Thursday, November 20, 2008

One Step Closer

Well we decided to have a huge garage sale for the first time ever...what a relief to get rid of all the clutter. It's amazing how much stuff you collect over the years that slowly start owning you.

So that being said, we also went to a local RV Resort and added our name to the list for an annual spot. They said it will take a couple years before we get one but we need that time; daughter is still in high school. We've just decided that the house is more work than it's worth. My older son (who moved out) really doesn't come around much, he's just too busy with his life. Other than the dispersed holidays, it seems the house isn't all that important to them. Neither one used the pool this summer. I think it's time to start planning for when we're empty nesters.

We haven't decided what route we'll go for the RV. The resort won't allow TC's so we have to get a Trailer or Class C. If we keep the truck and camper for future trips, we could get a trailer for the annual space to keep there as a home base. However, if we get the Class C, it makes sense to sell the truck & camper. Oh boy, decisions, decisions.

Thought I'd post a few pics since I've been talking about the rest of the Spokane Trip summer of '07. Here's a sneak peek of the river and the road down to our friends property. Did I mention that I drove this in the pitch black of night? Never again, lol.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Baking in Camper Oven for the first time...

Decided to try the oven for the first time...don't ask why I waited so long...I don't know. I used foil since the pan is old and had some rust, plus makes for easy clean up.

Pre-heat the oven

I baked them for 17 min. at 350ยบ
but next time I'll back off a minute or two. 
The bottoms were just a touch too brown.

Passing the time while we waited for the 
rolls to bake.   Steve won in case 
you're wondering, lol.

Golden Brown

And the finishing touch...Orange Glaze...YUM!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Show Low Lake County Park

What a great ride up to the pines. I absolutely love driving up to Payson & Show Low. On our way to Show Low it got dark faster than I expected so unfortunately the scenery became the dotted yellow line I needed to keep an eye on. However, it wasn't all bad...we had an Elk walk right in front of us. Yes I did slow it down to under 30 just as he was trotting on the shoulder off the highway. I forgot just how "BIG" they are. Oh and finding our spot in the dark was quite the experience so we decided to try harder to get there before night fall.

Took a stroll over to the lake to see what's up. Lots of folks like to fish from the shore but the only thing with that is they like to throw their fishing line on the ground and not pick up after themselves. After about 10 min. we decided not to hang around any longer for fear of fish hooks ending up in the dogs paws. Not a pretty thought. The weather was beautiful and still quite warm for my liking but the nights were perfect. I think next year we'll wait a couple more weeks for cooler weather.

On the way home we decided to stop at subway in Payson and grab some lunch. We ate in the TC just to extend the weekend a little longer. Wow, I just can't wait to really hit the road. I'm always sad when it's time to go home, lol.

All in all, it was a great little get away...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Old Montana Prison

July '07 we took a trip to Spokane Washington to
visit family & friends. Along the way we stopped
at the prison to do some sightseeing.

Walking up to the outside...hmm, can't imagine 
what's on the other side of those walls...
The Old Montana Prison began construction in the
spring of 1870 and had its first prisoner July 2nd 1871.

Frank Conley (the Warden) felt the prisoners should
work, so in 1893 he had them 
replace the 12 ft. wood fence with sandstone that was
4 1/2 ft. thick and went around the entire perimeter.

The execution of George Rock and a year later William Hayes.

Guess you shouldn't piss off the Warden...

The weapons of choice... o.k maybe they didn't 
have a choice on the dentist chair!

Weighted shoes so they couldn't run fast & far...

Actual clothing the prisoners wore...

Walking through the main hall was so sterile and cold.

What a life!!!

This is the HOLE!!!

Yes it was dark like a dungeon...

This is the back hallway where the guards would move from one section to another 
without having contact with the prisoners.

This is the hole where the guards would keep watch on the prisoners
while they watched movies.  Can you believe they had a theater in the prison???

Cell #1 belong to Paul "Turkey Pete" Eitner.
Convicted of murder, he spent the remaining days of his life 
behing bars.  He was 89 when he finally passed in 1967 and was 
the only inmate to have a funeral in the prison.
After his death, his cell was retired!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Our Volkswagen Days gone by...

I thought I'd post some pictures of our camping days before we got the Truck and Camper. We bought a '58 Double Door Volkswagen Bus and had planned on restoring it but after 2 yrs. we decided the nicer TC was more our style. 

Mogollon!  East of Payson, Az.

This is our 2nd tent on the other side of the bus or as we call it, the back door!  
Andrew (our son) slept here and that is his bug.

Emily is a GREAT cook!

I made this video a few years back of our camping trip with the 
Arizona Bus Club at the yearly Jerome Jamboree!

Jerome Jamboree!

Our Campsite!

Had to keep the doors shut because of the dust!

Won trophy for best "unrestored" bus!


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Well it's been a while since we last camped.  An unexpected trip out of town had us missing February's campout.  So we got the itch and low & behold...the TC was in the driveway for another weekend getaway.

We stayed close to home again...leading us to Usery Mountain Recreational Park.  A whole whopping 30 minutes from door to door.  Wouldn't you know it, we ended up in the same campsite, #75.  Can't complain, it's one of our favorites.  After settling in, enjoying the views, and making dinner, we sat around a wonderful campfire.  Steve does a great job keeping it burning just right.  I, however, forgot the camera...sorry, no pics the first night.

Saturday we woke up to another beautiful day and decided to check out the Wind Cave.  A great hiking trail in the park that leads up the side of the mountain.  First I have to make a quick trip home and get the camera, lol.

Steve made dinner Saturday which not only looked good but tasted great!  Can't beat turkey & gravy over rice.  We really enjoy cooking in the TC and look forward to seeing what George & Mrs. Tioga fix while on the road.  Check out George here... 7 ys. Tioga and George

Started the night with another fantastic fire, some chit chat about life and the adventures we'd like to take, while watching the moon rise over the mountain made for a memorable evening.  Time always seems to fly during the best times.  I couldn't help but take a picture of our friend sitting there basking in our fire light.  Even the last of the fire made for a pretty picture. 

Time to head inside and button down the hatches.  Good thing we did too!  The wind was atrocious and many were up in the middle of the night putting down their awnings.  Hopefully there wasn't too much damage.

Happy Easter!