Lazy Daze are one TOUGH rig!!

After spending the holidays with my family, I flew back to Reno on 1/2.  I had left my rig at the airport just like I did last year.  Only problem was that the weather this year was much harsher then last year.  When I got to the rig I noticed that the heater was not running.  I had set it on a low temp (about 55) to keep the rig warm inside.  I checked the lights and none of them worked as well.  My house batteries were completely dead.  BUMMER!!!

The truck battery was OK so I started it and drove the 2 miles to the Reno RV Park where I was able to hook up to their electricity.  I also noticed that my propane tank was empty so I had that filled up.  Now I had both electricity and heat.  I turned on the water pump for just a second to see if it was working but heard nothing so switched it off immediately.

None of my SeaLevel gauges worked so I couldn’t check any levels.  I basically had to thaw out everything to get it working.  The problem was it was late in the day and I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning.  So I turned on the heater to 70 and left it running all night.  By the way the temperature got down to 6 degrees in Reno that night.

In the morning, the gauges were still not working.  I headed out to the doctor and took care of that and then stopped by Jiffy Lube and had the truck serviced before I left Reno.  Then I was on the road to warmer temperatures.  I made it to Beatty, NV which is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas.  The camp host said it was only going down to 20 degrees.  Much warmer then Reno, but still not warm enough for me.

When I got up the following day I checked the gauges and sure enough everything was working as it should.  My levels even read the same as they did when I left Fernley way back on 12/24.  I couldn’t believe it.  I turned on the water pump and it even worked as it should.  AMAZING!!!!

My Lazy Daze is one tough rig to have survived that cold.  I had been following the weather in Reno while I was in Southern CA and I noticed that it snowed and the temps never got above 30.  I think two things happened while I was away.  The first was that I ran out of propane.  My tank only holds 7 gallons and I had it filled before I left.  Because it was so cold it used it all up.  Second, it snowed and the snow covered my solar panels.  It was so cold that even during the day the snow would not melt so the panels could not recharge the house batteries .  Since the heater was running to try and keep the temp at 55 it ran down the batteries.

I left Beatty, NV and headed 211 miles to Bullhead City, AZ where I will stay a couple of days with my brother-in-laws brother.  It will give me a chance to get organized and stocked up for my trip to Quartzsite.  It only got down to 30 here so it feels warm compared to Reno.  I can’t wait to get to Quartzsite.

Holidays in California

I flew out of Reno, NV on Christmas Eve and landed in Southern California where I stayed with by sister and brother-in-law for the holidays.  It was a very busy time trying to meet up with all my friends and family.  It seemed like I had something going every day.

Christmas day we picked up our mother and brought her to my sister’s house to spend Christmas with us.  It has gotten harder and harder to get her out, but she was a real trooper.  This is a pic of family.

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Here is another pic where she has a Mitt Romney mask on and my sister is Barrack Obama.  HA!!!

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This was the beautiful sunset taken from their backyard.  It was just as you see it and the pic was not enhanced.

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One Day my sister and I went to the home where my mother is living and took part in their music therapy.  It was fun and we had a great time.

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Bev, Bob and I went out to lunch down at the Dana Point Harbor.  It was a fun time.

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Bev and Bob also invited our good friends over one day for dinner and celebrating the Holidays.  We all had a super time.

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After all the Christmas gatherings we went out to lunch again down at the Dana Point Harbor.  It was a spectacular day.

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I had a great time visiting family and friends over the holidays.  Now I am ready to fly back to Reno and hit the road for more new adventures.

2nd Year on the Road

On July 12, 2012 I just completed my second year of fulltime RVing.  I can’t believe I have been on the road so long.  So once again, as I did last year, I will summarized this fantastic year with some of the highlights.

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Working in Texas

To start I was in Texas and decided to work for a month to help defray costs of traveling to Texas to see my family.  What a mistake that was.  It was 106 degrees and higher the entire month I worked.  Oh well I will definitely know better next time to stay away from there during the summer.

Grand Canyon of Texas

After my work duties were over I headed to Palo Dura State Park in northwestern Texas.  It is know as the Grand Canyon of Texas and a very beautiful place.  While there I hiked the Lighthouse Trail and took this pic of myself standing on the plateau in front of the lighthouse.

Taking advantage of my NM state pass

Then it was off to New Mexico where I wanted to take advantage of the last few months of my New Mexico State Pass.  My first stop was Clayton SP.

Then on to Sugarite SP, just south of the NM/CO border.  This next pic shows Lake Dorothy just north of Sugarite SP.

My next stop was Cimmaron SP and the town of Cimmaron.

Fulfilling a boy scout dream

I also visited Philmont Scout Ranch, which had always been a dream of mine ever since I was a Boy Scout.

More of beautiful new mexico

After that it was Eagle Nest SP, Coyote Creek SP (where I saw a bear), Storie Lake SP  and then on to Villanueva SP where I got my semi-annual haircut.  Finally it was off to Hyde Memorial SP.

Then in October I met up with all my good friends at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta where I stayed and partied for 10 days.  Even had a balloon land on top of my rig.  HA!

After the Balloon Fiesta I drove south to Poncho Villa SP to enjoy a Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.  Of course that also included a trip to Palomas, Mexico where I had to have some dental work done and make sure the margaritas still tasted as good as always.

A visit to the Whitehouse

Next stop on my route was Canyon de Chelly (pronunced d’Shay).  Located on an Indian Reservation it is a beautiful place and a must see for anyone in that area of Arizona.  Of course I had to hike the Whitehouse Trail, which is so beautiful.

Monument Valley

From there it was to Monument Valley, UT.  Talk about a fabulous area, don’t miss out on seeing this.

On my way to Amazon

Then I drove north to Interstate 50.  It is known as the loneliest highway in America.  And believe me it really is.  You could drive for miles and miles and never see a car or truck in either direction.  You would not want to break down on this road.

My destination was Fernley, NV, where I worked for Amazon for 8 weeks.  By the way it was probably the hardest job I have ever had.  Thankfully the 8 weeks went by fairly fast, although it took a couple of months to get healed from the aches and pains I suffered at that job.  OUCH!!!  On top of that it was very cold as well.  Four degrees when I left there.

I then drove to Reno, NV and parked my rig and flew to SO CA to spend a week with my family over the holidays.  It was really great seeing everyone and getting caught up.  I even played some golf.  Actually I tried to play some golf.  HA!  What a joke!

Time to warm up

Then I hit the road to get out of that cold weather up north and drove down to Quartzsite, AZ.  There I met up with a whole bunch of Lazy Dazers (about 20 rigs at different times) and relaxed in the wonderful Arizona sunshine.  Of course I also saw the crazy RV show and even saw a concert by Paul Winer (the Naked Book Seller) although he was fully clothed.  Great show by the way with SRO.

With the help of all my friends I was able to upgrade my rig with new LED lighting, another 12v receptacle and an outdoor motion sensor light.

Next stop – Imperial Dam

In February I left Quartzsite and headed to Imperial Dam just outside of Yuma, AZ  I really enjoyed my stay there with more friends.  Got to do a lot of hiking in the desert.  Plus don’t forget the wild donkeys.  HA!

Heading south of the border senor!

Then it was south of the border to Mexico with the Harvest Host Wine and Whale Watching Tour.  What a fabulous trip that turned out to be.  Visited 5 wineries, with great wine tasting at each.  The wineries were located in the Valley of Gaudelope with very beautiful scenery around.  Also stopped in Ensenada for a day, where we had a great lunch down at the fish market and an opportunity to stock up on lots of great seafood.  Of course we also had to have some cervasa’s (brewskies) at Hussong’s Cantina.

Later visited La Bufadora (the blow hole).  Another very scenic spot.

The wineries were great plus the wine was even greater!  Even got to see a colt that was born that very day.  How exciting!

I am NOT an illegal alien!

After crossing back into the US I drove to Tamarisk LTVA where I stayed for a week and met some really wonderful people.  We hiked ever day in the desert and one day we were surrounded by Border Patrol cars who thought we were illegal aliens.  No comprende  Senor! What a trip that was!

One of my very favorite spots

After spending so much time with so many wonderful people, I needed a break and decided to head for one of my most favorite spots in the Clark Dry Lake bed of the Anza Borrego desert in southern California.  It is 7 miles outside of Borrego Springs.  This place is so peaceful and always gives me a chance to reflect on my future plans.  It was here where I made my resume on workamper.com and emailed it to various people.  Within 10 minutes I had a call for the job I would be working at this summer. More on that later.

Back to the coast

Then it was off to the west coast to Oceanside, where I parked my rig at the Elks Club and took the train up to Orange County to see family.  It was back and forth visiting different members of my family and it was great seeing my Mom.  Love you Mom!

Heading up north

Then it was time to hit the road and head up north.  My first stop was the Trona Pinnacles outside of Ridgecrest, CA.  It is like a trip to another planet.

From there it was off to the Alabama Hills just outside of Lone Pine, CA.  This has been one place I always dreamed of venturing to even before I had an RV.  An absolute MUST SEE.

From there it was off to Mona Lake, where I stayed for about 5 days and ventured around the area seeing the tufa’s at the edge of the lake and the weird cloud formations.

I also took a side trip to the old ghost town of Bodie, CA.  Much of the town is still intact as it was a hundred years ago.  Really neat and another MUST SEE.

Then I finally made it to Oregon where I stayed at Goose Lake SP, La Pine SP and finally Crooked River Ranch.

My workplace for the summer

I met up with my area managers who I would be working for the summer in Prineville, OR.  I am the camp host at the Ochoco Divide, a NFS campground.  It is on the summit (4,726′ elevation) of Hwy 26.  This campground is nestled among giant (200′) Ponderosa Pines among other pine trees as well.  I have now been here 2 months and love this job.  I get to meet a lot of interesting people and have lots of areas to hike in.

Well that about wraps up another fabulous year of my fulltime RV lifestyle.  There were some tough times (truck breaking down) and some great times (caravan trip to Mexico) as well as taking time out to see my family, which is very important to me.  I had lots of times spent with great friends and even some time to myself to ponder how lucky I am.

I almost can’t believe it has been two years since I have set out on the road.  I would also like to thank all my wonderful followers who have been with me as I experienced each and every day.  Every day is a new adventure.

What a week!

Weather has been very nice

It has been almost a week since my last post and I hope to post a bit more often.  The weather here in Central Oregon is getting really nice with a few drops of rain here and there.  There is some rain predicted for this weekend but nothing so far.

Visiting with my friend jack on his adventure across America

This has been a very exciting week for me.  To begin my friend Jack stopped in on his bike tour across America.  The Trans America Bike Trail goes right past me at Hwy 26.  If I am sitting outside I can here bicyclists talking as they stop for a break.  Ochoco Divide is at the summit and it is all downhill for 17 miles to Mitchell, OR.

Jack and I met back in 2010 when I toured the Columbus Historical Museum in Columbus, NM where he was workamping.  We have been best of friends ever since and always stay in touch with each other.  This year he started to fulfill his dream of bicycling across the US.

He got to my campsite around noon and we had a great time talking about old times as well as new.  After lunch and a big BS session, he headed on down the road so he could make it to Mitchell before nightfall.

Here is a pic of Jack ready to hit the road.  Good Luck Jack.  I will keep you posted on his travels when I here more.

And he is off to the wide open spaces of this great land.

Steve on his slower adventure across America

Just a few minutes before Jack left in “walks” Steve and his goat LeeRoy.  They are also traveling across the US but in a much different manner.  They are walking!  Steve decided to walk across America to raise funds to help his friend build an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

When Jack told me he would be coming by my campground I went and bought two nice juicy rib-eyes to barbeque.  When Jack got here he mentioned that he was a vegetarian.  Since I had this extra steak I invited Steve over for dinner.  I could have invited LeeRoy as well, but he is a vegetarian also.  We had a good time talking about his adventures as well.  He started out in Seattle and is going to Times Square.  People notice him wherever he travels.  I can’t imagine why!

You can read up on Steve and his travels at needle2square.com

Checking out Prineville

Wednesday was my day off and I felt just like going into Prineville and checking it out.  I usually only stop at a few places to do shopping, gas and propane so I really haven’t gotten the feel for the town.  As I was turning onto Main Street I saw a green LD coming toward me.  I didn’t think too much of it as I have seen a guy with a green LD pulling a boat.  More about that later.

I found a good parking spot and decided to do some walking.  I was looking for a good book on the flora and fauna of Central Oregon so I headed to the bookstore.  I wasn’t able to find what I was looking for but just decided to window shop.  Then I looked up and saw the Bowman Museum across the street.  That was a MUST SEE.  It was a small but very neat museum that showed life in Prineville since way back when.  They had a lot of interesting railroad displays and also a great display on the Prineville baseball team at the turn of the century.  NEAT STUFF!

I then saw the Prineville Men’s Wear Store that was rich in boots, outdoor jackets, and lots of western wear.  I saw a pair of boots in there I just had to have, so guess what.  I done bought them.

After finishing up on my walking tour through Prineville I had a great lunch at the Tastee Treat.  I have eaten there before and every thing is great.  The service, the food and all the old codgers telling all their stories.

Meeting a blog follower

After returning from Prineville, I got settled in and made a campfire.  Then Stephany came by to introduce herself.  She was the LD I saw in Prineville as I was turning.  She owns a Lazy Daze and lives in Salem, OR.  She mentioned that she had been following my blog and right away I knew she was a very smart lady.  She just decided to come up and see how the campground up here was like.  I tried to convince her that she needs to come down to Quartzsite in the winter and meet up with our group and have a ball as we do every year.

Generations meeting for the first time

I also wanted to show you a picture of my wonderful family.  My grand-kids Eric and Rachael were visiting my son out in California.  They stayed at my sister’s home one night and went and met their Great Grandmother for the first time.

From l to r my grandson Eric, my sister Bev, my Mom, my granddaughter Rachael and finally my son Curt.  It was great they could all get together.  I just wish I could have been there as well.

Visiting with son

Visiting day

I drove down to Oceanside, CA where it would be more convenient to visit with my son.  He lives in Temecula, CA which is only about an hour away.  While in Oceanside I stayed at the Elks Lodge.

Out on the town…

We got together Friday night and spent some time just catching up with what the other has been doing.  It sure was good just to see him rather then conversing through email.  We are both avid L A Kings hockey fans so we decided to go out to a sports bar where we could eat dinner, watch the game and have a few beers to boot.  It was a kick and the place we picked out was just a little local joint and it was a very cool.  By the way the Kings won 4-2.  GO KINGS!!!

Down to the pier

It rained cats and dogs Friday night and the wind was blowing like crazy.  Fortunately the rain stopped on Saturday but not the wind.  We decided to hike down to the pier and check out the local fare.  This guy was standing on one leg at the end of the pier.  It was a wonder that he did not get blown off.

 

This is a pic of my son who looked very wind-blown.  It was so windy that there were no surfers out.

 

This is a pic of myself.  You can’t even tell it is me.

This pelican didn’t even want to stand up.  Too damn cold!

 

Here we have a look at the beach.  Nobody at all in the water.

Another shot of the surf.

The life guards didn’t have anyone to watch.  I took this pic of them taking a lunch break.

Late Saturday afternoon he left to visit some old high school friends.  We had a great time and it will probably be a while before I get to see him again.  Tuesday I will be heading north to take care of a few items that need attention on my rig.

 

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The Flower Fields

The Flower Fields

I spent the weekend parked at the Mission Viejo Elks Lodge.  No hookups, but $5 per night sure was sweet.  My sister picked me up and spent the weekend at their home.  It was good seeing them again and we had a wonderful time just trying to catch up.

Sunday we drove down to Carlsbad to visit “The Flower Fields”.  The day was overcast but just perfect to see the flowers.  Not too hot.

At the entrance their are many beautiful displays.

Then there were acres and acres of flowering ranunculus.  Each plant was grown from a seed.

There was even a greenhouse full of cymbidium orchids.

At the far end of the field they had a huge American flag made out of flowers.

This was really something to see.  If you are in the area I would suggest going within the next couple of weeks and check out these beautiful fields.

Oceanside to San Juan Capistrano via Amtrak

All Aboard…

I arrived in Oceanside on Wednesday and parked at the Elks lodge with water and electric.  They also have a dump station, laundry and workout room.  At $18 per night you can’t beat it.  On Thursday I walked about a mile to the train station and hopped on the northbound train to San Juan Capistrano.  I would be staying at my sister and brother-in-law’s home for a few days.  The train ride was very nice skirting along the coast.  I got to see many surfers just south of San Clemente (my old stomping grounds).  I took the following pics from the train as it was flying down the tracks.

Good ole San Clemente pier…

This is the San Clemente pier.  I used to love to walk down to it when I lived in San Clemente.  San Clemente is a great little coastal town.

Golf, lunch with Mom, birthday party and return to Oceanside

The following day we played golf (which I haven’t done for some time) and had a great time.  Saturday we picked up my mom and we all went out to lunch.  It sure was good to see her!  Sunday we celebrated my niece’s (and her boyfriend’s) birthday.  Then I was  going to get dropped off at the train station to return to Oceanside.  But it was pouring rain so they offered to drive me down to Oceanside the next morning since they were getting together for golf for a few days with friends in that area.

I will be staying at the Oceanside Elks for a few more days and then head back to Orange County for more family GTG’s.

One Year On The Road

It has been one year on July 12 that I started my fulltime RV’ing lifestyle.  I can’t believe it has been a whole year.  I took the time to go back through this year and show you some of the highlights of my adventure.

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July, 2010 – Inyokern, CA –  My very first campsite at the beginning of my adventure.  I was really a rookie back then.

July, 2010 – Sequoia National Park – Boondocking in Fish Creek Campsite in the Sequoias.

August, 2010 – Sisters, OR – Camping on the Metolius River outside of Sisters, OR.  What a fantastic spot.

August, 2010 – Crater Lake National Park.  Words cannot describe this beautiful place.

September, 2010 – Eugene, OR – Getting my solar panels installed.  My boondocking will be much quieter and more efficient from now on.

October, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – 10 fabulous days with other fun Lazy Daze owners.

October, 2010 – Palomas, Mexico – Central park.  Visited there after attending Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.

October, 2010 – Deming, NM – Rockhound State Park – This a rock hounds dream park.  Lots of different rocks.

November, 2010 – Socorro, NM – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – Visited there during the Festival of the Cranes event.

December, 2010 – January, 2011 – Death Valley, CA – A beautiful view of Death Valley during an annual Lazy Daze Rally.

January, 2011 – Quartzsite, AZ – Got together with a bunch of Lazy Daze owners during the Quartzsite RV Show.  It was a blast boondocking in the desert.  Lots of food, a campfire every night and the BIG TENT RV Show.

February, 2011 – Anza-Borrego, CA – Boondocking in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

February, 2011 – Niland, CA – Boondocking with the LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) at Slab City.  Everyone should go there at least once.

February/March, 2011 – Benson, AZ – The winter SW Lazy Daze Rally at Pato Blanco RV Resort.  Lots of great food and people.

March, 2011 – Picacho Peak, AZ – A civil war re-enactment at Picacho Peak State Park.  Event lasted all week-end with gun battles and actual tents and other equipment during that era..

March, 2011 – Douglas, AZ – Visiting with friends at Bell Starr’s Silverado Ranch.  Belle is wearing the pink hat.  We all helped Belle work on her ranch projects.  A MUST see.  She is quite a lady.

April, 2011 – Alamogordo, NM – White Sands National Monument.  Very surreal.

May, 2011 – Carlsbad, NM – Carlsbad Caverns.  A MUST see.

May, 2011 – Melvin, TX – I just had to visit there.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Alamo in downtown San Antonio, TX.  Another MUST see.

May, 2010 – San Antonio, TX – The San Antonio River-walk.  A really neat and fun place.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Tower of Americas.  The view from the top is spectacular.

May, 2011 – Luckenbach, TX.  I just had to visit here because of the song made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylan Jennings.

May, 2011 – Blanco, TX – My campsite in Blanco State Park.  How about that for a back yard?

June, 2011 – Fort Worth, TX.  The highlight of my year.  Being able to visit my family.  It was sooooo much fun.

July, 2011 – Karnack, TX –   Caddo Lake State Park.  I spent a week here and loved every minute.

It has been a wonderful year.  I have traveled 12,702 miles in 6 different states and 2 different countries.  I have attended 8 RV Rallies where I have met a lot of people, learned a lot about things I never knew anything about, and spent money upgrading my rig.

This year has been much better then I even anticipated.  I met a lot of great people who I continue to keep in touch with.  I am looking forward this next year to travel to places I have never seen before and meet more wonderful people.

Wrapping up Visit With Family

I wrapped up my visit with my son and grandkids on Sunday 6/26.  We decided to go to Putt-Putt (the kids called it Butt-Butt) and have some fun.  Here a pic taken of Garrett and Eric on the Putt-Putt course.  It was really fun.

Garrett teeing off.

Rachael ready to hit a “hole in one”!

After the final hole.

We won some tokens and bought other tokens so we could play with the pin ball machines.  How fun is that!!  Playing “Deal or No Deal”.  We divided up all the tokens and each of them had fun playing different games.

The kids put all their winning tokens together and surprised Grandpa with several gifts.  That was so nice of them?  They were always thinking of me and I am so lucky to have such caring grandkids.  We all went back to my rig and had a fun time talking, laughing, playing with puzzles, and goofing off.  Rachael is goofing off here.  I loved it.

All three of them on my couch.

Rachael explaining how to put together the puzzle they all gave me.

DA DA!!!  She put it together in no time flat.

DUH!!  Why couldn’t I figure that out?

Here she is putting her leg behind her head.  I tried it after they left and could not even come close to performing this stunt.  You don’t think age has anything to do with this do you?

My time with my son and grandkids is over for this year.  I have been here over a month excluding the time I spent flying to CA.  I really enjoyed my visit despite the hot weather.  I promised them I would return next year when it was much cooler and we could do more outside activities.  Maybe in the Fall.

Although I have been here over a month it seemed like just yesterday when I arrived.

Thanks Curt, Garrett, Eric and Rachael.  You guys are the greatest!!!!!

Visiting Family on Father’s Day – One of the Great Benefits of RVing.

After my son went to church with the family they drove out to Cedar Hill State Park where I am camped for 2 weeks to spend Father’s Day with me.  I called to tell him to notify me when they got close to the campground.  I would drive my RV to the entrance of the park and as long as I was in the car with them I could cover their $5 per adult entrance fee with my Texas State Parks Pass.  By the way it also covers my entrance fee each day I am in a Texas State Park.

I hate to admit it and feel very stupid, but I was having such a wonderful day with my family I completely forgot to take pictures.  I had my camera handy in my pants pocket but forgot it was even there.  You will just have to use your imagination to picture the six of us comfortably visiting and playing games in my home on wheels.

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It was 102 degrees outside but very comfortable inside with the A/C running all day.  The restroom was conveniently across the street from my rig.  We all had a great time playing several games including a new game on TV called baggage where each person has to tell something secret about themselves that the others don’t know.  That was really fun.  Then we played the old card game called War.  Rachel was the winner of that game.   My son Curt gave me 2 bottles of Joe T Garcia’s Salsa both hot and mild and a huge package of sweet rolls which I will be enjoying for days.  The kids gave me a sunglasses case enscribed with “Maui Jim’ on it.  That’s about as close to Hawaii as I will get.

I barbequed cheeseburgers for dinner with beans, chips and cookies.  Everyone chowed down.  Curt, Eric and Rachael went for a short walk but didn’t stay out too long before they came back to the comfort of the RV.  In Texas 5:00pm is the hottest point of the day and it did hit 102. YUK!!!!!

They didn’t leave until almost 9:00.  I told them it was the VERY BEST Father’s Day I have ever had.  It was so much fun enjoying this special day with my family.  It was the first time I was able to be with my family all together.  Living in CA I would see them one at a time and I had never seen my granddaughter prior to this trip to Texas.  That is one of the GREAT benefits of RVing.  I was able to travel to see them and spend some real quality time with each one.

I will be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and will be seeing them again before I leave to head further east in my travels.  This is really a blessing.

Next time I will remember to take pictures.  However the memory of this day is implanted in my brain forever.