This year was filled with great trips, seeing many new places and things and getting to enjoy our children, grandchildren and friends. We traveled from South Carolina to California twice this year so we could see both of our children and all our grandchildren.
Tim spent 2 different times in the hospital this year and was operated on for his crohn’s disease at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto Calif. It was a difficult time but we managed to get thru it and thankful that he is doing much better and we can travel once again.
Our truck spent about 5 different times in the car dealer and the last time we were told the turbo was ready to go but they could not fix it under warranty. We decided we did not want to be stuck alongside the road so we bought a new truck. With just 2000 miles the new truck blew the turbo and it spent two weeks in the shop. Sometimes I wonder if we are meant to have a truck lol.
This year we were able to tour with our granddaughter Julia, whom is 12 years old, for 3 weeks. We flew her to Oakland, Ca airport and let her enjoy the beauty of California. We did the Jelly Belly Factory, trip to Disneyland where we did the 2 parks and downtown Disney, waterpark at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Sequoia National Park, towed in a tow truck, Monterey looking at the sea otters and harbor seals, shopping, eating, ride on the Bart, trip to San Francisco where we did the crookest road, Presidio, Cannery Row and shopping. We had a great time and she got to spend some time with her cousins out here.
We also took a trip with our daughter Amanda, and our grandchildren Elijah and Grace to southern California where we enjoyed the beach at Camp Pendleton and then did 5 days at Lego land. Elijah turned 5 this year and did not want to go to Disneyland – said that was a girls place lol. Lego land was great and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Tim and I enjoyed our travels and got to see many new places. We stayed in 54 campgrounds and traveled thru 17 states. Some of the states we did twice. Some of the places we visited were:
- Branson, Missouri was a place we both had wanted to visit for along time and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed the Dolly Partons Dixie Stampede which provided us with great entertainment plus great food. Table Rock Lake State Park and Visitor Center was very interesting and very pretty. Branson Landing is a 95 acre retail and entertainment complex with Bass Pro Shop, Belk, Brookstone, Pendleton and many more stores. We enjoyed strolling thru the area. A Tribute to John Denver starred James Garrett at the Little Opry Theatre. We both loved John Denver and James did not disappoint us. He did a fantastic job singing all his songs. The fiddle player was Shawn Pittman whom tours with Roy Clark – wow what a great fiddle player he was. Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons was another great show. They sang all the popular songs like Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby and so many more. We celebrated my 70th Birthday while here and we had a great diner at Landrys Restaurant. The thing that surprised me the most was my husband and daughter planned a trip to Hawaii as a gift for me. So happy. The area here is very hilly but beautiful. Our campground was Treasure Lake RV Resort with full hookups, indoor pool, pool, game room, restaurant, store, activities and everything you could ever want.
- Memphis,Tn where we enjoyed T. O. Fuller State Park as our home while in the area. This park sits on 1138 acres and has 45 sites. It was the first state park to open for African Americans east of the Mississippi in 1938. A trip to downtown Memphis where we saw Beale Street, A Schwab Store which has been in business since 1876, Sun Studio which was the birthplace of Rock N Roll and a wonderful bbq place for dinner. One day we went to the Memphis Zoo and enjoyed seeing all the animals. Bass Pro Shop is built like a pyramid and so cool to see. I love walking thru the store and seeing all the animals and fish. At the state park they had a Chucalissa Indian Village where they had a nice museum and an archaelogoical excavations. We took a nice hike in the park enjoying the solitude of the area. We also went to visit Allison and family. She is my cousins daughter and enjoyed catching up with her. Our trip to Memphis was very enjoyable and we will most likely return one day as we had lots we did not get to see.
- Delta Utah where we visited the city park, which has beautiful flowers, splash park and cool waterfalls. Topaz Camp was a camp where they kept the Japanese during WWII. We also had a visit from Vera and Bob which we enjoyed greatly. We stayed at Antelope Valley RV Park with a full hookup site and very quiet. Another coast to coast campground so no cost to us.
- Colorado Springs, Colorado where we enjoyed touring the Air Force Academy and Chapel. The grounds were just beautiful and the chapel has different chapels depending on the religion. This is the first time I have seen this on a military base. The Garrden of the Gods Park is a public park with over 1367 acres. The park has been voted the best public park in the United States and it is all free. The towering red rocks with different shapes is something very unusual to see. Manitou Cliff Dwellings was a 40 room site built into the rocks with over 40 rooms. It dates back to over 800 years old built by the Anasazi Indians. So very interesting. The Cog Railroad to Pikes Peak was just wonderful were we saw big horned sheep, snow and deer. This is a 14115 foot peak in the Rocky Mountains and has a visitor center, gift shop and a restaurant. It was truly a once in a life time experience. Another day we went to visit with Lisa whom lives in Colorado Springs. We had a wonderful visit and beautiful dinner. What a beautiful state Colorado is where we need to go back and spend a lot more time. I said to Tim while driving thru Aspen, If we skied we would move here, just breath taking. Another favorite place was James M Robb, Colorado River State Park. Our site was beautiful and so peaceful.
- Alabama – We stayed at Mountain Lake Resort in Langston which sits on Lake Guntersville and was another free stay as we used Coast to Coast. We visited Bucks Pocket State Park and saw beautiful canyon rim sites. Guntersville Lake which stretches over 75 miles is a beautiful lake that feeds into the Tennessee River. We attended a car show that had loads of old cars which were a lot of fun to look at. One day we went to Redstone Arsenal located in Huntsville. Going onto the base were 6 lanes of traffic during rush hour as this base is the center for missile and rocket programs. The work force averages about 40,000 personnel daily counting civilians and military. Unclaimed Freight Store is a store that buys anything left on airplanes that is not claimed. They had wedding gowns, computers, tvs, all kinds of clothes and sporting gear. It was interesting but do not believe I would go back. It amazed me at the things people were buying. High Falls normally has a 35 foot waterfall but because of the drought no water at all. I would love to go back someday and see the falls. Lake Guntersville State Park has a beautiful campground, Lodge, Restaurant, Pool, Lake, Golf course, swimming, boating, fishing and cabins. Little River Canyon National Preserve is another park that normally has beautiful waterfalls but still proved to be an interesting day exploring. We were both surprised how hilly and beautiful Northern Alabama is. Seem to forget that it is part of the Appalachian Mountains. This is where our new truck blew the turbo so we spent a lot more time here than planned.
- California – We visited Yosemite National Park, Sugar Pine Railroad, Bass Lake, Valley Pistachio Store, San Jocquin County Park, Micke Grove Regional Park, Naval War College, Rodeo, California State Railroad Museum, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Outlet Stores, Japanese Gardens, Brewery, and Girlfriends In God with Amanda. We also visited Petaluma Coast Guard Station, did a few movies, took 2 ferries which only held 6 cars across the Sacramento River, visited a true Chinese Market, and visited a Mexican Market which was very interesting.
- Fallon, Nevada where we stayed at the Naval Air Station, did a little shopping, and had oil change for the truck.
- Fruita, Colorado where we stayed at the James M Robb State Park with a full hookup site. Really nice park and so clean. While here we toured Colorado National Monument which had such beautiful rock formations. We were looking for longhorn sheep as it is very rocky but we did not see any. While here we bought our new 2016 Chevy Diesel 2500 Silverado truck.
- Kansas – We stayed at 3 different campgrounds while in this state with two of them being overnighters. We enjoyed a little down time just reading and enjoying nature.
- South Carolina: Our daughter Susan lives here with our 3 oldest granddaughters so we enjoy this state very much. While here we stayed at Foster Creek Fam Camp on Joint Base Charleston Naval Weapon Stations in Goose Creek. We were able to attend Makenzie’s Halloween Concert and her Swim Meet. We also got to see Julia play soccer, took Makenzie and Julia shopping, enjoyed talking to our oldest granddaughter Emily, dinner with the family and just plenty of talking and laughing together. We also visited with our good friends which we enjoyed greatly. Tim had an eye doctor appointment and also had to visit the dentist. We got a new hitch for the truck as the old one cracked and also got new brakes on the camper. Seacoast Church was visited each Sunday while in the area and while on the road we watch it on the internet.
- Georgia – We stopped here for a few days and enjoyed shopping at Robbins Air Force Base, walking, getting our medications and just relaxing.
- Louisiana – We stopped only for one night in Louisiana as we were ready for a full hookup site and none could be found – got much needed rest and on the road again.
- Florida: Our first stop was Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville where we enjoyed a beautiful site, great shopping on base, got new tires for the camper, enjoyed Mulligan’s Restaurant for good food, and enjoyed talking to so many nice people. We also stopped at The Hitching Post Corral and Campground in Cottondale. This is a brand new campground that they are still in the process of building but great owners. They gave us a dozen of fresh eggs which was a special treat. This was a Passport America Campground so good price also for full hookups.
14} Mississippi – We stopped at Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian which is a Coast to Coast Park so stayed for free with our membership. While here we did a little shopping and took a ride along the shore looking at the beautiful ocean and homes.
15} Texas – Gulf Coast Rv Resort in Beaumont seems to be in the right spot to stop each time we come across Texas. It is a passport America campground and has full hookups and a nice laundry. We also enjoy the Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant here. Braunig Lake RV Resort in San Antonio gave us the chance to tour Lackland Air Force Base and to visit the Riverwalk again. We enjoy walking around this area and had a nice lunch along the water. Parkview RV Park in Fort Stockton is just a parking lot with full hookup site but does fine for a one night stop. We stay hooked up and leave early in the morning and head to Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas. This campground is really nice and we enjoy shopping on base, touring the Transmountain Road and relaxing. We also stopped this year at Lake Pointe RV Resort in Canyon Lake. We had full hookup site and could enjoy the lake views from our window. They have deer running around this campground day and night which made it especially nice. We also toured Joint Base San Antonio Canyon Lake Recreation Park where they have a campground, cottages, cabins, boats, marina, beach, swimming, fishing, lake and loads of sport fields. Really nice place that would be a lot of fun staying at in the future.
16} Arizona – We stayed at the Valley Vista Rv Park in Benson two times this year. Our first time was when we really enjoyed touring the area. We visited the Fort Huachuca Historic Museum which is located on an active military base. This base was established in 1877 and has many historic buildings. The museum was very well done and we enjoyed learning about this area of Az. Fort Bowie is a National Park that you must hike into which was a first for us. It is over 3 miles roundtrip but coming back we decided to take the path over the mountain. Yikes what a trip. This is where the Army and the Apache Indians had their conflict. The visitor center was well done and very talkative rangers. We toured the Amerind Foundation which had lots of Indian artifacts and Spanish paintings and antiques. We also toured the Cochise Stronghold where the Apache Chief Cochise hid from his enemies. We enjoyed a nice walk through the National Forest. Ghost towns are very common in this area and we toured two. The first one was Fairbanks which was discovered in 1881. A few buildings remain but are boarded up – the only one you can tour was the school house. They do have nice walking paths down near the river which we enjoyed. We also toured Pearce Arizona which was a mining town from 1894 until the mine closed in 1942. This site still has a few homes and people living there but it was very interesting.
We spent Christmas in our camper at the Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, California. We had Amanda and our 3 grandchildren with us for opening gifts, great meal of prime rib and just enjoying each other. Great holiday and thank the Lord every day for our family.
This year was my 70th birthday so we are going to Hawaii in Feb. Stay tuned for 2017