A Saturday Cruise

Bubba eating a beignet    Bubba at The Cajun Experience

Today we decided to take another cruise around the area. Our route included driving over the Harpers Ferry bridge and down Harpers Ferry Road. The final destination of our trip was Leesburg, VA. One of our favorite farmers’ market is held here and, and while we were there, we stocked up on some baked goods. Lunch time had us trying something new. We ate on the patio of The Cajun Experience which is located at 14 Loudoun Street in Leesburg. It’s just up the street from the government building parking garage.  The food here is awesome!  While I chowed down on a boudin poboy Peg had the jambalaya. To top it off we had beignets for desert.

Cruising for PEZ

Renninger's Market in Kutztown, PA

Peg inside Crystal Cave
The nature walk through Crystal Cave forest

One of the many stuffed animal display at Cabela's in Hamburg, PA

Peg sends a photo of the rhino to one of her colleagues in Africa
We are always looking for places to drive. This weekend's cruise in the Taurus SHO was to Renninger's Market in Kutztown, PA for The Purple Cow's PEZylania 4. The drive from our place is just a bit over 3 hours. We spent less than an hour at the PEZ gathering and spent way more money than we had planned on but it was only because the selection was very good. Inside the market we spent even more money and had these awesome Buffalo Chicken Pretzel wraps. Yum!

Back on the road, we decided to check out Crystal Cave which was also in Kutztown. This was a bit of a disappointment. There weren't very many formations and it was pretty crowded. I would say pass on this one unless you are really bored. The nature trail was the only saving grace for the place. This short little walk is through a collection of different pine trees.

About 12 miles down the road from the Cave is one of our favorite stops. Cabela's, in Hamburg, PA, awesome place to explore. There are aquariums with fresh water fish, tons of stuffed animals, and even a shooting gallery. We have been here over half a dozen times and it still excites us. Be sure to try some of the exotic meats in the  cafeteria! Our little cruise lasted a bit over 12 hours but driving is what owning a car is all about.

Brunswick Volunteer Fire Department Inaugural Car Show

Peg's 2000 VW 1.8T New Beetle
We finally found some time to do a car show. Peg convinced me that I needed to relax a little so we joined up with some friends and headed of to Brunswick, MD. The Volunteer Fire Department was holding their inaugural car show. For a first time show, it was well organised and we had a good time. There is a good chance that we will do this one again next year. You can find more of my photos over at MyRideisMe.com.

Legal Tagging

Our brick at the Charles Town, WV library
Ever since I saw Peg's grandparents' name on a plaque at Jefferson Hospital in Charles Town, WV I have been kind of obsessed with donating funds to have my name put on stuff. I really like the idea of "buy a brick" campaigns. If you think about it, this is like legal tagging. A while back we donated some money to the Charles Town Library and we received a brick in the front walkway. Bonus points if you can figure out what the numbers stand for.

Protection in Bed

The front of Line-X of Hagerstown's shop
Line-X is durable and good looking

I have had my new Ford F-150 truck for about 6 months now and it has been very handy as a parts vehicle. The bed was starting to get scratched up so I decided it was time to put some sort of protection in the bed. By far the best functioning and looking option is a spray-in liner. Line-X seems to have a good reputation so I looked up the closest dealer to Bubba's Garage and scheduled an installation time. I had the first appointment in the morning, 8:00 am, and the crew at Line-X of Hagerstown was already waiting when I arrived at 7:30. That in itself impressed me because most shops' workers struggle to be on time first thing in the morning. I chose a basic black liner (the photo is reflecting the blue of the truck) which set me back $500. They soon had my keys and I settled into a comfy recliner to watch some HGTV and read a book in their lounge. Two hours later I had my truck back. Another nice surprise; they had protected my interior with a seat cover and disposable floor mat. This isn't always the case for shops around here. The bed looked great and I was a happy camper once again.  The installation was an all around great experience.