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A medical delay

Twelve years ago I had a quadruple bypass. It worked fine, but over the years it was obvious that some blockage was building up again. So in April I saw a cardiologist in Denton for an angiogram, and had a stent placed. He had some difficulty with the placement but didn’t say more than that. So I thought we were good to go and started our summer travels. And I did well, until a week or so ago.

We were in Petoskey when the angina pain go so bad it obviously needed some work done, so we went to the ER. Since we were in a smallish town we didn’t know what to expect. Turns out the McLaren Northern Michigan hospital was one of the top heart hospitals in the entire USA! After some consults, we were turned over to their cardiologist whose specialty was difficult cases.

It was determined that the Dallas doctor didn’t do the best of jobs. Using the wrong placement tools, too much dye, and used only one but “grossly undersized” stent. So they worked me into the schedule, and after some delays (emergency cases had priority) he reworked the installed stent and added four more. After a day’s recover we were back in the motor home and feeling much, much better. Not totally fixed, but a significant improvement.

Thanks to the Petoskey medical community for getting me back on the road.

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NIRVC Appreciation, Homecoming

To start off the summer travel season, we first attended two rallies:  NIRVC Customer Appreciation and the Entegra Homecoming.

The Appreciation Rally was held at the Winstar Casino, and featured good food and entertainment.   This included a Sock Hop night, where Romola and I donned our version of 50’s or 60’s wear.  It was fun.  The Cooks were also here.

We left Dallas and headed for Goshen, and along the way stopped at the Downstream Casino. Free camping if you gamble, and we won enough to pay for our meal and attending the Ronnie Milsap concert.  Sweet!

The Entegra Homecoming was held in Goshen, Indiana and was also well done.  Lots of food, music and classes in coach maintenance.  It’s feature was a Prom Night, where again we donned suitable attire.  Attending with us were the Cooks and the Phillips, and we ran into old friends from our fifth wheel days, Jim and Chris Wakenell.  Jim was voted Homecoming King, so we had royalty at our table. 

On display were the new 2020 Entegra coaches, and I won a raffle for four nights at the Hearthgrove Resort in Petosky.

Dallas Arboretum 2019

We enjoy our visits to the Dallas Arboretum.  This year was no exception, all the flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are getting leaves, and people are out and about.  Here are a few pictures from this years visit.

 

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Mardi Gras 2019

Our travels in 2019 started with a short trip to Lafayette, LA to catch up with Les and Ida Cook, the Buteauds, and Moreaus.  Our excuse (like we needed one) was to visit and see the Mardi Gras parades in Lafayette, LA.  Mission accomplished.

 

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Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse

August 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Mount Rushmore National Monument…..

is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, near Keystone, South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture’s design and oversaw the project’s execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son, Lincoln Borglum. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The memorial park covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

We visited twice, once in the evening for their impressive night ceremony and sculpture lighting, and one in the daylight when we got some very nice full sn images.

Crazy Horse Memorial….

… is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. The memorial was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is far from completion. If completed, it may become the world’s largest sculpture as well as the first non-religious statue to hold this record since 1967.

 

Duluth, MN

August 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Duluth is a major port city in Minnesota and the county seat of Saint Louis County. Duluth has a population of 86,293 and is the 4th largest city in Minnesota. It is the second-largest city on Lake Superior after Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It has the largest metropolitan area on the lake with a population of 279,771 in 2010, the second-largest in the state.

Situated on the north shore of Lake Superior at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes, Duluth is accessible to oceangoing vessels from the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

A tourist destination for the Midwest, Duluth features the United States’ only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium; the Aerial Lift Bridge, which spans the Duluth Ship Canal into the Duluth–Superior Harbor; and Minnesota Point (known locally as Park Point), the world’s longest freshwater baymouth bar, spanning 6 miles.

We found a most amazing RV Park, which wasn’t really a park but the winter boat storage area.  During the summer it has power and water for RVs.  And it is in sight of the famous Aerial Lift Bridge and walking distance from a whole array of tourist activities.

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Pictured Rocks

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, United States. It extends for 42 miles along the shore and covers 73,236 acres. The park has extensive views of the hilly shoreline between Munising and Grand Marais in Alger County, Michigan, with picturesque rock formations, waterfalls, and sand dunes.

Pictured Rocks derives its name from the 15 miles (24 km) of colorful sandstone cliffs northeast of Munising. The cliffs reach up to 200 feet (60 m) above lake level. They have been naturally sculptured into a variety of shallow caves, arches, and formations resembling castle turrets and human profiles.

There is a very informative 2 hour cruise along the shore showing much of the natural beauty of the shoreline.