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Beginning our trek to AK

Kannapolis NC to Copper Hill VA

We’re on our way to Alaska, today is day four. We left Kannapolis NC Wednesday for Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park. It was an easy drive, perfect for the first driving day. We had a really nice site adjacent to Jerry and Ann, same spots we first stayed with them July 2005. It was nice to see them and share a couple of meals, a couple of beers, a couple of stories. And Jim and Jerry spent a couple hours working on the trailers together.

Copper Hill VA to Dayton OH

Early Friday morning we left Highland Haven to drive through Virginia’s beautiful countryside through Christiansburg then winding about to find I-77 north. The drive from Highland Haven to Christiansburg was a little hairy but uneventful. Thankfully we weren’t handicapped by the weather for that portion. Rain fell torrentially for later parts of our long day’s drive toward Dayton OH, but mostly we drove under cloudy skies.

Today we traveled with Charlie and Janet to Lebanon OH to visit with ham and airstream friends Jack AA8Q and Marge WD8DSN in their lovely community. Our visit and tour was great and Jack gave Jim some needed pointers about amateur radio digital modes, much appreciated.

This evening Charlie, Janet, and we went for tapas and drinks with Herman K8KOT and Gloria KD8KOT, lovely restauranteurs, at their El Mesón in Dayton. Empañadas, bread with pico de gallo, mojitos, and rice and beans gave us the needed strength to sleep through yet another night without arising for a midnight snack. The food and company were wonderful, we always enjoy seeing the Castros at their restaurant or at Hamcation in Orlando.

And now it’s time to head up the road. Debbie spent a little time today planning tomorrow’s trip. Full-timing, we don’t get too wrapped up about our route or making reservations for each night. Reservations limit us except for holiday weekends when they enable us to find a precious spot. We’ll get a good night’s sleep and look forward to sunny skies and clear roads.

We allowed enough time to drive short days and stay two nights anywhere we want enroute to Dawson Creek, B.C.. No more 400 mile days for us — we want to drive 200 miles, leave the road by 2pm, and stay at least two nights. We think we can do this, we have such good practice from other summer travels.

See you down the road,

Jim and Debbie,
the dreamstreamrs
chasing 75 degrees

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Travels without a trailer

Our eight readers know well we’ve been off the air awhile (thanks for telling us :~) So long we’ve been absent our custom font seems to have lapsed (can you tell the difference?) and our browser required updating.  We’ve continued to read and live, and travel, just stopped writing awhile.

We’re in new territory, so to speak.  Haven’t traveled in the trailer since April 11, yet visited a week each in Dayton OH, Chattanooga TN and Myrtle Beach SC and are heading to the Bahamas in a week.  Our next towing trip is not until end of June when we head to Du Quoin IL.  This time last year we had cruised by NC for a nice week-long visit with family then immediately headed to Carlsbad NM to join up with a WBCCI caravan. What a difference a year makes, eh?

This year our plan is 180 degrees apart from previous three years. We are visiting with family and friends (sleeping around, as it were) and not focused solely on traveling with our trailer. The days between the trips we’ve spent playing tennis, performing maintenance on the trailer and truck, and messing with amateur radio.  How could anyone have time left after all these?  Okay, we’re also catching up on our sleep, enjoying hanging out with family, and helping a little around the house.

I’m watching French Open semi-finals live as I write this from a Myrtle Beach fourth floor condo, watching Djokovic and Federer break each other’s service games.  Deb and her parents are hanging out on the beach a couple of hours, so I can concentrate almost fifty percent on writing.

The weather here is already hot and summer isn’t here.  We thought we’d find relief from the mid to high ninety degrees days we were enjoying in Kannapolis.  Weather forecasts called for mid 80s at the beach.  The light breezes are helpful but it is still hot here.  I’ll catch some sun right after the Djokovic vs Federer match, the sun won’t be quite as high then.

Myrtle Beach has been great, eating a great seafood dinner at Sea Captain’s House, playing mini golf, and relaxing a lot.  The Palmetto Shores condo building, has numerous indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs,  shuffle board.  What else do we need?  Oh yeah, cable television for French Open tennis viewing.  The guys are back on serve again in first set.

Cloudland Canyon SP

Last week we stayed with my sister and brother-in-law on Lookout Mountain TN. They showed us Cloudland Canyon SP and Lookout Mountain Flight Park. The latter is America’s #1 hang gliding center and is really interesting. 

lined up at the Flight Park

We went to Chattanooga to attend the memorial service of a friend, Nancy Williams NR4RR (SK).  The service was sweet and warm and uplifting, a nice celebration of Nancy’s life and works. We really liked the witnessing by her two sons, sharing so much of her character and how she showed her love for them and her husband of almost fifty years.

Ham-a-wagon at Hamvention

The week before we spent in Dayton OH staying with friends Charlie and Janet, along with Herb and Lois, all amateur radio friends we’ve met through our club, WBCCI Amateur Radio Club/RV Service Nets.  We all volunteered at amateur radio’s biggest event of the year, Hamvention.

Hamvention, organized each year for over fifty years by Dayton Amateur Radio Association, is the largest amateur radio convention and hamfest in the world.  Hundreds of vendors rent display and sales booths indoors and flea market sellers occupy over 2,000 spaces in the paved areas surrounding Hara Arena.

We served as shuttle cart drivers pulling two to four hour shifts each of three days.  Some folks need help getting heavy purchases to their cars.  Others might have physical challenges and require a shuttle ride from and to their parking area.  We enjoyed meeting people from all over the world, learning about their shopping list or how they will use their purchases.

Carillon Park

Charlie and Janet did a great job showing us around Dayton.  We’d been there before but lacked the insider’s knowledge and viewpoint.  They showed us around Carillon Park and The Packard Museum, shared their favorite pizza stop with us, and let us read their WSJ every morning.  Great hosts, eh?

Friends gather at El Meson restaurant Dayton OH

A real high point was our small reunion of friends at El Meson. Ham radio friends Herman and Gloria own and operate it. They are great cooks, hosts, and managers and the food and drink at El Meson are out of this world. Debbie and I shared a paella and a few margaritas after appetizers of empanadas and coconut shrimp. Check out their menu or, even better, their restaurant. WOW!

We just need to give it a tug there

One afternoon we rearranged an end of Charlie’s fine working hf Mystery antenna. We used all the requisite tools: a bow and arrow, fishing line, rope, halyard pulley, bricks for ballast, and Boy Scout knots.  Our play paid off, the antenna looked more level and worked just fine.  We had a lot of fun staying in a houseful of hams, working from Charlie’s great radio station.

Travels without our trailer have been busy, full, fun, and a little confusing. Several times we’ve thought, or said, “we have it with us, we’ll go get it.” Then we realize and laugh. All our stuff is in our house. We don’t have much with us when we don’t take the trailer on travels.

Jim and Debbie

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