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Sweet Creek Waterfalls

October 5, 2017 Leave a comment

This hike is close to Florence, near the Oregon coast.  This was one of the nicest hikes we’ve ever done.  It isn’t long, only about 2 miles each way.  It isn’t steep, only about 350 ft vertical.  It isn’t especially challenging, although there were some roots, rocks and catwalks.  And the whole route was under heavy forest growth.

But the waterfalls were amazing!  There are about 15 waterfalls along the two mile route, and rushing water all the way.  We did this on a beautiful day with our friends Jack and Sylvia Napoles. They bought a house in the area and will certainly do this hike and others in the Siuslaw Forest again!

Butterfly Center, Dallas, Texas

Some friends (Naomi and Larry, thanks!) suggested we visit the Butterfly Discovery Center in Dallas.  Never heard of it before, so we thought it would be a good idea.  Especially since we are currently in a heat wave in Dallas, It was really hot outside, and the butterfly exhibit was inside, so this seemed like a good idea.

If you ever visit a butterfly exhibit that is inside, remember that it is usually a tropical environment.  It was hot and humid inside, so much so, it felt good to go outside in the high 90’s heat!

If you want to take butterfly pictures, have a good camera and lens, and fast reflexes.  These little buggers move fast and unpredictable!  However, I managed to get a few that were resting a bit.  It really was an interesting exhibit, both inside and out.  The gardens outside by themselves is worth a visit, and it’s cheap.  We recommend a visit here.

 

Gulf Shores, Alabama

February 12, 2017 Leave a comment

This winter, we decided to head east for a trip, rather than our usual west.  So when we found a Monaco Rally in Florida we thought that would be a great thing to do.  We invited our friends Naomi and Larry Shirey to come along, and travel with us.  So we left Houston and Dallas respectively, met for an overnight in Lafayette, LA, then on for three days in Foley, Alabama.

There is a very nice RV Resort there called Bela Terra, where we stayed for three nights.  It is a lovely park, nice roomy sites, a beautiful club house, and all the amenities.  We enjoyed our visit so much that we think we would like to come back and stay longer.

One day we had to visit the sandy white beaches of Gulf Shores.  This is of course on the Gulf of Mexico, and this area has seen some serious problems with hurricanes and oil spills.  Now, however, it is booming and we had a short but enjoyable visit to the beach.  And not to forget some very good seafood meals…

The Fourth with the Rollers

Six years ago, we joined the Pikes Peak Rollers, an FMCA chapter out of Colorado Springs.  This year, we joined their Fourth of July Rally held in Buena Vista, Colorado.  It was a good time, with lots of social interaction, events, food and local activities.

New to us this year was the annual horse race.  Using 6 “jockeys”, the “horses” advanced on the roll of foam rubber dice.  Since real money was used with real bookies, it was lively, spirited, and I lost all my bets.

The Buena Vista Fourth Parade was rather small, it is after all a small town  But it was refreshing to see the local entries and the patriotism showed by participants and attendees alike.  And the kids gots lots of candy…

The Fireworks were spectacular.  Not only because of the fireworks themselves, but set against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and evening sky  it became an event unto itself.  Too bad I forgot my “real” camera, these cell phone pictures will have to do….

Stacy and Dallas’ wedding

June 26, 2016 3 comments

Our daughter Stacy has been in a relationship with her girlfriend and partner Dallas Ruggieri for almost a decade.  They made the decision to confirm their love for each other with a wedding ceremony.  And, in keeping with their interests, the theme was to be “Day of the Dead”.  Or, as some would say it, a Zombie wedding.

So, we all dressed up accordingly and appeared during one of Dallas’ (the city) hottest days.  Fortunately air  conditioning had been invented and the whole event went off without a hitch (except theirs, of course – pun intended).  Family and friends showed up and demonstrated how popular Stacy and Dallas are – the outfits were spectacular!

With a lot of help from their friends Stacy and Dallas did a superb decoration setup in and around their house.  The whole event was spectacular, and moving.

May I present Stacy and Dallas Riley.  (Click on the small image for a larger view.  It’s worth it!)

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Going to the dogs

Our friends Roland and Tish Stuebner raise and show dogs.  Specifically, Standard Schnauzers.  They’ve done quite well, and have raised several Champions and a Grand Champion, and are on their way to another.  At this show, Roland was showing Chase, their Champion dog.  Their handler was also showing Quinn, one of Roland’s other dogs.

They travel in their motor home (with a small army of dogs) to various dog shows.  One dog show happened to be close to us, so we paid them a visit and took in some of the event.  A lot of dogs, and this was a small show!

It was great to meet up with them again and watch them prep and show their dogs.  There sure are a lot of dog breeds, so we had fun and just had to take some pictures of the many dogs being shown.

 

Austin, Texas

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

A group of RV travel friends, members of the Traveling Supremes and friends, met and stayed in San Marcos, TX to visit the area. We had a fun time together, visited the many historical sites of the area, and of course sampled the local cuisine… barbecue!

Our first visit was to the LBJ library, where we had a chance to revisit the history of the LBJ presidency. This was followed by a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where we learned more about Texas and its founding. I highly recommend this to anyone, not just Texans… very interesting! That evening, Dave Phillips brought in the “Fajita King”, who made some excellent Fajitas from scratch.

Our next visit was to the San Marcos Springs, a natural spring site located on (or near) Texas State University. There we visited the aquarium and took a glass bottom boat tour to see the bottom of the lake and the springs themselves. A pot luck meal completed another satisfying day.

Then, another trip took us to the Texas State Capital building, where a guided tour introduced us to the largest state capital building in the US. The history of this marble building was a story all to itself. Most interesting! After this we visited the University of Texas, and went to the top of the Clock Tower, notorious for being one of first public mass murders in recent history.

A final meal at the Grist Mill in Gruene helped end a most interesting visit. Thanks to the Phillips and Hoovers for putting together a fun gathering!

The group at the LBJ Museum

The group at the LBJ Museum

Les, Ida, LBJ and Romola

Les, Ida, LBJ and Romola

The "Fajita King"!

The “Fajita King”!

View of the Texas Capital

View of the Texas Capital

Showing when the Capital was built

Showing when the Capital was built

Looking down on the Rotunda floor

Looking down on the Rotunda floor

Looking up inside the Rotunda dome

Looking up inside the Rotunda dome

State legislature

State legislature

Down the east hallway

Down the east hallway

A view of the clock tower

A view of the clock tower