Monday, September 14, 2009

Labor Day Fun With Friends

oger here...  It has been a while since our last entry.  We continue to be saturated with all the details of changing houses, and moving toward a closing on our house.  The frenzy of activity has prevented us from spending much time doing anything else, but we are getting close to where we want to be.  

Dianne here -- I'm VERY excited to report that as of today, we are officially "furniture-free"!   After three years of working and planning, the last furniture items left our Main Street house yesterday, leaving it TOTALLY empty!  I just an hour ago finished the final "exit cleaning," mopping my way out the back door, which we promptly locked, hoping never to enter again.  I'm so glad that I never again have to clean and maintain a three-story Victorian house!!   All garage sales are over, house is empty and clean, and we are ready to start the rest of our lives.   More on that in the next blog.

We did get away on Labor Day weekend with a few of our RVing friends; Chuck and Cindy (plus Sophie

 - the world's strongest dog), & Pat and Audrey.  We spent three nights at the Hidden Paradise Resort on Flat Rock Creek near St. Paul, Indiana.  

A private campground of this type was unique for Dianne and me.  Instead of backing into a designated site, we were assigned to a hook-up pedestal that served all three of our rigs. 

 The pedestals were located in a huge, football-like, grassy field.  We could park the rigs in any configuration, so we opted to "circle the wagons" to allow for easy communication and access to the continuing supply of 

food that we always consume too much of. 

 (Sorry former English teachers.  I know that the last sentence ended in a preposition.)

It was the first college football weekend of the year. 

 IU had already beaten Eastern KY on Thursday, so we were able to concentrate on the Purdue game on Saturday.  We agreed to put both the IU and Purdue flags on the flagpole 

- an effort in good sportsmanship.  We watched the game on the outside TV screen while consuming appropriate refreshments.  Purdue handled Toledo very well.  Maybe a better season?

We intended to pump up our inflatable kayaks for a trip on the Flat Rock River, but the water level was too low.  We would have spent most of our time dragging the kayaks in shallow water over the rocks.  It didn't sound like much fun, so we skipped it, opting to play games and watch movies instead.  It did rain much of the time, giving us an opportunity to watch Lucy and Desi in the LONG, LONG TRAILER.  We all had forgotten how funny that movie was.

We did also have a unique experience while sitting by the campfire.  (Dianne, the pyro-queen provided the 

kindling.)  Any way, it was pretty late, around 11:00 p.m. when a rig pulled up next to our circled rig.  A campground staffer asked us if they could plug into our hookups.  After we agreed, Chuck jokingly told the new couple that they had to provided beverages for breakfast in the morning.  Soon after, the couple came over to the campfire with Budweisers for the guys and white wine for the ladies.  As it turns out, it was a German couple in a rented RV traveling the U.S. to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  How cool.  They did not know about the need to have reservations on Labor Day weekend and were desperate to find a place to park for the night.  It was great fun talking to them for a few minutes.  What nice people.

Well that's all for now.  The next post will be about our final efforts in moving into a smaller house, selling our remaining furniture and "stuff",  and getting ready to hit the road again - something we have missed these past few months.


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