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Tom and Louise on Tour in North America



Family Time and the Motor Home

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 August 2014 - - - - - - · 161 views
Missouri, Doctors, Children and 2 more...
We are wrapping up a three week stay with our family in Missouri.  We've had a chance to see all of our grandchildren and enjoy some time with each.  Ryan is now a freshman in high school and a new member of the marching band.  Spencer is in eighth grade and enjoys sports as only a young boy can.  Kaitlyn started sixth grade in the mid...


A Wet Driving Day to Our Next Destination

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 August 2014 - - - - - - · 115 views
Oklahoma, Missouri, Wet Roads
The next leg of our trip begins with an early wake-up.  I was checking weather when it started to rain.  It was a light rain but I had to unhook the utilities so I quickly went outdoors to unhook the water and sewer.  The car had to be run before towing and I took care of that.  I came in with a wet head and damp shirt.  I dried m...


Our Trip Continues

Posted by TBUTLER, 12 August 2014 - - - - - - · 112 views
San Antonio, Riverwalk, Austin and 3 more...
Our first stop on our way north was in San Antonio.  I had an appointment at Iron Horse RV to have a new set of house batteries installed.  We've always had good service experiences with them.  This time was different.  The LIfeline batteries we specified weren't there, they hadn't been ordered.  The person who took the order didn...


A Trip Starts With a Misstep

Posted by TBUTLER, 29 July 2014 - - - - - - · 255 views
RV Service, RV Repair, Parts
After five weeks at home we packed the motor home and set out to touch base with our families.  The motor home fix-it list needs some attention so we'll try to get some of those items taken care of on this trip as well.
 
Ten years of sun and wind have taken their toll on the awnings on the windows.  The fabric is fraying and seams are disi...


Did We Take Our Motorhome to New Zealand and Australia?

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 July 2014 - - - - - - · 350 views
New Zealand, Australia, Motorhome and 2 more...
Did We Take Our Motorhome to New Zealand and Australia? One of the questions that came up was whether we had our motor home in Australia.  This is something that one might consider for an extended trip but it isn’t really feasible.  There are numerous problems, the first is that the campgrounds aren’t set-up for our motor homes.  The power cords we use don’t fit anything here....


Pictures Bring Questions About Weather and Climate

Posted by TBUTLER, 29 June 2014 - - - - - - · 246 views
New Zealand, Weather, Climate
Pictures Bring Questions About Weather and Climate Here is another question.  In a recently posted picture the ground looked rather dry, not the lush green paradise that many imagine for New Zealand.  Let me assure you there are many places that are lush and green.  The North Island and indeed much of New Zealand has experienced a rather dry summer.  They are quite a bit behind their n...


Questions, I get questions…

Posted by TBUTLER, 26 June 2014 - - - - - - · 169 views
Astronomy, Stars, Constellations and 1 more...
Questions, I get questions… I’ve had several commenters ask questions so I’ll take a little time to answer one of them here.  This was written in February and I’m posting it now that our trip has ended.
 
Regarding the nature of the night sky here in New Zealand.  First let me say that you don’t have to go far outside the large cities to experi...


Suva, Fiji

Posted by TBUTLER, 24 June 2014 - - - - - - · 140 views
Fiji, International Date Line and 4 more...
Suva, Fiji Suva is the capital city of Fiji.  It is located on the southeast side of Viti Levu, the largest island in the Fiji Islands.  Our cruise started when we departed the western side of the island from Lautoka.  Suva is the largest city in Fiji.  Within view of our ship at the dock we can see the downtown area of Suva.  There is a hug...


Savusavu, Fiji

Posted by TBUTLER, 20 June 2014 - - - - - - · 96 views
Cruise, Fiji, Paul Gauguin
Savusavu, Fiji After two days at sea we arrived at Savusavu, Fiji.  The city of Savusavu is located on Vanua Levu, one of two large islands in the island nation of Fiji.  There are dozens of other islands in the group of islands that make up Fiji.  At Savusavu, we had a tour to Wiasali Rainforest Reserve.  Billed as a strenuous hike, this lived up to...


Life Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 June 2014 - - - - - - · 163 views
Fiji, New Caledonai, Cruise and 1 more...
Life Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin We had two sea days on our way from Noumea, New Caledonia to Fiji.  Both Louise and I enjoy the enforced relaxation of the sea days.  There is plenty to do on the ship not the least of which is to just relax.  Louise enjoys playing cards and I enjoy relaxing in the sun or shade of the upper decks. 
 
Our stateroom is on the lowest...