Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Monday, July 02, 2012

Heading West

After the exciting Tug boat adventure, we spent a few days enjoying one of our all time favorite campgrounds-Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie.  It is well laid out and you are surrounded by nature. 

We then headed south to spend some time with our daughter Katie and her husband Dain.  They will be married a year in just a few days.  Somehow, we managed to spend almost a week there without taking any pictures.  Clearly, we are losing our grip on this RV thing.  But I have included a picture from our last visit of the happy couple.  We were at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base campground when the big storm that caused so much damage came roaring through.  I was napping in the front seat when I looked up and saw a huge dark cloud formation sweeping in.  By the time I got moving the winds hit with a passion and our little coach started rocking.  It was very exciting.  Several of our neighbors had left their awnings out while they were gone and before anyone could really help they were damaged, with at least two completely ripped off.  Luckily none of the pieces hit us.  When it calmed down a bit we were surprised to find that a large portion of a tree just to our left had been knocked down by the wind without hitting us or the coach next to us. 

We are now heading west for a couple of Winnebago events.  You know you have reached the heartland when you can go for hours with nothing but cornfields going by your window. 

 We are in our second overnight spot enroute.  The Lazy Acres RV Park in Urbana, Iowa was a bit of a surprise as it is laid out almost like a resort park but on top of the freeway.  We braved the continuing heat wave and walked around enjoying the setting and display.  Tomorrow, we will arrive at the fairgrounds in Humboldt, IA well ahead of the state rally, but insuring we will have a place to stay for the 4th holiday.  We are looking forward to meeting some friends who are scheduled to arrive there tomorrow, as well.

On this run, we also stopped at the self proclaimed largest truck stop in the world on I-80 in Iowa.  It was indeed big and very busy.  I say with certainty that their dairy queen blizzards are just as good as those found at other locations.


Gypsy said...

I think I remember passing that truck stop, but wondered if the largest truck stop also had the longest lines.

where's weaver said...

We have stayed at Maumee Bay State Park. Love it there. The guys actually did some fishing and the girls did girl things...hehe.

Katie and Dain make a beautiful couple. What a unique way to spell his name.

So happy no one was hurt with those high winds.

Bob said...

I guess it's a bit too early for sunflowers. The one and only time I went through similar countryside, I couldn't get over the fields upon fields of sunflowers.
We were on our way to Flin Flon Manitoba. Who the heck goes to Flin Flon?
Ya, look that one up!

Janna and Mike said...

OOOO, blizzard--haven't had one of those in a while!

Sherry said...

I'm from Ohio and have never been Maumee Bay but it looks like a very nice spot.

I'm having a hard time imagining an RV park on TOP of a freeway. They sure have lots of stuff on display.

Ah Blizzards. The only soft serve ice cream treat I love. What's your favorite flavor?

Travels with Emma said...

Corn and soy beans. That's the Midwest alright.

Jim and Sandie said...

Isn't it amazing when you're having such a great time visiting you forget to take pictures. Happens to me all the time. So glad you didn't sustain any damage in that terrible storm. Have a great 4th.

Carol K said...

Isn't this heat wave something! How have you adjusted to traveling in your smaller View? Do you miss having a toad?

Rick said...

I love Blizzards - in a cup!

Have a great 4th of July!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

So far, we actually love not having the car. We can take the MH everywhere.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Yes, that truck stop is amazing. I got a kick out of the truck museum there, too. Sa a couple of trucks I used to work on before my CG days, made me feel really old.

Bet you're loving that View when you pull up to the diesel pumps. If only the big ones could get that kind of mpg!

Bob and Jo said...

We habe stayed at lazy acres, we liked the park

Luci & Loree said...

When i go to Davenport, Iowa we always take time to go to that truck stop and take a gander, it is quite something!!!!