Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Loosey Goosey 2017 Mar 2017

Let me introduce to everybody almost 1/2 of the Loosey Goosey Alaska 2017.  They had a gathering at the Escapade today.   We do have members out East and up North that just couldn’t make this loose gathering.  We now have 22 rigs going to Alaska, very loose.  I was sent this picture by Mark.

Carol & I will attend a dinner with these people come this Friday in Tucson, AZ.

Retirement can be quiet at times – yea!

See ya when we see ya…..

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yep, Not At The Escapade

It’s not the greatest feeling not attending an Escapade that a lot of our friends are at.  Let me search my memory cells – I think we’ve been at every Escapade since 2001.  We started full timing in June 2000.  For years they had two a year – one on the West coast and one on the East coast.  We’ve made them all.  Sometimes we were just attendees, then we  were part of the staff, then we were vendors then back to staff.  It was all fun being around friends.  This is the first one that we will miss all of it.  We will be there in the area Friday night to see some friends – yea.  We will have to drive 475 miles to get there for a special dinner of Loosey Goosey members the same day we drive there.  Not a good time to break down for sure…  nah it won’t happen.  We’re good to go.

I’ve read that the Escapade had Indian Tribal Dancers there opening day.  I got  had a secret admiration for that kind of stuff.  My grandfather was 100% Cherokee.  Maybe that’s why I like the open plains and the wilderness at the same time.  Maybe I should do one of those DNA history search things.

I did nothing today except walk around the park twice.  It was Carol’s first full day of line dancing.  It’s nice that she has her favorite line dancing rallies that we can and do make.

Retirement is getting more involved in getting into trouble according to the wife.

See ya when we see ya… Friday?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Line Dancing

I think I saw Carol once or twice today.  Yes, Line Dancing is starting up.  Think I will go lay down in a lower RV compartment and sleep until Friday.

Retirement is sleeping when you want or even if you need too.

See ya when we see ya…..

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Slingshot This

We get a call from Jean and Claudette.  They wanted to see if we were available for lunch.  Of course we were.  About 2 hours later we met them at Applebee's in Hemet, CA.  They drove their Slingshot down from their place in Joshua Tree.  We visited them a couple of weeks ago so now they figured they would visit us and did.  They have had this Slingshot a couple of years now.  They’ve been all over the United States in it and then some.   In 2011 they went to Alaska with us in their 40 foot See Ya motorhome which they still have too.  When their not in their Slingshot they might be in their Artic Cat 4 wheeler side by side driving across some western states.DSCN1588DSCN1589 DSCN1591DSCN1592

After lunch they followed us over to our camp site about 12 miles away.  We talked and talked as friends do.  It was nice to see them again.  Not sure when we will see them again.  Hopefully not too long…….

Just got the word from a friend who is at the Tucson Escapade.  The Escapade people won’t or can’t let Carol & I come into the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday nights (paying).  They’re other Escapees staying over those nights.  Oh well, time does change things!  I guess we will stay at??????

Retirement is being able to see friends more often unless it’s at the tale end of an Escapade.

See ya when we see ya.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cut This Way

We were up and out the door by 7:30 AM.  We wanted breakfast over at Sun City just a few miles down the road.

We hit traffic.  Drive in this mess everyday – no way!  The breakfast was good in the small restaurant that we have ate at over the years.  Not many changes in this Ma Pa type place.

Afterwards I went to the local barbershop that I’ve been using for many years when we are in the area.  It’s short again.  The haircut is off my list.

Carol went in the nearby Second Hand store to occupy herself while I was busy with the haircut.

Afterwards we went into Aldi (big grocery store) to see what was on sale.  They had grapes for .89 cents a lb and canned tuna for .59 cents.  I love both.

After lunch (BLT) back at the rig, Carol went line dancing for a few hours.  I was left to get into trouble all by myself.  I washed the bugs off the front of the rig.  Their weren't many.

I don’t remember what we had for dinner.  Bottom line it was good and I ate it.

Retirement is thinking out loud and not getting those looks – usually!

See ya when we see ya…….

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Window Tour

The other day we decided to go to Julian, CA via back roads in the hills in the car.  Sure am glad we were in the car because the road got small and a lot of sharp curves.  We did a window tour of Temecula.  A window tour is like a drive by.  You just look thru the windshield as you go by.DSC_0008DSC_0012DSC_0006DSC_0007DSC_0010

Just another tourist town for sure.  Bumper to bumper.  A tour bus aggressively squeezed me out of my lane at the end of town.  He was a very aggressive driver.  I called his charter company and let them know about his driving.  It probably wasn't the first time this driver endangered his passengers.  His tactic of  threating other drivers will catch up to him.DSC_0016

For you fans…..DSC_0019

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Nice little metal replica…$30 bucks.DSC_0037

Next was a drive to Oakzanita  Springs.DSC_0042

They had a major fire here back in 2003 or 2004 I think.  It was a bad one.DSC_0039

Found some deer out in the grasslandsDSC_0040

Then it was on to Interstate 8 to 15 and back home for us.DSC_0044DSC_0045

We had gone about 200 miles and was gone about 7 hours.  It was nice to run thru the mountains even thought it was tiring.

The cat really missed us, right?  She’s a little bit bigger than her house.DSC_0001

Retirement is the wife telling you what to do.  Kinda like being at work and not getting paid.

See ya when we see ya……..

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Alaska Marine Highway (Ferry)

I’ve been working on our Alaska Marine Ferry schedule lately.  Ahhh, just do it.  Yes you can.  Except you could spend a week in some places if your timing is off.  The ships are reliable but they only arrive/depart certain places at certain times.  Most ports have arrival/departures about 3-4 days a week.  A few are only like Friday and Saturday each week.  One is Sitka.  We have to spend no less than 6 days there and that’s what we will do there.  Most ports will be a four day stay.  Another factor is the ship.  There’s one that is a fast ship.  Instead of taking the normal 16 hours at sea it takes like 10-12 hours.  That’s what we’re gonna try and get hooked up with at certain ports.  Most ships will take on the average about 4 hours between ports.  Some shorter and a couple longer.  No staying in your camper while at sea.   We will not have reservations because it limits you on the length of stay.  We might stay longer if we like it or stay shorter if we don’t.  It’s not any cheaper either.  Going up early in the season we shouldn’t have any big problems.

Our adventure via the boat will take approximately 29 days from Prince Rupert to Skagway.  We are adding two islands that aren’t normally visited by all.  They are Prince of Whales and Mitkoff islands.  We will do some driving on these islands to the next port.  Hey, it will be an adventure for sure.  During our stays near these port cities we will do some boone docking and maybe a so called campground or two.  I have a list of boone docking areas for each port.  If we can’t find anything on our own so to speak, then we will check out my list.  Then there is always the locals including the law to ask where to park it.  Plus we will have the 110 Honda motorcycle we can ride short distances.  We are planning to be in Skagway (Dyea NP) on Memorial Day (May 29).   So if your in the area look us up.  We’re in the camper with the ducks on the lid of the rear compartment if that makes sense.

Dave W. – you best get better real soon guy.

Like other Loosey Goosey 2017 members, we are talking about Alaska just about everyday one way or another.  We won’t have our camper until about the end of this month.  We’re in California and it’s setting in Texas under a roof waiting for our return.  That’s a bummer.

The guy next to us has a 43-45 foot Winnebago Tour.  He had it washed and waxed yesterday for a bit of money.  Both his and our rig shine up real good.  If you look at his wheels and our wheels you can see ours really out shine his like night and day difference.  I’m badddddd and I know it……..

In the pass this park actually had a self vehicle wash.  It was an old site that the park lets you wash your vehicles, usually cars & trucks.  No cost.  I will search it out.   The car needs a touch up of where the automatic car wash missed last week. Update – park wash is closed for ever.

I got more info on our little trip down south in the car but I will wait till tomorrow or so.

Retirement is sometimes having too much time – nah….

See ya when we see ya…..

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nothing At All

Yep, didn’t do anything really the last two days besides watching NASCAR.

Retirement is not really doing anything when you want.

See ya when we see ya….

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee………

We had about 50 miles to go today.  We’re all clean and shiny and ready to go.  We left about 10 AM for our ride down the hill into Banning foothills.  Our campsite is down there somewhere.  Here we go…DSC_0007DSC_0013DSC_0014DSC_0019DSC_0022DSC_0026DSC_0020DSC_0023

Carol opened here eyes when we got to the bottom via the road.  No shortcuts today.  The rig handled it very well.   Exhaust brake on, RPMS kept at 2,500, hardly used the foot brake at all.  that’s how it’s suppose to work and did.

Down in Banning that have some wall art.  We got a few pictures.DSC_0027DSC_0028

Then we went on Interstate 10 for a few miles and got off onto route 79 in Beaumont.  Another hill but nothing compared to morning wake up mountain.DSC_0029

Then we arrived at our membership park in Menifee,  CA.  The area is becoming an active area with new big shopping centers, eateries galore and a lot of traffic.  The park is fine but when you leave it, it’s a friggin nightmare now with all the over crowded traffic and everyone wants to get where their going and fast.  No thanks, not our thing.DSC_0031

Our site is big, level, FHU with 50 AMP.  It’s free with our membership that we’ve had since 1999.  The annual dues are now at about $500.DSC_0034DSC_0036DSC_0035

We went to PetSmart to get our kitty some special old cat food and her kitty litter .  They had some kittys for adoption but we didn’t get any.

We then went to Aldi’s grocery store.  Cheese blocks (16 oz) for $2.99,  Thompson grapes .89  a lb, bananas .29 lb and plus we got a few other things like milk and bread.  They had boneless, skinless chicken for $1.49 lb and some other meat specials,  nope, we resisted. 

For dinner we had left overs thrown together in one pan.  It was interesting and edible.  Our frig is big and bear compared to what it usually looks like.  the same with the freezer and it’s down to about half.  We are getting the frig ready to empty out in a few weeks or fit into the little camper frig/freezer.  Oh yea, that’s called down sizing isn’t it?  My weight is going up.  What’s with that?

Oh, both the RV AC’s were running to cool the inside of the rig down.  The front AC, the one that was replaced in Quartzsite in January, the drain is not working properly on it.  It’s suppose to drain out the underneath of the rear of the rig.  It’s not.  It’s draining off the top of the roof where ever it wants.  You know like they all use to do just a few years ago.  Anyone familiar with the drainage of these new type systems?  Let me know something would you?

Retirement is quitting one way of life and entering another.

See ya when we see ya……..

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Peace & Quiet

Yep, just setting around outside in the sunny cool day watching the birds hop around on the ground. 

I put a little water in our fresh water tank.  Then I disconnected the hose from the water spigot.  Then I emptied our tanks and put away our sewer pipe.  We usually do this the day before we leave and just leave the electric hooked up.  One less thing to do in the morning especially when it’s nippy in the early morning (7-8 AM).  During the day itself I put away our grill, chairs, and rugs.  Again, less I have to do in the AM.  Carol gets things done inside the RV to be road ready and I do the outside.  After more than 16 years of doing this quite often, we have gotten it pretty well down.  We both can hook up the car.  Whoever hooks it up the other person checks it.  Since we are not in a pull thru we will hook it up tomorrow morning.

The day was spent watching the birds, squirrels, and one gopher that was on a mission to tunnel all over this site.  I guess you say he was as busy as a beaver.

Oh yea, I shined the wheels on the other side of the RV also.  The rig looks real good with those shiny wheels.  Now not to hit any rain for the next 2 1/2 weeks.

Retirement is having time to do those little jobs.

See ya when we see ya…….