Life just never seems to calm down…..

Wednesday, August 11…..
We headed to Newport RI to see the Summer Cottages, and were treated to quite an adventure. The first night we settled down in a nice Walmart parking lot, enjoyed a nice dinner out, and then spent the evening catching up on reading and loafing.
Thursday we were up early, and heading into Newport, where they claimed they had plenty of RV parking. Well, don’t believe it! And a word for the wise – Newport is not really very RV friendly. In order to get out of Newport we had to un-hook the truck (which was the plan, but we did have to do it on more of an emergency basis so Gary could back-up and get out of a tight spot.) We decided that leaving Lizzie (the RV) back at the Walmart might just be the best bet, so off we went, back outta town to park for the day. We had just gotten Liz all tucked in and out of the way and were getting ready to head off in the truck, when a kind gentlemen drove by, introduced himself as our “landlord” and said, sorry, but no RV parking allowed. Walmart did not own the parking lot – they were just tenants. So…..back into Newport we went, this time scoping out the large parking lots at the “Mansions”. Very low overhanging branches deterred that plan, so off we went to Fort Adams State Park (the other side of Newport) where we hoped we could park for the day. The small one way streets that Gary navigated while I followed behind in the truck were amazing. It’s a good thing I wasn’t sitting near Gary – I’d have been doing the wifely gasping and covering my eyes – just the encouragement that he did not need. Good news – the State Park seemed accommodating enough and we shut her down and headed off in the truck. At least I knew we’d fit on the roads! We had a lovely day touring the “summer cottages” of Newport – such opulence is hard to imagine, and they were quite spectacular. The homes were amazing, and the grounds just immaculate. We toured through 5 of them (well, I did 5 – Gary bagged on the last one and snoozed in the truck. I’m telling you, this being a tourist is hard work and very hard on the feet!).

We headed back to Lizzie to grab a bite to eat and take a walk around the state park. It really is a beautiful area – the Fort is on a harbor and the sailboats were everywhere. (Check out the pictures on the photo page). About 6PM Gary realized that he couldn’t locate his wallet. Figuring it had just been misplaced in the RV or the truck, we gave a good thorough search of both vehicles. Our dismay was beginning to grow as it did not turn up anywhere. The Mansions and Visitor Center had closed, but we finally were able to reach the police department. They suggested we come into the station to fill out a report and get it on file. So….Back into the RV with the truck following behind and back into downtown Newport we went. Miraculously, there were several parking places open right in front of the station. God is Good! We filed the report, and then headed out of town –through more little one way streets- EEK!!! When we reached our next destination (yes, another Walmart parking lot), we searched the vehicles again, and started listing out what was in the wallet (ok, ok, I know we were supposed to have done that before we left, but there’s no time like the present to simplify!). Follow up calls the next morning resulted in the confirmation that the wallet was indeed gone. And so we began the credit card cancellation routine, figuring out how to (or if it is possible to) replace Gary’s license, etc., etc., etc. Needless to say our prayers ranged from “please let it be under the driver’s seat” to “please spare us from major identity theft”. There was only about $20.00 in the wallet, so we weren’t concerned about the cash, just the credit cards and license.
We headed out to our next destination (A REAL CAMPGROUND) outside of Bellingham, MA. We were looking forward to NOT moving around, getting some chores done and even doing the laundry! We were still getting settled when we got a call from someone saying they had found a wallet and they had tracked down our phone number from the driver’s license. What an answer to prayer! They had found it in the middle of the street in Newport and had pulled over to retrieve it. There was no cash, but the credit cards and license were all there! Pretty close to a miracle – it must have fallen out of Gary’s pocket (while he was resting under a tree waiting for his dear wife to finish the self-guided tour!) and picked up by some pretty young kids that were just happy to find the cash. Anyone older would have known what kind of havoc they could have wreaked with the credit cards. I can almost picture them tossing it out a window while Dad wasn’t looking…… This family (from New Jersey) offered to mail the wallet to us – and even apologized that they couldn’t do it until they got back from their vacation on Monday. Wow – what a happy ending. AND we got to “refresh” our credit card numbers and get rid of some that we really did not need after all.
Lesson learned –Always trust that God is in control. REALLY.
In everything give thanks: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18
….and make sure you have all your Credit Card info in one place!
Sorry this is such a long post – It was hard to make the long story short…..

We’re waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Charley – Here’s to staying high and dry!
Later…
Steph

See the sights!

This morning we awoke to dense fog. We couldn’t even see the Walmart across the parking lot! We camped over the weekend outside of Bethel Vermont, right on the White River (in a REAL campground!) Honest, we haven’t been spending ALL of our overnights at the Walmart, but the price is right so when we can we do!
The weekend really was lovely! We spent it with our friends Lynne & Roger Croswell, and their son James. They live in Danbury, CT, but have a vacation home in Ludlow, VT, so we spent our time between their place and ours. On Sunday we even made a quick trip up to see our Cabin in VT. I know, we’re not supposed to be there until later in the month, but we couldn’t resist!
We packed up and hit the road on Monday, and after visiting Mark Twain’s home in Hartford (right next to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s), we headed to Groton, CT and this lovely Walmart Parking lot! Today we did Mystic Seaport – again, just a lovely touristy day. Tomorrow we head to the USS Nautilus here in Groton, and then off to Newport, RI.

Since we are “dry-docking” (no hook-up), my power source and internet has been a little sketchy. Hopefully I’ll get this posted, and then over the weekend I’ll get some pictures on line.

Maybe even one of Gary’s Haircut!

Day 10 – and we’re still likin’ the plan!
Steph and Gary

Heading out tomorrow!

We’re wrapping up our time in Shrewsbury where we have had the pleasure of visiting with family along with seeing the sights of Boston and Old Sturbridge Village. We’ve also checked out the Staples, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Walmart, and yep, they’re pretty much the same where ever you are.
Tomorrow (Friday) we head off to Central Vermont where we will join our dear friends Lynne & Roger Croswell for the weekend. Don’t have any firm agenda, but we are certainly looking forward to kickin’ back with friends.
Hopefully over the weekend I’ll get a chance to add some details and pictures to our travel adventures so far. This not working keeps you pretty busy!

Oh, and in case you were worried, the haircut went just fine. =)

First Stop – Family and Boston

Things I have learned so far~~

Everyone else on the road does not know that you are beginning an entirely new phase of your life. Nor do they particularly care. Oh Well.

The Walmart outside of Shrewsbury, MA cleans their parking lots with street cleaners around 3AM on Mondays. They especially like to circle RVs that are parked on their lot.

It’s good to get on the train to Boston at the first station. You’re almost always guaranteed a seat.

Boston IS amazing.

Being deployed to the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor is the 2nd best deployment in the US Navy. The first is working for the President.

Sitting outside under our awning visiting with Gary’s aunt and uncle is a wonderful way to end any day.

~~We’re hanging in this area (outside of Boston) for a couple more days. Hopefully we will get to see some additional family, and some of the other sights in this general area. Tomorrow we have designated to do some housekeeping and re-arranging of the life we have tried to fit into this RV. Oh, and I get to give Gary a hair cut. New adventures for us all!

Stay in touch, OK?

Isn’t rain good luck?

It’s 7AM and it’s raining. But the RV is packed and we’re headed out at 8AM to begin this awesome (and sometimes overwhelming) adventure. Lots of family here to send us off – and we’re planning on going to Church and then leaving from there. I know we will need a LOT OF PRAYER over these next months (and years?). Feel free to jump in at any time!
Lots of last minute items to wrap up (like finding the coffee), so I’m off and running!
RV there yet?

(I’m sure I’ll have kinks to work out of the internet connectivity, so I may not get a chance to post again for a couple of days.)

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!