Tom established his retirement on Monday, June 2nd -- his last day of teaching. Finally he is going to start holding up his end of this retirement lifestyle! I’ve been staffing the retirement routine solo for five years and after 40 years of teaching it is time for Tom to step in and take over the joystick. On the weekend’s menu was a rally at Pastime Park in Plain City, OH -- a shared gathering between NOVA and Mohican WBCCI units. For Tom and I it was a celebration on reaching the next milestone of our life-cycle –- full-fledged retirement!
NOVA and Mohican were each represented by 6 Airstream units with some arriving Thursday afternoon and some trickling in the next day. The scene was set for a pot-luck dinner on Thursday, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, and dinner at the Der Dutchman Restaurant on Saturday evening.
After Thursday night's pot-luck, two carloads headed out for the the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Columbus. Tom and I have never been to a comedy club before, and I am not much of a fan of stand-up comedy. But, the featured comedienne for the night was a fellow I had watched (and liked) on America’s Got Talent last season. He finished 2nd in the show, and that of course, gave him some good fodder for poking fun of himself at the start of his act. Taylor Williamson is a nerdy little Mr. Rodgers clone, complete with a little button-down sweater and a cheesy little grin that punctuates awkward comments. I enjoyed him just because I had seen him preform several times.
Friday morning we were visited by our friendly little alien who only seems to appear on the back-side of our trailer when it is facing west. While taking pictures of him, I wandered around the campground snapping pictures of some of the other rigs.
Mohican cooks fueled Friday with a pancake, sausage, fruit, OJ, and coffee breakfast. On Saturday it was NOVA’s turn serving toasted English muffins, Canadian bacon, fried eggs, cheese, hash-browns, fruit and coffee. Breakfast grilling was a snap when Larry set up his big propane griddle and whipped out all of his accessories.
Saturday was a distillery trip for the boys and a fabric/yarn shopping trip for the girls. We all met back at the campground for a lazy afternoon followed by a trip to Der Dutchman restaurant for dinner -- then a campfire.
Sunday morning we lingered a little longer, sitting around procrastinating about packing up and parting. Here are some pictures of some very satisfied Airstreamers!
The ladies even had time for one last crochet conference!
Inevitably, it was time to hitch up and head for home. When you are the first one to leave, there are plenty of volunteers to help hook up!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown