Concluding 2 weeks in the Lehigh Valley
Jun 10, 2015
We are finishing up a couple of weeks back in the Allentown area. Took care of lots of business while here (doctors, dentists, financial advisors, etc.) Had some fun too: John golfing with a former business associate, and hosting a cook- out with Joe and Camie Stemich at our camp site (Patti will elaborate later.)
Next: We're off to New England.
Reflecting on our Allentown Sojourn ...
Although it was "business” that routed us back to Allentown, eg. med appointments, it was the FUN events that made our visit rush by all to quickly. . .
We weathered one very stormy night while in Allentown, with thunder, lightning and hail. The roof of the coach did NOT leak (good to know) and the hail did not do any damage to either of our vehicles. The next day dawned clear enough for John to enjoy playing golf with Paul Cuerou, who thoughtfully picked up John en route to the golf course so that Patti could have our (one) car for the day (thanks, Paul). On another evening we had the chance to visit with the Stemichs', who drove from Bethlehem, PA to Robin Hill Camping Resort to have dinner with us and check out our new motorhome. Joe and Camie recently purchased a new travel trailer, so we enjoyed swapping stories and sharing a few laughs about the inevitable maintenance experiences this lifestyle involves. A pleasant evening, relaxing around the campfire and stargazing with good friends.
For me, a much-anticipated highlight of the Allentown stopover was the opportunity to reconnect with my Lower Macungie Book Club friends. While traveling, I have been reading the selected books for 2015-16, so was able to attend a meeting and participate in the discussion of “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Afterwards several of us went out to lunch, where I had the opportunity to relate some of our travel adventures as well as hear about what was happening in the lives of these ladies that I so admire, and have been missing; thank goodness for cell phones, emails, and websites that have helped us stay in touch :0)
On Sunday, we were invited by Dale Honig and Joanne Cornell to share brunch at Sweet Memories in Emmaus, PA. As always, the meal was really good—and John held his own as the only gentleman at the table! Afterwards, we all wandered about the Farmer's Market together. “Adieu but not goodbye” to these two cherished friends.
This stay provided an opportunity to shop at familiar locations and to restock the pantry, as well as do a bit of browsing at local department stores. We found two items that heretofore had eluded us: a plant-hanging hook and a tree-hanging hammock. The hammock was a real find as it came with straps to hang it WITHOUT driving any hooks into the trees (see photo).
We spent quite a bit of time at our storage locker and reclaimed bicycles, a ladder, our screen house, a couple of folding lawn chairs, a small flat screen TV, and John's guitar. The old TV that came with the coach was delivered to Best Buy (with thanks to Tom for letting us know they would accept this often hard-to-get-rid-of item).
Before moving on to the Cape we decided to give the one-night-free-parking offer at WalMart (Milford, CT) a try. All-in-all, a pretty ok experience, made even better by a visit from the Dow-Mir family who were excited to check out our new "home.“
So now . . . On to Dennis Port, MA!