When not exploring the hiking trails at Lake Fairfax Park or working on other projects, we enjoyed some social visits. We had not seen our friend Jannie in many years, having first met her in Rochester before she relocated near us when we were living in Northern Virginia. We joined her for lunch at her home in Herndon and learned of the incredible turn her life has taken, as she is now teaching hydroponics at local schools and to others throughout the US and beyond. (Here’s a link to her Explorer’s Club.)
Our next stop after leaving Reston was going to be our first Harvest Host stay this year and only our 3rd since joining. We were arriving at the small Armstrong Valley Winery the day before their Summer Fest, allowing us to pull into their spacious parking lot while it was still empty. That would change dramatically the next morning. (Having discovered that our original arrival date was going to be during the festival, we asked to arrive a day early. Good plan.) But we had our choice of 6 pull-through spots that had 50amp power. In exchange for this generous service, we were asked to patronize our host, and that we did. Our first night, we enjoyed a bottle of wine in a courtyard while listening to the music of local band Cracken Jack.
Heading out on a Sunday morning, we had a short run to get to the our campground on the PA-Ny border on US 15. Tucked into the hills that line the Tioga River is an Army Corps of Engineer park that has 2 campgrounds. We opted to stay at Ives Run where we had a full hook-up site at half price thanks to Dave’s senior pass. The sites are level, many with full hook-ups, and situated close to the lake, which has a beach and boat ramp. For the first time this year, we pulled down the bikes and discovered the Visitor Center and butterfly garden, along with other hiking trails. Unfortunately, it was the first place in all of our travels north that we lacked any T-mobile internet service. Our Visible phone filled the gap, though. Despite that, it is one of favorite stopovers on the way north.
With our next stop we were in NY, on a small organic cattle farm, raising Black Angus cattle. This was another Boondocker’s Welcome site. We pulled alongside the barn and where we had the use of 15amp power and a view of the entire property. For the first time in our travel north, we turned off the AC, and the cool nights allowed us to sleep well without it.
Why is the oven smoking? As soon as the question entered Cathy’s mind, she immediately knew the answer. Before heading out that morning, she had stored a plastic container in the oven for the trip, and had forgotten to remove it when she lit the oven. Opening up the oven door, the sight that greeeted her was disheartening. The clear plastic container was dripping through the oven rack onto the bottom of the oven. Was this something that we could clean up or was the oven toast? (Bad pun.)
Amazingly, much of the plastic hardened back quickly and popped right off. However, the problem was the thin residue left over on racks and the oven floor that was concerning. But a quick Google search determined that Cathy is not the first (nor likely the last) person to melt a plastic container in the oven. There were tons of tips for getting it clean. The bad news was that it took a LOT of scrubbing. The good news is that the oven is VERY clean now. And after a little smoke to burn off the final residue, there is no more plastic smell to infuse our baked goods. Whew!
We also had some water issues to deal with. The heat began to affect the quality of the water in our tanks. While in Ives Run with full hook-ups, we sanitized the tanks with bleach (let it sit in the tank overnight), and then drained and refilled it. We also used our access to the sewer hook-up to regen our water softener. That would keep it fresh for future water fills.
When we called Keystone to get them to send us the part, they disagreed that our 2020 Cougar was affected. We called back to Asa Electronics, who is sending us the replacement resistor anyway. Since the In-Command system is also one of the few ways we can get an accurate read on the battery voltage, this complicates the problems with managing our batteries. Fingers crossed twice that this resistor will fix the problem.