California Relaxin

While camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California

Walking Update: Kevin and I have been walking 2-3 miles most days. This campground is almost 1 mile around the perimeter. One of the main things we look for in a campground is a walking area.

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Kevin and I were walking around the park one night on labor day weekend and we noticed a Rock n Roll band playing at the pool area. We stayed for a few songs. The usual preschoolers danced around in front of the band. The music was good. The night was pleasant. It was a good treat for us.

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Kevin joined the Elks at the end of April this year in Texas. I have spouse privileges. That means I have all the benefits but I can’t vote and attend a meeting. It’s a good deal for us. We have been having a nice time visiting different Elks lodges for RVing, Elks pins, meals, fundraisers, good conversation and some good camaraderie with other Elks.

Its been so hot in Southern California we haven’t been able to do much outside so Kevin and I headed over to the Lake Elsinore Elks Lodge #2591 for lunch. The lodge was burned down a few years ago. The new lodge is nice.

We were given a tour of the new lodge by a fellow Elks member. The new lodge has a good size dance floor, nice lounge, kitchen, rv hook ups and great club sandwiches. The rv hook ups are next to the lodge. They’re located on a black top with electric/water hook ups. There was plenty of room to camp the day we visited the lodge for lunch.

Our daughter came over after school for dinner, a game & a 2-mile walk. We had a salad & two slices of cantaloupe then walked around the park. Our daughter Katie and I joined weight watchers together so we will have many of these walks & weight watcher meals together.  We had an unexpected visitor on our walk. We saw a snake.

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It looks like a Western Diamond Back. I could be wrong. If you know what kind of snake this is then leave a comment below. We had a nice visit even with the snake interrupting our family walk.

The Hemet Elks Lodge has a lunch a few times a week. The lodge is new looking. They have an outside area with places to sit under the shade. There is no RV parking at this lodge.

They gave us two Elks Lodge pins & a donut for free. The lodge members were getting ready for the weekly evening bingo night.  A few of the members took the time to chat with us. We had some good conversations with the members here.

Happy RVing!

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Traveling to Southern California

While staying at Keizer Elks Lodge in Oregon we saw the solar eclipse. We were in the totality for the eclipse. It was well worth the wait to see it. Kevin & I walked around looking at the sky for a moment without our solar glasses. If I was more of a word smith I could articulate the experience better. I can say that God sure made a beautiful sky.

 

While traveling to Southern California for the Fall/Winter we stopped at several Elks lodges.

Our first stop was Red Bluff Elks Lodge in California. We stayed one night there. The bartender made us feel welcome in their lodge. The RV area was too close to the freeway. We had too much freeway noise at night but the pull thru was a welcome sight after a long drive. We paid $15.00 a night here.

 

Our next stop was Placerville Elks Lodge in California. We paid $20.00 a night for 30 amps electric & water. Our site didn’t have direct tv satellite reception. The secretary/bartender is very friendly. She did a good job of making us feel welcomed.

 

Next, Atascadero Elks Lodge in California. They have a separate entrance for the RV camping area. The camping information is located in a kiosk at the campground. The RV camp area has 50amps, full hook ups, dirt/gravel site, good Verizon internet with our jetpack and good direct tv satellite reception in site 2. The Elks members invited us to sit with them at dinner on Thursday night at 6. We had a good conversation with a few members that night. We paid $25.00 a night. Hearst Castle is 45 minutes away. Good Lodge!

 

While camping at Atascadero Elks Lodge in California

Firestone Brewery Tour in Paso Robles

 

Kevin and I  learned about beer. The tour consisted of 4 people and our beer educator. We paid $10.00 each for a tour, 4 beer samples, a glass tasting souvenir, and a bottle opener. The beer 805 is made at this brewery. I took notes so I know what kinds of beer to order next time we go out to eat.

Templeton Farmers Market opens on Saturday at 9:00 am. I was surprised by the amount of veggie, fruit & meat vendors. The samples are plentiful here. We bought a ambrosia cantaloupe, basil, beef steak tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, spinach, zucchini, grapes, and blackberries. This picture below is our farmers market haul.

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Happy RVing!

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Camping in one spot-Thursday

Camping in one spot-Thursday

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”  ~Author Unknown

Keeping it simple

It was a quiet day today. We made smoothies for breakfast and then we walked a 3k around the campground. We had a second cup of coffee then started to organize the outside storage bay of the day. This is our biggest storage bay to organize. Our goal is to organize one storage bay a day.

Geocaching

Kevin found a few containers for geocaching in the compartment we organized today. We’re making a letterbox stamp geocache with plenty of room for travel bugs. A letterbox stamp geocache has a stamp inside with a log book for stamping. We could cross list the letterbox geocache with letterboxing.org. We haven’t found the perfect place for the geocache yet. I’ve been looking into all the rules in placing your own geocache on geocaching.com. I made us tea with some fresh spearmint leaves and we had lunch. Kevin played a video game on the tv inside while I read my book outside.

Organizing Inside

I reorganized the storage under the bed after lunch with Kevin’s help. I have a list of all the things under the bed now. I’m hoping to keep the list updated throughout the year. 🙂 My last year’s list worked out okay but I had to organize the under bed storage a few times last year to keep things up to date.

Relaxing Time

Kevin and I floated in the pool on our noodles and did some jacuzzi time today. There was a group of men hanging out in the pool talking about the weather and their travels. They were a friendly bunch. Later, we watched our usual youtube videos and Kevin warmed up the left over spaghetti for dinner. I stir fried mushrooms, onions, spinach and a couple of shrimp to go on top. We had yogurt and fruit for dessert while watching tv, reading books, playing words with friends and trivia crack.

Happy RVing!

Camping in one spot-Wednesday

Camping in one spot-Wednesday

 “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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This picture is of Menifee Lakes on our volksmarch today.

Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California for the holidays

Walking

It wasn’t raining today so we did a 5k volksmarch in Menifee Lakes. The host of the volksmarch is The Low Desert Roadrunners. The volksmarch starts in a Ralphs parking lot in Menifee, CA. We saw views of Menifee Lakes on the volksmarch and passed our daughter Katie’s college Mt San Jacinto Community College Menifee Campus. Katie is working towards her RN degree. After, the volksmarch we stopped at It’s a Grind for a coffee and split an everything bagel with a great deal of cream cheese on it. 🙂

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Cleaning the RV

In the afternoon we cleaned out one of the outside compartments in the rv. We’re going to slowly clean out the outside RV compartments this week one at a time. Kevin and I relaxed in the pool on our noodles this time we had the pool to ourselves.

Visiting with Katie

Katie came over for dinner after school. Her car air filter needed replacing so Kevin helped her with it. Its ready to be placed in the car she just needs to put it in when it dries. I made low smart point fajitas and Kevin steamed some corn.We all went on a walk in the campground, some of the rvers have good Halloween decorations at their campsite. I enjoy looking at the decorations in the campground during the holiday season on our walks.

Late Evening

Kevin and I watched Aftermath on tv, read our books, played words with friends & trivia crack. Thats what a day in this retired rver’s life is like. We like our lifestyle and hope to continue with it for many years.

Happy RVing!

 

Camping in one spot-Saturday

Camping in one spot-Saturday

“Walking is a cheap, fun, safe and acceptable exercise.” – Annie Taylor

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The American Flag & US Army Veteran Flag flying high at our campsite.

Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California for the holidays.

Saturday

Walking

Kevin and I did a 4k around the campground for our morning walk. Our fellow campers were out walking their dogs, jogging and starting their day. I saw a hawk flying over the campground. He was a beauty.

Pool Time

The pool was refreshing today. Our fellow campers were friendly but not as talkative today at the pool. The jacuzzi was full so we passed on our spa time. There were several of us with pool noodles so one of the ladies joked that we should have pool noodle races. lol

Homemade Products

I gathered more ingredients for my homemade product recipes at Super Target. The gathering of the ingredients has been a big process because the ingredients are in several different stores. I’m going to experiment with several homemade products.

I found the lavender essential oil and sweet almond nourishing oil on sale at Super Target. My heels are cracked so I placed 1/2 a lemon on each heel then covered my heels with socks for one hour. My heels feel softer but they still need some work.

Life

Kevin and I walked our yorkie around the park. Then we watched tv and had our 80 calorie greek yogurt dessert with strawberries, blackberries and blueberries on top. I read, played friends with words and blogged before bed. Kevin read, played friends with words & played games on the computer before bed.

Happy RVing!

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Camping in one spot on Friday

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

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Camping Life on Friday at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California

Today we got stuck in traffic driving to our eye appointments in Temecula, California. I forgot my sunglasses so the sun was right in my face most of the time. The traffic took so long to clear out we missed our Starbucks coffee time before our appointments. The horror!

We decided to treat ourselves to Red Robin for lunch since our Starbucks coffee time was canceled. The rest of the day we plan to read, blog, hang out at the pool, jacuzzi and campground.

The pool and jacuzzi were wonderful. We floated on our retirement noodles and had a great conversation with several interesting people at the pool. We met a man that traveled in the Oregon & Washington Thousand Trails this Summer just like we did. Also, a women that was just fun to talk to.  Great Conversation! Great Pool Time!

For dinner, we had stir fry vegetables with shrimp. Also, corn steamed in the pressure cooker.

Happy RVing!

Life in one spot-Thursday

Life in one spot-Thursday

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air, mountains, tree, people. I thought: this is what it is to be happy.” –unknown author

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Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California near our family for the holidays

Daily Life

We picked up our general delivery mail today at the Sun City, California post office. Inside our mail was our absentee voter ballots from Texas. Kevin gets excited about voting. I do too. To make a difference in who will be in charge of our country is exciting. I urge everyone to vote. Make a difference!

Kevin needed to fix our rv flag pole so we drove over to the local Lowes. He bought a new battery operated drill for $50.00. I bought two useful herbs to replace my wilted ones on the kitchen counter.

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We now have one spearmint herb for teas & mojitos and one cilantro herb for omelets & southwestern dishes.

I made homemade liquid hand soap. It feels soft on our hands but it has to be shaken each time we use it. I like it even if I need to shake it everytime I use it.

Walking

Kevin and I did a 5k volksmarch in Sun City, California today. The volksmarch is hosted by the Low Desert Roadrunners. Its a residential volksmarch. The houses were all immaculately mowed. The streets were clean. The residents friendly. Its a 5k or 10k volksmarch in a retirement community. The volksmarch is called Sun City Residential. I’m happy to be volksmarching again.

Happy RVing!

Our Volksmarching Adventures