Author Archives: Carol Ann Hoel

About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Perspective

  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 … Continue reading

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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 –

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 … Continue reading

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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 –

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 … Continue reading

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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 –

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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. Steve was craving baked ziti. He really wanted lasagna, but I … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Why Are These Sticking to the Grill – Says My Hubby – Brush Them with Oil Before You Turn Them – Say I – Yellow Squash Sliced and Oiled – Tasty – Steve Grills – I Love It –

We have it worked out perfectly. I prepare it and Steve grills it. This time I sent him out the door with a small bowl of garlic infused oil to slather on the slices of yellow squash. This keeps it … Continue reading

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As Automated as We Are – Nothing Has Replaced Reading for Students – Acquiring Knowledge Requires Reading Skill – So How Does that Skill Develop – By Exercise – Reading a Book that Motivates a Reader to Turn the Page Will Increase Reading Skill –

Do you remember how you learned to read? I can’t say that I remember the process that started in primary school, but what I remember clearly is receiving a book to read from my parents. It was Louisa May Alcott’s … Continue reading

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Almost the End of November – Yet We Are Not on the Road – We Are Resting Up – What Do We Do – I Have Fun Cooking – Again – But I Have No Oven – Do I Need One –

How can I bake without an oven? I baked this cornbread on top of the stove in my iron skillet. The cornbread was good. Someday we may replace the dishwasher with an oven. I’ve been told there are little toaster … Continue reading

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First Tour of the United States of America Completed – We Made It Through Unscathed – We Feel Blessed and Grateful to the Lord for Success – What Was It Like – AWESOME –

We traveled 6,885 miles and camped at 35 RV parks over a period of six months. We visited family in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Michigan. Coming or going we passed through the additional states of Arizona, … Continue reading

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Could Not Resist Snapping This Amazing Sunset in Las Cruces – New Mexico – Looks Like Fire in the Sky –

I took this blazing sunset photo through the windshield of our Jeep as we drove home to our campsite in Las Cruces, New Mexico. You can see the headlights lit up on the cars. Las Cruces is a delightful city, … Continue reading

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On the Road in Iowa – Didn’t Really Want to Go There – Winnebago Tour – A Man Thing from My Perspective – One of Our Best Trips – The Tour Was Okay – But the Stay There Was Fabulous –

The second half of our trip revealed that I booked too much time on the first half. I did. I could see this fact as I attempted to book the second half. Rather than starting over, canceling, planning, and booking again, I … Continue reading

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Wyoming Is Windy – Really Windy – What Do I Like Best About Traveling – Is It Seeing Monuments or Other Unique Places – No – I Like to Explore Our Surroundings –

We arrived here early this afternoon after driving on the Interstate in Wyoming. Windy, windy, windy! We could feel the wind impact the coach as we rolled along the highway. Steve isn’t rattled by it. I would be, if I … Continue reading

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