Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Thursday, July 10, we left the Manheim area and traveled 108 miles to the west to Centre Hall, Pa. We were rallying with an Escapee group at the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival at the Grange Park. Luckily, the area that we were parked in was not crowded and we were able to hook into 50 amp power along with water, no sewer (although, honey wagon service was available for a fee). It was a busy weekend. Bluegrass groups performed for about 45 minutes beginning at 12 noon on Thursday, 11am on Friday and Saturday and last performance schedule for 9pm. Most groups performed twice on the day they were scheduled – once during the day and then again in the evening. There were 6 groups on Thursday and then 8 groups on Friday and Saturday. Tom and I attended most of the performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Remington Ryde, the festival name, is a bluegrass group that the promoter, Ryan Frankhouser, belongs to. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage was the highlight of the festival performing on Saturday with a great show. Other groups that performed that we liked were: “Little Roy and Lizzie Show”, “Gentlemen of Bluegrass”, “Idletymes”, “Nothin Fancy”, “Goldwing Express” and “Hillbilly Gypsies”. An outside stage was used and spectators brought their chairs to sit outside or under a tent. It was a warm bright sunny couple of days and fortunately we secured an area under one of the tents to place our chairs. Workshops were also conducted throughout the days. Tom attended 2 workshops lead by RB Powell, Bluegrass theory and Music Theory. He also went for a workshop on Guitars but the instructor did not show up. It was a very busy weekend. There were numerous food vendors on the grounds as well as sales of CD’s and such and festival souvenirs.Sunday, July 13, church services were planned followed by some performances until mid afternoon. We did not attend the Sunday activities. We were about bluegrassed out and had planned to leave on this day. So we packed up and were on the road about 9:30am heading for Gettysburg. A little past 12 noon we were at Artillery Ridge Campground after 128 miles. We wanted to stay here tonight to be able to dump our waste tanks before going home. An open house was also being planned for this afternoon by our realtor for our house so we could not go home during this time.
Tuesday morning we drove just a little south of Manheim, Pa. to Roots Country Market. This market is only open on Tuesdays and is well attended. On this day the parking lots were nearly full but we finally found a spot to park. The market has stalls indoors and outdoors. We moved about the market as well as we were able purchasing some fresh vegetables and fruits and then some chipped beef and Lebanon bologna and made our departure. After bringing our purchases back to the motorhome we went to a restaurant nearby, Rino’s, for Taco Tuesday- this really was an Italian restaurant but had tacos for the special. We did spy a Mexican cook in the kitchen, though. The skies became a little threatening in the evening and we did have a brief thunderstorm.
Today, Wednesday, is our final day at this campground as we will be going to Centre Hall, Pa. tomorrow to camp with an Escapee group at a Bluegrass Festival. This morning we ran to a grocery store for a few things and then back to the campground. I made a cake in preparation for the weekend and made dinner. Midafternoon the electric went out in the entire campground for about an hour as I was trying to get some clothes washed. Shortly after the electric returned the skies darkened and we had a bump of thunder with rain. It has been hot and humid the past several days but it is predicted to be a little cooler and dryer tomorrow.
Monday, July 07, 2014
About 10 days ago we experienced our tankless hot water heater not producing hot water. Tom called a technician that diagnosed the problem with a faulty thermister. The tech talked Tom through a procedure of bypassing the problem and giving us hot water until a replacement part could be gotten. Last Monday, a week ago from today, Tom called and got the replacement thermister ordered to be sent to this campground by priority mail. It was to arrive here by Wednesday or Thursday last week. When we checked in on Wednesday Tom informed the staff that we were expecting a priority mail package. Checks were made in the office on Thursday (Friday was a holiday) and then again on Saturday. We were told that nothing had arrived. We even suggested looking in the D and B boxes as well as the V, our name often confuses people where the last name starts. This morning Tom called the sender to let him know that we had not received the part. The sender did some checking and said that the package had been delivered here on July 3rd at 10 something in the morning. Tom had called the campground while we were in Reading with this information but they still insisted it was not here. When we returned to the campground this afternoon we went to the office again looking for this package. One gal, Stacey, in the office that I took to be the manager insisted that we needed to get them the name of whoever signed for the package and didn't seem to have any sense of being responsible for where this package could be. Another gal, Susan, immediately, began making phone calls to a neighboring business, as well as, tracking the package with the tracking number. And still no package was found. Tom returned to the motorhome and called the local post office and then called the office to inform them of this. Well, lo and behold, the package had been found and would be delivered to us. The gal delivering the package said that it had been found in the B box so much for the one that supposedly checked on Thursday. Within 15 minutes Tom had the part installed and the water heater working as it should.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
|From Pa 2014|
There are all kinds of shops many selling goods that is from this area as quilts and fabrics, jellies and jams and candy as well as a Christmas shop and home decorating shops. While in the Christmas shop was celebrating “Christmas in July” prize drawings were being done and Tom won a box of Christmas cards.
Venturing on, we drove to the town of Lititz. We were at this time more than ready for a late lunch. We ate at the Bull Head Public House in the outside patio. It was such a beautiful day with bright blue skies and comfortable temperatures that dining outside was a real pleasure. We both had burgers with sweet potato fries, good food. We walked along the street stopping at the Chocolate Café, a place designated as a must see and specializes in sweet treats and chocolate drinks. We each had a piece of salty caramel covered in dark chocolate ($3.89 for the 2 pieces, pricey). We walked through a couple other shops before returning to the car and going back to the campground. It was a nice day but there were many other folks out enjoying the day also.
Thursday, the third of July, was a hot humid day. At lunchtime we took off in toward Manheim looking for someplace to eat. Manheim had gotten hit pretty bad on Wednesday with a storm that cause branches and trees to be blown down. We could only go part way through town on Rte. 72 as the road was blocked off for a crane doing some clean-up work. So we continued out of the town and drove to Mt. Joy where we found a little Mexican restaurant where we ate lunch. On the way back toward the campground we stopped at a country market. (It was surprising how the storm on Wednesday skirted around the campground. We were in Cornwall, north of campground, and saw winds blowing strongly and then we saw the destruction in Manheim which is south of the campground). We did have some showers Thursday evening and rain continued most of the night.
Today, Friday, the 4th of July, started out cloudy but gradually became clearer by afternoon although there was a good wind until evening. The temperature remained in the 70’s all day and is to be a cool night (50’s). Windows are opened and the air conditioning is turned off. We started out this morning going to Green Dragon Farmer’s Market in Ephrata but when we got there it was so crowded and parking was almost impossible that we just continued on. We then stopped at Sharp Shoppers super market and purchased a few items. After returning to the motorhome to put away our grocery purchases we decided to go into Lebanon to see the town and maybe find someplace for lunch. Many places were closed today due to being a holiday so we continued on. The GPS showed a barbeque restaurant in Palmyra so we continued to that town but the restaurant was not at the location the GPS took us. Continuing on we found Funck’s restaurant with a parking lot full of cars so we stopped there and had really nice fried chicken dinners. A few miles further and we were in Hershey where we visited “The Hershey Story, the museum on Chocolate Avenue’’. The admission was $9.00 for seniors. A very nice museum about Milton Hershey and Hershey Chocolate.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Tuesday morning started out as an early morning again. Tom was found to need a filling done on a tooth on Monday and he was able to be worked in on this morning (or he would have had to wait for several months). So a little before 8am he left and I remained at the campground. While he was gone I did some cleaning and cabinet reorganizing. When Tom returned we drove to Hanover for lunch at Famous Hot Wiener and then to the movies to see "Jersey Boys". In the evening we took a walk around the campground and noticed a storm headed our way. We quickly put away chairs, picnic table covering and the grill before a couple drops fell and the storm circled around us.
The train ride was real nice. Folks in period dress were on the train and at Hanover Junction. Narration told of the history of the train and the sights along the way. It was a warm day but with opened windows on the train a nice breeze made the trip a comfortable ride.