Friday, August 20, 2010

Kicking Back with Friends

After two and a half months of being on the move we wanted to slow down and kick back a bit. But we have this thing about staying in all the 49 states we can drive to, so we needed to spend a night in nearby Rhode Island. It was only 85 miles from Salisbury, MA to Woonsocket, RI (you can drive that far in Texas and still be in the same county) where we spent the night at Walmart and added the smallest state to our map. Next we needed to add neighboring Connecticut and found a small (22 sites) COE park at West Thompson Lake that was only about 20 mile away as the crow flies, but a 45 mile trip in the motorhome because of a low clearance underpass. This was a nice quiet place with great trails and in four days we only left the park once for a beer and milk run. We will have to return to this area some time in the fall and do a little exploring. We noticed on the Escapees forum that 07 mates Dave & Kathy Bennett, whom we last saw in Yuma, would be visiting mates Ron & Linda Fleeger, who are spending the summer with family in Northwest PA. We decided to drive 550 miles and make it a mini reunion. We did an overnighter at Walmart in Bloomsburg, PA along with ten other rigs. There were more rigs here than at West Thompson Lake. We got a campsite next to the Bennetts at RV Village Camp Resort in Mercer and enjoyed the time with good conversation, food and adult beverages. We Western Pennsylvanians introduced Dave & Kathy to the great wings at the original Quaker Steak and Lube in nearby Sharon. After a couple of days they moved on to Niagara Falls so they could add New York to their map. We visited Ron & Linda and got to check out the new floor they are installing in their rig. They replaced the carpet with a wood floor and it really looks great. Since we are so near WashPA we put out the word that we were in the area and got a call from John & Patrice Yanni about meeting for dinner at the North Country Brewery in Slippery Rock. It was great seeing them and we had a fun evening catching up and hearing about John's daughter's wedding coming up this weekend.
Class of 07 mates Dave, Kathy, Nanc, Jim, Linda and Ron all look satisfied after their meal at Quaker Steak and Lube. We think the original is better than the newer chain versions of this restaurant.
Check out this unique urinal at the North Country Brewery. The beer and the food were great. Slippery Rock, which advertises itself as "the town known around the world" has come a long way from the days when it was a dry town.
If you are passing near this area the Avenue of 444 Flags in Hermitage is a must see. The idea started during the Iranian hostage crisis in the late seventies when after 100 days 100 flags were raised as a show of support. A flag was added each day until the hostages were released after 444 days in captivity. It is quite an impressive sight.

We are leaving here on Friday to attend the Yanni wedding in Cleveland. Then next week we are going to visit our friends Mike and Sherri Sharp at their cottage near Pymatuning Lake for a few days of fishing before our fall visit to WashPA. One disappointing change in our plans is we did not get selected for tickets for the NCAA basketball finals in Houston we were planning to attend next April. Oh well, something else to look forward to in the future.

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