Cave Dwellings

Our Brand New Cougar....

Our Brand New Cougar....
Aug. 10th, 2003

Cave Dwellings

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lots of Winter fun with family...But I'm still FREEZING!!

So, here it is a brand New Year..We aren't exactly where we hoped we would be this January, but I have to say we have gotten in some great quality time with our family!...But I could do without this cold and snow!
 It seems that we get a minimum of 8" every time it snows here!! And the squirrels are invading my brand new bird feeder!!!
Our grandson, Campbell, performed with the special singing group MidKnight Special for a Xmas program...He seems to be following in his older sister's thespian and musical talents..
 That is Campbell, 5th from the to the reindeer..haha.
His big sister is thrilled for him...
...And so were Grama and Papa...
Since we have been gone for most Xmas's this past 9 years, we decided to spend Xmas Day with our youngest grandkids in Zionsville...They are ages 5 and 8, and we have never seen them open gifts on Xmas Day in person..What a fun time that was! We were invited to John's Mom and Stepdad's on Xmas Eve for drinks and dinner...

 They have a lovely home in Carmel, IN ,not far from Chris and John's..
John' s mom,Jan, and I get along great..We are two proud gramas alright!
You know darn well that I cannot behave long!!
Xmas morning John's Dad and Stepmom came over to Chris and John's for the opening of presents!!

We are soooooo glad to have been there for these kids!! It was a wonderful Xmas Day!!!
This year started with a bang big in wind! We have had non stop wind so it seems. A few days ago I took my walk in 50 mph wind gusts!!!

OMG! I felt like Dorothy!!!And you know who almost got her Ruby Slippers!!!
Not to worry...MY Ruby Slippers are safely tucked away for another day!
As most know, I have a huge love of theater...and my kids know this for sure. So, when Terrie and Tim invited me to go with them to see the theater production of the musical, The Little Mermaid, I was thrilled. (Dennis likes it when our grands are involved, otherwise...not so much..) The musical was amazing!! I cannot stop singing "Under The Sea"...
The above is a "file" photo..I would have been thrown out on my arse if I even PRETENDED to take a photo during the performance!!! We did get a couple before it began though...

Of course, before we went to the 8PM performance, we had to get dinner and ice cream...Our dinner was at a place called Shinto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge... What fun!!

Taylor just cannot behave....wonder where she gets that?????
Our Hibachi Chef was named Chris...He was fabulous..making us laugh, lighting fires, and flipping broccoli florets in our mouths with his spatula...and yes, I caught mine..How could I miss with my piehole!!
After hibachi food, the kids wanted some ice cream before we went to the theater...OK..Grama will buy..
 Campbell ate a bowl bigger than he was!

These kids are so darn much fun at these ages...Tay is 18, Peyton is 16 and Campbell is 12. Good kids, if I do say so..
Soooo ,now that I have given you reason to nod off, I will leave you alone for another period of undetermined brain lock...I gotta say, being home all Winter is draining my creativity!!!! Sometimes you just have to wait until the urge strikes you but in the meantime.....

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Trip Down Memory Lane...with our Keystone Cougar..

We bought our first fiver in 2003, two months after we bought our GMC 2500 diesel truck to pull one with. In 2005, we took our first long trip..We went all the way to California and back in one month..What the Heck were WE smoking??
We did some camping in Texas on the way..but usually, we just stayed one night in one place, and packed it up and moved on the next. We were new at it...and dumb..We were retired, after all..what was the big hurry?? Here are a few photos of that trip.

Above 3 photos are at Perdernales State Park, in Texas.  Very nice park!

These two were taken at Luckenback, TX...No, we didn't see Waylan, Willie and "the boys"..but we did see some great grinnin' and pickin'..

In Arizona, we saw a sign for a road leading up the mountain to Kitt Peak drove the road to the top and toured it..Then we had a harrowing drive DOWN that steep grade road pulling our Cougar..Hey, as I said, we were DUMB!!
This was back when you could still drive across Hoover Dam..but Border Patrol stopped every vehicle and searched it...Now they have made a road that gets you across without going over the dam..

I'm soooo glad we got to do this crossing one last time!..Our daughter, Chris, just happened to be goind to Vegas while we were out there, so we agreed to meet up with her at New York, New York Hotel and Casino for dinner ...and an adult beverage...This was before she married her now hubby.
Good gravy!!! Dennis and I were MUCH younger...and somewhat more "fluffy" back then!! We spent one night at Sam's Town RV park and left ...FYI, Sam's Town is NOT a good place...There were gunshots over the razor wire wall next to our camper...We got the Heck out of Dodge fast the next day, and ended up at Alamo Lake State Park in Arizona..We actually spent 3 nights there..

On our way back East, we stopped at Patagonia State Park,, North of Nogales AZ. We decided we wanted to walk across the border to Nogales, MX..This was our first experience doing that and from what I hear, Nogales is no longer considered safe...

We bought some great turquoise and had a few beverages and salsa at a restaurant there. We checked to make sure it was frequented by "gringos" like us...very good Margaritas too!!!
On our way back, we stayed in West Texas at Eagle's Nest RV Park in Van Horn, TX...This park was great, and lots of campers stopped there..After all, there aren't many places to stay out there in them thar hills!!

That picture above is Chuy's Mexican Restaurant...and the famous football star/commentator, John Madden was known to frequent that place...The story has it that he was afraid to fly and drove to all of his "gigs'. The food was great,and they had Madden's special chair there with his name on it!
From here we were back safely ensconced in Texas again, and stayed at Canyon Lake , Potter's Creek Campground, North of San Antonio..This is a great Army Corp park and had turned into one of our fav's...
The following 4 pics were taken at Gruene, TX, just North of San Antonio and New Braunfels, TX...We love this little town..It has one of the oldest dance halls in Texas where George Strait got his start..Plus, the beautiful blue Guadalupe River..

On our way home from Texas we now make it a plan to stay at Lake Wappapello, in Southern Missouri..From there we can make it home on one day...Here are a couple pics of that place..

WHEW!!!! I am exhausted from just putting this blog trip, one month, one stupid couple of new RV'ers...Yep..that would be US!!!!