Bradford Creek RV and Coach and Kelly's Supply Store are in the middle of nowhere. Due to the economy, they no longer have full-time technicians, so we had to leave the Honda overnight. There is a retired gentleman who works in the small store and coordinates any necessary repairs, etc. And he told us -- he does not receive an income for working -- he just wanted something to do. The owner is a broker for high-end diesel pushers.
This is the back of the owner's home. There is a camping area to the left and there are plans to expand in the next five years. The owner expressed he was contemplating what to do with the house now that he and his wife are empty-nesters -- perhaps a Bed and Breakfast, maybe a clubhouse for campers, etc.
In this area of NC, it's a family tradition to celebrate milestones -- such as birthdays, holidays, etc.-- by having a "pig-picking" -- yes, you heard me right -- a pig-picking. You can purchase a whole pig that has been split in half and they cook it on a special grill. When the cooked pig is ready, all participants line up and literally "pick" the meat from the pig. One of the kids' neighbors was celebrating a family wedding, so Matt took some pics for me.
Dalton has been studying earthquakes in science. As a project, he had to construct a house that would withstand an earthquake and could not be destroyed. A list of possible components to use to construct the house was sent home. Papa came up with a plan -- large pretzels for the frame, lasagna noodles for the walls and crackers for the roof. Small pretzels were used for the windows, doors and steps. While Dalton was at school, Papa meticulous cut each pretzel and noodle. Foam was used for the foundation and it was all constructed on a piece of plywood. When Dalton got home from school, they took the cut pieces and created the house.
Dalton was proud to take his house to school where each child shook their house, dropped it on the floor, etc. Dalton's house was the only one that did not break or crumble; thus he received a 100 for his project. Thanks to Papa who came up with the plan and helped Dalton to put it all together. Who would've thought a house made out of pretzels, lasagna noodles and crackers would not crumble when shook or dropped on the floor?
We have not missed a soccer game and Dalton's team is still undefeated. They will play in a tournament to determine first, second, third place. We expect the "Cosmos" to place first.
One last thing before I sign off. We saw the following sign in the vet's office where we take Lucy and I wanted to share it:
We took Matt, Alissa and Dalton with us to VA over Easter weekend to visit Jon, Mindy and Allen. Our next blog entry will cover our trip and visit. In the meantime, we pray God is watching over our family and friends and we pray God will continue to bless our voyage.