Sunday, December 12, 2010
At 7 the next morning we get packed up and drive over to service with our long list of things do have done or checked. The service guys hooked up the electricity, and were already starting while the supervisor was still writing up our ticket!
Off to breakfast, then a little tour of the town. Back to the factory for a tour of the facility. Cathy checked out the new RVs and liked the new floorplans, but Steve said not now. Found out we need new springs, but can't get them installed until Monday. Oh, great, 5 more nights in freezing weather with no water!!!
Picked up the RV, and went back to the park for the night. Found we had new neighbors in a 5 slide Discover America RV parked right next to us. Woke up in the morning to find a brand new Champagne parked next to the 5 slider, only going the other way. Our new neighbors had just traded in the 5 slide for the Champagne!
Steve, in his usual nosy fashion, went over to tell them how jealous he was, and got a tour of both units. He went back to pester Cathy until she went over to look, too. Cathy says that "the angels sang" when she toured the 5 slider. Next thing we knew, we had traded in our own RV for this new one!
Asked Nuwa for a favor, and left our RV in Chanute in their service building until Monday, drove to KC to stay at our friend's house for a few days in the yucky cold weather. Will let you know how the next week unfolds.
Went to all the Dr., Dentist, and Vet appointments that brought us back to KC in the winter! Visited and played cards with all our friends!
Took the cat with us up to Lincoln for Thanksgiving. Stayed at Cathy's folks again. Ate too much and watched football, what a great time!
All the "girls" went to the movie "Tangled" and had a great afternoon.
Took what we hope is the last "excess" stuff to storage.
Went back to Walnut Grove for a week. Cathy had a company put all of her music onto disks, so she spent a week uploading all of them onto her computer. Then we donated all of the original music to the library. We visited with our financial advisor, who told Steve that it was OK to retire.
Cathy was glad to get back to her favorite massage therapist, and made the most of her 3 weeks back in KC.
Went back to Lincoln to visit our niece, who came back for a visit with her son. All 3 little ones (our great nieces and great nephew) had their Christmas. What a blast! And more great food!
One bad, sad happening: Our 16 year old cat, Smokey, had stopped eating and was in kidney failure. We had to euthanize her right before we left. We are recovering with a new cat, Dottie, who needed a new home, and was already at the vet's location.
Once the new stuff was installed, we took it out to make sure we could actually turn without hitting the back of the truck cab, as we already had matching dents on each side. It was a go! We also had the truck transmission worked on (beefed up) and did make a difference.
Stayed with Cathy's folks while the truck and RV was worked on. Had a great time with family.
We had a great time with the kids and visited the State Capital. That's one more down.
Stayed a couple of days and now on our way to Lincoln, NE.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Then Steve went on a tour of the Bush house and garden, no not those Bushs. Then we were on to a winery and a visit with the winery dog.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Steve went to the Husker/Huskie game on Saturday. He found a ride by flying his Husker flag from the RV roof, and another fan showed up. She was being driven to the game by her husband, and Steve was invited along. Great game (56 to 21, Huskers). Small world update: The husband of this fan was a retired NE National Guardsman who knew Cathy's mother!
One day we took the Boeing tour, which is a must see in Everett. What big planes. As it was a Sunday, we didn't get to see the workers in action, but it was still worth the price of admission!
We also met a former phone coworker of Steve's, and her husband and son. Had a wonderful buffet and talk at one of the local casinos.
One day we went to Sandpoint, on Lake Pend Oreille. This lake is over 1200 feet deep and was where WWII sub testing took place. As it is the deepest lake west of the Great Lakes, it is still used for submarine testing! While at Sandpoint, we partook of the local Laughing Dog Brewery tasting (Steve did anyway). This tasting includes 8 small beers delivered on a "dogbone" tray, and munchies served in "dog bowls". We even made friends with the brewery dog.One day we went to lunch at Beverly's, which is on the 7th floor of the resort. While we were waiting on our next course, looking out over millions of dollars worth of boats in the marina, Steve mused about what the "working folks" were doing. Cathy supposed that they were not spending 2 hours having a 3 course lunch with cocktails.
One of the last things we did here was to ride (on our bikes) the Route of the Hiawatha. This is a rails to trails ride of 14 miles that is all downhill! Yes, the shuttle will bring you back to the top! Yeah! Unfortunately for those of impaired night vision, there are 9 tunnels on this trail, including the first one, which is 2 miles long. Cathy got disoriented in the dark, and hit the wall on the right side, slid on the ucky wall, but continued on! She looked like a mess for awhile (until the mud dried), but apparently hit each leg on a pedal, and had some very ugly bruises for awhile.What an inaguration of the bike!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Steve had a great time at the nightly campfires with Chuck (who owns and runs the general store by the camp) and his dad. Tall tales were shared by all, no doubt. We also met the dad (Al) of one of our Las Vegas friends (Paula), who camps in this area yearly. He cooked us a great steak and we had a good long visit with him and his cat, Patches. Speaking of cats, we actually got ours to go outside and sit, and we have a picture to prove it:
We were going to rent a kayak again, and go on the river, but they wanted an arm and a leg, so Steve got mad and suggested we purchase our own. We did find a great one on sale, and they also sold bikes! Guess who now owns a PURPLE Electra Cruiser bike? Yes, the unlikeliest of cyclists, Cathy.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ate some local cuisine, since we were surrounded by the Crow Indian Reservation: Indian Tacos sold out of a tepee. They were really good, sort of like a funnel-cake tasting flatbread with ground beef, lettuce, cheese and taco sauce. They were huge, and lasted for two meals!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Closed the bar down, and a good time was had by all!