Colorado River Thousand Trails in Texas

While camping at Colorado River Thousand Trails in Columbus, Texas

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Campground: The campground is well maintained. The sites are spacious. The campers are friendly. The verizon & satellite reception is good in D section. We attended a potluck and concert at the activity center. The band played classic rock/folk music/Irish music. The band members passed out a booklet with the lyrics of the songs so we got to sing along with the band. I had a great time.

Wildflowers: I spotted several types of wildflowers here. I’ve been having a good time identifying all of them. I started taking pictures of them for a binder. Texas Blue bonnets, Cedar Sage, Wine Cup, White Prickly Poppy, Texas Indian Paintbrush, Texas Lantana, Pink Evening Primrose, Wind Flower, Bull Nettle, Coreopsis

Hiking: Kevin and I drove over to the Attwater Prairie Chicken Wildlife Refuge. We didn’t see any Prairie Chickens but we spotted several others birds and wildflowers here. Also, we hiked around the Monument Hill & Brewery State Historic Site.

Exercise: We walked 2-3 miles a day here. Also, we did a historic volksmarch 5k around Columbus, Texas. We saw several historic houses, the river, the courthouse, water tower and some local shops in town on the volksmarch.

Birding: Killdeer, Crested Caracara, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Vesper Sparrow, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Vulture, Eastern Phoebe

Happy RVing!

Wildflower List

Bird Life List

Favorite Cafes

Volksmarching

Traveling to Lake Conroe Thousand Trails

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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!

 

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

Golden Spike NHS & Volksmarching in Ogden, Utah

Golden Spike NHS & Volksmarching in Ogden, Utah

May God continue the unity of our Country as this Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world. -Engraved on the Golden Spike

The Golden Spike National Historic Site is in Northern Utah. This is where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad pulled up next to each other in May 10, 1869. This was the first transcontinental railroad. We now had a railroad ocean to ocean. After the golden spike was symbolically tapped a final iron spike was driven to connect the railroads. The original golden spike is on exhibit at the Stanford University Museum in Palo Alto California.

The original railroad tracks were taken apart and used for the war effort. We saw a replica at the site. On the auto tour we saw the Chinese Arch. This is a limestone formation named in recognition of the Chinese who worked on the transcontinental railroad. The historic site has a visitor center, film, exhibit, auto tour, short hike and many railroad items. Its an exciting place to visit.

Ogden River Parkway Volksmarch

This volksmarch was a walk along the Ogden river. This 10 kilometer walk was nice. The river was on our left most of the walk. I saw bikes, skateboarders, dog walkers, baby strollers and walkers on the path. I like seeing a town while on a volksmarch. Also, a Downy Woodpecker was making noise in a tree. This is a new bird for our bird life list.

 Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are going to explore Zion National Park & Pipe Spring National Monument in Utah.

3 National Historic Site Stamps at the Visitor Center

 

New Bird Life List

  • Downy Woodpecker

 

I was nominated for the Quote Challenge by Renea at lifemadeforliving. Thank you Renea.

RULES FOR THE QUOTE CHALLENGE

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days or 3 blog posts
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

I would like to nominate these bloggers for the quote challenge.

Christine & Her Camera

It’s All About Purple

Debbi’s Front Porch 

 

 

Volksmarching, Wildlife & RVing in South Dakota

Volksmarching, Wildlife & RVing in South Dakota

I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field
and don’t notice.
                                                                                    – Alice Walker

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
                                                                      – Henry David Thoreau

Custer State Park in South Dakota
North Stockade Lake

Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in our nation. It’s also the home of  1,300 bison. Kevin and I camped at North Stockade Lake Campground in Custer State Park. We had electric, picnic table, fire pit and a nice view. The first morning we saw several turkeys walking around the campground.

We drove the Wildlife loop and saw the herd of bison.  A beautiful Pronghorn Antelope was grazing just above the hill from the bison herd. The bison herd had several calves. The calves looked so cute. The herd was spread out on two hills.

Hiking

Kevin and I went on a 10 kilometer hike in Custer State Park. The hike was called Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area. The hiking trail was well maintained. We crossed several wooden foot bridge on the walk. The wooden foot bridges consisted of a piece of wood laid across a stream. We did see some wildlife along the trail and spotted a new bird for our life list. The new bird for our life list is a Black-capped Chickadee. The Black-capped Chickadee flew in the trees along the trail. Its like Christmas day when we find a new bird for our life list.

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I will be traveling in Nebraska to explore Scotts Bluff National Monument & Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

Wildlife Spotting

  • Turkey
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Bison

Bird Life List

  • Black-capped Chickadee

Wildflower List

  • Tahoka Daisy (New Wildflower for life list)

 

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Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more
welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
                                                                                 – Helen Keller

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming
The first National Monument in America.
No Close Encounters here just….

Birding & Wildlife

We saw a Belted Kingfisher on a wire near our campsite. He would fly off to hunt for food sometimes. A Mountain Bluebird, American Robin and Brewer’s Blackbird were also at our site. On our walk we saw three white-tailed deer in the campground area. This American Red Squirrel made trills squeaks chatter at us during our volksmarch at Devils Tower.

Prairie Dogs

The black-tailed prairie dogs are so cute. They live in a 40 acres area near the campground in a place called prairie dog “town.” I had a good time watching them call out to each other for awhile then they just got to be annoying. They communicate with barks & yips. A few prairie dogs escaped prairie dog town. The escapees communicated a great deal when our yorkie was near them. 🙂

Geocaching

There is a virtual geocache at the Devils Tower. A physical geocache isn’t allowed on National Park lands so a virtual cache is perfect. The geocache is on one of the hikes at Devils Tower. I did my best to find the exact gps coordinates. Now, we have a Wyoming geocache badge on our profile at the geocache.com website.

Volksmarching

There is a volksmarch here at Devils Tower. We did the 8 kilometer walk. The volksmarch is hosted by the Black Hills Volkssport Association. On the volksmarch we saw this balancing rock and a few brave rock climbers. The views on this volksmarch are beautfiul. The rock climbers are near the wooden ladder constructed in 1893. The first climber was William Rodger he climbed the devils tower using the wooden ladder and ran a American flag up a flagpole while thousand of people cheered him on.

Favorite Campground

We dry camped at Belle Fourche Campground. Our dry camping site is A-10. At the campsite we had a view of the sky and a sliver view of the devil tower. It was quiet at our campsite so I slept well here. I like our view. The campground has two loops A & B. The campground had a few campers when we pulled in Sunday at 12:00 but by late afternoon loop A was almost full.

What the Indians think of Devils Tower?

The South Lakota Indians consider the Devils Tower a sacred place. The Indians tie prayer cloth, prayer bundles or prayer ribbons to things throughout the tower. Its a quiet place for meditation.

I think its an incredible geological formation to experience. It was well worth our time to camp at this National Monument.

Happy RVing!

New Birds & Wildlife for us

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Belted Kingfisher

Our National Park & Monuments List

Three National Park Stamps at the Visitor Center

Happy RVing!

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Tall Chief RV Park in Washington

Tall Chief RV Park in Washington

We camped at Tall Chief RV Park in Fall City, Washington. The campground is about 30 minutes from Seattle.

Seattle Adventure

Kevin and I arrived in Seattle about 7:00 am. We immediately walked to the famous Starbucks on 1912 Pike St. This is the first Starbucks ever opened. I was shocked by how empty it was. We were told to expect big lines. Kevin had his usual Pikes Peak coffee and I had my skinny vanilla latte within 10 minutes of walking into the coffee shop. This Starbucks has no sitting areas but the coffee was fantastic.

Then, we walked to Pike Place Fish Market to see the employees toss fish to each other. 🙂 They’re loud and happy workers. Pike Place Market was a nice experience early in the morning.  It cost us $14.00 for early bird parking.

Then, we went on the Bill Speidel’s Seattle Underground Tour. This cost us about $19.00 each. While the Portland underground tour was focused on ghost stories, shanghaiing men and human trafficking. The Seattle tour guide was filled with stories about the gold rush and how the underground was built in Seattle. Both the Portland Underground tour and the Seattle Underground tour were interesting. I’m glad we went to both tours.

Next, the Klondike National Historical Park. We saw a short movie about the 1897 gold rush and walked around the museum a bit. I learned that in Dawson City and Seattle more fortunes were made off miners than by mining for the average guy.

The next day we drove to the Fremont Troll. This statue was build on Halloween in 1990. There are several books written with the Fremont Troll mentioned. Also, some very strange myths regarding the troll. I’ve read about portals near this troll in fantasy and paranormal books. The Troll is thought to be the Center of the Universe. We didn’t see any of those things but we did find a nice statue of a troll and a well maintained geocache here. There were people taking pictures of this popular troll when we got there. It was a fun visit but the streets getting here were very narrow.

Lightship Swiftsure #83

This lightship was built with sails in 1904 (8 years before the Titanic). Lightships were built very seaworthy. They generally are anchored offshore as floating lighthouses to guide ships in and out of safe harbor channels.

The Light at the end of the Tunnel Volksmarching Event

The light at the end of the Tunnel volksmarch 5k event was in the same area as the Mega Ape Geocaching Event 2016. Kevin and I did the 5k volksmarch first. We saw a view of the Keechelus Lake. It was a nice morning walk. I felt bad for the people who waited to walk until the late morning. It was starting to get very hot.

Mega Ape Geocache Event 2016

We walked over to the Mega Ape Event from the volksmarching event. Both events had full  parking lots. There were several people demonstrating different geocaches.

The ape log was available for pictures. I bought an ape coin and visited the trackable area. I deposited my Prissy Prideful Deadly Duck trackable on the trackable table and picked up a Generation Gen outdoor trackable.

I had a good time. Kevin and I got a picture with the ape. The event lines weren’t too bad. We didn’t walk through the tunnel but we did have a good time at both events.

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I traveled to Glacier National Park.