While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee
Tick Removal: Kevin saw a tick on our Yorkie Joey. The tick buried its head into Joey’s neck. Kevin and I took turns holding the dog and gently removing the tick from his neck. Our Yorkie was glad to have the tick removed. It was gross. We bought tick medicine for him afterward, I wish we had bought it sooner. I was told the campground was sprayed for ticks. I found two ticks during our stay. I don’t want to think about how many more ticks would be in the area if thousand trails staff hadn’t sprayed.
New Pans: Kevin and I are trying the new copper pans from Walmart. He bought a flat pan for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, bacon and using on his bbq outside. I bought a 9.5-inch pan for cooking veggies and heating chicken for fajitas. The copper pans are working out so far, only time will tell how sturdy they are.
Plenty of open camping sites here but not many big rig sites
Walking: Kevin and I entered the Goal Day 2017 for Fitbit. Our Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps or 4 miles today. I’ve changed my Fitbit strategy. We saw two American Robins on our walk this morning. Kevin and I both reached our Daily Fitbit Goal today.
Next, Camping at Natchez Thousand Trails in Tennessee.
- American Robin
- Chipping Sparrow
- Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (new life lister)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker (new life lister)
Camping at our Elks Lodge in Texas
This is our camping site at the Grapevine Elks Lodge. We pay $20.00 a night. We have electric & water hook-ups and plenty of social opportunities. The lodge has a drawing & meal on Wednesday nights. Thursday nights is Karaoke nights @ 7. Friday night is a nice dinner & dancing.
Kevin and I attended the Wednesday night meal. It was chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta, 2 different salads, and 2 different desserts. The volunteers were friendly and helpful. I’m happy to be part of this lodge.
Grapevine Elks Lodge #2483
Lodge #2483 began in 1971 in Hurst, Texas. Kevin and I were given a tour of the lodge when we joined. The kitchen area looks clean and efficient. The dance floor looks like fun. A new outside area was recently added. It looks like a good place to relax with a drink or meal outside.
Members Only Park
Wonder what is cooked here
Places to relax during an event
Members only park
This is the members-only park we have access to. Joey (our yorkie) likes to sniff at everything in the park. lol
If the weather is nice Kevin found a few places we could go on our morning walk up the street. I’m involved in several Fitbit challenges this week. I love it! It keeps me accountable. My daily goal is 10,000 steps a day.
Overall, the Grapevine Elks Lodge is a great place to join the elks. The location is near the Globe Life Park in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play baseball. The lodge is military veteran friendly. Kevin and I both served in the Army. The members are friendly. Whenever we enter the lodge a member takes a moment to talk. I’m very happy with our membership here.
While camping at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails in Texas.
Kevin and I visited Livingston, Texas its about 1 hour from Lake Conroe Thousand Trails. We saw the Escapee RV Club Headquarters. The staff let us see our mail box and gave us a tour of the mail processing area.
We also filled out paperwork for a library card at the Livingston Library. We can check out ebooks from the library while we travel.
Exercise: I’m still loving my Fitbit. My goal is 10,000 steps most days.
While camping at Medina Lake Thousand Trails in Texas
I saw so many deer at this park. The deer walked into our campsite several times.
Site Seeing: We saw the Alamo and the River Walk in San Antonio Texas. Kevin and I walked the whole river walk loop then had lunch.
Birding: We added the Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal and Black-crested Titmouse. We also added Egyptian Geese to our bird list. There are two of them here at the park.
Exercise: We’re walking 2-3 miles a day at Medina Thousand Trails.
Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand trails in Menifee, California.
Movie- We saw A Dog’s Purpose this week. I cried at this movie. If your an animal lover you will like this movie.
Walking- I’ve been using my Fitbit everyday. My goal to make 10,000 steps a day or more. I reach my goal most days but its a challenge. The Fitbit is a great walking tool for me. The challenges with others have been motivating me to do better.
Birding- On our walks, we’ve seen a Red-tailed hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Canadian Geese, American Coots and Great-tailed Grackle.
Overnight spot at the shop
Camping-Kevin and I are back at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails. We had a tough time finding a good camping spot. Finally, a friendly camper offered us his spot. We waiting 2 hours for him to leave. It was his first camping trip. It was worth the wait. The spot has afternoon shade, its clean and friendly neighbors. Also, the view is a nice slice of the sky.
Maintenance– We brought the rv into Temecula Valley RV to put new brake pads on. Also, the sumo springs came loose so we had those fixed too. The work was done quickly but our appointment was early in the morning so we spent the night in there overnight spot. Its not a bad place for a free overnight stay.
Walking– I’ve been trying to walk 10,000 steps a day. Its a challenge but its working for me. Kevin walks with me so that help.
Birding- On our walks we saw a Red-tailed Hawk, California Towhee, House Finch, House Sparrow and White-crowed Sparrow.
Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California
Fitbit Walk trying for 10,000 steps a day
Stir Fry Wok Food
Birding – We started a new bird list for 2017. This list will track our bird spotting for the year of 2017. We recently added the Great Blue Heron, Great-Tailed Grackle & the Double-Crested Cormorant to our 2017 bird list.
Healthy Eating- I received a wok for Christmas. I’ve been trying to make healthy meals with it. I’ll leave a link below.
Walking- Kevin bought me a Fitbit Charge 2 for our 25th anniversary. I’m so excited. The device tracks my heart rate, steps, miles and sleeping activity. It helps me calm my anxiety with a breathing technique. It also notifies me if I sit too long. At this point, the Fitbit Charge 2 is my new favorite toy. Kevin and I walked 15,686 steps in one day. 🙂
My Fitbit Profile. We could motivate each other.
How to Stir Fry