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Campground du Walmart

Walmart Camping….
We’re pausing here at a Walmart in Carmel, Indiana – (just North of Indianapolis) before we head south in earnest tomorrow morning.
Without getting in the car, we could have eaten at
Wendy’s
McDonalds
Burger King
Steak and Shake
White Castle
Applebees
Fridays
Don Pedros Kitchen
Chilies
Charleston’s (that’s the one we picked)
Old Country Buffet
Panara Bread

We could have bought birthday cards, engagement rings, dog food, office supplies, sporting goods, mattresses, bedroom furniture, little girl’s clothing, cell phones, shoes, bed linens, smelly girl stuff, a suit for Gary, and a dress for me all without going into the Walmart, Target or Kohls that are also within walking distance of our camp site!

So much for the great expanses of the Mid-West!
Feels like Home!

So far behind…..

Hello, dear friends!
So sorry there has been such a delay in posting – we really haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I just posted about four entries – but I’m still behind on getting the pictures up-loaded and organized. Not to mention telling you all about the great time we had with Toby & Tammy & Ellie last weekend.
Right now it’s 11:30PM on Tuesday, and we’re sitting the parking lot of the Monaco Service Center in Elkhart, Indiana. We have a 6AM appointment tomorrow to have some work done on Lizzie. If I can get real power to this computer, and maybe a wireless connection that won’t eat up all of my minutes – I’ll try to continue to get these pages up to date.
We are well – still friends, and having an amazing time!
~~Steph

Helpful Signs

Just as aside (amongst all this travel talk) –
I think this must be a contender for the world’s largest NO SMOKING sign. – Do you think it impacts the folks on the shoreline?

And I really appreciate the signs that not only help identify an area, but go on to offer helpful suggestions…
Seen outside of Erie, PA –
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AREA
And underneath it…
DO NOT PICK UP HITCHICKERS
…Thanks for the tip!

On the way to Canada

(OK, so while we’re already back from Canada in reality, I hated for you to miss any of the fun spots we hit on the way. So here’s a little flashback!).
We said good-bye to Elna & Henry in Bradford and headed north. After a quick (is that really possible) stop at the Costco in Burlington, we headed up through the Grand Isles of Lake Champaign on our way to Canada. Rte 2 through Lake Champaign is a very beautiful drive which I highly recommend. Guess I was too busy gawking to take pictures, but wanted to send the recommendation along! We were headed to the Thousand Island Bridge to Canada, and we made a stop at Alexandria Bay to see Boldt Castle. This is another of those famous “cottages” built during the Gilded Age (before income tax and the Depression).This castle was built by George Boldt, owner of both the Bellevue Stratford and Waldorf Astoria. He was building it for his wife who tragically died about four years into construction. After her death he halted all construction. Workers (so I am told) just laid down their tools and left. The property remained unfinished and open to the whims of nature (and those northern winters aren’t too whimsical) and local curiosity seekers. Fortunately, the castle was fully enclosed before construction was halted, but by the time it came into the hands of the Thousand Island Port Authority it had been ravaged by harsh winters, high waters, vandalism, fires and graffiti upon graffiti. Thirty years later, most of the out buildings have been restored and the Castle itself is safe to tour. While the first floor of the castle is mostly restored, the remaining floors (up to 6 in the turrets) are still covered with memories of curious tourists from generations ago(like “The Lewis family was here – 1947”).
This is the “out building” that housed the generators….

And building in the front was just used for entertaining. It even had a bowling alley –

And while you can’t really get a feel for the enormity of this building – this is the castle itself – taken from the boat as we approached to island –

Mr. Boldt never returned to this island after his beloved wife died. But now hundreds come every day. Go figure! It was a totally self guided tour – we took our time and even though the day was not very pretty, we were glad we stopped.