NC Bound

Wednesday October 25th

We're scheduled to watch the grandkids this weekend so we decided to go to NC early to ride the Neuse River Greenway which we could not ride in the spring because of flooding. It is a beautiful 27 mile paved trail on the eastern edge of Raleigh.


The cozy Morning Glory Inn was our home last night and will be again tonight. It's located in the center of Clayton.  We were delighted to have Katie join us today on our bike ride.

She rode 16 miles and was kind enough to share her lunch with us!

Friday morning, after a leisurely breakfast chatting with a Russian family and a couple from Asheville (both had young adult children performing in the Clayton Music Festival), we headed to Hillsborough to begin our duties at 2:50 p.m.


Since its the week of Halloween, we went to the  McKee's Corn Maze.  I will just relate our adventure at the Maze with photos! It was a fun time!!

Maze Kids

Riding the train.

Hay ride time.


Mommy brought home pumpkins last night and we cleaned out the seeds.  Today Audrey and Henry came up with designs and we carved them. They are now proudly on display with candles on the front porch!

It was a rainy day so we had time for a movie and after the rain Grandpa and Henry got in some Pokémon time.

Great being with you guys this weekend!

Fall Break

September 18, 2017 

Now that Audrey is in school, it is time for her first fall break vacation trip to Lynchburg.  We picked her up in Hillsborough this morning and look forward to a great week!  Arriving in the Burg, we got Audrey unpacked and she wanted to play UNO.

Audrey wanted to fly her kite, so we went to Peaks View Park and quickly had the kite in the air with Audrey in control!  After a spell in the playground, we headed home to play UNO!


Grandpa went for a bike ride today, so the girls had a day to themselves. They painted nails, went to the playground and got things ready to go on Audrey's first camping trip at the lake. And of course, they played UNO!


We packed the car and headed to SML.  First, we got the motor boat in the water and went to the Benders to pick up Aunt Jenny for a boat ride.  We just anchored in a cove to swim when we heard thunder and decided to move up the lake where there was blue sky and sunshine.  Well, within 5 minutes, a wild storm developed with gusty winds, high waves and rain.  We ducked into a marina for protection and got under shelter as it began to hail!

Wet, but safe and happy boaters!

When the storm was over, we motored under blue sky and sunshine back to the Benders for dinner.  We had to improvise, however, because dessert was supposed to be s'mores by the campfire, but the wood was too wet for a campfire.  So, s'mores by the microwave it was, and Audrey thought they were great!

After dinner, we headed to the sail club to tuck Audrey into her sleeping bag for her first night camping with Grandma and Grandpa! 


Grandpa was helping remodel the VISA kitchen so Audrey, Grandma and Aunt Jenny headed to the Homestead Creamery for lunch and ice cream.  However, Audrey's belly hurt and they had to cancel their plans.  When they returned to the sail club we headed to Lynchburg.  A grilled cheese and a movie later, Audrey was feeling fine once again and ready to play UNO!


The week went by quickly and we loved having Audrey with us for her fall break. This afternoon we drove to Danville to meet her Mommy so she could go home to Hillsborough! 

October 2, 2017

After a week off, we headed to Hillsborough to pick up Henry for his fall break vacation with Grandma and Grandpa.  Our first stop on the way to Lynchburg was the miniature stone village on Highway 86.   It is an interesting spot to walk around for a few minutes!  It shows how much time the owner spent building it with care and skill!

Next we stopped in Danville to take a picture of a bike rack and we found a boy hanging on it! After lunch, we traveled to Lynchburg, got Henry unpacked and found out he was really into Parcheesi!


Grandpa and Henry went to Peaks View Park to play with our Ollies and to ride our bikes on the trails in the park. After lunch, we got out the erector set and made something that came from our imagination!


Grandpa went on a bike ride so Grandma and Henry had a day to themselves.  Henry took Grandma to Peaks View Park and taught her how to play with Ollie!  After lunch, they played miniature golf and many games of Parcheesi! At happy hour we were talking about things we like but don't go together,  like salsa and ice cream.  But Grandpa said he might like that....so we tried it.  And we all thought it was pretty good, but not good enough to add to our dessert menu!


We headed to SML.  We got the motor boat in the water, ate lunch at the sail club and then spent the afternoon on the water.  But only Henry was brave enough to go swimming! After eating at Moosie's, we headed back to the club to build a campfire and make s'mores before heading to the camper for the night.

s'mores at campfire


It was a beautiful day so we motored over to SML State Park and spent the morning hiking on the trails.  After lunch it was time for Henry to go home and Grandma took him to meet his Daddy in Danville while Grandpa stayed at VISA to help with a regatta.  As always we loved having Henry with us for a week during his school break!

Henry still loves fishing from the dock!

Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 1st

The Morgans and Alexanders traveled to Murrells Inlet to spend the Labor Day weekend at the beach with the Hills!  We all arrived in time for happy hour, dinner and games.

Wow, a 3-D coloring book.  Great job coloring girls!

Henry teaching Grandpa about Pokémon!


Since Grandma and Grandpa were camping at Ocean Lakes, everyone came to the waterpark at the campground after lunch.  We were having such a great time swimming, going down the slides  and floating on the Lazy River that no one took a photo!

We gathered once again at the Hills for dinner.  Maggie found out that she likes chicken legs as much as Henry and Audrey!


Henry, what Pokémon is this?

Today was beach day and it was lovely.  The waves were perfect for Audrey, Maggie and Henry to get long, fast bodyboard rides.  Dinner once again at the Hills and then we watched part of the Virginia Tech game before retiring for the night! Hokies won!!


Today Katie and the kids are headed back to North Carolina.  However, after lunch we went to the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk to hunt some Pokémon and enjoy the scenery along the way.  Then the Alexanders headed for home and Maggie, Grandma and Grandpa went to the campground while Kelley ran some errands.  We played miniature golf with Maggie and went to the play ground.

When Kelley arrived at the campground, we played in the arcade, then retreated to the air conditioned camper for happy hour before going to the snack bar for an early dinner.  After dinner we said our good byes.  Maggie has school tomorrow and we're headed to Lynchburg.  

It was a wonderful weekend at the beach.  So great to have everyone together! Thanks so much to the Hills for their hospitality! Love to all!!

Canada Bound

Friday, July 21, 2017

Heat pump problems solved, we are on our way to Canada.  The delay for the repair dictated canceling our visit with Priscilla and Phil, but we'll head to Orwigsburg this fall!  Our first stop tonight will be a KOA Campground in Unadilla, New York, so it will be a long drive.  However,  it will put us in position to keep our campground reservation in Burlington tomorrow.  The trip was going well until we hit stop and crawl traffic on Interstate 81 just north of Scranton.  It was so slow, we took the first exit we came upon and ended up on a beautiful drive on the Viaduct Valley Scenic Byway along the Susquehanna River!  It was a gorgeous drive and we felt our bodies relax.  We even saw a rainbow!

Gretchen's Photo


It was an easy drive to Burlington and we were set up in the second worst campground ever by 5:00 p.m.  So we decided to go downtown and walk around. The city center is a bustling, youthful place on a weekend evening.  We walked around the waterfront, then up to the market square before eating at the Vermont Brewery.


You can ride across a lake (Champlain) if you are in Burlington on the Island Line Rail Trail!  We stopped here just to ride this trail and the weather today was gorgeous...sunny, 74 degrees and low humidity.  From our campground it was 8 miles north to the bike ferry to South Hero Island.

We hopped the ferry and rode to Allenholm Farms for lunch.  The food was delectable and fueled us to ride back to the ferry, then through Burlington to the end of the trail and back to the campground; a total of 32 miles!  

The Island Line Trail is one of the best bike rides Gretchen and I have been on and we highly recommend it to anyone who wants to ride across a lake!


The forecast today is rain; so we decided to explore the Champlain Islands by car. It was an easy drive north to reach South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero and the little town of Alburgh. The islands are very rural with farming the only obvious employment.  Yet, the houses are well kept so the islanders are doing fine.  I'm sure there are many summer homes but there seems to be many natives as well.  We had a great lunch at the Hero's Welcome General Store. They bake home made circular rolls that look like cone tops for their their sandwiches, very light and fluffy...delish!  We took a short side trip to La Motte Island before returning to South Hero and wine tasting at Snow Farm Vineyard.  We loved a dry white wine they make from a grape we had never heard of, the Seyval. The wine was named Vermont Seyval Blanc.  The rain stopped by the time we returned to Burlington in the late afternoon, so we went downtown to walk around so Gretchen could get her daily steps!


Today was a driving day from Burlington to Bangor; on Route 2, 90% of the way.  It was a beautiful ride through the Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine countryside. Tonight we are in Pleasant Hill, a wonderful Good Sam campground.  It relieves some of the bad camping memories from the last few days!


On the road to Canada.  It was a pleasant drive culminating with crossing the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island.  The Bridge is a construction masterpiece, linking the island to the mainland (8 miles).  What an economic boost for the island! It's free going to the island but we may have to hawk the camper to get off of the island!  Arrived at Stanhope Campground in PEI National Park late afternoon. Our campsite is great!


Beautiful day in PEI so we rode the Gulf Shore Way East and West Trails. They are paved and run the length of the Park with great views of Saint Lawrence Bay. Parcs Canada has placed Red Chairs in their parks across the country at spots with beautiful views!

                          Red Chair view at Dalvay-by-the-Sea

We continued riding to Robinsons Island at the end of the East Trail and saw there were two Red Chairs on the island but they required riding on dirt to see so we passed up on the adventure.  We started the West Trail at the Cavendish Campground which was past the end of the trail but we like to ride!  We rode 36 miles today.

After the ride we stopped at Green Gables to take a picture of the house to send to the girls.  One of our fondest memories is when we visited Green Gables when they were young girls who were reading the books!

We stopped at Richards Restaurant and Market on an inlet in the Park. It was really crowded so we thought we could not go wrong with their fish and chips since the fish were caught in the morning.  The meal was delicious, huge pieces of batter fried fish and more french fries than you can imagine.  One serving would have been enough for both of us but we ordered two!


The weather called for rain so we decided to drive to the East Point Light House.  It was a pretty drive but very remote.  Some towns were literally a sign with no houses in sight!  We ate lunch at the  cafe and headed south where we encountered massive potato growing operations.  There were huge potato fields in bloom (white, pink and purple blooms) all along the route.  We ended up in Charlottetown with great anticipation only to be disappointed.  Not much of  a downtown.  The Providence House where the Canadian Confederation was born is closed for renovation.  But Gretchen did get a taste of the Cow ice cream!

On the way back to the campground, we found the PEI Preserve Company. When we stopped here 30 years ago with the girls, it was a single room where they served tea, with biscuits and jam.

Now, it is quite a operation with a store, restaurant, party venue and the beautiful Gardens of Hope..."a garden growing in support of others needing respite and hope." We had to stroll the gardens and then we had to stay for dinner.....delightful!


Today we rode the Confederation Trail from Miscouche east through Summerside for 10 miles and then returned to our starting point!  It was a beautiful ride through the country side and there were many potato fields.

Potato Field

After riding we explored the North Coast.  The towns along the route were quite populated with lovely homes along the shoreline.  We stopped at the North Point Light/Canadian Experimental Wind Farm before returning to our campsite. It was a lovely drive through the northern end of the island!

Gretchen's Photo


We rode another segment of the Confederation Trail today; a spectacular segment from Morell along St. Peters Bay.  Bike riding does not get any better than this!

 Only hill we had to gear down for in 77 miles of riding on PEI.

There were many buoys in the bay which a local told us was a very successful commercial mussel fishery. He told us how they grow the mussels and that they harvest year round.  He said they add lime to the water to help them grow which might explain the white stuff along the shore?  Do the mussel growers have to clean the shores periodically?

PEI has been a great experience. We were amazed at how nice the houses were maintained all over the island.  If people don't have to worry about health care, can they put more money into their houses?  We were just wondering!


Today is a travel day from PEI to Campbellton, NB.  We managed to get off of the island without selling off any possessions and arrived at our campsite in the late afternoon! Check out the views from our campground!

The Restigouche River has great salmon fishing.  Our neighbor in the campground is from the area and told us the world record salmon caught with a fly rod is from this river...72 pounds!


We stayed an extra night in Campbellton because we thought today was New Brunswick Day and we could experience the local festivities..but it was not! Canada does like the USA and moves the celebration day to the nearest Monday to give folks a three day holiday.  So we walked around town, ate lunch at the local park (nordic center in the winter) and took two loop drives south and north of the city.  It was a pleasant day.


Today, we start our trek around the Gaspé Peninsula.  We were surprised how populated it is as you travel from one small town to another.  We were anticipating stopping at Percé to take the boat ride out to Bonaventure Island, but when we got to the town it was over run with tourists.  We could not even find a parking place with the camper in tow.  It was so depressing, we just headed north to Gaspé.  We got set up in our campground in Forillon NP only to find out there was no potable water.  So we had to go back to town to buy some drinking water.  We did get to walk on the beach after dinner.  And...we decided to forgo driving back to Percé, opting to keep our view of the rock in our mind's eye.


First on our menu today was to hike up  to the lookout tower on top of Mont Saint-Alban.   It is a tough uphill jaunt, so much so, that a woman asked Gretchen how old she was because she could not believe she made it to the top!

We made it!

The views from the tower are stunning.  One middle school boy told us, "It was really hard getting here but it's awesome!"

Land's End view from tower.

Not having enough hiking for the day, we did the Les Graves Trail out to Land’s End and the Cap-Gaspé Light House. 22,200 steps today!

Cap-Gaspé Lighthouse


Today, we took in the other sites in the park. First we stopped at the recreation center, a nice pool complex.  Then we toured the Hyman & Sons General Store, an interpretive center that gives one a real idea of the cod fishery here in the late 1800’s.  Interesting fact is it was controlled by companies on the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel and most of the dried cod was shipped to Europe.  The warehouse even smelled like dried cod!

We walked the path to the Blanchette Homestead which was owned and occupied by the same family from the late 1800s to the point when the NP was created.  It gave a good view of how the fishermen lived on this remote peninsula and how generations added to the house to bring it to its current size. Gretchen and I really liked these two exhibits, but for some reason neither of us took a photo!

Next stop was the town of Gaspé, which is mostly residential with a very small main street area.  We found a wonderful spot for lunch, the Restaurant des Artistes.  On the way back to our campground, we stopped and walked the boardwalk at the Penouille Sand Spit, a sandy beach on this very rocky peninsula!


We continued our trek around  the Gaspe Peninsula.  The road around the point was horrible, in bad condition, hilly and winding.  The driver was really glad to get down to sea level where you ride along the shore with the mountain on one side and the Saint Lawrence River on  the other side. We stopped at Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Métis), one of the premier gardens in the world! Elsie Reford inherited a fishing camp from  her uncle who founded the Canadian Pacific Railroad and began creating the gardens in 1926.

In the main house there was an exhibit that tells the story of Canadians who fought in WWI.  Each story had a photo of the person, a glass sculpture depicting the story and a fragrance to help remember the person.  It was a  unique, outstanding art exhibit.

The gardens are beautiful which you can see from the photos.

The area for the International Gardens Festival  (18th year) includes winners added each year from around the world.  The goal is to invite visitors to interact with the garden installations.

Reford Gardens was a real highlight of our trip so far and we are so glad we stopped.  The driver felt totally relaxed after a two hour visit.  A short drive later we arrived at Parc BIC campground only to find out there were no operating toilets due to the water shortage!


We got on the road to Québec this morning and arrived at our campground south of the river in Lévis in the early afternoon.  After setting up camp, we decided to take a drive around the Île d’Orleans.  The traffic was intense and we took a wrong turn landing us in downtown Québec but we finally made it.  It was worth the effort to see this rural setting just a few miles from downtown.  One end of the island is pretty yuppy with small upscale villages but the rest of the island is farm land with many produce stands…strawberries were in season!


We took the Lévis Ferry and explored downtown Québec today. We started by walking through the Quartier Petit Champlain, the oldest commercial district in North America.

We searched for a traditional meat pie for lunch. One local recommended LA LA Cafe and gave us directions. But, when we found the cafe, there was not one person in it!  So we ended up eating at a cafe near by where we enjoyed a delightful lunch slowly…just like we were in France!

After lunch, we walked up to the Promenade of Governors, a long boardwalk in front of the Le Château Frontenac Hotel that overlooks Old Québec and the Saint Lawrence River. We hiked up the stairs at the end of the Promenade and around the Citadelle of Québec, which is still an active military base and residence of the Governor General of  Canada, the Queen's representative.

Next stop was the hotel, you can walk into the lobby and check it out.

Finally, we found the Basilica so we could look inside, then walked down the steps into Old Québec once again and took the Ferry back across the river.  Very enjoyable day.  The City has done a great job preserving the old quarter!  We logged  22,000 steps on Gretchen's Fitbit. I’ve already reached my 2018 step goal!


We took our bikes on the ferry and rode to Montmorency Falls with a slight 5 mile detour due to a missed sign!  It was a great bike path and the falls are neat, taller than Niagara Falls!

In the afternoon, we rode west along the St. Lawrence River with the idea of crossing the bridge over to a bike path on the Lévis side to get back to our car. But we could not find the path onto the bridge and several people discouraged us from doing that option.  So we rode back to the ferry for the trip home, but....upon reaching the Lévis side, Gretchen wanted to ride a few more miles to top 40 miles for the day.  And we did ending up with 41.5 miles!


On the road to Montreal, we randomly landed at a wonderful restaurant for lunch, the Rose Café in Drummondville.

We got set up in the best campground we have ever stayed at; Camping la Cle des Champs RV Resort. The rest of the afternoon was filled with chores and grocery shopping!


The goal was to ride the Lachine Canal.  The canal is a Canadian Historical Park commemorating its role enabling Montreal to become a trading and industrial center.

We found our way to the Lasalle Trail along the Saint Lawrence and began riding. Tom’s first mistake took us along the Water Aqueduct Path not the Canal, a 10 mile diversion that was not beautiful. Tom’s second mistake took us along a beautiful bike path beside Lake St. Clair, another  10 mile diversion before we finally found the Canal trail which we rode to the Old Port in downtown Montreal.

Needing lunch we stopped at the first place we could which was the St-Amrbriose Brewery.  They brew a very unique cream ale which we can attest to from experience.  A question posed to the host at a tourist kiosk when we reached the beginning of the Canal on our return trip, prevented mistake number three and a two block diversion got us safely on the trail back to our car.


We found our way into the city riding the 321 bus and got our metro tickets with less than normal hassle! We made our way to the metro stop suggested by the Miles End Food Tour we were signed up to take.  But we could not find any of the streets on their directions.  So, we booted  up an iPhone just to add data charges to our bill and found our way to La Panthere Verte restaurant with plenty of time to spare. The tour was wonderful and our guide Darren was great, really telling us a lot about the Miles End neighborhood and Montreal in general.

We went to six stops enjoying; a vegan falafel, chocolate, the best bagel in Montreal, the best tomato sauce in Montreal with gnocchi, cheese and smoked meats, and ice cream!

Then we hopped on the metro again to visit the biggest market in Montreal, Jean-Talon.  It was a huge place with lots of produce and other food.  We would love to live near a market like JT.

Next stop was Old Montreal where we joined a walking tour at the last minute.  A good choice for learning about the part of the city that was once enclosed within a stone wall.  Since it is not preserved as well as Old Québec, it would be hard to feel the history of the place without the dialog of Sarah, our guide.

The chapel in the Notre Dame Basilica was awesome,  nothing like we have ever seen before...a golden landscape! (no photos allowed)

We made our way back to our car on a different number bus trusting the knowledge of French speaking strangers and collapsed in our camper.  I surpassed my 2018 walking goal today!


We leisurely departed our  campground and headed to Ottawa.  It was a short trip but we could not find a unique lunch spot.  However, our KOA campground literature referenced Sherry’s Kitchen just up the road so we headed that way and bought freshly baked raisin bread, a just-out-of-the-oven blueberry pie and bean and  barley soup for dinner!  A real treat!

Before heading back to the campground, we went to Prescott for some groceries. The town has seen better days I’m sure but they have recently completed a beautiful walk along the Saint Lawrence River which we really liked.


The plan was to ride the Rideau Canal Bike Trail and connecting trails to get a feel for Ottawa.  The gentleman camping next to us works for Parcs Canada and told us to start at Hog’s Back since it’s free to park.

We rode the canal into the downtown by the Ottawa Locks and Parliament. Bike riding doesn’t get any better than this!

 Then we crossed the Ottawa River and rode south to the Portage Bridge on the Gatineau, Québec side of the river.

We crossed back to the Ottawa shore and rode south to Island Park Drive. The Drive has a bike lane that goes through a very nice neighborhood and the Canadian Experimental Farm before ending at Dow's Lake on the Canal.  From there it was a short hop back to our car.  Total miles…18.5.  Gretchen and I both think biking is a great way to see different parts of cities that you would not normally see as a tourist!


We returned to Ottawa and parked at the National Gallery of Canada, a very imposing building across the Canal from Parliament.  It’s tower is a modern architectural tribute to the Library of Parliament Tower across the Canal. It is 143 meters from floor to ceiling!

First, we walked over to Parliament Hill to see the lawn and the buildings.  The central building where Parliament is seated is impressive with the Peace Tower anchoring its center.

Next we walked over to Sparks Street which is supposed to be a unique shopping and restaurant district.  It seems like its time has passed.  There was nothing unique on the pedestrian mall.

Next we walked back to the Canal and on to ByWard Market.  It is a really great market place. There is great produce, meat and other food stuffs to be purchased. We’d make weekly trips if we lived here!

Purple Carrots!

There are a lot of pubs and bars in the area and we’re sure it is a hopping place in the afternoon and evening.  But for lunch, we chose to return to the Gallery and a few hours of viewing the exhibits.  Well worth the admission price in our opinion!

A modern maple leaf?

Before arriving back at our campground, we stopped once again at Sherry’s Kitchen for dinner…meat loaf, baked beans and macaroni salad. Oh, and a Pelee Island Merlot we picked up yesterday.  Did you know Pelee Island is a fairly large island in western Lake Erie?  The winery is actually on the northern shore of the Lake in Kingsville, ON.  They make great inexpensive wines!


Today we are traveling to Canandaigua where Sharon Ripley grew up!  First we took the Thousand Island Parkway (think Blue Ridge Parkway) that skirts the river and really gives you a flavor of the area.  We came back into the USA and took back roads to Canandaigua.  We set up in the KOA and headed downtown to check out the area.  We discovered the New York Wine and Culinary Center and tasted 3 flights of regional wines; red, white and rose.

The wines were wonderful but interestingly, we thought the reds and roses were better than the whites even though the Finger Lakes are known for their whites.  We had a wonderful dinner at the Center’s bistro; a farm to table restaurant.

It was a great day! Yes, we know we are yuppies!


We're on the road to Lake Chautauqua to visit the Chautauqua Institute and take in a few lectures.  We reserved a campsite in a Good Sam campground a few miles from the Institute and frankly, it’s a dump! But, the weather is beautiful, so we drove (45 miles) to Erie to ride the highly touted bike trail in Presque Isle State Park.   The ride was nice and the Park provides an urban escape for the locals.  However, we probably would not drive more than 15 miles out of our way to ride the trail again!


Today we bought a day pass to the Chautauqua Institute. The theme for this week’s lectures is ”Media and the News: Ethics in the Digital Age.”

Morning Lecture at the Amphitheater that seats 4000!

We took in three lectures:

Trump, Truth and Transformation: The Media
Nancy Giggs, Managing Editor, Time
David von Drehle, Columnist, The Washington Post

From Reagan to Trump, Ethics and the News Media
Diane Winston, USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism
James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland
Dan Barry, Author

After the lectures, we wandered the grounds, and then we had dinner in the Athenaeum Hotel.  The hotel is the last of seven wooden hotels on Lake Chautauqua that were connected by steamboats. The others have since burned to the ground!

Our last event of the day was a concert by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. The guest conductor for the evening was Giancarlo Guerrero, the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  I remember when he was selected for the job several years ago, the stories about his enthusiastic directing style!. The stories were spot on, he is a joy to watch! The concert “A Hymn, a Poem, a Symphony” was outstanding.  It was a fitting end to a wonderful day.  Chautauqua is great experience we would highly recommend to anyone!

Chautauqua Bell Tower
Site of the old ferry landing.


The weather forecast did not look good for an intended stop in Pittsburgh to ride a part of the Allegheny Trail.  So, we decided to head home.  We drove back roads through the Allegheny National Forest and central Pennsylvania all the way to our campsite in Hagerstown, Maryland.  A day full of gorgeous mountains, bucolic farms and small towns.  A real visual treat!


We arrived safely home today following a detour to Route 29 since traffic on Interstate 81 was stopped at the intersection with Interstate 66.

Gretchen and I think this trip has been simply wonderful! We are now at home reflecting upon our adventures; the great places we saw, the great people we encountered and the great cultural experiences we had!

How poor are they that have not patience!   lago

We saw a lot of "poor" people on the highways this month!