Thursday, October 12, 2017

Highlights of our 2017 Summer Trip

Well I have returned to the blog to write a little more about our fabulous trip. We had such a great time. Our pace was good - for the most part - we did come home a little fast - but there was a reason. We ended up driving the RV about 5,802 miles give or take a few. We didn't track the pickup miles.

Favorite Sights on this Trip 
North Cascades National Park, WA
Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Olympic National Park, WA
The Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean

Gold Bar, WA and Index, WA
Skagit River
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, OR
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment , WA
Devils Tower National Monument, WY
Spearfish Canyon, SD
The Marinas and Ports and Big Ships
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND and Chateau de Mores in Medora, ND
Badlands National Park, SD
National Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, SD
Niobrara State Park, NE
Mayfield Lake Trail & Lake

Most Unusual Sights:
Ghost Billboard
Ghost Billboard, Washington border with Canada
The Eclipse
Mary in Eclipse Glasses

Steve Looking cool in Eclipse Glasses

Abandoned Nuclear Reactors
Beautiful Emerald Green/Turquoise Water

Mary Driving the RV

Personal Bests: 
Driving the RV 
Getting my Senior National Parks Pass for $10! 
Birthday Dinner-Lakeside
Mary and her Senior Park Pass

Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Favorite Campsites:
Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport WA
Salt Creek and Tongue Point Recreation Area, West of Port Angeles
Salt Creek Rec Area

Cool Temp at Salt Creek Rec Area

Salt Creek Rec Area

Holiday Park FamCamp at McChord Air Force Base Tacoma, WA
Fort Stevens State Park, OR
Birch Bay, Thousand Trails at Blaine, WA
Long Beach Thousand Trails at Seaview, WA

Pretty Campground:
Eastcreek Campground, WA

Weird/Scary Thing:
Eaglecreek Fire- OR that closed I-84 for a few miles

Car Races

Best Bargain:
Car Races at Evergreen Fairgrounds, WA
Discover Pass - WA
Free Camping at Oregon State Parks 10 days per month for Disabled Vets

Donna & Larry

Dogs and Husband:


Poopsie (Zoey) and Steve

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017 Life at Home

What have we been doing since we arrived home? Tuesday and Wednesday - 9/12 & 9/13/17 One of the first tasks was to go through the mail - three months worth. I did that in two different sittings. I also ordered meds for Steve and I. Mine come from Walmart - and since there is no Walmart in Perry - they were supposed to be transferred to Stillwater. That was somewhat of a fiasco. One of the prescriptions didn't transfer - so when I went there to pick them up I was short one prescription. They will get it renewed/ordered from the physician - OK. Let me know when it is here. Also they didn't have enough of one prescription - so only gave me a partial fill - that was also troublesome. Hopefully this will get straightened out after a few times. We picked up Steve's meds and our mail from Hazel after our supper at La Macarena. I ordered Steve's shots on Monday and they promptly arrived on Wednesday - Great! Steve mowed the side of the yard next to the alley - our part. The guy north of us must have moved - because he used to mow all of it. Oh well - more mowing! We had to completely clean and bleach the refrigerator in the house because somehow the door got shut or something went wrong and it had mold growing in it! YUK! What a nasty chore - but we survived. We unloaded some of the important items from the RV. On Thursday - we went to Walmart for supplies and meds - frustrating as stated above! Friday the 15th of September - I worked on the laundry. After about 4 loads Steve noticed that water was coming out from the toilet. The water was backing up from the washer - to the toilets in both bathrooms and the closet where the heater is. Steve worked on cleaning up the water. Since it's Friday - can't call the plumber - will do that on Monday. I called about getting Steve's ultrasound scheduled. Saturday the 16th - We watched Oklahoma State University play football - not much else exciting. On Sunday the 17th we met up with Kristi and the kids for lunch at PF Changs's. We had a belated birthday celebration for Kristi! Monday the 17th we called the plumber, ATT, Dish, Social Security, work and the VA for a new hose for Steve's C-Pap. Lots of calls and business to take care of. The plumber and his helper showed up before lunch and got us fixed up! Yea! Now we can continue to do laundry. Tuesday the 18th was my day to get a new color on my hair and a haircut. Steve also got a haircut. We had supper at La Macarena with Linda. This marked one week of being back home! On Wednesday, the 20th of September - we went to the VA at OKC so Steve could get an Ultrasound. He found out that he has a hernia on each side, with the one on the right being much bigger. We also made an appointment for a F/U with Kimberly to complete Steve's paperwork to continue his driver's license. Since he has MS the doctor has to fill out paperwork almost every year for him to continue to have driving privileges. Little do they know he drove the RV about 5-6,000 miles this summer with no problems! We are so thankful that we have had the awesome privilege of seeing this country and avoiding any car wrecks! Thursday, the 21st of September - Steve fixed the ice maker with a new part. I assisted in my usual fashion by watching and handing stuff as needed. Friday, the 22nd, Ms. Yen (Stillwater VA Provider) called to discuss Steve's Ultrasound and the need for surgery. We walked and I also typed on the blog. It is not great to get behind blogging. Saturday rolled around again and we watched Oklahoma State play football. I worked on the blog. We also watched OU play football. Sunday brought more football. We walked and checked out the mail. I am glad to be caught up on the mail and don't want to get too far behind since we are home. Monday the 25th of September - we drove to Stillwater and went to Walgreen's and Walmart. What fun! They are still working on the bridge that connects to Highway 86 - so we are going east to Bill's Corner then south to Stillwater. I hope they finish it so we can get to Walmart faster! LOL We aren't that busy - so I don't know why I would be in a hurry. Tuesday - the 26th of September, Today I sent Steve back to bed because his hernia is bothering him. We didn't do much other than go out to eat at La Macarena with the girls. This is the end of two weeks back home! I am more than ready to return to the road - but Steve needs to get this hernia taken care of. Wednesday, the 27th of September - I worked on cleaning out my closet. I made some progress. More progress is needed. I did some laundry. Steve worked hard all day on a frame for the furnace. A project that has been simmering with him for a while. Hard to explain - but he completed it. On Thursday the 28th of September - we drove to El Reno and watched Logan play football. After the game we took them out to eat Pizza and returned home. It was a lovely evening to sit out and watch the game. El Reno Jr. High played Western Heights and skunked them. Friday, the 29th - not much. I think this is the day Steve and I tried to figure out what it would cost to remodel our kitchen. You can get lost on the internet looking things up! Saturday, the 30th - Watched OSU (OK State) play football. We went to the Dollar Store in Perry - awful! I needed to get a birthday card to mail to my sister Marsha in New Jersey. The service at the Dollar Store was extremely slow. They have a junky looking store and not much of what you need. I sure wish TG & Y were still an option in these small towns. Sunday - October 1 - More football watching - Dallas got beat! Denver won! Man I wish I could figure out how to make my football watching pay off! I could get rich! We walked around the neighborhood. We had a 3.3 earthquake today about 2:45 PM that got our attention! It shook the house and made noise. We've been trying to walk on most days - trying to get up a little earlier and walk in the morning while it is somewhat cooler. Zoey has so much more energy after our trip - we want to try to keep her walking. We really want to keep ourselves walking too! Monday, October 2, 2017- We watched some TV - horrible news about the shooting in Las Vegas. So Sad! We got tired of listening to the bad news and went to walk out at CCC Lake about 9:00 AM - it was 73 degrees and we were hot when we got back in the pickup. Now, we have been home almost 3 weeks! WOW! Time flies.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Home is on the Horizon

Funny thing - We saw this RV towing a car the other day out of Denver (9-10-17) and guess what - They are at the same RV park as us this morning. We thought this was unusual!
OK today we got up about 9:00 - we stayed up late last night watching Football. We left the RV park about 10:45 and filled up with gas and were on the road about 11:05 AM. It was an uneventful drive home. Smoky Hill, KS - Love Kansas Sunflowers!
We paid $4.75 toll for the part of I-135 after Wichita - no problem. Braman, OK - This picture is supposed to be the Oklahoma Welcome Sign - I wasn't expecting it to be on the ground. I thought it would be up on a sign post-like every other state. NOT. I had to find an old picture to use for Facebook.
Here is a crane putting up a windmill near the Billings Exit.
We arrived at Perry about 2:20 PM.
First we unhooked the pickup and removed the tow bar from the RV so it will fit in the driveway. We did this in the parking lot of what used to be Walmart. Perry has no Walmart anymore! It was closed while we were gone. I saw this on Facebook - it is bad for our town and us. We got the dogs situated at home and started removing the satellite dish (so the RV will fit under the RV carport). This took a little hard work, planning and sweat, but we got it done! Then rest. I started sorting the mail. Steve rested. Then we met Hazel at La Mac for supper - Yum! Great Mexican Food. Then we came home and I sorted more mail and relaxed. Then to bed.

Monday, September 11, 2017 Heading East Some More

What amazing surprises are in store for us today? We'll see. We were both tired this morning and didn't get up early. We walked the dogs carefully because the Mid America Camp Inn is full of sand burrs and they hurt (people and dogs). We would not stay here again unless absolutely necessary. It is a little run down and the sand burrs are extreme! Anyway we got underway and gassed - $100.00, $2.45 per gallon. It took awhile because they charge your card then let you pump. This is a PITA. So I waited inside to get my receipt. That didn't fill us up but we don't like doing business this way, so we will buy more gas on down the road. Plus I saw some real weirdos in here. Glad to move on. Park, KS
Steve headed East and drove about four (4) hours to Salina, KS and we stopped for the day at KOA. The same RV park where we spent our first night out on this trip. Plus we have stayed here other times, I think last year. The check in was very slow. The lady in the office was on the phone and took care of that first before the people standing in front of her. Plus I needed to go to the bathroom, and went around the side of the building to their restroom and guess what? You need a code just to go pee! I hate that. Perhaps I am grumpy. We walked the dogs and worked on the TV - hooking up to cable here. Not sure why we didn't use the dish - maybe something was blocking it, not sure, I don't remember. We wanted to watch Monday Night Football - The Denver Broncos. We also took a nap. Talked to Marsha and Kristi. I also called Pam - So checked in with family, which is always good. We watched football, then showered and went to bed. Stillwater VA called finally so I could tell them to order/schedule the ultrasound. Progress made.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Another day in the books! We got up about 8:00 and did routine things. We got ready to hook up the pickup and needed to back it up a couple of inches and guess what? It wouldn't start. So after some discussion (Steve didn't want to ask for help), I went to the office to see if someone would give us a jump! Of course they said, no problem. So we got it started, backed up and hooked it up to the RV. We can't put it in neutral for towing if we can't start it. Next we filled up with gas- no problem and were on our way about 10:45 AM. Leaving Laramie, WY
Crossing into Colorado!
Heading toward Denver
Denver on Sunday
An uneventful drive. We got through Denver without a problem. The key to driving through Denver is doing it on Sunday-best day! We stopped at Limon CO to walk the dogs and stretch. Then I decided I should drive again. So I got behind the wheel of the RV and away we went. Steve played the music and relaxed. Plus he got up to get me a drink and had a hard time walking in the moving RV! (I do this all the time). He was also having trouble figuring out how to use the phone to find a campground, I laughed till I cried! Funny! My navigating job is harder than it appears. Agate, CO
Crossing into Kansas
Anyway we arrived at Midamerica Camp Inn in Goodland, KS about 5:45 PM. We passed a Steak and Shake on our way in and the plan was to set up the RV, get the satellite turned in for the Dallas Cowboys Football game and go pick up burgers and watch the game. We paid, pulled in the RV and plugged in the electricity. We were ready to unhook the Pickup but decided to make sure it would start first - Oh NO-- It would NOT start. So I explained to the lady in the office that we will leave in the RV (towing the pickup) and go eat and get a new battery. So that's what we did -- Supper: $20.00, RV Park: $30.00, Battery for Pickup: $128.00. This stop cost $178.00 without counting gas. Some days cost more!! Steve installed the battery for the pickup in the Walmart parking lot. That made the pickup work! Yea! We returned to the RV park, and set up the RV, walked the dogs and put the dish up, jacks down and slides out. I had to contact Dish online to change our local channels. We got to watch the second half of the Dallas Cowboys game and we are pooped again! Two more days and we should be home.

Saturday, September 9 2017 A Day Off

We slept a little later today, then took our time getting around walking the dogs and putzing. We went to Walmart for supplies - fun! I got a birthday card to mail to Parker (my nephew) and the glue to seal the envelope was not good. Steve had to go back in to Walmart and buy some tape to keep it sealed. Then we found the post office and sent it off. This would be a neat place to spend more time - it has some mountains and pretty scenery. The University of Wyoming is here also. When we were here a few years back we toured the Wyoming Territorial Prison. There are some trails to explore also. We were just too tuckered out to do much more exploring. I came back and took a nice nap and Steve relaxed in his chair. Tomorrow we'll hit the road again. More South, east, south! We are on a plan to get home -so that Steve can see the doctor, get an ultrasound for his suspected hernia and get that in the works. Otherwise we would have stayed and played longer!

Friday, September 8, 2017 Wyoming- It Never Ends!

We left at 10:05 Am- Just had breakfast, walked the dogs and unplugged the electric. It was a pretty uneventful drive. We saw Badlands very similar to other areas of Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota We passed Flaming Gorge, an interesting looking place and went through a tunnel. We stopped somewhere at McDonald's for lunch and a nap. Then moved on. We got to Laramie about 6:00 PM and check into KOA. We had pizza delivered and watched OSU (Oklahoma State) play Football! Dish - Yes, LTE cell signal - Yes! 1288 miles in 4 days equals tired! Fort Bridger, WY
McKinnon, WY
James Town, WY
Green River, WY and Tunnels
Arlington, WY
Rock River, WY