No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

I'm looking forward to sampling some fresh bicolor sweet corn again.

I’m looking forward to sampling some fresh bicolor sweet corn again.

We come under the no service part.

The drive from Cave City, Kentucky to Vallonia, Indiana took an hour longer than we’d hoped due to an overturned semi that caught fire just south of Louisville and road construction soon as we crossed over the Ohio River into Indiana. Traffic was down to a crawl in both areas.

Starve Hollow Lake

Starve Hollow Lake

Once we arrived at Starve Hollow it took a few tries and several blocks of wood before we could get Suite Pea relatively level. This had been a favorite campground of ours when we lived in Indiana. Of course back then we’d always been able to snag a paved full hookup site, not the case this time.

This entire area is part of our site.

This entire area is part of our site.

Originally we hadn’t planned to be in Indiana this early in the Summer but a glitch in our travel plans made it necessary. Having to scramble for a site with the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, a 50 amp electric only site was the best we could score. We filled the fresh water tank prior to setting up because our closest potable water connection is 60 yards away from our site. We’ll need to practice water conservation in order to make it last the two weeks we will be here. It’s a good thing we carry 4 refillable water jugs to help supplement our water supply.

Our section of the campground

Our section of the campground

IMG_3818 Electric only lakefront sites Electric only lake front sites

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Church Service Area

Church Service Area

IMG_3823 Waterfront cabins IMG_3825

Most folks think of Indiana as being flat farm land but Southern Indiana has the same rolling hills that you typically find in Kentucky or Tennessee and Starve Hollow is located in a heavily wooded area in those hills. That means no cell phone service, no satellite tv and even with our Wilson sleek and antennae, our internet connection is poor and spotty. More often than not, we are unable to get on.

Southern Indiana has it's share of rolling hills too.

Southern Indiana has it’s share of rolling hills too.

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Our youngest daughter commissioned our services the day after we arrived and kept us employed for 3 consecutive days. She is moving out of her 3 bedroom townhouse and in with her grandmother. She doesn’t like living alone. She has tried having housemates but being naive and too kind-hearted she falls too easily for taking in deadbeats that don’t want to pay for they’re share of household expenses or contribute to housekeeping. Now she’ll be able to focus more on furthering her education and her grandma does enjoy having Bobbi-Leigh’s company.

Medora Covered Bridge in nearby Medora. Built in 1875 to span the east fork of the White River.

Medora Covered Bridge in nearby Medora. Built in 1875 to span the east fork of the White River.

It was fully operational until 1972. Now it's foot traffic only.

It was fully operational until 1972. Now it’s foot traffic only.

IMG_3848 White River East fork of the White River

Built in the Burr arch truss style. The bridge is mostly of oak and poplar.

Built in the Burr arch truss style. The bridge is mostly of oak and poplar.

The Medora Bridge is now the longest historic covered bridge in the U.S.A. and the only triple span left in Indiana.

The Medora Bridge is now the longest historic covered bridge in the U.S.A. and the only triple span left in Indiana.

The young family that will be leasing her townhouse requested to take procession a month and a half sooner than expected so prior to our arrival, Bobbi and two of her girlfriends manged to move her bedroom set into grandma’s house and the other few items that Bobbi is keeping, into a storage unit. Bobbi had also accomplished the selling off of her remaining furniture and appliances. Being a restaurant manager and having to cover for vacationing employees, Bobbi must work 13 straight days before getting a day off herself. Enter mom, dad, and their services.

Medora is home to two rare round barns. I'm unsure if this is the Hall Barn or the Stuckwisch Barn.

Medora is home to two rare round barns. I’m unsure if this is the Hall Barn or the Stuckwisch Barn.

Don patched holes left from wall hangings, switched out a ceiling fan for a light fixture and did a few other minor repairs while my mother, our oldest daughter and I ran Bobbi-Leigh’s garage sale for her. She kept us busy. Since our family lives well over an hour’s drive away from where we are currently camped, Don, Tucker and I boarded at my mother’s while assisting our daughter.

Vallonia's reconstructed stockade fort. The original was built in 1812 on an old Indian trail for the protection of area settlers.

Vallonia’s reconstructed stockade fort. The original was built in 1812 on an old Indian trail for the protection of area settlers.

The fort was garrisoned by Maj. John Tipton and his militia Rangers.

The fort was garrisoned by Maj. John Tipton and his militia Rangers.

Before we’d left Tennessee we had ordered new bedding for the Suite Pea. If you’ve ever slept in a camper, you know that the mattresses they come with aren’t conducive to getting a good night’s sleep. After much research we decided to purchase a memory foam gel mattress and have it delivered to my mother’s house for us to pick up while in town to visit. We brought it back to camp with us when we returned on Sunday.

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As per the instructions, we carefully cut away the layers of plastic wrap and unrolled the mattress, leaving it to expand in place for 72 hours. That means for 72 hours, we can’t sleep on it. We’re still using the old mattress which is spread out in the living area for that. Needless to say, our living quarters are a bit snug for the time being. We’re eagerly looking forward to Wednesday when we can toss the old and start using the new.

On the recommendation of Nick Russell (Gypsy Journal/blog) , we also had 2 Strongback camp chairs delivered to mom’s. Our old anti gravity chairs were just too heavy and bulky to travel with. We’d been looking to replace them for some time. Now that we’ve tried out our new Strongbacks, we must concur with Nick, they are indeed the most comfortable camp chair we’ve ever owned.

Chair has back support.

Chair has back support.

Hope all of our blog followers have a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July. We’ll post updates when we can.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid…………………………

I saw this at the local farm market and loved the creativity of it.

I saw this at the local farm market and loved the creativity of it.

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2 thoughts on “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

  1. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July as well.
    I am so going to be looking up those chairs…we haven’t found the perfect chair yet.
    Its a good thing you were close by to help Bobbie-Leigh.
    We haven’t spent anytime in Indiana…it sure is pretty!

    • Our favorite areas in Indiana are the northern section around Shipshewana, Topeka & Nappannee, it’s the Amish neighborhoods, & Brown County. Brown County is especially pretty in the Spring & Fall.so if you come for a visit, keep those 2 areas in mind. Looking forward to catching up with you & Joe when we have internet connection again.

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