Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Last day at the horse park for this trip

We spent our last day here exploring the surrounding area and meeting Cindy and Walter for an impromptu lunch in nearby Versailles (if you're in Kentucky you pronounce it ver sails).    After lunch we may have gone to the famous Old Kentucky Chocolates facility and might have spent some money on products that we do not need. 

Cindy and Walter after lunch at Ricardo's

As you'd expect we saw lots of horses and things related to them.

afternoon snooze for three

a nice, ground covering trot in the field

this was 1 of 4 identical stone barns on a huge horse farm

We also saw some things that we'd never seen before.....


leaves stacked in the field

I hope this was empty......

And what did Lewis do while we were out eating and exploring?

he kept a close eye on the local squirrel population

Tomorrow we move on.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

On our way

We decided to head south and west to try and avoid Florence.   Our first stop was just south of Erie, PA at the McKean KOA.    We were upgraded to a nice patio site because the woman in the office had inherited her mother-in-law's standard poodle (Geraldine) and had a soft spot for Lewis....

The next night we landed in the wonderful and FREE FMCA Campground in Cincinnati, Ohio.    What a great place that was!   I'd never heard about it before reading the Hinton's blog (On The Road of Retirement) but will definitely make it a stop on our way to and from the lake again.

After a restful night we continued our trek south to the Kentucky Horse Park campground just north of Lexington, KY.

site 149

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and the place was filled to the brim with people.   We expected that, knowing that Sunday it would empty out almost completely and we'd have all the space we wanted.      We really like it here even though the sites have no sewer hookup.     There is much visual peace and then....there is this....

Horses in the campground.   You're never far from horses here.   Sometimes they even walk by (or are led) your campsite.     They don't actually stay in the campground, but they're competing and grazing and hanging out just outside the gates.    We can drive out of the campground and be immersed in horses and beautiful, undulating landscapes.    The facility is used for many horse related activities, there is always something interesting going on.

stacks of stored jumps waiting for the next show

We knew the Florence rains would come so we figured this would be the best place to ride it out.    From here we can move in most any direction relatively quickly.    Besides, we have very good friends not far from here.    Cindy P and Walter live just south and were able to meet us in Lexington for a delicious dinner....spur of the moment!

We met downtown at a pleasant Irish pub, Nick Ryans.   The food was yummy and the chance to visit with our friends again made us all happy.   Cindy and I both tried to get a good picture of each other, I'm not sure either of us did but we had fun!   I know, I phones out at the dinner table!

Florence's rain came yesterday.    All day yesterday.   We're high and dry but some of the other sites needed an infusion of the Horse Park's ample stores of straw to sop up the puddles.

We did a few quick errands between the raindrops (Beluga threw a shoe so we found a Freightliner dealer and bought two new front hub caps for her) and busied ourselves inside rearranging a few cupboards and doing our knee exercises.

Lewis kisses, Dave exercises

These cuties pulled in next to us, during a break in the rain, and I raced out to get a little hit of puppy breath.    It's been a long time.

They were an entire litter of Welch Springer Spaniels on their way to their new homes.   Mom and Dad were with them but were too busy visiting with people to pose for a picture.     Their breeder opened one crate in an attempt to remove the puppy they were delivering to it's new owner.    The rest of them escaped and, like the good hunting dogs they will become, took off in all directions!  What a circus that was.   Tiny red and white blurs racing everywhere with people trying to scoop them up.    Their father and mother stood at alert, watching their babies run.     Finally they were all back in their crate and I got to visit with them.   What dolls they were!

We're hoping to catch up with the Ponds one more time before we leave on Thursday morning and then we'll be off.   We've scrapped our Florida plans for this year.    It's just too darn hot and humid so we'll point Beluga west and see where we get!    Stay tuned.

blue grass sunsset

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Best Laid Plans!

Here comes the rain.....

Best laid plans......Our plans were to leave yesterday morning and head south with stops in West Virginia and dinner with a dear old friend, then on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

sky and water

We're ready to leave, the remnants of the last hurricane  pushed cool and very rainy weather our way and these days reminds us that fall is near. 

  Now the massive Hurricane Florence has stepped directly into our path so we've had to change our plans.    We'll stay safe, but aren't exactly sure where we're headed yet....but we're leaving in a few hours - stay tuned!

Meanwhile, here are a few parting shots of our lovely summer at the lake...

Edith Ann
(Barb S. goofing around at Letchworth SP)

chest high soybeans make an easy lunch!

Lewis and Bella play Keystone Cops!

Bella's "mother" has to wade over and physically take her home - she's not happy about it

Housekeeping chores never end

Our personal front door greeter, Mrs. Carolina Wren

doesn't Mother Nature make beautiful things?
Don't ask!

Dave's summer around a little, swim a little

and then dry off in the sun with a little G&T!

Judi uses our "phone booth", the only place with reliable cell
coverage in the entire cottage! Lew listens in....

B  A  N  K

Bye Bye!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time to go

   We love it here in the summer, but summer is just about finished and soon grey, rainy fall skies will descend.   I know, I know, fall is beautiful in the east.   Clear blue skies, colorful leaves, apples, pumpkins,  blah blah blah.    We've lived here all our lives and we appreciate those days, we really do.   But they are short lived and then the grey, rainy skies settle in until the grey, snowy skies arrive. 

The world around us is subtly telling us it's time to leave.

Garden Centers are offering Mums instead of Marigolds now

Misty mornings are more common

Our friends the Monarchs are everywhere now, feeding on the late summer blooming Milkweed

S.U.N.Y at Geneseo's Crew Club begins their rowing practice on the lake

the track of sunrise moves slowly south

leaves begin to turn

College students have returned and Geneseo is full to the brim once more

the summer's beautiful sunflowers have turned into mere seed producers 

nearby American Rock Salt (the largest underground salt mine in the country) is up to full production and the stockpiles grow by the day

This salt will be used to de-ice our roads (and rust our cars) during the long winter ahead

My knee continues to heal.     PT appointments twice a week, continued attentive nursing, the prospects of some pleasant beach walks and thoughts of enjoying some fresh seafood in the very near future are making me stronger by the day!

Icing the knee requires close supervision

nursing takes many forms....
keeping the knee stable and still during boat rides is only one of many duties performed