Greetings all! It has definitely been too long as I realized when I looked at the dates from our last post. There has been a lot going on, so let’s get to it!
We spent the remainder of our time at Scott County Park in IA with great new friends John, Kathy and Ellie. John loves to grill and use his smoker, and since they only live a few miles away, he comes fully prepared for long weekends! We had some of the most awesome meals and enjoyed their company, as well as some of their friends through the Memorial Day weekend.
The weekend went way too fast, and we were having so much fun that I forgot to take any more pictures! Just like that, it was Monday, the 30th, and time to head to Wisconsin. Just as we were departing, I noted a check engine light, followed by an error code on my engine diagnostics system.
We had a very pleasant drive to the Cliffside Park in Caledonia, WI where we typically stay when we are near Ashley and family. It is a very nice park, as we have posted before. We got in and were set up in site 50 by late afternoon. We had not stayed in this site before, and now we know why. It is very un-level. We were able to finally get set, but would be looking to change sites the next week. I wish it were level, as the site itself is very spacious.
We had a great night, and headed over the next day to get Toby from school and spend some time with him and the rest of the family before taking him to swimming lessons.
After swim lessons we had dinner with the family at Ashley’s house, then carted Toby off with us to the Coach, or Grampa’s Bus as he calls it. We were up early to have some fun and take care of some maintenance tasks.
After we shut the water off, and the breaker to the hot water heater, we let it sit for a while to cool down. Then Terri and Toby accessed the pressure relief valve and drain. Once the pressure was off, they removed the drain plug and let everything inside come on outside. Toby thought that was great…like an outside shower!
After everything was hooked back up and the water back on, we opened all the faucets and bled the air out. The whole process takes less than a half hour, and is well worth it to prevent calcium from getting too built up on your heating element within the tank.
We were up early on Thursday, the 2nd to move to our new site. After Toby helped us with that, we headed into town for Toby’s T-Ball practice, followed by dinner with the family.
Friday was spent on getting things squared away at the new camp site, followed by Eli’s 8th grade graduation ceremony.
Terri and I had certainly forgotten what it is like in Gymnasiums in WI with a few hundred folks in the late spring…it was a great night all around though.
On Saturday, we headed into town to head to the farmer’s market. It was a bit of a gloomy day, but nice just the same.
Garreck’s parents made it to town later that evening from Buffalo, and would be staying the week with them. Terri and I headed back to the Coach to get a good nights sleep, as Sunday was church, followed by Emma’s high school graduation.
We had a nice dinner all together, then headed back to the Coach. On the way we were treated to a thunderstorm, and this cool cloud:
On Monday we pretty much hung around the campground, and Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty much a blur running back and forth, swimming lessons, and projects around Garreck and Ashley’s.
On Thursday we headed into Kenosha to meet everyone for the Kenosha Kingfish baseball game. The Kingfish are part of a college league for those that have pro prospects. It was also Snap-On Tools night at the game. Garreck works at Snap On, so we had a great time with a barbecue before the game and great seats.
What a great night! Toby decided to come to the Coach with us after the game, and the next day we checked out the play grounds followed by another great bike ride near the campground.
On Saturday we were back at it early, as not only was the farmers market going on, but there were civil war re-enactments in town. Kenosha has a very large and nice Civil War museum.
We then headed back to the house, and Terri proceeded on with the wall paper removal that Jean had started earlier. All the wall paper in the kitchen and dinette area is coming off to be replaced with paint.
Monday was move day again. We found another nice site we wanted to try, and since it was time to dump the tanks anyway, it was good timing. The other thing that is important with motor homes is to fire them up and exercise them every now and then to prevent things from binding up. In fact, we were talking with the camp host, who parks his motor home in the same place all summer, and found out that last year he experienced quite an expensive bill due to the fact he had not exercised the brakes on his coach and they seized up on him.
While moving to the dump station, and over to the new site, I kept getting the fuel control fault codes again…very frequently. So I called Cummins (which is located only 7 miles away and is a Coach Care facility) and made an appointment for Friday.
Tuesday, we went for another bike ride to check out some more of the erosion and the lake shore.
On Wednesday we had Toby, and did some more scouting.
Almost the entire day Friday was spent at Cummins. To make a long story short, in the end, we had a faulty fuel system transient suppressor, which they replaced and we were back in business…after dropping about $500.
On Saturday, we were up and at it early. Terri and Ashley were spending the morning at garage sales near Ashley’s house, as it was this communities annual garage (or rummage) sale event as they say here. Garreck, Toby and I headed out to a dairy farm for Kenosha Counties annual dairy breakfast, which was scheduled from 0630 to 1030. We arrived at about 9, and now know to get here much earlier next year.
Since there were over 300 people in line for breakfast , and the line was moving slow, we decided to just check out the animals, machinery and the barns. In the end, we found out they fed over 3,700 people that morning!
That’s all for now folks. We are in packing mode today, as we start our trek to Michigan tomorrow for our nephews wedding. More to come on that later!
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living Your Dreams!!