Posts tagged: family

A Month Full of Activities

By , October 21, 2010 9:29 am

We saw Cirque Du Soleil show “OVO” at the National Harbor last night with my sister and her husband. It was entertaining and delightful. We have seen a number of shows in the DC Metro area, Baltimore, Orlando and Las Vegas. Our favorite show is KA in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel!

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We arrived in Northern Virginia at the beginning of the month. We parked in the driveway of my sister’s house. The driveway isn’t level so it required some ingenuity (and trips to Home Depot & RV store) to get the RV  leveled satisfactorily. It was such a hassle getting it leveled that we bought a portable macerator instead of moving the RV to dump its contents. With a macerator you can pump the holding tank contents into the commode in the house!

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We helped rip out the old kitchen floor and put in new resilient vinyl tiles that look like ceramic using real grout. We finished the floor just in time for a family gathering the next day!

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We have enjoyed eating some great food! One thing I love about this area is the great variety of delicious foods available both at home and at restaurants.

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As always, it is great to see and be with our family and friends again whether taking in a show, eating out or doing fall clean up. It is great to be with the ones you love!

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The weather is getting cool – high in the 60s/70s and low in the 40s/50s. The Star (I want to call the RV the “Death Star”!) will be heading south at the end of the month. We’ll be back with our other family and friends in Florida this winter.

Food, Family and Friends = Fun

By , July 4, 2010 2:51 pm

What more can you ask for?

My summer visit is coming to an end. I can’t believe I’ve been here for a month!?! It’s been great! I’m ready to return home to my hubby. :)

I saw so many friends, got to eat lots of  delicious food (Thai, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Seafood,  home cooked and grilled,  and much much more…) and saw lots of family. It’s been so good to see so many familiar, friendly faces.

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And I helped my little sister and her hubby with getting their house in order. I have mowed, sanded, painted, screwed in nails and cleaned and cleaned. It’s finally coming together! Hurray!

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I’m coming home soon!

Our stay at Pocahontas State Park

By , November 3, 2009 12:26 pm

Note: This was a little over a week ago, we’re catching up on the posts. ;)

IMG_0143.jpgWe 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.IMG_0144.jpg

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.

IMG_0141.jpgWe 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.  IMG_0122.jpg

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.

 

 

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We’re cooking now…

By , October 25, 2009 4:36 pm

…well, we were last night. ;)   We had Rany (Dasy’s sister) and her husband, Seth, over for dinner last night.  We are parked at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, VA.  Cooking grates are provided, so I picked up some steaks and corn-on-the-cob at the local Food Lion.  Between rains, I managed to get it all cooked on the grill.  The corn was a touch under-done, but the steaks were excellent and definitely worth the effort.  We look forward to many more. ;)

Switching topics here…  we sold Dasy’s car.  We now have to go back to DC tomorrow in order to pick up the title (which I didn’t realize she’d stored) and transfer it.  It doesn’t make much sense for us to completely uproot just to drive up to DC when we have to come back this way anyway.  The cost of gas for the RV is a bit prohibitive as well.  So, we just extended our stay at the park for another day and will drive the Jeep and Lexus up in the morning and I’ll bring Dasy back in the Jeep.  It’s not exactly how I would have planned it if given the option, but I don’t mind driving a couple hours in order to be rid of another vehicle…  and Dasy’s much happier about not having to drive to Florida.

No pictures this time… I just wanted to do a quick status update for everyone.  Pictures will follow in a day or two on the full update.

Fun with Zip Lines

By , August 20, 2009 12:01 pm

The day we arrived in Gatlinburg, we went zip lining with the family at Zip Gatlinburg.  I had the camcorder and got some decent shots of everyone on the lines.  I had to strap it to my wrist, so I didn’t get any good shots of me zipping, but I tossed in one very jerky clip just for kicks.  The video is about 5 minutes, shot at various resolutions.  I’m still figuring out how my camera, video software and Youtube interact, so there it’s letterboxed.  I think it’s actually YouTube that’s doing that, as the rendered video is fine.  I may swap this out for the Blip.Tv player if it’s any better once this is uploaded.

Getting ready…

By , August 11, 2009 6:50 am

Not a whole lot of technical info about the RV for you this time… We picked it up from the shop last night and drove it home during a wicked storm.  The front brake caliper slides had rusted a bit and the guys at the shop pulled them apart, cleaned them up, greased the slides and slapped it all back together.  They also fixed the emergency/parking brake for us.  Good timing, because we’re heading out Wednesday for a short trip down to Tennessee to meet up with a bunch of family.  That’ll be a “shake-down” for the RV and should give us a slightly better feel for it and what needs to be done than the three day haul back from Texas.  We’re still having charging issues, but I’ll check on that today and take enough tools and cables to jump it or charge it if needed.

As far as getting ready for everything else that goes along with this…

We’ve pretty much let all friends and family know about our plans.  The reactions were completely from one end of the spectrum to the other.  I expected that, but Dasy was a little taken aback by some of the responses.  We’re fine now though… everyone is different and has their own opinions.  We take a little bit of good advice away from everyone we talk to about our future travel plans. ;)

LockBox We now have a “get moving” motivator…  Our house is now listed for rental.  We had our real estate agent over to get her assistance in renting out our place.  She was incredibly helpful and gave us a lot of details about how to get decent tenants.  In short, the rent we’re asking (for a quite large house) is a bit on the high end of the spectrum.  Add to that a qualification of two incomes and that helps narrow down the list a bit.  Finally, they’ve basically got to have three months rent available to move in (deposits, real estate company fees, etc).  That may rule out some people who otherwise would consider it, but if it ensures a decent family who will take care of the place gets in, I’m all for it.

There are tons of other little things keeping us busy…  Getting rid of furniture, repairing bit of the house, arranging for someone to refinish the deck, power washing the siding, getting the Jeep ready, getting two motorcycle ready for sale, arranging to have the RV windshield replaced (glass is in, just waiting to get the RV back from the shop), getting rid of my fish, etc.  We have a LOT of stuff, a LOT to do and not a LOT of time to do it.  Today’s task is the patio furniture.  I’ll be spending the morning clearing off my trailer to make room for it all.

We’ll keep you posted as we go and I’ll let you know how the RV is when we next get it rolling.

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