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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Natchez Wilderness Preserve

While camping at Natchez Wilderness Preserve in Hohenwald, Tennessee

Natchez Wilderness Preserve is a thousand trails campground. Kevin and I are elite members of thousand trails. We found a campsite by the lake for an extra fee of $10.00 a night. The campsite has lakeside access, fire pit, full hookups, gravel campsite and a good view. The staff BBQed a pig for memorial day and had a raffle. We didn’t win anything but we had a good conversation with fellow campers.

At the red barn, a band played for a few hours. I liked the music until a thunderstorm interrupted the band playing. We were already in the RV nice and cozy when the storm started. The thunderstorm took out two trees in the park. We sat in front of the RV watching the thunderstorm. It was magnificent. The next day the sun came up. We enjoyed the lake swimming and relaxing outside our RV identifying birds.

Kevin and explored the Meriwether Lewis Burial site. This is Lewis from the Lewis & Clark Exhibition. Lewis was on his way to Washington to explain his finances when he was found shot twice. There is some controversy on how he was shot. Did he commit suicide? or was he murdered?

We also walked the Natchez Trail for a bit. I felt very much in awe of the people who walked this trail and the history behind it all. I couldn’t find the National Historic Site stamp here but the site was worth the stop.

Yoder’s Homestead Market: This is an Amish/Mennonite store. I admire their commitment to something they believe in. The sandwiches and pastries were supposed to be excellent. We weren’t disappointed. The ladies that worked the store were dressed like an Amish/Mennonite person. One of them warmed up a cinnamon pecan twist for us. It was nutty with the perfect amount of drizzled frosting. We had the ham & cheese special for lunch it was excellent. The bread was exceptional. It tasted soft and fresh. The Amish/Mennonites know how to make food.

Happy Walking- Kevin and I took time off the Fitbit Challenges. I was getting too competitive. Its about balance. I like to balance my walking, healthy eating alternatives, and portions. Its not about winning. Its about keeping healthy. I’m back on track now. Bring on the Fitbit Challenges 🙂

Next, camping near Nashville, Tennessee. Change of plans – heading South to Red Bay Service Center

Happy RVing!

Birds Spotted

  • Barn Swallow
  • Tree Swallow (new bird to life list)
  • Rough-winged Swallow (new bird to life list)
  • Black Vulture
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Robin

Ticks, Copper Pans and Walking

While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee

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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.

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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.

Happy RVing!

Next, Camping at Natchez Thousand Trails in Tennessee.

 Bird Spotting

  • American Robin
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Blue-grey Gnatcatcher  (new life lister)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (new life lister)
Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

“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.

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 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.

Happy RVing!

Finally, the seasonal Texas farmer markets are opening. I’m so excited!!!

Bird Spotting

  • Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (new bird life lister for us)
  • Killdeer
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mallards
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Mockingbird

Wildflowers

  • Texas Verbena
  • Texas Thistle
  • Wine cup
  • Coreopsis

Sky Watch Friday

 

 

Visting Livingston Texas

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.

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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.

Happy RVing!

Medina Lake Thousand Trails in Texas

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.

Happy RVing!

Favorite Cafes 

Camping in one spot-Monday

“After a storm comes calm.”–Mathew Henry

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Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California

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Kevin and I were going on a 5k volksmarch but it started raining with thunder & lightning. We decided to wait for a break in the rain. When it stopped raining for a few minutes we walked around the campground. I enjoy walking outside after a rain. I avoid the rain puddles and breathe the air. It smells fresh.

We need to sell our 2014 Jeep Wrangler back seat so we drove to our storage area to take pictures of the seat. Then Kevin posted it on craigslist. I hope it sells quickly. The storm was beautiful in the late afternoon. We kept the door open and left the screen closed. I could see the rain and hear the thunder. It was intense  but exciting.

I made low smart point fajitas and Kevin steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts in the pressure cooker. Then Kevin made popcorn and we watched Derek Gentry Holistic Detective Agency on tv. I played trivia crack with Kevin and read the book Rebecca for a book club that my daughter Katie started.

Homemade Product Recipe

I needed a few ingredients so we drove to Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart had the vitamin E & tea tree essential oil I needed to complete two recipes. I finished the coconut oil moisturizer lotion & my honey facial cleaner. I’m so glad were using more natural ingredients.

 

Happy RVing!