Wrapping It Up In Pennsylvania and Udder Interesting Things....
October 19, 2015
“Get your gloves, hoodies and jackets out…..” That was how the local morning news started off their broadcast yesterday. Know what we got out? We got out of town! Yes, we are back on the road again….heading south...of course!! We pulled out of Brandywine Creek Campground again…six months from our original departure. Sort of déjà vu, but we were both excited to get the wheels rolling again.
The Brandywine Creek....next to the campground....
There’s something liberating and terrifying all at the same time to know that you travel with basically everything you own. It sure makes packing easier—if we don’t have it with us, we don’t own it. When we left Pennsylvania in April, we couldn’t really say that as we still had a small storage unit with some miscellaneous stuff that we just didn’t get to before we left.
This time, we’re free!! We were able to get the storage unit completely cleaned out, so seriously, everything we own is in our coach. And well, if you get a random box from us in the mail, “Merry Christmas!” That stuff from storage had to go somewhere!
And you know it's a slow news day when we include pictures of the storage unit!!
And, all empty! That saves us about $100 a month!!
Our last couple of weeks in Pennsylvania were crazy busy. I think we had something going on every day and night. Greg had one last solar install and I had a bunch of work stuff to catch up on…then, doctors, dentist and vet appointments, visits with friends and family…..exhausting!! I think we need a vacation!!! But, all-in-all, a great visit and glad we got to catch up with some of our friends and family!!
Our awesome groomer Rachael came to the coach to give Hobie a cut!
Next best thing to a Flowbee!!
While we didn’t quite have our beginner’s mind deployed, we did manage to do a some pretty cool things the last few weeks.
A couple of Saturday's ago, we drove to Annapolis to visit with our good friend Mary Marie. She and her husband, Frank, recently bought a house in Annapolis, so we got to see their totally awesome house on a Lake Ogleton (it's really more of an inlet than a lake) which has three deep water slips out their back yard, one of which they dock Eleanor Q, their beautiful 41 ft. Gozzard sailboat.
That's a pretty darn nice back yard!!
Eleanor Q docked!! She's a beautiful boat!!
A couple of years ago, Frank and Mary Marie quit their lives as they knew it, and took off sailing—leaving Annapolis, sailing to Maine, then down the coast to the Bahamas….then back to Annapolis. They spent about a year and a half just sailing and then decided to return back to a little more traditional life. Frank returned to work; Mary Marie picked up her consulting business and they bought this incredible house. We followed their journey and at one point, we thought we would like to do what they were doing, but ultimately decided the land was a better option for us….for now. Unfortunately Frank was in Toledo, where he’s working, but we had a great day hanging with Mary Marie. And of course Hobie enjoyed it, too!!
Mary Marie loves Hobie!! And of course Hobie loves hanging with her!!
And occasionally us.....
And meanwhile back at the ranch....while we were in Annapolis,
the local farm store had an Octoberfest, which we missed,
but the cow remained the next day.
Well, of course you know what that meant.
Another one of our activities, which was better than we had anticipated, was a Stevie Wonder concert. We were offered some free tickets from one of my work vendors….and the tickets were in a suite…..stocked with free beverages and food. Just couldn’t pass that up!! And the concert was pretty darn good!! He travels with the quite the crew—back up band, full orchestra and singers. Quite the production and an amazing artist!
Only was able to use the cell phone for pics which is why they're not that good!!
And before we left Pennsylvania, we had to hit Shady Maple. Shady Maple is located in East Earl, PA and is a small compound in Amish country that has a smorgasbord, grocery store, furniture store and Goods, which is like a small Walmart. Hundreds of people, if not thousands, go to the smorgasbord on a daily basis. (After I posted this, my friend Jamie sent me a good article about Shady Maple....1.4 Million visitors annually!!) Our friend Pam describes it best, “It’s like Disneyland for people who like food and like to eat.” They have all kinds of different food stations, and more food than you could possibly eat or even sample. We arrived at 8:30 am and the parking lot was packed. Jam packed.
And while this place is an experience that everyone should try at least once, we skipped the smorgasbord and actually went for the grocery store. We did grab a quick bite in the café inside the grocery store ($8 bucks and we were plenty full!!) and then proceeded to stock up on meat. Lots of meat. So in the end….our freezer is stuffed and we were not!! Win win.
First storage units...and now pictures of cauliflower.
But not just any cauliflower, cheddar cauliflower! What!?!
We left on Sunday and after a couple of stops, we will be spending the next nine nights at McKinney Campground outside of Atlanta. So as Greg says, “The circus is moving on to the next town!” Stay tuned for our next update…and thanks for following along!!