Visiting Aunt Jackie

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Bob and Jackie enjoyed the beautiful weather today at our campground just outside Indianapolis.

We had a great time with Bob’s sister, Jackie, and niece, Vicky, today.  We spent a relaxing afternoon talking and snacking on cheese and crackers topped with muscadine preserves I bought at the Old Country Store at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. Not many people know about muscadines.  My grandfather had a muscadine arbor in his backyard where my sister and I played when we were little girls.  It was like our own magic cave.  Occasionally we would taste the muscadines–they were very tart and almost bitter– very unlike the grapes they almost look like.  But when transformed into preserves, they can’t get any better.  Although we had them on cheese and crackers today, the more traditional way to eat them is slathered on a big, hot, buttery, homemade Southern-style biscuit.  Jackie liked the preserves so much I sent a jar home with her. We then went out for dinner and afterwards, back at the campground, we sat outside for a while longer not wanting such a wonderful afternoon to end.

On our journey to Indiana yesterday, we camped at a place called Buckeye Lake near Columbus, Ohio.  It was a fun place very much geared toward entertaining children.  I particularly enjoyed the porch swing on our private patio at our campsite and the roaring bonfires our neighbors were enjoying.  My brother-in-law, Ferrol,  is the master of campfires so of course these bonfires were no competition for him but enjoyable nonetheless.  I had an embarrassing moment after running out after dark on an errand.  When I returned I parked behind our motorhome, juggled all my bags together, and headed to the door.  I was a little surprised when I noticed a strange man coming to the door instead of Bob.  To my humiliation I then realized I had parked behind the motorhome behind ours.  Yuck—one more lesson learned.  Check license plates!

Tomorrow we head for Colorado with  stopovers in Missouri and Kansas.  Will continue to post updates as long as I can stay awake at night!

Buckeye Lake Campground is situated near Buckeye Lake which appears to be a very popular place.  The owners must have a wonderful sense of fun with a mining trough installed out front and porch swings sprinkled throughout the park.
Buckeye Lake Campground is very near Buckeye Lake, which appears to be a very popular place. The owners must have a wonderful sense of fun and relaxation with a gold mining trough installed out front and porch swings sprinkled throughout the park.

First Lesson Learned: Patience

March 2014:  Baby 1 in our snowy driveway
March 2014, Centreville, VA:  Baby 1 in our snowy driveway.  Surprise snowstorm delayed our departure to Florida to pick up Baby II, our new RV.
Early April 2014:  Baby I meets Baby II.
Early April 2014, Tampa, FL:  Baby I meets Baby II.  Bob shows the kids how much more room they will have when they come to visit.  Unloading Baby 1 took almost three days.  Where did we put all that stuff??
We were feeling a little floppy-headed by the time we got to Tifton, GA.  Just a reminder: always take your emergency brakes off before towing your car.
April 2014: Reaching our first stop on the way home to Virginia, we were feeling a little floppy-headed by the time we got to Tifton, GA. We had a valuable “learning experience” at the campground in Tifton.  (We really don’t want to talk about that…) Just remember: always take your emergency brakes off before towing your car.