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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.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Where Has January Gone?

31 January 2020

The past two months have quickly gone and I have been remiss in writing my blog. This month we have seen 3 movies that I highly recommend for the historical content of WWI,WWII and Vietnam. All are based on true stories..1917,Midway and Last Full Measure. We go with several couples from the campground to Aliante on Wednesdays and with the Boyd Players card you only pay $4. Afterwards for dinner at TG Friday's with your movie stub, with purchase of one dinner, you get one dinner free with purchase of drink.

We had our good friends Rose Mary and Chuck here for lunch. Made vegetable soup and salad and Rose Mary and Chuck brought dessert from Freed's. Thank you. Had a nice visit as always and looking forward to our next visit.



Dog sat Zag while Max and Caron along with Bill and Lorraine went to Quartzsite to attend the huge annual RV show with many, many  vendors. Zag is a King Charles Spaniel. He is a sweet dog and no trouble..very cuddly and affectionate and most important does not bark.





Bill and Lorraine hosted a Super Bowl potluck with around 7 couples attending. Nice get together in spite of 30 mile winds.

Also spent this month organizing travel photos to put on Thumb Drive. I have some 60 DVD's from previous photos that I did in iPhoto, but John switched me over to Photos and DVD's are not supported by Apple in Photos APP. So now I am learning a new way to save photos to Thumb Drive. Liked the DVD system better..more user friendly.

After many revisions, finalized our journey for 2020 and part of 2021. Only holdup are campgrounds in FLA. Hopefully it will work out.








Sunday, January 5, 2020

31 December 2019 and Synopsis of 2019 Journey

01 January 2020

We went with Pat, Darwin,Caron, Max,Lorraine and Bill to Texas Roadhouse for Christmas Eve Dinner. A good time was had by all and lots of funny conversation. Fortunately Max had made arrival time reservations; otherwise we would have had to wait almost 2 hours. As it was we had to wait around 30 minutes. As always the food was delicious.



"In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today. Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future". --Mehmat Murat LLdan.

Wishing you all a very memorable 2020 filled with joy, love, peace and hope.

Reflecting back on the past year and our journeys, thought I would include a brief synopsis.

02 January we are still at Nellis AFB until the 1 March. This month we had a Samsung Residential Refrigerator installed,attended the Balloon Festival in Mesquite with friends from campgound, had a reunion with Salem friends Don & Carolyn and LV friends Chuck and Rose Mary with lunch at PF Chang's., went to several movies with Joy and Kevin to see A dog's Way Home and Upside. In February, back to JohnnyWalker to get some clear coat repaired,enjoyed pot luck at campground with friends, even got snow one day. Went to Gary Sinese book signing and LT Dan Band concert on base. Past 4 months have gone quickly.

We departed on 1 March with a 1 night stay in Wickenburg for Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson to visit son Darin and son in law Kerry until the 28th March. While there we attended with Darin the annual THUNDER AND LIGHTNING OVER ARIZONA AIRSHOW at the base..our first time in March of 2016. It is also open to the public and suggest if in the area to attend. Also got some photos of the Thunderbirds practicing for the show previous day.Earlier in the month we visited the Gila River Japanese Relocation Camp and Casa Grande Ruins. Met up with friends Phil and Denise, Marta and Bill and Ken and Connie. We had a family gathering with son Eric and family and Kerry's family.

Departed on the 28th for El Centro NAF,out 1st visit, until the 09 April. The Blue Angels winter here until middle of March.While here AF One arrived with President Trump for his visit to Calexico. Too far away from tarmac to get good photo of him, but did get a distant photo of AF One. We visited Poston Relocation Camp. On the way we passed the Imperial Valley Sand Dunes. While here we also visited Fort Yuma on the Colorado  River in Califfornia, Yuma Territorial Prison SHP and Yuma Quartermaster Depot which provided the supplies for all the Military posts in the Southwest.While here John installed the new water heater.

On the 9th of April we arrived at Seal Beach NWS This is our 5th visit and we depart on the 19th and travel to Lost Hills and then on to Travis AFB on the 23rd until the 3 May. While in Lost Hills we drove to the James Dean Memorial Hwys 46/41 where the fatal accident happened and the memorial at the Jack Ranch Cafe. While at Travis we celebrated my 78th Birthday with a dinner Chin Hua's Mongolian Restaurant that good friends Joy and Kevin took us to on one of our visits.

From here we traveled to Redcrest and Crescent City before arriving in Oregon. In Redcrest we stayed at the Ancient Redwoods RV park...very nice. Next to the office is the  Immortal Tree almost 1,000 yrs old that has survived fire, logger's axes and floods. From here we did a day drive to Ferndale, Eureka and Fort Humboldt. In Crescent City we toured the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway thru the Redwoods and hiked to the Big Tree. On the 13th we depart for Central Point, OR to get 6 new Michelin tires for the Bounder then on to Redmond,OR to visit with Hope and family and friends. We are staying at the Expo RV Park. Hope,Shawn,Colt and Cade are settled in their new home with a view of Smith Rock and 5 acres. It is good to be back. We visited with friends Ernie  and  Alinda and Don,Carolyn and Janet drove over from Salem for  a visit. John renewed his driver's license (good for 8 years) til he is 90. We drove to Madras to see Colt show his steer and Cade his 4 pigs at the Desert Storm Jackpot. In August they will show at Deschutes County Fair in Redmond.

We arrived on 1 June at Whidbey Island NAS, our favorite campground located on Strait Juan de Fuca in WA. Love the walk thru the woods, beach and the eagles. We will be here until 1 July. We took the ferry from Clinton to Mulkiteo to do the Boeing Factory Tour. Reservations are recommended. The tour begins on Paine Field. Very interesting.After a month we hate to say goodby. It has been relaxing and I was able to get an average of 10,000 steps a day.

After stops in Ellensburg and Fairchild AFB we arrived in Missoula for a week at Jim and Mary's RV. One day we drove to the Blackfoot Sculpture in the Wild Exhibit in Lincoln. We also drove one day the Flathead Lake area to explore some future campgrounds. Of course, when we come this close to Helena we have to drive up and visit good friends, Loretta and Rocky whom we met at Nellis several years ago. Our visits with them are always fun and interesting listening to all their adventures.
They should write a book on their years  together and their travels.

We arrived in Billings KOA on the 12th for 6 nights. It is on the Yellowstone River with deer in the campground.While here we toured Heart Mountain, a Japanese Relocation Camp, Medicine Wheel and Big Horn Canyon. On the 14th we drove Lewistown to visit a former AF Radar Station on Judith Peak and remains of Fort Maginnis.  Lewistown in the 1880's was the site of a gold rush. They believe they have the purest drinking water in the world.

Arrival on the 17th of July at the KOA..very nice park.We visited the Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Fort Casper,RotaryPark, Fremont Canyon and Fort Steele.

Thru traffic and thunderstorms we arrived at the USAFA in Colorado Springs on the 20 July for a month...our 3rd visit.
We drove to Rocky Mountain NP, but did not see any wildlife, El Pueblo Trading Post Historic site,visited with friends Bill and Lorraine who live in Colorado Springs and Max and Caron who drove up and camped for several days. Also got a bad case of BPPV, first since 2013. Left here on 19 August for Caprios Ridge SP in Trinidad,CO. for visits to Bent's New Fort,Granada Japanese Relocation Center,Francisco Fort and Colorado Sand Dunes.

Our next stop on 22 August was Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque. Our water pump went out in Trinidad so another project for John.Able to get the part and John replaced old one. Drove up to Taos to visit Fort Burgwin, Pecos NHP and Fort Lewis and Pueblo Ruins, Tinkertown Museum.

3 Nights in Amarillo before heading to Oklahoma City. Toured Palo Duro Canyon and Fort Elliott in Mobeetie.

We arrived at Tinker AFB on 05 September until 19 September. Our main purpose was to visit granddaughter Kendyl at Oklahome State University in Stillwater. It is a beautiful campus. Kendyl recommended a very nice Chinese Restaurant "Golden Dragon". Good choice.One day we drove to Fort Towson SHS 225 miles from campground. Also visited during our stay Turner Falls and Fort Supply.

Enroute to Round Rock TX we stopped in Sanger, TX at the Wagon Master RV park for 2 nights.Very nice park that is also home to an Alpaca Farm. Would stay here again. It was recommended that we go to Babe's for a family style fried chicken dinner. Very good.

Near Round Rock we stayed at Berry Springs RV in Georgetown..close for family visits. Of course we stopped at several Bucee's on the way..a must when traveling in Texas down IH 35 and IH 10 east. After settling in, Liz stopped by and we went to dinner. Tomorrow we meet at Chris and Dave's for lunch and happily all 4 grandsons will be there. Next day we went to Breakfast with Liz in Georgetown. One of our favorite spots in Austin on Lake Travis is the Oasis. We met Liz, Chris and Dave for dinner. It was a nice visit with family.


Our home for the next month is Fort Sam in San Antonio to visit with my son Eric and family. This is a nice campground and reasonably priced at $440 for the month. This is our 8th visit. Met up with RV friends Jim and Gloria whom we met at McChord AFB in 2015 and have since met up several times. Our friends from Helena, Rocky and Loretta where in San Antonio visiting family and they came out for a visit. Sure wish you were still RV'ing. Another  dear friend, Sandy, who lives in Ingram invited us out for lunch and visit. John served at Randolph with her late husband and have remained friends over the years.We had a good visit with family and friends. On the 10th October we celebrated our anniversary dinner at Paesano's on the Riverwalk. Also went to Homecoming Johnson  HS football game. Parker is a flag carrier.

Leaving on the 26th October, we stopped in Fort Stockton for 2 nights and Deming, NM for2 nights. While in Deming we met up with RV friends Dick and Deb who live here. Went to dinner at Chinese House. Also one day we drove down to Pancho Villa SP and Camp Furlong and another day to Fort Bayard, City of Rocks and Santa Rita Coppermine.

We arrived on the 30 October at Fort Huachuca Army Base in Sierra Vista, AZ for 2 weeks. Our last visit was in 2009.Saw lots a deer, Havalinas and a Bobcat. Nice campground. Visited site of Camp John A Rucker. Had a view of the Aerostat from the Campground.

Our arrival at Davis Monthan AFB on the 13th November reconnected us with friends Dick and Deb, Marta and Bill who live here and Connie and Ken who stay here for the winter. Of course, our main reason for coming here is to visit with son Darin and son-in-law Kerry. We visited Kitt's Peak with Darin and another day we drove down to Tubac with him to have lunch at Tubac Jack's and walk around the art colony. Thanksgiving he and Kerry had family over for dinner..oh so good.

On the 1 December we arrived back at Nellis AFB, our home until 18 March 2020. We have come full circle this year.Friends Pat & Darwin, Bill & Lorraine, Denise & Phil are here and more friends to come end of month.

It has been a good year and busy planning 2020 and 2021. We are now entering our 11th year of travel with 100,000 miles on the Bounder.





Saturday, December 28, 2019

Christmas 2019

25 December 2019

Wishing all our friends a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Joyous Blessings, Safe Journeys and Health for 2020 and years to come. We are celebrating with our annual RV group at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. We miss several friends who are RV'ing elsewhere, but we have you in our thoughts.

Merry Christmas 

John's Card to Me

My Card to John


Today we went with RV group to Aliante Casino Christmas Buffet. There were 11 of us in the group and enjoyed good and humorous conversation. Thanks Pat and Darwin for driving.

Aliante Buffet


Joy and Kevin sent Christmas photo from Florida. Pat and Darwin shared photo as well from one of the Casinos in LV this year.

Joy and Kevin

Darwin & Pat


Our children and grandchildren sent photos as well..some taken earlier in the year.

Cade, Hope, Shawn & Colt

Kerry & Darin

Kendyl, Eric,Cindy, Cindy's Dad Jim and Parker
Jack,Christine,Cameron & Dave

Ryan, Liz,Michael and Zorro


Weather has been cold and rainy. We had our checkups at Clinic on Base and all is good.

Aside from doing errands and socializing with friends and going to see Midway we have pretty much stayed in the campground. After all this is our 9th stay here. By the way Midway is highly recommended..visual effects so realistic and Woody Harrelson does an excellent portrayal of ADM Nimitz.

Got a photo of Mt Charleston and Sheep Mountains from Campground. Most snow we have seen on them since we started coming in 2013. Glad it is up there and not in LV. John and I have somewhat decided that we may winter in Florida next year.

Mt Charleston

Sheep Mountains


Oh yes, Secret Santa left a bag on our doorstep that must have been left previous night. It could only be from Darwin and Pat even tho they deny it. Darwin and I have had several conversation regarding deer so it is only obvious it was from him. Anyway, thanks and the antlers will look good on Oscar the owl next Christmas.

Antlers


On New Years we are going with some of the group to see Knives Out at Aliante with dinner at Friday's. With your movie stud you get 1 entree free.

I leave you with this thought:

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending"..Anonymous

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Bagel Cafe & Painted Rocks

12 December 2019

Today is Pat and Darwins 55th Wedding Anniversary so to celebrate we along with Bill and Lorraine went to The Bagel Cafe for lunch. Pat and Darwin were complimented with a huge slice of carrot cake which they shared with us and they even had some to take home. Of course you can't get out without getting some take home from the bakery. We got some bagels, a large slice of coconut cake and cranberry smear for the bagels. Wish I had taken a group photo.

Darwin and Roast Beef Sandwich

Pat got the Bagel Veg Pizza


Bill & his Chicken Salad

Lorraine Pondering the HugeFrench Dip



John's Chicken Salad Sandwich

Salmon Salad with Slaw and Potato Pancake


I spent most of the week painting the rocks I collected when we were at the NAS FamCamp on Whidbey Island last summer.Will leave them here in various areas before we depart in March. Also decorated the iHome for Christmas.






 Pat came over and took our annual Christmas picture.

Annual Christmas Photo 2019

Oscar is waiting for Santa


Weather has been cold and windy..in fact so much so that I invited Pat, Darwin, Bill, Lorraine, Phil and Denise over for homemade vegetable soup, nosh, fruit salad and gelato on Sunday it was too windy to eat outside so we cozied up in the motorhome and had a good evening. Once again did not get group photo.

Next week on the 18th is the campground potluck..hope they have heaters outside as it is supposed to only be in the high 40's.



Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week of 2 Dec-08 Dec 2019

2 December -8 December 2019

We had good checkups and got our flu shots. Understand that shingle shots we got some 20 years ago diminish with age and that now you have to get another type in 2 injections so will check this out. I go back on 23rd to discuss lab results and John has his labs on 30th of January and eye exam on 31st January.

We ran errands this week and ended up at the Bagel Cafe on Buffalo for lunch..always a good choice. Took some photos of the decadent dessert area. After lunch we purchased a dozen bagels, some cranberry smear and a piece of coconut cake that is large enough for 4 desserts. For lunch John has a chicken salad sandwich and I half corned beef with slaw.





Hung my Christmas decorations and beautiful wreath that friend Alinda made for me last year. Will post pictures later when we have our annual Christmas photo taken. Thank you again Alinda. Get many compliments on the wreath.

On Friday we met good friends Rose Mary and Chuck for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Chuck recently had back surgery and is doing very good. They both looked great..never seem to age. Will see them often during our stay until the 18th of March. Always enjoy our visits and conversations.

Weather remains cool and had some rain this week. Trying to walk several times a day and get at least 5-6 thousand steps/day. Next week will start going to the fitness center on base several times a week.

Driving down to In and Out one night got a sunset photo. And one day on errands a snowcapped Mt Charleston.




Monday, December 2, 2019

Arrival Nellis AFB FAMCAMP

01 December 2019

Our drive from Wickenburg to Nellis AFB and our home until the 18th of March took us up Hwy 93 to Kingman and north to Las Vegas passing Boulder City and Henderson..around 200 miles and 4 hours with a stop for gas. The drive coming into Boulder City was somewhat scenic with the mountains and canyons.









We got a very good site #42 in circle 2. We had wanted to be in circle 1 with our annual friends, but this is a nice site across from the laundry..a plus for me. Spaces are wide and not on top of neighbor.

Site 42

Bill and Lorraine, Darwin and Pat stopped by for short visit. Pat and Darwin had us over for dinner. Absolutely delicious..homemade spaghetti, garlic bread and salad plus lemon cake for dessert. Thank you for the yummy meal, visit and interesting conversation. So good to see you again and Snickers. Bill and Lorraine brought Little One on their earlier visit. So guess I got my dog fix for today.

With Darwin..Pat took photo


Tomorrow I have my annual checkup at the clinic and John goes Tuesday. Dread the weigh-in and BP check. BP is always high when I go to Doctor or Dentist unlike when I check at home.

Good to be back..our 8th visit. Looking forward to our get togethers.

Hope sent photo with Holly. They went snowshoeing in Oregon.
Holly and Hope