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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Unexpected... as Usual...

We left Aroostook NWR around 1:30pm on Sunday...  But not before seeing some old friends...
The big bull moose was in the back pond...
Obviously I disturbed his breakfast as he still has some hanging from his mouth....

I also saw a cow moose and her calf and another cow in another area.

I was glad to see them one last time...

At least for this year....

We headed down to Houlton, then on to Bangor...  
On to Scarborough, where the Cabela's store is located.

We got there Sunday afternoon and did some shopping.
Cabela's has a dump station so there were dozens (and I'm NOT exaggerating) of rigs using this facility.  We were parked nearby and it's kind of fun watching the "goings-on".

I mean... HOW many people would find it entertaining to watch folks "flushing their toilet"?

Well, there's the folks who put on knee-high rubber boots, a raincoat and elbow-length rubber gloves...
There's the "family flush"...  the kids have the job of turning on the spigot while Dad holds the hose...
There's the guy who takes 5 minutes to get the deed done...
And...
The guy who takes a half hour...
It's all fun to watch....

I went to bed at dark last night and about 9:30 pm a camper truck pulled up to the dump station...
left his truck running...
Frankly, I think the truck needed a tune-up...
The revving up and slowing down became very monotonous...
He was one of the slow guys...
Flashlight in hand he put on his gloves, then got out the dump hose...  I couldn't see what all transpired then...
Yes... I got out of bed and watched through the back window... I'll admit, I was curious...
His truck was running... sort of...
This went on and on...
Finally he got done and drove off...
Only to stop about 50' from the dump station for something...  Again...  the engine drone... rev up... slow down... rev up...
I put in some ear plugs and went back to bed.

But...
We had a neat thing happen while we were parked at Cabela's...
Got a knock on the door...
Bill and Tina Pratt
These folks stopped by...  they, too, own a Lazy Daze motorhome.  They actually live in Maine, but spend about 7 months each year on the road.
They had stopped by to check out the dump station, and when they saw our Lazy Daze they came a'knockin'.
Lazy Daze folks do that sort of thing...
We're kinda like kinfolk...
Love talking about our rigs, about our travels, and...  
THIS IS THE GREAT THING
We talk about people we "know" in common.
Now, we've never met Bill and Tina, 
but my husband, Bill has been on the Lazy Daze forum for years.  He's more of a reader than a participant, but he knew Tina from the forum.
So...  we talked about Ed and Steve at Lazy Daze...
And of course we all know Paul & Kathleen (who just celebrated their 53rd anniversary) and Kate who has Chulua Red...  and various other Lazy Daze folks....
And since I've been doing the blog, we found we read a lot of the same ones...  again... people we know only because of the internet.
What a great time we had!
It is SO much fun to meet folks on the road... 
I loved it when Earlene and Victor visited us up at the Refuge, and again when Bill & Tina stopped by!
Makes us realize what a small world this really is...

This morning we headed out of Cabela's... through the last 50 miles or so of Maine... through New Hampshire, into Massachusetts, across Connecticut and into New York across the Hudson River to our daughter's house.

And...  delight of delights!
Here's our granddaughter, Heather, and our great-granddaughter, Evie, whom we haven't seen since May.

We'll be here a day or so before heading on

So... an unexpected post...  but also a chance to catch up on reading other's blogs.

That's All For Today!


8 comments:

  1. Great good bye shot of the bull moose!

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  2. I hope to see a moose someday. As for dumping the tanks, I prefer the 5 minute get it done routine. I, too, love to people watch. I wanted to buy a used Lazy Daze, but could not find one with low miles. A new one was not in my budget.

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  3. Glad you got to see the moose before you left...great photo! What a beautiful great-grandbaby!

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  4. It's always such fun to read about the connections people make via their blogs! Your little great-granddaughter is just beautiful. Hope you have lots of fun visiting your family.

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  5. There's a lot of good people "out there" in blogger world. Fun to meet some of them. We don't travel much if at all. Your Last photo is adorable.

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  6. Talked to my niece last night about meeting people on the road and she was horrified that we actually met people through the internet. Jim and I just roared because that's one of the best ways every to meet good folks. Some people just don't get it.

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  7. Great pic of your beautiful grandchildren.

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