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Burritt Mansion

Burritt Mansion

Descending from Monte Sano State Park, we stop at Burritt on the Mountain, where we tour the mansion of Dr. Burritt, an inventive and unusual doctor of homeopathic medicine, who married a patient, 20 years his senior. She reportedly told him that if he married her, he’d never have to work again.  Ask for the audio guide at the entrance to the mansion, they’re not always offered, but they’re free and add a lot of history to the self-guided tour. There’s also a small folk park, with homes and buildings depicting farm life in rural Alabama in the 19th century.  It was simultaneously being used as children’s nursery rhyme adventure when we were there, which was a bit jarring in terms of time travel – and noise and activity level. But some, like this drowsy pig, seemed not to mind. I’m referring to the picture.IMG_1728

Our destination for the night is Lake Guntersville State Park.  We hadn’t realized it when we’d made reservations, but they were hit by a devastating tornado in 2011.  The whole campground was pretty much ripped apart. It’s really sad, but a miracle that no one was killed. We’re grateful to have a campsite, no matter what, and even more grateful when we hear we can get a ride up to the lodge and restaurant for dinner!

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The maintenance man, our driver, takes us on a tour of the hotel/cabin facilities after dinner.  Amazingly, we still have energy for our first and only fire on this trip when we get back.  No hot dogs or s’mores yet on this trip yet – another first.  Brrrrrrrr.

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The First Smoke Plumes, near Lincoln, New Mexico, April 1, 2012

As we leave Lincoln and Billy the Kid behind, we see plumes of smoke on the horizon.  The winds are really picking up.  I find it a bit scary to head forward on a road that leads towards fire, with basically no roads leading off in any other directions.  It boils down to making a decision to go forward or turn around.  My poor iPhone doesn’t even want to vote in this game. WAZE has quit altogether.   We keep going. We finally see dark, burned-out areas, and then around a corner, live, red, blazing fire.  There are fire-trucks there, with firemen fighting the fire and more trucks turning in front of us. And more emergency vehicles with sirens, lights on coming down the road.  We forego a gorgeous Bureau of Land Management campground site a little bit further down the road, because of the winds and the unknown danger and drive a few hours longer, in the dark, to the safety of the American RV Park, where this is no haunting, blowing, natural beauty, but a nice safe site on the outskirts of Albuquerque – with a lovely continental breakfast in the morning. ; )

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Pulled over at Blue Rocks to watch Packer game

Pulled over at Blue Rocks to watch Packer game

Just pull over.

We decided to drive to Blue Rocks, just beyond Lunenburg.  What a good place to test our clear view to the southern sky…

Reception was great.  So was the view.

(This was the Packer – Rams game, from a week ago. There won’t be pictures of us watching the Vikings …)

View out back window, Blue Rocks

View out back window, Blue Rocks

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Sunset Point Campground, Harrington Maine

Sunset Point Campground, Harrington Maine

The boat blog’s been shaken off – and we’re on dry land again.  We just attended our first Navion/View  motor home  “Rally” (our type of small Winnebago) held at the Camden Hills State Park.  It was so much more fun, easy and relaxed than we expected one of these things to be.  We met so many  interesting people.  And we got recommendations to campgrounds like this.

Sunset Point was from Claudia.  A beautiful and generous woman.  Anyone at the rally will get the significance of that.

Lobster, delivered to our picnic table

Lobster, delivered to our picnic table

Sunset Point Campground, Harrington, Maine

Sunset Point Campground, Harrington, Maine

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A few people have pointed out to me that I rather abruptly quit blogging, while we still in Ohio, leaving you to wonder if we’d fallen off the face of the earth…

Sorry about that!  I have to admit, I didn’t really think there was anybody following us, aside from our family and friends.  So, when I thought we weren’t doing anything that interesting, I just quit.  Thank you readers, who cared what became of us!

To fill in the gap, we spent a wonderful night in lucky Site 13 in Lake Erie State Park, NY.  

Site 13, Lake Erie State Park

Site 13, Lake Erie State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at site 13, Lake Erie State Park

Sunset at site 13, Lake Erie State Park

 

This is our second visit to this park and this same site.  Sunsets are always beautiful.  

 

 

 

 

The next night we did another repeat stop – at the Turning Stone Casino in New York. Pretty fun to stay in a very nice campground, where we get 24 hour free shuttle to the casino.  For us, that meant going to a really great Brazilian steak house.  No gambling this time, although people who’ve been reading this blog know what happened on our last time here, on the anniversary of my Mom’s death.  She’s with us always and everywhere.  

From there, we high-tailed it home to the cottage in Maine.  I have some TMJ (jaw joint) problems, which we’re trying to resolve before we leave for a month or so on the boat. ( As long as I can get my mouth open enough for lobster, I’ll be happy.)

We think we’ll be launching on Wednesday, and leaving at the end of next week.  For about a month. Maybe for the last time. So, although I’ve never blogged on the boat, I might just try to chronicle this trip for our own memories, the harbor towns, the food, the whales …

The thing is, we’ve fallen in love with a little Navion 24 J motor home and can’t wait to get back on the road. Truly. It’s changing our lives.  So, after our stint on the boat, we’ll be going to the Navion Rally in Maine in September and then head up to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  (But, first we get to fly down to Florida to visit our son and daughter-in-law in Tallahassee and find RV places to stay there- so we can visit them often!)

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We went 27 days on our first trip without being away from the umbilical cord – State Parks were great,  along with a couple KOAs when we needed to be close to attractions in Nashville, etc.  We’ve been out 2 weeks on this second trip – same thing.

We are now parked in the rear parking lot of an obliging Cracker Barrel in Fishkill, NY.  It’s Memorial Day weekend and every campground is filled so this was a good stop in order to make it to the Maine house tomorrow.

What’s the experience like?  First off, given that there are not many parking spaces that work, finding level ground took a bit of time.  I have to admit I’m getting a little tired of the fussy refrigerator, and her neediness – but we get as level as we can, without the crutch of blocking.

But, once that level obligation has been met – there’s less to do than in a campsite.  No electrical hooking up (testing first) power.  No checking if there’s enough room for the slide. We don’t need to buy/gather firewood. 

So, we just sit back and watch an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and try and let our appetites catch up from a late lunch, so we can go in and eat/pay our dues.  Dick is tired after the episode, so he climbs into the top bunk for a nap.  In the meantime some huge Gibson RV/bus?! can’t figure out what it is – besides obnoxious – pulls in.  And proceeds to blare some really bad music throughout the lot.  It periodically makes sounds like an airline taking off as well.  Dick is sleeping though this.

I just heard a gull fly overhead, reminding me that this is temporary.  And it’s free, and very much appreciated.  Thank you Cracker Barrel for rescuing us on Memorial Day weekend.

And thank you Veterans – we are forever in your debt.

Happy postscript:  The giant just pulled out… Next?

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Dick takes a day off to work.

Dick in his Navion office

Dick in his Navion office

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The exterior of his office.

campsite at Salt Fork State Park

campsite at Salt Fork State Park

 

And, (I should be feeling guilty here) someone NOT working…

Picture courtesy of Dick.

 

First time I set up one our our chairs outside since we began traveling - it went well used a chair outside - it went well

First time I set up one our our chairs outside since we began traveling - it went well...

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