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December 2006 Travel Log

December 2006 Travel Log

12/31/06: Middle of the Desert, CA: Believe it, or not, but Larry still has that darn cold! Before leaving San Carlos, MX, Bob and Ann took us out to an area in the desert they referred to as the "Enchanted Forest". It's a remote area full of HUGEOyster Farm Cabon (?) cactus. These guys were easily 100' high! We enjoyed the day touring, touring a pearl farm, lunch, and a wonderful shrimp dinner. We enjoyed our visit with them and will be back someday. There were no problems leaving Mexico and we stopped for the night near Tucson at the Desert Diamond Casino. It's a safe and free place to park for the night. Then back to Apache Junction to have Christmas with our daughters and their families.

Christmas was fun, especially with our baby grand-daughter. It was also Cindy and Nick's first Christmas as husband and wife. Our daughters are all grown up, with their own families now. We hung around Leslie's all day and enjoyed visiting and eating. A holiday Leslie, Andy, and Kaylee on Christmas.tradition for us. We hung around town for a few days, then headed out to the 'sun and fun' with our Boomer friends. We've been looking forward to this winter all year. We met up with our Escapee club, Boomer BoF friends about 15 miles west of Yuma on BLM land. Free boondocking camping in the desert, this time on the California side. The weather has warmed up and we now have about 30 Boomer RV's staying here. For an unorganized group, we sure get a lot done together. Being New Year's Eve, today's "unofficial" activities include a 4-mile walk at 9:00am, ladies 'bead and bitsch' at 10:00am, the group getting together at 1:00pm to play various table games, a friendship 'Z-circle' at 7:00pm, and finally celebrate the New year at 11:00pm. Wow! These people know how to have fun! Tomorrow is a potluck dinner and a Blues concert by one of the members.He's stuck!

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November 2006 Travel Log

11/22/06: Apache Junction, AZ: Happy Thanksgiving! We had our holiday dinner yesterday, as it was the best time to get everyone together. Of course, it was another fantastic, traditional turkey dinner. While Connie worked her heart out all day, I think she enjoyed having a full-sized kitchen to work in. At least it made cooking two turkeys easier. We've also recently had friends come into town for a few days and they had the site next to us. We enjoyed our time with fellow Boomers, Bill Joyce and Diane Melde. We ate out a few times, had a dinner and movie night, and enjoyed our evening social patio talks. We keep crossing paths, so it won't be the last time we meet up. We also had lunch with Larry's old boss, Gene and Patti Tolle. A very nice couple who we keep in touch with. Otherwise, our days aren't too adventurous right now.

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October 2006 Travel Log

October 2006 Travel Log

10/31/06: Apache Junction, AZ: A few days ago, we moved the short distance to Las Vegas, NV. We stayed at the Nellis AFB campground and (sort of) got lucky. This is a very busy RV park, where reservations are needed to get a FHU site. We arrived and got the last partial site. This site was a bit cramped and had electric and water. The problem was, they share hookups and the 30amp circuit was taken. Our choice was 50amp or 20amp electric. But it was over 50' away! Since I don't carry a large 50amp extension cord (these are almost 1 1/2" thick!), we ended up only getting 20amp electric. It worked fine, I just felt the price was high for minimal hookups. We would have been better off taking a dry campsite for less than half the cost. My main reason in going to Las Vegas was to celebrate Connie's birthday. Besides having a wonderful buffet dinner, I surprised her with a night out to the "Phantom" show at the Venetian Casino.

After leaving Las Vegas, we stopped for the night at the Escapee's RV Park in Congress, AZ. A good, affordable FHU site for Escapee members. Yesterday, we finally reached our destination for the next 6 weeks. We're in Apache Junction, AZ to finalize plans for our youngest daughter's (Cynthia) wedding. If all goes well (it will), she'll be a married woman on December 10th. Of course, we're also getting our grandparent's fix with Kaylee and oldest daughter (Leslie).

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September 2006 Travel Log

September 2006 Travel Log

9/28/06: Keystone, SD: We only have a little over 2 weeks left here. I'm ready to get moving again. Partly because work is getting fairly boring, partly to see different areas, and partly to see our daughters and grand-daughter again. It's supposed to be slow season, but we have any tour busses spending the night. This sounds contradicting. How can we be busy, yet bored? Tour busses are easy to handle. There's no checking them in individually and they're gone most of the time. Since they've taken up most of the hotel rooms, there's not many other guests, so it gets boring sitting around. Many of our fellow friends/workers have left, with more leaving soon. Due to the lack of workers, Connie and I have been asked to work 6 days a week for our last two weeks. We reluctantly agreed, as this is overtime pay. Luckily, we've seen just about everything we wanted to see in the area.

Mountain Goats near Mt. Rushmore, SDWe recently had our friends who are working in the Badlands, Rob & Kim Johnson, come over for a couple days. We enjoyed visiting with them again. That afternoon, we all went to Mt. Rushmore. Everyone got excited seeing Mountain Goats nearby. This makes about 5 times Connie & I have been up to the monument. Rob & Kim toured the area for a day while we worked, then we all went to a western dinner show at Ft. Hayes. This is the buildings from the movie "Dances with Wolves" that we previously toured. Dinner was just okay, but the show was good. We all used our hospitality discount cards and got in for 1/2 price.

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August 2006 Travel Log

August 2006 Travel Log

8/31/06: Keystone, SD: Yesterday, our 2nd day off for the week, we just spend around the house relaxing with hobbies. Connie spent most of the day filling the home with tantalizing aromas. She LOVES to cook and play with recipes, and I sure don't mind being her Ginny pig for tasting her creations. Her first batch of home made cinnamon rolls were good, but her 2nd batch are delicious! Although she wasn't happy with the new spaghetti sauce recipe, I didn't have any problems stuffing myself. But I also know she'll take the leftover's (there's a lot) and adjust it to her liking. I spent the day working on my web sites and programming the new version of my Military Campground software. So yes, we just lunged around and relaxed. Sometimes, this is just what we need to get re-energized.

By taking a look at our monthly expenses , you can see how workamping benefits us economically. Besides generating some income, expenses are DRASTICALLY reduced. It sure would be nice to keep monthly expenses this low without working, and still be able to move around and explore. Okay, I can dream, can't I?

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