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|We are camped next to the second largest electric shovel ever built. Big Brutus is now a museum dedicated to the mining industry. The shovel towers 160 feet and its dipper can hold 190 tons of dirt and rock. Check this gallery page for photos and a description of this massive machine.|
We're back in this campground for a third time. We were here on July 4, 2008, and again on August 9, 2009. On the way we passed through Kansas farm and cattle country. Everything is lush and green from all the recent rains. After we set up the trailer, we drove to a nearby hardware store and then a grocery store.
Thursday, June 3
Friday, June 4
Saturday, June 5
|Today we watched two small birds who had emerged from their eggs during the night, as if they were saying ...watch me, I am one day old and I can walk...Imagine their surprise when they find out they can also fly!!! We are heading east now for the rodeo near St. Louis. Along the way we stopped to change drivers and saw an interesting set of buildings used as a rental facility for parties.|
|Very well maintained campground but sites a bit too close. We had some difficulty getting into our site due to a tree. Another tree on the other side of the trailer has a robin's nest right outside our dining room window. It's that time of the year.|
Today's ride was difficult with rain and heavy gusty winds all the way. We will stay here for the next 3 nights while touring the area and Frank gets another refill on meds. Later in the evening strong thunderstorms and heavy rain came through the area.
Wednesday, June 9
Thursday, June 10
Scott AFB Fam Camp Scott Air force Base, IL $15.00 per nightToday we moved across the Mississippi River, east of St Louis, to Scott Air Force Base. This weekend we will attend the St Louis Rodeo which is about 16 miles away from the campground we are in. What a treat today. We finally got to meet Blythe and Niven who also own an Ameri-CAmp fifth wheel. Bylthe was the Ameri-Camp Family webmaster until Frank took over the site last year. They came over to our site and we traded ideas and remedies on how each of us have modified our trailers to our likes by making the trailer move liveable. It was a very good visit.
Saturday, June 12
Sunday, June 13
|We are starting our trek home and expect to get there Friday or Saturday mid day. After setting up camp we drove down the road a few miles to a car wash to clean the mud from the rodeo off the truck. We then got fuel and later Tom did laundry again, we needed it because we went through so many sets of clothes over the weekend. It was so hot and humid, and with the mud and sweat we switched clothes more often than normal. We have now passed into Eastern time and we had a bunch of heavy rain and severe thunder storms come through about 7:30.|
|Today we continued our trek east toward home. Bev, who is watching our home, was at the house today lowering the thermostat, and plugging in water beds and refrigerator. We are at a "5-Star" KOA and it is a very well kept campground. Tomorrow we head further east.|
|We are moving along and are in Eastern Ohio. Tomorrow we will be in Winchester VA again. The oppressive heat and humidity of the last week have eased. The air is much dryer and the tempeture is now in the upper 70's. This is a prety nice campground, especially toward the rear where they have permanent and seasonal sites. Usually seasonal areas are not as nice. The internet is not very good though, about the same as our Verizon account. Tom paid an extra $2 for cable.|
|We pushed today and put on 317 miles. We are only about 80 miles from home but needed to stop in a campground with sewer hookup so we can clean out our sewer holding tanks. The weather is very nice but a bit windy. At least for most of today's ride the wind was directly behind us. Technically this is the last day of our current vacation. Tomorrow we will be home. I will make one last update tomorrow evening and that will be it for this trip.|
|We are home after almost 6 months. The house is a bit dirty and dusty and the F150 and Honda are covered with dirt and leaves but everything else is fine. We will be home for about 6 weeks and will take off again around the second or third week in August. Until then, happy trails.|