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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Southern California for the Holidays

Southern California for the Holidays

Kevin and I made it to Southern California. We’re planning on re-grouping here. Were also re-organizing the rv this holiday season. We’ve collected a few things we don’t need in the rv.

Kevin and I plan on camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails and Palm Springs Thousand Trails for the holidays.

Things to do between Oct-Jan

  • Visiting with our families
  • Dr appointments
  • Cleaning & Organize the RV inside & out
  • Cleaning up the storage area
  • Selling our old jeep wrangler seat
  • Veterinarian appointment for our Yorkie
  • Organize our trip plans for 2017
  • RV & Jeep maintenance
  • Continue Volksmarching & Walking Routine
  • Continue Eating Healthy Foods
  • Relax
  • Enjoy
  • Have Fun this Holiday Season with family & friends

Happy RVing!

retirement, kayaking and the weather.

Kevin is retired. 

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We’re staying in Southern California for a few weeks to get things settled with our paperwork in California. Then we’re heading up to South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park with a few stops along the way.

Kevin and I have a preoccupation with kayaking. I’m doing alot of research on kayak racks & kayaks. Were going to use the kayaks for calm waters, fishing & fun. My research is telling me to rent kayaks this year to see if they’re important enough for us to bring all over the USA on top of our jeep wrangler.

I’ve looked at the weather. I decided to move up North to hopefully cooler weather so my camping schedule must change. 🙂 The camping schedule depends on the weather and how much time we have. Its a good thing I’m flexible. 🙂

Happy RV Camping!

Palm Trees, Sky & Clouds

Photos at our rental home in Southern California

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The moon was so bright Tuesday night. I was unable to see any of Perseid Meteor Shower shooting stars. Perseid comes every year in Southern California around August. I had a good time watching the sky. 🙂crop1 I took some pictures of the clouds with the trees in the background.

IMG_2524.JPGcrop3Palm Trees are beautiful trees. We had several by our pool when the kids were growing up. When I look at palm trees my thoughts are sun, relaxing, beaches and of course margaritas.

Happy Tropical Fun!

Sharing with: Skywatch Friday

Fruit Flies, Birds & Productivity ?

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Campground Update: When I first checked into Wildernesses Lakes Preserve in Menifee, CA I was excited about the activities. Water Aerobics, line dancing, kitchen lunches, bingo, etc. until I realize most of these activities are on the weekends or lead by a resident of the campground, well no one was brave enough to lead the activities. This might be because the fruit flies from the dairy fertilizer next door? or the Southern California heat?       😦   Therefore, I had to make my own fun.

How productive was I:

So, while Kevin worked all day I stayed busy. Why? Inactivity isn’t my friend, it’s must be that work ethnic my parents inserted into my character while I was growing up. 🙂

  • walked the dog-Joey loves his walks
  • worked on the blog- I enjoy staying in touch with other RVer’s & family members
  • planning places to visit in the RV- so many places to enjoy in the USA
  • ordered the Mountain Directory’s East & West- Why? to save Tiffy’s engine?
  • ordered the Family Motor Coach Atlas – I’ve got to know where I’m at.
  • socialize on Facebook, RVillage & blogs -talking & posting to family and friends- I’m an introvert but I still like to talk to people.
  • read romance novels on my kindle -one of my escape’s

The Pool: Kevin and I are leaving a little early from this park the fruit flies are just too much even in the Jacuzzi the fruit flies attacked us.  (humidity, dairy fertilizer & the fruit flies don’t mix)

Walking: Kevin and I are walking a good 1 1/2 mile around Wilderness Lakes Preserve.

Birds:  No new birds this time but I still enjoyed the ducks, herons’s, black phoebe’s and canadian geese.

All different kinds of RV's at Wilderness Lakes Preserve

There are all kinds of RV’s at Wilderness Lakes Preserve. This RV is so cute. It can get into places I just dream about.

I like having so many different types of RV's here.

Lots of variety -small & large RV’s here

 

 

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron my favorite bird at Wilderness Lakes Preserve

 

Happy Camping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing with: Saturday Critters

 

Shake Down Trip-Thousand Trails Idyllwild

Kevin and I decided to use the free Thousand Trails one year membership that Mike Thompson RV in Colton provided for us when we bought our RV from them.

We found a nice spot at the Idyllwild Preserve in Southern California. The place has a wonderful forest feel to it. Our yorkie likes his walks around the park but most of our time is spend learning our RV.

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The campground has a cafe, store, swimming pool, small fishing pond, activities, nature trails and friendly campers. This makes up for the steep mountain drive on the way up here.

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Kevin and I spotted this on our walk around the campground.

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We also spotted several birds we are familiar with and two bird for our life list a White-headed Woodpecker & White-breasted Nuthatch. 

Happy Camping!

Birds:

Stellar Jay’s
White-breasted Nuthatch*new bird for us/add to life list
Dark-eyed Junco
White-headed Woodpecker* new bird for us/add to life list

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark eyed Junco
Palomar State Park in Southern California

Dark eyed Junco

Dark eyed Junco

Fun Trivia:

  • Dark-eyed Juncos are often called “Snowbirds,” possibly due to the fact that they are more likely to visit feeding stations during snowy periods
  • Longevity of a Dark-eyed  Junco is 10 years

 

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Random things about our birdwatching day:

  1. We saw more birds in August than March at Palomar State Park.
  2. We jumped rocks to get across the creeks on the hike.
  3. It was a good day.

 Happy Birding!

Link Up:  Wild Bird Wednesday, The Bird D’Pot, Our World Tuesday, Saturday Critters, Camera Critters

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