Bloomington, Indiana eastward

We returned to Bloomington, IN on April 23 as we had several doctor appointments and business dealings to contend with, plus we wanted to spend time with our friends enjoying their company and catching up.

I haven’t had Mexican food since I left Bloomington in October, so my first dinner out was to LaCharreda a few nights after we returned.  Oh my!!  The glorious taste of the beef chimichanga and Mexican rice were AMAZING to my taste buds.  Sitting here typing this, I still crave it!  In addition to LaCharreada, I visited Mother Bears Pizza (never been there before), Olive Garden, McAllister’s, Village Deli, and Malibu Grill (never been there before either!).  Each outing was enhanced with the company of friends, which made the dining experience that much better.  Dave and I have great peeps!!

Linda and Jeff, very good friends of ours since we moved to Indiana in 2001, were taking down a tree in their backyard so we went over to help them.  It felt good to be doing some physical activity like that and we had great fun singing the “Lumberjack” song from Monty Python while doing so.  If you’ve never heard it before, I’m sure that you can find it on YouTube.

Linda and Jeff
Linda and Jeff

As some of you may not know, I worked for the South Central Community Action Program, Inc., (SCCAP) for 10-years, and not too long after I left the agency I became a board member, as I still believe in the mission of the agency, which is to help low-income people become self-sufficient.  On May 07, SCCAP celebrated its 50th Anniversary and I was honored to have been a part of this celebration.  The staff did a tremendous job in the planning of the event and those that came out to participate, over 300 people, seemed to have a great time.  We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, musicians donated their time to play music for the event, and connections between people were either re-established or new bonds were formed.  Dave volunteered his time as well to help shuttle people to/from their vehicles and, for that, I would like to thank him.  It was an excellent event!

SCCAP's 50th Celebration
SCCAP’s 50th Celebration

We departed Bloomington on June 02 and overnighted at a friend’s place in Martinsville, IN, about 30-miles north of Bloomington, so that Dave could change the oil in the RV.  Both of us were apprehensive about it as Dave has never changed the oil in a diesel rig before.  All went well though and we breathed a sigh of relief when it was over, as the “scariest” part was pouring the new oil into the thingy-ma-bob through the hatch in our BEDROOM FLOOR!  Although we put plastic down and put Alvin in the bathroom so he wouldn’t interfere, or escape down the hatch, we both had visions of something going awry and oil flowing all over the bedroom floor.  Thankfully not a drop was spilled.  Yay!

We left Indiana the following day and headed for an overnight stop in Zanesville, Ohio at Wolfie’s Campground, about 255-miles east,  on our way to Williamsport, Maryland.  Wolfie’s Campground is a small family orientated campground that consists of approximately 53 RV-sites, three cabins, and a few tent sites.  The amenities that they offer are a playground for kids, a game room, basketball court, swimming pool, showers, convenience store (reasonably priced items) and laundry facilities.  The grounds are immaculate and the facilities are very well maintained and clean.   For those of you that know me, you know how important that is to me.  🙂  Getting to the campground is a bit tricky, as the road leading in/out of the campground is a rather narrow two-lane unlined road that goes up hill.  I would seriously hate to meet another big rig coming at me from the opposite direction.   The views from the campground are beautiful and it’s very quiet there too, no noise at all, except from the critters scampering about.

We left the following morning and began our 293-mile trek to Hagerstown, MD, arriving late in the day on June 4.  This time we thought we would try something different and stay at a Yogi Bear Campground, even though we don’t have young children.  The resort is conveniently located just a few miles near I-81 and I-70 so it’s great for anyone who is traveling the east-west and north-south corridors of the area.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is a HUGE resort offering approximately 160-RV sites, 63-cabins, and a smattering of primitive tent camping sites.  Each site, including cabins and tent sites, were equipped with a fire ring and picnic table, although in all honesty, I doubt that I would have used the fire ring as I felt it was too close to the rig.  As far as amenities goes, there were a lot!  Two horseshoes pits, volleyball, basketball, mini-golf, laser tag, a playing field, mini speedway, game room, jumping pillow, mini-zip, two playgrounds, a swimming pool with water slides for the kids, an adults pool, a kiddie pool, interactive splash pad, two pavilions, movie theater, and a canteen where one could buy nachos, ice cream cones, sandwiches and burgers.  However, the food at the canteen we felt was highly priced, as one scoop of ice cream was $2.  A general store was on site as well where one could buy milk or other sundries.  Laundry facilities and showers were also provided for resort guests.  Weekends were quite packed with people, although during the week it was pretty empty.

On June 05, Dave and I traveled to Shepherdstown, WV, about 20 miles south from Hagerstown, MD, to visit a very dear high school friend of mine, Dawn, and her husband, Rick, who cooked us burgers on the grill at their house and some other delectable delights.  The backyard of their home sits on the Potomac River, which is simply stunning, and there is no shortage of wildlife in the area.  We saw deer all over the place, in route to their home as well as on their property, including a cute turtle that was crossing their driveway!  🙂

Dawn and Rick at Harpers Ferry.
Dawn and Rick at Harpers Ferry.

The following day the four of us ventured to Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, which is about 45 miles from Hagerstown, MD, and lies at the junction of where the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River meet.  When looking at the junction of these two rivers, one can see the state of Maryland on one side, and Virginia on the other side.  A separate posting has been created for information regarding Harpers Ferry.

On Monday, June 08, the four of ventured to the Antietam National Battlefield which is located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, about 15 miles from Hagerstown.  The Battle of Antietam was one of the most historic battles during the Civil War, as it was noted as the bloodiest one-day battle of the American Civil War. If the union General McClellan would have made better decisions during this battle; he potentially could have ended the war then and there and saved a lot of lives and bitterness in the process. I have also created a separate posting for information regarding Antietam, as the history is rather lengthy.

We departed Hagerstown, MD on June 11 and headed for Kinzers, PA where we stayed for a week while visiting friends and family in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  I met up with a few friends while back in the area, most of whom I had not seen since high school and it was wonderful to see them all again.  Thank you Kristy, Mark, Colleen, and Debbie for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet with me; I so enjoyed seeing you all again!!    🙂

Left to right....Dave, Me, Colleen, Mark and Kristy
Left to right….Dave, Me, Colleen, Mark and Kristy

Before leaving New Jersey, Dave and I stopped at Fort Mott State Park located in Pennsville, NJ.  Fort Mott was a part of a three-fort defense system designed for the Delaware River during the post-Civil War modernization period.  The other two forts in the system were Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island and Fort DuPont in Delaware City, Delaware.

Fort Mott, along with Fort Delaware and Fort DuPont, became obsolete as the principal defensive installation on the Delaware River with the construction of Fort Saulsbury, near Milford, Delaware, shortly after World War I.

We rounded out our day in NJ by visiting with my brother, Ed, and sister-in-law, Coralea, just kicking back and catching up.   We had a great visit!  🙂

Ed and Coralea
Ed and Coralea

We left Pennsylvania on Thursday, June 18 with our eldest daughter, Lisa, and began our trek to Ontario, Canada, overnighting on the way in Pulaski, NY, and arriving the following day in Brockville, Ontario, Canada.  We spent 7 wonderful days up there visiting Dave’s parents and playing cards every night “Pankoski style.”  It has taken me almost 30 years, but I actually won my FIRST GAME EVER against this bunch!!  We were playing Hand and Foot, too, so talk about being on cloud 9!!  Woo-hoo!!!!!

The weather was perfect for the most part, warm day and cool nights, so great sleeping weather!  We stayed at the St. Lawrence Park right on the Thousand Islands River and the scenery was beautiful.  For those that have never been to Brockville, Ontario, Canada before, it is known as the “City of the Thousand Islands,” as it is located on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River opposite Morristown, NY, about half-way between Ontario’s Cornwall to the east and Kingston to the west.  It’s roughly a 50-minute drive south of the national capital of Ottawa, one of Ontario’s oldest communities, and is named after the British general Sir Isaac Brock.

Chuck, an old college friend of Dave’s, joined us for dinner one night at mom and dad’s and we had a great evening.  There was lots of laughter and great memories for Chuck and Dave to reminisce on.  Thankfully we were able to visit with Chuck a couple of more times before we left.  It was great seeing these two together again.  🙂

Chuck and Dave
Chuck and Dave

Unfortunately, Lisa had to return to work, so we returned to Kinzers, PA on June 27.  We were originally only going to stay a day or two and then hit the road again; however, we decided to stay until July 01 so we could spend some additional time with Kathleen, our youngest daughter.  We’re glad we did, too, because we had a great day on Monday exploring Valley Forge with her!  🙂

The last time I was at Valley Forge, I was in middle school on a class trip, and I remember just snippets from that excursion.  Exploring it again, especially with my husband who had never been there before, was really neat.

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