Leave Maine - sob!
Tamworth New Hampshire
We are not the only truck campers!
Fun group of people, the campground employees and fellow Jamboree attendees.
Oh, btw, the KOA will be charging you $2.50/day/dog for the privilege of having your dog with you. Oh, yeah, it is on our website if you dig deep enough, just a sweet little addition for your invoice. Surprise!
And we are going to put you right off the main road in site 7 so you get to listen to traffic all night long. No need to thank us.
But, we will give you a discounted rate since the pool is drained and you don’t have to listen to screeching children your entire stay. 😄 $14.00 off for $41/night, oh, plus the $5.00/nt pet fee.
Nice sites, wooded, plenty of space. Full hookup. Site 7.
It is a nice campground for a KOA, and blessedly small child free (and remember, while they don’t charge for two or fewer children, you will be charged for all four legged family members). Can we get a discount since we don’t want to pay for playground equipment or upkeep? It is not like we are allowed inside the playgrounds! No dogs allowed signs abound!!!
I've always wanted a heater at my sink.
[We still remember the KOA in Hayward, WI, 2016, requesting their quietest tent spot ... they put us across from the playground. Right across the street. Talk about noisy ... holy cow! Definitely did not fit our definition of quiet. I think we now give KOAs hell for this alone!]
Oct 13- 15
Time to plan the pot luck for tomorrow, probably a pot pie dish from Dreena Burton’s "Let Them Eat Vegan"
Meet up with Jamboree, hang for the day, meet new friends, try to keep the pups quiet when they see other dogs (mixed success with that last).
We have a newbie discussion (including weight considerations, a HUGE thing with truck camping), wintering in FL (we did not attend - we've been to Florida twice and that is probably enough ... we LOVE Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, though), and a Torklift seminar. We have quite a collection of Torklift products, ourselves.
The dogs are moderately well behaved.
We head into Conway for shopping, The Local Grocer, Pharmacy, and Eastern Mountain Sports. Holy cow, is traffic nuts!
And the boy twists out of his new leash. Yikes! (And several quiet little curses.) No more using THAT one again. I will be contacting Ruffwear. (We do NOT recommend the Ruffwear Front Range Leash, especially with D rings, for this reason. The D ring can place enough pressure on the clip to open the gate, releasing the D ring. It could make for a so long puppy. Luckily, our boy did not go far.)
Bulk spices are sooooo much less expensive than the bottled option.
Make Winter Pot Pie in the instant pot.
While we have been asked to include an ingredients list for the "Pot Luck" dishes, few people bother. As such, out of several tables of food I can eat my pot pie, a quinoa salad (it was good!), and a fruit skewer. And someone stuck their macaroni and cheese spoon into my pot pie. Shudder. Next time I’ll set my serving aside beforehand.
Now it is time to leave, and we start a discussion for where to next. I want to boondock in the Green Mtns, but that will not work since himself is not sure we can maneuver through the logging roads. 🙄 So, as I’ve suspected all along, we’ve spent a sh!t ton of money on a rig that will never leave pavement.
Disappointing, but not surprising, I suppose. Time to go download some more books.
NH Thoughts ...
New Hampshire drivers are overly gracious. Right of way has NO impact on their thought process.
"You go first."
"No, you go first."
"No, I insist, you go first."
This is cute to observe, but scary to drive in, because drivers are highly unpredictable.
And people REALLY need to brush up on 4-way stop rules and etiquette. Contrary to popular opinion, it is NOT a free for all!
Tonight is a Pilot in Schenectady, NY. Traffic yesterday (Sunday) was NUTS.
This Pilot is really built for shorter rigs. We had to unhook the Jeep, and we’ll have to figure out how/where to re-hookup.
Traffic today is much lighter
Hoosic/Hoosac NY and Moosic, PA ... too many icks.
Visit Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA.
They need volunteers! Welders, painters, machinists, etc.
To me, it looked like another train museum. The turntable is unique.
The connoisseur of our group was disappointed by "all the posters" but thoroughly enjoyed the locomotive shop tour. Our guide, Ken, knows the machines, processes, and history - in depth. He was a pleasure to listen to.
And he was ready to bring us on as volunteer workers at the end of the tour. 😄
Tonight was going to be another Pilot night, but when we pulled into the parking lot we realized: 1) traffic was nuts, 2) parking was right near the drive-thru, and 3) there is a Walmart across the street.
So, we called up, got permission to stay at Walmart, and moved.
Less traffic, interesting characters, and shopping opportunities in one.
Our first frost of the season!
The pups are cold, and ready to bury themselves. Someone forgot their winter coats. Uh-oh. ☹️ Bad Kira.
These two do not need a cold snap as an excuse to snuggle.
Except for the lawn care company that showed up in the middle of the night, and ran the blower for an hour and the really weird vehicle engine making a funny cha-choog cha-choog noises, we did sleep fairly well.
Though we moved from a high traffic customer parking spot to a high truck traffic parking spot. I think it would have been quieter away from the trucks. But that is my opinion.
Drive to Melilo’s Coin Laundry in DuBois, PA ... another expensive laundromat visit. Approximately $20 in quarters!
A visit to the local PetCo to look at dog coats (what crap quality).
We spend the evening in a nearby Lowe’s (with permission). Wow, is it quiet once every store shuts down!
Himself is VERY disappointed that the parking lot lamps do not have enough either lumens and/or appropriate spectral range to charge our solar panels. 😆
Slowly drive to a Pilot in Brookville, PA. We check out their dump station. Park, shower (fill up both black and gray tanks), dump tanks, pull up to fill fresh water ... uh oh, middle fresh water faucet does not work. Pull around to use the last faucet, whew, it works. Look up to fill gas tanks? There is no gas tank use in this slot! 😢
Pull around AGAIN, to fill gas tanks.
In all, we’ve circled this Pilot’s RV fill and purge setup four times. 🙄
Mosey on down to Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, PA, a more boring area I’ve rarely seen. But the people we meet are charming. This will be our second visit to this museum. Mr. SMT quite likes it. I get to read. A lot.
While walking the dogs before bedtime, I look to the sky and realize I have rarely, if ever, seen this many stars (and planets). In fact, I can see them from my bedroom window. Sigh. It is a gorgeous sight.
October 19 - 22
More of the same.
He listens to loud, earth-shaking old engines, while the pups and I wander and curl up and read.
And sew! The pups do not help with this.
We left Coolspring, and returned to the Pilot.
Shower, dump, refill propane, refill water. 😄
Yes, we still have room in the gray water tank after five days to take two showers. (Or, rather, I spit bathe and he showers.)
Once that is finished, it is time to hit I-80, and drive, drive, drive.