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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Short Timer's Attitude

Tick-tock, the clock is winding down on our time here in New Jersey with Corey, Amanda and little Anabelle.  It is hard to believe that we've been here six weeks and are in our last few days at the Naval Weapons Station Earle FamCamp.

These last few days are going to be crowded with getting ready to hit the road and of course the weather has not cooperated at all.  Buckets of rain constant high winds have pretty much stifled getting things done.

Along with the usual maintenance checks of the Journey and the Element, I wanted to get the roof washed and then the rest of the Journey, we still have that collection of bugs on the windshield from our trip up here.

It's been so windy our whole time here that I didn't dare get up on the roof, so that chore will have to wait.  I want to change the oil and filter on the Onan generator.  It is normally changed every 150 hours, this time I still have just under 50 hours left before the change is due, but I've decided to change it early because we tend to use the generator a lot when we're in our high speed travel mode, so I won't have to worry about running over or changing it on the road.  It takes 3 quarts of oil and a filter, all which I keep in stock.  Plus there is an auto shop here on the base that I can dispose of the old oil for recycling.

We are fleshing out our travel itinerary, a little loose, but enough to start booking some campgrounds.  We're departing for South Dakota on Monday, 7 May to get our drivers licenses and vehicle registrations done, as well as registering to vote (don't want to miss out on the presidential election in November).  We are going to do a visit with Marti's sister, Anne in Ohio on the way out.  

After our South Dakota business in completed, we are heading back to South Carolina with a stop in Roanoke, Virginia to meet with our financial planner to review our investments.

Pulling in to South Carolina for a ten day visit with daughter Heather's family, I hope to finally get an appointment with the VA hospital for a review of some career injuries and set up treatment.

30 May is grandson Andrew's last day of school and first day of summer vacation.  What better way to start it that head with Mimi and Pa and little brother Disney World for about eight days.  :c)

Second week of June will find us for the week at the Pirate Land campground in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Marti will be attending some courses there to maintain her nursing home administrator's license.  Me, I'll use the time to work on my tan...

We are booked for three weeks after that back up at NWS Earle campground to see little Anabelle and work our way over to Pottstown, PA to see our next incoming grandbaby, Rebekah, who will be arriving any day now to our son Ryan and DIL Amber, currently in Astoria, OR.  Ryan is transferring to Philly to a new assignment with the Coast Guard  and will be arriving after a cross country move around 11 June.  We will probably make some day trips out to see Ryan's gang from here in New Jersey until we can locate a good campground near their new home.

Second week in July will find Marti and I motorhomeless for a week.  We're leaving the Journey parked in Corey's driveway as we head north in the Element to Brant Lake in the Adirondacks of New York state for a family reunion.

The rest of July and August, we haven't decided what to do or where to go.  We are toying with the idea of attending the Gypsy Journal Rally in early September and a trip to Branson, MO toward the end of the month. 

Some other things on the horizon are the Carolina Clan reunion in early November, and a long distance thought that we'd like to spend the winter months of January and February down in Key West at the Navy base FamCamp.

Of course, most everything is subject to change.  That's why we say Semper Gumby - Always Flexible.

So if your head is spinning like ours is, a picture of little Anabelle always brings us back to reality and helps us focus on the important things in life.

Corey and Anabelle snoozing while Madison keeps watch.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


  1. After all that traveling, I think it would be totally appropriate (and smart) of you to join us for the 2nd Annual Carolina Clan Reunion. After all, it's not everyday that you can be an honorary Carolina person(s) :)

  2. Wow. I'm exhausted just reading your schedule for the year!

  3. Hmm, are you sure you are retired? You sound like you may be Re tiring yourselves out at that pace! Whew! I know it usually isn't as busy as it sounds in the plans and that you will find time to smell the roses along the way.

  4. Whew...definitely will need a 'time-out' with the Carolina Clan;o))

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails...

  5. We were just talking about where we need to go, and get back for the Carolina clan. It's just as whirlwind!

  6. Definitely try a Gypsy Journal rally. We have been to 3 and have had a great time. Wish we could go this year, but we can't. You'll have a great time! :-)
    Karen and Steve

  7. wow thats quite the line up....good for you!!! Sounds busier than

  8. I think I'm tired just reading all that!

  9. Whew! I'm with Janna, that is one tiring itinerary, but as a retired oil guy I have to thank you for all the contributions you will make to my pension plan as you whirl back and forth across the continent.

    1. Just doing our part to help you keep all those horses in shoes and oats! ;c)

  10. I hope you find time in all of your plans to enjoy the countryside you will be traveling through. :)

  11. Whew what a whirlwind!!!! But you only live once, and ya gotta do what ya wanna do... good for you!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  12. What a great picture you close with of those 3. That's a definite keeper. Glad Madison doesn't feel "displaced".

    Your plans do sound similar to the ones you did earlier before your sensible stop thanks to Annabelle. Guess it's just having to go to S.D that makes it seem like a long haul. Sure you don't just want to be Florida residents and get those Disney World Discounts since you'll seldom be west of the Mississippi with your family all in the east? Just sayin'........

    If you'd be willing to recommend your Virginia Financial Advisor, I think I sure do need one. Love to have you shoot me an email with his contacts. Or hers. :-)

  13. Agree with Sherry that is one cute picture. Wow that is a busy schedule