Friday - June 16, 2017
I was up early for my morning coffee and spent time catching up on some blogs I read and checking Facebook before Dean got up. I ate a quick breakfast and then got ready for my morning Wake Up Workout and the Pole Trekking. Today is our last day for these exercise classes. I've really enjoyed them. Anne Mayer has done a great job. She makes it a lot of fun and the time flies by.
The exercises consist of massaging your brows, temples, TMJ area, your head, and then using a fan we do a variety of facial exercises (no one can see your silly looking faces you make hiding behind the fan). Then we move on to squats, arm rolls, twists, etc. She has all of the exercises to music which makes the time go so quickly.
Today, because there were some new pole trekkers, Nancy Anderson took the advanced group (yes, me, I'm advanced--haha) and we redid all of the steps from yesterday and then we did a 1 mile walk strolling around the perimeter of the campground with our poles.
After I showered I headed up to the Rally Hall for a session on Induction Cooking. While I've heard about this I have never tried it nor have I even been around anyone who has, so I am wanting to learn more. It was a great session - as all of them have been.
Lady E picked 3 folks from the audience to help. I was selfish and did not offer to help because I wanted to make notes. I would offer to help in the future though now that I've set through most of the classes. Today her helpers made potato soup in tiny bread bowls - small rolls with the center cut out.
Here's the recipe:
6-7 medium potatoes, cubed (she used red potatoes and peeled them but typically she leaves the peel on and I would too)
water to cover potatoes while cooking (you do not drain the water once they are cooked)
1 pint sour cream (fat-free does not make the soup as smooth, but it tastes the same and is healthier)
1 # Mexican Velveeta, cubed; can use regular Velveeta
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cook bacon and chop in small pieces for garnish.
pico de gallo
Cover potatoes with water in large pot (use more water for thinner soup). When potatoes are tender, add sour cream and cubes of Velveeta. Heat, stirring nonstop. When cheese is melted, soup is ready. Add green onions, bacon, shredded cheese, and pico de gallo as garnish.
So, there were two induction plates being used - one to cook the potato soup itself and the second one to cook the bacon. The bacon was beginning to splatter, so she lifted the frying pan from the induction plate and laid a paper towel over the plate, and then set the frying pan back on it to finish cooking the bacon - with the paper towel now catching the grease splatters. How cool is that? How can it be the induction plate is hot enough to cook the bacon but not incinerate the paper? The pans used on the induction plate must be magnetic and cast iron can be used. She suggested when looking for pans to carry a magnet with you so you can be sure they will work on the induction plates.
She placed her hands down near the pan - not on it but close to the outer edges. The pan is hot but only right close to the pan - the heat is not radiating into the room like a gas fire does - so again you are managing to keep heat out of your RV. Wow, who knew?
I think an induction plate will be on my birthday or Christmas list this year!
We were able to pick up our bread bowl and soup and leave right at noon and I walked back to Bentley eating my lunch! Yummy!
Dean returned from the presentation he attended around 12:30. He ate a quick chicken salad sandwich and then we needed to get a few groceries and to get some of those yummy donuts we talked about earlier we are bringing home to share. I called the Nappanee bakery first and they did not have enough donuts, so I checked with the Middlebury bakery and they had plenty. But just in case, they are setting aside 2 dozen for me so I'm sure to have some by the time we drive over there. They can go very quick. We made it to the bakery and then headed back to Goshen to Wal-Mart where we picked up a few things to get us through until we get home. One of the reasons we went to Wal-Mart was to get cash - and guess what we forgot to do!! Does that mean another trip later?
I had connected with a couple here at the rally via an app we use called RVillage and we wanted to stop by to introduce ourselves so we walked over to their rig a short time after we got back. We had a nice visit with Dave and Karen from Pennsylvania for about an hour and then we drove over to where some of our South Central Region friends were parked to watch some harness races. Their rigs are parked just outside of the racetrack which gives them front row seats for the races. We stayed for the entire set of races and our friend Debbie would have made a few bucks were they taking bets. She sure knows how to pick a winner! It was fun and before it was over at least 6 couples were sitting around. We met the Talley's from Florida at this get together.
We returned home where we had a taco salad for dinner. Can you believe that I went to make this salad and realized I forgot to bring the taco seasoning for the hamburger; and when I went to get the dressing I barely had any in the bottle; and I forgot to bring the new bottle I had at home. I just knew I had them both, so I didn't even think about it and there we were at Wal-Mart just a few hours earlier. So I improvised - I just threw a few seasonings together with a Mrs. Dash Chipolte seasoning and stretched that dressing as far as I could. It turned out pretty good considering what I forgot to bring.
But ---- Dean still wanted to go back to Wal-Mart. He said, I'll drop you at the door and you can buy something and get the cash. Okay! Well, let me tell you everyone in Goshen goes to Wal-Mart at 7:30-8:00 to buy their weekly groceries on Friday evenings and I was in that store for over 30 minutes to buy a box with individual potato chips and get $100 in cash. You know what it's like when you take your kids to Wal-Mart at this hour and they are either hungry or tired? Yes, that was me stuck between this for 30 minutes!!!! Dean owes me big time for this!
Well, tomorrow is our last full day here at the rally. It's hard to believe the time has passed so quickly.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
I got up and had the coffee going at 5:30 or so. We need to walk down to the rally hall to load a bus this morning by 7:45 a.m. We are traveling to Elkhart, IN to tour the Heartland RV Plant where Landmarks, Big Horns and Big Country RV's are built. Our Bentley is a Big Horn so we are looking forward to seeing the construction process. We arrived at the rally hall shortly before 7:45 and loaded the bus - this was probably a mistake on my part. I should have waited until right before the bus was ready to leave before I got on it - after I had made a quick trip to the restroom. Early morning trips often result in a stop before an hour is up when we are on the road, but you can't just stop a bus anywhere you want. Of course a train can stop the bus - but it didn't do me much good.
|Lots of trains going through Goshen - this is the one that goes by the fairgrounds.|
My eyeballs were about to float by the time we arrived! I was quick to find someone to direct me to the restroom, and I guess he knew I was serious, because he didn't hesitate for a minute. I wasn't the only one heading that way though. Whew, now I could concentrate on why we are here!
This was really an interesting tour. We started at the first station and went through each one to see the process of the RV's being put together. It was really neat to get to see a Big Horn similar to ours going through the construction process. While some of the finishes have changed, the floor plan was somewhat similar to ours.
Here are a few pictures I took:
|Dean going up the stairs to look at the roof of the RV at this point in the construction process|
Our next stop on the tour was at the Furrion Innovation Center to see what they are doing in the RV and boating industries. I should have taken pictures here and I apologize for not doing so because they had some really cool things.
The first thing I was interested in was the cooking innovation center to see the new electronic ignition ovens - no more messing with a butane lighter to light the stove. They are nice and the cook tops look more like a home stove top rather than the old camping style stove tops in most campers today. The newer Heartland models all have this new technology.
They had a motorhome on display that had some of the neatest technology you can imagine. The shower looked like a spa in high dollar homes, kitchens with dishwashers, wine coolers, induction stove tops versus the gas, fancy electric refrigerators/freezers, and get this - a stairway to the top of the motorhome where a hot tub is located. The inside was pretty stark, all white plastic looking which didn't appeal to me but it did have some really great technology inside of it.
Our next stop was at the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame. Dean and I visited here last September so we just did a quick walk through while we were here. Within this building is the Ingram Hall where Heartland served us lunch and provided a panel of Heartland Leaders to address questions and answers from the many Heartland owners in attendance.
Everyone was wearing our blue Heartland T-shirts to show our support for Heartland!
|Our table mates.|
Our meal was hamburgers, roasted potatoes, slaw, cookie and water. It was really good and once everyone had gone through - you could go back as much as you wanted even filling to go boxes for later if you wanted. They definitely made sure we had enough to eat!
The Q&A session was really interesting. Overall it was very positive - it was clear that most Heartland owners love the Heartland product, however there were a few that were upset with their particular situations. I do not like confrontations but mostly it was positive and constructive criticism. The leadership that addressed questions handled things well and seemed to really listen to what folks were saying. We sure do love our Bentley and we are happy with most everything. There are a couple of changes we have made and a couple we would change if we could but none of them are deal breakers. We have good storage space and a nice flow to our floorplan and I see us utilizing this rig for years to come.
We returned to the campground around 3:00. We will have a final meal at the rally hall tonight at 5:00 p.m. Once we returned to Bentley we rested a bit and then did a bit of preparation for leaving tomorrow by putting a few things away outside since we may get some rain in the late evening/early morning.
At 4:30 we headed to the rally hall. What a meal they provided tonight - thick, tender pork chops, three cheese ravioli, vegetable medley, mashed potatoes, fruit compote, wonderful homemade rolls, and strawberry shortcake. And once everyone had gone through you could go back for seconds or get a take-out box for a meal tomorrow, and that is what we did. I could not finish my pork chop, so I added some vegetables/mashed potatoes and picked up an extra pork chop for Dean and that will be our meal on the road tomorrow. We had a nice visit with folks at our table during the meal.
Heartland provided a band again this evening that played current and country music. We stayed for a song or two and then we headed back to Bentley. I wanted to get some more things packed this evening to make our morning go a little quicker and Dean wanted to empty our tanks tonight in case it's raining in the morning.
It was a really good day but we were tired when we laid down for the night.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Happy Father's Day to all the guys in my life! I love you all!
My alarm woke me up at 5:30 this morning - that doesn't happen often. I got the coffee on and soon after Dean was up as well. They are serving breakfast at the rally hall this morning at 7:00-9:00. I was expecting something light - but when we arrived they had a breakfast mix of sausage, eggs and potatoes; a potato mix; and biscuits and gravy along with several varieties of rolls and orange juice. WOW! It was delicious. I don't remember ever attending anything with such wonderful food prepared by a catering company. They did a fantastic job!
We returned to Bentley around 8 and we pulled out of the campground at 9:00 a.m. We will be stopping in Terre Haute, IN for the night at a KOA. It was about a 4 hour drive for us - which is our typical travel day.
|Here we are routing around Indianapolis, IN in 6 lanes of traffic - with no one but us! How did we get so lucky?|
|Always a beautiful sight - our Flag|
This campground is small but very nice and they have a restaurant on site. We quickly got set up and Dean had the cable ready to go - there's a golf game on he wants to see. I warmed up our leftover pork chops from last night - and they were just as good today! Yummy!
Megan had texted us shortly before we arrived to see if we wanted to Skype with them and we set up a time for about 3. We enjoyed talking with Megan, Matt, Josh and Sarah for about an hour, enjoying watching the kids and listening to Josh sing, count and visit with us while Sarah smiled and waved and ran around. She won't be 1 for another month but she looks like she's been walking for months.
Dean said it would be awhile before the golf game was over so if I wanted to we could take a drive in to Terre Haute and look around. We drove by a few places that intrigued me and of course I had to get lots of pictures.
|Clabber Girl Museum|
|Clabber Girl Bake Shop|
|Picture from the internet - Clabber Girl Building.|
Just around the corner was this beautiful Catholic Church and I could not resist pictures.
One more place I wanted to see was their Courthouse. Unfortunately the sun was not cooperating and these pictures just do not do the building the justice it deserves. What a grand building!
Tomorrow we will head back to Robertsville State Park for the night - we were even able to get our same spot!
Since this will post on Monday, June 19 - Happy birthday to my son Marc! I hope your day is awesome! I love you!