Our Day at Makers Mark

Two weeks ago, since we were in Kentucky anyway, and we had nothing better to do, and it was only about an hour away, we drove out to Makers Mark Distillery. We signed up 7 years ago to be ambassadors and they put our name on a barrel. When your barrel is mature you are notified and sent a golden ticket that gives you the privilege to make a trip to the distillery and purchase 2 bottles from your barrel.

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We have never been there around Christmas and with the black and red buildings and added wreaths and lights it was very festive.

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We were surprised by how many people did the tour considering it was a weekday and so close to Christmas.

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We have visited here many times, the first being 25 years ago when it was still a dry county and the tour was free. In our opinion, it has lost some of its charm. But since we were in Kentucky anyway, and we like bourbon….

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Dipping the bottles.

She’s here

Introducing Violet Veronica Williams

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, people sleeping and babyBorn at 8:25 am December 27, 2016

20 inches long 7 lbs 14 oz

We are so proud to announce the birth of our 5th grandchild and 4th granddaughter. Both momma and baby are doing well and we are delighted.

Big sibs Abby and Luke are excited to welcome their little sister.

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We’ll stay in Indianapolis for another week and a half to help out with the older kids and plan to head to Florida for warmer temps and the Tampa RV show.

Glad Tidings

Just a quick note to wish all our friends and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anticipating a big week for us – Christmas, a new baby, another Christmas when Chrissy and her family come to Indy and New Years’ Eve with our best friends.

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Surviving

This past week we have discovered two things about cold weather camping:

1 We can do it

2 We don’t like it

We hung out at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground for 8 days waiting to go to Indy for Christmas and the birth of our granddaughter. A couple of nights the temps dropped into single digits. They had turned the water off at all sites and only had one bathhouse open and it was cold in there.

The 50 amp service helped, as we ran a small electric heater and put the electric heating blanket on the bed. It also helped (in all but the coldest weather) that we could run the heat using the heat pumps. When it got really cold, we used the hydronic heater burning diesel to augment the heat. Humidity was a constant concern. One morning, when we opened the shade on the windshield, the inside was covered in a thick sheet of ice.

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A fan and towels over the next hour took care of that, but we learned that at times, we needed to open a window slightly and circulate the air. Another trick was bringing in the bedroom slide so the headboard was not extended and the side windows by our heads were not exposed to the outside air.

We have a thermometer with three additional sensors that we place in the refrigerator, unheated outside compartment, and the water bay. The water bay is heated and it consistently stayed about 54 degrees in there. We do believe the construction and heated tanks that come with owning a Newmar were in part responsible for surviving the week.

With the water turned off, we went into super conservation mode, either using the showers at the bathhouse or taking a very quick one in the motorhome. We did laundry at the park laundromat (something we don’t like to do) and did run the dishwasher a couple times, but it only takes a gallon and a half a load.

Speaking of water, on a subject we try to avoid, we program one of the macerator toilets at the lower water setting for liquid waste and use the other toilet with higher water consumption for solid waste. We call them toilet #1 and toilet #2. Sorry -TMI.

While we are staying at our daughter’s house in Indy, we put the motorhome into storage in a limestone cave near Lexington. This place was enormous. The temperature stays at a constant 55 degrees so no need to winterize. This was initially a limestone quarry and is now used for document and vehicle storage as well as a source for a spring water company. It felt strange driving into the cavernous opening and it was so intensely dark inside when the headlights were turned off.

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