CROFT STATE PARK SC

We are now at Croft state park in South Carolina. We left Mayberry campground about 10 or so and got here about 2. It was 171 miles. The engine light did not come on, thank you lord.  It was a nice drive until about 50 miles to here as there is construction all over. Tomorrow we head to High Falls State park in Georgia by Macon, for two days. The park here is by a lake and back in the day was a WWII prison camp for captured germans, many of whom never went back to Germany, deciding to stay here instead. As we are here only for the day, we did a lake hike, which was about 2 miles long. The campground is right near Spartinburg, way too busy for me. Also the three mile road to get to the campground is one of the worst roads I have been on. Below is pictures of our site the hike we took and a cemetery we found..

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I am on a rise above the RV.

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Steps up to the firepit.

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The lake hike

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This is a early 1800’s cemetery

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A newer stoner for a Rev war Vet

 

OOOP’S A KINK IN THE ROAD

Today we left Walnut hills campground early and were supposed to go to Croft State park in South Carolina, a 320 mile journey, but like I said supposed to. About a hundred miles in or so ,the engine light came on. Everything seemed to be fine and we stopped off at the next rest stop. I checked things out and no leaks, everything seemed to be working fine. We pushed on and in a little while I told Melissa to call the Mayberry campground in North Carolina, and see if they had a spot for the night. They did and we got here about two  or so. Instead of 320 miles, we went 193. After we unhooked I went to the nearest Auto zone and had them put the sensor on. No major codes came up, except it was reading a lean running engine. When I got back into the truck and started it up, the engine light was off, go figure. So, I called my main man back in Pendleton, and he said it may have been just a fluke as I was going up a hill, and triggered a sensor or it may be an oxygen sensor. Either way he said, most likely not a big issue unless the truck does not run right. It could even be bad gas. Tomorrow we will see but I have hopes it will not go on again. For the night we are here at Mayberry and have a 116 mile drive to Croft state park tomorrow, hopefully. As a side issue yesterday I finally got to go to breakfast at my favorite place, yep you guessed it Waffle House, boy was it good, as you can see.

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Disney Revisited ?

 

We never got a chance to put up our pictures from our trip to Disney in 2018, so I am now.

 

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness is where we stayed, it’s everything you’d expect from Disney. It’s located on 750 acres of a pine & cypress forest. It has old frontier looking buildings with flowers and walking trails. It has a big beach where you can walk and watch the fireworks from, but you can’t swim in it. But to make up for it they have 2 pools. Lots of people having a good time.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom blends live animals like lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos with traditional rides and shows.

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Avatar Flight of Passage – ride

Avatar Flight of Passage – a great simulated flight over Pandora’s colorful landscape. You feel like your on the back of a wing-flapping banshee as it  transports you over a sweeping landscape.  You soar, float, plunge in the air and  skim across oceans, leading to a  encounter with the fiercest king of the air. We both loved this ride!

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The tree looks great during the day but when it gets dark, The Tree of Life has flickering fireflies that appear and the animals carved into the tree bring to light a stunning visual rising with vivid color and animated imagery.   It’s amazing to see what Disney can do!

 

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                                         Epcot

 Which was originally an acronym meaning “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” Now it is simply a name, and the park is made up of two main sections, Future World and World Showcase. Future World blends learning with entertainment, while World Showcase brings a small taste of 11 countries to Florida.

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Soarin around the world –  ride

With combination of motion simulators and theatrics, you’ll feel as if you’re hang gliding over spectacular vistas and sights. On your flight you’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge, Redwood forests, Napa Valley, Yosemite, and other landmarks like your gliding over them . The ride is fun and they even have special scents placed in to add to the experience.

 

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Test Track –  ride

This ride lets you design your own custom concept vehicle at an interactive design cubicle , so you will choose all your car’s features, and then go for a high-octane spin. We designed a neat looking truck with all the accessories, the only problem the gas efficiency wasn’t good.  A lot of people say that ride was a lot better before it got refurbished.

 

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Mission Space – ride

Mission:Space uses centrifuges similar to those that NASA trains their astronauts with to give guests a realistic simulation of space flight, so we felt like we were launched into space. You feel tremendous G-forces as they hurtle through our solar system towards Mars. It’s an intense journey most people won’t soon forget. Especially Dave who kept his barf bag at hand.

 

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                          Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It has rides and shows based on movies, such as Star Tours, Indiana Jones and the Little Mermaid, and television shows like American Idol.

 

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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

This attraction premiered on August 25, 1989.   The show includes a large-scale stunt sequence involving a motorcycle and a mammoth Flying Wing aircraft. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) received 11 Oscar® nominations and won seven, including the awards for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. It was a really fun stunt show even to this day.

 

 

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Rock’n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith – rideRock

The enclosed roller coaster was a fun experience it is dimly lit while Southern California landmarks illuminate different twists and turns throughout the ride and your listening to Aero Smith songs.

And …..The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

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While eating at the Sci-Fi Dine-In, you watch film clips from 1950s and 1960s science fiction and monster movies and  bizarre newsreels . The clips are shown on a large projection screen. This was a real treat and the prices were good and so was the food.

That’s it for Disney….The last time we were there was for our Honeymoon, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.  We had a fun time, especially at Fort Wilderness campground and seeing Disney fireworks – they are the best – but we don’t think we need to go back again.

 

WALNUT HILLS CAMPGROUND

We are now at Walnut hills Campground, we got here yesterday about two or so. it was a 191 mile trip. We will be here til Thursday morning. We were here last year but in early October and stayed for a week. It is a very nice campground on the rolling hills of Virginia. Today we just lounged around and will do the same tomorrow. Below is a few pics of our site and the campground.

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DRUMMER BOY CAMPGROUND

Our stay here at Drummer Boy, has been pretty nice. It’s a better place than we had last year for 30 days. The site we had was very big. During our stay here, Friday we took a tour of the famous Dobbin House, which is now a very fine dinner place. It was built in 1775, and is a pretty historic place here in town, had a lot of very interesting history. We also walked the entire campground which was about one and a half miles. Saturday we went for a quidded battlefield walking tour. It lasted almost 3 hours, and I was able to see and walk to places I have never been before on the battlefield. Also learned a lot, Melissa also enjoyed the tour. There were about 70 people on the walk. The guides for these tours are park rangers, and a lot of them know a lot about the battle. It was fun. Sunday we went into town and walked around a bit, then went to the battlefield and walked a two mile loop, around one of my favorite spots, little round top ,and devils den. Went back to the campground and relaxed the rest of the day. Today which is Monday we drove to Staunton Va. Which I will talk about tomorrow.

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Our spot at the campground

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Our guide Matt for the battlefield walk. He is a You tube favorite and has quite a following on his talks, and tours.

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One of my favorite spots on top of Little round top looking out towards Devils den ,which the Confederates held. They tried three times to come across the valley with thousands of men to take little round top, but could not do it.

 

What did Dave and I do on our summer vacation back in Western New York in the lazy, hazy (sometimes chilly) and crazy days of summer? Below is a few pictures of our adventures and such.

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Our summer retreat in Holland, New York Doug & Jennifer’s camp.

 

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Took a bus tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery with Jennifer & Doug. It’s a historic rural cemetery in Buffalo, New York founded in 1849 by Charles E. Clarke. It covers over 269 acres and over 152,000 are buried there, including U.S. President Millard Fillmore, singer Rick James, and inventor Lawrence Dale Bell.  It’s in the top 10 places to visit in Buffalo and it was enjoyed by all.

 

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Some of the old residents, including President Millard Fillmore hopped on board our tour bus.

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Why are Doug & Dave looking at their feet?  To see if their shoes are on the right feet?

 

                        New Additions to our family

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Katie & John Lyons are the proud parents of  Andrew John & Philip Mark

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The beautiful card was made by my talented friend Beth.  They are being baptized on September 22, may God Bless.

 

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Mary & Don “The Cute Couple” great friends we met for dinner.

 

Jennifer & Doug took us to Olcott Beach a popular tourist location located on the shores of Lake Ontario.  It was Dave’s first time there.

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Dave  at Bye’s popcorn stand in Olcott. As you can see by the sign it has been in operation since 1923, soon to be 100 years old!  He went back 3 times this summer to get popcorn.

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Dave with his long locks visiting Betty a good friend of ours.

 

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Mike, Dave and Annmarie in the back, friends we saw there.

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We were there for a couple of hours, it’s a small fair close by it was fun.

 

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Cooper our dog had fun this summer too!

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I went to Pendleton Farm & Family days with my friend Judy from the Pendleton Star Pharmacy.  It was good to see the pharmacy people and Judy’s family.   We got to see two good bands from the area, the A-List and especially The Nerds Gone Wild! A great time was had by all!

 

 

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We got to have dinner with Karen & Conrad.  A great couple we got to meet from Pendleton when we lived there.  They definitely had a great influence on us when we started to think about RVing and they are now on their 10th year of RVing full time, they are our hero’s

    A trip to Rochester with Jennifer and Doug

We went to Rochester to catch up on some of my family ancestry.

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Dave & Doug saddling up for the ride.

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Can you find the real hand?

 

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One of my ancestor’s graves

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High Falls in Rochester

 

Dave & Don helping Mike side his sister Tasha’s house

 

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Would you let these guys side your house?

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Met our good friend Paula at a local establishment.

 

Went to the cabin in Holland to visit Pike NY and do more ancestry work.

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If I didn’t get the chance to tell you, My sister Jennifer and I are 11th generation pilgrims. Edward Fuller our 10th great grandfather came over on the Mayflower and our 3rd great grandfather, Hubbard Fuller is buried in The Pike cemetery.

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We hiked the Old Scarbuck trail near East Concord, NY

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Man we did a lot this summer!  And I didn’t even get through  half of what we did.  It was a fun summer but it’s good to be back on the road again!

SHANGRALA AND A DRUMMER BOY???

Today is Friday the 13th. This is our 3rd day out from leaving our home base back in Newfane. Today is the only day I have not driven with the 5er in back of me. It was nice, I think I forgot how to drive one. I made a few rookie mistakes in the last few days. First I judged wrong on our first stop. Wanting to get further into Pa on the first day, I reserved a spot for a night at Yogi Bear- Shangrala campground in Milton Pa., 280 miles, and six hours of a drive the first day. OOPs, it was a long day. Then with under  a quarter of a tank of gas, and not really knowing how far away it was, I decided to pull into one of the big Sheetz gas stations. Wrong move, when I went to turn into the end pump, I could feel I was in tight, so I stopped, four inches away from the gas pump, and just short of wiping out the back two feet of the rig. Thank you lord, but stuck I was , we tried backing out a little, but there were a lot of cars there. Thankfully a Sheetz big tanker truck pulled in and he saw my dilemma. He got out, and after a few back ups and pull ups, he got me out. Thankyou Lord. It was only ten more minutes to the campground and I had enough gas. Lesson learned, when it feels wrong don’t do it. After we got settled into our spot, it hit me that I knew I got lucky this time.

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Ranger Smith and Melissa, telling me I am going the right way

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Me, Cooper and Yogi

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Hay ride anyone.

Cooper had a following here, no less than five people wanted to meet and see him, as they had had Whippets before, he was the hit of the campground for a day.,The campground was pretty nice, only one night here ,and we left Thursday about one, as we only had a two hour drive to Gettysburg. Getting to Gettysburg was uneventfull, but I still had that un easy feeling from the day before.

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We have a nice pull through here, at the Drummer Boy campground. It is a large campground, with over 500 sites, many of which are seasonals. It will be in the 80’s here this weekend, and we leave here Monday. Today we went on a tour of the Dobbin house, and ate at the world famous Tommy’s Pizza. During the battle they served pizza to Union and the Confederates. That’s a joke.

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We also happened to see this car, whatever in the parking lot, it is pretty neat, but is it safe.

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TRIP ITENERARY 2019 – 2020

 

2019-2020 TRIP ITENERARY

 

DRUMMER BOY CAMPGROUND- GETTYSBURG PA- Sept 12-16

WALNUT HILLS CAMPGROUND- STAUNTON VA- SEPT 16-19

CROFT STATE PARK- SOUTH CAROLINIA- SEPT 19-21

HILL FALLS STATE PARK- GEORGIA- SEPT 21-23

STEPHEN FOSTER STATE PARK- FLORIDA- SEPT23-25

SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK- FLORIDA- SEPT 25-28

CHRISTMAS RV PARK-FLORIDA- SEPT 28-30

JONATHAN DICKERSON STATE PARK- FLORIDA- SEPT 30- OCT 1

JOHN PENNACAMP STATE PARK- FLORIDA- OCT 1 – JAN 5

CYPRESS RV RESORT- FLORIDA- JAN 5 – FEB 5

ORTONA SOUTH CORP OF ENG- FEB 5 – 17

HILLSBOROUGH STATE PARK- FLORIDA- FEB 17 – 18

STEPHEN FOSTER STATE PARK- FLORIDA- FEB 18 – 19

FALLING WATERS STATE PARK- FLORIDA- FEB 19 – 20

GULF SHORES STATE PARK-ALABAMA- FEB 20 – MARCH 5

BUCCANEER STATE PARK- MISSISSIPPI- MARCH 5 – 15

NATCHEZ STATE PARK- MISSISSIPPI- MARCH 15 -21

LEFLEURE’S BLUFF STATE PARK- MISSISSIPPI- MARCH 21 -29

MORO BAY STATE PARK-ARKANSAS- MARCH 29 – 30

CRATER OF DIAMONDS STATE PARK- ARKANSAS- MARCH 30 – APRIL 5

LAKE CATHERINE STATE PARK- ARKANSAS- APRIL 5 – 15

T. O. FULLER STATE PARK TENNESSEE- APRIL 15 -18

J. P. COLEMAN STATE PARK- MISSISSIPPI- APRIL 18 -21

DESOTO STATE PARK- ALABAMA- APRIL 21 – 24

CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK- GEORGIA- APRIL 24 – MAY 1

RIVEREDGE RV RESORT- TENNESSEE- MAY 1 – 15

WALNUT HILLS- VIRGINIA- MAY 15 -17

DRUMMERBOY CAMPGROUND- GETTYSBURG PA- MAY 17 – 20

HOME BASE NEWFANE NEW YORK- MAY 20 FOR SUMMER.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

The labor day weekend was a lot of fun. The weather was good, not overly warm but nice, until Sunday night when it started to rain, and it rained heavy at times. Saturday was a busy day, we first met up for breakfast at 9 in the morning over at Gail’s seasonal trailer. We had the standard, bacon, eggs, and all that. About 16 of us all toll. Below is a pic of my two best friends, Mike (cooking) and Donny (looking tired). Grew up with them both and after all these years, we are still great friends. In the back ground is Gail, Melissa’s friend, and Melissa, holding a hair dryer on the propane regulator, keeping it from iceing up, not sure why it did but it did.

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After that fun, we met up with our RV buddies, Bill and Sandy. They were traveling back from Vermont visiting there daughter. We met them at the thruway exit, not far from us, and went to the Travel America restaurant there. Spent almost three great hours catching up. We may not see them again for another year. Bummer.

After that we went to my brother Jeff’s. He always has a labor day party. Got there about  two or so. He always has an hour or so set aside to skiet shoot in the back. I shot twice hit 3 out of 5 the first time and 4 out of 5 the second time. Thought I did good for only once a year shoot. After that the annual kick ball game got under way. I always am the full time pitcher. I play hard for both sides. It was fun, as always. Then we visited with everyone, had dinner, lot of food and hung around till about ten or so. It did start to rain about seven or so and the party stayed in the garage. We then said our good byes, for the winter and went back to the RV. Pic below is of me and brother Jeff, two years younger than me. Yes, I am wearing a hat, a funny hat with long hair on it. It was the hit of the party. I thought I looked good, but I guess not.

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Monday morning we had another breakfast with the gang and everyone packed up and headed home. A good time was had by all. Back at home base now and only a week left to go before we head down to Florida, for the winter.