"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing"
- Helen Keller

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quick update

I know I haven't blogged in awhile so I thought I'd give you a quick update. We are in a countdown mode to my son's wedding this Saturday.  We have lists of things to do and wrote out a schedule to help us keep it straight. It got a little crazier today as Melissa's (the bride) grandmother was taken to the hospital last night and is undergoing some tests which is extra stress for the family. We have lots of family and friends helping out so I told them to remember this will come off as planned. 

We moved from the Morgan Creek park today and tried to get a spot at the park where the wedding will be but the site we wanted was taken and we tried another but the sites are so un-level that we gave up and moved to Squaw Creek where we usually stay. It isn't that far from the wedding venue so it will still work. I did the driving again today and I feel a little more comfortable with it. One thing we have found is that it goes smoother with me parking. I think its because John knows what he wants me to do and is able to direct me better than I direct him. Once we are out on the road again I think we will try to share part of the driving. It will be good for both of us. I thought John would be really nervous with me in the driver's seat but he's doing well that way. I'm impressedwith his calmness.

We will have one more week here after the wedding, I sure hope this heat breaks soon too. Hit 100 today here but suppose to start cooling down on Wednesday. That will be good for the wedding, no air conditioning at a park.

Hope everyone is trying to stay cool out there.

Happy Trails..............

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Time for me to learn to drive this rig.

Trail at Squaw Creek park

Yesterday we moved back to Morgan Creek park (about a 15 mile drive) and I drove the rig! We have always said that I needed to start doing this but I never seem to do it. The first year I think John just felt he needed to get proficient at all the driving & parking things before he had me do it and then we just got lazy. It was just easier for him to do it. Recently friends of our that we met in Tucson, John and Terri had a very harrowing experience that reminded us why we both need to be able to drive this rig. John they think had a seizure while driving, luckily not towing but still it is amazing that they survived it. What this meant is that now Terri had to do the driving back to their former home town Sacramento and like me she had not done much driving. She did great and they are now coming off the road and starting a new phase of life. All of John's test look good so far and we wish him the best and hope that it was just a one time isolated incidence. (here is the link so you can read their story: The Slow Lane)

Their story just drove home the message that I need to do some of the driving so that if something happened to my John that I could get us where we are going. So yesterday I started that journey. The only thing I didn't do was back into the hitch. I tried but something didn't latch so I pulled out and let John do that part. I have to say that makes me the most nervous because it looks like you are going to hit the rig. I'll try that again next time. I did do the rest, drove is to the dump station, to Morgan Creek and with a lot of help from John got the rig parked (back in site).  All I could think when we finally were set up is , "I need a beer!" So I had one, relaxed and I'm ready to do it again. I think we will try to share some of the driving duties more from now on.

Hope all is week with everyone out there in blogland. I haven't been on the computer much lately but I try to check in on everyone when I do. The wedding is fast approaching and we are trying to get last minute things done. I'm looking forward to the wedding but John and I are also looking forward to getting back on the road. We are also looking at work camping opportunities for both this winter and next summer. Just put an app in on for the Apostle Islands for next summer and we put one in for this winter for the Oregon state parks. Hope something materializes. 

Happy Trails................