Rambling thoughts of 2 BabyBoomers, originally from MN, who have hit the Road as members of the FullTime RV Class of 2011.
We are members of ESCAPEEs (see http://escapees.com/) and Nomads-UMC (see http://nomadsumc.org/)
We had a few days of resting at
Paula and Tom’s place before moving south and west about 12 miles to Epworth
United Methodist Church.Six rigs, with
12 people, are parked in a corner of their parking lot.In addition to the usual church functions,
the local facilities are also host to a small high school for at-risk teens.
Much of our work during the day
is outside where the only weather concerns are possible sunburn, with highs in
the low- to mid-70’s and very few clouds.
Our evening work is continuing to
get the hang of this new Toshiba with Windows 8.It is taking some time but we are getting
more programs and files move over.At
the rate we are going, it might take another week to get comfortable.This posting is our first here with the new
This is just a quick note to
advise our readers that our trip back to Minnesota
for a delayed Christmas went as planned.We got to see all our kids and all of our granddaughters, Paige’s sister
and Ron, and her mother, but only a few family friends since time was short.
We got just enough winter during
that week, and returned to Arizona
yesterday.It is about 70 degrees warmer
here.We went to Quartzsite today to get
ideas for our next motorhome, but didn’t see anything better than what we
We took a look at the new
Toshiba laptop with Windows8, but got too frustrated to continue.This note is being added using the old HP
Last Wednesday we arrived at
Paula’s compound in GlendaleAZ;
this Wednesday we will be flying back to Minnesota
for our delayed Christmas with our family; Wednesday of next week we will have
a flight back to Arizona.
Here at Paula and Tom’s place
things are busy, which is normal.Niece
Tomie was home from college for Christmas break until yesterday when she
returned to USC to complete her Senior year.Uncle Phil and Elsie are here in their motorhome also.There’s always a lot of activity around.
We are having an issue with our
blogging system no longer accepting photos, since our system is getting out of
date.We had planned to look into buying
a new computer system, so now it has become a higher priority.We’ll pick up our new computer tomorrow, but
since we’ll be leaving for Minneapolis
on Wednesday, we won’t get it up and running for a week or so.
On Saturday, we participated in
a pot luck luncheon for any Nomads in the area.Nearly sixty people were there, including some we haven’t seen for
years.It was good to see them again.
The big news this week is that
Paige’s mom got the call that there is an apartment available for her at The
Pines senior housing in Duluth.It’s a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit on the third floor
with a deck looking towards Lake Superior.She will also have an indoor parking
spot.Pam and Ron went to Duluth
this past weekend to look it over also and sent pictures to us.It looks great and mom is real excited.She plans on moving in early in February with
Paula’s help.We’ll work on cleaning the
house and getting that ready for sale this spring.
Today we will clean up some
loose ends and begin packing some things for the trip north.
We left southern California
on Thursday without going through the metro Los Angeles
traffic by staying north of the San Gabriel Mountains.However, this was not a scenic
drive.We followed Interstate 40 across the
Mojave Desert to Needles, which often has the highest summer
temperatures in the nation and then crossed the Colorado River
Our plan was to spend three days
in Lake Havasu City with Bob’s
cousin Darlene, like we did two years ago.The first part went as planned with some shopping, sightseeing, and a
couple of “happy hour” gatherings with her neighbors.It was good to see Darlene again!
A respiratory infection hit
Paige on the third day, which had us find the local Urgent Care facility, and
extend our stay to a fourth day for further recuperation.
After Sunday’s round of
medications and sleeping, we headed toward Phoenix
along US93, also called the Joshua Forest Parkway,
which is quite isolated and scenic.We
stopped for 2 more nights of recuperation at another Escapees park, this one in
We plan to get to Paula’s
tomorrow mid-day.It will be good to see
The Escapees RV club has really
kept us busy and entertained while we have been here in the northern Los
Angeles area.Since we last posted on Saturday, we have been to many different
We spent most of Sunday at a horse
arena operated by the City of Los Angeles
where many of the units in Wednesday’s parade were able to perform with their
horses.They showed off lots of horses,
costumes, carriages, and performed many acts.This was a real horse-lovers dream event.One highlight was the performance by the
Budweiser Clydesdales.The 8-horse team
turned 90 degrees to its wagon a couple of times to show sharp turns in the beer
delivery business.After the parade,
they are off to a secret location to film their Super Bowl ad.
Monday’s activities were split
between a full morning at BandFest and a quiet afternoon at the Huntington
Library.Bandfest is the chance for the
high school marching bands to perform their routines on a football field.Fifteen high schools and the host Community
College bands played during shows over a few days.We saw 5 schools including the only marching
band in Alaska from Palmer.
The Huntington was a showplace of art, horticulture gardens, and a historic library of English literature.
Tuesday was a quiet “Free Day”
allowing us to do whatever we’d like and preparing for our New Years Eve
party.Now keep in mind that most of us
are retired seniors, and we had to leave early for the parade on
Wednesday.As a result, the New Year was
rung in at EASTERN time (based on TV’s NYC’s Times
On New Years Day the bus left
our RV park at , allowing an
hour to drive about 40 miles to a large parking lot.We found our
seats around and waited for
the parade to start at 8.People
watching was very interesting while we waited.The parade was wonderful!The
weather perfect – sunny and in the 60’s.Here is the band from RosemontMN
We viewed the parade with
700,000 of our closest friends!Yes, it
was packed – but we got in and out surprisingly fast.Obviously, they have done this before.
After the parade, the floats are
all taken to a park nearby where they are on display for 3 days.We went to the park for the afternoon and
walked around there in the 70 degree weather and took more pictures.
Last night was our final dinner
with everyone on the tour.We had
another great catered meal of barbecued tri tip, lemon chicken and other fixins
with carrot cake for dessert – yum!We
met lots of new people, including some other Nomads who were here, and got to
spend time with Dave and Nancy.All in
all, a good 6 days!Now is our time to