Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Quick Post

Lancaster, OH – Highs in the 80’s and Muggy  Lows in the upper 60s.

We have been on the go for the last three days and I am so far behind on blogging because of that. And there isn’t going to be much of a slow down for at least another week.

So I’m just going to post where we will be and when. When I do have time to make a blog post it will be of things we have seen along the way.

I’ve been reading blogs but not commenting very often. There isn’t enough time in the day.

Tonight we will be in Washington, PA. We will be in Martinsburg, WV for three nights from Thursday to Sunday. We checked with the campground and they have dried out enough that we should be able to park without problems. They did have to call people and cancel their reservations for last week-end and Monday and Tuesday because of Florence.

Sunday we will arrive in Fredericksburg, VA for a week to see family.

Good times ahead.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Visiting a Couple of Cemeteries

Wapakoneta, OH   Still Muggy

Some people visit cemeteries to do genealogy work. But that’s not what we were doing. I had read about this very interesting grave monument in the Greenlawn Cemetery.

C20180914_124042harles F. Herbst was a farmer, financier and prominent citizen who had more money than he knew what to do with, at least in my opinion. He had this monument built using granite. The builders had to obtain special permission from the County Commissioners for the construction of a temporary railroad track across the road from the Western Ohio main line to reach a point near the monument site.

T20180914_124042he monument is made of granite and weighs 160 tons. For whatever reason, under the canopy is a chair chiseled out of granite which appears to be finely upholstered. I tried to find something that would explain why he wanted the chair but I couldn’t find any information on it.

From this cemetery we headed to the Blackhoof monument. Blackhoof was a chief of the Shawnee. His Indian name was Catahecassa. He represented the Shawnee at the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in 1794. He worked for peace with the Americans and was a major problem for Tecumseh and the Prophet as they tried to united the Indians against the white settlers.




Got back to the fairgrounds and saw this person “walking” their dog. He is on a leash.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Wapakoneta, OH  High 82  Low 66 (Muggy, Muggy, Muggy)

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. He uttered the words "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

Neil was born in Wapakoneta and graduated from high school there.


The museum was only about 20 miles from us so we decided to check it out. It was really interesting and I learned a whole lot.

Not a real good picture because of being overcast but that dome that you see is a theater in the middle of the museum. We didn’t stay for the movie showing the moon landing because the pups were out in the truck.


This is a much better picture taken by By Kremerbi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Even as a child, Neil loved rockets, science and space.

His Senior picture.



My very own spaceman.


The Russian Cosmonauts led the way into space. Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go into space on April 12, 1961. He completed almost one full orbit before returning to earth. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

John Glenn was also from Ohio. He became the first American to orbit the earth on February 20, 1962.

This Gemini capsule was Neil’s first spacecraft. He and David Scott conducted the first space rendezvous and docking in 1966. This capsule is really a whole lot smaller than we thought it would be. Very cozy and you had better like your partner.



This is the Gemini spacesuit that Neil wore for 11 hours until the crew splashed down in the Pacific.


Jim tries his hand at docking


Even though everyone knew that space pilots could die, no one expected the first tragedy to be on the ground. Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chafee lost their lives during a preflight test at Cape Kennedy. The astronauts were sitting in the command module doing the usual power tests. A fire suddenly filled the cabin and poison gases suffocated the crew immediately.

Lunas Module Model


This food does not look appetizing in the least.


Chicken and Rice


Cream of Tomato Soup


Neil and the crew brought back this moon rock.


Taking a walk among the stars in the Infinity Room


In later years the food got a little better.


They specially designed Pepsi can for use on the space shuttle, contains a propulsion containment pouch that allows it to operate in zero gravity.


This is a 1:4 scale working model of the Mars Curiosity Rover. The model was built by engineering students at the university.  


These two future lady astronauts were at the museum while we were there. They were enthralled with everything they saw and just a delight.


A beautiful painting of a magical moment.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mercer County Fairgrounds and a Tour of Celina

Celina, OH   High 82  Low 66  Humidity 99% and I hate it.

I was excited to find out we could camp at Mercer County Fairgrounds because my maiden name is Mercer. I don’t really think it was any relation of mine who named the place but it’s still fun to keep it in the family.

There is only one other RV here and it’s nice to have the place pretty much to ourselves. But tonight they are holding motorcycle races so it might get a little louder. In fact, it was very loud until after midnight.


We have fog every morning.

(It was really overcast so some of my pictures are dreary looking.)


Celina, OH is a town of around 11,000 people on the banks of Grand Lake St. Mary’s.

The lake is manmade and is only 5 to 7 feet deep. It is the largest inland lake in Ohio. They call it Ohio’s “other” great lake. It even has it’s own lighthouse.




I have no idea what kind of bird this is.


Downtown Celina.




City Hall


This house belonged to Senator Thomas J. Godfrey who served the Ohio State Senate for 30 years.


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church I’m sure the inside is beautiful but we didn’t get a chance to go in.


Celina is a really nice small town. When I told Jim what kind of fish he could catch in the lake he said he could probably live here. Not happening.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Indiana Amish Country

Middlebury, IN   High 74  Low 57

We were exhausted when we arrived at the KOA and I told Jim that I was not going to cook dinner. I think he really liked that idea cause that meant we could find an Amish restaurant. We went to the Blue Gate. Jim had meatloaf and I had their broasted chicken. We were almost too tired to eat but that meant we got to bring half of it home for lunch.


Tuesday morning found us still in recovery mode. But by early afternoon we were finally able to find enough energy to go exploring.



Our first stop was Country Lane Bakery. We have gone to Rise N Roll in the past but I had read such good things about the Country Lane that we decided to give it a try. I am so glad we did. The bakery is small and it was packed. We visited with a couple from about 200 miles north in Michigan who make weekly trips to the bakery because they love the food. Everybody in there seemed to be repeat customers and a lot of local folks.


We got a cinnamon roll with caramel frosting, a pecan roll, a blueberry turnover and a loaf of honey oatmeal bread. Everything is wonderful.



After the bakery we headed to a cheese shop. We’re going to see our friend Linda when we get closer to DC and she asked us to bring her some cheese. Since I don’t eat cheese, I turned Jim loose. He ended up with some pepper jack and some cheddar. But I found a jar of their peanut butter spread that is made with marshmallow creme.


After a quick stop at the grocery store, we headed home to get ready for dinner.

We met up with Pat and Polly, neighbors of ours in Apache Junction, at Das Essenhaus. They were willing to drive from South Bend over to have dinner with us because of our time restrictions with Rocky. This time Jim had broasted chicken and I had noodles and mashed potatoes. Great fun catching up with good friends. We’ll see them again in a couple of months.


We’re keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence. Not sure if it will impact our visit to Virginia or not. Our prayers go out to all those in her path that they are safe.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Backroad Sights

Kankakee, IL   High 70  Low 55

After breakfast we left Geneseo and ended up at the KOA in Kankakee, IL. We are on our way to Middlebury, IN. Yes, we are going to go north for a few days before we continue east and south.

We went a few miles on I-80 and then headed off onto backroads. I much prefer these roads to the interstate. I loved seeing all the churches amongst the cornfields.




The clouds were so fluffy in the blue sky.


We also crossed the Illinois River on the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge.


Our journey today from Kankakee to Middlebury on backroads was not a good idea. Jim was not impressed with my choice of roads.

These are two lane roads with very little shoulder. Lots of little towns to slow down for, lots of curves, and for some reason so many semis. Oversize loads – we must have followed at least four of them. This one was definitely the largest.


Needless to say we did not make very good time. We also ended up behind an “older” driver who wouldn’t go over 40 mph (speed limit was 55) and absolutely no place to pass him.

This was a beautiful section of the road.


Cute water tower


When we got to Logansport, there was a small sign that said the bridge was out on Highway 24. But their detour signs were non-existent. We had to stop and get directions in order to get over the river and find our route again.

We are finally in Middlebury, IN and ready to relax for a couple of days. Gotta give Jim a chance to recover.