already... As you can tell we have not been posting much this summer which
is normal for us as we are sitting still in Iowa for most of the time.
(Ron) have had several doctor and dentist appointments. Have a front tooth
to get fixed as a cavity fell out right in front and I thought it would
need a cap or something but the dentist sez a filling will take care of
I noticed it last winter in AZ I did shed a tear over it. It was liek the
bottom part of my front tooth was gone.
I had a MRI on my upper spine and it came back as nothing much wrong except
a small common genital spinal abnormality. So on we go with the medical
profession not finding the problem but getting paid for the big tests.
The second specialist said right out if he could find anything that he
needed to work on he would, because he is good at finding even little things
to operate for. So for now it's back to putting up with the little pains
and mark it up to getting older. In one respect it is good they didn't
find anything serious.
have had pretty good weather with only a few of times so far have we had
to head into the buildings to take cover. No trees down like last year.
We do pull in the sides when we get severe weather warnings. I have
a great link to the local TV station with weather rador loops taht get
it down right to block leverl so we can get near real time info. We need
to get a couple of gals. of hydraulic fluid as the sides are getting slow
I received a big box from Attwood Mobile Products. They are the ones
who make the ranges and stoves and much of what we have in these RVs.
hade looked at my product guied and found the parts lisr and email them
and Sue sent back the prices aand told me to call her to order. I did and
whe was grat to work with. Ordered on Thursday and UPS showed up today,
Monday with all the parts to replace the front panel, grate, under bunner
panel and a new cover panel. Boy does our range look great now. After 4
years it was getting that used look.
it looks brand new and will have to be cleaned EVERY time we use it.
See the shine. How long will that last. Notice the all new front panel
behind the knobs. The panel came without the graphics and they had to be
applied as a stick on label and if applied wrong you are screwed. I lucked
out and got it on just right. Cleaned the knobs which held up, just need
bottom line is if you want to update your Attwood range to make it look
new just do it. The parts were much less than I thought they would be as
if you look at the price to replace the whole unit is seems more than a
home stove would be. But the parts were not out of line. New grate= $36
New under bunner top= $45 New front panel with label= $16.
So do you think I am a happy camper, you bet. And only wonder why
I didn't do this sooner.
tomorrow after my dentist appointment, plan on hitting Target to look for
a new fry pan and wok skillet.
you have a Great 4th of July... Soon we hope we will have country
we can be proud of again.
pray and support for our troups who are doing the best they can as they
So get out there and have
a hot dog and a beer. A little campfire would be nice if you want.
is our view out our 5er door. A older pic. as now the garden has grown
up big time.
There are corn fileds all
around and now are head high and just yeaterday they tassled. We had a
fantastic full moon last weekend. So looking forward to a relaxing 4 th.
May have pork spare ribes
and a few Leinenkugel's
pried of Chippewa Falls)
Click on the graphic to
see more about a a great beer.
Now if we could only get
this in AZ in the winter...
Monday July 9
rained a little last night... We have been having a heat wave like the
west has been baking in. But a cold front is going through and we hope
it will cool down a bit. I have been working on the main site updating
and adding sites. It's fun to read the blogs as I add them and soon I get
lost in the process with all the great adventures people are off to. Sometimes
what I read drives me nuts. One new blog was talking about pulling
into a KOA (how we all love those places) in Flagstaff, AZ and stayed for
5 days. They turned on their A/C as it is hot outside and the KOA
staff came by and told them they could not run the A/C in the park. Old
park wiring. SO they turned it off.
you believe, pay the outrages prices for a KOA and not be allowed to use
your A/C. They didn't want to pay the higher rates in the Sadona, AZ parks.
I commented back why not go to Cottonwood, AZ, a more central location,
to the Dead
Horse State park for about $15 FHU. I would have been calling
KOA home office and having a talk with them. But that is why we read
blogs to see how others are living their adventures. We get to see the
good and the bad of life on the road. OK done ranting.
to thinking what we had to do yet before we get back moving again.
has waxed the 5er (that's a big job done) RV range reworked along with
the plexiglass panels around it.
stuff done. (have a follow up first week of Aug.) Waxed the PU and treated
the bed liner. Getting meds all sent out from Medco. Still need to shampoo
carpet, but that is about all and then will be ready to get the hell out
of town as they say... Have to stop and get the Dometic fridge recall
work done. It takes about 30 min. from what they say on the forums. This
is better than doing a list.
year we left late and ran into snow in Rawlings, WY. and started heading
south from there. This year it is HOT and we want to go west Aug. 15. The
thrill of trying to stay one step ahead of the weather.
sold our home (that was hell, took 8 months and after we were gone south
in TX the first year and it sold in January in the cold back up north in
IA) (I sold my first two homes in less than 24 hours each so this
was not a fun time) Some might call us snowbirds, but we do live fulltime
in the 5er, right now we do spend 3 months visiting in Iowa during
the summer. No RV parks fees and it is free in Terry's sisters (we have
a pad here with FHUs. And he does work for them remodeling their properties.
I mow the grounds and watch the corn grow.
have my pension with paid health for BOTH of us. (Have to pay imputed IRS
income on his share). But still much better than what it could be. We are
living and learning as we go along to find the routes and places we like.
Right now we take a few months to get anywhere to where we want to stop
for the winter. NO rush. Quartzsite, AZ
that have to go there thing, and we have been going back for the last few
years, and now boondock in the BLM (have the equipment to live well that
way) We could go to a RV park but we have MORE room in the BLM.
wants to look out a window right into another RV. It is not about the money
saved by boondocking in the BLM... IT is the freedom from RV parks
with units sitting side by side.
loves the Quartzsite
Jem and Mineral Club and he is an instructor. (We do a web site
for them site as a courtesy sponsored by our other site HitchItch.com)
do plan to get a little more into this lifestyle (if that is possible)
(spending less time in IA in the summer) and more time just exploring the
US northwest as we go along. In a couple of years I will get extra
funds with SS.
have always wanted to be more of a campground host type fulltimer.
that time we might want to replace our current HitchHiker II 5er and Chevy
diesel PU with units we might like better. We like what we have, but never
can tell. Since we already have a NuWa 5er this is one unit 2008 HitchHiker
Discover America 348
SB I would like to take a closer look at it.
much for dreaming... time to get back to the blogs on
Friday July 20
and George are in WY on the Oregon Trail east of Fort Laramie and posted
this: Do you think it is odd for us on The Team to believe that we will
be able to hear the sounds of the old pioneer wagons going by tonite?
thoughts after a few ...
It's a beer don't ya know...
answer his question...
to some, but not me, If you believe it is possible to have the wonder and
openness to hear those sounds...
you will hear them .. in your mind and thoughts....
wonderful function of our concise minds, is we only use 10%, the
rest is for greater deads.
are more than we can think is possible.
is it that draws so many year after year to camping, and the burning flames
of a campfire, to relive the bond with nature, and our past, which we just
seam a need to connect to.
with people in the past, on a different level, is just as powerful, as
we now do in present time via the internet . Both are mind altering
connect with the past, in our own way, and share that awareness, with those
in the future.
are alive NOW, and have travels to document, so others can learn from us,
just like we learned from those before us. It is good to be alive,
if only for a moment in the scheme of things. Life as we know it, is so
short, as we try to learn the meaning of it all, before we don't have the
time to wonder anymore. (In this life!)