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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

We were into our second week in Denver last week. Louise was busy taking care of her mother and while I could help some, Mom was getting better and mostly needed supervision. Louise needed a nightly debriefing. So being the restless sort, I thought ... "I have always wanted to add a glider certification to my pilots license. Here I am in one of the glider meccas of the U.S. for an extended period of time. I wonder what opportunities there are?" A quick check on the WWWeb brought me to Mile Hi

tbutler

tbutler

 

Locked in motorhome

We were camping this weekend in our 2006 Coachmen motorhome that we purchased about two months ago. We have had problems with it. This weekend we were camping at Turning Wheel RV Center in Ocala, Fla. My husband got locked in the motorhome for about two hours. We were camping with the Florida Ramblers. All of our friends could not get him out. Camping RV Center has a service department right as you come in the camping area. My husband drove up to service and they were able to get him out. We wer
 

No good deed goes unpunished!

We arrived in Denver last Monday to help care for Louise's mother who had a heart attack, angioplasty and a stent inserted into an artery to resolve the situation. She had great care at Exempla-Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge and even at age 88 was able to leave the hospital on Wednesday. We took her home to Louise's youngest sisters home. Louise's sister took her mother in five years ago when she could no longer live alone. Mom has been able to care for herself during the day while the res

tbutler

tbutler

 

Fakes right, goes left!

Ok! So I had this great excursion of air and space planned for this spring in Florida. It was so simple, depart south Texas, drive north, keep making right turns until we got to Lakeland, Florida. Then we got a phone call from Louise's sister. Her mother had a heart attack on Friday, April 10. Our plans immediately took a tailspin into the trash can and we shifted gears. After some discussion I canceled my tennis match for Saturday morning. Louise arranged to get us out of the couples water voll

tbutler

tbutler

 

Living the free life! Where shall we go today?

Here is how our travel decisions occur. As full timers we don't have a home to return to, so none of those pressures factor in. We hadn't set a definite date for our departure from Sandpipers Resort in south Texas until today. Several days ago I picked up a message that mentioned the dates for the Sun 'n Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Florida. We were planning to be in Florida for the launch of STS 125 and STS 127. Those are two Space Shuttle launches scheduled for May 12 and 15. The dates for the Su

tbutler

tbutler

 

Now that's love

Our last camping trip was to Fort Blakeley Historic Park, Spanish Fort AL. The RV sites are relatively recent, and they are quite spacious. The only problem is, the hookups are not well placed. They tend to be uphill and way in the rear of where a motorhome would have to park to be relatively level. I say all that to lead in to why the main point of this post happened. When it came time to dump, I dumped the black tank, and, because I was trying to make fluid run uphill, I "walked" the "stinky s

RelationshipDoc

RelationshipDoc

 

A season of bicycle rides. Part 2

Our bicycle rides from our winter retreat take us to many places. We visit a number of wildlife parks that feature a wide array of animals. If you look at a map of Texas and find the southern tip, you will see that it is well south of much of Mexico. Many animals from Central America make their way as far North as the Rio Grande River Valley. As a result this area is known for its variety of animals. We aren't the only snow birds here. Many bird species that summer in the Arctic spend thei

tbutler

tbutler

 

FMCA Convention, Perry GA

Did you attend the FMCA Convention in Perry, GA on March 16-19? We did! After a little bit of wet weather to start with, it turned beautiful. We hear all about the RV industry collapsing, but you sure couldn't tell that by this convention! There were over 2,600 rigs there, we understand, and everyone we talked to felt the rally was a big success. We gave six of our seminars, plus a hands-on Boot Camp. All of our seminars were well attended with no less than 150 people. The Picasa seminar

geeksontour

geeksontour

 

A season of bicycle rides. Part 1

Each season we participate in many activities at our winter home, Sandpipers Resort in Edinburg, Texas. One of my favorites is the weekly bicycle ride. Most of our rides originate as a car trip from the park to a location where we ride for several hours and then return to our cars and travel to a unique restaurant for lunch. In the process we explore nature areas, state parks and wildlife refuges. We also visit cities in Texas and in Mexico. Tomorrow will be the last ride of the season. To

tbutler

tbutler

 

We start at day 1...

I am Tom, my wife is Louise. I'll not spend time on further introductions. If you want more information, please see our Meet a Member feature under Join FMCA on the main menu of the FMCA page. I promise you more information than you could possibly want to know. Even my friend Pipewrenchgrip said he read MOST of it!!! I have been very active on the FMCA Community the last few days. We are away from our motor home doing babysitting for my daughter and her husband. Grandson Ryan and granddaughter

tbutler

tbutler

 

Doing Things The RV Way

Well, we're all set. My surgery is going to be on Monday, and as one of my friends states, we're doing it the RV way. Where we live is about two and a half hours from Atlanta, and Charlotte, North Carolina, is about four hours. So when the folks in Atlanta were dragging their feet, we switched to a doctor in Charlotte. So far it seems to have been an outstanding move. There were two major considerations. One was that we have a rough agenda laid out for our summer trip. Second (maybe the most imp

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

North Central to North Eastern Arkansas

RV Camping in Mountains and Near Lakes By Bob and Pam Stephens North Central Arkansas is composed of Ozarks (meaning “rounded hillsâ€) with three large lakes: Bull Shoals http://www.bullshoals.net/ , Heber Lake http://www.heber-springs.com/content/ and Norfork Lake. http://www.lakenorfork.com/ All of the lakes are great for boating activities, and all kinds and fishing. While you are in the area, check out Hand Cove Resort and RV Park http://www.handcoveresort.com/index.htm on Lake

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psstephens@aol.com

 

Check Out Northwest Arkansas’ RV Campgrounds

Camping in the Beautiful Ozark Mountains Written by Bob and Pam Stephens Northwest Arkansas http://www.nwark.org/northwest_arkansas_se...thwest_arkansas is a beautiful area to see! It has an abundance of greenery, water, and rolling hills. The Ozarks are the main influence of the area. In Northwest Arkansas you will find the communities of Eureka Springs, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista, Beaver Town, Springdale, Van Buren, and Berryville. Two large lakes are in No

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psstephens@aol.com

 

Going To The Dogs

If only I had thought of this sooner! The untimely return of polio symptoms has left me unable to walk around parks, casually visiting neighbors or doing the daily "power walks" with the ladies. I do have an electric cart though, so I am mobile, but this is quite different from the slow stroll that allows you to meet and greet your new neighbors. Quite accidently, I came upon a way to satisfy that wish: Canine Candids! Camp Venice, where we have spent the winter this year, is rife with dogs

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gailandcor@yahoo.com

 

The Arkansas River Valley

Gateway to Wonderful RV Destinations Written by Bob and Pam Stephens The Arkansas River Valley is really is a wonderful RV destination! Close to the center of the state, the Arkansas River runs mostly east to West in this area along with a southerly flow. This area is warmer in the summer than it is in the Northern end of the state. If you enjoy boating, fishing and hunting, this is a great area to visit. The Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best campgrounds in the state right along

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psstephens@aol.com

 

Nothing Like a Little Pressure!

Today's mail brought an item that added pressure to this neophyte blogger's effort. It was a brochure from South Dakota, delivered by our trusty rural mail carrier. I know some of you are skeptical that a brochure from South Dakota has the ability to push a pressure point, but as you will see, South Dakota is no small travel task. We had planned on being in the Dakotas for two to three weeks and then moving on to Washington and spending a couple of weeks there, but that has gone down the drain.

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

Life's little challenges

First, let me say I appreciate the comments to this blog people make. I may not respond to all of them but I do read all of them. One such comment said, if our relationship can survive parking directions it can survive anything. That brought a smile to my face. I can appreciate that. But it also started me thinking. In all honesty, since we got some walkie-talkies a few years ago, parking hasn't been that much of a challenge for us. (It does make you wonder what the backup camera folks are thin

RelationshipDoc

RelationshipDoc

 

Going Full-Time

This is new for me, so if I goof, please let me know. We are Ken, Nancy and Katie Too and have decided to "go for it" and hit the road full-time. We have a 40-foot diesel Dutch Star fondly known as "Miss Froggy." We tow a Saturn "tad pole" and have just recently become the proud owners of a three-wheel golf cart which we named "little bit." So far we have traveled around South Carolina, Georgia and made short visits to Florida. Starting the 28th of this month, we will be traveling full-time, v

stevens4957

stevens4957

 

Why We Travel the RV Way

Some people just don't get the RV lifestyle, and wonder why we enjoy our motorhome so much. When we tell them about the fantastic people we meet on the road and the fun we have at rallies, their eyes kind of glaze over, and if we are lucky, they make some sort of intelligible sounds. Well, the other day we received one of those, "If I had to spend two days couped up with ... much less five months, I'd go crazy and probably kill her" comments. Then the big question, "What do ya'll (we're Souther

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

Planning for the Summer

I'm Ward, my bride is Pat, and we love to get in our Fleetwood Bounder and hit the road. One thing you will notice about us is we stay off the interstate system as much as possible. Pat is a big fan of a number of travel books like "America From the Road" and "Off the Beaten Path" so we have been known to take 200-mile detours because she has found something that sounds interesting. Once, we drove from Southern New Mexico to Northern New Mexico so that we could get some bread baked by Native Ame

Roodriver

Roodriver

 

Adventures in the Ozarks by RV!

RV Adventures in the Ozarks of Arkansas By Pam and Bob Stephens The Arkansas' Ozark Mountains are stunningly beautiful and offer views that are hard to beat anywhere else in the world, but nature is just where an Ozarks vacation begins. There are tons of things to do in this area, and one of the best ways to get a taste of it all is to pile into the RV and give RV camping in the Ozarks of Arkansas a try. There's a little something for everyone in the Ozarks, making it the perfect family ge

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psstephens@aol.com

 

Perfect Getaways - Arkansas RV Camp Sites

Written by Pam and Bob Stephens A vacation in Arkansas can mean different things to different people, but no matter what your ideal Arkansas vacation is, a good way to experience it all is by RV. RV parks are scattered all around the state to let you get a taste of the beautiful scenery and the local culture and heritage of the area. If you're looking for a place to berth your RV so you can settle in right now, check out these Arkansas RV camp sites: • If you are craving a completely peacef

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psstephens@aol.com

 

Want to Get Close to Nature in the RV?

written by Bob and Pam Stephens Want to Get Close to Nature? Here’s some great ones! You can't beat seeing the state of Arkansas from the comfort of your RV. From the Ozarks to the Delta, this state is rich in natural wonders. What better way to enjoy it all than at a great Arkansas RV campground? The state is chock full of places that you can use as home base for your RV as you bask in the surroundings, and many of the Arkansas RV campgrounds not only offer a safe and friendly place to stay

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psstephens@aol.com

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