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THE MAD DASH TO FLORIDA

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C'ville was our next stop and what a wonderful town it is!  But what the heck is C'ville?  We know it as Charlottesville, Virginia.  This town is the home of the University of Virginia and a gorgeous downtown.  Of course, like most great tourist towns, there is a pedestrian mall in the center which is full of interesting shops and great restaurants.  The surrounding neighborhoods are full of stately Federal and Greek Revival buildings on tree-lined boulevards.  Considering all the history that surrounds the area, this was a perfect place to spend a week.

     While in C'ville we discovered that the University of Connecticut's football team was playing UVA so we couldn't resist the opportunity.  The game was on a warm yet cloudy day and our seats were on the 20, 15 rows back from the field.  It was a perfect day for spectating.  UVA has a great band and their opening ceremony with a "Cavalier" prancing around the field on horseback was a real hoot.  U…

RHYTHM & ROLLING

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After leaving Connecticut we drove all of 1 hour to Rhode Island to the Rhythm & Roots Music Festival in Ninigret Park to celebrate Labor Day weekend.  The festival offers a wide variety of genres, but there is a heavy emphasis on Zydaco & Cajun music.  Bluegrass, blues, jazz, etc. are also featured.  Artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Marcia Ball, Natalie MacMaster and Rosanne Cash graced the main stage.

     Our favorite band was Shinyribs.  The lead singer/performer put on a spectacular show which can only be appreciated live.  The band is a little weird, with an eclectic array of songs reminding me a little of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.  We even had the opportunity to see this band twice as it performed on both the main stage and the dance stage.
     The festival was a very laid-back event with no stress to line-up early for camping or the need to rush to set up chairs at the Main Stage as all spots were great for camping and viewing.  We lucked out with our c…

IT WAS A GREAT SUMMER FOR FAMILY FUN

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Whew!!!  We certainly had a great summer, but are completely exhausted.  I know what Dickens meant when he penned A Tale of Two Cities and stated that "(i)t was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
     We spent the entire month of August holed-up in a campground in Litchfield, CT and it may have been our worst campground yet.  The campground had a great pool, but the roads were so full of muddy potholes which were so deep that they painfully jostled Nancy's back every time we drove our car.  Further, our site was surrounded by poison ivy so we had to be very wary.  Even though we enjoyed the residents of this campground, our stay felt very depressing.  The good news was that we spent little time in the campground as we were on the run everyday.  In fact, we ran so much that we only spent 1 full day in the campground the entire month.
     We opted to visit Connecticut in August as we had 2 weddings, my mother's 94th birthday, and the Milford Oyster…

THE ADIRONDACKS HAVE IT ALL!

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After almost 2 months of visiting family and friends with frequent venue changes we were looking forward to some quiet time in the amazing solitude of the lakes, rivers and mountains of the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks.  Wrong!  There is way too much to see and do here: paddling rivers and lakes, fly fishing, mountain biking, beautiful drives, and fantastic hiking.  I felt like a "kid in a candy shop" and couldn't wait to get the fun started.

     Our first adventure was a road trip into Lake Placid, a cute but super crowded tourist town. Situated on Lake Placid and Mirror Lake, the town was the home of the 1980 Winter Olympics.  A lot of the Olympic facilities still exist, so viewing athletes in training as well as watching competitions seemed to be a daily offering.
     Our campground in Wilmington, NY bordered on a mountain bike trail system.  One day off I went without any clue where the trails went and, invariably, I went the wrong way as my selected t…

MOOCH-CAMPERS EXTRAORDINAIRE!

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We just completed our 2 month "whirlwind tour" of New England and it was a blast.  Instead of our usual scenic tours this trip was 100% focused on family and friends in the northeast.  We did a lot of moving around and it was exhausting, but well worth it.  A major focus of the trip was to catch up with the younger generation as they are buying houses and pumping out babies.  It was great to get one-on-one time with these wonderful people in their own homes.  Further, everybody had a place for us to park our rig on their driveway where we could stay for free!--a.k.a. "mooch-camping."

     AND the really big news--our youngest daughter Acacia and her husband Adam announced that they are pregnant with a girl!!!!  We are so happy for this wonderful couple and excited about becoming grandparents.  Now...how is this going to impact on our travels???
     Our first stop was Sudbury, Mass to visit with Marie and Tom.  Nancy and Marie have been best friends since high…