Monday, March 26, 2018

Life on the Mississippi

On our return trip to Colorado after attending the FMCA Convention in Perry, GA, I am sitting with Betty and Billy on the bank of the Mississippi River watching the tug boats push barges up and down the river.
The weather is cool and windy, but it always is fun to marvel at the power of the tugs.

Prior to the rally in Perry, I spent some time in Unadilla, GA, at the Tri-Chapter Rally and then some time in Cordele, GA, at the 3Ts Rally after Perry.

My plan is to spend some time in Colorado and then go to Rapid City, SD, and then much of the summer in Wyoming at three or four rallies. It is so much fun at the rallies to see people I have met at previous rallies. Many of them remember my name (I do wear a name tag) and often ask about my travels. Since I help with security at the rallies, I do get to meet most of the attendees. We had over 5,000 in Perry. I even got to see some of my friends from the Alaska trip I made in 2014.

Warmest regards, Gus

Sunday, February 11, 2018

August 2017-February 2018

I can't believe it has so long since I last posted on the blog. Since I was in Indiana last summer, I went to Colorado Springs to see family and relax after the rallies.  There was a quick trip to Oklahoma City for Jim's brother's 80th birthday party and lots of good times with family and friends.

From Colorado Springs, I went to Farmington, NM, for a Rocky Mt. Region Rally, Camp Verde, AZ, for a Rocky Mt. Monaco Rally, and then spent some time in Cottonwood, AZ.

Then I went to Quartzsite, AZ, to see a friend, Diesel Dave, then up to the Parker/Earp area before going to Menifee, CA. In Menifee I saw good friends Bob & Freda Cerney at Wilderness Lake Park. Then I went to Palm Springs for several weeks before attending the Western Region Rally in Indio.

From there I went to Yuma and Tucson and attened the International Area Rally at the Pima County Fairgrounds. The picture above was taken at Saguaro National Park near Tucson.

Then it was to Sierra Vista where I met my good friend Stumpy. Stumpy lives with friends Bob & Betty and Carter.
It was here in Sierra Vista that Betty and I had our picture taken at Fort Huachuca. We stayed at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista and met some really nice people.

Tonight I am in Deming, NM. I will be leaving in the morning as we all are heading to San Antonio for a few days before moving on to Perry, GA.

Everyone in the family is doing well and we are still having a great time on the road.

Monday, August 28, 2017


I spent most of June and July in Indiana. I first went to the Batesville area and then to Indianapolis for the FMCA Convention. I was busy there helping cousins Jim & Pat with security.
After the convention, we went to Richmond, IN, for another rally. From Richmond, we drove to Dayton, Ohio, to visit the USAF Museum. I had been there years ago, but there is a new wing with Presidential planes which I had never seen.While in Richmond, I also went to a Model-T museum. I got to sit on this 1925 fire truck.
From Indiana, we drove back to Colorado Springs before going to Oklahoma City. We had to do some back-tracking as cousin Jim had to have cataract surgery in Colorado Springs. He claims to can see better now, so I guess I will have to watch myself.
Warmest regards, Gus

Route 66 Museum

I spent the weekend in Oklahoma City with family and friends celebrating my cousin Tom's 80th birthday. We had a great time catching up on things, eating, and on Saturday evening we all went to the Rodeo Opry.
Today, cousins Jim & Pat took me to the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK. In the top picture, I was helping the mechanic fix the old truck which was on display, and in the picture to the right, I checked out the old VW Hippie Van. In the other picture, I am wearing my new Route 66 t-shirt.
I will be heading back to Colorado Springs for a couple of weeks before going to Farmington, NM, for a rally.
Since the last post, I have been to Indianapolis, IN, for the FMCA Convention. I will try to write something about that trip soon.
Warmest regards, Gus

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meteor Crater, Arizona

Today I visited the Meteor Crater in Northern Arizona, just East of Flagstaff. This is the site where a meteor struck earth at about 26,000 miles per hour. Since this happened about 50,000 years ago, no people were yet living in the area. The meteor left a crater about 700 feet deep and over 4,000 feet across. It has only been recently that scientists could verify that the crater was caused by a meteor and not a volcanic eruption.
In the top photo, I am sitting next to the largest fragment of the meteor recovered at the site. In the bottom photo, I am at the bottom of the crater near the location U.S. astronauts trained before landing on the moon.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

HITS Horse Facility

Yesterday I went to HITS, the Hunter/Jumper horse facility in Thermal, CA. (Thermal is near Indio, Palm Springs, etc.)

There were many participants from across the U.S. as well as a few from other nations. It was fun watching the various competitions.

I also got to meet many nice people, but the most interesting was a family from the Kansas City area. During the conversation, cousin Jim mentioned having been a teacher in Los Alamos, NM, and the people said they knew someone living in Witchita, KS, whose father was an educator in Los Alamoss. They called her and we found out the lady is the daughter of Ed Spence, the man who was responsible for hiring Jim in 1971. It truly is a small world.

I plan to be in the area for another week and then will head to Camp Verde, AZ. After about 10 days there, I will go to Chandler for the FMCA Internatinal Convention and back north to Cottonwood for three weeks. I plan to be in Colorado around the middle of April.

Warmest regards, Gus

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Florissant Fossil Beds

Last week I visited the Florissant Fossil Beds, near Florissant, Colorado. In this picture I am looking at an old Redwood tree stump, The National Monument does a great job of documenting the 34 million years of geologic history of the area. It wasn't until 1969 that the government stepped in to preserve the area after about 100 years' loss of artifacts and fossils.

Warmest regards, Gus