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Vampire Begone!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 202014

With the new issue of the paper finished and at our printer’s in Michigan, we have a few days to goof off before it gets delivered to us here in Pennsylvania. So yesterday, that’s what we did.

A while back Miss Terry had read about a place in nearby Gettysburg called Hacienda Shiloh in Karen Eidson’s FabGrandma blog, so we decided to go check it out.

Hacienda Shiloh sign

Owned by Marda Mattox, an outspoken women who told us a whole lot more about garlic and garlic farming than I ever knew, Hacienda Shiloh is a small organic herb farm located in the rolling hills above Gettysburg. Marda sells 20 different varieties of garlic in season, which is about 19 more varieties than I knew existed.


They say that if you wear a bulb of garlic around your neck it will ward off vampires. I’m pretty sure there’s not a vampire within 500 miles of Gettysburg. The small gift shop at Hacienda Shiloh also has over 200 different custom blended teas, herbs, peppercorns, pepper blends, sea salts, and other natural products.

Bagged herbs


We’re history nuts and I love Gettysburg because there’s so much history there that you can almost feel it in the air you breathe. It’s hard to imagine that such a pretty place saw so much pain and suffering when Union and Confederate troops clashed here back in 1863, when three days of fighting left more than 30,000 dead and wounded soldiers in their wake.


More than 1,400 monuments, markers and tablets at Gettysburg honor the men from both sides who fought here and it seems like everywhere you turn there is a reminder of the battle.

80th New York monument

This monument honors Abner Doubleday, a Major General in the Union Army who is credited with inventing the game of baseball in a cow pasture in Cooperstown, New York in 1839.

Abner Doubleday statue 

Five years ago we spent a few days in Gettysburg, and while we were there we found a nice little store called Wilderness Lodge Leather & Hat Shop, which is where I finally found my beloved fedoras after looking for just the right hats for years. Back then we met a wonderful lady named Gail, who was very friendly and a wealth of knowledge about the town. She was fascinated by our lifestyle and we gave her a copy of the Gypsy Journal.

When we were in town yesterday we decided to stop at the shop again, and Gail immediately recognized us. We chatted for a few minutes and then had to leave, because I was seeing a couple of new hats and found my hand involuntarily reaching for my wallet. I mean, how many hats does a guy really need?

Gray hat

Brown hat

White hat

Nick jester hat

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


Thought For The Day – You can’t grasp today if you’re still holding onto yesterday.

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That’s 92!

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 192014

Last night I finished the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and I will upload it to our printer’s web server this morning. This is issue 92, and that’s a lot of travel stories! And there’s still so much that we want to see and do, and tell you about. Overheard yesterday morning at the [...]

A Trip From Hell

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 182014

I wrote in yesterday’s blog that we only had a short 45 mile drive from the Hershey Thousand Trails to the Gettysburg Farm RV Resort near Dover, Pennsylvania. Easy peasy. Yeah, right. It was raining when we woke up and continued while I had my Corn Pops, checked e-mail, and answered those that needed immediate [...]

Aug 172014

Except for a quick trip to the dumpster I haven’t left the motorhome. Actually, I pretty much haven’t left my desk. But the good news is that I’ve only got a little over three pages left to go on the new issue of the paper. That trip to the dumpster was enough. There are a [...]

Aug 162014

Except for a quick run to Annville to mail out an order and stop at a roadside produce stand and a very nice meat market next to it called Laudermilch’s Meats, we were busy at home all day yesterday. After dealing with the usual morning load of e-mail, I parked myself at my desk and [...]

Roadside America

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 152014

We’ve seen a lot of roadside attractions from coast to coast in our time on the road, some that were really good and some that made us yawn and say, “Uh huh, can we go now?” But yesterday we saw what Terry and I both agree is the best one ever. Roadside America, located just [...]

Aug 142014

Over the years I’ve given new and wannabe RVers a lot of advice to help them make the best choices, but today I thought we’d go in a different direction and we’ll talk about some things NOT to do. We thought we had done our research, but starting out we made just about every mistake [...]


 Posted by at 1:10 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 132014

The weatherman predicted heavy rains for yesterday and he wasn’t fibbing! It started coming down just after midnight and never stopped all day long. Sometimes it eased up to just a light shower, but then it would pour again. It was still raining 24 hours later when I was getting this blog ready to post [...]

15 Under $10

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 122014

A while back I wrote a blog about RV Goodies that was very well received, so today I’m going to put a twist on that theme and tell you about fifteen handy gadgets that no RV should be without, and none of them will set you back more than a sawbuck. Brass Water Pressure Regulator [...]

Aug 112014

I spent most of the weekend working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and by the time I knocked off last night, I had gotten a lot accomplished. I should be on track to make our deadline for the printer with no problem. Actually, I did take some time away from the keyboard [...]