September 30 – October 2, 2016

We are home this weekend. We had reservations but Beth wanted to participate in a craft show at church on Saturday so we canceled the reservations. I worked late on Friday night. Bunge, the company I work for, sponsors Safety Days at local schools. I stayed to help pack backpacks for an upcoming safety day. It was really a lot of fun. That evening, after I got home, Brian came over and power washed the railing on the deck in preparation for painting it. Beth and I left for a bit to take a table over to church for her craft display.

Saturday morning Beth got up and went over to church. I watched a little TV and then went to Menard’s to get some parts to fix a leaking toilet. Stopped at church to see how Beth was doing (not good) and then headed home. I got distracted by updated the FCRV MSCA web site and also updating the blog.

On Sunday we went over and got some paint for the desk railing and also some wood to replace a few of the boards in the deck. Spent quite a bit of the day working on the boards. Not easy to do when the screws don’t want to come out of the old boards. But we will get them… eventually.

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LVL – September 23 – 25, 2016

We spent this weekend at LVL. We got a good start but still arrived after dark. Beth took me up to the storage area so I could take the MH to the site while she went to registration and checked us in. I got up to the site and backed in without too much problem until I went around to where we hook up the water and electric and found about an inch of water on the ground. I had reported a leak the last two times we were on the site but nothing had been done. When Beth came up I showed her the issue so she went back down to see if we could move. She texted the new site to me so I moved it down two sites. By this time it was really dark but I put out a couple of LED lights on the edge of the patio and used that to back in. We finally got set up and went to sit by the fire for a while.

Saturday we got up and began to wash the camper. The awnings took most of the morning. The big awning and the two over the slides did not get washed in the spring so they were quite dirty. Got them looking very good. We took a break to eat and also went down to Gentry Hall to a Wings of Love show. It was very interesting. They had an eagle owl there. Looks very much like a great horned owl but bigger. They had if fly around the hall to show how silent it is. The rest of the birds could have drowned out any sound if it was making any. They didn’t like this large predator bird flying around. After the show we went back and washed the rest of the MH. Looks good. The next time we are camping we are going to wax as much of it as we can. Saturday evening we went down to the lodge patio for fireworks. The fireworks were in celebration of the 32nd year of the resort.

We got up Sunday morning and broke camp and headed for home. It was supposed to rain and also get hotter so we wanted to get home before it rained. Had a good weekend even though it was only a two day weekend this time.

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September 16 – 18, 2016 – Hidden Valley Outfitters – Lebanon MO

Friday morning we got up and headed to Lebanon MO for a chapter campout. This was a campground called Hidden Valley Outfitters. We had planned to go down on Thursday evening but Beth had a retirement thing to go to and considering it was a 3 1/2 hour drive we decided to go down on Friday morning. We had quite a bit of rain on the drive down. The sites on the campground are all level but the trees were just planted so it was essentially all sunshine lots. Friday afternoon the campground manager came around and told us that we should be ready to evacuate if the water kept coming up in the river. It had rained all day and there was concern that the campground might flood. Most of the group went to a restaurant at Bennet Springs State Park. They had an all you can eat buffet. We there about 1/2 hour and one of the members got a call from the campground stating that they were closing the campground and we should evacuate. We quickly finished what we had on our plates and headed back. We got the motor home ready to roll and about that time the manager came around and talked to the group and said that there was a misunderstanding and that we did not have to leave – just be prepared. We decided to stay. We put the jacks down, hooked up the electrical and put the bedroom slide back out. Since it had stopped raining the group sat out for quite a while and talked. I made several trips down to the river and could tell that the water was dropping.

When we got up on Saturday the skies were clear and the weather was beautiful. Beth and I and another couple decided to drive to Bennet Springs State Park. We looked at the gift store, checked out the campground, the trout hatchery and finally went to the springs. It was an interesting visit to the park. From there we drove into Lebanon and ate dinner and then went to the Case Knife store and finally to a candy store and antique store. Saturday evening ended with a pitch in dinner followed by a campfire.

Sunday morning we took the motor home back to LVL since we would be there the following weekend and then spent some time with a couple of our camping friends. From there we drove the car home. The weekend didn’t start out too great but it turned out to be a nice weekend.

Click on this link to see pictures from the weekend.

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MSCA Fall Campout – September 9 – 11, 2016

MSCA stands for Missouri State Campers Association. This is the Missouri FCRV. Since Beth and I are 2nd Vice Presidents of the association we had a very busy weekend. This means we were responsible for the planning and execution of the campout. The campout was about an hour from the storage lot at Lazyday Campground. This is the third year in a row the the fall campout has been at Lazyday. We left on Thursday night. Since it was close we got there in good time and got set up and relaxed in preparation for a busy weekend. We slept in on Friday morning but woke to a nice weekend. We spent part of the morning taking the campout schedule around to people that had arrived earlier in the week for the Slow Travelers campout. The Slow Travelers are the Missouri Retirees chapter. They usually have their spring and fall campouts coincide with the state campout. For lunch we drove into Montgomery City with a group of about 10 people and ate lunch at Oliver’s on Sturgeon. We ate here last year and it was very good so we went there again. I had a breaded tenderloin sandwich and it was huge. Really, really huge.

Friday evening we had a potluck followed by card bingo. The turnout was good and everyone had a lot of fun.

Saturday morning started with a breakfast prepared by the Slow Travelers. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice. Yummy. Breakfast was followed by a board of directors meeting and that was followed by the general membership meeting. Beth and I were reelected as 2nd Vice President. No surprise since we were unopposed. After the meeting preparation began for the Chinese auction. At 2:00 there was a hospitality put on by the Pitch ‘N Pull chapter. They are celebrating their 50th year as a chapter. A presentation was made to one of their members who is a founding member and has been a member of FCRV for 50 years also. Following the hospitality the talent portion of the teen queen contest was held. After that there was nothing going on until about 4:30 when we started cooking burgers and hot dogs for the evening meal. After a great meal the evening gown portion of the teen queen contest was held, followed by the crowning of the teen queen. That was then followed by a first person presentation by Jan Repart who does Civil War reenacting as a Civil War nurse. It was really interesting. Finally, after her presentation be held the Chinese Auction and called it a day. It was a busy day and we were worn out.

Sunday began with a devotional service held by Beth along with a hymn. After the service we loaded up the canned goods and paper products that we collected and took them to the church in Montgomery City. This is the second year in a row that we have done this community service event and given to this church. For lunch most of the members went to the Senior Center in Montgomery City for an all you can eat chicken. It was quite good. When we left there we went back to the campground, closed up the camper and headed for home. It was an enjoyable weekend but it certainly was busy.

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Labor Day Weekend

We spent Labor Day Weekend at LVL. It was a quiet weekend even though the resort was crowded. We really did not do a great deal other than on Sunday evening we went down to the bandstand for a while and listened to Hillbilly Authority. They were quite good. They played current country and in many cases sounded very much like the original artists. We stayed for about 1/2 hour or so and then went back to the campfire.

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May 6, 7 and 8 – Jordan’s graduation

Yep. I just entered the WABAC machine. On Friday, May 6, we headed for Fort Wayne. Our SIL, Jordan, graduated that evening from IV Tech with an Associates Degree. I don’t recall the exact name but it is graphics design – at which he excels. The trip was a quick one with a return on Sunday but we did have an opportunity to make it to Mr. Coney and also to pick up a couple of dozen coney dogs from Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island Weiner Stand. Next up in our time travel is May 12 – 15 in Springfield IL.

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Update on accident we saw a few weeks ago

If you read my post about our trip to our chapter campout you may remember my comment about the accident we saw. Beth found a picture of the car on the internet. It is very fortunate that the car that was so badly damaged was unoccupied. The person driving the car that hit the unoccupied car was uninjured. Here is the article about the accident.

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Camping – LVL – August 26 – 28, 2016

We went down to LVL this weekend. Got a bit of a late start plus ran into some rain on the way down so we got there after dark. For the first time since we had this motorhome I had some trouble backing it in. The light conditions plus the rain made it very difficult to see where I was backing. But, once I got out and looked to find out exactly where I was in relationship to the concrete patio I was able to back in without any further issues. We got leveled and hooked up the electric and put out the slides and called it good. After getting that done we went over to a friends camper and spent a bit of time with them plus another couple that was also at their camper.

Saturday morning we got up and finished setting up. Had to hook up the water, the sewer and the satellite and we were done. Shortly after that I took the cooler out to dump the ice water that had melted. About the time I was done I suddenly felt a couple of sharp pains in my chest close to my left arm. That was followed very quickly by a sharp pain on my right shoulder blade. I knew immediately that I had been stung. I ran off and thought I had left them behind. I slowing went back to the camper door – watching closely for any sign of bees – and went inside. I went back to the bedroom to take off my shirt to see the damage and felt a pain in my right leg just above the knee. I knocked that bee off and STOMPED on it. Beth told be to come out to the living area and she would check for any others on me. About the time I got there I had a pain on the top of my head towards the back. I knocked that one down and smashed it with a shoe. What a way to start the day.  I went up to maintenance and told them what had happened and they said they would be right up. It was about 1/2 hour later and they showed up and found the hole in the ground. Apparently the yellow jackets didn’t like the ice water running in their home. Maintenance said they would come up after dark and burn them out. I spent most of the day in the camper. I guess I was a bit gun shy. Plus it was really hot and humid. After it was dark maintenance showed up and poured about 1/2 gallon of gasoline in and around the hole. He let it soak in and then torched it. It burned for about 5 minutes. He said to watch the next morning and let them know if we saw any.

Sunday morning, after breakfast, we put a new map on the MH. It shows all the states in which we have camped. When we finished that we closed up the camper and headed for home. We hope to fill in a few more of those empty states as soon as we retire.

Camping Map

Camping Map

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Chapter campout – Big Creek RV Park

It has been a while since I have posted. I will try to catch up but decided to post the more current stuff and work backwards so that I remember the current stuff better.

We left for a chapter campout after work on August 18. According to the GPS this was going to be about a 2 1/2 hour drive (with traffic). We got started rather late in the evening but that did help some with the traffic issue. The roads were good but we had some road construction. At one point on MO 221 we saw a bunch of red and blue lights ahead of us. There were fire trucks, ambulances, wreckers and police cars. As we approached we were waved through by a fireman. Looking off to the right we saw the car that was involved in the accident – or at least the front half. The back half was missing. We don’t know what happened to it. There was an outer road that was quite a bit lower than the road we were on and it is possible the rest of the car was down there since there were lights there also but we could not see anything. I can’t imagine what would have happened to tear a car into two pieces. It was frightening and we both said a quick prayer for the occupants. By the time we got to Big Creek it was dark but the owners live at the park so they met us and told us where the site was located. It was a pull through which helped. Several of our camping friends came over and helped by holding the lights for us. We got set up and visited for a while and then went to bed.

Friday was a day of relaxation. Several other camping families arrived and we spent time visiting. Friday evening we went with another couple into Arcadia to Thee Abbey. We had eaten here before but only for lunch. The food was quite good but shortly after we sat down they started some entertainment. It was two guys singing and although they were good they were also too loud. We were actually glad when our meal was done so we could leave. Plans were made with the rest of the group to have lunch there on Saturday.

Saturday morning we slept a bit longer than intended so we had a late breakfast. However, we did go with the rest of the group to Thee Abbey for lunch. Since we were not real hungry we ordered a cinnamon roll sundae. It was a pecan roll with two large scoops of ice cream covered with whipped cream and nuts. We could not finish all of it but made a valiant effort and took the rest back to the camper. We also bought a couple of rolls to take along home.

Cinnamon roll sundae

Cinnamon roll sundae

There were several activities at campground that we would have liked to have participated in but by the time we got back the first one was done. However, Beth did go and play candy bar bingo. She didn’t win anything though. That evening the group got together for a pot luck dinner. Quite a few people brought their left overs from lunch. After we ate we sat around a camp fire. It was great weather for a campfire – cool and not windy. It was a great time to meet two new families that camped with us for the first time and both of them joined our chapter and FCRV.

Sunday morning we got up and decided that since it was cool we would break camp and head for home instead of waiting until it go hot. It was a good drive home. We took the MH over to storage and spent the rest of the day continuing our weekend of relaxation.

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State Campout

Before I get to the state campout let me update you on my knee. As I stated earlier it was quite sore at campvention planning in Shawnee OK but nothing I couldn’t handle. Then later that week by the end of the day it was so sore I could barely walk on it. I called Beth and asked her call the doctor and make an appointment for me. The earliest she could get the appointment was on the following Tuesday. Because it was so sore she went to Walgreens and rented some crutches for me. I was concerned that something major was wrong and that I would damage it by walking on it. We left on Friday morning for the campground in Osceola MO for the state campout. It was an uneventful trip. Beth drove quite a bit of the way because my knew started to hurt again. When we got there to set up we had plenty of help. There was a lot I couldn’t do. This was our second state campout we planned. The theme for the weekend was baseball. Friday evening started out with a pitch in. Saturday morning we had a business meeting. After lunch people started bringing in their stuff for the Chinese auction and door prizes. Dinner was again a potluck. After we ate we ate we had the Chinese auction. This was followed by a trivia game (many of which were baseball questions) and that was followed by a baseball movie (Moneyball). The movie was not well attended so I don’t think we will do a movie again. Sunday morning Beth (our state chaplain) held a devotion and we headed home.

On Tuesday I went to see that doctor and he sent me for x-rays on my knee. I didn’t find out anything until the following Thursday  but I continued to use the crutches the rest of the week. On Thursday I had a call from the doctor’s office that the x-rays showed that there was nothing broke. The x-rays only showed an inflammation. I started taking ibuporfin for the inflammation, a compression wrap and keeping it elevated when I could. By this time my knee was good enough that I could begin walking on it.  On Friday, May 6, we headed to Fort Wayne for Jordan’s graduation from IV Tech. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications. Saturday was spent with the kids (mostly outside). That evening we went to Mr. Coney. We left from there and headed back to the hotel with a stop at Coney Island to get dogs and chili to take home. Again, an uneventful drive. I did take the crutches along but did not use them while in Fort Wayne. My knee continues to improve. Still sore after I sit for a while but definitely improving. Next report will be on our first chapter campout in Springfield IL.

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