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Exploring Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Posted on August 23rd, 2014 by Brenda

Visitor's Center In Frankenmuth, MI

Visitor’s Center In Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth, Michigan is a little town that claims to be the “Little Bavaria” of Michigan. And when we stopped there for a few nights, we discovered that it is, sort of.

I was expecting some older, more original buildings from the 1800′s (kind of like Fredericksburg, TX which we just adore, or the Amana Colonies in Iowa) from when the early immigrants started settling in this area. You can read all about their history here.

What we believe we actually saw was more of a “model” of Bavaria to bring the tourists and their money in to this sleepy little town. Full of sausage, cheese and bread shops (all with some kind of Bavarian roots) with the traditional touristy t-shirt, popcorn and fudge shops mixed in. Now don’t get me wrong. I am glad that we stopped for a few nights. It was really cute, however, one day really would have been enough to see everything.

Bronner's Christmas Shop In Frankenmuth, MI

Bronner’s Christmas Shop In Frankenmuth, MI

Bronner's Christmas Shop In Frankenmuth, MI

Bronner’s Christmas Shop In Frankenmuth, MI

Our first stop was to Bronner’s Christmas Shop. If you enjoy Christmas and decorating for the holidays, then I am sure you have heard of Bronner’s in some fashion or perhaps you receive their yearly catalog.

They claim to be the largest Christmas store in the world. What we found and explored was giant. Actually, I don’t think “giant” really describes it well. Bronner’s actually sits on 27 acres with both indoor and outdoor decorations. Outside they have a 1/2 mile long Christmas Lane that is lit up with over 100,000 lights, every night. The store itself is 5.5 football fields and full from top to bottom with everything you could imagine. You know you’re in trouble when they have employees at the doors handing out maps of the store.

Maps? Yes, you can easily get lost in there. The Christmas shop has undergone several expansions and includes a customization area, snack bar, a Silent Night Memorial Chapel and a historical viewing gallery, just to name a few. They even give group tours! Their is plenty of parking with the over 1000 parking spaces and 50 spaces just for motor coaches. So if you find yourself passing through this area and you feel the hankering to go Christmas shopping in the middle of summer, or whenever, feel free to stop by with your motor home. Their is plenty of parking for you to come check it out and spend some money. Just don’t go on Christmas day as they are closed for the holiday. Am I the only one that finds this kind of funny?

And yes, I do believe them when they say they are the largest Christmas shop in the world. They have my vote.

The Riverplace Shops In Frankenmuth, MI

The Riverplace Shops In Frankenmuth, MI

Tour Boats Along The River In Frankenmuth, MI

Tour Boats Along The River In Frankenmuth, MI

Our next stop, just up the road, was the Riverplace Shops. It’s exactly how it sounds. Shops along the river. The buildings were cute. Made up like Bavarian shops, or what I would imagine Bavaria would look like, as I have never been there.

The shops were typical touristy shops. A cupcake shop (nothing wrong with that one) and t-shirts and Michigan logo wear stuff. Nothing really I feel the need to go back to. We did end up buying some artisan oils and vinegars from the Great Lakes Olive Oil Company. Those were great and we’ve been enjoying them ever since. They deliver too! So when we run out, we can just order more online. Yay!

It was lovely just walking around. This is also the place you would catch one of the tour boats to explore a little bit of the river. We did not do this, however there were quite a few people on the boat when we saw it.

Next up was the downtown area of Frankenmuth. It was a cute town with again lots of Bavarian styled shops and such.

Cute Shops In Frankenmuth, MI

Cute Shops In Frankenmuth, MI

Cute Shops In Frankenmuth, MI

Cute Shops In Frankenmuth, MI

The buildings were nicely done. Lots and lots of flowers everywhere. Ivy growing up the buildings. Very plush with plant-life. Very cute. I actually kept commenting on how many flowers and plants they have and how alive and well-taken care of they were. Then I saw that the light poles that the hanging flower baskets were on had automatic watering systems. Upon further inspection, all the ground plant-life and flowers also were watered automatically. Nice.

The shops themselves were ok. More sausage shops, cheese shops, wine shops, eateries, touristy t-shirt shops and such.

There was a small museum, which we did not go into but I’m sure was lovely. And there were some other historical buildings around.

Zehnder's In Frankenmuth, MI

Zehnder’s In Frankenmuth, MI

David Showing Off A Giant Donut In The Zehnder's Bakery

David Showing Off A Giant Donut In The Zehnder’s Bakery Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of which we were told we must go to, Zehnder’s, and eat their famous fried chicken dinner. Now, we enjoy a good fried chicken dinner as we have visited some other places in the past, the Amana Colonies in Iowa, Das Dutch Eissenhaus, in Middlebury, Indiana and our favorite Po Po’s in Boerne, Texas. So our expectations were high. After all, Zehnder’s has been serving their fried chicken dinners since they opened as a hotel and restaurant in 1856!

And yes, they are one of the few buildings in town that has some original rooms to it. Although it has been added onto several times, the original dining room is still used today. It has however been remodeled a few times, but that’s understandable.

So there chicken dinner? Well…it wasn’t terrible but it really wasn’t one of our favorites either. I would have to rank them at the bottom of our list. So we were disappointed with the hype that we had heard about this place. Oh well. We can’t win them all.

Now, Zehnder’s also has a bakery and gift shop attached to the restaurant. Let’s just say that we were glad we ate first. Everything looked really good and we wanted to take it all home with us. However with our bellies full, we weren’t temped as much. We walked out with only pictures.

Some of you may be wondering where we stayed when we were there. Well, there really are only a couple places to park your rig. One is a Jellystone campground right in town, which we prefer not to frequent as we do not have kids and they are generally more money. The other is just a couple miles outside of town called Pine Ridge RV Park in Birch Run, MI.

Our Site At Pine Ridge RV Park

Our Site At Pine Ridge RV Park

 

Their spaces were super long, which was nice, however they were not level by any means. There are lots of trees which, made navigation in and out of spaces interesting and sometimes difficult. Most were trimmed back and tall enough to fit under. However a few were not. Our spot, although it may look lovely, what you don’t see is the tree right next to the turn we must make to leave. Every site had one, so there was no option there to move sites. We actually ended up backing out of our spot and then hooking up.

 

So Frankenmuth, Michigan was a nice place to visit and I’m glad that we went and explored. However, I see no need to return.

Wi-Fi and Security on an Open Network

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by David Bott

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So you may have often wondered if you are secure when doing you’re banking on-line when connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot like at and RV park or campground. I seem to have had this question a lot during our time traveling when someone finds out I am a “techie”. Well, let me try to put your fears to rest.

In a word…YES. You are secure when you are using a banks website even if you are using an open Wi-Fi network like many campgrounds offer.

 

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The reason… Something called a secure socket layer. (SSL) Go to your bank online… Look up at the browser bar where the URL (website) is shown. Do you see the HTTPS:// ? At the end of the HTTP that S stands for SECURE. (You may also see a little padlock icon or something depending on the browser you may use.) This is telling you that your connection, from your computer to the bank’s server and back to you, is all secured using encryption.

In fact any site you may use, such as G-mail or even Facebook, you see with HTTPS is secure. What that means is that the information sent and received is protected by a “key” that your browser and their server setup between each other before anything else is sent between them.

So yes, you are secure when using your bank or other services even on an open Wi-Fi network as long as the site is HTTP’S’. I bring this up for people sometimes mistakenly think that Wi-Fi security is the protection. This is not the case. Wi-Fi security is only to protect the Wi-Fi connection between the computer and the access point or router. If a password is used to get on the park Wi-Fi, that password is only used to be able to connect to the Wi-Fi network, like a key giving you access through a door. It also does encrypt the data in the air, but ONLY between you and the access point you are connecting to. After that, and surely not on the Internet, it is not encrypted. However that is where HTTPS talked about above comes into play. HTTPS is fully encrypted from your computer on out and back. So, you are secure.

With that said, being on an open Wi-Fi network does come with a small risk of someone using a wireless “sniffer” to try to gather all the data packets you are sending to read no matter whatever it is you may being transmitting. But even with that, any time you are on an HTTPS website, even that “sniffed” data cannot be read.

Now all bets are off if you have gotten yourself a virus, malware, or spyware somehow on your computer, then not even HTTPS can help if someone is tracking your keystrokes. So please be sure your use computer is protected using some sort of anti male-ware or spyware program.

Care for someone else’s word on it? See this video provided by Google about HTTPS:

For how to have better Wi-Fi and Internet in your RV, see RV internet and RV Dedicated Wi-Fi

RV Internet Access and RV Dedicated Wi-Fi

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by David Bott

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It seems that Wi-Fi is one of the most important items for an RV’er these days. Who am I kidding, it is REALLY important. Even more so to the upcoming RV’er who live on the web and thus must be sure to have access. Brenda and I are some of those people. Everything we do, we seem to do on-line. Be it planning our next stop, shopping, or to make a living, the web and thus the Internet, is the place we need to be.

Now I will say that there are a lot of places in the USA that you may care to go that you simply will not have ANYTHING. No 3G or 4G, nor Wi-Fi. You will be so far out that you will be cut off from that ever vital data stream. That is of course unless you have satellite Internet service. We did have, at one time, a DataStorm G74 automatic satellite dish with service via HughesNet. But that subject for us now is in the past.

So that leaves us with what seems to be a growing question we receive. What do we do personally for Internet on the road? Let me start by making this clear…This is the way WE do it. There are surely less expensive devices and even the hardware we use for the radio (Wi-Fi Antenna) can be purchased for much less money if you know how to deal with setting it up. But even though I do know how to setup such things, I opted for ease of use and thus paid for a setup with custom firmware that makes the experience much more enjoyable. Their are A LOT of products on the market.  So again, this is what we do and how we do it.

Please note: We paid for everything we use. We did not get them for free from a company to “Test” and thus hopefully market by talking about it on our blog. In fact, EVERYTHING we have ever reviewed or recommended we paid for. This is because we also do not ever want someone to question why we may be recommending this over that. We do not want to have a question in someones head if what they are reading is really an ad for X product or if there is a bias. In today’s world, this is actually called “Brand Journalism” or “Native Ads”. Simply put, ads that do not read as ads, but really are. Here is a funny video about it… “HBO – This Week Tonight – John Oliver’s – Native Ads” .

So, this will be quick and easy overview of what we use and how…So lets get to it…

Improving Cell Phone Reception…(Which also means improving 3G/4G data reception.)

Wilson Sleek 4G

Wilson Sleek 4G

Wilson Sleek with HotSpot MiFi

Wilson Sleek with HotSpot MiFi

 

The quickest thing to use these days is a Wilson Sleek 4G. The Sleek is a reception booster that is an all in one simple package that you can mount to your dash or somewhere else if you choose. You connect the antenna, plug it into 12V and place your phone (or MyFi or HotSpot) into the cradle. It really is as simple as that. The cradle has a booster (amp) built into it as well as a patch antenna. Your phone will see that and use it like it thinks it is the cell tower. (And it is, as the cell tower is actually just repeated.) This will boost your reception of both the voice side as well as the data side of the phone or HotSpot.

 

 

For even better reception you can mount an external antenna on the roof and run the lead to the Sleek vs. using the antenna that came with it. We mounted a Wilson Roof Mount Cell Antenna and ran the cable down the driver side windshield post to under the dash and then to the Sleek. (Proper cables, extensions, and adapters may be required.)

Our Sleek mounted on our dash.

Our Sleek mounted on our dash.

 

It is good to note however, that this is an amplifier. And as such, it does require having a good signal to boost. In other words, if you are in a very poor cell area, it will have a very poor signal to amplify. But also good to note, that the antenna it comes with is better than the antenna in your phone and thus you will do much better. And even more so if you use a roof mounted antenna as that is even more powerful and thus can receive and transmit to a cell tower that is further away. For example…we have had cell and data service when the coach next to us had none based on our setup with a roof mounted antenna and Sleek. In fact, as I write this, we are in a park where cell service is bad.  I get one bar and 3G. If I put my phone into the Sleek, I get three bars and it switches to 4G data speeds.

 

There are also repeating systems that will take the cell single and then repeat it inside your coach. While these can be good, it is only good if you are close to the internal antenna or if you have a good outside signal as these are mostly used to bring the cell signal inside an enclosure. I do not prefer this approach as it greatly varies vs. having your phone or HotSpot right next to the patch antenna that is in the cradle. I did have this at one time, but stopped using it when the Sleek came out a few years back.

Hint…If you are in a bad cell area and the only way to get service that does not drop calls is if your phone is in the Sleek, use a Bluetooth headset to talk on the phone. As such, you can walk around your coach and your phone can stay in the cradle.

Wi-Fi and Boosting RV Park Reception…

Ok, now these are the two questions that I seem to get over and over. “How can I improve the Wi-Fi from the park inside my RV?” and “How can I better protect myself on an open Wi-Fi network?” The answer to this is of course that it can be done in a few ways and with a large number of different products. I will however talk about our current setup. Of course we have used over the years, and thus have experience with, a number of different products.

WiFi RougeWave Radio

Wi-Fi RougeWave Radio

 

The way we handle BOTH of the above questions is to use a Wave Wi-Fi RogueWave. What the heck is that? Simply put, it is an Ubnt Bullet radio with an 8.5db antenna with custom firmware that makes it easy to use. The unit shows you all the SSID’s (Wi-Fi networks) in the air at the location you are at. You then simply click on one to connect to it. So now you may be asking, “How is this different than using just the Wi-Fi in my computer?”  For one, it is a large 8.5db antenna and thus it cannot just only pull in a better Wi-Fi signal, but it also can transmit a better signal based on the powerful 800mW (+29dBm) output radio it has. After all, it takes two to have a conversation.

 

 

 

Quick Lesson… A lot of the time, you may be able to “see” a good signal and think you have a great connection. But in fact, your computer, phone, tablet, or whatever is reporting the power of the signal it is seeing. The park could be putting out a very strong signal from a powerful radio. However, your computer is sending out a transmission that is to weak too reach back to their radio. In simple terms, in a crowded room, they are using a megaphone to talk to you and you are trying to whisper back to them. Oh, and you are doing this over all the other talking that is going on, aka noise, in the room. Make sense?

So what this means is it is a two way street. You need both sides to be able talk and that is where such a devise such as the WiFi RogueWave comes in as it not only receives a signal very well, it can also talk back just as well. Lets’ face it, we have all be in an RV park where you are parked far from the access point so you can not use the Wi-Fi. So this greatly helps in an RV park where the spot you may be in usually has poor Wi-Fi as you will now have the power of the RogueWave. In fact, I have been in an RV park where the Wi-Fi was so poor, I was able to use the RogueWave to connect to the McDonalds down the road. (Ok, no need to debate if I should have done that.  But I did at least buy an Iced Cafe Mocha Latte.)

Oh, that also brings up a good point. Even if you have a WiFi RogueWave and thus a good connection to a park Wi-Fi, this does not mean they have good Wi-Fi or even good Internet. Many factors come into play when using a free network. Some of which included the number of people using the Wi-Fi, the amount of data service they have coming into the park, and the equipment they use. Some parks may have Wi-Fi but what that could mean is that they have a home Wi-Fi router in their office, and if you can see it from your site, you can use it. In that case, the RogueWave can be of help to reach such a poor setup. But let’s face it, bad is bad and in that case not even the Rogue will help. So that is when you are surely glad you have your own HotSpot and Wilson Sleek.

Also this answers that second question as to using an open Wi-Fi network and Wi-Fi security. The RogueWave has a built in router and firewall. As such, you do not get a public IP from the network that everyone else is also on, you get your own private IP handed out by the RogueWave and the RogueWave gets the public IP. As such, anyone that may try to look for other computers on a network to gain access to will not be able to reach your computer.

Rogue Wave Parts Included In Kit

Rogue Wave Parts Included In Kit

The WiFi RogueWave is simple to use. It does require power and two network cables. You plug in the power and that goes into what is called a POE Injector. That stands for Power Over Ethernet and does nothing more than uses some of the wires in the network cable to carry power to the RogueWave so then only one wire is needed to go to the RogueWave. (Which is good if you mount it outside, as you should.) The other network cable then plugs into the other side of the POE and then into your computers, or routers, network port. Note…your computer would need to be set to get an IP via DHCP. All are defaulted to do this and unless you changed it, you will be set. Using your web browser you then go the RogueWave’s user interface and select the Wi-Fi network you want to use.  Poof, you are now on-line.

NOTE: You can also use the RogueWave to connect to your own personal HotSpot’s wireless SSID. Be it your phone acting as a HotSpot or if you have a MiFi or something like it. So if you want to use your own HotSpot for whatever reason, if you have it turned on, you will be able to see it’s SSID in the RogueWave’s interface and be able to connect to it. One of the nice features of the RogueWave is that you can store favorite Wi-Fi SSID’s to automatically connect to. So I have my phone and Brenda’s phone in the list so whatever one we may activate, if not wanting to use the parks Wi-Fi, it will auto connect once it sees it. Thus ways are using the RogueWave to connect to Wi-Fi.

 

Cradlepoint Wi-Fi Router

Cradlepoint Wi-Fi Router

But wait, what if you want to use more than one device and not connect it directly to your computer? The answer is to use a Wi-Fi router. (Which you can also purchase at the same time through Land and Sea WiFi – Best prices I found for the Wi-Fi RogueWave.) The RogueWave is still used, but instead of going into your computer, you plug the network cable into the WAN port of the router. Any Wi-Fi router you may choose to use will work. Sorry, but I cannot walk you through setting up the router as their are many types. But most of them come with simple setup wizards to help you get going.

The best part of using a router is that all your Wi-Fi devices can then connect to your own private internal network and have Internet access via the RV Park or your HotSpot through the RogueWave. As such, you always connect to your own SSID and not the parks.

This also means you then can use a Wi-Fi printer as it you would just connect it to your own private Wi-Fi network and then can use it without turning on a HotSpot, as you may have to do now.

Ok, so that was A LOT of information and it may or may not help you and may end up leaving you with more questions than before. There are a number of products that cater to the RV’er that we have tried, but we have found the above solution to be the best.

For example…We have tried, and tried, and tried to use the WiFiRanger which caters to the RV industry, but it was just way too buggy and could not be counted on. So much so that we believe, as others, they took down their own customer support community forum as it was just filled with complaints. Now I am not sure if the product has improved or not, but all I know is that it was a major issue to keep running and something I could not count on. And Wi-Fi is something we have to count on. And that was a product that was actually given to me, free of charge, to use in hopes we would blog about it. I could have been writing about that.

WiFiRanger Company…If you have fixed your issues of the past, please feel free to let me know, as I kind of liked the interface. Me being a techie, I like bells and whistles, thus offering some more control. That is something you do offer over the Rogue as the Rouge is it just point and click with not much more needed to be done. (It really is simple and efficient.)  Then again, not being able to control my own DHCP server with static IP’s was an issue with the Ranger. Maybe you also fixed that. You have a lot of users, and thus I have to think, and hope, it is much improved.

The below links are to the parts we use in our motor coach for full time Internet access even when traveling down the road…

Wilson Sleek 4G
Wilson Roof Mount Cellular Antenna
Wilson Home Office Kit can be used for to window mount the antenna if not using roof mount.
WiFi RogueWave Kit
Asus RT-N66U Wi-Fi Router  (This would be overkill for most users but I wanted dual-band.)
Samsung S4 Smartphone (Used as a HotSpot in the Sleek cradle when not using RV Park)

 

Our WiFi RogueWave

Our WiFi RogueWave (Click to enlarge)
Our coach does not have a ladder, thus the roof mount.


Our Connection Path For Access…

- RogueWave is plugged into the WAN port of the Wi-Fi router.
- All personal Wi-Fi items are connected to BottNet.
- Wi-Fi RogueWave is connected wirelessly to RV parks Wi-Fi or our HotSpot.
- If using our HotSpot it is always in the Wilson Sleek 4G cradle for boosting.
- Internet is then available to all devices over our private network.

 

 

Few, that was a lot to write.  So lets also try it in a video chat which some of you enjoy and asked for…

Click For Part Two — > Wi-Fi and Security on an RV parks open Wi-Fi network.

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Our Summer Visit With Family, Friends And The New Bott Plot

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by Brenda

Our Spot At Southwoods RV Resort

Our Spot At Southwoods RV Resort

 

So we’ve spent the last two and a half months in Western NY at Southwoods RV Resort in Byron, NY. It’s the closest campground that we could find to visit our family and friends in the Rochester, NY area. When we made the booking we were originally only going to stay a month. When we got here however we truly did not expect to find such a lovely and comfortable campground. We ended up extending our stay for quite a bit longer.

 

 

One of the reasons was that we really clicked with the park owners, Mike and Sue, and David offered to help them with upgrading their wifi.

David Installing Wifi Antennas

David Installing Wifi Antennas

Installed WiFi system with array and AP locations.

Installed WiFi system with array and AP locations.

David Installing Wifi Antennas

David Installing Wifi Antennas

The Wifi Antenna Array On The Main Office

The Wifi Antenna Array On The Main Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was something he did for a park in Texas and it was nice that he was able to help out such good people at Southwoods. It seems it was the #1 complaint they had.  And for such a wonderful park, David just had to make that complaint go away to be best of his ability.  And he surely did from the reports received. The site where we were in for example went from .3Mbps down to over 8Mbps down when he was done.

 

We had a wonderful time at Southwoods. The campground has quite a few seasonal sites that are really well kept up. And when the park throws their theme weekends, the seasonal people really go all out with decorating.

Whether it’s the 4th of July complete with the campground putting on their own fireworks display……

4th Of July Celebrations At Southwoods

4th Of July Celebrations At Southwoods

4th Of July Celebration At Southwoods

4th Of July Celebration At Southwoods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Christmas in July…

Christmas In July At Southwoods

Christmas In July At Southwoods

Christmas In July At Southwoods

Christmas In July At Southwoods

Southwoods really does it up for all occasions.

One of the things we all look forward to doing when we are in a familiar area is hitting all of those familiar foodie haunts. Pontillo’s pizza, the original in Batavia, NY was just a short drive to where we were parked, Abbott’s frozen custard with locations throughout the Rochester area and our favorite Chinese restaurant, Chen Garden in Rochester, NY.

Pontillo's Pizza From The Original Location In Batavia, NY

Pontillo’s Pizza From The Original Location In Batavia, NY

Enjoying Abbott's Frozen Custard

Enjoying Abbott’s Frozen Custard

Chen Garden In Rochester, NY

Chen Garden In Rochester, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were able to enjoy some local festivals and parades. The Cornhill Arts Festival is one of the areas largest and it seems we always seem to miss it when we are traveling in the area. Not this year!

We celebrated birthdays and much to my surprise, on our 20th Anniversary, David surprised me with a chef cooked meal (from our favorite restaurant) inside our motor home.

It was nice catching up with family and friends.

Our Friend Debbi And Brenda

Our Friend Debbi And Brenda

Brenda And Her Sister Andrea

Brenda And Her Sister Andrea

David And Our Friend Joe

David And Our Friend Joe

Brenda And Our Friend Terri

Brenda And Our Friend Terri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a matter of fact. We enjoyed ourselves so much this summer at Southwoods we decided to make Southwoods our home base for all our visits back home. One problem with that though. They are so popular that they fill up very quickly. So we looked into getting a seasonal site. That way, we figured, we wouldn’t have to worry about making a reservation and finding out they were full. In essence, we could come and go as we please without sweating the details.

One problem with that however. We found out from Southwoods owners, Mike and Sue, that their is a waiting list for a seasonal site.

Good news though…

I guess they liked us so much they want us there as much as we wanted to be there, plus David seems to be now their tech support guy. Mike calls him “Giga-Bott”. So get this…they are willing to build us a seasonal site that will fit our 45 foot coach!  Not kidding…Mike is going to build us a place just for our coach!  A place that they currently do not have developed. (But I suspect that Mike may have always wanted to build one last lot in this area.  So yea!)

Amazing to say the least!  So we are pleased to present the future home of the “Bott Plot”

The Future Spot For Our Seasonal Site

The Future Spot For Our Seasonal Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it doesn’t look like much now but let me tell you…it’s right on the end of a quiet street, private and right where we would have put it if we had picked it out ourselves!  It seems like it was fate to say the least.

Before we left Mike came up with the idea to have a bonfire and christen the site for us. So surely we accepted! (Who dose not like a good ol’ bonfire!) So Mike pulled out some of the old brush and dead wood in that area and we were set to go! It was so great as Joe, David’s best friend, brought his family down for the send off.

David And Brenda At The Bonfire Christening The New Seasonal Site. Photo bombed By Lynn!

David And Brenda At The Bonfire Christening The New Seasonal Site. Photo bombed By Lynn!

David, Brenda And The Furno's Enjoying The Bonfire One Last Night Before We Leave

David, Brenda And The Furno’s Enjoying The Bonfire One Last Night Before We Leave

Before we headed out the next day we took one last look at our future seasonal site. Dreaming about coming back next summer and wondering what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Our Bonfire Really Christened The Land Well.

Our Bonfire Really Christened The Land Well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re sincerely thankful to Mike and Sue for making us feel so welcome, accepted and loved. It means the world to us to be able to call Southwoods home and we look forward to seeing everyone next summer!

Here is an flight video David did of Southwoods…