Saturday, May 6, 2017

CANTON, OHIO FOR THE SUMMER

Saturday, April 22 – We headed out of Blytheville, AR, early again this morning to do a little catching up from our disaster yesterday. Of course, it was raining but fortunately nothing very heavy. We traveled most of the day diagonally through Kentucky heading for a stop in Verona, KY, which is just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.

We have stayed previously at Oak Creek Campground in Verona, Kentucky. They offer a Good Sam/Escapee discount but are still near our top threshold at $27 per night. It is a super location just a couple miles off the interstate making it a great over-night stop. There just aren't many RV parks in the Cincinnati area. They have gravel streets and sites with 50 amp electric and water. No sewer connections at the sites, but they do have a dump station although in a crazy location.

Oak Creek Campground

Oak Creek Campground

Looking right.
Oak Creek Campground

Looking left.
Oak Creek Campground

This should be our last night on the road before reaching our summer spot in Canton, OH.

We are now at our summer home in Canton. We will not be posting much during the summer. We aren’t into posting each day about regular daily activities. Hope y’all have a super and dry summer.

our house

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A VERY STRESSFUL DAY!

Thursday, April 20 – We snuck (Sneaked was the original past tense and past participle for sneak. Used as early as the late 1800s, snuck has become the standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak….just in case you are interested in a little English history…lol) through downtown Houston bright and early this morning. Traffic was heavy, but we moved right along and had no problems. We arrived at our destination – the Texarkana RV Park in Texarkana, TX, shortly after noon.

Texarkana RV Park is a very nice Passport America park. They have concrete streets and patios, large gravel, full hookup pull-thru sites, laundry, game room, a pond and rental cottages. We have never stayed in an RV park that has better placed sewer, water, and electric hookup locations. We have stayed at this park in the past and recommend it to fellow travelers passing through northeast Texas.

Texarkana RV Park

Texarkana RV Park

Looking right.
Texarkana RV Park

Looking left.
Texarkana RV Park

Bella was so happy to get off the road.
Texarkana RV Park

Friday, April 21 – Our sprint across the country continued today with an early departure from Texarkana, TX. We had many miles to cover and wanted to get an early start so we could be off the road by mid-afternoon. I suppose you hear God laughing at those plans! Two hours after leaving, just east of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Paul noticed smoke in his rear-view mirror. He quickly checked our tire monitor. It showed no indication of trouble. He carefully pulled over to the edge of I-30, a VERY busy interstate to investigate.

No flat! Everything looked fine. We waited a while to get our minds together and decided to move on down the freeway. Nope, we didn't get a mile before the smoke returned. After careful thinking, we decided it was either a brake on the 5th wheel was stuck “on”, or we had a bearing seize. Marsha checked on the Internet and found we should NOT drive with a bad bearing. So we called Coach Net, our roadside emergency carrier.

They said help would be quickly sent and even dispatched the Arkansas Highway Patrol to check on us. Officer Church, with the Highway Patrol, was there within minutes. We soon found out that additional help would not follow suit. The Officer lit up the side of the road with his blue lights which was a wonderful relief.

With help supposedly on the way, Officer Church had to move down the road, but he assured us we were safely off the highway, and he would return in about an hour to check on us. Hopefully, we would be gone by then. Unfortunately, we were still waiting for roadside service. Officer Church recommended we head for the next exit and offered to follow us with lights a blazing to keep traffic from rear-ending us. We had to stop twice because our wheel was smoking but at the second stop the roadside repair service caught us with us. Thank you to Officer Church. We have never met a more caring and concerned Officer. He even called us at 6:30 p.m. to be sure we were back on the road and safe. How wonderful was that!

They removed our wheel and chained up the axle so we could drive carefully to their repair facility. Officer Church again escorted us down I-30 until we exited the freeway.

bearing issue

We pulled immediately into the repair shop. The guys started work immediately. We would have been out of there in no time but they had to order parts from a nearby town and wait for over an hour to have them delivered. Not only was a bearing shot but we needed a new brake pad. $$$


bearing issue

It was a huge place.
bearing issue

These guys were so polite and concerned for us. They tried to get us back on the road as soon as possible. Thanks so much to Hartsell Farms & Excavating Co.

Hartsell Farms & Evcavating Co.

Our early departure this morning was destroyed to say the least. We broke down about 8:15 a.m. and did not get back on the road until 2:30 p.m. No way to make our intended destination so we found a stop in Blytheville, AR, where we had stayed previously and called it a day. What a stress filled day!

Grizzly's RV Park is absolutely nothing to write home about. It is good for one night only! PPA, $14.00/day FHUs. That is all we can say about it.

Grizzly's RV Park

Grizzly's RV Park

Looking right.
Grizzly's RV Park

Looking left…isn’t that beautiful.
Grizzly's RV Park

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

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ONE MORE DAY IN THE BIG CITY

Monday, April 17 – Monday was a work day for many Houstonians, so we took a walk among the towering skyscrapers enjoying the hustle and bustle of downtown. On one of our visits, Marsha wants to take the architectural walking tour. There are so many neat building designs in the city.

downtown Houston

downtown Houston

downtown Houston 

Well before the 1913 completion of the building we know today as The Rice, the land at 909 Texas Ave. was the site of the old Capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839, before it moved to Austin. The Rice is now a luxury apartment community which rents from $700 to $3,500 a month.

The Rice

A gorgeous chandler in the main lobby.
The Rice

We had hoped to visit the observation deck in the Chase building, the tallest building in downtown Houston, but the building owners went and closed the viewing area because it was disrupting daily business. We are glad we were able to visit the viewing area last year.

downtown Houston

Instead of visiting above ground,  we visited the underground area. This maze of tunnels is full of eateries and shopping venues mostly used by the men and women working downtown. These miles of underground sidewalks make a wonderful alternative to walking outside when temperatures top 100 degrees and the humidity approaches 100 percent. We were there during lunch time, so we enjoyed the workers heading off to their favorite lunchtime stops for a quick bite to eat.

downtown Houston

downtown Houston

We enjoyed the remainder of the day walking downtown and enjoying time together on Carrie's roof patio. A little cards and a few beverages was a fun way to relax and enjoy some “family time.” I should note the boys need to brag about their card playing powers. Dave won the game of cards, and Paul placed second. (Marsha says…Who cares!) The girls settled for the bottom three places. (Marsha says…That is not nice!)

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MORE FUN ON EASTER DAY

Sunday, April 16 – After our Easter meal and some relaxing, we all joined in for an evening/early night stroll along the Buffalo Bayou Sesquicentennial Park, a river walk flowing through downtown.

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou

We also checked out the Aquarium area, the Theater District, and the Seven Wonders.

Buffalo Bayou

Lots of colorful carriage rides.
Buffalo Bayou

In Buffalo Bayou's Sesquicentennial Park are the seven 70’ tall pillars “Seven Wonders.” The columns highlight Houston's history through the themes of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation. Each column is constructed of 150 individual children's drawings, etched in stainless steel plate. Each column has a 30-foot high brick base.

What looks like lace from a distance is actually laser-cut steel. To honor the park's concept, Chin, the artist,  asked schoolchildren born in 1986, Houston's sesquicentennial year, to submit drawings depicting each of the seven themes: agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation.

Selecting 150 for each pillar, he and artists Rachael Splinter and Helen Nagge translated each drawing into a computer image, which was then cut into stainless steel. Our photos just don’t do it justice. You need to see these for yourself.

Seven Wonders

All seven of the columns.
Seven Wonders

Seven Wonders

our family

Not a bad “urban hike” for one day!

After four long days of driving, we have arrived back in Canton, Ohio. Stay tuned for the drama of our drive to Ohio.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

EASTER DAY

Sunday, April 15 – We did so much on Saturday that we forgot to post that we colored eggs too! Marsha insists we carry on this tradition from when the kids were younger. We did have fun.

coloring eggs

Easter Sunday began with the Easter bunny stopping by Carrie’s place.

Easter

Our son-in-law is always trying to suck up to Marsha.
Easter

After opening the baskets and playing with some of the toys, it was off to Hermann Park, another Houston Park. This park has everything: a zoo, art in the park, playground, Japanese garden, trails, paddle boats, etc., etc., etc. This is another beautiful park, and boy were the locals out enjoying the beautiful Easter holiday. Picnickers were here by the thousands celebrating the day with family and friends. Our goal was to cover 3.2 miles in honor of the 32 Virginia Tech students killed ten years ago on this day by a deranged killer. Carrie was a student at VT during this terrible time.

McGovern Centennial Gardens
McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

The display of flowers was gorgeous.
McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Japanese garden.
Japanese garden

Japanese garden

The train is a huge attraction. It goes around the 445 acre park. The cost is $3.50 and all proceeds go to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital Children Ward.

train

Because the park is so big, there is a Pedicab that a person can hire to see the park.
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Hundreds and hundreds of people everywhere.
Hermann park

We returned to Carrie's to enjoy our family Easter dinner. With the help of mom and her sister, Carrie served a delicious dinner of pork loin, potatoes, and asparagus. Yummy! Of course it was time for naps for the boys, so Kelly and Carrie took a walk around downtown covering another four miles.

This is getting long. We will finish Easter day in the next post.

Easter blessings

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FUN FILLED EASTER WEEKEND…CONTINUED

Saturday, April 15 – After our visit to Discovery Green, Carrie had made plans to meet up with several of her friends at a local patio bar to introduce her sister and brother-in-law. So off to McIntyre's Pub we went. This was one of the many times we relied on Uber to get around town. What a nice and inexpensive alternative to driving ourselves. We enjoyed a few beverages and a little lunch while visiting with Carrie's friends. This is Crawfish season so the “southerners” enjoyed eating there nasty looking treat. Yuk!

McIntyre's Pub

Carrie, Kami, Kelly, Stephanie. The “crawfish” girls.
McIntyre's Pub

Paul, Virgil (from Ohio), Dave (son-in-law).McIntyre's Pub

There is always a corn hole game going on.
McIntyre's Pub  

McIntyre's Pub

One of Carrie's long-time friends, Nick, brought his parents along. There are also here for a weekend visit from the Virginia Beach area. Paul had met Nick's dad back in 2006, when Carrie and Nick were arriving for the first of three internship semesters of employment from Virginia Tech. They both were working for Exxon.

After another Uber ride back to downtown, we strolled the streets a bit enjoying the night-time excitement of Houston. There is sure a lot going on after dark!

That completes our first day with Kelly and Dave visiting Houston. Yes, it was a long day. We were exhausted and knew that there would be two more days exactly like today.

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