Thursday, May 23, 2013
But, lack of money has never stopped us before! So, when Diane and Andy mentioned how close Clear Creek was to their home, we said, “What the Heck!” And, I’m so glad we did. It is just beautiful. We paid for a couple of nights, then they let us move to a space right next to the creek, and we just didn’t want to leave at all. There’s pretty good Wi-Fi here, and a 4bar 4G Verizon signal. When we realized that the upcoming weekend is Memorial Day, we extended our reservation for 10 more days! This is what our lifestyle is all about! We're working all the time (lots of new videos on our website) - but we can do it in beautiful places, and be flexible in our schedule.
Check out this little video and I think you’ll agree we made a good choice.
The primary reason we just had to visit is that Diane and Andy now have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, Elizabeth. The last time we saw them, Diane was still pregnant! So, they came by the RV park and brought her. They were fulltime RVers for a couple of years themselves. I think they’ve been planting seeds with their daughter!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Our goal was this RVSEF Lifestyle, Education, and Safety conference. It's the same conference that we've done a couple times before in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We're teaching a few classes, but it's a very small conference so there's no stress at all. And, take a look at where we are!
And, here's our parking spot.
We're just in the parking lot of the conference facility, so there are no hookups. We're giving our generator a workout, and learning that our inverter works pretty well. We're here for 5 nights. I'm not sure we've ever dry-camped that long before, and certainly not for a looong time. It's good practice!
This is the conference group, just getting to know each other. Some have been RVing for a while, some haven't even bought their RV yet. They come here to learn what they need to know - driving classes, electrical system classes, water system classes, lifestyle classes, and technology classes-that's us!
There are some real industry experts here, and Jim enjoyed taking a couple of electrical classes with Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor. Linda and Howard Payne of RV-Dreams are also here. We follow their adventures and have been especially envious of their recent exploration of Utah's parks.
And no RV safety conference is complete without Mac the Fire Guy!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
We stopped at the visitor's center and watched the short video - we love to get the overview that way. We also bought a new annual National Parks pass for $80. We plan to see a lot of National Parks this summer, and wanted to be ready! We also splurged and bought the $8 passport, a little book that lists all the national park properties and gives you a place to stamp a page for every property you visit.
Then we drove up to the top of the Volcano and took the mile loop walk around the rim. At over 6,000 feet and uphill, we were really huffing and puffing, but OH THE VIEWS!
Monday, May 13, 2013
There’s nothing better than travel for taking lots of pictures. I’ve had so much fun these last few days! I store my pictures by the month, and already so far in May I have 286 pictures. I only upload my best ones to my Picasa Web Albums and there are 75 photos there.
WE spent our last night in Texas in Vernon at an RV park called Rock’n A! Their brand looks like the letter A with a base like a rocking chair. Fun.
So, here was the view from our bedroom window the next morning:
After we got tired of country music, I switched my smartphone over to the Kindle book reader and read aloud for both Jim and me to enjoy. We’re reading the latest book in the Big Lake series written by our friend, Nick Russell. Big Lake Blizzard is his fourth who-dunnit in the series and we’re really getting to know all the characters. It’s such a fun and easy read – . See all the books by Nick on Amazon.
We stopped to refuel in Amarillo, then zoomed right thru on I-40 barely catching a glimpse of the Cadillac Ranch along side the highway. Then we headed north on a smaller, scenic highway.
Capulin RV after the name of the town, and Capulin Volcano National Monument. We took a walk at sunset time, then went home and cooked up one of my favorites … Cioppino. Handled a little bit of email then went to bed.
It doesn’t get any better than this!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
After visiting Escapees in Livingston, we wanted to visit our friend Frank Drew who lives in Waco and the new Presidential Library in Dallas. We looked at the map and saw a Thousand Trails park that looked like it was pretty close to Waco and just a little further to Dallas. Turned out to be double the distance it appeared (everything’s bigger in Texas!), but it still worked out great. We always enjoy staying at a Thousand Trails park, and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s a huge park and you’re really camping in the woods – yet they have a great hot tub and we took advantage.
Visiting Frank, was an unqualified joy! He happened to be flying in to Dallas from a convention in Las Vegas, so we arranged to pick him up at Love Field, after our visit to the Presidential museum. We drove him to his home in Waco. That gave us some real quality time to catch up on the 4 years since we’ve seen him. We spent a lot of time with Frank in our first few years on the road. He owned Coach Connect, a company that installed Wi-Fi in RV parks. Jim worked as customer support for the company. The company went under, but the friendship remained. He’s one of those friends where you pick up right where you left off even though it’s been years since you’ve talked! We were especially happy to be able to visit now because he and his delightful wife, Beth, just had a baby girl.
Frank and Beth are brave souls to trust their baby to be held by these two!
We were also thrilled that we got to visit with Frank Sr. at his new home in Waco. Sorry we missed Frank’s mom, Carol – she’s visiting family in Idaho. Next time Carol!