Well it’s now official .. Casita is ‘off the road’ for 2009 !
Last weekend we installed a cover for the Casita … We backed it up as close to house for as much weather ‘protection’ as possible .. Washed the outside and removed all our ‘stuff’ from the inside .. Put RV anti freeze in all water lines, drains and tanks .. and removed battery. Casita is now ready to hibernate for the winter !
Looking back on our traveling experiences .. we covered alot of ground, had some ‘good times’, visited alot of places on our ‘check list’ of places we wanted to see, and ended up in some places and doing things that we weren’t planning .. we picked up our Casita on March 16 in Rice Texas .. our last trip was to Verona NY on Oct 13 … In that time span we travelled approx 6,000 miles .. stayed in Casita for 42 nights. We ‘camped’ in RV sites from Texas to New York State. Our travels brought us to the following towns .. Corsicina (TX), Waxahachie (TX), Arkadelphia (ARK), Birdsong (TN), Pikeville (TN), Baileyton (TN), New Market (VA), Lexington (VA), Lancaster (PA), Rutherfordton (NC), Niagara Falls (NY), Cooperstown (NY), Phelps (NY) and Verona (NY).
Some ‘adventures’ that weren’t planned include .. getting an early morning wakeup call (faulty fire detector) on our first night in Casita, taking a boat ride on the Canal Locks, standing under (or almost under) Niagara Falls, watching sunrise/sunset while camping at Waxahachie Creek, a visit to ‘largest’ book store on East Coast (Green Valley Book Fair), bear sighting in Shenandoah National Park, Rock City (Tenn) and visit to Chattanooga with Nick & Leslie. Also found some interesting restaurants along the way.. Cotton Patch Cafe (Corsicana TX), Collins Street Bakery (Corsicana), Berky’s Pedal Car Diner (Lexington VA), Depot Grill (Staunton VA). Best visit for sampling some snacks .. Fly Mill Cider Mill and Orchard .. Coziest place to eat .. Pikeville Tenn ! Worst place we stayed at .. by unanimous decision .. Birdsong Marina and Resort (Birdsong Tenn) !! What looked like a great place on the internet turned out to be the worst place we stayed at .. Why .. ? RV sites were very close to each other, restrooms were dirty, Karaoke till midnite, loud fishing boats in water early in the morning (we were ‘lucky’ enough to be there during a fishing derby).. To make matters worse we had to travel 10 miles of rough roads to get to this place !!!! We still smile when we think about this place … :). Cleanest restrooms .. 4 Paws Kingdom (NC). Most ‘white knuckled moments’ … driving out of Casita factory .. backing into our first RV site.. and backing into our driveway for the first time. Biggest surprise .. Niagara Falls .. thought it would be a ‘lame’ trip .. just watching water fall .. rained almost every day we were there .. as it turned out .. the attractions were much better than I thought .. Maid of Mist ride took us very close to the falls, and Cave of the Winds were both fun things to do ..
I’m sure we’re leaving out other stuff .. but .. I think we covered alot of our trip adventures .. If all goes as planned .. we hope to do alot more traveling in 2010 .. For now .. we’re thinking of heading out West .. visiting National Parks and taking in as many sights as we can … it will take alot of planning and preparation to accomplish a trip out west … we’ll be busy over the Winter trying to figure out our plans .. Stay tuned !