Not long ago someone posted in FB a quiz in which the player would tag every US state the player had visited. I was surprised that there weren’t many States that I still have not visited. My job has taken me to many places and have met many interesting people, but traveling for work is not the same as when one gets in the RV and begins the journey to find fun around the corner. This past weekend we decided to join a group of friends RVers in Braintree, Vermont one of the States we have never visited.
We left NY and began our journey up I-87. We went through Albany to 787 and to route 7. It was a beautiful scenery going through so many small towns, riverside communities and large Green Mountains. We finally got to Abel Mountain Campground early that evening. Many of our friends were already there and had already set up their camps. The campground is located by the mountainside near the riverbank. The grounds were nicely manicured and the sites were enormous. We parked the RV and began the routine of getting all of the pertinent things in place, then to meet our friends and take part on all of the activities the rally coordinator had prepared.
Through the weekend we had educational programs, networking, great meals and organized games for everyone to participate. We learned about those things we should do in order to ensure the RV is in great condition and the attendees had the opportunity to ask questions. The networking was an extraordinaire event as we met new friends and reconnected with those we had not seen in a long time. There were also deep conversations about life, past and future events. There was fun in everything that was organized but the games kept a large group busy competing for first place on the washer and bean bag toss. Some of us are very competitive and winning is a must but the most important fact is that new friendships and relationships were established.
One of the persons I met, Barbara Sirvis was very interesting. She runs the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to support the clinical and research programs of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She trains to complete the race which she has done for several years in honor of cancer victims. According to her “last year 9,400 walkers completed 225,000,000 steps to raise $8.5 million.” She wears a t-shirt on which she writes the names of cancer victims. This year she has already reached 500 names and she told me that the name I gave her in honor of Orville Garcia Estrada, my brother in-law who at age of 41 lost his battle to cancer. What a wonderful gesture from her and we can also help by sponsoring her walk. You don’t have to walk or be in Boston all you have to do is log in to http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2017/bsirvis and make a donation. The walk is on Sunday, September 24th so you must act very quickly.
Time to leave behind the beautiful campground and friends arrived. As we drove away we waved good-bye to a few of our friends and began our journey back to NY. Thanks to my friend Sandy H who thoroughly drafted a much better and faster route back home for us it took us less time and I was less stressed than going through small towns and road construction. We got home before the famous eclipse happened but of course we were too busy cleaning the RV to spend time looking at the sky but at least we took a little pick. Now at home we prepare to begin a new week at work and enjoy our home. Always remembering the new memories we made at Abel Mountain Campground and our friends of NEN RV Club. It is true that it doesn’t matter where you go and what you do, if you open your heart and embrace what life brings you, you will always find “fun around the corner.”
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