|Mount Washington Resort|
Well here we are in our summer campsite. It's been an interesting week and a half. 3 days of training; lots of sightseeing and exploring the area; and lots of adventure so far.
We're staying in Volunteer Village; a few campsites for volunteers only located in a maintenance area that is a part of White Mountain National Forests' Russell Pond Campground just outside of Woodstock, NH. No, not that Woodstock. One of the most surprising things so far is just how fast the leaves are greening out. It's like they're exploding out of the trees. Check out the difference in just 9 days......
We had snow 2 non-consecutive nights last week (just enough to dust the ground and then it was gone in 15 minutes); and this week we tied record high temps of 86 and 89 in 2 of the small towns nearby. It's 71 as I type this with a forecast low in the mid 30's tomorrow night.
Even with the temperature changes, the entire area is blooming.
We spotted some of the local wildlife on one of our drives........just a small cub along side the road with no momma bear anywhere in site.
I mentioned earlier we had a little adventure upon our arrival. One of our volunteers got distracted as he drove the 2 mile uphill drive to the campground....with some almost disastrous results!
When we were talking about what had happened, his comment was something about "a bird with a broken wing" being chased across the road in front of him by a moose.........?????
|The name has been changed to protect the guilty!|
Personally I believe it to be the fault of someone who has crossed my path before....someone who spreads mischief and mayhem in his wake. If you've read this blog from the beginning you may remember .....Erni.....uhm, no, no it's Bert....yeah Bert....that's him! If you don't remember my first encounter with 'Bert' you can check out my post from March 2012, It's All His Fault.
Joan and I escaped the original encounter with only a 3 day delay and some out of pocket costs for time spent having the motorhome checked out.
This time no one was hurt, even though a few more feet forward or further off the road and I'm certain the RV would have tipped over on its side. There was some cosmetic damage, but that can be repaired. The bill to get the RV back on the road was hefty....
.....but the crew with the wreckers knew their craft and the happy camper was on the road again in a few hours!
I've been tracking my fuel usage since we first purchased our motorhome. We bought the rig with 22,006 miles on the odometer; and over the last 5 1/2 years we had driven 26,890 miles towing our 12' trailer containing our 2 motorcycles. We'd burned 3,839 gallons of fuel for an average of 7.0 mpg. All this time, Joan had been driving our car everywhere we traveled. This year we sold her bike and replaced the 12' trailer with a 24' trailer in which we haul my bike and the jeep. We've gone from towing approximately 4,000 lbs to towing just over 10,000 lbs on our trip from Florida to New Hampshire. During this trip we drove 2,977 miles using 450.6 gallons for an average of 6.6 mpg. Not too bad considering that it only cost us .4 mpg in the RV, but saves us an average of 19.9 mpg that we no longer use driving the jeep between destinations. Plus it's fun having Joan in the RV with me as we travel.
Shout out to my grandson Greyson who just celebrated his 1st birthday on Tuesday.
Well that's it for now. Stay Tuned. More to Come!