Quoted From A Fellow Traveler:

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Home Listed Today

The realtor called to say that someone called on the first day that the home was listed and wants the grand tour.
Not sure if this is a good sign or bad but they are coming Thursday or Friday while we are gone for the weekend.
In the mean time, we are still packing the coach for our trip on Sept. 9th.

I did finish waxing the coach and I thought it was going to kill me, glad it's not a 42 footer. I used a good carnauba wax and the finish came out like glass even after the heavy rain we had a couple of days ago.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today's The Day

The realtor is coming at 4:30 today and we are starting the procedures to sell the home. It has been a long process getting here and we know we will probably have a long ways to go before the home sells but at least we can get on with other things now.

In the mean time I have been keeping busy doing the little things like trimming the shrubs, etc.

I also wanted to wax the coach prior to our Texas trip next month. With a coat of wax on her it's so easy to clean her off with a California duster at the end of a day of travel. Took me two days to wax one side but I now have to wait for the humidity to come down before I continue. We are really getting the travel itch and can't wait to hit the road again.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Not Much Of A Yard Sale

Six hours of Joyce and Vicki (Our Daughter) sitting out in that heat and very few people stopped. I spent more on coffee and donuts than Joyce made and now with Vicki leaving her stuff in the garage, we have more than we started with.

Joyce figures that after a week of putting up with the heat, people went to the beach or just stayed home by the pool. Can't say I blame them!
We will be leaving for Texas soon so Vick will probably have another yard sale while we are gone. Joyce does plan on trying again in the Fall.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yard Sale!!!

Now that we have cleaned out all the trash, it's time for the next phase.
We have gathered all the material things that we felt would fall into the yard sale category!!!! How do you price these things??? Gave it our best guess and even if we sold everything (I know we won't) we still have a lot of things left. It's tougher for Joyce to part with things than it is for me, guess it's just one of those guy things.
If you see anything you like, we will be open this Saturday, come on down!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Done With Clean-up

Three days of hauling stuff from the garage and basement and it looks like we are done. I hope it isn't more than a ton or it will cost me extra.
I don't know why they do that, I order a 10 yard bin that has a one ton rating yet the 20 yard bin has a two ton rating. The 20 yard bin is the same size except for the height which is one foot higher, go figure!!!
Now, they expect you not to go over the weight limit of the bin. How do you do that, weigh everything before you put it in???

Friday, August 14, 2009

Clean-up Time

We have been working on cleaning out the house prior to putting it on the market. I finally got around to getting a trash bin dropped off so now we just have to haul 20 years of collectibles to the bin.
I think of all the years that I have been collecting stuff knowing that one day I would use that item, I mean it took me all those years to get everything I wanted now I have to trash it. How ironic!!!

I think we're going to need a bigger bin.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Playing Catch-Up

This was our site at Balsam Cove Campground. Nice place if they would trim the low branches on the trees.
We visited the new Narrows bridge at the Penobscot River.
And we took the elevator to the observatory at the top of one of the towers.
Nice View
A little info. on the construction of the new bridge.
The old and the new!
The old bridge must come down but will probably take another five years due to a lack of money to complete the demolition.
We took a ride to Bar Harbor and on the way was a small pond full of Lily Pads in bloom.
More Lily Pads but of a different color.
The fog began to roll in while we were cruising the coastline.
At the top of Mt. Cadillac we stopped to pick some wild blueberries. Joyce used them in her pancakes the next morning.
While in the town of Bar Harbor we spotted this in the Harbor. This is the Lady Christine. I was able to find some info. on her and her owner Irvine Laidlaw. Her helicopter had a small mishap and was being repaired due to a minor crash while landing short of the shore.
On our way home we stopped by to visit our friends Don & Lucy. That's their coach on the right and ours on the left. Tight squeeze but both coaches fit in close to their home.
We are back home now and the lawn needs mowing bad. You just can't get away from the chores.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Along The Coast Of Maine

We took some back roads through Maine and wasted an hour going around in a circle due to a bridge being out. Wouldn't you think they would have made a detour, nope!
We continued to zigzag across the state heading towards Bucksport. We are now between Bucksport and Ellsworth in Balsam Cove Campground situated on 10 mile long Toddy Pond in the town of East Orland.
We have a beautiful site overlooking the water and they took our Passport America card for half price of $20 a night.
The downside is it was a real problem getting into the site and some low hanging branches dragged the passengers side of the coach and ruined my day. I still have to get out of here in two days so I spoke to the grounds keeper and he is going to trim some branches for me. Man-o-man, I should have know better than to get myself into that situation.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vermont, Canada, Maine

Whereas we had a poor Internet connection in Vermont, and I didn't post while we were in Canada, I rolled the last week into this one posting.

While touring around Vermont on the 27th, I took this picture just outside of Rutland

There was also a memorial for Gen. Ripley's horse Old John who served the General well during the Civil War.
This is a close-up of the previous picture.
A mother and her babies.
A shot of Mt. Killington
We also took some dirt roads in the Jeep to check out the scenery.
On the 28th we packed up and continued down Rt. 100 heading for Canada. Yup, that's dirt up there in front of us. We ran into three areas where construction was going on, seems that Vermont is repairing a lot of their old bridges.
I always loved traveling route 100 in Vermont, the scenery is beautiful!
Along the way we stopped in the Waterbury, Vt. area for three days. The old railroad station is now a store for Green Mountain Coffee. Had to stock up on our favorite blend.
Inside the station building, there is a little history on the town of Waterbury.
This town has had it's run of bad luck over the years.
The Flood!
While in the area we ventured to Ben & Jerry's, I thought that they had free tours but I guess times changed. There is now a charge for the tour and ice cream sample. We opted just to buy a cone of ice cream.

This young man came along while we were having our ice cream. His dog had his own double backpack.
The stairway coming down to the parking area is line with mostly day lilies and had a nice aroma
On the 31st we moved on to Canada and sat in line at the border for about twenty minutes. We were heading to Magog, Quebec to visit some friends that we hadn't seen in over three years. Paul and Mary Anne Audette were are neighbors for years. Joyce and Mary Anne use to hang out together a lot while the children were growing up. Pushing strollers and making breads was a portion of their pass times together.
Once across the border, we were at the Campground in about 45 minutes. This place was huge!!!
The Audettes met us at the campground and we followed them to their home, it was so nice to see them again an get caught up on things.
The next morning we met them for breakfast. This is what everyone ordered. It was a crepe with french toast covered with fresh fruit. On the side was a very lightly sweetened cream dip and maple syrup. Wow, and it was as good as it looks. "I love health food"
The town of Magog was have numerous activities going on during the weekend. One of the activities was the Traversee International Swimming competition which included swimmers from around the world. Some of these swimmers were in the water for over eight hours during the competition.
Another activity taking place during the weekend was a shot for the Guinness world record for the largest parade of the same model motorcycle. This was attempted by a group of Can-Am Spiders with the hopes of getting 500 bikes. I never got the final count but heard that it was over 400. They didn't break the record but the showing was very impressive.
These motorcycles remind me of their close cousin, the snowmobile. It may have something to due with the fact that they were developed by the same company.
They had a competition for a handful of the bikes that had some special modifications.
Awesome paint job!
Check it out, 990 cc's and a sharp paint scheme.
They were parked in a large field and grouped by color.
Then the parade!
We also spent the night in town with Paul & Mary Anne at a concert tribute to the group U2. A stroll along main street viewing the shops was followed by hugs and sad goodbye's as Joyce and I headed back to our campground for a morning departure. We will be back to visit in the future.
We left the next morning at approximately 10:00 AM. I wanted to do some back roads through Canada and that was a big mistake!!!
I missed a turn that I should have taken and didn't listen to the GPS to get back on coarse. It put us on some roads I really didn't want to be on with the coach pulling a Jeep. Well after chewing on most of my fingernails, and with the help of my trusty navigator Joyce, we finally got to the correct road to the border.
Once at the Border Crossing, we had to get out of the coach so the border patrol and their DOG, could stroll into the coach and check things out. They were reall nice but they didn't remove their shoes :)
After crossing the border, we came up to this rest area which made a nice stop for lunch. I ran across the street and pick some wild flowers for Joyce, ah!
Had a great view.
Here's our route 27 camp for the night. There was one campground in the area but it would have meant a tight right turn up a hill and the women said we might make it. No,no, I don't like taking those chances so we came upon this gravel pullout on the side of 27 and went for it. I have the Satellites locked in and we have a good Internet signal. The property owner stopped by and gave us the OK to enjoy our stay.

It's been a long day and we have to plot out our trip for tomorrow so good night to all!