Quiet Days in York, PA

York, PA

It has been a while since we last posted as we’ve spent much of our time with mundane tasks like medical appointments and getting the Jeep serviced.  Oh, and we have also spent time with daughter Jessica and her now fiancee, Dan.  Yes, during our visit Dan finally popped the question!  Looks like we’ll be having a wedding soon.

John, Dan, and Jessica enjoying dinner

We have taken time for a few “fun” activities during our stay here.  One sunny Sunday afternoon we attended a great food truck festival at a park in downtown York.  The food trucks parked along the curb on the streets surrounding the one block park.

After making a purchase (a difficult choice) we spread out a blanket and enjoyed our food sitting on the grass in the shade of a large tree.

John, Jessica, and Dan’s parents, Janice and Paul

We needed to work off some of the calories gained at the food truck event so the next day we did a six mile hike around nearby Lake Redman.

It’s a school day, why is this young hiker on the trail?

To get to the trail we parked in a lot just below the dam, then walked across the top of the dam on a maintenance road.

The main obstacle we encountered on this trail is a tunnel that goes under I-83.

The light at the end of a tunnel, literally

As the trail goes around the lake, we had many great views of the water below us.

Lunch with a view

While here in York we had to do some maintenance on our new Winegard satellite dish.  Since it was installed we have had trouble receiving some stations, especially late in the day.  Channels like ESPN, CNN, and TNT would come in at times, then would not come in other times in the same day.  John contacted Winegard and, as per their request, sent them photos of the dish in various positions.  They diagnosed a bent feed arm and sent a replacement under warranty.

The replacement feed arm

After the new feed arm arrived, John headed up on the roof to install it.

He first had to remove the reflector (the part that resembles a “dish”).

Then he carefully removed the LNB (the plastic oval at the end of the feed arm) before removing the damaged feed arm.

Once the replacement feed arm was installed and the reflector was back in place, the dish worked as advertised.  We stored the dish (it automatically folds down for travel) and re-deployed it to be sure it could find the three satellites it needs to see.  Now all signal measurements are strong and we are receiving all channels.

Leaving the motorhome in York, we recently drove the Jeep north almost 400 mile to Clayton, NY right along the beautiful St. Lawrence River for a visit to Pam’s mother.

More on that later . . .

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39 Responses to Quiet Days in York, PA

  1. Sue says:

    Good to have a handy man around the house. Still love those lunch time feet pictures. Congratulations to Jessica and Dan……and the happy parents too!

  2. pmbweaver says:

    Gorgeous header photo.

    Oh my gosh! How could you keep this from me!!!! Congratulations to Jessica and Dan. What fun…a wedding. Let the planning begin.

    I don’t know if I could go through that tunnel. It looks scary!

    Good job, John. If any of the channels were news channels, not sure why you would want them to be fixed. It is nothing but bad news and politics.

    Hope you are having a great visit with Pam’s mom.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Marsha:) The St. Lawrence River has some of the most beautiful sunsets.

      This was our second trip through the tunnel which made this time a little easier. The stream that runs through it makes it a little more challenging since you are never sure how deep the water is in the dark.

  3. Ingrid says:

    Congratulations to Jessica and Dan… how exciting. Glad you’re still managing to find those interesting hiking trails.

  4. Jeff says:

    Glad you are still finding interesting trails to share, but more important is CONGARTS! to all! Looking forward to the wedding fotos …

  5. Great news! exciting news! Weddings are always fun…especially if you are the bride’s mother.
    So the new dish is keeping John a bit busy.
    I think the young hiker could be charged for truancy 🙂

  6. geogypsy2u says:

    Congrats to the new couple.

  7. paul weaver says:

    Congratulations to Jessica and Dan and to the great parents! What a fun time.

  8. rommel says:

    I thought you turned your RV into a food truck. Psyched! 😀 They should do the one they do in California where they have an outdoor movie too. 😉

  9. Sherry says:

    Congratulations to you all on on the up coming wedding. I suspect that school hooky player was up to no good. I hope you followed her to make sure. Glad they were able to send a part to fix your new satellite but why do they sell us defective things that we then have to fix. Did you charge them labor John? Seems fair to me.

  10. Congratulations to Jessica and Dan! Are they getting married before you leave the East coast…or do you have to return next year????

  11. Laurel says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful news! Congratulations to Jessica and Dan! When is the wedding? Good to hear from you guys and to see a “lunch with a view” shot. :-))

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Laurel:) The wedding is Dec 27th in Florida on the beach on Anna Maria Island since we will be in that area for the month of Dec. It has been awhile since our last blog post. I think John enjoyed the long break:)

      • Laurel says:

        That sounds like a fabulous place for a wedding! Glad it will be someplace sunny and warm. I can certainly understand how John would enjoy a break from the blog. He does an amazing job of keeping up. I, on the other hand, am consistently tardy. :-))

  12. How exciting, a wedding! Looks like you are having a great time and glad you’ve managed to sneak in a little hiking.

    • placestheygo says:

      Things have been going well here in the east. There are several nice long hikes nearby that give us a little workout. Definitely not the views we love but we’ll take it for now:)

  13. montanaclarks says:

    Congratulations to the daughter on her engagement! It’s always nice to go “home!”

  14. Jim and Barb says:

    Congratulations to your daughter and her fiancée!

  15. Jodee Gravel says:

    That tunnel looks like a place that young truants would frequent! Love the lunch view. Hard to believe the weather is so much cooler than it was then – not complaining at all! Congrats again to the kids. Their wedding plans for Florida sound wonderful.

  16. LuAnn says:

    Congratulations to Jessica! Looks like you are enjoying some time with family, although I know you miss the west and your beloved trails.

  17. Erin Erkun says:

    Hoped to catch up to goings on while we were out and about, but I think I’m going to have to be satisfied with just starting with your most recent post. Congratulations on your daughter’s engagement. We’ve been having problems with our Winegard as well … some channels come in OK at times, and are pixellated or even frozen at other times … very frustrating when we start watching a show and end up having to scrap it before we get to the end. Will have to look into the feed arm and see if that might indeed be the culprit.

  18. petakaplan says:

    Foodtrucks are SO much fun….!

    • placestheygo says:

      This was a huge food truck affair with almost 40 trucks many from miles away. It was so tough to decide but having so many trucks kept the lines down which was great.

  19. Phyllis says:

    We see Redman Lake while traveling I83 between where our daughters live….. one near Hershey and the other in White Hall, MD. Nice to read what there is to do there.

    • placestheygo says:

      There are many hiking trails between Lake Redman, Lake Williams, and Nixon Park which all overlap. Both lakes offer great kayaking, paddle boating, and paddle boarding. Lake Redman also rents boats. Sometime as you travel between your daughters you need to stop for the day:)

  20. Gay says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post…congratulations to Jessica. What an exciting time ! Sure sounds like you are having a great time and getting lots of things done. Hope you will keep us all informed on wedding plans. I can certainly relate to John enjoying his time away from blogging….I’m going through a bit of that myself right now. Take care and hugs to both of you….

  21. Debbie L says:

    It’s always something, isn’t it!!! Glad you had a great techie diagnosis the problem. But CNN? Lol
    Bill will be up on our roof as we’re switching from Direct TV to Dish. Allegedly Bill doesn’t have to do much to switch our in-motion Wingard to Dish.
    Y’all sure got a lot accomplished while “home!”

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