We ended up in a wonderful home, three blocks from Wilton Drive. Our POD arrived, and in 5+ hours we were furnished and home. Unloading the Motor Coach took a little longer and really didn't get fully cleaned out until March 2018. Mike set about decorating and we are now very comfortable in our (much larger than the "tin can") home! I worked outside de-weeding the front motor court and setting up the patio area for parties! For those that want a snail mail address: 520 NE 25th Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.
We were all atingle as we crossed the Georgia border and entered Florida. Almost home. But first, a weeklong stay at the famous Sawmill Campground to relax and ponder the long and amazing journey we were about to complete. We stopped at many of the 'gay' campgrounds which were along our route but this is the mac-daddy of them all and always lots of fun.
We both admit to having mixed emotions. Although we don't want the adventure to end, we are, indeed, looking forward to being home with family and friends.
We have a great place to move into in the heart of our old neighborhood, Wilton Manors. Our RV will be temporarily parked next to our house while we empty and prepare to sell her. Then we will set out to build/ remodel/ purchase a forever home.
But, fear not. THE PARTY NEVER ENDS! See our post on the Future Plans page. We already have many fun trips planned through 2019.
We spent Halloween at OZ in GA. Had a great time despite the weather turning wet Saturday night. There were many tricks and treats :) !
We stayed in Marietta, GA, a large suburb of Atlanta and new home to Dehn and Fancey Larson. The iconic Marietta Diner was just down the road and we had several great meals there. We visited the Ponce City Market and had a great lunch at H&F. Club FLEX was right downtown and a great place to 'work out' and relax. We also had a fantastic meal that Mike made for Dehn, Fancey and her parents, Jodi & Glenn, at their new home. Mi
We purposefully routed our trip to include Asheville after Uncle Mike got a call and request to plan a very important occasion. Dr. Anna Larson and Meg Ohno Flute Haman's wedding in Asheville, NC, Labor Day weekend next year. We allowed ourselves a full week to select a location, order tents & equipment, caterers, DJ's, cake bakers, build a website, etc. And how do we keep it from going over budget? Plans are now settled and it will be a very special event for two loving, wonderful gals! While there we visited with our good friend Lyn McFarland, had dinner with Fancy & Dehn who were visiting from Atlanta, and did some touring of a wonderful eclectic mountain town with so much to see and do.
We reprised our visit to this wonderful county park to visit Mike's college friend Gail and her husband Carey. Gail is retiring in December after many years as the President of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. Mike is feeling better and joined them for dinner, while Ron is now suffering from a cold and cough, his first since we started our epic adventure. We are not blaming our colds on the flu shots.... but WTF!?
Our base camp in Brunswick, MD., along the Potomac, gave us access to visit family and friends. The Tawney Family live nearby in Purcellville, VA. Karl Ruiz lives in Arlington, VA. Mike made a quick trip Friday to visit and have lunch with Karl. Saturday we visited with Scarlet & Harrison along with their Mom Erica & Harold Tawney. Naturally we arrived bearing gifts! Those two kids are just the cutest and happiest redheads ever! We got our "senior" flu shots last week and after 16 months on the road Mike was down with a bad cold. Mike had to cancel our planned visit with Vicki and Guy Nichols which we were so looking forward to. Ron did some touring of the Brunswick area and Harpers Ferry, WV.
On our way to Maryland/Northern Virginia we stopped to visit and have lunch with Debonny & Lee Shoaf in Shippensburg, PA. which was near their home in Newville, PA, Debbie and Mike grew up together in Uniontown, PA, and spent their freshman year together at Ohio University. It was great to see them and get caught up. We're sorry it was such a "flash visit" as Lee called it, but we'll get together again soon.
Between our Gay Weekends at The Woods in the Poconos, we made our first of three Bucks County base camps in Quakertown, PA. A classic covered bridge flanked the entrance to the RV Park. Ron's cousin June & hubby, Scotty, live a short drive away in Washington Crossing where much laughter, banter, food and adult beverages were consumed and enjoyed. We had an amazing night dining out with the Scott Girls at a fantastic, critically acclaimed restaurant called Honey in Doylestown, PA.
After our second weekend at The Woods (see previous post) we made our basecamp in Philadelphia at Campus Park & Ride. Not your regular campground (no grass, trees, ponds, etc.) but a great downtown location. It was very safe as it shared its facility with US Customs & Border with electrified fencing and gates. We could ride the free shuttle to town or drive less than a mile. Everyone said we had to go to the Reading Terminal Market. WOW! What a fantastic food emporium. If you can't find something special to eat here, you need new taste buds! We had a pork sandwich from the famous Tommy Dinic's, a Philly Cheese Steak (at least 10 places to choose from), and brought home NY strip steaks for the grill along with Lancaster potato salad, fried mac n' cheese balls and new pickles from the barrel. And of course Mike got some Penn-Dutch sweets from one of the iconic pastry shops.
It was a beautiful day so we took a double-decker bus tour of Philadelphia and saw many of the amazing historical sights that were such a big part of the foundation of this great nation. That evening, June and Scotty came into the city for another great meal at one of their favorite Italian Restaurants in South Philly!
After staying in the downtown area, we "driveway surfed" at Maurice & Keith's home in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Their RV was gone for a couple of weeks and they invited us to 'hook up' at their house. Later we joined the Scott Family and friends at Charcoal in Yardley, PA, followed by dessert and laughs at June & Scotty's home in Washington Crossing. Needless to say, a great time was had by all!
On Saturday we feasted at friends Gayle & Ted's in Doylestown with a traditional "break the fast" on Yom Kippur. The next day Queen Mum & Scotty had us, family and friends over for a fantastic Sunday brunch. Another food fest with bloody adult beverages, stories and lots of laughs.
On Monday evening we had a "Trailer Trash" driveway bash at our place, but forgot to take pictures of the group... Oops! Tuesday another Queen Mum organized evening at Francesca's on the River with more great food, adult beverages and laughs! Can we endure anymore? We need to get out of Philly! But there is still one more day that we had planned many months ago!
On our last day in the Philly area we boarded the train in Trenton, NJ for the Big Apple to see Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. But first, lunch at Carmines, a NYC institution with old world atmosphere and incredible Italian food served family style. Then the show with our bellies full. WOW! Dear Evan Hansen was a thought provoking musical with a message and lived up to the critical acclaim and hype. A fun day was had by all!
Many hugs and much love to Scotty, Queen Mum (June) and Family and great friends for making our time in the Philly area so special... So, 10lbs later we leave Philly!
WARNING: If nudity offends, please skip this post! A wilderness glamping adventure! The Woods is a large LGBT campground with events every weekend May - Oct. We spent two weekends here while in the Bucks County and the general Philly area to visit family and friends. The first weekend was a leather weekend with lube wrestling! OH MY!
The next weekend was Festival of Lights with illuminations of every possible description lighting the camp sites on Saturday along with a fabulous party put on by a group of seasonal residents. This weekend we also met up with our good friend Scott, from many RSVP cruises, who keeps a trashy trailer here for weekend use.
Our RV Adventure
Here's a record of our travels as we explore the USA. Blog posts are listed by month in descending order.