Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

As I was catching up on my blog reading, I hit a road blog on Cee Nuner’s blog. A good road block. She posted a photo of her new heat pump in her weekly Odd Ball Photo Challenge section. How odd indeed.

Since I was in a blog funk, I thought about some strange photos I had that would fit her Odd Ball Challenge.

Cees Odd Ball In October 2012, we were in Boerne, Texas and had stopped at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus and Restaurant for lunch. Before we left the restaurant, I thought it would be best to make a visit to the bathroom. I am not sure why, but I was captivated by the hand painted tiles on the walls in the men’s bathroom.

It is not every day that you step into a public bathroom and find some photo worthy items(s) that are captivating. Not only does the Dodging Duck Brewhaus and Restaurant have cool tiles in their bathroom, they have pretty good food and brews from their micro-brewery also.

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Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is a low spot between the two mountain ranges – the Blue Ridge on the eastern side and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians on the western side. The Shenandoah Valley is bounded on the north by the by the Potomac River and on the south by the James River.

Shenandoah ValleyThe red lines in this clip from Google Maps, with the Terrain feature turned on, show the western and eastern sides of the Shenandoah Valley. The arrow at the top points to the Massanutten Mountain which bisects the Shenandoah Valley between Strasburg, VA in the north and Harrisonburg, VA in the south. The small red star just above Harrisonburg is our location in the valley.

So what does the valley look like up close?

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Typical roadside wild flowers and lush green grass.

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Dairy farm between US-11 and I-81 looking east

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The two long white roofs are barns for a local turkey farm (looking west).

There are a couple of Civil War (1861-1865) battle fields nearby. We have yet to explore the Battle of New Market which took place May 15, 1864 and the Battle of Piedmont which took place June 5, 1864.

There are also several caverns that we need to explore. The Luray Cavern (discovered in 1878 is a registered National Natural Landmark. The Shenandoah Cavern is the only one with elevator access. This makes the cavern accessible to those who are wheel chair bound. The Endless Caverns is one that was discovered by two boys out on a rabbit hunt. The Grand Caverns is also a registered National Natural Landmark.

Needless to say, there are plenty of things to do and see in the Shenandoah Valley that are an easy day trip from our location.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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Friday Five – Taxes!

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

My blogger friend Catherine has a great post about Taxes. Since the first installment of IRS taxation has just past, I hope you will read her post.

Originally posted on My Window on God's World:

  1. Taxes Screen shot of Canada Revenue Agency informing me that my tax return has been assessed and notifying me when my return will be deposited in my account.

    Taxes: What events do you find “taxing” – taking energy, time, or otherwise being a bit of a drain? Maybe Christmas or Easter takes a lot out of you. Maybe it’s the annual meeting. Maybe it’s gearing up for confirmation. Or maybe it’s something that’s not church-related at all – maybe it’s doing laundry, or taking the car to the shop. The social activities after a long week of ministry. As an introvert, I also find days that have no alone time draining. 

  2. Withholding: Aside from money, what do you put aside for when you need it? Do you save up vacation time for a needed rest? Or perhaps stash a little chocolate away for a needed binge? How do you…

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A Stroll Through Our RV Park

The other day, I took a stroll through the park. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and the air was crisp. So I took a few photos.
KOA MAP-1I started at the at the bottom right of the map by the office. Then moved around the perimeter of the RV park going up on the right (Cat Lane), across the top (Easy Street), then down the left side (Low Road).

IMG_2614These are three of five primitive camping cabins K1-K3. Cabin K4 is hidden behind K2 in the photo. K5 is across the street.

IMG_2615Turning around, I caught a photo of K5. These cabins are primitive, meaning there are beds for sleeping only. Bath and shower facilities are in the main building, not in the cabins.

IMG_2616Moving up Cat Lane to Dylan Way, we can see some of the tent sites. These are primitive ten sites with no water or electricity.

IMG_2617A look back down Cat Lane showing some of the RV sites on the right.

IMG_2620Site 32 on Easy Street is one of our most popular sites. It has a lots of green space, large fire pit and free entertainment from our two roosters and the rest of the hens.

IMG_2621Here is a view down Ladybug Lane. That is our RV on the right. More RV sites are on the left.

IMG_2622This is High Road in the new area of the park. These sites are designed to accommodate big rigs 40 feet and longer.

IMG_2624This is a trail that takes hikers 3 miles (4.8km) up to the top of Massnutten Mountain. I may be adventurous one day and take that hike.

IMG_2626There is a small creek that runs along the North side of the property and near the group tent area. The creek has not flooded the tent area – yet.

IMG_2630This is a view through one of the tent camping areas where water and electricity is provided. These two deluxe cabins include three sleeping areas, bathroom and showers as well as microwave and sink. They also have propane and charcoal grills on the deck and a large fire pit.

IMG_2631The covered pavilion is used for group activities such as arts and crafts as well as social gatherings.

IMG_2633And that brings us back to our site (#37). We have lots of room and will have plenty of shade once all the trees are full of leaves.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. When are you coming to visit?

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Home At Last

We left Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday March 31, heading East on I-40. 6 days and 1530 miles (2,400 KM) later, we pulled into Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA in Broadway, VA.

The last leg of the trip from Salem to Broadway, Virginia was a short one (130 miles/210 KM). We decided to grab breakfast rather than fix something. The Omelet Shoppe sounded pretty good so that is where we headed. The restaurant looks like a converted Waffle House. Food was OK but nothing to write home about.

IMG_2573If we were just taking the car, parking would not be a problem. Parking a 38 foot motor home is a bit more challenging especially when pulling a small trailer. We found a spot in the Exxon gas station next door. (That is Cody, our Golden Retriever, up on the dash board. That’s his guard spot.)

IMG_2574I-81 traffic was pretty heavy this morning. It was moving but sometimes at a slow pace.

IMG_2596For our last segment of the trip, we, turned off I-81 and are now on Route 608 (Mauzy-Athlone Rd). After about 4 miles (6.4 KM) of a winding two lane road, passing a few dairy farms and a turkey farm, we arrived at the entrance to our new home.

IMG_2607After exchanging greetings and filling our motor home’s propane tank, we backed into our site and started getting our site set up.

IMG_2634We made good time on our 1530 miles (2,400KM) trip. Yes, we endured a couple of big storms along the way and one obstacle on the highway in Memphis, but overall, we had a good trip. It is not unusual to see an RVer broken down on the highway or worse, an RVer involved in an accident. On this trip, we saw neither. We enjoyed the company of good friends in Bluff City, Tennessee and had great food in several places especially Blues City Cafe in Memphis.

It was sad leaving our friends behind in Amarillo, Texas but it is good to have a chance to meet new friends in our new location. We have a fantastic site and look forward to many campfires. Tomorrow I will post more photos of our campground.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come see us now.

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