Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Last Days with Family

25  April

Well, today I turned 76 and I want to thank all the family and friends for their birthday greetings and cards.

Think I am starting to feel my age with the usual aches, winkles etc. However, think for the most part, I am in pretty good shape compared to many I see in the campgrounds who can barely make it down the steps...adding that many of our friends are young acting and in good physical shape.

We are going out tomorrow for a birthday dinner at Applebees. The barbeque place closed and moving to a new location. Got some parting family pictures.See you again family when we return in July for the Fair and grandson's showing of their pig entrys. Know they will do well.

With Grandsons Cade and Colt

Cade, Shawn,Hope & Colt


We depart on 28th for Fort Stevens SP near Astoria, OR for 4 nights. John wants to get more photos for his site. We were last there in 2009 as we started RV'ing.  On the 2nd we go up to Whidbey Island NAS at Cliffside for a month. Sure hope the weather improves as I have fallen behind on  my walking and we want to do a whale watching cruise.

Put the final journey itinerary together for our remaining 2017 and 2018 trip through October. We are really getting excited about our trip to Newfoundland. John has found many historic fort sites for his website as well as other interesting places to tour.

Sept 2017-Oct 2018


Thank you family and friends for a nice visit. It has been a real treat. Keep us posted on the calf births and send photos.Love you all.

Don and Carolyn, have a  wonderful productive visit to Scotland tracing the family Henderson. Ernie and Alinda, enjoy traveling in your new RV to Alaska.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Time With Family & Friends

06 April-23 April 2017



Our past three weeks with family in Redmond,OR have been filled with the beauty of the snowcapped mountains, family doings, getting together with friends in Redmond and a day trip to Salem to visit Don and Carolyn.

Got some pics of Hope feeding the horses and the hens free ranging.






John went with Shawn to tend the cattle and check on the new calves. They have 3 heifers now and awaiting several more.



Shawn tagging the latest heifer while Mama looks on


The grandsons got their pigs for the Deschutes County Fair in August. This is Colt's 3rd year for showing and Cade's 2nd. Hope they get best of Market as they put in alot of training and care to ready them for show.

Hope Loving the piggies

Three Little Piggies

Cade & Hope Brushing his pig

Nana Getting Ready to  Brush them

As Close as I Want


Weather has not been so good as it has been windy, rainy and cold. Did manage to go to several of the grandson's baseball games if only for a part of them. Cade is on two teams and Colt is on one. Shawn coaches  Cade's teams.

Cade Pitching

Think That was  a Ball


Cade had friends for a sleepover to celebrate his 11th birthday. Seems like yesterday. we were holding him after his  birth. They sure grow up fast.

Cade & Friends at his 11th Birthday

Newborn Cade


We met our good friends, Ernie and Alinda for dinner at The Pumphouse in Terrebonne on Friday. Afterward we went back to their home for a delicious Bosenberry Cobbler with Ice Cream that Alinda had made. Even took some home for the next night. They have just purchased a new Triton 5th wheel and are going to Alaska this summer with two other couples. Got my petting in with their two adorable puppies.  Thanks friends for a very nice visit.

With Friends Ernie and Alinda

Alinda, Ernie & Buffy

They sure get alot of attention


On Saturday,we drove over to Salem to visit our dear friends of past 27 years, Don and Carolyn. Don recently had his 2nd knee replacement surgery and is doing quite well.  Carolyn is taking good care of him as he did for her when she had her hammer toe surgery and bunion removal earlier in the year. They have a beautiful Cherry Tree in their front yard so we got some photos.

With Good Friends Don & Carolyn

With Don by the Cherry Tree

The Two of Us

With Carolyn


This is perfect time of year to visit as all the trees are in bloom. Salem is a nice town and we liked our years living there. Rode by our old home and the neighborhood is well kept. People  who bought our home put an addition on, which is something we talked about in the 14 years we lived there.

On the way back to Redmond we stopped at Giovanni's Pizza in Mill City..one of our favorite places for pizza. Brought some home for lunch next day. We also got new wipers for the car at Napa in Mill City. Much quieter and efficient. Will get some for the Bounder before we depart.

We are taking iHome to Les Schwab for shocks tomorrow. Took the car in last week to have some adjustments on brakes. They are a good and reliable outfit. Wish they had more locations in the lower 48.

 John had some minor repairs he wanted to do while here, but will have to wait until we return in July due to weather. We may not even get to wash and wax it as it is supposed to rain all week and we leave on Friday for Fort Stevens SP near Astoria for 4 nights.

Son, Eric send photos of granddaughter, Kendyl on Junior Prom night and granddaughter, Parker being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. So proud of them.

Kendyl and her Date for Prom

Parker


Have spent time on our trip to Newfoundland in 2018. We are really getting excited about this trip. So much to see and the beauty of the area.

Still need to get some family  photos before we leave.




Thursday, April 6, 2017

Continuing on to Oregon

4 April 2017

Drive today took us on 95N via Hawthorne, NV. We stopped beside Walker Lake for picnic lunch and got some photos of the mountain sheep on cliff. Amazing how they walk the cliffs and rocks. I thought they were mountain goats, but Shawn said they were female sheep.Also took some mountain scene shots on the way.








Picnic Lunch by Walker Lake-Hawthorne NV


Upon arrival  at the Bordertown Casino RV park of 395 N 15 miles from Reno, we once again checked weather and decided to bypass Winnemucca and Burns and head north on 395 to OR 31. Even though this is a 400 mile trip, high winds and possibly snow is predicted for Thursday and weekend. The RV park is very nice, all pull thrus, full hookups, cafe in the casino, gas station with propane and very convenient of 395N.

Bordertown Casino RV


5 April 2017

This has been the longest drive in our 8 years of travel, fortunately there is little traffic and the roads OK. The drive takes us north on 395 via towns of Susanville and Likely and to Hwy 31 in Oregon to La Pine and Hwy 97 into Redmond.

We arrived at 330PM. Visited with Colt and Cade and attended Cade's ballgame. Hope had spaghetti cooking in the slow cooker for dinner after game. It is so nice to see them again. Shawn is coach of Cade's team. More photos will follow during our visit. The grandsons have grown and Colt is almost as tall as I. Weather is cold and windy and snow predicted this weekend with winds 35 mph. Houses are being built behind, so they have lost that pasture for horses and cattle. They have their cattle in Powell Butte as Shawn's Dad's place. The 4 horses are in a small pasture next to house. Need to get them some carrots, Tomorrow I will make chili for dinner..seems the thing in this cold weather.

Cade & Colt

Cade on the way to 1st






Monday, April 3, 2017

Last Days at Nellis FamCamp..Saying Goodby and Heading Down the Road

3  April 2017

Last night we said our goodby's to our friends at RV park and our LV Friends Chuck and Rose Mary. In the afternoon we went to Sunday brunch at Lola's with Chuck and Rose Mary with promise to keep in touch and see them again in 2019. In the evening we went to Cracker Barrel with Pat, Darwin, Lorraine, Bill, Lynda and Bob. John has been wanting the meatloaf that everyone raves about. He was quite pleased. I had  the catfish with broccoli and slaw.

During our 2 months here, have  certainly enjoyed out get togethers, potlucks and circle 1 barbeques that Pat and Darwin have so graciously organized. Have also eaten out more than normal.

Dinner at Ruby Tuesday's

After Dinner Some went to Krispy Cream..we passed.

Circle 1 Cookout


Again thank you Judy for helping make the curtains for passenger and driver side windows. So much better than the standard ones that come with the motorcoach.

Donna and Larry took their rig over to storage while they are in Alaska. Will return in several weeks.

Saying Goodby on Way to Storage

Still Awe at the Size

Donna and Larry
Took a picture of one of the blooming cactus in Campground.



On Saturday our friends,Phil and Denise, we met last fall here and again in Coronado arrived at campground and we went to Pieology Pizza for catching up on their travels. They have a very sweet dog that is part akita and shepherd. She is so lovable.

Phil , Denise & Sweet Smokey


We have been following weather and one of the places on way back to Oregon, Lively CA, has snow predicted so we decided to change our plans and leave today taking a different route. We will stop in Tonopah , Border Town, Winnemucca and Burns arriving at Hope's on the 7th.

Have spent the past few weeks planning our trip to Newfoundland in summer of 2018. We will leave Oregon in August this year and go down to California, over to Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Massachusetts,Maine and ferry from Portland to  Nova Scotia,Ferry over to Newfoundland and ferry back to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and back through the middle of USA and eventually back in Oregon in Fall of 2018. We feel this will be our last trip East and maybe we can travel Alaska in 2019.


Today we  left at 730A for Tonopah around 220 miles up 95N. We are staying the night at Tonopah Station Casino RV park. On the drive north of Beatty, had strong cross winds. Wind will continue until late tonight. Man next to us said last week two RV's were blown over in the town. On the way we stopped at the Alien Store and Cat House.. No, John did not visit the Cat House.




Our reason for stopping  in Tonopah was so John could visit several now closed Air Force Station and Base sites as well as Radar sites. They were closed in the 60's and in disrepair. In fact most  of the towns we passed on the way are very sadly deteriorating. Depressing and certainly not an area for settling down. Most were at one time thriving mining areas.




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dutch Oven Breakfast, Barbeque,Leticia's ETC

17 March-22 March 2017

Friday John and I have our checkups at the Nellis Family Clinic on base. John's went well and a heart murmur was detected for me, so had an EKG and scheduled for cardio ultrasound and stress test. Anxious to get results which will probably take a week. Not too worried.

Saturday started out with a Dutch Oven Breakfast at Donna and Larry's for our group. Very good. Forgot to take pictures. Anyway the breakfast consisted of eggs, onion, peppers, sausage and cheese cooked in the Dutch Oven and certainly enjoyed. Last year Larry made a cherry cobbler in the Dutch Oven.

Later in the day we all gathered at Pat and Darwin's for cookout. We each brought our entree to grill and side dish.Lots of good eats. We brought bratwurst and I made a slaw recipe and cookies. The slaw had tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and peppers diced with honey, dijon mustard.

On Sunday Larry and Donna left for a few days to go to Quartzsite, AZ to get solar panels installed on their massive 5th wheel. We all gathered to watch their departure...quite a site. They haul their smart car between the cab and 5th wheel.Can't imagine diving such a huge rig. By the way they are from Alaska,  but will store it here for the summer and until their return.






Monday we went to dinner with Lorraine and Bill at Memphis Barbecue. John and I had the catfish..not as good as Lola's, but still tasty.

Wednesday we met Rose Mary and Chuck at Leticia's Mexican Cantina for lunch. This was our second visit with them over the past several years. A very good restaurant with nice atmosphere. As always, enjoy their company and conversation. We  will get together again at Lola's on the 2nd for brunch.

Below are some interesting photos around the campground. Weather is windy..sure could use a nice rain to wash the pollen off the iHome.

Alligator in the Sky

Hawthorn Tree in Dog  Park

Bird in Palm Tree

Another Hummingbird  Visit 

Cute Bunny

Sunset

Sunset Looking East


We have decided to skip Alaska in 2018 and instead take the southern route to Florida and up the East Coast to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Feel this will be our last trip East. Maybe in 2019 we can do the Alaska trip.

John got all the repairs done..restringing one of the bedroom shades, new hose and connections for the leak, solving the problem of #2 A/C which turned out to be fuse. Thank goodness he is adept at fixing things.

We depart here on the 5th April for Oregon. Anxious to see Hope,Shawn and grandsons Colt and Cade. We will be there for Cade's 11th birthday and to see all the new calves. They are waiting for 6 to be born any day.

We have had a good visit here this year, but  probably won't be back until 2019.