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One day down, 4 more for this work week.

Today went alright. Did two jobs this morning, then came home and swam with the kids in the lake for a bit, ate lunch, and then hit the Hands on Science museum. Then came home ate dinner and ran out and did one more job. Came home took a walk. Not too bad. Wish we had fast internet here, but alas, when you camp near a lake, you probably don't have good internet. 🙂 lately we have had bad luck with finding decent internet.

So as I go lay down to sleep I will set this to upload pix. If you don't see any, then wait a while and then refresh the page.


Oh and for those who still want to hold on to your incandescent light bulbs because the light is better and the government can't tell you what to do. Check out the pix showing the energy usage on one of those archaic things versus an LED bulb or florescent bulb. 🙂

Finally have internet again! Big Post!

Well, after that campground in Maine, we didn't have internet again for the rest of the trip. So now we are back at Big Oak Ridge and I can upload pix and such.

We worked our way through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, then we ended in New York for the weekend hanging out with some friends at a state park. The drive was beautiful albeit very hilly. I was very thankful for the new Dodge since the old Chevy van could not have towed up an down the hills like this truck did. It's got 3000 miles on it already. That's 1000 miles a week since we bought it. Sounds typical. 🙂

We did 12 MCD SS jobs throughout the New England states, and we did a few things along the way. We stopped at Calvin Coolidge birth place (our 30th prez) and saw some neat stuff. We have been listening to Little House on The Prairie audio books and at this place we got see a lot of old buggies and tools that we hear about in the stories. It was pretty fascinating to me to see the old machinery and things like that.

I think the kids enjoyed this trip as well and it seemed to go pretty fast. The kids fought a little in the tighter quarters of a truck, but no more then they did in a van, so I think that was a success. They got to have a lot of fun with some other kids in the state park, and they may have even learned a thing or two. 🙂

Overall we had a good time and now we are back playing farmers while my parents are on vacation. This should be interesting. 🙂

First time trying lobster!

So we were in Maine and figured we had to give lobster a try.

Now I want to say, that first of all, we like some white fish, tuna, and salmon. I like shrimp. We/I have never really tried anything else. Never had crab or oysters or squid or anything like that.

The kids were up for trying something new and so was I. This restaurant was semi decent and right near where we were staying (we always check the google reviews). So we ordered a lobster to share. We had to ask the waitress how to eat the darn thing. So she showed us how to crack it open and get the meat out. We all tried it.....

None of use were impressed. It wasn't awful, but I can say that I will not be ordering it ever again. If I was hungry I would eat it, but not something I would want to eat. The kids and wife feel the same way. Guess we just aren't seafood people. 🙂


Well we made it to Maine. As you can see by are updated map on the main page, we have pretty much covered the eastern part of the U.S. We have a couple small gaps here and there as we generally only count a place that we did something in. So if we just drove across a state and did nothing there, then it doesn't make it to our map.

Maine is beautiful, but the lack of internet and good cell phone service make it hard to show you just how beautiful. Our new Dodge truck did awesome. I probably won't stop raving about it anytime soon. It climbed mountains like a champ and then maintained a nice easy speed going back down. The combo of diesel power, and trailer braking makes it an excellent tow vehicle. I am glad we were able to get it. It's so so so much better then the van for towing. Comfort wise, we are not as squished as you might think and the kids made the 12hour trip without any more fuss and fighting then they did in the van. So I count that as a success. The sound system is about 10 times better so our audio books sound better. 🙂 I think the kids also find the truck easier to sleep in while driving then they did the van. The dog is not as happy since we don't let him on the seats, but he curled up on the floor and slept most of the ride. He really isn't a bad dog when he's not acting like a puppy. 🙂

We are camped overlooking a lake right now and it's amazing. We are up on a small mountain and can see the whole of God creation spread before us. It's sort of like a mini version of Montana. 🙂

I do wish I had brought my canoe though. I kept thinking about it, but decided not too and now I am kicking myself. I want to do some canoeing and this water looks so inviting.

Anyhow, I am going to try to post some pix. I tried once already and it crashed. So here it goes.

New truck

After nearly destroying our van coming out of NYC last time (we overheated it), Rusty, our mechanic told us to trade it fast. So we traded it in on a 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 crew cab. We picked it up today. Going to be a little cramped compared to the van, but it will tow so much better.
I also grabbed a used contractor cap off of craigslist for $300 so that our stuff can be dry and locked up safe.

Some cool clouds

So there was a facebook photo running about showing off a "tornado" in Oil City. I don't believe it since the weather service never reported it. I would like to share my own photos of a similar nature and show that it's just a cloud formation not a tornado.

Home with the “Dozens”

When my nephew was a baby, he couldn't say cousins. So he would say, "I want to see the dozens." Well we got to see them all. Cept the ones on the way. 😉 Kids all had fun playing together and having a good time. Only a few minor cuts and scrapes. 🙂

I spent the first couple days at home getting a/c to work in my Daewoo, getting paperwork done for jobs I did, and helping my dad get moms new swing set in place. Swing was super heavy and it took 4 of us to move it. I think it turned out alright.

We also went to Johnny Stoners 16th birthday party. It was great seeing all the old friend. Did you ever see a kid so excited? He got his first turkey 12gauge for his birthday. You really can't go wrong buying a man a gun unless he's a liberal fruit. 🙂

Just more pix as we leave NYC

I just wanted to share a few more pix from NYC. We followed a Google mapping car. That was sort of fun. I wonder if we will be able to see ourselves on the highway if we go look? We are headed home to Big Oak Ridge to park for 3 weeks. If you want to see us, you know where we will be.

More from NYC

Today they made us move to a different campsite. We have no idea why. This spot is longer, but narrower. As shown in the pictures, we are almost touching the guy beside who slides out both sides of his camper. He is line to line. Hope he isn't a fat guy cause he might not be able to get out.

I also snapped a few shots of the World Trade Center site while I was walking by. You really can't see anything as they have it all fenced off. But there used to be some big buildings there that are not now.

New York City!

We are currently in NYC for the week. Doing some more McDonalds upgrades. I personally don't like the city and all the city life, but it was cool to take the kids and show them some of the places they have seen on tv or read about. We saw trump hotel, the Apple store (Tara Weed would have love it since she's into all the Apple stuff bigger then I am.), central park, and more. I walked so much I chaffed (not good). Using Google on my Android phone I have traversed the subways and come out the other side no worse for the wear. 🙂 Hopefully I will find time to do some video later on. But for now, here's some pix.