Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Brent and Donna's Children

These are Brent and Donna's children. Katie, Anne, Libby, Michael and Stephen. Stephen called us on Monday the 28th and he was the messenger of great news. They will be joined with a new brother/sister in the fall. They live in Ames, Iowa.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Eric and Cheri's Children




This is Ryan and Jessica who live in Lake In the Hills, Illinois. They are the children of Eric and Cheri. Of course the geezers are Jan and I.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Quartzsite

(Jan) Quartzsite....wow! What can I say! Just an amazing place. We followed the directions and arrived at 'Boomerville' last Friday about noon. We're somewhere out here in the desert 4-5 miles southeast of Quartzsite with some of the greatest people in the world. There are probably 80-90 rigs here at present and many feel that more will arrive for this week-end.

The desert - unlike I had anticipated; more rocks and with more vegetation. We're on a gentle slope in the far southeast corner of Scadden wash. We have several saguaro cacti and a small wash in our 'back yard'.

Dry camping - really not a hardship at all. We're a little conservative with water and electrical use but otherwise it's pretty much life as usual. We don't have any solar panels (yet) but do have a small generator to recharge our batteries. We haven't set up our dish network here yet but have been busy enough that we haven't missed television. Chuck and I both use our lap tops a lot and very much appreciate all of the e-mails we have been receiving.

The people - We joined the Boomers, part of the Escapees group last December so that is how we came to be parked in Boomerville. What a great group! There is always something going on and many times we are just exhausted by time evening is over. We're learning how to play Pegs and Jokers and have had some great visits with our neighbors here. Conversation and laughter roll freely and we are enjoying every minute!

The Quartzsite event - Huge. Kind of a cross between the Iowa State Fair and a large RV/travel show with a liberal amount of dust thrown in and LOTS of people. Lots to see and do and eat.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bits and Pieces/Foothills

(Jan) Walking has been so much fun! The streets here are wide and even and great for walking. We usually walk right after breakfast and then 1, 2 or sometimes 3 times more as the day goes along. It’s been getting into the 70’s each day and probably in the 40’s each night. We wear sweatshirts, vests and jeans in the evening.

Landscaping here is great and of course, very different from Iowa. It’s a desert climate so no grass. Most lots have 2” of pea sized gravel on them with different kinds of cactus. Most trees are palm, palo verde or ficus. There are some great designer yards with different colors of gravel, dry-bed streams and a variety of gates & benches. I love the Mexican brick walls that separate the properties. Very nice.

During the day and sometimes at night we have F18 jets flying over from the near by Marine Air base. Sometimes they’re quite low and really roar as they go by. We’ve loved watching and hearing them.

In this area of the foothills there are many developed lots with houses or parks models. But interspersed liberally you’ll find lots like the one we’re on. It’s a double lot with 4 RV’s renting space. Two of our neighbors are from Washington and the other is from North Dakota.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Josh and Sarah's Children





















Here are photos taken on Christmas 2007. Alison and Isaac are the children of Josh and Sarah. They live in Lynnwood, Washington, near Seattle. The computer girl is Alison and Isaac is our newest grandchild.




Monday, January 7, 2008

Toyota Prius

I cannot easily relay to you how much fun that Jan and I have had with Jackie and Butch. They are wonderful caring and sharing people. We just had the laugh attack of all time with them. They rented a Toyota Prius which they drove from the airport at San Diego to Yuma. The Prius is a “hybrid” and not exactly a conventional automobile. We were out for a test drive and were stuck by the curb for about an hour trying to figure out how to make it run. The rental company had provided it without a book and that was our loss. We had taken it out for a test run and shut it off by the curb and could not figure out how to make it start again. We spent about and hour of laughter at this situation and finally called the rental company for assistance. Foot on brake. Key in. Push start. That was all it took, but they had to be in the right sequence. It was a little frustrating, but we had a ton of fun with it. The owners of the house where we were marooned seemed to suspect that there should be a small tube to blow into to make things work, however we having the time of our lives and it was without any alcohol. We have always found laughter and a good time with Jackie and Butch.

Foothills

(Chuck) Her we are in Yuma, Arizona. Sweat shirt in the morning and tee shirts in the afternoon. I think this is about right. We were at the Escapees KOFA Park for three days and have now moved into the Foothills. We were so fortunate to find the perfect spot for us. Most RV spaces in the Foothills are by the month (about $300) and have a two month commitment. We found a place that is available until the first of February. Our lot is a few spaces West of 35th street and Ironwood. That gives us a place to stay for what ever time we want for $8.00 per day. We will be here for one or two weeks and it will be perfect for us. We went to visit my folks today and tonight sometime Jackie and Butch will arrive. It is good to have this thing parked for a little while and have a place to be. We have been moving too much since we left Iowa.

We met some wonderful people at the Escapees KOFA Park. Some are serious Boondockers who know how to take care of themselves in the outback. Also we met a great couple who have promised to help us through the activities with the Boomers at Quartzsite. We are looking forward to Q after our stay here in Yuma with Jackie and Butch and my folks.
Happy Trails

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Deming, NM

(Chuck) Things have changed quite a bit since we last wrote. Christmas was a great get together, however Brent and Donna and their family could not make it to our house. Elizabeth was sick and it prevented their travel. Jan and I went to Ames on the 24th and brought their presents and helped them celebrate Christmas at their house. To add to the excitement Brent had taken the kids sleigh riding the day before and had broken his leg. He was confined to the bed and was in some pain, however things always seem to work out. He will have a cast on it and we expect things will be fine. Eric and Cheri and Josh and Sarah stayed with us and we had a great time. Ryan, Jessica, Alison and baby Isaac kept us smiling. It was good to spend time with them, and a “good time was had by all”.

We did get the trailer packed and “escaped” Iowa on New Years Day, 2008. The first night was spent in Liberal, Kansas and the weather was very cold. I could write a book about the last week, however I will spare you the time. The important thing is that we have started on our journey and we feel great about it. We are now at the Escapees Dreamcatcher Park in Deming, New Mexico. The temperatures allow us to wear a sweatshirt and that feels great. As we go west to Yuma it will get warmer. We really enjoy the camaraderie and friendliness of the people that we have met in this Escapee Park. I am sure that the world is full of a lot of great people and I want to meet more of them.

Tomorrow we leave Deming and continue our journey. We will stop in Yuma for about a week. Jackie and Butch will meet us there and we will spend time with my parents. It was Gale’s 85th birthday on New Years Eve so we will help him celebrate.

Happy Trails
 
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