Monday, March 31, 2014

Almost Home.......

Well, today we crossed the border from Idaho back into Oregon.  The old truck and RV haven't been back to Oregon since September of 2012.  What an awesome adventure we have been having, from Washington to Maine, Maine to Florida, Florida to California, back to Oregon and many many points in between.  The adventure isn't over, we are just returning home to enjoy the summer with our families and friends, and then we will be off  again.

We spent the last 2 weeks in Vegas, which is way too long to stay in Vegas.  We celebrated Roberta's youngest sons 21st Birthday with other family members.
Great Party. Only wish we would have won a bit more money.
Oh Well, we still had a BLAST
 Above is the view from our balcony at the Polo Towers Resort we stayed at.

Burger Joint on Fremont Street in Old Downtown Vegas
We decided if we couldn't get it for free it wasn't worth it.

We had tickets for CirqueDuSoleil, Michael Jackson "ONE", at Mandalay Bay.
Very Cool
Below is a link to a YouTube video for it. 

So, this will be our last post until possibly after summer, when we plan to head South for the winter.  We will be arriving in Portland April 1st, and will be staying at an RV Park in Troutdale, down by the Sandy River, near the Halsey Street Bridge.

Thank You All for looking in on us for the past few years, and hopefully we will see each and every one of you during the summer.

Roberta and Steve

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Valley of Fire.......

Yesterday we took a drive out to Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire State Park.  It was a perfect afternoon for a little hiking and exploring.  We found an Arch that nature has made, some stone cabins that were built for travelers back in the 30's, and countless mountains of brown colored rocks.

At one stop we came across some Petroglyphs carved into the rocks.  Pretty Cool.

At another stop we noticed the sun reflecting off the ground and shining through the rocks.  Beautiful...

Today we went to Sam's Town Casino, just down the road from the RV Park, to watch the Oregon Fighting Ducks take on BYU in the NCAA March Madness Tournament.  The Fighting Ducks won 87 to 68. Ducks are moving on to the Round of 32 this weekend. Number 7 ranked Ducks will take on Number 2 ranked Wisconsin.  "GO DUCKS"

That's it for now.  Our friends Fred and Tina are flying into to Vegas tonight, so looks like we will be up late. Party Time.

Thanks for looking in on us,

Roberta and Steve

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hey Baby Let's Go To Vegas.........

Our last day on the Colorado River, before heading to Vegas, was spent sightseeing around Lake Havasu, with our friends Richard and Carol.  It was a beautiful day, so we took a boat ride from Lake Havasu, across the river, to an Indian Casino on the California side.  The Casino was nothing to talk about, but the boat ride was great fun.

Arriving back from the Casino, we noticed a bunch of people down the boardwalk, so we thought we better go check it out.  Spring Break had begun in Lake Havasu.  Young Adults everywhere, doing what we use to do when we were their age, "PARTYING".  They were all very polite, friendly and enjoying the river.
Oh, to be that young again....."NOT"

Anyway, we arrive in Vegas yesterday afternoon.  We will be here for 2 weeks, before heading back to the Great Northwest, arriving in Portland about April 7th.  We are hoping for an early summer, since we are soooo spoiled from living in the Sun all Winter.

Thanks for stopping by to see what we are up to.

Til Next Time,

Steve and Roberta

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Still Relaxing Along the Colorado River.....

Well, we are still just relaxing, and enjoying the wonderful Arizona winter weather.  There are a bunch of wild burros roaming this area, along the road and river.  They manage to cause traffic jams, since nobody really wants to hit one of these things.  Also, there seems to be a large population of baby burros.  They are so cute, and NO, the Ass on the right is not Steve....

We were told about Tommy's Paradise Friday All You Can Eat Fish & Chips, so of course we had to check it out.  We weren't impressed and will not be returning.  The locals seem to really like it, but we would rather go the the "Wooded Chicken" for their Fish & Chips.

Last weekend there were boat races on the river.  This is some kind of "CRAZY" boat racing.  The boats seem to be going about 100 miles an hour, and they are towing a slalom skier, with a 200 foot tow rope. Everybody are wearing helmets, and it looks like the skier is hanging on for dear life.  You won't see us trying this sport......

And the desert sunsets are absolutely beautiful.

So, that's about it for now.  We have 2 more days here, before heading up to Vegas for a couple of weeks, and then we plan to be back in the Portland area about April 7th.

Thanks for looking in on us.

Roberta and Steve

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Enjoying Our Time In Palm Springs

Well, it looks like our time in Palm Springs is quickly coming to an end .  We have been enjoying the Great Winter Weather here, for the past 6 weeks, but it is about time to move on, and work our way back home. We will be leaving here next Thursday and moving up to the Lake Havasu/Colorado River area, for 2 weeks, and then on to Vegas for 2 weeks.

We have become a couple of Retired Desert Rats, playing water volleyball almost everyday, riding our bikes, relaxing and just goofing off.
There seems to be an endless amount of activities going on all of the time.

We attended the NCAA Ladies Softball Tournament, where we watched the Oregon State Beavers play Boise State and the Oklahoma Sooners.  We had a Blast looking at all of the amazing cars at the 2014 Auto Show. What a beautiful setting and another perfect day.

Roberta managed to get picked up on a ladies softball team, from San Diego, and played in the Ladies Over 50 Softball Tournament.  They didn't win, but had a GREAT time trying.

So, we guess that's about it for now.  It has been another Awesome Winter in the South, but we are looking forward to seeing all of our friends back home this summer.

Thanks for looking in on us, and hopefully your winter has not been as bad as we have seen on TV.

Until next time,

Roberta and Steve

Saturday, February 1, 2014

We Are Still Alive........

Sorry for not posting for awhile, but we have pretty much just been relaxing.  We flew home for the Christmas Holidays, returning back to our RV, in Austin Texas, the first week of the New Year.  As you all know, there was a very large "COLD FRONT" covering most of the United States, and it looked as though it wasn't going to let up.  So we didn't even have to give it a second thought, we just pointed the rig West and headed as fast as we could to Warm Weather.  2 days across Texas and another day to run through New Mexico and on to Yuma Arizona.

Ahhhh, Warm Sunny Weather.

We spent a week in the Yuma area, and met up with our friends, Richard & Carol, a couple of times.  We all ran across the border one day, to Algodones Mexico, just to have shrimp tacos.  Best in the entire Yuma area.

From Yuma we continued Northwest, to the area around the Salton Sea, just South of Palm Springs.  We stayed at an RV Park where we stayed 2 years ago, and reconnected with some old friends.

We will be hanging out in the Palm Springs area until the first week of March, enjoying the warmth, sunshine, playing water volleyball, bike riding, outdoor activities and working on our winter tans.

Roberta will be playing in a womans softball tournament next week.  She found a team from San Diego that needed an additional player.

We will try to do a better job of posting from now on.

Thanks for looking in on us,

Steve and Roberta

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Making Our Way To Austin Texas.......

During our stay in Memphis we took a day to drive up to Wilson Arkansas.  Why Wilson you ask....???? Well, our friend Gary, from Nashville, is involved with this town being renovated and rejuvenated.  The town of Wilson, and surrounding 65,000 acres, was recently purchased by Gaylon Lawrence for a mere $150 million.  There is a whole lot of history about this town of Wilson, and Lee Wilson & Company, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Arkansas.  If you are interested, you can check out the link below for more information:

There are cotton fields forever in this area, and we were invited to visit a Cotton Gin.  We have been wondering what they do with all that cotton, and how was it cleaned and processed after picking.  From what we hear, this Cotton Gin is one of the most modern in the country.  Pretty much totally computerized, and the management likes to see people just standing around, which tells them everything is working fine.
The white is cotton being fed through machines that separates the husks and seeds, then it is sent to another machine below, to compress it into 500 pound bales for shipping.

The seed is very high in protein, and is used for cow feed.  The cotton seed is transported via air tubes and stored for resale.  The bottom right picture shows three 500 lb bales waiting to be loaded in a waiting truck.
We were taken on a personal guided tour, behind the scenes of this little town of Wilson, and shown plans of upcoming town improvements.  If our travels take us back this way we will return to see how it turns out.

Our daughter, Andrea, asked if we were in the area of Tishomingo Oklahoma, could we stop at the "Pink Pistol" to pick her up a T-Shirt.  For all you Country Music people out there, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton live in Tishomingo Oklahoma, and Miranda has opened her second Pink Pistol store here.  Her first store was opened a few years ago in her home town of Lindale Texas.  This year was her second annual "Pink Friday" celebration, the day after Thanksgiving.  Main Street Tishomingo was blocked off, where there were Bands playing, vendors selling their wares, and a two hour line to get into Miranda's store.

Everything in the town was decorated in PINK, for Pink Friday, even Santa, and a few other children characters that were roaming around.  Pink was definitely the color of the day.  We didn't find Blake or Miranda, but the weather was nice, we had a Great Day and we found a couple of T-Shirt.

One corner of the store was dedicated to "SHIT", where we had a hard time trying to figure out what to purchase.  We figured Blake had something to do with this corner of the store., and we decided to leave this Shit alone, since we already have enough Shit.

Neil McCoy was scheduled to perform at 8PM, but since the nights have been getting down right COLD, and we had an hour drive back to our wheelhouse, in the dark, we decided to skip the show and head home.

Tomorrow we travel South toward Austin.  Hopefully we will find warmer weather so we can work on our winter tans.  We fly home on the 11th for Christmas and will return January 8th.  We are looking forward to spending the Holidays with all of our family and friends, and enjoying some good old fashion Northwest weather.

Thanks for looking in on us, and we will continue our adventure after the first of the year.

Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Steve and Roberta