Monday, September 27, 2010

Good campground Bad campground

I was excited to be heading for West Virginia to visit my three children who all live together. In the area they live there is slim and none as for choice of RV parks so we decided on Tygart Lake State Park in Grafton about 30 miles away. After all, our first state park stay in Kentucky was a pleasure. Well as we got closer and the roads got smaller and the trees thicker we thought we might be in trouble here.Long story short I squeezed our almost 40 foot trailer in a spot designed for a 30 footer. All the other campers and even the camp host could not believe they would even tell me they had enough room. Couldn't get level,no tv,and no wi-fi was a real bad start to the week. The park was beautiful but set up for primitive camping with a little weekend camper. I drove into town to see my kids and try to find some place to park our trailer for the rest of the week.We finally found a nice place in Elkins,West Virginia even though it was a longer drive from their house. After three days in the woods we got moved back into civilization at a very unique farmers field converted to a nice campground by a couple I think were 1960's flower children. Very nice people though.If you are ever near Elkins, West Virginia I recommend Pegasus Farm Campground. Pictures of Pegasus Farms are of everything but actual RV sites which I somehow failed to get but they are large,level and modern full hookups.

Tight Quarters Tygart Lake State Park

Hospitality House outside and inside Pegasus Farms

Old tractor by nice shower house

Grafitti Back Hoe

Old 'Hippie' bus you can rent

Civil War Graveyard on farm

My main reason to be here though was to spend time with my children whom I haven't seen in 5 years. They are all Adults now(Dang I'm getting old !) so it was kinda nice just to set around and visit and hang out and not have to worry about going places and seeing things. I will not let it be this long between visits any more.Lindsey,Jay and Tony- I had a great time sharing the family heirlooms and photo's I gave you and seeing you enjoy the old photo's. And yes- I am now back on my diet after our homemade suppers. See you again.

We are now in Mt. Airy, North Carolina at Mayberry Campground.This is the hometown of Andy Griffith and has a lot of Mayberry themed attractions. We will be spending some time in the area between here and Charlotte to visit some historical sites and for me to get my NASCAR fix. Photo's and updates to come.Chasing A Rainbow.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Heading East

We were out of Greeley by 8 a.m. and made Wakeeney,Kansas by early afternoon and stayed in a nice KOA there .Not often you will here me say that,I'm not fond of most of them but this one is an exception. Linda and I had a good laugh Sunday night before we went to bed.I was calling my family to tell them we were leaving.At the end of each conversation I would say,well this isn't goodbye just see ya later.Of course what do we say right before we hang up....GOODBYE.

The next night we decided to try this Passport America park called Paradise Lake Resort in Lone Jack, Missouri.Boy did this place turn out to be way out in the boonies !The price was right and it is a pretty place although the sites are a little tight and unlevel . As soon as the sun went down it started to rain and rained all night.I was a little concerned about the roads being muddy but it was unfounded as the roads were rocked very nice.

These 2 have a nice view The "facilities" We used our own !

The next night we spent a very uneasy night in Mount Vernon, Illinois at the only park in town. It was very hot and all they had was 30 amp so we could only run 1 air conditioner... or so we thought.Every 15 minutes the park breaker would trip.I kept shutting down electrical appliances so we could cool down with at least one.Being the only park in the area the owner was very busy and hard to find so I finally plugged into the vacant site next to us and solved the problem.Now go figure, Linda and I were less than impressed but not Buddy-he loved it here.Kept wanting to go out and wander all over the park sniffing and marking.You just never know.

Our present spot is in Kentucky at Taylorsville Lake State Park , our first State Park stay and we now understand why they are so popular.This place is quiet,isolated and your neighbor is not right on top of you.This one even has 50 amp electric and water with a nice laundry and shower/bath house right across the road.We could get used to this ! Something tells me we might be back here when we have more time.

Old Barn on way to Park

Linda and Buddy at Lake Buddy loves climbing rocks
(I need to use the zoom)

Nice size lake

Our next stop will be Tygart Lake State Park in Grafton, West Virginia so I can visit my 3 children. Will keep you updated as things happen.Chasing A Rainbow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Getting back on track

We left Oregon on the 21st of August headed for Colorado to see our Dr.s and tie up loose ends in our former home town. We made it to Boardman, Oregon the first night for an overnight,get some sleep stop.Nothing exciting going on here. After stops at a very nice park in Caldwell,Idaho and one at a very smelly park in Salt Lake City across from an oil refinery we were headed for a planned couple day's stay in Grand Junction,Colorado so I could go to the Gateway Auto Museum in nearby Gateway,Colorado that I missed when we first went on the road. As stated in my previous post we got the word my Sister Mona passed away in her sleep and our only thoughts were to get to Greeley as fast as possible.We stopped in Fruita and got some rest and arrived in Greeley that Friday morning.

We went to the only RV park in town to set up for the two week stay we had already planned.No ambiance here, just a place to park.We then went to see Family and share our grief at the sudden loss. I would just like to say I am very proud of my niece Staci and my nephew Sean as they did a great job taking care of my sisters final wishes and planned a very moving and wonderful service in tribute to their Mother.

We met with our good friends and future full timers Duane and Ruth to enjoy a meal and fill them in on how much we are enjoying this lifestyle. Duane and I worked together so I also caught up on what was going on at my former w**k place.They have a couple years yet to w**k before joining us on the road.They do take every chance they get now to travel in their travel trailer.In fact they were leaving on a 3 week trip soon after we met.

This two weeks were full of taking care of unfinished business so we were on the run most of the time but now feel like we have closed out this chapter in our lives and will only come back to visit family and friends.

Of course it was necessary to make sure we were here for the 18th annual Melby Labor Day car show and picnic.Folks if you like cars and a fun relaxed atmosphere this is the premier event.Dean has a large lot in the town of Evans where they cook up great pork sandwiches and every one brings the sides and desserts. The main purpose is the car show and fellowship of motor heads that goes on.There must have been over a hundred cars through out the day as people come and go all day long. I will post photo's of a small over view of the many different styles that were there.

We will be leaving Sunday for West Virginia to visit my three children,Lindsey,Jay and Tony.It's been about three years and I am very excited. After that it will be a slow trip to Florida for the winter by way of North and South Carolina with Savannah, Georgia mixed in.What a life ! Until next time,Chasing A Rainbow. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Very unique rest stop Colorado Sunset after Rain storm