Just a quick memo as to what in the heck we have been up to this year.
We returned to Ohio in December, if you remember from our last blog entry. It was a long but uneventful drive from Arizona to Dayton, Ohio. We saw a quirky Road Runner statue made out of trash in Las Cruces, New Mexico and we stayed at our first Army Corps of Engineers campground outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. That was a real treat. Too bad we only stayed one night. After that, we found ourselves having to adjust to a new reality which involves taking care of family as part of our normal day-to-day life. So we parked Beau, our RV, caught up on some repairs, then skirted him as we settled in for the winter. As the temperatures dropped, the wind picked up, and snow fell we received some news that entailed starting a new adventure.
This statue of a Road Runner is made out of trash (sneakers, electronics, car parts). Its 20 feet high and 40 feet long. You can find it on I-10 E at the rest stop outside Las Cruces.
Road Runner statue made out of trash. Statue is 20 feet high, 40 feet long. Artist is Olin Calk.
The eye is a Volkswagen Beetle headlight.
You can see keyboards, some car parts, a horse cutout, sneakers. Fascinating.
Huge campsite on a lake.
Three days working on the skirting in freezing temps. Ugh. But it looks like it will work.
What’s that new adventure? Well the exciting news is Bev has been hired as an Interpretive Park Ranger for the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park! It is a six month appointment and fulfills a childhood dream. We have always thought it would be pretty cool to be a Park Ranger. Now Bev will have first hand knowledge and experience. We visited this particular national park a year ago and wrote about it on my Facebook page. Due to space concerns, I was pretty light on the history side of the post. Now, with Bev working there, expect to have fun reading about the history of the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Dayton, Ohio as we explore in our blog all she is learning from her work. Stay tuned for those posts.
Big travel plans are off the table for the near term, but we are still planning on visiting national park sites in Ohio. The Hopewell Culture National Monument is not too far away as well as the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. After that we plan on visiting other sites in Ohio and neighboring states. So stay with us as we work on a new schedule to fit our current situation. As always, “Happy Trails,” till we post again.
In mid-September we said good-bye to Washington after six wonderful weeks in “The Evergreen State.” As we stated in our last post, “We can’t wait to go back.” There was so much we left unexplored or didn’t have enough time to explore in-depth. But we had to point Beau back east in order to fulfill previous commitments and take care of business.
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As much as we enjoyed our stay in Rapid City, it was time to move on. On July 5th, we packed up, and as Bev was retracting the jacks, I noticed a big oil leak. We just had an oil change in Colorado so we weren’t expecting that. We called a couple of places but could not get an appointment to have it checked out. We decided to change the oil filter and see if that fixed the problem. (The oil was dripping off the filter). Lo and behold, after taking an oil bath, the new Fram filter worked perfectly. The one the shop used was bigger than the original equipment and I believe that is a problem with this engine. We will just have to remember to insist on OEM oil filters when having a shop do an oil change.
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Man, this has been a great week. We did a lot and had some fun along the way.
Sunday, it rained. All. Day. Long. We stayed inside watched tv and basically chilled.
Monday, was clear. We put ourselves to the task we had been holding off on forever. Cleaning Beau. Started about 8:30. Finished about 5. Giving an RV a bucket wash (no hose washing allowed) is a long, tiring, but needed task. Continue reading “What a wonderful week we had”
This morning we’re hitting the road for our first destination of the summer season. As usual, we’ll begin our journey with our rowdy acapella rendition of Willy Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” The song sets the mood as we begin our adventures again and has been a tradition since day one when we hit the road in 2016. Continue reading “♬On the Road Again♫”
We arrived back in Colorado on Memorial Day. We have been busy getting Beau fixed up/cleaned up. First was a stop at Auto Truck Service for our 30,000 mile service. Then up to Monument so we could settle in and clean/organize our stuff. We have been traveling for 19 months and it is time to off load the stuff we are not using. We will also be picking up our mountain bikes out of storage so we will finally have some wheels again. Boy it is funny seeing space in our compartments. They were pretty packed.
Had a chance to visit with friends as well. It’s always fun to catch up, see everyone and notice the changes both in people and places. Last Sunday, we had a picnic at Fox Run Regional Park. Other than being on the cool side (low 50’s) it was a great time.
Kip decided to give us an excuse to see the vet. On Tuesday, Bev noticed a huge wound on his inside left rear leg. Very nasty looking, but according to the vet, a superficial laceration. Twenty stitches later, he came home with an inflatable collar in place of the usual e-collar and is now up to date on his vaccinations too. Our vet, Dr. Jensen introduced us to her new 5 week old puppy, Mollie. She is a cute collie, border collie, german shepard mix.
I’m still working on the itinerary for the year. I’ve added a list of places we are planning on visiting to the sidebar. We are going to have so much fun learning new things and seeing all the beautiful scenery. Can’t wait.