Friday, September 15, 2017

Albuquerque

American RV Resort
Albuquerque, NM

We've had a great couple days riding through Arizona.
I always love the change in geology.


A pretty cool rainstorm was in the distance too!


We stayed last night at OK RV Park in Holbrook, AZ
 It was a basic pull through, no frills, and with a Good Sam discount.


This morning we got going early heading to Albuquerque.
We are staying one night at American RV Resort,
which is a great park.
It gets pretty full for the balloon festival.


Tomorrow we'll be in Amarillo for 2 weeks.
I'll be getting my doctor appointments out of the way,
and do some sightseeing while we're there.

We're not quite doing the long driving days this time.
George prefers keeping it under 350 miles per day.
I know some of you think even that's too many miles!
One thing we're not doing this trip is boondocking in Walmarts, etc.
With the new residential refrigerator, we thought we'd try it
when it's not so hot outside.

Everything is going great with Harvey 2!




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Trekking east

'On the road'
Somewhere on rte 40

We had an uneventful send off yesterday from Yanks.
George and I both promised we would be back in 2 months!

Our first night was at River Run park in Bakersfield.


It's a perfect place to stop on Hwy 58,
which is only a few miles from my Aunt Judy and Uncle Don's house.
We both were invited over for dinner last night,
and she invited my cousins and their families too!

She set up tables in her quilt room,
which worked out perfectly.


My cousin Kelly's granddaughter Layla is such a cutie!


So is Layla's new brother Hudson :-)


We sat and talked for quite a while,
while the grandkids played with gramma Kelly.


I got a little Hudson time myself :-)


Can't forget Penny & Molly!
Molly loves her Daddy (Uncle Don)..


Today we took off by 8:30 am, driving through 108 degree temps
in Needles, CA to our spot in Kingman, AZ for the night.
Fort Beale RV Park is a great little park, and we didn't have to unhook.




Tomorrow we mosey on east, stopping in Holbrook, AZ

Monday, September 11, 2017

Time to hit the road!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

We've wrapped up our last week of work here at Yanks.
This past couple of weeks we've had some pretty hot temps..


We've spent some time at the pool, 
with some nice sunsets..



Time was spent with Mom,
Greg & Connie,
and others here in the park.

George got the RV all ready to go.
The wheels are torqued, bolts tightened, etc.

Tomorrow we hit the road for the first time
in just about a year!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nice day out with Mom

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Ever since my son Adam started as a pastry chef
at a new restaurant,
my Mom and I wanted to try it out.
Yesterday we took the drive over to Carmel
to check out 7D Steakhouse.

What a lovely place it is!


We could see into the kitchen which was pretty cool.
Every once in awhile we'd see Adam :-)


Mom and I both ordered Lobster and Sweet Corn Bisque to start,
 it was so yummy!


I had Lobster roll. Only thought about taking the picture 
after I took a bite!
 It fell apart,  then it took a knife and fork
to finish most of it.


My Mom had Steak Frites, nice medium rare steak
with french fries and bone marrow on the side.
I had a bite, wow, perfectly cooked and seasoned!


I think she liked it too!


Adam has contributed to the menu,
his specialty is the Espresso Creme Brulee.
Mom ordered that,
and with his suggestion I ordered the
Beignets with Goat Cheese and Yuzu Cream.
Fancy :-)

Of course we both shared, but I forgot to take a picture!

It was a perfect lunch, we both enjoyed it,
and loved seeing Adam in his element.
We were treated like VIP's there,
even getting our dessert and glass of wine
'on the house'.

Next week is our last full week here.
We'll be meeting up with Greg, Connie, and Mom
and going to Phil's once more.

Seems to be a theme in our socializing :-)


Thursday, August 24, 2017

No eclipse here!

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA


Well the eclipse here was a bust.
Any other morning the fog burns off by about 10 am.
Monday the fog laid in the valley here most of the day :-(


We had the TV on at the office most of the morning
watching as the rest of the country experienced it.

Yesterday we had
more fun with the Claypools :-)

Greg and Connie drove down here this time.
We picked up some munchies at the local grocery store,
including crackers, cheese, fruit, and some salsa and guacamole.

We all headed up to Hahn winery to sit on their deck and enjoy 
some wine, conversation, and the view.




The 'wine' cats Chardonnay and Merlot..




We always have such a good time with them,
and love the staff at Hahn.
A lot of them remember my father
as he worked for one of the wine grape brokers in the valley.


Dang finger got in the way :-)

Today is my day off, while George works.
Getting laundry done, and a bit of reading is in the plan!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Handyman George

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Yesterday we made the trek up to see our good friends.
George has been helping Greg fix some things on their Vilano,
and I like to sit and laugh and talk with Connie.


Afterwards they so graciously took us out to dinner.
We've never heard of this place..


It's situated in a cool spot in San Jose called Santana Row..


Without reservations we would have had to wait an hour!
However with Greg and George's good looks and charm, 
we scored a nice table outside :-)


We had excellent pasta meals,
and shared a great bottle of Duckhorn wine.


Our time is winding down here for now.
4 weeks left!

Our upcoming plans...
We're leaving here on September 12th,
heading towards Pennsylvania.
We'll stop in Amarillo to take care of my
annual doctor visits first.
We'll also need to get the rig inspected there.

The next stop will be in Tishomingo, MS
at the VanLeigh service center.
George has a punch list of things that 
need to be looked at on the RV.

After that we'll make our way to Pennsylvania
to spend some quality time with George's family,
especially his 3 granddaughters.
Weather permitting we'll stay there the bulk of October into November.
It's been long overdue!

George and I were looking into a winter job in Texas,
or perhaps a gate guarding stint in Oklahoma.
However, we love our job here in Greenfield, CA so much
that we've asked to come back.
Jodi said 'absolutely!' :-)
My son Adam is getting married in August next year,
and it made the most sense to come back here.
On top of that we can spend time with Mom as well.

In the almost 5 full years of full-timing,
this is definitely the longest we've stayed in one spot.
It'll be just about a year (with the short 2 month KOA fiasco),
that we've been in one RV park!
Hopefully the wheels on the RV aren't flat on the bottom!








Saturday, August 12, 2017

We found our 'Place in the Sun'

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Every Friday night in the summer months,
the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk has free concerts.
For the most part it is older groups who are
trying to possibly make a comeback.

We noticed one of the groups playing was Pablo Cruise!
I've been a big fan of this group since seeing them
here locally in the 1980's.

We took half day off yesterday so we can have 
a fun night out.
George and I borrowed Mom's car
 for ease of parking in Santa Cruz.
We parked in the lot across from the boardwalk,
put our chairs in the sand to the side of the stage,
then found a place to grab a bite to eat.


While our early dinner wasn't all that good,
we enjoyed the concert.

Pablo Cruise is actually a band, not a person :-)
From their website they explain their name:

When asked what 'Pablo Cruise' meant, the well-rehearsed answer went something like this: “Pablo”, represents an honest, real, down to earth individual, and “Cruise” depicts his fun loving, easy going attitude towards life: In essence that’s what Pablo Cruise music is all about.

I concur :-)

It wasn't as crowded as we thought it might be..


but, being Santa Cruz and a band from the late 70's..
there were some interesting characters in the crowd..


The boats on the bay were nice..


 The lead singer in the band is Cory Lerios.
He's written a lot of movie and TV theme songs, including Baywatch.


Not all the band members are original, but excellent singers..


This guy is a 'replacement' bass player named Larry Antonino.
For anyone who is a 'That Thing You Do' movie fan...
he's the 'replacement' bass player called the Wolfman.
Great singer and player!


 The drummer is one of the original band members too..


...as well as the lead guitarist..


The sailboats on the bay caught my attention once in awhile..


One thing we thought was really cool..
a guy doing sign language on stage to all the songs..


 The boardwalk was in full swing as we were enjoying the tunes.


A fun afternoon and evening on the sand!