Monday, April 19, 2010


They say time flies when you're having fun. I must really be having fun since time seems to be flying. We have been out the past 2 weekends in the motorhome camping with groups. The first weekend we were in Salisbury, Maryland camping with the Traveling American group. Tom and I along with Larry, my brother, and Joanne were hosts for that weekend which means we plan the meals. We had planned to go to a restaurant in Salisbury on Friday night but the campground recommended a closer restaurant, Red Roost, which was a good choice. The menu was mostly seafood to everyones liking. Saturday morning we had a breakfast of muffins, boiled eggs, fruit juice and coffee. Saturday evening Joanne and I fixed pots of soup and others brought salads, breads and desserts. Sunday morning we had pot luck breakfast which turned out to have a nice variety of food- sometimes we end up with lots of one type of food like egg dishes. The campground we stayed was a little muddy when we first arrived as there had been rain the night before but it did dry up somewhat until Sunday. There were 7 units camping about average for the first campout of the season. There were some folks that were still away for the winter.
This past weekend Tom and I went to Walkersville, about 20 miles away, for the Maryland Good Sam President's Weekend. Since Tom had been elected as president of Traveling Americans, a Good Sam chapter, this year this campout was a new venture for us. We learned that Tom was responsible for preparing breakfast on Saturday morning, a job handed down from the previous president. We were a little apprehensive about taking on the breakfast as we were unfamiliar with the facilities but all went well. Several others offered their help in preparing the sausage and pancakes. A meeting was held after breakfast and then it was freetime to do whatever. A hot dog/hamburger pot luck dinner was served on Saturday evening. Both Friday and Saturday evening following dinnertime bingo was played. We had our usual luck but it was something to do.
We are now getting things in order to take off for Alaska in May. Our plans are to camp with the Traveling Americans the first weekend of May and then start to head west. We are stopping for several days in Elkhart, Indiana to have some work done on our motorhome. And then we will bide our time waiting for Larry and Joanne to catch up to us after they attend college graduations of granddaughters.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

April 7 a Warm Wednesday

It is hard to believe how warm (hot) it is here in Maryland for the month of April. The house had gotten so warm and uncomfortable that we turned the air conditioning on and to our dismay it was not working. So this morning a technician came to the house to check out things and the bottom line is that we need to replace our heat pump which is not quite 10 years old. It seems things occur in 3's. Our motorhome was being serviced at the local Ford dealer and new brakes had to be installed and we are scheduled to go out to Indiana to the factory in May to have a new roof installed. Whee, let's hope that it stops at 3 things. Enough is enough!
This is our last full day with Maddy. We went to Emmitsburg, Md. to the National Fire Academy. We had lunch in the cafeteria, a great bargain. Upon entering the cafeteria you pay a fixed price and then you are able to eat whatever- salad bar, soups, hot entrees, sandwiches and a dessert bar including ice cream. We then walked about the grounds seeing the Fallen Firefighters Monument and the 9/11/01 monument. We ended our visit with a stop in the gift shop where Maddy got 3 little glass dogs.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Busy, busy, busy

It has been a very busy time since returning home. After discovering on our trip to the southwest that our passports were expired we had to get new photos taken and send in for new passports in order to be able to travel through Canada to go to Alaska.
Then there was Easter time and some special church services that we attended including a sunrise service Easter morning at 6:15am. The weather was a little cool but not like most years. Todd, Beth, Maddy and Parker came up to our house and spent Easter with us. Anthony was spending the week in New York with his grandparents. Little Parker had grown so much since we had seen him at Christmastime. Maddy is staying with us for several days as this is her spring break from school.
Monday morning the motorhome had to be taken to the local Ford dealer for servicing and some maintenance work. We then went to Gettysburg to Boyd's Bears (a favorite of Maddy's) and then drove around the battlefield and stopping at places for Maddy to climb over the rocks.