26th, 2009- home gas
Clair Shores MI.
Happy Anniversary Honey..... Fifty years today Whoa! Let see fifty years
ago tomorrow we were on a plane to New Orleans for an extended
honeymoon. If the weather holds we'll be heading to the gulf coast again
in just a couple more days. We'll have to find something else to do down
there this time.
Let's see now, Christmas eve party done (pics), Christmas day dinner
done (pics), Anniversary dinner
this evening, Extended family gathering pending, Square
dance dinner pending, then weather cooperating were underway..
Wow what a dinner, thanks boys for a most memorable
anniversary dinner. Rochester Chop House for an exceptionally delicious
meal. Just our immediate family yet that's quite a crowd (pics).
Now tonight we'll be gathering at our place for the extended family get
together, that's always a great time.
December 28th, 2009
Oh boy! What a family, everyone brought some munchies,
deserts and low and behold a 50th wedding anniversary cake. The majority
have strong Polish roots so needles to say the food was outstanding. Lots
of catching up, lots of eating, lots of talking, lots of eating. Oh did I
mention we had a lot of good food. We took a few pictures
before calling it a night. Thanks all!
Now today we start the
disassembly of Christmas and some packing. Outside lights are down, one
tree down (two more to go), lunch is done, let's see.. A perm for Carol,
some computer work with sis, and oh yes dinner out tomorrow then a smooth
Packing, gathering, cleaning and then some computer
work with Barb and now were ready for Tom Katz Christmas dinner. Got to Juliano's
a little early, in time for a relaxing drink. Nice turn out and the food
was excellent. Took some pictures
of a lot of great folks.
30th, 2009 Replace the house battery today, Wal Mart $85.
is the day, no obligations so it's pack pack pack....
31st, 2009 Florence
KY Departed at 2 pm,
local gas $2.59 Stopped at Florence KY rest area free night,
gas up for
$2.69 349 miles
start this morning, more packing with moderate temps outside close to
40°. Decided to fill the water tank but found someone didn't drain the
hose and although temps are moderate the hose is stiff. Wiggled and played
around for and hour or so and finally got the tank filled. I think we are
ready. Barb & Emily stopped by to say good bye and at 2 p.m. we were
Smooth sailing all the
way to Columbus, OH. where we stopped and visited with Aunt Wanda. She
looks good and was happy to see us. She is doing good and is well cared
for. Struggling with memory issues especially of grandchildren, grandnieces
and nephews, largely because she hasn't seen many since leaving Michigan.
Here's a picture of Mom and Aunt Wanda (pic).
resting up for a couple hours at Aunt Wanda's we decided to move on. We
pulled into the Kentucky visitors center after gassing up at about 11 pm.
Cooling down somewhat outside but still not too bad.
KY to Franklin KY
Bluegrass Music RV Park $17
New Year! Sunshine
woke me this morning, good nights sleep. Checked outside temp, 25°.
Turned on the water and it worked just fine. Few minutes later Carol is
asking why no water? Dang! Yep froze up. We had a bite to eat and headed
south figuring mother nature would handle the frozen problem. Sometime in
the late afternoon water starting working with no problems. Moving slow
this day with several rest
areas, lunch, and many phone calls getting updates on Tyler's broken leg,
decided to pull in early, 4 pm, southern Kentucky. Were at Bluegrass
RV a nice park. We finally made the decision
that we would indeed head to Foley AL for our first main stop of
Now to check
out Franklin... Drove uptown to check things out. Nice typical small town
with the court house in the center of the town square (pic).
A good number of antique stores, oh everything is closed, must be late,
Still cold out it's in the low 30ths.
2nd, 2010 Franklin KY
to Montgomery AL
South Montgomery RV $15 PA. 331 miles gas $2.45
19° this morning, pumps froze again. We left about 9ish cloudy and cold.
Sometime around 11 the sky cleared and sun again for the rest of the day.
It warmed to about 46°. Another long drive day but tomorrow should be
less than 200 miles. Debby said there are a couple of lots available near
her at a real good price. I guess we'll see tomorrow. I filled up again
this day here in Montgomery for $2.42. All piping thawed finally and
everything appears normal.
Deb's. 178 miles Plantation
Harbour $175 a wk.
morning again, 26°. Water OK this day. Easy drive along I-65 all morning. Arrive in
Foley about 1pm local time (central time zone). We arrived to bright
sunshine and warm weather, 56°. Locals say it's cold but trust me it
feels real good.
dinner made for us so it was eat and talk all evening. Their new
pooch, a four month old shih tzu called Bama, as a real cutie. Played
great with Bindi. Funny cause it's usually Bindi that does all the chasing
and here this little shih tzu did all the chasing. Ran Bindi ragged. (pic)
We settled in on the lot next door which made walking home real nice.
4th, 2010 Elberta AL
Birthday Glenn! Cool again this morning but at least it's above
freezing. They are saying cool weather for another five days. Talked with
Linda from San Benito TX, she said it's been cool there as well. So we
just have to enjoy the sunshine and 40° daytime temperatures the best we
can. Tyler got home OK so now he has the rest of the week to heal
before school starts back up. Shrimp dinner with Deb & John then home
for the night.
5th, 2010 Elberta AL
this morning warming to 42°, sunny all day. Forgot I washed the car and
camper yesterday. Hooked up the video-cam this morning and Skyped with
friend Bill, just had to show him, live, Deb's pup Bama. He love it.
Today we just checked out the Lazy Day Campground. Nice campground but
there is nothing near by, not even a store for miles. Mike Barb are
planning on staying there for a time this year. We had lunch at the Road
Kill Cafe where you have a super great buffet meal for $8. Today is was
pork chops and fried chicken plus all the trimmings. This was a re-run
from last year and great again.
6th, 2010 Elberta AL
Upon awaking, bright and sunny all day warming to sweatshirt day. Checked
San Benito's weather, got up to 70° there. Mom did an exercise thing at
the gym with Deb, John worked, and I toured the coast looking at condos (pic).
to "El Paso's" for dinner. Excellent Mex food with a jumbo Margarita
hmmm hmm. Finished the evening with John watching Michigan Central beat
Alabama. A good day.
7th, 2010 Elberta AL
a sweatshirt day. Looked at more real-estate
today. Skyped with Dave in Iraq, we
talked for almost an hour.
bright and sunny even though the weatherman said heavy rain at 2pm. As we
drove south to the beach all we could see was a clear sky. At 1pm. Deb
took us to DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen
for a superb fish lunch and as we ate, at precisely 2pm, the rain started,
John was home by
the time we got back and was handling the roast in the crock pot and we
were able to enjoy another delicious meal. 7:30 was kick-off so we
watched the home team be victorious in Pasadena.
8th, 2010 Elberta
Oh boy its cold!
Bright and sunny though. Not much done today, went to lunch with Lisa and
Debby. Had a lunch at the Jade Garden a Chinese buffet which I pigged out
at. I think the meal was
$6.95. Played with the compute all evening. Posted forty some years of
Easter pictures of our boys.
It's set up for a slide show but I think it works better doing one pic at
a time. To stop it just click the pause button ( ║
) then use the arrow
Tomorrow will be our last day here than on towards
Texas on Sunday morning..
9th, 2010 Elberta AL
and sunny but still cold so cold in fact that the water froze. Your mom got all undressed for a shower then I hear "No water is
coming out." Outside I go, she got out of the shower and got re-dressed. When I
came back inside I agreed the water hose has in fact froze up. I went in
the bathroom turn on the water pump and our stored water worked just find.
Mom got her shower.
was a good day for your mother cause she got some Wal Mart time in. I rode
over to Florida with John to purchase some lottery tickets for his lottery
club. Then we had a delicious dinner at Debs. Football finals were on
while the BEST 'I.T.' person in Alabama work on my laptop. Lisa smoothly
removed some clutter and stuff to increase my computer speed and start-up
time. Thank you Lisa. Yes I know no one works on my computers but
but ... well here is Lisa !
a couple pictures. Here's a good shot of a dog with natural eyeliner, Punka.
Mom walking the dogs. Deb and her new
pooch Bama. And a shot of Lisa
and Deb. In the morning we hope to hit the road to look for
another WiFi connection heading west...
10th, 2010 Elberta AL to
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
State Pk $11 Gas
sunny and cold. Our week was of the coldest in a decade. Night time temps
averaged in the mid twenties, daytime temps averaged 40 degrees. After our
goodbyes we were rolling by 10 am. heading west.
with Tyler he is now back at Western and will have rough time hobbling
around while his wounds repair. Talked with Emily who is planning with her
girl friend to visit with us during break again this year. We'll look forward to having
them it's a lot of fun for us.
nice easy three hour drive today that we were able to drag out to six
hours. Off I-10 we dropped south to US-90 to travel the coastal shoreline.
Again we toured to observed the progressive repairs of Hurricane Katrina 2005.
The trees are now clean of debris, all the property is free of rubble,
there are newly built condos, and a new clean beach. Most all of the
privately own homes have not been replaced so there is mile after mile of
vacant costal property. We stopped along the roadway to have lunch and
reminisce of our first visit fifty years ago..
11th, 2010 Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
sunny and over 50°, nice
day. We drove to New Orleans today to check out a couple popular spots.
Leaving about 11 am we headed across Lake Pontchartrain to a place
recommended by world famous square dance call Nasser Shukayr, named Morning
Call. It was a short hop after crossing the 26 mile bridge. The 100
year old coffee shop was nearly empty (pic)
but freshly made beignets were serve up in minutes with a cup of
strong flavored chicory coffee. hmmm good, yes Nasser it was excellent! (pic).
We wanted to save our appetites for a world famous restaurant so we only
ordered one order. Well heck not finish with the first order someone
requested another order of beignets, oh boy. We drove down town and
circled around the bustling business district for a while before zeroing
in on "Mothers".
The lunch crowd was leaving so we had no wait. Placed and order for one Debris
sandwich to share and sat down to wait. Observing the posted signs which
read "Do not tip the waitresses." That helped to defray the cost
of a ten dollar sandwich (pic). I
thought the beef was excellent, stacked high and dripping with Au Jus..
hmmm. Your mom said "Do you think it's really that good?" Oh yea
have another Beignet! (pic) (pic).
Discovered serious problem this
evening. I went out to photograph the sunset, which was gorgeous, and got
nothing but a black picture, oh boy. Came in and looked at the camera only
to find a big dent in the lens face. This dent prevented the protective
cover from opening, hence no pictures. I was able to release the pressure
with a dental pic, good I had several to chose from. Seems to working OK
Mandeville LA to
Beaumont TX Gulf
Coast RV $17 PA gas $2.65 miles 265. & $2.59
Yes! Finally, we're in Texas, the sweatshirt is off and the thermometer
reads 70°. A long walk after dark, wow how nice is
uneventful drive this day. Once into Texas Nick suggested this park because it
comes with a free breakfast, well a doughnut anyway, so here we are. Ten miles of road
construction in Texas but it didn't slows us down any. Should be on the
13th, 2010 Beaumont TX to
Port Aransas TX Beach
$free Miles 305 Arrived 3:30 pm.
got here about 4 pm set up and walked the beach, felt real good. Got up in
the morning, we were the only campers on the beach (pic). We walked the beach
some then walked the campground to find it was a little less than half full.
Watching the weather we learned that heavy rains were coming
tomorrow up to 9". So we opted to continue on south tomorrow to San Benito
cause the rains were suppose to run north not south, well see.
14th, 2010 Port
Aransas TX San
Benito TX First colony $231.00 2 wks miles
birthday Mike! Arrived
First Colony at 3:30pm cloudy sky and light rain, 72°. Checked in, set-up
and now drink in hand it's time to relax. We're here for the next two weeks for sure.
Skyped Nick to learn he is still on schedule for
a 21st departure. He has several therapy's left then he'll be on his way.
Also said he was still wasn't getting around as good as he would like to
be but is walking around the house without a cane.
15th, 2010 San
Happy Birthday Errol! Beautiful, sunny &
warm. Just a catch-up day, slow and easy. Computer stuff and Email.
Rosemary sent us a neat web page. It's a page where you can pick you car
model and year and up pops the original
Donna & Lytle are staying
next door at the Fun & Sun we invited them over for a visit
tonight. Talked all evening and got all caught up on everything. We
decided to go to Mexico tomorrow, we'll see how that goes tomorrow...
16th, 2010 San
Cloudy and windy at
awaking. By 10 a.m. the sun was out and we were off to Progresso Mexico
with Lytle & Donna. Walked into what's now a familiar town. We did a
little shopping and had lunch
at the Garcia's Canadian House (No Canadians all Mexicans) a usual stop.
We returned early enough to hit the couch when there was a knock. Whoa,
Anita asking if there was a dog in this house. John & Anita saw us
driving Lytle and Donna home, hence a visit. Talked and shared a little
Bombay while getting caught up on the local happenings including the
recent shootout in Progresso Mexico. All shoppers were escorted to the
rear of the stores and store fronts closed while a street shootout
occurred. Good thing we didn't know this earlier cause we may not of
enjoyed our visit.
We danced at Fun & Sun to
Mike Kelly. Small crowd of familiar faces with good dancing and lots of
talking. After the dance and in need of more gabbing we headed to the DQ
with Russells and McDonalds. (pic)(pic)
17th, 2010 San
Happy Birthday Sue.
Mom did a sunbath
today on the chase lounge while reading her book. I washed the car and
puttered around till it was dance time. We went to Fun & Sun for an
advance class. Talked with Randy
Dougherty to see in we would fit in because we haven't danced advance
in a year. He suggested we sit-it out cause they were doing A2. well as
they squared up they needed a fourth couple to have another square so we
danced. We had little problem as compared to the rest of the dancers.
the dance we went to Dinner with John & Anita. Driving round Harlingen
looking for a Mexican restaurant that was open. We found Mi Rancho, new to
us, for a delicious dinner.
18th, 2010 San
Recoup day mostly
loafing. Mom spent some time in the pool, warm day. Did some shopping and
that was about it.
19th, 2010 San
Early morning dance
(10 am) at Lakewood RV park to Mike Kelly. They only had about 18 squares,
that's about half of what they use to get just a few years ago. Dancing
was good. I can't imagine calling recycle (sashayed) at a home dance. Here
they called it and not a square broke down. After the dance Mom went
splash again while I washed the motorhome. Hot and sunny. Nice long walk
after dark in shirt sleeves.
20th, 2010 San
The last couple days
have been very warm and sunny so yesterday your mom suggested we go to
South Padre Island and spend some time on the beach today. Outside this
morning heavy fog temp at 59°, so we took care of in house business
waiting for sun. Long about noon Mom said let go... There hasn't been much
change but they're saying 84° and sun so we left for the Island.
the Island one of the high rise co-ops, that construction had been halted on
because it was tilting, is gone (pic)
(pic). We stopped at Dirty Al's for
lunch. The best thing about this place is the sign on the door that reads
"Sorry we're OPEN." The shrimp are excellent, it's what I
call three bite shrimp. They're butter-flied so that's one bite for each
wing and one bite for the body and six of those guys is a full meal.
Coupled that with a cold MGD on draft requires a long beach
walk.. The sun did come out and temperatures have gone up so
walk we did (pic).
the beach we stopped at the newly open birding center (pic).
We watched the movie, toured the museum, and walked the elevated trail (pic).
Saw a couple of neat birds (pic) (pic)
and surprisingly a gator (pic). This
guy is only some two hundred feet from the main road.
SAS shoe store for Mom and a McDonald coffee for me and that was our
21st, 2010 San
Got a call early this
morning from Anita looking for a forth to fill another square. I was in
the shower and the dance had already started so we had to pass. The called
ended with we'll get together for lunch after the dance, so on about noon
John and Anita stopped by and we were off to Brownsville. Brownsville?
Yep, your mother needed another stop at the SAS, don't ask.
stopped at Coyote Canyon for a scrumptious buffet. Oh yes ate way more
than I needed. I snapped a coupled shots and we gabbed for sometime before
leaving. At home as, I left John's car after the twenty minute return
trip, I found my pocket empty of Mom's camera. Groan, a quick call and a
return trip to Coyote Canyon. Thank you Laura!
the afternoon John and I had been discussing his sick Dell, so it was in
short order we were at the McDonald's diagnosing the ill Dell. Mom and
Anita took Bindi for a walk, while we doctored. We had the patient up and
running in short order, so we talked a little more until the girls return
from their two hour walk. We sat around the table visiting for a while
longer when Miss Dell became suddenly ill again and passed away. The blue
screen was permanent.
took Dell home with me this evening and spent several hours trying to resuscitate
her but I'm sure she has has a cracked vertebrae that even Chiropractor
John can't fix.
22nd, 2010 San
Good day. John called
this morning checking on the Dell. Discussed possibilities and we agreed a
new hard drive was where to start. They stopped by and we sat down an
ordered a replacement on line. Wanting to be overly generous john insisted
on dinner on him, what can I say. He drove us to Padre and we consumed an all
you can eat fish special at Marchan's Seafood Restaurant. Dinner was follow by a
beach walk in the dark (pic), where Anita almost got ran over by a speeding policeman.
Leaving the Island we happened upon a DQ and enjoyed a treat on the outside
23rd, 2010 San
Computer class this
morning. I found this fascinating, at this small park there were twenty or
so people attending all with laptop in hand. Now just seven years ago I
had to use my cell phone to find an internet connection, some RV parks had
a phone available for a computer connection and that was it. Rarely seen
anyone with a computer. Now most all parks provide a free internet
connection and most "every" RV has a computer sitting on the
table. How fast things have progressed.
I was investigating computers Mom biked over to Fun & Sun to see the
craft sale. When we got together later Mom had talked with John &
Anita and guess what, we're going out for late lunch today. We're eating
Mexican at El Campanario's Restaurant (pic),
a very clean new looking place. The food was superb, I had typical enchiladas
your mom had spinach and mushroom enchiladas which said was very good but
night dancing at Fun & Sun. Randy Dougherty called to fifteen squares,
a real nice turn out this day and age. It is good to see Donna &
Lytle dancing most every dance. We had a number of other callers dancing
tonight, Nelda Eaton, Jerry Rash, Mike Kelly. We had such a nice time
dancing that later on we had to discuss the events over a DQ, oh boy.
24th, 2010 San
Warm days cool nights
how sweet is that. Did some puttering while Mom tried to catch some rays.
About then John called and asked what's for lunch suggesting Chapitas.
yes that sound great," off we went. Half hour after lunch advance class for
two hours, groan. An hour after that the heaping ice cream social for a
Immediately after that the Cowboy Hobo Tri, an hour of good entertainment.
At the end of the show I shot a little video for a sample of them (vid).
For a do nothing day we sure got busy. We'll try again tomorrow.
25th, 2010 San
Sunny and warm with
little breeze this morning, we opted for a bike ride. Took to the
back roads for a little ten mile trek. Nice scenery (pic)
on a quiet peddle. We paused on a bridge (pic)
before turning around I was a little hesitant about continuing in hopes of
finding roads to complete a circle. There are a lot of water canals around
which terminate a lot of back roads. Back at the ranch we enjoyed the
lounge chairs for a time before preparing for a dance this evening, At the
last minute we decided to do tomorrow morning's dance an bypass tonight's
dance. All in all a quiet day.
26th, 2010 San
Talked with uncle Mike
first thing this morning. They left Michigan yesterday and this morning
they are on I-71 heading towards Louisville and presently stuck (2 hours
so far) on the xway. Snow and ice on the roads contributed to numerous
accidents basically shutting down the highway (8:30 am)..
dancing at Lakewood RV this morning, only had ten squares following a big
dance last night. Anita called while we were returning from he dance
wondering if we were hungry. We drove to a small restaurant named Las
Vegas, where most all patrons are Mexican. Here, without a doubt, the best
meal out since leaving home. It's hard to believe I had a full plate,
that's one tortillas filled with juicy hunks of beef, one filed with
ground beef and trimmings, one scrumptious enchilada with rich sauce,
rice, and some trimmings. All this for $4.50.
in with Uncle Mike again they were 50 mile from Nashville meaning they
must of been delay and additional hour, groan. Aunt Barb was driving so
that means the roads must have cleared up.
in with the computer class this afternoon they were covering some very
basic stuff so I took a pass. Something is missing this evening but just
can't put my finger on it....
27th, 2010 San
It's getting time to
move on. Tomorrow we'll be pushing on to Pharr Texas just down the road
about 35 miles. A number of Michigan square dancers are there. Talked with
Patti a minute today they just arrived there.
Packed up some outside stuff in preparation for tomorrow. While
doing so I called out to Carol that we never did buy that jug of
Tequila. "I'll call John and Anita to see if they want to go for a
ride," she said. Since it was after one, and no one has eaten yet, your
mother suggested we try Mi Tierra, the old Mi Rancho, which has new
owners. Lunch was good and filling and my bill for Carol and I,
$12.50. Now it's off to Progresso Mexico for a bottle of booze. We
did some walking around then stopped at the bakery for
desert along with a cup of joe.
It was getting dark by the time we returned. We decided we'll do the
morning's dance so we saved our good-byes. At home we snuggled in for the
28th, 2010 San
TX Tip of
Texas 36 miles $18
Did a little more
packing before going over to the dance at Fun N Sun. Afterwards we
did lunch with John and Anita at Tilas in Harlingen then said goodbye. Next we stopped by to See Donna & Lytle
goodbye. Across the street from Lytle's I saw this VW motorcycle. It's
100% hand built. (pic) (pic)
(pic), really neat. When we finally
got home John & Anita pulled up showing his hard drive that just arrived. Time was
getting short so we were unable to work with it now.
hooked up and ready to go. A short drive to Pharr and the Tip
Checked in for a month and finally got all connected when Patti & Nick
stopped over. We had a little Tequila and got all caught up. Made a few phone
calls talking with Ty for an hour and then got a call from John, appears the hard drive will not fit.
29th, 2010 Pharr
This is neat, The park
pays you for anyone you get to stay at the this park. There are eight
couples from Michigan that know each other and we each said Dick Johnston
recommended we stay here. For this amount of recommendations the park is
paying Dick something over $800 which I understand he plans to share with
each of us, meaning $100 rebate. Isn't that sweet!
checked the pools as we wait for a little warmer weather. Got a couple
pictures of the indoor and outdoor pools (pic)
cool start this morning but sunshine prevailed. Robbie called this
afternoon, we are fortunate to have such fantastic grandchildren. The clubhouse put on a spaghetti
dinner for $6 per. The meal was very good, they served over 700. John
& Marilynn stopped by to say, they're doing well. We ended the day with cards
and cake at the Riesers.
30th, 2010 Pharr
Plan is to run over to
Camping World with Nick & Pat today. John is in a table tennis tournament
near by so we are going to stop and watch a while (pic)
(vid). Had lunch at Pizza Hut then a
long drive around checking some of the past campgrounds out. It appears to
me that over all the campgrounds are more full this year then in the past.
this evening reading. Do, I don't know whether to thank you or not.
Carol's reading "The Leisure Seeker" laughing out loud follow by
abundant tears and more laughter. After hearing numerous excerpts I'm
finding it difficult to maintain. I guess if you have to face reality it
best to be laughing.
31st, 2010 Pharr
Good by January!
Another cool day today with little sun. It looks like this weather is to
be here for another solid week with some forecasted rain as well. I guess
our mid 50's is still better than the north's weather.
1st, 2010 Pharr
day little sun. Park put on a $3.50 hamburger lunch today. Berger, potato salad,
beans, and cake for desert. Group of us Michiganders ate together. After
lunch a few of us went to their first computer class where some 100 folks
attended. It was interesting to see what each person hoped to gain from
the classes. A lot were interested in Face Book and I think most wanted to
know about pictures, saving them, putting them in email, and sorting them.
We'll see how this will go down the road.
a call from San Benito, John was having a little problem putting a letter
together to the seller of the hard drive that didn't fit. Actually it was
the email he wasn't sure how to use. I told him to sit tight and we drove
over to see if we could help. We resolved a few issues then headed
over to Harlingen for dinner. Thanks John!
February 2nd, 2010 Pharr
Mom thought we ought to
dance this morning, so off we went to one of the nations best square dance
callers, Jerry Story. He is a amazing. He has been calling for years, and he
calls often. With 30 plus squares (240 dancers) dancing he starts with
great zeal, exuberance and loads of enthusiasm. It very hard to believe
that he has been doing it for so long and still shares such excitement. At
this Tuesday morning doughnut dance, he calls continuous for one hour
stopping for two minutes after every second record. After doing sixteen
records he'll pause for seven minutes for coffee then it's back to serious square
dancing. No Rounds. The dancers arrive early and square up fifteen minutes
before the start of the dance. I now see why, there is no time to change
squares you dance with the same folks until someone has to sit down, so
you want to be sure you're in a good square.
I'm so impressed that so many folks, all I'm sure over 60 years, dance
so good for so long. I took your mom home after the hour cause I'm sure
she'll pay tomorrow. Back in Michigan we would have to go to three different dances
to get in this much square dancing. Jerry Story at the Peppermint Palace.
February 3rd, 2010 Pharr
Weather, oh boy!
Nearing the end of a week of clouds and rain. Light sprinkles this morning
then just clouds most of the day, temps in the low 70's. We drove over to
the outlet mall and spent the day walking the shops. On the way home we
stopped for an early dinner at Fat Daddy's, a restaurant we stopped at a
couple years back where we had to wait in line to be seated. This year no
crowd, but the burger and ribs are still very good. I asked the waitress
about business and she said no more crowds and shrugged her shoulders.
February 4th, 2010 Pharr
Still cloudy this must
be Michigan. Ran out to the post office and Wal Marts this morning came
home and washed the car, wow. The pools are heated and you do see a few
folks enjoying them but it'd hard to get that motivated. Puttered around
the camper, got the bikes out and put new seat on Mom's. I think we're
ready for the sunshine.
February 5th, 2010 Pharr
Glory be.. Bright blue
sky, sun with the temperature pushing 80° (pic). Oh how we missed it. Great day to
do something exciting. After talking with the group looks like a flea
market is on the agenda. We caravanned to west Mission to a very busy flea
market (pic). Walked all the isles for
exercise stopping only at the food court. :-) (pic).
We had a Spiral cut potato on a stick French fried, it was fun (pic).
They had a Mexican DJ playing for the crowd, with some of them dancing.
The locals seemed to be enjoying themselves.
the road we stopped at a swimsuit shop (pic),
I think top price was $15 then continued on to Danny's Mexican Restaurant
for a good lunch.
evening we have tickets for the "Crusiers" who are playing music
for the 50's style dance tonight. This is another adventure that is real
hard comprehend. With over 300 guest in attendance most all in the over 60
bracket, you see grandmas dressed in poodle shirts and grandpa in a tee
shirt, rolled-up sleeves, and jeans. A very enthusiastic group.
Dancing went on continuously for an hour and half before the band took a
break. The dance floor was always full. All the tunes were the big hits
from the time we were teenagers. They were doing the Swing, Jitterbug,
Halftime, Funky chicken and most every dance step we've known. The dance
floor was always full for the fast and slow dances. It's great fun to see
so many old folks have such a great time. The Music was so good that
Nick had to get out there and dance, even with his bum leg (pic).
February 6th, 2010 Pharr
country humor warming up the crowd (pic).
The presentation was so laid back and amateurish that we didn't know
whether we were laughing with them or at them. They perform
some skits and played some music which did in fact did get us going. Then
the big name guess made an appearance, Sherwin Linton. Sherwin makes
a Johnny Cash type presentation. He in fact knew Johnny Cash and
produced a tribute album of Cash which was successful. We all enjoyed his
performance specialty his Elvis interpretations. (vid).
||Yes, it's another great day!
Two in a row but the forecast is looking a little bleak. Puttered
around most of the day getting not much of anything done. Plans
see a show at the Chicken House Opry this evening. Reports are
As a group we drove to the the theater (big smile) some 15
miles in the country. It's hard to describe, the basic structure
is a pole barn with some very sophisticated seating but I guess
this picture of the stage's curtain kind of tells it all (pic).
The MC introduced some low key
February 7th, 2010 Pharr
Mom wanted to take in
the Los Fresno Rodeo so we joined up with John & Marilynn and drove to
Los Fresno's fairground. We had good seats with other Michiganders. They
do a good job of mixing up the action and keep things moving. Took some
pics of the lady riders and bronco riders. (pic)
of the highlights was the introduction of Sumo Wrestling. They had the
crowd roaring. Three ladies wrapped in big air filled inter-tubes (pic). They
were so big that when they got knocked over they could not get up on there
own (pic). They bumped
and jumped on one another sometimes bouncing back off and landing on their
head. They drew a big response from the audience. Afterwards we had an enjoyable
Mexican dinner at Julia's on the way home.
February 8th, 2010 Pharr
Cloudy and warm nice
day. Day started with a park meeting which they have every Monday to
update the happenings. Shared a little computer knowledge with a couple of
fellow Michiganders. Then we did the pool for some water exercise,
perfect. Later we went with Nick & Pat to Mission West RV for their Hamburger
dinner fest. Good fresh hamburgers with all the fixens. I kind of enjoyed
an American meat patty for a change. We finished the day with a game of
cards at our place.
February 9th, 2010 Pharr
This is Bindi's day!
Appointment to have a hair cut for 9:00 am in San Benito. We got her there
a little early, dropped her off and then had several hours to play with.
We decided to go the the Tuesday dance at Lakewood and dance to Mike
Kelly. After the a couple tips we were sitting talking with Mike Kelly and some
friends and learned of his harrowing experience.
Some things need to be shared. A couple weeks ago Mike was at the H.E.B.
store (large local grocery chain) in Harlingen. It was about 11:30 pm. and
alone in the parking lot at night a large Mexican bumped against him and
demanded his wallet, I interrupted "What is this guy crazy?"
Mike who stands about 6'2" and weights much more than he would like
to, looked at the Mexican and said "What?" "Gimmy you
wallet or I stab you." Mike replied "Look if you pull a knife
two things are going to happen." "What you mean?" Mike
"One of us is going to die and one is going to jail." The
bandito pulled a switch bade and as he clicked the blade he was looking
down the barrel of a Glock staring him right between the eyes. Mike is a
Deputy Sheriff back in Missouri and he carries at night. Mike told him to
drop it and lay down. While on the ground and with Mike's foot stepping on
his neck while he tried to retrieve his cuffs from his car, the would be
bandit was screaming from the pressure. The screaming brought out five of
the crooks buddies. In short order he had six guys setting cross-legged
and sitting on their hands while he called the locals. As soon as he
announced that he was holding thieves at gunpoint the local police showed
up. Mike learned that the police later located the would be thieves car
and found several rapid fire weapons including an AK47 in their car.
Thank goodness everything turned out positive.
was noon when we got the call Bindi is ready. We picked up the stinky
mutt, with a great looking hair do (pic), and drove to John & Anita's. We
were taken back to learn that John spent a day in the emergency room and
several days in bed at home since we've last seen him. John suffered
a gallbladder attack and may have to have it removed. He is still
doctoring and we'll stay tuned. He did feel strong enough to go out
to dinner, so we did. We did Luby's which is large down here but I never
have done, and enjoyed a very good meal. We fiddled around with his laptop
which now has a new hard-drive, for a while, everything seems to be going
Back at home I had to do some screwing around with my HP. I think the
inverter is going bad (screen lighting). For the last six month the screen
has been flickering and acting strange, this evening it went berserk, all
color strips. Little panic attack but things settled down and I immediately
backed-up all recent data and reactivated the Toshiba.
February 10th, 2010 Pharr
Temps in the low 50's
all day, cloudy and cool. Went with Nick & Pat to Don-Wes flea
market this morning (pic), mostly for exercise but we always come home with
Talked with Aunt Barb this morning. They are working their way home and
are presently stuck at a campground near Memphis, TN. She said they had
7" of snow on the ground and the roads are real bad. They plan to sit
tight a while to see if things will clear up.
Mom did the laundry and it just happened to be at the time of the ice
cream social, oh well it's been a few days I guess it's OK. Hot fudge
February 11th, 2010 Pharr
Cloudy and cool barley
made the mid 50s. Post office this morning then a little ride in the
country. Nothing much out there except a whole bunch of commercial
farming. A lot of the remote areas appear kind of slummy, yet the outer
burbs are very very nice. We've found that a lot of subdivisions in the
area are surrounded by high brick walls, some gated others open. Homes
there priced in the $300k plus range.
Dance at the Peppermint Palace with Jerry Story this evening. Drove over
with Dick & Linda and as usual it was a very good dance. Since I
wasn't driving we had to stop at the DQ on the way home.
Spent an hour afterwards in the deserted rec-hall with the Toshiba, getting some fine
tuning done for continued use. The whole office complex is open for use
with the pool lights on and most everywhere else dark. The dance hall had
a couple lights on so that's where I found a plug to use. I was the only
one around, it was about 11 pm.
February 12th, 2010 Pharr
Yahoo.. Sunshine this
morning! Going to the mid 70s. Downside, allergies or head cold coming on.
Took a ride with John & Marilynn this morning to a unique grocery
store. They specialize in all kinds of seeds, spices and dried
fruits in additions to catering to gluten free products, (Marilynn's
Took in a little vitamin D (sunshine) this afternoon and finished my day blowing my
February 13th, 2010 Pharr
self-imposed isolation. Mom feels she has a head cold I feel like my typical
spring allergy, so we felt we should lay low and not spread anything
around. We walked the dog around the perimeter of the park and I
stopped by and visited with Nick awhile. That was pretty much the
day. Pattie stopped by later in the day to check on us..
February 14th, 2010 Pharr
Not much change,
isolation continues. A run to Wal Mart to renew supply of medicine. Sudoku,
novels, and the Olympics this day. Oh yes, homemade chicken soup. Feeling
better already. Did wash the car, just hate to completely waste a nice warm sunny day.
February 15th, 2010 Pharr
Turned the corner this
morning. Feeling much better thank you. Mom is lagging behind a
little but improving. Mom went over to the Park's weekly information
meeting this morning, nothing earth shattering to report. Nick and I went
to the computer class for a couple hours, all basics nothing too much
gained. There had to be 50-75 in attendance. Just coasted the rest of the
day. Little sun, mostly cloudy, mild about 60 to 65. Still waiting for the
weather to come around.
February 16th, 2010
Better yet today, Mom
is still dragging a little. Drove over Wal Mart to change to some
different meds then Mc"D's" for some ice cream on the way home.
Still coasting.. More sun and warmer today.
February 17th, 2010
O'TexasWarm and sunny. The
sun felt so good on the lawn chair I was using that the sandman came by.
Nick picked us up for a luncheon with the "Michigan Club,"
campers from Michigan. We met at a
Shriner's hall with some hundred and fifty other Michiganders. The meal
was good but the meeting for a club that appears to have no purpose other then
this dinner, was way too long. By the time the meeting was done we
were thinking about something to eat. Well what else, a DQ
February 18th, 2010
are going to have to start looking for a place to spend next winter. Some
place sunny and warm, like South America. A dreary day today, but sun and
warmer for the weekend they say. Walked the dog and spent time
disassembling the HP (laptop). It definitely needs a new screen, oh boy.
Keep my fingers crossed for this old Toshiba. Spent the evening with Nick
& Pattie, played some cards and watch the Olympics.
February 19th, 2010 Pharr
Memorial today but because of all the water we decided to just do some
visiting. Nick drove us over to Fun N Sun where Donna and Lytle are
staying. They look well and everything seems to be going good for them.
Next we stopped at John and Anita's and gabbed for a bit before going over to
the De Mi Tierra Restaurant for an early dinner. Very good meal and it
only cost $5.95.
Light rain most of the
night, cloudy and some sprinkles this morning. We had planed to watch
activities at the
Pattie wanted to stop at the SAS shoe store since we are on this side of the
Valley, groan this can be bad. Pattie took care of her business and low
and behold your mother was trying on shoes. "They're no longer going
to make my favorite shoe and it's on sale sale!" Whoa, didn't you
just buy a pair? "I think I better buy an extra pair at his
price." Well it's not a problem here they have a defibrillator and oxygen supply in the store for just such a thing. I'm breathing OK
February 2oth, 2010 Pharr
Hello sun shine. Low
key day, checked out the location of a couple nearby flea markets then
headed to Wal Marts for some grocery shopping. Sat home and enjoyed the
rest of the day.
February 21st, 2010 Pharr
Another perfect day!
Yes and another crazy thing about this years weather, we've had very
little wind, hmm. Weslaco, small town nearby, has a bird thing going on
today, "Live Raptor Show."
Since it's so nice out we'll check it out. Weslaco is known for being a
rendezvous place for the Red Head Parrots, for over a hundred years. Wild Red
Crown Parrots and parakeets living and visiting the Rio Grand Valley,
flock to this city. There are pamphlets around that give
specific street to drive down and the time before sunset to watch for these
parrots. Certain times of the year are better than others. Tried to locate
them a few years ago to no avail.
Today in the city's sports complex the Valley
Nature Center is sponsoring a small
demonstration of several birds, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. Lawn
chairs in hand we made our way to the Weslaco sports complex. There must of been a
hundred or more folks in attendance. The handler and companion first brought out
a Harris Hawk and explain all about this fascinating bird. Then he
stood at one end of the crowd with his helper at the other end and turned
the bird loose (pic). This large predator swooped down and flow just inches
about the crowd's heads onto the companion's arm. Wow was that neat. I took a
load of pictures that you can see here.
They repeated this with a falcon. These birds are so gorgeous. The Hawk's colors were striking. The
birds are all
pets but birds that have to live in captivity for one reason or
another. He now let the falcon go and it flew way up high landing on the
towering field lights. He hung there a while then came down to the
baseball backstop and hung up there awhile, then finally came to the man
to see what treats he was offering. We enjoyed getting a real close up and
all most hands on experience.
recovering birds that cannot be returned to the wild
for various reasons. At the end of their presentation they brought
out the American Bald Eagle. This one was shot by a farmer and has a badly
damaged wing so he is living in retirement at their facility in San
Antonio. It was neat to watch them turn these birds loose. Now these are
Here's a link to Weslaco. www.weslaco.com
see if there is anything about the Parrots at their site, it's a good
22nd, 2010 Pharr
Back to gloom, groan
groan.. Mom went over to the Monday morning meeting while I walked Bindi.
In the afternoon I went over to the computer class nothing to report
there. After the computer class, in the same hall, the Michiganders, from
the park, had a pot luck dinner(pic). There were forty attending and all the
food was very good. After lunch a couple members put on a short skit about
a government inseminator who was to visit a childless couple but at his
arrival time a family photographer just happen to show up at the door. The
misguided conversation between the "to be inseminated wife" and
the "clueless photographer" was hilariously funny. i.e. "I
get my best results from a variety of setting like in the tube, or on the
kitchen table, or on hood of your car." Then there was the comment,
"I use a tripod now because my equipment is so heavy!" We
all got got a big laugh from their efforts.
Afterwards it must of been about 60° out but a number of Michiganders
used the warm pool and hot-tub while Mom did some laundry. Olympics
finished our day.
February 23rd, 2010 Pharr
Cool wet front came in
last night, no comment. Went to Jerry Story's rapid fire dance this
morning. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 squares along with doughnuts
and coffee were there. I'm still amazed to see this generation of folks
dancing for an hour straight without leaving the dance floor. You don't
change squares you just dance. After every two songs he pauses for what he
calls two minutes, in case you want to leave a square, you just stand
there and talk and get acquainted, then back to it. I'm get tired just
talking about it. There is a seven minute pause for coffee after the first
hour than back to it for another hour.
Stopped out for Mexican lunch afterwards. That was pretty much the
February 24th, 2010 Pharr
Sunshine, mid 70's.
Sat back and enjoyed the day. Took Bindi over to a brand new dog park (pic).
The city of McAllen fenced in about four acres for the the pooches to
enjoy (pic). Washed the car, biked the
park and that's the day.
February 25th, 2010 Pharr
There was a full house there but we only had a five minute wait to be seated (pic).
I had very good
chopped pork sandwich. Lunch was
good. Pat had a couple of shops in
Weslaco she wanted to visit, so shopping it was (pic).
After all that shopping the body was in desperate need of nourishment so off to
the DQ it went. Hmmm.
Warm and sunny. Not
much going, invited Nick & Pat to do lunch at Fat Daddy's in Weslaco
At the rec. hall this evening the resident choir put on a short show which
Mom and I took in. They asked only for donations, well after the show I
think I was overly generous :-(
February 26th, 2010 Pharr
Whoa, another great
day. Got a call last night from Dick Johnson asking if we wanted to go to
South Padre' this morning. We opted to go and left at 9 am. this morning. We drove
and Ken & Sharon went with us. They had a shopping bonanza going on at
the convention center on South Padre called Market Days. I bought another hat for a buck.
The group of us headed over to Dirty
Al's (pic) for a late lunch. We had to
split up due to the crowded conditions there (pic).
I had to go with my favorite menu item here, fried shrimp. The shrimp were
a little smaller than usual and my order of six came with seven shrimp. I think
everyone enjoyed their lunch. Sharon thought Ken (pic) needed new
shoes, so guess where we headed after lunch? Whoa is me, SAS shoe store.
"Hello Bob" upon entering the store, what does that tell you?
Your mother exercised great restrain and only tried on one pair of shoes,
no oxygen was required. That was it for the bulk of the day. On the way home we gave witness to
this mess on the highway (pic)..
February 27th, 2010 Pharr
Hard to believe we
will be leaving tomorrow. Harder to believe we've had four great days in a
row, maybe this weather has finally turned the corner. Tomorrow we'll head
back to Harlingen to the Tropic Winds where we'll meat up with Dick &
Brenda for a day or two.
Did a little computer stuff, I flipped the pictures around on the picture
page so the most recent pictures will show up first. That should save
some view time.
Getting ready for departure most of the day, stopped the propane truck
and topped off our tank and Mom got the laundry caught up. In the evening
John & Marilynn pick us up and we went and danced to Joe Saltel at the
Tropic Star. Joe is another great caller but he only had 17 squares this
evening as thing are starting to wind down in the Valley.
February 28th, 2010 Pharr
to Harlingen TX, Tropic Winds, 37 miles
Windy day today, first
windy day in a long time. Of course we'll be heading into the breeze. We
said good bye and were on the road heading into the wind about noon. Boy
the ride over was rough, the wind was really strong. This park, Tropic
Winds, is located
on the north edge of Harlingen in farm country. Nice large sites, cement
pads, and lot of dogs. I don't recall being at a park with so many
Dick and Brenda will be here tomorrow so we'll spend a couple days
together before we start towards New Orleans to pick up Emily &
March 1st, 2010 Harlingen
Bright and sunny. In a
rare moment any more, we went out to breakfast. Went to Chapitas, one of
our more favorite restaurants. Kind of a more normal breakfast of beef,
eggs, tatos, and beans (pic). Time we got back Dick and Brenda just
pulled in. We gave them time to settle in before going out for a Mexican
dinner at Les Vegas. We finished the evening at their place playing a
board game similar to Pachisi, then Brenda served ice cream. Ice cream!
March 2nd, 2010 Harlingen
Brenda needed another
twenty bottles of vanilla so off we went to Progresso Mexico. There has
been a lot of turmoil in the boarder towns of Mexico but Progresso seems
to be avoiding most of the mess. The sense of comfort comes from the
thousands of tourist along the mile long street that is packed with
shoppers. We usually walk a half mile up one side then back down on the
other side. Here Brenda is bartering for a good price on a small shirt (pic).
We stopped for a coffee break and had some baked goodies (pic)
and listened to some entertainment (vid).
As we were walking back today Mom recognized two performers from the
Chicken House Opry, we attended back in early February, Punjo Reed and Lucy
Jackson (pic). We admired her new hat
and talked for a bit then returned back across the boarder.
This evening it was euchre, men against the woman. We played four hands and the
woman won the second game big time. We brought Bindi along she enjoys
socializing with their two dogs and really enjoys the ice cream that
Brenda serves. Yep the dogs get their share as well.
We have a breakfast date in the morning with John & Anita then off we
go heading a little further north.
March 3rd, 2010 Harlingen
Winds to Port Aransas TX on the beach, 160
miles gas $2.54
9:00 a.m, and were at
Chapitas for breakfast. John & Anita, Dick & Brenda and us. Lots of good gabbing, good food and then our final good bye to
John & Anita. On the way back, I had to stop at Wal mart for a new SD
card, I carelessly broke ours. I looked for a 1 gig card but the salesman
said they only have 2 gig cards, Whoa, I paid $40 for 1 gig two years ago.
"How Much?" $15. Isn't that a nice surprise.
11:15 and we were on the road heading to Port Aransas, a nice day for
traveling, no wind. Pulled on the beach about 3 p.m . sun shining with
long sleeve comfort. We walked our couple miles on the beach and were
able to let Bindi run free a while. Caught a little of the sunset (pic).
Talked with Craig and then Emily and that's our day.
March 4th, 2010 Port
Aransas TX on the
Gorgeous sunrise (pic) and
forecast for a perfect day. Talked with Nick this morning got all
caught up again. This is our spot on the beach (pic).
We then walked the beach and walked the beach and walked the new nature
center and and... We had to catch up on some walking. Took some shots of the locals (pic)
and some looked like they were shooting us (pic) and
some just kept an eye on us (pic).
Here we sit on the shipping channel's red granite seawall (pic),
a good place to watch all the boat traffic and lots of dolphin activity..
I want to get an extension for my SD card so I won't break another one,
off to Wal Mart we went. Stopped for a $10 special pizza on the way. A
March 5th, 2010 Port
Aransas TX on the
Clouds moved in during
the night, suppose to be cloudy all day. We got more beach walking in and
Bindi is all caught up on walks as well. Watched freighters for some time
do you have any idea how hard it is to catch dolphins riding a bow
wave of a freighter? Well here's the best I could do (pic).
Good thing I told you first huh. Spent the rest of the day getting ready
to travel again. That means, dump tanks, fresh water, grocery
shopping, laundry and I think that was the day. Oh yes one more quick run
with Bindi. She'll sleep all day on the road tomorrow.
March 6th, 2010 Port
Beaumont TX Gulf Coast
RV 317 miles gas $2.59
We got a nice early
start this morning, 8:30 a.m. Gassed up in Port Aransas Pass and drove
under the clouds till around noon when the sun poked out. Had some gusty
winds on our beam most of the day. Came up via Galveston and the ferry to
Bolivar Peninsula. All the heavy debris has been clean up on the Bolivar
Peninsula from the last big hurricane, a couple years back. The crowded
beach community is now a sparse beach community. They are still in the
process of building a new ferry dock. We had no problem heading east
but the west bound traffic was backed up over mile. Here is the RV park
we've stayed at in the past (pic).
They have a new office trailer now and it looks like business as usual. We
pulled into Gulf Coast RV about 4:30 p.m. Mom made some dinner and I
jumped on the computer I have a load of stuff to get caught up on. Whoa is
me who is that Skyping me, I'll be dang It's John & Anita. Boy they
look good it's been a long time .....err.. few days since we've seen
them. They are on there way to a dance tonight and while John was
waiting he pushed all the buttons on the computer and there we were....
John won another gold medal in table tennis at the final local tournament.
We'll miss these folks!
March 7th, 2010
A day to tour Beaumont
Texas. Originally produced rice, cattle, and trapping here before
black-gold was discovered. Back in 1845 merchant John Jay French built his
home here and it's still standing today (pic).
In 1865 Captain O'Brien though oil was here and it took till 1893 before
serious drilling was started. Numerous investors came and went till Lucas
hit oil with his second well in 1901. The Lucas gusher at Spindletop came
in blowing 100' above the drilling tower, oil is here. We toured the old
buildings of Spindletop which was
created just half mild from the original oil fields (pic)
(pic). Oil drill derricks were located
so close together that you could walk a half mile without setting a foot
on the ground (pic). In the photo
studio they had a nice collection of cameras (pic).
The oil boom was short lived here, lasting only about 10 years.
Downtown seems to be a ghost town most everything is closed on Sunday. The
downtown's hot spot, Crockett Street, was like a abandon movie set (pic).
We drove around the Historical District and found some interesting architecture
mixed in what we would call a middle class neighborhood (pic)
(pic). Judging from some of the
interesting fixtures around town (pic)
dogs have to love it here.
Now after all this excitement it was time to get serious about dinner. We
are close to Cajun country so Crawdads it is. A hot juicy specialty of
Floyd's, we said we should have backbone enough to try them (pic)
March 8th, 2010
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
State Pk $9 Gas
Started with the free
breakfast in the clubhouse, you have to make your own waffles (pic). We
were on the road by 9:00 a.m. It drizzled till about noon then remained
cloudy the rest of the day. Easy drive with no issues. We're here now till
Emily and Ashley arrive.
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
Little house cleaning
this morning before we left to find the airport. The trip over was well
marked and parking straight forward. Toured the terminal, baggage, and
best parking. We are all set now. Now for a causal drive back. Wow look
what I see, the car seems to drive it self, swerving over then parked. I
was the first one in due to some slow mover with foot restrictions. (pic)
More good exciting news, Craig called and said him, Robbie & a buddy
will coming down for a visit. Barb has ten new pups so she'll be tending
them for some time. They should be here near the end of the
month. Now Glenn, when?
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
Light rain on and off
most of the day, temp in the mid 70s. Puttered around all morning then
Wal-Mart for some long over due grocery shopping. About a ten mile drive
and while Mom was in shopping I went next door to Sam's for gas. After
several hours of waiting your mother finally came out empty handed.
"There's a hold on the credit card." That's what I need to hear.
After using my other card we loaded the car. Could have use a roof rack.
All the way home I tried to figure out why the hold. I just used the same
card to fill the car. My mind was still wondering as we drove past the
gate and down the half mile straight away towards the camp site, just then
the on coming Ranger pulls across the road in front on me, lights
flashing, as I slowed he spoke over the speakers "Pull over."
There I sat while he exits his vehicle with pad in hand and walked to the
rear of our PT. Writing, looking, then on the phone, I'm sitting waiting,
thinking a hold on the card, blowing the gate, now a ranger
stop. Something's up! He finally comes to my window and asked
"Do you know what the speed limit is?" Yes 10 mph. "You
know you were doing 36 mph down the deserted half mile stretch."
No. We have full park this weekend and yada yada yada.. This is just
a warning, drive careful. Yes son...
Called Citi about the credit card. Bottom line an alert was triggered
because a small gas purchase follow by a large charge in Wal Marts.
"My Groceries." Jessie explained that the crooks use this action
to see if the card is good then make a large buy. Groceries? The day ended
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
Girls are coming
tomorrow so it's a make ready day. Finding a compartment for everything
that's laying about. Final trip to catch-up on all the laundry, and a trip
to the post office. Sun was shining so we ended our day with a walk to the
beach. Early start tomorrow, 6 am.
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
Up by 6:30 a.m. and
rolling by 7:45. New Orleans International Airport with time to spare.
Plane was on time but the luggage was not, we hung around then made the
report. Laura took the info and trace the bags and said she would have
them delivered, so we boogied. The girls said they were up all night since
they had to be at the airport by 5 am. Very little sleep on the plane and
yet they were ready to go. First some New Orleans Chicory and quick energy,
beignets of course (pic). We
stopped at a beignet shop in route to the French Quarter, then it was
hours of walking, shopping, shopping, walking then finally Margaritaville
for lunch. Sat out on the balcony and had a light lunch then hit a few
more stores while making our way towards the parked car. Three minutes
after starting the car two young folks sound a sleep. Back at the camper
they were off to the beach for some vitamin D. Short time later they were
again sleeping, I think it was 6 pm.
We got a couple calls regarding the luggage it should be here by 10 pm. We
took a lot of pictures I grouped them at this link: New
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
After 13 hours of
sleep the girls were ready to go again. Where to today I said. They are
having a Saint Patrick's day parade in the Garden District today and could
we check out one of those spooky cemeteries. Back across the 26 mile causeway
we went, through downtown New Orleans to Old Saint Lewis Cemetery #1 (pic).
Then onto the Garden District. We located the parade floats waiting to
start the procession. With enthusiasm and excitement the floats begin to
roll, loud music, and a lots of merry makers aboard tossing the coveted
adornments. Spectators lined the streets in hopes of catching some
treasure. For some reason, unknown to us, heads of cabbage were being
thrown along with some other eatables. Of course our refined ladies stood back
and watched as things readied. While watching lasted about three minutes before the girls
were hollering for a gift, and chasing after the floats like old
professional Mardi Gras spectators (pic). Of course grandma had to get
involved and came home with a head of cabbage (pic). It wasn't
long before the girls were tagged (pic)
and coming back with the finer
trinkets like cans of beverage (pic) and extravagant head wear
Next it was back the Quarter where some street performers doing some extreme
acrobatics. Here is a little clip of a what they did (vid).
We tried to have dinner at Mother's but the line was half way around the
block so we had dinner on the square then headed home for the night. There were
thousands of people in the French Quarter and loads of things going on.
All in all it was a fun day.
Mandeville LA Fontainebleau
Where still here! We
opted to stay here at the state park for another day to relax and unwind.
After one hour of unwinding the girls jumped on the bikes for a sixteen
mile bike ride (pic). While they were
gone we moved to another camp site, due to our extended stay, as ours had
been reserved by others. The new site was a little better than the last,
here a (pic).
Since your mother caught a cabbage in the St. Patrick parade she made corned beef
and cabbage for dinner. Delicious of course. Did lay back the rest of the
day. Tomorrow Gulfport Mississippi.
Mandeville LA to
Elberta AL Wolf Bay
Plantation $18 (by month) 170 m $2.58
Nice easy departure
this morning, I think we finally got moving about 10 a.m. Short hop of
about 75 miles to Gulfport where we showed Emily the house we lived in
when her dad was born. The 150 year old home still is in great looking
shape. They have installed a garage with carriage house and in ground pool
since we lived there. It's presently for sale for $285K and to top that
last years taxes for seniors were $45. We're only three blocks from the
beach, this might be a nice winter get away home! (pic).
We stopped at the beach for a couple pictures (pic), then moved on to Gulf
Shores. We were settled in by 4 p.m. and hungry for Mexican, Debby
suggested El Paso's for their delicious meals. We were home in time for a
couple games of euchre.
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All the ladies went
with Debby to the indoor pool for exercise while I tackled the grubby
motorhome. Just about the time I was finishing up washing the outside they
returned. The girls were now anxious to get to the beach, so after hours
of in and out of the bathroom, what to wear, what to take, how's my hair,
where is the sun block, I drove them to the beach. Cell phone when ready
to return please. I returned to finish up on my outside chores. At about 5
p.m. we picked up Debby and on to the girls then directly to the VFW hall
for a prime rib dinner. It was an out of the world cut of beef price $10.
Lisa joined us, it was good to see her again. John is in his busy time of
the year and is working any where from 12 to 19 hours a day. Visiting with
John this time around will be minimal. At lease we'll be able to do some
things with Debby so her days won't be too lonely.
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Happy St. Patrick's
day! Cooler this day, beach option canceled, shopping instead. So first
lunch at DeSoto's Fish place then some serious shopping. Lunch was
exceptional, I skipped the fish and went for house special chicken and
dumplings $7, hmmm hmm. We dropped the girls off at a very large shopping
mall and went home to relax. Some six hours later it was back to the mall
to retrieve to excited kids with arms full of packages.
March 18th, 2010
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Almost as warm as
Detroit today, groan. Took a picture of our camp site (pic)
and our company Mom, Deb, and pooches too (pic).
Girls went to the beach today, and Mom & I searched out a rental unit for Emma
and her parents. We found what appears to be a newer park model for a real
On the way home from the beach the girls want to try out a Fun Park ride.
Here we go, after suit up (pic) they
were placed on a platform, wires are hooked to their harness (pic)
then you slowly pulled up skyward backwards (pic).
Some where around the 100' level Ashley pulled the trigger and here they
come some hundred miles and hour right at me then zoom right past and back
in the sky (pic). Little problem with
the video but you'll get the idea (vid).
This evening John got off work at his regular time and stopped over. Good
to see him, we talked for some time. Yesterday, the traffic on the main
road was the busiest Deb has ever seen. John was saying that there are
over a hundred softball teams in town from across the country for the tournaments.
They also have soccer teams here and it was St. Patrick's day as well. In
any case thing were much more normal today. John said the tournaments are
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Perfect day! Girls
head to the beach by 10 a.m. More family arrived in the late afternoon, staying
with Debby, Judy, Kate and baby Amaya. I laid back all day sunning around the
motorhome, and your mom spent the morning with Deb. We picked the girls up
around 5 p.m. and stopped at DeSoto's for fish dinner. I think the girls
were sound asleep again by 9 p.m.
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Happy Birthday Robbie
& Uncle Ed! Nice bright morning, guess what the girls want to do? We
dropped them off at the beach, with patchy skies and breezy it looks like
it may cloud up. Mom and I hung out at the beach, walked the board walk
then felt it was time for coffee. We found a bakery that sold coffee so we
stopped in and of course had a doughnut as well. We drove around a bit
than checked in with the girls to see if they felt like a pizza, "Oh
yes!" Clouds were heavy now and the wind picked up so it looks like
the beaching was done for the day. Had pizza at Papa Rocco's and on the
drive home what was left of my half dozen doughnuts disappeared..
Mom made a chicken dinner topped with an early birthday cake for Emily.
Finished the day with some games of Rummy O, and some packing as tomorrow
will be fly away day for the girls.
March 21st, 2010
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projects then Bindi and I did some walking. How nice is that?
all night but cleared this morning, much cooler now. Most of the day
was spent reading for departure. We headed for the airport early so
we could stop for a good bye ice cream. We had lot of fun for the
past eleven days and now it's time for a sad goodbye.
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Mom went to the pool
and lunch with all the woman and I elected to hang around the house
all day. Did a few small
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Road Kill Cafe for
lunch and the rest of the warm afternoon spent on the beach. John stopped
by around dinner time and asked if we wanted to join him and Judy for
prime rib at the American Legion hall. Again the beef was scrum shish.
We did check out some of the park models today, to see what what cost
what. Example: One beautiful two bedroom model with screen porch and
utility building, full furnished in like new condition is asking $125k and
you own the property.
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Rain for a short time
this afternoon. Judy, Kate & baby left for home this evening after
dinner at Desoto's.
Posted some pictures (pics). Tomorrow the
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Sausage Festival is
tomorrow. Mom's at the pool today and I'm supervising the installation of
a new park model, next door. After removing the wheels, axles, and tongue
they 'hurricane strap' down the unit (pic).
Installation time five hours, except for the plumbing, electrical and
There is a near by cheese factory (pic)
where we bought some of the local product and a loaf of home made bread.
We closed the evening with dinner at El Paso, good Mexican food and a
jumbo Margarita, your mother laughed and giggled out of the restaurant and
all the way home. There must of been something in that drink... hmmm.
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First thing this morning
we're off to the the festival. This is a very big thing for the town of
700 people. The fund raiser happens twice a year. Last year they prepared
7,000 pounds of sausage, this year they don't plan to run out, they are
preparing 14,000 pound of sausage. Almost live live entertainment (pic)
(pic), Lots of booths to purchase the
things we really need (pic), yes we
bought. It was a fun few hours, we ate the sausage, the apple and ice
cream dumplings and coffee. Everything cost too much, "but it's for a
good cause." hmmm...
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Great day for a drive! Small
town of Fairhope located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay has favorable
write ups that tweaked our curiosity.
Fairhope appears as an upscale artsy
community with some beautiful home along the bay. It was about a 35 mile
drive from Foley to the area. We stopped for lunch at
a small road side cafe' in town. Crab cakes with a cup of chowder was the special
of the day, good enough for me. There was outside seating, that's what
caught our eye, but opt to eat in (pic).
This quiet town has flower lined streets (pic)
and of azaleas that are now in bloom (pic).
Waterfront parks, marinas and yacht clubs make up a lot of this historical
community. Found my the camera's battery dead a short time after arriving
hence not many pics. Here are some pictures the city offers (city
has an interesting write about the history of this community that remains
in effect to this day.
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Laundry today. Spent time
with busy work, balancing the budget, talked with our insurance, and took
Bindi for a trim. Talked with Craig to see how his travel plans are
coming, he should be here tomorrow. Finished the day with a chicken dinner
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Enjoyed the southern climate today.
St. Clair Shores is scheduled for a warm weekend, it must be getting close
to the time for us to head north.
Perm for mom today and wash the car for me. This evening we enjoyed steak
at the American Legion and a sundae at Mc Dee's. We decided to go for a
beach drive after dinner and headed towards Florida, along the water. This is the night
Craig and Rob are landing at Pensacola. Did some calculating and computed
that we could get to the airport at 8:30 pm their plane is scheduled in
at 9:00 pm, so we continued east. Because this little venture was unplanned,
we only planned a dinner outing, I have no camera and no phone. Pulled
into the parking structure at the airport at 8:35 pm and proceeded to the arrival
gate. Viewing the scheduled arrivals I see the flight has been delayed,
possible ETA 10:30 pm. Groan.. They must be setting in Memphis
airport waiting for the hour flight and I can't call them, no phone.
Craig is planning a car rental so there is no point hanging around. Back
at home I called Rob to learn they're repairing the plane and schedule to
depart at 10:30 pm. Let's see, depart at 10:30 arrive at 11:30, half hour
for baggage and car, midnight, an hours drive to our place, make the ETA about
1 am. I stayed up till 2 am with no word. Wednesday morning we've learned
their plane got to Pensacola and was turned back where they had to stayed
aloft to burn off fuel and finally landed back in Memphis. The airlines
put them up for the night and are now scheduled for a direct flight to
Tampa FL, their final destination. So we won't see them this trip, so
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Happy happy Birthday Emily! Perfect
day today, kept busy doing some odds and ends around here. Walked Bindi
too long today, cause when I later asked her out she just rolled her eyes
while lying on the couch. Mom made lasagna and Deb and John joined us for
dinner... What a day.
April 1st, 2010
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Beach today. First thing is lunch at
the Pink Pony located right on the beach (pic).
After a scrumpish burger relaxing on the soft sand seemed the right thing
to do (pic). Spending time on the sand
is a very tiring thing for me, trying to snooze yet kept and eye open so
as not to be run over by a young bikini, well you understand. I don't
know, whether it was the consumption of the beverages at the waters edge
or the hot sun but the couch definitely call on me when we got home. Mom
on the other hand went on an extended shopping spree.
April 2nd, 2010
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Aunt Barb & Uncle Mike pulled in
first thing this morning. Robin, Chuck and Chas came along with them for
support driving on their straight through venture. Mom and Deb did the pool
first thing while the new arrivals settled in. By 10:00 am. Chuck was
stripped to the waist taking no time in burning his outer epidermis under
the bright hot sun. By the time we got to the beach he looked like a well
done red hot! (pic). Son Chas used a
little more restrain (pic) as we all
enjoyed the beach (pic). After the
beach we all headed to the American Legion hall for their steak dinner.
Concluded the day at out place planning the weekend. (more
April 3rd, 2010
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We hung around the home all day
today. Mom Aunt Barb did some shopping for Easter dinner and I washed the
rig. We watched Michigan State basketball (thanks for the buck John) and
had dogs and burgers at Deb's this evening. Now we await the arrival of
Gary and family. The plane is off the ground from Atlanta and should be
landing in 25 minutes. ... They are here!
April 4th, 2010
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Happy Easter! Family day today for
sure. The five of us joined Aunt Barb with her group of five and John, Deb
and Lisa at their nondenominational Church, Liberty Church. There was lots
of singing to the four piece band along with the boisterous verbal praising
of the Lord. The atmosphere
is very relaxed, although today most everyone was in very nice dress,
Pastor JP wears jeans and a white sport coat. Most Sundays the congregation
comes in short and tee-shirts, I was told. Later we gathered at Deb's for
a large banquet, Dearborn Ham, roast turkey, and all the trimmings. We
just hung out the rest of the day. Oh yes, we did do a little bird
watching, Osprey in fact (pic).
April 5th, 2010
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Tourist day. We all piled into two
cars and head to Mobile Bay to visit Fairhope (pic).
Cutest thing in the world was this Persian cat in her bed in an antique
store window (pic). Walked the town,
walked the pier, then had a Mexican lunch (pic)
(pic). Finished with a long time on
the beach (pic) (pic)
(pic). Us older folks left a little
earlier than the kids. I asked "can you find your way back?" Oh
Yea no problem, we may stop at the marina though to see the catch of the
day. Well back at home we remembered that the Easter leftovers are locked
in Gary's home and it's already 5 pm and we had all decided that leftovers
will be our dinner. We'll wait! Long about 7:30 pm. we get a call from
Chuck in a very mumbley voice, "We may need a drive home, oh boy
another pitcher of Margaritas." Mom said well you don't have to drink
it, as she hears in the background Gary saying "anybody seen
Emma?" Well needless to say Mike and I got up to go be designated
drivers. Just as we're pulling out of parking lot here comes Gary's van
full of laughing family, they put one over on us... Oh boy!
April 6th, 2010
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Another fun packed day. Started off
with a healthy breakfast at the Beignet Cafe (pic)
then a staff meeting in front of Mike's place (pic).
Decisions were made to lunch at Desoto's, shop, then a Dolphin watch boat
ride. Lunch was easy everyone loves to eat (pic).
Shopping went very well mom didn't spend a cent, smile. We then made it
over to the marina which is located in Orange Beach, about three miles
east of Gulf Shores. There was a crowd already lined up for the tour (pic).
We struggled to move around aboard as the passageways are very narrow and
the boat is crowded. Chuck had a time transporting the all important
cooler, which I think only had ice in it as beer was purchased aboard. Us
older folks headed towards the bow on the main deck and we watched Chuck tussle
the cooler to the upper deck on the narrow rear stair case. We settled in
on the bow as others were still milling around bumping in to each other.
Laughter broke out on the bow as someone was trying to wiggle down the
skinny spiral staircase at the bow with a large blue cooler, yep it was
Chuck (pic). He was gracious enough to
pose for this reenactment after the crowd disappeared. We're now all in
and ready to watch for Dolphin (pic).
It wasn't long after leaving the dock that we were watching Dolphins all around
the boat (pic). The ship's pilot maneuvered
this large boat around the Dolphins so each side of the vessel could watch
as they splashed around in these shallow waters. I took this shot off the
bow as we moved to another location and the Dolphins road the bow wave (pic),
also took a short video (vid). The $12 tour
lasted over two hours and as the sun set (pic)
we departed (pic). We got back home to
find that Deb had made some delicious deserts for us, oh boy. All in all
is was a fun full day.
April 7th, 2010
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Everyone seems to be moving a little
slower this morning. Some planned to hang around and lay back but we along
with Gary's family and Uncle Mike decided to do the Road Kill Cafe for
lunch and then the National Museum of Naval Aviation located at the home
of the Blue Angles near Pensacola Florida. We finally got it all together
by 12:30 pm and took the fifteen minute ride to the Cafe only to find they
close at 12:30 pm. hmmm. We continued on towards the museum looking for a
place to lunch first. Well well well what do you know Gary's car pulled up
to a Mexican restaurant, near the Naval Museum. All of use thought the
food was great.
Next was the Museum (pic), what a
super place with hundreds of planes on display, video displays, and some
hands on stuff. This is one of the best air museums in the country. It's
already pushing 2 pm. so no way can we do everything here. We did a little
walk around then took the trolley ride around the outdoor static displays
(pic). We then took in the IMax about
the Hubble, super super show. Plans are definitely for a return visit as
the museum closes at 5:30. (pic). Oh
yes one good point, the museum was free.
April 8th, 2010
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Uncle Mike and family left for home
this morning. We're on our way for a tour of the Biloxi area today.
Suppose to rain most of the morning but by 10: am. the light showers
stopped and the sun was shinning. We toured the Biloxi Gulfport area and
tried to get on Kessler AFB but unless you have military ID you're not
allowed. We had a nice lunch on the beach at Snappers Seafood Restaurant
and sat outside on the upper deck (pic). The drive home included a stop
for ice cream in Loxley MS and then a quiet evening back home. Gary and
family will be leaving early tomorrow morning and I'm sure will be
following in the next few days.
April 9th, 2010
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Start prepping for the trip home
today, we'll finish packing tomorrow and plan to leave Sunday morning. Had
dinner at Wolf Bay Lodge this afternoon with Debby, a real fun place on
the same bay where we took the Dolphin watch cruise. Lot of outdoor
seating next to the boat docks so it was just fun place to eat (pic).
Food was very good, I had shrimp. Stopped by Lisa's on the way home, she
is still not feeling well.
April 10th, 2010
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Getting ready, soaking up the warm
sun shine on the lawn chair before packing it away. Just a nice quite day,
have most everything done before we went to dinner with Deb. John has been
working extra the past several days hope to see him before tomorrow
April 11th, 2010
ALto Montgomery AL
241 miles, gas $2.79, S. Montgomery RV $15
Started off this morning with a
detour to the Bellingrath Gardens. It's a little out of our way but a
worth while trip. I don't know if you could be here at a better time of
the year, the Azaleas are in full bloom and there are hundreds of them (pic).
We enjoyed touring the grounds for two hours, the paths cover a thousand
acres. The most stunning blooms in additions to the Azaleas were the Blue
Hydrangea. All the pictures are here (slides).
The rest of the day was an easy drive to south Montgomery.
April 12th, 2010
Montgomery AL to
312 miles gas $2.79 Nashville Country RV $17
Getting anxious to get home. Walked
the park and just relaxed all evening. The drive trough Nashville is
always a little more stress than country driving. Little construction but
other wise uneventful.
April 13th, 2010
Nashville TN to
Rising Sun IN 254 miles gas $2.79
What a great area along the Ohio
river. Madisonville is a very quaint town and the country drive was along
narrow roads but no traffic so it was a nice drive. Rising sun is also
very quaint and picturesque.
We stayed at the casino and did check out the machines but can't brag
about our winnings.. especially since the camping was free.
April 14th, 2010
Rising Sun IN to Home
305 miles gas $2.79
Beautiful day, we got an early start
and had a smooth drive. Got home at 2:30 pm.. tired but happy...
Till out next venture Bye!
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