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YEAR #3 - STOP #43

We had a really good travel day today, but starting just after we checked in at our new campground we really dropped the ball on just about everything else.

We didn't prepare well for our seven night stay here. First we decided to not dump our waste tanks upon leaving our old campground because we had done so just two days earlier. We planned to dump them at the new campground before setting up, which we did.

However, we saw all the other campers filling their fresh water tanks near the very busy dump station and wondered why, because they have spigots at each campsite, or so we thought.

We arrived at our campsite and saw there was a fairly steep entrance to our driveway, before it flattened out at the back end. We've had other campsites with similiar conditions and knew in advance that it's going to be difficult to unhook the trailer from the truck without them both being on level ground. Particularly the stabilizer/weight distribution bars, which could have been removed before backing into the site.

But with campgound traffic backing up both behind us and in front of us we elected to speed up the process of clearing the roadway by backing into our site anyway. We cleared the road, let everyone pass in both directions, then pulled partially back out of the site to straightned out the trailer in the driveway.

We leveled out THE POD left to right and began to disconnect from ROVER. It was very difficult removing the stabilizer/weight distribution bars, but we expected that. We were just about to release the latch that connects the trailer to the truck when I realized, there's no water spigot on our campsite and our fresh water tank is empty.

So here is the point I'm trying to get across to everyone.

Just like we waited for our turn when we got in line at the dump station, everyone else will have to wait their turn too. When I saw everyone filling their fresh water tanks I thought, maybe we don't have water at our campsite? I could have quickly gone online and checked our reservation to see if water was available at our site and realized we needed to fill up right then (instead of having to come back an hour later to do so). We felt rushed and made Mistake #1.

When we first saw our campsite driveway we should have stopped and quickly removed our stabilizer/weight distribution bars while still in the street. By not doing so we risked damage to our power tongue jack, our hitch latch and even our stabilizer/weight distribution bars. Once again we felt rushed and made Mistake #2.

In both cases no one was rushing us except ourselves.
Be patient with others and hope they will in turn be patient with you!

FRIDAY - Now that all the stress of yesterdays moving day is in the past we can enjoy our campsite here at Seven Points Campground on Raystown Lake in south-central Pennsylvania, roughly halfway between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

For a mere $18 a night (that's half price BTW) we have another stunning campsite here at this Army Corps of Engineers Park. I think we'll stay a week!

What more could you want? Water in the front and mountains in the back.

From our dining/outdoor kitchen area you can really see the odd angle between THE POD and ROVER.

Plus it comes with free daily entertainment!

MONDAY - We were up early and headed out for our 30th cave tour. Today's visit would be to explore Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon, PA.

By chosing to visit early on a weekday, instead of the weekend, we were able to score another private tour of the cave.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, "our cave pictures just don't do justice to what we are seeing there in person." It's very difficult taking photos with such poor lighting conditions and the fact that tripods are not allowed to be used inside of the cave.

But here are our photos anyway!


This time of year the cave is filled with cave crickets.
At 30 feet below the surface we are still seeing roots from above.
This is known as cave popcorn.
This formation is called cave bacon, it's very thin and fragile.
Here is cave bacon without the backlighting.
A wall full of flowstone.
These formations resemble flowers.

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