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Sat. Jun 11 to Fri. Jun. 17- Lorton VA to St. Joseph MO

Saturday-We went grocery shopping at Food Lion and picked up lunch at McDonalds, just because it was there. Jackie and Mary picked us up at about 4 pm. Jackie has an Easy Pass Plus, that when there are at least 3 people in the car, there is no charge. We sailed right up I-95 in the Easy Pass lanes. 

We went to Arlington to the Bronson Bierhall.  Jackie, Mary and Bob had beer. I had water, as I don’t drink beer. We also had appetizers. We stayed until about 5:45, then we went on a cruise around Arlington, visiting each of our childhood homes, other friend’s homes, and our high school, which has been totally redone. We would not have recognized the school, as it looks so different!

From there we went to the Knights of Columbus, where our 51st, high school reunion was taking place. We walked around to the back of the building, to look at the swimming pool. Both Mary and I grew up in that pool! It looked a lot different from when we were there.

The reunion was held in the KoC banquet hall. To be perfectly honest, it was a waste of time. The food was not very good and there was no one there that I wanted to see. None of my HS friends, other than Mary and Jackie, were there. The 3 of us decided we will not attend any more of the reunions.

Jackie dropped us back at Pohick Regional Park, then dropped off Mary, on her way back to Fredericksburg.

Sunday- we had a quiet morning. We stopped at Food Lion to pick up some chips, and went to Mary and Beth’s for a combination birthday party and Father’s day celebration. It was Jackie’s birthday and Billy’s is on Tuesday, and of course the Fathers who were there.

We had a nice time. I even had a tour of the house, given by Beth. We left around 3:30 and went back to the park. We stopped on the way for gas, at $4.59/gal. We sat outside with the dogs in the evening.

Monday- We left at about 8:50. We traveled across the Fairfax Pkwy to Rt. 66 W. We turned north on I-85. We stopped at a Shell gas station for fuel in Winchester. $5.49/gal for diesel. We traveled some back country roads through West Virginia. We arrived at the Elks Lodge in Morgantown WV. They were not open and did not have any electric sites that we could see.

We continued about 8 miles to the town of Core. This was our back-up plan. We arrived at the Mason Dixon Historical Park, which is a WV state park. Bob went in to pay. The gal who was at the desk was the new park superintendent. She had no clue how to check us in, so she just gave us the site for free for the night. It was 30 amp electric but that was all we needed.

We settled in for the night. Once everyone left, Bob ran Koda around the park, getting her energy out. After we went to bed, there were thunderstorms.  Lots of lightning and thunder. Very, very heavy rain! We were parked on grass, and were afraid we were going to get stuck.

Tuesday- It was still cloudy when we woke up. We were able to drive out of the grass without any issues. We hooked up the car, and drove back to Morgantown to the Sam’s Club for diesel. $5.59/gal.

We stopped at the Walmart next door. It was lightly raining, until we were back in the rig, then the skies opened up. We drove through heavy rain. Then the rain cleared for a while, then it rained again.

We traveled on I-79 N to I-70 W. At Columbus, we turned southwest on I-71. We stopped for diesel on the way, at a Speedway. This time the diesel was $5.99/gal.

We continued a few more miles south to the Wilmington TT. This is a very nice TT park. We were looking for a flat site where we could get satellite, when I noticed an Alfa. I looked at the car, and thought I had seen a Paradise sticker on the windshield. Sure enough, it is Donna and Allen.

Bob talked to them, as they were leaving to go to their son’s home for Allen’s birthday, today.

We did 4 loads of laundry and settled in for the afternoon. When the Vore’s arrived back at the park, Donna sent me a text and we went over to their rig. We sat and talked until 10 pm, when we returned to our rig and went to bed.

Wednesday- We drove only 132 miles to south of Indianapolis. We stayed in the driveway at a BW home. We arrived at noon, parked the rig, and drove about 10 miles north to Indianapolis, to our very favorite restaurant, in the city, The Tamale Place. This is a triple D (Diners, Dives and Drive-In’s). This is our 4th or 5th time there!

Bob had a red chicken tamale and a bean and cheese tamale. I had a red chicken one. We took some home with us, as we like them so much.

From there we went to The Tap, which has 50 beers on tap. Bob tried several, and finally purchased a Schlafly Hazy Punch IPA, which he really liked. He only had one, but I drove anyway.

Bob and his hazy IPA

From there, we went to Sub Zero ice cream. We both bought a small. Neither were as good as the one we had at the Creamery in Glendale AZ. I don’t think we will waste time (and calories) going there again.

We returned to the rig and had a quiet evening.

Thursday- We continued east on I-70 to East St. Louis, where we stayed at an Elks Lodge. We have stayed at this Lodge 2-3 time before. They were not open when we arrived, so we just parked the rig and waited for someone to arrive.

A little bit after 3, the bartender arrived. At 4, Bob went over and paid. He received a token for a free beer.

We went to Walmart for groceries, ate dinner, then Bob went over for his beer. He had a Kilian’s Irish Red.

Bob was walking the dogs and noticed that there was food next to the dumpster in the parking lot of the church next door. When we had arrived, there was a food pantry going on next door. Cars had been lined up to get the food. There was a lot left over. So Bob brought back two bags of potatoes and several sweet potatoes.

We watched the rest of the newest James Bond movie. We were not really impressed with the movie, but the ending was surprising!

Friday- We were awakened by the rig rocking really hard. Bob immediately checked to see if there was a tornado watch. There wasn’t, but we really rocked, the worst we have every rocked, from the severe winds. Finally, the rain and lightning started. When the worst of the storm was over, we packed up to leave. We saw that a large branch had fallen off one of the trees along the Elks parking lot. We were lucky a branch did not fall on the rig.

We drove out of the lot and turned east on I-70. We went one exit and went to a Flying J to dump our tanks, $5.

We turned back west and drove on I-70 to St. Joseph Mo. We are spending the weekend at our nephew’s house. We had only planned to stay 2 nights, but they are having a Father’s Day BBQ with all the family, so we changed one of our reservations and are staying 3 nights.

We arrived just as Aaron returned home from work. His wife, Casey, is a professional baby photographer, with quite a business. She was in the yard doing pictures when we arrived.

Casey doing a baby picture shoot.

Aaron showed us where to park, when Casey and her customers went inside to do some indoor pictures. This was Casey’s sixth session of the day!

The great chicken escape. The middle girl let the chickens out of the coop. The tall girl is my great neice Rory, who was corralling them back to the coop!

We set up and relaxed for a while. Aaron had some errands to run, so he took off. When he returned, they took down all the set up Casey had for the photo shoots. We sat and talked to them. At 6, we returned, fed the dogs, and ate dinner.

At 8:30, Aaron knocked on the door and we went over to the house to play Canasta with Casey’s sister Katherine and her husband Chris. Most of the kids were there, but Jack their son had gone to spend the night with a cousin. Their daughter Rory and foster child were there.

We played until 10, then we left and went to bed. Evidently they have game night,  every Friday night.

Sat. Jun 4 to Fri. Jun 10- Williamsburg VA to Lorton VA      

Saturday- Other than grocery shopping we had a quiet day. We sat outside reading, as the weather was nice. We started watch Bosch on Prime.

Sunday- Another quiet day for us. There were activities on the weekend in the park, but nothing of real interest for us. Most of the activities are for the kids.

Monday- We went grocery shopping at a Publix. Nothing else exciting. We are still able to sit outside enjoying low humidity and temps in the low 80’s.

Tuesday- We went to lunch again at Honey Butter. The food was just as good as last time. Bob had sausage biscuits this time, with scrambled eggs. I had the same as last time, scrambled eggs, the really good cornbread with honey butter, and the awesome grits.

In the late afternoon, Bob had received a message on Messenger, while walking the dogs that a friend of ours from the Ski Club in Maryland had died in a car accident. We freaked out, feeling sorry for him and for his wife and daughter. It was on my phone also. We both went to his FB site and someone had asked if it was a hack. We went to his wife’s FB site and she had been at a birthday party 6 hours before. So now we were thinking it might have been a hack. So I contacted Nancy to see what she thought. She had received the message also, so she texted the wife. Thank goodness it was a hack. So we both changed our FB passwords. Turns out this was the second time this had happened to us. We had received a message that one of the Roadrunners had died. That was on FB. Then I saw that he was driving somewhere. At least our passwords are changed!

We had a quiet evening sitting outside reading and watching Bosch on Prime again.

Wednesday- I worked on the blog, as I have been having a lot of problems with the pictures. I have not been able to do a “gallery” with the pictures. I had a lot of trouble getting them from my phone to my computer, also. I finally gave up and put the blog out with individual pictures.

At 10, I had a dip mani and a pedi. I dropped Bob off at the laundry and he did some laundry when I was gone. I picked him up on the way back. Bob ate lunch and I had some cheese and crackers, as I am having lunch in Colonial Heights with Nursing School classmates.

I was meeting up with the gals at 2, so I left around 1 to get there. We had lunch at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Colonial Heights, north of Petersburg. Hannah, Valerie, Brenda and Debbie were there. We had a great time reminiscing. I am so glad that I went to a 3 year program, then went back to get my BSN. We had much more clinical training than the nurses get now. The school is still there, but is now a 2 year AD program. I forgot to take pictures!

I returned and we had a quiet evening watching more Bosch. You might notice that we did not do any of the historical places in Williamsburg while we were there. We have both been to Williamsburg numerous times and “have been there, done that”!

Thursday- We worked on our travel plans for the next 2 weeks. Some of the places that we had planned to stay were booked, so we had to make some changes.

We left around 10:30 and drove north on I 64 to I 295 to I 95 north to Lorton VA. We arrived at about 1:15 at Pohick Regional Park campground. We have water and electric.

The sites are nice and big, with plenty of room between the sites. We paid $52 a night to stay here. We could not get satellite due to the trees. So we tried for local TV. The only channel we could get well was PBS. We watched the January 6 Committee hearing on PBS.

Friday- Bob took some clothes and towels over to the laundry and did those two loads. A little while after he returned with the laundry, we found that we had no water. We switched on the RV water pump. Bob walked up to the office to let them know that there was no water. He was told that the whole park was without water, as the construction guys had broken the pipe. We are supposed to have water by this evening.  

We worked on some tasks and left at 12:15 to go to Jackie and Bob’s new home in Fredericksburg. Before we left, Bob turned off the water pump, in case we had a leak or that the pressure when they turn the water back on is too high.

Traffic was horrible on I95 south. We took Rt. 1 for part of the time. We stopped at a Walmart in Fredericksburg to get a new water pressure monitor, as ours had broken. We had just bought a new one, so he is returning that one and getting a new one.

Bob’s college roommate had lived in Fredericksburg years ago, so we drove past the house and took pictures for Carl and Juanita.

We arrived at Bob and Jackie’s at about 2:15. We had the tour of the new house, which is very nice. They have a huge basement and his and her offices!

The dogs had a big fenced back yard to run around and a doggy door to go in and out. Roxie and Trixie had no interest in running, but Trinity and Koda raced around running and barking at each other. They got their energy out.

We had a nice afternoon. We finally met Alan and Nancy, who many years ago, had taken over our Redskins tickets, back when only family could use tickets. I suspect we could be very good friends with them if we saw them often enough! They had brought their two grandsons, and they played with Bob H’s pinball machines in the basement.

Everyone bought something to munch on and Jackie ordered pizza for everyone. I went with Jackie to pick up the pizzas. We had a great time visiting. The drive back was not as bad as the drive down, but it still took almost 2 hours to get back. I think next time we will stay nearer to Fredericksburg, if we can find a place. Jackie and Bob have a trailer and a 40 ft. motor home, so there is not room for us to stay with them.   

Sat May 28th to Fri. Jun 3 Ashville NC to Williamsburg VA

Saturday- We went over to Nancy and Dave’s home in Canton, which is a suburb of west Ashville. We spent the afternoon talking and using their internet to complete some tasks that we needed to do online. The RV Park has terrible internet reception.

We went to a great dinner with them at Stone Ridge Tavern.

Sunday-We met up with Nancy/Dave and Lorrie/John at the Arboretum for a rose program at 1. Lorrie and John had arrived back in Ashville yesterday from a European Jazz cruise. Their plane had been delayed and so they slept yesterday.

We enjoyed the rose display, looking and sniffing the fragrances. We also walked through the Bonsai area. The displays were impressive.

Lorrie and John Anderson

From the Arboretum we went to Hendersonville where John and Lorrie are building a house. We met up at the Mast General store where we had a couple of items we wanted to purchase.

We left the store area walking through a festival on the street. We walked back to the cars. When we were traveling to dinner at a German Restaurant, we rec’d a call from Wilson RV Park. I had messed up the dates. We thought that we were supposed to leave tomorrow. Our reservation was actually through today. We had to leave our friends and race back to the park and pack up the RV as people were waiting for the site. While driving back to the park, I called the other RV Park that we had looked at last week. They had a site available.

The other RV Park, Bear Creek, was only about 2 miles away. We arrived, paid with our Good Sam discount, and settled into the site. This is a much nicer RV Park, with good internet; we will stay there next time we are in town. Bob walked the dogs, we fed them, and then he walked them again. We ate some sandwiches for dinner, and took back off to Nancy and Dave’s home.

Nancy and Dave had stopped at a grocery store and picked up dessert for everyone. We arrived and everyone was sitting on the deck in the back. We stayed until 9, visiting with our friends. Thank you Nancy and Dave for the excellent cheese cake and ice cream. We hope to visit again next year!

Monday- We left the park in the early morning. We traveled north on I-77 to I -44. We had a two night reservation at Mayberry RV Park. This was a very nice park. We had a Good Sam discount. The internet, which was very good, was included in the price. $38/night

This was a very interesting place. The land had been owned by Eng and Chan Bunker. They were the famous Siamese twins. They are the reason that conjoined twins are called Siamese twins. Eng and Chan were originally from Siam, which is now Thailand. The park is owned by direct descendants of the twins.

Eng and Chan Bunker story

We arrived around 1:30, so we went into town to the Visitor Center to see what we wanted to visit while we were in town. As it was Memorial Day, many of the stores were closed. We did stop and have some ice cream at one store. I had a scoop of chocolate brownie which was okay. Bob had chocolate and declared it was the worst he has had.

We returned, ate dinner, and sat our reading our books outside, enjoying a nice evening.

Tuesday- We stopped at a UPS store for me to return an item to Amazon. Then we had Google try to find the museum. Google kept sending us to the Andy Griffith Playhouse. So we went to the Visitor Center for directions.

The gal told us it is hard to find, as it is behind the trees, that are behind the statue of Andy and Opie, as there is no sign. So we went back to the Playhouse and parked in their lot.

We went into the museum, $17 for the two of us. It is a small museum but very interesting. I did not realize how many movies and record albums that Andy Griffith had in his career.

There were exhibits about Don Knott’s and the other cast members.

Barney’s suit

When we left, we were told that there were other exhibits in another building. There we found “Betty Lou’s” information. She was a very well-known actress.

Bob’s kiss

There was also a Siamese Twins exhibit. We learned a lot more about them. They were born in Siam to a poor family. Since they were an oddity, they were taken to meet the king of Siam. Eventually, they started touring around the world, some of the time with the Ringling Brothers circus. They learned to read and write while touring. A friend, named Bunker, suggested they visit Mt. Airy. They liked the area so much that they bought a large parcel of land and settled there.

Siamese twins

They married sisters, and changed their last name to Bunker. They spent 3 nights in one home and 3 nights in the other. They had a lot of children between them. They owned slaves and were staunch supporters of the south in the Civil War.

At age 62, one of the twins contracted pneumonia, and died. The physician was called to separate the twins, but arrived too late, and the second twin had died also. The twins and one of the wives were buried in front of one of the houses. The second wife lived for 25 more years. When she died, she wanted to be buried in the White Baptist Church cemetery. So they dug up the twins and the other wife, and buried them all at the Baptist Church.

While still in town, we visited Wally’s Garage. The owner, who was working there asked us where we were from; we said Sun City AZ, and she said she used to live in Lake Havasue. It’s a small world!

Andy’s desk
Wallys garage
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Above is a patrol car. Tours are done in the parol cars. It cost $50 for a trip, for the car. So it was $50 for 5 people or $50 for 2 people. $10 per person when you have 5 people was good, but it was $25 each for the 2 of us, so we declined.

Above is Andy Griffiths childhood home. It is a 4 room house, which is currently a B&B.

We stopped at Walmart for groceries and checked the Sheetz, to make sure we could easily get diesel there in the morning. We returned to the RV Park and had a quiet evening inside, as it had become more humid.

Wednesday- We stopped at the Sheetz for diesel, $4.29/gal. We continued east on I-74 to Durham, where we turned north on I-85. We had stopped for more diesel in a small town after Durham, as the price of fuel is higher in Virginia than North Carolina. We paid $4.59/gal.

We crossed into Virginia. Google wanted us to stay on the interstate, so we took I-95 in Petersburg, where I went to Nursing School. We moved onto I-295, then I-64 south, taking us to Williamsburg. We drove into the Thousand Trails where we stay for free with our membership.

I asked for a site where we could get satellite. The gal gave us two choices and we moved into A-26. We settled in and had a quiet evening watching Ozark on Netflix. Surprisingly, the internet is free at this park, and pretty good!

Thursday- We went to lunch at the Honey Butter café, in Norge. The food was very good, and I had the best grits I have ever had! We went to Walmart. We wanted to go to the Pottery Factory, but it is sort of gone.

This was one of our favorite places in Williamsburg. Unfortunately, they had closed the original Pottery Factory and opened an upscale place. At the old factory it was hard to find a parking place. At the new one, there was no one there. It’s a shame, we were both so looking forward to our visit there.

We had a quiet evening at home watching Ozark on Netflix, once the thunderstorms passed.

Friday- Laundry day. We were going to the park laundry, but the machines were in use, so we went to a Laundromat we had seen on Hwy 60. It was small. We were only able to get 4 machines. So we washed and dried most of the items.

We returned to the park, ate lunch and went up to the park laundry to finish our laundry. We had forgotten the sheets, so it was okay. We found that two of the washers were not in use, there were only 4, and 2 driers, so we did the rest of our laundry. While we were there, I extended our reservation by one day.

We returned to the rig and had a quiet afternoon, reading our books. We had decided to go out to dinner. We went to Ocean and Ale for dinner. I had tried to get a reservation, but the gal said just show up. We did and were seated right away. Bob had a crab cake dinner with onion rings, which were excellent. I had the crab taco’s, also excellent.

We returned to the rig and sat out watching so many weekenders arriving and setting up their rigs, while reading our books.  We finished watching Ozark on Netflix this evening.

Sat. May 21 to Fri May 27- Hilton Head SC to Ashville NC

Saturday- We returned to Bluffton to pick up the dogs. They were very happy to see us. We did not see Kim, the Rover person, as she was positive for Covid. Her husband let the dogs out the door and they ran to us. We attached them to their leashes. He brought out the items that we had left with them, and he put them in the car. All of us were wearing masks.

We returned to the rig parked at Hunter Army Air Base in Savannah. We unpacked the stuffed car. We ate lunch, then went to Costco. Bob’s hearing aid was not working well. The gal there replaced some items and turned up the volume. She said that since Bob had gotten the aid in 2017, it needs to be re-programmed. So Bob needs to set that up for when we get back to Arizona. He will need another hearing test at Costco.

We went to Walmart and Target. We returned to the rig and relaxed. We wanted one more seafood dinner, so we ordered from a restaurant very close to the base. They did not get the order right, so Bob had to take it back and have them correct it. The food was good.

Sunday- We left and drove up I-95 to I-26 west. It was a long drive for us to Ashville. We are self-quarantining and not visiting our friends until we have a negative test, since we might have been exposed to Covid. Our friends have a very busy week. Dave is having shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Our other friends, Lorrie and John are on a cruise, but will be back before we leave on the 30th, so we should get to see them.

We arrived at Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park. We knew our site number, 25. We parked and it started raining. We settled in, but this site is very uneven. We could do well with leveling right to left, but not front to back. It is pretty awful. I left a message at the office, as no camp host was in the park. We are able to get satellite. It rained hard all night.

Monday- No Covid symptoms today. It was raining again today. The rain would pause for about 5 to 20 minutes and Bob would rush out to walk the dogs. They would come back drenched and we would dry them off with a towel.

We stopped in at the office on the way out of the park, as there are a lot of open sites. Unfortunately, they will be filled during the week. It was still raining hard, and it is to rain hard all day.

The GPS took us through little, narrow, city streets to the UPS store. Bob had purchased a new CD player for us online. We could not get it to hook up to the blue tooth, as it was supposed to. So we were returning it to Amazon.

We went from there to the Twisted Crepe restaurant in downtown Ashville for lunch. We easily found a parking place at a meter. I have to say, the crepes were lousy, even though they had good ratings on Yelp. They were more of a burrito, than a crepe. That is what you get when a Hispanic couple are the owners of the restaurant now. I gave them a poor review, as they were not really crepes.

Then we went to French Broad Chocolate. They mainly had truffles. They also had ice cream, but it was cold and rainy. So we had a $7 piece of chocolate cake which we split. It was delicious!

We drove through another RV Park in Ashville, and we plan to stay there on our next visit. We will not go back to Wilson Riverfront RV Park due to the leveling issue and it is extremely noisy, as it is too close to the interstate. Plus it is very close to the river, and with all the rain we are watching the river closely to make sure that we don’t have to evacuate.  

Tuesday- No covid symptoms. It was still raining. We went to lunch at Hillman Brewing. Bob had a flight of beer; he liked all the beers, but said that the Stout was very good. Our lunches were also very good. I had a patty melt and Bob had a club sandwich.

Wednesday- No covid symptoms. The CDC had said that unless your are in contact with someone, in a closed enviornment, you would not test positive. The website also said that we could not catch it from the dogs, so we knew we were going to be negative.

It was still raining. Bob went and picked up his medicine at a Walgreens and the new CD player that he had ordered from an Amazon lock box.

I stayed home and worked on some card embroidery. Each morning I have been practicing my Calligraphy. After lunch, we went to Walmart.

Thursday- It was still raining! We did laundry. We went to Ingles grocery store and Sam’s Club for gas $ 4.25/gal. That was all we did. I worked in the afternoon on more card embroidery while we had some old TV shows running in the background.

Bob took the Covid test and it was negative. Neither of us have any symptoms.  Here is the river. You can see how the steps to the river are covered with water.

Steps to high river

River from the rig

Friday-Our first stop was at Vortex Doughnuts. They were different and very good. They have each of their doughnuts in cake or yeast/raised and they have some interesting flavors. We would go there again….

Bob had the blackberry and I had the chocolate cinnamon

In the shop they had a linear clock. We both thought it was pretty cool. So Bob looked it up online. Depending on the wood, they start at $1400 for maple or walnut and $1925 for olive inked maple!

Linear clock

Sat. May 14 to Fri. May 20- Savannah GA to Hilton Head SC

Saturday- We originally were supposed to arrive at the beach today, but we had added a day, as Jackie and Bob had a memorial service to attend next Saturday. Since we did not have the chairs and umbrellas we ordered, we stayed and sat around the pool and enjoyed both, including the hot tub. We also went grocery shopping, early in the morning.

Sunday- We went to the beach today. Bob H had ordered chairs and umbrellas for all of us. It was worth every penny we paid, as it was a tough walk to the beach with down and up over the dunes.

Beth cooked dinner and we had chicken tacos. We went out for ice cream, and Sage had two scoops of Superman.

Sage 2022

Monday- We went to the beach again today. We went out to dinner at Poseidon Restaurant. The food was awesome. Beth and I both wanted the scallops. Dinner was expensive, but everywhere in Hilton Head is very expensive.  This was a seafood restaurant. Then we stopped for ice cream on the way back.

Sage.Beth and Mary
Posiedon Resturant L to R me, Sage, Beth, Mary, Bob H and Jackie

Tuesday- We were off to the beach again. Today was our day to cook dinner. Bob grilled a pork loin.

Wednesday- Another day enjoying the beach, the pool and the hot tub. The house was very nice, we three large master suites and one room with twin beds. All of the beds were comfortable this year.

We went to play miniture golf. That was a lot of fun, but it was very hot and humid.

Beth, Sage and Jackie
Sage age 5

It was Jackie and Bob’s turn to cook dinner and we had beef tacos. All the meals had been excellent.

Thursday-Bob and I went to breakfast at the French Bakery and Restaurant. We had stopped by another day, and found the place mobbed. This morning, it was quiet. We had crepes for breakfast.  Another beach day. We were all very glad the Bob H had ordered the chairs and umbrellas for us. It was so much easier! Dinner was leftovers. We went for ice cream at a different place.  The Bob’s went to a shop which was still open and they both had beers.

Friday- Unhappily, Bob and Jackie had to leave today to make it to the memorial service tomorrow in Richmond.  The rest of us went to the beach. This was the first day that I stayed all day at the beach.

We went to dinner at a restaurant that was pretty awful. None of us will go back there. We originally went there because they had scallops, listed in the online menu. They were crossed off on this menu when we arrived. The waiter said that they had stoppd selling them a long time ago. Sage had a PBJ, which she hated and refused to eat.

We all went for ice cream. Sage was only allowed 1 scoop of ice cream. She liked the Superman flavor, which is blue. Basically it’s colored vanilla ice cream.

Sat. Apr 30 to Fri May 6- Sun City AZ to Calhoun LA

Saturday- We went over to the rig with a lot of items. Then I had a haircut at 11. We continued packing.

Sunday- We went grocery shopping, picked up the rig, packed the groceries, refrigerator items, and freezer items. We left after lunch. We traveled south on the 101. The tire pressure monitor alarmed, so we pulled into the Costco parking lot in Tollison. This was not very far into our trip! Bob added air to the tire and we continued our trip to Tucson.

We stopped in a Walmart parking lot and disconnected the car. Bob went to El Charo to pick up dinner for us. We met up in Benson AZ at the TT there which was free for us.

Monday- Bob checked the tire and found it was low again. When I went into the office to turn in the paperwork, as we had arrived after they had closed yesterday, the manager said they had a tire repair facility in town. So she called them to find out if they worked on RV’s and they did. So Bob took the RV there. I stopped in at Walmart on the way.

They fixed the tire for $29. It was an air leak around the valve where the glue had not sealed completely. This was an inside tire, so they had to put th RV up, to take the tire off. These are brand new tires!

We left around 10:30 on I-10. We went to a BW just west of El Paso, called El Rancho Seguro. The owner, Andy was a hoot. We talked with him for quite a while. The spot was flat and very dark at night, out in the desert. We had 15A service.

Tuesday- We said good-bye to Andy, paying him $5 for the electric. We stopped in El Paso at the Walmart for diesel at $4.83, a lot less expensive than anywhere else in town at $5.39!

We continued east to Ft. Stockton TX. We stayed at a PA park for $25 a night. It was not much, but we did not need anything else.

Wednesday- We continued east on I-10 to San Antonio. We stayed in my cousin’s driveway, visiting with Diane and her hubby Vic. We went to dinner at a Mexican Restaurant, which had ½ price appetizers. We all ate the appetizers. Bob had a beer and I had a strawberry margarita. The first one of those I have had in years!

Thursday- We continued east on I-10. We stopped in Shulenberg for Kolaches. They were very good! We are adding this restaurant to our stopping-by list!

Kolaches in Sholenberg

Then we stopped at another place for Kolaches. We are on the Kolache trail. This was actually a gas station. We had those Kolaches for dinner.

Our plan had been to visit the Blue Bell factory, but it was 40 miles out of our way. So we decided to stop at the George Bush Presidential Museum. The weather changed! It became stormy with lightning and heavy rain. So we went straight to the RV Park, Primrose Lane, and another PA park where we paid $20 for FHU.

Friday- We drove north on back roads to I-20.We went through a lot of heavy fog. About every third vehicle did not have their lights on! Very dangerous!

We turned onto I-20 and continued east. We stopped at another PA park at mile post 101. This was behind a Chevron station. $12.50 for a FHU site! It was flat and we parked on new gravel.

We could not get the stove to work, (operator error), and we went to dinner at the Huddle House in the Chevron.  The food was actually pretty good!

Sat. Apr 23 to Fri. Apr 29- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We packed a lot of items for the rig. At before 11, we went to Costco for our booster shots. They had to defrost the vaccine, so we had to wait. Then the pharmacist had us wait 10 minutes to make sure we did not have a reaction. We picked up a few items and went to Café Zupas for lunch. This was the first time we have eaten inside the restaurant since the start of the pandemic.

We packed some more, read our books and had a quiet afternoon.

Sunday- We did our usual shopping. Both of our arms were sore, but other than that, we did not have any reactions. We basically had a quiet day.

Monday- I had Carolyn’s class in the calligraphy room in the morning and tangle art in the afternoon. Bob has been running back and forth to the rig making sure everything is ready to go mechanically.

Tuesday- Bob had his doctor appointment. His blood pressure has been up, so it was a re-check after the new medication. I have been checking it at home several times a day.

I had my morning at Grand Ave from 9-12. I returned home and packed some more.

Wednesday- Bob took the Kia to be detailed. It had not been done before we purchased it, other than getting the stain off the ceiling, and it was pretty dirty inside. I worked on cards all morning. I had my embroidery class in the afternoon. There had been an embroidery die cut I had wanted from AliExpress, but they have not had it. For some reason, they had it today, so I purchased it. Linda was looking over my shoulder, so she asked me to purchase another one of it, and several others for the club. AliExpress is in China, but the prices are so much less expensive (approx. $4 vs $40) that we purchase them from China, as they are the same ones. Unfortunately, the credit union freaked out. So I had to call them to say that yes, I had done this order. I still had issues, so I ordered each one individually. They take a long time to arrive, as you can imagine.

Thursday- We took the dogs to the groomers at 8AM. At 9, I had the Calligraphy workshop. I left at 11, and went to the Chiropractor. I stayed home in the afternoon, and worked on pricking some embroidery cards to take with me while we travel.

Friday- We had Posse in the morning. We turned in our time sheets before we left. We packed in the afternoon. Here is our new prickly pear cactus out front of the condo which is blooming.

Prickly pear cactus

Sat. Apr. 16 to Fri. Apr. 22- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We had our usual Zoom at 11 AM today, as tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We had a quiet day at home with our Easter dinner from Texas Roadhouse!

Sunday- We did our usual shopping. We had a quiet day at home doing tasks around the condo. Bob was having a drug reaction to a medication that the Neurologist suggested that he take. He has stopped the medication.

Monday- I had Carolyn’s box making class. That was fun. Then tangle art in the afternoon.

Tuesday- Bob had his surgery scheduled for 9:30, so I dropped him off at the surgical center at 8:15. I went to Dollar Tree for some card making items.

I then went to the Posse Operation Meeting. That was over at 10, and I returned to the surgical center. I had to wait a ½ hour for Bob. He was still in surgery when I arrived. He did fine, and the surgeon took out 5 more of the lymphomas. We have no idea why they keep growing.

At 1, I went to the Posse and help Theresa with transferring pictures into the general file. Bob slept away the afternoon.

Wednesday- Bob went to Costco this morning. I was monitoring at the Bell Craft Club, and I trained a gal. She is going to be great! I had taken my lunch with me, and ate in the class room. I stayed for the embroidery workshop, helping Linda set up. After the workshop I went straight to a Chiropractor appointment.

Bob is doing well post-op, or I would not have left him! He had some swelling and the area was warm, but no infection.

Thursday- I had the Calligraphy Workshop this morning. Then I went to a nail appointment at 1. Bob’s arm is doing really well, no pain, redness or drainage. Just a little swelling.  Bob is working on the rig, getting ready for us to leave.

Friday- We had our usual Posse morning. We had 11 vacation watches and we only had to call two people about leaving security doors unlocked. We have been trying all week to get our second booster shots, but no luck. We finally found appointments at the Costco pharmacy for tomorrow morning. Nowhere else had appointments available until mid-May.

We took the rig to the tire place for new tires for the back of the rig, at 2. At 4, they called to let us know that the valves were rubbing on the tires in the back. Bob was aware of this and has a work around for it. They said okay. After that, Bob drove to the RV storage and I picked him up there and took him to the tire place. He then drove the rig back to storage, when it was ready, and drove the Kia home.

I had returned to the condo, as I had baked brownies for this evening’s “hen potluck”. I got the brownies ready to go. Bob arrived home before I left. There were 18 ladies from the condo’s there, no men. We had a really nice time. I came home at almost 8, having left just after 5. Bob ate a tamale for dinner and watches some TV.  

Sat. April 9 to Fri. April15- Sun City to Apache Junction AZ

Saturday- It was our 34th wedding anniversary! We picked up the RV and brought it over to the condo. We loaded it up, and left at about 10:30 to drive to Apache Junction AZ. We had a reservation at Golden Sun RV Park, which is in our TT plan. We arrived before 12, and checked into our site. We ate lunch and took a nap.

We had dinner reservations at Barleen’s Dinner Theater in Apache Junction. We arrived to find our seats. On the table were pieces of a delicious chocolate cake. Baleen’s motto is, eat dessert first! They are known for their chocolate cake. Baleen’s is a family run theater, with generations of the family working in the theater, singing and playing instruments. From the cast introductions, we think the family can only date and marry musically talented people!

This show was the greatest hits of their season. They only have one more week to perform in Arizona, before some of the family goes to the Yellowstone area and the rest to Colorado to their other theaters.

The show was very good, with a mix of 50’s, 60’s, and country songs. Check out this guy’s hair!

The wine and beer were good and the food was very good! The 2 hour show ended at 9:30. Dinner had been at 6, but we were served at about 6:30. In case you were still hungry, at intermission, they sold ice cream sundaes. We did not buy the ice cream, but the sundaes looked tasty.

Sunday- We left around 10:30 to go into the Superstition Mountains to the town of Tortilla Flats, driving the Apache Trail. The trail went from Apache Junction to the Roosevelt dam. The road is closed 8 miles past Tortilla Flats, due to flood damage.

Superstition mountains
Sign at overlook

Tortilla Flats was a stage coach stop in Arizona. Some people bought the town and have rebuilt it into an attraction. Unfortunately, the town in located in a flood zone, and floods during the Monsoons, every few years.

On the way into town, we stopped at an overlook of the lake made from the dam. On the way down the hill, there was a 5th wheel which was stopped on the uphill side of the road. We think his truck overheated. There are several campgrounds in the area.

View from overlook

We passed another 5th wheel chugging up the hill. We arrived in Tortilla Flats, which is about 2 blocks long. They have parking on the street and on the hill above the town.

Tortilla Flats

We wandered through the town and ate lunch in the saloon. The saloon has dollar bills all over the walls and ceiling. The saloon had burnt down in the 1980’s, burning up all the dollar bills which had been on the walls at that time, but that did not seem to stop people from donating more dollar bills for the building. Lunch was good, Bob had a Rubin and I had a grilled cheese. We both brought home half for lunch tomorrow.

Saloon with money walls

On the return drive, we stopped at Gold Mine, a tourist trap. It was fun to wander around anyway. We passed the Apache Junction Elks Lodge which had an RV park.

Gold Mine tourist trap

We took a nap when we returned. The temp was in the 90’s and of course, bright and sunny! We ordered Chinese for dinner. The wind was howling, and it was not nice for sitting outside.

Monday- We had a quiet day, reading and playing on our iPads. I had taken my Calligraphy with me to practice, and completed my 300 page book of tracing paper! Good thing I have another book to start at home! I participated in the book exchange in their activity room. Taking and leaving books.

The temp was in the 80’s, with a very strong wind, making it not a good day to sit outside. We ordered Mexican for dinner, as Mexican food is very good in Arizona, this unfortunately turned out not to be!

Tuesday- We packed up and got on the road right after rush hour, as the forecast was for the winds to pick up, even more. We made it home before it became too windy for travel.

We unpacked the rig, but it was too late to do much of the laundry. We have an electric plan which increases our rate between 3 pm and 8 pm. Luckily, they are changing the hours in the near future, to 4 to 7. We relaxed and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- I had a 10:00 hearing appointment at Costco. I had made an appointment with Mario Flores, who did Bob’s hearing aids 5 years ago. I have some hearing loss, but not enough to justify hearing aids. Bob ran a lot of errands. He also made the appointment for new tires for the RV.

I had shopped at Costco and Fry’s and returned home for a quick lunch. Then I went to my card embroidery class.

Bob had the RV at the condo, as we had found that the satellite was not working on our shake down trip. Direct TV was scheduled between 12-4. They came and fixed a wire and it is now working. I had a chiropractor appt. in the afternoon.

Bob had also managed to get our reservation in Savanah GA, where we can leave the RV plugged in while we are in Hilton Head this May. One less thing to worry about!

Thursday- I went to the Calligraphy workshop. I left early, as I had the Bell Craft Club monthly meeting at 11. The meeting ended and I went into the Craft Room and got the paperwork to sign up to be a seller. I have to do more monitoring (which I do anyway) and of course the cards have to go through quality control. They do at Calligraphy also!

I had my last PT appointment at 1:45. We had a quiet evening.

Friday- Our Posse morning. We had 9 vacation watches. I ended up calling 5 of the families, because one had a shed unlocked. 4 had screen doors or gates left unlocked. The guy with the shed says he never locks it and one of the wife’s called me back to let me know they never lock their gates. Guess they are going to take their chances, but we have had a lot of thefts in the area! We think they are crazy, but it’s their problem! 

We were called to a fire to try to keep the “lookie-loo’s” away and to watch the equipment. The fire trucks from Peoria and Surprise were also there. Turned out not to be much of a fire. The firemen put it out with a fire extinguisher. We had 5 other calls, so it was a busy shift.

We returned home and had a quiet afternoon.

Sat. April 2 to Fri. April 8- Sun City

Saturday- We had a quiet day at home. Nothing special.

Sunday- We did our usual shopping and had the weekly Zoom at 11. Another nothing special day.

Monday- I attended Caroline’s class. We made some boxes. Not my favorite, but still fun. This was in the Calligraphy room.

At 1 I went to Tangle Art.

Tuesday- We had the Posse General Meeting, with a funeral afterwards. It was for a gentleman we did not know, whose wife had been a Commander. We were all in uniform. We hung around to march in formation over to the funeral home. The Posse office is behind the cemetery.  We had an all-female color guard leading the way! We left before the funeral service.

I had PT at 1:30. Bob had the Astronomy club in the evening and he went to the meeting. This is the first time he has attended in person for a long time.  I watched a movie on Netflix.

Wednesday- It was pest control day, we one of us has to stay home. I went for a blood draw. They could not do the draw, as the Doc had written the order for after 4/16. I wish they had told me that! So I returned home and ate breakfast.

In the afternoon, I had card embroidery class.

Thursday- I went to the Calligraphy workshop until 10. Then I returned home, picked up Bob and we both went to our Neurologist appointments. He saw us both at the same time. Bob returns in a year; I return as needed.

At 2 I had PT. All week we have been packing to go on a “shake down” rv trip this weekend, to check to make sure everything is working.

Friday- Our usual Posse shift. The vacation watch numbers are slowly climbing, as people leave for the summer.

At 1, I had an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner for my medication renewals. He sent them in to our mail prescription company. I left there and went to Scraps of Love, which is a paper store. I took a class in how to make the following cards. The class lasted until 4.

Scraps of Love has an outlet store attached, so I had stopped in there first. Good thing, as I found what I needed. I could easily spend a lot of money at this store! The class ended at 4, and I went home exhausted from such a busy day.