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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

February at Campground, Gary Sinise Book Signing and LT Dan Band Concert

01 February-15 February

This is our last month before going to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson before stopping 2 nights enroute in Wickenburg,AZ.

Where have the almost 4 months gone? Very fast I would say. Weather has had a mix of cold,wind,rain and a dusting of snow in some parts of the city with snow showers predicted for next week. Hoping for warmer weather in Tucson.

Hope sent pictures of the February snowfall in central Oregon. Northwest including Seattle received a lot of snow..making up for drier winters last several years. It is pretty as long as you can stay indoors.

I have been working on our continuing trip through April of 2020. After several changes, think we are ready to finalize. We were going via Kansas and Missouri to Texas and beyond, but decided to head south from the Air Force Academy to NMex,TX,AZ,CA and back at Nellis 1 February before heading up to OR and WA.

We had another Campground gathering in Circle 1 on the 1st with around 25 friends. Due to weather, we have not had as many as years past. An assortment of food was enjoyed by all.

Circle 1 Gathering

On the 8th we drove to Lake Havasu to visit friends Cliff and JIll. This was our 3rd visit. It is a 300 mile rt drive via Hwy 95, but never too far to visit good friends. We had lunch at The Turtle on the lake..very relaxing. Did a walk around old town.Forgot about the time change so we did not get there until noon and left at 5. Wish all states would stay one one time
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, we met them in 2013 at Fleetwood in Decatur IN. They have a Southwind, but not traveling as much. Toured their RV and very impressed with interior..more upscale than our Bounder. Lake Havasu is very RV friendly in that you can park your rig beside your home. Think next year we will stay in Parker,CA juist 25 miles south at River Lodge Resort on the Colorado River.

Jill, Cliff & Roady

One day we met Chuck and Rose Mary's at Lola's Louisianne Restaurant for lunch. We went with them several years ago for the Sunday Brunch. On Sunday they serve Beignets. Next time we will have to go on Sunday.

On the 11th to celebrate John's 62nd enlistment anniversary in the Air Force, we went to Texas Roadhouse with Kevin and Joy. We always enjoy our visits with them. We had a wonderful, friendly waiter, Fallon. You can tell he really enjoys his job. Thanks again for the great service. Seems all the employees go the extra mile to provide good service and that they like their job.

On the 18th we once again take the motorhome to Johnny Walker to have some paint work done on the area above the front windshield and the back top area to repair the clear coat and some hairpin cracks. Also a crack below the bedroom slideout..They will have to keep it a few days, so we will stay at Sam's Town until repairs are complete.

I have been nursing a cold and cough this week. Seems several in campground also have this. Have been keeping the Vick's rubbed on chest and throat and drinking herbal tea with honey. Also started taking Mucinex DM tablets.

ON the 14th a group of us went to Aliante for Valentine's  Buffet. Always enjoy the conversation and getting together.

Our Valentine's 2019

On the 15th, Gary Sinise will be doing a book signing for his new book, "Grateful American" and later his band LT DAN will be performing on base. Sure you remember his character in "Forest Gump", LT Dan. He has raised over $30 Million for Veterans thru his Foundation. The Foundation serves,honors our defenders,veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. They have once again received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator with a  perfect score of 100. 91% of every dollar goes directly to the foundations programs. I urge you to go to their website garysinisefoundation.com for more info. They also feature a site with apparel with everything made in USA. The LT DAN Band performs at USO shows, military bases and raises money for disabled veterans.

Should have taken the camera for better photos of concert. We sure did enjoy the evening.

John has almost completed reading the book and I will be next. Urge all to buy. Know you will enjoy and get a better understanding of his commitment to veterans and those you serve our country.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Mesquite Balloon Festival

25 January 2019

We went with 4 other couples from the Campground to the Mesquite Balloon Fest in Mesquite,NV just 70 miles north on IH15.

We stayed at Virgin River Casino and hotel,enjoyed the buffet and then the "nightglow" at the Casablanca Casino and Hotel.

Tomorrow is the launch of some 30 Balloons at 700AM. The Festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Took lots of photos as seen below. Balloons were from the USA and Canada. All in all had a good time and glad we went. Hotel not so good. Would not stay here again. Price is inflated for the event at $99/nt..no amenities such as coffee maker in room, beds uncomfortable. Think the reason the group chose this hotel is that they are dog friendly; otherwise the Casablanca or Holiday inn on the hill might have been nicer. Both events are held across from the Casablanca and the now defunct Oasis hotel.

We were able to park across from the launch site on Saturday.On Friday night rode with Kevin and Joy to the Nightglow.

Jumpty Dumpty-Louisville,KY

Lofty Ideas-Simi Valley,CA

Redee & Willing-Condor,CAN

Lofty Ideas-Simi Valley,CA

Redee & Willing-Condor,CAN

Pat and Darwin and Bill & Lorraine have attended in past several years. Had breakfast at Mc Donald's 600AM with Deb and Dick and met Joy and Kevin in the parking lot across from the launch. Pat, Darwin,Bill & Lorraine preferred viewing from across the street in the area where they are launched.

Instagraham-Alta Loma,CA & Purple Haze,Oliver CAN

Instagraham Alta Loma,CA

Blue Moon Murray UT

Rainbow Trails Salt Lake City & Purple Haze Oliver CAN

Distraction Redland, CA

Humpty Dumpty Louisville,KY

Purple Haze 3 New Harmony UT

Humpty Dumpty Lo & Czech it Out Salina UT

Got back to Campground around 900AM Saturday.

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Refrigerator and Visits with Friends

January 2019

Well the New Year did not get off to a good start as our Norcold Refrigerator quit cooling and we were advised to disconnect as it might be a fire hazard. We have had problems with it since we bought the motorhome in 2009. So off we went to Costco and Lowe's to purchase a small refrigerator for bare essentials and a residential Samsung for the motorhome. Several of our friends have had residential ones installed and like them. We scheduled an appointment with Johnny Walker RV for the install to take place 22 January. They will also install a new toilet. Hopefully all goes well and we will only have to spend one night there.

Temp Refridge..Donated to Airman's Attic

We got for less with Military Discount at Lowe's

To wile away the time we went to see UPSIDE with Joy and Kevin at the Cannery and breakfast before movie. Highly recommend  this movie based on a true story. We also went to Texas Roadhouse one night for dinner with them. First time we have been to one since we were in Texas one year. Very excellent service and good food. John said the chicken fried steak was best he has eaten. They open at 4 so be there at 330 to avoid long wait. They also give military discount. On way back we stopped at Krispy Kreme for donuts to give to gate personnel. They are so frest and delicious..we each got a free sample.

On the 16th our friends Don and Carolyn from Oregon were passing thru so we met them with Chuck & Rose Mary at PF Chang's for lunch. A nice place to go for visiting. Our lunch ended up lasting over 2 hours.

Chuck, Rose Mary,Carolyn & Don

Yesterday, the 19th, on our way back from our walk our neighbor pointed out a blue heron on top of Max and Caron's 5th wheel. Couldn't believe it..in our visits since 2013 had never spotted a Heron in the campground. We all wondered from whence he came as there is no water around here. Anyway we he sat on top of the A/C for over an hour. Had quite a gathering to take photos and watch him. Finally when Max extended his awning, he flew away. Wish I had gotten the picture in flight, but not quick enough.

We spent the night of 21 January at Johnny Walker's RV to be there early for the install on the 22nd. They have full hookups, but we only needed the electric..50amp. Spent the day of the install doing some errands. Finally down to the wire at 500PM, the install was complete and we headed back to campground with me following John thru the horrible LV traffic and crazy drivers. Must say Johnny Walker did a great job installing the fridge and toiler. They had to take the old Norcold and bring in the new Samsung through the passenger window. So happy they did not have to take the front window out as that would have been an additional expense and wait. Have never had a refrigerator this roomy and no more defrosting and air leakage.In my opinion all RV's should have residential refrigerators.

Looks Good

On the 23rd Joy and Kevin invited us to see A Dog's Way Home. Another movie I highly recommend. A very sweet story about Bella. Ron Howard's daughter Bryce is the voice of Bella. The dog featured in the movie was found in a shelter and the trainer adopted her. We then went to dinner. They treated us to the movie as a thank you for walking Shylo when they are gone. Actually the pleasure is all mine. She is my motivation and such a precious and sweet dog. Will miss our walks when we leave.

On the 25th around 10 of us are driving to Mesquite to view the Balloon fest. We will overnight. Should be lots of fun.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas Season-2018

20 December-25 December 2018

We drove down to South Point Hotel and Casino today in order to visit with the Clydesdale Horses and photo op. They are only appearing 1 day.The event was free including photos, beer and hot cocoa. Lines were long, but fast moving. These horses are from a farm in Fort Collins. When we are in Missouri we plan to visit the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, home and breeding facility to more than 100 Clydesdales. Reservations should be made well in advance for tours given April thru October on Monday,Tuesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1000AM to 2PM. Tickets are $14.

These horses are magnificent and beautiful.We even got a photo with Santa and another one with a backdrop. We may go back next year.

South Point is also the location of the National Rodeo Finals in December.

One night we went with Joy & Kevin and Phil & Denise to Cracker Barrel for dinner. It is Phil & Denise's last night here. On the way out spotted this adorable Owl and after petting it, couldn't resist buying. He is just so soft. Think I will put him in the window when we travel. Maybe he will ward off the ghost we have been traveling with.

Decorated the iHome for Christmas with decorations from the Dollar Tree and others that have been traveling with us for almost 10 years. Next year will put up lights and maybe add to the bin.

For Christmas eight of us went to Aliante for their buffet dinner. Must say it was very good..one of the best meals we have had in the buffet and a bargain at $18.99. Tomorrow we are going with Pat and Darwin to see Vice. First movie we have been to since last year.

A special thank you to Bill and Lorraine for the can of Popcorn, to Joy and Kevin for delicious pumpkin cake, Pat and Darwin for the cute blinking window ornament and date balls and Ron and Jean for yummy Christmas cookies and trail mix.

Of course goodies not on our low carb low sugar diet, but what the difference..it is Christmas and we enjoyed all. We thank you also for your continued friendship and all our friends who gather at Nellis AFB and Desert Eagle Campground each winter season. Also our good friends, Chuck and Rose Mary and Judy & Dusty who live in Las Vegas. If not for all of you, we probably would not stay as long as we do. Here's to continuing.

Wishing all our friends, family and Very Happy 2019 filled with Blessings,Peace and Happiness.

Our Cards to Each Other