Thursday, November 10, 2011

We are alive and on the road again!

Hello!  Don't worry, we didn't remove you from our posting list...we just haven't blogged in over a month.  I know - hand slaps to us! 

If you've been following this blog, the last you know is we purchased a different RV in NH.  We did leave there and spent a few weeks in NJ close to the beach.  But first, let's talk about the trip from NH to NJ...our maiden voyage.  We left the dealership at 4pm thinking we'd drive a few hours and then pull over at a rest area for the night.  Let's just say things don't always go as planned and we (and I mean WE - both Tom and I drove - I'm crazy!) ended up driving in the rain, rush hour around Hartford, CT and many more miles until we ended up approx. 1.5 hours from our campground at 11:30pm for a few hours sleep along the Garden State Parkway in a rest area.  Our maiden voyage was a little stressful but successful! 

At the beach we had some time to get settled into our new home and realize how much we love it and don't miss the Class C.  We also relaxed, bird watched at Cape May, lounged on the beach, did a little bike riding and a little fishing!  What a great time.  We even had our first overnight guests...thanks, Brenda & Joe!
Migrating Monarch's in Cape May
Surf fishing with Tom's cousin Chuck and his wife, Peg

A great day of fishing!

From NJ we thought we'd head back home for a few weeks to visit with family and friends and to get the new RV checked out.  Little did we know that would turn into an extended stay when there were some serious problems found with the RV.  We ended up being roommates with Brenda & Joe for several weeks - thanks, again!  We love you!  It was great to spend time at home again and to spend time with our family and friends.  We're sorry we couldn't see everyone but we can only eat out so many times in a few weeks!  :-)  We even got to enjoy the snow storm at the end of October in Mount Gretna and quickly remembered how much we don't miss living under the trees during such awful storms!  
Tom's grandson, Drew (left), and his friend having fun at their soccer game (isn't that adorable!)

now that's a serious soccer face

Now we are in Lenoir, NC next to the Pisgah National Forest and beautiful mountains everywhere.  The weather at our campground is warm and sunny but a little different on top of the mountains.  We hiked to the top of Mount Mitchell today - the highest peak in NC and the highest peak east of the Mississippi (6,684').  It was very windy and cold today with the temps around 30 at the top (not including wind chill - brrrrr!) but very beautiful!  Since we're close to the highest peak in VA (Mt. Rogers) we hope to climb that tomorrow and then play around on Grandfather Mountain on Saturday before heading to SC on Sunday.  We'd love to stay here longer but the campground closes for the season on Sunday. 

Mount Mitchell Summit - 6,684ft.

a beautiful view from the summit

Til next time (I promise - it won't be as long!)...happy trails!

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