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Goodbye 2014

Goodbye 2014

Connie spends hours on Facebook and keeps her posting's there current. I was hoping she would also start using our own "Blog", but it looks like a lost cause. So it's up to me to "try" and keep this blog current.

For the past few months, we've been having fun. Let's see if I can remember all that we've been doing:

October: After leaving our summer jobs, we headed to Casa Grande for Connie's Grandma Cappie's memorial. Originally, this trip was scheduled to be for Cappie's 100th birthday, but she passed away a month shy. Connie's entire family was there. The last time they were all together was 25 years ago.

We originally planned to dry-camp at the Casa Grande Elks Lodge at $10 a night. I made a "donation" of $60 for a 6-night stay. However, the weather was still in the high 90 degrees and we learned of an RV Park nearby that was only $17 a night (with full hook-ups). After one night in the heat and hearing the trains all night, we moved to the RV Park and enjoyed air conditioning, the pools, and some activities. It was worth loosing the $50 at the Elks Club.

The memorial service was simple, with Connie's Grandmother and Grandfather's ashes being spread around a Saquaro cactus in Picacho Peak State Park. A few b2ap3_thumbnail_Granddaughters_2014.jpgdays after the service, we moved the motor home north to a regional park we always enjoy, Usery Regional Park in Mesa. Larry had a couple of doctor appointments so it was convenient being in that area.

November: The first part of November we moved back down to Casa Grande and put the RV into storage for a week and flew to Seattle, WA. Cynthia, our youngest daughter joined us to visit our eldest daughter, Leslie, and her family. It's not often we get to visit with Leslie, Andy, and grand-daughters Kaylee and Khloe. We enjoyed a weeks visit with them and helped celebrate Khloe's 6th birthday. We'll see them again in May on our way to Alaska.

We returned to Casa Grande and got the motor home out of storage and spent another week just relaxing. Then it was off to the Elks lodge in Vista, CA (near Escondido). Connie's parents and brother were spending Thanksgiving week at the "Lawrence Welk Resort". Connie and I went golfing for the first time with them. Well, at least we were hitting a ball around the grounds. We had a fun week and enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving family dinner.

December: At the very end of November, we left Vista, CA and headed to Yuma AZ. We always enjoy boondocking at Mittry Lake and spent one night there. We drove over to the nearby Army Yuma Proving Grounds to see if they had an available space in the Travel Camp. We've tried to get in there numerous times before, but they were always full with "winter snowbirds". This year, we got lucky and got into the RV Park. Probably because it was still a little early in the season. A pretty good deal for a FHU site at $375 a month. We paid for 6 weeks.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Meals_on_Wheels.jpgWe primarily came to the Yuma area to have dental work done in Mexico. It's about 1/3 the cost of a US dentist. You can read our article on "Dental Care in Mexico" here. Connie also wanted new vision glasses, which are over 50% less in Mexico. A side benefit of being in Yuma are RV friends. Many of our friends stay in the Yuma area for the winter. We've been busy visiting them for holiday parades, going to the movies, eating out, shopping, etc. While here, Connie and I also volunteered and delivered "meals on wheels" for the Crossroads Mission for a few days.

Last week, we took a drive out to Castle Dome in the desert and visited the museum there. Lots of interesting artifacts of the old silver mining area and town. We had a nice, quiet Christmas and enjoyed a potluck dinner at the RV Park. We plan to be here until mid-January. Connie has been having dental work done about once a week and she still has (at least) a couple visits left. She also got new glasses in Mexico for $225, which cost here over $500 at a SAM's club 6 years ago.

All in all, it's been a wonderful 2014. After over 10 years living and traveling in our motor home, we're not ready to give it up anytime soon. We love the freedom to go and do as we please. Alaska next year will be fantastic. We don't make plans too far in the future, so we have no idea what else we're doing next year.

BTW - gas is now $2.21 a gallon and diesel is $2.79 a gallon in Yuma. We hope it stays low for next year and as long as possible.

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Summer Job Ends

Summer Job Ends

Our summer job working in the Inyo National Forest, CA has come to an end. We left Mammoth Lakes a couple days ago and made our way to Casa Grande, AZ. We'll be here for about a week, then move to Apache Junction, AZ for the next month.

After workamping every summer for the past 10 years, we're taking next summer off working full time to travel to Alaska. We've been working with California Land Management (CLM) for the past 8 years and will continue to work with them next year. However, we'll only be providing computer support while traveling. CLM was kind enough to let us take year 2015 off to travel. We'll have summer jobs waiting for us again in 2016. We just don't know exactly where.

Our past 10 years of workampng has included:

  • 2005 (summer) - Lake George Escape RV Park, Lake George, NY
  • 2005 (winter) - Hickory Farms Kiosk, Mary Esther, FL
  • 2006 - Borglum Museum, Keystone, SD. (Hotel work near Mt. Rushmore, SD)
  • 2007 - CLM at Sierra National Forest, CA
  • 2008 - CLM at Sierra National Forest, CA
  • 2009 - CLM at Tahoe National Forest, CA
  • 2010 - CLM at Tahoe National Forest, CA
  • 2011 - CLM at Tahoe National Forest, CA
  • 2012 - CLM at Inyo National Forest, CA
  • 2013 - CLM at Inyo National Forest, CA
  • 2014 - CLM at Inyo National Forest, CA

Not working in a fixed location for over 18 months is going to be different. But I'm sure we'll quickly get used to it. Besides, we'll be busy providing computer support to CLM for their website, email, eNewsletters, and camp host program. While traveling this winter and next summer, we'll be making it a point to visit many U.S. Military Campgrounds to update and improve our U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks website and Directory software.

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Rodent Attacke Update - Updated

Rodent Attacke Update - Updated

This is an update to the previous update Connie wrote. Would you believe that wasn't the end of being attacked by squirrels?

We ended up "eliminating" 3 squirrels and a chipmunk INSIDE of the motor home. They had chewed through the heater ducting again AND through more furnace wiring! I had just repaired the damage and was putting it all back together again, when I heard a %$#@! squirrel in the heater duct again one foot from my head! That was it!

We packed up and ran away from those pesky rodents. We moved to Oh Ridge campground, which was about a 15 mile move. Besides getting away from the squirrels, it gave us new scenery and away from the office. It's actually real nice and quiet here. We only had a few weeks left here before we leave, so the short move was welcomed. And we GOT AWAY from the squirrels! We've been at Oh Ridge Campground for about a week now, and no sign of a squirrel. There's have plenty of chipmunks here, but no squirrels (not many trees). So far, the chipmunks haven't bothered us (that we know of).

We think we found how the squirrels were getting into the motor home basement and heater ducting. Above the rear tires, we can see the heater duct going to the bedroom. The rodents can climb up there and probably chewed through the insulation into the heater duct. This gave them access to the furnace and the basement. The problem is, "I" can't access this small crawl space to repair the heater duct in that location. Either I'll block off that ducting, or we now have an additional duct heating the basement. At least it's directly above the water tank.

Another 10 days here, then we're moving to Arizona.

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Rodent Attack Update

I just realized we didn't update you with the rodent attack.

We found out it was a squirrel that had done all the damage to the heater. We had seen and heard this squirrel around the motor home, jumping from the tree onto the roof running across, jumping onto the awning into another tree, dropping his pine cones from the trees and hitting the motor home, you know, being a real pain. We suspected that this squirrel was the culprit but didn't know how he was getting in. We put out sachets of natural deterrent in the bays, placed peppermint cotton balls around in the inside, things we had heard may work to keep him away, but didn't. Larry disconnected our sewer hose, as the steel wool that he was placing around the neck into the motor home kept being pulled out, so that was an indication that may have been the access point.

Then it happened, we could hear him in the heater vent very loudly. While I was looking in the direction of the noise and Larry was looking with a flashlight I saw movement inside the house! All of a sudden the squirrel came running from the bedroom through the living room flying onto the front screen bouncing off the walls as we were trying to chase him out. I opened all the window screens and the door to try to shoo him out. I'm not sure which outlet he took but he was gone.

Two days later it happened again. We were a little more prepared. When the squirrel came running out again, Larry closed the back door I ran and opened the front door and the squirrel went flying out the door. This had to stop! One day Larry heard him running in the vent, he could follow the noise, running up by the kitchen, through the bathroom, up one vent in the bedroom, in the heater register, down the other vent then out. This went on for another week, we finally figured it out, he was using us as a Habitrail! Since we were not in the market for a pet, again this had to stop!

Off to the hardware store we went. We found the trap we thought would work, now where to put it. Larry took the cover off of the heater area again, no room there, so he went to the wet bay. With both sides opened Larry could see light. The squirrel got into the wet bay, chewed through the foam insulation into the heater bay, chewed through the heater vents (and wires) and was just running around and having a good ole time.

Larry set the trap in the wet bay and closed everything up. The next day checked the trap and let's say, we are now squirrel pet free! It has been a week since this all happened and none of his friends have been by and we reconnected the sewer hose. Life is good. BTW, squirrel trap for sale!

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Film Museum & Alabama Hills

Film Museum & Alabama Hills

I forgot to tell you about our last weekend.

We took a drive south, again, to Lone Pine. We had recommendations to check out the Film Museum, of which we did. $5 per person donation and it was a very nice little museum. Not real big but sure had a lot of stuff in it. Oh so many movies and shows have been filmed in the Alabama Hills over the last 90 years. Hop-along Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gunga Din, Tremors, Star Trek V, just to name a few. The first weekend in October the Film Museum and the town hosts a festival. It's a 3 day movie fest, along with some celebrities and a parade on Sunday. This year is their 25th anniversary.  http://www.lonepinefilmfestival.org/

While at the museum we bought a little book with gps coordinates to the film locations for a few of the movies and off we went to do a self tour on Movie Road. We went to a few of the locations, after that we didn't bother looking any more up because it all looked the same, lol. But the boulders in the area with the mountain range in the back were really neat. One outcropping of boulders looked like they had scales on them.

We also found out that we could boondock (dry camp) out in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area for free for 14 days. As long as it wasn't hot or rainy, it would be a nice area. There is also a BLM campground there as well, I think the fee is $6.

Another nice day spent with my sweetie exploring this area before we leave.

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