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Back Under Way

An unexpected trip back to Ontario stalled the progress of the trip but today we are back under way.  We had to go backto Ontario for Colleen as her dad went into hospital and looked like he may pass away.  On the third day back in Ontario her father began better progress and looks like he would be ok.  On that same third day I got a rather upsetting call while in Ajax from my sister.  My dad was in distress and things did not looked good. (He had been diagnosed with COPD and was on oxygen full time.)  Colleen and I packed up and raced for Peterborough, about an hour away however we did not make it in time.  My father had passed away.  The rest of the next week was a bit of a blur for me but we got through it.  We both have had enough by this time.  Colleen’s father looks like he will be ok, mine is gone and my brain is in zombie mode.  We headed back to Maryland on the following Wednesday.  We got back to our home on the Thursday, cleaned up and got ready for the next part of the journey.  We were booked into Roswell, New Mexico for the 9th, so we reluctantly left our wonderful 2nd home at Point Lookout (with the promise that we will return next year), and are now on the road to New Mexico.  Tonight we have stopped in Dillon, South Carolina for a rest and re-boot and will be back at it tomorrow.  I am from this moment on dedicating this world wind trip to my Father, David Norris, who would have loved to see the sites we are seeing.  He was a great man and a an awesome, fair and loving father, I will miss him terribly and will think of him all the time.  On to new adventures for us both, Love you Dad.

I will begin returning to normal (such as it is) and will post a review of the places we stay at on the way to New Mexico.

 

Thanks all for being patient and here is wishing everyone happy travels.

Kevin

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Point Lookout, Maryland

 

Our first major stop on our six month tour is Point Lookout in Scotland, Maryland. We came across an opportunity to volunteer our time as camp hosts here in the state park and we took it. The place is absolutely beautiful and also rich in history! (Good or bad, History is History)
Point Lookout used to be a prison camp for Confederate prisoners during the civil war and a hospital for the Northern soldiers hurt in battle. The hospital and prison camp was constructed in in 1862 and lasted till the last prisoner left in 1865, by then over 52,000 people were imprisoned here and 3384 of them died here.

Two monuments were erected at the entrance to the park, the first in 1876 by the Maryland State and the second in the early 1900’s by the US government.
A hundred years later in 1965 the State of Maryland began the development of the Point Lookout State Park comprised of 1046 acres and a visitor center/civil war museum. The museum has many exhibits which tell the Point Lookout civil war story and it’s history within the United States.

All that being said, the area also boasts some fantastic shore fishing and crabbing as the point is nestled right where the Potomac River meets Chesapeake Bay. I have already purchased a license and intend to give it a go.(will show the results in pictures soon I hope)

The lighthouse here also has it’s own unique history to it. Originally built in 1830 at 1 1/2 stories was renovated in 1883 to two full levels and the lighthouse part raised to 41 feet above sea level. In 1927 it was expanded even further. With so many keepers over time and several death there have been many strange happenings here and has even been the subject on the television show Paranormal Investigators.

So much to see and do here, the month of October is going to be a blast. Anyone in the area, I encourage you to see this historic area.

This is definitely one place Colleen and I would love to come back to, enjoy everyone,    …..Kevin

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First Project : Solar !!

The disorganized mess of moving into the trailer is almost done and we can almost find everything we need.  We have been in the trailer now (sorry, new home) for two weeks and it is looking really good.  Only 2 1/2 weeks left until we actually hit the road on our six month journey across the States and Canada so I had better begin the upgrades.

1st project, add solar to the trailer.  We purchased 4 panels at 100 watts each and will add two more batteries.  This will now always give us power to the lights, hot water tank, furnace and the kitchen.  We are going to run a 1000W inverter as well and add two new ac plugs in the living room and kitchen which will give us the power to run small appliances and the tv when we are not plugged in anywhere. (dry camping is something we want to do now that we are capable).

As you can see by the pics we are over half way there now.  The roof panels are now installed, wiring in and roof sealed.  In the electrical room in the basement we have set up the inverter, two charge controllers and extra fuses for safety.  Today I will get and instal the batteries and the rest of the wiring can be finished.

 

Huge thanks goes out to my brother in law Dave who had just finished the same install on his trailer and guided me through it on ours.  This is going to be so much fun!!!

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A Time Of Change.

It has been quite a day. I have made more than half a dozen trips in my truck to various places…loads to the trailer, loads to the dump, loads to our storage area and even loads to the local charity.
That’s right, it is transition day. I go from home owner to full time rv’er!! It is a weird time, I sit here in my new home (a cougar 327res 5th wheel trailer) writing this knowing I will not roam the halls of the building I have called home for more than fourteen years.
There is a definite sadness there yet I also pause and look ahead to what awaits and I smile. Have I done the right thing? I think yes but time will tell and eventually justify this whole change. Does anyone think I’m nuts, probably but I don’t care. It’s what we have been wanting for a long time.
I finally get the chance to see parts of the country that we have long dreamed of seeing. For Colleen and I the adventure is just beginning, as with our title we are taking chances.
We have crossed the threshold now and no turning back (with no will to do so). So here’s to the journey ahead and the hopes that you will all joins us.

Kevin

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