Saturday, November 12, 2022

Versailles Host Again

 We are again at Versailles State Park. The Campground A host had to leave early and the park manager called us to fill in for the last few weeks. We were in the area so here we are again. Halloween was held two weekends so everyone had a chance to get their candy. We will be at Versailles until Thanksgiving. The water is shut off the first week of November but we have a full fresh water tank that will last for a while. The next week or more will be at Indian Springs by the state line, not my favorite place but the water is on all winter. It's a shorter drive to Mercy Fairfield for my stress test and the list of doctors I need to see.

It's time for new tires on our motorhome and that big expense is planned for next week. Our original tires are Michelin and are seven years old so time for new tires. The new tires will be Toyo, less expensive than Michelin and very well rated. Less expensive is still not cheap! 

When we are finally finished with various doctors, we plan to head to Sevierville Tennessee then Gulf Shore Alabama, returning in March to be camp host again at Versailles State Park.

Campground A host site, living in a state park. Our yard is 5500 acres.
We arrived October 14 and leave November 27.

We decorated some for Halloween and handed out candy. 

Camp A was constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC),
 created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the depression.

A normal fall morning in the campground.

November 12, a surprise for a fall morning in the campground.
There are about 18 camping here in the 4 inch snow.

Park employees plowed the streets.

This would make a big Christmas tree.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Versailles Host Ends for the Year

 Our Versailles State Park campground host duties ended August 31st. The park manager had promised someone else September and October. We are staying in the southeast Indiana area until the end of November if the weather is OK (no snow forecast). Our stay at Versailles had a great site with full hookups. We have been invited back for next year, starting in April.

Humming Birds

We cross this bridge as a shortcut into Versailles.

Pickup truck on fire at the park office.

Christmas in July at the park.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Roof Maintenance

Motorhomes need some maintenance too. I don't like climbing onto the roof but I still do it. This work took three trips to get it all done. This weekend was much cooler and lower humidity so it was time to do it all. I cleaned all three air conditioners, scrubbed the roof, and finally waxed all 40 feet of the roof. My third trip up was needed to reseal the plumbing vent that had some cracked sealant. I also waxed the exterior. I was very tired by Sunday evening but now it's all done for the year, I hope.

I also washed and waxed the exterior, another job that wears me out.
Check out that shine 😃

I get on the roof with an extension ladder that I keep at my sister's house.

I don't use the rear ladder, I don't trust it.

Waxing the fiberglass roof took another three hours.
Check out that shine 😃

I was getting very tired. Luckily we have good shade in the late afternoon.

Slide out covers are also cleaned and checked.

Now I have to get down, my least favorite part of roof maintenance 😓
I was ready to sit in my chair.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Versailles Indiana Campground Host

 We arrived at Versailles on April 1st to start our duties as campground host. The park is empty in early April. May has been busier and June is now full on weekends. We have the best camp site in the whole park with good tree shade, water, sewer and 50 amp electric service. We are host in campground section C. Section A and B also have campground hosts. This is our site until the end of August when someone else will have September and October. We plan to return next year and hope to stay the entire season, April through the end of October. Another plus, we are not burning $6.00 a gallon diesel this summer!

Hummingbirds, Robins, Redbirds, Bluebirds, Mocking birds, Wood Peckers,
Crows, Hawks and Turkey Vultures visit us daily. 

We have plenty of space for outdoor use.

Mary has a garden.

Flowers for the Humming birds.

We had a snow day on April 18th. The park was empty.

My almost daily morning chore. They all know me by now and wait patiently to escape. Raccoons like the dumpster so I bring a broken tree branch so
they can crawl out after their midnight snack.

Spring has many fields around the area full of goldenrod.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

February 2022

We came back to Tennessee after our Freightliner service in Red Bay Alabama. The weather has been cold and warm, typical Tennessee weather. On March 1st, we head to Indian Springs Campground at the Indiana/Ohio state line. Diesel fuel here is $3.69 and going up. Our Freightliner with the Cummins engine averages 8 miles per gallon so fuel is a big cost if we travel a lot of miles. We will be stationary most of the summer, being camp hosts at Versailles State Park starting April 1st. We applied for the host position two years ago so this is good timing with the high fuel prices.

It will soon take all body parts.

Two Rivers Landing is a favorite place.
Spring and summer rates double so we are leaving February 28th.

We always make good friends at Two Rivers. Bruce and Lois are work campers
this winter and are great people. We hope to see them again next winter. 

I saw a tv show about Mountain Dulcimers and a man in Townsend that
sells and makes them. I decided to buy one and learn to play it.
They are a string instrument and I need a lot of practice.

Two Rivers garage burned down in November.
The new garage is being constructed.

Versailles State Park C Area Host Campsite. We will be there April 1st.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

January 2022

 Plans changed for January. Out trip to Alabama for Freightliner service was delayed by snow. Tennessee seems to be in line for snow while Indiana has missed most of it. Another rain and snow storm is forecast for Sunday January 16. Our next appointment in Red Bay Alabama is now January 25th. We will head south when the weather is clear the end of next week.

As seen in Pigeon Forge

It has been in the 60's so the snow did not accumulate very much on the roads. Kentucky received most of the snow since the storm was west and north of us.

The snow was gone quickly and the temperatures are now in the 40's. The wind has been strong but it was calm for this photo of the French Broad River in front of our motorhome.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas 2021

 Christmas in Tennessee has been warm and mostly dry, no snow this year. Last year was a white one. This morning, it's already 66 degrees and windy. We will be heading to Alabama on January 1 for annual service work, then returning to Tennessee for a while, staying at Two Rivers again. Maybe it will stay warmer than usual this winter. We still limit were we go, avoiding crowds due to lots of Covid cases in this state. We believe in vaccinations and have had all three doses but are still cautious. We may return to Indiana in March, depending on the weather. We will be campground hosts at Versailles State Park April through August.

Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are all decorated for Christmas.

Last year, it was cold and snow was about 5 inches deep for Christmas.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Tennessee December 2021

We are in Tennessee for December, staying at Cove Creek in Wears Valley. The weather has been similar to Indiana so far, lows around freezing, highs sometimes near 70. Another wind and rain storm line is due tomorrow with the usual threat of severe weather. No snow but tornados for Christmas? The usual crowds are here for shopping so the traffic is heavy day and night.

Our view of the mountains.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Southern Indiana

 We have been in Indiana since our return from Alabama. While staying at Starve Hollow SRA in Valonia, Indiana, we went on a short drive to see friends in French Lick. Valonia is west of Seymour, located in Jackson County. Another stop was Spring Mill State Park where the Gus Grissom Memorial is located. 

We will be in the Indiana area until mid November, depending on the weather. Snow, not cold, will make us head south.

Corn, called maze in many areas, is ready to harvest.

Soybeans are very colorful as they dry out.
They are ready to harvest when they are completely dry.

The Medora Covered Bridge from 1875. It's the longest covered bridge in the United States, spanning the White River. It is closed to traffic.

We found these odd remains south of Medora. Searching the internet, it 
was a brick factory until 1992. These structures are the twelve kilns where the bricks were dried in fire. More information about the plant is located here:

The state fish hatchery is located just south of the campground.

Grissom Memorial. He was from Mitchell Indiana, just west of the park.
He died in the Apollo 1 fire at Kennedy Space Center. We attended the 50th anniversary of the fire at the Kennedy Space Center launch site. See our post with photos from January 2017.

Gemini III on display.

Flag from Gus Grissom's funeral.

French Lick Casino

French Lick railroad rides on the weekends.

West Baden is next to French Lick. The West Baden Springs Hotel was
rebuilt in 1994. We were there when a helicopter replaced the top structures. 

You can stay here in the hotel. More information is here: