Monday, October 17, 2016

Coolspring October 2016 1

Coolspring Power Museum Fall 2016

Day One

Heading Out

Man when it comes to leaving on a trip, Xyra and Franz could be bakers! Up in the dark. Putting last minute items in the truck. Saying goodbye to everyone staying behind. Fastening seat belts and heading down the road all before dawn! We actually saw the sunrise behind us as we headed west to Coolspring, Pennsylvania.

Bonbon and I dozed a bit while it was still dark, but when the sun started rising, that was really pretty. We drove through a few fog zones. This one was really interesting. 
On the upside, we arrived at Coolspring Power Museum around 11:30 AM. That included a stop a Wawa, a rest stop, and Sheetz.

House Keeping

Franz parked the truck and started getting engine items moved into the Power tech Annex. Xyra, Bonbon, and I started setting up the tents. First the big one, then mine. 
Looked great. Then we realized there was no window cover or vestibule, so it really is a good weather tent only. Not good when expecting rain or temperatures in the 30s. Oh well, I tried it out and changed my shoes before packing my tent back up.


Part of the housekeeping included walking up to the Coolspring General Store to pick up lunch and ice for the cooler. The owner of the store is really nice! He made these great sandwiches named after the town. The Coolspring is really tasty. 

After lunch Franz finished piping to the new corner heater in Sudlow Station. Xyra cleaned up a few of the spiderwebs. She let them alone if someone was in residence. Bonbon and I went exploring. We wanted to scout out some fun new spots for when Flo arrived the next day. 
Bonbon was not happy when I climbed trees she couldn't.

And was happy to have me back on the ground.
There is a new golf cart shuttle for people who want to go visit the buildings on the hill, but might have trouble walking that distance. It's a really nice addition and cheap too. Donation of $1.
The creek is pretty neat.
But the mosquitoes were out; I got bit twice. so we didn't hang around there long.

The Sun Sets on Day One

The sun was so brilliant that day. Really made the leaves bright. Bonbon liked these photos so she could be in them too.

While talking to Professor M we spotted this great sun dappled tree. 
Gorgeous. Then it was up the hill to dinner. Super yummy. Hot beef sandwiches and so much more.

Night Time

Back down to the Annex we went. Franz was working on piping out exhaust from the Thermoil 7T. The Windy City building was lit. One of the guys was working in there too. Fine tuning before the public arrived.
Bonbon and I crashed in the tent early. It had been a long day. 
It's hard to tell in this photo, but Xyra had added little purple LED lights to the tent. Little bats. They cast good light for reading and getting ready for bed, but weren't too bright. (We had to adjust this one slightly with picmonkey.)

Which is your favorite photo from Day 1?

I hope you come back to see the rest of the week. I had so much fun. The people are so nice! Plus you have to see which one of the Say Hello to My Little Friends girls makes the trip with Flo.

A bientot!


  1. I like photo number 12 of her and BonBon after climbing the tree. Looking forward to seeing your pics from our visit, mine turned out great.

    1. Ours did too! :) They will be up tomorrow late in the day.

  2. Grace and BonBon sure look like they had fun!