Note: This was a little over a week ago, we’re catching up on the posts.
We uploaded another review of one of the places we stayed, Pocahontas State Park (PSP). You can find it and all of our place review under the Parks and Places menu above. There’s a handful of pictures there, but the full set is available on our Flickr page.
We arrived on a Friday and settled in for a long weekend. It’s a nice park with good camping facilities and we enjoyed ourselves. On Saturday, Rany (Dasy’s sister) and her husband, Seth, came out to join us for dinner. I procured a nice set of steaks and corn on the cob from the local grocery store and we had our first attempt at grilling our dinner. It rained on and off, so I ended up making a shield of sorts out of tin foil. It actually worked out really well and the steak turned out fantastic. The corn could have used a little longer on the grill, but it was still good.
We stayed outside under our awning talking about friends, family and our upcoming adventures. All in all, it was a good time and we thoroughly enjoyed our first attempts at “entertaining” in our new home. It’s a bit small inside, but with the awning and good weather it works out great.
We were at PSP for the weekend and planned to leave on Monday. We got a call on Sunday, however, that one of Dasy’s cousins wanted to buy her car, which we had taken with us and planned to keep in Florida. So, we extended our stay for another day. Dasy drove the car to her parents back in Northern Virginia, while I ran some errands and then went up in the Jeep to retrieve her.
Unfortunately, the Jeep decided not to cooperate. I noticed while driving up I-95 that it was wobbling quite a bit and I frequently had to “over-steer” to correct it’s path. I’ve had this happen before and am fairly familiar with the cause. I pulled into a Pilot truck stop to check it out and found I was correct in my assumption… The main bolt that connects the drag link to the frame had loosened a bit and was allowing the front axle to wander back and forth a little bit.
Since all my tools are in storage, I sent a quick email from my cell phone to a bunch of my off-road buddies in Off-Camber Crawlers and continued on my way. 10 minutes later, I had several offers of help from fellow members with tools and garages. I made it without incident to Ed’s place and he promptly went at it with an impact gun and some loctite. That fixed it right up! I continued to Dasy’s parents place, had some food and some internet access and we headed back to our “home”, minus one car.
The next morning, we did some minor exploring of the park, then headed south.