Fall Trio
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Fall Trio

This is all about a fun trip in the Fall of 2008.  It's called a Trio because 3 distinct types of RV'ing took place.  The first part of the journey was with friends, the second part boon docking while visiting our mothers and the third part just Diana & me enjoying each others company.


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Friday, October 10, 2008

As we drove along Route 23 through Goodville this early morning, a fluffy white blanket of fog touched the dried corn stalks.  Fall was in the air and the weather this morning was just perfect for travelling.  The best was t yet to come.  Once on the Pennsylvania Turnpike heading west, the vibrant fall colors were especially evident in Bedford and Summerset.  The vivid yellows and deep magenta colors on the trees made the trip most enjoyable.  We were heading to Pittsburgh to visit our mothers after spending the past 3 days at Spring Gulch Resort with RV’ing neighbors & friends  from Tarrington Village.

The weather has been just perfect…each day in the low 70’s and over night lows in the low 50’s.  The stay in Lancaster was quite busy with dinner and breakfast at Shady Maple, campfires, a horse & carriage ride at Abe’s and shopping at Rockvale Outlets.  This was our first time camping with Chuck & Dottie, Bill & Marlene and Dave & Nancy and we enjoyed having this opportunity to make new friendships.  Everyone seemed to be very pleased with their campsite at Spring Gulch.  We had site 1576 and it was large, level and private.

After about a 260 mile drive from Lancaster we arrived at our destination, Munhall, Pennsylvania.  The departure time of 7:30 am gave more than enough time for a leisurely drive with frequent opportunity for rest stops.  In fact, I took a 20 minute nap at the one stop.  On route we stopped for fuel at the Flying J in Carlisle and was pleasantly surprised to find gas selling for $2.81 a gallon compared to $3.09 at home.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

After a good night sleep we woke up to a chilly 42 degrees outside.  For this part of the trip we are boon docking in the parking lot behind St. Therese Church, so it was also chilly in the motorhome when we first woke up. But after 15 minutes of the furnace, augmented by the small electric space heaters, the motorhome was toasty warm and comfortable.  This type of weather is excellent for boon docking.

Today we took Diana’s mom and my mom to the grocery store to stock up on food and other supplies.  Both are in the late 80’s and tend to be very fragile when spending money.  So, when we try to load their shopping carts with extra portions they are reluctant to spend the money.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another brisk morning…47 degrees outside with an unseasonable 80 degrees expected today.  Right now we are enjoying the morning quite and the nice view from our dinette window.  Shortly we plan to take a walk before showering at our mothers’ apartments.  Later today we will be taking the mothers to my sister’s house for a nice family get tighter and dinner.  I’m sure my sister will have lots of yummy desserts.


Monday, October 13, 2008

The weather continues to be more like mid summer rather than fall.  The high today was 81 degrees, but once the sun sets it quickly cools off going down into the mid 40’s over night.  Today I took my mom to The Meadows Casino located about 35 miles from here.  No big winners.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Spent the day doing cleaning in Diana’s mom and my mother’s apartments.  Diana is recovering from her cold and I’m starting with a sore throat and coughing.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A good part of this day, about 6 hours, was spent at the Jefferson Medical Center while Diana’s mom had a routine nuclear stress test.  Then we all went to Eat N Park for dinner.  The MH and toad are hooked up now and ready for an early morning departure heading about 300 miles southeast to Luray, Virginia.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

As planned we were able to get started this morning around 6:15 am.  Fortunate for us the rain that had been forecasted for over night never did materialize.  By 10 am we had already exited the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Breezewood and headed east on I70 crossing the Mason Dixon Line…the state border between Pennsylvania and Maryland.  From I70 we took  Route 522 to I81 south.  The total drive was about 260 miles and by 1:30 pm we arrived at Country Waye Resort, Luray, Virginia.  The beautiful fall foliage entertained us for the entire drive.

At Front Royal, Virginia, we were surprised to find a new shopping complex that included a huge Super WalMart so we took advantage of the opportunity to fill up on groceries before heading to the campground.

The weather today made a transition from the balmy summer like weather to the more seasonal crisp fall temperatures.  For the next week the daily highs should be in the low 60’s with overnight lows in the 30’s & 40’s.


Friday, October 17, 2008

The highlight for today was reuniting with camping friends Jim & Linda from Yorktown, Virginia.  Quite by accident I discovered that Jim & Linda were camping this weekend at Endless Caverns, New Market, Virginia, which is only about 25 miles from Luray. After a short email and a cell phone call, we arranged to meet for dinner at Dan’s Steakhouse.  Jim brought with him their friends Bill & Carol.  All six of us enjoyed the house specialty…steak for two.  The picture tells the story.  Yes...the steaks were LARGE !!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

This time of year is prime time for leave peeking on the Shenandoah Skyline Drive, so to avoid the crowds we decided to stay away from the mountain until Monday.  First thing this morning we made some apple dumplings that turned out absolutely yummy.  A long walk on the Luray Hawksbill Greenway helps burn some of the apple dumpling calories. The weather continues to be partly sunny, but quite chilly with winds all day.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

As the sun peeked over the mountains the early morning sunlight revealed evidence that Jack Frost has been here.  A heavy, white coating of frost covered the grass almost looking like a covering of snow.  Temperatures in the 30’s overnight will yield to a high of 60 for today with a spectacular clear blue sky. 

Later today we plan to leisurely drive north along Rt 340 toward Front Royal and no doubt will stop at the new Cracker Barrel for Sunday Chicken.  Yum.

When I went to get my shower last night I noticed the Atwood hot water did not seem to be as hot as usual.  This morning when I turned on the propane I noticed the pilot indicator light did not come on.  Sure enough, the propane was not firing and the tank was using only electric for heating.  I remembered having this problem before so I got out the owners manual and saw where I had highlighted a solution.  The tank had gone into “lock-out” and was easily fixed by removing the red wire from the ECO switch and reattaching after 30 seconds.  The tank fired right up.

The weekend campers have cleared out so the campground feels empty.  We are on site 68 and we are very pleased.  In fact, all sites in this campground are nice.  We have a beautiful view of the mountains from our dinette window and our rear bedroom window.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jack Frost worked overtime last night…a heavy layer of frost covered the grass again this morning.  The clear blue sky and full sunshine raised the temperature today to a comfortable 67 degrees.  After doing some morning chores like laundry, washing the motorhome windshield and checking fluid levels, we headed up into Shenandoah National Park.

Upon arrival at the entrance to Shenandoah National Park we were greeted with an unexpected back up of vehicle waiting their turn to pay for entrance into the park.  After about a 20 minute wait we paid the $15 fee and headed south on Skyline Drive.  The trees and underbrush were at peak colors making the drive everything we had hoped for.

After a 10 mile drive we stopped at Skyland for my favorite lunch….pot pie.  I was not disappointed, lunch was great…good food, beautiful companionship (Diana) and a fantastic view from 3300 feet altitude.  Following lunch we walked a path to the rear of the Skyland building and came upon a park ranger giving a talk on Black Bear.  So were joined in and learned lots of facts about black bear.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

As we sat at a lookout on Skyline Drive we enjoyed the picnic lunch we had brought along with us.  Another day a beautiful fall weather made the drive most enjoyable.


Wednesday, October, 22, 2008

Only in the high 50’s today but another day of beautiful blue skies.  By mid morning we were on our way to Skyline Drive for another day of enjoying the mountaintop overlook views.  We stopped along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch that we brought.

When we returned to the motorhome we began to prepare for our departure tomorrow.  Diana & I washed the motorhome walls and polished the cabinets.  We vacuumed all the cabinets in preparation for winterizing when we get home.

Back to reality tomorrow.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

We said goodbye to Shenandoah National Park at 7:30 am as we departed Country Waye Resort to begin a 290 mile trip home.   We will most likely stop at Flying J, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to fill up on gas at a good price.  I expect gas should be about $2.37 a gallon for regular and this would be a bargain compared to the $3.19 we were paying at home at the beginning of this trip just 3 weeks ago.

This brings our 2008 camping season to a conclusion having spent nearly 150 nights in the motorhome this year.  Right now we are still uncertain if we will be heading to Florida in January, 2009.

Tomorrow I’ll finishing preparing the motorhome for winter storage by flushing the water lines, adding pink antifreeze,  changing oil in the engine and generator, adding Sta-Bil to the gas tank and finally placing the cover on the motorhome.

RV’ing in 2008 has been fun and we are thankful for all the safe travels we had.  We had the opportunity to visit family, reunite with old friends and make new friends along the way.  For this we give thanks.


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