Hitch-up Fever Attack 2015

Well, its come on to us again; A sudden attack of Hitch-up Fever.  There is a Fleetwood Factory sponsored rally in Decature, IA, we have 5 days to go 1,000+ miles.  All our maintenance issues are solved.

This fellow (?) cruised around our rig yesterday, he/she drives slower than I do!.

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This evening we will o-nite a The Shriner’s Temple in Macon, GA.  They have a 450 space campground.  We’ll have a slow start as we need diesel and propane fill, there goes the Visa Card….

Good-Bye Venice 2015

Our visit with Richard & Jean Maier {Anne-Marie’s Brother and his Wife) was better than wonderful.  Imagine staying in a 5 star hotel where the Maker’s Mark was free!  We went out for dinner several times, our favorite being Sharkys which is on the beach with great food.  Good photo of Me with three gangster wanna-bes.

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OK, I pilfered the following from Face Book, they are too funny not to share with our friends that don’t use Face book.

THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY “THOMAS COOK VACATIONS” FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS:

1. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

2. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

3. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.

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Back to reality, we returned to The Florida Masonic Campground on Wednesday.  We’ll be here for a week or so while some some work is done on our black water system {Too much information, there will be no photos}. 

Our Next destination will be to visit Bill & Sandi Ratcliffe in the hill country of South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Years, Mom said it wouldn’t last!

Well, she didn’t get that right!   We made it!  We feel pretty good about our Family, Friends, Careers,  and the last 4 years that we have been able to travel the country as a team enjoying great experiences of Serendipity.  OK, we did not need the Mexican Toll Booth!

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BreezeStuffWe’ve just returned from our Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Ship ‘Breeze’  At 128,000 tons and 1,000 it is by far the largest cruise ship we have been on.  I was skeptical about the quality of service, food and amenities when we booked the trip.  I need not have worried, it gets 8 stars, they feed and move people with the efficiency of Disney World on steroids. 

A prime example would be that we walked from our cabin, thru USA customs and into our transfer bus in Miami in 30 minutes.  OK, we helped by wheeling our own luggage.

 

Thank-you to Kelly & Greg, they had our suite decorated, a plate of cookies & sweets delivered and a Cake delivered to our dining table.  Married 50 years and we were awarded bunk beds, what’s up with that?  Calm down Peter, it’s a Murphy Bed which the steward stowed in about 30 seconds

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Thinking that the 30+ girls would need a treat, I even went into the pool.  Notice how the deck chairs flanking me were empty; oh well I had my Kindle!

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On our return, we visited Polly Zieper & family.  Her mother Ruth-Ann Flaum at 84 is surprisingly spy and witty.  She and her Departed husband were neighbors in Bloomfield where their girls and our were best friends.  We commonly took the 4 young ladies on camping weekends in our little nimrod tent camper .

We are now visiting Anne-Marie’s brother Richard and his wife Jean Maier, It been too long…..

Pirate’s of The Caribbean 2015

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If you are reading this, thank McDonalds.  You see our 30gb Verizon Plan went to –o- on Friday and it doesn’t refresh until Sunday when we are hopefully at sea.  I will post this from local McDonald’s while I have breakfast on Saturday.  We usually spend some of our time at campgrounds with ‘free’ WiFi, not so this month.  Don’t get too uppity about you unlimited WiFi and ‘free’ library cards, we have ‘free’ solar power that only cost us $2,500.

If anyone out there knows how to change the default font on M/S Windows Live Writer, please send me an e-mail on the subject.

This Campground also serves as a summer camp and horse facility.  Today, a group od Boy Scouts came in for the weekend.  There could be no better use for our dues!

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FrogsI’ve made lunch reservations at Senor Frogs  (A.K.A. Carlos & Charlies) in Cozumel to meet one of our unnamed blog readers.  Unnamed because she notified me yesterday she meant to tell us she was going to Cancun!  I hope she and her sister get there and have a doss of Misadventure while the are still ‘chicks’.

When we land in Miami on the 23rd, we will run up North to Fort Lauderdale.  There we hope to see our long time friend Ruthann Flaum who lives there close to her daughter Polly Ziper.  On the 24th we will go to the west coast and visit with The Maier’s, until they toss us out.

 

Until we meet again….

92° in Florida, we are cool! 2015

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We’ve been at The Masonic Park & Youth Camp in Florida for 3 days.  Catching up with cruise plans, we leave on Saturday.

One important think we will do is make sure our Kindles are loaded with good reads.  My eclectic reading choices revolve around murder mysteries and military history.   I’ve just finished Lincoln’s Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut.  This is a very readable account of Farragut’s heroic actions during a dark time of our countries’ history, I highly recommend it.

 

Our site at the campground has 2&1/2 way hookups.  We can dump gray water but, sewage is pumped weekly per an agreement with Florida E.P.A.  It is very inexpensive, has a gated entrance, every thing we need!

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The item I’ve post below was submitted by our Son-in-Law Greg with regards to his success getting our Grand Daughter’s VW Jetta’s rusty fender repaired at to cost.  Good Job Greg!

We just picked up Amelia’s Jetta from the body shop because it had a rusty front fender, and I want to thank several sources. #1, thanks Gene Langan Volkswagen Glastonbury for getting the authorization from VWoA to replace a rusty front fender on a 10 year old car at no charge. #2, thanks VW of America for standing behind your product. And #3, a big thanks to Airport Road Auto Body in Hartford for doing a superb job on replacing the fender, matching the paint, replacing our pinstripe, and completely detailing the car inside and out–AND providing a nice gift bag as a thank you. You guys rock!

This is Amelia (the youngest of my 6 Ladies) with her other ride, a ‘63 VW Bug masquerading as the world famous Herbie.  Taken last year at her HS graduation, she now is studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.   Interesting how our life cycles repeat, 50 years ago there were about 6 Beatles in our family.

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An Artisans Show in Alabama

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A reminder, this may be my last post before we leave for our cruise.  I will not be bringing my notebook as i-net is very expensive on the ship.  I will be able to access e-mail and will try to do the daily.

Directly after the cruise we will stay with the Maier’s in Venice, FL for a few days or when they tire of us.

 

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Busy on Mother’s Day here 2015

We have a fairly aggressive schedule over the next several days.  We travel to the Elk’s Lodge in Tallahassee, FL (about 250 miles).  After that we go about 300 miles to Florida’s Masonic Campground where we will park the coach for about 3 weeks.Ribs

Last night I cooked ribs on our new ‘Grill Mat’.  It’s hard to cook ribs (or Chicken) over  direct heat as the flare up and burn.  This silicone mat works great for those hard to cook items, an its almost self cleaning!

 

 

 

A sure sign of summer is when Anne-Marie get her annual Rainbow pedicure.  Make her happy so I Luv it too!

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Kudos to Hartford Evergreen Lodge #88, This was my Dad’s Lodge and I am a Past Master there.  Being a Secret Organization, the great works that we do are not well publicized.   We give about $5,000 per year in scholarships as well other programs that assist to folks in and around South Windsor.  Last week they announced that they have partnered with the South Windsor police Department by donation about $13,000 to fund personnel cameras for our hard working Police.  If you live in the area, please keep and eye on local newspapers for the announcement and inform me when published.

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Stay Tuned…..

Rainbow Plantation SKP Park – 2015

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We have a wonderful site at Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, AL.  It has 3 way hook-ups with great Escapee folks all about us.  We are about 12 miles from shopping and all services, this is important as we are prepping for our upcoming Cruise.  Our practice when traveling away from the coach is to go to Goodwill and buy required luggage, when we return form our trip we re-donate the luggage, it works for us as we have no storage for empty luggage

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We did find a Lambert’s Café which a famous for large & GOOD meals as well as ‘Throwed Rolls.  Anne-Marie had a chicken pot pie that weighed about a pound, seemed to be solid white meat chicken.  She had dinner with the left-overs.

Today will be visiting  huge Flea Markets that are about 8 miles down the road.  Tomorrow we go back on the road. This is something I like to do on Sunday, we are in a bit of a time crunch.  I hope to stop for one night at The Elk’s in Tallahassee while on route to our final spot at Masonic Campground in Florida.

We are parking our Toad at the Port of Miami during our Cruise, if you have experience doing this please contact us.