Just a practice run at my blog after a long break.
Russ and I have had a busy year since last summer’s 3 months of travel. It’s been a great year working hard and volunteering at my church in Pt. Richmond. We put on one heck of a Commu nity Thanksgiving Feast for Pt. Richmond. We also had a successful junktique fundraiser in May.
Now we are traveling this month of June in Oregon. Great visit in Chico with my cousin, Carolyn and then on to Eugene to see her sister and mom, Clarice and Aunt Martha. Love Eugene and my family there. Clarice’s new condo is fantastic and modern-gave me some decorating ideas.
We are in Portland having a great time sightseeing and visiting with our first Pt Richmond Methodist Minister. It’s only been 20 years!
On our way to Canon Beach and Seaside. Almost forgot how much I LOVE TRAVELING IN THE RV.
Photos to follow! Wanted to force myself to start blogging again. It’s the best way to document my life as a Senior Citizen.
Our new neighbors in Walnut Creek asked us as we took our last load to the motor home if we just bought our condo for a weekend retreat. We had reservations for San Diego before we bought, so decided to go ahead and come down here to Mission Bay RV. OMG! It is a wonderful place to camp and take walks and bike rides. We are so close to Balboa Park and it’s wonderful museums, Old Town and everything we could want. Drove back up Highway 1 to La Jolla and just enjoyed the views and the incredibly beautiful homes.
Today we decided to tackle a bike ride up some hills where Starbucks is-just under 2 miles. We have sat here for two hours and I have enjoyed perfect weather, latte and then lunch. Russ has read his book and nice young people are sitting nearby with one year and 5 month olds, entertaining us. Does it sound like a perfect retired day?
Before we left northern CA I had my hair recut and colored the reddest color ever. When I stopped by to see a long time friend, she said it was the preferred color of middle European women. Does that make me more interesting?
On the way down we had a lovely stop at Russ’s sister’s RV spot in her back yard with plug ins and everything. Since it is so close to Carmel we will probably spend many weekends there! They live on a Strawberry farm in Watsonville close to Salinas. Just beautiful.
My nice sister in law
Just done by Kay’s hairdresser Martiza
Freaked me out-color that dyed my hair
Georgie still loves bike rides and walks-I let her chase the ducks and stuff along the water.
Stayed above the ocean at Ventura RV place that had heated pool
What an incredible weekend high up above 8000 feet. Above Mackay the White Knob Mountains have old mines and ghost towns and great trails for ATVs. For those of you who want all wilderness to be only for hikers, etc. let me tell you, those of us who can no longer climb the mountains and never could have gotten deep into the wilderness, this is a heavenly way to enjoy nature. There are so many miles of wilderness in Idaho that most Idahoans have never seen, you cannot believe it when you finally have the experiences.
My sister Karole and her husband Ken, bought a toy hauler and it can sleep at least 6 comfortably. Ken’s brother and his wife Sue, have a cabin they maintain for some Utah family, so there is a cabin for them and the trailer for us on beautiful farmland and under trees. Karole and I joined the guys Saturday AM as she is the news anchor for Local News 8 in Idaho Falls and worked late Friday night.
Karole and Ken bought a Polaris Razor which is so much easier to drive on the mountain trails as it is narrow and can get onto trails with narrow gates. Also you are not sitting astride with windburns on your face. Two seats and room to put dogs and food on the back. A friend of Karole’s loaned us his razor and we were set.
We saw incredible country and views. Russ, not one to avoid heightening the adventure was driving when we hit a ground up slate trail up the side of same mountain. He really did not realize how loose the “gravel” was and we stopped in time not to slide and roll down a mountain. However, there was no way to get back onto the trail, cause the gravel just rolled away under us. Out comes the coil of steel wires on the wench, Russ climbs up the mountain and ties us to a huge pine tree, Kenny drives and after some moments we are on the trail. Meanwhile Sue on the 4wheeler ahead goes to the top, turns around and comes back to tell us the trail is not a good idea for us, so we have to figure how to back down. I drive with Russ and Sue yelling directions so that I do not slide off the mountain or ride up on the other side. Anyway Russ and I learned a lot, saw a lot and really had fun.
Weather cooler up high, but the half hour drive coming down and home at the bottom was 95 degrees of hot.
Looking for some exciting place to go-check out this website and go where very few people go. http://www.mackayidaho.com/linked%20docs/LostRiverValleyBrochure.pdf
Karole’s Masseuse Krickett’s granddaughter, in 4H riding in the parade in Arco, Idaho
Arco is near the INL (was the first atomic energy plant in America) and Arco was the first town to have electrical power from atomic energy.
Climbing up and up in razors. Did this the past two summers and love the adventure.
Karole and I, I need a cowboy hat.
Kenny built cages so all the dogs could go along. Not Shadow, she stayed in trailer.
These two trouble makers are so much fun.
Russ throwing sticks for Louie at base of slate moutain that we had trouble driving up.
So lucky to get to know my cousin and see how she lives in the Kansas City area.
So much of the westward movement as a result of the Louisiana Purchase.
The cousins go orange!
Louisiana Purchase explorers including Sakajewia
Steamboat Arabia on of hundreds that sunk on the Mississippi River
The museum dedicated to the recovery of the sunken steamboat Arabia from a farm away from the current Mississippi River’s path was one of the best stories we have seen. Back in the 80’s friends and families decided to find it and raise it not knowing that everything on the ship-as much sellable pieces of everything as a “Walmarts Store” was intact and would be salvaged and cleaned into useable items that we could wear, eat off, or build with today. If this story raises your interest go to the museum’s lovely website and see the really good photos and the story-of modern day adventurers. http://www.1856.com
The Stern and rudder of the Arabia
The boots are so beautiful I would love to wear them
I would love a pair of the earrings
Imagine all this buried in the mud on a farm
One of the guides and also restorer of objects from the riverboat
keggs of nails as they look after being dug up-then cleaned and perfectly usable today.
Four of us being silly.
Actual menu off the steam boat
check the prices
The floating snag in the Mississippi that sunk the boat in minutes.
True adventurer-in the pit, finds this felt hat.
Russ and Kal
Flea Market Killer
Westlake Killer was big news and I remember the horror of the story of the pediphile who tortured young boys from off the streets. This wagon sits in the Westlake district, which is actually a cool area, but people recognize it because of the weirdo.
My great great Greenawalt Aunt and Uncle’s home.
In our family we know a bit of the story that my Grandad Greenawalt was kicked out of his home in his 6th grade year, hooked rides to Kansas City and found this Aunt and Uncle and asked if he could pay for a room in their house. When I was a child I met Abe and Versa once, lovely people, and they said Grandad paid for himself from that age on.
Oldest building in Kansas city.
When we traveled to Kansas City we had a real surprise, Missouri and Kansas are not flat until one gets close to Colorado. Rolling land all green, very pretty. We drove to Cabelas in KC and met my cousin Cindy who led us over hill and dale to their home in the country. They took an old country home and went crazy turning it closer and closer into their dream home. Just like me in my house in Martinez, they still can’t see it as done. But to us they have an incredible place and it has all kinds of surprises. Kal has hooked up watering systems that get water from the well and he has propane gas on his land which he uses too. I can’t describe how smart he is and how creative. That does not even say enough about his eye for landscaping. I am having a terrible time uploading my photos here in Fort Collins, CO, but he has used antique farm equipment in the front landscapes.
Russ and I feel so blessed to stay on their farm in the RV-me using their beautiful guest room as heat and humidity demanded. I immediately named it Cindy’s Spa. The guest bathroom is not only pretty but functional with the best shower ever. Cindy and Kal eat huge vegetarian salads and dishes much like us, though they do enjoy some meat. We shared ideas back and forth and the two of us had at it in the kitchen putting together meals for our selves and lovely guests invited to meet us. What fun!
My cousin Cindy is one smart shopper too. She taught me a few things and she had her hair dresser scheduled for me and then for Russ too. I have got to get a picture of the new Russ and post it. At any rate Cindy and I have seen each other at family events and even at the Pt. Richmond Condo, but this time we really became lifetime friends. I am so fortunate and Russ can’t stop talking about how much fun we had. My jaw still hurts from talking and laughing.
From lower rock garden to back of house
Newest rock garden I believe
All layers of back deck
Property is about 7 acres.
From upper deck of Kerns’ house to lower decks
The Academy Awards are on the TV. I love to watch them, but it is also a good time to do a little work. So many wonderful movies to see. Le Mis is doing ok so far. Looks like the James Bond tribute is starting!. I snuck all the James Bond books out of my dad’s bedside table back in the 60’s. This is where I learned about sex. Dad did not know that until 10 years ago.
This has been a remarkable place to camp-everyone is a fisherman, we are right on an island, Chocoloskee, south of Marcos Island-part of the 10,000 Islands. The sunsets are the best, guys are fishing from kayaks and off the docks here. People gather nightly under a pergola and drink and laugh together. Many of them have been coming here for their winters for several years. Sharks are caught right out in front of us, alligators are right beside the highway into Naples. It is 80 degrees or better and the humidity is so thick that the floors feel wet each morning. I can not hold on to the fact that it is winter everywhere else, I actually find myself confused about the time of year, being in shorts and tank tops.
So Russ tweaked his back and it just got worse, my foot still has not healed, and Shadow tore a toenail. Yet, in 24 hours, the man parked next to us is a podiatrist from the Netherlands and gave me some ideas about my foot, the couple I visited with on the docks that evening, are from Louisiana and often come to the area due to a chiropractor in Naples and Russ is improving under this group, Shadow was in terrible pain and we had to find one of those weekend emergency pet clinics. Now, in case I did not mention it, we are really out here in the wild lands. Naples and civilization are an hour away and Miami is 3. So I have been driving and taking care of my husband and pet and I still can not walk without the wooden shoe. But people show up and we get to the best help so one just keeps being thankful and enjoying the beauty of the life.