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2018-11-01 – South Coast Airstream Club – Emerald Desert RV Resort – Day 1

This weekend is our regular camp-out/rally for out home WBCCI club – South Coast California Unit, soon to be renamed “South Coast Airstream Club”.  We meet for a weekend rally on the first Friday of every month, with few exceptions.  Due to our travel this year for the Southwest Adventure Caravan, and our move earlier in the year, we have missed several rallies, and it is great to be back, to have a weekend rally, and see old friends again.  We’ll even meet some new friends this weekend…

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Even though today is Thursday, we packed up and left Redlands this morning and arrived in Palm Desert at about 1:00.  It is a one hour drive… After living so far from this part of the desert for so many years this is a real treat!  Emerald Desert RV Resort is a true RV resort, with many amenities and services, beautiful grounds, and great facilities.

(In the interest of full disclosure, the one downside of Emerald Desert is that it not only is adjacent to the 10 freeway, but between the freeway and the RV resort are railroad tracks.  About once per hour, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, a giant, 150+ car freight train rumbles past…)

But, despite the trains, we love this place, we are thrilled to come in a day early, and we will be staying two days after the official end of the rally on Sunday, taking full advantage of the opportunity to camp here at club rates…

When we leave here, on Tuesday (election day), we will travel about 6 hours, to Paso Robles, for five days or relaxing in beautiful wine country… More later – stay tuned!

So after we arrived here we had to wait to check in; being the first day of November, there is a huge influx of “snow birds” who come to stay for “the season”.  Most come for four to six months, enjoying the great weather in this beautiful place.

We finally secured our site assignment and started to get settled.  Soon we were joined by six other Airstreamers who were also coming in one day early.  It was great to see these people again after so long.  Happy hours soon ensued, and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset…

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And, in case you missed it, yesterday was Halloween…

Here are our four grandchildren on their first Halloween, at ages 5 mo., 7 mo., 9 mo., and 12 months…

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And here they are as they looked yesterday, at age 5 yrs, 4 yrs, 3 yrs, and 7 months…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

2018-10-15 – Day 58 – Home!

We spent the night in Palm Desert in the Villa in the parking lot at the golf clubhouse…  We were on the road at 7:00 am, and at Mentone Beach by 8:00 am.

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We spent about an hour unpacking and cleaning, then we were home in Redlands…

Our next trip out is November 1 – the Airstream Club weekend rally in Palm Desert, at Emerald Desert RV Resort, then off to Paso Robles for some wining and a “Friendsgiving” at the Record Family Vineyards…

And, as is our custom…

The McAnoy family takes a walk…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-09-29 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 42 – Gallup, New Mexico…

Another quiet day on the caravan.  We began by visiting an Indian Trading post and learning about Pawn.  Among the Indians, Pawn is nothing like the typical pawn shop where folks down on their luck borrow a few dollars on something semi-valuable that they own.  For the Indians, Pawn is a combination bank and safe deposit box.  Since there is little private ownership of land, and semi-communal living is common, there is no place secure for the Indians to store their valuables.  So they bring them to the Pawn and Trading Post; the trading post will store the valuables and give a token “loan” to the owner.  The owner then comes in every 2-3-4 months and pays a fee to keep the items in pawn.  When they need their possession back, they pay back the “loan” and claim their goods.

This trading post has over 1,800 saddles in Pawn.  I doubt there are even 1,800 horses in this part of the reservation… There are also guns, ceremonial head dresses and boots, lots of jewelry, and many other things the Indians deem valuable…

The saddles…

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After listening to the Pawn explanation we saw an artist demonstrate his craft.  He showed us how he sketches and etches his design (in this case a silver bracelet) into a piece of soft stone.  This makes a mold, into which he pours the molten silver.  Out comes the rough bracelet, which he then polishes and finishes into a fine piece of jewelry…

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Most caravaners then proceeded to spend lots of money…

We returned to the Villa.  We enjoyed a Saturday afternoon watching college football.  While the internet service is terrible here in New Mexico, the satellite TV is great!

We had many Happy Hours with our Airstream neighbors, then watched football again well into the night…

And again we have a short day, so here I present Erin and George expressing their feelings about spending all day Saturday watching T-Ball…

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2018-09-28 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 41 – Driving to Gallup, New Mexico…

We left Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam and headed roughly Southeast across some of the most remote and desolate terrain I’ve ever seen.  This is mostly the land of the Navajo Nation…img_5963img_59611img_90631

We drove for miles and miles… and saw nothing but miles and miles…

At Kayenta, AZ, we stopped at a Burger King, home of a great exhibit telling the stories of members of the Navajo Nation who served in WWII, and, particularly, the story of the Code Talkers.

By the time we had finished looking at the exhibits other Airstreamers had also arrived…

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And then we left and drove to Gallup, NM.  Nothing too exciting.  In the evening we enjoyed a BBQ dinner provided by the RV park in their dining pavilion…

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We were visited by the representative of the ballooning folks to brief us on the coming days’ activities – we are going to be riding in hot air balloons!  We are scheduled for Sunday…

So, as is our tradition, on slow news days, we present some of our great grandchildren…  Maybe you’ve seen these before…

Roisin, age 5:

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Ian, age 4, and George, almost 3:

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Ian, Roisin, and Evelyn, age 6 months:

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Ian:

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Evelyn

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And, finally, Evelyn:

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-09-12 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 25 – Lazing around all day, near Capitol Reef National Park

Today we went nowhere and did nothing…

Well, not quite…

We started out by doing laundry… And by “we”, I mean Lynda…

We did some looking around in the Gift Shop, and Lynda bought a shirt…

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We walked around the RV park…

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And we read, napped, and generally relaxed…

At 3:00 we drove down the street to Slackers, for home-made real ice cream…

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We had dinner at the on-site BBQ joint.  Lynda said her chicken was good.  I had the ribs.  They were terrible…

At 7:00 we had a drivers meeting to learn about our travels to Bryce National Park tomorrow…

And, as is our tradition, we now present pictures of our great grandchildren… They are great, aren’t they?

Evelyn enjoys playing with big sister Roisin…

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George and Ian seem to being enjoying their lunch…

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Great Grandma fiddles with something for the boys…

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Ian masters the climbing wall…

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And George explores the climbing structure…

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And an enjoyable Time was had by all…

2018-09-03 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 16 – Traveling from Mesa Verde to Utah…

Travel Day.  The Villa is on the move…!

Early mornings, the deer come to visit…

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This is the hill we hiked to yesterday… The photos we took were from the top of the rock…

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The switchback roads we saw from the top are here – we drove down the road this morning on our way out of the park…

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We stopped at the Four Corners Monument: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado…

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A few other members of the caravan were there, too…

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We continued on, driving through New Mexico and Colorado, until we finally found Utah…

 

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We saw more buttes and mesas and bluffs…

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Our campground is in the small town of Bluff.  Pretty non-descript, but we had water and power.  It will be our jumping off point for Goosenecks Park, Muley Point, the Moki Dugway, Natural Bridges, Valley of the Gods, and Monument Valley.

We also were able to add the 30th State sticker to our maps…

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We had a quiet evening in…

And no Travel Day would be complete without pictures of the grandchildren…

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George on the right, Ian next to him; the others are their 3rd cousins…

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The family out for a walk…

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Ian, George and Roisin (L-R)

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-08-30 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 12 – Durango, CO

Quiet day in Durango… Blogging, laundry, walking around the RV Park… This is about as exciting as it gets…

We rode into town in the late afternoon with another caravan couple.  They wanted to walk the town a bit and we wanted to try out an olde timey saloon.

We went to the Strater Hotel, founded 1887.  We were told that in the early days one of their draws was their fresh food – rare in mining communities.  This was accomplished by raising cows and chickens in the lot behind the hotel…

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The saloon was great – all ugly Victorian decor (I know – that’s redundant…).  But the waitress was great and the drinks were good.  We even tried an appetizer of smoked dates wrapped in bacon with a drizzle of honey… Marvelous!  Just what we wanted.

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At the appointed hour we joined the other caravaners for dinner in the hotel – this was the real reason we chose this place.

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The food was good, the wine was acceptable and the service was great… This hotel has been in the same family for over four generations.  However, the fifth generation has decided they no longer want to be in the hotel business, so the hotel is for sale…  It will be the end of an era…

So, as is my tradition on short days, I will include some pictures of our perfect and great Grandchildren…

This is Evelyn, 6 1/2 months old…

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This is Roisin – what you can see of her, learning to hang around…

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And this is Roisin again, 5 1/2 years old, reading to Evelyn whilst Mom puts the boys to bed…

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And the boys:

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George is almost 3 and Ian is 4 1/2… First day at the new preschool…!

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

2018-07-11 – WBCCI 2018 Wine Tasting Caravan – Day 10 – Farewell

All good things must come to an end. We said our goodbyes and the four Airstreams headed out on separate journeys.

We drove south about 12 miles, then west some 200 miles, driving along the California Coast.  I know, most of you think the ocean is west of California, but for most of Southern California the ocean is south!

We did manage to stop along the way and walk a bit at the oceans edge…

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We arrived at our storage spot a little after noon…

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We unloaded the Airstream and drove the 5 minutes home…

As is our custom, with short blogs on travel days, we post photos of our grandchildren.  They are in Canada right now, visiting friends and family…

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Our next trip will be for one week at San Clemente State Beach.  Temperatures should be in the low 80s – better than the 100+ days we are having here in Redlands…

And an enjoyable time will be had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-03-11 The Blessed Event

In the early morning hours of March 11, 2018, Evelyn Joy McAnoy was born to our daughter, Erin Joy McAnoy, and her husband, Kevin.

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Her three older siblings are looking forward to meeting her!

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Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Grandfather, and Father are all doing fine…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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