Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Vacation

Im so far behind on blogging. Blogging seems to have fallen to the wayside and facebook has taken over. At least for most of my blogging friends. But on a blog you can have more details and it easier to find information from the past than on facebook.

In July my husband and I took the RV up to New Hampshire. I didnt want to drive through Washington DC or NYC. So we went up through the west side of Virginia, pass my college RadFord, and then up to Maryland, West Virginia and Pa.  It was a long drive and I had made a reservation at a RV park and paid for it. So once again we were driving in the dark to get to the site.  The lights on my RV suck and thats putting it nicely. After this trip I knew I had to take care of this problem.
So when we got home I ordered new headlights off the internet.

The old headlight is to the left. Im not sure why its such a dark grey color.

I was so worried I wouldnt be able to install the lights. It took me a while to figure out how they were installed. When you look inside the rv, the light is in-cased in the RV.
This picture is taken on the inside.
I finally figured it out. There are this metal clips over these rubber stoppers. You pull the clips off and the headlights come out the front of the RV, not from inside the RV.
Anyway I got this one installed without any problems. I tried to put the other one in  and it wont go it. That is what the above picture is taken from. Its not sliding back correctly.  I think I figured out what the problem is.
See the rubber stopper on the top left? Its hitting the molded part of the rv hole, so it cant slide back. Im going to have to grind the fiberglass out of the hole and make it bigger. So as soon as I get my RV back from the shop, I will tackle that. I know I could have had them do it but it cost 105.00 for labor. So its cheaper for me to do it.

Anyway, on with the trip. We stopped at an RV park in Pa. I had read the reviews on-line and they werent very good. It said people were noisy especially the people who live there year round. They said the spots were very small and you couldnt really open up your slides.  But I decided to go anyway because it was a good meeting spot so meet up with my friend.
We got to the place in the dark. The campers, who were next to us and long term campers, we all very helpful. Offering to move their cars and help us back in. We got backed in and set up for the night.
The next day my friend came for a visit. She is the person who introduced Lou and I.  I worked with her at the children's hospital and Lou was her neighbor.  We became good friends and I was at their house all the time. She was married and had a kid. When I didnt have anyone to spend Christmas with, she invited me to spend it with them.
After being friends for 3-4 years they moved back home to Washington Pa.  It was so sad and I had a hard time for a while after they left. Lou and I were married by this time but we still missed them because we spent so much time together.
It was so nice to meet up and talk. It was like old times.  So now we are planning a trip together for next summer.
So the first part of the trip took us 10 hours. Then we stopped for 24 hours. The next morning I woke up with a horrible migraine. I couldnt do anything but lay there trying not to vomit.  Lou couldnt even start getting the RV ready to pack up because I hadnt shown how to do anything. I was worried we were going to have  to the Urgent care down the street. I felt so bad. I also thought we might have to spend another day at the RV park. But several hours later I was better and off we went.
So another 10 hours on the road and we made it to my sisters place. The reason we took the RV was so I could bring some of the dogs.  Most of the time is was cool in NH and I didnt need to use the air conditioners.  At the end of the week it was in the 90's but because there was no humidity, it felt great!!
Most of the trip was spent just  hanging out at the house. My brother and his family came. My daughter came for a couple of days at the end of the week. All of my sisters family was there. We had a good time.

 These Kayak boats were so cool. My sister bought them form a friend. They can be just a kayak, or a sail boat. They have these foot petals that you can make the boat move. So if you are tired of paddling with your arms, you can just use your feet.  But it way easier to use it as a sailboat, no paddling. LOL

They didnt understand why they couldnt go in the house. 


All the dogs took turns going on the kayak's.  The first time I Zoey, she climbed to the front and fell off. Lucky, I just called her and she swam back to me.

My sister and my husband worked on putting these rocks in front of the dock.
My mom and my sister started last summer.

Lou would go fill the boat with rocks and then bring them over to the dock.

The dogs had lots of fun, I think.

There was a mink living under the dock. I saw it the first morning I was there. Lou was sitting on the dock and I was on the dock, that was on the water where the boat is. It gets light early in New Hampshire like at 5am.  Im mean light light. Crazy but good for someone like me who gets up early.  But there wasnt enough light for a good picture of the mink.
We think this was what was making the stinky smell when sitting on the dock.  It looks like a ferret but had a small white spot under its chin. Kind of cute but stinky.
The last day we were there, we went to the Castle in the Clouds. It was really close to my sisters house. There was tons of hiking trails. If I knew this place was so close , we would have taken the dogs there every day!!
 This was taken off the deck of the Castle where you can eat lunch.
To the left are my sisters kids and the lady next to Lou is my sister-in-law.

These pictures dont do this place justice. It was awesome. I loved it.

We started the 2 day drive on Sunday. This time we didnt stop for 24 hours, just over night. We stayed at the same RV place and there was hardly anyone there this time. So we got a nice big spot.
It was a lot of driving.  It was ok to me but Lou said he didnt ever want to do it again. He told me next year I could fly. LOL


Sara said...

I really should go to NH more often...I'm so close! That lake looks beautiful

Helen said...

I like going where I can take the dogs too. The kayak boat and paddle boards look like a lot of fun, I'd like to try that with my dogs. I'm off on my vacation next Friday, a Rhine River cruise followed by a week in London, been waiting two years for this vacation. Obviously the dogs are not coming.