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November 1 – 12:
too much happened these few days to write about. We did some
shopping as we do every year before Mac has the yearly convention that
he attends. He always seems to need new pants or shirts for that
event. We also went to our favorite casinos and played. I
did manage to put my status in “vacation mode” for one of our favorite
casinos so that I won’t be in danger of losing my points and comps if we
don’t make it back in a timely manner. That almost happened this
year when we were gone from Vegas for so long. Thankfully, we
didn’t lose any comps but it was close.
Mac attended some classes put on by the NRA right up to the day before
we left Vegas. We both have enjoyed the classes and look forward
to taking more. Several people, especially women, have told me
that they don’t like the thought of having guns around the house,
children, etc. One of the classes we took was about gun safety in
the home that addresses that quite well.
Shopping is done, dry cleaning is done, the RV is all packed and we are
ready to roll!
Sunday, November 13:
We left Las Vegas this morning and headed west to San Diego. We
had no problem on the drive there today. We really like having the
Garmin to help us while driving. We don’t know what it was but one
of the roads we were driving on was closed ahead of us. The Garmin
automatically rerouted us and we didn’t even get stuck in any traffic.
It’s really great to have. I’m thinking of using it even when I
know exactly where I’m going because of this feature. If there was
a delay or accident ahead on my route it would then reroute me.
We got to our destination after dark. Boy it gets dark early
doesn’t it! We’re staying at the
Fiddler’s Cove RV Park. One of the many benefits of having
served in the military is that we can use the RV parks around the
country. This park is dry camping only. It’s a great place
but I do wish there were hookups available.
Tuesday, November 15:
Today we went to the San Diego Zoo
We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. It’s a big
zoo, and it’s very hilly there. The weather today was great.
The sun was shining and the temperature was cool enough that we needed a
light jacket in the shade.
They have two kinds of buses (for an extra cost of course) but it was
well worth it to ride around the zoo and see the animals. I think
the driver said that you can see about 80% of the zoo from the bus.
One bus takes you on a tour of the park, which stops to see the animals
but you stay on the bus all the time. The other bus is an express
bus and it stops to let people off and on at various stops around the
park. We did the bus tour and that was very nice. We also
did the express bus to go over and see the section of the zoo that we
wanted to walk through.
It’s a great zoo and we look forward to visiting it again in the future.
My only complaint was that there weren’t any souvenirs or t-shirts that
we liked. There didn’t seem to be many items and not a wide
variety of items. I was surprised at the lack of items to choose from.
I mean Busch Gardens has such a fantastic gift shop that you can even go
there just to shop and not have to pay park entrance fees.
Late afternoon we left the zoo and drove over to
Harrah’s Rincon Casino. We played for a while and ate the
buffet for dinner. It’s a pretty casino and the buffet was
delicious. We had a busy full wonderful day today.
Wednesday, Nov 16 – Saturday, Nov 19
Mac attended the ASHA Convention each of these days. In the
evenings he’d go out with our group for dinner and I went to dinner
twice with part of the group.
We’d intended to visit San Diego more. We’d planned on arriving
about a week earlier so that we could play tourist more but classes in
Vegas took priority and we didn’t leave early enough. We did enjoy
visiting and intend to come again in the future so that we can visit
Sunday, November 20:
We got an early start this morning heading out. Somehow, we missed
our exit and when the Garmon rerouted us to get us back on the correct
road it took us down or I should say up a street that an RV should not
attempt. We bottomed out the RV big time and the air lines that
are under the RV got cut. We found a place to stop, some on-street
parking that was long enough for the RV and car. We got out and
looked over the damage to the RV and the worst was the air lines that
were cut. We can’t go anywhere until that is fixed.
Thankfully, we have the best emergency road service
Coach-Net Mac called
them and from the time he placed the call till we were back on the road
was about 3 hours. Not too bad for a Sunday morning! We were
very grateful that we didn’t damage the RV more than that and that we
were back on the road so quickly.
We got back on the highway and continued our journey with no further
adventures today. We drove to Phoenix; to
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and
finally arrived about 8:00 at night. We got ready and went in for
dinner but the buffet had closed at 8:00 so we ate at the sandwich shop.
We then played some video poker and Mac hit a royal flush on the dollar
machine! That was a great win for him, it’s been a really long
time since he’d hit a royal on the dollar machine.
Monday we stayed the night again even though the plan was that we’d
leave after a few hours of work. Mac wound up working until about
4:00 and by then we decided we might as well stay another night.
We ate the buffet for lunch and dinner and it was good. It was
very inexpensive also.
Tuesday, November 22:
We left around 7:00 in the morning and drove all day. We arrived
at The Ranch around 7:30
tonight. Boy, are we tired. We don’t like to drive such long
distances but we wanted to get back on schedule. We plan on being
here at the ranch till about Sunday then heading to Texas to visit my
We parked in the overflow dry-camping area instead of our lot so that we
wouldn’t disturb anyone with backing in and getting set up. We’ll
do that in the daytime tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 23:
After working a few hours we drove the RV over to our lot and got all
set up. Put the slide out and instant room again!
Mac found out what we are to bring tomorrow for Thanksgiving dinner and
he’s started baking a cake. Since we haven’t done any laundry
since we were in Las Vegas I loaded up all the laundry and drove to
Carlsbad to get it done. What is it with small town laundries?
There always seems to be more broken machines that working ones.
But there were enough machines that I got our laundry done without
having to wait for a machine. I then drove over to Wal-Mart and
picked up frosting for the cake that Mac is baking. Wow, it was
sure crowded at Wal-Mart; a lot of people getting their Thanksgiving
dinner items I guess.
After putting the laundry away and having dinner Mac and I relaxed
watching some TV programs that we had recorded. I stayed up very
late watching Extreme Couponing, getting inspired to start shopping with
coupons more and donating food to local food banks.
November 24 Thanksgiving,
our Thanksgiving meal today we went up to the clubhouse about 1:45.
Here at The Ranch there were about 10 tables of 8-10 people at each
table. A hostess is in charge of each table and assigns the food
dishes the others at that table will bring. Everyone pays $3 for
the shared cooked items including turkey, ham, dressing & gravy.
We had a great meal shared with friends. We may not be with family
but we have our friends. We’re very thankful for all our blessings
including being able to travel around the country seeing interesting
sites and meeting new friends.
Later in the evening we drove to Carlsbad and shopped at Walgreens.
We found some cute items for our grandson. I love finding cute
little items that he’d like and then having a pile to give him when we
see him. But now that he’s getting bigger I may start mailing them
to him so that he can enjoy them throughout the year instead of all at
Friday 25 – Monday 28:
Mac and I got busy sorting through stuff around the RV and our storage
shed. We forgot about our mail being delivered on Friday and on
Saturday when Mac went up to pick it up it wasn’t there. We had
planned on leaving Sunday but now we’ll wait till Monday to pick up our
mail. Monday we’re all ready to leave and the mail didn’t arrive
till dark!!!! But we left anyway and hit the road. We drove
till around 2 in the morning and stopped at some truck parking in TX
along I-10 to get some sleep.
Tuesday, November 29:
We drove all day but by golly we are back on schedule. We arrived
at Rainbow’s End in Livingston TX before dark! We stopped for fuel
before arriving. Around Livingston the diesel cost is around