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.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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