Fresh from the FROG rally I had only been home 5 days, but managed to strip and clean the Airstream, catch up on home chores, and process 24 quarts of salsa with canning partner Cindy. With all that out of the way – it was time to camp again!
The weather has been, without question, the best we have had all summer, 70’s highs and 50’s lows, leading right into a very special camping trip! Our favorite Ohio State Park was hosting a car show and Tom entered the MG. Harrison Lake State Park is a mere 63 miles from our house, and after lunch Thursday I handled the camping rig while Tom led the way in the MG and Steve and Cindy Thomas followed. There were also plans to meet Airstream and Argosy buds Lou and Larry and Loren and Mike for this cruise-in weekend.
Our sites at Harrison Lake were covered by thick grass and shade was guaranteed all day by the tall trees surrounding our campsite.
The weather cooperated by cooling off enough to actually need an evening campfire for warmth, and by the time Lou and Larry joined us the weekend was off to a great start!
With no place we had to be or go on Friday morning, we started out with a monster breakfast with Steve cooking egg sandwiches on the grill, Lou and Larry providing a skillet of hash and a bowl of fresh fruit, and Tom flipping pancakes.
Lou is a seasoned kniter/crocheter and got Cindy, a newbie knitter, and me, a newbie crocheter started on projects. Lou was hoping to see progress on her camo-afghan for an Alaskan friend, Cindy was making a circular big-yarn chair cover, and I was working on a Viking hat with horns for Caleb.
Saturday morning at 7:45 Tom exited one end of the campground, entered another, registered the MG, and took his place in the field. The rest of the day was spent walking around admiring and photographing the cars. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
This is just a few of the cars that we saw as we made several passes around the field, visited the craft vendors, listened to the live entertainment and talked to other owners. Cars were on display from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 when awards were passed out. The top 35 cars (out of over 100) that received votes were awarded plaques, and then several other special show awards were given. It seemed to be a Ford Mustang and Chevy Belaire day with lots of awards going to these American made brands.
And while the little British MGB didn't win a trophy, she stood up very proudly to all the competition and garnered a lot of comments from participants that were awed with the fact that Tom had kept and was showing the very first car he had ever bought!
It would be hard to repeat such a great weekend with friends, family, meals, crafting, showing, relaxing and great weather -- but, give us a couple weeks and we'll try! Next on our agenda is East Harbor State Park where the tall ships will be parading past Put-In-Bay for a Labor Day celebration!
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