Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hello again . . .

I just haven't had time to blog at all for about a year it looks like.  It has been a long, sad year for all of us.  My dad passed away this spring and we don't know what to do with ourselves now.  We always went up to stay with him for a few weeks every summer. Turn the page to a new chapter in our lives.
 We have traveled a bit this year.  We spent New Year's Eve with friends at Jalama Beach just short of Lompoc, Ca. We reserved the  group site so everyone was guaranteed a space.  It's a 12 mile twisty road.  It didn't used to have reservations, so it was a crap shoot if you got a spot or not. Now most of them are reserved.  Welcome to CA and no last minute camping trips.
Our camping buddy, Pam, purchased a new Dutch oven and we were fortunate enough to be her guinea pigs for all of the new recipes.  She made a chicken stew that was wonderful.  That Dutch oven it a pretty ingenious little contraption!
Our neighbors bought a solar system for their trailer and we were so inspired that we put one on our camper and wired the 5th wheel so that the  panel could be moved from one rv to the other.  After nagging my poor husband for a long time, he finally got on board with the solar, next maybe the house!
My dad passed away in March.  It was really sad to go back to the house.  It still feels like we will see him when we go back. At least now he is comfortable and not in any pain.

 Love you Dad
We went to Tuttle Creek for the weekend to try out the solar panel on the 5th wheel. It was hot during the day and cool nights.  It worked like a charm, but we needed shade, so we bought an EZ Up.  Neither one of us needs to be in the sun anymore. 
I have wanted to find the Mobius Arch ever since I read about it on several blogs. While we were at Tuttle Creek, we found it. 
Friends of ours have several timeshares.  They had already taken us to Sedona and after school was out this year, they took us to Cabo San Lucas.  What a pretty resort, Pueblo Bonito Blanco. We stayed there for 7 days and had all inclusive food and drinks, burp. Do I heard exercise and diet in our future?

When we got home from Cabo, we hopped in the camper and headed north to some cooler country.  We drove up to Bodega Bay and traveled Hwy. 1 and ended our journey at Elk Prairie Campground near Crescent City, CA. We took about seven days. It rained, it was cool; 60 degrees and it was green.  I loved it.
We had planned on continuing up the coast to Washington and turn east, but I have some skin cancer that needs to be removed from my nose. That is why we are back in the desert and 100 degree weather.
Hopefully this year I will be better about keeping up with my blog.  Jay will have been retired for 4 years this coming October and I have plans to retire in June of 2015, God willing and the creeks don't rise.  Then it won't be He's retired and . . . , it will be We're retired and . . .


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