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 on: December 13, 2014, 07:01:33 pm 
Started by TomHanlon - Last post by TomHanlon
Yea Navy way to go. Boy was that a fun game to watch, I wish all games were that good. Army made it very exceding.

 on: December 13, 2014, 02:05:51 pm 
Started by TomHanlon - Last post by BGolden
 Grin. Way To Go Tom  Grin

GO Navy

 on: December 13, 2014, 01:40:38 pm 
Started by TomHanlon - Last post by TomHanlon
GO NAVY, beat Army.

The big game is here in Baltimore this afternoon.
I grew up a Navy brat and then severed for two years active duty, four years reserve duty and two years at NSA.

GO NAVY, beat Army.  

Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo!

PS. Sorry Holly I just had to do it.

 on: December 13, 2014, 01:03:20 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
Thanks for the info on your blog.  I went immediately to the post on the Monterey Bay Aquarium since we have a home nearby.  We're members of the Aquarium and walk our dog Sparky along the nearby trail almost every day.  Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
It's fun to read about the other adventures on your trip, too.  We've been to some of the same places.  So, your experiences bring back memories and motivate us to explore some more.
We're different from you about where to spend the winter as we're now in the Palm Springs area for the season.  We know that California needs some serious rainfall this year to recover from the drought conditions of the last few year, but it's nice for us to hear about the rain and not live in it.  Our kids and friends in Pacific Grove are looking after our house while we're away.  Unfortunately some family members' homes have already suffered damage from falling trees caused by the recent storm.
Happy holidays,

 on: December 13, 2014, 10:37:34 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by ron.dittmer

We have more than PCs in common.  Our involvement in charities is a big time consumer and a joy to be a part of.  We go along trying to do life right with a vision for a lifestyle without my distracting full time job. If only I could retire soon and move on and deeper into what is dearest to my heart.

God is good.  He has blessed us with so much including me with a good and once very interesting job for nearly all my adult life.  A job that allowed Irene to be a stay-at-home mother.  I am not complaining here.  Life has been a blessing even with all the hardships lumped within to groom us better.  But I do dream for a different kind of "better" as I am getting tired of the typical work day pulling me away.

 on: December 13, 2014, 10:09:57 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Sorry Ron! I don't know if this will be comforting or not but you'd probably have to give up that beautiful house and all the special things you have in it to do what we did. Ours is rented out but we aren't going back. It will stay rented as long as it keeps paying for itself and then will be sold. We've realized it's too big and the area we lived in (to be near decent jobs) is too expensive for retirees. Our next house, once we don't want to wander anymore, will be small and in a quiet, less expensive area.

Another thought, that may or may not comfort you, is that we envy you. You have all these creative and repair type skills (like the kitchen) that we are sorely lacking. You also have the motivation to keep getting stuff done. We're pretty bad at that.

As for destressing, even if it in place - find a way to do it. I have health issues now that can trace directly to the stress in my former job. I didn't quit when the doctor told me to. I had outside volunteer activities that ate up my time and my sanity. I was wallowing in stress and was miserable and grabbed that life ring when John offered it. It scared the tar out of him at first but we don't regret it and are NOT looking back. 

 on: December 13, 2014, 08:58:38 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by ron.dittmer
Oh Holly,

I read your post here and then visited your blog and read through some visits and then your epiphany.

What are you doing to my brain?  

We turned 56 years old earlier this year.  I am tiredly working a job on a computer in a cubicle at the same company for over 35 years.  At home our kitchen face-lifting project here refuses to go back together smoothly.  Our lives are so busy that we missed Irene's weekly M.S. Avonex injection the past two nights.  We are "Tired" people.  I escape to a couple of RV forums to break away.  Then I read about Holly and John, knowing our PC is just 15 seconds away from this laptop.

Thank You for sharing that.

 on: December 13, 2014, 12:59:51 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Thanks for the great input on the blog. A few comments on camping the Pacific Coast, all of which need verification.
- We were told by a California resident that you can legally pull off any state highway (NOT interstate) and camp for up to three days. We did see RVs lined up on a road running parallel to Rte 1 when we were north of Monterey. Someone here on the forum said there were signs designating boondocking areas down by Big Sur, south of Monterey. Most of the pull off areas we saw along Rte 1 were posted "no overnight parking" so those were out.
- We ran into two couples that were surprised at the signs in California. They said they had just boondocked ALL the way down the coast of Oregon by simply pulling over and setting up. With this in mind we started watching the pull offs along Hwy 101 and saw quite a few really nice paved or gravel pull offs or full parking areas with gorgeous ocean views that DID NOT have "no overnight parking" signs. We also saw some areas that had the signs so it implies that areas without the signs are good to go. We did see motorhomes pulled over with slides and steps out, etc. but as we were traveling mid-day, we can't be sure they weren't just there for a rest stop.
- Some of the pull outs in both states are designated for slow moving vehicles to use to allow passing so you would have to watch that.
- There are a LOT of national forests out here so disbursement camping is a possibility. We just didn't check into it this trip.

We have primarily camped in state parks since we hit the coast. California was about $35.00 night with no hookups. Oregon is about $24.00 for water/electric and $26.00 for full hookups. Both states have beautiful parks. As we get deeper into winter we are angling for at least electric hookups to deal with the cold and wet but are pleasantly surprised that the temps are mostly in the 50's  and 60's both day and night with a few bright sunny days tipping us into the 70's. We hit near freezing a few nights down in the redwoods but that seems to have been an unusual drop for that time of year.

Depending on when and where you go, you might want to consider a dehumidifier. We bought a small Eva-dry shortly after hitting Oregon. We need it just to dry out our rain gear. Otherwise we fog up the windows inside.

Speaking of windows. The ultimate test of whether the thermal windows make a difference - YES! Our nice warm house meets the cool, outside air at the glass. Our humidity is frequently high in here after having the door open and dragging in our wet gear. The house windows are clear and dry but the condensation is dripping off the inside of the truck windows. If we haven't run the heat and dehumidifier, we have to mop the truck windows off before driving because we can't see out. I'll know I've succeeded in insulating the house from the cab when I stop the condensation. I'm on a mission.

 on: December 12, 2014, 09:05:03 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by BuffaloRose
I stumbled across your blog (don't recall how) but I loved it. It is so informative and well written. I even created  a shortcut on my iPad so I could read more.  I was intrigued with your observations on the pacific coast since we may be doing that trip in 2015.  I was very impressed with your writing.  Thanks for sharing your experiences.  I truly admire what you've done and wish we had the courage to try it. Safe searching!

 on: December 12, 2014, 07:30:10 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Bruce, yes our blog is created through WordPress but is on our own domain  Anyone with internet access can read the blog. You can also comment on the postings. We are still learning but we believe we fixed the settings so you can comment without putting in your personal information. So, if you do comment, you have to add your screen name or something at the end or we don't know who it is (which is also OK). One friend commented and showed up as "anonymous". We only knew who it was because he mentioned a tennis ball I gave him. Comments are held until we approve them so there may be a delay before they show up. This is a spam control thing.

We post to the blog sporadically though we try to date the postings to when things actually happened. We still have to go back and fill in our first year on the road, what it took to flip our lives over and go on the road, info on our Phoenix, info on the toys we bought for the Phoenix, etc. We play more than we blog but do hope to buckle down soon. We do not tell people exactly where we are for safety reasons. We hope to have a private page that requires a password so family and friends can see more up to date info in case they want to come out and play with us.

Note that the initial(s) at the bottom of each posting tells who wrote it J, H or J&H. We have VERY different styles and perspectives. I hope you find the blog interesting. Maybe you'll find a place that is calling for you and your Phoenix to come out and play! 

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