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.
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).
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.
After the cabin we stopped back in Loganville for a few days.
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.
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.
The next day we went to church in the morning and went swimming in the afternoon.