Saturday, July 30, 2011

Just relaxing….

We are at Penn Avon relaxing for the weekend.  There should be a new report on Tuesday, because we plan on driving to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon on Monday.  Have a great weekend you all and if you got a minute, check out Anna’s fundraisers:
http://lotter-family.blogspot.com/2011/07/fundraiser-for-our-anna.html
http://thelotters.net/calendar/Anna.htm

Thursday, July 28, 2011

From Campbell, NY to Selinsgrove, PA

Nice ride!  Not too long.  We got to Penn Avon campground around 12:45 PM,  After setting up we went shopping to Aldi and Wally World and came back to our campsite in pouring rain.  We unpacked real quick and went for wings at the Social Club in Sunbury, PA.  The wings were yummy.  I had soup with them and Peter a burger.  We were hoping to run into some friends from Fantasy Island campground, but it didn’t happen.Wings 2011-07-28 001

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Watkins Glen

In the year 2006 we visited Watkins Glens at a rally that we attended when we had our Gulfstream Vista Cruiser camper van.  It was practically raining the whole weekend.  We tried to get to see the water falls at the Watkins Glens State Park, but unfortunately, it was closed due to the danger of people slipping.  I was so disappointed and today we went back to see the falls.  We hiked about two miles up and around the falls.  After we were done with the hike, we still walked about another two miles around town.  It was real nice and we arrived somewhat tired back to the campground.  I really haven’t written about this campground yet.  When we arrived (in the middle of a huge downpour) we were totally annoyed that we had mud and a bug puddle on our campsite.  I think that it was more and less that we were just totally exhausted from the long ride ending in not finding the campground and searching for it in that horrible downpour.  Anyway…the next morning was sunny (that is when we went to corning) and our site was dry and just fine.  This campground is geared to please children.  The playground is wonderful and it even has flood lights when it get dark at night….and I mean flood lights, like the ones at a soccer field at night.  Hay rides and entertainment for that kids every day.  It really want you to be a kid again. We are off tomorrow to spend a week in Selinsgrove PA.  Can’t wait for wing night! Watkins Glen 2011-07-27 004

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Corning Museum of Glass

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AWESOME…that’s all….!

Monday, July 25, 2011

From Randolph Center, VT to Campbell, NY

This ride was not un-eventful by all means…it started out with some sunshine and ended with an unbelievable down-pour with thunder and lightening.  We did make it to Camp Bell campground in one piece though.From Randolph VT to Campbell NY 2011-07-25 003

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Last day at Lake Champagne

We went shopping and visited:
Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery
487 Furnace Rd., Randolph Center, VT, 05061last day in VT 2011-07-24 011

Fundraiser for our Anna

Sunday, August 28 · 8:00am - 10:00am


There will be a pancake breakfast on August 28th to benefit Anna. The event is being held at Applebee's of Lacey 8am to 10am , Tickets are $10 each.

Location:
Applebee's of Lacey
404 South Main Street
Forked River, New Jersey


More Info:
Please purchase tickets in advance.   For any questions and instructs on how to obtain tickets please e-mail me at zicklein@gmail.com.

Thank you so much on behalf of the Luciano Family.

Anna was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis this past March. It is an allergic inflammatory reaction of the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.To distinguish between GERD and EE, a biopsy of the esophagus and GERD studies are preformed. In EE, high levels of eosinophils are detected in the esophagus only, and not other parts of the digestive tract. EE is simply an inflammation of the esophagus caused by the presence of high levels of eosinophils. (Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that are not normally found in the esophagus.) High levels of eosinophils often indicate an allergic response.
The presence of eosinophils in the esophagus causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, which makes digestion very painful. Some of the symptoms associated with EE are:
Abdominal pain
Chest pain
Choking
Cramping
Diarrhea
Difficulty swallowing
Failure to thrive
Nausea
Reflux not relieved by standard anti-reflux therapy
Vomiting
Weight loss
This disease is diagnosed and monitored by tissue biopsies. It is a chronic diseases requiring long term treatment, with no known cure. It is a debilitating disease leading to missed work, school, social outings and delays in diagnosis are common.
If anyone is interested and has more questions, please contact Tammy at cell 732-581-8462 or at home 732-505-9198.
You can also email The Brookie Bear Heart Foundation at BBHF@Verizon.net. Please purchase your tickets in advance. Thank you!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Do you like Cabot cheese?

I always get the one from Costco…it’s real good, especially the Pepper Jack one…yummy!  Anyway, today we toured the plant.  The tour included sampling all kinds of different cheeses.  Needless to say that we purchased some delicious cheddar cheese to go with our wine as soon as we got back to the camper.Cabot Cheese 2011-07-23 003

The campground we are at, is not your every day campground.  What a great campground! By far the cleanest and best kept campground that I have been in my 35+ camping years. The campsites are very spacious and clean.  The grass isn’t just grass, it was a well manicured lawn, and that’s all over on all campsites.  The bathrooms are sparkling clean. Wi-Fi on the campsite...love it! If campgrounds would have stars, I'd compare it to a 5 star hotel.Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-22 020

Friday, July 22, 2011

From Bethlehem, NH to Randolph, VT

An un-eventful ride with wonderful views….Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-22 014

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bethlehem

I liked the campground in Bethlehem.  It is a shame that the owner doesn’t take care of it.  Old corroded cars, tractors, pick-up and even an old school bus. Too sad….
The town of Bethlehem is a quaint small town.  Unfortunately it’s a little run down.  Maybe sign of our economy?
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mt. Washington and Mama Bear…..

Wow…I guess I didn’t learn my lesson that from my experience on Route 12 in Utah.  At that time I thought is was the road to hell.  It was there that the road turned into a tight-wire act.  The road rides along the narrow crest of a ridge, called ‘The Hogback’.  At times, the ridge is no wider than the road itself.
Well, I thought wrong!  To go up Mt. Washington and back down IS the ride in hell and back.  I can’t say to hell, because once you are up there, you are in heaven. The pictures don’t show what it really looks looks like, but you get the basic idea.  As much as I loved being up on the mountain, I would never do this ride again without taking a high dose of Xanax.  REALLY!DSC_0066

I was rewarded at night.  I finally saw bears.  All throughout our travels through the country including Yellowstone and Yosemite Natl. Parks I wanted to see a bear.  Here in New Hampshire it finally happened.  Mama Bear and Baby Bear walked by….just about 30’ from us.  That was very exciting and needless to say that I was thrilled.Bears 2011-07-20 002

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH

It took us about 5 and a half hours to get to Apple Hill Campground.  We took Route #2 - Scenic all the way.  After arrived, we set everything up and explored the campground.  It is an older campground.  No cable, no WiFi on the campsite but there is a hotspot in the office.  We do get quite a few channels with our regular antenna and that is good enough for is.  Otherwise, the campground is very rustic, feels more like a state park.  We like it.From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-19 001From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-19 002From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-19 017From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-19 026From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-19 034From Trenton, ME to Bethlehem, NH 2011-07-19 046

Monday, July 18, 2011

Just chillaxing today and getting ready for tomorrow’s trip to NH

Went to Wally World to see about an eReader.  Can’t make up my mind between a Nook b/w or color.  I like the fact that the battery of the b/w one lasts much longer and it is half the price.  I’ll wait until we are in NH.  If I get it, I will at least save the sales tax.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Just joy riding…

We took a ride to Deer Isle today.  Our first stop was Holbrook Island Sanctuary, located in Brooksville, Maine.  I think it is this area’s best kept secret.  No tourists!  The park is gorgeous and ideal for a peaceful picnic or just a little hike.
We then continued to Stonington on Deer Island and loved it there.  We timed it right, because there was what the locals call: “Fisherman’s Day”.  I guess you can compare it to our seafood festival in Seaside Heights, just in a smaller scale.  It was very nice though.  We spent a little while there and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon just joy riding throughout the area.  Just Gorgeous!!  When we got back , we brought Kia to the camper and returned to the lobster pound where we treated ourselves to a lobster roll.  Back at the campsite we enjoyed a nice evening with our neighbors.Evening with neighbors 2011-07-17 001

Friday, July 15, 2011

The other side

We went to see the other side of Arcadia National Park.  We stopped at the Bass Harbor Head Light.   While it wasn’t open for the public, we were able to walk around.  We also rode through the deep wood of Arcadia.  the road was just gravel, but it was a very pretty ride.  On the way home we stopped at Arcadia National Park picnic area on Thompson Island.Arcadia National Park 2011-07-15 023

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bar Harbor

We were in Bar Harbor once over 20 years ago.  The downtown is pretty much the same, but I think that the harbor changed.  There are new condos and the whole thing looks different.  I guess a lot can happen over 20+ years.  It was a nice afternoon.  We left Kia at home, because we only were gone for a couple of hours.
The first two pictures you see are from our neighbors.  They are seasonal and turned their site into a little garden that looks like paradise.  The is what we look at when we sit in front of our camper.Bar Harbor 2011-07-14 004

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Arcadia National Park

We visited the park today and were awed by the beauty.  Acadia National Park is located in Maine on the rock- bound shore of Mount Desert Island. Here you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand, cobblestone beaches and glacier-carved mountains rising from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. The geography of Acadia National Park ranges from meadows and marshes to dense evergreen forests. Everywhere the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound or smell.  The last two pictures are the sunset tonight at the campground.  Arcedia National Park 2011-07-13 039

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

From Damariscotta, ME to Trenton, ME

We had a nice ride.  It took about two hours and the views along Rt. 1 were breathtaking.  Most of the pictures that you see below were taking while Peter was driving.  I love my camera! From Damariscotta, ME to Trenton, ME 2011-07-12 027

The campground we are staying at for a week now is called: Timberland Acres RV Park
It is truly very nice here and I am glad that we only have to drive about 14 miles to get to Arcadia National Park and Bar Harbor.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My passion for lighthouses

We went to see the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.  It was smaller than I expected, but it was very pretty and the view from the top and even from down below was gorgeous.Pemaquid Point Lighthouse 2011-07-11 052

On the way back to the campground we stopped at a super market and picked out two live lobsters which they steamed for us while we shopped for a few other things.  Needless to say that we had a real delicious dinner.2011-07-11 001 2011-07-11 001

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lake Pemaquid campground

We left our friends around 11 am and went back on the road again.  We are now at Lake Pemaquid Campground and love it here.  We took a little walk around the campground and were really happy that we found this little (actually very large) piece of heaven.   We are staying here two nights and will go on to Bar Harbor on the 12th.LakePemaquidCampground 2011-07-10 001

Ride from Wareham, MA to Damariscotta, ME

We had a smooth ride.  There were two  separate accidents within about 500’ from each other on both sides of the road.  The delay wasn’t really that bad, maybe about 10 minutes if that.From Wareham, MA to Damariscotta, ME 2011-07-10 039

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Martha’s Vineyard

It was a very beautiful day.  Very hot, yet the humidity wasn’t really bad and the made it tolerable.  We drove near Woods Hole and from the parking area we took the shuttle to the ferry.  It took the ferry about 45 minutes to get to Martha's Vineyard.  We realized on the ferry that his was not the one that we wanted to be on and instead of arriving in Oaks Bluff, we landed in Vineyard Haven.  We walked around a little at first and then we went on the bus to Oaks Bluff.  It was a little to 'touristy' for us, yet interesting, especially the Martha's Vineyard Camp.  A village of gingerbread homes…so pretty.Martha's Vineyeard 2011-07-09 109
A delicious chicken dinner was waiting for us when we got home.  We chatted with Chris and Freddy until 10:30 pm and then went to bed.  Another wonderful day ended.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Chris’s Birthday

We went to Plymouth to see the ‘Plymouth Rock’ but when we got there is was pouring, so all we did was sat in the car and waited about half an hour.  When it didn’t stop raining we turned around and drove back to the house.  We had nothing better to do and started our cocktail hour a little early. It was Chris’s birthday and her daughter Michelle with granddaughter Emma came over later.  We had hamburger and salads.Chris' birthday 2011-07-08 001

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wareham, MA

We arrived at Chris and Freddy’s around 5 pm.  I’ve know Chris for a few years now and even though it’s been an on-line friendship, we hit it right off in person as well. Their house is a gorgeous log cabin, nestled away in the woods.  Right across the street is a golf club called Little Harbor County Club.
Our gracious hosts invited us for a delicious lobster dinner and let me tell you……IT WAS AWESOME!!Lobster dinner 2011-07-07 042

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Good byes to the other half….

We went to see Dennis, Chrissy and the kids tonight.  I had my first Dirty Martini ever and I must say…not bad at all.  I could get used to that.
Luke and Elisabeth where happy to see us and we had a great time.  I am going to miss all four grandkids so much.  We’ll be back before you know it, but for now we have to go on the road…bye Boo and Luke 2011-07-06 003

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good Byes….

I had a great day and by that I mean that I didn’t have much pain.  It felt great to be able to breathe without the terrible pain.  Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of my ordeal.
We went to Tammy, Dan and the girls to say our Good Byes.  We are leaving for Maine for a few weeks on Thursday.  Tomorrow we’ll say our Good Byes to the other half of the family.Bye girls 2011-07-05 001Bye girls 2011-07-05 002Bye girls 2011-07-05 003

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th, 2011

As we do every year, we went to Tammy’s to celebrate Independence Day.  Everything was great.  Good drinks, delicious food and good company.  The kids had a great time too and it was good seeing my four grandbabies playing together.  Life is good.  I am starting to feel a little better too.  Needless to say that by the time this pleurisy is done, I’ll be addicted to pain pills.
Anyway, we left around 7 pm.  I usually stay for the fireworks, but this year we just went home.July4th2011 2011-07-04 030

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Read any good books lately??

Bad luck day

Well, I still hurt and the Doctor says there is nothing he can do.  To drain my lung is a bigger risk than just riding this pleurisy out.  He said I will be fine.  In the meantime I guess, I will just suffer and pop pills.
We ARE leaving on the 7th for Maine.  We’ll stay first in Massachusetts for a couple of days to see friends that we haven’t met in person yet.  I am so looking forward to meet Chris and Freddy.

Today was a shitty day.  No luck at all.  We were supposed to be just relaxing today and the only chore that I had to do, was cooking dinner and make the potato salad for tomorrows BBQ over Tammy’s.  I put a marinated pork loin in a Pyrex dish, turned on the oven to 425, forgetting that my favorite frying pan was on the top shelf in the inside of the oven.  I heard something pop in the oven and it was the handle of my frying pan.  Needless to say that the pan is shut.  I took it out of the oven and while I was doing this, I noticed that the pork loin could use a little water, so that the 13x9 glass pan clean a little easier.  Turns out that I didn’t have to clean the pan at all.  It shuttered in 1,000 pieces when dipstick (me) added the water.  I couldn’t help but cry….what an idiot I was!  Thank God Peter came to my rescue and helped me clean up the mess.  The roast was replaced by bratwurst and all ended well. Phew….