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Petoskey, MI

So we were lucky enough to win a 4 day pass to stay at the Hearthside Grove RV Resort in Petoskey, and since we were heading that way anyway, good deal! So we checked in and were assigned a place. And what a place! Beautiful grounds and facilities, an enormous club house with theater, bar and gourmet kitchen. Tennis courts, pool, hot tub. And RV sites!

We walked about half the park this morning and counted 7 Prevosts and 4 Newells. Right there about $10MM in motor homes, and that’s not counting the King Aires and Cornerstones. There are still sites being added, some lots are well over the $800,000 mark. Just goes to show it is hard to rough it when you have tons of money.

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Dodged a bullet

At 5AM we woke to a loud bang and some serious shaking of the motor home. It was obviously a strong wind, so we pulled in the slides on the wind side of the coach. After things died down we went outside to check things out.

There was an obvious amount of damage. Picnic tables move and smashed, lawn furniture moved about, even a heavy grill was moved and toppled. Even power pedestals were leaning from the wind. Our friends the Cooks lost power. And our slide topper was unrolled, some amount of damage. Later this morning we’ll check it out but for now it appears we missed a potential of major damage.

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Traveling the MidWest

July 24, 2018 1 comment

For the past month and a half, we’ve been traveling in the MidWest (with stops in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana) with our friends of the Traveling Supremes Travel Club.  Since I am webmaster for the club, i posted a series of blogs of these travels.  The web site can be found by clicking here.

Because of the posts on that web site, I have not posted anything here for quite a while.  However, we are traveling on our own again, and have quite an ambitious schedule until we get back to Dallas in September.  This is to include Michigan, the UP, over to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Mt. Rushmore.  So expect my posts to reappear here soon.

 

 

Our scary RV day

August 7, 2017 1 comment

We’re on our way from Glacier NP to the West Coast and found an RV park along the way that was highly rated.  There was a warning, “steep downhill grade with switchbacks” entry into the park, but I called the owner and he said no problem, we have big trucks coming here all the time.  So off we went.

Once we got to the entry road, we unhooked our car, as suggested.  Then we started down the hill.  What we didn’t know is that the road was narrow, gravel, had deep ditches, and yes, it was steep.  Then we hit the first switchback.  It needed a “K” turn to get around and we still drug our rear wheels through the ditch .  Three more, and we were down.

Yes, this is a nice park, if you have kids and a small camper.  Once we got in our site we found no phone, no internet, and only 30A power.  Not good!  We were scheduled to stay here 4 nights but we left the next day.  Romola and I were both apprehensive but with some heavy duty “K” turns, we made it back up to the main road.  Won’t do that again!

 

At the Rodeo

This week we are in Westcliffe, Colorado.  It is located in the valley below the Sangre de Cristo mountains, so it has great open plains and grazing land.  Westcliffe, and it’s sister city Silver Cliff, prospered in the 1800’s due to silver mines.  Now it is more of a small town, typical of Western cities.

As luck would have it, this weekend was the 70th Annual Rodeo Days.   Seemed like a good thing to see, and it was.  One thing for sure, you have to respect the athleticism (and pain tolerance) of the cowboys!

The Winery at Holy Cross Abby

May 8, 2015 1 comment

If you ever go through Canon City, CO make sure to stop for a wine tasting at the Winery at Holy Cross Abby. This abby, built in 1924, was used by Benedictine Monks and the Roman Catholic Church. It was used primarily as a boys school, but closed in 1982 because of declining enrollment. It continued to function as a monastery until 2005, and eventually wound down and was sold in 2007 to an investment firm.

Today, it is a popular event center, used for weddings, receptions, meetings, and so on. The Benedictine monks had planted grapes and established a wine making capability. This continues to this day as one of Colorado’s favorite wineries. And why not? They have a large variety of wines, ranging from sweet one to full body wines. And, they were really excellent and even better, complimentary (except for the two special reserves, which were $1 each).

So we lugged a half case of wines home, including a special gift of a sweet wine (for Ida Cook) and a very special full bodied Red for daughter Tanya Allen. At least, if we can keep our hands off them till we get home….

Front of the 4 story abby

Front of the 4 story abby

A view of the abby

A view of the abby

An old truck in the vineyard

An old truck in the vineyard

Vines, ready to grow!

Vines, ready to grow!

This table once was a square grand piano!

This table once was a square grand piano!

Original couch used by the Abbot for receiving dignitaries

Original couch used by the Abbot for receiving dignitaries

Inside the sanctuary, being prepared for a wedding

Inside the sanctuary, being prepared for a wedding

Pouring one of the red wines

Pouring one of the red wines

What it's all about... wine!

What it’s all about… wine!

It is almost mother's day, right?

It is almost mother’s day, right?

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