Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2012

Lori had already taken Tucker for a walk by the time I got up.  I was a real bum, and enjoyed every minute of it.  She baked croissants and scones.  So good with a cup of hot chocolate!

Bill came to collect me.  We had some things to load into the Honda in preparation for our departure from the area.

As always, it was hard saying goodbye to Lori.  No matter how many years pass by, I have tears at departure time.  They are still my kids, after all.

Of course, I will miss little Tucker, too.  All of the pups in the family have their own space in my heart.

We left the fairgrounds at 3:40.  Highway 4 through Brentwood took us to Stockton.  It was our first time on that route, which is the shorter way to Stockton.  The down side was a very rough road with two one-way bridges where we had to wait our turn.

We found the Bass Pro Shop in Manteca and parked for the night.  We have stayed at this very spot on another journey through this area.  Across the parking lot was a Red Robin.  We decided, because of the high temperature, that root beer floats would be really good on a warm day.  And they were!

Today’s Travel Totals: Mileage, 53---Critter sightings---one white heron, standing in a marsh, waiting for his dinner to swim by.

September 29, 2012

September 29, 2012

This is the third Saturday we have been parked at the county fairground in Antioch.  And it is the third flea market.  They are well attended.  We, on the other hand, haven't been to it.  We don't need any fleas!

When lunchtime came, guess where we went!

After making a quick stop at Winco, we went to Sam's Club.  Lori met us there.  Bill went back to the MH, leaving Lori in charge of me.  That's a tough job, but she is very adept at it.

Our ornament party started at 5:00.  Five of our group were present.  We had a really good time.  We've all known each other for years so we had a lot of catching up to do.

We made some really great ornaments...a snowman made from a small soda can, a snowman from a large bell, an elf, a sheep from yarn, and a star.  This was our 12th year to gather for fun and creativity.

It was nearly midnight when the party broke up so I stayed at Lori’s.

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012

Bill and I made an early morning run to shop at a sale at Joanne Fabric.  Actually, "himself" stayed in the car while I shopped.  That's just the way I like it.  Bill thinks he's allergic to craft stores. Sh-h-h!  Don't tell him any different.

He thinks his "allergy" is caused by the altitude.  He blames everything on the altitude or lack thereof.

Lori and Tucker came soon after we got back to the motorhome. We went to several thrift stores and a bead store before stopping at Trader Joe's.  There we did some major shopping...for the party tomorrow night and for pumpkin bread mix for Michelle. TJ only stocks it in the fall, so we bought a bunch.  That should keep her tribe happy!

Back at Lori's I decided it was time for a nap.  That was a good choice.  I felt refreshed when I got up an hour and a half later.

Bill and I went home earlier than usual tonight.  We'll be on the road in a couple of days and there are things that needed to be done.  Where is Willie Nelson when we need him?!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

I started working on a cross this morning.  I'm using brown wire with several colors of beads...lime green, aqua, white, and just a few brown ones.  It's a good combination.

Lori and I went to Joann Fabric.  Tucker stayed in the van while we shopped.  We weren't gone very long, but he was really glad when we got back to him.

We went to Michael's Crafts before going home.

We spent most of the rest of the afternoon working on our ornaments for the party Saturday night.  Usually, I have mine ready sooner, but not this year.  And it has been weighing heavily on my mind.  I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me.

I finished the cross after we got home tonight.  All and all, it was a productive day.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012

We got off to a late start this morning.  My fault!  We had meant to do some errands before going to Lori's, but it didn't work out that way.

On Wednesdays, Lori has a weaving class at the community college.  Today I went as a guest.  There were 17 weavers all working on different projects.  A lot of beautiful weavings were being worked on.  It was an interesting and relaxing afternoon.

Tucker was very glad to see us come home.  Lori took him for a walk so he was happy.

Lori was going to make "breakfast for dinner."  She gave her dad his choice...waffles, bacon, and peanut butter or bacon, eggs, and hash browns.  He chose waffles.  It never was Brent's favorite dinner, but it surely was ours.  Yum, yum!  And with peanut better, too!  Yum X 3!

Tonight was the second episode of "Survivor."  We are not sure whether we'll watch it for the entire season or not.  The "jury" is still out!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 25, 2012

September 25, 2012

Our friend, Gail, came by on her way to work to take me into Pleasant Hill.  She works at the bowling alley where Lori and Natalia bowl.  Lori and Tucker collected me so we could go for a treat.

Afterwards, we went to the dog park at Heather Farms.  Tucker ran around a bit with another Schnauzer.  That dog was hyper, which Tucker is not.  The playing was short-lived, because the hyper one was soon off chasing a whole pack of little dogs.

We made a couple of other stops before going back to Lori's apartment.  After that I didn't accomplish a whole lot more.

Tucker had a new experience yesterday.  He caught a gopher.  He used stealth and cunning to sneak up on it.  Just after he pounced, Lori yanked on his leash.  The gopher was on the ground by his hole.  Whether it was pretending to be dead or had actually passed on to the big mound of dirt in the sky, Lori didn't know.  And she didn't hang around to find out.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012

Lori and Tucker came to the MH to get me.  Before we set off on our adventures, Lori registered our new Garmin Nuvi.  Bill and I had both attempted to do it, but hadn't completed the process. She took care of it for us.  It's nice to have techno kids, and grandkids also.

Tucker and I were both hungry, so Lori pulled into a Burger King. Surprise, surprise!  There wasn't an In-N-Out in the area.  Gr-r-r!  That was Tucker growling, but he ate his hamburger, anyway.

Bill came to help Lori put up racks for her bikes.  She's fortunate to have a garage.  She's making good use of the space.  There was a work bench in it when she rented the apartment.  They said they would remove it, but she ask them to leave it.

We got home in time to watch "Dancing with the Stars."  It is good to have a regular show back on that I like to watch.  Tex, on the other hand, would rather watch a Western.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

Neither one of us accomplished much today.  We watched the NASCAR race from New Hampshire.  It was a good race with no wrecks.  Some people wouldn't think that was a good race without the excitement of wrecks, but that's OK with us.

When the race was over we didn't switch to the Bronco game.  It seemed like a good time for naps.  Later, I found out the final score was close so we probably missed a good game.

Lori’s friend, Gail, was celebrating her birthday so we went out to dinner.  Gail, Laura, and a few other of Lori’s bowling friends were there.  When I’m in the area, I am one of the gang.  We went to a Chinese Buffet.  The food was great and we had a good time catching up on visiting.

Gale and Laura came back to the motorhome and visited for a few minutes.  They live at Discovery Bay so they gave me a ride home.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012

Tucker came today to hang out with Grandpa while Lori and I went to Joann Fabrics and the 99 Cent Only store.  We also went to "you know where" for lunch.  I have to get as many In-N-Out fixes as I can before we get back into "barren land."

When we returned to the motorhome Tucker had had a fun time with Grandpa.  There was a lot of tummy scratching going on.  I think Tucker was the recipient of the tummy scratching. I didn't get a clear picture of the situation, but I think we won't go there!

Tucker gave Grandpa a box of Whoppers as a "thank you" gift.

We went back to Lori's apartment.  It is very pleasant to sit here and listen to the fountains just off her patio.  So very relaxing!

While I looked on as Lori put the warp threads on one of her looms, Tucker took a nap.  We were all happy!  Bill went by Taco Bell so our tummies were happy, too.

Brent called tonight to tell us that Ed, from the barbecue place, had a heart attack.  He will have surgery on Monday.  Ed is a great college football fan, but they wouldn't let him watch any games in his room.  That would be way too much excitement.

We watched the Oregon game against Arizona.  The Ducks won 49-0.  I sent all four kids “Quack” messages.

Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

Bill took me to Lori's this morning.  He helped me with a painting project for an ornament I'm planning.

For at least ten years Lori and I have hosted a party where we all bring an idea for a Christmas ornament and enough supplies for everyone to make the ornament.  In years past, the party has been in December, but this year, for several reasons, the date will be in late September.

Bill was nice enough to spray some cans for me and I will use one for my example of my ornament.  Wish me luck.  It involves some detailed painting.  That isn't one of my strengths.  In fact, it is way down the list.

Lori and I went to lunch with Karen Trestrail.  I think we did more talking than eating.  That isn't unusual for us.  It's always good to touch base with special friends.  Keeping that in mind, we went by to see Alex on the way home.

We have known Alex since long before she became a deputy sheriff.   She won't be able to come to our ornament party because her shift has changed for next week.  Bummer!

Bill came for me and took time to eat some spaghetti that Lori made just for him.  His timing was spot on, eh?  Lori and I were both so tired that we called it an early night.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012

This morning I had a very big job to do.  I had to clean out the cabinet where I store most of my beads and all the paraphernalia involved in beadwork.  It took me a long time to get it done.  That's not my idea of a good time!

Lori and Tucker came for me early in the afternoon.  We made a quick stop at Walmart before going back to their apartment in Pleasant Hill.  Lori and I needed to look through some of her craft supplies.

But first, Tucker needed to go on a walk.  While they were gone, I rested on the sofa.  Before long, "resting" turned into a nap...a long nap.  While I napped, Lori gave Tucker a bath.  He wasn’t too happy about that.  Lori said he growled at her.  It didn’t do him any good, because he still had a bath.  She needed to brush him after that and he tried to hide by me.  That didn’t work, either, although I felt honored.

After dinner, friends/neighbors of Lori’s came for a visit.  Mark and Wendy and their little dog, Indy, plan to move into their RV fulltime sometime in the next few months.  They had a lot of questions to ask us.  It was interesting to visit with them about their idea of being camp hosts.  A lot of people enjoy that aspect of fulltiming.  I think they would get on the road tomorrow if they could.

And after 14 years fulltiming for us, we are still excited about the lifestyle.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

If you have ever talked to Bill on the telephone, you know he is a man of few words.  To say he doesn't like to talk on the phone is a gross understatement.  He says the only reason he has a cell phone is to find me in Walmart.

So you can imagine how surprised I was when he was on the phone with Garmin for over an hour this morning.  Afterward, he said his ear hurt.  He refused medical help, so I sent the paramedics away.

Bill had planned to stay home this morning and work on the lift pump, what ever that is.  I said I thought we were going shopping. He jumped at the chance.  Now I know he needed medical help this morning.

Shopping always includes eating so we went to Sam's and shared piece of pizza.  After getting my haircut, Bill took me to Lori's.  She was at her weaving class so Tuck and I had some bonding time.

Our friend, Jennifer, came with her baby, Ayden.  He is so adorable.  While Lori and Jen were going through Lori's yarn supply, Ayden and I got acquainted.  It has been a long time since I have put my "Abuela skills" to the test.  I hadn't forgotten.

"Survivor" started tonight.  We didn't get back to the MH to see the first few minutes, but it didn’t seem to matter.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September 18, 2012

September 18,  2012

The weather here has been beautiful.  Sunny days in the low 80s and cool nights.  Unfortunately, we haven't spent much time geocaching.  I don't know why, we just haven't .

Lori and Tucker came for me at noon.  Before going to the grocery store, we went to In-N-Out for lunch.  Tucker had his own hamburger.  Yum, yum!  Does this "smack" of being spoiled rotten?

One of Lori's weaving class friends came for a visit this afternoon.  I got some good crocheting hints from Cheryl.  She and Lori talked about their weaving projects and different kinds of yarns they had used.  It's fun to listen to "crafty" people.

Little Tuck was a good boy.  He is addicted to having his tummy scratched.   And there were three of us willing to meet his needs.

Bill came for dinner...spaghetti, one of our favorites!

Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012

Today was a day much like yesterday was.  Perhaps not quite as lazy, though.

While Bill went to do the laundry I stayed home and thoroughly cleaned the kitchen area.  As small as our house is you would think that wouldn't take so long, but it did.

We watched the Bronco game from Atlanta.  The first half was a disaster as far as the Broncos were concerned.  The second half showed some improvement for the team.  The final score didn’t tell a true picture of the game.  Denver lost by six.  In spite of that, it was a pathetic display to watch.  There were way too many interceptions and missed passes.  Ugh! stands for ugly, in this case.

Lori, Tucker, and Mario (Natalia’s boyfriend) got home safely from taking Natalia to Burbank.  I don’t know her schedule, but I suspect she is going to soon be a very busy young lady.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 16, 2012

September 16, 2012

Today was a lazy Sunday for us.  We watched the NASCAR race from Chicago.  It was a good race...the first one of ten for the championship.

After the race, it was nap time.  I slept for over an hour.  It takes a lot of energy to cheer for race cars going round and round.  I was tuckered out.

Speaking of Tucker...he and Lori drove to Burbank. I’ve missed both of them today.  I have always been attached to Lori, but little Tucker already has a strong hold on my heart.  He is such a special little dog.

We went to Winco late this afternoon.  It is a really good place to shop around here.  Most of what we bought was fruit.  They usually have a really good selection at good prices.  Their stores are mostly in the western part of the US, but if you ever see one, check it out.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012

This morning, at the fairground where we have our motorhome parked, there were two special events.  One was a flea market. The other...a car show.  Both were very well attended.  There were cars parked everywhere.  We had lots of entertainment.

Lori came before noon.  Tucker explored the MH.  He also had treats.

We went shopping at a couple of stores.  Then it got too warm to leave Tuck in the car, so we got lunch and took it back to Lori's apartment.  We left the pup home while we went to a couple more shopping places.

Afterwards, we took Tucker to a dog park.  I enjoyed sitting in the shade of a tree and watching the dogs play chase.

Lori and Tucker took me home and stayed to visit for awhile.

We watched the Oregon Ducks game that Bill had recorded.  They won by a whole bunch.  Next week they play a much stronger team.  We'll have to cheer loudly so they can hear us from way over there.

I found a couple of things I wanted Lori to take to Natalia when she goes down tomorrow.  We drove into Pleasant Hill after dinner.

There is an unbelievable amount of traffic here, as in all major metropolitan areas.  Ugh!  Glad we are in less crowded areas at least part of the time.  "Tex" dislikes big traffic places more than I do.  I look at things as an adventure.  He sees them as a pain in the backside!

Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

After breakfast, I got caught up on logging our cache finds.  I also loaded some caches for the area where we are parked...Pittsburg and Antioch.

Bill had some running around to do so I went with him.  Although we have spent quite a bit of time in the area over the years, we went to places we had never been before.

At 5:00, we went to Lori's.  Natalia left for Burbank this evening.   Sniff, sniff!  She has grown up way to fast.

Bill, Lori, Tucker, and I went for a short walk tonight.  Two of the ponds at Lori’s apartment complex are home to ducks and turtles.  There is also a white egret that flies in for the night.  It has a wide wing span.  Lori thinks it has a nest in one of the trees just off her balcony.  She sees it in the area.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012

I loaded some caches into the GPSs this morning.  After eating lunch at the new In N Out in Pleasant Hill, we went on the hunt,,,for cashes, that is.

We only found two caches.  That wasn't a very good day.  Most of them were on Diablo Valley Community College campus.  Maybe we'll go back on Sunday when classes are not in session.

At 3:00, we drove to Petaluma to shop before meeting JP and Rosie for dinner.  It is a trip of about an hour.

The old downtown area has a lot of funky little shops.  Natalia bought a pair of really nice leather boots.  Tucker and I spent some time sitting on a bench.  I was people watching, while Tucker was watching for Lori and Natalia.  At one point, he put one paw on my knee.  Then he put both paws on my knees.  I took it to mean he wanted on my lap.  Wrong!  When I tried to pick him up, he growled at me.  I took that to mean "No!".

At 6:30 we met JP and Rosie at a Thai restaurant for dinner.  The food was very good.  And there was plenty of it.  We all left with very happy tummies!

The drive home seemed like a quick one.  Lori really knows the area and possible shortcuts when traffic warrants it.

Tucker is a good traveler.  Lori had put his dog bed between the middle seats and he rode there the entire trip.  There was a sigh or two coming from his direction once in awhile.  Or maybe that was Grandpa!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012

Most of our morning was spent at home doing chores, like a haircut for Bill, silver wear washing, Honda insurance renewal, and estimated tax to pay.  Whee!  What a morning!

We headed for Lori's at 4:30.  Traffic was a parking lot on the east bound lanes of Hwy. 4.  Thankfully, we were going west.

Lori, with Natalia as chief baker, had planned a farewell party for Natalia, who leaves for school on Friday.  Dee Hannigan and her two boys, Colin and Jason, and Natalia's boyfriend, Mario, were there.  Of course, the food was great, but the highlight was sitting around the table talking.  We've all been friends for years.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012

Remembering 9-11.  A dreadful day not to be forgotten.

Lori, Natalia, and I went to a noon movie, Hope Springs, with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.  I guess it would be correctly classified as a “chick flick” since there were only women in the audience.  It was a good movie.  While we were watching we ate popcorn for lunch.  That's nearly as good as toast.

I had a problem with one of my prescriptions, so after calling the Walmart in Loveland, I was able to get some help from there.  The pharmacist told me what to do.  I want to Walmart here and, sure enough, it worked.  

At Walmart in Pittsburgh, California, I was able to get help from one of the pharmacist.  I get the medication I needed for my blood pressure.  I’m sure during the ordeal my BP went up, and when the problem was solved, it went down.

Joshua hurt his hand during a football game last week and yesterday he hurt his foot while tackling a teammate during practice.  He sounds like the walking wounded, doesn’t he?  Nothing was broken, but it will take a bit of time to heal.  Until then I guess we will have to call him “Chester” (from Gunsmoke).

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

We left Lodi at 9:15 and drove on Hwy. 12 across the Delta.  We really like going across the Delta, but the road is getting in worse shape every time we travel it.  We turned onto Hwy. 160 and driving along the waterway.

We parked at the Antioch Fairgrounds RV Park.  At 11:00 Lori came to fetch me.  After getting Natalia, we went to Sam’s Club for a new tire for Lori’s van, and to eat lunch.  On our way back to their apartment we went to a thrift store for a few things for Natalia’s new “digs” in Burbank.

I stayed with Tucker and got acquainted while the other two went back to Sam’s for the van.  Tucker really does like to have his tummy scratched and will stay in one spot as long as there are scratches to be had.  And I had plenty to give him.

Bill came with the loom that we brought from Fort Collins.  It will be interesting to see what projects Lori will weave on the bigger loom.

After dinner, Bill and I came back to Antioch while there was still some light.  There were hundreds of cars in the parking lot, here to watch a World of Outlaws race on Fair Grounds dirt track.  We didn’t go to see them, but could certainly hear them as they sped around the track.

Today’s Travel Totals:  Mileage, 40.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 9, 2012

September 9, 2012

Before leaving the casino parking lot with the coach, we went for breakfast at McDonalds.  Walmart was just across the street so we went for some last minute supplies.

And, yes, there was a cache there.  I love my iPhone.  After logging our find, we went home, hooked the CRV on, and were soon “On the Road Again.”  

Honk, honk! Yahoo! for California just a little ways from Reno.  It was certainly a much prettier drive than what we endured for the last two days.  Trees are nice.  Maybe I’ll write a poem about a tree.  Oh, no!  I think it has already been done.

We hadn’t been in California very long when Road Construction signs started appearing.  Our direction (west) was split.  Trucks and RVs had to go to the right at the split, which was the left lane of the Interstate going west.  Cars could choose either way at the split.  Most cars shifted to the east bound of I-80 which had been barricaded to have one lane going west and two lanes going east.

Are you still with me?  Just hang in there, OK?  All this was happening because major work was being done on the two right westbound lanes.  There was an 18 wheeler in front of us and between us was a little sports car, a Porsche.

We came to another division in all this mess.  You know how Bill is about sports cars.  He followed the Porsche.  Not a good plan.  I repeat, NOT a good plan.  We were on a very curvy, twisting, winding road through some beautiful forest land.  It would have been a fun drive in that Porsche, but in our “house” it was a different matter.

Finally, we made it to Grass Valley, on to Sacramento, and then onto I-5 to Lodi.  We parked at Flying J and spent the evening watching yesterday’s Oregon Ducks game that Bill had recorded, until my “friend” Dwight called to tell me the Broncos were behind at the half-time.  You can be sure that I called him to be sure he knew the Broncos won!

Today’s Travel Totals: Mileage, 189---Geocaches---1

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012

We were late leaving Elko this morning, due to a mix up in a prescription that I need.  I will see if I can solve the problem when we get to Reno.  The challenges just never stops.

We just passed a sign that read “Report shooting from highway” and listed a phone number to call.  That’s a new one for us.  This must truly be the wild west.

We got to Reno at 3:30 and parked at Walmart, although we knew we couldn’t stay there overnight.  I left Bill to take a nap and went to one of my favorite craft stores, Ben Franklin Crafts.  Imagine my disappointment when I got there and discovered that the store was closing.

Now you might think I would of been thrilled with their 30% off everything sale.  But truthfully, I would rather forego the savings and still have the store.

While I was there I met two clerks in the fabric department.  They were fun to talk to and they, too, are saddened by the closing.  Sniff, sniff!  I was glad to have made the new friendships, but dispirited by the fact that it couldn’t continue.  Double sniff, sniff!

We went to In N Out for supper.  It had been a long time since we’ve had the good fortune to eat there.  Happy tummes!  Yum, yum, yum.

After getting the motorhome full of diesel at the station at Walmart, we drove to the Atlantis Casino to park for the night.  We’ve stayed here before so we knew just where to park the “big beast.”

Today’s Travel Totals:  Mileage, 303.

Friday, September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012

We left Sam’s Club at 6:30.  I was riding shotgun.  I didn’t want to miss any excitement in case Bill and the Nuvi got creative with our departure from Salt Lake City.  I might need to write a sequel to yesterday’s adventures.

After crossing most of Utah we stopped at a Rest Area by the Bonneville Salt Flats.  While Bill took a nap, I checked my iPhone for a cache in the area.  Yup, 84 feet from the MH.  We made quick work of it when “Sleeping Handsome” woke up.

Just a few more miles on down the road we got to do our “state line thing” for Nevada.  And then a few more miles further on,  we crossed into the Pacific Time Zone.  There’s just no limit to this exciting life we lead, is there?

We parked at the Elko Walmart and went to Arby’s for supper.

Today’s Travel Totals:  Mileage, 233---Geocaches, 1.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September 6, 2012

September 6, 2012

At 7:00 this morning we were on the road toward Evanston.  "Super Driver" said the terrain was hilly.  I don’t know because I was asleep.  Different priorities, eh?

We parked at Walmart in Evanston, ate breakfast, had some rest time for “SD,” and went geocaching.  We found four caches before deciding we would drive on toward Salt Lake City.

Soon after leaving Evanston we crossed into Utah.  Honk, honk!  Yahoo!  Bill really likes honking those big air horns.  The drive was downhill through a beautiful canyon.  Many of the trees had started to change to their fall colors.

After we got into Salt Lake City, we missed the exit to Sam’s Club.  It was a long way to get to a place where we could turn around.  Would you believe we missed the turn again?  Yup, we did.  So we had to hunt for another U-turn place.  We finally found Sam’s and parked the coach.

The saga didn’t stop there.  Chapter 2 reads like this...the reason we wanted to come to this particular Sam’s was because the Walmart Atlas listed this location with diesel at their gas station.  Guess what!  The atlas was incorrect!

But the story has a happy ending. Chapter 3...I thought there might be a cache in the area so I searched on my iPhone.  Wow!  There was a cache 15 feet from our front door.  It didn’t take long to find it.  Yippy, Skippy!

Today’s Travel Totals:  Mileage, 190---Geocaches, 5.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 5, 2012

September 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Connor.  16 years old.  Wow!

We left Medicine Bow at 7:00.  Medicine Bow was the main town in the Western series, The Virginian.  In the series, most of it took place at Shilo Ranch.  I don’t know where it was filmed, but certainly not around here.  It was dry and flat, with hardly a tree in sight.

At Rawlins, we stopped at McDonalds for pancakes.  After filling our tummies, we went to a fuel stop and filled the MH.  Pancakes are cheaper than diesel and taste better, I’m sure.

Soon after getting back onto I-80 we crossed the Continental Divide.  Before getting to Rock Springs, we had crossed it several more times.  On the map, the divide looks like a snake.

We parked at Walmart in Rock Springs.  After resting for a bit we went to lunch, with plans to go geocaching before going back home. It was not to be.  The wind was blowing 25 mph and gusting higher than that.

We waited until late afternoon to go caching.  The wind was a bummer!

Today’s Travel Totals:  Mileage, 175---Geocaches, 4--Critter sightings, none because they have more sense than to be out in this horrible wind.  We did see what we thought might be herds of wild horses.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 4, 2012

September 4, 2012

We had planned to do a “Willie Nelson” by 10:00.  No such luck.   We had forgotten to have Meredith and Michelle sign some papers.  So while Bill was getting the coach ready to roll I got the paperwork taken care of.  

As Bill was hooking up the Garmin Nuvi, he dropped it.  The screen shattered.  Oops!  Bye, bye to our oldest Nuvi.

So before leaving town we drove to Sam’s Club to purchase an new Garmin Nuvi Navigation System.  We were amazed at how much they have come down in price.  

After eating lunch at Sam’s we finally headed for Wyoming.  It was a pretty drive.  We stopped at a Rest Area just before leaving Colorado.  Bill wanted to check something on the motorhome. While he was doing that I checked on my iPhone to see if by any chance there was a cache close by.  There was!  225 feet from the MH.  Off we went to find it.

Not long after that we "Honk, honk, yahooed" our way into Wyoming.    And before long the landscape changed...very flat.  Add to that a very strong side wind.  It all made for an unpleasant drive to Medicine Bow.

We found four caches before the wind forced us to stop.  It was a really miserable day for caching.

Today’s Travel Totals: Mileage, 135--Geocaches, 5--Critter sightings--Antelope, too many to count.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September 3, 2012

September 3, 2012

We went to Meredith and Dwaine’s for a cookout.  As usual, the food was really good.  We ate out on the patio and watched the boats on the lake.  What a treat!

At 4:00 Meredith and I drove to Fort Collins to look at a weaving loom.  Lori had found it on Craig’s List.  It was in very good condition, so now it will make the trip west with us.  She will be able to weave larger pieces with it.

I have felt better today, but I didn’t have any rest time this afternoon, so I’m quite tired tonight.  

Tomorrow will be a big day for us...a travel day!  Yippy, Skippy!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

September 2, 2012

September 2, 2012

I have a correction to make on yesterday’s blog.  Natalia will be living in Burbank, not Pasadena.  She and Lori have been there this weekend getting her apartment ready.  It sounds to me like they are having a really good time...lots and lots of shopping.

I had a touch of the flu during the night.  Actually more than a touch.  I spent most of the day in bed.  I feel better tonight, but I’ve eaten hardly anything all day.  

Michelle and Meredith went to Costco today, about 30 miles south on I-25.  I was disappointed that I couldn’t go along, but it would not have been a good idea.  It has been a real bummer feeling so crummy on our last weekend here. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 1, 2012

September 1, 2012

Yikes!  Another month has rolled around.

Michelle, Meredith, Dwaine, and I went to the Habitat for Humanity thrift store.  After donating some things we went in to shop.  This store, in Loveland, is well organized...a huge store.

We drove north to Fort Collins to eat at Arby’s.  While in the area of Hobby Lobby we took advantage to shop there.  We didn’t purchase anything, but did a lot of looking.

After stopping at a sporting goods store and Super Target, we went motorhome looking.  Now, don’t get excited!  It’s not for us.  It’s for Meredith and Dwaine.  There were two Roadtreks they wanted to look at.  Bill and I had a ‘95 Roadtrek and really liked it.  There are so many places in this area of interest and they think an RV might be the way to go.  And of course, they didn’t get any argument from us.

This was a big night for the Dane family.  The University of Oregon played their first football game of the season.  I hope Brent, way over in Mississippi, could hear us here in Colorado cheering for the Ducks.  

Lori, out in California, was helping Natalia move some of her things to her apartment in Pasadena.  Her school starts in about three weeks.  Hopefully, we will be in California in time to see her before she starts this new adventure.

I stayed up for the entire game.  It was just about a blowout for Oregon.  They won 57 to 34 over Arkansas State.  Go Ducks!  Yippy, Skippy!