Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 47 - Oriental Market Crawl in C'Ville

The rain beat on the roof the RV. Is that thunder in the distance at 3:00 in the morning, or a dumpster being emptied? It's hard when you can't sleep, then you finally get to sleep at 6:00 am only to wake up at 11:30. But the rain had stopped and we went for lunch at the Depot Grille in Staunton while discussing future plans while in this section of the U.S.

Since we're going to be doing some driving, we need some tasty road snacks. But grocery store snacks aren't all that fun. So since we had the afternoon open, we decided to travel to C'Ville and check out a couple of their Oriental Markets. 

The C'Ville Oriental store. We noticed the Chinese characters above the store name. Inside, most of the items were indeed Chinese. That's not a bad thing, but most of the items we like are Korean and Japanese snacks. After not finding much of what we wanted, we stepped out without buying anything.

Next was the Asian Market, Oriental Food & Grocery Store. Like C'Ville Oriental, the store also had quite a selection of Chinese groceries, but it had a few other things that the other store didn't have. So after filling a handcart with some snacks, we brought our loot back to the RV.

Looking out the window to the RV of the clogging children, I just realized the Y and the H on the logo are the exact same letter, just turned upside down.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 46 - Here Comes the Rain Again

Taking a break today because it's looking like it's going to rain. While the weather is getting warmer, it's heading back into electric blanket weather every night for the foreseeable future. It doesn't seem that the winter is going quietly.

Not only is it not going gently, it's being particularly nasty about it, causing some flash flood warnings and hazards. Right now we're under an advisory, but nothing serious unlike 40 miles away. I think after today the rain won't be an issue, but the cold weather might be.

But if the rain wasn't enough, soon the power went out. We were able to use the house battery to light the RV, but the window for power restoration is from 7PM to Noon tomorrow.

Then our phones started vibrating, a tornado warning in the area. Red lights flashed from outside as a rescue vehicle followed by a fire engine parked a few RV spots away. Water began to seep in through windows and we put towels to staunch the flooding. It's been a while since we've had rain quite this hard.
Eventually, the rain ceased and the warnings abated. The power was restored and we recharged all our lovely items. Hmm, maybe it's time to get a NOAA radar for just such potential emergencies.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 45 - All Quiet on the Waynesboro Front

Though the thumping of clogging young children punctuated Friday night, this Saturday was quiet due to the fact our neighbors had departed earlier this morning. However, a staff person knocked on our door after he did something to our electrical post. After inspecting outside, I also noticed they moved our sewer hose to the space underneath the RV. I don't anyone other than us has touched that thing before.
But it's such a nice day, seems a shame to just be in all day. So we decided to head out to nowhere in particular just to see the beautiful Virginia countryside on a warm day.

After driving a bit, we took a chance that a BP would have some Apple Mentos. Unfortunately our dreams were crushed, but we did appreciate their entrance sign.

We tried a nearby competitor, but they, too, could not deliver the goods. They did have a variety of eCigarettes as well as fidget spinners if you need them. 
Indeed a nice day to be out and about. But it was time to go shopping since the weather is going to be not so nice in the coming days. We picked up our supplies, delivered them back to the RV and thought about going out again, but it was just so nice and cool with the RV air conditioner that we called it off. But it was nice to see more of Virginia on a day you're more likely to sweat than to freeze!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 44 - DOMA in Charlottesville, Virginia

Thudding of artillery fire on a distant hill. No wait, it's those kids next door again! Where do they get this energy at this time of the morning?! Anyhausen, it's time to make our trip into Charlottesville, Virginia to find some Korean food. Though Charlottesville didn't appear to be a large town, it was a trick to find parking after a series of one way streets.

Charlottesville, Virginia only has around 47,000 people, but compared to the smaller towns we've been in, it felt much larger.

DOMA Korean Kitchen is an interesting fusion style Korean restaurant. How fusion is it? This is the first time I saw a hamburger on the menu! I know I've had a rough experience with fusion food recently but I had to try it out, and it was really good.

Afterwards we drove out of the city and to a Sonic for dessert. It's nice to have a Korean restaurant nearby, even if it feels rather modern compared to most of the Korean restaurants we've been to with tables seated closely to each other. I think we're more booth people.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 43 - The Depot Grille, Staunton, Virginia

Morning has arisen in Waynesboro, Virginia... Boom, boom, boom. I scratch Zooey cat at my legs. The noise repeats. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. We are hearing the two young children in the RV next to us. I do not know how they are finding room to run around, but they are doing so and we can hear it from across the spot. I realize there will be no more sleep. I look down; Zooey's fur is messed up.

Staunton, Virginia is a town that's not all that far from Waynesboro. We drive through picturesque, almost stereotypical farmland with red barns standing far from the road. We drive past buildings with faded Coca-Cola adverts painted on them, though small towns long past their prime. Eventually we make it to the town of Staunton and look around for The Depot Grille.

The Depot Grille really follows the train theme. Their booths are benches from old railway stations. Metal signs and train tickets are the decor. Even the floors seem to be old, reclaimed wood. Definitely great atmosphere! We have the fish & chips and fajita burrito with a death by chocolate cake.

As if the interior wasn't enough, they have two cabooses in the parking lot. If you like trains but can't take a trip anytime soon, make tracks to The Depot Grille and get awesome food and interesting railway surroundings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 42 - DRIVING DAY: Pocahontas State Park, VA to Waynesboro, VA

Leaving Pocahontas State Park to take a break from traveling at the next location.
Starting milage: 76930.7 = Ending milage: 77045.5 = Total distance driven: 114.8 miles

The Rival teakettle from Walmart functions no more. Pressing down the rounded clear tab on the base of the handle produces no light nor warmth. At least this one lasted longer than the last silver teakettle we had. I guess we have our first project in Waynesboro, VA: to find a new teakettle!

Farewell Space 63. It was nice to be able to successfully level the RV amongst the trees. We pull the RV into the road where luckily no cars passed by while hooking up the toad. Driving to the dump station, however, our luck ran out.

Crudballs, not again! We thought the park was more or less empty. Oh well, just a short wait. We even had two more RVs line up behind us, so a few people seem to be leaving Pocahontas State Park this morning.
The drive was fairly uneventful, although we started out needing gas pretty badly and I missed the Citgo on the righthand side. We drove until we could find an Exxon station. We had to strategize how we could get the RV by a pump and still manage to exit. 29.402 gallons / $2.499 = $73.48

Back on the road, there were about three of those hills where you have to stay in the right lane and just grind up the hill at a slow pace. We noticed a bee perched on the windshield wiper hitching a ride. Finally we found our next spot. Stepping out to recon the spot, our neighbor gathered up chairs that were around his picnic table, apologizing for the accumulation of stuff. The spread out electrical, sewer and water threw us for a loop, but we managed to get them all to reach, and only needed leveling on one side.

So here we are at our new place. All we have to do now is replace the teakettle and read through about four pages of rules from the RV park regarding space heaters and other things. After making food and washing hair, it's time to explore our surroundings, i.e. Walmart. We're replacing things that will enevitably wear out.

We thought the teakettle would be smaller than our previous one, but when we pull it from the box, except for the "Rival" decal on the side, it's pretty much the exact same teakettle we had before. I'm sure I'm gonna forget we even bought a new teakettle pretty soon. We made an inaugural run with some genmai tea and white chocolate Kit-Kat bits.

And I think the cats were happy with their new scratchpad. You should've seen what they did to the last one. It would give you the shakes! Just utterly destroyed. They're cute, but remember they have claws!

RV PARK #7: Pocahontas State Park: April 4-11, 2018

Pocahontas State Park is a very lovely park with plenty of space between spots for RVs and tenters. Though it doesn't have any sites with a sewer connection (unless you're the camp host), they do have a dump station available. The only thing is the weather was unnaturally cold this April, keeping us inside most of the time we were at the park.

If these photos look a bit on the dim side, it's because the cold weather kept us inside when we should've been walking around this beautiful park, so I took photos the very last evening before we headed out to the next location.

Pocahontas doesn't have a sewer system, though it does have a dump station if you can hold off until leaving, or you can drag your portable Thetford or Blue Boy to the station. State parks usually won't let visitors stay more than two weeks. I checked out the shower house and it seemed to be nice although I didn't personally use the showers there.

So that was Park #7, the Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Virginia. State parks are great! Can't wait until we can stay at another one, hopefully with nicer weather.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 41 - Devious at CVS

Went back to Wasabi for lunch, just in time to get the lunch special. We went to CVS afterwards to get things we needed.

Looking through the first aid aisle, I'm reminded how important it is to watch both your choice of font and kerning, as this Calendula Burn medicine looks more like Bum medicine.

And with that, our week in Pocahontas State Park is at an end. Really enjoyed the forest and the scenery, the wide spaces between the RVs and tents. It's just the lack of sewer and cold weather may have put a slight damper on things. When it's been this cold, it's especially a bummer when the Rival teakettle finally stops working after three years. Looks like something else that needs replacing.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 40 - Supply and Demand

Another cold morning greeted us, so it felt like a good day to head out and get some food. Searching the webernets we surprisingly found a Korean restaurant that we didn't have to go to Richmond for: Ye Won Korean BBQ Restaurant.

It was around the lunch rush, so getting served took a bit longer. Afterwards we asked if there was a Korean market around, and we were told about the new Grand Mart where we picked up some supplies.

Still needing a few things, found a Walmart Neighborhood Market on the way back. They also have a Walmart gas station as well.
Getting half a tank because of the upcoming move, we were ready to head back where we could turn on the heater. Unfortunately the Rival teakettle decided to stop working...Looks like we have something to purchase later on in Waynesboro. First the heating blanket slowing down and now the heating kettle. This fight against winter weather, even now in April, is taking its toll on us and our heating items.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 39 - The Day of Relaxing

Sometimes it's nice to just take a day or two off and do some things around the RV. Walking down to the dumpster, most of the RVs were out of the park. It was a bright sunny day, but it's still really cold on the East Coast. I think we're looking to make a move back to the Southwest to avoid this kind of weather in the future. Our tanks are getting full not having a sewer. We'll have to dump tanks before our next journey.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 38 - Mount Vernon

The bwakkat was reeeeealy rambunctious this morning, tail whipping people and running around. There's nothing like needing to get sleep to ensure that you won't get hardly any. And when 8:00 am came around, we were feeling rather tired before even getting out of bed. But we were determined to make the 100-plus mile drive north.
Plus on top of being exhausted already, the weather was cold and rainy. We'd have to be careful making the drive north on the 95.
Finally after two hours of driving, which included snow flurries, we arrived at Mount Vernon. 
After a security check, we were happy to get inside and out from the cold weather. The temperature was reading 42 degrees but feels like 36.
As nice as being indoors was, it was time to visit Mount Vernon itself, which necessitated a walk around the premises until we got to the main Mansion itself.

We were a bit early to get to the 11:40 am tour. So we looked around the area a bit while we were waiting. It seemed like the tours started every five minutes or so. The lady had to keep reminding people not to stand in the way of other people.

To the left is the Greenhouse where the flowers and plants didn't seem to be doing particularly robustly in the colder weather.

Soon they called the 11:40 tour, so we had to stand in line in front of the Mansion. Kids around us were getting restless and their parents upset as we heard whispered threats fore and aft. Our guide came along to begin the tour, also telling us there's absolutely no photography of any kind inside the actual mansion.

After the tour was over, we were free to wander the grounds and check out the backyard leading to the Potomac River. We went to the Icehouse that overlooked the Potomac.

We also walked by the goat and sheep pen while walking to the restaurant.

Located in the back of the gift shoppe that had the small $35 kitty painting was the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant where we could get some warm tomato bisque, French toast and an omelete.

We really liked having a bit of a rest in the restaurant for a while. We waited until after 2:00 to go watch the intro movie in the main entrance.

Back out into the cold for a walk to the next location.

A walk from the Mount Vernon Mansion led us to the grave enclosure of George and Martha.

At 3:00, a director from Mount Vernon gave a dedication to the graves of the Washingtons, opening the metal bars and allowing two veterans to place the wreath between the two.

And so after that, you'd think we would end our day at Mount Vernon after being in the cold. But there was one more thing we wanted to see. Just one more! We walked through the museum disappointed. Then we walked to the education center where we finally found the thing we were looking for so we could return to the car for our return two-hour car ride.