October 14-November 9, 2007
we did training at the Visitors Center. We learned how to open and close the
center and about some of the daily responsibilities.
the training, we went to town to get some sinus medicine .
came back the other volunteer couple was here. They live on a boat all summer
and then live in an RV here in the winter! They are a very nice couple, she is
a music teacher and he worked for the post office!
not hear from any one today. I guess everyone at home was busy also.
was our first day at the visitor center!! It went really good. The boat tours will not start until Wednesday and our first one is Sunday.
pretty good, but when the Dish man came, he did not like dogs, so we had to come get him and put him up.
had a good nights sleep and no headaches!! PTL!!
was not so lucky last night. He had a couple of headaches.
I am going to work on the Quick Ref for the boat tour. Larry is going to go to
the Sonoita Creek with the rangers to clean out the crayfish traps and count the species.
want to clean up some. It will be too late to go to Tucson today….maybe
3 deer out grazing along our site and there have been a number of sparrows at the bird feeder that Lou put out.
is very nice!! Sunny, a light breeze and dry!
we had another group of children to come to the Visitors Center to test water.
finished about a noon, Larry and myself wanted to drive to Buenas Aires National Wildlife Refuge to check it out and see what
information we could find.
about a 2 hour drive and Arivaca Road is not the greatest!! There were
a lot of turns and dips and the altitude increases all the way, but it is a beautiful drive.
Arivaca has a little store and a library. We saw 9 vehicles from the Border
Patrol here. You may have heard on the news recently that Buenas Aires is an
area where they need to put up a wall for Border Protection. Based on what we saw , I think it is needed, or some deterrent
passed away. I know that Sandy is devastated.
Rebecca was a very nice woman. Erlene loved her so much. Now they can
be together. Daddy is the only living child from the family now. Moma fell and broke her arm and Daddy is having trouble with his eye.
Daddy asked me to try and reach people, so I got in touch with Peggy and she was doing pretty good. She is always SO positive!! It was also good to talk to RC. She gave me an update on Aunt Katie and it sounds like she is also having daily struggles,
similar to Moma and Daddy.
arrived at the Visitors Center it was a nice building and area. On October 27th there will be a festival there!
I met Stephanie and her boyfriend and another young woman , but Bonnie was out in the field. We took a lot o information about the area, and the animals.
On our return we continued to see Border Patrol and the BIG BUS, which usually means they are pretty sure there will
be some people going back to Mexico.
are warnings in this area NOT to approach anyone you see when out in the open areas and if they approach you, be cautious. More and more illegal activities are occurring.
we had another group of children at the Visitors Center. While I was gone
Larry washed the sheets and was ready to go over to Rio Rico. We have not been
there in a long time.
it bring back memories! The first time I was ever there was with Jerry and Michelle. Later Karen, Sharon and Charlotte were all there and Patti, Pat, and others too! The area has really built up since we
were there! Some of the houses are $200M+.
we got back, I took a nap!! I don’t know why I was so sleepy!!
us some supper and then decided to take Jack or a little walk, even though it was beginning to get dark. Larry turned the outside lights on for us and we started out the door, and about the time I got to
the bottom step I heard a ratttttttttttttttttttttlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
I grabbed Jack’s leash!! There on the gravel was
RATTLE SNAKE at least 4 feet long!!
It was coiled and standing tall - ready to strike!!
I yelled for Larry and came to the steps with the broom and shoved the rattler!! It went under our truck!!
It then crawled out and went down the hill into the cactus’!
My heart was racing and I must admit , I was REALLY scared!!
of a Lifetime Continues…….
I was paying attention!! Jared would have loved it!!
here have been very busy!!
been getting used to the area .
over to Buenas Aires National Wildlife Refuge and took a look around. We went
via Arivaca. It is a traditional old Arizona town, but there is a lake near by
that attracts a lot of people and also the Coronado Forest attacts many hunters in the fall.
group that is attracted is Mexicans crossing the border. It seems there is a
growing group of Mexicans that are drug dealers coming through this area. Not
all Mexicans trying to come to the US are this way, most just want a better life for their families. The ones that are coming for illegal purposes are really making a mess in some of the areas. The US Border Patrol is everywhere and sometimes the National Guard.
the visitors center at Buenas Aires. Larry did not get too much of a look, he
started having a headache, but I did. I met Steph and another lady that works
there. There is a special celebration on October 27th to celebrate
the new armadas and the cienga work! I hope we can go!
21, we had a very busy day at the visitor center!! We had a group from Africa
and all together over 130 people! Me and Larry were whipped.
has really been enjoying going down to the creek to gather crawdads for Bill. He
has to measure them, count them, and ID if they are male or female. Then we log
them into a spreadsheet for them to use for reporting to Arizona Game and Fish.
are so many birds here!! Over 90 species have been seen so far!
a really nice man on Monday the 22nd named Rob van. Can you
believe it , he has many things in common with our other Rob van, Joris’ dad.
He was in a motor cycle accident, had his leg and foot messed up pretty bad, had many problems with it, but was not
as fortunate as Rob van #1, because recently , he lost his foot to amputation! He
is doing really good with it! He is a REALLY good birder and is helping me and
Larry a lot. He plays in a band called the “Hog Canyon Band”.
Boat Safety Training. Jim and Chip would like that for us in Mobridge! It could help at the fishing tournaments. Steve did the training
and it was really interesting.
from Renee!! Sarah and her team made it to the Nationals in Paint Ball and will
be going to San Bernadino , CA!! I hope they do great there!!
had a quiet 60th birthday, but he had many phone calls. Most of them
we missed, because the reception is not so good here, but we were in Nogales having breakfast and Kari got through and then
later in the day when I was in Nogales getting the truck washed, Libby got through also.
We cooked him a steak out on the grill, but I think we REALLY got spoiled on SD beef!!
No beef is like it! It is the best!
we have both been very busy. Tonight we have a presentation on Mountain Lions
for the Visitors Center. (
It went really good!! A small group, but it was nice! )
on Moma and Daddy. They are both doing about the same.
to Ruby, AZ , a ghost town. It was not much to see. However, we did really enjoy the very remote canyons and roads.
We saw deer and birds. We went on to Arivaca Lake and then to Arivaca. Judy and Ron are going to present information on ghost towns at the visitors
center in a couple of weeks. On the way we saw horse back riders and most of
them were from Hamburg, Germany! I pictured, Lynn and Bill doing this!
got my cell phone to work, but it was later in the day. I did finally get in
touch with Delois! She sounded great!
morning I took Jack for his morning walk and he had a BIG BOO BOO!! He spotted
something to chase and took off!! He wrapped the leash around a cholla (teddy
bear or jumping cholla , AKA)! I had to get into the brambles and untangle him!! Poor Jack had cactus stickers all in his legs, face and feet!! I got what I could out and we went back to the RV, where me and Larry had to pull them out carefully with
tweezers! He was so pitiful! I
think he learned a valuable lesson!
to Nogales, right at the border, to hear the “Hog Canyon Band”. It
was great!! They did a variety of music.
There were a lot of sales, but I was not shopping!
went up to Paton’s in Patagonia to look at hummingbirds.
we have the boat tours and the visitor center work.
November 9, 2007
Birthday Bongo! 61 years YOUNG!!
we went to San Pedro House and Fort Huachucua. I really liked it there.
at McDonald’s and got Larry a fish sandwich. I hope someday to have a lunch
at Wendy’s , but not today.
a nice birthday and she is always so busy!! I do hope sometime we can sit and
talk when my cell picks up good and she has time.
to June and we had a great talk. She was in shock about the rattler!!
to do better in the next couple of weeks on the website.
I am also
working on our Christmas DVD to send home.
October 8, 2007
This morning we heard from Cheryl and we had a great conversation. If we get back this way again
in November, we are going to go to Gary Springs.
We got away from Las Cruces about 11AM and headed down I10 West.
traffic was pretty heavy until we got about 45 minutes down the road. There are signs that warn about dust storms.
made a stop at Rock Hound State Park. It has HUGE pecan trees. Th
I called Jen and she said it was OK for us to come on
in today. Our site is not quite ready yet, so we will just grab a campsite until tomorrow afternoon. She has the training
for the Education program on the 15th tomorrow, so we will be able to make that!!
I tried to call Pyro’s Mom,
but missed her AGAIN!!
I can always tell when I am close to Arizona because of all the Schneider trucks.
a pillow with little dogs on it before we left and it has really came in handy for Larry to keep his left foot on. Thank you
Rachel!! Sarah called me last night and wanted to use a video camera. I don’t have one anymore.
The name of
this highway is the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway. We just crossed the Continental Divide and the elevation was 4585’.
We are seeing more and more sotol (desert spoon plants) but have not seen and other cactus yet.
Welcome to Arizona
State Capital Phoenix 48th State February 14, 1912
State Flower Saguaros Cactus Bloom
State Motto God
State Bird Cactus Wren
State Nickname Grand Canyon State
Well, we did it. We are finally in Arizona.
It is 83 degrees and 7MPH winds!
We are near Exit 362 and Ft. Bowie Vineyard. 1000’s of walnut and pecan rees
and grapes are on both sides of the road.
There is a train with 92 cars on the track beside of us. Remember when we were
little in Greensboro and we would have to sid an wait on the rain near Lee St. and we would count the cars?
near Cochise Stonghold Exit 31 and we see a big lake and a smoke stack. Exit 331 is for 119 South Sunsites/Douglas .
came through Texas Canyon where some of the most beautiful cactus bloom in the rainy season. The rock formations are placed
one by one by God….no other reason makes sense to me at all!! WE stopped and got some cold drinks and let Jack do
his thing. There were 2 other couples on their ways to other places in Arizona. One of them had a little black cub bear on
his roof ladder!! It was the cutest thing!! I have to have something on mine now, but I do not know what it will be….maybe
a Mountain Lion or maybe a bird…..!!
We are getting ready to take Exit 302 on I10 to Fort Huachuca . From this
view we can see Benson and a long ways…..it may be some of Tucson!!
We just crossed the San Pedro River and
it is dry as a bone.
We are on 90 South and just passed Kartchner Caves!! WE will come back when we are not hauling the
RV. We may see the Specks there!!
The elevation is climing again and we are at 4600’. The mountains are surrounding
As far as we can remember this is the first time we have ever came in this direction. There are some huge mountains
on both sides. Larry saw some people riding horses, but I did not look quick enough.
We waved to Ft. Huachuca for Bobbi
and Jack!! In Sonoita we think we saw the steak house that Jack and Bobbi like!!
This is one more beautiful valley. We
saw 13 antelope!! We are honored to be a part of helping them take care of this!! There are some really big houses that have
been built in here recently!!
We are in Patagonia!! 4PM MST!!! We crossed Sonoita Creek and it is DRY!!! Lets pray
for rain and water!!! Elevation 4050’
WATCH FOR ANIMALS warning signs are up!! Larry said earlier we will definitely
see some great wildlife , because we have time to do it!!
We passed Pattons Hummingbird place. Lois and Jose and June
loved it there. My Moma would too.
Just so you guys kow we are on the Mexico Border. There is a border patrol set up ahead.
4 trucks and guns. I am thankful they check not so much for the :Mexicans, but for the other people that may be headed to
Ft. Huachuca. We passed….God Bless America!!
Watch for falling rocks signs are up and hiking signs.
into Patagonia State Park at …4:15PM MST and 4200’!!!
Thank you Lord for getting us here safely!!!
Thank all of you that prayed for us!!
Cows came out on the road to greet us!! To the left we see the lake and the very
beautiful mountain side.
We were met at the gate by a man named Ben. His wife’s name is Sheila! The volunteer
site is not ready, so we picked a site to stay on for a day or so.
After we got set up, we got a cola and the pistachios
and sat t the picnic table and rested. Jack seems real happy!! He is just glad not to have to be in the truck!!
Jack for a long walk and went to where the visitors center is and the bridge. There is a really nice marina with paddle boats
and a store that reminds me of Mrs. Carlton’s , only bigger.
The air is fresh and clean!! Jack and me met a
nice couple that will be at the art show in Patagonia this weekend. They will only have art and jewelry. Lois would be in
Jared called us to check on the package! He said Mobridge was foggy, cold and windy!
We called home to let
Moma and Daddy know we had arrived and to let Lisa know. I have tried several times to reach Renee and only got to speak with
her briefly one time.
The coyotes got fired up after dark. Jack joined in and was not too happy about them!
We were woke up by the phone at 5AM. Nothing wrong, just need to remind friends and family that we are 2 hours
Jack and myself went for a long walk while Larry was still resting. It was so quiet here and there were many
ducks on the lake.
This AM I am going to a training to help with the Field Trip from the school next week. It starts at
9AM , I assume at the visitors center.
The training went well and I met some very nice people. We had lots of mail waiting
for us and a package from June Bug with a St. Christopher necklace in it for me!! Also, some nice artwork from Bryonny and
There were birthday cards also from Metash, Tezak, Pegg Rd., Carretta and Jackie!!
Larry was getting things
together for us to move and about 1:30PM, we moved “up the hill” the marina to the volunteers site. We
are on the end site and behind us is the Sonoita Creek area, in front of us is the Marina and Lake with a view of Whipple
Observatory and beside of us on each side is the park view of the mountains. Larry parked the RV like a pro and within 15
minutes we were up.
We did not get everything put out, but most of it. We will have time to do it the next few days. We
fixed a light supper with sandwiches and salad and sat outside looking at the stars. There are not many lights here and the
stars look very bright. The coyotes howled off and on. They got Jack’s attention, but he stuck beside of us.
I woke up early and me and Jack went for a walk! It was a cool and beautiful morning. The sun comes up at the
back of our RV over the mountains. I think this is going to be a routine for me and Jack every morning. Larry did pretty good
last night. His legs are improved also, with the help of the stockings and the massages.
I went to the visitors center
for the children’s workshop. 56 children came and the program was on Water Quality and the Environment. I did the
Reflection and Pollution segment. The kids were great and seemed to really enjoy it! We finished up about 1PM.
to pick me up. When we got to the RV we dove into getting everything out of the storage compartments and cleaning them out!
How does SO MUCH dirt get in there, when they are closed and we are going down the road???
We decided to put the awning
out, the first time since it blew off in Mobridge!! It looks really nice, but I am afraid it will block the view from the
windows. Larry said it is easy to put in and out, so we will just see how it goes.
Both of us have wanted a screen house
since we started this, but in Mobridge, it would have became a giant parachute…..so we did not use one. Here we
can do it!! Larry suggested we put it off to the side, put a picnic table under it and we could set up some of our things
to cook with there. I love the idea, because I would much rather cook outside! We could also use it for a neighborhood get
together place for us volunteers.
In the hottest part of the afternoon we took a break sitting outside on our patio rug
(that Pyro’s Mom gave us) eating some New Mexico pistachios. Then we took off to Walmart in Nogales to pick up a
few things. Nogales has really grown a lot!! It has everything!
After supper, we sat outside and looked at the stars again.
We saw the Kentucky Lady and the Metal Art Work Lady out walking. I am going to try to go to the festival they are in at Patagonia
on Saturday after our training.
October 12, 2007
This AM we are going to the Doctor in Nogales, to get Larry set up
with the Coumadin clinic and checked out by the cardio specialist there. The Dr. from VA has already been in touch with them
about Larry, so it should go pretty good.
Jack and me took off for our walk and it was really nice again this AM. Today
is Bama’s birthday and I called her. We both want to lose a few pounds, so this walking up and down these hills
every day can’t hurt me!
Things went well at the doctor. Larry’s BP and HR was good and he said what
we were doing for his legs was exactly what we should have been doing. (Nurse Beck tried to tell him!! ) His PTINR was in
range also…..and although they would like to have something for the cluster headaches, there is nothing to do except
wait till they are over , or go to the emergency room and be knocked out with a shot if it gets too bad. (Same old story for
years) What I had found for the sinus problem “NeilMed Sinus Rinse” and saline spray was also the best
that he could use, due to all the meds and issues he has, so we were on the right track. Now we do have a Dr. contact here,
if anything happens.
We only get 1 TV station, which drives Larry nuts. I don’t care. Dish Network is coming
out to set us up. It is the first time we have ever had Dish. So far, I have not been impressed with their customer service.
I hope Monday will change my mind. I just hope they don’t have Rush on it!! The man makes some valid points, but
I can not take HOURS of listening to him!
We drove up to Patagonia to mail some things. I try to send Moma and Daddy a
mail pack at least every 10 days with photos and notes. I went to the Library to do email and the web. While we were there,
the school was having some type of festival parade. It had 4 floats.
Lew , another volunteer arrived this afternoon. We
had a chance to visit with him for a few minutes and he is a nice guy! He is from Washington State.
Both of us wanted
some good Mexican food so we decided to do that for supper. It was at a place called “Tequila Charlie’s”
and was great!! They had a mariachi band too!!
Jack loved the leftover burrito!!
October 13, 2007
Larry had headaches
last night. I got up about 6AM and me and Jack went walking. He is resting and I want him to sleep as much as he can, since
this AM we are going for volunteer training.
• Customer Service – Visitor Center and Arizona Parks
• Boat Safety
• Blood Borned Pathogen
• Gator Driving
Programs and Trail Work (There are LOTS of Programs)
• Ethics for Parks
I am glad to get the training. It
will be helpful everywhere we go and at home, no matter what we do.
Jack has to stay at the RV, but he will be inside
in the air conditioning and I will come back at lunch to let him out. Then we will go back until 4PM. When we get finished
I will take him for a LONG walk and maybe to Patagonia.
We will be there for 2 days and then on Monday the work starts.
Monday AM Dish is coming, and we do not work.
Our first day at the Visitor Center is next Sunday and then Monday. Tuesdays
we will work trails for 4 hours.
I am hoping to go to Tucson on Tuesday. SAMS Club and other shopping I need to do there,
like at Camping World.
October 11, 2007
I woke up early and me and Jack went for a walk! It was a
cool and beautiful morning. The sun comes up at the back of our RV over the mountains. I think this is going to be a routine
for me and Jack every morning. Larry did pretty good last night. His legs are improved also, with the help of the stockings
and the massages.
I went to the visitors center for the children’s workshop. 56 children came and the program
was on Water Quality and the Environment. I did the Reflection and Pollution segment. The kids were great and seemed to really
enjoy it! We finished up about 1PM.
Larry came to pick me up. When we got to the RV we dove into getting everything out
of the storage compartments and cleaning them out! How does SO MUCH dirt get in there, when they are closed and we are going
down the road???
We decided to put the awning out, the first time since it blew off in Mobridge!! It looks really nice,
but I am afraid it will block the view from the windows. Larry said it is easy to put in and out, so we will just see how
Both of us have wanted a screen house since we started this, but in Mobridge, it would have became a giant parachute…..so
we did not use one. Here we can do it!! Larry suggested we put it off to the side, put a picnic table under it and we could
set up some of our things to cook with there. I love the idea, because I would much rather cook outside! We could also use
it for a neighborhood get together place for us volunteers.
In the hottest part of the afternoon we took a break sitting
outside on our patio rug (that Pyro’s Mom gave us) eating some New Mexico pistachios. Then we took off to Walmart
in Nogales to pick up a few things. Nogales has really grown a lot!! It has everything!
After supper, we sat outside and
looked at the stars again. We saw the Kentucky Lady and the Metal Art Work Lady out walking. I am going to try to go to the
festival they are in at Patagonia on Saturday after our training.
October 12, 2007
This AM we are going to the Doctor
in Nogales, to get Larry set up with the Coumadin clinic and checked out by the cardio specialist there. The Dr. from VA has
already been in touch with them about Larry, so it should go pretty good.
Jack and me took off for our walk and it was
really nice again this AM. Today is Bama’s birthday and I called her. We both want to lose a few pounds, so this
walking up and down these hills every day can’t hurt me!
Things went well at the doctor. Larry’s BP
and HR was good and he said what we were doing for his legs was exactly what we should have been doing. (Nurse Beck tried
to tell him!! ) His PTINR was in range also…..and although they would like to have something for the cluster headaches,
there is nothing to do except wait till they are over , or go to the emergency room and be knocked out with a shot if it gets
too bad. (Same old story for years) What I had found for the sinus problem “NeilMed Sinus Rinse” and saline
spray was also the best that he could use, due to all the meds and issues he has, so we were on the right track. Now we do
have a Dr. contact here, if anything happens.
We only get 1 TV station, which drives Larry nuts. I don’t care.
Dish Network is coming out to set us up. It is the first time we have ever had Dish. So far, I have not been impressed with
their customer service. I hope Monday will change my mind. I just hope they don’t have Rush on it!! The man makes
some valid points, but I can not take HOURS of listening to him!
We drove up to Patagonia to mail some things. I try to
send Moma and Daddy a mail pack at least every 10 days with photos and notes. I went to the Library to do email and the web.
While we were there, the school was having some type of festival parade. It had 4 floats.
Lew , another volunteer arrived
this afternoon. We had a chance to visit with him for a few minutes and he is a nice guy! He is from Washington State.
of us wanted some good Mexican food so we decided to do that for supper. It was at a place called “Tequila Charlie’s”
and was great!! They had a mariachi band too!!
Jack loved the leftover burrito!!
October 13, 2007
Larry had headaches
last night. I got up about 6AM and me and Jack went walking. He is resting and I want him to sleep as much as he can, since
this AM we are going for volunteer training.
• Customer Service – Visitor Center and Arizona Parks
• Boat Safety
• Blood Borned Pathogen
• Gator Driving
Programs and Trail Work (There are LOTS of Programs)
• Ethics for Parks
I am glad to get the training. It
will be helpful everywhere we go and at home, no matter what we do.
Jack has to stay at the RV, but he will be inside
in the air conditioning and I will come back at lunch to let him out. Then we will go back until 4PM. When we get finished
I will take him for a LONG walk and maybe to Patagonia.
We will be there for 2 days and then on Monday the work starts.
Monday AM Dish is coming, and we do not work.
Our first day at the Visitor Center is next Sunday and then Monday. Tuesdays
we will work trails for 4 hours.
I am hoping to go to Tucson on Tuesday. SAMS Club and other shopping I need to do there,
like at Camping World.
The training went good.
We took out the Pontoon Boat and practiced where we will drive and
went over all the procedures.
October 14, 2007
Today we did training at the Visitors Center. We learned how to open
and close the center and about some of the daily responsibilities.
After the training, we went to town to get some sinus
When we came back the other volunteer couple was here. They live on a boat all summer and then live in an RV
here in the winter! They are a very nice couple, she is a music teacher and he worked for the post office!
I did not hear
from any one today. I guess everyone at home was busy also.
October 15, 2007
Well….today was our first day
at the visitor center!! It went really good. The boat tours will not start until Wednesday and our first one is Sunday.
did pretty good, but when the Dish man came, he did not like dogs, so we had to come get him and put him up.
a good nights sleep and no headaches!! PTL!!
October 16, 2007
Larry was not so lucky last night. He had a couple of
This AM I am going to work on the Quick Ref for the boat tour. Larry is going to go to the Sonoita Creek with
the rangers to clean out the crayfish traps and count the species.
I also want to clean up some. It will be too late to
go to Tucson today….maybe tomorrow.
I saw 3 deer out grazing along our site and there have been a number of
sparrows at the bird feeder that Lou put out.
The weather is very nice!! Sunny, a light breeze and dry!
October 4 , 2007
This AM it is sunny, but cool….about 55 degrees here in Valentine, Nebraska. Larry had a not so good night. He
is sleeping now and it is about 8AM. L
We got on the road about 10:30.
As we drove down 83 south you see sand hills that look very similar to the sand hills you see near the outer banks. The settlers called this area the sea of grass and you can see why!! There are some very nice lakes and ponds that you can see from the road. You see a lot of cattle on the grazing. Since Omaha
is known for its streaks….I guess that is understandable.
Jack is taking a nap…..and gets up once in awhile to look out the window. Larry has found Rush on the radio….oh yeahhhhh!! It is not coming in so clear. I think I will put
my ear plugs in. (The station was lost)
Now that he is flipping through ALL the channels!!
We heard from Lois and she said that Bobbi and Jack are doing OK, since Bobbi’s
Mother died. She was almost 104 years old!!
They are preparing to go on a cruise.
I am watching the time, because I really want to catch up with Pyro’s
Moma today!! They just got back from Arizona. WE had hooped to see
them there, but since we were delayed in leaving Indian Creek, we could not do it.
We are seeing a caravan of cattle trailers coming this way!! Guess they are headed to the market. One thing we do
not understand here and in SD , they leave the hay laying in the fields. I
hope to find out why they do this.
The route we are taking is not the most direct route, but it is easier for
pulling an RV the size of ours, due to the most direct route is more through the mountains.
We are gaining altitude slowly.
We heard that Jeff is doing good and will know more Friday about his arm and
if they got all the cancer. The doctor said it could have came from the sun or
from his tattoo.
Rachel went to the Virginia State Fair yesterday with the Future Business
Leaders of America. Roger has a ball game tonight.
When I talked to Jeremiah over the weekend he was doing good at GTCC and Devin
and him had been “hanging out” together. He said Devin was doing OK, but Devin had told me the Taurus had an electrical problem. Sarah is doing good in school this year. Ashley
and Brandon are still adjusting to moving to Greensboro.
I called Debbie to share about Jeff and she said they were all doing good. Her boys and Tammy’s are growing up so fast!!
Bongo is feeling better and is still recovering from his fall.
I got a note from Jennifer and she said her and Bobby and the boys were doing
good. Her grandma is still struggling with the sudden loss of her grandpa.
We just saw a mail box that looked like a covered wagon!! First time I have ever seen that!!
We crossed the Dismal River in Nebraska.
The hills are getting taller and there are more trees here. We have not
seen any wild life or birds. Only cows. There is an older road that is running
parrell to this road that looks like it is only one lane. It may be used
as a service road now, but it must have been some rough riding and tough travelers in this area to usgffe hat road! Alls the power and phone line pols ru along it.
Larry has found a radio station.
We just crossed North Platte Rver. North Platte is bigger than I expected. Diesel was 3.09 here and that is the
cheapest we have seen it!!
Devin called and he was on his way to class.
He is doing well. He is going to work on the car this weekend. He said he had seen Jeremiah and he was doing well also.
Kari called us yesterday evening!! Her
and Brian did good in the competition. It
was good to hear from them. I hope they will stay in touch.
Well, we have found a place that is more wide open than anything we saw in
SD!! We just crossed into Frontier County
in Nebraska, and you can see for MILES and MILES!! The Who must
have been here when they wrote/sang that song!! Corn, wheat and pasture
land as far as you can see in every direction!! The only visible building is
a grain elevator.
GPS is 40.39.27 north and
100.38.14 west ….Google it!!
McCook, Nebraska is the next town.
We called Chip and told him we miss SD and its busy country side!! He laughed….and we got cut off. Cell phone reception
is not the best in these places.
I tried to reach Pyro’s Mom,
but got her voice mail!!
Larry and I, both continue to be amazed at what is in this wonderful USA that
we know as home!! It is a amazing what you can see n every state. We are near a place called Red Willow Dam and Recreation area and we can see a big
lake from here.
We just saw a McDonald’s sign…!!.Maybe Larry can get his fish
sandwich and I will get Jack a hamburger!!
McCook has over 8000 people people!
Wendy’s….the first one since we were in Bismarck on May23rd.
WE stopped at McDonalds and had lunch and got gas. It was a nice break. If we stop at another fast
food place, I hope it is Wendy’s . Jack really enjoyed his burger.
A few facts about Nebraska:
Lincoln and is the 37th State ( March 1, 1867)
State Flower Goldenrod
Equality before the law
Welcome to Kansas
To the stars through difficulties
Things really don’t look any different so far.
We saw THOUSANDS of cows!!! It
is still just a lot of rolling hills with grass!!
It is approaching 5PM , so I am looking for a place for the night. Let me tell you….this is ONE REMOTE place!! We
are coming into Garden City and there is not campground coming up on the GPS. When
we stop for gas, I will check with the people in the station.
The little Mexican girl gave me a map and there is a place called RJ’s
RV park fairly close. The Lord was watching after us!!
We got there and it was all drive through and easy in and easy out, but no
wifi. That is OK. We both
are tired and right on time, Larry started having a headache.
We met some very nice people from Texas.
October 5, 2007
Well It is about 9:45 and we are on the road.
Larry had a headache at midnight and another one about 4AM, but they did not last long. PTL!!
We are headed toward Liberal , Kansas which is right on the board of Oklahoma. We will only be in Oklahoma for a short distance. I wish we were closer to Tulsa, I would like to be able to stop in and see Kenneth and Mary Ann.
83 is a VERY LONG road!! We
have seen a number of oil wells and as we come out of Garden City there is a
field that probably has 50 in it.
Dodge City, Kansas is near here. I
wonder if they have a Long Branch Saloon?
There are huge combining operations going on in the farms we are passing. The silos are huge!!
One thing Kansas has in common with PA is the holes in the roads and rough
We buckled up (yes, I wear my seat belt now) and said a prayer for protection
and for our family and friends.
We are finally off of 83 South and we are on 54 West.
Welcome to Oklahoma!!! 11:30 CST
November 16, 1907
Scissor Tailed Flycatcher
Labor conquers all things
Oklahoma on 54West is a steady incline.
I called and talked to Mary Ann, Kenneth’s, wife, and she said they
were doing fine. Aunt Katie is improving and doing well. That was great news!!
Welcome to Texas !!! 12:30 CST
December 29, 1845
The Lone Star State
I always liked Texas and I have never have been bored there not one single
minute!! I will never forget the days I worked in El Paso with Hummel’s
Heroes and BEPL. There was a place on Industrial called Ernie’s that
had the BEST breakfast burritos EVER!!! The tortillas were awesome there. Jerry & Michelle sent me tortillas
from there for Christmas!!
You should see all the corn piled up here in huge mounds!! The harvest is so great, it will not fit in the grain bins, and there are not enough train cars to carry
it all!! Last night I heard trains all night long n Garden City!! It reminded
me of Bensheim where when the War on Iraq was starting, I heard trains all night….they were coming from Darmstadt and
The very first thing we saw was a windmill farm for electric generation. 17 of them!
This is one more lonely place….and it would be a challenge to love here. Kari….stay in Selby!! .
Larry found Rush on the radio…..We did listen to XM for an hour or so
We are headed to Tuscamori, NM. It
is about 90 miles and NM is about 40.
We just saw a more cows and I bet it was 5000!! It smells like it too!! The were on the left and on
The terrain is starting to change. We are seeing desert like area with scrub bushes.
Welcome to New Mexico!! 2:15 CST
State capital Sante Fe
January 6, 1912
It grows as it goes.
Land of Enchantment
We continue to gain altitude slowly on this road. 4200’ as we crossed into New Mexico. It
is a road that is a much more gradual incline than going some of the roads closer to Colorado.
We downsized some in Mobridge, but we also added a few things there. I am going to down size again in Patagonia
by either giving away clothes or getting a big box and shipping some of them home. My
advice to anyone doing this….pack what you think you will need, cut it in half, then look at it and cut it by 10%!
Well, this is where Brandon is from and this is where Ashley and him will
come for Thanksgiving. They will fly into Albuquerque and we hope to hook up with them for1 day there.
When we were here with Lois she loved the jewelry she saw. The turquoise here is some of the most beautiful you will ever see!!
This is also the state where Jose wrapped the snake around her neck and got
her photo made!! June wrote that she loved Oklahoma, but New Mexico was truly
the Land of Enchantment!!
One of my memories is when Janice, Angela and myself went to White Sands from
El Paso and almost got arrested!! Also, the time that AET and myself went
there and there was a HUGE and SPECTACULAR storm!! I still smile when I see the
look Janice had on her face in my mind and tremble when I think about that storm!! !
If you have never been to White Sands , you need to go, but remember to go in the correct way and if you don’t
,stop and WAIT , at the guard station!!
The security there is still tight.
During WWII the research that went on there for the atomic bomb was top secret.
In July 1945, the scientist tested the first A-Bomb there, which was about the same as 15-20,000 TONS of TNT. The atomic age had arrive for all of us, born in Los Alamos.
Native American traditions have endured more in New Mexico than any other
state. In 19 different pueblos,
the tribes cultur, religion and language live on. It is still restricted in many areas , and no photos are allowed.
The oldest continuously habituated house in America is in Sante Fe. It was built by the Spanish in 1200. In 1821 the first wagon
train arrived in Sante Fe with the settlers.
The minerals mined in New Mexico include,
gold, copper, uranium, zinc , lead, and of course turquoise.
We just crossed the Canadian River and there some beautiful rock formations
…..so typical of New Mexico.
As we approached Tuscamori, we saw that OLD Route 66 was part of the path
we were taking!! Do you remember that show Route 66? I remember this girl name A. Ivery that was friends with P. Tew that loved that show when we
were in school!! Everyone wanted a Corvette!!
We were really low on fuel, but it was the cheapest we have had it….3.05. So far we have spent over $500 for gas and Big Blue 350 is getting about 8 MPG
hauling this rig….but when I think of all the hills ….I guess that is pretty good!!
This area has been involved in dinosaur fossil finds!
We are off of US 54 and now we are on I40.
It is a lot more traffic.
We are 171 miles from I 25 and we are now in the Mountain Time Zone , so we gained an hour today. Altitude is 4174’
We just got to Cuevo, NM and we topped 5000’.
We just got to Santa Rosa, NM and
We are getting into Albuquerque and the Balloon Festival is this weekend! We will stay outside about 25 miles, but I hpe to be able to see some of the
balloons!! Ruthi I am sure will
be watching from a great vantage point in heaven. I remember the day she went
on her ride and she said, if she died tomorrow, she would be happy!!
We are about 30 miles out of Albuquerque and we just topped 6000’.
We are at Exit 221 on I40 and
we just topped 7000’.
Well, Ms. GPS really got us into a mess!!
.We were going to ZIA Campground. HER directions said go to exit 226 take
a right and then a left. We ended up on a DEAD END service road. I had tried to reach ZA by phone, but it went into voice mail.
I called back and got them and they said the GPS was wrong…..we needed to be at Exit 203!!! PTL for Larry’s driving skills. I got out and told him
how far to come back and he backed this rig up, turned it around and got us going back in the right direction!!!
We finally got to ZIA and it is pretty nice.
I fixed some spaghetti for supper.
Met some really nice people.
We woke up to a beautiful morning in New Mexico…..warm, with a little
wind, but not like the wind in South Dakota!
Larry had a bad headache last night.
We were all up at 3AM, including Jack. I was up about 7:30 and I am letting
him sleep until I have to get him up. Check out is 11AM .
In Moriarity, New Mexico they are having a Pinto Bean Festival!! It is a real gas, don’t you think so?
The balloons set off this AM , some 700 of them ! You can not see them from here, but it was on TV.
I met a really nice couple from Altoona, PA!!
There is also a camper on the end from CHAMBERSBURG, PA!! I wonder if
they know Jim and Doris there?
We decided to head South on 41 , West on US 60 and connect into I25 all the way to Los Cruces.
To make sure we are set for the night, I called and made us a camp site reservation.
We are going to stay there until Monday. On Sunday we are going to Three
Rivers and Ruidosa. I hope to meet up with Cheryl while we are here. I left a voice mail for her.
41 South had some small farms on it.
Pumpkins mainly and some alpaca.
I finally got into email before we left Zia and I had a note from Jen and
she sent our schedules. It looks like in October to November 15, we will work
Sunday, Monday and ½ days each week. She also sent an evening schedule,
but I did not get a chance to see it.
We are approaching a town called Mountainair, New Mexico. There is a mission near here (Salinas Mission). They have
a very pretty Baptist church. .
There are a lot of trees as we come through Mountainair. The scenery looks much different from 41 South. There are
some really nice houses setting back off the road and it appears they have horses.
Some things I meant to mention….
· At Zia they had
the cutest flower bed!! They had taken an old headboard and footboard and dug
out an area and truly made a “flower bed”!!
· They also had these
REAL old boots full of dirt and had planted some marigolds in them!! It made me think of Jackie because she told me one time
she would like to have bought this old boot at a flea marker to put flowers in, but passed it up. I always think of Jimi Lynn when I think of flea markets. She
told me she really like to go to them and just watch the people and explore.
The rock formations are looking different and are more red and stratus with
many mesquite trees. We are dropping in elevation and are about 5800’ now.
We are approaching the mountains and ABO CANYON.
(San Mateo and San Andres Mountains are in the distance. )
34.25.29 North 106.48.30 West We crossed the Rio Grande. There was some water
in it! Google it!!
We are now on I25 headed South!!
Patagonia…..here we come!!
We just passed Soccoro and the exi to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife
Refuge. It is supposed to be one of the most awesome in New Mexico and
is part of the flood plain of the Rio Grand. Thousands of birds are seen there
We just passed the Gila Cliff Swellings area.
It is on the right and the Caballo Percha State Park is on the left. . We just crossed the Rio Grande again. IT
really seemed good to see it running with water….even if it was very muddy!!
We are near Upham, NM the future site of the New Mexico Space Port. I don’t know what this is…if you do , fill us in!!!
We arrived safely at the Las Cruces KOA and it was a very easy set up.
Larry was feeling pretty good and wanted to go to Cattle Baron’s for
supper, so we did. It was great, but expensive.
Tomorrow we are going to the Pistachio farm and Pecan farm. We also may go to the Chili place and drive to 3 Rivers.
October 3, 2007
Well, last night we ran out of propane and it was COLD!! We had to use the little fireplace in the den area.
Jack kept me warm.
After a light breakfast, Larry took off to fill the truck and
the propane tanks. I started getting everything put away for us to pull
out. Larry had one small headache last night, which is really good.
I loved having wifi at the campground!! I updated the website and also burned some CD’s to mail later of what we saw yesterday.
One thing I forgot to tell was Larry saw a Mt. Lion in Custer
State Park!! It was bigger than Jack!
We finally pulled out about noon and headed toward Rapid City. We will connect to Interstate 90
and then to US 83 south…when we get to Murdo , SD. By going I90 we
will be able to go to Wall Drug.
We saw 13 turkey’s before we got to Crazy Horse. So far, we have seen 19 turkey’s today and 2 dead white tails o the road.
Jack was ready to go! He
is such a good traveler!! Maybe he knows his snacks are in the back of the truck!
We are on I90 and it is about 1:15PM. Already we are seeing the signs for Wall Drug!! It reminds
me of the bumper stickers we used to see in Boydton about the drug store there, before it closed. The signs could also be compared to South of the Border signs….of course, I am not too found
of that place.
Larry has Rush on the radio.
Another 90 minutes…….
The land here looks more like Mobridge, flat farmland with lots
of wheat! As far as you can see….it is farmland.
We see a lot of campers, fifth wheels and motor homes going in
Larry wants to stop at a McDonalds and get a fish sandwich. He has not had one since April, when we were on our way to Mobridge. Sounds good to me. The past couple of nights,
we have had light suppers.
I miss Indian Creek and some of the people. I left a message for Bama today. I got an email from
the Library ladies…..and Linda has her surgery today. I hope Chips mom is doing good.
We have just made it to 83 South.
3:15PM ….and it is now 4:15PM Central time.
At 5PM Larry had another headache. It lasted a short time , we stopped got gas, and continued on.
We crossed into Nebraska at 5:40PM.
Nebraska is Home of Arbor Day.
The first ting we saw was an Indian Casino for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
We saw 29 turkey’s today.
We will be stopping in Valentine, Nebraska for the night,
250 miles today.
Valentine is a nice place and has many surprising aspects.
Center of a diverse
region of quiet lakes and sand hills…it has a national forest, 2 national wildlife refuges and the biggest surprise
is to find out they have waterfalls and Nebraska has over 180!! Glenda would
They have many kayaks here!
Bill and Jeannie would be in heaven! Niobrara River has many streams feeding
it! It is one of the top 10 canoeing rivers in the USA! Smith Falls River Lake
and Snake River Falls should not be overlooked either!
The sand hills look like a sea of grass. The cows in the pasture out number the people. The county
is about the same size as Connecticut, but only has 6000 people!!
Check it out www.
VisitValentine.com Also, if you are camping, Fishberry Campground is very
nice, very clean, friendly, easy in and out and pull through sites and they have
Wifi!! The price is right also!! 866-376-1662.
We had some supper and me and Jack went walking around the campground. It is very nice here and the sunset was one that will be remembered forever. Jeremy and June would have loved to see it!
October 1, 2007
Well, this is the day we leave Indian Creek. Larry’s headaches are better, but not gone. This is
typical for cluster headaches. We had planned on leaving September
10 th and I would have gone to an Outdoor Womens Conference, but it just was not possible with him having his headaches.
We were up early and started getting ready. Chip came by to see us and spend a few minutes before we had to leave and he had to go to Polluck. All of this preparation still makes me a little edgy. It has been a long time since we did all of this. The last time we moved was May 23rd!!
I am excited and I think Larry is too. Jack knows something is up and has been making sure the truck door never opens that he is not there!!
Today Jeff Is having surgery on his arm. Fran called early and she had a great time with her Sunday School Class at the beach this weekend!! Lisa checked in on us . She had
called yesterday afternoon and told us Moma Dog died. We really did not know
how old Moma Dog was, but we think about 14 years old. She was a sweet dog and
the luckiest day of her life was coming to our house!! Lisa and Carl tool such
good care of her the past few months.
We were ready to pull our about 10:30. We said a prayer of thanks for our time here, our family far away , and for guidance and protection on our
journey. We had a special prayer for Jeff and all the Brown family.
We stopped at the office to see Desiree and leave a note for
Kari. Jerry and Harry the Labradoodle came to see us. We had just pulled out onto 12 West , when Sam pulled up behind us!!
His brother is in Arizona and we hope he will come to see us while we are there.
We just crossed the Missouri and are passing Wakpala. Jack is hiding!! (ha ha)
We should get to Custer about 5PM. The road we are on cust through some very small towns and remote areas of South Dakota.
We saw a herd of antelope and shortly after that we saw 3 deer (does). This is definitely where tehe deer and the antelope roam. Are in Faith, SD. This
the home of SUE the largest t.rex ever found in the world!!! It is in the Smithsonian. It also has a large Catholic church. St. Joseph’s. This would make Anne happy!!
We arrived in Custer Park about 5PM. The drive to Blue Bell was very pretty and very steep. Big
Blue did a great job!! When we arrived a Blue Bell we were in for a surprise. The sites were very small and very limited. We talked to the host and hostess and they shared, it would be better off to
go somewhere else. They were really nice!!
It turns out they are headed to Kartchner Caves as volunteers for the second year!!
We will probably see them there and they will probably come down to Patagonia.
We headed back up and down the mountain to go back into Custer. By this time, we are both pretty whipped….it has been a long day. We saw a KOA and pulled in there for the next couple of nights.
Jack was thrilled to get out and I took him for a walk while
supper was underway.
October 2, 2007
This morning we took it kind of slow to start and headed out
on our trek to see the sights about 11AM.
We went to Jewell Cave Monument and it was a BEAUTIFUL drive
up there!! The cave has many interesting
aspects, but we were more interested in getting to Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore.
The fire scenes from the fire several years ago were something
to see!! I have never seen anything like it before. We thought of Jim and how much he talked about fire fighting here in the Hills…..it scares me to
think he was in something like this!!
As we started toward Crazy Horse Monument, we saw 26 wild turkeys
and 9 mule deer!! I got photos of many of them to share on the website!! Then on the right we saw it…..Crazy Horse Mountain!! It was awesome!! 563’ tall!! We went to the visitors center and checked out some of the items there and saw the movie about how
the monument was started, its current status, and what is coming up for the future.
All Americans should be proud of this, especially the Sioux Indians and Native Americans.
After we left Crazy Horse, we headed to Mt. Rushmore. The drive on 244 to it was so beautiful. We saw deer, antelope,
sheep, …beautiful rock formations and trees……I could drive it everyday and never be bored. One of the most over whelming things was as you are driving along you come up on the rock formations that
are part of Mt. Rushmore and they are so awesome, it just takes your breath away. Both
of us just had to stop and take it in!! When we arrived at Mt. Rushmore National
Monument, we were disappointed in the wasy it was set up. Yes, Mt. Rushmore is
marvelous….but the way the area is around it for people to enter through , takes away from it. It took some photos. We continued to drive down the road to
Keystone and totally enjoyed the drive.
I took many photos.
We stopped in Keystone and gave Jack a break and got some ice
for our colas.
We continued on to Bear Country, USA. We had a blast there!! We saw many animals and I took many
photos. You stay in your car and drive through as the animals are free to roam
around your car. We had never seen black and brown bears so closely. The baby land portion was the highlight for me!!! We saw mountain lions,
buffalo, wolves……Jackson would have loved it!! Lisa would
I could just see Renee and Lisa when they were kids seeing this
and going nuts!! Renee was always so good about knowing things about animals!
We went back via Mt. Rushmore, just for the scenery and enjoyed
the ride even more the second time!!
June would have been in heaven seeing all of this and Jose and
Jacque would have flipped over all the animals!! Larry said that he would
never have believed how much he would have liked this and he knows now why Jim
loved it here!
Also, every present here is the SD spirit!! As we were coming through Keystone, there was a 6’7” cowboy with a whip walking down the street
in a cowboy hat and chaps!
Tomorrow, we will start our trek to Arizona.
Keep us in your prayers.
believe it has been almost 4 months since we arrived in Mobridge, SD? Time really does fly in the Retirement Time Zone!!
It is hard
for me to believe that we are making plans to leave and go on to Sonoita, Arizona already!!
Yesterday I started to make our preparation list for leaving. There are
a number of things to do before we leave. As I did that, the names of all the
people we have met and will always be special to us came to mind.
Kari and Brian
Jack”Chip” and his family Harry
Lynn and Quinton Ione
and the Library
Mel and her family
Jerry and Jan
All the team here
Denise and her family
J.T. and Aaron the Toad Boys Jared the Snake Boy
Jared and Tyra
Terry the golfer
Heather the Aussie
The Bee Keepers from Adee
Linda the Grandma
The twin boys
The triplet boys
The ND cousins- Card boys
The 4 sisters and baby brother
April and Sarah and Allen
The Scavenger Hunt Kids – Nick
and his girl cousins Dawn
and her family
The people that locked their keys
in the RV South Dakota kids…..lots
The Grays and the first walleye fish
we ever ate!
The little blue truck people
go on….it is always the people that make it special.
we will miss lots of people. Also, the fresh smell of a SD morning, the huge
fields of sunflowers, wheat and hay! I
don’t think I will ever think of wind the same way as I did before we came here.
Now a breeze is 30 mile an hour wind!!
we are getting excited about going to the Badlands from here and then on to Sonoita!!
not been to the Badlands before and can’t wait to see the sites there!! We have been to the Sonoita area before, but we are really looking forward to getting
back to Arizona. It is one of our favorite areas for many reasons.
the package of information from Jenn and have been reading it and looking up all the birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians and mammals mentioned in the script we received for the boat tour. The amount of wildlife they have in that area is amazing!! We
hope to have the time to see it all in person and to share it with the people we meet at the Sonoita Creek area!!
a great surprise!! Lois sent us Duke’s mayo and some self rising flour!!
Thank you so much!!
from Zizzo and she is doing good!! Jack and Bobbi were in touch and so
were Paula and Bob.
working on our route to Arizona.
to Terry and he said they are all doing OK . This is not an easy time for them. (BIG HUG) to all of them!!
sent us a note and it had David and Barbara’s itinerary for the trip to SD.
David broke his arm and Marvin fell from a ladder and is still having some problems with headaches.
talked to Moma and Daddy they were doing good. I wonder about Peggy and I dropped
her a note yesterday .
More on our next adventure, next week!!
July 22- July 26
It is VERY hot!!
106 degrees today. We stayed inside most of the day , but
I still sold firewood to the few campers that decided to stay even though the heat is awful!!
Mel and her family are here. Her husband Randy, was in the Rockin’ on the River contest!!
He was “Brandy”. All the guys dress up as girls and sing songs.
We heard from Lisa today and she is doing
good and so is her family. Devin called and he is going to eat with Ashley and
Brandon. I did not hear from
Renee today, but I wish I had.
I called Moma and Daddy and they were doing
OK. Moma seemed better today. I
talked to Jackie also. Laurie called and Jamie is doing OK.
Fran called and we had a nice chat!! I do hope that we will always be in touch.
I tried to reach Lois, but had to leave a message.
July 23, 2007
It is another hot one!! 109 degrees!! There are still people coming to
the river to swim in this heat. It amazes me!!
A lot of these people are not campers, only here for the day, and I have
never seen them before. I can not take the heat!! The humidity is high for this area, 30%, but it is still very hot!!
We stayed in for most of the day. Jack went out about 3 and did not come back!! I went
to look for him and could not find him. We looked until about 11:30PM and did
not find him. Me and Larry have been in the truck and the cart and can not find
him!! I am afraid someone took him.
I am praying he comes home in the morning.
July 24, 2007
Today is Lisa’s birthday. She is 39
today! I am still frantic this morning.
I hardly slept at all. At 5 AM I was up making posters with Jack’s
photo on it! I made a copy and put it under Mel’s window in her car,
to see if she could put it on the radio for me! I left in the truck
at 5:30 AM to go to Blue Blanket and to check the B loop again. I saw Chip and
he said to go to Wakpala, he may be there.
He was not a Blue Blanket, so I headed to
Wakpala. I drove all around, but did not find him. On the way back, Larry called looking for me. I went
to Revheim, I stopped at 2 shops and put up posters and went by the office to leave a poster.
Everyone was very helpful, except the people at Gas and Stop. I will NEVER
go there again.
We continue to look and look. Larry took me out to breakfast, but I started crying and he got upset with me. I just can not believe that Jack could be gone. I prayed that
God would help me find him.
I went to the Library because Larry had
to go to the clinic for bloodworm. Ione at the Library had heard about Jack. She and her friend were praying we would find him.
Ione had a woman there from Perth, Australia that was supposed to be at Indian Creek, but ended up at Revheim, where
camping is not allowed. Her name was Heather.
We talked and when Larry came back, Heather went with us and we got her things from Revheim and took her with us to
Indian Creek. She has been traveling down the Missouri River with people
she knows here in the States and is on her way to a pow wow in Little Eagle and then to Pipestone and then to Minneapolis
to go back home. She is a criminal detective. She set up here tent near us.
A lady called the office and she had seen
Jack at Blue Blanket Monday afternoon. Larry went over and I stayed at the campground. He ran into a man named Terry that camps with us sometimes and he also saw Jack on
Monday afternoon at Blue Blanket and said there were a bunch of kids there with him.
Jack loves to play in the water with the children. Larry called
me and came back for me and we got posters and started going from farm to farm looking for him. We saw a car run into the Blue Blanket Road and we asked the young boy and girl had they seen Jack and
they had seen him also the day before. We drove back into the Blue Blanket area
and there were several cars there. . I got out and start to go car to car showing
his photo. I could hardly believe it!! One of the boys said he had Jack at his
house!! He lives on the Indian reservation!!
WE took off with him immediately to go to his house. When Jack saw us
he was so happy….but he was also too hot!! He had been outside the entire time in this awful heat! I just cried and cried, I was so glad to see him.
When we got back to the RV, I got him fresh water
and he drank 3 big bowls full!! He was starving also!! I made him some fresh eggs and gave him his normal kibble. He
then went to sleep and he slept for 5 hours!! When we got him back, they
had already taken off his collar and tags. I don’t think it was intended
for them to get him back to us!! If we had not been praying so hard, it would
not have happened. Bryan was praying for us and Lisa also.
July 25, 2007
Heather needs to find a car. There are no rental places in Mobridge. WE looked, but there
are no cars that are in her price range. We started to look at the possibility
of a rental in Aberdeen or Bismarck. They are expensive. Also, how will she get there?
We are planning to go to Butte, Montana on Thursday Morning. I decided
to go to the Chamber of Commerce and ask about Bus (Coach) transportation. As
it turns out, they DO have a bus that goes to Bismarck. It stops at the Gas and
Goodies!! It only comes on Mondays and Thursdays.
Heather called the place and let them know she needed to go to Bismarck on the bus.
We went to the Library and tried to find
a better deal on a car for her, but with no success.
Jack is beginning to feel better. This AM he did not act like he felt good. I think he was traumatized!!
When we got back to the RV, Jack went swimming
again and he acted like he was getting back to normal.
Many people called to check on Jack. Lynn came to the campground. Her nephew was so upset when
he heard Jack was missing, they came to help look for him. Everyone is very relieved
when they find out he is back!! Jerry and Harry were glad to see him also. Jerry said we were very LUCKY!!
We had “reruns’ for supper. Heather joined us for supper. It reminded
me of when June had supper with us. I think June would really like Heather. After supper we went for a drive and Larry showed us some land that he
had seen with huge fields of sunflowers. They were so BIG and pretty. I always think of Lisa and Rain. Both
of them love sunflowers. I picked one, so
could try to dry it.
They are predicting storms tonight. I hope they are wrong. Sheila called and they were at the
beach in Virginia. They want to go swim off the dock this weekend. We told her….send us tomatoes!!
July 26, 2007
Well, the weather man was correct. I woke up about 4AM with lightning, rain and thunder. I progressively got worse, so about 5:30, I got in the truck with Jack and we went
to Heather’s tent, blew the horn and she got in the truck. I am glad we
went when we did, because it really kicked up with more wind, thunder, rain and Lightning.
We just stayed in the truck and talked until about 7AM. Then she went
to get ready and I did too.
About 8:30AM, I left with Heather to go
to the Gas and Goodies to meet the bus. When we arrived, she went in to
check the schedule. We sat outside and waited until 9:30 and the only bus we
saw was the “Sitting Bull College” bus. She went into check again
and it was the BUS!! However, the driver said
he was not going to Bismarck from here, he was going to Rapid City and would come back about 4 to go Bismarck. Hearth was not sure that would work for her, because she has to get the car and come
back to Mobridge. The driver was very understanding about her problem and said
he would check to see what they could work out. He was a very nice driver named
James. He found out that he could take her to Fort Yates and there, someone would
take her to Bismarck in a VAN!! We were so happy they could help her. It only cost $20!! We hugged and she
went on her way and I headed back to the campground to finish packing to go to Montana!!
Larry was just about ready, but he wanted
some breakfast, so I fixed us a bacon sandwich and then we headed to the clinic for his blood work. While he was in there, I called Lois and they were doing good.
Finally, we are on our way to Montana. !!
We went through Wakpala and shortly past there
we saw a rattler on the road. We stopped to check it out and it was 43”
long!! It would have made a great skin, but it was torn up from being hit!! I got a photo.
As we are driving, Larry stops at all these
little post offices.
We went through Lemmon, SD, which is near
Faith, SD, where they found the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in North America!!
We are Highway 12 and there have been some
very rough spots. I am glad we do not have the RV.
Jack is sleeping through the entire ride!!
Crossed into Montana at 3:15.
Welcome to Montana!! Helena is the state capitol!
Immediately the scenery looks different. Tall, big pines on hill sides and mountain tops stand so tall; they look like God’s
The altitude is going up and as we approach
Mile City, it 3500 feet. There is a range here called Range Rover Mountains. We are seeing several oil wells
in the middle of pastures.
The Yellowstone River runs along the I 94
highway. In some places it is hardly visible and in others it is like a sleek, majestic still sheet of water!! It flows into Yellowstone Park, and it also joins the Cheyenne River, which ultimately flows
into the Missouri. There is not very much traffic, even on this road.
When we got to Miles City, we stopped at
a McDonalds for a break. We saw a car from NORTH CAROLINA!!! These guys have moved out here to raise their family and they love it!!
We got back on I94 and we are going to head to Billings and spend the night there.
Mike and Rachel W.
came to mind ….because I remember how much Also Griff….I hope he is doing OK.
Lynn and Bill would love to see all these
horses!! They are beautiful!!
WE just saw antelope grazing!! 6 of them!!
We just crossed Little Big Horn River and it is
in Yellowstone County. Also, this is the site of the Little Bighorn Battlefield,
near Hardin, MT.
Now we are in Custer, MT. We are stopping for gas.
When we got to Billings we tried to find
a place to stay, but the fair is here, so it was a challenge.
We ended p finding a place that was near a Texas
Road House and that was great!! Lynn and Steve had given me a gift card
when I retired, so we used it!
“Thank you again, Lynn and Steve”
We were both very tired and so was Jack! We went to bed early. I called Linda
and told her where we were and how excited we are!!
We took our time this morning and had a nice breakfast
and lots of coffee!! I did email and made a few phone calls.
Peggy has been in the hospital and is not doing
so good. She had a blood infection. Please
keep her in your prayers. She NEVER complains!! What a girl! We said that Grandma Lila Simpson had somepretty
neat grand daughters !! Do you agree, Brenda, Sheila, Sandy, Judy, Sherrill,
Jackie, RC, and on and on…. And on also some neat GREAT and GREAT GREAT granddaughters!!
We just saw our first sign that said “Yellowstone Park”!!! I can
not believe it!! We are so close to it!!
WE will be back here!!
There are signs along the way here of a forest
fire. If Jim were here , he could tell us more about that , I am sure. I really think his heart in in fire fighting!
We did not get away from Billings until about 9:30AM.
We just saw a sigh “Beartooth Mountain
Range” and we are at 3700’.
There are a lot of RV places here. I guess camping is a big thing here in Montana.
I wish you all could see this incline we
are on now and the sights of this mountain and the Yellowstone River running at the base.
The hiflls are rolling and green , there is a horse farm in the valley with beautiful horses grazing, the tall pine trees are standing so tall, we ca not even imagine how tall they are. There is a Ranch Called the Eagle Nest Range with huge rolls of hay surrounding it. Off in the distance you can see clouds that are just barely touching the tops of the mountains. Oh…..Big Sky Country is something to see. It makes
a chill go over me to think of how beautiful this is and how God has blessed this country with so many wonderful and awesome
Kari called us and tomatoes arrived today
from Tony. She opened them up and put them in the frig for us. Of course we will share with Kari!! I can hardly wait
to eat a home grown tomato and a BLT!! June Bug would be jealous!! Anne and June used to come in La Collina for BLT’s for supper and we all really cowed down!!
We are crossing the Yellow stone River again. It is very winding and follows I 90. There
is a sign that says Ranch ACCESS…..because of the distance the ranch is off of the road.
Larry has just found Rush on the radio. Oh , yeahhh!
If we went south from here we would go in
through the west entrance to Yellowstone.
One thing I have notices is that almost all of
the farms we see have a USAflag flying. I like it and Lisa would LOVE it!!
We are seeing a lot of bee hives placed
in the fields.
We are not at 3894’ elevation. This is an area that Lewis and Clark traveled on , when they
returned from the Pacific They stopped in this area looking for trees to make
canoes out of and ened up using cottonwood trees. The Indians had been using
them and they worked great for them.
We are approaching Prairie Dog Town State
Park. Based on what I know about prairie dogs, I don’t think I want to
go there. There is a big white cross on the hillside.
We are now in the Crazy Mountains. I am not sure why they call it that. Christine
would like it here, because she likes rocks and there are many different rock formations here.
I have just seen the first wind generators
I have seen since getting to SD. I still can not believe, SD does not have
these everywhere with the wind they have.
Crazy Mountain is in the distance and it
is huge. 11000+’ high. It
is on our right. Directly in front of us is part of the range and it is an awesome
sight to see. We are at 4275’ according to my GPS.
Heard from Anne that Randy had a problem with his stint. This is Physical Invy week for those guys. Doug sent me a
note on it also. Sure am glad I am not taking inventory!!
Do you rmember the trees that were in the
beginning of the show Ponderosa? That is what these trees remind me of. WE are 19 miles from Livingston, MT .North of us is the Lewis and Clark National Forrest
and “South of us is Gallestin National Forest. To the southwest of
us , there are the Rocky Mountains. I remember AET and also Martina and me talking
about crossing them. So far we have not seen anything we could not maneuver
with our 5th wheel, but just for this short of trip, it would have been a lot of work to unhook and put everything
back like we had it. Chip is keeping an eye on it for us.
Jack is sleeping away in the back seat. Occasionally he looks up as if to say “Are we there yet?” and lays back down! I am so thankful we got him back!! I ordered him
a GPS tag.
We just saw 3 bucks with HUGE antlers grazing!! Evan and the boys would go crazy over them!!
Roger would love it here too because he
liked the mountains so much in Pennsylvania and in Arizona!!
We just saw another sign…”Yellowstone
National Park”!! There are huge snow breaks along this area that
are used to keep the snow from blowing on the road here in the winter time. The
river is going south now, so I guess this is it!! We will start clibing
4635’ and climbing!!
Yep…this is it!! Signs flashing saying “Be Alert for Falling Rocks in Canyon Areas”.
It is beautiful here!!!
4925’ and climbing!
There are some houses and there are signs about
Ranch Access. We just passed a Fed Ex truck pulling 3 short trailers!! I have never seen that before!!
5411’ and 100 miles to Butte!
We are seeing areas for Chain Up Areas.
These are called the Bridger Mountains .
We can see the pines closer now and they are 60-70
feet tall!! Some are taller!!
WE are surrounded by mountains and tree!!
There a lot of campers and bikers on this road!!
We have seen many 5th wheels. Only 2 as big as ours. One being pulled by and f350 dually and 1 being pulled by an F450.
If we ever upgrade, that is what we will get.
We just saw our first sign “Butte
, MT – I90”. I think from the GPS we have a bout 80 miles to go.
We are just entering Bozeman, MT now. The elevation is dropping.
Another thing I see here in Monatana and in South
Dakota is strong support for Right to Life.
Sighs saying “It IS a heartbeat”, It IS a life” It is KILLING” are along many highways. We also just saw a sign that said “If God is your co-pilot – SWAP seats!!” We both liked that a lot!!
4500’ and we just saw a sign that said Amsterdam!! Sure is
higher than in the Netherlands!! Amsterdam, Montana…..a nice spot for our
Dutch friends to visit.
Another sign….”In God we ALWAYS trust”
Did you know that the entire state of Montana
has 945,000 people!! Less than a MILLION!
South Dakota has 750,000 people.
We are passing the Missouri Head Waters
State Park and crossing the Madison River.
Crossing the Jefferson River.
3 Forks is 3 Rivers named after 3 Presidents. We have seen Jefferson and Madison…….I don’t know what the other
I hope Linda is excited about us coming. It has been 2years since we have seen them.
I have not seen Gahrett except for photos and now he has a little sister on the way!! f
Lewis and Clark Caverns are on this route
also. I don’t remember ever reading about them being in caverns.
Where we are at now, looks like Mobridge!! Rolling hills and much drier. We
are climbing in elevation again.
4500’ and 43 miles to Butte!
We just topped a ridge and you can see for
miles!! Huge farms with herds of cattle and fields full of hay and pasture land!
Renee would like it here. I am going to ask about paint ball here.
One thing we notice about the people out
here is that they act different in restaurants and places. They are more laid
back and it is not unusual for them to holler out and stuff. It is like they
live life a lot fuller and for the moment more. It is an Aussie attitude “No worries, mate”. Maybe it is still
a touch of the wild west in them!
We have now crossed the Boulder River. There is a place here called Pipestone Hot Springs. We
are approaching some more mountains and they are called Tobacco Root Mountains!!
We are finally getting to Butte…..15 miles!!
Tony just called to see if the tomatoes arrived! He was very happy we got them and we can not wait to eat one when we get back!!
5000’ and 14 miles to Butte
We just saw a truck pull over with steam
rolling out of it and all the trucks are flahing their emergency lights. There is a big motor home pulling a trailer and it
is struggling!! Big Blue is just clipping along and we are getting about 14 miles
to a gallon.
6000’ and 10 miles to Butte
WE are going down and incline now. There was no sign to say what the grade is.
The view is truly a MILE high and you can see Butte in the distance!!
There are a lot of people here looking for
dinosaurs! The rock formations look much different here. The sand and dirt is
lighter and looks much more sandy than what we have seen earlier.
Larry is pretty much whipped. I think we both need a break.
The Boss, TRAP, called and while I was on the
phone, Linda came to lead us to her place! Evel Kneveil is EVERYWHERE!!
I saw Joni and Jeri and their children. Joni is expecting a little girl in October.
I got some photos and hope to get some more tomorrow.
July 16, 2007
This past week we were excited about the possibility
of seeing Devin here in SD!! We made plans to go to Brookings, SD to see him
and his friends before they left.
All week long we stayed in touch with Lisa and Carl
is improving. He is still at MCV, but hopeful to come home soon. Laurie, my sister called, and her husband Jamie was in the hospital in Greensboro with a possible heart
attack. He had a cath and seems to be OK, but he is on some medication now.
Moma and Daddy are doing OK. I did not get to talk to Jackie this weekend. I also
missed talking to Fran.
Lois called me and she said she got to pick some
blueberries. Lisa also has got to pick some.
Hank and Kathy called and the figs are hanging, so Lisa , Katherine, Kathy and Lois are going to be busy with them!!
I called Peggy and she is such an inspiration.
She has had her first chemo treatment. Please keep her in your prayers.
When we got there on Saturday morning it was
so great to see Devin!!! Aaron,
Nino and Devin have had a great experience on this trip. We had a good breakfast and some great conversation. Larry
took them photos of his latest rattlesnake. They headed out to go back to NC
and we headed west on Highway 14, so I could FINALLY go to the Laura Ingalls Wilder home place. The replicas were nice and
so was the gift shop. Jack made his self at home by watering the fence
post. We went into town and saw the surveyors house. It is a small house. I could just picture Laura and
Mary , Ma and Pa there. My girls and Rhonda always loved Little House books and
the TV show.
After that we continued on 14 and along the way
we saw huge sunflower fields and also wheat being combined. There were 18 wheeler
trucks waiting with huge bins to put the wheat in and then they transported it to the train depot into box cars.
Malissa had her baby!! It is a little girl named Emilee Faith. Birgit is still in
the hospital, but doing good. Keep her and her little one in your prayers.
There was a big family having a reunion this
weekend in the campground. They had the same last name as Alan from the post
office. We also had Carol back with a NEW 5th wheel. She gave us some awesome green beans, beets and onions. The
IRS lady and Mark were back. They caught their limit on walleye, but have decided
to eat them as fast as they catch them. I don’t blame them!! Fresh walleye is great!!
A man and woman from Georgia gave us some
home grown tomatoes!! It was like getting gold!!
They were so good.
John and Gaila are here and they are Full Timers
from Texas. They were sharing with us about their Baby George Foreman Rotisserie. The chicken they cooked looked great!!
We cooked a small ham in the convection oven. I wish it had been a butt portion, but instead it was a spiral cooked ham. We made potato salad and had green beans.
Kari made me a Survival Stick. It is a used and broken fishing rod with a nail in it!! I
can kill a snake, pick up trash and fend off enemies!! We are thinking of doing
an info- mercial on it!!
A bus came in yesterday from WOW Ministry
(Walk on Water) and they were baptizing people in the river. I thought of William
and Charlie in the Susquehanna in Harrisburg.
We are starting to plan our trip to Montana
and the Black Hills.
1 -9, 2007
Bob and Paula are here from Boydton with us in Mobridge!! They have had many good experiences in their travels the past couple of months. The pictures Paula has of the round up they saw are awesome!
We keep planning each day to cook walleye
outside, but the wind is NOT cooperating. Bob and Paula told us about the wind
they had in Idaho, but it was nothing compared to this wind!
I and Paula decided to enter the Pongo tournament. Neither of us had ever played before, but thought it might be fun. After we got over there, Larry and Bob came too and we had a great time.
Another couple Carol and Tom joined in also. You can check Pongo
out from the office, so maybe we can play again.
Ashley and Brandon called us. I was glad to hear from her.
The day started off with a real BANG! A thuunnnder storm (as the weather lady says) occurred in the middle of the night. I woke up about 4:30AM with the wind whipping.
I really don’t think I will ever get used to it. I check the
TV weather and what I saw was not good. A bad storm was all around us and looked
like it was coming our way. I decided to make a pot of coffee and to watch the
storm I had started to put my clothes on when my cell phone rang and scared me half to death.
It was Chip and he had just got the call from the Police Department, we needed to get the campers into the shelter. Larry heard the call and got up. He would
take B Loop and was on his way there in his car. B Loop had only 5 campers, but
we have had a travel trailer turn over there already this year. It is on a hill
with not very many trees to protect them. We are in A Loop and it was about 30%
full. There was a family in 4 tents behind us.
They had 8 children. I grabbed the flashlight and told Larry to
pick me up at site 3 and headed down there. The wind was gusting up to 50 MPH
then! When I got to the tents, they were beginning to blow in and collapse! I shined the flashlight and called out to them “Park Management”. I had already told them that the bath house was the shelter in case of bad weather. They started to get out and were wrapping up in their blankets and sleeping
bags and we moved on. Time was too short to get in and out of the truck, so I
ran as fast as I could site to site. I banged on the sides of the campers and
called out to them also and told them to go to the shelter. We had one motor
home with a person in a wheel chair, so I went to that one next. By this time the wind was REALLY whipping!! There was not so much rain, but the wind was blowing it so hard into my face it felt like sand or rocks. People were coming out and going to the shelters. The tents in the 40’s section were the next place to go. Larry
was flashing the lights in the truck and some of the people were already waking up due to the wind and starting to come out
on their own. As I started to get out of the truck the wind caught the door and
WHAM…it popped!! Oh well…Big Blue was getting its first ding! The rain was really coming down now.
Chip caught up to us in A Loop and went back to
our road to get the people we had not got to yet. We went to the shelter
to see about opening the middle doors up. The people were all OK. By 5:30AM it was mostly all over. I was
wet skin out….not a dry thread on me. My face and arms were all red with
marks from where the rain was hitting me. We
helped some people get their tent back up. The people behind us stayed in the
shelter until it was more daylight. Everything they had in all but one tent was
down and wet. The tent that stayed up through all of this is called a “BUG
A BOO” tent. It is really odd shaped, but there was not even a tablespoon
of water in it!! One of the shock cord poles actually cracked from the bending,
but it held!!
Limbs were every where AGAIN! Bob and Paula were OK. Most people went back to bed,
but we were both a little rattled, so we just stayed up.
I asked it they baptized all the camp host rookies
like this!! This is 3 times we have done this now. This was one of the worst ones though.
We went to the buffet for supper. It was not so good. Bob did not feel well. Larry was really tired.
I and Paula went to the Laundromat and I ran
around and did some errands. Larry and Bob went to get a hair cut. The lady that cut it did a really good
Today the wind is not so wild. That is a good thing!! The campground is really filling
This afternoon we played Washers. It is a game where you have a board with rings on it and you toss large washers into the holes to get points. We had fun playing it.
Jack went to Harry’s (the labradoodle) birthday
party!! Patti and her boys in PA would have been happy. They had special treats and Jack stuffed himself! I
never knew anyone else that had birthday parties for their pets, but Patti! Maybe
she has started a trend!
Metash called me!! I was so happy to hear from her,
but sad to hear about her Rex having a real hard time and that his cancer is progressing.
(BIG HUG) for her and Rex! We
sure did have a great time talking and catching up! We promised to always
stay in touch!!
We had some Bar B Q we brought from home. It is Stamey’s, so you know it is good.
Bob and Paula came over and we had that for supper along with some fresh corn on the cob. It was really good. I thought of Linda and Henry, because
they love Stamey’s. So does Lisa.
Tonight we went to the Rodeo!! I have never been to one before, but Bob and Paula have family that are in the Rodeo. We really enjoyed it and the clowns were really funny.
I took lots of photos. We got one of all of us together.
We finally got to cook some walleye for supper!! It was really good.
We were all up early. Bob and Paula will be leaving today and head to NC to camp with their kids before going back to Boydton. I sent some things to Lisa and the kids.
I made a CD of all the photos for Paula and Bob and one for Lisa also.
I was sad to see them go. It was a real pleasure having them here with us. I
will miss them.
Today we were really busy with the campground. I sold 23 bundles of wood. That is a
The weather was hotter and less wind.
This afternoon Jack took off after I came
back from the store and I could not find him. I looked and looked and called
and called. No Jack.
It is really hot today and I came back to
the RV to get something to drink and cook off and June Bug called me. Carol was
buried today. At least she is not suffering any more. June knows this, but she is still quite sad. (BIG HUG for
June) While we were on the phone someone came with Jack! He had been to the river playing and swam into the river. They
were on a boat and picked him up and he had been on the boat with them and out riding the tube with their kids!! I was so glad to see him!! He was exhausted!!
I went to sell fire wood and he came with
me. While we were gone, Larry had to go to a site to kill a rattlesnake. It was about 2 feet long.
Larry went to Pizza Ranch and got us some chicken
for supper and we fixed some veggies to go with it. It seems strange to me that
Pizza Ranch sells chicken, but it was the best bought chicken we have had in a LONG time!
There was a movie in the park tonight on dinosaurs. We popped pop corn for the kids.
Lisa called tonight late. I talked with Rachel and Roger also. They are 2 special kids.
I can’t sleep. I got up at 4AM. It is still dark outside and I can hear birds
chirping. There is a robin’s nest outside our kitchen window and we watch
Jack is lying here beside me sound asleep,
still exhausted from his adventure yesterday and Larry is sleeping. I
think he knew I was upset about him being gone, because I was crying when they brought him back to me.
Larry is going to fix us some spaghetti today. I hope it will be a quiet day, at least until this evening when it cranks up for the
There are some really nice people here this weekend.
· There is a couple here and he is a carpenter. They
have a 3 legged dog.
· A really nice family from Aberdeen that brought me fresh fried walleye to the cart last night.
· A really nice family from Minnesota.
· A really nice Mexican family with several children
· A really nice Lakota family with 6 children that speak Spanish
and are going to teach me to count in Lakota
· Winston the terrier and his family are back
· A family with a son that reminds me of Mary Anne and Keith
I went to the Scavenger Hunt this morning. Jasmine, Haley and their Momma’s were there.
We walked around in the park finding nature items. It was nice.
Today is much cooler and not as windy. People are pulling out very early.
We have a family from Cologne, Germany here
in a motor home they rented in Denver, CO. They are seeing the Dakotas and Montana.
Kari came by a couple times today. I really enjoy working with her. We did the picnic tables
and got up limbs and trash.
Jasmine and her friend Haley will go home today. They along with Jasmine’s brother Tanner really surprised me this morning! When Kari and I went down in there section there they were with Wal-Mart bags picking
up trash and cans!! They are 5-7 years old.
On Saturday we had talked about litter and how if everyone did this with trash, it would really be bad for the parks. I guess it made an impression!! I went
to the office and got them a sticker and a coin “Caught you doing something good”…and an icy pop and took
it back to them!! They were so happy and I was too!
Lisa called and Carl is in the hospital in ICU. We checked on flights and we are prepared to go home if we are needed. Please remember them in your prayers.
Devin called us and he is driving to Minnesota with
2 friends!! We are so excited. He
will be about 4.5 hours from us. We will drive to him or meet him half way.
Carl is better, not out of the woods, but
better. Thank the Lord!! Please
continue to pray for all of them.
Today should be a quiet day. We have 12 campers.
Devin called and he is 110 miles from home! He definitely has a ways to go! Based
on what we know, it looks like a 1300 mile trip. Do you think he has some sand
in his shoes like his grandma?
June 19-28, 2007
Wow, this past week went by very fast!! Even though there was no fishing tournament, there was lots of work to do due to the high winds and
storms we had over the weekend.
Jack joined the National Guard this week (swimming). The Guard was here doing swimming exercises and he saw them and tried to rescue and swim with them!! They brought him to the office in the National Guard truck. Jack the Wonder Dog……we do wonder what he will do next!!
We had 2 cute little fellows in B Loop …..I called them
the Toad Boys. Aaron and J.T. chased toads and found us the best specimens ever
for the program on snakes and amphibians. Aaron and his Mom had to
leave on Friday. I was really sorry he could not stay for the program. He is a bright young boy with immense knowledge of wildlife and biology for an 8 year old. J.T. was able to stay for the program and stole the show at
Indian Creek and at West Whitlock!! What a great little guy!!
Jared came by also and I was really glad to see him!! He is a person in this area on call for the police department and 911 for snake calls. He has been snake bit before……I can’t imagine!!
Larry really likes him a lot. He is about as laid back as you can
The weather has turned hot.
It still remains very windy. 10-15 miles and hour is considered calm.
Dawn and Dale came this weekend with their families. This will be the last trip for them to Indian Creek. They
will be camping at other sites for the remainder of the summer. I feel fortunate
to know them.
On the 25th, we had to go to all the campers again
with a warning on storms.
I have not been good about writing this week. Every day I had too many things to do !! I did get mail off
to several people.
(BIG HUG) to everyone!!
I will try to do better next week!!
June 28, 2007
We have had an interesting couple of days! Lynn came from Pierre and Larry met her, which was probably an experience for her. He was his regular “crazy” self!
I went to Pollock with Kari and Jack. We had to do maintenance there. Me and Kari rode together
and we laughed and laughed about all kinds of things. She just got back
from Rifle Competition in Atlanta. Her and her husband Brian placed 2nd
in Olympic Qualifying. Please pray they make it on the team and go to Beijing!!! I gave them a “Friendly” from Beijing for good luck! Chip bought us lunch! They did not have Indian Tacos! We were all disappointed.
Ohhh….how I have thought of Rain and Lisa the past few
days. Larry showed me huge fields of sun flowers!
Speaking of flowers…..mine are doing good at the Bath house A and B!! Fran
would crack up if she saw me out there pulling weeds and watering them!! My idea
of a nice yard is green concrete and an artificial palm tree! I have
NEVER had a flower garden before now!!
Guess what??? Bob and Paula are coming here today!! They are on their way from Montana. They will have the
site beside of us! I will take photos of us all. I called Marliyn and checked on her and Ken and told her Bob and Paula are coming.
Lois called and they had a GREAT time at the beach. The girls are really growing up!
This week we had another full time couple we met here. Carroll and Barb. They have a SMALL freezer!! I ordered us
one!! They have been doing this for 16 years. They drive an F550 crew cab…..very nice. I think
if we cross the mountains….we will need that.
Kari and Brian brought us some turnip greens last night. I was up until 10PM washing them and they are cooking now. I can’t wait to eat them. I made another banana
pudding this AM. I got up at 5AM.
Larry and myself had just came in from the shower house. On the way there, we found an 8 foot bull snake and a garter snake!! Before that, one of our little campers, Jared the cattle boy, walked up with a bull snake about 5 feet
long!! We took the garter snake to Aaron (who came back to the campground
yesterday). He was thrilled. He
had already found a baby rabbit that had blown out of its nest!
While we were talking to Brian and Kari, Brian looked at the
front right leg on our RV and said, what is that??? It was a 24” RATTLESNAKE!!
Much bigger than the one we had in the demonstration. NATURALLY, Larry caught it. We called Jared , rattlesnake
man, and he will come and get it today. I
can hardly wait!! Today had really been a SNAKEY day!!
I have to tell you again that SD mornings are very nice. The air is so good and it is so quiet. I
really love it. Jack does too.
Jack had a hard day yesterday because I had to leave him. He will not let me out of his sight
June 14, 2007
Good Morning from
Mobridge, South Dakota – Indian Creek Recreation Area!!
This morning is very calm and little wind and mild temperature. It reminds me of the way it felt in May in Holland.
Jaime and Emily, my two little nieces, won the rattle snake
rattlers!! I hope they will be able to use them in school for a science
project. Currently we have a bull snake in a 5 gallon bucket, waiting
for a program to be done on Saturday for the children here in the park on herpetology.
Jose would be screaming yahhhhhh …..yahhhhhh……yahhhhhh.
SD has won the first award from the US Government for the park
that promotes health and fitness. Here in Indian Creek it is evident that these
people love nature and the outdoors and their children too! They are outside playing all the time and these folks LOVE to
pitch a baseball!!
Yesterday we saw a horse as we were coming into the campground
up on the hill by itself. It was acting different, so we got the binoculars and
took a look. It had just had a foul!! The
foul was still on the ground and was trying to stand up for the first time!! It
still was covered in the birth sack. The mare was nudging it and it stood up
and was wobbly for just a few moments and then starting following its momma!!
In the background there were buffalo grazing and some cattle. I
could only imagine that when the settlers came and there were buffalo and possibly wild horses, this is the sight they would
The rain we have had improved the crops and the level of the
river and lake. Everything is very green.
After 8 years of drought the people here are very happy to have all this rain. Carrie’s
family raises wheat and it is doing really good. I don’t know about the
wheat, but I have to tell you , the collards Carrie brought us they grew were delicious!!
Larry’s Mother would have been real happy with them.
I made a banana pudding for these guys here in South Dakota. They had never had one. Carrie
is from Alabama and she said because she was GRITS (Girl Raised In The South)
she could smell it for miles! I made her and Bryan a small one, just for them.
Lisa is sending us a care package. (BIG HUG) to her!! We need chow chow, House Autrey fish breader,
Old Bay Seasoning, and our tomato knife.
Later, we will probably need Duke’s mayonnaise and other things.
BTW- Lisa had an article in the Richmond Times!
The Alaska Man went out fishing and got a lot of fish!! His wife will be coming with friends to Akaska.
I hope them come back to see us. They are in the process of downsizing
also and moving into a 5th wheel and his dream is to go to Alaska and be a boat captain!! He has been to Alaska 15 times!
I had an article in the Mobridge Tribune about the ATV track!!
This coming weekend:
The 3M Walleye Tournament is this weekend. We will have lots of campers and fisherman.
Also, the National
Guard will be doing their exercise here with the bridge. I will take photos and
I hope to do and article on it. The Singapore Air Guard will be participating
with the US South Dakota National Guard!! I thought of Kah Hui , Andrea, Michael,
Jia Lin and Wee Lee. The Colonel came to the campground and he told me the Singaporan’s
will be flying the helicopters.
June 15, 2007
Larry caught a rattlesnake near the bath house!! A little boy came to our site and told us he saw a snake. Larry
is keeping it for the demonstration, but I have to tell you , I am not happy about it.
Firewood sales are brisk today!! There arelots of people coming
in getting ready for the tournament.
A couple from Little Washington, NC arrived today. They are bicycle riders and they are riding the Louis and Clark Trail this year. Loretta and Tim would have a great time talking to them!!
June 16, 2007
Today we had the 3M Tournament and we shuttled people in the
golf carts to and from the boat docks.
They had 60 teams and caught a total of 950 pounds of walleye! The biggest walleye was 4.20 pounds. Eric
won second place! He is the first person to ever give us any walleye to eat!
The weather for fishing was great. The rain did not come until
the weigh in started.
The National Guard demonstration was awesome!! Over 200 cars came through the gate to see it! The people
here are very patriotic and family driven!
I headed out to sell firewood and it was a record day!! I think these campers are going to burn up all the wood in SD this year!
June 17, 2007
The morning started early….1AM with a huge blast of wind at 60+MPH! Tents were blowing over,
pop ups had to be shut down, and we had a small tag along camper blow OVER in Campground B.
It hit again about 3AM. Jerry
had 4 docks break loose, but they were shoved into the bay and not into the lake! That
is a good thing!
At 6AM I got up and outside things were blown all over and
tree limbs were everywhere!! The rattler Larry caught and had put in a Rubbermade
container had BLOWN AWAY!!! Larry got up and we both went out looking for
the container and to see what damage there was. He found the container and it
was still closed and the rattler was still inside! Talk about a tight seal!! The rattlers from the dead snake BLEW AWAY! We looked and looked, with no luck. Emily and Jaime will have
to wait until the next one to get their prize!! Sorry…..this SD wind is
Jack, Sadie and Harry had a great time down at the bay “helping” Jerry!
Most of the morning we spent cleaning up the wind damage. The Alaska Man and his wife and friends came by to see me! It was really nice of him to come back! I hope our paths will
cross again, maybe in Alaska. His wife is just as nice as he is! Then we went to ride on 1806 to see what we could see!! Very
remote and huge cattle ranches. There is one called the Wilder Cattle Ranch and
I wondered if they were related to Almonzo.
The temperature heated up to 87 and then about 7PM it started
cooling quickly. I sold wood and Jack went swimming in the river .
A group checked in late and was putting up tents and the wind
was kicking up then.
Aw we had supper, it was really starting to rock again. I went to the new tent people and told them with
all the children they had if we had wind like the night before, they needed to get into shelter. Come to the camper and I would let them in the cabin.
William Wu called us!!
I was so glad to hear from him! They are all doing good. Joy is growing up so fast. They are preparing to move into
their new place very soon. He said Charlie and his family were doing well
also. Bonnie is doing good too!
Jim called shortly after and told me to go warn the campers,
a severe thunder storm warning with high wind, hail and lighting was headed our way!!
We did immediately and I went and opened the cabin for the tenters.
Luckily, we were on the out skirts of the storm, but Selby got hit a lot worse!
June 18, 2007
This AM things are call, but we are in a high wind advisory
for today. Tomorrow is supposed to be better!!
Tonight we will go for the buffet!
June 7, 2007 – The
past few days have been very interesting!! We have had some wild and windy weather
here. We saw a boat dock floating down the river with 5 boats attached to it. It came from Jerry’s and there was no way to get it out of the water. It finally crashed into the west bank.
This happened on Thursday. Friday morning they got 4 of the boats out.
Wednesday evening JK called us!!
We had a great time talking!!
I made my first kuchen.
It turned out OK….but not that great. It is a German pie with custard
and fruit. It is also SD’s state desert.
If NC or VA has a state desert, let me know! I never heard of that before.
We had Chip over for supper and I made a meatloaf using Betty
Jean’s recipe. It turned out real good even in the convection oven. I think I am finally getting the hang of it!
There was another rattler killed on Thursday. It was small, but they are all deadly.
June sent us a card from Scotland and AET sent one from Denver! On Thursday, man that checked into the campground from Denver. He is very nice. His first name is Forrest ….like Forrest
Gump…. And his last name is my maiden name. I was really surprised!!
Renee let me know that Jason has a diagnosis on his arm!! They are so relieved…..I do hope that it going to be OK.
On Friday Chip and Straightman came over for supper. I sold fire wood while Larry got the supper going.
The weather has improved a lot and Saturday is supposed to be very nice!
I have thought of Devin and Jeremiah many times in the past few
days! Saturday is a BIG day for
On Saturday they are going to open the ATV track at 11Am. I will go over to take some photos.
June 9, 2007
The ATV opening was fun!! I rode on the track in a 4 wheeler with Chip. We met a lot of nice people!
Dawn won the BAE Walleye tournament and we were winners too,
because she shared the fish with us!! Walleye……UMMMM
We went to the Klien Museum Open Air Market. It was real nice. I saw some postcards I really
liked. I scanned them in to share. Rain
and Lisa would really like the sunflower one!! SD has LOTS of sunflowers.
There were quite a few campers tonight. I sold firewood.
I met these guys that were Prairie Dog hunters. Prairie Dogs are destroying the farmland and pastures here. They
produce like rodents and can take over an area quickly. Horses and cows step
in the holes and break their legs!!
We tried to fix the solar light, but no luck. I guess I will send it back. I still think it is the inverter
and not the light.
Also, the lights I got from Camping World are stinky!! They don’t burn half the time! I am calling them on
June 10, 2007
Today we went to Timberlake.
We passed Trail City. Larry wanted photos of the Post Offices. I will send them out tomorrow. It is a very small town. 517 people.
June Bug called and she had a good trip to Glasgow. Derek and everyone there was doing well.
We cooked fish tonight in the cooker outside. Fran and Moma called while we were cooking. After supper,
I went to sell firewood, pick up tickets and see some of the campers that are left here.
Roger called me and he had a great time in Atlanta. I was really glad he had a good time. Lisa and Rachel had
been to Greensboro to Jeremiah’s graduation.
Moma said they came to see her and Jackie told me Lu, Brenda
and Ed came to see Moma and Daddy.
The weather was great today!
90 degrees and no wind. There were lots of people on the lake!
Larry is all packed up to go fishing first thing in the morning. I hope he does well.
We have another Walleye tournament
today. The people are from Warner, SD and most of them are volunteer firemen. The weather has been cold and rainy for the past few days. This morning it is still cloudy and cool, but no rain.
All the fisherman are out. They will come back in at 3PM to Jerry’s Bait Shop for the weigh in. I am going down there to take photos for them.
We saw the Jensen’s
on Thursday and she shared that the church services at FWC is back to normal!! They
have SO much going on and so many people wanting to share what God had done and the gifts they have it is hard to get it all
in. Somehow, I think God is so pleased to see their enthusiasm he is not
worried about having a “normal” service…..just one that gives him glory and allows people to see Him at
work in peoples lives, and that is what I see at FWC!!
Sure met a nice couple last
night from a town about 70 miles from here. There last name is Vogel (bird in
German and Dutch). They have a ranch with cattle, wheat, corn and soybeans. No sunflowers. In August I hope to see
them harvest the sunflowers.
Sharon could not have the
movie due to the weather last night. They show it outside, similar to what they
did in Worcester, MA at Wachusetts Park.
I hope they will be able to have it tonight. The screen is
really small…..sure wish they could have a blow up screen like they had in Worcester!
I am just sitting here looking
out the window I see 4 rabbits and a striped gopher. That little gopher is a
pain in the butt! He has dug holes all over the place!! It is a quiet morning. Larry is still sleeping and I
am drinking coffee and listening to XM Channel 34, so I am happy as a bug in a rug!!
Jack is right here with me. We have already been for our walk and he got
to see Harry the labradoodle. Yesterday there was a double rainbow. I got photos. It was soooo pretty.
We talked to Lisa and Moma
this AM. Lisa is WIDE open as usual and Moma had updates
on all the family. Laurie’s little girls got the Technical Award for their
grades at school. Jackie’s grandkids are doing great and they all came
over and went swimming. Wayne is feeling better.
I tried to reach Renee on her cell.
We got the invitations to
Devin’s and Jeremiah’s graduations Jeremiah sent a photo. It is hard
to believe they both will be graduating in a few days. Both of them are
nice young men. I hope they always stay like that.
The people that we have met
from Warner are really nice people. There is a lady behind us named Carol that
I really like. She has been to Trier and I we talked about it a long time. Tammi and Dean were with me there.
There is a man in a small
motor home that is traveling the country fishing all the lakes he finds interesting.
He is a Korean War veteran. I think he must have just lost his wife. One afternoon I, Carol and he had some great conversation!! I told them about Jia Lin’s parents working in the plane factory in Harbin. Sure hope Jia Lin and Annie are doing good.
When we went into town, I
met Gary, the pastor at the church at the Indian Reservation. He came over and
was talking to Larry and gave him a tract. He has been here for 33 years
and is originally from Bedford, PA!! Small World!
For lunch we went to a place called Ricks and had an Indian Taco!
Chip went with us , because he had told us about the Indian Tacos. They
are really good!! They are a type of bread that is deep fried, thicker than a
tortilla, with chili, onions, lettuce, peppers with a special sauce and sour cream.
June 3, 2007
The walleye were not biting
like the fisherman like, but they still caught some. The winning team caught
over 25 lbs of fish!
The campground is not so full
this weekend due to the weather. The little girl behind us is having her 12th
birthday. Her and some of her friends came over to see how to cook “snakes”
over charcoal. They laughed and laughed when they found out it was a canned biscuit
rolled into a long roll and wrapped around a marshmallow stick and then dipped in honey or cinnamon sugar. I called them Dosnakes that were not poisonous or dangerous.
Jonathon, the boy from Mitchell,
that was in the tournament came over and set outside with us around the fire until almost 11PM. He had a good time today, but wished he had caught more fish.
Today there was a rattle snake
killed at site 41!! 5 feet long! I
missed it! Darn…I wish I could have gotten photos….but not too close
up!! Larry really wants to see one alive here!
June 4, 2007
This AM I took Jack out for
a walk. I also started using some of the pine cones Lisa sent me to make some
Straight called and we went
to Revheim. Larry was very happy to go.
Straight wants to get the ATV Course ready for the Grand Opening. He
groomed snowmobile trails before and he likes this type of thing. Brady
showed up. I really like him. He
has to go to National Guards in one week. I will miss him. Larry really likes that Rhino 4 wheeler.
I came back to the RV and
fixed some lunch, but I got a nice surprise! Steph got Jack a Volunteer Vest!!
I have to make some adjustments to it, but it works great and he looks so cute! I
took photos. You should have seen the people looking at him!! He is so popular!!
Carol and her family are leaving
today and we had a chance to say good bye. I hope they will come again.
Dale and I had a great talk! He is a Korean War Veteran and has many of the same work experience I have had in
There is a robin building
a nest outside the window! I have noticed as soon as Sunday evening comes, the
birds and animals come out!
Larry is tired tonight. I am going to take Jack for his evening walk, go check out the flowers at Bathhouse
A- I can’t wait for Fran to see them!! I did not kill them.
There is a new man and woman
camping in a motor home. They have some baby jack rabbits they are raising!! The mother was killed by a car. I would
like to get some photos tomorrow.
South Dakota gives me a feeling
of adventure and a free spirit. The 3 R’s here mean – Riding,
Roping and Rodeo. There will be one soon.
We want to spend more time on the West Side of the river, maybe at a place called Timberlake. While in China I told the people there that I lived in a wide open space…..I did not even know
what that meant until we came here. You can drive 20 miles (+) and never see
a house a car or a person. If you as a child, like me, watched Roy
Rogers (my sister Jackie LOVED it) you see the west, but you can not “feel” it.
I wish I could capture or find a word that describes some of the spirit I see in the people here. Is it passion? When someone at work told me I was “passionate” about my work, I can only tell you, here is where I would not have stood out as being
passionate. The children, the parents, the more mature generation, all have it. I have thought several times as I approached retirement, I did not want
to leave this life with the “music” still in me or as a “flicker” in a flame. Here I feel the music again…..I feel the flicker beginning to become a flame, once again. I see this in Larry also….not physically, but mentally.
I really believe, if we had
come here earlier in our lives, we would never have left. When you hear
the advertisements for the Dakotas that say “Discover the Spirit”……they mean it. South Dakota spirit… I wish I could send it out in a bottle!!
May 23, 2007
This morning we are up early and on the road to Bismarck, ND to Capitol RV. Today we hope to get the underpinning fixed; the awning fixed and let them look
at the slide out as a precaution.
We have to be there at 8AM and it is a 2 hour drive, so we were up at 4:30AM
to get ready to leave. As I was laying there after the clock went off, I had
a flash back of getting up to go to work that early almost every day!! AHHHHHHH! Now I am on the RTZ (Retirement Time Zone) I can not imagine doing that
This morning at 1:30AM there was a beep…beep …beep that woke us
up. I started to get up and Larry said he thought it was a camper complaining
about the noise. Nope….it was just the walkie talkie’s beeping because
they need to be charged!!
We are traveling on 83 North to Bismarck and the sun is coming up. The rain we have had the past few days is a welcome sight here in this area. They have water in areas that have been dry for years!! The
road feels like we are back in Pennsylvania. Bumpity….bumpity….bump.. There are green fields and big ranches. We have seen several sets of large bee
hives. Bucky would like that.
We just went through Mound City…..in about 30 seconds. They have a city park and a steak house. Speaking of
steak…..I have to tell you that the Straight Man is right……SD beef is the BEST!! We love it.
Now we are at our last stop in SD. Herreid. If you buy $50 at the gas station, you get a free shower. They have a nice Veterans Memorial. There is also
an interesting antique shop.
Of course, so far we love SD!! The
mornings are crisp and fresh smelling, the days are mostly warm and sunny (SD used to be the Sunshine State along with Florida);
the evenings are cool and relaxing. The spirit of the people is “can do”
and laid back. People wave at you on the street. There is definitely a conservative and family driven spirit.
Welcome to North Dakota. The
Prairie Region. They have a town named Strasburg. Speaking of names of towns….SD has Harrisburg and Gettysburg.
Actually Gettysburg was founded by 200 soldiers that were survivors of the Battle at Gettysburg. The road is better in North Dakota. Sort of like
going across the line into Maryland from PA. The National Guard is a big
organization here in SD.
Just got a message from Louse Z. and her Mom is getting naturalized today!!!
I am so proud of her!!
Jack is still sleeping. He was
wide open until he got in the back seat with his duck. Then he went right back
We just passed the Lawrence Welk birthplace!!
There were no bubbles or music, but it is a pretty area. It
was near Emmons County.
Some ND facts:
or 40th State. SD and ND came in at the same time, and no one would
tell which paper was signed first.
· Bismarck is the
· Agriculture is the
· The State Bird
· The State Motto
Now we are getting into Hazelton.
Am I in ND or PA?? They even have a café named the “Lions
Den”….Nittany Lions…..I don’t know. Wow….they
have a Golf Course…..John C. would like that!!
We are about 10 miles from US94 and as far as you can see there are fields,
but no houses. Way in the distance you can see the tops of several huge silos. There are 2 types of planting here in this area. Till and no till. The no till is where they treat the land
chemically and plant again on top of the ground. This is supposed to prevent
erosion. The till is where they till the land and plant. There is always discussion on which is the best. Some
people think that the no till will cause other issues with the soil and that if you till, plant properly and monitor your
crops, it is the best way. We have seen both, so I am interested to see
how they compare in growth patterns . Yesterday on the news they said that 92%
of the corn in this area is planted. The last time this occurred this early was
1987. Corn prices are up due to Ethanol, but it is also raising the
price of beef.
We just got on 94West. The speed
limit is 75 MPH.
Oh…..I can not wait!! A WALMART and SAM’s Club are near to the RV place!! We have MANY things to get! Things are
more expensive in Mobridge for some staples that we use. I have a
HUGE list. I also want to go to Staples and Home Depot (maybe).
We dropped off the RV and headed out to see Bismarck
and to do some shopping.
We went to :
· Dollar Tree
· Best Buy
We stocked up on many things at Sam’s Club. Then we went to Wendy’s for lunch. We
wanted to go to the Texas Roadhouse, but they did not open until 4PM. Maybe when
we come back in a 8 weeks. We hope our supplies last that long. We should only have to get fresh veggie, dairy, eggs and meat at the local market.
I wanted to find us a sign to put outside our RV to say welcome or something,
but I could not find one. I did get some solar lights and a string of red and
blue rope lights to add to the ones I got from camping world that were white, for the weekend.
Brenda Q. Sent an email about
Johnny. Things are not good. Our
thoughts and prayers are with all of them and especially with James and Becky. They
lost their Mother less than 2 weeks ago and now they face losing their father.
I checked in with Moma and Daddy and they were updated on the situation. I remember when Johnny and Daddy were younger…..Daddy really thought a lot of Johnny.
It took all day to get the RV fixed and I have to tell you RV Awnings are
NOT cheap!! Everything looks good and I hope that this is the last time
we have to go anywhere for repairs!! I can also tell you to go to the Camping
World site on line to buy anything you want and expect it to be at least 30% cheaper than any RV store I have ever been in!!
Baby Love is on the radio!! It
sure makes me think of my German guys in Langen and Bensheim!! They
would like here in SD! There is such a strong German influence and there are
German goods and even a café that serves German foods. We just passed a place called Schmaltz’s Meats and Grocery and now Schumachers’s Ford and Pfeife
Auto. See what I mean about the German influence???
We got out of Bismarck about 5PM and called the Straight Man and let him know
we were going to be late and Larry may not be able to hook up with them at 8AM tomorrow morning. No problem…but we did not want him to think he had 2 slackers for volunteers!! We ran into some rain…but not much and now the sun is shining…..but OOOOHHHHH the wind is really
whipping AGAIN!! We many NEVER user our awning again!! We can’t afford it!!
Jack is taking another nap!! He
has been a good boy today. We got him a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy’s
and they filled up a chili cup with water for him. He was sooo happy.
On the way to Bismarck we used
GPS. Anna (the GPS lady) gave us the directions, but on the way back, Larry wanted
her to shut up. I also took the hint! I unplugged her….and me. It has been a long day
for both of us.
Oh….we just passed a place called Ashley, ND!! There
is a place named Zeeland, ND like where Kees came from in Holland!!
And the Hague!! Dutch
and German influence!! I noticed several people with the last names van der *****
and Vogel and Vos. They also call their children “Jungen’s”
We are back in South Dakota!! We saw the word EXPRESS spelled out in rocks on a hill. I have no clue why that would be there. There
is not a house in sight!
We have seen 4 trucks ( 18 Wheelers) for Wal- Mart headed toward Bismarck!! I did not buy that much stuff, I know!!
Larry saw a rainbow! I did not
As we approach Indian Creek, I feel it is like going home. I remember the first time we came this way and the anticipation we had as we approached making that turn
into Indian Creek. Neither of us knew what to expect, what it would
be like, who we would be working with or what we would be doing. God is so good. Here we are in a beautiful, clean location with great people and able to enjoy what
we do as camp ground host and hostess. Thank everyone for your prayers
and keep them coming!!
I wish you all could see this South Dakota sunset with the mix of blue sky,
white/gray clouds and green grass. It is truly something to behold!! I can only imagine what the settlers
and Native Americans saw here, when the buffalo roamed, the covered wagons and horses were the transportation and the barges
were the only way across the river. It is breath taking now, but I am sure then,
it must have been for them also. We must not forget that the dinosaurs roamed
here also at one time!!
There is a jack rabbit!! Sitting
up on top of the hill about 2 miles from where we turn. Chip and Straight Man
told us that they were making a come back here. No photo….but maybe
May 24, 2007
We spent most of the day putting things away and organizing.
We put out the patio mat that Lynn W. gave me.
It looks great. I hope to get some photos this weekend.
Larry did not feel good at all today.
May 25, 2007
Today started off VERY WINDY!!
I went to get wood and I loaded up the truck and the cart!! The wind almost
blew me and Jack away.
Larry was not doing well today and stayed inside. When I got back he had washed the dishes and tied to make up the bed, but could not finish it. He was in Atrial Fib again and was not doing well at all.
The remainder of the morning we took it easy.
Brenda Q. called and Johnny Q. had passed away last night about 11:45PM. At least he did not suffer long, but I can not help but think of his children,
James and Becky. The have lost their Moma and Daddy within 2 weeks.
Today was a great mail day! I
got a card from Sharon, a post card from Anne and a package from Lisa!!
In the afternoon Larry was feeling some better , so we went for a ride. There was a huge dust storm (I got photos) and
we saw buffalo grazing (more photos).
Carrie came by and we talked about the Olympics. I do hope her and her husband qualify. He is in Munich now.
Chip stopped by and visited before
supper. He tried out the Kuchen I got at the local bakery. I hope to get his mom’s recipe.
We got some rain and it was really strange, because the way the wind was blowing, one side of the RV was wet and the other dry!
The wind calmed down for about 1 hour and then started up again from ANOTHER direction!! Welcome to SD , it is like Holland, the weather changes in a heartbeat!!
Sharon S. called and we are set up for tomorrow to do the bait casting contest
and then head to West Whitlock for a Dutch Oven demo. The movie was cancelled
I did not sell firewood…..who in the world would want to be outside
in this wind!!
May 16-20, 2007
Things are really busy!! All
the seasonal team is here except one person. Everyday
there has been a lot of activity getting ready for the weekend. Jack really made a big mess for us fishing on the 16th. He tells the story on his page. Check
it out. He is a lucky dog.
Friday the 18th was really hot and there were a lot of people coming
in. I took off to town to pick up supplies for the weekend. Larry was helping with the yard on the mower. When
I got back we loaded up more firewood and got ready for the evening firewood run. I
bought a little horn to blow to get peoples attention for firewood. It worked
great! Today they were planting flowers. I thought of Fran, if she was here she
would be in heaven!! I did not plant any, because they wanted them to live.
There is a girl on our team that is going to be on the US Olympic Sharp Shooters!! Mary Ann in Harrisburg would be impressed. She is a nice young woman. Sharon came by to see if I could help with the Fishing Tournament for the children. We had a nice time visiting.
May 19th we slept the latest we have slept in years!! I did not get up until 9AM!!! After breakfast, I took Jack
for a walk and to see what was going on.
As we approached one of the cabins there was a BIG snake all coiled up. It
was a bull snake, but it scared me half to death!!
There were lots of campers and I sold lots of firewood on the cart! I met a really nice girl named Jackie and her family.
There was a group of women with a rented camper in front of ours and they were really nice also. The ladies granddaughter was with them and she LOVED Jack!!
I went to Campground B and the baby robins have hatched out!! I got a photo without disturbing them. The fishing tournament was a big success!! There were about 50 people and 35 children. They caught
all kinds of fish- walleye, white bass, carp, and others! The kids really
May 20th I went back
to the Family Worship Center. Today was very exciting there. They had a special Sunday where they had a Ministry Fair!!
After the minister spoke on how we need to use our gifts daily and be on the team for Jesus everyday (Romans 12:4-12) everyone visited booths on different ministries and how they could get involved using
There were booths for:
· Buildings and Grounds
· Foster Care for
· Women’s Prison
· Small Groups Ministry
– Different Topics every 6 weeks
· WOLF-Women of Living
Faith Prayer and Ministry Group
· Saving Grace Ministries-
Our purpose is to share Christ’s love with girls.
· 24/7 and M Power
· Mexico Missions
· Prayer Ministry
– Meets each day with different groups
· Moms In Touch, Internationally
· Many more….
It was great fellowship and a great learning experience.
After I got back to the RV we went to Hidden Lakes State Park. It was very nice there. We saw a moma duck with 12 baby ducks!!
Then we went to Java, SD. We took a photo of the post office…..Larry still has a thing for Post Offices!!
This is where the “thunnnder storm” lady broadcast from. It was a
very small place and we did not see the weather area, but we did see some HUGE ranches.
When we got back to Indian Creek, we sat outside and watched the birds in
the trees building nest. StraightMan came by on his bike and we visited for a
few minutes and then we took the cart and rode around the park checking out who was still here and who had gone. We were going to the boat ramp and Larry saw a Kill Dee and it was on eggs!! I would have never seen it. I got photos. Then we headed to Campground B and we saw a rabbit and checked on the baby robins.
We saw a family that were in a truck with and ad for better TV reception,
so we stopped to talk.
What a nice family -
Sarah, April and Allen are the kids and they LOVED Jack…..I know he has told in his page that he does not want
to sound conceited, but he is SOOOO LOVEABLE…..and he is!
While we were talking he took off to the river, jumped in and came back with a WALLEYE!! He caught a
The past few days have been busy. I
think that there must be a time zone RTZ (Retired Time Zone) because, time does
fly in retirement.
Straitman and Chip and Larry have been spending time all week getting ready
for the weekend and for the our first fishing tournament. Things
for me this week have been a slower, but I have continued to try to work on the GPS trails.
I understand GPS and how it works, but I have to admit, I am not the greatest at directions!! I still have to try to get the satellite photos and plan to go back to the Mobridge Library
today for that.
On Thursday evening, we had 2
visitors to the RV. Josh and Travis came to see Jack….seems like Jack is
already famous here. Josh is 10 and loves animals. He played with Jack a long time and while he was another couple from Michigan rolled in from Reno
to get set up.
Larry caught 2 more cat fish, so we hope to have fish this weekend for supper.
Tonight the DRIVE IN THEATOR opens in Mobridge!! It has been years since we have been to a drive in!! When
the kids were little we used to go often . We would put them in their pajamas
and put their blankets in the back seat and they would go to sleep while we watched the movie.
In the summer when it was hot, we would take our lawn chairs and a blanket for them to sleep on and sit outside the
car. It only cost $1 a car on the nights we would go and we would take our own
popcorn and drinks. We won’t get to go tonight because there is a
another survey today that starts at 2PM until 9PM. However, we will go
another night and I will let you all know how it was.
The news has photos this AM of Aberdeen and the flooding from last weekend. They really have some problems there! There
are people from all over SD going there to help them. The difference I
saw here than from Katrina, is they are not on the news waiting on someone from
the government to clean it up for them…..they are just doing it!
Larry’s Mother had given me cleaning rags a long time before she passed
away , 8 years ago, and I was still using them.
Some of them were really worn out, so I put them on the camp fire pile to burn.
The birds here went nuts over them!! They started trying to take the whole
rag for their nest which had to weigh more than them! I tore them up in
strips and put them back on the pile and they took every piece….down to the last string!
I really enjoyed watching them. It would make Ruth happy also, because
she believed in making use of everything and not wasting anything!
Yesterday the Jarman’s came to fish again and they caught catfish and
walleye. Around here, only walleye count!
Mrs. Jarman says that the Northern Pike is her favorite. So far, we have not had either type to eat…..so I hope to know soon. I am going to their Church on Sunday.
We are excited about the tournament on Saturday! I hope they catch a lot!
The survey went really well and we sold a lot of stickers! There were a lot of people coming in for camping also.
It was fun to meet all the people, their children and pets.
I borrowed a book from the Library about Hutterites, a group of people here
in SD living in a commune. At first I thought they were similar to the Amish,
but I think now, there are distinct differences.
Some things I have learned about the Hutterites:
· They came here due
to religion and they are Anabaptist
· They started with
1874 in SD with 400 people and now there are 22,000 in SD and Canada
· They live in a Bruderhof
( Place of brothers) , have a strong ,very efficient, work ethic and have been compared to bee hives
· In 4 centuries,
there has never been a reported homicide in the Hutterite communes
· The men wear black
pants and bright shirts, the women wear long dark skirts , bright shirts and
polka dot bandanas
· They came from Austria,
Moravia, Czech, and Russia and were refugees. They speak a dialect similar to
Carinthia in Austria. German is taught as the first language.
· John Hutter was
a key person in their formation. They struggled for the first years in SD and
actually were supported some by the Amana Colony some (from Iowa)
· They have a “little”
school for children under 6 and a “big” school for 6-12 . It is the
task of the school to teach the children the Hutterite ways , the parents count on this.
· They came to SD
and settled in Yankton, but moved up the Missouri River
· They are conscientious
objectors and this created them much pain and criticism durint WWI and WWII. WWI
was especially difficult.
· SD passed a communal
Act in 1935, it eliminated State and Federal Taxes for the Hutterites, which helped them financially
· Hutterites are not
saved by his profession of faith or beliefs alone, but also from the proper social relationship. They stress personal suffering as a necessary condition for
following Christ and place emphasis on the Second Coming
· They have strict
weekly routines for daily chores
· Strict Church dress
· Baptism by request-
Signifies submission spiritually and to the commune life style
· They have arranged
marriages and the women are taught to be in submission to the man. The woman
makes all the changes, by moving to where here husband is.
· They are recognized
as hard working people
· They use electricity
and power items and trucks.
As I learn more, I will share what I learn. I
may get some photos
May 12, 2007
This morning we met Chip at 6AM at the office and headed to Waltham Bay for
the Walleye Tournament. We were there only a few minutes and the Game Warden
came to audit the boats before they could put in. They check the live wells for fish and we check for the stickers on the
There were people from Wyoming, ND, SD, Iowa and Minnesota in the tournament. Walleye fishing is a big deal here!!
The boats usually have 2 motors and a trolling motor. The motors on the
back are from 150hp-250hp and the small motor from 9hp to 12hp.
Strait man brought us some coffee and helped check the boats. After they were all in we went to a café and had biscuits and gravy!
It was not quite like Hardee’s, but it was good.
Strait man told us about the fires in the Black Hills last year and Chip told
us about the one in Mobridge. It was much drier here last year.
Larry is “chomping at the bit” to go fishing this afternoon. I will get some firewood on the cart and go around and sell it. He is doing pretty good, but he can not
get up and down to the area for fishing without some help. He has to have
a chair to help him keep his feet from swelling up. Once we get him set up with
his chair, rods, cooler and bait, he can stay there for a couple of hours with no problem and then I can go back and get him. Sure hope he catches some fish…..still waiting to eat some walleye!
We went back over to see the weigh in on the tournament. It was really neat to see all of those fish!! These guys caught
a lot of fish. The biggest one we saw was 5.99 pounds.
May 13, 2007
It is Mothers Day! I called
Moma first thing and talked to her and she told me Daddy had got here a really pretty cake with “Happy Mothers Day – Sheila, Laurie, Jimi Lynn, Jackie and Bryan” . That was very thoughtful of Daddy to do that.
I went to church at the Family Worship Center in Mobridge. It was very nice and there were so many young people and children!!
I plan to go back there next week.
In the afternoon we went fishing again, but with no luck. It was a very nice day.
May 4-8, 2007
May 5, 2007
On Friday night
after we went to bed it rained very hard. The wind did not blow as hard
as I expected. So , here on Saturday AM as we listened to the weather and there
are high wind warnings and a flash flood watch. SD weather is sort of like Holland…the
only thing for certain, is it is certain to change.
I gave Moma and Daddy a call.
Also, Devin and Lisa. I left a message for Renee. It seems like everyone is doing good. Rachel and Roger both won their soccer games!! Devin got into
the college he wanted. I got a note from Jeremiah and he is doing well also.
We decided to head out and do some sight seeing. We went across the river to the West side, which is Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Sitting Bull is buried there. He was born here in Mobridge. His monument overlooks the river. I took
several photos. Sacagawea has a monument also and she died near here. She was only 25 (est). There is a movement underway
to improve the monument and it has just been added to the National Heritage Monuments list.
On the way we saw some Indian Ponies!! The ponies were so cute, running and playing in the pasture.
As we drove through this country, I could not help but think
about what it must have been like for the settlers that came here and also what it must have been like for the Native Americans
to see them arrive. As we looked across the rolling green meadows,
in my mind I saw herds of buffalo and antelope roaming easily through here. I
thought of how the life to the Native Americans must have been challenging, but also fulfilling. They had fresh fish, buffalo meat to eat and hides to keep them warm,
lush fields and rich dirt to grow vegetables…….and there was plenty for everyone. How shocked they must have been to see fur traders slaughter so many buffalo at one time, they layed
in the prairie drawing flies. What a magnificent land God created here
for all of us to enjoy……enjoy together.
We stopped at Jerry’s Bait Shop to check out the fishing
supplies. Larry wants to get started fishing, but it is too messy today. Fran called while we were there and gave us an update on how things are
going and we both are excited about Michael D. and his graduation. We will
talk again tomorrow after his party!! I pray that Karen and Michael will have
a great life together!!
We drove up to the Pollock Park site. On the way we saw a Wild Turkey, a dead rattle snake, a hawk and several pheasant. It is beautiful there. 369 people live in Pollock. We stopped at the West Pollock Resort.
You can check it out at www. Westpollockresort.com .
The area is beautiful all around here with the green rolling
hills and river and lake. Fishing and hunting are the biggest activity
When we got back, Larry and Jack took a nap. There are only 4 campers in the camp ground. Tomorrow afternoon,
we will do a survey as people come and go to see where people are coming from to visit the park and how many people come.
Wow….did the wind start to kick up. The “Thunnnnder Storm” lady and Arnold were
really busy making announcements on new watches and warnings for Central North and South Dakota and the surrounding area. The wind was rocking the RV really bad AGAIN.
The people across from our site from Minnesota had put up a very nice, big tent.
The wind blew it down with them in it. FLATTENED IT!! The lake is white capping and hitting the shore like we are at the beach! The sky is so dark to the South…..where they are calling for numerous tornadoes and to
the West, it is layered, the water, orange and a pink layer and a white cloud layer and a BLACK cloud layer. I keep flipping to WB 1650 and back to the TV 11 where they have a running update with the
latest warnings. It is driving Larry nuts…..he says that I am a real WHOOS! I was not crying or anything….but I was PRAYING!!!
I put on my GPS and told it to find me. It did. However, the RV was rocking so bad, that it said we
were going 1 MPH!! We heard on the WB 1650 that the wind was 28 MPH with gust up to 60 MPH!! I think it seemed like more 100 MPH!! WHOOS or
not, my knees were knocking! I thought OZ was going to be the next stop on our
adventure and I am certain Jack thought so also!!
We put in “Band of Brothers” and turned it up load,
so I could not hear the wind!! Captain Winters always has a good affect on me.
About 11PM it started to slow up!! PTL!! We finally went to bed, praying for the
May 6, 2007
This morning is MUCH calmer, but still windy. I had just started the coffee and the Chipster knocked on the door.
Seems like there is a place called Hidden Lakes that he got a call about a problem and wanted to see if Larry wanted
to ride over there with him to see what the damage was.
They took off and I gave Moma and Daddy a call to see how they
were doing. Daddy said his arm is just a little better, but gout is not something
you get over quickly! Moma was doing pretty good.
Jackie called later and we had a good talk. She always has a lot going on and is always trying to do her best for everyone. I pray that she will take care of herself.
Larry and Chipster came back and I made them blueberry pancakes
and link sausages. Then they took off again and I went to the office to
start taking the survey. Count the car, get the plate, the number of people and
if they have a boat, bike or ATV. It was very windy , so Larry and the Chipster
pulled a truck around to the front for me and Jack to sit in!! I was so glad!! Larry and the Chipster took
off to take a look at some boat docks and other sites.
There were about 30 cars and 60 people that came today and it
was bad weather! I met Mr. and Mrs. Little Bear from the Lakota Tribe. I hope they come back and visit with me again.
As the evening went on, the wind died down and it is one of the
most beautiful sunsets we have had since we have been here.
We got a phone call from Squirt and we told her if Josh and Dillon
came here they would never go back home!! Since I had free minutes I called a few people to catch up on the latest news at
home. Martha S. fell and broke her arm!! June called me and we had a nice talk and she gave me an update on the Mackay Family in Scotland. Baby and Mom are home now!! Way to go
Sarah!! I tried to reach BA
and Patti….missed them and Anne. Also, I got to talk with Lisa M. Fran said Michael’s party was a huge success and a BIG surprise for him!!
Larry says that Jack has gone to the “Dark Side”…..meaning
that he only wants to be with me and not with Larry (ha ha). I think this is a sign of his high intelligence. (ha ha) He is a great dog and lots of company to me.
May 7, 2007
The weather is beautiful
today!! Several people came to the park.
There are 3 campers set up. We met a very nice couple that are retired
and fishing here. They caught some really nice catfish, a couple of wall eye
and a silver bass. The guys from North Dakota that were here last week, were
back again today. They had some nice fish also.
Walleyes and Silver Bass seem to be the biggest catches of the day.
The Chipster and the Strait man came by this afternoon. It was our first time to meet the Strait man who is the new campground manager. He seems very young…..but lately I have noticed more and more people seem
very young. (ha ha) The rain has
caused problems with some of the docks in the other parks. Photos
we saw on the front page of the Aberdeen, SD newspaper showed severe flooding in many areas.
Today we tried to hook a booster up to our TV to get a better
signal so we could see more of the news, but I could not get it to work. We took a look at satellite, but
I am not convinced that I want it. I really don’t miss the TV. We get PBS and we have XM radio. Larry misses his news shows,
I think. We have lots of DVD’s
and I found out yesterday that the library here has DVD’s that you can check out for free for 2 days. They have a pretty decent selection. I am sure
we are supposed to have a built in booster, but I need to find the book.
Daddy said his gout is a little better. Moma was doing good. I contacted Alltel and I
can now call and receive calls after 7 PM everyday, instead of 9 PM. That
will help some with the time difference. 15 miles down the road we are on Mountain
time. Terry N. called and we had a great time talking. His family is doing good and he liked “Jack’s Signature” page on the website!
Larry really has the fishing fever bad!! He went into town and got what he needs and is preparing to go first thing on Tuesday morning. I hope he has some luck. If he does we will eat fresh
fish for supper on Tuesday!!
May 8, 2007
I woke up early this AM.
I decided to go ahead and make some breakfast, so it would be ready for Larry when he got up. I am sure he will want to go right away to the lake fishing!! It
is supposed to be a beautiful day again today and the “Thunnnnder Storm”
lady has not mentioned wind or bad weather!! YEAHHHHHHHHH!!
The UPS man came and brought our ice maker!! It is a portable unit and makes up to 29 pounds of ice a day.
It is about the size of a bread box. We tried it out and it works great. At first we thought it would be better to buy ice, but with a smaller frig,
we need to keep colas in a cooler, plus if we go fishing we need ice for a cooler to take and the freezer is smaller, so ice
trays take up too much room. We have been getting ice about every other
day and it is not summer yet, so we thought this would work better, if it did the job as advertised, and it was a one time
We went to the shore and started fishing. We had a couple of bites….but no fish. About 1PM we moved to another spot…..but no luck.
After 3 we moved to another spot and Larry caught 2 catfish, 1 walleye, and many shiners (not eatable). Jack caught a fish too! He is a trip trying to retrieve
every thing we throw …..including our lines! I finally had to put him on
the leash. We did not have
enough for supper. So, we went to Dairy Queen!!
While we were at DQ, we met a group from all over the USA and
Australia that were here building and refurbishing a home for homeless Vietnam Veterans.
The Veterans Coalition is the name of the group. You can reach them by
www.vnw.org or 1-800-843-8626. I hope to go to where they are working and get
some photos to post on our site. Remember, Veterans Day is EVERY day that
you have your American freedoms!!
Well, another experience with our RV. We do have a Winegard antenna and it “should” have came with a booster…….so
we could see at least 1 TV station…..but we can not find where the booster is! I read the book and I see the diagram and there is nothing
like that in our RV. You can bet, we will be on the phone AGAIN tomorrow
with Forest River. My advice…..NEVER
let the people that sell you an RV rush you through your pick up!!
Both of us got a lot of sun today and we are both tired tonight! Fishing is tough work!! I
think based on what we caught and what we spent to catch it, each fish cost about $60!
This included the rods, bait, chairs, etc., but we had fun, sooooo that is priceless!
Tomorrow is a survey day!
I hope we have a lot of visitors!
May 1 –May 4 , 2007
was a beautiful sunny day, but with the wind picking up in the afternoon.
The Chipster showed Larry around the area more and I spent some
time “nesting” at the RV.
Do you know how many bugs can get on an RV from Virginia to South
Dakota? A lot!!! I washed
down the entire RV!! Sure wish Dave H. was here to help me!! I had a brush with an extendable pole and a squeegee, but it was quite a chore getting all
the bugs and black streaks off. With all that rain in iowa, the streaks seemed
to be really bad! It took me most of the day.
I decided to pull the hose around the RV , but Larry told me
not to do it, but it was too late. I had already pulled too hard and I pulled
it loose from the connection. I had to go to the hardware store and get another
end for it and repair it. Right again, Larry.
I also used my little Bissell carpet cleaner and cleaned the
Jack stayed with me and we did take a couple of breaks to go
walk along the shore. We saw some pheasant and he went nuts!! He had a blast chasing them.
As I was driving the golf cart to meet the Chipster on a GPS
site, I saw a dead bull snake in the middle of the road. It was 5’4”
(same height as me, but PTL not as BIG around ) and it looks like a rattlesnake, with the wrong head and tail. I DID NOT get a photo…..and Larry will NEVER let me forget that!!
When Larry got back we went over to the fish cleaning station
where some guys were coming in from Lake Oahe (oh wah hee) in a really nice,
big boat! 2 of the guys were guides and one was a customer. They had quite a catch of walleye fish. They clean just
like a catfish. We watched them
fillet all of them. This make Larry want to go even more to get the rods!! I
gave them a map of Buggs Island lake and we talked about South Dakota and Virginia.
I gave Moma and Daddy a quick call. They had received some photos I sent them via “snail mail” and were very happy. Tomorrow is Jimi Lynn’s birthday. She would have been
49! I know it won’t be an easy day for them. It is never easy for any of us. Stop Domestic Violence.
May 2, 2007
Larry took off the first thing to go up to the maintenance shop
to get a mower to mow around the RV. I took the chance to put down some
of the plastic carpet cover on the high traffic spots in the RV. Larry
got to talking and did not get back here until 10AM!! I did not call him
Doris, but I thought about it. (Doris is my Moma and she likes to talk a lot.)
We will go to Bismarck on May 10 to get the under side fixed
and the awning arm . We heard from them today. We will have to be there at 8AM and they will fix it and we can come back to Mobridge. While we are there, we will go to Sam’s club.
The wind was really whipping again today. It shakes the RV it blows so hard!! If we use awning
, we will have to take it in at night every night. Also, the Chipster said
people do use screen houses, but they really have to be tied down and secured.
Our original plan had been to have a screen house over one picnic table and use it for cooking outside and all of our
supplies for outside. I guess we will see how it goes.
Today I spent time with the GPS again. There is a spot they want to put a vault toilet for the primitive camp area, but before it can be done,
an archaeological report has to be done. They use GPS for the determination of
the exact site. I used the GEKO unit and my PC GPS to get the coordinates and
make a map of the area. Also, the Chipster would like a way of identifying
the places where the spraying is done and logging it on a map on line. I worked on something using the GPS from my PC, but will try to perfect it tomorrow
after I go to town and get can get on line. They have Alltel here, but
I have not invested in wireless connection yet. As long as I only
need it for personal use, I can go into town and tap into a wireless site.
Larry has found a couple more of the tags for the geo caching and I have been taking a look at the waypoints set up
by Aaron last year on the hiking trails. Tomorrow , I hope
to do more with it.
“Big Blue” needed a bath!! So, today while Larry mowed around the area, I washed the
truck. “Big Blue” was very buggy also!!
We went to a shop to get Larry a fishing rod for wall eye. He could not find one like he wanted. Now
he wants to go to Pierre to look.
Time flies when you are retired….before we knew it , it
was supper time!!
May 3, 2007
This morning I woke up to very WINDY weather!! We get the Weather Band Station-WB 162.50 radio. WXM
40 . The sky was red….”Red sky in the morning….sailors take warning.”
There is a lady that talks about the weather on WB 162.50 and
Larry makes fun of the way she talks (can you believe that?) . Some people here - just look at him when he talks. I was always
remember the little Chinese girl,l named Chris, that said “Sheila, what
language does he speak?” The weather lady says “thunnnnder
storm” . The guy that talks on the station….sounds like
The total snow fall for the year is 27 inches. The Chipster told us to watch the lake and you will know the wind speed. Calm 10-15 , no wave…..15-20 some waves……over
20 it is white capping and if it is rolling…..30 plus.
A wind advisory means that 35 mph winds are expected. Today they are saying secure all items, be careful traveling with high profile vehicles, watch for gust.
30-40 mph with gust up to 55mph from the SE. A wind advisory from 8AM this AM to 1AM Friday. They
are calling for over the weekend there will be” thunnnnnder storms” with 70
degree temperatures. Understand
why I think we will NEVER use our awning again?? A RED FLAG Fire Warning is also
in effect. This means that fire danger is high and can spread very quickly.
Today is Aunt Rebecca’s birthday. Rebecca and Daddy are the only children of Grandma and Papa that are still living. www.simpsonbuds.com shows all the children. Lynn
and Tori have done a great job with the site. (BIG HUG Sandy)
Larry went to the Mobridge Clinic for PTINR testing and the people
were SOOOOO nice!! They will send Dr. Assefa
the report and Ann will let us know if there is anything we should change.
We got back to Indian Creek about 10 and Larry headed up to the
shop and I went back to town. I wanted to do email, check out the satellite for
Google of this area, update the website, get some groceries, fill up the propane tanks, go to the Post Office and get ice.
I had lots of email!! I
heard from lots of family and friends!
The wind continues to pick up and the lake is actually white
I got a lot done on the PC at “my” wifi spot , but my battery went dead before I could finish! Phooey!! I will try again tomorrow!
I stopped at the mail box and Jack Beck received a package from
Patti and her boys!! It is a doggie First Aid kit!! Thank you Patti, I have put it with Jacks box where we keep all his meds and information from Dr. D in
Larry and I sat outside and had a late lunch. Chipster stopped by and visited. Larry went back down
to where the shelter is and I put together a package to mail to Dave Z. and a fax I needed to send.
Jack and I went back to the office and while we were waiting
on Larry loaded up some firewood on the back of the truck. If the weather is
nice and the campers show up, they will need it. It will be easier if it is stacked
up at our site. I stopped and took some photos of a bird’s nest Larry
found in a small pine tree and some of Larry mowing the area around the camper. I
also took some photos of a bird nest that was built in the grill at the office!
Larry tied down all the things outside because the wind is even
worse as the evening approaches.
I have now tuned back into WB 162.50. At 5PM - Cloudy, 72 degrees with South East 25 MPH wind and gust to 35 MPH.
A wind advisory is still in effect. They are still calling
for “thunnnder storms”.
They need rain here desperately, so pray for rain. A RED FLAG warning is still in place for critical fire weather conditions. 25-35 MPH wind with gust over 50 MPH are expected until after midnight here.
Now it is time to fix some supper.
Do you remember the movie “Over Board” with Goldie
Hawn? There was a part on it where a guy lived in a trailer and he had a sign
in his window “Don’t bother knockin’ if the trailer is rockin’”……..well I don’t
think he lived in South Dakota, because this trailer rocks all the time, but from the wind!! (ha ha)
(BIG HUG) from both of us!!
May 4, 2007
Well, we did not blow away…..but there were a couple of
times I was beginning to wonder! Jack sat right beside of me and I told
him, “We are not in Virginia anymore”, just like Dorothy and ToTo were not in Kansas anymore!
The weather lady is still calling for winds that will gust up
to 45 MPH and “thunnnnder storms” off and on during the weekend.
This morning is calmer and we did get some much needed rain, PTL! The lake is calmer.
I took a look outside and everything is still there!
If you have XM Radio and get a chance, tune into 34! What an awesome station to wake up to in the AM!! Larry’s
Mother would have loved it!! The Kingsmen were singing this AM “He’s
a Good, Good God” and
“He Holds Me in the Palm of His Hand” during the storms…… What
a great reminder!!
Larry wants us to list things we have learned (I think he mostly
· Chock the right wheel in the back and the left wheel in the front.
· Don’t pull on the water hose too hard, it is easier to pull it under the RV
· Don’t leave the awning out at night in South Dakota
· Don’t put the chock and leveler blocks in the back of the truck, even if they are muddy.
· Always take photos of any snake you see, dead or alive.
April 30, 2007
Today is our 40th wedding anniversary!! It started off this AM about 3 with a BIG BANG.
Here in SD, storms, BIG wind storms can blow up unexpectedly. And it was a biggie and it was scary!! When
we went to bed the weather station had said winds up to 10-15 MPH. Actually,
they winds went to 35 MPH with gust up to 52 MPH. Well, lets just say the the
awning de flappers we got were useless, because the wind got under that awning and it banged and banged!! There was no way to get it down!! If you remember on “Little
House on the Prairie” where Pa looked like he would blow away , well it
was for real!! At 5:51 AM I saw the final gust grab it, bend the
holders like toothpicks and put the awning on TOP of the RV!! I was praying
and pacing!! I know that the pioneers must have had tremendous faith!!
We waited it out until abut 7AM and the wind
was beginning to die down a little and then took a look. There was no way I could
reach it and Larry could never do it alone. Than goodness we had the “Chipster’s”
cell phone number!! We called him and he said he thought of us and wish he had
told us that here in this area, this type of storm can blow up in a heart beat!! He
said if we came through that one, we have seen some of the worst! He said
he would be over shortly and he was!! Together, me, Larry and the Chipster, got the awning down. We think the awning
assembly is the only problem. Everything else seemed to be fine and the awning
rolled up fine and with now tears or damage. We were very lucky!! Once again, God had watched over us!! There is an old saying
that things happen in threes, so, I think this should be it!!
We wanted an adventure and we have had it!! Please keep us in your prayers. We
got a beautiful card from Jean and Danny for our anniversary. We also got a card
today from Rafal and his family from Poland!! I never got to check the
website today…..or do email. I am sure there are greetings there also. Thank everyone for remembering us!!
After we finished with the RV, Larry and the
Chipster went to see some other areas in the truck. Chipster is a wealth of information
about this area!! We are fortunate to have him for a friend.
He told me to go up to the office and go in
and take a look at the working area and at the PC. He also brought me a
Geko GPS handheld unit to play with and to see how we can use it on the Geo Cache
hiking trails. I went up to the office and the Chipster has a screen
saver of a BLACK BEAR that he saw with his sister at Yellowstone!! Jack
and me checked out the space and I took a photo. I will post it on the sight!! Jack can go with me to work!! Isn’t that cool???
While they were gone, I cleaned the floors
and spots on the carpets, the bath room, vacuumed out the truck and wiped down the interior of the truck. It was about 1:30PM before they got back. Larry
and myself worked on getting the details together to give to the RV place for the parts replacement. We hope to go there and be back in one day. After
that we headed into town to mail a few things.
We went to the local hardware store (I LOVE
hardware stores!) and got a really nice nozzle for the hose, so tomorrow I can work on cleaning the outside of the truck and
RV. We will be going to Bismarck, ND on May 10 to get the under side of the RV
fixed, so Larry will be talking with the RV place about ordering the awning assembly and getting it done at the same time.
We went riding around the area and saw some
very pretty sights near the lake!! Check the photos. Larry seems to really enjoy this!! It reminds me of how it was when we first got married and he would
take me out to Aunt Katie’s to the dump to shoot rats. (fun time right?) Actually,
we did a lot of talking out there! We were in a “traffic jam” due
to construction on the way out here and the couple in front of us was making out…..and I asked him “Why aren’t
we doing that?” – He almost choked on his cola!!
Today we had a good day; however, Larry’s
legs were very swollen today. Not enough rest last night and too much activity
today. He will need to go to bed very early tonight. Sure hope the wind is calmer tonight!
We fixed a simple supper and had a quiet evening.
Our 40th will be something to remember. We thanked God for keeping us together for
40 years and pray that he will help us to enjoy our next years together!! I know
He will…if we allow Him to do it.
We heard from Lisa today and she was doing
good!! We got a “News Progress” from home and she was on the front
page again!! Rachel had a great time at the beach. Lisa said Renee was doing good.
We certainly never dreamed in Dillon, SC 40
years ago, we would ever do anything like this!!
Tomorrow Larry is going to go with the Chipster
again and I will work on the truck and RV and if I have time go to the office and start to organize it or as some call it,
give it the “Beck Effect”.
April 28 and 29, 2007
We worked getting the RV set up and went into town. We
had a nice big juicy hamburger for supper.
The wind blew hard last night, but not like it did in Iowa!!
We work up to a sunny morning after a really good nights sleep.
We asked God to watch over us and our family that is far away.
Larry started taking a look at what we need to do to adjust the
awning and I fixed breakfast. I talked to some people here and they told me about a baptist church in Selby.
I will go with them next Sunday.
We straightened up the RV and are sort of in a holding pattern
until we hear back from Forest River on if we will go to Aberdeen, SD on Monday or Tuesday. We don't want to put everything
together and then have to tear down AGAIN!!
We decided to ride into town and get a few things we need at
the family dollar store. When we left there we crossed the MOBRIDGE (Missouri Bridge) over the Missouri
River. Just as we crossed June Bug from GB called to share that Colin and Sarah have a daughter, Caitlyn.
She will update us later on the progress, since she is 3 weeks early.
Along the river Native Americans are fishing. Larry watched
them and is now "chomping at the bit" to get some bait and do some fishing, so I have to type VERY fast!! We are
tapped into the local motels wifi again!
Tomorrow we will be married 40 years!! Please remember
us in your prayers!! Thank you all for your notes , prayers and support!!
Love, Sheila and Larry Phil 1:3
April 27, 2007 Continued
We left Huron about 2:30PM.
It is very windy now. No rain, but windy!
We are on I14 West and it is very remote!! So far we have seen NO campgrounds. Tonight we wanted
to stay at Lake Whitlock Recreation, near Gettysburg, SD, but it is another 80 miles.
There is definitely no Wal-Mart to pull into!! I have searched and searched GPS, but the ones that are available are
miles (40+) miles off the route. We are talking about going to Pierre, but that
is about 45 miles in the other directions, so it would probably be better to just go on to Gettysburg.
Soooo after a quick stop for more gas…..we are on to Gettysburg.
No more future news on pheasants……they are very common
here, as common as sparrows at home. Larry has counted 15 in the past 1 hour!! We stopped and took a photo of a male in a field.
I will post it later.
We are now on 83 North.
It is very remote. As far as you can see are pastures. Then all the sudden you see a farm house. We can see a water tower way off in the distance.
We got on 212 West
to got to West Whitlock Recreation Area. Larry said…”Gosh,
it looks like we are dragging a plastic bag….I’ll pull over and you take a look.” So I did. Boy, did we have a BIG SURPRISE.
There is a plastic pan (panel) that fits under the RV that covers
and protects the tanks that has insulation in it. It is mounted on the frame
and pops in , sort of like a LEGO. There is a wooden piece across the middle
with screws to stabilize the panel. There are 2 sections and both of them
were dragging the ground and the white insulation was blowing out!! I went
back to the truck ant told Larry to get out and come because I thought we had
big trouble. To say I was
a little excited and scared is an understatement. Here we are on the side of
the road in a very remote area with the bottom of our RV hanging out!! AHHHHHHHH!!!
Who you gonna call???
We left Eric the RV man in Iowa!! I got the cell phone and started calling
the Forest River Emergency hotline number that Steve Hicks had told us about. I
got a very nice lady on the phone and gave her our GPS location and told her the situation.
She would contact someone and have them call us back.
Meanwhile, Larry takes a look and thinks we may be able to get
back in and secure it. iback in the track if we take out the insulation. So,
I take out the insulation. Larry is laying on the ground underneath the RV on
the left side. Several BIG trucks passed us and did not stop. I was afraid they would hit him, so I stood in the road. Then
I had to go on the right side and get down on the ground under the RV and try to fit the panel up there. I was able to do it and we got it back in. Larry took heavy
rope out and we ran it through the storage compartment and under the RV to secure it.
The only thing to do was try to go down the road like this.
The RV center called back and we told them what we had done . They will try to find a service center and be back with us first thing in the AM.
3 miles down the road, I hear a big pop. We stop and I get out again. The back panel is on the ground
again!! The panel has pulled the valves for the tanks , so we have
no choice , but get it off. Larry had
a pair of pruning shears , and we started cutting the best we could to keep it from damaging the panel or lines. We got it off and re-secured the rope on the front panel. Both of us are pretty uptight at this point.
We still have a ways to go to get to West Whitlock.
Everything is OK…..4 miles more to go to West Whitlock…..and
the scenery here is beautiful. I am holding a compress on Larry’s right
hand as he drives with his left…..he bleeds very bad when he gets scratched and it was a good one….when he was
getting that panel cut. We have 9% inclines here!
We see Lake Oahe and green lush hills. No time to stop….we have to get to a place we can park. We see the park!! Yeahhhhh!!!!
It is beautiful here!!
Deer are grazing and birds are singing and the pheasant are everywhere!!
We found a place and get set up.
Larry takes another look at under the RV and it looks like the handles for the pulls to the tanks are bent. We will let them know tomorrow, for now we need to fix some supper and get some rest!! We are the only ones in the campground , but we do see a truck , they have a tent to
Last Friday, it was the slide out problem…..not anything we did, but the door fro the cabinet jammed the slide. That
is main reason we stayed so long in Iowa. Waiting on repairs and parts. This
Friday , this happened. We are getting broke in good.
What this proves is that we can handle it and not kill each other!! It also concerns us that we have had 2 things like this happen in a brand
new unit. Lets see what tomorrow brings.
We know God was watching over us. PTL. Continue to keep us in your prayers!!
April 28, 2007
This morning was another beautiful morning!! The sun is shining! Now I know why SD was once called the Sunshine State.
We took our time, had some breakfast , checked out under the
RV and then took a short walk along
the lake. There is a Akarara Indian lodge here.
This is one of the areas that Lewis and Clark stopped at during their expedition.
It is very beautiful here!!
Quiet and nice ! Jack and I did some exploring and went in the Indian
lodge. I got some photos of the lake and of the lodge. I will post them as soon as I can.
We headed out of the park about 9:30. “Big Blue” did us a great job again!! I wish Steven and Bobby could see this thing pull!!
Oh my…..we just passed a sign Mobridge 24 miles!! My heart
is beating fast!!
It is drier here!! The
fields are more brown.
We just topped a hill and we can see Mobridge!! It is awesome with the river or lake in the back ground.
Jack called us and we told him we are on our way!!
Let the Adventure begin (continue) !!!
We just pulled into the road to Indian Creek Recreation Area
at 12:25PM 4-28-2007.
Jack met us at the gate!!
We will be busy today setting up.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
I got our golf cart and Jack
P. (in the future I may call him Chip) asked us to put some firewood in it and take it around to some of the campers.
I sold $7 worth!!
Larry and I are going into town
to check out where things are and see if we can find a wifi spot. (Guess you can see we did!!)
love all of you. (BIG HUG)
April 26,2007 and April 27,
We left Oxford about 8:45AM.
We checked our checklist twice and still we missed one thing, which was to make sure the connection to the truck from
the RV was secure. We stopped along I80 West and secured it.
We stopped to meet Eric and pick up our book from him and he
gave us an update on how his day went yesterday afternoon!! Never a dull moment
for the RV Man!!
We asked God to watch over us and our family today and I read
the devotion from one of the books that the Pennsylvania WOW group gave me for retirement.
We passed the Iowa Speedway.
It is very nice looking. I thought of Jackie’s family and Harold
As we approached Colfax/Mingo , Iowa, we saw lots of fields flooded. Prairie City had fields on both sides of the road completely under water.
It is still raining and it is 10:30AM , but it is light rain
and the wind is not whipping
like it was yesterday. We are just taking our time and being careful.
We stopped at a rest stop and my invisible sign on my forward
must have been flashing, “ Ask me, I’ll help you.” , because
there was a little old lady there that needed help with the water in the ladies
room and then she started telling me about her 10 children and how they were all living except one son, that was killed in
Viet Nam. She said she was
coming all the way from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines to go to the dentist and seemed absolutely shocked when I told her we were
coming from Virginia on our way to SD. She reminded me of my Moma and how she
would have been!!
We passed the North Skunk and South Skunk River bridges, but
, PTL , did not smell a skunk!
Larry saw another Cedar Creek RV headed East. I missed it. It
was the first one we have seen since we left. We did see a Motor Home by
Forest River in West Virginia.
We reached Des Moines about 11AM.
Still raining!! Sure pray
it stops soon!
Lisa and Carl will never believe it, but we saw a Schwan’s
truck on I80!!
Time for Rush Limbaugh……Larry’s hero. Another 3 hours of broadcast excellence on EIB.
We just crossed the Middle Raccoon Creek and it is definitely
out of its banks. It is the birthplace of John Wayne (June Bug would like that)
and there are covered bridges here in Madison County and where the movie “Bridges of Madison County” was made
Things we learned about Iowa:
· 25% of America’s richest farmland is here in Iowa
· They are the number one producer of corn, cows, and hogs in the USA. The
only states that produce more food are Texas and California
· When it rains , it pours……and like Holland, the weather can
change many times in one day.
· People are friendly and hardworking, like baseball , football and NASCAR and making babies.
There is a geological wonder here with quartz silk.
The only other one similar is in China.
We stopped in Stuart, Iowa at Casey’s
General Store for gas. It was $2.74 per gallon.
We got free coffee there because we bought diesel. We have traveled on
our trip as of this moment 1567 miles.
Larry had to make a “pesky”
visit to the men’s room (as Cheryl Crowe would call it…). I did not
ask him how many sheets of paper he used to check and see if he saved the environment. (ha ha)
According to her women could save the planet if we only use one sheet when we go for NON “pesky” visits. Who in the world has ever called pooping a “pesky” visit to the
We had lunch at McDonald’s. Larry had a hankering for a Fish Filet sandwich. We
got Jack a plain hamburger and he was thrilled!!
We are approaching Creston, Iowa and it
has finally stopped raining!! I think I actually see some sun trying to break
through the clouds!! Water is still standing in the fields we are passing, but
not as bad as it was when we left Oxford.
Along this part of I80 we are seeing a lot
of wind mills for businesses and homes electrical generation. We brought
our solar lights with us for use at the campground. If I use
it all the time, maybe I can use 2 sheets for NON pesky toilet visits and not feel guilty!!
Iowa is a traveler friendly state. It has wireless internet at all the rest stops.
On the signs that show gas and food stops for exits, it has a large yellow button with
RV Friendly, if it is easy access for RV’ers.
We are going up in elevation again as we
go toward the South Dakota border. 1375 feet near Anita, Iowa. Large pastures are more predominate here in this area and less corn fields. There is a large community of Danish people in this area. They
have a Danish Museum here.
Rachel is on her way to the beach today
with her Future Business Leaders of America. Sure hope she has a good time!!
Last night I watched “Facing the Giants”
again!! If you have not seen it, it is a great movie. Good family movie or for a youth group!
It is 1PM CST time. My cousin Brenda and myself agreed to pray at noon DEST
time for persons in the family that need prayer for their health. When
2 or more are together…..even in different time zones….He is there for us.
We are approaching Omaha, Nebraska. We will connect to I29 North into South Dakota!!
Welcome to Nebraska!!
Only state with a National Forest totally planted by people –Near Halsey, Nebraska
Mammoth crops of corn, wheat, rye barley (Over $8 Billion Annually)
Huge cattle ranches (The farmland looks so dark and rich!!)
Birthplace of Pres. Gerald Ford, Fred Astaire, and Marlon Brando
Father Flanagan started Boys town. It is still
in operation for over 500 children.
You can still see the wagon wheel ruts on the Oregon and Mormon trails from the wagon trains
headed west in the mid 1800’s .
At 1:20 PM we saw our first sign that said
3 miles from I29 , we saw a herd of deer
grazing in the corn fields.
1.5 miles later, we saw 2 turkey’s and a pheasant!! We saw something big and black moving in one of the fields, but I could not make it out. Larry said it was a bear….. oh well. Guess we will never
know for sure. (Larry says he is sure it was Smokey!!”)
We are riding through what they call the
Missouri River Valley.
Along the highway we saw a red fox dead. Red Fox Farm in Skipwith came to mind.
We just saw another Cedar Creek 5th
wheel headed South!!
If you want t o dr I ve o n some ver y b ad roads
not in PA, go to I29 fro
m Om aha to Siou x Cit y!!
bum pit y bum p!!! It e ven wok
e up Jack!!
We had a really nice stop at a rest stop
where we met a lady named Sandy.
We are going through Sioux City, Iowa along
the Missouri River. We saw a monument to Sgt. Floyd the only man
to die on the Lewis and Clark Trail. There are river boats that look like
casinos along the river.
sun is shining and it 61 degrees.
We are trying to decide where to stop at
for the night. It is about 3PM.
Welcome to South Dakota!!!
We did it!!
We just crossed the SD Line!!
We stopped at a SD rest stop and got our photo made! I will post it on the website (although Larry fussed because he does not like to get his photo made). We will be staying at the Sioux Falls KOA.
Just as we were getting out of the truck to get the photo, Mary
called to check on us!! I told her to tell Fran we had just crossed the SD border!!
This is the site of the Sioux Tribal headquarters. I am not sure what that means.
This is the same road that goes into Watertown, so I pictured
Dirk and Ajay on this road and how they must have thought about how remote this place appears to be. Ajay told me about the ice fishing here and about the water skiing later on the same lake!
There are Amish here! We
just saw Holtzhaus Amish Furniture.
After we checked into the KOA, we met a very nice couple. They told us they had been to Mobridge and it is very nice and lots of Indian
culture. The park only has a few campers.
While we were in the Browning Campground we got a hitchhiker…..a
mouse!! We saw it a couple of times and we bought some Decon Pellets yesterday. Larry put a few in a place Jack could not get to and we checked this AM and they were
gone. However, after supper we saw it again!!
I thought if it ate the pellets, it would die. I said , “Oh my,
is that the same one?” and Larry in his smarty voice said,
don’t know, it does not have on its name tag.” I cracked up!!! I could just see see those little mice with
tags like we had at Tyco!! Larry put more pellets out and again this AM, they were gone!
I wrote some post cards to some people and a short note to Moma
and Dadd with some photos of us as we crossed into South Dakota. No Wifi here
, so I will update the website later. ************************************************ *********************************
We woke up this morning to a beautiful sunshine morning in South
Dakota. Larry did not have a good night and is not feeling that great this
AM, so I am glad we will have a short day traveling. I fixed us a
sausage sandwich with our Jimmy Dean Sausage….probably won’t be getting that out here!
Once again, we thanked God for his protection and people he has
put in our path and asked that we become people in someone’s path that they too, can be thankful for.
About 3 miles from Sioux Falls , we saw this beautiful old ,
big , white church. It looks like one out of an old western movie.
We are headed north on I29 North
and will get on I 14 West . Jack is already taking his morning nap.
Today we will stop to see Laura Ingalls Wilders house. Renee and Lisa loved the show and the books. So did Rhonda. I still enjoy the reruns on TV and hope we will not be disappointed in the site.
Larry has found a really good 50’s station on the radio
and they mention Mobridge weather and news!! Guess we are really getting close!! Oh no, Larry is starting to sing!! I
guess this will really be a test for my patience!! Good thing I have my Tyco earplugs!! (ha ha)
We saw 2 pheasants as we crossed into Brooking County, South
Dakota. We also passed the US Geological Survey Point. This is the point that has been determined to be the center of all the 50 States.
Facts about South Dakota:
· 39th or 40th State
· Used to be the Sunshine State, but now is the Mt. Rushmore State
· Motto – Under God, People Rule
· Chinese Ring Necked Pheasant is the State Bird
· 10 people per square MILE
· Dinosaurs (saber tooth tigers, tiny horses) roamed this area
· Each of the heads of the Presidents is 60 feet across, but the head of Crazy
Horse, is as big as all of them together!
· The Old West is alive in Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickock was killed in a poker game
· Sturgis is the site of a huge Harley Davis Rally that is known all over the world.
WE stopped at a site where there was a Motel 8, Holiday Inn and
Applebee’s. The wifi for the hotels over rode Applebee’s , so I could not do my email. Oh well…. We can try later.
We just passed Dark Side Paint Ball Field!! Renee and Jason and Sarah may have heard of it before!
We are on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Highway –I14W
in South Dakota. I can’t help but wonder if Laura and Mary ever came
through this way. It is very flat and we are near a place called Lake Preston. Houses are few and far between. 10 people per square mile….is probably about right.
We just saw 6 very nice doe’s!!
The dirt looks different here….it is not as dark and sandier
looking. They have had a lot of rain also, because water is standing in
some of the fields.
We just saw a sign Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead!! WE also saw a large dead coyote.
The road into it is gravel and there has been so much rain here
water is standing on both sides.
It is too risky to pull the RV down this road. We will come back another
time. I spoke with a lady
at one of the shops when I went in to get some brochures and she said, she thought it was not a good thing to talke a trailer
down that road at this time.
We have headed on to Mobridge.
WE probably will stop in West Whitlock State Park for the night. Mobridge
is just 50 miles from there, so we could be there early Saturday morning.
We got fuel in De Smet.
It was $2.84 per gallon. We are averaging about 10.5 MPG. “Big Blue” is a hoss….a hoss that requires a lot of feed!! Would never made the trip without it!! Thanks to Dave H. ……always
listen to him when it comes to RV’s and trucks to pull them with!!
“Big Blue” is comfy to ride in for us and Jack. Jack has the
entire back seat. I have the passenger seat .
· In the floor board I have a Hyatt Bag with the Atlas, AAA Trip Tek, print out of the map from “Streets and Trips”,
the Fromer’s SD book and the Fromer’s RV book.
· On the dash, I have my cell phone and notebook.
· On the floor in the center or either on my lap, I have my PC sitting in a leather file box with drawers, that I got
at “Office Depot”. The PC is plugged into a convertor and the GPS locator for “Streets and Trips”
is plugged into a USB port. I can sit the PC on the floor or on the
center console. Larry covered it with a large mouse pad and a silicone type glue,
so it will come off with no damage to the console. It rides perfect!!
· In the back floor board, we have a slim line cooler with colas and to brace it is a plastic container with our snacks. I can reach it all easily. I
place the PC red bag behind the seat and Jack’s leash beside of it.
Larry has the drivers seat and today I offered to drive again,
because we are on very straight and non busy roads, but he said nooooooo……he would do the driving.
We have seen LOTS of cows!!
We have seen several deer killed on the side of the road.
We have pulled over in Huron, SD.
Larry needs to rest. It is the site of the worlds largest pheasant. I took a photo. I will try to get it
on the site later.
I can do wifi here, so I will update to here.
More later….. for April 27th.
Today we have been on the road for 1 week!! I think
for our first week we did real good, but Larry said that is was the pits!! Driving 3 days and sitting 4 days.
Someday we will tell you all the "Rest of the Story", but for now it is just between us. Lets just say that
today in the middle of one of rain, wind and Jack, we had Eric, Kevin, and Dave here at our RV.
It was really a hoot when Eric quoted Jeff Foxworthy!! We continue to be impressed with the people here in Iowa!!
We learned from Eric about Morel mushrooms here in Iowa
that grown in this area. We did not get to eat any , but you can find more about them at this site : http://www.fresh-morel.com/
Today Mango Lady and Beth were at the office. We talked
about crafts and cooking. I will always remember Sleepy Hollow RV park and the people here and if we ever
do come back this way, I would stay here!
Jack has been a good boy today. It is not easy for him
when it rains, rains and rains some more.
We picked up supplies, got things organized and if the weather
report is correct, we will be on the road again tomorrow. We hope to make it to Loveland, Iowa or Sioux Falls, SD. We
will travel through a small portion of Nebraska.
Keep us in your prayers.
Today it is raining and they are calling for severe weather in
the direction we are headed, so we took this opportunity to clean up the RV and start being organized for the next leg
of the trip.
We took a ride to some local areas and saw more farming. There
is HUGE (biggest I have ever seen) farm equipment here!
Tonight we are going to eat "reruns" and clean out the frig in
preparation for the road.
Larry saw a Post Office and thought of the guys in Cville and
Bville!! We had a couple of things to mail for insurance and for Moma and Daddy, so he went into Oxford, Iowa to do
that and I stayed here to clean up.
Once we get back on the road, I don't know when I will update
this again. I will definately do it after we arrive in Mobridge, SD.
Take care. (BIG HUG) to all of you that are watching us
and emailing your thoughts and prayers.
Today we are still in Oxford , Iowa. We had a nice
quiet breakfast. Larry will still not let me fix biscuits, freeze them and pop them in the microwave since April 5th!!
I do have to admit, I am still in the mode sometimes of "Doing, more, better, faster...."
We heard from Iowa friend Eric, a great guy that we have
met here and that is an RV Mobile specialist. We are glad we have Eric and his friend Kevin!!
These guys in Iowa are underappreciated. Iowa is definately not just about corn, but values!!
We were debating on going to the Herbert Hoover Museum or going
to the Kalona Village - Iowa Amish People. Larry and myself both enjoy the countryside and seeing the old ways of farming,
so we went to Kalona. It was a beautiful ride. Once again the Iowa people are great!!
We drove along the country side and stopped at an Amish farm
for fresh eggs. They are not "golden" eggs like the ones I purchased in France, and MUCH nicer. $1.00 USD
a dozen. T. Klinger would be proud of me and also the guys in Holland! We saw all types
of farming and animals and of course this time of year many young fouls and piglets, lambs and kids.
There was a cheese factory in Kalona also. You could see
the cheese being made there, but it was a small operation, compared to Appenzellers, where S. Gutt took me!! However,
the cheese is good , the people were friendly and it was interesting to see all of their varieties. We will enjoy the
cheese in the Amish eggs as an omelette tomorrow!
This morning, I called Joyce, who turned 70 today!!
Kevin C. turned 40 today, but I did not give him a call, but I bet Kyle and Keith made up for me! My nieces
also had birthdays this week! Jaime and Emily are growing up too fast!!
Larry saw a pheasant today, but we could not get a photo!!
I am putting a link on here to a page of photos. Enjoy!!
Take care!! GBU!!
Sheila and Larry
Today we pulled out of Rudds Creek Campground and left Boydton,
VA and Buggs Island Lake in the background. Our
daughter Lisa and her family were there. The tears were there, but we
always know that even though we are far apart in miles, we will be close in our
Larry has the plan for the trip and we headed south and west
on I40 through Greensboro. We
went down Business 85 and pulled over at Kivett Drive. My Moma and Daddy met
us there to say good bye. They both got a chance to see the RV and
check it out.
After we got on the road I called Fran and tried to hook up with
her, but with no luck. Down 311 and onto 40 we went!!
My sister and brother in law played a joke on us and left a message
that the Sheriff’s department was looking for a runaway RV!! We all
got a big laugh out of that!
Friends and family called to check on us several times and we
even had one call from GB from “June Bug”. Yesterday we heard
from Andrea in Singapore…..I am lucky to have many friends all over the place.
We made the switch to 77 North and it was a beautiful ride seeing
all of the farm land and horse farms. I thought of Lynn and Barb! “Big Blue” did a great job getting us over
the mountains. I hope tomorrow will not be so mountainous. As we approached Beckley, Sharon called. We got off on 3 East and found out the campground that we wanted to go to was not one we could use. The road was VERY narrow and it would have been impossible to get out!! We flipped around in a parking lot and headed to 3West. The road was also narrow and very curvy. Both
of us were getting sort of nervous, but then we came across the entrance to Lake Stephens Campground. It is on a small lake, all pull through sites with full service!!
We were able to set up and have a nice supper. I took Jack for a
walk and Larry was able to get Jeopardy on the TV!! We met a nice couple and
Jack made a new friend.
We left at 8:39AM and we pulled in to the campground about 5:30PM. We had stopped many times and walked around
. We did not visit any sites today, but we are looking!!
I am excited, but sometimes my stomach does a little flip! This must have been. what the pioneers felt also!!
Only they were braver than me…..they had no GPS, no PC, no AAA TripTik, or comfortable ride.
Tomorrow we will head toward Charleston, WV and then to Cincinnati,
Day one was definitely the beginning of an “Adventure”.
Keep us in your prayers!!
April 19, 2007
This morning we left about 8:30 again. Before we left, we said a prayer thanking God for his protection and guidance and for it to continue. We will make this part of our daily routine. It
was an easy setup and we had full service there, so no dumping was needed.
The tire gages to verify air pressure worked great. We had all GREENS. Every thing we have read , emphasis
tire pressure is critical.
We traveled on 3 East back to Beckley. I had the bright idea of pulling into Bob Evans for a biscuit, but the turning was not what we expected. Larry did great!! He never yelled
We traveled along Painted Creek.
We also saw coal mining and thought of BA and John. There was a Memorial
Tunnel at one of the coal mines and I thought of the many times in China I had
heard about many people losing their life also. There were barges pushed
by tug boats full of coal near Fields Creek.
After we got on 77/64 we encounter more mountains. One thing we will do as soon as we can is down size for weight
again. Our “Big Blue” F350 Dually has been awesome!! We have used the Tow/Haul feature while on the mountains. It
is not the best fuel economy, but it is awesome how the truck handles the inclines and declines!!
Jack is riding in the back and when he wants to sight see, we
put down the window. He appears to be sleeping, but if he hears a rustling of
paper or even a cup, he opens his eyes and looks! He has FESE….Food Extra
Sensitive Ears. (ha ha)
We passed Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV and thought of Patti
and her boys!!
After we headed toward Huntington, there was a lot of beautiful
forest and scenery. The land was a lot more flat. Yesterday we were at elevations over 3000’ and had inclines and declines of 5-9%!! Talk about
getting broke in good!!
When we came through the tunnels I thought about the time my
Daddy came up to WV and worked on a tunnel. It was also very similar to
the tunnel in Boston.
Getting diesel in this rig is an experience!! We went to a Pilot…..it only had off road diesel that we could get to. We continued on toward Huntington and tried a T/A which had a special area for RV’s, but there was
a motor home smaller than our rig that could not make the turn, soooo we went on to a GoSmart.
Finally!! Jack was happy also, because he needed a break!! Diesel in Huntington was $2.99. We are still getting
low mileage due to the inclines and declines and the use of the Tow/Haul feature, but the next leg we are expecting better
mileage. Larry wants me to add that the Flying J is not so great!! I had read it was a good place to go, but it was not at all what we expected (so far).
As we approach our exit for Ashland, WV, it has started to rain. Wow….first time pulling in the rain.
Larry has done great and we just take our time and he drives carefully and courteously.
When we left 64W we got on 52West and traveled along the Ohio
River. The traffic was calmer and even though it is raining, it is
still interesting to see the barges along the river. We passed a bridge that
we could have gone into Ashland , KY. We stopped at an Ohio visitors center and I read some information on Youngstown, OH……and naturally
Louise’s family came to mind.
At lunchtime I got a call from Fran , that I missed AGAIN! Tried to reach Lisa and she was busier than a one armed paper hanger, so I will call
back later. That girl never stops!!
I left a message for Renee also. Sure hope to catch up with her
in person this week! That girl never stops either!! Wonder who they get that from???
As we have crossed, WV to OHIO to KENTUCKY…….the
flags at half staff remind us about the tragedy at VA Tech. When we came through
Huntington, WV, home of Marshall University, there was a sign in one yard…..”We understand VA’s Pain”.
I offered to drive when we were on 32West headed to Cincinnati……but
Larry said nooooo ……he was fine. He wants me to wait until we get to SD , so I do not see any other cars for a long distance.
We are 56’ long……I figured that if anyone saw me coming they would get out of the way. (ha ha) Tezak can relax……I am not terrorizing the USA with my driving!!
We are going to take the loop around Cincinnati. Then connect on 52 to 74 and we will be in Indiana!! Indianapolis is the next big city we will see.
I am looking for a place for us to stay tonight. Hopefully with
Well, we ended up at Brownings Campground. The site was easy and was full hook up, but no Wifi. The
people are friendly and they even have a buffet and a breakfast!!
Tonight we ate Larry’s spaghetti !! It was good!! We both are tired.
Larry did a great job today driving. We stopped often and we did experience a lot of traffic sometimes, but he was careful and watched carefully!
Today we will head
for Indianapolis. We got out of the campground about 8:45AM. We had a little experience leaving. The road we went down
was a loop road in the campground that we could not loop on……so Larry had to back up all the way back down the
road, about ¼ mile! I could not look!! Larry told me to sit still and be quiet
and I did!!
We have a check list of items
to do before we pull out everyday. This AM we had a lot of things to do
and I assumed the responsibility of putting down the TV/RV antenna (#1 Insurance
claim for RV’s). Well, I did not get it completely down, sooooo when
we left , we took a guys phone line with us. (BIG OOPS) I guess he
was not a “Happy Camper” when he found that out. When we got down the road about 100 miles and stopped we saw
the antenna was still up some. Then Larry was not a “Happy Camper”
We had quite a discussion on the directions, since “GPS
Lady” said one thing and our map showed something different. Finally, Larry told her to shut up…..and we went 421 North. It worked great…connected into 74 West then to 465 West
around Indianapolis and connected back into 74West toward Peoria.
Along 412 North we saw some really pretty farms. We stopped there and asked God to watch over us today and to be with all of our family. Jack really enjoyed sightseeing. Te speed was slower so he
could look our his window with it open. He is being a good dog!!
Welcome to Indiana!! We crossed a time zone today into Indiana.
We came into Danville and saw Lynch Rd and we thought of Vicky , Stevie and Randy
We had a voice mail from Bryan.
He added us to the prayer list at his church. Feel free to follow his
lead! All Prayers Accepted!!
As we roll through the edge of Illinois to Iowa, it is CORN,CORN,
CORN!!! The terrain is much flatter!! We saw some motorcycle riders here with NO helmet!!
They were on 74 West going 60+ MPH!!
When people pass us, they look at us. I hope it is because they think we look good!! With this big
rig, a dog looking out the window, me typing on a computer and wearing my Cocoon Glasses, I guess we are a pretty interesting sight!
Maybe it is the Virginia license tag, CNUS49, that attracts their attention.
Today I am reading the “Vista for Dummies” book. Big adjustment for me from XP. Sure
wish Johnny, James and Jack were around. If I owned my own company, I would want
them working in it!!
When we stopped at the last rest stop in Illinois, we made some
tuna fish sandwiches for lunch in the RV. I thought of the
lunches me and Fran had with Dusty.
There were a few blips today with our preparation, that caught
us by surprise, but the Boydton PO, Lucy, Michelle, Fran, Dave, Sandy and Lisa
stepped up to help us solve the problem!! Thank you guys!!
Welcome to Iowa, Home of Bill P. and Phyllis R.!!! We are on 80 West toward Des Moines. Just as we entered
Iowa, I got a text message from Rachel and Roger.
Very techie state…..advertising Wifi at the Visitor Center…..but
I have to make a choice, get to the campground we talked to, or stop here. We
are going on to the campground, so it won’t be so late.
We stopped at the “World’s Largest Truck Stop”! It was clean and friendly. While Larry
was getting gas, he drew a crowd! A couple of guys looking at the truck, some at the RV and some at Jack. They also talked about fishing and camping.
We passed the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. It had already closed by the time we got there. We also passed
a VA Hospital in Iowa City, it reminded me of Billy and Dale.
We decided to stop
at the Sleepy Hollow Campground in Oxford, Iowa, Exit 230 off of I80 West, and
it has WIFI!!!! Yeahhhhh!!! I
have been having withdrawal pains!!
I can’t wait to share with all of you!!
We both are getting tired and ready for a break. Tonight we will have Pizza Hut and Wendy’s that I bought while Larry was getting
gas and entertaining the locals. Every night, I have been fixing supper,
but I need a break.
April 21, 2007
We got a good nights sleep until about 1AM. Jack needed to go out and Larry got up to take him. Jack
got tangled up in Larry’s feet coming down the steps and Larry ended up in the middle of the kitchen floor!! I heard this big BANG….realized he was not in bed and jumped up to see him lying in the floor!! It scared me to death!! PTL, He was OK!! A little shook up….but OK. Jack jumped back on the bed….as to say “Forget
it…..I am not going anywhere now!! “ For a variety of reasons decided
to stay at least one more night. We may stay until Monday!
We both have been most impressed with the people in Iowa. The campground staff has been great, the people in the stores are friendly and
fun, the service in the stores is SOOO good…..we have not had our groceries carried to the car in YEARS!!
We went to Ketelers RV in Cedar Rapids for a few things. Very nice! After that we headed
back down 318 South and stopped at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.
It was surrounded by what they called the “Czech Village” where many people from the Czech and Slavic areas
have settled here over the past 50 years. You would not regret going
to visit the museum and learn about the culture of the Czech people. Martina
S. and AET would be very proud. There
were some photos of Czech couples and I remember seeing one similar of AET’s f grandparents.
www.ncsml.org ……..check it out.
Then we headed to Amana Colonies.
It was a German settlement and was very similar to many villages I had seen near Bensheim. Great German food, bakeries and breweries (with beer and root beer). Sure
did make me think of my German friends, Joerg, Heiko, Uli, Benny, Jim Volker.....and many more!
www.amanacolonies.org …….check it out also.
Then we went to a market and got food for dinner. Sure could not beat the Fairways market in Coralville!! Great
butcher shop, fresh veggies and friendly faces!!
Sleepy Hollow RV Park is really great!! If you are ever in this area plan to stay. Sandy the owner
is really on top of things and her daughter Beth is a real sweetie!! We have had many questions and she has had all the answers.
End of Update for April 21,2007
April 13, 2007
Today is 8 days since I made the final phone
calls and sent the final emails before becoming officially retired at Tyco!!
The weeks leading up to retirement were so
busy with lunches, dinners, family , moving and orgainizing it was like a whirlwind. The last week I was at Tyco I spent the week with Fran and there was NEVER a dull
moment!! It was a great opportunity to be able to go by to see Moma
and Daddy each day. At work, I was trying to get things all wrapped up. Patti got a new puppy!! I heard from
many old friends and the last email I sent was a “mass” mailing to many special people. After 35 years, it was hard to say good bye to so many wonderful people. I do hope we will be able to stay in touch!!
The retirement parties were so great and so
special, just like all the people I worked with and that came to help me celebrate!!
I will try to post some photos of each of them.
So far , we
have been soooo busy getting things ready, I have had not had time to even think about being a retiree. We are still busy preparing the house and
packing the camper. There are so many things to take care of
also for the day to day things !! Everyday is going very fast. Too fast!! It may be hard to believe,
but I have NOT done my email since I left Tyco!! No withdrawal pains either!! Who would have ever believed that?????
On April 9th Larry , Rachel, Roger and
myself took the camper to Campground. We have been staying there at night since
then and working on the house, the camper and all of the preparation since the move.
Rachel and Roger have been such a blessing!! Each of them have came and
helped me and Larry at the house SOOOO much!! What would we have done without
Our original plan was to leave on April 15th
for Indian Creek, but it looks like we will be delayed leaving until the 17th.
We will still be able to stop and smell the roses along the way and get there a few days early and we really are going
to need to have the time to finish up and to get some rest!!
Jack really likes the campground!! All the kids here love him and already know him by name. Every
morning we go for a walk and every night!! It makes him happy and I hope it will
make me skinny! (ha ha) When
ever we go to the house he runs around with Moma Dog. Moma Dog knows something
is changing , but she is not sure what it is.
Well, it is getting late , past 10PM (REALLY late
for me)!! I will try to post again the day we pull out!!
Keep us in your prayers.
We will be leaving early, so
we can take our time getting there and enjoy the scenery on the way.
Activities we have on going are:
Larry is defining the route. We have GPS and he has the printed version, but he wants to make sure we take the
best route for us to see some things along the way.
Larry is exploring all the information on RV's and RV maintenance. He has a huge book!!
Larry is also in charge of packing the storage compartment on the 5th wheel and the toolbox in the truck.
I am busy cleaning out closets!!! How in the world could 1 person (Larry claims he has no part in it - but we have NOT
started on the garage at the lake yet) have so many things. If you see us, do not mention panty hose, shoes, tote
bags, or suitcases. This will only cause you to have to listen to Larry for a LONG time describe how I will never have
to buy another one of these items as long as I live.
Deciding what to take and not to take is sometimes not easy!! There are space and weight considerations.
When you have 100's of books, 15 photo albums, CD''s , tapes , food, fishing equipment, crochet supplies (don't mention yarn
either), clothes for both of us (although at this time Larry only has 2 small drawers to put his things in-ha ha), computer
supplies .....ohhhhh. What I have decided is that we had tooooo many things and that both of us are pack rats.
We have many things to take care of personally before we go in preparation. We (me) have list
of things to do.
Both of us are getting excited. We have been out in the truck with the PC practicing with GPS and with
wireless internet services. I think Larry likes taking directions from the GPS lady better than me!!
Should I be jealous?
Jack is getting prepared also. He has been to see Dr. Dahl and has all his shots updated. We will go back
one more time to get his health certificate to take with us. We are taking him on a practice trip in March.
As we do all these things, it has been a trip down memory lane for us personally and for me as a 35 year employee of
AMP/Tyco. There have been moments I jumped for joy when I found a photo of someone special that I have not seen
in a while and other times I feel a little funny in my stomach and sad when I find one of someone that is no longer in this
life. I have found myself making contact with many people I have not talked to in a while. "Old" friends
......they are special. Leaving behind AMP will be a big change for me. However, I know there will always
be people I am in touch with for the rest of my life!
We will be leasing our house at the lake as vacation rental property through www.kerrlakerentals.com
. Bluebird Orchard is a very special place for us with many memories.
The grandkids are all excited about this adventure and there is discussion on when they will come to see us, summer or
Christmas. I have a friend that her grandparents did this when she was younger and she visited them on the road
and she says it was the most amazing experience she has ever had! I hope it will be the same for my grandchildren
Our countdown of days is 45 at this point!
We will update again in 2 weeks!!
This past week was
We went to Harrisburg,
PA. It was a combination trip
for me. Some work and my “farewell” retirement tour.
Jack went with us
and he did great!! He is a very good rider.
When we stopped at rest stops, he waits patiently as we put on his leash and he does not move from the seat until we
give the OK. He made many friends on the way, because where ever he goes,
everyone LOVES him! He knew when we stopped to get gas and get colas, he
would get a snack too. When we arrived at the hotel, he was very funny on his
first elevator ride. He was not sure what was going on! While we were there, he was a perfect gentleman. We
think he is going to be a great FTRV dog!
During the time
I was there, I visited several plants and offices where I had worked over the past 35 years.
It was great to see old friends, but also very emotional for me. During
the time I have been here, the people have been the special part of everything I did.
There are so many here in the USA
and all over the world that I will never forget and will always remain special to me.
Everyday it was
lunch with someone special. After work, there was some time to get to go
have coffee and enjoy catching up with some other people.
On March 14 there
was a retirement dinner at Gilligan’s where I got to see many of the current
people I work with and some of the ones from the past. It was great to have a
chance to catch up! There were some stories shared about my past work experience
and some other personal experiences! When you come to a company as
young as I did, there are more stories than can be told. Some
people participated from a long distance. I was pleased and surprised to see
the Worcester guys names on the card that accompanied a very
generous Gift Card.
The next evening
was a girls night out with the WOW group (Women on Warehousing) and other special
friends from previous work experiences. Ivy, Patti, Sharon, Lynn,
Sue, Tammi, BA, and Deb. Lisa could not be there because her dog Rex is
not well at all and he needs her attention. The girls put a
lot of thought into some very unique gifts to take along on our adventure.
- Walkie Talkies that reach 12 MILES!!
- Flashlight – that floats and is VERY durable
- Daily Devotional reading
- Small Bible
- Leather bound journal to keep track of our trip
- Address book with all their addresses
The greatest gift
they all have given me , is their friendship and love. It is returnable.
The next 3 weeks
will be filled with final activities at work and preparation.
We continue to downsize!! We will tackle the garage in the next week!!!
Our countdown is 29 days!!
Check back soon! Click the link before for photos!!
Well....48 working hours and counting!!
Larry has a huge list for today to get done!! My list is still long....but getting shorter!!
This weekend is GARAGE weekend!! Should be interesting!! I know there are no panty hose there....but
I wonder how Larry is going to explain MANY tackle boxes and fishing gear!!
We are still shooting for an April 15th pull out date. Larry is working on the route and trying to decide exactly
what we want to stop to see. The only place I have insisted on is DeSmet, SD to Laura Ingalls house.
Continue to keep us in your prayers.
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We'll try to make this page a photo journal, rather than just a photo album. That is, we'll try to tell the story of
our stay using both words and pictures. Although this takes a little more effort than just posting photos, it gives a fuller
sense of our experience. (There will be lots more pictures on the photo album pages.)
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of information we may include on each of our destinations.
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