Sunday, November 23, 2014

Roots -- 10/13/2014

Sweet Caroline takes us safely down the highways to our destination of Avinger TX and we just have time to park on the lot of our billboard sign, which we now call "Avinger #2 RV Park."

Then the rains come!  Hard downpours!  We are so glad we are safely off the road, warm and dry.  

Time to relax.  Doctor Jake shows how it is done.

Soon he alerts us to the silence on the roof -- the rain has stopped, so we take a walk outside in the fresh air.

We tell Doctor Jake about the time we lived in Avinger at Herb's Texas Blueberry Farm with our first Golden Retriever, Champ, and a Shih Tzu-Cocker mix named Pepe LePew.  To ensure pollination of the blueberry blooms in the Spring, we transported bees and hives from Baton Rouge to the farm, making the six hour trip during the night while the bees were dormant. 

All but one.

As shadows lengthen, we take Jake back inside the motor home and walk the short distance across the street to Avinger Pizza and Subs Restaurant.

Find dinner....

Combo, center, with Chocolate  Behind
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Monday, October 13, 2014

To Bee or Not to Bee -- 10/12/2014

Salina KS greets us this chilly morning with 43 degrees and sunny skies, but promises high winds and possible tornadoes along our path toward Avinger TX.   We wisely leave at the early hour of 8:20A to get ahead of the storm. 

There is lots of traffic on the Oklahoma Turnpike today, trucks transporting their goods to various destinations and autos out for a Sunday drive.  We catch up with a strange looking truck hauling what looks like bales of cotton.  

Shouldn't cotton already have been taken to market?

A closer look tells us it is not cotton, but containers of bees securely strapped onto the truck.  Some have escaped their inner packing and are crawling around, probably looking for a way to fly out.

Let's hope they are contained until they get to the farm in Muenster TX where they will live.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

We Texans - It's all our Fault! -- 10/11/2014

We are up early this morning with Herb thinking of the real reason we are in Longmont CO.  Camping World has the satellite TV receiver he needs for the motor home and we leave the store with our purchase minutes after their doors open.

Now for the work.   I try not to watch as Herb installs it and the roof mount. The DVD player has to come out for access to drill holes in my motor home for running the proper wires.   His skill proves very valuable and much to my relief, all panels are returned to their places and wires are hidden.  No ugly holes! Tonight we will enjoy the fruits of his labor as we watch the local news.

DVD player lives in the compartment above the co-pilot's seat.

The scenery today is very pleasant, going from Metropolitan to rural farmland. The Fall colors of golds and yellows add to the enjoyment.

A fun place to visit is the Welcome Center at the northern border of Kansas, especially if they find out you are from Texas.  The attendant  tells us our destination of Salina KS is pronounced Sa-lie-na, unlike the county name pronounced Sa-lee-na.  


He says it used to be pronounced like the county, but laughingly blames 'you Texas people' that were on the cattle trail, who tried to shorten the name to one syllable.

Only a short distance to go down the hills of Kansas.  We'll be there in sixteen minutes, but can relax, as we don't have to grab life jackets and prepare to put out the fenders.

Texas Cattle Trail
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An Unexpected Visit in Longmont CO -- 10/10/2014

We leave Sheridan WY with temps in the 30s and a low cloud bank hanging in the distance.  Skies soon clear and we know we are overdue for getting south when we see the gates that will close when snow season comes.  

A 6% grade delights us as we approach Casper WY and reminds us of our motorcycle days.  

We are very fortunate to have had a safe trip so far -- no mechanical breakdowns. Then we hear the noise! From the driver's seat Herb always says, "What was that?"  From the passenger's seat I say, "I don't know but I will check it out!"  I walk toward the rear and see the upper pantry shelf had slid out when we rounded a curve in the highway.  I push it back in until I hear the latch click, then return to my seat.

It happens again, but during the second half of the "S" curve it slides back in place.  Nevertheless, I investigate to learn the latch has broken, broken completely this time and will not stay closed.  There is nothing to do but stand there and hold it in to prevent the whole shelf breaking loose.  (Did I overload it with pantry items?)

Seems we have a carpentry breakdown.

No photos here, as Dr. Jake has not learned to operate the camera.

How long do I have to stand here and hold this shelf?  I should be sitting up front taking photos and enjoying windshield time with Herb.  

Suddenly, my brilliance comes into play and I remember we have an extra tension rod stored in the closet and think it might come to our rescue.  Yes! One end against the pantry shelf and the other is against the cabinet on the opposite wall.  This is a good fix for now, and it is a very good thing that we will be going to the town where Camping World is.  Hmmm.....they have latches.

The rest of the trip is uneventful as we drive along and enjoy the scenery.  Still high in the mountains, we pass an area where snow fences are being replaced with living fences.  Shrubs and small trees are planted to hold back the snow and are more pleasing to the eye than the former structures.

As we navigate our way through the streets of Longmont CO to visit Camping World, Herb says, "Who do we know in Longmont?  Some of our boating friends?"  No, actually it is Circle Graphics, one of our business vendors.  

Oops, we just missed our turn, so must go one block farther and turn.  As we turn, we see the sign and cannot believe our eyes!  It is the Circle Graphics building.

How lucky can we get?  We talk to these people quite often and never dreamed we would ever meet them in person.  So we jump out and ring the doorbell.  We ask the lady who comes to the door if Amber is there, but learn she works at a different location down town.   When we ask for Denise, she hesitantly says we may come in, but says, "Does she know you?"  Through our excitement we had forgotten to introduce ourselves.  The lady says, "Oh my, please come in.  I am Audrey and so glad to see you!"  

We meet Denise and the other office personnel and have a wonderful visit. Hugs all around.

As we turn to go, we notice an interesting painting in the conference room and are reminded their street name is Camelot.  

Find Sweet Caroline at Circle Graphics....

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Friday, October 10, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wally World -- 10/9/2014

The morning greets us with sun on the Autumn leaves of the RV Park as we leave. 

Our eyes feast on gorgeous rolling hills, dotted with farm houses, a few trees, but mostly pasture lands as we leave Missoula at 35 degrees cold to head toward Sheridan WY.

I ask Herb, "With the Summer cruising behind us, what are you most looking forward to as we go south?"

He replies, "Our next trip back to the PNW!"

I laugh and admit it is not the answer I expect, which could have been, "warmer WX or triple digit temps."

But today we look forward to more beautiful scenery in the states of Montana and Wyoming.

6% Grade

Love the Rock!

Snow Fence

Some things just don't work out.  We search on line for a suitable RV park at the location where we expect to be, but no luck.  However, we know a Walmart parking lot is always a fun place to be.  They saved our place along the curb where we can put out the starboard side slides and Dr. Jake will have a nice grassy area to walk.

An added benefit is an easy stop for a milk and bread run.

Find Sweet home in Sheridan WY.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On to Jellystone in Missoula -- 10/8/2014

On waking, the ambient temp is 59 degrees.  Are we south yet?

Moving on today -- at 9:37A we head toward Billings MT, but this destination may be a bit ambitious.  We'll see.  

The scenery in this part of the US is absolutely awesome with its mountains, evergreens, streams and farmland in many areas.  

I also love the cityscapes; this one is Spokane.

More countryside --

Lookout Pass Ski Resort Viewpoint

I confess to thinking of one of my favorite cousins, Jay, who works with and loves trees as much as I.  The camera is not fast enough to grab the posted signs for the Forestry Department, but maybe this one will do.  

For Jay -- 

More beauty along the highway brings us to our destination of Jellystone RV Park in Missoula MT.

Coeur d'Alene River

Jellystone RV Park

Find Dr. Jake....

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Wednesday, October 8, 2014

No Boat at Moses Lake -- 10/7/2014

Willie's Tug is secure, Sweet Caroline is loaded and we begin our travel south as we leave Anacortes at one in the afternoon.

Ready for a Long Winter's Nap

Light fog descends upon us -- we have no radar -- we drive a safe slower speed until it lifts.

The lingering Fall colors are brightened by the sunlight into beautiful oranges and yellows,  and confirm that we are heading in the right direction. 

Snoqualmie Valley

We also see signs warning of high and gusting winds, as well as deer crossing the highway -- two important road hazards to avoid.  Fortunately, we have an uneventful trip and enjoy the scenery of my favorite things -- rock and trees.

Did I mention water?

Columbia River

Columbia River Bridge

From our search on we select Suncrest RV Resort in Moses Lake WA and call ahead for availability.  Jessica says if we arrive after 6P, we should find a site and pay in the morning.  At 6:02 we arrive to see she is still in the office, so she asks if we want trees or open for better WiFi.  

Explaining that her family is the new owner of two weeks and doesn't have the credit card machine yet, she writes down our billing information and says she will run the card tomorrow at a neighboring business.  

The clean, well kept park is beautiful, and amenities include pool, spa, walking trails, horseshoe and volley ball pits, and boat launch to the lake.  We wish we had more time to stay.

Find Sweet Caroline still in Washington....

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday, October 7, 2014