Saturday, March 11, 2017

Waking Up......

Happy Saturday everyone.  It's Pod here with MY first official blog post of 2017.  See I've been snoozing and trying my best to keep warm in my Pod-port since our last camping trip of 2016.  To say it has been a strange winter weather wise would be an understatement, in fact, snow is in the forecast here for tomorrow morning.  UGH!!

Now, while I've been hanging out in my Pod-port, just relaxing and dreaming of camping trips to come, Rob hasn't forgotten me.  Every so often, he comes down to visit me usually with some project, chore, etc., he's taking care of.   

So far this winter, Rob's replaced my battery.  My old battery was giving issues toward the end of last camping season, so it was time for a new one.  This is my third battery!! Wow how time flies.  Now I hear there may be further battery type mods down the road.....

Another upgrade, mod, etc. was the Mr. and Mrs. decided they'd like to have carpet in me once again.   So last weekend, Rob went to a carpet store he has done business with in the past, looked at the remnant section and found the perfect piece for just twenty bucks.  This particular carpet pattern is what is used in a local resort, The Great Wolf Lodge, so it's very heavy duty, and the owner told Rob they'd always have remnants in stock.  

I'm just tickled with how it turned out.  Rob says he could have done a slightly better job of fitting the carpet, but he said it was very difficult to cut.  

Also over the course of the winter, Trisha was given a new sign/cork board which Rob mounted in my entryway.  (Don't I sound grand having an entryway!!)   At the same time, Rob relocated one of my racks and paper towel holder to a more convenient location.  

I'm saving the best mod for last, but it isn't really a mod at all.  Today Rob made my bed with fresh clean linens and even spiffed up my seating area!!

This can mean only one thing.  Yup, you guessed it, there's a camping trip in my very near future.   This coming weekend, we're all making the short trip over to Tanglewood Campground for Cousin Sharon's NC-Dog (that's Dutch Oven Gathering) where Rob has a CDO (that's Camping Dutch Oven) dish already planned out to cook along with something yummy on the GMG!

Well I think that's about it for today.  I'm sure someone will be blogging about the NC-Dog this coming weekend.  So everyone think good "Springy" thoughts and let's go camping!!  So for all the gang.....

Until next time, stay safe out there......-Pod

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cooking Up A Storm......

Happy Sunday everyone.   If you don't know it by now, we had a little snowstorm around these parts.  It started snowing late Friday night and snowed till nearly noon on Saturday.  The precipitation started as sleet, changed to big fluffy snowflakes, then finished off with several hours of a dry powdery snow.  Then Saturday night, the temps took a nose dive, bottoming out at about 10 degrees with cold, way below freezing weather predicted for the next several days.   As we sit here writing this blog, we just found out the local school system (our employer)  has cancelled school for the next two days!!!

Now, back to the title.  This past Wednesday, Rob received his Christmas present to himself.  A Green Mountain Pellet Grill and Smoker (GMG for short).  After assembling it Wednesday afternoon, Rob has proceeded to cook up a storm, or cook during the storm for the past couple of days!!

As with most things ordered, it came "some assembly required," which was no problem at all.  In very short order Wednesday afternoon, Rob had the grill assembled and heating up on a test run. 

Of course, you can't just buy the grill, but you HAVE to have a the right cover,  a neat-o camo carrying bag (not pictured), several bags of pellet fuel, and food to cook on the grill.

The very first thing Rob choose to cook on the GMG was to grill some very fresh Salmon....

The results were just perfect.  Next was a small pork tenderloin which somehow or another, not a single picture was taken of while, during, or after cooking.   Needless to say, it's all gone now, haha.

Next up was two racks of pork ribs.  By now, there was a nice layer of snow all over everything, so it was a perfect time to cook something that would take awhile......

As you can see, the results must have been pretty good, because very little was left!!

Today was a simple pork loin.  It only took about two hours from start to finish and it is resting now, wrapped in foil while the Mexican Cornbread bakes.  Add a side of crower peas, homemade coleslaw, and baked (on the GMG) sweet potato, and lunch will be just right.

Rob has already ordered another 100 pounds of pellets (these are burned to provide heat and smoke).  He ordered pellets made from Hickory, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, and Oak woods, with plans to create his own custom blend of pellets.  

This version of the GMG, is also Wi-Fi enabled.  Rob still had a go-phone smartphone we bought a couple summers ago while camping where Verizon had no cell service but AT&T did.  He is able to use the old phone as a dedicated controller for the GMG after downloading the proper app, and setting it all up.

Rob also discovered when cooking in very cold windy conditions as the past couple days have been, you have to put an old towel over the grill to both hold in heat, and to keep the wind from blowing out the fire.  Now the GMG will be going camping with us, so you'll be hearing more about Rob's cooking exploits with it. 

Well we're off to finish getting lunch together.  We hope everyone  has a great snow day, week, etc. or if no snow, just a great week. Thanks for checking in and as always......

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T,&J.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Nite Nite Y'all.......

Happy Friday all.  It's Pod here with a wrap-up blog not only for our HBSP trip we just finished up today, but also for our camping year.  

We got home from the coast about 1:30 this afternoon.  At this point, I've been winterized and mostly unloaded, Levi has been unloaded and fueled, the laundry is about half done, and Rob went to pick up lunch for everyone when we got home.

Now I'm tucked safely way for the long, dreary, cold months of January, February, and early March. 

 It's been a great camping year, in fact, we've camped about 42 nights in all.  We've camped in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan.  

Back to our most recent trip.  Rob told me this was a fun trip with Mark and Sue of furpod fame.  On this trip, they left furpod at home and brought along their brand new Lance travel trailer.  

Now the Lance has a name too, furpod^2 (For you non-math types, read that to be furpod squared, although, Rob did point out to be absolutely correct is should be (furpod)^2.  It was at this point that Mark wondered off to check on a broken stick or something.)  

At any rate, our week revolved around cooking on Mark's new pellet smoker, eating the food cooked on Mark's new pellet smoker, looking after Trisha and her foot, and making sure Sue took her meds each hour on the hour as her phone dinged to remind her.  A couple trips to Camping World, the grocery store and even down to Georgetown, SC to view the historic area rounded out our week.

Here are a few more pictures from the week for you to see....

Rob really likes this picture.  He told me it looked like we camped almost the entire year.   HAHA.

Rob told me the brisket Mark cooked on his new pellet smoker was out of this world delicious.  

Rob told me this was a breakfast creation that along with cheesy grits and Orange Iced Rolls, made a wonderful breakfast.  

Micah and Jackson keeping guard over Trisha to make sure she didn't get into any trouble.  

Rob's seafood dish on our one seafood meal of the entire week.

And finally, me all decked out in purple, followed by a picture of Levi and myself at one of our favorite rest stops on the way home today.

So, this is pod, wishing everyone good nite for the next 10 or so weeks.  I know I'm slated to get a new battery, and I don't know what else Rob may have in mind for me. But before I go, I want to thank everyone who has followed along with us on our travels this past year, and I want to also wish everyone a very Happy New Year with lots and lots of camping!!  So as always........

Until next time, stay safe out there.......-Pod 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's the Camping Life for Us.....

Happy Tuesday afternoon all.  Today's blog post will be on the short side.  We've been busy since the last blog post.  Let's see if we can sum it all up for you.

We've been cooking (Mark, Susie, Rob), walking dogs (M, S, R), napping (Susie & Trisha), sitting around the camp, shopping at Sam's Club (all of us) , dropping by Camping World (twice at this point), Kroger (M, R), doing some real work (S, R), going to the urgent care for a bad cold like illness (S (with M along just for fun)), serious online camper shopping (T) and having a crown pop loose (R).  

Still the consensus is that we're having way too much fun.  Mark is cooking a pork tenderloin on is new Green Mountain Grill/Smoker.  Rob has one ordered that will be here next week, Trisha is hobbling along just fine in her walking boot, Sue is slowly getting better, the Sun is shining and it's a pleasant 70 or so degrees.  

To top it all off, as Mark and Rob were driving back across the causeway to the campground this afternoon they spotted a bald eagle eating his lunch.  

Of course, Rob's Nikon was in Levi, so he just used his iPhone.  

Thanks for stopping by today, be sure to drop back by again soon, and as always......

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T, &J.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas......

Just a quick blog post to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  We're camping at one of our favorite campgrounds, Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell's Inlet, SC.

We arrived shortly after noon yesterday, and a couple hours later, Rob had camp all set up while Trisha sat in a chair in the shade watching.  Our friends Mark and Susie arrived about 3 that afternoon with their brand new Lance 2295 travel trailer, (yet to be named.)

It was homemade chili for dinner, The Polar Express and presents on the big screen in the Lance once it got dark.  

Today dawned bright and just a little chilly.  The day was wonderfully warm, and we spent Christmas day just hanging around the campground.  Mark fixed whop cinnamon rolls on his brand new Green Mountain Grill pellet smoker, while Rob put a ham in the crock pot for Christmas dinner.  

Later in the day, Mark fired up his smoker again for a turkey breast as a part of Christmas dinner.  Add rolls, 7-layer salad, corn, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, cheesecake, bourbon pecan (pronounced pe-CAN) pie and our Christmas dinner will be a feast.

Here are a few pictures of our trip so far.  Tomorrow promises to be fun, a trip to Sam's Club, possible lunch at Mellow Mushroom, and we (Rob and Jackson) may even find time for a quick walk along the beach.  

And one final picture from our trip so far.....

Have a great Christmas Day.  Thanks for checking by today, and as always.....

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-(R,T,&J)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Another Shiny Day on the Parkway.......

Happy Saturday afternoon all!!  It's Pod and I'm back with a quick blog post to go along with this quick weekend trip.  We're all back at Raccoon Holler Campground for a last mountain fix until spring.  

We're camped beside The Kirks: Beth, Jon, Jordan, and Katie and their pod.  Jon cooked a hearty and yummy "mountain man" breakfast for us all this morning, then everyone was off exploring.  

My gang went to Mountain Outfitters where Rob scored some neat stickers and a t-shirt.  Then it was to Lowe's to get bird seed for Rob's mom.  We're not sure what the Kirks were up to, but I know we'll hear all about it when they get back home.   

It's been a cold and blustery weekend, but that good too.  I'm keeping my people all snug and warm, so all is good!!

Some of the pictures from the day are scenes from today's short drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Rob said there's a secret meaning in the title of today's post, but I have no clue what it may be.  Anyways, I hope you enjoy the pictures......

Thanks for checking buy today.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-Pod (for R,T,&J)