Sunday, August 20, 2017

HISTORICAL GETTYSBURG, PA.

Sunday, August 20 – We headed out this morning under a cloud of fog toward Gettysburg, PA. We chose a southern route through West Virginia and Maryland instead of the shorter route through Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania route was via the PA Turnpike which meant a hefty toll. The route we chose was a beautiful way to travel on the busy Eastern part of the United States. We were amazed how much mountain driving was required. Admittedly, the Appalachian Mountains are nothing compared to the Rockies, but we sure did some steep up and down driving today.

drive to Gettysburg

drive to Gettysburg

This was along the the highway today. What a hoot.
drive to Gettysburg

We arrived in Gettysburg by mid-afternoon without any problems with either the truck or 5th wheel, which is certainly a plus. We are staying at Artillery Ridge Campground which is located right on the edge of the historical Gettysburg battlefields. This is a Passport America park Monday-Thursday. The campground is fairly large. It has a couple of different areas. We are in the back by the horse stables. We have a FHU, pull-through site with 50 amp electric. We requested a site suitable for our satellite. We are in a very open area. The roads and sites are gravel but needing freshened-up with additional gravel. The sites aren't very level. There are picnic tables at each site but are pretty close to your neighbors and have no landscaping. It's all about location when choosing this park over several others in the area since it is located adjacent to the historic battlefields. Also, one of the perks of staying at this campground is by staying 2+ days, we received free tickets to the Gettysburg Diorama, Spirit of Gettysburg, and Lincoln Train Museum. That saves us a ton of money.

Site 427
Artillery Ridge Campground

Artillery Ridge Campground

Looking right.
Artillery Ridge Campground

Looking left.
Artillery Ridge Campground

After getting settled in our site, we headed to the battlefield Visitor's Center about one mile down the road. We strolled through the store and purchased tickets for the movie, museum, and the cyclorama, which we will see tomorrow morning. You need to reserve a time for the tickets. Since we like to get an early start, we chose 9:00 a.m.

Gettysburg Visitor's Center

Gettysburg Visitor's Center

Marsha’s best friend was waiting for her at the front door.
Gettysburg Visitor's Center

We then drove to downtown Gettysburg to check things out and get the lay of the land. We stopped at the famous Dobbin House Tavern for happy hour and enjoyed a couple adult beverages. We opted to have our drinks in the Springhouse Tavern. It is amazing. It is an eating and drinking alehouse amidst three natural springs and two glowing fireplaces. Built in 1776, it has reasonably priced drinks. Although we didn't eat dinner, we were told the food is great.

Dobbin House

Dobbin House

Dobbin House

We sat at the original bar.
Dobbin House

We then headed back to the campground for dinner and to rest up for the next couple days of sightseeing. Stop back and enjoy historical Gettysburg with us.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SUMMER IN OHIO

Monday, August 14 Weaver's Cellar Wine has been busy this summer fermenting additional flavors for winter enjoyment while on the road. That called for adding on to the cellar wine rack.

Time to add on.
wine rack

Now that should hold just about all the wine Marsha can drink in one winter!

Now that is more like it.
wine rack

She kept Paul busy bottling the wine. Here he is using the machine to install the corks in the bottle. Funny how easy it is to remove that cork when so much effort is needed to get it in there.

wine making

Speaking of making wine, Marsha loves a good party! She has had a summer wine tasting party for over five years. We enjoy visiting wineries during our travels, and Marsha enjoys sharing that wine with family and friends. This year, many of the attendees brought along a bottle of wine they purchased on vacation or at a local winery.

Dave, our son-in-law, volunteers to act as the sommelier, but no one ever told him he would have to wear an apron this year! Doesn't he look cute!

wine tasting party

wine tasting party

We were thrilled to have a good group at the party. Our youngest daughter, Carrie, was here from Houston to enjoy the event. She brought a couple bottles along that didn't fare well with the guests. They were voted the two worst among the fourteen bottles judged. She said we don’t have “real” wine taste buds…lol

Both wines Carrie chose didn’t fair so well.
Carrie and wine
Carrie was here for five days. We spent a couple days at Kelly and Dave's home in Chardon, OH, which is in the heart of Ohio Wine Country. So of course, we visited several wineries and enjoyed some tasters.

Laurello

Laurello

Kosicek Vineyards
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Kosicek Vineyards

Kelly took us on a hike in one of the local county parks, The West Woods, Geauga Park District. This is  in extreme NE Ohio which is a very beautiful area. It is not far from Lake Erie which means large amounts of SNOW in the winter. Carrie enjoyed a few days of relief from the Houston 100 + temperatures. We sure enjoyed our visit with her! We'll see a lot more of her later this year with our stay in the Houston area over the holidays.

The West Woods

The West Woods

The West Woods

The West Woods

We enjoyed the hike with Carrie so much, we hiked in a different area while visiting Kelly and Dave on another trip to Chardon. This time we checked out Ansil’s Cave Trail. Kelly and Dave enjoyed the trails so much that they vacationed in Moab, UT, and the Rocky Mountain NP near Denver, CO, for about ten days this summer.

Ansil's Cave Trail

We had to watch our footing.
Ansil's Cave Trail

Sharon Conglomerate.
Ansil's Cave Trail

A couple of cute bridges.
Ansil's Cave Trail

Ansil's Cave Trail

We still have more planned for our Ohio summer. We have a trip to Gettysburg, PA, and then back to Ohio for Marsha's dad's 90th birthday in early November. Paul keeps saying we better get out of here before the snow flies, and Marsha assures him we will. Check back and maybe you'll see Paul high tailing it down the road with Marsha shoveling snow in the background!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

SUMMER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

August 13 – We've enjoyed our summer in Canton, OH, and have kept pretty busy catching up with family and friends. Marsha has filled every available minute with her girlfriends and of course her crafts. She makes Paul feel like “a lazy sit-around-and-do-nothing guy.”

Paul did complete his residing of our summer home. He's been slowly working his way around the structure over the last three years, replacing windows, fascia, soffit, and the vinyl siding. You may notice in the second picture he removed the garage window before re-doing the siding. No use spending money on that window (there are two other windows in the front of the garage) and fewer windows helps with security!

siding

siding

Dave and Kelly (son-in-law and oldest daughter) keep volunteering to help, so we took them up on their offer and put them to work power washing the fence and part of the house. Amazing how dirty things get in just a couple years. Dang acid rain I guess.....:-) Notice we pulled off the cleaning WITHOUT killing any of Marsha's landscaping!

Paul and Dave work together to get the job done.
cleaning fence

Then it was on to the house.
house cleaning

Lucky Ohio hasn't experienced the unusual heat much of the country has had this summer. Paul lived up in the attic for a couple days adding insulation. You can see in the photo that the insulation wasn't even to the top of the ceiling joists. Yep...that's Paul squeezed in there. He's installing vent baffles before insulating to allow air to circulate up through the soffit and out the ridge vent.

Before
attic

This photo shows the amount of insulation he blew in with the help of Marsha's brother, Rick. He loaded it up with nearly 18” of cellulose insulation. Did I mention it gets COLD in Ohio in the winter! That's why we get the heck out of here and head south!

After
attic

Now “on to the roof!” Thankfully for Paul, Marsha said, “no way” when it came to him replacing the roof. There were two layers of shingles to be removed, a couple soft spots to repair, ridge vents to install and a chimney to flash. Paul can't believe Marsha felt he was getting too old to tackle such a project. Jeesh!

roofing

Being close to Amish Country and many awesome contractors, we decided to hire a crew for this task. Five Amish workers came in and completed the entire job in one day! After Paul's close inspection, he said it was one of the best completed jobs he ever hired anyone to do.

They removed the two layers of old shingles before lunch. The replacements were delivered by another Amish company and placed on the roof just when they were needed.

siding

You can see there was a soft spot around the chimney that needed repaired. Thank goodness we didn't have a leak when we were away for the winter!

siding

siding

Marsha was thrilled no plants or shrubbery was destroyed. The guys covered everything and did a magnificent job cleaning up when finished.

roofing

The finished roof.
siding

That's only part of our summer accomplishments. We have more to cover in a future blog, and we have some trips to report on. So check back as we catch up on our “days of summer!”

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.