Wednesday, June 27, 2007

2:52 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Phil and I are both avid blog groupies. We have our favorites but I go a step further and explore the bloggers on the “Datastorm Users Map” and of course, I also check out “Hitchitch”, ultimate blog listing. The best ones are written by Rvers on the move who write every day and that was (and continues to be) my goal when I started my blog in June, 2004. Each morning, whenever possible, while having my coffee I devote an hour or more living vicariously through these blogs—especially when we are not rolling down the road ourselves. When it is not possible for us to travel, I keep my senses sharpened for the real thing by reading about our fellow rvers adventures. Time constraints thwart reading them all but that’s okay since not all write every day. However, like the innocent moths precarious curiosity about the flame—for me, the price tag of these reviews is the yearning in my belly to hear Penny’s mighty engine roar and see Shelton in our rear view mirrors!

It is evident from the lack of verbiage on my blog, when we stay in one place for very long, I soon run out of interesting sights and events to write about. In western Washington, our former home state, we have seen most of it many times and I have written about much of it during the past two summers. Hence, the extended silence on my blog as we are parked here doing mundane daily tasks. Believe me; I am saving you from a long, nap caused by boredom!

Our tentative (my word for carved in Jell-O) plans declare we are leaving Shelton the second week in August. The last scheduled medical follow-up is on the third and our great granddaughter, Carly’s eighth birthday is the fifth. In order to accommodate us, our granddaughter, Sara is going to celebrate her 20th birthday two weeks early and join Carly for her celebration so we can attend both at the same time. We will be pointing our wonderful Penny the Pace east through Washington and Idaho to Montana then south through Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico on a quest for warm weather and new adventure.
So … until we roll again, I ask for your understanding and patience.

A note to my family: I can still be reached by phone or e-mail.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

12:57 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2007

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men . . .”

No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. The saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns and holds true for Phil and Joy this summer!

Back in February, we were enjoying the sunshine in Yuma and the conversation went something like this:

"While we are in WA this year, let’s not park in one spot this summer (We nearly overstayed our welcome last year by parking for 3 and a half months in Gloria and Lester’s back yard!) How about getting all our doctor appointments and family visits finished in May and explore around Washington a bit while the weather is good?"

Phil: "
Sounds good to me! There are some great campgrounds I would like to visit that are located on some good lakes where I would like to go fishing."

"Great! Let’s get on the phone and start making our appointments."
Phil: "Works for me!"

I won’t bore you with the details but with eight medical appointments for each of us that include follow-ups into August; wonderfully abundant dinner invitations; plentiful birthdays to celebrate; fun card parties with family and friends; graduations; a class reunion and Phil’s many local fishing trips with his buddy, Les . . . our dance card is full my friends! Into the second week of August, this 2007 summer is busy, busy, busy!

Such is the life of a fulltime Rver! Flexibility is the keyword—ability to change course in the middle of the stream.

Phil mused:
“I guess we’ll have to come back to WA in April next year …?"
Joy responded: "Not on your life! The weather in May is iffy at best but April showers are a given in the northwest! 2008 is a whole new year; we’ll try again!"

Friday, June 08, 2007

4:10 p.m. Friday June 8, 2007

Our six days at Belfair State Park is over and we have returned to our parking spot in Shelton behind our friend’s house. My daughter, Violet managed to squeeze us into her busy schedule four of the six days and we experienced some great family time. She and her husband own a used car lot (Fred’s Car Lot) that also has Budget Rent-a-Cars. They also sell cell phone service and metal buildings/carports. They are very busy with the business and their church so it took some maneuvering to find time to be together but we did it! The grandsons, (14, 18, & 20 years old) are all doing well and Violet is taking time to do a small amount of gardening this spring which she is really enjoying.

Joy, Violet and her husband Fred. (I forgot to smile ~~~)

Two families of Geese and their goslings came every day to feed on the smogasboard of sea life exposed when the tide went out.

A beautiful rainbow in Violet's back yard.

A Para-surfer (?) enjoying the windy day on Hood Canal.

The boy camped next door feeding bread to the ducks in our front yard. The water is Hood Canal with the tide coming in.

The Lone Ranger and Penny the Pace at Belfair State Park on one of the days we had without rain. It was a great spot and we will go back.