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Old 09-30-2008, 10:13 AM   #1933
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Thanks Wheel and TKS,

I chose the 28 because I plan to go full-timing in a year and the Schooner will be my only home - so I wanted a sofa, a dinette and a bed I could walk around to make. It's also the largest I can pull with my current TV which I really like and I needed to get it now. I want to figure out what I can take and what I have to jettison and not be kicking myself for selling something I need, and then having to go buy another one. I also wanted to be familiar with it and then when the house sells I have a home and I can hook up and go! I really liked the layout the best and I looked at a lot of them. It just felt right for me.
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:14 AM   #1934
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NOT hibernating in OH....yet!

Hi All! We are not hibernating yet. Larry and I were out camping in southern OH over last weekend. Got into a very small campground down by Hocking Hills. We did Dock Dogs with Loren and the two furry girls. The furry girls are now nationally recognized dock dogs. Vega is a novice and Zora is a junior. We had fun but that is alot of work. This weekend we are working on the Minuet. Seems my 12v. electrici line that runs my CPAP has quit. Larry will have to trouble shoot that. We are headed out to camp at Findley State Park on Oct. 23-25th. We are hoping that some more of you will be able to come and join us there. We are on site #248 in the electric area. They will fill fast, so if you can join us please sign up fast.
Larry and I are hoping that we can camp into November. The band kids that we help out are invited to a Festival of Lights in Gahanna, north of Columbus, OH and we are hoping to camp nearby so we can go see them march! Nov. 29th....hope the snow doesn't fly!!!
Sounds like this coming weekend in MI sounds like fun. Hope you all have a really good time.
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Great pictures Sharon! You must be feeling better ....ahem. I've been waiting to hear!! I, too, will miss seeing the sisters = ( . We're gearing up for fall a bit earlier since we don't know how things will go with my m-i-l' surgery next week and recovery. Raining here today so I'm not missing another thing here. For those going to rally in Mackinaw City, have a super weekend!

We went to the dunes on Lk. MI for the day Fri. Our girls, s-i-l, a boyfriend & his bro were there for the wknd. with their Jeeps and we had the best time running the dunes and climbing some pretty high ones too. I may have a picture or two coming.

I "found" a beautiful octagonal pavillion in a wooded clearing for the on line rally. It's about 25' across, made of log and river rock and has a shake roof. Each side has glass panels that can be moved for the totally out-of- doors feel or closed for severe weather. There is a round stone fireplace in in the middle, a large wood box and lots of rustic log chairs with pretty cushions. If it sounds good to everyone, we can "move in" any time. It's supposed to get cold here in MI in a few days. Mid/high 50's to mid 30's over night - I could see a fire now!!!

Have a great day! Sue
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:48 AM   #1936
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Lady P - Can't wait to see pics from inside - your description sounds to be the perfect fit indeed. You are too sensible with all that planning - put me to shame for sure (with the number of trailers and changings of my/our minds that is with design and layout and vintage or not and then back again)

Airstreams Rock - is all that counts for now....

Sue mine too - soaking wet today not a real stellar day at all - and just dragged butt out of bed!

Good luck with your Surgery and have a fast recovery for sure.

PERFECT!!! I have arranged the chairs already - we will have to come up with a name for it. They call them YURTS in Algonquin Park the octagon cabins. I can vision it perfectly with your description. And most definitely a welcome addition to the campfire during the coming winter months...have not heard if we are in for a cold, or snowy or both winter - just know that now with the leaves in full turning and falling now too that winter is just around the corner. But hey - gotta embrace it - or move to a warmer climate one or the other - no sense fretting over it right. Hey we can all take pictures outside our windows for the winter theme and post - and keep rotating all winter till the spring comes

Suz I am okay health wise - just a pain in my left lung they are trying to get to the bottom of that never has gone away since spring - catches me off guard with deep breaths, sneezing and hiccuping and moving suddenly and my energy is dragging considerably and they are concerned that it is not back up yet running all sort of blood and this and that tests. Stamina is another thing and will take a while yet and that is fine - but the energy levels are way way down. And yep I am eating right and on the most part(save last two nights) sleeping fine again phew. Just a bit of a worry until all the test results come back - still waiting and keeping fingers crossed. (thanks for thinking of me and sending those Silver Sister vibes)

Lou that is great news on your fur babies - you and your Daughter must be really proud - you work very hard with those special dogs. It was so great to see pictures of them in competition and on the news no less too.

I think if Haily did that competition she would empty the pond the first go. Having to put her on the weight food again soon. Maybe she knows something we don't like beefing up for a cold winter

Taz is great - got lots of little extra growths and lumps now as she ages typical of labs - keeping a close eye and may have a surgery in this year to have them removed and check them all. But will see.

Good luck to Larry and the electrical - always a mystery.

Well off to get some photos into some galleries from our trip out east.

Thanks for the kudos again on the photos....I am glad that I can still find things to keep me interested around here - I just don't know what it would be like not to have seasons - I love the changes......
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:54 AM   #1937
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Oh PS....

Where the waterfall pictures are - at the end in a little pool before the river changes direction is a little cobble stone house with robins egg blue wood house trim. It is such a quaint house with english style terraced gardens down to the pool - and their windows look straight up to the waterfall - it is really a little spot in heaven - they have a single car detached garage and a white picket fence all around their little plot. It is set back off the main road on a side road - of our main one where I get all my pictures from. I think it belongs to one of the local area artists. And if it ever came up for sale I would buy it in heart beat - it is the perfect "little old Lady" hide-away.. to listen to the falls and see all the season changes from that point of view would be speechless I think.....I have some pics somewhere will post later...
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:10 PM   #1938
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Okay Last one...

Must get moving on more productive things

Just added this latest song to a music hosting site I use. Who Can I Be?
The site is nice for sharing music - you can either just use their player to play the music or can download to play later or add to your own music collections and playlists - all amateurs but a nice place to hang out to listen to all sorts of different music.

The lyrics to this song are just words that move through time, in getting through life's little fears and ups and downs and getting things sorted inside the mind from day to day. But at the same time recognizing that all life's little things are special and all have their place. An added selection for the Album "Never Be Afraid" still incomplete.....

Questioning is good - finding the answers is better - living contently with what you are blessed with is superior....

Who Can I Be?

Riding down the road
We see so many scenes
The colours, the textures
and the geometrics of time.

Is there a path to follow?
Is there a mould to hollow?
Is there a patch where we....can mellow....down the road?
Hum hum hum hum hum hum hum

Time will come our way
I will venture if I may
How do you see clear.... of the fear?

Does the fog ever lift?
Does the air ever clear?
Should we really stay so near......to our fears?

We awake to the frost
What joy is there for me?
And what joy is there for you?
When we seem to be lost.

Now that you have come so far.
Is it time to raise that bar?
Uhhh Haaa, Oh yeah, Oh yeah we should.

I cannot take my leave.
I cannot leave my mind.

Who can I be to me?
Who can I be to me?

Who can I be to me
When I take my leave?

When I take my leave, down the road.
When I take my leave, down the road.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:22 PM   #1939
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Scary Pit in Stomach feeling...

I learned a lesson today - always be prepared even if going out on a simple hike!

With not very much sleep in the last couple of days (hormones are a bitch!) I needed to get a nice morning of fresh air (has been raining for 3 days). Have been wanting to get to "High Falls" for many years but never found the time.

Well I figured after today I would have a better chance at seeing the falls by Kayak than by foot.

I headed out on foot by pure assumption of concept of a trail path leading up gradually to a high point and miraculously a pretty falls would appear for me to shoot. Very naive and very stupid.

I had walking stick, Tripod Case and Extra Lens Case (so I thought) - ready for what I thought would be just an hour out.

Well an hour out in the forest goes pretty quick....I was then thinking I was getting thirsty and thought by the time I find these falls I am going to be really thirsty and thought my bottle of water would have been a better carry than my whomper lens

Then the trail just stopped - washed out - so I had to take a detour to catch up the trail. But what I thought was a trail were Deer Paths not realizing at the time. Of course all deer paths lead to water whether they be rivers brooks or puddles! So my slight detour was a path of unknown direction But I was a mile away listening to tunes.....and not paying attention.

So long story short - I spent 45 minutes LOST! in the woods - alone - no phone - no food and no water and no compass - Broke all the single most cardinal rules of venturing out in the woods. I was worried but not scared - I immediately took stoke of what I had with me which was basically an ipod for a flash light - a sturdy walking stick and tripod for protection (bears) I did have a good pair of boots/wool socks and a good weather resistant jacket layered upper wear but the pants were already soaking from trekking through the ferns

Well I got turned around pretty good and ended up stopped dead in my tracks to some sort of wire for a hunting or trapping line - immediately the movie Deliverance came to mind. It was that kind of forest too - not overly dense, enough to play tricks on the mind. By this time the ipod was silenced and I could hear my heart beat and was starting to put the"no panic" skills to work. Then the quesitons - would someone see my car, would Peter come looking if I was not home as I told him where I was going. Would he check my e-mail for clues as to where I might be bla bla bla....then thought wow I am really thirsty now.....

As I was walking on a brisk mission now up and down at least 10 different dear paths trying to make headway back to somewhere familiar. I kept hearing a strange noise and turning to look back each time. When I turned the ipod off I heard it more clearly - water!!! - not the river but a water bottle - I had actually picked up the wrong case. My camera bag has two side pockets for lenses but I use one for a water bottle. That was a most welcomed stop and helped calm me a bit.

Anyway I finally picked up a spot in the forest that I remembered taking pictures of. I confirmed with the camera and yes it was the last spot I had taken picutres - PHEW!!! But I will tell you it was a pretty scary 45 minutes.

Home safe and sound and warm and dry I at least could look back on the beautiful colours and textures I experienced. On the list to do - put together a little hiking pack with all essentials keep in car for the impromptu treks

Was not a great day again but at least it was not raining. I have an appointment in the afternoon tomorrow so I might sneak out in the Kayak in the morning, if it is not raining, for a second attempt at finding High Falls.

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Old 10-01-2008, 09:42 PM   #1940
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Great photos Sharon! Nice story to go with, what an adventure!
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:53 PM   #1941
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Hi Steph and gals!..great pix sharon!

We've got turning colors of aspens here in Ca!!!..think they call them quakin' aspens!!!

Gettting ready for back-to-back rallies next week: Jackson and Kernville..anyone want to come on over please do join in!!!
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Beautiful pictures and quit an adventure too. Glad everyting turned out ok. Don't do that again!!!!!

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Old 10-05-2008, 06:05 PM   #1943
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Wow Sharon - some adventure - glad it turned out o.k. - and the pictures are lovely.

I had an adventure taking the Silver Schooner on her first camping trip this weekend. Getting her out of the driveway went o.k. after the man across the street moved his car so I could make the turn. Then the was a yard sale down the block with cars parked on both sides and a total clearance of about 18" - 9 each side. Several of the men who live on the block were out and coaxed me through and folded up one guys mirrors so I wouldn't take them off.

We went to Salisbury Beach State Reservation - nice campground next to the beach. Newbie that I am I had a devil of a time backing her into the pad - and finally got it close enough for government work - but pretty sloppy looking. The weather was gorgeous and the sunset was lovely - no pictures of that I was wolfing down beef stew in my friend's MH!

Came back to Dover this afternoon and found an empty parking lot and practised backing up and practised and practised. I finally felt o.k. about it and said o.k. let's go home and put on a show for the neighborhood. Actually it was easier than the parking lot (now that I had all that experience) because I could see the house on one side and the shrubs on the other - the drive is maybe 12 feet wide and the A/S is a little over 8.5' - there wasn't much visual reference in the parking lot - and I put her straight in right where I wanted her in one go - not quickly mind you - lots of getting out and checking and small adjustments - but my friend who patiently waited for me for more than an hour in the parking lot was impressed - and I was very pleased.

Here's a few pictures of the campground and my lousy parking job and the beach and the mouth of the Merrimack River and one of Jasper and I. He had a good time too.
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Crangrats Lousia! Be not embarrassed of your Scooner parking efforts - good job!

Looks like you and Jasper picked a lovely place to camp. Jasper is a fine looking pup and he is welcome at the virtual campfire anytime. There is always a bowl of water and a tin with bowser treats for our furry friends.

Guess I'll throw a couple more logs on the fire since it's getting chillier as the evening goes on. There's a big pot of hot cocoa warming on the edge fire place and mugs on hooks. Help yourselves.

I have to go now but may be back later. Have a great evening ladies!

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Fabulous Louisa!!! I think you did a super job of parking. As we say when we are finished our parking jobs - it is in exactly the position WE want it to be. The picture of you both is so sweet and the look on Jaspers face is as much to say - nobody messes with the Airstream Parking lady!

That sounded like a real tight squeeze way to go on the stellar 'P' for performance - bet all your neighbours are drooling and thinking wow that gal's got nerves of steel!!!!

So glad you had an opportunity to get some practice in... I need to get out again myself - had a heck of a go the last time I tried to park it - just ask Annie, Marvin and Peter - Okay it was at night but I had my own personal lit runway crew and still had to pull up and back a 100 times and I'm not near as long as your rig....

Your spot looked lovely.....was the park very busy?


My girls hearts are jumping now that they have seen your Jasper - they pick up boyfriends almost every trip they get out.

Lets see - it is getting pretty chilly now eh Sue - glad you got the fire on - we will soon have to close up those big windows of the new cabin. Taz and Haily have asked to bring along their Bacon and Cheese cookies to share with all the fur babies....they smell so good I was even tempted - Mother Hubard's Also wondered if they could put their big bed close to Louisa so that Jasper might want to crawl up and keep warm - like they keep saying can we make a "jasper sandwich" - say what?

Check out the stars tonight ladies - on the way home from our visit with Mom I saw for the first time a "flaming falling star" it almost looked like a comet but very short lived and very very low in the sky - might have been ET coming for a visit

Heading out tomorrow (hopefully) or first thing Tuesday am for a couple of days in a park just north of us for some serious R&R and to soak up some amazing fall colours. Peter will catch me up in another Provincial Park just south of Algonquin Park - we missed out on a double booking for Thanksgiving weekend - the park is packed for the colours this year.

Mom has turned a huge corner now and they have finally moved her to the Rehab ward - this is really great and hopefully we will get her home by the end of the month - she has a ways to go and they are still working on the pain management. She has been immobile for several months and has lots of physical therapy to get her somewhat independent again. Although it is tough sometimes she has been a real trooper.

Hope all are well and enjoying the fall splendor.
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Thanks Sue and Sharon,

Sharon I'm told that the bigger they are the easier they are - I don't know. But what I finally figured out was to get the trailer pointed where I wanted her to go and then let the truck follow her slowly and only make very minor corrections - like pulling forward a couple of feet to bring her back from going to far on one side - otherwise I was all over the place. FWIW. I also believe in figuring it out for myself and not listening to anybody else because then I get confused. I told my friend just tell me stop if I'm too close to something. That's all I want to hear - then I get out and look and figure out what to do. I can't see the back of the trailer - and of course have no idea what's happening on the blind side - mirrors make matters worse, I look out the back window and then stop and get out and walk back and look. Your mileage may vary .

No the park was not very busy - I'd say less than a quarter full. It's flat open with pine trees that are sort of stunted because it's on the ocean, and the spaces are nice, lots of grass and not too close together and it' s big - will take over 400 rigs. I liked it a lot, although this was my first experience with an RV campground. But I talked to a couple who have been in every state, all of Canada and Alaska and they said it was one of their favorite places. It's also reasonable - $21 a night with full hook ups, dumpsters, dump station , bathrooms showers, fire pits and grills. I didn't check out the bathrooms and showers I had my own - but there were several pop up campers and a few tents - mostly RV's - everything from truck campers to megabuck behemoth MH's. That's reasonable around here - where prices range in the 30's and the one just over the Mass. border in NH also near the beach and state owned gets $50 a night. They aren't going to get any business from me.

The beach is just across the road at the end of the CG - a very short walk and a nice beach - not endless they way they are in N.C. but big enough for a nice walk with Jasper.
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