Thursday, June 30, 2016

Michigan Vacation With Our Girls

We drove from North Adams to Weatherford, Tx, from there to Bloomington, Ill and thence on to Empire, Mi for a family vacation.

Michigan is Lakes and Beaches.  We arrived at Indigo Bluffs early Saturday afternoon.  We made a trip into Traverse City to buy supplies!  Yeh....sweet cherries are available.  After the girls arrived we drove to Empire for the first trip to Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan at Empire.

Like their father and Aunt, digging a hole in the sand was the main activity.

Buffy was allowed on this beach and quickly figured out that she liked to dig on the beach too!

On Sunday we drove to Northport to see those old stomping grounds.  We drove through the campground and then went to the lighthouse.

Northport Lighthouse.

Violet is a trooper.

After the visit to the lighthouse we drove to the Old Burfiend farm, which we highly enjoyed when we lived in Traverse City.  Here is the house where Sue, George, John and Polly lived.

The Burfiend family farm house
at Port Oneida.

Lake Michigan beach behind the house.

There seems to be a theme here that has a inherited past!

Monday ( June 27) we went to the Lake via the Platte River.  We bought asparagus from a farm stand (thanks Harry) for $2.25 a pound.  It was delicious.

Platte River looking at fish.

We took Buffy back to the trailer and went on a cliff walk.  These sand bluffs are 4500 yrs old.  The girls went on a hike up the sand dunes

South of Empire looking North.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Walking in MA

We have lived in North Adams, MA for about three months.  I keep telling folk I will post pictures of the house.....but really we didn't move here for the house.   We bought this particular house because of the very easy access to wonderful walks.  That is our garage and our beloved new trailer, Bee.  Looking up the street is the high point of MA, Mt. Greylock.  I'm taking you on a trip to the Appalachian Trail as I walk it with Buffy, every nice day I can manage.

From the top of the little hill, one sees the Green Mountains to the north.  The light blue house is ours.
Next is a short street to a path which leads to another street.
That street connects to the Appalachian Trail.    The stone pillars block cars or motorized thingys from going on the Trail.  It doesn't stop Buffy.  She knows that she gets off-leash at the pillars.  In the winter with very few people on the trail, this is how we prefer to climb up to at least the town reservoir.

     This is the real reason, we bought a house where we did.  I LOVE our walks.  If we don't walk the trail to Mt. Greylock we can go the other direction toward the Green mountains or even  east toward a township owned trail along the Hoosic River.  My heart is happy with the sounds of the animals.  I think we saw a fox yesterday but it was so darn fast I couldn't tell.
A mile and a half of a steep trail takes us to the reservoir.  

Lew meets us there and we continue to climb toward Mt. Greylock.    
We travel through a pine forest until we are done for the day.  

Now you have seen what I consider the important photos of our new house in MA.  

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Bee mods and additions

Unlike Marco we will make no changes in Bee. For us the design elements are pretty much optimal as-built. We have made some small additions however.

With much higher
tongue weight than Marco
an electric tongue jack
is a big help.

Front stabilizer jacks
are a must.
A Fantastic Fan
to avoid using A/C
in cooler weather.
When using campground shore power
an electric heater is quieter
than the propane furnace
and the cost is zero.

The OEM power cord deploys
from a trapdoor leaving
an entrance for mice and bugs.
A detachable cord with a sealed
plug stops that.

RV brake/taillights are
notoriously dim and adding
LED lights is a simple thing.

Buffy likes to relax and unwind
in the evening with TeeVee.
We added a 32” TV and DVD player
so Buffy can watch 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

That is your standard RV “batwing”
TV antenna with a couple additions.
The vertical mast at the top is
a WiFiRanger which amplifies
and routes WiFi signals
from as far away as 2mi.
The rightward pointed paddle is a
Wilson cellphone antenna, the
highest gain antenna made. It
connects to our Verizon MiFi
to provide internet service.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Jan thought we needed a Grandog to keep us busy.

Buffy was born March 8, a Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix (a so-called “Cockapoo”). These dogs are known for extreme friendliness, intelligence and NO SHEDDING, a must as we are both allergic to dogs.

PIC taken April 22

She came home with us May 5.

PIC taken at Somerset reservoir,
a mile from where we lived.
May 5

It wasn’t long before Buffy took her first road trip. She went to Vermont to meet the Johns-Warren chickens.

May 24

Then it was time for a real trip. Our friends Donna and Jim called to say they were going to Glacier NP so off we went to meet them there.

Copilot Buffy

Buffy’s BFF.
She lives in Bloominton, Il.

On the way West Buffy took a break
to cool off in the Missouri River.
July 5

We met Donna and Jim at

And then all we drove on
to Glacier NP.

From Glacier we drove on to Yellowstone by way of Virginia City, Mt.

Buffy trying out Alder Gulch at Virginia City.

Buffy cooling off in the Madison River
at Bakers Hole CG just outside
the West entrance to YNP.

Then it was back home in time to go camping with Cordelia and Violet.

Oil Creek Family CG
(near Titusville, Pa)

The ostensible purpose of the trip was to take Violet and Buffy on their first train ride.

The Oil Creek and Titusville RR
mixed train arriving at
Petroleum Center.

Aboard the Oil Creek & Titusville RR
July 23


After her first ‘Do
July 25

See how busy and out of trouble we have been?