Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Black Screen of Death

I sat down to compose a blog post and without warning, my computer stopped. And, it won't turn on. We've tried everything and it's just gone. So, now, Doug and I are sharing his computer until I an afford a new one.

His computer runs Vista which I detest and haven't fully figured out yet, so it might be a few days before I can load pictures. It's funny how accustomed one becomes to a certain program or operating system and how diffiult it can be to start anew. But, we won't desert you. I will keep posting as best I can.

The weather here has turned awful. Yesterday, it rained (hard) all.....day......long. There was snow in the passes, including the one we traversed three days ago. And the Grapevine pass was totally closed due to snow and icy conditions. Then last night, the winds started shaking and rocking the coach. I know it's December, but I thought the weather was supposed to nice here in southern California.

Hopefully, we'll get a little break today so we can do some sightseeing.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Desert Hot Springs

It sure is easy to get moving early when we only spend the night at a park. The car is hooked up, very few items inside the coach need to be put away and we are both anxious to go.

So, we were on the road by 10am. Unfortunately, it was the wrong road. By the time we discovered it, we were halfway to California City and there was nowhere to turn around with a 40 foot coach hauling a car behind.

I quickly checked Google maps of the area and found that if we just continued through California City, the road would bend south back to highway 58, which is the one we wanted. Thanks to Google, I discovered that California City was intended to be bigger than Los Angeles when it was first developed. But, no one moved there and it never quite became the dream city that was intended. Still, it is the third largest city in California, geographically. The Google earth website shows miles and miles of crumbling roads that were never finished for developments that never happened.

After finally getting back on track, it was as easy drive to I-10 and then east to Desert Hot Springs. The sun was shining and it was 75 degrees. Nice!

Our reservations were at an ROD park called Desert Pools. It's a nice park but everyone is packed in like sardines.

The neighbors are really nice. On one side are Bob and Terry in their Teton Homes 5th wheel. Bob and Doug got to visiting and the next thing I knew, they were off to shoot pool in the clubhouse.

After their fun, Doug came back to take me for a tour of the facilities. Their are three small pools that are each heated from the natural hot springs in this area. Each is set at a different temperature and delightful. The big swimming pool is also heated and like bathwater.

Inside the clubhouse are the pool room, a terrific lending library with half finished puzzles on every table, an e-mail room for computers, a card room and a large dining room. There are activities and meals all day long at this park.

Every time we step out of the coach, people stop to visit. I can see Doug isn't going to get to any of our projects at this stop.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sierra Trails in Mojave

Whew....that was a long day of driving. We left San Benito TT in Paicines, CA late in the morning and backtracked to I-5. From there it was 130 miles south on some boring, raggedy highway lanes. I suppose I-5 should be called a freeway but it has become so poorly maintained that I think the side roads would be safer.

We left I-5 at Buttonwillow and drove east through Bakersfield then across Tehachapi Pass to the outskirts of Mojave. All of the windmills were going full blast and the smog was almost choking us until we made it across the pass.

The park we chose for just one night was Sierra Trails RV Park. We had stayed there on our way back to Washington last spring and we knew it was not fancy, but was fine for overnighting. And the best part is it's part of the Passport America club which is half price camping.

The pull thru sites are located in the back of the park and are dirt. Still, they are level, have water and electric, picnic tables on a concrete pad and safe. Works for us!

It's still getting very cold at night (high 30's) so we will continue east in search of some heat tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


After a quick run back to Paicines to pick up our mail, we took some time to start putting things away for our departure tomorrow. While Doug was outside emptying tanks and cleaning up, a neighbor stopped by to visit and invite us to an informal seminar called RV 101 that he does at each park where he and his wife stay.

Of course we agreed to join them at the clubhouse in the evening and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. Fred has obviously spent a lot of time and money preparing this rving seminar with handouts and booklets and door prizes. There were three couples and three singles in attendance, so it was laid back and comfortable.

Fred began with a discussion on the importance of checking electrical components starting with choosing a campsite to maximize your electrical power and minimize your electrical problems. He showed us the tools that he uses for testing and some of the disasters that have been averted.

Following the section on electricity, he spoke about fire safety and protection which lead into a warning about rv refrigerators being one of the major sources of fire.

It was well worth our time, even though we were aware of most of the information. But we came away with some new ideas as well as some reminders of how easy it is to become complacent with the equipment and lifestyle. Rving isn't all pretty sunsets and fun and games. There is a lot of maintenance and problems that constantly need to be addressed.

The other thing we came away with was.............a door prize! I won!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Running Ourselves Ragged

Wow, what a busy day we had! We are leaving this park on Thursday and decided to run all of our errands in one trip.

Our first stop was in the big city of Salinas. It's actually a good size city and had just about anything we could need. We found the UPS office where we picked up some packages that couldn't be delivered, then headed to the nearby Jeep dealership that we had spotted.

Doug has been having trouble with his key fob and we needed to check the prices on having the oil changed and the blower for the heater/air conditioner quit working too. The quote we were given in the service shop took our breath away. So, we drove to a Kragens Auto Parts on the other side of town and bought a couple quarts of oil. We'll worry about the rest when our ship comes in................still waiting..........

A smoke shop was next on the list, followed by a recycling center to get rid of a sack of smashed pop cans. (Recycling pays very well in California if you can find some place that takes them.)

Finally, we headed to Gilroy where our favorite Super Walmart is located. Groceries are always on our errands list, but Doug was looking for a swim noodle that he could cut up and use to steady the speakers that are mounted above the dashboard in the coach. Well, there aren't too many swim toys in the stores in December.

But, across the street was a Lowes. There we found some foam pipe wrap which will work perfectly.

We were still a half hour drive away from home and needed to get to the Paicines post office to pick up our mail from South Dakota. Then we saw a roadside fruit stand with some really good prices posted on handmade signs. Of course we had to stop. Doug found mushrooms for $1.99 a pound and they had a terrific selection of garlic related spices, rubs and sauces. Gilroy is the garlic capital of the world.

At 5 minutes to 5, we arrived at the post office to see a closed sign. This little tiny post office behind the grocery store/restaurant is the entire town of Paicines. And they close at 3:30 in the afternoon. Oh well, we'll get our mail tomorrow.

I love it when we are so efficient and attend to all our errands in one day. (almost)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Late, But Online

I'm a little late posting today because I have been online following the Cyber Monday sales. And what I've found is, unless you are shopping for computers and high end stuff, there aren't a lot of bargains.

I'm hoping that most of the stores will be extending their sales throughout the month of December and offering free shipping because I don't do mall shopping anymore.

And, it's difficult having items shipped when you move every week or so. It's important to know where you are going or how long you will be in one spot. I guess if that's the worst thing we have to worry about, our life is pretty good.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Life in the Fast Lane

Life in the fast lane sure doesn't apply to us! In fact, it's been totally opposite. Blogging becomes difficult when the days sort of run together.

The park is very quiet with an occasional dog walker passing by and a glimpse of the local bobcat.

We've been playing on the computers, watching a little tv, reading and working on a few small projects. It's very easy to be lazy.

Doug found some time to sort rocks and get them ready for the tumbler while the turkey carcass is boiling. I'm about turkeyed out for a few days. Turkey pot pies, turkey sandwiches, turkey with pasta........please no more turkey for a while.

I guess that's our wild and crazy life in the fast lane.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Aftermath

Mmmmm.....we had a good dinner yesterday. After I thawed our turkey all night, Doug carved off the legs, wings, and thighs. They are in the freezer for another day. So, we just cooked the turkey breast in the convection oven....covered in bacon.

Does that look good or what? Then the real mess started. Doug made turkey pot pies from scratch as well as a huge mess. There was flour everywhere and I think every kitchen utensil and bowl and pan was used.

But the finished product was so tasty, I didn't even mind cleaning up after him. And we have tons of leftovers too!

Now.....on to Christmas!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

We took a trip to the local Safeway in search of a small turkey. Ha! There's no such thing as a small turkey.

But, Safeway had their turkeys, up to 16 pounds, for $6.77. Since we were paying the same for a large bird versus a small one, guess which one we opted for. Yup the big one.

We ended up with one that is almost 15 pounds and frozen. If we want to eat turkey, he better take a cold bath.

Sure hope it fits in the convection oven!

We hope you all have a fine day filled with friends, loved ones and hungry people. Thank you for being our friends and loved ones. And if you're in the neighborhood.....stop by for dinner!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Walk in the Woods

I almost forgot to blog! We have had a couple of quiet, lazy days. Of course there was Nascar on Sunday and then Monday we took a long walk along the outskirts of the park.

Doug was hoping we might find some fabulous gems or gold. No such luck.

But it was very pretty wandering through the giant oak trees mixed with some pines and others I can't identify. The path we took is actually an exercise path with quite a few stopping points to do leg exercises or arm or cardio work.

We just walked, holding hands and admiring the day.

The evenings are cool enough for jackets. And the sunsets, while not spectacular are admirable.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Peace and Quiet

Fall in California is just as beautiful as anywhere we have been. As we drove past the vineyards, the reds and oranges beside the deep greens were almost unreal. And here in the park, the trees changing their colors against the backdrop of green hills are fantastic.

There was a mass exodus from the park last night leaving lots of room between rigs. It's so nice to look out the windows and see nature with only a few rvs in the way. Doug spotted one of the local bobcats right here in the park. It seems totally unconcerned with people, cars or coaches.

We've also seen deer and tracks of the wild pigs that come in at night.

Oh yeah.....we also saw a big turkey!

Our site is a pull-thru next to a huge oak tree with lots of grass buried under fallen leaves. Did you notice the blue sky?

For some reason, this is still one of our most favorite parks.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Air Card Died

We started having problems getting onto the internet a couple days ago and after hours of phone calls, the problem was narrowed down to the Verizon air card. Of course there were none in the Verizon stores around us, so a new replacement would have to be Fedexed to us.

Normally, that wouldn't be a problem. But, we were leaving the Morgan Hills Thousand Trails park in the morning. Hmmmmm......

Well, I called ahead to the San Benito TT in Paicines and they told me that they would accept a Fedex package even if we hadn't arrived yet. Well alrighty then!

A call back to Verizon resulted a free replacement but with their normal two business day delivery that meant we wouldn't see the air card until late Monday. No waaaaay! There was no way we were going to be without internet access almost 5 days. So, for an extra charge, they overnighted the card to us.

We had a short, pleasant drive south through the towns of Gilroy and Hollister arriving at San Benito Thousand Trails a little after noon. The propane tank was empty and that was taken care of. Then we picked out a nice, sunny spot.

At 3 o'clock, I marched up to the entrance ranger station and lo and behold there was a package for us. I got on the phone to Verizon immediately to activate the new card and just my luck, I got the new trainee on the phone. He read through his manual, talked to his supervisor, instructed me to make several mistakes and after 45 minutes finally got the card activated.

At that point, Doug was able to access the internet but now I had to call the 3G Store to get someone to walk me through resetting the Cradlepoint router. That only took me two phone calls to set up the passwords and security. (Nice people at the 3G Store. I highly recommend them.)

To make a looooong story short (hahaha) we are now back online and in another park. That's why you haven't heard from us.

Tomorrow, I'll have some photos of the park. We stayed here last year and really felt comfortable. Plus, they have a great book exchange! 'Bye til then.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hey! We Moved

Not too big of a surprise, I'm guessing. Doug wanted to stay ahead of a storm that is supposedly rolling in, so he put on his traveling hat and we took a scenic route across central California back to Hwy 101 south.

It was a gorgeous day for a drive and we landed in Morgan Hill Thousand Trails. California sure has some big parks. This one has 298 camp sites! Unfortunately, none of them have sewer.

There are lots of trees, grass and empty sites. We'll explore the clubhouse and putt-putt golf tomorrow, but there aren't many activities due to the time of year.

On Friday, we'll journey a little farther south to another Thousand Trails park. It has full hookups and last year we enjoyed it very much. It is located in a remote area so we'll stock up on groceries before we go. A person could burn up a lot of gas on minor errands.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Quiet Time

The last couple of days have been fairly quiet. Doug worked on a solution for keeping the drawers inside my desk from sliding while we're moving, as well as mounting one of the new speakers for our surround sound.

We've spent some time with our neighbors and took a grocery run to Stockton. One of our favorite stores, Winco, is located there along with a Super Walmart and Lowes. Woohoo! Our lives aren't exciting every day.

The next storm is forecast to roll in on Wednesday, so I think we will be moving south ahead of it. We aren't going too far, but hopefully one jump ahead of it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sunshine in the Delta

Yesterday, I mentioned that we were in the California Delta. It's a beautiful are in central California that encompasses about a 1000 miles of waterways. There's the Sacramento River, the San Joaquin, the American, the Mokelumne, the Cosumnes and the Calaveras rivers meeting to produce a labyrith of waterway that make for boaters paradise.

We stopped at the Lighthouse Marina & RV Resort for a few days. Doug wants to check into some fishing as well as take care of a few chores that have arisen over the last few days.

The park is green and pretty with a lot of rvs coming for the weekend. And most of them have boats.

Doug was happy to have some nice weather to take care of the outside chores in the basement and I just enjoyed the nice weather.

The Duck Whisperer

We spent the night in Sleepy Hollow and never saw Ichabod Crane or the headless horseman. It's a tiny park in the mountains with nothing to offer but a place to spend the night and some power.

But this morning, Doug became the duck whisperer. He discovered that the ducks from the little pond rely on people feeding them. So, out came the loaf of bread.

Before long, they were even allowing him to pet them.

And, not only were they eating out of his hand, they were eating his hand. One was nibbling on his thumb and the other on his finger.

Then, 'twas an wonderful day for a drive! We left Sleepy Hollow on 101 and could see a tiny break in the clouds waaaaaaay off in the distance. That was all the encouragement we needed.

We stopped for diesel in Willits when we found it at the Safeway for $2.859. That's the first time we've seen it under $3 since we hit California. And the Safeway stations are usually fairly easy to get in and out of.

The trip improved dramatically when the thermometer hit 72 degrees. Doug even took off his flannel shirt!

We left Hwy 101 at Petaluma and took the back roads to Isleton in the California Delta. The drive was scenic up until we hit the road construction. Then there was miles and miles of jersey barriers and big dump style trucks.

The truck in front of us decided to make a left turn without any signal. He just hit his brakes and turned quickly. Thank heavens for Doug's quick instincts and Alpine's stopping power. He slammed on the brakes, holding our breath that we wouldn't get rear-ended and then listened as everything in the coach came crashing forward.

Amazingly, the only thing that broke was a pizza stone that hit the tile floor. I had a nice mess to pick up, but what a blessing that no one was hurt.

At that point, we were only about 20 miles from our stop for the night and we were pretty shaken. It felt really good to arrive at Lighthouse Marina & RV Park and relax for the evening.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sleepy Hollow

It was a long day, but not as many miles as we hoped. We didn't have a game plan, just meander along the highway and stop when we felt ready.

We stopped at a wonderful beach south of the town of Orick and picked up rocks and shells. A storm came up and drove us back to the coach and farther down the road.

There was lots of road construction, including several nasty looking slides. It made me a little nervous as we edged along a narrow railing with a long drop. But all went well.

By five o'clock, we were losing the light and found a little park just north of Willits, CA. Again, it was a Passport America park so we got a good deal. However, the park is not much. Very tiny, narrow sites, 30 amp service and no tv. The bright spot is that we have internet.

For just one night we can adapt.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

California Here We Come

Love ya Oregon....but we're outta here! We pointed the coach south on Hwy 101 and drove about 225 miles. It sprinkled occasionally and the sun broke through a few times. All in all, a pleasant drive.

There are so many neat bridges in Oregon and every one is photo worthy. (Just not necessarily my photos....lol)

We breezed right through the agricultural checkpoint with just a couple of questions and continued into California. The plan was to make it to a Passport America (1/2 price) park in Crescent City. But, we got a very late start and by the time we arrived in Crescent City it was pitch black. We hate, hate, hate driving the coach in the dark.

Our gps tour guide gave us directions to the park that landed us in a gravel dead end in someone's front yard. Let me repeat....in the dark! After a few choice words, we checked to make sure that the barking dog was safe and then unhooked the car (in the rain) and turned the coach around.

Doug got back on the main highway and guessed at the next park, which turned out to be the wrong one. At this point....in the dark....we parked the coach and took the car to look for Sunset Harbor RV Resort. I called the park manager and got very explicit directions and we found it tucked back down a small side road.

Sooooooo, back we went to get the coach. We found a site......in the dark.....and Doug got the coach backed in......in the dark......and we settled down for the night. One of the many adventures that goes along with fulltiming.

By mornings light, we discovered that it's a very nice park. This sites are large with 50 amp power and cable tv.

There are lots of trees and everything seems well take care of.

Too bad we are only going to be here one night.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

We've Been to Dallas

Oregon....that is. We'll get to Dallas Texas later. But today we spent the afternoon with some dear friends that just moved into their new home. They have been fulltimers in an Alpine coach for several years and finally decided to hang up the keys.

We had a lovely lunch with Mike and Charlotte followed by lots of conversation and a couple of football games on tv. Such a nice way to fritter away an afternoon. I forgot to take any pictures but we'll see them again in January. They plan on spending the winter in the south and it will be good to spend some more time with them in Quartzsite. Thanks Charlotte and Mike!

Other than that, we have pretty much just stayed in. The weather is a disaster and it sure doesn't invite sightseeing.

We did take a quick run to the Yaquina Bay State Park in Newport. There is a historic lighthouse......

and a wonderful view of the Yaquina Bay bridge that runs between Newport and South Beach. That was an exciting ride with the incredible winds we have been having.

The beaches aren't very safe for beachcombing with these storms so we are considering moving on down the road.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Here Comes Winter

I'm sure glad that we ran all of our errands the last couple of days. It was pleasant being outside and driving to new places to take care of business. We ran to the post office, bank, book store, radio shack and the grocery store. Once again, the gps came in very handy finding everything.

But, the weather turned today! The sustained winds of 35 mph and pounding rain made it a good day for hiding out inside the coach. We did discover a leak in the kitchen. We pulled the living room slide in allowing the rain to roll off the slide roof, then put it back out and voila! No more leak. Well....at least for now. I guess Doug will be on the roof as soon as the weather is safe.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Look Bob! A Map!

After a ton of research and a few mistakes, I managed to embed a Google map in the sidebar of the blog. It's a fully interactive map that I have marked with little red flags showing where we have stayed. You can expand the map and drag it to see more. If you click on the little red flags, there is more information. Now, it will be easier than ever to follow along with us.

Thanks for the request Bob! Now, onto another project.

We spent a quiet day at home while Doug is fiddling with the satellite dish. He hasn't been able to get it to work since it blew over back at Long Beach. I guess we'll have to find someone that can test it or maybe replace it. We are getting a few over the air channels, but they're kinda full of static.

This park is quite nice and I think we'll stay for a while. We aren't in a rush and the weather is pleasant during the day. The windows and door have even been open to the fresh breeze.

We had a short walk on the beach at sunset, where Doug found some interesting rocks (surprise, surprise). At least this time, he's picking up small ones.

When we turned around to walk back to the car, the full moon was rising. So cool to see the sun going down and the moon coming up at the same time.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Some Blue Skies

We woke to blue skies this morning! And then decided that we weren't real crazy about the site we were in. Fortunately, another rig pulled out of their site and when we checked it out, we loved it. So, again, we unhooked and packed and moved. But it was worth it.

We are perched on the edge of the hill in the front spot with a small view of the ocean and great sunset views. Instead of backing into the spot, (like we were supposed to) we pulled in head first. We heard that a couple of the neighbors complained that we didn't park like every one else. Oh well, I guess we're a couple of rebels. Doug did have to run the power, sewer and water under the coach to reach the utilities.

Small price to pay for the view.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween! We picked a cloudy but non-rainy day to move south. We got a late start but it sure felt good to see the Entering Oregon sign.

It felt pretty good winding our way down Hwy 101 after a quick stop at the store. There weren't many views of the ocean but the ones we saw were jaw-dropping. Huge waves along with dark, foreboding skies created a very Halloweenish sight. Hmmmm, is that a word? Better than Halloweenie I think.

We finally arrived at Whalers Rest Thousand Trails near Newport, Oregon just at dusk and finding an empty site that is level and long enough in the dark is not fun. We ended up unhooking the car and driving through the section we liked to find a spot. By then, it was too dark and late to mess with the satellite dish so we just paid for cable tv for one night. We didn't want to miss the nascar race in the morning! I'll get some pictures in the daylight.

Sure hope the weather improves a little. The beach is calling us.........

Friday, October 30, 2009

Seaview, Ilwaco & Cape Disappointment

We were getting a little bored just sitting in the coach and watching the gray, gray, gray. We didn't need anything from the store and we didn't have a bunch of money to blow, so we just took a ride.

Our first stop was a drive through of the Long Beach Thousand Trails Park. Nothing too fancy here, but there is a nice path to the beach and 50 amp service. We'll be bypassing it this trip because it's only 10 miles down the road. If we're ever going to get to the sunshine, we'll have to do a little better than that.

Next, we drove through Ilwaco. It was fun to see all the fishing boats, but the town looked pretty deserted. Not too many tourists looking for sport fishing tours in October.

Then our trip took us to Cape Disappointment at the extreme southwest corner of Washington. In the state park, we parked and walked out on Waikiki beach (no kidding) hoping to see the lighthouse. But the fog was thick enough that we couldn't spot it. Then we discovered via internet that the light on the lighthouse was discontinued in 2008. Cape Disappointment was kinda disappointing.

We also saw a couple of guys crabbing with fishing poles perched on the side of a high, rocky wall made of humongous boulders. We watched them for a few minutes, but the wind was so awful that our eyes were watering and we couldn't stand it. I don't know how they kept from being blown into the ocean.

On our way back home, we stopped at Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach. It was your typical tourist trap with some fun and interesting items. Their claim to fame is Jake the Alligatorman. I didn't get any pictures of this fine specimen (cough, cough) but it's near the two-headed calf and the eight legged lamb. Hey....at least it was free!

That pretty much summed up our day. We discussed moving on down the road and another horrible storm sealed the deal. The coach shook most of the night, even blowing the satellite dish over. Doug had it staked into the ground really well but down it went. It didn't hit the car or coach, just hope it's still working in the morning.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Just a Sunset

The wind finally died down and the rain slowed to a drizzle, so we decided to take a drive on the beach. I didn't get any pictures since we still have so many from last year.

It was a pleasant drive about 10 miles along the water's edge, but we couldn't find any roads leading back to the highway. So, we turned around and backtracked the entire way.

Other than that, we just relaxed at home. Then finally in the evening, there was a tiny sliver of break in the clouds and we had this lovely sunset.

Some days are blogworthy and some aren't.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Year on the Road

Today was so cold and damp that we just stayed in. Doug spent some time sorting through a couple of leftover boxes while I organized the inside of the desk. Since we didn't do anything exciting, I thought you might be interested in a little update of our last year.

It's been a little over a year that we have been traveling and enjoying life as nomads. And while this life should never be reduced to statistics but sometimes it's fun to throw out a few facts.

In the last year, we visited six states. Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. We came really close to getting into Lousiana, Arkansas and Nevada but since we didn't stay there in the coach, it doesn't count.

We traveled 8,788 miles in our Alpine and even a bunch more in the car.

There were 58 unique parks where we hung our hats for anywhere from one night to one month. Several parks we visited more than once because our records show that we moved 71 times. Our trips have varied from 20 miles a day to over 300 miles a day. Let me tell you, 300 miles is toooooo much!
We try to keep our traveling days to under 150 miles. We're missing too much in between! There's no rush to get anywhere and we just love seeing everything. Mountains, valleys, oceans, rivers, deserts, rain, snow, glorious sunshine, blue skies, rainbows and more to come.

We've barely touched the U.S. yet I feel we have accomplished so much. This was a dream. A dream worth dreaming and we took it past wishing into reality.

As my old friend Cinderella used to say...a dream is a wish your heart makes

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true

So, here's to whatever you happen to be wishing and dreaming today.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


We woke this morning to some windy weather. But, we were determined to get out onto the beach. We both bundled up like Nanook of the North and blew our way onto the sand.

The breakers were crazy with the wind and there was very little find. Still, we walked a half mile before turning back. We were all alone with the exception of an empty truck parked near the dunes. I guess we are the only ones crazy enough to be out in this weather.

After lunch, we decided to drive to the north end of the Long Beach spit. Most of the time we couldn't even see the water. We ended up at the Leadbetter Park and wildlife viewing area but didn't see anything.

On our way back we stumbled upon Oysterville. This interesting little town was founded in 1855 and became a National Historic District in 1976.

This pretty little church was built in 1892 and is still used occasionally for weddings and funerals.

There are many of the original houses still in use, as well as the Oysterville Cemetery. You just never know what you are going to run across when an afternoon drive beckons.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hello Pacific!

Moving day went well in spite of this view out of our window in the morning.

But, once the showers gave up, we packed and moved south. Our first stop was in Raymond. They have the most wonderful statues made of half inch steel plate.

Before you get to town they are placed along the highway and then many, many more in town. Some are very basic and others are quite intricate.

Our next stop was for diesel in Long Beach. And from there it was a short trek to the Pacific Holiday RV Resort.

We are in the end site, closest to the ocean. There's a grass covered dune between us, but we can barely see the ocean. It's just a short walk down the path to the sand.

The weather turned horrible and the winds became crazy wild. So we made a quick trip to town to find me a warm stocking cap to prevent earaches on the beach, then just tried to keep warm in the coach.

The storm dumped rain and hail on us all night long, even waking us up a couple of times. Still, we love being on the ocean.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pizza and Rain

Another drizzly, gray day was just right for staying home and watching the nascar race. The race was kinda awful if you're a Kasey Kahne fan (which I just happen to be) but with all of the wrecks it was still fun to watch.

By mid afternoon it became quite clear that this weather was not going to cut it. Unfortunately it doesn't look any better for many, many miles down the road. Still, we are tired of this park and it's unfriendly attitude. So, we told them to cancel the rest of our reservation and we are heading out to the coast. We'll be in Long Beach, but the nasty weather is ok if you are on the beach.

Doug decided to get creative in the kitchen and tried out a couple of new recipes. First, he made ricotta cheese. It doesn't have as much flavor as we expected but the consistency is good and it tastes nice.

Then, since he had ricotta in the refrigerator and I was craving pizza, he whipped up a batch of homemade pizza dough, seasoned some tomato sauce for pizza sauce, cooked some sausage and bacon, and proceeded to build an outstanding pizza. What a guy! (You should have seen the mess in the kitchen! Everything we owned was dirty.) And I spent the rest of the evening cleaning up after him. Yet it was worth every mess.

So, tomorrow we aim the coach west.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Port Orchard Visit

We got an early start today and took a lovely drive north along Hood Canal through Shelton, Allyn, Bellfair and arrived in Port Orchard at my big brother's house.

Guy and his charming wife Mary were a can't-miss stop on our way south. We haven't seen them in over a year and needed a little family fix.

Of course our arrival was timed for lunch and we had a terrific meal along with hours of catching up.

Thanks Guy & Mary for such a nice day! We hope you make it south this winter so we can visit again soon.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Now I Know Why We are Leaving

Sometime during the night the rain started. And pounded the coach all through the day. We woke up to a lake in front of us and a very soggy site.

But, we are cozy and warm with no place to go and time to just dream about the sunshine in Arizona.

I did don a jacket and hat to wander down to the office and check in between rain showers. This weather almost makes us glad that there isn't a lot of great things to see and do in Elma.

So, laundry is at the top of the list along with updating the blog. I am excited to get back into the habit of keeping family and friends entertained with our adventures. Both good and not-so-good. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


After a verrrrrry slow start, we packed up and left Bow, Washington where the Mount Vernon Thousand Trails is located. The rain held off and we had a pleasant drive down I-5. Traffic was relatively light although we did get behind a State Patrol car doing a rolling slowdown. We never did figure out why.

Then,there was a quick stop at a closed weigh station to check the weight of both the car and the coach. Washington is so nice to leave the weighing equipment on even when the station is not manned. We were able to just pull each axle onto the scale and then read the weights on the overhead screen in front of us. Thanks Washington.

Doug offloaded a ton of stuff into the storage unit and we are right where we need to be. As fulltimers, it can be difficult to carry everything you need but not so much that you put a strain on the coach chassis and engine. It's a delicate balance that is a work in progress. Literally! If something new is added to our home, something used must leave. For example, if I get a new pair of shoes, Doug has to leave a pair behind. He...he...he.

Anyway, we arrived safe and sound in Elma at the KM Travel Inn RV Park. The office was closed so we just found an empty site and set up. Wow! What a treat! It's not fancy, but 50 amp service means we don't have to turn off appliances in order to use others. Sewer means I can do all of the laundry that has piled up in the last couple weeks. And cable tv means Doug doesn't have to mess with the satellite dish in the dark. Life is good!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Truly Fortunate

To anyone that doesn't believe we are living a grand life......here's proof. This is a picture of our site at the Mount Vernon Thousand Trails.

What a gorgeous place to stay in the fall.

Tomorrow, we start our slow journey south.