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Back On The Lines

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012014
 

People said they are getting spam e-mails from me yesterday. It wasn’t from me, though it had my name on it. Look at the e-mail address and you will see it’s not mine. I NEVER send anything with attached unsolicited links except to maybe two or three people, and if you’re one of them, you know who you are.

Sport kite fliers know that when it comes to learning how to fly any dual or quad line kite, there is no substitute for times on the lines, which means basically getting out and flying. You can watch any of the million online videos and read a gazillion articles, but none of it is a substitute for actually getting a kite in the air, crashing, and getting it up there again. Eventually (or so experienced fliers tell me), you start to get the hang of it.

With that in mind, yesterday we went back to Sam Lewis State Park in York for John Barresi’s kite flying clinic. There were probably a dozen fliers there, and I was by far the least experienced, and a newcomer as well, but I have found that kite fliers are just as friendly and outgoing as RVers and they all made us feel welcome.

Kites on ground

Here is John making it look easy, but trust me, it’s not! This one is actually an indoor kite. Yes, they fly kites indoors! I didn’t believe it until I saw it myself last year at the kite festival in Long Beach, Washington.

John Barresi flying

The wind was pretty flakey, strong sometimes and then it would die off to nothing and come back up. But that didn’t stop John from getting a few of the fliers organized and flying in formation. I’m a long way from ever being that good.

Formation Flying

Team Flying

About 3:30 we decided to pack it in and head home and it was good timing on our part. It started to rain as we were getting into the car and poured most of the way back across town.

We were hungry and since we like to check out the local restaurants where we are traveling, we stopped at the Lyndon Diner in York. It’s a classic diner with classic diner food, all of it delicious and served in huge portions.

Lyndon Diner

Terry ordered the spinach pie and could not begin to eat it all. They also had huge slices of pie and cheesecake, as well as other desserts, but there was no way we had any room for any of them, darn it. Sad smile

Spinach pie

Congratulations to George Osborne, this week’s winner of an audiobook of The Package: Book One by Cleve Sylcox. We had 114 entries in this week’s drawing. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

And finally, we have sad news out of Bowling Green, Kentucky this weekend. The RV Daily Report said that David Garvin, 71, the founder of Camping World, died Saturday morning after an accidental fall from the roof of his home. Garvin started the nationwide camping supply store at age 23 as a mail order business and was a true success story.

Thought For The Day – The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly; the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.

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Quiet Days

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312014
 

The life of fulltime RVers isn’t always all about traveling and sightseeing, exploring new places, meeting new friends, and making new memories. Sometimes we just have quiet days at home. And that’s nice, too. Yesterday was one of those quiet days that we appreciate so much. We slept in and then stayed in bed snuggling [...]

The Last Hurrah

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 302014
 

Labor Day weekend – the last hurrah for most weekend warriors and camping families for the year. Kids are back in school or headed there, and for us fulltimers things will start to quiet down. So even though it’s crazy here at Gettysburg Farm RV Resort, with kids everywhere and smoky campfires, that’s okay. It [...]

A Day To Play

 Posted by at 1:18 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 292014
 

I love my job and I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing with my life. In fact, sometimes I think that sooner or later Big Brother is going to decide that it’s just not right for anyone to have that much fun, and get paid for it too, and come and get me [...]

A Lot Of Tractors

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 282014
 

While Terry and I don’t miss the hectic schedule we had to keep to make them happen, or all of the work of putting on our RV rallies, we do miss seeing so many of our good friends whom we could count on showing up at every rally. It was like a big family reunion. [...]

Aug 272014
 

It took longer than usual but my new book, Big Lake Scandal is finally available for purchase on Amazon. Usually it takes about twelve hours for a book to go live once I upload it, but it was closer to 24 hours this time around. Surprisingly, the Nook version of the book was available much [...]

It’s On Its Way!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 262014
 

After hauling a truckload of bins full of stuffed envelopes to the small post office in East Berlin yesterday, we made a short trip to Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center so Terry could pick up some extra spools of the tencel yarn she loves to weave with so much. Carol Woolcock, the shop’s owner, [...]

Aug 252014
 

Yesterday was a very good day in more ways than one. I was really sick Saturday night, so just waking up and seeing the light of day was a good way to start things off. Especially when I looked over and saw Miss Terry there beside me in bed. It just doesn’t get much better [...]

Aug 242014
 

It started raining a little after midnight and continued for most of Saturday, like we needed more of it. The ground is saturated and water is standing in puddles everywhere. And we have more forecast for today. The rain didn’t really impact us because we’ve been busy labeling and stuffing envelopes pretty much nonstop. Except [...]

Aug 232014
 

I say I’m “working” when I put a new issue of the Gypsy Journal together, but the truth is, all I’m really doing is sitting on my butt at my desk. That’s not really “work.” But now the real work begins. Yesterday afternoon we drove to Lebanon to pick up the new issue at R&L [...]