Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chesapeake Thousand Trails

Gloucester, VA     (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

With our time up at the Prince William Forest CG and with my Father-in-Law now at home and seeming to be doing well, we've moved south for a bit.

Just a short 2 1/2 hour drive to the southeast and we arrived at the Chesapeake Thousand Trails (TT) last Friday.  We've been Thousand Trails members since 2008, but have never really used the preserves enough to justify our initial and annual expense.  Once we began FTing in 2013, we have started to use the preserves more.  I'm not going to talk about the decision to join TT here, but in Bill Osborne's blog Seeing the USA he does a nice job of addressing the costs and use factor associated with making an informed decision concerning this matter.

We have been to this preserve several times throughout the years and chose a site in the open this time.  We knew it wouldn't be that hot yet and we wanted to be able to pick up a satellite signal.

Apparently, these folks like their satellite TV as well, but were forced to group their dishes together (away from the trees) to pick up a signal.




Another reason we decided to choose this preserve was because we knew that they had Pickleball courts.  We saw them on our last visit back in 2010, but had never played at that point. We are still having "withdrawal" pains from our nice courts in Arizona, so we were anxious to get in some playing time.


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Does anyone here remember the feeling that Chevy Chase and his family had when they reached Wally World in the original National Lampoon's Vacation movie?


 We went over to the Pickleball courts and saw this.

The Pickleball courts are currently under renovation for the upcoming season.  No fences, holes in the concrete, and no nets.  Not something we were happy to see!


This TT's preserve also has two separate swimming pools.  The same work was happening to them.  Oh well.






I guess we'll just have to get out and do some additional walking and bicycling.  The following pictures around the preserve are of some of the amenities.


Boat launch into the Piankatank River

Under Roof Lodge Area

Indoor Hot Tub


Aside from regular RV sites, the preserve also has different classes of cabins for use. Here's a few of the "regular" cabins positioned beside one of the lakes.
 
Here's one of the "Getaway Club" cabins overlooking the Piankatank River.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

I couldn't end the blog without a photo of a sign posted down at the end of the fishing pier. Now I'm certainly in favor of not jumping into shallow water, but I'm not sure if I can avoid "swiming" near the pier.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
 
 




 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Update on Father-in-Law's Heart Surgery

Dumfries, VA

If you've read our blog recently you know that the reason we are back in Virginia is because my Father-in-Law had quadruple bypass heart surgery two days ago.

This is just a short "update" blog to let everyone know that he came thru the surgery without any problems.  He is actually due to be sent home from the hospital on Thursday.  It's still hard for me to imagine how short a hospital stay patients undergoing surgeries have these days.

Karen and I want to thank everyone who offered prayers and who expressed so many kind words of encouragement during these past few weeks.

Now the re-hab begins!


Thanks for dropping by to take a look!