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I’m loving the sunshine!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

We arrived in Mission Bay on Sunday, me with a cold.  Boohoo!!!

Only a couple days but the sunshine is perfect.



FMCA Rally

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

We always want to go to Rally’s but usually you need to plan well in advance, something we are not really accustomed to.  So Paul decides he wants to go.  It this Wednesday and I want electricity because I just do not enjoy being packed in and then the guy next to you needs to run his generator all day so he can watch CNN!  I emails the contact and yes of course they have plenty of room so off to Palm Desert we go!

We spent 5 days in Indio enjoying the weather and learning (spending lots of money) and getting lots of ideas for the future.  Each evening they have entertainment with the first night BINGO!  I won, had to split it with 3 people but still we doubled our money.  There was a Brooks & Dunn tribute band that was pretty good.

Looked like them, didn’t totally get the sound but were really entertaining

There was a comedian that was very funny without any foul language so Paul and I were definitely fans.  And the last evening was a doo-wap acappella group that I really enjoyed.

We also attended several seminars.  Paul learned about LED lights, not sure how much more he needs to know! He also learned about replacing the batteries in the RV so we don’t need our generator any more!  I think we will be using the generator for awhile.  I learned about taking a caravan tour to Alaska and during the seminar realized that it’s not something we will do.  I takes 2 months minimum to really go all the way to Fairbanks and Paul is not even a little interested  so I’m looking into a one way cruise so we can see more Alaska.

And we replaced the awning which was torn off in Avila!  We didn’t like the one that was there and it didn’t want to be there as a small wind gust came up and completely ripped the awning out of its 3 tiny screws!

As far as rally’s go this one was really fun.  I wish we were more in a group because the rv groups that come together have a lot of extra activities, but then again we get all that fun in SunCity.



Happy 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

We missed the ball drop but the next morning was perfection.

Avila Beach continues to be one of my favorite places and we get to spend 3 whole days in paradise.

So I don’t have any new New Years Resolutions but will continue to work on the ones from years past; be kind to strangers and yes family! Eat more healthy and exercise.  All doable but somehow it always takes a backseat.  My resolution for this year will be to try harder.

As always Avila delivered on beautiful weather and a great start to 2020!


Our first Trip

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

We are back in the saddle again!  Paul left Roseville on Thursday and I will catch up with him Friday afternoon in the car; Just like the Full time days we will be heading north, visiting friends, working a little and enjoying the country once again.  This trip is our first in our new Jayco Melbourne Prestige.

Finding Paul is like hitting a moving target.  I left Roseville about 11 am and met up with him just north of Ukiah along the highway.  I missed the exit but the good news is we had great cell service so I took the next exit and he caught up to me.  We hitched the car up, had a little lunch and headed north into the redwoods.

About 4 pm we pulled into Richardson Grove and they had a great spot for one night!  That’s all we need.  The campground was full but by 8 pm all was quiet and I thoroughly enjoyed falling asleep in the dark of the forest.

The RV handled the windy road great and towing the car went smoothly until we stopped for the night in Humbug State Park near where we will spend a week with friends in Port Orford Oregon.  We found a site that would work for the one night and got out to unhook the car, dead battery!  Hmmm, thought we had gotten that all fixed up, apparently not.  So on to plan B.  We called our destination in Port Orford to see if we could arrive a day early and then our friends, Ed and Peggy to meet us there and help either push the car or jump the battery.’

Everything went fine, got the car going and we are off to a fabulous week with friends.

The adventure continues

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Before we left for Europe we dropped the Van off at a dealership as a trade-in and ordered our newest RV.  A 2020 Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP was scheduled to arrive May 24th.  That didn’t happen so we searched the internet and found a 2019 Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP  and after careful thought we sent a deposit and then picked it up in Bakersfield June 3.  Its cozy but way more spacious than the van and we can pull our car.  This is going to give us much more flexibility on the road and help when Paul wants to work and Duke and I need somewhere to hang out.

We had our first quick trip in it to San Jose where we parked in front of Stephanie’s new home and spent the weekend moving her in.  We did take a break and enjoyed Saturday with the kids and went to one of Paul’s favorite activities, Roaring Camp Railroad.


The RV worked wonderfully and today when we got home we set it up for towing.  Paul got it all ready and we hopped in for a test ride.  First mistake!  Lots of noise!  Something is not right!  We get out and the hitch has come undone from the RV and the hitch is shoved up under the RV!

If you look closely to the bumper below the taillight you can see a memory making mark!  After some forward and back movements  in both the Car and the RV and a large hammer we got it disconnected and hooked up correctly and the test drive went well.  We are on our way to Canada in July.

Winter of 2019

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Let’s go to Florida!  That’s the plan so we bring in the New Year with great friends and then New Years morning we head south, stopping to visit mom, dad and my brother then to Los Angeles to work.  Things are going great, we finish up work in El Cahon Friday afternoon and head into AZ.  The next morning…………… back to San Diego


We are headed back to Roseville.   We arrive in Roseville at 7 pm Thursday, Jan 10, had an MRI and went home!  It’s a long story, I’ll spare you the details.  The good news is the following day I got the all clear and by 3:30 we were on our way to San Jose to see the kids one more time before heading to Florida!  Yep, we are determined to get to the Florida Keys later this month.

One more hug!

We are going to do the express trip and try to make up some time.  Saturday we traveled 600 miles to get us into AZ.  Today will be another 700 miles to get us to Texas!  My ass is killing me.

Good morning from the rest stop outside of Phoenix

East of Tucson

So far so good!  Looking forward to some beach time !

Stephanie’s first lobster

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The next morning we pack up the tent and head to Walmart.  The mattress Stephanie borrowed didn’t hold air and Paul loves to go to Walmart.  The biggest problem is we have no room for a lot of stuff so we stick to a list and only plan a couple days meals.


Northeast Bays

Northeast Bays

Then it is off to Browns Lobster Pound for lunch.  At the lobster Pound you tell them how big of a lobster you want and they pull one out and you have to ok it!  Stephanie didn’t enjoy it as much as me. She did not want to look her dinner in the eye before she ate it.  Lobster isn’t as cheap as the last time we were here.  Cost is $13.49 per lb for a 1.25 to 1.5 lb lobster.  Of course the one they pull out is just over 1.5 but even I’m human, I’m not going to have him put back and hope for a smaller one.  We got 2 lobsters for $52.  Still pretty cheap and it’s so fresh.  Paul found a picnic table outside and we enjoyed our lobster overlooking the marsh.

Tonight we stayed at a state park right on the dunes and enjoyed a beautiful fire.

We drive along the coast for most of the day and then Paul found us a spot for another lobster lunch in Maine.  We thought it was cheaper but then when we got it for $10 a Pound we were told we couldn’t eat it there.  It was $15 a Pound to eat it there because it was a meal.  We didn’t want the roll and cole slaw so we took our lobster and drove down the road figuring we could find a nice picnic area. No such luck, we end up eating our $40 lobster on our laps in a parking lot of a closed up business!  Mot exactly the local we were thinking.

Found a bay with a short walk.

Found a bay with a short walk.

This is what Paul loves about the tiny RV.  He can stop anywhere.  I do admit we did get to find some interesting roads and spots. Still is too tiny but we are adjusting.

And so it continues!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

We bought a Sticks and Bricks house but Paul still needed his RV and I wasn’t ready to stop exploring all the cool corners of the USA so we bought a 19′  Roadtrek!  Yep you read that right! 19 whole feet!  My bedroom in the last RV was bigger than that.  We have a toilet, shower, queen bed, 2 burner stove a refrigerator and a closet!  Everything you need! Or so it seems!  It’s a very nice 1 man RV but pretty cozy for 2 and a dog.

includes: frigerator, bed, closet, pantry, toilet, shower, stove, microwave!

Includes: Refrigerator, bed, closet, pantry, toilet, shower, stove, microwave!

We took our first trip, a two night stay in Yosemite.  Yosemite was beautiful and the RV did its job.

Our next adventure was to Port Orford Oregon.  Paul went a week early and I joined him via our friends here in the compound (that’s what I call Sun City Roseville). That worked out pretty well as we were only sleeping in it as our friends Ed and Peggy have a beautiful home right there to host us.

Paul has been on a couple trips by himself which is the main purpose of it being so small ( I think!). Sometimes I think it is a test!

Our big adventure started the end of July.  Paul left by himself with Duke.  I’m sure after a day or two of endless driving across country Duke was thinking ‘ how come I have to go with him’!  Anyway the plan was for Paul to drive across country working and I would fly and meet him!  After all he is the one that lives to drive.  Stephanie, our youngest daughter and I flew to Boston and had a fabulous time for 5 days before Paul met us in Salem.  Salem, now that’s an interesting story!  Paul picked us up at the ferry and dropped us in town while he visited another customer.  We had lunch and then took a hop on hop off tour!  The plan was to ride it the loop and then go back to the sites we wanted, well we got the guy who usually does the ferry transfers and he loved to talk.  What was suppose to be a 40 minute ride was 2 hours.  Our ears were so tired that we just sat in the park and said” what was that?”  We did make it to see the house that Nathan Hawthorne’s book The House of Seven Gables is written about.  That’s an interesting story.  He never lived there, his friends sister or aunt lived there.

Paul picked us up after our afternoon and we headed north.  The plan was to return to a couple of the spots from our last trip to the northeast and we did.  First stop that evening was The Clam Shack in New Hampshire.  This new RV has only 2 seats so Stephanie co-piloted and Duke and I layed on the bed.

We found the clam shack where last time I had the best scallops I have ever had!  We had them again and they were amazing!  I would move here if I thought I could eat those as much as I wanted.  Not really because…..

So far so good!  We head a bit further north to get near Salisbury where we will have our first lobster.  We find a campground where Paul and Stephanie set up her tent!  And now the real east appears!  The mosquitos are in full force!  Where did I put the bug spray!  And that is where the adventure gets interesting.

The end of the road!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Yep,  we made our final trip and handing the keys to new owners today in Mesa AZ.  From here we will return to CA.

Our last trip in the Journey.

It’s been a rough month and I was ready to settle down.  Paul found a new home for the RV and I found us a home in a great community in Roseville.  I’ll be only 3 hours from the girls,  close to my Dr.  I can nest.

We hope to travel again once things settle down;  it will just be for shorter stints.

Stay tuned!  I’ll try to update some.

Home Sweet Home

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

We arrived in Morgan Hill just as the fire in Loma Prieta was peaking.  Lots of smoke and grey skies.  The Thousand Trails Park was open so we went for it.  It turned out that the fire was receeding and the smoke actually cleared up quite quickly.

We are home for a couple of weddings but before the weddings we got out and got some exercise.  A 10K run for me and Stephanie was planned for Sunday as well as Amy doing a 1/2 marathon.  We have been training for this since June when I was just starting to recooperate.  I was able to walk about a mile in 25 minutes on June 1.  The Monday before the race I did 5 miles in 1 hour.  The week before Stephanie and I both did a 10k on our own in about 83 minutes.  So I was excited but just as I finished my 5 miles on Monday my body decided it would ache.  I didn’t get to do my 10k on Sunday and neither did Amy as she pulled a groin muscle doing a 12 mile run 2 weeks before.

The good news is Stephanie got to do it and Amy and I showed up for moral support and actually walked about 2 miles (to mile marker 1 and back to the start finish line!)  Paul ran with Stephanie and enjoyed the adventure.

81 minutes!  Great run Paul and Stephanie

81 minutes! Great run Paul and Stephanie

I’ve decided that I will get back up to walk/run 6+ miles but will probably not sign up for an official run because I did it, I just didn’t do it the day of.  I did get the t-shirt and I will wear it proudly.

After the race we all went to dinner at The Cats Restaurant just outside of Los Gatos.  Celebrating Pauls 60th birthday which is Monday Oct. 3.  The Cats has always been something Paul and I have wanted to do but never have.  The food was good.  Not our favorite but sometimes just getting to go somewhere you have always thought about is worth it.

We were coming into San Jose for wedding’s the following weekend.  Not one, but two on the same day for two special girls in our lives so we had to find a way to see both even though they were 50 miles apart!

Audra and Alex Owens

Audra and Alex Owens

Stephanie is Audra’s best friend and was in the wedding.  It was a beautiful wedding at Sanborn Park in Saratoga in a redwood grove.  Paul and I helped Amy & Nick set up all the decorations (besides flowers!) in the am.  The wedding was beautiful and we left at 3 pm right after lunch so that we could be in Livermore by 4:30pm for Cassie’s day.

Cassie and Nick Spran

Cassie and Nick Stran

Another beautiful wedding at BoaVentura Winery in Livermore Valley.  Cassie is our God Daughter and LuAnne (mom) have been friends from way before Husbands and Kids!

It was a long, beautiful day and we relaxed on Sunday because we will be heading to Texas on Monday!