Break Out The Kayaks!

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 222014

I had heard that parts of Gettysburg Farm RV Resort were subject to flooding when they get a lot of rain, but since we are parked on a gravel site with a gravel road, I wasn’t too worried about it. We’ve had a few showers while we’ve been here, but nothing to get excited about.

We spent yesterday afternoon getting ready to do the mailing for the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, picking up stamps and plastic bins from the post office in East Berlin, and then driving into York for envelopes and supplies. We had a little rain in town, not much more than a shower, but I guess they got slammed here. When we got back to the campground this is the sight that greeted us.

Flooed campground

Flooed campground 2

We had to wade through a couple of inches of water just to get to our door. Break out the Sea Eagle kayaks Terry, I think we’re going to need them!

While we were in town we stopped at Books A Million and found some good reading material. Though we both have and use Kindle e-book readers, we still love browsing through bookstores, whether they sell new or used books. There are some books that we just can’t find in e-book format, especially local history books and other reference books I use to help me when I’m writing, and books on spinning and weaving and such.

Terry loves good Mexican food, but after living in Arizona for so long, she’s a bit of a snob about it and when we get this far east it’s hard to find a Mexican restaurant that meets her expectations. I had seen some excellent reviews on Yelp for a place called El Rodeo in York and decided to stop on the way home and check it out. This was an excellent find; Terry said her shrimp quesadilla was the best she’s ever had. The shrimp was sweet and tender, the vegetables grilled perfectly to compliment, and the cheese balanced the crispness of the tortilla. My shrimp enchiladas were just as delicious. El Rodeo definitely gets added to our Favorite Restaurants guide!

A while back I bought a Frogg Toggs Toadz Rage jacket and I love it. It’s incredibly lightweight and I can roll it up in a ball and stash it in a corner in the back of the Explorer until needed, then drag it out and it still looks good. It’s waterproof and the sleeves and waist are adjustable to keep out drafts. When we were on the Oregon coast last summer it was cold and rainy much of the time, but in my jacket I was always toasty warm. This isn’t your grandpa’s windbreaker, baby!


Miss Terry has wanted one ever since I got mine and even though it’s summer now we know winter’s coming. And yes, even RV snowbirds in Florida need a jacket now and then. Yesterday I bought her one just like mine, so we’ll be twins. Well, except that one of us is beautiful and talented, and one of us is me.

Quite a few readers have asked me how we like our Night Therapy Elite memory foam mattress now that we’ve had it a while. It’s been over four months now and I have to say it’s the best investment we ever made. For years I woke up with back pain and I’ve spent a fortune on everything from expensive innerspring mattresses to a Sleep Number bed, and none of them have ever come close in terms of comfort. I can’t believe a mattress that cost so much less that the other ones we’ve owned can be so much better. We love it!


Today we have to drive to Lebanon to pick up the new issue of the paper and then we’ll be busy stuffing envelopes and getting it ready to mail out. Hopefully we can get it done in time to spend a little more time playing tourist while we’re in the area.

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  4 Responses to “Break Out The Kayaks!”

  1. Nick What size of jacket do you wear?

  2. Do you have the pants to go with the jacket? I’ve realized this summer, we need more than waterproof jackets.

  3. Thanks for the link.

  4. Love the picture, I am like Terry after spending so many winters in Arizona and now living in TX for the past four years I am a snob when it comes to Mexican food, I like the real thing. We have also had campsites this summer that looks just like your did. Stay safe and dry.

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