Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I looked at our last blog today and realized it had been over a month since the last post.  On the last post we had made it to Tucson and were very busy getting things ready for the parking team to arrive.  The week before the rally a group of us took an afternoon off to go see Mount Lemmon.  So glad we got to do it.  It was a beautiful drive.

John and me on the way up to Mount Lemmon.

You know the old saying:  "Be careful what you wish for.?"  Well, two years ago when we were in Tucson for the Escapees Rally we were wearing jackets, hats and gloves on the first two parking days.  This time we were wishing for warmer weather.  We got what we wished for.....94 degrees on the longest parking days. LOL
The Awesome Parking Team

Molly Pinner and Alaine Wilson getting ready to welcome the first  staff arrivals. 

After leaving Tucson traveled on to attend the diesel truck pull and drag races at Wild Horse Pass Motor Sports Park in Chandler, AZ.  Lots of cool trucks there.

The next stop on our journey was Jojoba Hills SKP RV park in Aguanga, CA to visit with our friends Chuck and Kathy Donley and Judy Bell.  We enjoyed our visit with them and appreciate their hospitality.
Chuck and Kathy Donley

One of the beautiful ponds at Jojoba Hills.

The area at the front gate in Jojoba Hills.

John, me and Judy Bell.

We are slowly making our way to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to volunteer again.  It has been two years since we were there.  While making our way toward Oregon we stopped off in Lone Pine, CA and  boondocked at Tuttle Creek Campground.   It is a beautiful park. On the second day there we visited the museum of Western Film History. Very cool place.  That afternoon John was reading the weather forecast and he saw where our next stop (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was going to get up to 18 inches of snow beginning Thursday night and very high winds so we left a day early (Thursday morning).  Unfortunately, the wind started early and one of our side awnings became a casualty.  It was a lost cause so John cut if off and we were on our way again.  We hadn't gotten far after that stop when we came upon an 18 wheeler that had flipped over on its side.  The driver was standing outside the truck and appeared to be ok.  It looked like he escaped through the windshield.   That was scary but...wait...there's more!  A few miles down the road we were coming down a hill and noticed an 18 wheeler coming toward us with the trailer shifting over in our lane.  Thankfully the trailer didn't come over any further and we passed without incident.  By this point I was so ready to get off the road.  The rest of the trip was uneventful and we made it to the Elk's Lodge in Gardnerville, NV.  A storm was moving into that area so we decided to stay put until it had passed.  We left this morning and arrived around lunchtime in Susanville, CA.  It was perfect traveling weather....no heavy winds. Yeah!!!

Our site at Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge in Northern CA.  We will volunteer a few weeks here before moving on to Crater Lake and Tualatin River.

Laugh Everyday.  Happy Trails.  Stay safe.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Birthdays, Anniversaries and Dinners with friends.

While in Kerrville, TX our friends Mike and Leslie surprised me with a birthday dinner and party.  It was so nice of them. Thanks Mike and Leslie for a memorable birthday.

On March 3rd we traveled on to Las Cruces, NM and met up with friends Roger and Barb Maxey.  Later that night John and I joined friends Ron and Donna Markey for dinner.  A big thank you to them for a wonderful dinner. 

The next day we were on the road to Benson, AZ.  We stopped off in Deming, MN and had breakfast with friends John and Janet Chartier.  It had been two years since we last saw them.  So good to catch up with them. 

We arrived in Benson, AZ on March 4th and stayed at Cochise Terrace RV Park where our friends Barb and Bob are volunteering.  Even though we were there for an overnight stay we were able to get in a few games of ladder golf and 10 Penny.  We had a great time and look forward to seeing them in Tucson at the Escapees Rally.

Sunday, March 5th, we were off and on our way to Tucson, AZ to get ready for the Escapees Rally.   March 5th was also my Mom and Dad's 58th Wedding Anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, love you and hope you had a wonderful day. 

We have been busy with parking team stuff since our arrival in Tucson.  Next week will be a very busy week for us with getting all the parking stuff completed before the rest of the staff arrives.

Tomorrow will be my sister and her husband's 27th Wedding Anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Annie and Terry, love you. 

We are still having problems with our blog and hope to get some ideas on how to fix things while at the rally. 

Laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


A lot has happened since our last post.  My Mom's cancer returned after 24 years of being cancer free.  The good news was only a one centimeter spot that was non-aggressive and slow growing.  She underwent surgery on January 16th to remove the cancer.  After that surgery, the pathology report showed "feelers" were there and needed to be scraped out.  She underwent a second surgery to remove the "feelers" and all went well.  Today she returned for her check up and is doing well.  She will have to see the oncologist to see if anything further is needed.  

Before leaving Mississippi, we went to our youngest granddaughter Shelby's birthday party. Can't believe she is already three years old. 

Shelby blowing out her candles.

We visited with Mom Hatch before hitting the road.  She is doing well.
Mom Hatch, John and I.

A selfie right before we left. (John, Mom, Dad and me)

We left Mississippi on February 17th, our first stop was Beaumont, Texas.  While in the Beaumont area we were able to visit several of my cousins, aunts and an uncle.

Sherlyon and Cousin Daniel
Me and Cousin Rhonda
Cousin Charlotte and me
Me, Aunt Betty Ann, Cousins Mary and Valerie

Me and Cousin John
 Our second stop was Canyon Lake, TX where my Uncle Michael and Aunt Sylvia live.  We spent a few days visiting and sightseeing with them before moving on to Kerrville, TX.

Uncle Michael and Sassy
John and Uncle Michael

Aunt Sylvia, John and Uncle Michael
Aunt Sylvia, me and Uncle Michael
John, Mike and Leslie
Laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Still having problems with blogger and posting blogs from my iPad so I am trying to post this from John's laptop. We have been very busy since we have returned to Mississippi.  John is working at Renaissance Mall and I am volunteering at the Natchez Trace Parkway again.

We celebrated our oldest granddaughter's (Ava) birthday in November and attended our niece, Stephanie's wedding in December.

Back row: Stephanie, Amanda & Mary Beth
Front row: Mom Hatch and Mary Lee

Stephanie & Van Leaving after the reception.

The weather has been crazy here...warm one day and cold the next. We had 74 degrees on Christmas Day.  Here are a few pictures from Christmas.

Ava, John and Shelby.
Shelby & Dad playing the with Elf hat.

Annie & Me acting crazy with the Elf hats on Christmas Eve.

Robert & Kelsey.

We have been enjoying visits with the grand babies.  They sure are growing up fast.

Ava & Shelby.

Hopefully we fill be able to figure something out with the blog.  Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year's. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Having problems with posting from iPad to blogger.  This is all Bridget can get typed before she is kicked out of blogger. "We have been busy since our last post."  We have searched everywhere to find a solution but haven't yet.  Any help would be appreciated.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Meeting Elaine & Rick and Crossing the Border.

After leaving Church Point we traveled onto Advocate Harbour and stayed at ADDA Fundy RV Park.  It was full hook up with 30 AMP.  There were a couple other RVs in the park so it was very quiet.  I guess everything is winding down for the season.

While sightseeing in the area we stopped at Cape d' Or to photograph the lighthouse. 

The lighthouse, restaurant and Inn at the bottom of the hill.  

When you arrive there is a sign posted at the top of the hill that says "walk down".   It is a beautiful place but the walk down is very steep and rocky.  It would be very difficult for persons with leg or knee problems to make the trek down.  The walk back up the steep hill was brutal for me.  
John at the bottom.  Here are a few pictures of the scenery surrounding the lighthouse.

On Thursday, September 22nd we traveled on to Moncton to meet Elaine and Rick Cochrane.  We have been corresponding with Elaine on Facebook and had made plans to meet her and her husband Rick. We actually parked at their place in town.  It was so great to meet them in person.  We enjoyed our visit with them and hope to meet them down the road real soon.  A huge thank you to them for a wonderful dinner, a place to park and a fantastic visit. 

Rick and Elaine.  

The next day we made our way across the border and back into the US.  We have enjoyed our adventures in Canada and plan to return again one day.  We overnighted at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston, Maine.  They have RV parking in the back parking lot of the hotel grounds...30 AMP and only 15 dollars.   Thanks Elaine for the tip about the Ramada. 

Yesterday we traveled on to Tuxbury Pond RV Resort in South Hampton, New Hampshire.  We actually have 50A FHU!    Yeah!!! 

Our site. 

Tomorrow will be a travel day for us.  We will be stopping in at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge for a few days.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Next stop Lunenburg.

September 12th we continued on to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. While we were here we took a cruise on the Bluenose II and visited Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks.  There is so much to see in Nova Scotia that you could literally spend a couple months or more.  We have tried to pick out the main highlights or "sights to see" and do those since we have limited time here.

Lunenburg is where the Bluenose II is docked now.  John and I and Steve and Sandy took a two hour cruise on the Bluenose II on the 14th.  The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the scenery. 

Here we are getting ready to board.  

Steve enjoying the view. 
A view from the ship as we were heading out. 
This is the lighthouse at Battery Cove.  We passed it going out. 
The crew taking one of the sails down. 

The next day we were off to Mahone Bay to sightsee.  It is a nice little town with shops and restaurants and a nice view.  We parked and walked both sides of the Main Street then had lunch at a place called "Oh My Cod".  Their specialty is, of course, sea food but they offer a variety of entrees.  The food and service were both great. 

Steve taking photos. 
John and Steve both got burgers.   That is some burger. 

Our next place to sightsee was Blue Rocks.  Blue Rocks is known as one of the best kayaking spots on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  It is a fishing village with blue slate rocks on the edge of the ocean which attracts many artists and photographers. 

The next day we ventured over to Chester to visit the shops and check the Fo'c'sle Tavern.  The Fo'c'sle is the oldest tavern in Nova Scotia dating back to 1764.  

John having a cold one. 
Steve checking out the art on the walls. 

The next morning it was time to head off to our next destination, Church Point.  We said our "see ya laters" to Steve and Sandy as they were heading in another direction.  We have enjoyed traveling with them and sharing a part of our Canada experience with them.  Hope to see them again down the road real soon. 

Ruby and Yoda came to say "see ya later".
This was our selfie.  It was very windy that morining. 

We arrived at Belle Baie Campground in Church Point, Nova Scotia on September 14th.   Our site is in the back right on the water.  We can actually watch the tides come and go. 

Our site. 

While here we have visited the Nova Scotia Firefighter's Museum in Yarmouth and the town of Digby.

The museum is well laid out with lots to see. 

Yesterday we drove over to Digby to look around.  

John saw this lighthouse on the way to Digby so we stopped to get pictures. 

By the time we arrived it was time to find some lunch. There are lots of options in Digby.  We chose Shoreline Restaurant.  

We both had the grilled scallop kabob.  It was yummy.....and the view
was very nice.

There was also a lighthouse right up the walkway from the restaurant. 

Of course I had to get a picture.  I just love lighthouses.

It has rained all day today so we stayed in.  We will be traveling tomorrow. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.