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April 2 - Friday April 13:
This morning we took the RV over to Camping World and had our new
washer/dryer installed. We also had the oil changed in our
generator. Both Mac and I assumed that theyíd only need the front
of the laundry area cleared to install the new one, neither of us
thought that theyíd need the top or side area cleared out. But
they did and they unloaded the closet stuff that was in their way and
stacked it all on our bed.
It didnít take them long at all to get it all done and we were back home
in time for lunch and then back to work. Weíve enjoyed the new
Splendide. It has a larger capacity than the old one and has a lot
more features also.
During our stay in the Tampa area weíve had a great time seeing the
family. The kids have come over to visit several times and weíve
gone swimming. Our grandson Austin is getting to be such a great
swimmer. Heís enjoyed swimming with goggles, swim mask, fins, etc.
He really loves the water.
Our youngest grandson Evan is about 9 months old and is the sweetest,
calmest, most laid back baby. Heís just so sweet and fun to play
with. Heís also enjoyed the water. Nicole bought a little
swim boat float thing and heís enjoyed sitting it in and having one of
us push him around the pool.
While here in the Tampa area weíve worked at our day jobs of course but
we also worked on some chores that Macís mom needed done. We
managed to get some work done around the RV such as cleaning more of the
carpet, organizing some cabinets, etc. Weíve also shopped for
groceries using coupons to donate to a local charity that does great
Saturday, April 14:
This morning we drove our grocery and clothing donations to
Metropolitan Ministries .
Weíve donated to this agency for years now and are very impressed with
all the work that they do there. They help so many families in the
area and donít waste money doing it.
Tuesday, April 17:
After spending the last couple of days saying goodbye to the family in
the area we left Tampa this morning around 9:30. We drove to the
Ocala FL area to see my uncle and aunt. Iíve been a bad niece and
havenít visited them in about 10 years. We had a wonderful time
visiting them and spent about 6 hours with them today. We then
drove to Lake City FL and spent the night at Wal-Mart Supercenter #767.
Wednesday, April 18:
After I worked some this morning we headed out. We drove into some
rain today but not any that was a heavy downpour. We stopped at a
rest area for lunch and so that Mac could attend a conference call.
I relaxed reading my book and of course fell asleep. So after a
few hours we headed out again. We drove to a Bass Pro Shop near
Macon GA. We went in and shopped some then decided to spend the
night in their parking lot.
After a few hours of work this morning we headed out again.
Somewhere before we hit Atlanta we saw an outlet mall that had a lot of
parking so we stopped in and went shopping at a few stores. I
found some sandals that I liked and Mac found a pair of shoes that he
liked also. We ate lunch in the parking lot and then hit the road
We stopped at a very nice rest area in TN that was right next to a lake.
We stopped for a couple of hours before heading out again and driving to
Kimball TN. We stopped at Wal-Mart Store # 1089. Thereís a
Cracker Barrel restaurant right here at the parking area so we had a
wonderful dinner there this evening. Thereís also a Goodwill
Thrift Store that we went to but there wasnít anything that we wanted to
After working this morning we hit the road heading north. It was a very
stress-free drive through Nashville today. We stopped at the first rest
area in Kentucky and ate lunch. We stopped about a mile later at the
Flying J and filled up with fuel. Then we were back on the road again to
our next stop of Mammoth Cave
We had decided to stay here for at least one night so we got set up on our
campsite quickly and headed over to the visitor center to sign up for a tour.
We got there just in time for the 3:15 start of the Frozen Niagara Tour.
This is the easiest tour with only about 6 stairs and 49 optional stairs.
We enjoyed the tour very much. After the tour we shopped in the gift shop
before heading back to the campground for some fun with a campfire.
Mac got busy starting our fire and we roasted hot dogs over the fire. Then
we relaxed the rest of the evening by the campfire. Itís so relaxing to
sit around a campfire and stare into the flames. There was a 70% chance of
rain this evening but we were very fortunate and it didnít rain until after we
were done with the fire and had put our chairs away. Right about the time
we got in the RV it started to gently rain.
Weíve really enjoyed this national park and look forward to returning again in
the future and exploring the other features of the park.
Saturday, April 21:
It rained pretty much all night long. It was pretty chilly also with the
dampness. Since thereís a high chance of rain today we decided to go ahead and
hit the road and visit here again in the future. We got busy putting
everything away, hooking the car to the RV and then drove over to the dump
station to dump the gray tank and then we filled the fresh water tank.
We got on the Interstate and drove to Elizabeth IN to the Horseshoe Casino.
Since itís such a chilly day we had a bowl of soup for lunch before going into
the casino. I played quite a long time but didnít win anything!
Sunday, April 22:
This morning we headed out and drove to French Lick IN to the
French Lick Resort. Mac wanted to
check it out and itís not that far off of our route so away we went. We
had a late lunch there and then checked out the casino. Itís attractive
like all casinos are but itís supposed to be pretty chilly tonight and we need
hookups to run the heater so we wonít stay tonight.
We headed out again and drove to the
Fairgrounds Campground . This is where weíll be staying during our
visit here this week. Mac is attending a convention downtown later this
week. Weíre here a little early because the temperatures are supposed to
be close to freezing the next few nights.
reason we wanted to be at the campground during the low 30's temps was that we don't
use the propane forced-air furnaces in the RV, and we wanted to be on hookups so
we could run our small electric space heater. I have sinus allergies and
as rarely as we would use the furnaces the dust would give me a fit.
Besides, it's cheaper to heat with electricity when it's included in the price
of the campsite. We like it a little cool at night for sleeping, so we only
run the space heater on low to knock the chill off.
April 23 Ė Saturday, April 28:
Super cold temperatures did arrive and we were grateful to have our heater
working blowing out the warm air. Itís rained or been windy and chilly so
I didnít do any tourist things this week. I donít enjoy being cold when
Iím trying to explore a city. I feel that I can always see it another day
so why suffer when I can wait. Mac worked at the convention with his
company. It was a productive time and hopefully lotís of potential
employees were made aware of our company.
Friday night I went along with Mac to dinner with the rest of the team. We
all met at the Weber Grill
Restaurant. There were about a dozen of us and we had a great time
eating, talking and laughing. Finally though itís time to go home and get
Saturday, April 28 Ė Monday, April 30:
Saturday was the last day of the conference for Mac. And it was another
chilly day too so we didnít go out site-seeing either.
Sunday morning we put everything away, hooked the car to the RV and headed out.
We have reservations for Friday at the state park near our daughter so where to
go till then? We decided to go back to the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth
IN. At least itís warmer there and we can decide if we want to go
somewhere else from there.
We stopped at Flying J and filled the propane tank in addition to getting fuel.
Thereís a Dennyís Restaurant there also and breakfast sounds good so we went in
and had lunch of breakfast. Afterwards we got back on the road and arrived
at the casino after a few hours of driving. Of course I went in the casino
and played and was very fortunate and hit a royal on the dollar level of playing
for $4,000! What a wonderful win so early in my play.
Monday, April 30:
We both were back to work our regular jobs today. After lunch we decided
to stay around at the casino another night. This casino has good paytables
and the parking area is big with few trucks that stop by for a few hours so we
can get some work done and then have some fun playing for a few hours.