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Pittsburgh, PA to Madison, VA

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After Dutch Wonderland we took a trip west with my sister to Pittsburgh. Our first stop was to visit with our friends Adam and Lindsay. It’s a tight squeeze to get 4 adults and a little kid in our micro RV but we made it because we’re all good friends.

Yum! Sweet FROG Frozen Yogurt

Yum! Sweet FROG Frozen Yogurt (Picture by Lindsay)

Hanging out in the camper with Lindsay and Adam

Hanging out in the camper with Lindsay and Adam

We toured around the city with Lizze. We rode a Gateway Clipper for an hour tour of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers (Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio).

Underway on the boat

Underway on the boat

This big building is One PPG Place

This big building is One PPG Place

The point

The point

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Sully fell asleep on the clipper boat ride

Sully fell asleep on the clipper boat ride

The view of Point State Park and downtown

The view of Point State Park and downtown

Walking through Pittsburgh

Walking through Pittsburgh

We also helped Lizze pack up some stuff to take back home to our parent’s house to store while she downsizes into a Washington DC apartment for her new job.

After Pittsburgh, we drove back east and visited with my family at their cabin near Cowans Gap State Park. We rumbled the camper down the narrow dirt road that leads to the cabin and had just enough space to turn around and park at a good level spot. We had a campfire, the kids splashed down in the creek like my sister, cousins and I did when we were younger. Luckily the weather was really nice and we didn’t need to plug in for air conditioning.

Sully and Olivia playing in the creek. Olivia loves the creek and got Sully to get his feet wet.

Sully and Olivia playing in the creek. Olivia loves the creek and got Sully to get his feet wet.

Hanging in the creek behind the cabin at Cowans Gap State Park

Hanging in the creek behind the cabin at Cowans Gap State Park with my cousin, Amy and her daughters

After the cabin we stopped back in Loganville for a few days.

Playing with Legos in the camper

Playing with Legos in the camper

With Lizze outside Mom and Dad's

With Lizze outside Mom and Dad’s

On a walk at Nixon Park

On a walk at Nixon Park in Jacobus, PA

Looking at minnows at Nixon Park in Jacobus, PA

Looking at minnows at Nixon Park in Jacobus, PA

Don't talk to me until I've had my coffee!

Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee!

Cheers! Coffee in the morning

Cheers! Coffee in the morning

Checking out Grandma Ness's yard sale chairs

Checking out Grandma Ness’s yard sale chairs

Movie time in the basement with Nana

Movie time in the basement with Nana

Our next stop was Madison County, Virginia to visit with Uncle Derald and Aunt Tammy. We arrived on Friday night and enjoyed catching up and talking about our trip and new RV. They have a 5th wheel trailer for traveling and a toy hauler camper that has a horse area in the back.

I wanted to change the oil in the RV while we were there, so I backed Astraea Mobile down the driveway to get down to the lower driveway where the jack and oil changing tools were. While backing up, I crunched our ladder in to an overhanging tree and smashed the ladder. Ouch. Derald helped me pull the ladder off and seal everything up with silicon sealant. I got the oil changed and the filter replaced.

No more ladder on the back of the camper

No more ladder on the back of the camper

The damage to the little tree

The damage to the little tree

Tammy and Derald live out in farm country Virginia and that weekend was the Madison County Tractor Pull. What better way to spend a wild Saturday night than at the local school watching a bunch of tricked out tractors and trucks try and pull a heavily loaded sled. The country folk, fried food, and smell of diesel smoke made for a great evening. I felt a bit out of place in my board shorts and flip flops, but had a great time.

Revving up and getting ready to go

Revving up and getting ready to go

At the Madison tractor pull with Tammy and Derald

At the Madison tractor pull with Tammy and Derald

A big tractor at the start of it's pull

A big tractor at the start of it’s pull

A big tractor at the end of it's pull

A big tractor at the end of it’s pull

The next day we went to church in the morning and went swimming in the afternoon.

Swimming at Tammy and Derald's

Swimming at Tammy and Derald’s

Swimming!

Swimming!

Sully had fund hanging out in the pool

Sully had fund hanging out in the pool at Tammy and Derald’s

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