Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
FINAL RETURN . . . BACK TO REALITY
Today we set out to just drive to southern Georgia - about six hours. Once in Georgia and seeing the temperature hit 99* in Perry we made the decision to drive the full twelve hours home in one day. We really don't like doing this but if we had made a stop in Georgia with the heat . . . what we would have done is plug in the power to the Airstream and sit inside. I would prefer to do that at home. We arrived home just before 8 PM and knew our decision made to come home a few days early was the right thing to do.
Once home we were welcomed by a stack of mail, bills, magazines, email, heat, humidity and mosquitoes. A few things you all did not know while we were gone was we had not watched any television while we were gone (reality escape). There is a flat screen in the Airstream but we had no desire to even turn it on. When we finally turned one on upon our return home we realized we had not missed anything . . . including that Casey Anthony Show that is being shown live on all the major networks during the day here. We are very thankful for the upper cable channels.
There is a lot for us to unpack, clean and re-pack over the next few days. The interior of the Airstream got completely coated with dirt from our travels. That leads me to the other thing you all did not know . . . the AC. We either had no power or not enough power during our entire time gone to run the AC. So the windows stayed open and the interior is now very dusty. Today we figured the AC in the Airstream was only used for two days during this entire trip of three weeks. With that being said we are great full to be home in Florida in air conditioning.
After we get settled back in our house Tim will be returning to the fire station this weekend and I will be heading back to the studios in a few weeks to 'live the dream' as we say in my world. I soon hope to recap the book I read previously by Steinbeck - TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY in Search of America before moving on to my next read TRAVELS WITH MAX in Search of Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later by Gregory Zeigler. I picked up the later from Greg while at Alumapalooza. Tim & I will get back on finishing up the new additions to our house and all the other chores needing to be done.
This adventure was amazing and we had the best time ever. Again our travels have not let us down and we can't wait for the next trip. I hope this has inspired others to travel more . . . as I know many others who have inspired us to do the same. The bucket list of possibilities continues to grow with every one we meet in our journeys.
Until then . . .
Dream it. Plan it. Live it.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
And if that wasn't enough we decided to hike to the lodge for lunch. Being we would get there just before lunch time I figured I might be lucky to get some biscuits & gravy or a burger. OMG ... little did we know we were about to land at the hidden gem of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The resturant at the Pisgah Lodge is to die for. The views were the most spectacular I've yet to see on the BRP. It was so interesting to watch the cloud shadows floating over all the mountain ridges - changing the landscape with every minute. I will leave you with our menu selections and the pictures of the day . . .
Fried Green Tomatoes w/apple, cranberry & blueberry chutney
Cornmeal Coated Rainbow Trout (Tim)
Almond Crusted Rainbow Trout w/Citrus Infused Butter (me)
Fat Tire Beer (Colorado brew)
Oatmeal Porter Beer (local NC brew)
Topped off with a shared piece of pecan pie
(the last was the fault of the lady siting next to us ... I could smell that hot, fresh out of the oven piece of pecan pie she got)
We drove through Cherokee country and passed between the Great Smoky and Appalachian Mountains. It was a spectacular drive.
In wanting to get to a higher elevation and cooler weather we let the national weather map guide us. We've landed at Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC. Elevation 5,000 feet. Yup ... Off grid again. The temperature at 7:30 pm is about 69* outside. Bingo ... we got what we were looking for.
Our highlight of the day was feeding Seymour (the venus fly trap plant) for the 1st time. I had already collected rain water for him. I was told you can't give them tap water. So now it was time to hunt down a bug and begin the feeding. I snapped up a fly in no time and before you could blink Seymour had clamped down on it. It was very interesting to watch but also scary at the same time.
Just before dark I looked out the window of the Airstream and wondered .... Is that a bear trail leading to our campsite?
9:30 pm temp -
Int - 67.6
Ext - 61.3
Sunday, June 5, 2011
ALUMAPALOOZA ... DEPARTURE @ 11:51am
After last nights storm, a repeat of last year, most everyone was loaded and ready for departure this morning. Tim and I said our goodbyes to the ones we could catch before we pulled out. It looks like we should meet up with a few before next years Alumapalooza. This years event was great. And yes better than last year. We are very grateful to be able to be involved with such amazing people. They are all inspirations to us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We've already began plans for attending next year.
Once on the road we began heading south. Of course we were listening to the newly purchased Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours CDs. Some of my favorite songs include Aunt Beulah's Road Kill Overcoat, My Baby Whistles When She Walks, Trailer Park Princess, It Ain't Home Till You Take The Wheels Off and The Ballad of Skippy and Rover ... just to name a few. The CDs made the long haul to London KY pretty fun. I think there could be a few lessons learned by listening to every word.
Currently we have landed at Levi Jackson State Park in Kentucky. We are so happy to be plugged into 30 amp power so we can run the AC in the Airstream. The campground is decent but on the other hand this place makes us realize how nice the parks are in Florida. At least they have a place here to do your laundry . . . all my hanging clothes got flung off the closet rack due to the 'pot slinging' construction pot holes on the interstate in Ohio. So all my clothes will be wrinkly except those I washed today. The plan is to spend the night here and determine the next stop on our trip south. We hope to travel tomorrow to a higher elevation for a few days of cooler weather. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Pictures of the day ...
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday came and went by so fast. The schedule was full . . .
Yoga, Tax Tips for RV'rs, Factory Tour, Biking With An Airstream, Dutch Oven Cooking (yum!), Geocaching, Proper Towing, Awning Maintenance, Healthy Eating, HAPPY HOUR, Open Grill (Airstream supplied the food), "Bizarre" Magician Joe Diamond AND Antsy McClain of the Trailer Park Troubadours . . . Oh yeah!!!
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday's events included Yoga, Airstream Product Feedback, Bike Ride, Factory Tour, Airstream Maintenance, Interior Design (by my fave . . . Kristiana), Cooking, Kids Kite Flying, Airstream History, HAPPY HOUR, K-9 Demo, Church Supper @ Jackson Center Days and an evening movie. Fwwww . . . hope I covered it all.