We have spent the second week of our trip in Richmond, VA, home of our daughters, Adrienne and Lindsay. Patty offered our services to do improvements at the home of Adrienne and her husband Al. We took on the challenges of painting all the kitchen cabinets and replacing all the electrical switches and outlets in the house. Ed has changed an outlet or two in his lifetime so he took on the electrical task. He thought he would finish in half a day and then could help with the cabinet painting. Three days, multiple sore muscles and several instances of profanity later, he completed the task. Ed now realizes that working on 40-year old electrical systems is a challenge, especially in a split-level home with four floors.
Patty also helped Adrienne and Al paint their kitchen cabinets for three days. The bad news is that they didn’t quite finish–the good news is that we left town the next day, avoiding any further work. Needless to say, we had a quiet 4th of July the last day of our stay because we were all exhausted.
Adrienne works for a veterinary practice and, as a result, her “family” now includes three dogs and a cat. She is planning to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. this October representing Team Paws to support efforts to end pet overpopulation and to build “No Kill” communities that respect and value the life of every cat and dog. Adrienne’s goal is to raise $3000 prior to the marathon which would allow the lives of 100 pets to be saved. If you are interested in contributing to Adrienne’s fund-raiser, or would like to learn more about the charity, you can visit her web site at http://teampaws.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1052581&lis=1&kntae1052581=341B8D379A6648F0B9E4FF50BA5E5BCD&supId=382634897
For those who are campers or may visit Richmond in the future, Pocahontas State Park where we camped this week is just southwest of the city. There are many hiking trails, mountain biking trails, a boat launch and lake, and a pool. The campground has 129 camp sites with electrical and water hook-ups–definitely a nice family park to visit.
We are writing today from Shenandoah River State Park near Front Royal, Virginia. It is located right on the Shenandoah River which forms one of the prettiest valleys in the east, just west of Shenandoah National Park. This is our center of operations for visiting family and friends in the Washington, DC area, Ed’s home growing up and ours before we moved to Gainesville, FL.
One of our few complaints on this trip is that we thought by heading north this summer we would escape the stifling heat of Florida. However, when we arrived at Shenandoah River SP it was in the low 90’s and felt like the high 90’s—the electrical feed to our Airstream tripped out twice as our air conditioner struggled to cool us down. To add insult to injury, we checked the weather and it was only in the 80’s in Gainesville. We’re definitely looking forward to visiting Maine in a few weeks—it has to be cooler there.
Stay cool this summer!