Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On the Road Again!

After being in Nashville for two and half weeks, we are on the road again. 

Greeting from Pigeon Forge, TN.  We left Nashville this morning around 7:00 a.m heading east toward Knoxville and a lunch date with friends from Knoxville, First Presbyterian.  We met Gary and Pat at the Turkey Creek Walmart.  They picked us up and we all headed for Mimi's for lunch.  What great conversation we all had.  It was a lot of fun touching base with them.  We talked and talked until we finally had to get back in the truck to head over here. 

We arrived at Creekside Campground around 3:30 p.m. eastern time.  After getting set up we took advantage of the beautiful day and sat outside for awhile. 

We ate dinner at Tony Roma's where we shared a whole rack of ribs, baked potato, and grilled green beans. 

Part of our trip over here is to spend some time with our son, Al and his girlfriend Allie.  They are both off tomorrow, so we will spend the whole day with them.  Since we have not spent much time with Allie, we are looking forward to getting to know her better. 

Pictures will follow tomorrow. 

Have a great day.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday and Friday:
Rend Lake

Yesterday and today were travel days.  The weather was HOT, but it was cool in the camper.  Thursday night we stayed in Russell, Ks, and Last night were were in Missouri.  This morning we got up and decided to go to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.   The closest one was St. Charles MO about 50 miles from where we spent last night. 

Breakfast was good, but the service was not the usual Cracker Barrel.  We are used to the server being friendly and courteous.  Our server was Curt.  I think we messed her up, when she asked if we wanted coffee.  We did but we already knew what we wanted, and ordered.  I think we through her off her routine.  Harris ordered half caffeine coffee and half decaf, for his first cup with the rest of his refills being decaf.  Well that didn't happen.  I asked for blackberry jelly, but never did get it.  We also asked for water, which finally came without a straw.  I think I got one refill of coffee.  We are used to being asked if we would like a cup of coffee to go,  Not today.  Glad that didn't set the tone for the rest of the day. 

We were heading for one of our favorite camping spots, so nothing could spoil our moods.  We arrived at North Sandusky Corp of Engineers Park, outside Sessor, IL around noon.  We didn't have a reservation, but found a campsite for one night without a problem.  They had plenty of great campsites. 

After getting set up we fixed lunch.  Since it was so hot and muggy outside, we decided to eat inside.  Then it was time to head to town to Walmart for some groceries.  Then it was off to our favorite ice cream place called the custard stand in Sessor.  It is the only place I can get vanilla ice cream with orange sherbet. 

Back to the camper so Harris could re-string one of our blinds and fix dinner.  Steak, corn on the cob, and mixed veggie stir fry. 

Tomorrow, we will either spend another day here or head to Nashville.

Have a good day. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Travel Day:

We left Aurora this morning around 8:30 a.m.. Mountain Daylight Time, heading east to Kansas.  Our stop tonight is at Russell, Kansas in a Passport America Campground.  We arrived here around 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight time.  The weather was HOT when we got here.  The camper was 93 inside when I opened it up.  Our habit during the HOT weather is to plug in the camper as soon a we can, so I can go inside and get the air conditioners going so the camper will cool off prior to fixing dinner. 

It didn't take to long to cool it off.  I was glad since I had to fix dinner.   Tonight we have been catching up on email. 

Tomorrow is another travel day. 

Have a wonderful day

"Hi Grandma"

On our last day at Cherry Creek, State Park, we got up and took a walk around the campgroound.  When we got back to the camper, we sat outside and enjoyed a cup of coffee.  After taking our shower we headed to Panera for a bagel and then to King Souper for groceries.  After lunch we took a bike ride before we began to get things put away prior to our leaving on Wednesday. 

Tuesay night we had dinner at Rob and Laurie's house again to enjoy one more night with them.  Katie was in a great mood.  When we came in Rob was feeding her a bottle.  When she finished she stood up and looked over the couch at me, and grinned.  We spent the rest of the evening playing with Katie.  Before we left she gave us a big hug and kiss.  We already miss her.

Tomorrow is a travel day. 

Want to play Grandpa

Laurie, Rob and Kaite

Laurie and Kitie

Rob and Katie