Northwest Lazy Daze GTG

Baker City, OR

We made it to the small town of Baker City, OR for the Northwest Lazy Daze GTG.  It was great fun and I met a lot of new friends there as well as seeing some old friends as well.  The weather when we arrived was windy but the second day day was great.

Here is a pic of an entire row of LD’s that were parked at the Mt. View RV Park.  It was really cool seeing so many LD’s all lined up.

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Meetings and potlucks

We had our meetings and potlucks here.  The group also supplied breakfast.  What a deal!

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Here is their General Store/Office.

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Some of us were working

John received a new turret for his satellite TV.  I helped him replace it as he has done so many things for me over the years.  We got it all hooked up and he fired it up and it still would not work correctly.  What a bummer!!!  They are going to send him a new unit once he gets home to Colorado.

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Learning Genealogy

Donna was teaching the fine points of genealogy.  I have done some work on archives.com but was not very good at it.  She gave all her students a packet with lots of great ideas on how to create your family tree.

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There was also a GTG with Pete Reed for all those that were going on the Canada trip.  We all went through our Itinerary together and everyone had a lot of questions.  We are all very excited for the trip to begin.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

A few of us went up to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside of Baker City.  It was a very fascinating place and very informative.  Here are a couple of pics from the center.

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Thank you Northwest Lazy Daze

I want to thank everyone in the Northwest Lazy Daze group.  I had a wonderful time and met many new faces as well as some I had met previously.  It was a great time.  I apologize for posting this so late, but the Internet service since then has been really lousy.

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Love Trader Joe’s and the Apple Store

Off to the Apple Store…

I entered the Apple Store on my Garmin and it said it was about 16 miles from the Enchanted Trails RV Park.  I had scheduled my appointment online for 2:00pm.  I got to the store at  1:00pm so I went to the Genius Bar hoping they could take me sooner.  No such luck.  They are very busy and told me to come back closer to the time I had scheduled.

The Apple Store is located in a very high class shopping area know as Uptown.  Lots of very expensive stores.  I did find a Starbuck’s and stopped in there for a coffee and “Very Berry” coffee cake.  Then I just walked around until my appointment.

The Apple Store is really a very friendly environment.  I walked to the back where they checked me in and then they found a seat where I could sit until they could wait on me.  They had all my information regarding my speaker problem with the phone. Within a few minutes I was showing another guy my phone and he was writing all the information into an IPad.  Stuff like what I had done to see if the speaker would work, etc.

He took my phone and said they would check it out in the back and replace the speaker if needed.  He mentioned it could take about 25 minutes.  Within 10 minutes he was back with my phone and demonstrated that the speaker now worked.   GREAT!!  I can now hear when someone is calling me.  That is what a phone is for, isn’t it?

They were very professional and when I asked if there was any charge he said absolutely nothing.

Trader Joe’s in the same shopping center….

I walked out to my car and happened to notice a Trader Joe’s on the other side of the parking lot.  I haven’t shopped at a Trader Joe’s for a long time and had to go.

I usually buy my groceries from a list that I create on my IPhone.  Whenever I think of something I immediately write it down.  I usually don’t buy anything else unless it is on the list.  It usually keeps me from overspending.

However I only had a couple items on my list when I entered Trader Joe’s, but went ahead and shopped the entire store and bought my items that weren’t on my list.  I love eating seafood and if you check out the seafood in Walmart it is rather bleak.  Most times I usually buy any seafood from a good grocery store instead.

However, I did see some great seafood items at Trader Joe’s that I just had to have.  That and a packet of sushi that I used to enjoy many years ago.  I had the sushi for dinner that night.  YUM!  YUM!

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I also bought my favorite Italian Roast coffee.  I used to drink this coffee for many years before fulltiming.

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Very windy…

The rest of the day was very uneventful.  I was glad to get home after shopping as the wind was blowing very hard. New Mexico winds can get rather gusty at times.

Billy as in Billy Goat…

When Jim and I went 4 wheeling in Rockhound State Park he suggested a name for my Suzuki Samurai.  He said it was just like a Billy goat since it could go just about anywhere.  So Billy it is!

My Lazy Daze “The Breeze” as in the song by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Billy.  That sounds cool.  They make a great pair.

Will leave here on Saturday…

Saturday we will be heading north.  I didn’t want to travel on Friday because Amazon will be calling for my interview.  I missed the last time they called because my IPhone speaker wasn’t working and didn’t even here the call.  So they rescheduled it and I really need to get it right today.

I am leaving in the morning and found a Harvest Host winery that I can stay at for the night just north of Albuquerque.  Harvest Host offers many great places to stay like wineries, farms, and orchards and it doesn’t cost anything.  These places are located in every state even Canada and Mexico.  They don’t have hookups but with solar panels who cares anyway.  Besides I need to try a different wine for a change.

 

The power of the blog

Writing about ski trips

I have been writing a blog since 2005.  It began with my ski trips, which I wanted to post for my own enjoyment and to reflect back on the many good times and great places.  Since then I have bought a Lazy Daze RV and now live and travel in it full time.  It is amazing how I forget many details of places I have visited, but having the blog allows me to return to those places and remember them as if I was there now.

Off to Quartzsite, AZ

In January, 2011 I accepted Roger Nickey’s invitation to join him at a Lazy Daze GTG in Death Valley over New Year’s holiday.  Afterwards we traveled down to Quartzsite, AZ where we camped out in the desert with many of our friends for a month.  What a wonderful time.  Lots of campfires, “Happy Hours”, potlucks and of course the RV show in the BIG TENT.  Then we also got to show off all of our purchases of RV accessories, food etc. to each other.  Lots of good times!

That’s where I met David and Mary Gardner.  They were camped right next to me and shared in all our good times.  David is quite the photographer and took many pictures of all of us.  You can see his great work on his blog Marking Our Place.  He also submitted his work to a sight called Lenscratch.  This article was picked up by two foreign blogs which featured his work.

The Russians are coming…

The first one is the Russian Esquire Online Magazine.  That is a pic of my rig “The Breeze” on the second row and second from the left.  How about that sports fans (or should I say RV fans)!  Not too shabby!
Below is the pic of David’s blog also showing the same pic.

Here is a blow-up of the same pic.

Not one but two

The second foreign publication that picked it up was Radek Burda, a Czech blogger.  This one even shows a pic of me standing outside my rig.  That was when I had a beard, which I no longer have.  It is clean shaven for me (at least once a week).

This just goes to show you the power of the blog.  This exposure did not come from my blog, but a friend who happened to be a super photographer.  Now the Czech people are probably looking at my mug and saying to themselves – Those crazy Americans living in a RV.  Why would anybody want to do that?  HA!