Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 53: Planning The Future And Burning The Past

Hard to believe, but it's time to start thinking about a time past the summer where the temperatures will start dipping lower and it's time to find a place to spend the winter. It's better to start looking earlier in case a park you want to visit is already booked up. A popular park can be filled already six months in advance. We went to Applebee's to start laying out a path that would keep us out of major cities and give us the easiest path without too many curvy roads or stops in smaller towns. At McDonald's we looked at some RV parks and even some state and national parks that it will be nice to stay at. We worked our way up to Texarkana before we left.

I was getting documents ready for Buddy's vet visit tomorrow. I pulled out documents that I thought the vet would want to see. But there were quite a few that we didn't need anymore. I took those documents plus some from the car that we've had and set them on fire in the pit behind the RV.
It was surreal to see documents from as far back as 2001 and school being set ablaze, but we simply had no more use for them. Also I had quite a few receipts I had kept as well made for fast burning kindling, receipts from Walmart and Bashas' from 2015. Keeping documents isn't the easiest when you're on the road all the time.

Summer 2018 - Day 49-52: Bunch Of Stuff From The Game Trail and Eat N Park

When you stay a long time at one place, the time seems to stretch out like a trail in front of you.

Rustic Acres has a small 9-hole miniature golf course near the front office

In the front office is the standard odds and ends a camper might need if they've forgotten anything. This was when I was in the office paying the monthly rent for the summer.

There have been some heavy equipment on the game trail for the past few days. A path to the side has been cleared out and hay spread around. Wonder what they're doing...

The summer isn't just a time for sun, but occasional rains as well.

The sun shines through the branches after a mild rain.

Eat N Park not only has a nice soup and salad buffet, but also smiley cookies in all colors.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 47-48: Both Ends Of The Street

There's a road that leads up to the RV park. On one end is the game trail which branches off into other directions. On the other end before the street turns to the right is a chain link fence with what appears to be plows for winter use.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 44-46: Don't Trust Cheap Soda!

The Fourth of July emptied out the stores so that we couldn't find our standard lemon lime sodas. So we took a chance on the store version. We thought, "How could they mess this up?" Well, it wasn't horrible but it just kind of tasted flat. Glad we spent something like $1.50 on a six-pack. 

The sun is starting to dry out the game trails again. Plus it's starting to get really warm! Having to hike earlier so it's not super warm while walking.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 43: I'm Game If You Are!

The rain made a few places on the game trail muddy, but the heat is starting to dry things out. It's up to 80 degrees today, but it's also raining. Not sure what to make of the rainy/super warm weather!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 42: Blazing Warm 4th of July

Photo from TripAdvisor

Today the rain didn't beat the crud out of us like it did in the Walmart parking lot a couple days ago. Though it was slated to rain on the 4th of July, it ended up being super warm. Not knowing which restaurants would be open, we took a chance on Sakura Buffet which was in fact still open.

Wanting to do something special for the 4th of July, we made the long drive to the Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills to see the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? about Fred Rogers. We seem to be seeing a lot of documentaries about people from Pittsburgh ... in Pittsburgh! We learned a lesson, always get a drink one size larger than the popcorn. You can always have a drink if you run out of popcorn, but you can't eat popcorn if you run out of drink!

After the movie, we made our way back to the Clarion Walmart for some supplies and went to the RV where the AC was mercifully still on. Time to stay inside until it decides to cool down. Looks like the weather across the country is pretty warm as well.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 40-41: Awaiting The Medicine's Arrival

The last few days has been spent making arrangements to get something desperately needed. Finally on Monday we received a package that we were waiting for. Instead of showing the medication, here is a bowl of chili from Eat N Park.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 37-39: The Weekend Of The Benefit Luncheon In Front of Our RV

Over the weekend, they had a benefit Italian lunch near where we were camping. We had to drive around the library and park in front of our RV in a different direction. They set up quite a few tables and raffle prizes and I think they got quite a few people to stop by. 

As I walked the game trail after a heavy rain, my path was blocked by a branch that snapped off and blocked the entire road. I guess that's just normal wear and tear in the forest. Should've brought a saw and got some free firewood!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 36: We Got To See Punxsy Phil as well as a Covered Bridge!

One of the things that we like to do is look for covered bridges. So on our way to Clearfield County, we made a quick stop by Punxsutawney again to say hi to our favorite weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil! And guess what, this time Phil was out in all his groundhog glory!                       

Phil looks a lot larger than I first thought, kind of like a fat house cat. The square was getting ready for Groundhog Festival happening the week of July 4th. There were a few rides already set up as we were there.

Saying goodbye to Phil and his upcoming festival, we drive over to Clearfield County and The McGees Mills Covered Bridge.
McGees Mills Covered Bridge
Only remaining covered bridge over any branch of the Susquehanna River. Thomas McGee built this single span Burr arch truss bridge in 1873 for $175 using hand hewed white pine timbers from the area. It was the last covered bridge built in Clearfield County. Thousands of rafts floated under bridge including the last raft in 1938. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Renovated 1994 after collapse from snow damage.

The bridge over the West Branch at McGee's Mills is the only covered bridge crossing the Susquehanna River and the only one still being use din Clearfield County. The 122-foot span was built in 1873 by Thomas A. McGee, a son of the town's founder, Reverend James McGee. During the thaw of the winter of 1873, floodwaters rushed downstream and the bridge became one of its casualties. The commissioners appropriated $1,500 to repair the structure, but Mr. McGee, a lumberman, spent just $175 to repair the arch type truss type span.

This type of bridge style was patented in 1804 by Theodore Burr, the famous early bridge builder. In 1976 the bridge was closed for renovations and reopened in 1978. It was placed on the National Register of Historical places with dedication ceremonies being held on May 15, 1982. On March 14, 1994, mother nature again created havoc in the area. During this record breaking snow and ice storm, the roof of the span collapsed. After 19 months of renovations, the bridge was rededicated on October 11, 1995. The scenic spot remains one of the most popular photograph taking attractions in Clearfield and surrounding counties.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is open for car and pedestrian traffic. Be careful if you're crossing by foot.

Walking across the bridge.

On the other side is this sign for the West Branch Covered Bridge Association. I tried looking it up, but couldn't find out how to join the association. Hmm, mysterious...

Walking back across the bridge.

The McGees Mills Covered Bridge is a lovely bridge just waiting for you to pay it a visit. And if you find out how to join the West Branch Covered Bridge Association, let me know. I'll bet being a member would be a trip!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer 2018: Day 33 - 35 - Have Game Trail Will Travel

Now that we're here full time, I've been makign the most of the game trails available here, long stretches of nature with a built in driven path. Sometimes when it's getting dark you can even see a deer running across the path. Today I only saw an uncommon bun-bun. Look at it I say!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer 2018: Day 32 - Game Trail, With Actual Game!

The rain from yesterday followed us to today up to about 8 am. Luckily it stopped so I could head down the game trails that are near the park. It was still pretty muddy. It's going to take a few days of sun to get everything dry again.
Later on in the day, it got lighter and I took another walk. I actually saw three deer on the path, but my phone had a hard time picking them out on the side there. So there is actual game on the game trail! I'll have to be careful of that in the future.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer 2018: Day 31 - Will Pittsburgh For Views

Driving into a large city is pretty unnerving for us. We're just so unused to it. Even when we lived in Anaheim, we would dread trips to Los Angeles. The cars become much more numerous and the driving more tricky. On doing photo research on the street, I thought there would be plenty of on street parking. The only thing is the people who live across the street are taking up all the spots. So we continue to circle the block wondering what to make of all the street signs with 1 hour parking or street sweeping. It's just not very clear. Then we decided to just park next to these houses near the restaurant and hope for the best. How much could a parking ticket be?

At Korea Garden Restaurant after a long spell from not having any Korean food. Glad that it was good after such a long wait!

We were discussing if parking is such an utter nightmare that maybe we would forgo the next stop, but we decided to try it just in case. We didn't struggle as much to find parking going to the Seoul Mart. It was here we realized it was next to Carnegie Mellon University. The streets were super maintained and clean. It was like a completely different city even though it was a five-minute drive away.

The Seoul Mart was only about four aisles, but it did have an emphasis on Korean food. It better have if it's calling itself Seoul Mart!

The rain had been going off an on throughout the day. If we didn't have to be in Pittsburgh today, we would've played it safe back in Shippenville rather than drive all the way through the bad weather. But drive we did, and luckily the rain stopped so we could park at the structure on Liberty Street and walk across to the Harris Theater.

Outside around 6:30 pm, there wasn't a group of people waiting or anything like that. In fact there didn't seem to be too many people arriving yet. Maybe we were fashionably early?

We walked in to find a man with a clipboard checking for names. From the front doors we walked into the lobby which was well lit and really warm. We made a beeline over to the concession stand and ordered a large Sprite to help us cool down. We tried to enter the theater, but one of the filmmakers told us they were still having some issues.

Eventually they did let people in, although it was obvious they were still having some problems. Either the curtains wouldn't open all the way or the sound was off. But even after a small time delay, they got the film (or Blu-Ray) going with no problems.

After the screening was finished, the audience applauded. And then Paul's dad stood, soon followed by the rest of the theater all standing and clapping for the stars and the filmmakers alike.

Soon the Q&A session ended. As Weird Paul emerged, although it was his big night and he was beyond busy, he took a moment for a photo. What a great guy!

Surprisingly it was still a bit light outside. Better for us to make it back home without hopefully hitting a deer on these Pennsylvanian roads. It took some time but we indeed made it back to the RV park. As we drove up, the skies began to pour once more, leaving us to bring in all the Korean food as fast as we could while the cold rain drilled into our backs.