Friday, June 30, 2017

New River Gorge Bridge

When we woke up yesterday morning the temperature was a nice 65* and that was much better than the previous 43* mornings.
After getting ready it was back on route 19 which had us going up hill.
In no time at all we came to the Famous New River Gorge Bridge.  Where they have  BASE jumpers leaping 800+ feet into the New River Gorge below! Rappelling, skydiving, and more.
And here is the river way down there.
There are more bridges along this route but none as long or higher.
Then as we nearly always do is get on the two lane roads.  I always tell Nancy that looks like a good fixer upper.

We finally got to Spencer where Sherry and Mark live but they were gone and wouldn't be back until late so we waited for them in the Walmart parking lot.
Sherry came over to see us when they got back so we went over to her house to visit a little while, then came back to the motorhome to spend the night at Walmart.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

A long day

The temperature when we woke up yesterday morning was another 43* morning.  As we usually do we took our time getting ready.  By the time I got the motorhome disconnected from the electric, the car hooked to the back of the motorhome, the grey and black tanks emptied and fresh water tank filled we were on our way at 12:30.
The big mountains in front of us as we traveled down the highway looked nice.
We were soon at the mountain and rather than a road over the top of the huge mountain they made a tunnel thru it.
Its a long way thru the mountain, maybe close to a mile and worth it not have to go over it.
After getting thru the tunnel it was a short distance to our old home state of West Virginia.

Then another ten miles or so until the town of Princeton where we parked at the Kroger to unhook the car for a visit with Nancy's sister Callie.
We sat out on her nice deck in the fresh air talking for an hour or so before we all said it was time to go eat.
Callie said we would got to the Texas Steakhouse and she would pay the tab.
Nancy had the grilled chicken while Callie and I ordered the 60z sirloin.  Our talking was through out the meal and long after we had finished.
I told Callie we would stop by the motor home that I had some photo's of Don and Linda during our visit with them that I had taken on my computer to show her.
Callie was glad to see them since she hasn't seen Don and his wife in several years.
We then drove back to her house were we had another short visit then we had to be on our way.

We thank you very much Callie for the meal and most of all being able to visit and talk with you once again.
We were on I-77 again going North until we came to the Fayette Town Mall where I stopped at the Walmart to park for the night.

We had a very good day even though it was a long day for us.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Preparing for departure

Another 45* morning when we woke up yesterday.  We didn't have to go anywhere yesterday so it felt good to stay home and do several odd jobs that needed attention.
I cleaned the windshield of the motor home and also the tires and wheel covers.  Nancy was doing a few small chores that she had to do in preparation for us leaving to our next stop.

Nancy had us chicken, fried potatoes and a salad for supper which really filled both of us up.

We spent the evening on the computers and watching programs on our ROKU'S since we can't get a signal for the television here in the mountains.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Last day here

I thought that the morning temperature of 54* was cold Sunday morning.  Well after yesterdays morning temperature being 45* I changed my mind and thought 54* wasn't so bad at all.
There sure have been a bunch of campfires going in the campground the last couple of days.

Yesterday morning we had pancakes for breakfast for a change it is not my favorite breakfast to eat but I can have them every so often.  With breakfast out of the way we were on the computers for a while then we were getting ready to go into town to buy a few things and also to get a little folding money to pay for the campsite another night.

But first it was a stop into Bob Evans to have our main meal for the day.

Then it was to Walmart so Nancy could get whatever she gets at Walmart and a few other things.

When we got back home, unloaded the groceries and put them away I bagged up the garbage to take to the dumpster.
The dumpsters are located about 200 yards from our site down the hill then back up the hill.
We have two or three of this loop that goes up and down which make for good exercise in walking the loop.
Of course as I walk over the bridge I've got to look up the creek and to check to see if I can see any of the trout that is stocked in the water. Nope, if what I saw were the stocked trout they were not even big enough to take a hook.
Then a look down the creek no large fish there either. Just a bunch of minnows there.

After getting back it was time for the evening computer time a to watch a bit of television.

Today will be our last day here we will have a short drive to Princeton, WV to visit Nancy's sister Callie.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Cool in these hills.

Yesterday morning when we woke up the temperature was 54* and that is way too cool for us.
As a matter of fact in Florida that temperature is winter time.  No problem though I just got out our small electric heater and in a short time the motor home was comfortable.
Here is our narrow site, the only one that the motor home would fit in at the time.
Stony Fork Campground is at the foot of The Big Walker Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest and is ten miles from Wytheville, Virginia.
If you happen to come here when the berries are ripe you can do a little raspberry and blackberrypicking.

As far as wildlife we have seen deer, wild turkey's and different birds.  One time we were here and they had up signs of caution that there was black bear activity in the area but we did not see any bears.

It looks like we will need to go into Wytheville for a few things we need.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stony Fork Campground

We pulled out of the Mayberry RV Park Friday on our way headed north.
Things looked good for the day, it was cloudy but at least it wasn't raining.
At times you get the photo you want and at other times you just miss it.

Soon we were leaving North Carolina and crossing into Virginia going up a mountain, I mean a very large mountain.
It was getting foggy but not really that bad as I thought as we were nearing the top.
Remember I said this was a very large mountain.
The farther we went up the mountain the thicker the fog was getting and the slower the traffic was going.
Once on top the fog was clearing and going down the other side there was no fog so all was good.

When we got to Wytheville I stopped to fill up the motor home at the Flying J on I-81 because I knew the fuel would cost more in West Virginia.
The cost at the Flying J was $1.96 with my Flying J Advantage Card.  That was 20 cents more than I paid the last fill up.

We didn't know if we could get a site at the Stony Fork Campground since it was Friday and knew the week end campers may have all the sites filled.
But as we went around the loop there was a couple of empty sites that was large enough for the motor home.
It rained most of Friday night but Saturday was a nice and sunny day.
I got a couple of things accomplished including a couple more coats of varnish on the new slide out boards. That makes four coats and I will put more on it when I get the time, we want a deep shine on it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Friday, June 23, 2017


After a good nights sleep with a couple of other rv's and 3 or 4 truckers Nancy and I started getting ready.  We were not in a hurry same as usual I took my shower and got ready.
While Nancy was getting ready I got out to go look in Walmart to see what they had.  I also went in a couple of other stores.
When I got back to the motor home Nancy was ready to go.
We were on I-40 and in North Carolina so the roads were still lined with the yellow flowers.

I drove until we reached our destination which was the Mayberry in the town of Mt. Airy, NC.
As soon as we were checked in at this nice Passport America Park and had the motor home set up we were off to our favorite restaurant. That is the Hungry Farmer Restaurant with a country cooked buffet. I always over eat here because I love country corn beard, pinto beans, hog jowls and all the rest cookin'.
Just look at that big rooster.  I think that was fried chicken they had and no roosters.

We spent the rest of the evening with a short nap and then watched a little television.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

On the road again

After a good two day visit with Don and Linda, yesterday it was time to get on the road again.

We left Greenville and after a short ride we stopped in Travels Rest to do our laundry at the laundromat which took a couple of hours we also had a bite to eat.

Then we were on our way again.
Soon we were leaving South Carolina and entering North Carolina.
They had the road lined with yellow flowers.
They really had a bunch of them at the rest area where I stopped to see if the Walmart in Statesville allows overnight parking.  They do and that's where we spent the night.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Family visit

After having a nice four day stay at Parson's Mountain Lake Campground we left around noon yesterday going north to Greenville, South Carolina to visit Nancy's brother Don and his wife Linda.
We stayed on the two lane roads as much as possible.
Enjoying the flowers and scenery along the way.
Got to see the rolls of hay that makes the country side look just plum nice.
After arriving, checking in at the Springwood RV Park, I unhooked the car pulled into our assigned site.  Putting the levelers down I connected the electric after a short battle with a wasp. Then it was connecting the water and sewer.
Nancy then called Don to tell him we were on our way over for a visit.
Linda and Don were getting Fajitas ready for our supper while all the time we were in a lasting conversation.
Don was grilling the steak and chicken while Linda was doing the inside things.
With the meat we had refried beans, rice, tortilla chips with cheese and  guacamole sauce.
After eating way to much and an ongoing conversation Nancy and I said it was time for us to leave.
Thank you Don and Linda for a nice evening visit.
We will be going back to visit today then tomorrow going north once again.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Lake and a Gold Mine

We left our site at Lake Thurmond Thursday for a short drive north in hopes of getting a site at Parson's Mountain Lake in the Sumter National Forest.
After a good short drive we arrived at our destination at the usual site that we stay in each time we have been here.  This is a little used campground but it has water spigots scattered around the circle of sites rest rooms with flush toilet and showers.  Also it has a dump station, so at $3.50 with my Golden Age Passport it is a good price.
There is a nice small lake for fishing and swimming.
A picnic area at the lake side with shade trees to have you out of the sun.
Here's something you will not find at many campgrounds, a trail to a Gold Mine.
Close up of the sign.

A few wildflowers around the lake.
The only wildlife that I have seen thus far were squirrels and these three ducks on the lake.

It is so nice and quiet here, it's on a weekend and only two other campsites are occupied besides us.

We went to Lynn's Cafe when we finished setting up Thursday to have our supper,
Also while in Abbeville I filled the car up with regular gas for $1.76 a gallon.  The lowest I have paid for gas in a long time.
We will be here for a few days then will visit Nancy's brother in Simpsonville, SC.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.   


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Times almost up

Our time here on Lake Thurmond is just about gone.  We will be leaving tomorrow going across the dam into South Carolina and heading north.
We have really enjoyed our time here even though we have been in three different sites.
We've enjoyed watching the people in their boats be it pulling someone on a tube, fishing or just out on the lake for a joy ride.
The sunsets have been spectacular.
Each evening as I was watching the television I would glance out the windshield and notice the red glow on the trees and I would know it was time to go outside to see a beautiful sunset.

I'm sure as we travel this summer there will be many more beautiful settings of the sun and other scenery.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Changing sites again

Yesterday was just a slow day for us.  We did the ordinary house work that is always there to do, I wasn't working on the many things that I want to do but yesterday was not the day.  Some days a guy just wants to take a day to take it easy and yesterday was the day for me.

Nancy scrambled eggs and fried me some of the Country Ham that I bought at Carroll's Sausage and Country Store on our travels on I-75 exit 82 before stopping and visiting with Nick and Joann.
The package of ham is 24oz so while it was out of the refrigerator I fried all of it.
After the ham cooled off I wrapped it in packs enough for one serving so when I want it for breakfast Nancy can put it in the Micro Wave to warm it up.
Nancy and I had the last of the hot dogs for our supper along with potato chips for me and Dorito's for her.

We then watched a movie on the tv before we got on our computers doing our individual things that we check on.
And of course it was another beautiful awe-inspiring sunset with the red sky.
Simply amazing how all the sunsets can be different.

We are changing sites again today for another three night stay then Thursday we will be leaving.
To think when we arrived we were told it was all filled up. When the host at the gate told me that I said I would park the motorhome and come in and talk to him.  After talking with him he said he had a site for three nights and then check back with him they might have a cancellation which they did.
Anyway by moving three different times we are able to stay here all the time we wanted.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hot Dogs Today

A good sleep last with the window open as we have had all the time we have been here beside of Lake Thurmond.  I was up and on my computer as usual each morning reading the blogs and looking at the emails.

Then Nancy gets up when she has given me time to finish up.  She asked what I wanted for breakfast so I told her that the sausage biscuits that we bought at the Kroger Store the day before would do.
After finishing breakfast and another cup of coffee it was time to get ready for the day.

I've been thinking it was a good time to put a coat of the Fast-Drying Polyurethane on the new face of the slide out that I did a few weeks ago.  By the time I was finished up with that I had put two coats of the polyurethane on the boards and it will take several coats because it is soaking into the boards.

Next up was to grill some hot dogs for supper on the small propane table top grill.
I use the 20lb. propane tank that I have to accompany the use with the on board propane tank on the motorhome. I use the 20lb. tank on the motorhome when we are parked for a few days or weeks, because I don't want to run out with the onboard tank and have to tear down camping to go to fill the onboard tank.
We have seen many type of boats on the lake, but this is the first time for seeing a couple of paddle boarders. 
Here are some guys that will be out on the lake for a while fishing.  The lights are turned on, on the front and back of the boat.
There are always a few boaters heading in at sunset.
I always looked forward to the sunset show of the evening.  I've seen many show endings but nothing can compare to the sunset at the end of a day.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.



Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Mexican Meal

Another beautiful day on Lake Thurmond to be riding around in your type of boat or doing a little fishing.

After doing a few morning chores such as vacuuming cleaning bugs off the windshield and a few more we started getting ready to go to Evans for shopping and having supper.
We haven't had a Mexican meal for sometime so that was the choice for the day.  I looked on the internet at the various restaurants and the reviews so I thought Poblandis Mexican Grill would be a good choice. We thought and ordered the Fajitas for two, we took half chicken and the other half steak.
That with the rice, refried beans and a salad, as you can see I was in a hurry to eat and almost forgot to take a photo. The food sure did taste good.

After our meal it was a stop at Kroger to buy a few items. Nancy's feet were swelled up much more than when we left the motor home so she stayed in the car.
Then it was to Walmart you know you can't pass Walmart without stopping to go in and buy something.
After getting back home, putting the things away that I bought it was time to relax and look out across the lake.
The boats along the shore where we have our site.
Then it was time again to watch the sunset.
Its amazing how you can watch the sunset in the same place and yet each one is different with the cloud formations never being the same.

We are enjoying the time here the only set back is Nancy's legs and feet are hurting and she has to spend a lot of time with her legs elevated because of the amount of fluid in the her feet and legs.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.