Thursday, September 30, 2004

Buckhorn RV Park ... Day 2 ... Meet and Greet happened last night. We brought our own meat for BBQing and the rest, yum, was furnished all the way through peach or apple cobbler ala mode. Way to start! Jim, Royal and Ed all from Motosat arrived just in time to eat. They are excited to share with us all the new stuff.

My DataStorm friends, Suzie Richardson and Gary Gruber, from Santa Fe arrived late afternoon. They are parked two coaches over, neighbors. Suzie and I discovered each other online earlier this summer and so we looked forward to meeting up. We are sisters. Ah, the world is full of sisters. And Gary could be called a brother. Yes, the world is full of brothers, too

Together we met up with John and Kim from Brentwood (east Contra Costa County in the SF Bay Area). John is a retired firefighter and Kim is a retired landscape architect. They are here in their 5th wheel to learn about fulltiming with a DataStorm and possibly buying one. These boomers know how to retire early. Both couples spend a lot of time in Mexico doing things like language imersion classes, and art, and, well, learning.

The five of us spent the entire time talking together and, poof, it was time to go to bed. Well, time flies when you're having fun. And, John and Kim are parked right across the street.

This is the view of the office from my site. John and Kim are parked just to the right off camera. I took this picture before I knew that it was John and Kim parked nearby.

And the windmill is lit up after dark ....

I am hoping that someone will climb the hill across the street and get a night picture collectively of our "blue lights." Each DataStorm has a blue light when raised in the air, and it's kinda fun to see them all together, a sight only to behold at a rally, such as this.

This is early morning and classes begin at 9:00. I am making a several day supply of oatmeal and the water boiled dry while my head was here. So starting over. It's steel cut oats and they need to cook for 30 minutes. But, oh, so good! More later.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Buckhorn Lake RV Resort .... Day 1 ... Settling in ...

The grand entrance.

The earlybirds. My satellite is on the far right, second coach in.

The earlybirds gathered last night for a potluck supper, yum. Somebody had chicken and pork fajitas brought in and the gang furnished all the side dishes. I scrounged up an organic watermelon which blended in just swell. First I met the co-chair people.

Here's Charlene and George Campbell. They live in Charleston, So. Carolina and winter in San Diego. They drive from coast to coast and back at least once a year. This year it will be twice, egads. Click on their name above to see their website and their fabulous organ grinders.

And here's Sheryl and John Prather. They call this place "home"
and do workamping while here.

George, while checking out my camera, took a shot at me.
My flash does not go off when it is getting dark, and so my
pictures are darker than I'd like. And, no, that option is not
on my camera, the one where I can override with flash. The
things you eventually learn about your camera.

I had my hair cut the day before leaving. Oh, well.

The windmill is a centerpiece of the park and is located in
front of ...

... the Red Barn, where all of our activities will take place once
we get going on Thursday morning.

I went to downtown Kerrville, [population 20,000] 7 miles. Nice town. Spotted a nail place and stopped in for a pedicure. Found Curves, only they were closed for their afternoon nap. Drove around to get oriented, found IHOP, had a sandwich and came home. San Antonio is one hour away by freeway, the same distance that I am from Albuquerque, hmm-m-m.

My refrigerator (2nd one, 11 months old) seemed ill and so had the mobile RV doctor out, who
said, "Yep," and ordered parts and said he would be back some time this week. This one is still under warranty, so we shall see what happens next.

Mt. St. Helens is making rumbles and the candidates are preparing for their presidential debate number one.

A nice thought for the day:

"The choice between love and fear is made every moment in our hearts and minds. That is where the peace process begins. Without peace within, peace in the world is an empty wish. Like love, peace is extended. It cannot be brought from the world to the heart. It must be brought from each heart to another, and thus to all mankind. " --Paul Ferrini

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Kerrville, Texas .... just a quick note to say that I arrived safely this afternoon at my first destination this trip, Kerrville TX. My first time driving in and through the Texas Hill Country and because of all the rain, it truly is a beautiful spot. (Never thought I could say something good about Texas) Because of the altitude of 1700 feet, this area seems to escape the humidity problem. This is also a very gorgeous RV park! The rally begins on Thursday (this is Sun.,) but there is lots to explore. Tonight there were probably 20 people at a community potluck, folks already here. It's fun to be early rather than late. Nice people. It's also 11:20 p.m. so g'nite.

Thank you to my angels, guides and teachers for the safe trip ... the time just flew on by. Sirius radio helps.

Ft. Stockton, Texas ... well, how did we get here? Driving, of course, from Belen on my way to Kerrville, Texas, to meet up with the DataStorm Users group rally. Sorry there are no posts since Sept. 13th, my baby's 47th birthday, ahem ... he had a grand celebration up there in Evanston WY ... but I needed to stay on focus in order to leave on time on Sept. 24th, which I did, hooray.

My first night out was in Roswell NM. A big surprise there at how big that town is ... is it a city? There aren't any pictures of the landscape ... it's all flat and the road straight arrow. There was one helluva rain storm in the night which lowered my TV satellite automatically ... but that's okay, it was time to go to sleep anyway. The office of the RV park where I stayed was selling alien rings for 25 cents and had little alien blow-up images swinging in the wind from the rafters. I was informed of an important UFO Museum in town, but passed that by in order to press ahead and get out of NM to make me believe that I was really on the road.

I arrived here at the KOA in Ft. Stockton early enough to practice getting my big satellite up, since it's been 3 months since I've had to fiddle with it. I had some doubts as to whether I would remember everything. Well, it went straight up and all went well except it wouldn't clear, or pass whatever it has to pass. So I had to make a call for help and was reminded that I needed to clear my modems, probably, and that did the trick. So am happily sending and receiving to my heart's content, loverly.

The calculations say that I have 241 miles to go to Kerrville, maybe I'll be there by tonight. Am on I-10 and Kerrville seems to be there, too. I am early by plan so I can rest and relax in one place and absorb all I need to and then I will feel ready to move on, which will be to leave Kerrvile next Sunday, one week from today, and make a mad race to Nashville to attend the Young Living Essential Oils convention. Will meet up there with friend Marilyn Brodhurst.

Speaking of Marilyn, she called last night from Chatanooga TN at the RVing Women's convention and guess what? We are going to travel together for 34 days with Fantasy Tours through Baja CA leaving San Diego on February 21st. She talked me into it. That got my motor running, hehe. Fantasy Tours is the group I/we toured with in Mexico and the Copper Canyon one year ago, same leaders and tailgunners. What a delight that was. This will be 20 rigs and 40 or so women. So stay tuned. I promise pictures soon.

A thought for today:

"There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment" -- Malcolm Hein

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Goodness gracious! I'm still here, alive and well. Just checking in with you, and me, and now I don't know how to catch up. Nicolas and Elizabeth were here for a day or so at the turn of the month and the time since then has been ... well ... I just don't know where the time has gone. Well, first is N and E in front of the Luna Mansion, where we went for a lovely meal.

Met Betts and Gary and Gina, all California friends and dowsers, sharing bread ...

We spent the better part of the day exploring our beautiful mesa, and then before you know it, the visit was over and off they went back to California.

This past week involved rounding up the troops to attend various meetings and a workshop regarding our invalid zoning ordinance here in Valencia County. Almost too much politics for me, what with all the razzmatazz going on with the national campaign for president, egads.

Today's email brought a welcome message from Suzanne Keehn, a wonderful friend in California, and SHE is starting a new political party, the Centrust Party, based on John English's recent book entitled "The Shift - An Awakening." I signed on. Never got in on the beginning of a political party before, hehe.

So it's time to go in the house and prepare to attend our community meeting today, starting with a potluck at noon. So at least I showed up today to keep this blog alive and hopefully next time will be sooner than almost two weeks .

It is now 13 days and counting until shove off time (circa Sept. 24th) headed for Kerrville, Texas, and the DataStorm rally. Til next time ....