Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN…WYTHEVILLE, VA

Tuesday, September 16 – We pulled up the jacks and pulled out of the driveway at 7:00 am this morning. We jumped on Interstate 77 South bound heading out of Ohio. Our Ford 350 did a great job with the mountains of West Virginia. We sure love the exhaust brake holding us back as we go down those mountains. We passed up the familiar exit to Virginia Tech, where I youngest daughter spent four wonderful years. We soon pulled into Fort Chiswell RV Park in Wytheville, VA.

We are in Site 63, a FHU site. The sites are a little close together for our liking and for the price. They are gravel with gravel streets. They sure pack this place at night. What a money pit!

Site 63

Site 63

Looking right
Site 63

Looking left
Site 63

After unhooking and getting set-up, we headed to the Visitor's Center in Wytheville. Wytheville is a nice little, historic town. We drove around to look at some of the historic homes and buildings. There is a very nice walking/riding tour of the area. Maps available at the visitor's center.

Clarence Trinkle House now Barnett Funeral Home Barnett Funeral Home

Miller House, 1916
Miller House

Wytheville is located on one of the primary routes used by settlers as they made their way West. The County Courthouse is an imposing Classical Revival building located in the center of town.

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We strolled down the brick sidewalk of Church Street where numerous churches line the street among many historic homes.

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Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1838
Saint Paul United Methodist Church

Wytheville Baptist Church, 1883
Wytheville Baptist Church

Above the “World Famous” Skeeter Hotdog Restaurant (We'll sample their dogs in the next couple of days.) is the birthplace of Edith Bolling Wilson. She became the wife of President Woodrow Wilson in 1915.

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Of course, we had to stop and see the”big pencil.” The giant #2 pencil hangs on the front of the Wytheville Office Supply store downtown. And, you must go inside the store to see the giant pair of scissors.

Wytheville Office Supply

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We were both exhausted! We forgot how tiring this traveling lifestyle is. We're chilling out this evening to rest up for additional sightseeing and some hiking the next couple of days.

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEPARTURE DATE IS SET

Sunday, September 13 – Everything is looking good for hitting the road early Tuesday, September 16. That should give us enough time to get to Augusta, GA, for the ALS Walkathon on Saturday, September 27.

If you are one of our regular blog readers, you read that Paul had a little health issue which delayed our departure. We thought we would be here in Ohio until mid-October as a result of this health issue, but we were able to speed things up and ended up leaving only a week later.

Paul wants to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers. He's fine! Still driving Marsha nuts!!! Here's the story for those asking. He went for his regular colonscopy on August 25, only to find he was in A-fib and the procedure was cancelled. JEESH....after all that prep the day before...YIKES!! Well, he ended up being sent to the ER where tests verified his A-fib situation. He was sent home and instructed to see a cardiologist.

He visited his general practitioner the next day for further tests. After several frustrating delays of doctors not returning calls, he decided to go to the Cleveland Clinic – a leading heart hospital. He spent Friday, September 5, seeing a cardiologist at the Clinic and having additional test completed. These included an echo cardiogram and a 48-hour heart monitoring test.

On September 11, Paul reviewed the results of these tests with the doctor and was told everything appeared normal, and he could continue with his travel plans. The doctor decided to go ahead and do a 30-day heart monitor test (If you see me stay back, he may disrupt cell phone coverage...LOL) to see if any thing shows up. This test can be done while traveling.

So in summary, the cause of the A-fib problem is somewhat a mystery. It may have been a result of some difficulty Paul had with the colonscopy prep or influenced by a congenital bicuspid aorta valve. It sure would have been nice to have a definitive diagnosis. One where the doctor said you strained this so take this and you'll be fine.

Paul now knows what to watch for if the A-fib situation should return. He will see the doctor at the Cleveland Clinic when we return to Ohio in the spring. Yeah and he still needs to get that regular colonscopy, but it will wait until next summer.

So, we're off for our winter travels. Looks like Mother Nature is giving us a warning too. It was only 39 degrees this morning...brrrrrr

For all you asking about photos of Kelly and Dave’s wedding, below are a few of our favorites.

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If you have enough of the wedding pictures, here is a link to a few photos of the ceremony. If you want to see more of the reception, click here.

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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

THIRD ANNUAL WINE TASTING PARTY

Saturday, September 6 – Marsha, the party animal, had her third annual wine tasting party. This year's theme was TEXAS WINE COUNTRY. During our travels around Texas this past winter, we stopped at several Texas Wineries and purchased wine. We saved them until returning to Ohio this summer for Marsha's wine party.

The party animal and her entourage are ready to serve up some wine.
ready to taste some wine 

Of course, Marsha decorated with a Texas theme....right down to Texas boot tasting glasses. Many of attendees dressed in their cowboy duds.

wine tasting table

Dave volunteers as the wine Sommelier with Kelly as his assistant. They do a great job describing the different wines and handing out the samples.

dave and wine

kelly serving wine

We had thirteen different wines to sample. We thought they were all Texas Wines, but the Sommelier discovered we had a couple Moab, UT wines included in the wine tasting event.

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How did that beer can get in the picture?
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We first picked a white wine winner and then a red wine winner.

wine tasting

After a final taste-off, Chenin Blanc of Castle Creek Winery, Moab, UT, was declared the winner! So in the end, a UT wine won the Texas Wine Country contest. WHAT?

winning wine

wines

Everyone enjoyed the rest of the evening with some interesting conversation, laughter, music, and the task of finishing quite a few partial bottles of wine left over from the tasting.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words, well wishes and prayers for Paul. We are still not sure when we will hit the road. He is feeling very good, but we will wait for all the test results to clarify what is going on.

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