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Gettysburg with Rocinante

Hey!  Did I mention that I named the new Airstream Rocinante?  It was the name of Don Quixote’s horse and, like his horse, my Rocinante is taking me on great adventures.

This camping trip takes me to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for a four day Labor Day weekend.  I joined a long time friend and film peer, Steve Fox and his daughter Ashleigh and her fiancé Henry.  Also joining me here are Emma and Einstein.  It has rained most of the weekend.  Today is Sunday and it has finally stopped raining.  Its cloudy and humid, but the sun promises to make an appearance by 4:00.  What a welcome sight that will be.

I’m at Round Top campground.  It’s a typical campground, but very different from the one in Ohio.  This one is much older, very large, with the camping spots closer together.  There’s more to do here and the campground has a lot of planned activities; all of which I have missed this time.  The camp store is huge and has a wonderful variety of camping accessories, snacks, groceries, ice cream cones, Slush Puppy drinks, tourist brochures…lots of great stuff.  It’s a busy place as well.  There is a lounging area (I think there is even a fireplace) and stairs going up to what may be an activity area for kids.  This whole place is very alive.  The campground is lovely with lots of mature trees.  There are a lot of permanent sites mixed in with the transient sites.  My site is a bit of weedy grass and a lot of bluestone gravel.  Permanent sites are manicured (by the owners) and have little flower gardens, decks, and all sorts of homey paraphernalia.

A couple of nights ago, we were all together and had a campfire.  We made s’mores and sat telling stories.  It was so much fun.  Last night we sat in Steve’s trailer and all played a board game and ate ice cream.  We laughed and laughed. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.  I spent the day with my friend Laurie.  On Sunday night we went to the Springhouse Tavern in town.  They have the best French Onion Soup I’ve ever eaten.  I could eat it every single day.  I got a loaf of Sweetbread to take with me.  Delicious.  Afterwards we built another campfire back at the campground.  Steve got out the pie iron and cans of pie filling.  We burned the first seven pies.  We tried a lot of butter, a little butter, no butter, spray-on oil (put directly on the bread, then directly on the iron), and eventually hit upon the right combination – a TON of butter.  I think the butter was a quarter inch thick.  It turned out so good though.  We did lots of laughing as we tried to eat the first seven burnt-black pies.  Steve said, “YUM!” and “I think I’ll have another!”

Monday was so beautiful that I extended an extra day.  Everyone else in the group left so it was a super relaxing, hang-out-at-the-trailer kind of day.  I took the dogs for lots of walks.  In the afternoon I went to town and got some Chinese food from a take-out place.  It had a 4 1/2 star rating and sure did turn out to deserve it.  I ended the evening with watching videos on YouTube about RVing.

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On Tuesday I went through my checklist (I actually have it memorized now!) to take down camp and hitch up the trailer.  I was pretty proud of myself that I even remembered to secure the vent for the stove hood.  If you don’t move the little clip over, the vent flaps open all along your journey.  I was so hot when I finished and finally had the dogs in the car to head out that I couldn’t stand the smell of myself.  NO wonder the dogs stayed far away.  I stopped by the campground store to get a soda.  I was so hot a cold soda sounded wonderful.  The sign at the register said you have to spend a $10 minimum to use a credit card.  DOH!  So I bought a bag of chips and a t-shirt.  I knew I wouldn’t stop anywhere along the way, so this was it.  My trip home was great.  When I’m pulling the trailer, I feel so alive and I let my mind daydream about all the future adventures I might go on.

Ok.  That’s it.  Gettysburg adventure.  Signing off.

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