Happy Birthday Greg

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 052012
 

Today is my buddy Greg White’s birthday. I don’t know exactly how old he is, but I do believe he sat next to Moses in grade school, and when I wrote about building an ark the other day, he sent me pictures of one he helped a guy named Noah put together. Actually I think […]

Oct 042012
 

No, that’s not a reference to my sex life. Blue Ball and Intercourse are two communities in Lancaster County, the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country. I needed a break from working on the paper and it had finally stopped raining, so we spent yesterday playing tourist with Greg and Jan. Our first stop was […]

I Need An Ark

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032012
 

It started raining hard late Monday night and never stopped coming down all day yesterday. Not just a rain, but a real gully washer, the kind that drowns frogs and floats boats. The kind that makes a man think he really should be building an ark. It was a good day to stay home and […]

Oct 022012
 

How can it be October already? Where the heck did the summer go? I want a do-over! My parents always used to say that the older you get, the faster time goes. I never understood that when I was a kid, but I sure do now! Sometimes I want to just stop time, or at […]

I Was Wrong

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262012
 

Yes, I was wrong. No need to note that on your calendar or anything like that; I’m wrong a lot of the time. This was just one more instance. I wrote in yesterday’s blog that the Pennsylvania Turnpike was one of the worst stretches of road in the country, and based upon past experience, that […]

Sep 252010
 

We only have a couple of days here in Gettysburg, and we had planned to spend yesterday playing tourist. There is so much to see and do here that we could never cover it all, but we had hoped to at least get to the new National Parks Visitor Center. But things didn’t go exactly […]

Sep 232010
 

Yesterday we spent part of the day unloading all of the stuff from our van that we used at the Hershey RV Show, and repacking it into the storage bays of our motorhome. It was a hot, humid day, and by the time we got done, we were both wringing wet. Back inside our Winnebago, […]

Valley Forge

 Posted by at 4:59 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222010
 

Yesterday we drove 75 miles to Valley Forge National Historical Park, where the Continental Army, under George Washington, spent the hard winter of 1777-1778 during the American Revolution. Being history nuts, this was a real treat for us, and we enjoyed immersing ourselves in this shrine to American liberty. We also learned a lot that […]

A Lazy Day

 Posted by at 4:10 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212010
 

Yesterday was a much needed lazy day for us, after our week at the RV show. We slept in, then didn’t do much of anything all day long. Terry did a couple of loads of laundry, we checked e-mail, cruised the internet, watched TV, and I napped for a while on the couch.  We needed […]

Sep 202010
 

The Hershey RV Show finally ended yesterday, and it was the longest week of our lives. We are so glad that it is over! We have worked a lot of RV rallies over the years, but this was our first RV show. I’m pretty sure it will be our last, too. The good news is […]

The Last Day

 Posted by at 4:00 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 192010
 

Today is the last day of the Hershey RV Show, and it couldn’t end soon enough for us. We are worn out physically and mentally, and just want to go to bed and sleep for about 48 hours straight. All week long the show promoters and other vendors have been telling us “Just wait until […]

Sep 182010
 

Okay, now I have officially seen it all. When we arrived at the Giant Center yesterday, everybody going into the RV show had to pass through a security checkpoint, where sheriff’s deputies were searching all purses, bags, backpacks, briefcases, and such. I asked what they were looking for, and the lady deputy told me they […]

Sep 172010
 

Okay, maybe I didn’t shave my legs, but I was still up before 7 a.m., and I even brushed my teeth! That has to count for something, doesn’t it? Why was I up at such an ungodly hour, you may ask? Because we’re working a vendor booth at the Hershey RV Show this week – […]

Sep 162010
 

We’re tired, and we’ve just gotten started! Yesterday was the first public day of the Hershey RV Show, and we spent eleven hours in our booth, greeting people, passing out sample copies of the Gypsy Journal, and selling a few subscriptions, books, and CDs. The main vendor area is on the floor of the Giant […]

Sep 142010
 

We spent yesterday exploring the back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and what a wonderful time we had! This is the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, and on every back road we traveled we saw Amish farms, usually with laundry hanging on clotheslines, and livestock in their pens.    This swaybacked horse looks like he’s […]

Sep 122010
 

Yesterday we drove over to the Giant Center in Hershey to pick up our name tags and parking pass for the Hershey RV Show. It was a lesson in frustration. First, there had been some miscommunication about what the show expected from me, in terms of being a speaker, as well as our vendor booth. […]

Sep 102010
 

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, I think Pennsylvania is one of our prettiest states. And yesterday we got to see some exceptionally picturesque parts of the Keystone State. We were in bed early Wednesday night, but as tired as I was after our 420 mile day, I just couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned […]

A Day On I-80

 Posted by at 4:04 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 092010
 

Yesterday morning Daryl and Judy Patterson stopped over to say hello and goodbye as we were getting ready to leave Elkhart Campground.  We only had a minute to chat before they left so we could get everything unhooked and ready to take off. Experienced RVers like Daryl and Judy know that if you get preoccupied […]

Sep 082010
 

This part of northern Indiana is a stronghold of the Amish people, and wherever you travel around the communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, and the surrounding area, you are likely to see Amish women  in their simple handmade dresses, their heads covered in white kapps, and men wearing black straw hats or stocking caps. There […]

Sep 062010
 

I’m a short round guy, but sometimes I feel stretched so thin that I just can’t cover all the bases, no matter how hard I try. We have a lot of folks from our rally who are still here at Elkhart Campground, or else are at the fairgrounds in Goshen, waiting for the Escapees Club […]