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Old 06-24-2016, 06:48 PM   #2549
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Yup. Understand the feeling.

I was once sent to paint a part of our ship that was 93 feet above the concrete floor of the dry dock we were in. The end of the yardarm was 8 inches wide. I swear my butt cheeks were wrapped around that skinny piece of steel. I told my boss I would never consider doing that ever again, and he understood.


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Old 06-25-2016, 12:06 PM   #2550
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I secured us another site here for Mon-Thurs nights of next week.

It does not have a view of the lake, but it is wooded, shaded and not on pavement.

After driving 5 hours or so, then pulling in onto hot pavement, I didn't think the Interstate would ever cool off yesterday.

Between the retained heat and the outside temperature, the AC on high and max cold was struggling.

I was comfortable, but Lily didn't stop panting til the sun went down.

She has already had two good walks today, and is now catching up on her beauty sleep.

Yes, she is as sweet as she looks.


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Old 06-25-2016, 12:31 PM   #2551
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hi Maggie.. good morning to you two... that's great you got that wooded spot... no lake, but still sounds lovely... thinking cool shade, nice trees, sitting outside in your chair relaxing... the good life!!!... hugs and love, keep having fun there!!!! I'm following!!! any pics coming???
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:33 PM   #2552
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Where we are now is not picture worthy , but I'll get one of the next site.

We are at functional, here, with electric for AC...and that is important as shade has been gone for 1 1/2 hours and it is too hot to be out without it.

I can also see the lake.


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Old 06-25-2016, 10:04 PM   #2553
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Wow, Maggie! I can relate to your fear of great height. I used to have no fear of heights, but, that has changed with age. I like to think I'm wiser now and not as foolhardy! I fully understand ...these days...that I am not invincible! That seems to be a problem of youth!

I like my feet firmly on ground. I like to be near water....not on it or in it or over it! Log that one up as one more challenge overcome. Another notch on your independence belt.

Safe travels and have lots of fun!
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:02 AM   #2554
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We had a good downpour yesterday, and it cooled off a bit overnight.

Supposed to have a cold front moving in...we'll see.

My heat intolerant self is managing pretty well...I sit outside until my shade is gone and the heat is too intense, then retreat to the AC.

The lake is very pretty. Lots of small boats, sailboats, and barge traffic.

Quiet and peaceful, but I'm looking forward to moving to a wooded, shaded site tomorrow, even if that means more activity all around.


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Old 06-26-2016, 10:59 AM   #2555
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Sounds like your having a nice time . I am too. Here at Lewisburg WV. We had 10 inches of rain in two hours which caused a flooded town. We are under low water pressure and the gov. Gave a state of emergency. There have been 23 deaths so far in the town but no one from our airstream people. We are all ok and still going on. We had to boil our water. But we are still having fun and enjoying the company that we have here at international rallie. The stores that are not flooded out are on a limited supply but all is good. We did have no power for some time but all is ok. Still drying out here and meeting lots of new people. I'm having fun sleeping in my trailer and finding out all the leaks! Oh well have a great time!
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:13 AM   #2556
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Hi Rachel!

I am relaxing and enjoying being somewhere different.

It always seems to take a couple of days out to get back in the groove of traveling life, and I would say we are there.

I've been following the weather and flooding problems in WVA...it is astonishing what Mother Nature can unleash, so quickly, and causing such devastation.

Doesn't sound like the storms wreaked havoc on the International at all, tho, everyone going with the flow and making changes to manage as they needed to.

Nothing we can do about the weather, after all.

Greenbriar and Kanawha Counties, White Sulphur Springs, etc., are where my maternal grandmother and her people were from.

Doug and I were thru there several times, looking around and searching for some lost roots , and it is a beautiful part of the state.

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Old 06-26-2016, 12:41 PM   #2557
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Nice vision - you and Lily cooling off by the lake.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:44 PM   #2558
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Hi FaN!

Shirley Valentine gathering in Astoria, OR, September 8-11th, or 12th...try to make a drive down.


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Old 06-27-2016, 12:19 PM   #2559
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More rain last night, but it has definitely cooled off and I am looking forward to having the AC off and windows open for awhile.

Took a drive this morning, found a grocery store and let Lily have an extra run by Lake Barkley. It is really beautiful down in here.

A happy girl, with a new place to romp plus interesting things to sniff and catch her attention.

We are waiting patiently for our new site to empty ...checkout isn't until 3pm, so if they stay the time we will be hanging out in a holding pattern for awhile.

But, that's okay, because it is overcast, cooler and much more comfy than the past few days.

We handled it, the scorching heat and high humidity...Lily and I getting a good walk in early morning and then hunkering down in the AC all afternoon and evening.

She could barely stand to be out in the heat of the day...head low, tail down, looking up at me like "what are we doing out here!"

I might even cook outside tomorrow, as I brought some salmon steaks...

One of our favorite, on the road meals was two of something...salmon being a favorite, pork chops or chicken also work...in the panini iron, with 6 briquettes beneath and 6 on top.

20 minutes to perfectly crusty and cooked thru. Yum.

I'll get a picture later of the new, fully shaded site.


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Old 06-27-2016, 12:51 PM   #2560
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Already on my third e-book this trip, I am reading another about Holocaust survivors...Bitter Freedom, by Jafa Wallach.

These people sent their 4 year old away, to keep her alive, and spent 22 months living in a depression dug underneath the floor of a business.

Unable to stand or walk...for 22 months...but saved by others strong enough, smart enough, and resourceful enough to keep them alive and hidden from the Germans.

80 Jews out of 30,000 in their district survived...all of them, hidden and kept alive by others.


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You have a charcoal fired panini iron? Where did you buy that?
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I have one with long handles, to put in a fire.

Bought it years ago at a Cabelas or some such place.

I have a waffle iron, too, and they work beautifully in fires because the cast iron withstands the heat so nicely.

Not wanting to always build a fire, and only rarely carrying a grill, the panini press worked great for something yummy for two.

I haven't done this yet, since Doug's been gone, but I'm ready to.

I'll post a picture.

In the meantime....these are on the wooded, shaded ground here.

Not sure what they are, but they are pretty.

The folks in our site-to-be are packing up, so we should be in soon.


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