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Saugerties time warp? OurHous in Warner    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Warner NH

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OurHous parked behind Paul and Lisa's home

I got up this morning prepared to having to switch over from my new computer to my old one, because of how my new one was acting last night. But lo and behold - I get up this morning and my new computer is acting just like it did yesterday morning - no apparent problems! So what happened last night while I was asleep? Or was last night some parallel messed-up universe? Or was it all just a weird dream? Whatever it was, I am thankful. I have so much  to do and am so  far behind I could not afford to go through all the work to bring my old computer into current service. And when we got to Warner NH and got set up this afternoon my computer was still functioning properly. Who knows what happened?

Saugerties NY; leak not fixed; computers SICK    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Saugerties NY

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OurHous on Lot 19 in Saugerties-Woodstock KOA

We drove up from Carlisle PA to Saugerties NY today, having a good trip. My original plan had been to stay in Saugerties for 2-3 days, to give us a chance to look around the Hudson River area. But I am so far behind in so many projects I decided to go on through to Warner NH so we can sit for a week or so and give me time to maybe get caught up. But before we left I tried a temporary duct tape repair on the broken kitchen drain pipe, hoping that would hold until we can get stopped and can get a permanent repair done. But as soon as the pipe flexed with the movements in and out of the slide, the tape worked loose and we have a leak again. So we will use a pot in the sink to capture water until we can get the leak fixed. We'll discard the captured water in another sink.

On to Carlisle PA; leak found    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014 - Carlisle PA

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OurHous on Lot 179, with a nice grass back yard

We headed north on I-81 today and reached Carlisle PA by around 3:30 PM. The drive was pleasant and uneventful, and also unremarkable. Just a very smooth, clean, drive. I like I-81 as a route north-south and suspect I would use it in the future instead of congested and complex I-95. We started in Virginia, then passed through about 30 miles of West Virginia and 12-15 miles of Maryland before getting into Pennsylvania. Total run was about 200 miles today. We stopped for fuel near Winchester VA, having found that the prices in VA were likely to be better than further north in WV, MD, or PA. Then we stopped a short distance north at the first rest stop in West Virginia for lunch.

Working on book; flying quadcopter    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Staunton VA

How can I create images that are sharper than their originals? That is sort of the question I have been dealing with in our book A Violette History as I work through potential issues in the printing process. I uploaded a PDF version of the book to CreateSpace, an Amazon company that prints books on demand, and am working through the Internal Reviewer process. Internal Reviewer goes through the book contents - its interior - and flags potential issues that may affect the quality of the finished product or may prevent the printing process from proceeding properly. Fortunately I have none of the latter, and about 120 of the former. Some of those 120 are easily fixed, such as content that spills over a margin.

Blue Ridge Parkway; Cracker Barrel    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Staunton VA

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A view out over the Shenandoah Valley from Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the many scenes from this high road.

For many generations the Appalachian Mountains were an obstacle to be crossed. Early settlers in what became the U. S. naturally set roots along the coast and back into the foothills, but even early on some sought to find what lay beyond that natural barrier. Explorers found natural routes through low points in the mountain range - typically called "gaps" - and crude roads were soon built and trade and exploration took place between the coastal regions and the interior. There are many stories from history about travel through those gaps, and it was not long before a lively trade developed across the Appalachians.

In Staunton VA    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 - Staunton VA

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OurHous on space 100

A travel day today, we left the Winston-Salem NC area and headed northeast and up into western VA, to the Staunton area. We'll stay here three days, giving us a chance to explore some of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Elaine and I traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway by car back around 1986 and have always thought it would be fun to spend a little time in the area. But I started my planning for a park late in the week, and several of the parks I would have stayed at already had reservations for all their spaces, so we were lucky to find a space in this KOA. We have a satellite-friendly space, but it only has water and electric. No problem; we don't need a sewer connection for a three-day stay.