Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hot Hot Springs

We are in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  When we left Tunica, MS, we thought we would overnight and move on to Grapevine, but our plans were changed when we were not able to check into The Vineyards early.  Next time when we leave I'm making a reservation to return before we depart.

We did find Catherine's Landing and it is a great place.  Its only about a year old, but very well run and clean.  I'd give it a 9 out of 10 - only because the doors on the bathroom stalls don't lock!!!!!!!!  Who's idea was that?

All the spaces are level and a lot are pull-thrus.  The wi-fi is free and very easy to use - you don't have to sign up - just log in and go.  There's a great pavillion just across the road from our site and it is filled with picnic tables.  The best part is the shade and the huge ceiling fans.

We've ridden the trike several times out into the national park.  We found the RC field.  Its not very busy.  There's no electricity to recharge batteries, but the runway is paved.  No hobby shop in town so we drove to Little Rock one day, but it didn't have everything Gerry wanted, so we ordered it online.

Today is Sunday after July 4 and most everyone has left.  Lots of dogs (why do people bring their dogs camping and then leave them all day in a cage while they go out on the lake?).  We'll be here one more week and then FINALLY its home to Grapevine for 3 months.

Head 'em up.  Move 'me out!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Just Catching Up

We're in the home stretch and I decided it was time to post what we've done and where we've been.  So here is a very brief synopsis:

Leave Grapevine on February 11 and overnighted in Natchitoches, LA.
Second night out was in Starkville, MS
Third night out was in Huntsville, AL
Toured Rocket Center and stayed in the attached campground for 2 more nights.
Overnight in Pensacola, FL
Overnight in Marianna, FL
Two nights in Yellow Jacket RV Park on the gulf coast side of the state
Arrived in Tampa Bay RV Park on February 20 and planned to stay only 2 weeks.
Quick trip via American to Phoenix to welcome Charlotte
Left Tampa Bay and arrived Daytona on March 6 for Bike Week
Left Daytona and headed back to Tampa Bay South RV
Left and arrived Sunshine Key (Big Pine Key) March 21.  Only stayed a week.
Left The Keys and arrived Lakeland RV.  Only stayed one night and went back to Tampa Bay
Attended Sun N Fun on April 11
Attended Top Gun RC competition on May 1 and May 4
Left Tampa Bay and overnight in Warner Robbins, GA
Toured the Warner Robbins AFB air museum
Drove to Kitty Hawk and toured the site of the Wright Brothers first powered flight
Overnight in Beckley, WV
Two nights south of Louisville, KY
Attended the races at Churchill Downs
Arrived Jackson Center, OH on May 12 for maintenance on the AS
Two nights in Sand Springs RV park outside of Morgantown, WV.  Met Collin for lunch.
Overnight in Erie, PA with a visit to Maggie McMahon
Overnight in Binghampton, NY
Toured the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
Overnight in Saratoga Springs, NY
One week in Old Orchard RV park, Maine.  Rained every day.
Two nights in Saratoga Springs, NY
Two nights in Niagara Falls, NY
One more night in Erie, PA
Four nights in Cherry Hill RV Park, College Park, MD
Eleven nights in Misty River RV Park, Walland, TN (outside Knoxville)

Yes, we've been all over the east coast for four months.  Now its time to head home to Grapevine.
See you soon.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Charlotte Ireland Hamlett

Charlotte was born on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
The first pic is her birthday, and the second pic is 1 Week.



The Sunshine State

Welcome back!  After spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in Grapevine, we finished up our taxes and doctor visits and left home again.  We had a great time being so close to Geremy, Tiffany, Lola and Delia.  Gerry spent a lot of time at the 114th RC Aero Squadron field in Grapevine. He and John spent time building and crashing and re-building airplanes.

We stayed long enough to see Geremy compete in three bicycle races.  One was in Wylie where he placed 3rd in his category.  The two races in Cedar Hill State Park were Category 4 and 5 combined so its hard to tell how he finished if it had been just a Category 5 race, but we think he might have won that one if it had been a strickly Category 5.

We left on Monday, February 11 and were in rain before we hit the Louisiana state line.  And rain it do for the next 2 days.  Lots of rain.  We got on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Natchez and drove about 100 miles before we made a decision to head towards Huntsville, Alabama to the US Space and Rocket Center. Spent 2 nights at their campground and toured the center.  Interesting, but overpriced.  And it was cold - still.

We needed to warm up!  Headed south towards the coast.  Finally landed in Pensacola and toured the Naval Aviation Museum on the Navy Base.  This was much more fun than Huntsville.  And the price was right - FREE!  We spent our money on one of their IMAX movies about the Blue Angels.

Its hard to make reservations at places you know nothing about.  I erred in making one for 2 nights just north of Tampa.  Its a jungle out there!  We were not comfortable in a jungle environment.  It was on a river which was great, but that was all it had going for it.  We had very very little cell coverage.  You had to be right on the river to pick up anything.

We are not south of Tampa in Ruskin, Florida.  A great little campground.  A lot of winter campers and some living full time here.  A bit crowded for our taste, but we are very close to a new RC field where Gerry can fly for the week while I am gone to Surprise.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Home Again, Home Again

Back in Grapevine. We arrived last Wednesday afternoon. We left Albuquerque a day early and drive down I25 to pick up US 380 that would take us all the way to Decatur where we turned on 114 and into Grapevine. Right back where we started from. Here is the view from our front door:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Land of Enchantment

We have parked for the night after a marathon driving day from Surprise. Tomorrow we meet up with 100+ airstreams at the balloon fiesta.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Williams, AZ

We spent a few nights at Williams. Went to the Grand Canyon and enjoyed the cool weather. Stayed at the Grand Canyon Railway RV park. It was great and we anticipate returning when we are in the area.