Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Andersonville National Historic Site , SC

Several weeks ago I was able to visit the Andersonville National Historic Site in South Carolina. This was the site of the Confederate Prison during the Civil War and became a National Cemetery on July 26, 1865. The first interments were soldiers who died in the prison. In addition to the National Cemetery, there is a National Prisoner of War Museum to tell the stories of priisoners of war from all wars.
Warmest regards, Gus

Monday, February 15, 2016

Biloxi, MSs

Betty and I have been in the Biloxi, MS, area for the past 10+ days. The weather has been nice, but a little cool some days. Aftter attending several Mardi Gras parades, we also checked out the drive along the coast on highway 90. The last time we were here was just a few months after Hurrican Katrina (2005) had hit the area. There has been a great deal of construction since then, especially the casinos and the repairs to the highways. However, there are still many empty lots along the coast waiting for someone to build a home or for another hotel to be sited.
Many of the locals seem to be pleased with the way the tourist economy has rebounded, but overall there are still problems.
Hope all is well with you.
Warmest regards, Gus

To the left is the Biloxi lighthouse which has been repaired since Katrina.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pintail Wildlife Drive

On the Pintail Wildlife Drive of the Cameron Wildlife Refuge, I saw many alligators along with many birds. This "gator" seemed a little curious, but I did not get out of the car to see how friendly he really was!! The air temperature was aabout 70 degrees, so some of the "gators" were on the banks sunning themselves.

Today we left the Lake Charles area and drove to Hammond, LA. In a few days we will be in Biloxi, MS.

Warmest regards, Gus

Louisiana's Outback

Yesterday I took a day-trip to see Louisiana's Outback. I traveled from the Visitors' Center in Sulpher (where I am pictiured ready to go fishing), down to Holly Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, across the shipping canal at Cameron and then on to the National Wildlife Refuge. This area along the Gulf is still trying to recover from the damage of Hurricane Rita -- it was not hit as hard by Katrina in 2005. A few people are starting to re-build at Holly Beach, but there are many more empty cement slabs in the area than there are homes. All of the new construction is about 20 feet above ground. Only sheds and rvs are located at ground level.

Warmest regards, Gus

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and you are looking forward to a great 2016!

I spent about two months in Colorado Springs and had a great time with family and friends. On December 8th, I left Colorado and headed through New Mexico. The picture above was taken on the plaza in Mesilla, just outside of Las Cruces. I got to see some friends in Las Cruces before leaving for Texas.

After a couple of stops, I made it to Lake Medina Thousand Trails Preserve --just west of San Antonio. I got to spend some time with Pat's sister and brother-in-law who live in San Antonio. The weather has not been great, but much better than many places. We have had no snow, tornadoes, flooding, etc. The rain is always welcome in this area, and Lake Medina has water for the first time in years. The storms last summer filled the lake.

From here I am going to Columbus, TX, on the Colorado River--no, not the Colorado River that starts in Colorado and flows through the Grand Canyon. Cousins Jim and Pat tell me that when we leave Columbus, we will head East along the Gulf Coast where I hope to get some Cajun food. The plan is to be in Hoboken, GA by early March for a rally and then to Perry, GA for the FMCA Family Reunion. I guess the weather will dictate the itinerary.

Warmest regards, Gus

P.S. I heard from my friend Kaori in Yokohama, Japan; she was worried about me because I had not posted anything lately. I am healthy and doing just fine!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Summer Travels 2015

I will try to catch you up on some of my travels this summer. When I left Colorado in June, cousins Jim and Pat drove me across Kansas, Missouri and to Indiana. While in Indiana, Jim and Pat had lunch with Kim Moe, Jim's former boss at CTB/McGraw-Hill. They then had some repairs made on the motor home in Decatur and took me on a day-trip I was to Berne. That is where I got caught by the bear shown above.
I spent the 4th of July with cousins Scott and Laura in Columbus. I had a great time with them and their family. After a quick trip back to Decatur, we worked our way to Wisconsin. I met many "old" friends at rallies in Lake Delton and Madison.
After the rallies, I went to Viroqua, WI, and met Dr. Alex Wade, one of Jim's former students at Los Alamos High School. After a couple of weeks to relax in southern MN, I went to Turtle Lake, WI, to see the Burhops. they are good friends we met in Texas nine years ago.
I am now in the Twin Cities area visiting Jim's sister. I will try to add more detail in future posts.

Warmest regards, Gus

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hidden Bluffs RV Park, MN

Betty and I were in Southern Minnesota for the past two weeks. Hidden Bluffs RV Resort is near Spring Grove and Mabel, MN. It is not too far from Harmony, MN, which has many Amish families living in the area.
Now I am in Turtle Lake, WI. We are visiting my friends who I met in Texas a number of years ago.

I will try to catch you up on my travels in future posts. This is the first time I have been able to get the blog to work in several months.

Warmest regards, Gus