Hello strangers…

It’s Sunday evening, July 5th, and I am sitting here at the dinette in our fifth wheel, outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico. We lived here for 15 years, from 1990 to 2005, before moving to South Carolina. We were stationed here at Holloman AFB. Our youngest child, was born here. It’s been 15 years (this October) since we left and it is surprising to see how much has changed, yet how much has stayed the same in this time.

Of course, one of the first things we had to do was take a drive to our old house, and then see if we could find the houses of friends we hung with all the time when we were here. Our friends had kids the same age as ours, and on weekends, they were all at our place, or we were all at theirs. We played cards, had parties and generally just hung out. These were some of the best years of our lives, and I have never been able to have a friendship like that since. Of course, since we left the military, we have found that we don’t relate to a lot of people who never served. I’ve never really been able to figure out why.

I have gotten quite a bit of reading done this year…almost halfway to my 50 book goal! Yay. I haven’t read as much the past few days as I would have liked to, but there is still a few days left of this trip. The heat here, albeit a dry heat, has me ready to nap if we’ve spent the morning outside. Today we drove up to Cloudcroft, where the temperatures were 20 degrees cooler, and the views spectacular. Tomorrow, we are taking the dogs out to White Sands National Park (used to be White Sands National Monument) which was one of our favorite places to take the kids, and visitors, to go spend a little time enjoying one of this countries most beautiful sites. I am sure after being in the 100 degree heat, I will be ready for a nap and some cold ice tea.

In the meantime, I am still working my Avon business, even when I am away from home. I love that I can do that. I had been neglecting my Avon blog, but made a couple of posts on it today; advertising a sweepstakes and some beloved products. You can check it out here.

Until next time…stay cool, be well, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


St. Ignace, Michigan

As I write this, the sun is shining, and there is a very strong breeze outside. This is our last full day in St Ignace, Michigan, and we have stayed inside for most of it. All of the walking we did the past few days has my husbands knees (which are bad) really hurting and since we have to drive 3.5 hours tomorrow we thought a day of rest would be best. Of course, my chronic illness flared up today, so it seems we made the right decision.

Yesterday we took a ride with the dogs, down one of the lake side roads, then to Bridge View Park where we had an excellent view of the Mighty Mac. Drove then through the cute little town of St Ignace and then back to our campsite. It was a lot less walking than we did the previous two days.

The Mighty Mac as seen at Bridge View Park, St. Ignace, Michigan

I am hoping the wind settles tomorrow, as we have to go back over the bridge to get to our next destination which is Ludington, Michigan. We will be there 3 nights.

We really have no agenda, other than our campground reservations. I do need to make a small stop at a store of some kind as I realize that other than Clorox wipes and a broom, I really have NO cleaning supplies. #firsttimerfail . But at least I can sweep the floor and wipe down all the countertops and table, right? Once we get home, we have to take the rig in for some minor work, mostly warranty, so I can thoroughly clean it then if I don’t make it to a store.

And I have discovered that I really need some sort of meal plan. I got some ground beef out the other day for dinner and realized I had no idea what to make. So, I made sloppy joes. But we surely don’t want hamburgers and sloppy joes all the time. So, I need to plan better. The campground WiFi cuts out every couple of minutes, and cell phone reception up here is horrible, so getting online to look at recipes, posting photos, etc really takes a bit of time.

When I take pictures on trips, I use both my cell phone and my DSLR. I upload everything to my laptop each night, and upload to facebook. I am a very amateur photographer, and sometimes I surprise myself. Like with this photo, taken with my DSLR.

Butterfly, Bridge View Park, St. Ignace, Michigan

On to the next adventure. I hope you stick around to see what we do next!

The long and winding road…

We left home last week, and spent a few days with our trailer parked in my brother-in-law’s driveway in Michigan. He had 50 amp power and water for us, but we mostly just used the camper to sleep. The rest of the time we were visiting with family. We showered in their house and ate there as well, but this morning we headed north to Mackinac Island. The weather was gloomy and rainy. We did see a little sun, but not as much as I would have liked to. The sky was not too cloudy when we crossed the Mackinac Island Bridge, but I would have rather had seen sunshine because the views would have been far more spectacular.

I am not sure what the agenda is while we are here. Since we are travelling with two German Shepherd Dogs, we do have to take them into consideration. Well, that, and the weather, which is not looking favorable for at least the next 24 hours.

But, we made it. Longest trip in the rig so far. Have had a few minor glitches, and we are taking it in for warranty work when we get back, and are making a list of the things we need them to work on. Little things all of them, but still, all important.

Currently reading: “Reunion” by Hannah Pittard

An Adventure Awaits

So, we did a thing. We bought a 5th wheel, and not just any 5th wheel, a 42 foot long one!

We have plans to escape to Florida for a few months at the first of the year, and then travel as much as we can. We are not ready to be full timers yet…but down the road…maybe.

We have a lot to do, like getting the dogs used to travelling, and people and not just running out the door anytime they want to (because there are rules you know) but I think we can manage that…oh, and there is the whole not killing each other thing because we will be around each other 24/7.

Yeah..alot to do. I’ve been terrible at keeping up with this blog…and now I am wondering if I should keep it, or start a new one to chronicle our adventures. Definitely something to think about!