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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Katie & Maggie

Maggie and her good friend Katie flew back from San Francisco for a 2-week visit.  They took a walk with David today, along the Schuylkill River.

Here's a photo of the two of them:

Then a photo of Maggie prancing along with one of her prize sticks:

She reminds me of the Robert Louis Stevenson poem:

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,    
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.    
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;    
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.    
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;    
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,    
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.    
He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,    
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;    
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!    
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,    
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;    
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wow! Snow on Thanksgiving in Philly!

It's still snowing, so we might have more later, but this gives you the idea.  Now bring on the turkey!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


We often miss things our loved ones try to tell us because we are too busy, or distracted, or there is too much "noise" in our daily lives. In this way, we can miss opportunities to aid loved ones, to help others, to grow, and to achieve greater happiness.

What if there are others who love us and who require an even more attendant listening in order to hear them because their voices are fainter? How do we hope to hear what they might tell us? Must we quiet ourselves and our lives even more than we need to do in order to hear the loving words of the physical ones around us? Can we even hope to do that before we have quieted ourselves enough to hear the physical voices?
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Monday, November 1, 2010

My Little Office Today

David here. I'm trying to tie up some loose ends around the RV while still being at work. Katie I think I like your lifestyle!
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Eagle Has Landed!

We got the rig to its new home at Oak Grove Campground in Hatfield. Here it will settle in for the coming 14 months or so.
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Breakfast in the RV

It got down to 38 degrees last night but we were snug as bugs in our rig.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Sunset over Mellott Bros.

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Moving In

We call it "Home Suite Home" but some might call I the "Love Shack.". That's Kathy peering around our clutter as we put it away.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scary Pumpkins

Weina and we had a wonderful day today, rambling up to Freddy Hill Farm to harvest our own pumpkins.  We got a hayride, ate homemade ice cream, and then came home and carved these scary creatures.  Weina's classic Jack O'Lantern is in the middle.  Kathy's alien is on the right.  And David's African Frankenstein is on the left.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey, hey, the big boy's back

Great White had to be towed to the shop a few weeks ago because it wouldn't start.  It turns out that, because it hadn't been driven for quite a while before we bought it, one of the engine seals had dried out and split and was letting air into the engine.  The shop fixed that and got the retarder brake going again and now Great White's as good as new and purring like a kitten.  And home.  And ready to pick up the 5th wheel at the end of the month.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

Curiously similar to the photo we posted the other day, this photo shows Kathy sitting on the sofa of our new 5th wheel!  We found it at a small dealer near Lancaster, PA.  It seems to have everything we were looking for - and, because it had been with the dealer for nearly a year and the dealer was trying to get rid of it - the price was right, too!  We take delivery on October 29, and come October 30 our new home may be parked at Oak Grove RV Park in Hatfield, PA, where, for the next 16 months or so, it'll be our little vacation home and we can slowly start equipping it for the big move in 2012.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hunting Down an RV

This weekend we visited two RV dealers to look through some Fifth Wheel trailers that are considered the most highly rated for four-season use, including especially good insulation.  Weina agreed to join us (out of an obvious sense of adventure!) and agreed to be our official photographer and visual documenter of the event.  Weina took photos of each unit.  This one is of Kathy trying out the most important equipment in what we decided was the best unit we saw during the day.  The price was high, and we're going to do some more research, check out some more dealers and units, and then consider whether this price makes sense or we might get a lower price.  Patience and thoroughness is the watchword.  This is so much more complicated and time-consuming than buying the truck was!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cycling on the Schuylkill

Saturday, September 25, was a beautiful, sunny day with low humidity.  A whole gaggle of us (Matt, Weina, Matt's college roommate Ryan Schlueter who is staying with us, and Kathy and David) decided to rent bicycles and pedal up the Schuylkill River from the Art Museum to Falls Bridge, and back again.  The hiking/biking path was crowded with other outdoor enthusiasts, and the river was full of rowers doing time trials for a weekend regatta.  We spent a wonderful two hours.  More photos are on David's Facebook page (

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mohican Sunrise

This weekend we traveled to the Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, NJ, near the Delaware Water Gap, for the quarterly meeting of our "outdoor" club (ok, Henry?).  We had a wonderful dinner Saturday night with some of the Appalachian Mountain Club staffers - John and Dave - and Matt, a former staffer, and Diann and Quint, who are both committee members.  Saturday dawned early and we hiked to the AT at the top of the ridge above the Mohican Outdoor Center with Jennifer and Tamara.  Jennifer is a Youth Opportunities Program counselor and she had invited her posse to stay the weekend at Blueberry Hill Lodge.  The four of us climbed from darkness to dawn on the ridge and witnessed this awesome sunrise, with clouds (fog) below us in the Paulinskill River Valley.  After breakfast we spent the rest of the day until mid-afternoon solving all of the problems of the world with the Mohican Volunteer Committee.  Back here at home, I look at these sunrise photos and realize that I don't think we've ever had such a dramatic view of clouds below and sun above.  Just shows you that the hikes around the Center can always surprise and inspire!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Resting after cookies

Baking cookies is hard work. Gots to rest.
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Cookie baking

Kathy has to bake cookies for the hiking club meeting next weekend so the ladies decided to make some extra cookies for Bubu!
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Great White

Here's the big boy that will take us on the road. He's feeling a little under the weather now. Doesn't want to start. But we're working with him.
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Test Post

Okay, friends, so here's a test post.  Kathy and I are looking forward to the time we travel - sometime in 2012 - and we want to keep a daily diary or blog of our adventures and musings.  We'd like to get into the rhythm of it ahead of time.  So this will be practice for a while and won't necessarily happen every day.  If you want to follow our adventures, you can become a follower.