went the more rain we encountered. Traffic was backed up on I-95 several miles North of the I-64 turn off. Some guy was in the medium stip in a jeep and was not making any headway in getting out. The backup was caused by rubber neckers.

The trip was going along fairly smoothly in spite of the heavy rains until we got within three miles of our exit. Traffic was stopped because of downed trees and power lines. It took us an hour to go three miles.

When we got to the campground, we found out the electric was out. About 7 PM the power was restored. One trailer in the campground was not very lucky as you can see in the picture. Boy, were we glad we were camped in the open.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

50+ website and Sunday Brunch

After church this morning, two dozen people went out for Sunday Brunch. Seated at the table with Tom and Leah was Sue Bloom. Sue told us about a new website for boomers. It is If your are 50+ you might try this site.

Sue writes the blog for the photography group.

Friday, August 25, 2006

No More Boo Boo

Surprise, surprise. This morning we got a call from the repair shop letting us know the motorhome was all better. We loaded ourselves up in the car and went to the bodyshop to pickup the motorhome.

We looked over the areas that were repaired and were satisfied with the work that was done. Now the big task will be to keep Tom from bumping into something.

If you need some good body work performed, we recommend Baker's Truck and Auto Collision, 699 Kohler Mill Road, New Oxford, Pa. 17350 (717) 624-2159.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Broken Towbar

Two weeks ago on August 8th we went to a FMCA Newmar prerally in Marion, NC. We pulled into Tom Johnson's Rally Park and found where our group was meeting. The person doing the parking told us to pull up and unhook our towed car. When Tom went to pull forward he felt a snap and something did not feel right. He looked into the rearview monitor and saw the car moving towards the motorhome. We stopped and got out to look and sure enough the towbar had broken at the shank where it attaches to the receiver. Lucky for us the safety cables did their job, but the breakaway switch did not. No damage was suffered on either the car or the motorhome. Someone was really looking out for us. We "finished" unhooking the car and was directed to our campsite.

The next morning Tom and Leah walked over to the Blue Oxx Trailer and told them we had a slight problem with out towbar. They had already heard and was going to come looking for us after they got setup. They took down all of the information and the campsite number and said they would have someone make repairs shortly. Later that day Ray came and took the towbat to fix it. After several hours he brought it back with all new steel parts.

Ray said that he was going around to all of the motorhomes and looking for the same model towbar that we had to make the same repairs before theirs also failed. It was too bad ours broke before Ray got to replace the week parts. There was not charge for the rerpairs.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Take the Motorhome to Have a Boo Boo Fixed...

This morning Tom took the motorhome to get a boo boo fixed. No, he didn't do it. Back this Winter Tom took the motorhome to have the icemaker fixed. When the repair shop put the slideout out to remove the refrigerator, they did not check the distance between a storage shed and the motorhome doing some damage to the the slideout side of the motorhome. Today was the day to take the motorhome for its repairs. We were told it will be ready by the end of this week, we'll see.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Normal Sunday

Well, today was just a normal Sunday around here. Tom and Leah went to church and I stayed home. After church they went out for lunch and i stayed home again, bummer.

This afternoon Tom and I watched NASCAR racing and flipped over to see Tiger Woods showing his powers on the golf course.

Everything is very dry around here. We need rain very bad. We had a very small shower that lasted about 2 minutes. Just enough rain to mess up the dust on the car.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Long Trip Home

Hi, my name is Travis and I am a Bichon Frise. You know, one of those cute little curly white dogs. This blog will cover my travels in my motorhome and some of the adventures that Tom and Leah, my daddy and mommy, will have with me.

I just learned about this blog site and the software from Jim and Chris Guld while attending the FMCA International Convention held at Lowe's Speedway in Charlotte, NC. Thanks Jim and Chris for the great computer seminars you gave. If you would like to see their seminar handouts please go to

Everyone had a good time at the FMCA Convention. Tuesday evening held abit of excitement for Tom and Leah along with about 3,000 other attendees. The Nelson Twins were the entertainment for the evening. About 3 songs into their set, it started to rain. Everyone took shelter under the grandstands. Good idea, but the skies opened up and it poured and the grandstands started leaking. Almost everyone took additional shelter in the nearest bathroom ignoring the men and women signs. The shuttle buses came to take people back to their motorhomes. It was a wet, soggy and the bus windows were fogged up. The bus Tom and Leah got on stopped short of the normal stop and they had to walk in water up to Leah's knees. They got back to the motorhome soaked to the skin and changed into dry clothes. The rest of the convention went off without a hitch.

As the schedule stands now, I will be going to Williamsburg, Va. over labor day weekend.