Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back in PA

  We arrived in Gettysburg PA on 7/29/12. We had a truck and car inspection schedule for the 30th and the the 31st. I(Bob) have a super painful toothache. Long story but resulted in a trip to  Hellertown to our Dentist. The trip was about 120 miles one way.  Part one of a "root canal". We did get to see our kids and their wives, which made the trip worthwhile. Back to the inspections, super service with super customer service. If ever in York PA and need some car or truck service check out Fadely's. We also had a inspection for our RV scheduled for the for the 10th at Schafer in Shoemockersville. So we left Gettysburg Farm, a Outdoor World/Thousand/Trails  RV Park a couple of days early. All inspections went well. On the 10th after the RV inspection we went to Pine Hill RV Park in Kutztown for 2 nights. Our friends Dave and Liz summer there, and we reconnected with them. We saw them last at their home in Largo FL. On Sunday the 12th we went to Outdoor World/Thousand Trails Timonthy Lake RV Park in the Pocono's. We will be here for a month. Then we will be going to Thousand Trails in Hershey PA for two weeks. Then to Outdoor world/Thousand Trails Circle M in Lancaster/Millersville PA for Two weeks. At least that is the plan for now.
     While in Gettysburg area we visited with rv'ing friends ED and Vivian. They invited us to dinner at their home. At the wonderful dinner were other rv'ing friends Lon and Betty. We talked about our time together in FL over the passed two years and future planes. Then we had a lively discussions on solving all the problems of the world. It was a super time with good friends.

     We also took a trip to visit Linda's brother. It was about 50 miles one way. On the way we stoped for lunch at a super new dinner in Honey Brook. We did see them erecting the dinner last August/September. See the photo's and story. I(Bob) had a super Mac and Cheese Burger. It was great. Linda had a "Crabby Sandwich" which was also super. We will return in the future when we  visits  Linda's brother.

 My Mac and cheese burger

     While in Gettysburg we did tour the Gettysburg National Military Park. We purchased a 2 CD driving tour. The tour was great. We spent the whole day here, visiting the museum and doing the driving tour.The restored Cyclorama Painting was fabulous. you felt as you could walk right through the battlefield with all the soldiers. We had hope to get back to visit the Eisenhower Farm which leaves from here, but it didn't work out for us. A reason to return.  See and Linda did take at least a100  photo's. They are mostly of monuments. She did some great photo's in the Cyclorama Painting.

We tried to pick out a few of the better pictures.

 There are many tours, this one is a unique old bus
 This is were Lincoln presented his Gettysburg address.
 The tombstones of the many unknown soldiers.

Shenandoah Crossing RV Resort 7-2012 Gordensville VA

Let me start by saying this is one of the best RV Resorts we ever stay at.

Name of Park; Shenandoah Crossing, a Bluegreen Vacation Club(a time share). I believe this is their only RV Resort, they do have many time share resorts. Address is
174 Horseshoe Circle
Gordensville VA 22942
Date of stay;7/22-7/29/12
Staff/owner;All staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful.
Price;This is a Coast to Coast member resort. For members the coast is $10 to $50. $10 in a regular RV site, $15 a back in elite site, $20 a pull-thru elite site and $50 presidential site with a hot tub. I was told that for non-members of CTC it was from $89. on up, but didn't confirm this.

This is our site, the stainless steel grill had all the utensils for grilling. The umbrella was replaced while we were there, and they are assembling new tables and chairs. This site is $20. a night.

Note the hanging lantern, they are electric and light at night. One at each site.

This is the presidential site, with a hot tub and a fire pit with additional seating.
 This is a typical back in site for $15. a night with Coast to Coast.

Site Description;We had a pull-thru site with 50 amp electric. I let the pictures tell the rest.
Amenities; a 1000 acres, 4 + pools, a very busy and a full activities schedule, horse back riding, a 60 acre lake with boat rentals, 3 or 4 star restaurant, snack bar, store, fitness center, movie rentals,golf coarse, this is just some of the amenities there. Very clean private rest rooms and showers. There are  lockers at the pool area, and they provide towels for your use at the pools.
Laundry;Several very clean free laundries.
Phone/wi-fi/TV;Verizon was 2 to 3 bars, and we did experience several dropped calls. Wifi was poor in our site, but super in other sites. Cable TV was about 40 channels our reception was fair to good.
Dog Friendly;Acres to walk a dog.
Night;Very quite and excellent low lighting by each site.
Book exchange;Didn't find one
Comments and Opinions;As I stated with the opening line, this is one of the best RV resorts we ever stayed at in over 40+ years of rv'ing. This is a  super RESORT. There is so much to do here, we hope to get back soon. Coast To Coast members with big rigs avoid the $10 a night RV sites and go for the $15-$20 sites. The nearest big grocery store is about 9-10 miles. The resort is about 15 miles off I64, and about 7 miles off US RT 15. There is a great barbecue restaurant about 7 miles from the resort called "The Barbecue Exchange", unfortunately we found on our last day and only enjoyed it once. This is the type RV Resort we will drive a little out of our way to stay at. See our post "We visited 3 Presidents homes" for thing to do in the area.

Some of the horse on site. They have horse back riding and horse drawn buggy rides.

The back of the Inn showing the outdoor deck were you can have lunch overlooking the lake and country side.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

We visited 3 Presidents homes, 7-2012

We stayed in Gordenville VA with the intent to visit Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier and James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. We visited all three homes and toured the surrounding area. You can't drive ten miles without seeing some road side historic placard along the road. There is a lot of early American history in this area. The three homes are all within a area of about 30 miles. Unfortunatly we couldn't take photon's in the house's. We did have guided tours in all the homes. At Jefferson's Monticello we also had a garden and slave quarters tour. Here are the three websites for more information
 . Sorry for so few pictures.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

James Madison's Montpelier

 Current dig still on going.
James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. The white part of the home is the original. The yellow color part was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original front part of the home.

Touring Virginia 7-2012

 The train depot at Montpelier
 Downtown Gordenville
 The Dunkun store
 Orange County depot, in the town of Orange

Touring North Carolina

 Weldon NC, deserted downtown.
 Mural in Weldon NC
 Following photo's from Littleton NC, Person's Ordinary

 Stained glass window at a church
 A few fixer-ups.