Sunday, April 12, 2015

On the Way to Colorado

I had a great time at the recent rallies in California and Nevada. I met lots of "old" friends and made some new ones. The Fulltimers rally in Hemet was lots of fun and the food was excellent. One of the best seminars I have been to many years was given by a former Madam of a brothel in Pahrump, NV. She gave lots of insights into the profession and signed a book (Legal Tender) for me that she wrote about her six years running the business. The books provides lots of ideas most businesses could use concerning customer service.

In Pomona, cousins Jim and Pat stayed busy "working" security at the FMCA Family Reunion. It was a long week, but they sure did meet lots of interesting people. One incident involved a woman who lost her new smart phone. After checking lost and found and many of the places she had been in the previous 24 hours, she went back to her motor home. She used her husband's cell phone to call her own phone, and found it in a frying pay--under the bed!! When she saw us to report finding the smart phone, she added: "Now I can't find my husband." Husband was found eating a donut and she was so happy, because now she could attend the seminar hosted by the Geeks on Tour and learn how to use the new smart phone.

After Pomona, I spent a week in Palm Springs and am now ending a week on the Colorado River just south of Lake Havasu City. On Tuesday, it is off to Camp Verde for a week and then to Albuquerque, Pojoaque and Colorado Springs by May 2nd.

Warmest regards, Gus

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Southern California

I have been spending a lazy couple of months in the warm weather of Southern California. After over a month in the Palm Springs area, including some time at Desert Hot Springs and the mineral spas, I went to Oak Glen which is near Yucaipa. That is about 4800 ft in elevation and close to Big Bear. I did take a day-trip to Big Bear to be reminded what snow looks like up close. I like it better at a distance! The I came to Menifee, which is near Temecula. Cousin Jim is happy that he hasn't had to shovel snow once this winter.
Next week I am going to meet some friends at a rally in Hemet and then it will be up to Pahrump, NV, for another rally and good friends. From Pahrump, it will be on to Pomona for the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) rally.
Life is good on the road.
Warmest regards, Gus

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2014-15 Travels

I am having trouble inserting a picture, but I do want to tell you what I have been doing.
I spent Christmas and New Year's in Lake Havasu City, AZ (we had snow on New Year's Eve) and then Cousins Jim & Pat drove us to Indio, CA, to attend the Western Motorhome Association Rally. At the rally, Betty and I helped Jim & Pat work security. We drove around in a golf cart to help people and watch for problems. We also stood at the entry to the evening entertainment to make sure only those who registered for the rally (and had badges) could enter for the free performances.
On Sunday (11th) we moved to the Thousand Trails Preserve in Thousand Palms. It is located near Washington Street and I-10. We have been resting from the rally, but did meet some friends (Ruth an Jerry from Las Vegas) at the Classic Club for Happy Hour.
Hope all is well with you and that 2015 is going to be a great year for you.

Warmest regards, Gus

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oatman, AZ #2

In the first post, I mentioned that many burrows roamed the town of Oatman. Here, one of them came to check me out, but seemed a little nervous to get too close unless I had some food. I tried to sit on his back, but he was not going to have any part of that nonsense.
Warmest regards, Gus

Trip to Oatman, AZ

Today, I took a road trip from Lake Havasu City, AZ, to Oatman, AZ. Oatman is an old, almost-abandoned, gold mining town near Kingman. Oatman is on the old Route 66 connecting Chicago and and Los Angeles. Tourism is the main economic contributor to Oatman today. There are a number of shops, restaurants and the locals even stage gunfights to lure the tourists to town. I thinks there are more wild burrows than people living here.
Warmest regards, Gus

Monday, October 13, 2014

#28 Stewart/Hyder to Anacortes, WA

Yes, I finally did leave Canada and get back to the U.S. When we left Stewart/Hyder (B.C./Alaska) we drove to Ft. Telkwa, Prince George, Cache Creek, Rosedale and then to Anacortes, Washington.
In the picture at left, I am looking down on the bridge crossing the gorge at Hell's Gate. I actually took the gondola across to the village and walked across the bridge.
When we got to Anacortes, we had a great farewell dinner followed by a "good-bye brreakfast" with lots of hugs as everyone went off in all directions. Many of us met up again in Redmond, Oregon, for the Family Motor Coach Association Rally.
I made many new friends on this trip and am looking forward to seeing them again in the coming years.
Since leaving Redmond, I have been to Coloado Springs, Blue Mesa (Gunnison), Moab, Utah and today I am at Monument Valley (Navajo Tribal Park) in AZ/Utah.
Warmest regards, Gus

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alaska # 27 Stewart/Hyder

 After leaving Skagway, Cousins Jim and Pat took me to Stewart, BC/Hyder, Alaska. On the way, there were beautful views, including more glaciers. The best part of the trip was watching the bears in Hyder. The black bear standing by the water was determined to catch a salmon for dinner. However he was a little too slow and when he jumped into the water, the salmon swam away safely--probably to be caught by a quicker bear.
Warmest regards, Gus