Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
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.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Potluck and Christmas Lights at Ethel M's Cactus Garden

13-17 December 2018

Our good friends, Ernie and Alinda,from Oregon whom we have known since 1990 were in town for the Rodeo Finals staying at an RV park south of town. We invited them for lunch at the Bagel Cafe on Buffalo, one of our favorite places for lunch. They seemed impressed and enjoyed the lunch, taking leftovers home for dinner and a stop by the decadent dessert area for evening treat. It took all our willpower to pass as we are both on low-carb and low sugar diet..John for his type 2 diabetes and I to loose weight. We will meet up with them 1 and 2 March in Wickenberg  on our way to Tucson.

16 December 2018

Invited Alinda and Ernie to the campground for our Circle 1 potluck and to take a tour of Nellis AFB. A group of us gather every year and this was one of several potlucks in the coming months. There was a long table of food, all very good. So glad you could join us. Wish you could have stayed longer for more touring of the area.

Alinda made us a beautiful Christmas Wreath. Thank you, dear friend.

17 December 2018

Tonight we went with Joy and Kevin to the Ethel M's Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden Christmas Lighting display in Henderson. On the way we stopped at Freddy's in Henderson for dinner. John and I couldn't resist the custard for dessert.

The display consists of over 500,000 lights and 300 different displays. Worth the visit if you live in LV or just visiting at Christmas.

Toured the factory after walking around the display and stopped in gift shop for a purchase. Had never heard of this candy brand before. The company was founded in1981 in Henderson by Forrest Mars Sr used his mother's (Ethel Mars) recipe. Got some milk chocolate dipped cherries..no sugar added. Check out their website at ethelm.com.

Thank you Kevin and Joy for showing us another part of Las Vegas. Probably would never have found it. Also for taking us to the Raceway Christmas lights and Bellagio Christmas display..especially since we don't drive at night. We enjoy your company and, of course, walking Shylo when you are working in the office.