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Jun 3, 2019 - Hickory Hollow Hiatus

We always make a stop at Hickory Hollow after the farm to dump the waste tanks and relax. This time Finn and Ozzie decided they wanted to spend the night in Winnie with Nanny and Grandpop. Fin rode with me and Ozzie rode in the Fit with Sue from the farm to Hickory Hollow. We decided to go out to eat at a nearby restaurant rather than cook in Winnie. After the food was served, Finn got a pale look on his faced and lost the chocolate milk hed had just drank. Luckily, Sue caught most of it in the milk cup preventing a larger catastrophe....

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2019 Family Meetup

Jun 2, 2019 - Weekend at the Farm

We wrapped up the family weekend at Big Spring Farm on Sunday and it's taking me a week to catch up with my journal because of computer and internet problems. It always good to get together with the kids (adults and grandkids) for a few days at the farm. Annie and Ozzie arrived on Thursday along with Jared, Shane, Jess, and Ryleigh. Kyle and Finn had to wait until Friday afternoon because Finn had an interview at the school where he will be attending Kindergarten in the fall. He was excited to be going to a new school. Once everyone arrived...

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2019 Family Meetup

May 29, 2019 - Stormy Day

We got off to an early (1100) start today with Ringo's cooperation. For the second time in a row, Ringo voluntarily climbed into his carrier. I zipped it up and we went out to Winnie. I guess he finally figured out the tell tale signs of getting ready to leave and has decided that his home on wheels is so bad. The weather was threatening most of the day as we traveled across Pennsylvania on the Turnpike. We got a little bit of rain in central Pennsylvania, but were getting severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warning on the phones, but...

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Jun 7, 2016 - On Our Way

Planned departure time from Newark was 1000. Actual departure time was 1230. I thought I had things well in hand, but I was mistaken. Sanitizing the toilets, turning off the water, reprograming the thermostat among other things to get the house ready for our prolonged absence took longer than planned. The easiest part of packing this morning was getting Ringo into Winnie. He seems to be making the transitions much easier with each trip. The last thing to do this morning was to load up the Pee Wee Herman bicycle that Sue bought Sunday. I...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Three States

We drove along I70 today through Ohio, across the panhandle of West Virginia, and into southwestern Pennsylvania. This stretch of I70 is among the worst road surfaces we encountered on this trip. The rough ride along with the heat saps the energy from you as you drive. We're nearing the end of this trek. We pulled into Hickory Hollow RV Park for an overnighter where we've stayed 5 or 6 times before. It's convenient to the farm as well as the 9/11 Memorial in Shanksville. We'll be spending the next several days at Big Springs Farm, the...

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2015 Texas Trek

Sep 9, 2013 - Somserset, PA

A shorter drive to our next stop where we'll be for 2 days in order to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial. If you are ever in the area, we highly recommend the smorgasbord at the Oakhurst Tea Room. Good, hearty Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at its best! We visited the Flight 93 Memorial on September 9th and they were in the final stages of preparing for the 9/11 ceremony. We attended a wonderful presentation by the Park Rangers and learned so much more of what actually transpired on that terrible day. When the terrorist-hijackers took over...

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2013 and Beyond

Oct 28, 2012 - OTRA - PA - Somerset

10/27/12 We continued our run from Hurricane Sandy around 10:00 a.m. by heading for our final stop west at the Hickory Hollow Campground in Rockwood, PA (just south of Somerset). I don’t know if it’s going to be far enough to avoid the high wind gusts but it’s the best we can do since so many campgrounds along this route are closed for the season. As we drove along the PA Turnpike from Harrisburg, we must have passed over 100 electric line trucks heading east in groups of 5 and 10. And Asplundh Chipper Trucks (over 100 of them, too!) And...

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Oct 6, 2012 - Heading Home

The coach was ready for us late Friday afternoon, Oct. 5, so we stayed one more night in the hotel. Saturday morning, Oct. 6, we checked out of the hotel about 9:00 am and headed east toward Niagara. It was sunny and much cooler, as a cold front with rain passed through last night We crossed over a large body of water into Hamilton, Ontario. There was heavy industry with large piles of coal. We saw lots of greenhouses and vineyards around Lincoln, Ontario. Then we saw hydroponic gardens. We saw a shipwreck at Jordan Harbor. As we approached...

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Blessed To Travel

Aug 2, 2012 - Somerset, PA - Pioneer Park Campground

After a slightly late start, the trip from Winfield to Somerset, PA was relatively easy, though it included a climb to the top of the Alleghenies at Cresson Summit, el. 2030 feet. Not very high but coming from the East it was about a five or six mile climb. We were late starting due to a band of thunderstorms we were waiting to pass early in the morning. They did pass about 10:00 a.m.and we didn't receive any rough weather from it but it did make for a more peaceful drive by waiting until it had passed. We are staying at Pioneer Park...

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Jun 4, 2012 - The Wedding

Between little or no internet access and lots to do, I haven't been able to provide my customary updates. The wedding's over and Winnie, Sue, and I are home safe and sound, but you haven't missed any of the action. I tried to pick the best of nearly 700 wedding photos for you, but it wouldn't be a Kranz roadtrip if I didn't include a few roadside attractions from a shopping trip to Sam's Club in Greensburg for wedding groceries. After a lot of work last week, we were able to get together with family, friends and the wedding party on Friday...

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May 27, 2012 - Decorating the barn

Kyle, Annie, and Annie's family has been working like crazy for the last several months getting the farm in shape for the wedding and reception and it really looks good. We put in our first day of work on Sunday hanging lights and some general clean-up. By early evening we were all worn out and sat back to watch a heavy thundershower with mothball-sized hail pass through the area. The runoff from the rain filled the stream running by the house. We'll take a break tomorrow for Memorial Day. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday and spends a...

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May 26, 2012 - On our way to Big Spring Farm

After Sue filled Winnie with enough clothes and other stuff for a 3-month stay, we got on the road at about 1130. Our route took us through Lancaster, PA, but that was a mistake to try to get through Route 30 on a holiday weekend. The shoppers and the vacationers clogged the highway and it probably took us an hour to cover a distance that would normally take 20 minutes. Sue kept telling me that we should have taken the turnpike. I suppose she was right. We arrived at Big Spring Farm late in the afternoon just in time for a shower to cool...

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