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Sat Sep 15 to Fri Sep 21- Colorado Springs to Tuba City AZ

Saturday- We drove out of the AF Academy, using the north exit, as it was okay to take the MH out that way. We turned south on I-25 the promptly ran into construction. We have been traveling this route for 8 years, since we first started traveling full time and EVERY time they have had construction on I-25 in this area! Ridiculous! I guess they will never be done….

We continued south through Pueblo and turned west on Hwy 160 in Walsenburg. We traveled thru beautiful scenery, enjoying the views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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We started to climb and the MH started to overheat. We pulled over at a wide spot on the side and disconnected the car. We let the MH cool off and then continued to a rest area where we ate lunch. We continued on to the town of Blanca, to Blanca RV Park. We parked the MH in a 50 amp FHU site. We set up and left to tour Great Sand Dunes NP and Preserve.

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We visited the Visitor Center and watched the movie. We stamped our Passport and we are going to have to purchase a new one. I could not find room to stamp and the stamps!

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Below is the walk out to the dunes.

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We drove to the parking lot and walked out to get a closer look at the dunes. We drove up to the Campground, which was completely full. We would not have fit in there anyway!  That was the farthest that you can go without 4 wheel drive. We turned around that returned to the MH. We ate dinner and watched TV.

Sunday- We left around 9 and continued west on Hwy 160. As we were driving we saw signs for 5 acres of land for sale. This was interesting as we saw all sorts of “homes” on about 5 acres in the fields. They were living in old train cars, a caboose, very old trailers, and other assorted shacks. There were no road, electricity, or dump stations. We thought it was interesting.

We traveled thru Alamosa and Monte Vista. We stopped at a rest area and unhooked the car. We are going to be climbing to almost 11,000 ft. at Wolf Creek Pass. I drove the car.

This drive was spectacular! The trees have turned and it was just fabulous! Poor Bob did not get to enjoy it. I could not get a lot of pictures, and I missed the view of the valley. We were now in the San Juan Mountains.

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We arrived in Pagosa Springs. This is a cute little town. We turned into Mountain Landing  RV Park, $46 night for FHU 50 amp. It is a nice park, but has nothing except the sites.

We set up, walked the dogs, and ran into town. It was 1 PM so we stopped for lunch at The Junction restaurant. We ate lunch and went to the Springs. We paid $46 for the two of us. They had 18 pools. The temps ranges from 93 degrees to 110. The 110 was in the sun, so it must has been hotter than that! There was one in the shade, that stated it was 107, but it felt cooler than the 104 pools in the sun.

We laid on some recliners to dry out, then took showers. We returned to the MH very relaxed! We went to dinner at an Italian restaurant called Marconi’s’. We had a nice dinner.

Monday- We were in no hurry to leave. We are only traveling about 60 miles to Durango. This morning Bob saw on the Alfa FB group that a transformer had exploded behind Charlies RV Repair, in Utah, where we were last month. The sparks started a fire. There were 5 Alfa’s there. The owners called 911. One of the Alfa’s had significant damage and the guy who posted had some heat damage. The area behind the facility burned across the block behind the facility almost to the houses on the next block. Whew, fires have followed us all of the trip this year.

The drive to Durango was okay, but definitely not as beautiful as our previous days. We passed through Durango and drove north on Hwy. 550 to Westerly RV Park. $45/night for 3 nights. FHU 50 amp, but we are facing the wrong way. This park has us driving into the site, up to a fence. We pulled up as far as we could without hitting a tree. We went back to the office and said that we could not put up the satellite. I had specifically requested a site where we could get satellite. They said to just back up. We said that we will be sticking out and they said that was okay. So we did. Bob climbed up on the roof while we set up the satellite, and he pulled off some branches ( with permission) and we settled in.

We ran into Durango to check in at the train station. The gal gave us our tickets for tomorrows train ride and gave us directions to the parking. We checked where the parking lot was located. Then we went to Walmart for Karlie’s food. They did not have it, but we found it at Albertsons. We returned to the MH, ate dinner and watched some recorded TV.

Tuesday- We left at 8:30 to go downtown to the train station. We parked and walked over to where the buses would pick us up. There is a track problem. so they had to bus us to the first stop on the train trip. We hopped on a bus at 9 AM, and were taken about 20 miles north. We boarded the train, then waited. We did not leave until about 10:30.

We had chosen to pay a little bit extra for the “gondola” car. This is an open car. There was a roof over us, but the sides of the car were open. We were on the left side of the car heading north. The right side is the better side, and we will be on that side on the trip back.

A woman started talking to us. She is a single woman, who is a full time RV’er. She is from Indian Head Maryland, and lived up the street from us! We did not know her, but her father owned the Indian Head Hardware store and her sister worked there. Bob knew her sister and of course we knew many of the same folks in town. We are going to meet up with her at Quartzsite in January!

The scenery was spectacular, with the trees changing colors. The pictures do not do the beauty justice!

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We arrived in Silverton, a former mining town. They have kept most of the town the way it was in the past. The first thing we noticed was a large RV park, next to the railroad tracks. They also had a ski hill.

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We de-boarded and went searching for a restaurant. This is not a food Mecca. We found a restaurant with mediocre food and poor service. The restaurant did have a great piano player.

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We ate lunch, then walked around the town until it was time to re-board the train. We had a 2 hour lay over.

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There were a lot less people on the train on the return trip. You could take a bus back. We were in our same seats and so now we were on the left side on the return trip. The light was not as good and I did not take as many pictures on the return trip.

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We arrived back at the buses at about 6, hopped on a bus which returned us directly to the parking lot. We raced back to the MH and anxiously awaiting dogs who really needed to go out! We ate leftovers for dinner, We were very tired! We watched some TV and went to bed.

Wednesday- We did tasks round the motor home, then went into Durango to the Steelworks Brewery for lunch.  Bob had the stout and he was not impressed with it. It had been opened in August, so it was fairly old at this point. The food was delicious. I had a green chili quiche with soup and salad. All were terrific. Bob had a good burger.

We stopped at City Market then returned to the MH. It started to rain in the evening. This was leftover monsoon rains from Arizona. The problem was that we were parked on red soil, which turned to red mud. We had it everywhere, even with taking off our shoes and wiping  the dogs paws. We ate dinner at home.

Thursday-  We left around 9 am. Bob was driving the MH and I was following in the car. We had a high pass to cross, so we wanted to get the MH across the pass. We stopped at a rest area and connected the car once we were through the pass.

We saw Chimney Rock, a National Monument, from Hwy 160. Bob had use Google Earth before we left to see if we could get into their parking lot. We could not. So here is the picture from the highway.

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We traveled on Hwy 160 across to 4 corners. I had been there in 1975, and it sure was different. It is on the Navaho Reservation. They are now charging $5 per person to enter. We paid the fee and parked in the RV parking lot. When we arrived there were two RV’s, when we left there were 10. We ate lunch before we left.

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In the background, you can see the covered stalls. Many had folks in them selling jewelry and other assorted items. The weather has cleared and the temps are in the 70’s.

We continued driving west on Hwy. 160 to Tuba City. We stayed at the Navaho Quality Inn RV Park, $29 FHU 50 amp. We could not get satellite due to a tree, but we watched some recorded movies. We ate dinner at home.

Friday- I had a horrible night. The shingles were itching like crazy. I could not sleep. I even got up and iced the area hoping it would deaden the itching. I also took some Tylenol. Basically, I did not get much sleep.

When Bob woke up I told him I wanted to go to an Urgent Care. The paperwork said if the itching got worse to see a Doctor. So I got the MH ready for us to leave, and I left Bob to drive the MH while I took off for Flagstaff in the car.

I drove into the parking lot of the Urgent care at about 9 AM, I signed in and sat. The receptionist stated that they would be running behind as they only had one Doctor today. They also had a woman who was bleeding come in and they had to call 911. So in all, my paperwork was not processed for 2 hours. Then it was another 1/2 hour before I was called into the room, then 45 minutes until the Doc came in. It took forever!

Anyway, she looked at the rash and did not think it was Shingles, but she looked it up on the computer and decided to treat it like Shingles. So she gave me a prescription for Prednisone. She also gave me a dose of the Prednisone right there. Lovely, that is good for at least a 5 lb. weight gain!

I stopped at McDonalds for lunch and started down the hill from Flagstaff. Bob was already in the site at Paradise at this point. It took me over 2 more hours to get to Paradise. I stopped at a Walgreens and dropped off the prescription. The temp had been 80 in Flagstaff and it was 103 when I arrived at the MH. Yes, it is a dry heat, but it was still hot! The MH took a long time to cool down, as the temp at 8 PM was still 100 outside!

At 4:45 we met up with Linda, Mike, John, and Karen at the Elks Lodge for dinner. We had a great time catching up and a wonderful meal.

We picked up my prescription, which I am to take only in the morning. We returned to the MH, fed the dogs and watched some TV. We went to bed a little early as both of us were exhausted. I also took some Benadryl for the itching and fell right to sleep.

Sat Sep. 8 to Fri Sep 14 Westminster to Colorado Springs

Saturday-  Bob said that he did not sleep well and that his fever seems to have broken at around 3 AM. His temp is normal this morning but his eyes are still really red. He seems to feel okay this morning, but neither of us think that is going to last.

We went to lunch at Ihop as I have a free meal for my birthday. As usual I bought home half of it. We were shown right to a table. I sat down and the seat was wet. I jumped up and said to the guy that the seat was wet. He laughed and walked away! He never came back.  We used one of our two napkins to dry the table and seats.

We had a nice meal, but I saw the jerk on the way out and walked up to him and told him I did not think it was funny and that I thought he demonstrated very poor customer service. He stood there with his mouth hanging open. Geez, if they had used bleach in their water my capris would have changed colors!

Anyway, we returned home, I did my eye drops and we took a nap. It was beautiful today, so we sat outside enjoying the weather. I need bifocal sunglasses to read outside! I had not thought of that….

We went to dinner at Bucca de Beppo, using our gift card that has been sitting here ( Costco has them for $69 for $100 in meals) plus Bob had received a $15 off coupon. So we only paid about $20 and have several meals with our left overs. Bob also pointed out to them that it was my birthday, (tomorrow) so they sang the song and gave me a free scoop of ice cream that we shared.

Sunday- My birthday. Yup, FB says I am 100 hundred. Don’t I look great for 100 years old, LOL!

I decided to purchase bifocal reader glasses and sunglasses online, so I used Amazon Prime. Bob took the towels to the laundromat, and I did the sheets here at home. We went to lunch at Denny’s as you get a free Grand Slam on your birthday. Bob had a club sandwich. The restaurant was slammed and we had to wait for our food.

We returned and watched the Redskins beat the Cardinals! Yeah! An actual win!!! That is a rare treat! After the game we rant to Bed Bath and Beyond. Bob had rec’d a 20% off coupon which was expiring today. The throw rug in the bathroom had deteriorated to the point it had a big lump in the center. This occurred from washing it so many times and we had tried to fix it. We purchased a very nice rug with the discount.

We had a quiet evening at home eating leftovers.

Monday- We had a rough night. Bob woke up really angry about the Doctors office in Phoenix. So he could not sleep. He went for an early morning walk and we called another office in Phoenix to set up a new patient  appointment. 

We ran to Kohl’s, then to the Urgent Care/Doc office. Bob picked up a copy of his chart. He was hoping that they had documented all the calls and faxes to the office in Arizona. The assistant to the PA said no, that they do not document those. The gal did say that one of the times that she called she was informed that they were too busy to be bothered with this issue. Huh? They are too busy to send a copy of the chart to another medical provider? That is “willful negligence” under the HIPPA guidelines! Bob is going to be discussing this with the owner of the practice.

We stopped at Walmart to request another of Bob’s prescriptions. He needs the prescription transferred from a Walmart in California. We went to the Mexican restaurant for lunch, as Bob had not been there. We both had excellent meals which were very inexpensive.

We returned to the MH and Bob took a nap. I had dropped off in the recliner when Bob’s phone rang. The Pharmacist from Walmart was calling. He needed the documentation of Bob’s Medicare Part B, as this is who is handling the prescription for the glucometer strips. So we ran over there with that. Then he also needed a copy of the prescription. So Bob went back with that. The Pharmacist stated that he was not sure that Medicare would accept a digital signature. Bob told him then to call the Endocrinologist office in AZ if he needed too….they sent a text later that the prescription is ready. We had a discussion about moving from Walmart to Walgreens!

We had a quiet evening at home eating leftovers for dinner. Tonight was the last dose of my antibiotic eye drops! Yea, down to 2 drops, 2x a day tomorrow. from 3 drops, 4x a day!

Tuesday- We ran to pick up groceries, then I left to go to lunch with the gals from the Lodge. We went to a Pho restaurant. It was my first time eating Pho. I was okay, but not something I would want all the time.

We returned and played cards. My glasses had arrived and  the sunglasses were bifocal but the regular reading glasses were not. My fault, I ordered the wrong glasses. So after cards, I packed them up to return them .We dropped them off on our way to dinner, at an Amazon Lock Box.

We went to Golden Europe for dinner. This is one of our favorite German restaurants. We saved it for the end of the time we are here. We had a great dinner, but the beer that Bob ordered, which came in a bottle, did not get a head on it when he poured it into the glass. Then he thought it tasted off when he tasted it. Our server was the owner of the restaurant. Bob called him over and showed him that the expiration date on the bottle was last June. So the owner replaced the beer with another beer and did not charge us for the beer. That was good customer service!

We returned home and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- We ran over to the Urgent Care again to get the other paperwork. Bob’s prescription was put in again to Walgreens. We went to Costco for gas and ate lunch. We had a quiet after noon and evening.

Thursday- Our last day here. I had my follow up appointment for my eye. We drove to Edgewood for the quick appointment. All was good and I no longer have any restrictions, I just continue the two eye drops until the first of October. 

We went to Walmart and ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon. We went to Ihop for dinner, as I had another free stack for my birthday. Then we stopped at Walgreens to pick up some of Bob’s prescription. The medication has gone up over $200 since the last time we purchased it. The 90 day prescription was outrageous, so Bob only took 30 days worth. Then he will get another 30 days worth. We may run to Mexico and pick up the medication there.

Friday-  I did not sleep well, I kept tossing and turning. I had horrible itching on my right buttock. Bob woke up a little after 5 and I had him take a look. I had a bad rash on the area. So we dressed and ran to an urgent care which said it was 24 hours. We arrived at 6:10. They were an emergency room. The Urgent Care opened at 7.( Not what the website said!) So I completed the paperwork and we waited. Bob walked across the street to a gas station and picked us up some coffee. At least I was 1st in line!

At a little after 7 the nurse came to get me. The Doc had just arrived and he was a new Doc. The Doc came in and took one look and said it was Shingles.( Our guess too)  He gave me a prescription for the Valacyclovir. I had seen my AIDS patients taking this medication, so that was weird for me! But it is an antiviral.

We raced back to the MH, ate a quick breakfast and pulled out of the RV park at about 9:20. We had to exit a different way, taking 72nd street to Sheridan. We have not gone that was since 2010, but there was a lot of construction on the route we usually take.

We drove west on I-76 to I-70 to Hay 470 to  Hwy 85 south. This route is our way around using I-25 thru Denver, which is awful. There is bumper to bumper traffic on I-25 with lots of slow downs. That is the way we have to go to the eye doctor. 

Hwy. 85 used to be a very nice drive, but now it also had a lot of traffic. At least we had no construction or slow downs. We entered I-25 at Castle Rock and traveled to the Pilot in Monument. We purchased diesel. Then we continued south to the south entrance of the Air Force Academy. We have gone in the north entrance and will never do that again.  The south entrance is easier to enter with a big rig. The bases make you zig zags thru barriers for safety reasons.

$27 for FHU in a nice park, and we could get satellite. We quickly set up, walked the dogs, then left to meet up at Colorado Mountain Brewery for lunch with friends Jim and Becky Godfrey. We drove up to the restaurant and knew they were already there because there Alfa was sitting in the parking lot! They were leaving for a weekend of camping with their local camping group.

We had a great lunch and fun catching up with them. We will not see them until we meet up with them in Texas for the AOC rally in April.

We ran to Walgreens to get my prescription. Then we ran to the Amazon Lock Box in a Whole Foods to pick up my Prime order of bifocal glasses.  We returned to the MH.  We walked the dogs, fed them, then went to dinner with Marvin and Marian Grier at an Italian restaurant.

We had a great time catching up with them. Marvin is doing much better health wise, as the Doc’s seem to have cured his heart problem  Unfortunately, Marian has had two strokes, since we saw them last year. They are selling their Alfa due to their age and health.

Sat Sep 1 to Fri Sep 7- Westminster CO

Saturday-  We dropped my prescriptions off at Walgreens. Then we ran downtown to Union Station to the Farmers Market. We were not impressed with the market. We left and returned to pick up my prescriptions. There is a potential problem! I am allergic to Levaquin. It turned out one of the eye drops is in the Levaquin family of medications. So I will need to call the MD office on Tuesday morning. The Pharmacist did not think it would be a problem, but he wanted me to know and to let the MD know.

We then went to Best Buy. This morning, both Bob and I received texts that our data minutes are running out. Huh? In the settings app on our phones, it says that we have 13 gigs used. Okay, we are allowed 22 gigs before they slow us down. So we went in to ask what is going on. The gal said we had to go to Verizon. There was a Verizon store in the parking lot, and we went there. The gal there explained that we had 15 gigs of data on our hot spot. Hmmm, my history shows that we have gone over that in the past!

The gal also explained that we should not use the settings app on the phone, we should use the Verizon app. We also have to close out all the apps in addition to the hot spot, which we have been doing.  I have a problem with the fact that we should not use the setting app on the phone, why would it be so different from the Verizon app????

Anyway, she changed our plan to one with 22 gigs, which we had before. We are thinking that when my phone broke and they updated the plan, the guy accidently(?) changed our plan. We now have 22 gigs on the hot spot, for $10 less per month. Isn’t this crazy????

Then we stopped at Costco for gas $2.59 gal. We ran into Costco, because they have the reading glasses on sale. While at Walgreens I had tried several pairs and figured out what I need, based on my left eye.

We returned home and had a quiet afternoon. We decided to go to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Hacienda, in Broomfield. We were both very disappointed. They have changed the menu and both of our meals were not what we liked. We did not bring home the leftovers! We will not be going there again….

We stopped at a Super Target and then went to Flat Iron Mall to the Container Store. We purchased a tray for the top shelf of the refrigerator. I had a 20% off coupon! We wanted to see how this works, and we might buy another one when I have another coupon.

We returned home and watched Patriot Day which we had recorded off the Labor Day free Showtime.

Sunday- We did out usual tasks, laundry and bills. We went to lunch at a little bistro which we have never to before, The Noshery. We will go there again as we had great sandwiches! They bake their own bread and it was right out of the oven!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Monday- Labor Day! We had a quiet morning. We went to lunch at the Lodge, as they were having a BBQ. We each had cheeseburgers, chips, baked beans and a slice of excellent watermelon. We returned to the MH and had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Tuesday- Bob started getting sick at 2 AM and was in the bathroom from 3 to after 4. We ran through everything he had eaten, and I had eaten the same thing, and I was not sick. We finally decided its was the baked beans at the Lodge yesterday. We think there might have been bell pepper in them. Neither of us saw the pepper, and neither of us tasted them. That is the only thing we can think of. …he is taking it easy this morning.

I was on the phone promptly at 7:30 to the Ophthalmologist office about the prescription for the eye drops. I am to start them today, so I need to get this situation taken care of quickly.

They called back and said that I was okay to use the medication. So I started the drops. I left at 11 to go with the gals from the Lodge to lunch. We went to La Concinita on 29th street. The food was very good and inexpensive. We returned and played Ponytail Canasta until around 4. I returned and Bob was still not back to normal. He wanted to go out for comfort food, so we went to Wishbone, a family owned restaurant. We had to go the long way around as there had been a police shooting in the area.

We returned home after a nice dinner and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- Neither of  us slept really well last night as in the middle of the night it rained, very hard.  I do not have to be fasting today for the cataract surgery, so we ate breakfast. Then Bob called the Doctor office. He had to leave a message. So we decided to go over to the office.

We arrived and found that they still had not received the info from True Med MD in Arizona. Grrrr! So Bob called AZ again, and was told that they never received the request and the permission to release. The LIARS! The office here in CO had called them 3x.

So Bob completed another request form with permission to release and we left. We picked up lunch at Panera, then returned home and ate lunch. My sunglasses were ready at Costco, so we left and went to pick them up. We went from there to the Harvard Surgical Center in Edgemont for my R eye cataract surgery.

We checked in and waited for them to confirm the  Medicare and secondary insurance. I thought I was going to have to pay the Medicare co-pay of $150m, but my secondary picked that up. Yea!

I was taken back. Things are a lot different this time. When I had the L eye done in 2012, they gave me anesthesia. This time,  I will be ‘relaxed’ with a pill. No anesthesia. The nurse gave me 12 eye drops and 2 Halcion pills. I was not happy, as I knew everything that was going on.

I had learned when I did my surgical rotation in Nursing School, that I don’t do eyes! I am terrified of eyes. I have held amputated body parts and seen insides of many patients, cleaned up a lot of stuff, but I don’t do eyes!

So they gave me a third  pill. They took me back and I remember most of the surgery, but I was really relaxed. I remember the nurse and Bob walking me to the car, I put on my seat belt and I slept the rest of the way home. Bob evidently asked me, when we were on Federal, if I wanted pizza for dinner. I must have said yes.

I remember walking into the motor home. I settled into the recliner. I do not remember Bob leaving, picking up the pizza, cooking it, or making the salad. Bob said when he returned that I was sound asleep in the recliner with both dogs on my lap. They did not get up to greet him, they just glared at him wondering what he had done to me!

Bob woke me for dinner and then again at 8 to do my eye drops. We went to bed at 10 and slept.

Thursday-  I am feeling great. We were off to the Doc’s office for my first follow up appointment. Since the Ophthalmologist leaves to go out of town today, I saw Dr. Brown, who is an Optometrist. He did the checks and I have 20/20 vision, my pressures were good and he was pleased with my progress. I have not had any pain, but it feels like I have some junk in the outer aspect of my eye. That is perfectly normal!

We ran back to the Urgent Care/Doc Office for Bob, as he could not get through on the phone. They had faxed 3 x on Tuesday and called AZ and still no response. Bob called AZ from the parking lot. We had confirmed that the fax number was correct. AZ states that they have not received the fax. So Bob had them re-fax, while he watched and confirmed the phone number, which was correct. They state that they still did not receive the permission to release form. So Bob took a picture of it. He then emailed it to the gal in AZ. He called her to make sure that she received it. She finally did ( Bob kept her on the line until she said that she had received it!). We notified the gal here in CO. Finally, in the afternoon, Sandra, the gal in AZ called Bob to let him know that she had faxed the info back here to CO. Then Bob confirmed that the office had received the info. We did not hear from them today!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Friday-  I had been invited to play Mahjongg with the two ladies in the RV next to us. So I met up with them at 9, and we played until 11. It was so good to get back into playing, as I have been in Maj withdrawal.

Meanwhile, Bob called the office here in CO. They finally sent in the prescriptions to the Walgreens at 64th and Sheridan. Not a Walgreens we use and Bob had requested they be sent to Walmart. Whatever, at least the prescriptions were sent. Walgreens was to call him when the prescription was ready.

We decided to go to lunch at the Smiling Moose, one of our favorite places in the area. We arrived to find that they had changed there menu. There was nothing either of us wanted. So we went to George’s for lunch, another one of our favorite place in the area.

We had a great lunch. Since Walgreens had not called, we decided to stop in and check on the prescriptions, as it was close by. The guy behind the counter, well he was different. He had a grungy beard with pieces sticking out, kind of curled. Not the typical curl of a mustached, this was the beard. It was weird!

Anyway, he was the tech, and he said that he could not completed one of the prescriptions because they had to get approval from the insurance. No surprise there, we expected that. But he also said that he could not completed the Vitamin B12 because they had not said how it was to be administered. At this point, Bob was so frustrated he put his head down on the counter. I explained to the guy that it was Vitamin B12, we do not need syringes, and that it is always given intermuscular. The guy said that he had to get the Doc’s approval for that and that they were closed until Monday. I explained I am a nurse and Bob piped up that I have been giving it to him every 3 weeks for 3 years!

The Pharmacist came over and she overrode the tech, putting in “give as directed”. We FINALLY got the Vitamin B12! We returned home, as I was overdue at this point for my eye drops. I gave Bob his injection!

At 2:00 we went to a different Walgreens, the one we usually use, for flu shots. I handed my insurance info to the gal. She saw  my birthdate and said that they cannot give me the flu shot. My birthday is Sunday, when I will turn 65. The computer system would not allow me to have the upgraded flu shot until at least Sunday. Bob could get the the shot. The difference in the flu shots is that the regular flu shot has two strains, the upgraded flu vaccine ,for 65 and older, has three strains. So Bob had his flu shot and I am waiting until Monday.

We left and went to Baskin Robbins for some free ice cream. I had a freebee, and Bob had a freebee for my birthday. They had my favorite, German Chocolate Cake! Wahoo, something is going right….

We returned to the MH. Marianna, who had hip surgery last week, called me and we talked for a long time. Then MaryAnne, who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, sent me a text. I was concerned and called her. She and I talked for a long time. She will be returning from Idaho, where they currently are, and Donna and I will be helping her through this in Arizona.

Bob returned from walking the dogs. He said that the Vitamin B12 had kicked in, as all of a sudden his head cleared. He really could notice the difference!

We went to the Lodge for dinner. If you follow the blog for the last 8 years, you know that we eat at the Lodge frequently when we are here. We have not this time. There have been a lot of problems in the Lodge and the RV’ers are boycotting the Lodge. We decided that 1x a week was more than enough.

We had ribs, which were okay, but not great. Nothing like the awesome ribs we had in Tillamook at the Lodge! They had the baked beans again, but Bob did not eat them this time!

We walked back up to the MH. We settled in to watch some movies. The first one was Marshall. It was a very interesting movie about Thurgood Marshall. We were about an hour into the movie when Bob said that he thought he had a fever. I looked at him and he was red and felt warm. I went and retrieved the thermometer. His temp was 99.6, high for him. 98.6 is just a guideline. Bob usually runs 96 to 97. I offered him Tylenol, but he declined. About an hour later, his temp had gone up to 100.6, so he took some Tylenol. He also had chills. I had closed up the MH, as the temp today was in the 70’s and sunny, but it was starting to get cooler. He was covered with a blanket and two dogs!

We watched an older movie, Rock. It was another good movie, staring Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery. We went to bed at about 11, which was late, but we wanted to finish the movie.

Sat Aug 25 to Fri. Aug 31- Grand Junction to Westminster CO

Saturday- We did some tasks around the MH and went to lunch in downtown Grand Junction. We went to a little Bistro which is a fundraiser for the local Hospice. It was located below the Hospice in a new building. It was a very nice place with an extensive menu and is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The food was good.

We returned home and took a nap. I had not slept last night, and really needed some sleep, so we skipped the afternoon Square Dance Festival. It was a workshop anyway.

We ate dinner at home then went to the Square Dance. What a difference having a really great caller makes! We had a wonderful time dancing from 8 to 10:30. They had the Grand Parade dance first, and we watched, we did not participate. This gave Bob a chance to get his hearing aid set up with the caller. We also ran into a couple, Bill and Mary Lou, who we know from Sun City. Bill has been the Angel in our Plus Dancing Workshops.

The caller was Tom Roper, who is a National Caller. He was awesome, and we danced all the tips.

Sunday- Our plan was to leave tomorrow to miss the mountain weekend traffic. Bob checked the weather and a front is coming through. They were forecasting 25 to 30 mph winds in the canyons. So we decided to leave today and head for Westminster.

I let the park know that we were leaving and asked for a refund, which they declined. Some places will refund and some won’t. It never hurts to ask. We called Julie and she said that she had a spot for us at the Elks Lodge.

We packed up and left the park at about 10 AM. We drove east on I-70. The farther east we traveled the heavier the traffic became. The engine temp went up on the climb to Vail Pass, so we pulled over and let the engine cool. Vail Pass is 10,000 feet.

When we arrived in Frisco, we pulled into a scenic overlook and disconnected the car. We were very glad that we did. The Eisenhower Tunnel is at 12,000 ft.  I took the dogs in the car with me. They prefer riding in the car and immediately fell asleep. I followed Bob  who was driving the MH.

We made it up the mountain to the tunnel, but it was close to over heating. The road is three lanes going up, but there is nowhere to pull over. Whew!

Now for the downhill. The signs were warning of very heavy traffic, duh, it was already bumper to bumper! Colorado has put in an Express Lane, which I did eventually see, but very few people used it as it cost $8.

At one point Bob had said there was a very slow drive in the right lane and he wanted to move over, so I moved to the left lane, to open a space for him. This happened right as the left lane came to a dead stop. The right lane kept moving. Bob never got over and ended up miles ahead of me. We use radios to talk to one another and I told him to just keep going, I would catch up.

Drivers everywhere are crazy, and this situation was no different. There was a guy in a burgundy Mercedes SUV, who just decided to change lanes. Fortunately, the guy he cut off was able to turn into the shoulder and miss hitting him. I was the next car, and I slammed on the brakes. The guy then went to the side of the road and continued, driving down the shoulder as far as he could go, before he cut someone else off. Then when we arrived at Georgetown, he got off at the exit, and ran back onto the road, cutting off another car, all this saving himself 7 car lengths! What an idiot!

Anyway, I finally caught up with Bob and we arrived at about 4 PM at the Elks Lodge. Julie met us in the parking lot and told us to pull into a 30 amp site on the wall. Originally she thought she was going to have to put us under the trees. We do not want to be under the trees, as we are tall and they might scratch the MH. So we were happy to pull into the wall site. We may be able to move into a FHU site on Wednesday.

We had emptied out our water tank before climbing the mountains, ( we had disconnected from any water source for a few days and used the water in the tank for laundry and showers so as not to waste water)  but this meant, we needed to add water to the tank. Julie had a water hose waiting for us. Wasn’t that nice!

We parked and set up. We were both exhausted after the awful drive, so we ran to the local Chinese restaurant for take out. We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday-  At 4:30 AM the winds picked up. Boy, did they ever! The wind woke both of us up, it was so loud and the rig was rocking. It lasted about 1/2 hour, then settled back down to just being strong, but less noisy. I was awake at that point, unfortunately. Bob was able to go back to sleep. When he woke up, I went in and went to sleep for about 45 minutes.

We had planned to do the laundry yesterday while we were still at the RV park,  on Sunday, as we usually do. Since we left instead, Bob took the sheets and towels to a local laundromat.  I stayed home cleaning and working on the blog.

When Bob returned, Julie showed up and said that we should move to the 50 amp site on the wall. So that was what we did. We just packed up, pulled forward, backed around the MH on our right, and into the 50 amp site. We had confused dogs, LOL!

We set back up and we went to lunch at Westies, a small breakfast/lunch restaurant right around the corner. We had not been to their new location, but had been to the old one years ago. We had a nice lunch.

We went to Costco for gas, $2.55 gal. Its been a long time since we paid less than $3 for gas! We ran into Costco and picked up a few items. This is not our favorite Costco, but the gas was less expensive at this one. We stopped at Walmart then returned to the MH. We caught up with Julie and paid for the 19 nights that we will be here.

At 5:06 my phone rang. It was the Doctors office. They needed to change the date of my surgery. We went back and forth on the dates and finally changed to this Thursday. I am having my right cataract done. I called and changed my Chiropractor appt. Bob made all the changes on the calendar, and suddenly said, “ Medicare”. Oh no, my Medicare starts on Sept. 1, Saturday! I can’t have surgery on Thursday the 30th! So I tried calling back, but the phones were already flipped over and I have to wait until the morning. I was just sick! We are only here so that I can get the surgery done by the same surgeon that I used in 2013 for my left eye. I was depressed all evening and did not sleep well.

Tuesday-  The Doctor’s office opens at 7:30, so at 7:30 I was on the phone to them. They had to check to see if they could move me to the 5th, but they had to talk to the surgery center first. They had to call me back, which they did. So we left and went for my 10:30 pre-op appointment. We arrived and I had my eyes dilated and I went through all the tests. We ended up having to wait for the Doc. He finally arrived and he checked my eyes. He declared them both very healthy. No film on the left eye, as I had that removed in 2015.

We discussed what kind of lens to place in the right eye. He recommended a regular lens. He uses them for truck drivers, as they are distance lenses. Since I drive the MH, he thought that would be the best choice. It means that I will have to use reading glasses.

Then they took me into a different room to discuss the Harvard Center, connected to Polk hospital, where the procedure will take place. They will give me pill, so I will not have an IV or be under anesthesia. I so not even have to be fasting. Megan also gave me the eye drop prescriptions and we discussed the insurance.

We left and went to Smash Burger, nearby, for lunch, as by this time it was after 1 PM. We returned to the MH. I dropped off my stuff and went to the Lodge to play Ponytail Canasta with the girls. There were 6 of us. We played until about 4:30, and the game was a tie between the two teams.

We looked at the menu for the Lodge, but decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.

Wednesday- I had changed my Chiropractor appt to 8 AM today, so I was off early to go to that appointment. We did tasks around the MH. I had a hair appointment at 1:30. I went and wished I had not. My cut is good, but the color, well I use a 10 minute color and I told the gal that. She left it on for 20 minutes( she had disappeared) and it is now too dark. Well at least it will fade out! My usual gal here in Denver had back surgery and is out for months. I really prefer an older woman rather than a 26 year old who can’t multi-task. We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- Bob had an appointment at an Urgent Care/Doctor’s office. We arrived and Bob’s appointment was with the PA. That was okay, he was really nice. To order Bob’s Vitamin B12, he needed his records from Arizona. So Bob signed for the forms to be sent. He also called the office and they said to put STAT on the form. Bob told the office that and they did it right then. He called back in the afternoon and they said that Jeremy, the PA, had even called requesting the records. He was told that they are 6 hours behind! Grrr, now it is the holiday weekend and Bob needs the medication. His last Vitamin B12 shot was 5 1/2 weeks ago. By the time we get to Tuesday, it will be 6 week. He needs the injection every 3 weeks. He has been taking the oral Vitamin B12 tablets every day, but they do not seem to be enough.

We went to Costco and I purchased two pairs of sunglasses, good ones to use post surgery. Bob dropped me off for my mani-pedi and he went to Total Beverage in search of a local beer he had at Texas Roadhouse the other night.

We tried to stop in at the place we usually go to to have the car detailed, but they are under construction. We went hunting other places, but could not find one. So we ran the car thru the car wash, $10. We returned to the MH and had a quiet evening at home.

Friday- Julie had told us we would not be able to move until Tuesday or Wednesday next week, so we decided to go do laundry, as our hamper was running over. We went to a local laundromat that we have used in the past. We did not dry anything, we took everything back home. We placed them on hangers and on the laundry rack to dry, except for the socks and underwear, which we dried in our dryer.

Just as we finished, at 10 AM, Julie knocked on the door. We could move at 11 AM. Okay, figures doesn’t it!  So we packed up and actually moved at 12:15. We ate lunch and set up the MH. We are now in a 30 amp, FHU site for $18 night.

We had a quiet afternoon. There were thunderstorms with lightening.( well we washed the car yesterday…) The lightening caused some small fires, but the fire departments in the local areas were able to put them out quickly. The weather has been good, with temps in the 70’s to 80’s, but the air is clear and we can see the beautiful Colorado mountains!

Sat. Aug 18 to Fri. Aug 24- Salt Lake City to Grand Junction CO

Saturday- We were off to the very large Farmers Market in Pioneer Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Pony Express RV Park is right between I-15 and – 215, so it is a quick drive to downtown, only about 15 minutes. We easily found a parking space right across from the market and walked around. The FM is an entire square block, with vendors on both sides of the sidewalk around the block and then a food court in the center. We saw this and thought it was a hoot!

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We did not buy anything, but it was fun shopping! Lots of craft vendors and of course, vegetables and fruits. We were able to taste a lot of peaches.

We left and went to Costco and Walmart. We returned to the MH and had a nap. There is still a lot of smoke in the area, so we are staying inside much of the time.

We ate dinner at home and watched some TV.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday morning tasks. I washed the sheets and Bob took the towels over to the park laundromat. After I finished the sheets, the washing machine started the blinking again. Bob ran the water cycles to try to clean the lint out again. We are trying to keep it working until we get back to Paradise in September.

We ate lunch at home and left at 1:40 to go to the State Fair Grounds to attend the Utah Beer Festival. It had popped up on Trip Advisor and I told Bob about it. He had purchased tickets. $5 for the designated driver and $10 for the beer drinker. We also had to pay $7 for parking and then Bob had to purchase beer tokens at the token booth once we entered.

Since the Festival started at 2 PM, we were able to walk right in, as we easily found parking right at the entrance.

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We were each given bracelets. Both had an electronic square on them. When Bob purchased the tokens, he “loaded” the money onto his square and he used it at each of the vendors.

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Bob had a list of beers that he wanted to try. The beers were supposed to cost between $1 and $5 for the tasting. We were each given a small mug. There was also a big water tent for me, and lots of water kegs around the area.

The festival was not very busy when we arrived, but as we were leaving it had become very busy. This was a 2 day festival, and Saturday had been sold out. Odd that they are having a beer festival in Mormon country, and very odd that it was on a Sunday! They had Mormon Beer Drinkers T-shirts for sale…

Anyway, some of the beers were a $1, many were $2, and even a few for $5. The tastes were small, so Bob did not get tipsy. He did not find many of the beers that he wanted to try, as they had a lot of the IPA’s. He found enough though.

Lots of people had brought chairs and put them out around the area, in the shade. They would drink, eat, and listen to the bands. There were about 10 food vendors.

There was also a Hard Cider room, in the Grand Hall, which was inside and air conditioned. There were not a lot of ciders although we saw other vendors like State Farm and some outside RV vendors.

It was very hot, code orange air quality, the temp was in the 90’s, humid, and by 3:30 we were done. We decided to stop at a car wash, but they were all the “do it yourself” variety. So we ran back to the MH. We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday-We left at 8:40 to travel to downtown to the LDS Family History Center. Since we had been here before, in 2011, we knew the area. We easily found parking in a lot half a block away, $5 for the day.

We walked over to the Center. Both of us were interested in the British Iles, so we went to that floor in the Center. The Center has 5 floors. B1 is British Iles, B2 is International, M if Main floor where there are different exhibits, 2 is US and Canada films, and 3 is US and Canada books.

We set up and started to work. I was looking for my maternal 3rd great grandfather. He had immigrated from Ireland. Poor Irish documents are very hard to find, if they even exist.  The volunteers are very helpful. I tried looking for Confederate War info. We found his name, but Martin Lawlor is a very common name. The volunteers tried for me. Eventually, I had 3 ladies (they are called Sisters, the men are called Elders).  We think we found him in the Massachusetts Infantry. He did one year of service. I also had a will for him, which contradicted the other info that I had. I finally decided that it was not his will, as the probate ( which is what they helped me find) lists my 3rd grandmother as deceased in 1890, and I have her departing in 1896, and him in 1904. We ate lunch( which we brought with us) in the Main floor vending room. It is the only place for food in the building. We could have water bottles with us, as long as they were in secure top containers. Bob has been working on re-building his tree, after the loss of his computer and scan disc in Montreal.

We stayed until about 2:30, then returned home and Bob walked the dogs. We had to run out to pick up mail . We decided to stop by Bucca de Beppo and picked up carry out for dinner tonight and tomorrow night.  Bob went to Walmart to get Karlie’s dog food. We were both tired and had a quiet evening at home. It rained hard this evening. Hopefully, this will clear out the air a bit!

Tuesday- We were awake at 2: 30 this morning due to a thunderstorm and hail. Not much we could do about protecting the MH and car. At least it did not seem as bad as it had been in Denver last year!

We returned to the Genealogy Center. I had decided to work on my paternal grandmothers family today, so I went to the 3rd floor to the books. There are lots of books on the areas in Quebec that the family lived in, although they are in French. I have Google Translate on my phone, so I am able to look at typed info.  Bob went back to the British Isles. He had found some issues with dates ( the guy was born 2 years after his fathers death). Anyway, we met up for lunch. We continued working in the International area. I am not sure why. But one of the sisters assisted me with 5th grandparents marriage info. It was written with horrible handwriting, in French. She ended up calling over another gal, and I found where they lived and the corrected names.

We stopped at Costco for gas and Walmart for a few items, on the way home. We had a quiet evening at home. More storms this evening.

Wednesday-  Off to the Center again today, for our final day this trip. We split in the morning, I went to the 3rd floor books and Bob went to the British Isles. I found a book, a census, that I wanted to check out. I went looking for the book and could not find it on the shelf. So I went to one of the Elders. He was confused with the number, thinking I was wrong with the number. We went to where I was looking, and it was not there. Then we went back to the office and he looked it up on another system. He said follow me…. he was late 80’s, so following across the room to the last row, to the very back, was a slow process! I was right with the number, but the book was oversized, so it was located in a different section. I took it and found what I was looking for…

I looked for more info, then joined Bob in the British Isles. I continued in Family Search, looking for more relatives. I found an error, in which one of my grandparents marriage form was listed. When I went to look at it, the search took me to some one else’s information.  I checked forward and backward, and finally went looking for help. They sent a Sister over to assist. She found the same thing, and she walked me through sending in an error message to the Indexing Dept.  so that the issue can be fixed.

We left and returned home. Bob quickly walked the dogs, as the sky was turning ugly. We ended up having a severe thunderstorm, with awful winds ( the MH was rocking) and more hail. The hail was pea size, so we did not note any damage. Whew!

We decided to go out to dinner as the sky was clearing. We went to Black Bear Diner, along with a lot of other folks, as it was pretty busy. We were quickly seated. It is a large menu, so we did not notice how long it was taking for the waitress to show up.

The manager arrived and apologized. She asked us if we would mind moving to a different table, and she would comp us dessert. Okay! So we moved a few feet away, and they used the old table for a group. We had good service at the new table. We ate dinner, taking half of each of our meals home with us. We each ordered a dessert to go.

Thursday-  Moving day. We left the park around 8:45 and drove south on I-215. We turned onto I-80 west, and went to the next exit to stop at a Flying J for diesel. We purchased the diesel and the GPS said to go to I-15. Bob checked on Google Maps and no traffic back up, so we took I-15 south. The traffic was moving, but it was extremely heavy traffic. The problem was the lanes kept coming and going. You could not just pick a lane and stay in it.

We traveled about 40 miles and stopped at what was supposed to be a Flying J rest area. No rest area and difficult to get around in there! We ‘rested” and took off. At the next exit, we turned onto Hwy. 6.

Here is some scenery…

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20180823_143825 (2)  We traveled through the mountains and canyons, stopping at an overlook to eat lunch. We continued on to I-70 west, traveling to Grand Junction CO. We drove into Junction West RV Park at about 3:15. We settled into a FHU 50 amp site, $48 night, for 4 nights. Expensive, but a nice park. We are here for the Annual Peach Promenade Square Dance Festival. We have clean air finally!!!!

We had a quiet evening at home.

Friday- I was finally able to get out and do my early morning walk! Yea! It felt good!! We have the windows open for the first time in a long time! Cool clean air!

We did some tasks around the MH. I did laundry and we updated some of the Genealogy that we found in Salt Lake City. We went to lunch in Fruita, a town just to our west at a place called Camilla’s Kaffe. We both had excellent food.

I took these pictures in Fruita.. the next two pictures are in front of a car supply store.

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This next picture was across the street. You don’t see this every day!

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We returned to the MH and took a nap in anticipation of dancing this evening. We ate dinner at home and left to go to the address on the form for the dance. We ended up at a warehouse in a not so great part of town. So we put in the middle school where the dance was being held, which turned out to be about 2 miles away.

We arrived and checked in. Hmmm, this Festival is smaller than our usual dances! We were disappointed, and it got worse.

Friday night they did not have the national caller, Tom Roper, attending. They had four local callers. These guys not only could not sing, we had trouble understanding them. It is always difficult to dance to a new caller, since you do not know their rhythm, calls and tone. They switched callers for each tip. Bob had problems with his hearing aide, as he had to re-adjust the aide at each tip, and could not do it until after the first dance of the two dance tip. We were not having fun! .

The last tip we danced, broke up constantly, and it was not our fault. Somehow we ended up in a square that had a lot of issues. It was amazing, as the previous tip danced perfectly. So we left early, about 9:45. We still have tomorrow afternoon and evening with Tom Roper.

Sat. Aug. 11 to Fri. Aug. 17- Lolo MT to Sunset UT

Saturday- We had another workshop this morning at 11. Before then, I did laundry. We had a great time dancing, then returned at 12:30, ate lunch and took a short nap in the recliner. The temp was 97 today, so we stayed in and had a quiet afternoon.

There was a pot luck dinner at 5:30, so we walked over and stood in line. Of course there were lots of great dishes. My dessert pan was completely wiped out! We returned and changed into our dance clothes and went to the next dance from 7:30 to 9:30. We returned exhausted and went to bed.

Sunday- We had a pancake breakfast at 8. Then the dance started at 9. There are a lot of other callers here, and they had them call for us. Changing callers is always difficult, as you have to get their rhythm and voice. Changing each tip was hard and we all messed up a lot.

I started to not feel well, so during one dance, I called another woman in to sub for me. After that dance, Bob and I walked home.

We had a quiet afternoon and ate dinner at home. I felt better, so we went to the dance this evening. This was not part of the festival, but the caller, Jerry Junck, was calling Mainstream. The festival had been Plus dancing. We had a great time, as we were used to Jerry and could both understand him. It was also from 7:30 to 9:30.

Monday- We got up late and did some tasks around the MH. I have the Roadrunner Newsletter to get out before the 15th, so I was working on that. Then we went to Missoula. We stopped at the grocery store, Costco, and Walmart. We stopped for lunch at Big Sky Brewery. They had a food truck, as they do not serve meals. Bob had another flight. We drove back to the MH.

We changed clothes and went in search of the Lolo Hot Springs. We were not interested in going to the resort, Lolo Hot Springs resort, we were looking for the local free hot springs. I had asked the gals at the RV park where it was located, they gave me directions, but we never found the hot springs. We returned, ate dinner, watched some TV and went to bed.

Tuesday- Moving day again. We traveled the two miles out to Hwy. 93 and turned south. We noticed that we could see the close mountains, but the range to the back was entirely covered by smoke. The smoke was heavy all day.

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We traveled through a canyon.

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Once through the short canyon, we were driving along and we started seeing a lot of volcanic rock.

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We spotted this old volcano. You can see where the top of the mountain blew off!

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Our destination had been Craters of the Moon National Reserve, where we planned to boondock for the night. Unfortunately, there was a fire to the north west of there and the park was down wind of the fire. As we were driving, the smoke kept getting worse.  We also saw signs stating that the natural areas were closed to camping, so we re-routed more to the east. Our new destination was Blackfoot ID.

We found a casino, about 9 miles south of Blackfoot in Ft. Hall, on I-15. It was the Ft. Hall Casino, Bison RV Park. We were able to get a reservation, and drove there, arriving at around 5 PM. $27 for FHU 50 amp.

We were exhausted, as we had traveled about 8 hours. Under 300 miles, but through rough terrain. The MH even heated up going over a 7000 ft. pass, and we had stopped at the rest area at the top to cool the engine.

We ate a quick easy dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Wednesday-  We did not have to leave the park until 1 PM, so we got the MH ready to leave, and then ran back north on I-15, to Blackfoot. We visited the Idaho Potato Museum, located in an old train station. 

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The museum was small, and only cost $3 each. They talked about the origin on the potato. Potatoes were taken from South America to Spain in the 1500’s. 20180815_094644

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The potato them migrated to Ireland, and the immigrants brought them to New England. Interesting, as I always assumed that the potato was native to Ireland…

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A woman locally collected lots of kitchen memorabilia, and she donated the “potato” items to the museum. We had the potato nails when I was growing up…

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And here are the Pringles. Pringles are dehydrated and are not potato chips, they are crisps. Here is the world’s largest.

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Below are the Idaho Potato farming percentages by areas…

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As we headed to the back of the museum, they had these silly guys talking to us…

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Below is an old fashion potato picker.

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Around the time of the Russian Spaceship Sputnik, two Idaho brothers came up with a new machine, which they named Sputnik. They started a company by that name, and the machine is still used in the harvesting of potatoes. This is a huge machine and you are only seeing one part of the machine.

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There was a kiddy area, and I made a Vader Tater… With a Mr. Potato Head.

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We watched 4 short films about potatoes. the first one was about a guy who makes various toy tractor replicas, a marketing film for a potato distributor which showed how the potatoes are harvested, a stupid cartoon, and an interesting film about McDonald’s Potatoes.

All of the McDonald’s potatoes go to one company which prepares them. The film went backwards, from the potatoes at a franchise being deep fried, to their production. The company, whose name I forget, takes the potato, shoots it through a slicer, it has a chemical put on it, the fries are then lightly fried, then frozen for transportation. They are then deep fried at the franchises. It was interesting…

Basically, if the potato is not a russet, it is not an Idaho Potato. ALL Idaho Potatoes have the Idaho emblem stamped on them. If the stamp is not on the potato, it is not an Idaho potato! According to the museum, the volcanic rock landscape is ideal for growing potatoes.

We enjoyed the museum, then ran through town. They have 12 murals in town. Here are some…

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We stopped at Subway to pick up two subs and returned to the MH. We packed up and left about 11:30 to eat lunch. We drove south on I-15 to the ID Island Rest Area. Huh? It was a Flying J which had public restrooms. Okay…

We continued on I-15 south, into Utah, to Charlie’s Service Center in Sunset, About 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. We are having Justin and his crew do the routine maintenance on our air conditioning.

We pulled into the parking lot at about 3 pm. When Bob went inside to sign us in, the gal said she thought we were going to be there this morning. Nope, we have on our schedule, for the work to be done tomorrow. Oh well, a mix up. They will not get to us until tomorrow morning, which was what we planned anyway.

Justin came out and parked us, then we settled in for the evening. They have FHU 50 service, included in your service package!  We went to dinner at Holy Smokes BBQ. The meat was good, but we were not impressed with the sides. We returned home, watched some recordings, and went to bed.

Thursday- We were up early, taking quick showers, eating breakfast and waiting to see what time they would come to do the service. Enrigue arrived at about 8;30. He did our maintenance last time we were here. He started the work and we used the roof air while he was working on the basement air. The temp when we woke up was 78 degrees. I sent out the Roadrunner newsletter.

Enrique checked everything and found that we have no issues. Bob had been concerned because when the temp hits 50, the heat does not switch over to propane. Justin called the manufacturer of our thermostat ( installed May 2017)  and no one can figure out the issue.

We asked Justin if we could spend the night here and he said yes, they do not need the site overnight. So we added a night to our reservation at Pony Express RV Park for Friday. We are going to have to move on Saturday to a different site, but at least we have a place to stay tomorrow evening. We had put in several days here in case of additional problems.

We had a 2:15 appt with a Vet at Banfield in a Petsmart just a little south of here. We have been trying to get Karlie in to see someone for quite  awhile. She has been licking her sides. The Vet thinks it is the change in air or water. She ordered a medication for her. It is a cream that we have to put on 3x a day. So Karlie is wearing the neck pillow type item to keep her from licking.

We returned and went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Ogden, just north of Sunset. The food was okay. We stopped at Costco for gas, $3.03 gal.

Friday- We took our time leaving as we cannot arrive before 12:30 at Pony Express. We arrived and they charged us for the one night, then for the rest of the nights. Crazy system! They could not just add the one night to the current reservation.

The gals at the registration desk were great. They re-arranged and placed us into one site for the whole stay. We do not have to change sites tomorrow morning.

Unhappily, this resort was purchased by Sun Resorts.It was already expensive, and is going to become more so. We paid $57 per night for 6 nights, with our Good Sam discount. Sun is buying up a lot of very nice resorts, then they raise the prices. We already see changes as they have put in a lot more cabins.

There are only 2 RV parks in the area, giving them a monopoly. Since we do the Genealogy, and this is where you need to be for great Genealogy, we are stuck with the KOA or here. This is a nicer park than the KOA, in a safer area. The advantage at the KOA is that you can take the light rail downtown. The price is about the same, right now.

We met our neighbors, who are also full time RV’ers from Sioux Falls SD. We had a quiet evening at home.

Sat. Aug. 4 Coeur D’Alene ID to Lolo MT

Saturday- We were able to move at around 9 to a W/E 50 amp site, $20 night. We barely put away anything with such a short drive. Bob backed the MH into the site and we set back up. We turned on the air conditioner as it is going to be hot today, in the 90’s.

When I opened the cabinet door to start up the satellite, the ‘grabber’ dropped down. I caught it, and put it back. A little bit later, I picked up my phone and the screen was broken. It is hard to see, but the cracks go all the way to the top of the phone. Evidently I had caught the ‘grabber’ on the re-bound, as I did not even realize it had hit the phone.

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We ran  to Best Buy to have the phone repaired. We arrived and went to the Verizon booth. They sent us to Geek Squad. We pay $11 and change, each month on each phone. Over the many years that I have had a cell phone, I have never had to do a repair!

Anyway, it would be $150 to repair the phone, WITH the repair plan. We have already paid, since we purchased the phone, $130 for the plan for both phones. We were not happy! The guys said that if you break/lose the phone where it is new, the plan is worth it, but when the phone is worth less than $200, you should cancel the plan. Hmmmm…..

Anyway, so we walked back to the Verizon booth and found out that it would cost $175 for a new phone. The Best Buy guy said they had a Galaxy S8. I asked about the S9, oh yea, they have those and they cost less…Huh? So I purchased an S9 for less money. Of course, with everything else, like new cords ( S7 cords do not fit the S9) and a new cover ( old cover does not fit) we of course spent more than $175. Grrrr…. Anyway, I have a new phone to set up and learn….

We ran around town doing other various tasks. Bob wanted some beer, so we went in search of a store which sold beer. Idaho has state liquor stores, but they only sell the hard stuff. We never found a place to purchase some craft beer. They have the drive thru places which sell Budweiser etc.  We needed dog food which we can purchase at Safeway, so we were off to the store. Across the street was a Panera, so we had salads for lunch and there was a Farmers Market on the corner. This was a very nice FM under trees.

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They had 3 rows of items. We did not purchase anything, but enjoyed walking around .

We also saw this nice mural.

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We returned to the Elks Lodge and settled in. In the evening we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.

Sunday-  We did out usual tasks, except for laundry. We left around 10:30 for downtown,Coeur D’Alene, about 5 miles away. This weekend was the Coeur D’Alene Street Fair, the Taste of Coeur D’Alene and the Art Show at the College.

We found street parking about 2 blocks away from the Street Fair. This fair was HUGE! It went 7 street blocks! We walked up one side and down the other. Then we walked over to the park along the lake for another, about 2 blocks, of the fair.

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On the other side of the park, they had the food vendors for the Taste of Coeur D’Alene. We wandered through the food vendors. Bob had a brat and I had a shrimp taco. Bob’s brat was faster than my taco, so he went into the Beer Garden. I met up with him there. He was busy tasting beers, so I went to a picnic table and asked some folks if we could join them. They said yes and we chatted. Bob caught up with me and we ate lunch. He drank one beer, which he was not impressed with…

The folks we talked with where waiting for the band to play. They suggested that we visit the Art Show. So we walked over to the college campus to the very large Art Show. The walk took us along the lake.

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The Art Show was under trees on the campus. Most of the vendors would not allow pictures, which was a shame. The cost of most of the items was very high. We saw a really interesting metal fire pit that was very well done, but cost $1500.

There were beautiful items, but my very favorite was the embroidery art. The woman who designed and embroidered these items was phenomenal. Most of the works were of birds. They were indescribable! I wish I could have taken pictures. Also, the majority of them cost $450, which was reasonable for what the items were…

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We also saw this sand art.

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We stopped for ice cream, as it was getting very hot. The temp at this point was high 90’s. At least there is not a lot of humidity. The ice cream was sponsored by the students. 2-3 scoops for $5. We split a bowel. We also at this point purchased some water.

There was a band in the center and another beer/wine/cider garden. We did not see any that we were interested in drinking.

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We decided that we did not want to walk all the way back to the car, about 2 miles, in the sun, so we took the free shuttle bus. It dropped us about 2 blocks from the car. We returned home. We did not plan for visiting Coeur D’Alene on this weekend, but we really lucked out. This was very interesting and a lot of fun.

On the way back to the MH, we saw these statues.

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Monday- Moving Day- We drove out of the Elks Lodge at around 9AM. We stopped at the Exon on the corner for diesel. $3.28 /gal. We only purchased 25 gallons, as the diesel is less expensive in Lolo MT.

We drove east on I-90.

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We turned south in Missoula MT and drove thru horrible traffic in town to turn onto Hwy. 12 towards Lolo. At the turn to the RV park, on the left, was a Town Pump which is associated with Flying J. We turned in and filled up the tank. $3.18 gal.

We drove about 3 miles out of town to Lolo Montana Square Dance Center and Campground. We arrived and we were greeted by Barry Bartlette the co-owner. Barry and Bobbie Bartlette inherited the campground from Bobbie’s parents who were avid Square and Round Dancers, in addition to her father being a Caller and mother a Cue’r. Bobbie’s parents, Ray and Afton Granger, built the dance center  in 1978. The facility is located on 27 acres on the Lolo Creek. The dance hall has a cushioned maple floor and is air conditioned. There is also a mile long path around the park, and along the creek.

This area is on the Lewis and Clark trail, and the duo walked along this land on their travels to explore the Louisiana Purchase. We settled into our FHU 50 amp site. We were thrilled, that even through the beautiful pine trees, we were able to obtain satellite. The park has cable TV also. We settled in and had a quiet evening.

Tuesday- We traveled into downtown Missoula and looked around, as we have not visited Missoula before. We stopped for lunch at Edelweiss Café, which is on the second floor of Bayern Brewing. Bob had a flight of beer.

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We had a nice German lunch. Bob had a brat and I had Jager Schnitzel. Both were okay. Not the best, not the worst, pun intended….

We left and continued our tour of the town.We visited the Missoula Carousel.  It is advertised as being the fastest in the world. I can agree with that, it was really moving. Notice that the kids are all wearing seat belts!

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I put a video up on Facebook of the carousel moving. So you can go to my feed and look at it. It really is impressive, how fast this was moving! Here is the history of the carousel:

“MAGIC IS MADE BY VOLUNTEERS

“If you will give it a home, and promise no one will ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula.”  That was the promise Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made to the Missoula City Council in 1991.  Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel ponies and had purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces.  The Council agreed and Kaparich’s dream of A Carousel for Missoula became the dream of a community.

A board of directors was formed to facilitate organization and fund raising, Kaparich taught others to carve, mechanics began the process of restoring 16,066 pieces if the antique frame and motor, painters were recruited, and Missoula began working together to create a treasure.

By Opening Day, May 27, 1995, over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of 38 permanent ponies; three replacement ponies; two chariots; 14 gargoyles, gargoyle frames and mirror frames; and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, all within a jewel box building.

Community members donated time, services, materials and encouragement.  School children collected over one-million pennies to adopt four ponies; stained glass artists constructed shimmering windows; mechanics poured Babbitt; majestic horses’ heads emerged from blocks of wood; and people found lasting friendships among the woodchips.  The community extended as far as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where the Midnight Rose Carvers built a friendship horse for Missoula.  The story of the Carousel includes wood and metal, concrete and colored glass, hearts and hands, and countless hours of loving labor” http://carouselformissoula.com/our-story/

There is a nice park next to the carousel. It is located over a berm from the river and there is an amusement park next to it.

We drove through town. Here is the courthouse.

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We stopped at Costco and Petsmart. We were hoping to get an appointment at Banfield for Karlie, but they did not have a Banfield at this location. It is the only Petsmart in town.

We returned to the MH and had a quiet evening, sitting outside reading. For some reason the dogs like this dirt and want to eat it! We had to keep a close watch on them trying to keep them from eating it. Yuck!

Wednesday- We left and went downtown to Missoula again. Our destination was near the carousel. The town has an “Out to Lunch” in Caras Park. It is a food truck park on Wednesdays. We easily found a parking space in the shade!

They have a list of the trucks in the Official 2018 Missoula Area Visitor Guide. Unfortunately, the trucks listed that we were interested in were not there today. We watched to see which truck had the longest line. So we ended up eating Chinese. It was okay.

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We were asked to complete a survey of the “Out to Lunch”, which was a very busy place. There was a band playing on the stage.

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So we completed that while we were eating. Then we went over to the overlook to view the river. There were folks swimming in the river. The temp was in the high 90’s.

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We stopped at Walmart and returned to the MH for a quiet evening.

Thursday-  Bob wanted to visit the Lolo Brewery, so we went there for lunch. He had a flight. He really liked the light color beer in the front. It was a Huckleberry Beer. He liked it enough he ordered a pint of it….

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We had a really nice lunch! The pub food was very good.

We returned to the RV park and ran into friends Helen and Jeff, from our SQ. Dance clubs in Sun City and Sun City West.  We spoke for a few minutes and Helen said she was going to the SQ. Dance Clothing store. So Bob and I dropped the car off and walked over to the main building. I was looking for two belts. I found them and purchased them for $6 each. We picked up a couple of books at the book exchange, returned to the MH, and took a short nap.  We ate dinner at home, then dressed to go to the dance. We walked over, taking 3 books with us for the book exchange. We met up with Gordon and Yvonne, other friends from our clubs in AZ. They are from Canada and drove 11 hours to be here. They are staying in a motel in Missoula.

We danced to Jerry Junck and Daryl Clendenin for 2 hours, from 7:30 to 9:30. We had a great time. We had 10 squares dancing. Interestingly, about 1/3rd of the folks here were familiar faces from Sun City and Sun City West. Many of them are both Sq. Dancers and Round Dancers. We even knew the Round Dance Que’ers, Larry and Susan.

Friday- I made a dessert for the Pot Luck tomorrow evening. At a little before 11, we walked over to the dance workshop. The Round’s workshop was from 10 to 11. Then the SQ Dance workshop was from 11 to 12:30.  This was not like a class. The Callers called the moves and they kept us going until they noted a problem. This entire Festival is Plus Level, so everyone has been through classes. In a class, the Caller teaches you the moves. In this workshop, they walked us through problem moves. Then repeated. It really helped!

We returned to the MH , ate lunch and took a nap. To give you an idea, I had walked over 6,000 steps in that 1.5 hours. Now we wanted to rest and be ready to dance for 2 hours this evening.

I did some laundry, we walked the dogs, ate dinner, then dressed to go to the dance. We again danced for 2 hours. We returned and went to bed.