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Published: October 26th 2010
You may wonder why my blog entries are sporadic and I have an honest explanation. When we are not "on the road" I take a vacation and don't write. Our normal lives are no more interesting than anyone else's anyway. Our summer was fun although felt hectic at times. Normally we don't do Habitat builds in the summer but this year we did two, one in Shelby, MI and the second in Salem, OH. We also spent lots of time with son John and his 5 children in Clarkston. We camped in Ludington with Autumn and Maddie, our 2 grandgirls and had a ball keeping up with them. Our boat was in the water and the weather was warm so we enjoyed time with friends and son Aaron, daughter-in-law Shelly and their children. We celebrated grandson Andrew's high school graduation and son John's 40th birthday. So it was busy, busy!
In mid-September we left Hidden Ridge RV Resort in MI (where “Ondago” spent the summer). Ondago” is our Allegro Bus and the name was officially transferred by friend Nancy Crayne from her Phaeton to our Bus. It does symbolize our lifestyle, mostly “on the go,” and the reason why I
have not blogged earlier in this trip. Thank you Nancy.
The summarized version is that we headed first for the Finger Lakes in upstate New York to see RV friends Pat and Joe and hike Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake. Gorgeous! Then to Lake George, NY and the Adirondacks. The colors had just peaked and it was gorgeous in the mountains. We went to Blue Mountain Lake and enjoyed the Museum of the Adirondacks there and our drive north along Lake George to Elizabethtown, both trips on the motorcycle. There was a hot air balloon festival near Lake George which was our first, and impressive. Interesting how they inflate them.
We then headed for Cousin Colleen’s house in Pine Bush, NY, near Poughkeepsie where we stayed for 5 days parked beside her house in the woods. She and Craig showed us a great time there while we ate ourselves into oblivion and enjoyed just being together. We also enjoyed the time spent with Colleen’s mother and our Aunt Betty. The whole family took her across the walking bridge over the Hudson River celebrating the first year of operation of this impressive bridge. She loved it!
Terry and I
spent his birthday in NY City and had a wonderful time touring this city and again eating great food. We did a bus tour which also included a ferry tour of NY Harbor, Statue of Liberty (tears there), Ellis Island (more tears), Brooklyn Bridge, and the largest clock face in the country. Saw the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in construction (more tears yet) and Wall Street. We did the Top of the Rock from Rockefeller Center where we could look down on some of the city, not including the Empire State Building. We stayed overnight and saw the American Natural History Museum and strolled around Central Park. Loved the city as much as I thought I would, and Terry, reluctant to go, agreed. However I would never never in any life want to drive a taxi there, or anything for that matter.
Since the weather report looked fabulous we took an unplanned side trip to Long Beach Island, our second visit there. We spent a day biking and beach walking with Judy and Howard, friends we met in Key West about 6 years ago. We could see the skyline of Atlantic City across the bay and got hooked on
searching for sea glass. People lucky enough to live near the ocean take collecting this glass very seriously and display it proudly everywhere. We may have to buy a bigger coach!
On to Virginia Beach to visit cousins Jeanie and Dean and their children. We spent time visiting, eating, walking the boardwalk and shopping, and again felt certain that there is nothing like spending time with family, especially when again they make you feel so special. We also took care of a few appliance breakdowns and learned to depend upon coolers as refrigeration until we got our cooling unit replaced. I had to find an ENT who would agree to do a follow up exam for a nasty infection. With Jeanie’s help I found an especially cute ENT to see me. We were surprised to discover that Virginia Beach is the largest city in VA.
You’ll notice that I have included the word “eating” frequently. Time for cutting back, way back!
We’re looking forward to the Outer Banks and we’ll keep you posted.
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