Last Tuesday we woke to yet another quiet day at the Hardy Lake State Park campground. With only two other campers and the hosts, we felt like the place was all ours. We took a morning walk around the campground and while it was nice to be here when it was quiet, I don’t think I would enjoy it as much when it was full on a busy weekend. The sites do have a bit of room between them but there is no privacy between sites and it felt like any noise traveled quite far. If we were here with a group I probably wouldn’t mind as much.
We packed up and headed out to meet our workamping host, Ginger, at a parking lot on a country road. She would need to help get us to our site and block any oncoming vehicles as we slowly made our way down the bluff road which was a one and a half lane paved road in trees with tight turns and a switchback thrown in for extra excitement. Rick was able to navigate us down the ridge with no problem and then we wound along next to the Ohio River to Lee Bottom Flying Field. Sorry no pictures of the hairpin turn, I was a bit preoccupied and I don't think my hands would have unclenched enough to hold the phone. To get to our parking pad, we drove down the airfield, hoping a plane would not decide to come in at that moment! Our site is just off to the side and midway down the field. We took the rest of the afternoon to get set up and take in the sights of this beautiful lush green hidden gem. We even had a plane fly in.
This workamping job is unlike most as we are not at a campground and there are no other campers here. It is just us. Our hosts, Rich and Ginger, own Lee Bottom Flying Field and it is certified as a public use grass airstrip. There is no tower or public use hangar, but it is well known in the flying community. It is a perfect place for vintage and small aircrafts to land and enjoy the peace and quiet, have a picnic lunch or read a book. There are also local police and military entities that utilize the field. We have seen several planes now either stop to use the restroom, take a picture of their plane at the airstrip or just practice take offs and landings. In addition to the airfield, our hosts own a couple other properties surrounding the airfield and we are here to help with some repair projects and get things ready for winter. Our first completed project was to rebuild and paint the wooden box on the back of the golf cart and give the it a bath. We have also done some storm clean up and cut up a fallen tree and hauled off another. We have a good list to keep us busy and being able to relax and enjoy the planes and wildlife coming to visit and is an added bonus!
While here we plan to explore the area and try to “live like a local” since we will be here about two months. We have already visited the local grocery store, laundromat, Walmart and propane company. We have checked out a couple of the local food fare and had the opportunity to meet up with some friends we met at the RV rally for dinner, to help them celebrate their 38th Anniversary. Congrats again Melanie & Tom! Look forward to meeting up with you again further down the road.
Also, while we have been here, we have tackled a couple projects in the RV as well. As we mentioned in our last update, our microwave had decided to take its last breath at the rally and Grand Design was going to order us another one. Well that arrived in a big, heavy crate on Thursday and we installed that with little problem. Rick then wanted to solve for an issue with our main living room AC intake. It seems that when the AC kicked on the middle baffle separating the intake and cool air area would get sucked over to the intake, allowing the unit to keep sucking in all the cool air and not allowing that cool air to come out into the room and the vents near it. MacGyver was on the job!! First Rick used foil tape to tape up the leaking areas around the inside of the unit so that we were not losing cool air into the ceiling. He then took three metal sign stakes he bought and cut them to size and installed them on either side of the middle baffle to hold it in place. Once that was done, we cleaned the intake filters and reassembled and walla, air now coming out the vents and the baffle has stayed in place. Rick also hooked up the On The Go Double Water Softener since the water is very hard. It really works well and only takes 2 lbs. of table salt to recharge it. He then flushed out the hot water heater with his new flush tool and got quite a bit of calcium buildup out. Finally, we mounted the WeBoost RV cell booster to a PVC pole and the heavy-duty antenna suction cup holds it to the RV. It works wonders and stays in place, even through the torrential rains and wind of last weekend.
We are now working on replacing the restroom building door and cleaning that area up. Stay tuned for more of our Kentuckiana adventures!
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