What a great summer we have had! Unfortunately, it is coming to a close, but on the other hand, Terri and I are looking forward to getting on the road again. We were very busy through the month of August with Ashley’s family, and spent almost all of that time in the park in Caledonia, WI near her house. It is great being able to spend quality time with family, and not have to invade them…another reason we started this RV life!
Since it has been such a long time since we posted, I’ll likely make this mostly a photo blog, rather than going day by day. We were lax in taking photo’s too, so not too many! I’ve heard from a lot of folks that they miss the blog since they were accessing it via Face Book, so I’m re-activating my account so folks can keep up with our travels…thanks for wanting to stay with us on this journey! And what a journey it has been…later this month we will mark our second year anniversary on the road as full-time RVers!!
To recap the past weeks, as mentioned above, we spent August in southern Wisconsin. We were fortunate enough to be involved in graduation parties, birthday parties, trips and excursions in the area, a trip to DC for work for me, and just good old family time. At the end of August we made a trip way up north to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin for a week to attend a wedding of the son of dear friends of ours, and to spend time with extended family at the camp ground. Yesterday we made it back to Terri’s mom’s house in Wausau, and as I write this I am sitting in the customer lounge at the local Cummins shop waiting on the Coach to come back from its annual physical…or maintenance if you will. Hopefully it won’t be too painful in the wallet. Early tomorrow we plan to start our trek to the NE, and hope to take in everything from NY, NH, ME, VT and hopefully some of Canada. We don’t know how long we will be up that way, but will try to extend in the cooler country as long as we can. The long term plan right now is to be in FL for December, and MS in Jan and Feb…we will see. Let’s get started…
We sure got our share of heat in August this year! It did cool off at night most of the time.
Terri and I shopping for decorations for Emma’s grad party…turned into more of an off to college party…She is going to Hope College in Holland, MI…thus the reason for the sign and the orange letters.
Having a walking taco bar for food, so a trip to the big box stores was in order as well.
Saturday, the 6th of August was finally cool enough for a fire.
There is a huge farmers market near the camp ground every Sunday. This is a stand for one of the micro-breweries in Kenosha.
We also found some “rummage” sales on Sunday, the 7th. My brother-in-law has a frying pan just like this one for cooking on the camp fire.
Terri dropped me off at the Milwaukee airport on Wed the 10th for a short trip to DC for work. The clouds were awesome on our descent into DC.
An awesome view from the rooftop of our company headquarters in Crystal City.
My good buddy Dan Deans giving me the nickle tour before my departure Friday evening.
Made it back in time for Emma’s party on the 13th.
The taco bar was a big hit!
Decorations turned out well.
Hard to see here, but later on Saturday while sitting outback of Ashley’s house, the sky was absolutely filled by hundreds and hundreds of Dragon Flies. They are one block off of Lake Michigan, so don’t know if there was a hatch near the lake or what, but I’d never seen anything like it.
As I was watching the dragon flies, I caught something out of the corner of my eye, and saw a rabbit being chased by a Coyote. We’d seen a lot of Coyote scat in the area behind their house, but had not laid eyes on the it. I ran around back through the neighbor’s yard, and took a quick video of the Coyote headed for the lake. These shots are not the greatest as I pulled them off of the video.
The Coyote saw me, stopped, and just sat for a while. As I took a step towards it, it scampered off. The shoreline in this area if full of broken up rocks and concrete for erosion. It makes perfect housing for these critters.
We were fortunate enough to have Toby quite a bit in August. Here we are headed for the bike trails.
Terri, Toby and I met Ashley at a little Mexican Restaurant on the 16th, the night before Toby’s 4th birthday. The folks at the restaurant put on a great show for him!
And on the 17th, we celebrated his 4th at his house! Batman AND Spider man cake!
The weekend of the 19th brought a huge adult softball tourney to the park we stay at. We had Batman for the weekend, and he scaled the fences.
I always seem to get small tears right at the knee in the shorts I wear. Instead of getting a new pair (these fit just right!) I made some modifications.
This park is busy on the weekends, but clears out during the week, and we have most of it to ourselves.
On Wed, the 24th, we found a weekly food truck and music event that we hadn’t known about. It was only about 20 minutes from the park. Great food and a great time.
It’s a real nice venue at an athletic complex, and it is also a ski area in the winter.
Part of the small ski area.
We had Toby through the weekend of the 26th, as Ashley and Garreck were taking Emma to college. Here is Toby “instructing” a new friend on the proper use of the bubbler, as it is known up here.
We took Toby to his house a couple of days for his nap so we could mow lawn and such. I guess we wore him out!
Finally some cooler weather again and more fires.
Saturday, the 27th was a perfect day for the local Racine Zoo!
The Zoo, although not real big, has a lot to offer. It is located right on the banks of Lake Michigan, so the vistas are great as well.
Toby and L’il Joey.
The birds were acting nuts! The Zoo worker said that in the late summer after rains, they go crazy. All you had to do was stand still and you’d have five or six of them on you. They climbed into Terri’s purse as well. The worker at the door had to check purses and pockets as people left the cage.
Later in the afternoon Toby and I took a walk around the Kenosha harbor and got to see the Big Red Ship giving rides.
I’ve mentioned before that we get to meet some really great people in our travels. A few in particular are the maintenance man at the park (Mr. Bob) and the camp hosts, Dave and Judy. They were wonderful. Terri and I really enjoyed our chats with Bob…he would try to stop by and take a break from mowing or whatever and just catch up with life. He knew Toby had a birthday, and I found this on our site post:
What a wonderful gesture!
We will miss them, but hopefully catch up again next spring.
Monday, the 29th was move prep day. Since we had been sitting for quite a while, I checked all the fluids, and decided to get all the tires to the proper pressure. They were not far off, but I hadn’t equalized them in a while. I run 110 PSI in the front and 95 PSI in the rear. Luck would have it that as soon as I started airing the front left, the valve stem core gave out. Thank goodness I have spares and the core tool. After that near debacle was avoided, I had to air the tire up about 20 PSI. I have an on board compressor, that will max out at 120 PSI, so when you get over 100, it is real slow going. One of our neighbors (Joe) who has been here all summer stopped by when I was done, and showed me the neat gauge he made so you can tell when your system is aired up. I can do that if I run inside every few minutes, but that is a pain in the rump. Here are a couple of shots of what Joe made:
He just added an in-line gauge to his air chuck. It is a little tattered, but works well. I’ll be making one of these soon.
The rest of the prep went well, and after an early bed time, we were up early and got all of our goodbyes in, dumped, and hit the road for Terri’s mom’s house. The trip to the Camp Ground we were going to for the wedding would have been a bit longer for one day than we wanted, so it was great to break it up by stopping at Shirley’s. The only issue we ran into was the fact that the county was re-paving the road in front of her house. I stopped to re-fuel a few miles away, and Terri took the truck up to see if we could get through. The foreman indicated I had about a 30 minute window to get in, but they would then be shutting lanes down. I made it in plenty of time, and we pulled the lawn chairs out and watched the work.
Things have changed quite a bit from what I recall from my youth seeing this done. Now they chop up the old black top, and recycle it. It goes to a place near where they are working to be re-tarred if you will, then goes on trucks and into the heater and paver.
It was fun to watch, and the foreman and crews were great to chat with.
We had a nice night catching up with Shirley, and Ryan and Mason stopped by for a while. We were up early on Wednesday to make the trek to Boulder Junction, WI and the Camp Holiday RV Resort. We had to leave by 0900, or we would have been stuck for the day as they were starting the second coat of black top.
Here is our site at Camp Holiday. Very nice park, and we were right across from the playground on one side, and the lake on the other. Ashley and family arrived later that day, and Rob and Pat and family arrived on Friday.
It was an awesome week and long weekend. We met James and Laurie and family wed night in Minocqua for a water ski show, and just to catch up. Their eldest son Josh would be getting married on Saturday. We had a blast all week…great bike trails, cards, fires, food, wedding, visits to family and much, much more. Here are some shots of the week:
The lake with the water trampoline.
Fabulous bike trails located less than two miles from the park. They go for miles and miles! Some of the best trails we have ever seen.
The blue dot gives you an idea of where we were at.
It wasn’t real warm each day, but the beach was located in a protected area and the water temp was warm.
Awesome wedding venue on the lake!
Great friends James and Laurie, parents of the groom.
Post ceremony reception before dinner.
What a nice venue, and fantastic wedding!
More days of swimming!
View from Terri’s cousins house on Gunlock Lake near our camp ground. They have a beautiful house and location in the Northwoods!
Stacy showing Toby how to put the boat in the water.
Brandon and Stacy took us for a boat ride around their little piece of heaven.
Love this shirt! Saw it in a store in Minocqua on Tuesday while we were staying out of the rain. It rained, hailed and blew like crazy Monday night. I didn’t sleep a wink, and we were joined by Toby and Ashley about 0400 when it was getting real bad. Garreck and Shiloh roughed it out in their tent camper.
Sunset over the lake on our last night.
Well, that’s about it! We drove in the rain yesterday to Shirley’s, so the Coach is nasty dirty now. the Coach should be done soon, and then we will prep for an early departure tomorrow.
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!!!!