Friday, July 21, 2017

Woodhaven Lakes

Sublette, Illinois                  High 89 Low 69

We had a pleasant drive from Indiana to Sublette, Illinois. The weather here is nice and sunny but we are not used to the humidity. Right now it is 70% humidity which my phone says feels like 102. That is 10 degrees hotter than Riverton, Utah. But rain is predicted for tonight which should raise the humidity even more.

We got to our RV site and after we got set up, we drove out to buy some fresh corn we spotted on the way in. Guess what is on the menu tonight.

On our way to the site we saw 3 little fawns complete with spots but they ran into the woods to fast to get any pictures. We did get some pictures of a doe in a soy bean field. She just looked and looked before running off.

As Judy of Travels with Emma used to say "the end".
This Park is huge. It is large enough that they have their own police force, one of which led us to our site. We were in this same Park three years ago and we are only 4 sites away from where we were before. This site seems a lot bigger and backs up to a gigantic common area. Cindy says this Park has the simple joys of life. We have 50 amps electrical, sewer, which the last 2 parks didn’t have, and we are able to pick up a few more TV stations. I guess it doesn’t take much to make her happy.

The following pictures are of our site:

This is in back of our trailer.
We plan on leaving here Monday to go back to Iowa.

I should add that Cindy's Mom seemed to make this leg of our journey OK.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

We Leave Tomorrow

Howe, Indiana               High 84 Low 65

It has been nice weather here for the last while. Today was warm and humid. We are used to the dry humidity in Utah.

My Mother-in-law got released to the motor home and was OK'd to return to Utah. We plan on going straight home, but will take what time we need to get there so she doesn't get too tired. Linda met with the oxygen provider, Lincare, and got an oxygen generator and enough bottles to get us back to Utah. They are located all over the US so if we need anything from them, it will be readily available.

I am afraid Cindy and I have been here way too long. We talked about going to Rise N Roll this morning and both of us declined.

After we leave here we are scheduled into a Coast to Coast Park in Sublette, Illinois. We plan on being there three nights to get Cindy's Mom used to traveling again and also to give her a little rest. Most travels days with be Freeway and we will try to drive in the neighborhood of 300 miles per day. It looks like some will be a little longer, but it will take about five days of driving to get back to Utah.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Another Update

Howe, Indiana        High 77 Low 57

It was another nice day today. With us any day it doesn't rain in a big plus.

We went to the hospital today to see Cindy's Mom and while we were there the Doctor came in. He told us she was doing a lot better and he was going to release her to the Rehab this Afternoon.

Linda moved her there and we went to see her this evening. She seemed to be in good spirits, and to us, she looked great. She was sitting in her wheel chair and I helped her work on her puzzle.

They have put her on oxygen all the time so her heart doesn't have to work as hard and it seem to be doing the job.

The Doctor did tell us that she might be in the Rehab for a week to ten days. Once she gets released from there we plan on heading to Utah.

This RV Park would be a lot better if there were sewer hookups but we are conserving on water. They do have a dump station that we can use when one of the tanks gets full. The Park managers have been great to work with and we (Cindy and I and Linda) feel they have done everything possible to help us at this time. They are really full and have told us that we can stay as long as possible, which we really appreciate.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Update On Cindy's Mom

Howe, Indiana            High 80 Low 71

It turned out to be a nice day after the rain stopped in the night. It wasn't as hot as the weather guessers had predicted which was good.

Linda thought their Mom would be released to the Rehab Center today, but it was not to be. Some of her numbers were up after being down yesterday and she retained more water than the Doctor liked. He thought it would be a good idea to have the cardiologist check her before releasing her.

When we got to the hospital she was sitting up but to me she seemed very weak when she had to get up from sitting. But she did have to get to a standing position twice within 30 minutes. The nurse told Linda that she seemed to recover faster than she has for the past few days.

There is still hope that maybe she will finally get released to the rehab facility tomorrow. After that we don't know how long we will be here. We are still on hold.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

We Might Be Here For a While

Howe, Indiana          High 78 Low 67

We had our almost mandatory rain storm last night and this morning. After 11 AM it did quit but more is forecast. It was so much that two of the vacant RV sites not far from us were flooded.

We went to see Cindy's mom this morning and she looked a lot better. We found out from Linda that the physical therapist thought she should spend some time in a rehab center before continuing any traveling.

Linda found a rehab place she likes in LaGrange, Indiana about 5 miles from us, that she likes and as soon as her Mom is released she will go there for a while. At this time we don't know how long she will be there. LaGrange is south of us, while Sturgis is north. She has been in the Sturgis, Michigan hospital.

This afternoon Cindy and I went looking for a reclining love-seat for our fifth wheel to replace the hide a bed. If it is not the most uncomfortable seat I have ever sat in, it is in the top ten. We found out that because of the way the slide is built, we are pretty much stuck with what we have. The slide is up 7 inches above the floor and it would put any type of sofa too high to easily get into, and then there is the headroom problem. One manufacturer said he could make a long step that we could move when the slides are brought in but Cindy convinced me that I probably would hit my head every time I tried to sit down if the seat were any higher. I might try to see if I can have the bottom cushions replaced with something more comfortable.

Maybe if we are going to be as long as I expect, I can find someone that can make something.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017


Howe, Indiana        High 76 Low 53

Today was a nice day and not too hot, just about right.

Cindy’s Mom is in the hospital and we went to see her today. They expect to keep her there for at least 3 days. The nurse told us that they couldn't see any change in her numbers from yesterday but to expect at least 3 days for much improvement.

We went to the Rise ‘N Roll Bakery today. Of course all the samples are as good as ever. We bought some more cinnamon doughnuts again along with an apple fritter. It’s probably a good thing we don’t live here all the time.

We got invited to a picnic in Three Rivers, Michigan. It was at the Kline’s Resort on the banks of Portage Lake. It looked like a nice big lake and we could see boats pulling tubes and I understand there is fishing on the Lake. The resort is a retirement communities and RV Park. The Park itself looked to be well kept and very nice. We went for a break in our routine. 
This church was on the way to the picnic.

Lots of good food.

It is a very beautiful Lake.
Right now we will probably leave here Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Back in Indiana

Howe, Indiana           High 78 Low 58

We drove to Howe, Indiana today with rain most of the way. Right now the sun is shinning and the temperature is perfect.

We are back at the Grandview Bend Family Campground. We tried to come in with Coast to Coast but we haven't been out for 30 days and Coast to Coast told me they couldn't do anything. So we called the campground and they let us come in for $10.00 a night (which I guess is what they would have gotten from Coast to Coast. We thought that was very nice of them.

Linda took my Mother-in law to the hospital in nearby Sturgis, Michigan. They did a lot of test and I'm not sure what the number Linda told me is called, but it was supposed to be from 400 to 500. Hers was 13400 which means she was drowning in retained fluids. So they admitted her to the hospital and will do what is needed to get rid of all the excess water. Lots of fun.

At this point we don't know how long we will be here but we plan on visiting Rise and Roll at least once. We can't seem to pass up a good bakery.

And Cindy like the ham salad we get in Shipshewana.

The ER Doctor we talked to acted like we might need to hurry home for their Mom, but we will see.

That's about all that happened today.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lehman’s Hardware Store

Loudonville, Ohio            High 80 Low 65

We had heard about Lehman’s Hardware from a couple next to us in the RV Park, so we decided to go see it.

But first we got some pictures in Loudonville.

After that we got to Kidron and found the Hardware Store. It is a store that caters to the Amish in the area. It has some farm scenes on the outside of the building.

The inside is full of antiques and they are on display everywhere. The store was full of things for sale that we haven’t seen before. Cindy wanted a butter mold to make fancy butter for different meals and they had several to choose from.

As their handout says they are a destination by themselves.

We both enjoyed the visit.

There were lots of Amish wagons and buggies at the Thursday auction by Lehman’s. There were also a few vendors around the auction building. Unfortunately there was a sign that said no pets of any kind in the auction arena and we had Penny so we weren’t able to see the animal auction.

After we left, we decided to drive back to the RV Park by way of the back roads and Cindy was able to get a few pictures.

We have decided head toward home tomorrow and are heading to Indiana tomorrow.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More Sight Seeing

Loudonville, Ohio              High 88 Low 64

It was another nice day.

Yesterday we drove to Mansfield to see part of what is called the Shawshank Trail. It is various locations of places that were used in the film The Shawshank Redemption. I always thought it was supposed to be New England when it was actually filmed in Ohio.

The first place was the prison which was actually the Ohio State Reformatory. It is an old neat looking building. While we were there we got to see a large number of geese. The building wasn’t open to tours because of the Fourth of July.

This was only part of the Geese.

The next shop was The Bissman Building and was the site of the Brewer Hotel where Brooks stayed and hanged himself soon after being paroled from the Shawshank Prison. Please note that only the front of the building was used in the movie.  The actual "hotel room" where Brooks stayed was staged at The Ohio State Reformatory.  The building was also utilized in the film as the front office of the Portland Daily Bugle.  

This building and the Reformatory were both by the same Architect and were built the same year.
We drove a little waySouth to the Historic Carrousel District, you'll travel a little over halfway up Main Street in Downtown Mansfield. Look to the left for Carrousel Antiques. In the movie, Red peers through one of these same windows and sees the compass that later leads him to the Oak Tree.

Some of the buildings next to the Antique store.
That was as much of the trail that we saw.

We then drove back to the RV Park by way of a secondary highway and got some pictures of some of the old buildings and even an old car park in a field.

Today we went to Millersburg and Berlin to see some of the quilt stores in the area. We also went to two different cheese stores. The second one, Heini’s, was by far the better of the two. They had lots of samples of cheese and spreads and fudge. The spreads were so good that we bought 3 of them. The fudge, while good, wasn’t our favorite fudge so we didn’t buy any.
 Another neat old building.

This was by one of the Quilt Stores.
Amish farmer selling things across from the Cheese Plant.

The first Cheese Plant.

 These Amish buggies were out side one of the Quilt Stores. The quilt for sale was probably the most expensive I've ever seen.

 Some of the scenery outside the second Cheese Plant. The stained glass is on the cheese plant building.

Lots of people sampling.

 These are inside their manufacturing plant.

 This mural on the inside of the Heini's shows some of the history of cheese making.

After we left Berlin I decided to let Mable, our GPS, bring us back to the RV. For a while it was questionable whether we would make it because she took us over some narrow dirt roads, one of which said no RVs. Finally we crossed the river and it turned out we were only a half mile from the RV Park. Her way probably saved us 15 miles over taking the main Highway but I'm glad I was in the truck and not pulling the fifth wheel.
Because of my Mother-in-laws health, we have decided to leave here early and head slowly back to Utah and shorten our trip.

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