Started on Friday with it being Steve's last day of work at UWGB. He will be starting his new position at High Cliff State Park on Monday! So we have a LOT to cram into the weekend before moving down to the park, about 30 miles south of Green Bay, on Lake Winnebago.
Friday I picked up the grandtots, Allegra (2yr.) and Mason (4mo.) for an overnight. Into our little Saturn, I jammed in their double stroller, porta crib, diaper bag and other assorted goodies, plus of course the two kids and their car seats (and all the treats I picked up at the grocery store beforehand) Got everything all hauled into the motorhome and set up and happy. Wheeee it sure was fun to have them, but my oh my the energy of the 2 year old! We took her for a long, long walk, while Mason rode along in the stroller.
This next shot makes me think there should be some whistling going on.. with Andy Taylor and Opie walking down the road? She also had to stop at each and every mud puddle to throw in a stone.
Mason rode along like a good little boy, and was content.
We also learned about "shadows"
THIS has to be one of my most favorite pics now of what being a Grandparent is all about. Just look at that face as she listens to her Pop-Pop tell her all about the big boats, the fishes, the birds and the water.
Our long walk worked, both kids were out at 8:30 p.m.
BUT---- they were UP at 5 a.m.!
Off to the Shanty Days Celebration in Algoma, WI. The kids were so excited and we met up with our other grandson, Jameson and our daughter Heather and her husband Jesse's family. All the little ones had a blast and got a haul of candy to take home. Little girls dancing to the marching bands is a staple of a summer parade.
Our grandson Jameson was outnumbered by the girl cousins,
so he retreated to his Grandma Wade's lap for the rest of the parade.
This is just so "Small Town Summer"
We wandered on over to out friend's booth, Jim and Norma of Pa and Ma's Rugs... we sat with them till the vendor area closed at 6pm. They have a great display of rugs, check out their link.
Dinner out with Jim and Norma was a great time to catch up with them. Jim recently retired from his day job, but works now as a consultant when needed. Norma keeps cutting, sewing and preparing the fabrics for the rugs that Jim weaves in his *spare* time. LOL They bought us dinner at a nice supper club, S&K Food and Spirits by Rankin, WI.
We gabbed and gabbed and ate our fill of the good food. It's so nice having a chance to visit with them, and we promise to come and park in their driveway sometime when we are down near Beloit again.
Saturday night came fast, and we dropped into bed--- two very tired grandparents. It was peaceful sleeping in the quiet of the waterfront cottage we were parked at. It would be the last night here before we move on to High Cliff State Park the next day.
Ohhh my we slept in till after 8 a.m. We never do that! But we got up and chatted with Ernie and Maryellen, and thanked them again for letting us park at their cottage for 10 days. It was such a nice break after the hectic months we have had with packing and moving and selling the house.
Once the motorhome was made "road worthy" --- which really doesn't take us too long --- we headed on south towards Green Bay.
As we were entering the interstate on a ramp, our pac brake STUCK in the closed position! Oh my, we could not go anywhere. We carefully pulled to the side with cars whizzing past us at 60-70 mph just inches from us. Luckily we were able to get far enough off the road. We lifted the bed, and Steve used a hammer to reach down into the engine compartment and release the pac brake with a few whacks. A pac brake is an engine exhaust brake. It utilizes the engine to slow down the motorhome instead of the brakes on the wheels. Hmmm it's newly lubed with the right stuff, and was operating fine, until today. We will look at it later, but for now we could at least get back on the road.
Here is a post about when he just worked on our pac brake:
We planned a stop at the CAT scales at a truckstop for a good complete weight of our rig, gear, and toad. We know our GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) is 32,000 pounds. And we had kinda figured we were getting up there, but wanted to be sure we were still within the safe limits.
I went ahead to guide Steve onto the scales to try to get each axle on a separate panel of the scale. Once we were parked on the scale, we had to "hit the CALL button" well... as you can see from this pic, I am NOT that tall!
I jumped up and managed to hit the CALL button. We got the okay from the guy inside to come in for our slip.
The motorhome has:
- all of our gear
- full fuel tank
- full fresh water tank
- almost full black waste tank
- almost full grey waste tank
- half full propane tank
- plus our Tracker toad
Paid $9.50 for our yellow piece of paper that reads we are UNDER our GCWR limit by 2,000 pounds! Wheeeeeee Our rig, gear, and Tracker are a total weight of 29,900 pounds!
Our UVH (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) rating is 18,600
Our GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is 28,000
Our GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) is 32,000
We carefully balanced loads when installing Steve's tool drawers on the passenger front side to offset the double door fridge on the driver's side. We also added a full sized spare tire and rim on the front frame for balance too.
From there we cruised on to our new destination.--- High Cliff State Park! We pulled into site 100 for a few days and got all set up.
Steve will start his new position as Facilities Maintenance Specialist Advanced tomorrow at 8 a.m. How on earth is he gonna get used to an 8 a.m. start time, and just a 2 minute jaunt over to the maintenance building? He used to have a crazy 40 mile commute through construction and interstate and half asleep, texting, phoning and coffee-gulping commuters???????