Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day

We are still in Chesterfield, Virginia, and are having a good time. This morning we were up bright and early (6:15 a.m.) as to go over to the Keefer's to watch Jenna open her Santa Claus presents. Jenna is our Great-niece and she will turn a year old on January 14. It was fun watching her open all her presents with the help of Mommy (Dana) and Daddy (Brian). Lots of pictures were taken but I cannot post them as I forgot to bring the upload cable.

We all came back over to Betty (my sister) and Roy's (her husband) to prepare breakfast for a big crowd consisting of Betty and her family (7), Aunt Blanche and my cousin Fred from Atlanta, Aunt Lizzie Y. and Uncle Bryan (my mothers sister and brother), my cousin Mary and her husband Harry, neighbors Bridgett, Arlene and Al, my Mother and Russ and myself. Roy and Russ left Dana's at 8:30 to come and begin frying the bacon and sausage. They also made waffles, biscuits, and scrambled eggs. Both Aunt Lizzie and Aunt Blanche bought delicious
baked apples. Everything was great.

Just as soon as everyone was finished eating and all of the breakfast leftovers were put away and the roast for dinner was started then the card games began. We first played a dice game where you bought three chips for $3. In this game you rolled dice and you passed your chips either left, right or to the middle. The object of the game was to be the last one with a chip. I did not win here.

We next played 31 where you are dealt three cards and you are trying to beat at least one person. At your turn you can either pick a card or knock. If you have the lowest hand then you must pay a $1 to the banker. Again it is whomever has money left at the end of the game wins. Didn't win here either.

Just before dinner was ready eight of us went to see Dave and Lori's new house. After two years of hard dedicated work on it they were finally able to move in. This house is a work of art and all done by these two fine young people. We are all very proud of them.

Once back at Betty's we had roast beef, potatoes and carrots, string beans, homemade rolls and all kinds of pies that Betty made. Once everyone was full, it was back to the card games. Again Russ and I had no luck but it was fun. Everyone left at about 10:30 pm and those of us left were ready for a good nights sleep.

This morning Betty took off for shopping and Russ, Mama and I went for a ride to check out a couple of the Elks Lodges in this area. We enjoyed just taking some of the roads that we used to use and see how much the area has built up.

I had dinner tonight with Cindy and her family. I took each of the children an outfit and a toy, so hope that they enjoy what I got them. I also took Morgan a birthday present as her birthday is Sunday.

On my way home, I stopped and called my brother to check on he and his daughter. I just wish that I could get through to him and have him understand that we do care about him and want to help him the best that we can.

A very busy but fun past couple of days.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Going to Richmond, Virginia for Christmas

After spending the past two days down in Frostproof with my mother we loaded luggage for all three of us into the car and headed to the Orlando Airport. We first made a stop at the Advance Parking Area to leave the car at a price of $7 per day which includes valet parking, covered parking and shuttle service to the airport.

We arrived at the Air Tran terminal at 11:45 am and got our boarding passes in short order. I had checked online about getting seat assignments and they wanted $6 for this service. I decided just to wait until we reached the airport and take whatever they gave us. I sure am glad that I did as as seats were immediately behind business class and there was adequate leg room for all of us.

Our flight time was 1 hour and 30 minutes with very little turbulence. The Captain, Michael Boos, and his crew were excellent and very accommodating. My brother-in-law, Roy McCarthy, picked us up at the curb and we were on our way to meet my sister, Betty, my nieces Lori and Dana and their spouses Dave and Brian and my great niece, Jenna for dinner at a new restaurant in Chester by the name of Sibley's. This is a very good Bar-B-Que restaurant. We all came away very full.

It was then on home for us all and we enjoyed watching the movie "ELF" on TV. I went out and took a few pictures of my sisters decorations on her house and found out how cold it was outside. Tonight it is suppose to get down to around 29 and then tomorrow it is suppose to be raining. I hope that it will clear off a little so that I can go Christmas shopping as we did not want to travel with anything.

Tomorrow my mother's doctor will be stopping by to give her a cortisone shot in her knee. Can you believe a doctor actually coming to the house on a Sunday. He said that the reason that he is going to do this is that he will be the only one in the office next week and it is easier to give this shot in the home. Nice guy!!!!!

I forgot to bring my cord to upload pictures so will do that when we get back to Orlando next week.

Hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Slow Week

The past week has been very pleasant with nice and warm days, some clouds, temperatures in the 80's and fog to start the day but not lasting long at all.


Russ has been going up to the recreation hall to play pokeno during the afternoon. I have been doing a lot of reading and computer work while he is gone. On Tuesday's we travel down to Frostproof, Fl., to see my mom and we stay to play BINGO, leaving after we have gotten our share of money returned. This week I won one pot and my mom won one of the big pots. We keep on trying and have a good time at it. Nancy Leivas also comes up to play Bingo from Sebring.

Today we took the motor home over to RV Connection for them to inspect the refrigerator doors and order new ones as the spacer on the bottom is broken and they do not have replacements except to order new doors. We also have to have maintenance on the frig for it to have another year warranty on it. We will have this done when the doors come in.

After having the frig looked at we took the motor home back to Thousand Trails Orlando and put it into storage for the next two weeks while we are in Richmond, VA. for Christmas. We fly out on Saturday morning and it will be the first time that we have been home for Christmas in over 23 years. My mom is also going with us and it has been that long for her also. This should be a very interesting time as my niece has her little girl and it will be her first Christmas, I will get to see Cindy, my daughter that I gave up for adoption, and her three children. My other niece just moved into her new house so we will be spending time there. We are really looking forward to this trip and all that it is sure to bring.

We wish all of our family and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Shopping

Yesterday (Sunday) my sweet husband made us a big breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, his country ham, home fries and toast. It tasted great and we both enjoyed it very much.

We decided to take a ride over to Camping World in Kissimmee, Florida, to see if we could find filters for the in-coming water. We did not find what we needed but did find bicycles for each of us. With staying here at TT for the winter we will get much use out of them. The only problem is that they only had one in stock and the other one should arrive in about two weeks. I got a good deal on them as the original price was $209, the sale price was $179 and they let me have the two for $299. Another good thing about these bikes is that the fold up and fit in the back of the car.

Today we went to Lakeland, Florida, and had lunch at Golden Corral with the Holiday Rambler 400 Club. We joined this group in 2007 when in Du Quion, Illinois, at the Holiday Rambler International Rally. There were 34 people there for lunch with most of them having known each other for many years. We knew a few and enjoyed meeting others. We will continue to go to the luncheons once a month while here in Florida.

We then stopped by RV Connections to set up an appointment to have the refrigerator serviced and have them order the doors. We will take the moho over for them to look at it on 12/18 and then put it in storage while we are back in Virginia for almost two weeks.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only 17 days away.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Home For A While

We finally left the Monaco Repair Facility on Thursday about noon and moved down the road about 5 miles to Three Flags RV Resort on Hwy 44 in Wildwood. The reason for going there was that I had changed our reservations at Thousand Trails from Thursday until Saturday as I did not know when we were going to be finished with the repairs. We ended up having only the slide worked on and will get the refrigerator taken care of after Christmas. They are going to have to order new doors and if we had done it at Monaco we would have had to wait for them to come in and be installed. That could have been as long as a month or more.

We will be in Space G30 until 12/19 when we go down to pick up Mama in Frostproof and fly back to Richmond until 12/31. On 1/1 we will come back here to Orlando and spend the next three months. This will be something different for us as we are use to moving after being in a spot for two to three weeks. There is much to see around here to we will spend our time being tourist some days and full timers other days.

Last night while at Three Flags RV Resort, we went up to play BINGO. Buy-in is three cards for $2 and you can play their horse race for $1. I won one and a half games for a total of $8 and Russ won one game for $3. We had spent $5 for cards and horse race plus $2 for ice cream. We came home $4 ahead so we had a great night.

During the day Russ has started waxing the house so he is staying busy and out of trouble for now. He will complete the job one of these days.

We have nothing planned so will just have to wait and see what the next few days have in store for us.

Until next time, take care.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Slow Day

We are still in Wildwood, Florida, at the Monoco/Holiday Rambler Repair Facility. After waiting the entire morning for Brady, our service writer, to come by Russ went to the office and happened to see him there. He said that he really did not need to come out with the description of our problems that Russ had given yesterday, he knew what we needed. The next available technician would not be available until Thursday. They already know that they are going to have to order parts so why can't someone come and just get that started.

During the night we had a very hard rain. It woke me so I got up just to make sure that all the windows were closed and no leaks anywhere as we only had three of the slides out. When we awoke this morning, it was 44 degrees out but did continue to warm into the 70's this afternoon.

Around noon I took a ride over to "The Villages" and went to Wal-Mart. Did not buy anything just walked around looking and stretching my legs for a while. I came back by the moho and picked Russ up and we went and ordered fruit to have sent to his mother and sister for Christmas.

It was turkey vegetable soup for dinner and now some tv.

Until the next time, take care.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Service Work

This morning we left Thousand Trails, Peace River Preserve in Wauchula, Florida, at 8:14 A.M and headed north on Hwy. 17 to Bartow, Florida, where we picked up Hwy. 98. We traveled north to Dade City where Hwy. 301 joined Hwy. 98 and we followed this to Wildwood, Florida, for a total of 109 miles.

Russ checked in with the receptionist here at Camp Monoco, Florida, and we were told that the Service Writer would hopefully be out to see us this afternoon, if not, in the morning. They did know for sure that we would not be able to get a service technician out until Wednesday or Thursday. We did not have a reservation for service so will just have to wait until they can fit us into their schedule. The reason that we are here is that we keep breaking a bolt when putting in the road side slide in the living room and the spacer piece on the refrigerator door have broken and we have to lift up on the door to get it to close.

Late this afternoon we took a ride over to The Villages for supper at Golden Corral. This is one of the largest that I have seen and the food was very good and plentiful. It was back to the moho and TV until bedtime.

For tomorrow, we will just have to wait and see what the Service Writer tells us and then decide how to spend our day.

Until then, take care.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Long Time No Post but I'm Back

For the past month I have been sort of busy and just lost my steam for posting; but, I am back and will try to bring you up to date with all that has gone on in our lives as Full time RVers.

We have both been fine and keeping busy me mostly with visiting Mama at least twice a week in Frostproof, Fl. She is doing well except for the constant complaints about "Arthur" bothering her back, knee and ankle, which she broke many years ago in three places. We have a standing date with her on Tuesday's as that is when they have Bingo at her park and the pay out is pretty good. I have won a half jackpot and Mama won a blackout of $100.







The first two weeks we were here in Florida, we stayed at the Thousand Trails Orlando Preserve on Hwy. 27. We were entertained every day there by three big turtles that lived around our space. It was fun watching them come out of their living quarters and go to one of the other holes and visit there.





During the week of Veteran's Day we camped at "The Oaks Campground" in Bushnell, Florida, with The Buccaneers, a SMART Chapter. On Veteran's Day we went to the National Cemetery there in Bushnell for their ceremony. It was very moving and a lot of participation and excellent speakers. We enjoyed being with the Buccaneers and will join them again in January for their muster down in the Tampa area.

For the past two plus weeks we have been here at Peace River Preserve in Wauchula, Florida. We got here on November 13 and I left with Nancy Leivas on November 14 to go up to Disney and Super SoapNet Weekend.



She and I stayed at a Wyndham Property called Bonnet Creek and went to the park each day to see the ABC Soap Stars. There were people who got in line for "Fastpass" tickets at 3 A.M. We were there by 6 and we still had to wait for 2 hours for them to start handing out the tickets so that you could have your picture taken with the stars and get an autograph. We had to be crazy.

On Saturday, November 22, Mystee decided that she wanted to investigate what it would be like to be an outside cat. She snuck out somehow and was gone until Tuesday night. I did know that she had to be somewhere close as she left all kinds of foot prints on the car but would not come when we called her. It was warm enough that I left the door open and about 10:00 pm she came creeping in, looking around as if to say "Why didn't you open the door sooner."

For Thanksgiving we went over to Southern Pines Resort, and had dinner there with Mama and the folks around that park. Management provided the turkey and ham, along with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Everyone else fixed side dishes which were set in front of your place setting and everyone went around a helped themselves to whatever was there. By the time we got around the room, the dishes that we brought were just about cleaned out. I think there was only one tablespoon left of jello salad and one of scalloped potatoes. Everything was very good and we were stuffed.

On Friday after Thanksgiving, Russ and I went to "Solomon's Castle" (www.solomonscastle.com)off of Hwy. 64 in Ona, Florida. This is a gallery decorated by 80 original-design stained glass windows and countless metal sculptures done by internationally renowned artist Howard Solomon. We really enjoyed this tour and do recommend it if you are in the area. Cost is $10 per adult and $4 for children under 12.

Today we went up to Pioneer Restaurant for breakfast and then to Wal-mart for gas and a few food items so that I could make soup with the remaining turkey we had from Thursday. This afternoon this area was in a tornado watch until 8 p.m. We never did go into a warning but did have high winds and hard rains a couple times during the afternoon. Most of the east coast is having this type of weather today.

I hope that everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for all that we have and that we are able to live the lifestyle that we have chosen. We are also thankful that we are healthy and have so many dear friends.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mama's Arrival

Yesterday Russ and I were up at our normal times and it felt really chilly. We went about our morning getting dressed to start our day. I also packed a duffel bag as I was heading out to the airport at 11 to meet Mama. She was coming in from Richmond, VA., and I am going to take her to her little house in Frostproof, FL. Russ and I also went up to see Fred, the manager at TT, about getting an extended stay space for January thru March. We also rode around just checking out the area close by.

As I said earlier I headed to the airport about 11 and had no more than pulled into the cell phone waiting area and I received a call from Mama that the plane had landed and she would be one of the last to get off as she has a wheel chair bring her to the waiting area. In about 25 minutes she was out on the sidewalk waiting for me as I circled the airport. It is really an easy chore picking up people with the cell phone parking.

We stopped at Bob Evans for a late lunch and then headed our 35+ miles down to Frostproof. We did not bother to stop for groceries as Mama was really tired and needed a rest. Having the late lunch we neither one were really hungry for any other food. We just rested and watched some TV, got suitcases unpacked and just enjoyed our afternoon.

This morning we went to McDonald's for breakfast and then over to the Arcade Beauty Shop for me to get a much needed haircut. Thank you Charles for the great haircut. Martha will give Mama a perm on Thursday morning.

We then headed to Wal-Mart for groceries. Today was a replenishment of most everything. Big bill but we will eat good this week.

Well it's time to hit the sack. Until next time, take care.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thousand Trails Orlando

We left Pelican Roost, Mayport, Florida, this morning at 9 am and headed east along Atlantic Avenue to Hwy 9A. Hwy 9A is wonderful and takes you directly to I-95 South without stoplights and very little traffic. The roadways and getting around Jacksonville was much easier then it was 26 years ago when Russ was stationed on the Samuel Eliot Morrison, FFG-13.

We drove south on I-95 to north of Daytona, then west on I-4 to Disney World and north west on Hwy-192 to Hwy 27. Once on Hwy 27 the Thousand Trails park is only 2 miles north. We found us a nice spot with full hookups including 50 amp service. Sunday night the park provided a hayride around the park. The only problem was that there was no hay on the wagon but we did have a good time anyway. We will be here until November 9 when we will go up to Bushnell, Fl. with a SMART Group (Buccaneers).

Friday, October 24, 2008

Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida

Yesterday morning we awoke to chilly weather in Yemassee, South Carolina. We stowed everything ready for travel and decided that we would first go to the Waffle House for breakfast. We were on the road heading for Jacksonville, Florida, by 9 am. We stopped at the first rest area and I checked the outside thermometer and it read 53 degrees. The wind was blowing and it was just down right cold.

Continuing down I-95 we encountered about 40 miles of construction but traffic moved at a steady rate and we had no problems. We stopped again at the Flying J in Brunswick, GA. and put in almost 42 gallons of diesel at $3.399. We continued south into Jacksonville and headed out 9A to Mayport Naval Station.

Arriving at the base, we had to stop at Pass and Decal to optain a military sticker for the windshield. This took about 20 minutes and we were happy to do it. The bases on the west coast kept saying that we did not need the stickers as DOD was going to do away with the stickers in 2010.

We arrived at the RV park and we are in Space 4 overlooking the St. Johns River. The campground is very nice and the people in the office are helpful and a joy to be around. The weather on the other hand has not been good at all. The winds have blown very hard since we got here and the rains came all night and all morning. As I am writing now the sun is trying to come out so we will see.

Over at Naval Air Station Jax, they are suppose to have their annual Air Show this weekend with the Blue Angels. Hopefully the weather will clear for them. We took a ride over to the base this morning as we wanted to also check out the Famcamp for future stays. It is ok but we would much rather travel the few extra miles and be looking at the water. We will be here until Sunday when we move over to the Thousand Trails Park at Orlando.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Oaks at Point South, Yemassee, S. C.

Monday morning we were up early as usual on moving day and had everything picked up and put in it's place for moving. I went to pull in the slides having the back ones come in fine. When I went to pull in the front slides something was wrong as the back half of the road slide would not come in. Russ began checking to find out what was the cause of it not moving. First he thought that it was ice on the topper, some there but not enough to keep it from moving. He then checked in the compartment and found that we had lost a bolt and nut. Of course we do not have an inch and a half bolt. Luckily the maintenance man was out and about and he had one. We finally got the bar and leaver lined up and the bolt in.

We got on the road by 10 after stopping for diesel and breakfast at Flying J in Kenly, N. C. We paid $3.309 per gallon and then were headed south traveling 293.1 miles along I-95 to Yemassee, S. C. We are just off of I-95 at an ELS park, The Oaks at Point South. The campground is nestled amongst many, many oak trees and all the sites are pull thru but some are a little tight getting in and out of.

Yesterday we took a trip over to Parris Island where Russ had done his Basic Training back in 1969 when he joined the Marines. We toured around the base seeing some of the places that he had called home for 12 weeks back then. We also stopped by the commissary and picked up some fruit and water.

We left the base and headed over to Beaufort, S. C. and rode around some of their streets just checking out the historical houses here. We also found the Lowes Store and got some additional bolts and nuts.

It was back to the little house on wheels where I took a walk around the park noticing that there are a lot of Florida tags on vehicles here. With the weather getting colder people are on the move to warmer weather.

Russ went over to the pond today and did some fishing. He said that he did not even get a bite but enjoyed just being out near the water. He did see two alligators in the water but they had nothing to do with him. Thank goodness.

Well it is time for the baseball game on TV so will close for now. I hope everyone has a good week and that your team wins.

Kamper's Lodge of America, Wilson, N. C.

October 18 – 21. We left Pocahontas State Park and headed to Wilson, N. C., and Kamper’s Lodge of America. It is located about 6 miles from Russ’ mothers’ house and we had complete hookups. Once we got set up and to her house, we visited for a while and then went to Bill’s Bar-B-Que for lunch. The food was great and we all got our fill. We took a ride around to the houses that they had lived in and many changes had taken place. We went back to Ms. Sarah’s and visited with Russ’ sister Susan and nephew Connor. It was a good day.

On Sunday, we all gathered at Ms. Sarah’s for breakfast. It was all the things that Russ likes eggs with red-eye gravy, country ham, biscuits and tomatoes. Yum, Yum. Russ watched the race from Martinsville on TV while I messed on the computer. I later decided to go to Target, Ross, Marshall’s and a shoe store. I only bought a drink for our dinner.

After dinner it was back to our house on wheels and watching football for Russ and Desperate Housewives and Brother and Sisters for me. We have had a good two weeks with family and will see most again in the spring.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA.

October 10 - 18. We arrived in Chesterfield, VA., about 1 pm and headed directly to Pocahontas State Park. this park is just over a mile from my mother and sisters house and we like it a lot as it is well layed out and so very convenient for us to come and go. We were at my sisters at 2. We found out what the agenda was for Friday Night and then went back to finish setting up the RV and changing clothes so that we looked human. We went to the funeral home and spent a short time there visiting family. They all looked tired and needed to go get some rest. We came back by Brian and Dana's house. They moved into it in March after Jenna was born in January. What a place!!!!!

On Saturday, the funeral went very well with Military Honors. At the reception of the remaining 12 cousins there were 11 there. It is the first time in about 35 years that we have all been in the same place at the same time. It was great and we all got acquainted with each other.

Sunday we went to my cousin Mary's for a birthday party for Aunt Lizzie. It was great to see my cousins and get to know their children. Susan, from Illinois, was going to stay the week with her mother but her family had to leave for the long drive back to their rented home. Their house was completely destroyed during the spring floods along the Mississippi River. She and her husband, Bob, are trying to figure out what they are going to do about living arrangements from here on. Suzy, our prayers are with you and know that we are here to help out with whatever you need.

On Tuesday morning, we went to Ironbridge Medical Center for a doctor appointment. We have decided to change from California to Virginia as we do not know exactly when we will be back in California and this way we can get what we need while here.

Thursday night I went to meet with friends Cindy and Dennis McKay and their three adorable children, Morgan (5), Carter (3) and Madison (7 weeks). I have not seen them in a very long time and have longed for this day. I knew about Morgan but was, for sure, very surprised to find out about the other two children but am very happy for all of them. I did enjoy seeing them all and wish them the best and hope that we can continue to communicate. Thank you, Cindy for allowing me this time.

The rest of the week was spent with my family. We went over to see Lori and Dave’s house that they are building. Hopefully they will be in it within the next month; but, for sure by Christmas. Dave and Lori, you have done a great job and the work is something for you to be very proud of.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Knoxville, TN. and Advance, N. C

I know that it has been a while since I last wrote but it has been a very busy and in some ways a good two weeks and in some ways sad. In this posting I will just write about all that has gone on and then start back to doing individual stays.

October 2 - 3. We have been having problems with the ice maker leaking in the refrigerator. It has gotten so bad that it was now soaking the carpet by the refrigerator and there was water all underneath. Russ decided that it was time to shut the water supply off and we would just buy ice until we could get it fixed. We called Buddy Gregg in Knoxville, TN., and set up an appointment to have this looked at. Zeke came out when we got there and found that there was a whole in the water line and a plugged up drain hole. He proceeded to cut off about 4 inches on the line and then flushed out the drain hole. No more leaking. Thanks Zeke for the fast fix. Also, thanks for checking further on the recall listing and finding that we did not have to wait 10 days for the needed piece to come in.

October 3 - 10. We left Buddy Gregg's about 8 am heading east along I-40 toward Advance, N. C., and Thousand Trails Forest Lake RV Park. We drove around the park looking for a spot that maybe would have 50 amp service and we would be able to get satellite service. We found two sites that we felt would work and just as we were headed to them there was a 5er pulling out of C46 and he said his spot had all that we wanted and that they were leaving early. We took that spot, and, yes it was a very good spot.

We stayed around the campground for the weekend going to the Manager's Meeting on Saturday and taking walks around enjoying the fall air. Russ did some fishing while I read. On Monday, we took a ride up to Graham, N. C. to check out a campground that I was thinking about staying at while we visited family in the area. It was not good with a lot of permanents there and the roads had big ruts. No thank you. We will just stay where we are for the week and travel.

On Tuesday we went down to the Richard Childress Racing facility and took their self-guided tour. After leaving there, we went to his winery and picked up a couple of bottles of wine. After arriving back home we received a phone call from my mother that my Uncle Lewis Youngblood had passed away. She said that the funeral was to be on Saturday morning and that a family visitation would be held on Friday night. That meant instead of leaving from TT on Saturday that we would have to leave on Friday and head for Richmond, VA. We were already planning on being in Richmond on Saturday so out we would head a day early.

On Thursday we went up to see Steve and Trisha Brewer, Russ' uncle and aunt up in Mebane, N. C. Steve had lung cancer surgery earlier this year. He is doing really great and looks fantastic. We spent all day with going to see the old school house they are working on, riding around the neighborhood and seeing all the growing that the area is doing. We had a very enjoyable day. We hope that Steve continues to improve and Trish, we love you a lot.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN.

Tuesday morning we left Memphis, Tn. and headed east along I-40 to the home of the Grand Ole Opry. We traveled north on I-65 to Millersville, Tn. and Nashville Country RV Park. A very nice and accommodating park.

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On Tuesday night we were fortunate enough that the Grand Ole Opry was performing that night so we purchased tickets and took the shuttle bus in to see the show. They were honoring Bill Monroe and all the performers were Bluegrass Musicians. It was a very good show and lasted for just over 2 hours.


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On Wednesday we went out to breakfast at Shoney's and mailed a baby blanket to a friend back at Spring Lake. The rest of the day was spent doing laundry and just resting. At 5 pm the campground had an upcoming performer singing on the lawn and we enjoyed her talents a lot.

Thursday morning we left Nashville Country RV Park heading south on I-65 and then South east on T-155 passing by the Opry House and shopping center. We were glad that we had decided to take this route as I-65/I-24 were completely backed up for as far as the eye could see. We were heading for Knoxville, TN. and Buddy Gregg RV Center to have the ice maker on the refrigerator looked at as it was leaking. We arrived about 12:30 pm and registered at 1 when they returned from lunch. About 3:30 Zeke came out to see what he could find and within the hour he said that we were fixed and ready to hit the road. What had happened was a pin hole had worn in the water hose so he cut off about 4 inches and the drain needed blowing out. Thanks again Buddy Gregg.

Friday morning we left Buddy Gregg about 9 am after having breakfast at Cracker Barrel just up the street. We traveled I-40 to NC-64 in Mocksville, NC. We are at the Forest Lake Thousand Trails until Thursday. We have been to this park two other times and we really enjoy it here. The trees are beginning to change color and the weather temperature is just perfect. Days in the 70's and nights are in the 40's. Great for sleeping.

Well until next time, Take Care.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Once we arrived in Memphis and got all set up at the Elvis Presley RV Park. We walked across the street from the campground to Piccadilly Cafeteria for a late lunch. They really have good food with all the seasonings done the correct way.

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After lunch we walked the 5 blocks down to "GRACELAND", home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. We took the total tour seeing the mansion, then to the cars, costumes, and airplanes that were owned and worn by Elvis from 1955 - 1977. We had been here in 2005 and still enjoyed taking the tour.

We then walked back to the RV and just enjoyed the afternoon. I did take a short nap and when I woke up, went outside and talked with the neighbors, Patricia and Tom. They are returning to Florida after being in Alaska for the past few weeks.

We moved again on Tuesday to Nashville. Will do a post on it later. Until then, Take Care.

Catching Up from the Rally

Sorry that it has been a while since I last posted but we were very busy during the FMCA Rally at North Little Rock.

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We were parked up in the Wheat field area above the Sand Pit and Rock Garden. There were approximately 75 - 80 rigs parked in the Wheat field. Once we got set up and electricity was finally flowing to our little home on wheels, we were very happy campers. We enjoyed live entertainment every night (4). We did not move the car the entire time we were there as we took the provided trams or golf carts that were making rounds on a daily basis. The Rally Mall was well staffed with all types of vendors selling RV goods and services. The quilts that were on display were beautiful and those receiving them will be very proud.

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The city of North Little Rock allowed all in attendance with their badges on to ride the electric streetcar across the river to Little Rock and enjoy all the museums, restaurants, city library, hotels (Peabody with the Duck Walk), and the Clinton Presidential Library.

There was also a Dealer's Party where the new motor home dealers served Margarita's, Smoothies and Ice Cream Sandwiches while people enjoyed going through the new rigs. They had a couple of high end Newell's there as well as many other kinds of motor homes. It was fun going into all of them and just looking to see if there was something that you could not live without. I found nothing that I liked better than what I have now. No trade here.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon there was an ice cream social out in front of the Rally Mall. We had our ice cream and then went to the Irish Pub down the street for dinner. I had fish and chips and Russ had the beef stew and mashed potatoes. The food was really good.

On Sunday morning, the Wyndham hotel provided a breakfast buffet. There were 3 different settings and they provided eggs, bacon, potato patties, biscuits and gravy. It was good and everyone got there fill.

We did not win any of the door prizes but we did have a good time and will go to more of these rallies in due time.

We had said that we were not going to be in any big hurry to leave on Monday morning, but as most of you know us, we had everything picked up, jacks stowed, car attached and were ready to leave whenever we could get out. The people next door had their car parked in the middle by the generator and we could not move. Finally about 8:15 he came out and I asked if he would move the car and we would be out of his way. He did and down the road we went heading for Memphis, Tennessee. We had only 142 miles to travel and it was a very easy drive. Some of the trees are beginning to change color and there was no construction so as I said a very easy drive.

Will talk about Memphis soon so take care.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rally at the Rock

We left Carthage on Monday morning bright and early heading south on Hwy 71 toward Fort Smith, Arkansas. Once at Fort Smith, we headed east along I-40 to North Little Rock. All along the way we had a pleasant drive with no incidents including two stops at Flying J Travel Plazas.


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We arrived in North Little Rock at approximately 1:20 pm and it took until after 4 pm to get to our camping space for the week. We have heard all kinds of reasons that it took so long to get to the area and we have also heard many disgruntle persons about how this rally is being run. We were guaranteed that we would have 30 amp electric for the entire rally and it took until after 12 pm today to finally get it. All of the seminars, entertainment and food is over two miles away from where we are and we are being eaten alive by fire ants. The trolleys, buses and mini-vans did start to move this afternoon so we can at least get up to where all the action is going on. We are also told that this is not the most desirable part of town; so, we have police security all around once the sun begins to set.

Oh well, we will see what tomorrow has in store when the rally actually starts and we have to be in certain places at certain times. This is when I will just continue to enjoy and make the best of all situations.

Until next time, Take Care.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Carthage, Missouri

This morning as is true for any moving day, we were up by 6:30 am and getting ready to move on down the road. We left Spring Lake RV Resort in Halstead, Kansas at 7:50 am and headed east on K-50 then took I-35 south to K-96 and then US-400 east to Carthage, Missouri. We arrived at 12:20 pm and got set up at Big Red Barn RV Park off of MO-71. The campground has 65 sites and when we arrived was not very full. By 6:30 pm about 75% of the sites were taken and I expect that a few more will be taken before morning.

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After we got set up I went over to the "Precious Moments Chapel and Museum" in Carthage. I had heard that it was well worth going over there and I am glad that I did. The work is outstanding and very moving. I spent about 2 hours there just looking at the glass windows, then strolling the grounds and seeing the museum. They were also having a big sale on all of the figurines so bought one for my great-niece and one for my sister.

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On the way back to the RV, I stopped at Wal-Mart as we needed some cash for the next week and that is the easiest place to get it.

Until next time, Take Care.

Saying Good Bye

We truly enjoyed being at Spring Lake RV Resort for the past week. These people feel like family to us and we again want to "Thank them for all that they did for us last year and in welcoming us again this year."

On Thursday night we went out to dinner with Jim and Marge Eckles, at Paradise Bar and Grill. I think all of us liked it better when it was Fireside; but, we enjoyed the company and being able to be together for the evening.

Friday night we ate at the Clubhouse. Russ enjoyed an open face roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and salad. I had one of Gordon's delicious hamburgers with chips. After dinner hour, I played bingo and Russ went and started washing on the motor home finishing it after dinner on Saturday night.

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Saturday, Russ helped out with building the new stage in the Clubhouse. He would not be Russ without something happening. He had a hammer in his hand and hit the wrong nail. He knocked off the tip of his pointer finger but is doing OK while it heals. It's just a bit hard making the baby blanket that Norma Royse needs very soon but he will accomplish it.

Saturday night was dinner at the Clubhouse again and then staying for the music concert by "Bound 4 Heaven." It was very good and well attended by the campground and people in the community. After the concert ice cream was served and it seemed that everyone had a great time.

Sunday morning was Church Service with many first done. Ellen the pianist played the accordion with Karen Gehring accompanying her on the piano. Judy played the harpsichord, and Wayne and Karen sang with another couple in the park. The message was delivered by Richard. We then had breakfast and it was back to the RV to start getting it ready for travel on Monday.

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Earl and Ivalee Vanderhoff came by and invited us to go to dinner with them and Mary Ann. We went to a Chinese Buffet in Newton. We enjoyed being with these people and look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

Russ and I are seriously considering going back next June and spending the entire summer work kamping. It all depends on this winter and how the "Mamas" do.

Well until next time, Take Care.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Underground Salt Mine and Hutchinson Cosmosphere

Tuesday dawned a beautiful day so we decided that we would go into Hutchinson and see and so some of the things that we wanted to do. The first thing on our list was to stop and see what time the tours were for the Underground Salt Mine. We were able to get tickets for the 1 pm tour. That gave us 2 1/2 hours to do some other things. We went to Wal-Mart where I was able to get a hair cut and we also picked up yarn for Russ to make Norma a blanket for her coming new great-granddaughter.

We then went by to see Dr. Lowen, the orthopedic doctor who did Russ' hip replacement last year when we were here, and Cameron, his Physician's assistant. They were in surgery so we did not get to see them this time. We also stopped by to see Carrie, Anita, Jennifer and Dawn, the physical therapists, who did the necessary therapy Russ needed to get him back on the road. All but Carrie were there, so it was great to see them. Anita had her baby boy just after we left here June a year ago.

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It was nearing 12:30 pm so we headed back to the Underground Salt Mine for our tour. There were 20 other people also on our tour. We rode in an elevator shaft 650 feet below ground. The guides are all volunteers and they take us around on a tram showing us different parts of the mine. We do not go where they are actually mining but we can see what is being done in other parts by what has been done in the area we are in. It is very informative and something everyone should see. Cost is $13.50 plus tax for adults.

On Wednesday, we went by Dr. Lowen's and were able to get a couple of minutes with Cameron. Dr. Lowen had a back log of patients so we did not push to see him just gave Cameron the message to let Dr. Lowen know that we came by.

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We then went to the Cosmo sphere and took a self guided tour here. Very interesting and informative about space science from the beginning until now. We really learned a lot from the information that was provided and know that there is a lot more to learn either by returning here or by reading books and studies. Another worthwhile place to visit.

It was well after lunch time so we decided to make a trip to Yoder and have lupper at the Carriage Crossing. This is a restaurant run by the Mennonites and the food is outstanding. We enjoyed every mouthful and even bought home the dessert for later.

Another fun filled day.

Until next time, Take Care.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Spring Lake RV Resort

Saturday morning I had said that I wanted to sleep in and not leave as early as we have been recently but would you believe that I could not sleep so was up before 7 am and we were leaving the Prairie Oasis Camp in Henderson, Nebraska, by 7:45 am. All we had to do to get ready to leave was disconnect the electricity, pull in the slides and connect the lights for the towed car.

As we were leaving it was not raining but the clouds were very heavy like it could at any minute. We drove east on I-80 for about 10 miles and then headed south on NE/KS-81. When we got to I-70 we went east for 3 miles to the Flying J to get diesel at $3.909. We needed 45.539 gallons so we will be set for the next 9 days when we reach the Joplin, Missouri area.

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We arrived here at Spring Lake RV Resort about 12:30 pm and went into the office to register. We were greeted by Karen Gehring, Norma and Bobbie. Wayne Gehring came through and a big hug was in store from him. We had been here last year when Russ fell and broke his hip. It was as if we were home. Saturday night, the park served dinner and we went and enjoyed our meal very much. They served meatloaf, mashed potatoes (real), corn and a roll. There was also different kinds of cake and brownies for dessert.

Sunday morning we went to the community Church Service at the clubhouse here at the campground. Pastor Norman Rodgers presented the message and did a very good job of saying that everyone should press forward as far as they can. We then went into Hutchinson to the State Fair. We walked around looking at the exhibits until we were both very tired and decided to go get something to eat and then come home and finish watching the race and ball games.

Today was wash day for me beings I had not done clothes in over two weeks. Russ went fishing in the ponds around the property here. He caught 3 bass and a catfish and saw 3 different snakes. We took a walk looking for the big frogs that we had seen here last year but did not find any. We did see friends from last year, Jim and Marge Eckles, Earl and Ivalee and Don Schrag. Don's wife Shirley came by on her way home from school. She is taking business math and algebra. We will be getting with all of these people at some time and visiting more while we are here this week.

Well until later, Take Care.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wacky West Campground, Valentine, NE.

This morning we awoke to cloudy skies and drizzle in Rapid City. We left Rushmore Shadows at 7:20 am and headed east on Hwy-16T. We stopped at the Flying J for diesel costing $3.999 per gallon.

We traveled along I-90 eastward to Murdo, SD. where we turned south on Hwy-83 to Rosebud, SD. and then crosssing into Nebraska and heading for the town of Valentine.

We are camped at Wacky West Campground which is family owned and run. It is an okay place for an overnight stay. The only real problem that we see here is that it is right next to the stock yard and we have bunches of cows just across the roadway. No worse than being at Wilderness in Menifee, CA.

It is still cloudy and cold but we are snug as bugs in a rug. Until next time, Take Care.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Badlands of South Dakota

Happy Birthday Russ. Well today you are officially old. You have completed the paperwork to receive Social Security and so you should see your first check the second Wednesday of November. That means that we can do a little more exploring this great United States of America. I hope that you have many more birthdays.

We left our little home just after 8 am this morning and stopped at the Flying J for gas and decided to have breakfast there also. The food was excellent and we checked out the area for getting Diesel on Thursday. No problem, a big wide fueling area and room to turn and get out.

We then headed east on I-90 to Wall, South Dakota. This is where the famous Wall Drug is located. Wall Drug became famous for the Ice Cold Water that was served to travelers beginning in 1931. Today they still take pride in serving the water and having signs all over the USA plus a number of foreign countries. We checked to see if they had a pair of boots in Russ' size as this is where we had found they last pair for him. No Boots today.

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We left Wall Drug and continued south on Hwy 240 to the Badlands National Park. I could not believe what I was seeing. From what we had seen yesterday and then seeing what we did today was just like we were on two different planets. WOW. Please look at the pictures in my album to get a good idea of what I am talking about.

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On our way home, we stopped by Wal-Mart for a loaf of bread and some cash. We then decided to have a late lunch/early supper at TGI Friday's. Here on Tuesdays they have buy one get one burger free. Russ also got a chocolate sundae because it was his birthday. We both enjoyed that sundae.

Until next time, Take Care.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood and Tatanka

Hooray, the sun was out after not seeing it since last Tuesday. We decided to go and drive through Spearfish Canyon. We drove along Hwy 14A seeing gorgeous scenery, beautiful waterfalls, awesome cliffs of limestone and just a wonderful outing in this part of the country. It is hard to believe the sights that we have been able to see since leaving San Diego area last February. We know that right now that we are in the most spectacular part of the country when it comes to the sights.

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From Spearfish Canyon


We continued east along 14A and 85 through Lead and up into Deadwood where we went to Kevin Costner's Tatanka "The Story of the Bison." This was very interesting and well worth going to see.


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We stopped in the Golddigger for lunch and put a few coins in their slot machines. I ended up losing but Russ came out ahead and we left as "Happy Campers, again."

We followed Hwy 85 back to I-90 through Sturgis where they have a humongus motorcycle rally every August. All of the towns around are just inandated with motorcycles for about 2 weeks.

We arrived back at the motor home total worn out but feeling good about what we had done and seen. Live is great.

Until next time, Take Care.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bear Country USA

Saturday morning we awoke to sunny skies but knew that if we wanted to see anything that we had better get going as they were calling for rain during the day. We drove about 4 1/2 miles down Hwy-16 to Bear Country USA. This is a 200 acre natural Black Hills habitat where the animals can roam freely. Being a cool day they animals were up and moving all over the place.



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We saw Rocky Mountain Elk, Wild Turkey, Reindeer, Arctic Wolves, Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Black Bear, Timber Wolves (who were after the bears at times), Mountain Lions, Buffalo including a white one, Miniture Donkey. we went to the small animal exhibits where we saw river otters, porcupines, red fox, coyotes, lynx, raccoons, badgers, and the bear cubs. The cubs were all over the place and just made for a wonderful time of watching them play and frolic. I could have stayed and watched them all day.

We then took a ride down to Keystone and something was going on as traffic was backed up about 2 miles from town. We decided that we would not wait to find out what was happening. We turned around and went to the Christmas Village, just looking at all the Christmas ornaments that they have.

We decided to come back to the RV and just as we opened the door, there was a flash of lightning, a roll of thunder and the rains started. Along with the rain was some hail but now real winds. Thank goodness. This lasted about 30 minutes and then we had a little sun but mostly clouds.

At 2:30 pm it was cloudy but no rain so we decided to go and see the Chapel in the Hills. This is an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke located near Laerdal, Norway. When we got there the host told us that there was to be a wedding at 3:30 pm but that we could visit the chapel until then. There was a narration all about why and how they had brought the buildings from Norway and what all the meanings were in the sculpting around the doors. Very interesting. There was also a Norwegian Cabin on the grounds with many interesting pieces of furniture and living tools. This is a must see if you are in the Rapid City area.



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While we were at the Chapel, the rains again started so we came on back home and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon working on uploading all the pictures I had taken for the day. Bear Country (95) Chapel in the Hills (25). I hope that you will take a look at them and enjoy as much as I am.

Until next time, Take Care.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Seeing Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse, Again

Friday morning came early for us, as we had made reservations with Ft. Hays Tours to go on their 9 hour tour of Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse. We arrived at 7:45 am and purchased our tickets. Breakfast was included in our tour package. I had pancakes and sausage along with orange juice. Russ had the biscuits and gravy with sausage and coffee. After breakfast we had a few minutes to wait for the bus so we toured the shops that Ft. Hays has set up. This is also the place where they have the set from "Dances with Wolves starring Kevin Costner.


We boarded the bus and left the parking lot at about 9 am heading for our first stop which would be Mt. Rushmore. We always enjoy going here and seeing the wonderful work that Gutzon Borglum did on the carving of the mountain with the four presidents.







We continued on Hwy 16A crossing pigtail bridges, going through tunnels that were just wide enough for the bus and doing switchbacks where you thought the people in the front of the bus were going to speak to the people in the back. It was a fun trip.



We then went into Custer State Park where we encountered the donkeys who await the bus for feeding. They know that there is always food for them and they also enjoy the petting. We then visited "The Game Lodge." This is where Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Dwight D. Eisenhower made their Summer White House during their term in office. We also had a delious buffet lunch.






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Continuing on from Custer State Park we made our way to Sylvan Lake.
This is a beautiful and peaceful place as you can see from the pictures.




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It was then to Crazy Horse Mounment. Work has been going on here for 40 years and they are still not anywhere close to being finished. Here are pictures of what has been done and what is to be done.




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It is now after 5 pm so we are headed back to Ft. Hays where we will have a "Chuckwagon Supper" and entertainment. A fun filled day.

Until the next time, Take Care.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rushmore Shadows Resort, Rapid City, SD

 
 
 
 

This morning we were again up early eager to get on the road heading for Rapid City, SD. We traveled east along Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota Hwy-212. This is mainly a dual lane highway with occasional passing lanes and a number of small towns to go through. We encountered two construction areas where we had to follow a pilot car.

We arrived at Rushmore Shadows Resort at about 1 pm. We got the rig all set up in Space 317, at the back of the park, then headed out for a late lunch early supper. We went to Golden Corral over by Wal-Mart. After lunch we came back to our little house and made reservations to go on a 9-hour tour of Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, and Needles Highway. We will also have breakfast there and return to a chuckwagon dinner and show. We did this tour three years ago and can't wait to do it again tomorrow.

Tonight is being spent watching Big Brother, Russ watching the football game and the RNC speech by John McCain.

Until next time, Take Care.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

7th Ranch RV Camp and Historical Tours

This morning we awoke to cloudy skies and cool weather again. Just as we were leaving Bear Canyon Campground it began to sprinkle. Not bad and we soon ran out of it and were on our way to Garryowen, Mt., 204 miles away.





We arrived at the campground at about noon and checked in Chip and Sharon Richardson, owners/managers. We could not believe how big the grounds are, sites are 70' long and very spacious. We are overlooking I-90 and wide open spaces all around. It is a very nice place and they honor Good Sam and Escapees.

We got all set up and then headed back to "The Little Bighorn Battlefield". We did the tour and also went to a 17 minute video explaining about Custer and the battle that took place here in June of 1876.




We then went to the museum in Garryowen. Garryowen comprises of a museum, trading post, post office and a subway shop all in one building.




This evening I took a walk around the park taking pictures of the sunset and views. It is a very nice area and I would love to come back here again.

Well until the next time, take care.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What Happened to Summertime?

Yesterday, September 1, 2008, Labor Day, we awoke to very cold temperatures. It was in the very low 30's and foggy, mixed with rain and wind. It stayed like that all day long. There was nothing that I could do that would warm me up, even having on the house heater. Thank goodness that we had topped off the propane tank when we stopped at Flying J last week.

The Leivas' and us went out to dinner at Applebee's as last night was their last night here at Bear Canyon. We had a very good dinner, all of us having there riblets and something else. It was then a stop at Safeway as they had orange juice and milk on special. We then came back to the motohomes and just hunkered down for the night after taking a quick walk around the park.

This morning the park began emptying out early including Jim and Nancy. We were looking out at the surrounding mountains and there was SNOW all over them. It is hard to believe that a few days ago it was in the high 80's and today SNOW. The remainder of the day was partly cloudy and the temperatature only got into the 60's but we did okay.



We will leave here tomorrow headed for Garryowen, Mt. and Little Big Horn.

Until later, Take Care.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Museum of the Rockies

This morning we were greatly surprised with sunshine and mild temperatures outside. The lady parked behind us had given me home grown tomatoes yesterday so Russ and I both had bacon and tomato sandwiches for breakfast. It was soooo good and we really enjoyed them. Thank you so much.

I had talked with a guy at the pool yesterday and he was telling me about the "Museum of the Rockies" over at the University of Montana. It really sounded interesting so I looked up some information on the internet and we decided to go and check it out. They were featuring "Out of this World", Extraordinary Costums of Film and Television; "Glow", Living Lights; Raymond Lowery; Dinosaurs Under the Big Sky; Enduring Peoples, Montana's American Indian Culture; and The 50th Anniversary of the Museum. It was very detailed and interesting. A must see if you are in the Bozeman area.



Today also they were having a "Farm Festival" to celebrate the harvest for the year. There were people dressed in the 1890 dress along with people showing their collection of rifles, those showing the Thrashing machine, doing apple mashing to make cider, baking bread over coals and making stew also. We watched border collies herd sheep in the field. There was also fresh vegetables being grown and the farmer was allowing children to come and harvest carrots from garden. It was a real treat to enjoy this type of day.



Late this afternoon it clouded up and we had thunder and lightning along with rain for a short period of time. The temperature fell drastically. Right now it is showing at 48 degrees.

Time to hit the sack so until the next time, Take Care.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

God's Glory





Today started out with sunshine, then some clouds, then more clouds and very hard winds all of a sudden, then sunshine again and this evening the most awsome sunset that I have ever seen. The ski was the riches reds and golds that I have ever seen. It was just beautiful.

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Yellowstone National Park




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Thursday morning Russ and I were up early as we were very eager to head down to Yellowstone National Park. We took US Hwy 191 south for 89 miles to West Yellowstone, Mt. We stopped in at the Visitors Information Center and picked up maps and very useful information from the Ranger there. We then headed in the 14 miles to Madison. That's where we started touring the Lower Geyser Basin including Firehole Falls. It took us better than 3 hours to make it down to Old Faithful Geyser. We were intrigued by all that we saw.

We continued on around the lower loop seeing West Thumb, passing by the beautiful Yellowstone Lake, stopping for gas at Fishing Bridge, taking in the beauty of "The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone" with the Upper and Lower Falls. Just outstanding views and well worth seeing.

It was getting to be 6 pm and we still had a lot to see and do but just not enough time left in the day. We decided that we would return on Friday to see the Upper Loop and catch Norris Junction, Canyon Junction, Tower Junction and Mammoth Hot Springs. We traveled down US Hwy 89 from Livingston, Mt., to the North Entrance and made it as far as Tower Junction when we had to leave unexpectedly. We will make another trip some day to see the rest and revisit some that we have already seen.

We need to all support our National Parks.

Until later, Take Care.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bear Canyon Campground



Wednesday morning we awoke at about 6:15 AM and decided that we would start getting ourselves ready to move on down the road. We heard the neighbors start up their rig about 7:15 so knew that we could continue with the outside chores without bothering anyone. We pulled out of Yogi Bear Jellystone RV Park at 7:40 am headed for Bear Canyon Campground in Bozeman, Montana. According to Tom Tom, it was a 216 mile drive across I-90. It was a very cloudy day with us getting only spits of rain all the way. The road was very good and we had no delays. We stopped in Butte, Montana at the Flying J for diesel, propane (which we had not gotten since last March) and a late breakfast. We were able to get diesel for $4.169 lowest we have seen in a very long time. Propane was $2.999 which seems awful to me.

We arrived at Bear Canyon at about 12:30 pm and were assigned to space 27 on the back row but overlooking a beauiful area; fields, mountains and trees.






We have even seen deer out there grazing. We are very happy with the campground. It began to rain and was very cloudy and windy so the rest of the afternoon was spent inside just resting. We also checked out some of the brochures for Yellowstone NP as we want to visit there on Thursday.

Will do a posting on that next.

Take care.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wind

Late yesterday afternoon the wind started to blow and it continually got worse as time passed. The slides on the west side of the motor home were just bouncing so I told Russ that I was putting in at least the living room one. We then went outside just to see what was happening around and saw that our neighbors topper was getting caught by the wind and going almost all the way across the top of their rig. They were not home so we found a rope and got it tossed across the top to hold the topper down. I made sure that I was watching for them to come home so that we could let them know what we had done. They were appreciative that we had taken the time to help them out.

We then saw the people on the end having problems with their topper. They had had a real problem last week with the winds putting a hole in it so we went down to help them save things. What happened this time was that he had forgotten to lock down the releases.

The winds did finally calm down to a minor roar after about an hour and a half of 45 mph gust. We did have rain during the night and it was cloudy most of today.

Just after dark last night we had new neighbors pull in. They have a 45' Provost pulling a 30' enclosed trailer with a Mercedes and two big motorcycles. They are a very nice couple from Alabama and they are traveling with another couple with the big Provost but a 22' trailer. Very nice rigs.




From Yogi Bear Jellystone RV Park, Missoula, MT.


Today was spent getting laundry done and then we went out to dinner with the Leivas' to Outback. Very good dinner. We then went to the Sportsman's Warehouse where Russ picked out his birthday present. He has wanted a metal detector, so that is what I got him. It was then back to the RV and over to the office for a Huckleberry Ice Cream Cone. I then came home to watch the DNC and Hillary Clinton's speech.

Must get up from here now and get things ready to move tomorrow. Take care until the next time.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Snowbowl Ski Area

Today Russ and I started our day out by going back down to the Downtown Area of Missoula to the Farmer's Market. We found fresh tomatoes, green beans, carrots and lettuce. We did have a small ice chest in the car so were able to store our purchases in that.

We then traveled up Reserve Street to the Snowbowl Ski Area. During the summer they open the ski lift on the weekends and let people go up and hike, ride bicycles or play Frisbee Golf. The base height is 4,960 feet above sea level. At the top it is 7,000 feet and you can hike up to 7,950 feet at the very top. (We did not go that far.) The views were awsome and we did get a chance to see two guys playing golf and a number of people riding bikes down the ski slopes. It was really nice and a very in-expensive trip, Seniors went up for $4.50 and Adults cost $7.00.

Snowbowl Ski Area, Missoula, Mt


After that we stopped by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation & Elk Country Visitor Center. There the center features conservation and hunting heritage exhibits, wildlife displays including world-record elk. Very interesting and informative.

Of course there was food to be had so we stopped at the Mackenzie River Pizza Company. The pizza was excellent.

The rest of the afternoon was taken up by a cat nap, watching the olympics and then the NASCAR race from Bristol, TN.

Until next time, Take Care.

"A Carousel for Missoula"

On Friday afternoon Russ and I went downtown to see the famous Carousel of Missoula. It is a beautiful art of work done with much love from Mr. Chuck Kaparich and the people of Missoula. Mr. Kaparich had said:

"If you will give it a home, and promise no onewill ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula." That was the promise Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made to the Missoula City Council in 1991. Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel poinies and purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces. When the carousel opened in 1995 over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of more than 40 ponies, two chariots, 14 gargoyles, gargoyle frames and mirror frames and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, all within a jewel-box building.

Also downtown they were having an Indian Heritage day with mucic, information and just a good time had by all.

Later in the afternoon, we met bloggers, Ron and Elena Engelsman for dinner at Cracker Barrel. I have been reading their blog (Ron & Elena's Odyssey done on Hitchitch) from the start of their beginning as full timers. Both Ron and Elena write to the blog and they are doing something different and interesting every day.
We will continue to follow their travels and also go to some of the areas in which they have already been. Thanks Ron and Elena.

When we arrived back at Yogi Bear Jellysone, it was time for the ice cream social. I walked over but just could not eat any as I was still full from dinner. It was just fun to visit for a while. After that Nancy and I decided to go swimming as they said that the pool was heated to 86 degrees. Someone cannot read a thermometer because it was oh so cold. We did swim for about 30 minutes and then just had to get out and get warm.

It was then time to just relax and enjoy the rest of the night.

Until the next time, please take care.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

"SmokeJumpers"

Today as yesterday, we had periods of rain for most of the morning. Russ and I had a nice breakfast and watched some TV while waiting for it to clear. Our mail was also delivered to us so I went through that finding only a couple of things that need real attention.

We then decided to take a ride finding the "SmokeJumpers" School. We stopped in for a great tour given by Kelsey, a junior at University of Montana. She was very informative and we all got a better understanding of what the courages firefighters do and what they go through. If you are in the Missoula area, this is a must see.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Heading for Missoula, Montana

This morning both Russ and I were awake at just after 5 am, ready to hit the road and see some more new, beautiful country. We have never been up in the Northwest part of the United States; but, since getting here, we are really enjoying it and the scenery is spectacular.

The past seven weeks have been spent in different parts of Washington State and it has been a wonderful experience. We did not know how diverse the state was until we started exploring. WOW!!! Thank you Washington for teaching us about your beautiful state.

We left Old American Kampground at about 7:30 am heading East on ID-2 and then futher East on ID and MT-200. We followed Lake Pend Oreille through Idaho and then the Bull River in Montana. The hills rising above each were spectacular even with the rain that began during the night. According to the maps, we traveled along the "Bitterroot Range."



We arrived at Yogi Bear Jellystone RV Park in Missoula, Montan about 1:30 pm Mountain Time. We got set up and off to lunch we went. Both of us were hungry so we went to "Famous Daves, as we ate very little for breakfast. We enjoyed our meals and decided with the rain we would just come back to our little house and veg for the rest of the day.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pio Pico

These pictures were sent to me by Sharon Whitaker of the tree that fell last week beside their campsite at Pio Pico. It did some damage to the cabin there.




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