Let me tell you about a strange course of events. Many people say that things happen for a reason and I tend to agree. After you read this blog maybe you will also agree. Almost a month ago my satellite dish died. It had been limping around here and there but when we were staying near Washington D.C. it just blew a gasket. This is unacceptable because most of my favorite TV shows start up in the summer slump period (Warehouse 13, Eureka, America’s Got Talent). We had planned to take two weeks and park at a campground in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, kinda near Gettysburg. Now that the satellite had died we started looking for the closest Camping World to take it into. Bill found a Camping World in South Jersey and so we changed our plans.
We arrived in New Jersey assuming we would be there 2-5 days tops. The dish has to be replaced and the guy tells us they get there pretty quickly so nothing to worry about. As we prepare to take the RV to a campground to wait it out we discover the transfer case in the Jeep is broken. We call the local Jeep dealers and make an appointment for Monday. Today is Thursday. So we think the part will be in on Saturday the Jeep will go in Monday and we can take the RV in Monday for the new satellite. WRONG. Monday rolls around and they want to keep Sunny (the Jeep) overnight. I felt like a mother being told my child needed to stay for observation. You can’t take my Jeep from me!
Bill gets a rental and comes home to give me the bad news. I am kinda okay since it will just be overnight? Right? WRONG AGAIN. The next evening we head out to dinner and choose a place close to the Jeep dealer so when they call we will be close so we can go pick up my baby. As we head into the restaurant (which had really great NY style pizza btw) they call and say they are going to have to order an entire new transfer case. This is a part that is highly uncommon to have break so the closest one is in Michigan. Ugh. It should be here by the weekend. Sigh.
We call the Camping World to find out about the satellite we were hoping to have installed and interestingly enough the guy at the company that was supposed to ship it was on vacation and noone checked his emails. It’s going to be another week. OY!
While in New Jersey where we had not intended to be for a month or more we drove 2 hours up to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. We arrived on Friday afternoon with only an hour before closing and I was realizing we would have to come back to have more time. We decided to see what we can see and when we go into the Visitor Center they tell us about their special once a year “Edison Day” which is going to be… tomorrow. We find out they will be doing some special events, recording on wax, running the machine room, and the chemistry building will be open for tours. All things that on the normal day are unavailable. We of course drive back up the next day and I vow yet again not to visit a National Park without checking the website for special events. LOL
So two weeks after our simple and quick trip to New Jersey we finally roll out. We make it over to where we were supposed to be 2 weeks ago. Well fancy that the weekend we arrive is a special Festival weekend for Gettysburg that we would have missed if we had been there two weeks earlier. Cool.
We enjoy part of the Gettysburg special Festival which was a pleasant surprise. Yesterday we moved on to York, Pennsylvania known to be the Factory Tour Capitol of the US. We love Factory tours and there are just so many nearby we knew we could have fun for a week wandering factories. Find out tonight that this weekend is the fabulous York Counties 13th Annual Made in America Tour Event. There are tours available this weekend that are not available the rest of the year. Excellent.
While online this evening looking for more information about the area Bill discovers next weekend is the “Kutztown Folk Festival”. It is a huge festival held by the Amish in the area. They have an Ox roast, fresh made foods, fresh baked breads, crafts, all types of fabulous things and of course an auction. We check online and the site directly across from where we are parked today will be available on Friday and Saturday night only (mind you folks this is 4th of July weekend) the people that registered the site won’t be coming in until Sunday! I just can’t believe how perfectly this is all falling together. So I guess my rotten time in South Jersey just made it possible for me to be where I needed to be when I needed to be there to experience some really amazing stuff.
P.S. Bill is going to HATE this post but sometimes you just can’t say everything is a coincidence.