MAY 2011

May 29, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

MAY 2011



From Salt Fork State Park, we drove to Springfield, Ohio, (near Dayton), to visit with Teton friends, Jerry and Ruth. We were all going to the NE Rally in a few days, so this was sort of a pre-rally, especially when Tetoners, Dennis and Kathy, joined us from Michigan. We spent nearly two weeks visiting and catching up with minor fix-ups on the rig.

Double rainbow at campsite in Springfield, Ohio.

The weather was still lousy, but we did take a trip back to Tipp City (formerly Tippecanoe) and had the lobster crab cake at the Coldwater Café. Worth a trip.



Our three Tetons caravanned to Dundee, Ohio for the TCI NE Rally. It’s just north of Holmes County and a great base for touring the Amish country. We enjoyed learning about the culture and visiting local attractions. Of note is the Warther’s Woodcarving Museum in Dover and Keim's Lumber in Charm


Rally group at Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio

Jerry and Ruth with Habitat representative.

Tetons at Rally.
Hand carved ivory by Ernest Warther.
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Detail of hand carving.
Another treat was breakfast at Kenny's, a friend of the rally master. Kenny rigged up a circular griddle and cooked us up pancakes and whole hog sausage. 
Kenny's revolving pancake griddle.
We also got a chance to have dinner in an Amish home and learn more, firsthand, from our hosts. (We learned they go to FL for a few weeks every year.) 

Time flew by and I was only able to get to a couple of antique shops before it was time to go.


Amish farm in Holmes County.

Amish farmer.
On May 15 we hit the road to Salt Lake City for yet another Rally. We caught up with I-80 in Illinois, which took us through Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming.  As we drove through Wyoming, once we hit 7200 ft. altitude, we saw patches of snow all around us. Now this is May 18. When does spring come to Wyoming?  Having driven about 6 hours a day for 4 days, we decided to layover a day in Wyoming.  It was rainy, so a gravel RV park was appreciated (as opposed to muddy).  We found a nice park (Western Hills) in Rawlins (6916 ft.) and then found a nice restaurant – Aspen House. The next morning it was snowing, too warm to stick, but too wet to do any sightseeing. Speaking of sightseeing, 3 things you'll always see in Wyoming are - pronghornnatural gas wells, and endless freight trains.


Wyoming in May.
We arrived in Salt Lake City the following day and spent our time, before the rally, sightseeing. We visited Temple Square, Promontory Point and Antelope Island.

Morman Temple in Temple Square.
Morman Tabernacle, where the Choir performs.
Central Pacific and Union Pacific complete first transcontinental railroad in 1869.
Site of the Golden Spike.

View of Salt Lake City, across Great Salt Lake, from Antelope Island.


Antelope Island. Check the bug report before you go.

You don't want to take your rig to this road on Antelope Island.

We found a handy website with all kinds of trails, so one day we took advantage of some nice weather and hiked up a nearby trail.
Jeanie on a mountain trail above the Salt Lake valley.
Flatter portion of trail.
The next day it rained all day and the temperature dropped to the mid 40's.

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