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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.

Monica and Terry, Marty and Dick; book    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Winston-Salem NC

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Monica Clark Cox, Marty Clark Maxwell, Dick Maxwell, Terry Cox

I called Monica Clark Cox on Sunday to let her know we would be coming to Winston-Salem area and asked if she and Terry would join us for dinner on Tuesday. I said we would be in town for a couple of days. But she suggested that we stay over another day, because her sister, Marty Clark Maxwell, and husband Dick would be arriving on Thursday! And she invited us to come to their house to share with them. No question about it - I changed our reservation to stay over another day! So tonight we had a great gathering with my two cousins and spouses, and lots to chatter about. The evening was way too short, and we had to leave way too early.

A couple of sound ideas    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Clemmons NC

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Elaine can now use the wireless speaker behind her (see black item with blue light) regardless what TV source we use

We have struggled with how we handled audio from our TVs for years. While the Phaeton has a speaker system with several speakers around the coach, they only work with the dash radio. Ours came with a home theater system but does not have the surround-sound speakers. And besides, there was no way to get the TV sound into the theater system that I could figure out. This becomes important because Elaine prefers a louder volume than I do, and if the TV speakers - especially the one in front - is set high enough for her it blasts me out.