Wine

Tekoe is feeling much better today.  She didn’t eat much breakfast though, but she has perked up and ate dinner well.  I put her back on her pain medication this evening but will keep her off the antibiotics.

Today we went grocery shopping.  Grocery stores can sell hard liquor.  Regis had a blast in the liquor aisle and was very interested in the Tippy Cow product.  We didn’t purchase any but would love to taste it.

Tippy cow

We visited two wineries and loved it.  The weather and the vineyards were beautiful and the wine was great.  We are proud to have supported the local economy with our wine purchases. I just hope we haven’t overloaded the RV now!

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Since the sun came out this afternoon, Regis and I practiced being lizards in the sun.  With those nice furry coats, the dogs are not sun worshipers and stayed in the shade.  We hit the road again tomorrow.  We have to go through or around Chicago.  Not looking forward to it!

Tight Turn

We woke up this morning to see that Tekoe got sick last night.  Then, she ate breakfast but puked twice afterwards.  She’s been on an antibiotic and I gave her and Dart Dreambones last night.  I am going to stop her medication and see if she improves.  She had trouble with puking before we left home, so I cut back on her antibiotic but now I’m going to stop it altogether.  She was very interested in an early dinner this evening and she’s resting peacefully right now.

Coming back from the shower this morning, I walked past a bush that had a bird nest in it.  Mom or Dad didn’t like that much and flew right past my head.  I wasn’t feeling the love.

Dart is beginning to get the routine down.  When we pull into rest stops, he is prepared to play with his flying disc and becomes very focused on that possibility.  He will not pee or drink water until he gets to play.  He stares at the storage box with the disc in it.  Or, at the person closest to the box since they might be the hero who will retrieve his disc for him.

We drove across the southern Michigan peninsula today and it was beautiful.  When we arrived at the campground, there was a very tight turn into the entrance.  Sadly, I was driving.  I couldn’t make it and wound up blocking traffic with the tail end of the trailer hanging out in the road.  Regis had to jump out and provide directions to get me out of the mess I’d gotten myself into.  Both lanes of traffic were stopped on this little two lane highway while he directed me back out so I could drive up the road, turn around, and go in from the other direction.  Regis was considering taking a selfie of him and the situation but didn’t think the stopped traffic would find it amusing.  If he did that, our trip would probably have ended here in Michigan.

The campground is beautiful.  We’re going to stay for two nights.  We noticed several wineries near by.  Guess what I’m hoping to do tomorrow?  I’ll have to see if any of them are pet friendly.  They are close enough that we might be able to leave the dogs in the trailer and see how it works out.

I think it’s the tail end of winter here.  Fortunately, Regis got our fickle heater to work.  It’s cold enough for me that I have to wear gloves and two jackets.

I will have to learn to pay more attention to all the details of my surroundings.  Dart does.  I noticed a hitching post for dogs at the camp store.  After setting up camp, I took Dart with me to the camp store so we could get information on things to do in the area.  I figured I would hitch him to the post when I went in.  I failed to notice something that he noticed immediately upon getting within 50 feet of the store.  There is a statue of a mule within 10 feet of the hitching post.  Dart HATES that mule.  He had a similar reaction to some rocking horses we encountered on a play ground.  I don’t think it would have been conducive to a continued stay in the campground to attempt to tie him to a hitching post while he was letting that mule know just what he thought of him.  Dart is quite the character.

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Michigan campground
Michigan campground

Hummus and a Keyboard

We are currently not far from the birthplace of Thomas Edison in Ohio. The campground isn’t great, but it will work for the night.  It’s downright chilly.  Since it was 85 degrees when we arrived at yesterday’s campground, it’s a shocker to arrive in this campground at a chilly 57 degrees.  From shorts to sweaters.  Brrrrr.

At the rest stop today, I took out some chips and hummus and laid them on the front seat while Regis went to the facilities and I finished playing with Dart.  When we were done, I opened the door and tossed Dart into the front seat, forgetting about the chips and hummus.  He landed front foot first in the hummus.  Maybe the hummus was too garlicky, but Dart would not lick it off his foot.  After tasting the hummus, I agreed with Dart.  I am grateful that we got a truck with vinyl seats and flooring.

Hummus
Hummus

The other casualty of the day was my keyboard.  It apparently bounced around in the trailer while we were traveling and wound up getting crunched when the slides were extended.  I am also grateful for Walmarts that not only have $9.88 keyboards, but Rum Chata too!

Keyboard
Keyboard

First Day

We started our trip today and it was great to leave the driveway.  We’ve spent so much time over the last several months decluttering, cleaning, and fixing things in the house that we are so glad to get away.

The scenery was beautiful going through Maryland and Pennsylvania.  The mountain are green and the wild flowers are blooming.  The only problem was the usual delays when you get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  I don’t think I have ever driven on the turnpike without hitting congestion due to construction and/or maintenance.  We found that using the Waze app allowed us to see the light at the end of the tunnel and bear the delay a little better.

We are staying in a KOA outside of Pittsburgh.  When we arrived it was 85 degrees.  The dogs were glad to get out of the car but clearly didn’t appreciate the heat.  It is beginning to cool down and they just had dinner, so I they are feeling perkier.  Dart can handle anything as long as he gets to play with his flying disk (a.k.a. frisbee). I’m worried the most about Tekoe.  But, she’s looking good right now.

We are amazed at how good the broadband access is here.  We weren’t expecting it.  Perhaps as the evening advances more campers will get on and we’ll be slowed to a crawl.  So far, we’ve found that the access offered in most campgrounds is barely usable.  It’s a pleasant surprise to have such good access right now.

Today I regret not taking a picture of a cow I saw in Pennsylvania.  This cow was pure black on the front end, pure black on the back end, and pure white in the middle.  I never saw anything like it before.  I clearly need to keep my good camera in the truck.  My cell phone camera would not have worked well because of the distance to the cow.  But, I should have tried anyway.

PS:  Hi Mom!!

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