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Apr 1, 2013 - Fools for April

The park is in bloom and it is gorgeous. Flowers everywhere. It appears the entire state is saying it's spring and we are showing off. It also means it's time to head back to our grand girls, friends, and family. Tomorrow we begin the 2500 mile, 35 day journey to Indiana. Today we will add the finishing touches to ready our selves for the take off. We are always a little nervous after being in one place for a while. Then the routine of traveling sets in and we're good again. My daughter and her husband Brian left for New York City today....

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Mar 30, 2013 - Big Animals, Meal, and Pants

We had such a good day yesterday that Dick is still in a conference with his pillow. The drive out to the Safari park was scenic and we were sure we'd driving into deepest, darkest California. After parking in the over sized vehicle lot we had to walk up the mountain sidewalk. It took about 20 minutes but with calves on fire we made it. Later in the day we found out there was a shuttle service. The park is large and our entry fee was covered by our seasonal zoo pass. Included in the entry fee was the African safari tram. We were told it was...

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Mar 28, 2013 - Orange, CA

We drove to Orange yesterday to see my aunt Joanie and uncle Nick one last time before leaving California. They have two turtles they inherited from Nick's parents who had them 40 years. Thelma and Louise are desert turtles who appear to be wearing camouflage. They hibernated for 5 months and were asleep last time we were there. Thelma is always looking for an escape route and Louise just wants to bask in the sun. The life expectancy is about 100 years so they will out live the next generation too. The romaine trimming from the grocery...

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Mar 26, 2013 - Breaking the Rules of Camping

At the end of our street is a couple who go to work every day at 6:00 am. I know this because their only means of transportation are two motorcycles so loud they make the windows rattle when they depart every morning. It's like an alarm clock that has no off switch. I have been busy making campground reservations for our trip home. In Las Cruses New Mexico I was told they have poor antenna reception but have cable in the section where the people traveling with dogs are put. Did I mind being with them? I would love to know the connection...

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Mar 25, 2013 - Out on My Own

Yesterday I made one last pilgrimage to the zoo. It was a beautiful day and everybody was out . Tourists, locals, skateboarders, bikers, and homeless crowded the train. My goal was to see the Pandas and elephants. With our season passes we got all kinds of discount coupons and at the entrance I tried to find people to give them to. You would have thought I was giving away counterfeit 20's. Finally a young family with three children took the 50% off coupons. After a nice three mile hike through the zoo I headed for home. Back at the...

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Mar 24, 2013 - Keep Moving

We went to the Super RV Show and spent a couple hours looking while fending off salesmen who were like mosquitoes on a warm summer night. Why would you put a mirror and drawers in a closet that had hanging clothes in front of them? Just one of the design mysteries we encountered. Some how in the pool Thursday I pulled a back muscle. Was fine standing, walking , and sitting but could not get up once I sat down. It was like being a shark who has to be in perpetual motion. Finally I caved and took half a pain pill. Slept 9 hours and...

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Mar 21, 2013 - Pool and Passing

What a beautiful day Wednesday was for spending time at the pool. Hot without feeling like you were on a rotisserie. I was in the pool about an hour. Returned to the trailer to work on Indiana taxes which at last count was up to 16 forms. I have lived in 6 states and they hold the record for largest amount of forms. Of course we had to file part time, non resident since changing our address to Florida. My husband has started to macramé. He's made ankle bracelets to practice and now wants me order a book with knotted animal wall hangings....

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Mar 18, 2013 - Lunch in Old Town

Yesterday we decided to forgo inside activities and go to Old Town for lunch. The train was packed with Girl Scouts and their dads. They were all wearing green shirts the said The Amazing Race 2013. Each troop started from a different station and collected and made things from the clues provided. When we returned on the train about 3:30 they were all just finishing up. Marshmallow guns, bracelets, and headbands filled the backpacks. It appeared to be a successful day of fun. There is a Mexican restaurant in Old Town that has great food....

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Mar 17, 2013 - St. Patrick 's Day

After cooking corn beef and cabbage yesterday, which turned out to be simply yummy, we realized that today would be St Patrick's day. In Florida there would have been a parade in the park. It signals that time of year when people are packing up to head back to the not as frozen north. We will be following that ritual in just a couple of weeks. A 37 day journey back to the homeland of Rising Sun, Indiana. The grand girls should have their bags packed. SEWING PROJECTS: Today I am going to cut down the King size pillow cases that came with a...

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Mar 15, 2013 - Farmer's Market with Flea

I have caught up on the laundry, the mail, groceries, and sleep. So today we took the trolley and then the bus to the Farmer' market. Turns out it was mostly a flea market. Acres of garage sale. I looked through thousands of used books, checked for windmills on dishes, jewelry, and fabric. Bought headlights and pedal flashers for our bikes, 6 pairs of goggles for 50 cents each, and 8 bottles of metallic finger nail polish for $2.( I have a craft project involving metal washers, ribbon and nail polish. ) It was a great way to spend a...

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Mar 14, 2013 - Home Is Where the Good Coffee Is

There was a time in my life that I liked to fly. An adventure waited at the landing point and a seldom taken way of travel. Now I am one of those people who just want to get there. The romance is dead. Yesterday we entered the gate area in New Orleans and there must have been a basketball team who arrived without showering. The smell of body odor was so over powering you could almost taste it. Thank goodness our gate was far enough down the terminal to get away from it. I was spared the typing executive instead it was a Southwest flight...

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Mar 12, 2013 - Back in New Orleans

Sunday we spent the day with the brides parents, then about 15 of the wedding left overs er relatives went out to eat. Monday we managed to get a really slow start towards New Orleans. Our problem was three commitments for the same night. Friends from my former place of employment, a widowed boat captains wife, and our nephew. It all worked out but for people who normally only have Bingo for a social life we need to manage it better when it happens. We went to the nephew's. They have a beautiful shot gun house done in old New Orleans...

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