Bikes in Our Future – Steve Turning 80 Soon – Carol Ann 70 – We Think We Can Ride Them and Have Fun – Good Exercise – A Recap of Challenging Journey – Different from Our First Year that Happened without a Hitch –

Shopping for bikes was a project that took some time, but we have found the right bikes for us, we think.

Yes, I can mount it. In fact, I’ve been riding it. Steve also has been riding his. We plan to purchase helmets next. Very soon.

As the photo indicates, we are residing in an RV park in Arizona for this winter season. We enjoyed our 2017 tour of the country. The highlights of this year’s exciting journey are told in former posts. We experienced our share of challenges, towing a jeep with a dead battery, changing our bookings to accommodate a longer stay in Nashville, lingering longer than planned in Pensacola, Florida, avoiding bumping into Hurricane Harvey, rerouting north to dodge the storm, delay for a mechanical breakdown in Louisiana, and enduring five days of nonstop downpours as we traversed Texas ushering in the end of their drought.

This is the view from the driver side window:

This is where we will practice riding our bikes until we feel comfortable on them. We will not ride on public roads. Rest at ease, Arizona.

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Las Cruces New Mexico – Destination for Fun with Friends – Fellow RVers Meet Us Here – We Dine Together at Local Restaurants – And There Are Plenty – Steve Had Coach and Jeep Washed after Five Days of Rain and Mud in Texas – Now They Shine Again –

Here we are in Las Cruces, New Mexico, all shiny and sparkly again after wind, rain, and mud accumulated during our altered trip through Texas. We had to reroute to escape the terrors of Hurricane Harvey. Barely out of Harvey’s reach we stopped in Louisiana about 50 miles from New Orleans, where our airbag deflated and would not inflate again. This airbag was part of the brake suspension system. We were immobile until we could have it repaired. I thoroughly enjoyed the wait in that simple but adequate RV park, but Steve, not so much. He wanted to move on, which by the grace of God we eventually did.

Our arrival in Las Cruces happened several days later than we first planned. This year we discovered that sometimes we are not in total control of our world. Sometimes we must go with the flow until we can know what we know. What we know is that God loves us and has not forgotten to keep us in His loving care.  We and our friends have spent many hours enjoying the goodness of God together and loving it. All we do is eat, as some of our other friends have pointed out, but we don’t just eat. We talk, share our life stories, discuss our future plans, and drive around the city seeing the sights. What a beautiful country is the USA. How happy we are to live in it here and there and everywhere.

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Long Time No Post – Spent All Our Time Having Fun with Family – But Then Moved on and Parked Here in Louisiana – View of the Bayou – Simple but Adequate RV Park – Staying Longer than Scheduled – Again Diverging from Our Original Plan –

Here we are stuck. We moved about four feet forward and could not proceed because of a mechanical problem. Steve is working on it diligently, but we are having to change our reservations going forward, and this is not the first time this year! This is the third time we have had to make changes. Last year we made it all the way through our tour without a hitch.

The first required change happened when we received a call canceling a booking in Arkansas because of flooding. Next, an unexpected event caused us to spend more time in Nashville, Tennessee. Then we stayed longer in Pensacola, FL, than we had planned.

We had a wonderful extended time in Nashville. We met up with an old friend of mine there and spent time with them. The change in plans was a pleasant experience once we settled into the idea that we could not do what we first intended. We also enjoyed the extended stay in Pensacola while we waited to see if we would have to reroute because of Hurricane Harvey. I’m enjoying this time in Louisiana, too, in spite of the anxiety that comes with a mechanical breakdown. Steve is busy familiarizing himself with the part he hopes to install on the coach. If it is not possible, we will be here even longer getting it repaired at a service center.

New for me: We dined in Pensacola at Peg Leg Pete’s, an oyster bar. I’ve never been to an oyster bar before. This was an expensive lunch! Steve said I used to be a cheap date but no longer. Spending more time here in Louisiana, we dined at Prejean’s Seafood Restaurant that served Cajun favorites. Steve and I both had our first taste of crawfish and were delighted. We need to get back to McDonald and Taco Bell. We have blown our restaurant budget.

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Moving toward Our Next Destination – Driving a Comfortable Distance – Following Our Plan – Reaching Parks We Booked Months Earlier – Three Days to Rest – Three Days that Fly By –

Chattanooga nearby, Cleveland, Tennessee, is our stomping grounds for three days unless we choose to drive the extra distance to Chattanooga. We probably will not because we have only three days to relax and enjoy life. These are new surroundings, but home is where we park it until we leave. Steve and I went for a walk around this beautiful RV park. Today was sunny, as was yesterday, and probably tomorrow, a nice change from many rainy days in a row. When it rains, we get to hear the sound of it dancing on our roof. Some campsites are muddy in the rain and some are not. Our last spot was a mudslide, but we enjoy life even when it rains.

During our walk we stopped in the camp store to see what they had. Steve likes to send his daughter a small memento from each place we stay. He found a little windmill that looks like a sunflower. Now we must find a post office. While shopping, I asked the clerk what grocery store in the area he thought was the nicest. He paused. I told him we were looking for a full-service grocery store with excellent produce. Food City was his immediate answer. As we left the store I told Steve what he had told me. Another camper overheard our conversation and gave us his own recommendation, which happened to be the same one – Food City. He and his wife gave us their Food City card so we could take advantage of the discount from the card. We assume they knew they were finished with it. They probably will leave tomorrow.

GPS is a blessing to us as is my iPhone that gives us Google and Maps, two sources of GPS from which to choose. Using these resources we found Food City without a problem and did our shopping. We were delighted with this grocery store. It did not disappoint us one bit.

 

 

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Everyday Life for People that Live in an RV – What Could Be Better than to Wake Up in the Morning to New Surroundings yet Being in Your Own Home – It’s the Little Things in Life that Make it Okay –

Bellefonte, Ohio, RV park, not where we were the day before and not where we were three days later. We were in this town seeing whatever there was to see. Sometimes we have to drive the Jeep a little distance to find restaurants and stores in new places, but usually not too far.

What do we do all the time? We do the same things we used to do when we lived in a stick and brick home. We have coffee and cereal in the morning. I pull out meat from the freezer for our main meal, which we like to have at midday. Steve grills the meat after I get it ready for him, and I cook the sides on my propane gas range. Other days we go out for lunch like we did today. Laundry is an everyday endeavor, one or two loads. The washer and dryer are small, but that’s fine. Steve finds plenty to do outside until 4:00 when we turn on TV and celebrate happy hour at home with a beer or a cocktail.

We are in Mount Vernon, Kentucky as I write this post. This is our second day here. We went to town using the GPS on my iPhone to find the local Pizza Hut. When we got there, GPS instructed us to turn right, which Steve did, even though it didn’t look like a road or a driveway. It went straight up, almost. I was afraid we might slide backward if Steve did not keep his foot steadily on the gas. There was a gas station at the top of the first rise, then a sharp curve that took us higher yet, and another one. At the top of the knob sure enough there was a Pizza Hut! The edge of the parking lot looked like a good place to fall off the side of the mountain. Photos never show true depth. This one is no different. The incline was steeper that this photo reveals.

The restaurant is not shown in this photo. It was on the other side of the parking lot.

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Had to Share this Photo of Lake Erie Shore – We Arrived this Afternoon Greeted by a Wasp that Flew into the Small Window Used to Pay Tolls from the Driver’s Seat – Last Year Hornets Invaded the Cockpit – One Huge Wasp Was Just as Effective in Slowing Down our Progress until We Smacked it Silly and Tossed it in the Trash –

I snapped this photo while Steve was disconnecting the Jeep from the tow bar. This is the view from our campsite! Isn’t it fabulous?

We got out of bed this morning at 5:00 a.m., as we usually do when a driving day is ahead of us. We arrived here in mid-afternoon and have finally finished setting up at about 4:30 p.m. Typically, if everything goes as planned, it takes us about an hour and a half to turn our RV into our home. If any one part of the routine misfires, we end up tired when we finish. This time disconnecting the Jeep took some extra time as well as exterminating the wasp that took control of the cockpit for a short period of time. It didn’t help that a section of road work on I-75 had us moving at a crawl for about 12 minutes. I won’t complain, however, as we had a safe and successful trip.

A very nice treat happened when we pulled into a plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. We had sandwiches at Panera Bread! We rarely get to eat out on the road. Our RV towing our Jeep is too long to find a place to park at a restaurant. Our home is ready, and now we will relax, watch TV, and enjoy a snack together.

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Where Have We Been – Up to Flagstaff Arizona – Albuquerque and Santa Rosa New Mexico – Amarillo Texas – Oklahoma City – West Memphis Arkansas – Nashville Tennessee – Virginia – Pennsylvania – Long Island New York – Ohio now – Heading for Michigan in a Few Days – South to Florida, West through Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and New Mexico – Back to AZ –

Here we are pausing for a week in Streetsboro, Ohio, not far from Cleveland. This park is a beautiful place. If we were to see nothing else in this area, we would be waking up each morning to natural beauty all around us and many other campers lining the narrow streets in the campground. We look like an elephant in a hallway driving into and out of RV parks, this one being no different. Our spot is generous. Sometimes camping sites are very narrow. We are enjoying the journey. This stop is not on our destination list. By that I mean it is not a place where we intend to stay and visit family or see the sights. It’s a stop on the way. We enjoy the spots on the way. We explore our surroundings, restock our refrigerator and basement, and find a brewery or restaurant in which to spend our time and our dime.

I have failed to post as often as I wish I would have. Many of our stops were for three days only. Three-day stops are better than one-day stops, but we still feel rushed. This year we had to be rushed to make it all the way to the east coast, Long Island (where we attended a family wedding), and now Ohio, then Michigan, down to Florida, across Texas, stopping again this year in New Orleans and winding up our tour with an entire month in Las Cruces, New Mexico, then back to our winter place in Arizona. Next year we plan to plan a restful tour! We will stay on the west side of the country and book long stays. Saying we will plan and successfully planning are two different things, but we will work hard to play more and drive less on our next tour.

 

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Camping on Little Pigeon River Makes Up for Being Canceled by Our RV Park on the Mighty Mississippi – Which Flooded Her Banks This Year – Here We Are on Another Riverbank – Enjoying the View –

We arrived yesterday at 4:00 in the afternoon. We set up our campsite. Steve handled the outside work, connecting utilities, unhooking the Jeep from the tow bar, setting up our grill, and many other related chores. I unpacked our stowed items, which means I put the coffee pot back on the counter, as well as all other items that sit out and would fly across the room as we drove if not stowed away in plastic containers. Only three containers are needed to hold such items until we arrive at our destination. The entire process takes about an hour. Today was no different.

Time to explore. The name of the park being Riverside RV Park and Resort we decided there was the hint of a river running through it. It took only moments to realize the river bank was just across the way. People were settled on the shore fishing and enjoying cool breezes and their campfires as well. I took some photos at the time, but the one you see here, I snapped this morning while the sun was shedding more light.

We were disappointed when we heard about a week before we were due to arrive at our campground on the Mississippi River that our reservation had been canceled due to flooding. In fact, it was more than a little disturbing, as my thoughts were filled with images of floating cars and people in trouble. As it turned out, we were able to reserve a spot at a land-bound campground nearby. The one that canceled us was located directly on the shore of the expanding Mississippi. The flood was not so bad as I imagined, but was only an inconvenience to the park during years of high water.

Little Pigeon River runs through Sevierville, Tennessee, a city a few miles from the Smoky Mountain National Park, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, all places of interest to tourists. We will be here only three days, so we will not be seeing very much. Our trip this year is driven by the necessity to arrive on Long Island for a June wedding, a feat which leaves not much room for long stays between Arizona and New York. Nevertheless, we are having fun and living the life.

Carol Ann Hoel
Author, Buddy for David
Novel, Christian Fiction
Mystery, Suspense

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Growing – Learning – Believing – Confidence – Resting – Our Inheritance in Christ –

Living a better way now – taming the thoughts I think –
You ask – Why make a change – why not think the same –

Learning things I should have known raised my
Expectations in this life from good to astonishing –

Hearing the gospel preached clearly – Hearing plain
Talk – so good that people tend to doubt it’s true –

Emboldened me – thrilled me- challenged me –
Made me believe God’s Word – doubting nothing – believing in

Healing – power over spirits – strength to use authority –
Grace that conquers fear – confidence that endures confrontation –

Resting in Jesus’ work at Calvary  and knowing it’s finished –
Knowing every provision is ours by faith forever –

Grew into a way of life inspired by new perspective –
Why should I settle for less – This is our inheritance in Christ –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 13, 2017

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Beautiful Day to Travel on Interstate 40 through New Mexico – Albuquerque Was Our Next Stop – All Was Well until It Wasn’t – The Jeep Would Not Start – AAA to the Rescue – But Our Trouble Was Not Over Yet –

Steve and I have been traveling since April 17. We headed north for Flagstaff, Arizona, and it was cold. We continued west to Holbrook, Arizona, and it was cold. We should have expected it, but we didn’t. We were uncomfortably chilly but not dangerously so. Albuquerque was also cold, but we had something else to think about: Getting the Jeep operating again!

An AAA mechanic came to our campsite but he could not install a new battery. The problem had to do with our battery being encumbered with equipment pertaining to our tow bar. I will make a long story short. We towed our non-starting Jeep from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and then to Amarillo, Texas. Steve contacted a Jeep dealership in Amarillo, and they connected him to F/X Motors Sports, which enterprise had staff that knew how to solve the situation in a few hours. Success!

Now we are camped in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We appreciate the blessing of having our Jeep that runs again. Instead of remaining in our campground with a dead battery, we went to Bricktown, an entertainment district in Oklahoma City. We walked along the canal among all the other people having a good time. We snapped a few photos and walked back to Bricktown Brewery, where we enjoyed beer and pizza.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Bricktown Canal.

Carol Ann Hoel
Author, Buddy for David
Novel – Suspense – Faith

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Our 2017 Tour Begins But in Slow Motion – We Rose Early – First a Fuel Stop – Then a Propane Fill Stop – Arrived Safely at Flagstaff KOA 5:30 PM –

Up the mountain, down the mountain, up the mountain, down the mountain. This is what it seems like to me traveling on I-17 North to Flagstaff, Arizona. I’m not a mountain enthusiast, but I’m determined to get to our destination in spite of roads that wind through steep terrain. Steve is not afraid of mountains. Chelsea, our Bichon Frise, doesn’t seem to mind them either. She is invigorated by finding a new park to explore on her daily walk. She stops at every stump and stone to smell them. If they pass whatever test she is performing, she pees on them. Ha!

We got up at 5:30 a.m. this morning and did not arrive at our destination until 5:30 p.m., and it was only 172 miles away. We had much to do to pack all the things we accumulated over the winter months. We also had to stop at Camping World to fill our propane tank for the inside stove, or so we thought. As it turned out the tank was half full, and I might have cooked another entire year before running out of propane gas. Steve wanted to fill up the coach with diesel at the Fry’s station, so we went there next. By this time we were hungry for lunch, and Taco Bell was on the same parking lot. How convenient. We usually have lunch at a rest stop half way to our destination. As I said, slow motion.

Better late than never. We are here and safe and sound. That is the good news. Since it is evening, we will start exploring our new surroundings tomorrow.

Carol Ann Hoel
Buddy for David, Novel
Suspense, Faith

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Chelsea – Pet Bichon Frise – Puts Her Paw Down – Demands Her Daily Portion of People Food – But Should We Give It to Her – Would You – We Do – Then We Don’t – Then We Do Again –

Little Chelsea, the bravest Bichon Frise I know, out for her evening walk, trails behind Steve. She has her good days, many in fact, but she has her bad days, too. Fifteen years of woofing and doing doggy stuff has worn her out.

Chelsea does not complain, at least not about her waning strength. This she deals with as necessary. What she really hates is being deprived of her portion of our food. If she doesn’t get it, she lets us know how sharply she disapproves. She begs, whines, and barks. She turns her big black pleading eyes on us until we give in. Chelsea has kidney stones, the kind that only surgery can help, but at her age, an operation would not be wise. She has done well for a pooch with problems. Along with kidney stones, she has a deteriorating disc in her neck. Additionally, she suffers from digestive trouble. We think that people food may be the cause of those episodes, so we encourage her to eat doggy food, the dry kind. She eats it reluctantly and only if all her efforts to make us give her people food have failed.

Some of our friends are silent on the subject, while others speak up for Chelsea, telling us they think she should eat what she wants at her age and be happy. We have withheld people food for a time, and we thought she did a little better, fewer episodes. Yet, she still had episodes. We would give her a little people food again, and she would love it! She would be happy! When she gets sick and lies on her bed most of the day, we wonder if we should deprive her again.

Chelsea’s longtime kidney stones caused her a bladder infection only once, which antibiotics took care of swiftly. Her digestive flareups resolve after several hours of rest. The bad disc caused her a pinched nerve once, but she seems fine with it now. One day at a time for old Chelsea girl. She is a trooper, and we love her, our little Bichon Frise.

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Carol Ann Hoel
Author, Buddy for David
Novel, Suspense, Faith

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Booking RV Parks – Eight Day Project – Job Complete – 37 RV Parks – 6,588 Miles Driving in Our MotorHome – Everywhere We Park Is Home – Until We Move On –

 

This is my office space within the living room area of our coach. This is where I spent the better part of eight days finding and booking 37 RV parks for our year 2017 6,588 mile tour of the country.

How did I do it? Mathematics first. I divided the number of miles from one destination to the next, such as the distance from our Albuquerque park to the park we chose for Nashville, approximately 1,022 miles, by 200 (our desired distance between parks), which told me the approximate number of 200-mile trips to reach the Nashville park was 5. Then I multiplied that number by 3 (the number of days we wish to spend at each park), calculating the length of time the entire journey from Albuquerque to Nashville would require as 15 days. I determined that I needed five parks located as evenly as possible between those two destinations, an approximate distance of 200 miles apart, where we would remain three days at each one. All I had to do was find those parks and book them. I repeated this formula as needed until the entire journey was booked.

Steve provided me a huge map of the United States, which had everything we wanted except lines showing state borders. Steve improved it by adding the state lines. I made a calendar template using Excel. Steve made copies of it for each month we would be traveling. He filled in the month at the top and all the days in their proper places. These calendars became the work papers I used to mark in draft each booking and the days we would stay. This helped me not to book the same day or month twice. (It could happen. I was confused more than once as this project wore on.)

Finding decent RV parks at proper intervals along the Interstates was the most difficult part of the project. Not all RV parks are equal. Some are great, some are good, and some are not places we would want to stay. Booking was only a phone call to make once a park was chosen. Eight days – 37 phone calls.

I prepared a chart on Microsoft Excel to guide us to all our reserved RV parks. It shows the name of each park, the days booked, the number of miles from the last park, the park address, directions from the Interstate to the park, the park phone number, the full amount due for the booking, the amount of the deposit, and the amenities provided for us at the park. This document is 7 pages long with each RV park a line item. It’s finished. I can enjoy the ride.

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Carol Ann Hoel, Author
Buddy for David, Novel
Suspense, Mystery, Faith

 

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Perspective

 

Launch 2016 Tour of USA

Launch 2016 Tour of USA

Stretching ourselves again – Lord –
Leaving our comfort zone ….
How I’ve settled here –
Loving sameness –
Loving stillness –

Sometimes seeing the day we leave
Our campsite as the day
We launch our home on wheels
Headlong into
The unknown –

Stop – I say – I stand my ground –
Think from where you’ve come ….
Like a cat – nine lives – but
Really one –
Many chapters –

The end of every trail presented a
New beginning – Embrace it now –
Our Lord has been faithful –
Ever present –
Providing care –

You make me strong –
You change my point of
View – I see You
Leading us –
Keeping us –

Looking from this perspective
I see adventure rising
On the horizon of
My mind –
And heart –

I’m ready to go along
For the ride with You – Lord –
As it was last year – when You
Were here –
So this year –

No fear ….

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Carol Ann Hoel, Author
Buddy for David, Novel
Suspense, Mystery, Faith

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Luxury Campsite (well, you know, relatively speaking) – We Will Leave Mid April – Return Next Winter – Few Sites Offer as Much Area for Patio – We Will Miss This – But We Will Have FUN Doing It –

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Lots of room under our awning with shade screen. The canopy behind is also ours. We have eight lawn chairs, a long table. The Weber grill in the background is also ours. Steve grills our foods out there whenever we eat at home. (Yes, home. Home is where we park it.)

I like to sit outside on a chair to read a book on my Kindle. We have been here since November and are ready to book our 2017 tour. This time it’s complicated because we have to be on Long Island on a certain day in June. This takes more planning than it took to aim ourselves in a direction chugging along with a loose sort of plan. Many say our plan last year was anything but loose. I booked it all in advance. Still, this time we must be precise. I must map it out before starting to reserve our spots. I’ll let you know how that turns out. Steve is patiently waiting to see it happen.

winter-patio-parkingThe trunk of this grapefruit tree was painted. It’s not a Birch. The grapefruit was wonderful, but I have eaten so many from the tree that I can’t even look at a grapefruit right now.

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Carol Ann Hoel, Author
Buddy for David, Novel
Suspense, Mystery, Faith

 

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Bar Nunn – Wyoming – Birch – I Believe – Could We Have Pulled in Any Closer – Here for Only One Night – What a Beautiful Tree – I Will Always Remember –

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We left Rapid City, South Dakota, September 17, 2016. We stopped in Wyoming twice, first in Buffalo and then Bar Nunn, on our way to Colorado Springs. This beautiful birch tree is what I’ll always remember about Wyoming. We saw it in Bar Nunn. We stayed there only one night, continuing on toward our Colorado Springs destination in the morning.

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Carol Ann Hoel, Author
Buddy for David, Novel
Suspense, Mystery, Faith

 

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Colorado Springs – Garden of the Gods RV Park – View from Our Motorhome – See the Many Camping Choices – We Often See Tents and All Sorts of RV Styles – We Look Forward to Our 2017 Tour –

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We were making our way back to our Arizona winter campground. It was late September of 2016. We stayed a week in Colorado Springs and spent a few days with our good friends who live there and love it. See the mountain range behind the trees? I never cease to marvel at those mountain peaks. Mountain roads make me nervous. Steve doesn’t mind them at all.

We left Colorado at the end of the week heading south toward Las Cruces, New Mexico, where we would spend two weeks with some other friends that also own a motorhome. They met us in a campground in Las Cruces called Sunny Acres. They reserved the campsite next to ours. We celebrated so much those two weeks that sadly my waistline has not yet returned to its former state. I’m working on it. Patiently. Steadily.

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This Las Cruces campsite was larger than most. We had a carport for our jeep as well as a spacious area for Steve to erect our canopy. Behind the canopy was our patio with a table and chairs under the awning attached to the coach. Steve never tires of building our recreation areas and taking them down again as we move from one campground to another. We are thinking about our 2017 tour and feeling the urge to get on the road again.

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Carol Ann Hoel, Author
Novel – Buddy for David
Young Adult Genre – Suspense – Faith

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Winter Months Fly by – Remembering 2016 Tour – Fun – Family – Road Trips – Bugs on Windshield – Yes – Bugs On – Bugs Off –

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This photo reminds me of a less glamorous part of our road trips, bugs on the windshield. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s a surprise. Without warning a swarm of insects slams the windshield. SPLAT! Although blinded for a nano second by the collision, the event is over so quickly it seems not to have happened at all. Carnage to be washed or chiseled off the glass affirms that it really happened.

Here Steve was determined to get off every trace of bug guts from our windshield. We were camping in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at the time. We should have attended to the bug removal detail the moment we arrived, but since we had other things to do, the bug bodies dried onto the glass making the job more difficult. After washing the windshield with water, the ghosts of many insects remained. Steve marked each bug spot with an orange post-it-note so he could attend to each one expeditiously. Mission accomplished.

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Carol Ann Hoel – Author
Buddy for David – Novel
Faith, Suspense, Young Adult

 

 

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Baked Ziti Cooked on the Grill – Would It Be Called Grilled Ziti – Don’t Think So – We Loved It!

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We are wintering in Arizona this year. Now that traveling is not the main thing, I am cooking again, but we do not have a conventional oven, at least not yet.

baked-ziti

Steve was craving baked ziti. He really wanted lasagna, but I thought we might be successful if we tried baked ziti first. I prepared it using the baked ziti recipe on Simply Recipes. I adjusted the ingredient amounts and put it all in a loaf pan to make baked ziti for two. I took it outside to Steve and he did his magic.

Most grills have a lid, as ours does. Steve set the temperature a little lower than usual and let it cook until the sauce was boiling. He then closed the lid for another period of time, checking it often, until the top was browned. The cooking time was 20 – 30 minutes.

It was doable. Since it turned out delicious, we may try lasagna soon. It should be impossible to cook this dish on a grill, but it worked!

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What Genre Do You Read – I Like Suspense – I Read Suspense – I Write Suspense – Buddy for David – Suspense –

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Novel: Buddy for David –

Having a child go missing would be any parent’s worst nightmare. Yet, this is what happened to the Anderod family on a clear day in July, 1994. Their eight-year-old son David disappeared. The same day their five-year-old daughter Rachel experienced something that made her unable or unwilling to speak. It seemed obvious that the two occurrences were related, but what happened to Rachel no one knew. The Anderods were as horrified as any parents would be. The sheriff of their small community in rural Ohio began an extensive search to find young David. Two kidnappers held David captive in the back of an old, black van. Frightened but strong enough to endure one day at a time, David waited…

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