Wednesday, May 3, 2017

RV Cajun Rally Louisana

Lessons Learned Living in a Rectangle:
* Planning a trip around the weather is certainly a must, so glad we got out of the East Texas area  before the storms hit in East Texas around Canton and prayers are going out to all those who were hit with such force of nature
*Strong winds will not make gas mileage a fun thing
*Staying at Walmart overnight is just what one needs when passing through..thank you Natchitoche, LA..and yes we bought things there
*Meeting a new group of RV people is always fun and yet leaves one tired from talking to strangers trying to get to know them
*A good way to get to know someone is to hitch a ride in their truck to the Swamp Tour
*A fun way to spend a morning is on a boat on the Swamp Tour with 20 other RVers
*Getting stuck on a stump in the swamp and having to call another boat to push you off is always fun
*Seeing 14 alligators during the Swamp Tour was great. There were some large ones!
*Taking the advise of a local and eating at Chef Roy's did not disappoint
*Eating all the craw fish you can hold makes a fun dinner especially with many who had never eaten them. The couple from Minnesota were like What? but after the first few they were all in and ate and ate while facebooking and face timing with there friends back home.
*Leaning a new game "Joker" could be fun but there are those who take life too seriously with cards in their hand. However, not be scared by the looks, hurumphs and eye rolls, I learned...AND my partner and I won 2 of the 4 games, so there you go. (It really is just an adult version of the child game of Sorry. )
*After dinner Cajun Music and dancing makes a perfect evening. Let the good times roll. "laissez les bons temps rouler"
*When the rains come and the wind blows in Louisiana it is a lot of both. Great day to read, knit and sew. More fun to come.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Living in a Rectangle...The Hookup

 The Rectangle HookUp

First day to hook up in a while, and remember toys when not played with often may be a bit off the game. So things to remember:   1.after winterizing The Rectangle remember to turn off the water connection inside for the washer (we do not have a washer/dryer) or a lot of water will come pouring out and as you are not inside it may, for a while, until you see water pouring out the front door continue to just put out the water….get the picture? Wet, very wet…but it is just water and major cleanup later it is all good.   2.Put LittleRed in gear before unhooking from The Rectangle or you will find yourself jumping into action to help hold it at bay while the other person jumps in and throws on the break and puts it in gear…luckily it was not on a steep incline. After a few moments of OMG all ended well. No-one was pinned between LittleRed and The Rectangle.   3.Remember to put the bottle of Sangria in the freezer or fridge before doing anything else and things will be a better still. Overall, we are loving being in The Rectangle and in a beautiful state park. We laughed a lot too!  We are now in Rockport, Texas heading to happy hour…happy to all.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

New Adventures for Easter week 2017

Living in a Rectangle
New Adventures for Easter week 2017
Off to an RV Rally in Rockport, Texas

As with all toys when you have not played with them for a while it takes a few to get back into the groove. The Rectangle is just a big toy headed to Bastrop State Park for the night before going to Rockport. It was a wonderful trip, easy drive and I put down my musings of what I saw.
Green fields, pink buttercups, grey skies, orange/yellow/red wildflowers, brown earth in the fields, rows of corn already up and growing, people leaving churches in their Easter best, new home construction, rusted boon pipe like fences, barbed wire fences, black eyed susan wildflowers, black/brown/red/blond cattle grazing, long horns grazing, raindrops on the windshield, bugs on the windshield, roadsigns showing the way, broke down cars along the road, critters that did not make it to the other side, snake in the road, tin roofs, oil wells, all the burnt trees as the reminder of the devastation the fire left here, new trees coming up to take over the void, state park sign, pull through site, bunny rabbit there to great us. All is well. Happy Easter all. Now to set up…we will see how much we remember or not.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Adventure Continues/Lessons Learned

 Lessons learned: 2016 adventure continues
*What is the difference between straw and Hay? Still not sure but straw glistens in the sun like gold in the
*Thankful we paid extra for the driver door when the auto retract steps do not work so you have to manually push them up. Only way without a small ladder is the driver door…works like a charm.
*A breaking system for the tow makes all the difference in the mountains. Soooo glad we purchased this at the Newmar International Rally and now we are legal in all states.
*Paper maps really do come in handy when you are lost and there is “no service” in the mountains.
*An apple tree laden with fruit right outside The Rectangle makes for great free snacking.
*Before visiting a favorite restaurant from 10 years ago and even though the outside has the same name you might want to check to see if it has the same owners.
*When the regular customer at the winery recommends a favorite always try it as it may be your favorite too. (yes brought it)
*Cats howling is the most woeful sound and breaks the silence of the night.
*When changing altitude coming out of the mountains one must remember to once again reset the number mattress.
*You know you are in the country when they pull the pickup next to the house to stand on and put the Christmas lights.
*When Mary drives The Rectangle the mpg goes down, nothing new here.
*Nothing dirtier than a dirty Rectangle.
*Learning to play the “pass it on” card game with other RVers at a rally can be fun even for those (David) who do not like games AND the most one can lose is $1.00 is a plus.
*It is a sad day when the bar b que meat at the restaurant only open for a few days is really dry, but then the surprise is the sides were so good you want to come back to get some to take out.
*It is angels sent to give comfort that always surprises us. Lunch with friends not seen for several years and conversation about everything and kids leads to talking about Granville, Ohio and all the unknown of a place no-one has been but will now be home to one of the kids. Then a woman from the next table comes over and says she is sorry but she overhead our conversation re Granville, Ohio and she is from there and begins to glow with the words of how wonderful the town/area and college there is and how lucky anyone would be to live there. See angels everywhere.
*Meanwhile back to the new breaking system, well…alarm goes off going down the road, code err come up and we call the company and they say Oppps not good, it has to be shipped back to the factory to be fixed. Really? We are a month and half from being home and we now have no system so we will (if stopped) not be legal? So, they say, just put it in the tow like it works an if stopped we can say we have a system and they will see it then when we get home to send it back. OK, so we are faking it till we make it back. The good news is we are out of the mountains on flat land.
*When you cross the state line back into Texas it is known you have a been waiting to exhale and the feeling you are “home” takes over even if you are many weeks from being “home”.
*The last week of travel is bitter sweet and that is OK.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lessons of Utah

Living in a Rectangle
Lessons Learned:

*A great quilt shop makes one jealous that there is not one like it in our hometown. Draper, Utah Thimble and Treads is fabulous.

*A great knit shop makes one jealous that there is not one like it in our hometown. Blazing Needles Knit Shop

*There are two parades a day at an RV park, those going out and those coming in.  It is a weird sort of fun to watch those parades and realize you can recognize the old hands and new hands pulling in and especially those trying to back into a space; one can takes bets on how many tries it will take to get it just right.

*There has yet to be any road or highway without construction cones/barrels and road work ahead signs. Not a single one.

*Rexall drugstores are still going.

*Bottle brush pine trees are the oldest tress in most parks and live a very long time, we saw one they claim is 5000 years old? Who on the tour would argue?

*Pretzels are the perfect snack to take the edge off even if the tour bus says no eating, one can sneak a pretzel into ones mouth. They allow water on the bus so all is good.

*There is nothing like an old fashioned root beer float at The Gem soda shop and restaurant in Panguiltch Utah

*What makes one road a byway and another a high way?

*Rocks on windshield not nice, little red gets plugs again.

*Most fields have bee hives

*On our 33rd anniversary we had Elk lasagna made and given to us by our RV neighbors that were back this year to Elk hunt. It was a special gift and excellent along with our broccoli  and champagne.

*Aspen on either side of the road with little red running between as their leaves flutter at a fast pace feels like crowds waiving and cheering us on down the road.

*We have six “rooms” in The Rectangle— the screen porch area in the front of the coach with the two main chairs, the dining area that can seat 4 for dinner or 6 for cocktails, the kitchen small but gets  the food out, the den with large couch (makes a queen bed), the bedroom and closets, two bathrooms and then there is the outside patio area. Each “room” has its own ambiance and gives separation if only mentally. We have fun letting each other know we are “going to the screen porch area”…or I’m in the den…or dinner now in the dining room

*Sheep are good for wool, meat and stopping traffic on the country road.
*Visiting National Parks in Utah in September; English is the most unheard language in the parks.

*BarBQue in Pangultch, Utah is pretty good.

*Now we are off to Colorado

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lessons continue for 2016 travels

July/August 2016
Lessons Learned:
*At outdoor festivals when people bring their own chairs they always begin to make rows
*Misters at a festival are so nice.
*Cooper mining in Butte may be nearly gone, but it is certainly not forgotten.
*Butte is the birth and burial place of Evil Knievel…  Town was happy when he left (he was a trouble maker) but happy to take him back after he found fame.
*The Irish and their music/dance are well ingrained in Butte as they worked the mines in large numbers.
*Local beer is always fun, easy to find in the travels out west but having to buy in a growler puts pressure on to drink it quickly.
*The lack of wineries in our travels has put our on board stock at risk so local buys will have to be from the store
*Seeing a newborn calf being born in a pasture one pulls over to see the little one standing for the first time and trying to walk to Mom is a testament to mother’s milk
*Never lose your driving skill in heavy traffic as Salt Lake City will put any city on notice as one of the worst
*When making reservations for The Rectangle always check where the trees are…satellite does not like trees.
*Listening to your spouse talking to ATT agent for wifi issues is like listening to a very funny SNL skit complete with foreign accents.
*There are a lot of families that live in the RV parks and follow the job from one place to another especially pipeline workers, data center electricians, speciality mechanics…
*The first day of school is very exciting in an RV park when the school bus stops with a lot of elementary students ready to learn.
*Downtown SLC is super clean but there are a lot of homeless on the streets.
*A great farmer’s market will yield great peaches, corn and fresh baked bread.
*Temple Square in SLC has it all together when it comes to tourism and when you start to see a lot of brides it must be Saturday Temple wedding day. (we were told there were 70+ weddings that Saturday)
*A massage makes it all better…thank you Massage Envy. Now to find that pedi/mani place.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lessons Learned National Parks

*You know you are in Idaho when there is a fly fishing headquarters in the Walmart.
*It is a problem when the virus that invaded David’s email will not go away and the Geek Squad and ATT get stumped. Finally someone at ATT figured out that all the times we changed our password it did not change…ATT had to change it on their end and finally got it to change.  Bye Bye Mailer Daemon. (Thought David was going to call the President of ATT at some point.)
*Movie popcorn tastes the same no matter where you are.
*There is a lot of land in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming…a survivalist could live off the grid here.
*Worth the money is an app ________ that gives a talking tour as you drive the National Parks. The one for the Tetons and Yellowstone was very informative and like having your own tour bus guide with you. It works if there is no internet service for your device and you have a lot of control over starting and stopping etc. Amazing what $20 will get you.
*Yellowstone traffic has to be well ranked as some of the heaviest on the planet and with road construction, well let us just say when you have a manual drive your left leg gets a real workout.
*The traffic in Yellowstone is worth the trouble to see Old Faithful lift the water in a beautiful pillar.  (it is 47 miles from the north entrance and took us over 2 hours)
*Turnouts in Yellowstone are many and they do help to “get the guy on your tail off your tail” when needed
*The hot springs is a good half mile walk and we were so looking forward to the warm waters. We walked the half mile plus on a crude path along with many others and got to the river. Now to get to the warm water is not a great distance in the water, but the rocks are very slippery, and our footing was not up to getting to that place. We will now know to bring better water shoes next time as bare foot was not working.  Age and balance showed itself as a lot of people just marched on into the river and over the rocky surface to the warm waters, but for some of us this just did not work out. OH MY there is a lot to be said for good knees and hips. There is always tomorrow or the next day?
*The longest line in Yellowstone was at the ice cream vendor in the lodge after Old Faithful gushed.
*Tours from China are very plentiful in National Parks.
*There was no line at the ice cream shop in Gardiner, town just before the North entrance.
*More later!!