While camping at Seaside Thousand Trails in Oregon
Seaside Thousand Trails is one of my favorite thousand trails in Oregon. Its has clear open areas so we have good satellite reception. Our Verizon wifi works good here. We found a campsite with full hook ups by the indoor pool & spa. We can walk to the beach & movie theater from the campground.
Local Restaurants: The local breakfast place we found is Pig’s n Pancakes. It serves a variety of breakfast meals. The coffee is hot and the waitresses are friendly. We have tried the Dooger’s Seafood & Grill for Clam Chowder. I was happy with the flavoring of the clam chowder here but it wasn’t the best clam chowder I’ve tasted.
Seaside on Saturday: Saturday was busy in Seaside. The beach was filled with excited kids & hopeful parents for the beach soccer series in Seaside. The muscle cars lined the streets in downtown Seaside during the muscle car & chrome show. The local Seaside elks had a fundraiser for a fallen police officer. Saturday in Seaside was filled with things to do.
Nature Identification: I’ve spotted several wildflowers to identify. Also, we found a new bird for our life list. While on our morning walk we spotted a Caspian Tern. His orange beak and black-capped head stood out among the seagulls on the beach.
Bird Life List
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.
“It is good people who make good places.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas
This park is near Bridgeport, Texas.
This park has a 5-mile walk. It’s called the Armadillo walk. We have our Fitbit’s charged and ready to go. 🙂 My Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps a day.
We found a 30 amp site with full hook up next to the clubhouse. The street is called Hollywood Blvd. 🙂 The satellite reception and internet work well at our site. I think we’re going to have a nice quiet Easter here.
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a new find for us. The long forked tail on this bird is used it catch insects.
We applied for our elk’s membership in Texas this month. I’m excited to join the elk’s organization. If everything goes well we should be elks soon. Its good to be part of an organization that helps others. Also, the elks have RV parks all over the USA.
Finally, the seasonal Texas farmer markets are opening. I’m so excited!!!
- Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (new bird life lister for us)
- Northern Cardinal
- Northern Shoveler
- Northern Mockingbird
- Texas Verbena
- Texas Thistle
- Wine cup
Sky Watch Friday
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
“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” ~Author Unknown
Emptying out the compartment
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.
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.
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.
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.
“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California for the holidays
Today is Sunday Football day
Football Sunday Update
This means Kevin watches football games and I occupy myself with my hobbies around the campground. Kevin likes to get the crockpot out and make us spaghetti during football day. We can divide the spaghetti into several meals and freeze them. I like to use them on travels days and whenever we need a quick meal.
Sunday hobbies for Janet
While Kevin watched the early LA Rams game I took a walk around the RV park. Then I read my book for book club, blogged, watched youtube videos and fed the birds so I can snap some close-up pictures of them.
Also, I looked at my ancestry paperwork trying to unlock the mystery of my grandfather Hollister. (my dad’s dad) I don’t have much information about him. I’m hoping to learn more about him when I visit Pennsylvania.
When it started raining, I played words with friends & watched Ghostbuster 1 with my hot chocolate in the back of the RV.
Evening Daily Life
We had spaghetti for dinner and banana cream 80 calorie greek yogurt with fruit on top for dessert. We walked the dog around the campground then watched The Walking Dead on tv. Thats it for today.