Pretty little birds for you

Well here is another blatant ad for our online Etsy store. We just listed this adorable wood carving of two little songbirds perched on a unique piece of driftwood or possibly a piece of a root of some kind. What a cute extra for one of your shelves, or a fun piece for any bird or nature lover.

There are nine more photos on the listing giving you several different views of this art work and pricing and shipping details.

You can follow this link to the listing.

 

Click here for the Roadtirement Vintage Etsy Store

Lincoln Memorial Bridge over the Wabash

The bridge carries U.S. 50 Business across the Wabash River from Vincennes, Indiana to Lawrence County, Illinois. The east end of the bridge is in the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park. At this entrance to the bridge you will find two large pylons made of granite, each with a raised sculpture depicting  a Native American Chief.

The bridge is of what is called a deck arch design, and has two traffic lanes and wide pedestrian walks on each side of the roadway.  It was opened to traffic in September, 1933.

View from the George Rogers Clark Monument

Wabash River walk, Clark monument to the left, bridge to the right

We drove across the bridge, not knowing that there was a sculpture/monument to Abraham Lincoln just on the other side of the river. Had we known, we would have walked across the bridge. We’ll cover that attraction in another post.

There were very few people out the day we were in Vincennes, thus we could easily maintain “social distance” and did feel safe. It was great getting out to see some things after our long COVID-19 isolation.

Historic 1837 college

Behind the Catholic Basilica in Vincennes, Indiana is a small red brick building. The information plaque on the wall describes Saint Gabriel’s college that was started by the Eudist Fathers in 1837.

You can see a bit of our RV on the far right

Information plaque

Original stone wall visible

The Eudist Fathers were founded in the 1643 in France. and the group is still active today promoting missionary work and education. This old college was one of several historic places we found during our first real RV trip since February since we have been isolated due to that deadly virus. It is always fun to stand in front of an old historic structure and imagine what it was like back when it was built.

Stay safe while your travel, friends, but go ahead and travel safely!

Impressive monument

Sher

While Sher and I were driving around Vincennes looking for interesting things, we spotted the steeple of a large church.  We parked, got out and went up to one of the historical information signs. Then we looked to the right and wow, there was a huge structure that looked like a monument you’d see in Washington, D.C.

What we were seeing was the George Rogers Clark Memorial. The monument honors the 1779 victory of General George Rogers Clark over the British at Fort Sackville, on the Wabash River in what is now Vincennes. This was a hugely successful campaign during the Revolutionary War and led to the United States claiming the Northwest Territory from Britain.

Detail of the monument inscription

Francis Vigo, with the Wabash River behind

 

 

 

 

The State of Indiana built the monument in 1933 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated it in 1936. The site was turned over the the National Park service in 1966, and the NPS runs it to this day, along with a Visitor’s Center and other parts of the historic park. There is a lovely “River Walk” paved path along the banks of the Wabash River, which is the boundary with Illinois.

It was a hot day, however in the shade it was comfortable. We saw a few people out, most without masks, but no problem keeping safe distances. We really enjoyed finding this impressive piece of Indiana and American history!

Stay safe while your travel, friends, but go ahead and travel!

 

Cautiously getting back to traveling

I guess we had had enough of the isolation, staying at home, watching the RV sitting in the driveway and general boredom. We decided that we would venture out for a short duration trip to see what the world was like in person. Sher and I knew we could not just take off without preparation. I’m in the age and underlying health issues related group. Neither of us want to get the virus. We wanted little or no physical contact with either things and/or of course people.

Preparing the RV

We had plenty of fresh water, the gray and black water tanks were empty.  We planned our daily menus, and had more than enough food and drink on board, so there was no need to go to a store. And of course we started with a full gas tank. The RV had not been used other than a couple of day trips since we got back from Texas in February (Before COVID seems like years ago…) so we dusted the inside, put up a new shower curtain, and added a new bedspread and loaded supplies.

Roadtirement back on the road

The RV Park

We found an RV Park about 10 miles north of Vincennes, Indiana, our first destination. They accepted Passport America for half price camping. That was good. But how to interact with the office? I did not want to have to go into it. I called and the park owner completely understood my wanting a “no contact” payment. No problem, they had a mail slot at the office, great for depositing our check. The park layout also was great, as there was plenty of room between sites.

Yep, that’s us being COVID tourists

Sightseeing

We were out and about mid week, thus avoiding what might have been large crowds on the weekends. As it turned out, there were very few people around where we walked about. We saw very few people wearing masks, which is now mandatory in Indiana. Social distancing was not really a problem, as there were only a couple of times where we moved away from nearby pedestrians.

In conclusion

We so enjoyed getting back on the road and staying in an RV Park. Sher and I both had a great time seeing the historic sites and monuments in Vincennes and then in French Lick on the second day. We do not yet feel safe going into for example any restaurants , wineries or antique shops. The frustrating part was seeing some places open and not feeling safe going in.  But, we had our own bathroom, food, and our house on wheels made for a very safe  “No Contact” outing. We’ll add some posts about the neat stuff we saw, complete with pictures soon.

Been on a break from blogging

We have been taking a break from blogging for a while. Indiana is now in what they are calling Phase 4.5, in other words, things started to open up for Phase 4 and then oops! the COVID case numbers began to rise again. Thus, stop, call it stage 4.5 and hope for the best. The best didn’t happen, and now Indiana is under a mandatory mask order statewide. Indianapolis has dropped entertainment venues to 25% capacity and I think Indy bars are closed again.

Here’s some pictures from our yard:

The mint is blooming

Shells displayed on an old stump

The sage is doing well

Basil, foreground and Oregano

 

 

 

Anyway, we are still “isolating” by not going anywhere where there is the chance of catching this virus. I have underlying health issues. We have been out in the RV a couple of times, but no interaction with others.  As we are not going to any shows or festivals this year, we’ve been going through our inventory and listing items on our Etsy Store online. Click here on our Roadtirement Vintage Store to see what we have recently listed for sale.

Stay safe, Keep healthy, Things will get better!

Remember the cucumber?

Here’s a picture (left) from a few days ago of the first cucumber that grew on the vines (there are others now growing). It grew some more, and our son picked it. We put it in the fridge for a bit and then Sher sliced it. My did it taste delicious! Sher then used our sun tea jug and added fresh cucumber slices to fresh water to make a refreshing and healthy drink.

The COVID-19 thing has kept us at our home base since February 25th. We are normally out in our RV during the summer months, but staying off the road has given us a chance to have a bigger variety of vegetables planted. Our freshly harvested vegetables are so much better than store bought!

Remember, be smart and stay safe! You do not want to catch the virus!

The saga of the beans

Time to harvest the first green beans from Roadtirement’s garden!

Pickin’ and grinin’

Pretty good batch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first round of green beans were finally ready to be picked. We had watched the plants sprout from seed. We kept track as the plants grew and the little yellow flowers bloomed. And then one day Yes! There they were! The first of the cute little bean pods emerged from the plants! We checked each day, sometimes twice a day. As the pods grew in size we knew this day was coming: (Drum roll) Time to pick!

OK, that’s overly dramatic. It was, however,  gratifying to get a colander full of our own green beans. From the way the plants look, we will be able to harvest again soon.