Fallingwater

Current Location: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Mill Run, Mill Run, Pennsylvania

We packed up the trailer and hitched up to head west this morning. During the course of our hitch-up routine, Malcolm turns on the tire pressure monitor in the truck to make sure all the truck and trailer tires are ready to go. One of the inside dual tires on the truck was showing 0 psi. Malcolm checked, and sure enough it was flat.

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Screw in the tire

Fortunately, we were running ahead of schedule, so a half hour later, the spare was mounted and the truck was ready to roll. Malcolm put the other tire in the back of the truck and we’ll see if we can get it repaired tomorrow when everything is open.

We headed on west to the Jellystone park here in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. We arrived around 2:15 pm (just 15 minutes after check-in) and were parked by about 3:00.

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All set up

We wandered over to the gift shop to pick up a t-shirt for our quilt, then back to the trailer to get ready to go visit at the nearby (4 miles away) Frank Lloyd Wright designed house, Fallingwater. We had tickets for the next to last tour of the day which worked out nice for pictures as most everyone else had headed up the hill to get in their cars. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but the outside is the most iconic view anyway.

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Sign at the road

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Iconic view of the house

While there, we signed up for a membership in the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which oversees Fallingwater. With our membership, we get free admission to several Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes and buildings across the US, as well as four more admissions to Fallingwater (which we can let others use). We also got a 10% discount on merchandise.

We’re stopping in the greater Chicago area Thursday and Friday nights this coming week and are planning on visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio as well as the Robie house while in the area.

 

 

Rally Time

Current Location: Spring Gulch RV Resort, New Holland, Pennsylvania

We drove around Gettysburg on Monday, taking in the various sites. We picked up a guide book at the visitor center and decided to just do some exploring on our own. We stopped in to downtown at lunch time to eat lunch at a local Irish pub. The rain started pouring down when we came out from lunch, so we ducked into a few shops to wander about, then drove down to Hanover, PA to pick up some items at JoAnn Fabrics.

On Tuesday, we took our time since we didn’t need to leave our site until as late as possible. Checkout time in Gettysburg was 1:00 and check-in time at our next location was 3:00. If we drove the most efficient route, it would have been under 2 hours drive time. We decided on a route that would take us by a Blue Beacon truck wash to get the entire rig washed up and that we would leave around 1:00.

Since we had Tuesday morning to burn, we headed out early and walked around the Gettysburg National Cemetery for a bit. We also decided to eat lunch out at a local buffet. When we got back and hooked up the trailer, we ended up pulling out of our site at exactly 1:00.

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Sign at cemetery

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Grave markers with a penny on each one

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Memorial where Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address

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Part of a large battlefield diorama at the restaurant where we ate lunch

The truck wash was busy, so we ended up spending more than an hour in line before it was our turn. We had the truck and trailer washed and the tires shined up. Once done, we hit the road east. It was a couple hour drive from the truck wash to the campground, so we ended up arriving around 5:00 PM. We are here for a Northeast Regional Rally of the Heartland Owners Club. Several of our friends were already here and many more arrived over the course of the week.

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Our wooded site at Spring Gulch

On Wednesday, we went sightseeing in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We took the free factory tour ride and shopped at the Hershey store for gifts. We also ate lunch in their food court area. After that, we headed back out to the campground.

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Us at Hershey

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Part of the gift shop

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Downtown Hershey. The street lights look like Hershey Kisses

We’ve been busy with various rally activities the rest of the week. There have been breakfasts and dinners, meet and greets and various activities. Today (Saturday) is the last full day here. We leave out tomorrow morning and start our journey west to Washington over the next two weeks.

 

 

Back After 41 Years

Current Location: Drummer Boy Camping Resort, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Last night we turned off the air conditioners and opened the windows to enjoy some summer thundershowers that moved through the area and cooled off the temperatures. This morning we awoke to cool (58 degree) weather and light fog as we were preparing to leave. We were on the road around 8:30 am and headed north on I-81.

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Morning fog

As promised yesterday, today’s stop is rather special for Malcolm. In July of 1975, Malcolm’s grandparents took he and his brother on a trip through the northeast United States, stopping here at Drummer Boy Campground for a visit to Gettysburg, Hershey and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

When we were going through things at our house before starting our full-time RV adventure, Malcolm ran across a postcard he had sent from Gettysburg to his parents. His Mother had kept it along with other letters and postcards. Malcolm decided since we were going to be in the general area, it would be fun to stay here again for old times’ sake.

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Postcard from 1975

We got set up here around 3:30 after driving all the way to the back of the campground (where the big rigs park). The campground is really large. We drove through most of it just looking around after we got the trailer set up. We picked up a t-shirt for our quilt, but found they didn’t have any postcards for the campground.

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Our deluxe site

A couple of milestones achieved today. We passed the 70,000 travel miles mark as we entered Pennsylvania. Also, Pennsylvania is the 37th state we’ve stayed in since we started full-time travel.

Tomorrow we’ll be visiting the various sites in the Gettysburg area.