Friday, July 03, 2015

Jet Lag

It's 4am and I am wide awake! That's what happens when you've been in England for the last 2 weeks and now we're back in Florida! It's 5 hours later in England ... that's 9am. Do I force myself to go back to sleep? Or take advantage of the awake, quiet time?
One of the things waiting for us in the mail when we got back home was the book made by Blog2Print of our 2007 year. I've been making books of this blog for every year, just in case something should ever happen to this web version AND because I love thumbing thru these beautiful coffee table books. Blog2Print also give me the ability to show a flip-book on a website. Not sure how that looks so let's try it ... be patient, this will take a while to load I'm sure.



I so enjoy thumbing thru the books of past years of this blog. I notice that my writing wasn't always in full episodes of our travels, sometimes I just posted one paragraph about something silly. I am re-committing to writing in here again, I will go back and write posts for what I've missed.  If anyone tries to follow us by reading this blog, they think we're still in New Mexico. The last entry is from April in Faywood Hot Springs, New Mexico. It is now July and we've completed the cross country drive back to our home in Fort Lauderdale with one rally and several enjoyable stops along the way, gone scuba diving, taken the grandkids to Orlando, and had an action-packed two week trip to England and Belgium. I really must write about it! I will want to print the book for 2015 someday and I don't want there to be a big blank spot!
We've been busy. So busy I just haven't been capable of doing everything AND writing about it, so I just do it! That is the important part after all. And Facebook makes it so easy to post pictures and short stories that I don't feel the urgency to write in the blog. Jim suggests I use my Facebook posts to fill in the blanks in the blog ... good idea!
But, now that I'm awake at 4am, I have time to do that :-)
Together, Jim and I took over 2,000 pictures while in England and Belgium. Going thru all of them and picking the ones I want to share is another overwhelming task! Luckily the new Google Photos was released just before we left for our trip and it does all the heavy lifting for me. Without my lifting a finger, Google delivered this "Story" that puts together 315 pictures, video clips, and maps into a total coverage of the trip.  I still need to go thru everything myself, but this is pretty cool. Just click on it to open, then keep clicking the right arrow at the right edge to flip thru the pages. When you see a video you can play it, then click the Back arrow - not the browser's back arrow, the back arrow on the top left of the story itself - to return to the story.

June 17, 2015 • 14 days • 315 moments
PHOTOS.GOOGLE.COM


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Faywood Hot Springs

Having Facebook friends who travel is great for getting ideas. Sometime last year I noticed a post from friends about Faywood Hot Springs in New Mexico and they liked it. We love hot springs and I knew that Faywood would be somewhere near our route headed from the west coast back to Florida so I put it on our list.
We made it!
Faywood Hot Springs in New Mexico
They had a full service RV park right there at the hot springs. All we had to do was wrap a towel around us and walk past a couple of sites to these pools. You could also call them the Goldilocks tubs: the one on the left is too HOT, the one in the middle is too cold, and the last one is just right! Actually we spent most of our time in the HOT one!

We figured on one night here because Sunday was the next day and we needed to be in a good Internet area to do our webcast show. Lo and behold, there was a Verizon tower within line of sight of the hot springs! We stayed 3 nights!  Here's the show we did that week - it was an especially good one I think! We demonstrated Google Now.


Then, since we had time to spare, we visited a local winery and a State Park called City of Rocks.


There is an RV park here also, but it's too far from the Verizon tower. If we had decided to stay here, we would have had to move on.

Fantastic day! It was a snapshot of what this lifestyle is all about. Work all morning, present our webinar on smartphones and tablets, then soak in hot spring pool in campground where we're staying. Icing on the cake, take a drive to attraction City of Rocks, then a nearby winery (Esperanzas) then dinner at a wonderful cafe Diane's in a historic town (Silver City, NM), back home, one more soak before bed.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tombstone

After leaving Malibu, we retraced our steps back - something I hate to do! We stayed at Thousand Trails in Palm Springs, then Leaf Verde in Buckeye. Then, we were hoping to take a different route east from Phoenix since we've traveled I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson so many times this season!


But ... as it turns out, we just hired a company to help us renovate our website and the consultant assigned to us lives in Tucson! I love that so much can get done with a team online, but I'll never pass up an opportunity to meet face to face. So, we traveled I-10 to Tucson ... again ... and had a nice meeting with Leigh while staying at Catalina State park.



Our destination was Faywood Hot Springs in New Mexico (because we saw it on a friend's Facebook posts!) so, after leaving Tucson we stayed on I-10 east. When Jim saw a sign saying "Tombstone Next Exit" he said, I want to go there. I said, "OK." That's all there was to it!

I checked my Allstays Camp and RV app on my phone to see what campgrounds were available and found one right in the middle of historic Tombstone called Wells Fargo. Cool. We checked in about 2pm, figured we could do a little sightseeing, have dinner, and leave in the morning. But Jim had to call Dr. Jay first. Dr. Jay is someone Jim met at the FMCA rally in Redmond, Oregon last summer. He held on to Dr. Jay's card with a note that said, if you're ever in Tombstone, look him up and take a tour. Jim called and got such a warm welcome from Dr. Jay that we just had to stay another day in order to take his tour in the morning. I sooo love having the flexibility to do this kind of thing.







Although Tombstone is known as the place where Wyatt Earp had the shootout at the OK Corral, that was just a tiny blip in it's history as a mining town. So, we took the mine tour as well as the re-enactment of the shootout. And, at home during the evening, we rented the movie Tombstone with Kurt Russell. GREAT movie, and what a treat to get the live tour of the place the next day! We love watching movies filmed in the places we're visiting.

Great fun. We really enjoyed stopping in Tombstone.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

From Sea to Shining Sea

We started our trek east on April 2. Since we started from Malibu beach, overlooking the Pacific ocean, and we'll be ending when we reach Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I can't resist calling it "From Sea to Shining Sea!"


And, I recorded the GPS turning directions for posterity!
video

If I remember, I'll come back to this post and complete it when we've reached the other ocean!



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Malibu Beach

After the FMCA rally in Pomona, we wanted to take Lynne to some nice campground before she had to fly back to Oregon. We picked Malibu Beach RV park. The short drive turned out to be pretty long thru all that traffic and I was wondering if this had been a bad idea after all. 
Then we got there!

What a view! Looking out our back window over the Pacific Ocean.

A very nice last night together.


We could just walk down the hill to a fresh seafood restaurant. And, just across the street to take a walk on the beach.

Jim even took this quadcopter video (https://youtu.be/f9vFo6-V5-w) at sunset one evening. Pretty, pretty spot. Not cheap though. I don’t think we’ve ever paid $60 before for a campsite! But, it was worth it. This was our reward for all the work of the last few months.