I had to get some work done this morning, so Linda went about three miles up the road to do laundry.
When she returned, we got a little more work done and then went .... shopping. Ugh.
You see, Linda has found some shorts and capri pants that she absolutely loves. They are Woolrich products and it just so happens that the Woolrich Flagship & Outlet Store is about 25 miles from our campground right here in little ol' central Pennsylvania.
Also, we needed to get some lightweight, quick-drying, multi-purpose clothes for our Africa trip. We'll be gone a month, but we're only taking one small suitcase each. So we need to be able to cram a lot of clothes in, and we'll be doing some hand-washing along the way, especially in Kruger National Park.
It needed to be done, but oh the misery of clothes shopping.
After browsing and finding a $275 pair of rain pants (on sale for $192), we looked at each other, laughed, and quickly shuffled to the "outlet" part of the store.
We both picked out a few items and went to the changing rooms. And then the game began.
"How does this look?" "What do you think?" "Should I get this?" "Do you like this color?" "Maybe this'll look better in another size." "Are these sleeves too short?" "Think I'll get hot in this?" "Which 3 of these 28 items I've tried on should I get?" Sheesh.
Of course, to make it more fun for me, I had to include some running commentary. "That's a little bright for the bush don't you think? We need to blend in." "The animals don't really care how it looks on you. Is it comfortable, lightweight, wrinkle resistant, and quick drying? I was told that's what we were looking for." "Yes, I know what I've chosen is boring. Tan, beige, & khaki are what I'm supposed to wear. It's a safari!"
At least the store clerk was laughing. :)
We got a few items and the damage wasn't too bad. We should be all set with the stuff we already have.
Then we had to go to Walmart on our way back as the pantry and fridge were pretty bare. Yeah, that's a perfect day - clothes shopping and grocery shopping. Hours of fun. :)
Back home, I grilled some turkey filets and we had an easy dinner.
Oh, I almost forgot. Linda had a message on Facebook about "unclaimed property". We hadn't checked on that in years. You see, whenever a business sends out a check and it gets returned because the address was incorrect or the person/business has moved and they can't track down the "payee", they eventually have to "escheat" that money to the state which holds it as "unclaimed property".
You can go to Unclaimed.org, click on any state in which you have had an address, and see if you have any money waiting for you. As it turns out, we both have some money we need to claim. I'm sure it's not much, but it was a surprise.
Each state administers this property differently. Some states tell you the amount and where it came from. Others make you jump through hoops to find out the amount. In Kentucky, for example, we have to mail in a form just to request another form to file a claim and we still don't know what we are claiming.
Anyway, that was our day. We did check out a nearby put-in and take-out for a 6-mile paddling trip on the Bald Eagle Creek, but it didn't really grab us. We may or may not do it while we are here.
On to the next day.
Today was a little cloudy and I slept in much longer than normal. But that peaceful start was soon interrupted as Linda started counting days 'til the Rally. :)
She determined that we didn't have very many business days left, so it was time to panic. Yep, been waitin' for that. :)
As we were getting started, there was a knock on the door. A fellow camper that was leaving needed a jump-start. In return, they gave us a bundle of firewood. Seems like we've been jump-starting another camper about once every six months. Another good reason for the Jeep - we have two vehicles if one needs a jump-start. :)
Then it was back to work. We spent all day working on lots of different things to enhance the Rally. The good news is we got a lot accomplished.
In the evening, we wrapped things up and started a campfire. The smells of other fires the last few days made me want a fire-roasted brat, so that's what we had.
Then we sat out and did some reading by the fire. Around 9:30, a critter came out of the bushes and headed towards Linda. At first she thought it was a small dog, but it's a good thing she didn't reach down to pet it. It was a skunk.
It snorted once and, by the fire light, we watched as it ambled on through the campsite, under the RV, and into the woods on the other side. I've never seen Linda sit that still. :)
So, that was pretty much our excitement for the last couple of days.
Right before every Rally, we have somewhere we hang out for three to four days to prepare and get organized. We hadn't really planned on doing that here, but it's working out that way because it's so quiet and we have everything we need.
Well, that's it. Nothing too exciting, but thought we'd better check in as we end the month of August. Have a great day. :)