Category Archives: Delaware

Delaware Part I: Houston

For reasons I cannot explain, I am very far behind on the blog. We have been busy having fun, and I have not been very disciplined about sitting down to write about our adventures. This was stressing me out… like unfinished homework looming over my head. Then I realized there was a way I could eliminate the stress and get out of my homework assignment all together. I’m thankful for a helpful husband who shares his notes with me when I recap our travels. Mike is going to tell you all about Delaware and our first stop in Virginia. After Christmas is over, I will become less of a slacker and start writing my story about Virginia Part II. Until then, you can see about things from the other half’s perspective. Thanks for understanding and happy reading!

10/29 tues.          Packed up and hit the road at 11:15.  Nice day to drive. Not windy when crossing the Delaware river on large bridge.  Stopped for diesel just before our destination located on Gun and Rod Club Rd.  Pulled in at 2:30.  Nice lady showed us to our spot after talking to the boss/owner.  Had satellite TV when parked and generator running.  Always first procedure is to hook up to electric shore power. Not working.  Called lady and she came right away to check breakers while talking to boss.  All on, so with her extension, we hooked up to the next site over. It worked, so boss would come another day to repair our box.  Everything unloaded by five for martinis.  Grilled chicken and listened to JamesJ John Wilson’s CD.  Ate, walked dogs and watched a little direct tv before sleep.

Weds 10/30.        Saw on news that tonight is called Night of Mischievous.  It’s only called that in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Pranks and vandalism occurs.  The news actually promotes this criminal activity as a good thing. One cop interviewed said, “if your kids leave the house with paint, eggs, or toilet paper, you should be aware that they are up to no good…”.  Wow!   Rained lightly until early afternoon.  Dina ran to Milford to do errands and grab a couple things.  Owner of the park was here working on electric issue.  Cleaned a bit outside. Still with cold. Ate spaghetti dinner. Watched some of final World Series game.

Thurs 10/31.            Cloudy, warm, mostly dry.  Drove to state park nearby in case we need to move.  Owner replaced electric box at our site and wiring.  Think it’s ok now.  Then drove to Milton to run errands with dogs.  Got back to site and did some chores and relaxed.  Dina made chicken and dumplings on the stove.  Walked dogs after a rain shower.  More rain tomorrow.

Fri 11/1.              Warm and windy with off and on light rain most of the day.  Dina wrote till about five when we decided to drive south 12 miles to Jeff’s Tap Room in Bridgeville.  Rain was over.  Also heard from Norman about weekend festival there called Punkin Chunkin.  They showed games but not Rockets vs Mavericks game. Free wifi though, so kept up with the game on iPhone ESPN Gamecast APP.  They also had a DJ that played some country music.  We got there about 7:15.  Very crowded.  Got drink from bar and stood awhile, until Dina found a table with folks leaving.  We ordered, game started about 8:15, we ate, then danced to a few songs. About nine they started playing more rock and rap, so we left with rockets well ahead late third quarter.  Got home and checked score once more with rockets way up with 5 mins left.  Had a fun Fri night in Delaware.

Sat 11/2.              Watched game day and did some computer stuff.  Beautiful day. Many people here went to Punkin Chunkin, so we will go tomorrow. Have to leave early to avoid traffic jam.  Made campfire early and watched games outside.  Dina made mashed potatoes inside early to reheat later. About sunset got cloudy and cooler, then sprinkled. Put everything up except grill which was warming.  Grilled pork tenderloin and ate during light rain. Walked dogs and watched more games in bed.

Sun 11/3.             Got extra hour of sleep but awoke early for Punkin Chunkin.  Neighbors who went before said go early to avoid traffic jam. Left at 8:30 and drove south to Bridgeville then west into farming area. Paid our ten bucks per and parked in a soy bean field.  Walked over to another field which was formerly corn and saw the row of mechanical sling shots which were already in action. Must have been fifty facing west. Cold and windy out of the north. In another field farther south about a half mile was the midway and a stage for music and pageants and other activity.  Also to our left was concession stands selling all kinds of carnival food and knicknacks.  At the end of the catapults the line turned west for about a half mile and another group of maybe 100 shooters readied for their moment.  We joined the group of people who move behind each catapult to watch the shot.  The crowd stayed behind a small picket fence which was about thirty yards in back of the firing line.  Inside the fence were the teams, the security, an announcer and TV cameras.  We think Myth Busters was filming for a segment.  After waiting about 5-10 minutes for this one shot, we moved ahead and set up our chairs at the front along the picket fence and waited for the ocean of people to engulf us.  We saw all the shots from that spot.  There was a 30 min break after catapults, so Dina went exploring and brought back snacks.  The chunkin started again at the far end of the line about a half mile away.  We couldn’t see the activity and the announcer’s mic was dead.  We walked down that way and got some more chow.  We saw the mass of people moving and could see the contraptions recoiling after the launch.  Instead of catapults, this line had all kinds of launchers, spring loaded, bow looking, centrifugal and the last group were compressed air cannons.  We went back to our chairs and ate, then saw as the cannons started firing.  The announcers mic worked intermittently, so we got some info on who was shooting and how far.  They were into a strong north wind and still projecting the ten pound or so pumpkins from 2000 – 4000 feet, which was about a half mile!  You can’t see the pumpkin travel from the side.  So we watched a couple from directly behind, along with the throngs.  It was quite a sight to see as it corkscrewed in the air about 500 feet high. Then you lose sight again as it heads down beyond two thousand feet away.  They were in the air about 5-10 secs and then a posse of ATVs road around looking for the landing spots to take a measurement.  This was serious stuff for these guys with different age and gender groups and type power, human or artificial and world records in each category, with trophies to be won.  Some teams had mechanical failures and some pumpkins disintegrated which was heartbreaking for them because they travelled lengths to get here, one team from OK. Then we left to beat the crowd and it was one, got back to site about two.  Too chilly outside for fire, so watched football inside and ate leftovers.

Mon 11/4.               Drove car north to Dover Honda dealer for oil and transmission fluid change.  Only 30 min from here.  Dina wrote all day.  Finished after dark.  Built campfire.  Grilled steak and baked potato.

Tues 11/5.               Piper to vet twice.  Drove to Rehoboth beach.  Walked dogs along boardwalk.  Windy and cool, in the 50s. Stopped for a drink at outdoor patio with a view of the ocean.  Then tried to find another pet friendly tavern, but it was not at GPS location.  So walked a short ways past shops (some closed for season) to outdoor seating at the Purple Parrot.  Had another drink or two, dogs and humans.  Then walked to car after getting Beach Fries to go.  Got back after dark (dark at 5:20 or so), built fire, grilled BBQ chicken.

Weds 11/6.              Drove to Dover with dogs.  Got EZ Pass for toll roads in many states in the north.  Then went downtown and parked.  Walked around and saw city hall, county courthouse and the state capital.  Not a lot of stores nor taverns, so drove to Dover AFB.  After a few missed turns and visitor center, made our way to one end of the airfield to the ACM museum.  They had many cargo aircraft and interesting displays located in a large hangar.  Then outside sat about 40 former cargo and fighter models that had been based there over the decades. Including the newest arrival that had just been donated by the Tennessee NG, a huge C5-A.  The dedication ceremony is coming this Saturday for it , so they were making preparations and had stands set up for seating.  They just happened to close the nose door and open the rear while we were there filming.  The C5 transport is based at Dover now and we can see them flying everyday from our campground, but not today.  For whatever reason, the squadron of them were just sitting idle on the Tarmac.  We could have gotten an up close view of take offs and landings.  The dogs had waited in the car, so we left after an hour and got back to our site in time for sunset, which is 5:15 since the time change. Built campfire, grilled bubba burgers, walked the dogs and in bed before ten.

Thurs 11/7.                Woke up to rain. Not much, off and on for a couple hours then a break.  Dina looked at the computer.  Ran to Food Lion for groceries. Got back before another bit of rain.  Then it was over and got windy and colder. Wind stopped at dark.  We stayed inside. Watched some bball and then college football before sleep. Getting up early for road trip tomorrow.

Fri Nov 8.                 Got going early, left at 10:08.  Drove to Morgantown with two stops.  Pulled into campground at 3:30 and checked in to our cabin.  Great views on the road, climbing most of the way. Crossed eastern continental divide at about 2400 feet.  Unloaded car and walked the dogs.  Cold and windy in the upper 30s.  Cabin not great, a little smelly, hard small bed. But it did have a bathroom and shower, and the dogs have plenty of space.  We set up their kennels inside, so they felt at home while we left to into town for recon and eat. Into town took a little over 30 mins, but on game day will take an hour, probably.  We parked in a pay lot just off the main drag High St.  Went to Boston Beanery and had drinks and ate.  Then walked down High St. and reversed and went all the way up to look for another tavern for a nightcap.  Found a good place called (?), had a drink, and got info from the bartender.  It was in the mid thirties, but the wind calmed down.  Drove back to cabin, walked dogs again, and in bed before ten…then tried to sleep.

Sat 11/9.                  Game day, but not leaving till three. So napped and nibbled on leftover burger and fries and warmed hot dogs. Walked dogs, but they wanted to go.  Drove to downtown and parked for less than ten bucks.  Looked deserted, no traffic.  Got text from Kevin and Claire that they were at a sports bar near the stadium.  Instead of eating downtown, we got on the PRT(public rail transportation, which is a small car holding about 20 that rides on rubber wheels along a walled track built in the air.  About a two mile trip that took 5-8 mins) and got off at the med center, right next to the stadium.  We made our way to Keglers and had drinks and ate with K n C.  There from 4 to 6.  Walked to stadium and at our seats about 6:30.  Great game, except for the injuries, back and forth.  We came from behind with less than two mins and tied it with a field goal.  It was eleven.  Game could go longer and big crowd would all leave at the same time.  With a line at the PRT, it might be one am before we get to our car.  So we decided to head out and miss OT. Said goodby to K n C and nice fans around us. Heard the announcer while we walked, so knew we scored first, then heard game was over as we boarded the tram. Got back to the dogs at midnight.  Hated to leave early and miss the celebration, but it was good for them.

Sun 11/10.             Cleaned up and loaded the car. Left the cabin a little after ten.  Stopped at nearby truck stop for breakfast.  On the road at 11:22.  One stop for bathroom break and pulled into our campsite at 4:30.  Ate leftovers and watched TV.  Slept good with our nice mattress instead of a 3” foam pad on a bunk bed that slanted to one side.

Mon 11/11.             Recovered from road trip.  Nice warm day to load for move. Dina went to Dover to run errands and shop.  Returned at dusk. Built campfire and grilled sweet potatoes and pork chops.  Clouds started covering.  Forecast for light rain snow and strong north wind tomorrow.

Tues 11/12/13.        Awoke to cold, cloudy and windy.  Light rain, then snow.  Because of wind restrictions at the Bay Bridge, crossing Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, we decided to wait and travel tomorrow.  Dina ran into town for groceries to make dinner.  Otherwise sat inside, except to walk dogs, and watch marathon Star Trek movies, then news, then more movies.  Prepared for low in the mid 20s.

 

The UT Vs. West Virginia game was a blast. It wasn't too cold, the home team fans were very nice to us, and the game was INCREDIBLE.

The UT Vs. West Virginia game was a blast. It wasn’t too cold, the home team fans were very nice to us, and the game was INCREDIBLE.

On the tarmac of the Air Command Museum.

On the tarmac of the Air Command Museum.

A nice afternoon sky in Rehoboth.

A nice afternoon sky in Rehoboth.

Looks like a shark that just ate something that tasted bad.

Looks like a shark that just ate something that tasted bad.

Rehoboth Beach. It was such a cold and windy day, we were surprised to see people actually walking at the edge of the waves! We stayed on the boardwalk.

Rehoboth Beach. It was such a cold and windy day, we were surprised to see people actually walking at the edge of the waves! We stayed on the boardwalk.

Greetings from the Punkin Chunkin

Greetings from the Punkin Chunkin

It is hard to tell how gigantic this plane is from the picture.

It is hard to tell how gigantic this plane is from the picture.

This is what happy hour at our house looks like.

This is what happy hour at our house looks like.

A mountain vista from a rest stop on our way to Morgantown, WV.

A mountain vista from a rest stop on our way to Morgantown, WV.

The flat farm fields in Delaware made for good sunset viewing.

The flat farm fields in Delaware made for good sunset viewing.

This was the 'hamster' machine at the Punkin Chunkin. These teams haul in their gear on flat-bed semi trucks!

This was the ‘hamster’ machine at the Punkin Chunkin. These teams haul in their gear on flat-bed semi trucks!

Mike is obsessed with geese.

Mike is obsessed with geese.

It was fun to see this peaceful dove on the cold Rehoboth Beach. Mike said it posed for him.

It was fun to see this peaceful dove on the cold Rehoboth Beach. Mike said it posed for him.

Inside the hanger of the Air Command Museum.

Inside the hanger of the Air Command Museum.

Soy bean fields were everywhere.

Soy bean fields were everywhere.

We were so happy to get back to a real campground. The G & R Campground was clean, spacious and quiet. AND, they emptied their trash on a regular basis!

We were so happy to get back to a real campground. The G & R Campground was clean, spacious and quiet. AND, they emptied their trash on a regular basis!

Morgantown, WV was about a 5-hour drive for each of us. The cousins decided to 'meet in the middle' one more time to enjoy some Longhorn Football.

Morgantown, WV was about a 5-hour drive for each of us. The cousins decided to ‘meet in the middle’ one more time to enjoy some Longhorn Football.