Last week was companion Michael's birthday week and also a transitional travel week. We have been bouncing around the South since we left Alabama in February and now we transition North. As Michael is a political writer and lover of history and while we are "in the neighborhood," so to speak, I decided that we should travel up through Virginia in the mountains and then over to Washington D.C. with a stop in Charlottesville to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
So we packed up Art Bus and left our really cozy beautiful site at the Charlottesville KOA (off of Red Fern Rd.) and made our way over to Monticello. They have lovely RV and Bus parking and we were delighted that the day was not too hot so as to make waiting for us unbearable for Snoopie. One of the things that I love about this lifestyle is having my home right here, with me, wherever I am. Like Michael joked yesterday, "Don't forget the camera!" lol!
Monticello was beautiful and we both enjoyed the in-depth Behind The Scenes Tour that took us up into the upstairs rooms of the house. It was truly enjoyable and very informative. Strange to think that we can stand in the same place as great men in history stood. Very neat!
We cruised up easily to Washington D.C., where we spent a couple of days as tourists. I got a great deal on a rental car so the first thing that we did when we got to D.C. was to pick it up. There are not many campgrounds in that area to begin with and so I thought the car would help us get into town to see what we wanted to see.
The first campground that we stayed in was the Capitol KOA. It was alright, with trees almost too close for getting our 40'er into the campsite and more amenities than we generally require, so the price was higher than I like to spend. Part of this journey is about getting face to face with people we have befriended on social media and one of Michael's friend was out of town for work until Saturday so we decided we should stay Friday night as well. Unfortunately there was no room at the KOA for us for Friday night so we moved about 30 miles to Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD. It's a very large and very fancy park/resort that turned out to be about $10 a night less than the KOA. We liked it and would go back there, especially if we were on vacation and could just play for a few days. I wish I had booked there first, but then I wouldn't know that I really don't like that KOA very much. Both parks had dog park areas, which we love for Snoopie.
Saturday morning rolled around and we cruised down to DC to meet up with Ben. There was some idea that we might find street parking for Art Bus, although we felt this was unlikely. On-line it says that Union Station has oversized parking and that was what we programmed into the GPS. Unfortunately we could see the oversized vehicles in the garage but never did find a way to get ours in there. It was Saturday, June 10, the day of the big Pride Parade and I'm driving the Art Bus around downtown DC. It was slightly stressful. We eventually passed by the Washington Monument where I let Michael out to meet his friend and Snoopie and I continued on down the road in the Art Bus.
YES! Snoopie and I cruised downtown DC in the Art Bus.
After our DC adventure we headed to Freeland, MD where I had a truly delightful private lesson with a gal on a sit-down HQ Sweet 16. She did fabulously and we both enjoyed our time together very much. I look forward to meeting her for a coffee and to see her progress when we are both in Hershey for the Quilt Odyssey show.
We zoomed North, enjoyed lunch in Pennsylvania and dinner in Connecticut. I was so blessed to spend some quality time with my friend and talented author and teacher Mary Eddy. It is really fun to be able to see the people that I really love and cherish.
Next we landed in a driveway in Lancaster, MA that is simply a slice of heaven. My dear friend that I met through the mudslide tragedy is hosting us for a couple of weeks of stationary "down-time," as Michael and I honeymoon (we tied the knot!). At the perfect time, too, because the motor mount broke on the main slide-out and it is stuck "in." That means that Lucey is stuck snug up against my kitchen counter and thus, out of commission. Life has felt a little hairy the last couple of weeks but today we move forward. I am setting Lucey up outside under my awning and quilting the last of the quilts that I have to do before she is ready to go to her new home.
I have decided to sell Lucey! I would love to sell her while I am in MA. 2011 APQS Lucey (26") on 10' BLISS home table. $9,000. Delivery, set-up and training would be an additional charge.
I have some exciting new projects underway! Stay tuned! If you are in the Northeast NOW is a fabulous time to get a private lesson or a creative boost in your own space! I am driving to all of my NW students. The cost is $175 plus round-trip mileage from Lancaster, MA. This is likely never to be offered in this area again. Don't miss out! Call me today (360) 488-3036
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