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Ok – so I suppose that some of you have been wondering where we are, etc.! Let’s start by a summary of our summer/fall. Without going into a lot of detail (most of which you can glean from previous posts), we had a very enjoyable, albeit very busy, summer and fall. We didn’t get some of the things done that we had hoped to but we did spend a lot of time with family and friends – that really is the most important thing after all! Many of our family and friends came to see us in St. J. Our full-timing friend, John “Karit” and his canine companion, Aimee were at Moose River with us for 5 weeks. We enjoyed some great days together. If you are one of those folks we didn’t get to see – sorry! There just wasn’t time to see everyone.

It has been about a week since the last update. We had a lot of rainy weather for the second half of October. We had planned on leaving on November 1. With the possibility of snow on the 1st, we moved our departure up one day to Halloween and - Ginger’s birthday.

We spent Wednesday with Ginger’s parents, Elwin and Aggie. Out to “senior meal” with them and a day of visiting and last minute things. We stayed later than usual and saying goodbye for now was a little emotional. As of right now, we are not planning on returning to VT with the rig for about three years or so. In the meantime, we will fly back for shorter visits.

Thursday was a day of travel prep – still a fair amount to do after being stationary for over 5 months! We got one last meal in with good friends. We pulled the plug Friday morning – a beautiful one, and headed down the road. I had wanted to go to RI on the way south. Not much was open and with the incoming weather, we scuttled that. The first night we stayed at the I-84 Diner in Fishkill, NY – a little under 300 miles for the day. Friends Sherry and Steve who live in the area joined us for breakfast Saturday morning before we moved around 190 miles down the road to the Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA. The stay there is free – or should I say, should have been. With register receipts in hand, it was obvious that this was clearly one of the most expensive campgrounds we have stayed in - LOL!!! The wind overnight was HARSH. We decided to move on to the AOK (former KOA) Campground in Jonestown, PA 30 miles away. A good campground for an overnight stay. The forecast was for continued wind and we had never been to Hershey, so we decided to stay another night. We have noticed a number of dead deer along the highways. At least 5 of them were bucks and one was a nice one – sorry hunters! Too bad but that is the way it is. It looks like PA’s deer population is still robust.

On Monday we toured Hershey. The park was closed but that was OK. We really enjoyed the lack of crowds. We did the “factory tour”, the chocolate tasting class and took the 75 minute “city” tour. Our guide was full of info to share about Milton Hershey, the town, the school, etc. We were amazed to hear the history of how Hershey Chocolate came to be and what a generous philanthropist Hershey was. Hershey chocolate is not our favorite but we may just buy more of it. Much of the profit goes to support the school for underprivileged that he founded. And what a school it is! Those selected to attend have EVERYTHING provided for them. For many who do well and develop into responsible citizens, substantial assistance with college is available! It is considered one of the best private schools in the country. Check it out - http://www.mhskids.org/

On Tuesday we moved down I-81 to Staunton, VA and the Walnut Hills KOA. We spent Wednesday doing a driving tour of the rolling hills, then the Allegheny Mountains, which lie west of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is some HILLY country – mountain road driving here! We just happened to visit the McDowell Battlefield (imagine that). This is some interesting and beautiful country. Some of the views easily rival those of Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway. We enjoyed a beef stew that we had thrown in the crockpot in the morning. Of yes – we visited Sam’s Dogs in Staunton for an early lunch and had their West Virginia dogs. They were very good! Thursday was a stay at home/chore day. We had occasional rain showers throughout the day.



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