Friday, September 19, 2008


Mike and I were in Bainbridge NY for several days...nice campground..absolutely nothing else but farms!!!
However, we did take a ride to Cooperstown, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Note to Jim..I need your address I have a few things I want to send you..Now, not being a Baseball other words haven't the foggiest notion of who, what or where..LOL..I did enjoy roaming the museum and was fascinated by the history. Of course we also went to see the Hall, where all the inductees have their plaques and busts. Mike's brother Steve, is married to Whitey Ford's daughter, so of course we visited with him for a, Whitey is well and living between New York and Florida..The best part for me, was stopping at the local bakery for some sticky buns and coffee..:)..The area is lovely, and the leaves are already starting to change..only means one thing, can winter be far behind!!!!!..We have moved on to Milton, regroup,do laundry and clean the coach..and on Sunday will be heading back to Kinzers, for a brief stop, then to Hershey for a Rally with some fellow rver's and finally on our way to Robin's for Farm Day the last Sunday in September.
From the road,
Jan and Mike

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On the Go - RV Water Softener

For our fellow RV travellers, here are a few things about our On The Go portable water softener.

We have been using the unit steadily for about 6 weeks now, and really enjoy it. The primary benefits are evident when you shower and do the dishes, but the overall effect it has on all aspects of water in the systems in the coach are great. It is easily recharged every 7 to 10 day with just the addition of a box of common table salt. After the first 2 weeks of use we noticed that there was a change back to hard water, this due to our lack of experience with the unit and not really knowing how long it would work on the charge. I followed the instructions I had for the unit to do the recharge but was disappointed with the results. A call to the manufacturer straightened me out and I would like to share what I found out:

1. Turn off the water supply to the unit.

2. Disconnect the outflow side and unscrew the top.

3. Slowly pour the salt in to the unit. The salt will dissolve and settle into the unit, if it bulks up pour a little water in it and let it settle.

4. AFTER THE SALT IS IN LET THE UNIT SIT, WITH THE COVER IN PLACE, FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES, IT MUST SIT UNDISTURBED. This allows the salt to cleanse the softening media and is something not in the original instructions.

5. With the discharge hose still off turn the water on to the unit. The water pressure to the unit must be low and just enough to form a pencil thin flow that just clears the edge of the tank. Let it run in this configuration for 15 to 30 minutes, until there is no salt taste in the discharge water. When you do this make sure the unit is on dirt or gravel, the salt will kill any grass. TOO MUCH PRESSURE WILL NEGATE THE EFFECT OF THE SALT AND YOU WILL HAVE TO START OVER.

6. Hook up the discharge hose and enjoy the benefits of softened water in the RV.

I have the unit set up in the large bay nearest to the fresh water inlet to the coach. I cut a whole in the rear of the slide wall and installed a covered exterior electrical cover. The 2 short hoses, with brass quick disconnects stay in place all the time and is an easy setup and breakdown. I can't claim the setup, I saw it on a while ago but can't remember whose idea it was.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Verona NY

We camped at the Village of Turning Stone, part of the Turning Stone Casino. The Casino, campground and various gas and convenience stores are owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation. What an operation they have, beautifully done and a great stop along the road. Unfortunately the casino Gods did not shine upon us..but I broke even ( Mike doesn't gamble, for those unaware). Mike, I and the pups went to The Herkimer Diamond Mines, obviously located in Herkimer!!!!! Now Herkimer Diamonds are not REALLY diamonds, they are Double Terminated Crystals. There are several ways to find them, digging and chipping rocks, walking and picking them up off the ground or sluicing for them. We chose the latter (Mike had put his back out and digging didn't seem a great idea). We did find a few nice "Diamonds" and a few other great stones. Mike and I spent a lovely evening with a couple that Mike had emailed with on irv2, a web site for rver's etc. Linda and Mike live in the area and stopped by to say hello. This morning we moved on to Bainbridge NY where the rain has finally found us!!!!! We thought we had outsmarted it, but NOOOOOO, the weather has no sense of humor!!!!! Nice campground, they even have pizza delivery directly to your coach..not bad for a stop along the road :)
From the road,
Jan and Mike

Monday, September 8, 2008

Niagara Falls

We finally got to Niagara Falls...I had never been there, and Mike hadn't since he was a kid...what a spectacular site !!!!! The falls are absolutely awesome, and our short ride on the Maid of the Mist, was incredible. It is difficult to imagine the force of the water from pictures, but being out there, makes one wonder how or even why someone would go over them in a barrel!!!!! Mike and I were soaked from the experience, but lucked out on a very warm day,so everything dried quickly :).. We camped in Byron NY, which is about 20 miles from Rochester. We had planned to take a tour of the Erie Canal, but due to lack of tourists this time of year, the boat was not sailing. We did visit Lockport and Fairport, both small towns along the Canal. Lockport getting its name for the Locks along the Canal and Fairport because it was a stop for travelers along the Canal and deemed a "Fairport". The history of the Canal is interesting, the most amazing fact being that it was initially dug by hand. I for one cannot even picture that task. ( nails, people nails!!!) Our weather held, with only one damp and rainy day. The three monsters of the road ( as I have named the furry crew), were ready to move we are now in Verona NY at the Village of Turning Stone. Unfortunately, yesterday Mike bent down to untangle the pups, and put his back we are nursing that along and hopefully after a few days of rest, he will be better. Meanwhile, there is a Casino I'm going to try my luck!!!!...It takes so little to make me happy :)

From the road,
Jan and Mike