Sunday, May 28, 2012 Lorraine’s report
Well, we are in Reno, NV and it has been really cold here the past couple of days. In fact, I pulled out my winter coat and started wearing it since it has been pretty cold for me again. I never expected to have to do that after what we went through this past winter.
Friday we saw the temperatures drop to 36 degrees, we had hail, sleet and snow; snow stuck on the hills around Reno through today. When we arrived it was extremely windy, with winds ranging upwards of 50 mph, but the temperatures were in the high 70’s . The drive up was pretty intense with all the gusts hitting this rig. I know what Joy and Norma meant by saying they couldn’t sit out in Palm Springs this past winter. It was the same way here, too windy to sit out, and walking into the wind was hard, but it was very dry and warm.
We arrived in Reno on Monday, leaving Sunnyvale, CA at the Elks Lodge there, staying in their little RV Park of 7 spots. While that spot is small, it is cheap and close to our daughter’s home.
We arrived there at the Elks on May 10th, set up the rig and went to pick up Kaitlyn from her after school program. Kaitlyn’s mommy or daddy, who ever has her the night before she goes to school, drops her off about 7:50 am for school and pick her up usually around 6 pm. That makes for an extremely long day for a 7 year old, so when Nana and Papa come to visit, she loves for us to pick her up as early as we can.
When we are with her, I hit the ground running full force until we leave her. Since I was still not all the way over my bout of those nasty viruses from the month before, I had to have Chuck help me, as did Susy, when we were together. We had a very wonderful visit, doing all the stuff we normally do.
Susy took me to the 41st annual Stanford PowWow one Saturday; no powwow is complete without your Indian Taco and fry bread. We spent a wonderful day together on Mother’s Day, even though we couldn’t get into the Elks for their Mothers Day brunch. We had fun none the less, very stress free and fun for Kaitlyn and all of us.
The day after Mothers Day, we received a call from Susy to pick Kaitlyn up from her school, this was about 9:30 am; she was in the office with a red rash on her arms and chest, and it was itchy for her and she had a slight fever with it. She stayed home from school on Tuesday, Papa went and picked her up at Susy’s home at 7:45, and she spent the day with us, she just wasn’t her normal rambunctious self.
By Wednesday, Kaitlyn was back to school; and Thursday we went to her school by 2:15 to watch her in the school’s Walk a Thon. Kaitlyn did 10 laps or about 5 miles, some of the kids were up to 15 when we left to take her back to our rig. I’m not sure how much money the kids made for their school.
Friday Chuck noticed that our dog, Misty was not walking very well, like she was dizzy or drunk. We called a vet in the area and took her in. Without doing a lot of tests to the tune of up $900, they couldn’t tell us what was wrong with her even with all those tests, just rule out several things physically. She had been having trouble jumping up the stairs to the rig, and you could definitely tell she wasn’t right. She favored her left side and I asked the vet if she could have had a mini stroke; that is what it looked like to me. We couldn’t get a straight answer from the vet, other than it could be old dog syndrome which comes on really fast, so we took her home and have been watching her. Chuck and I lift her up and down the stairs, etc. Yesterday when we got back to the rig, she was jumping around like she used to do when we came home, so I’m hopeful she is better, just getting old like the rest of us.
We spent our last two days with Susy and Kaitlyn, going to swap meet in San Jose on Saturday, a very hot day, 85 degrees. Sunday Susy and I did the last of our running and Papa took Kaitlyn to a local park for fun in the sun.
During our stay with Susy, the weather was beautiful with sunny skies, temperatures from the mid 70’s to high 80’s, with lows down to the mid 50’s to 60’s, absolutely perfect.
To say that Kaitlyn was unhappy with us leaving is an understatement. It’s getting to the point that she doesn’t want Nana and Papa to ever leave. With a very heavy heart we had to move on. Thank you Susy and Kaitlyn for such a wonderful time…
We will be here in Reno through Monday, and then we will be heading east. Katie, I believe we will be going through Utah, will give you a call.
That’s it for me….Until next time….
5/27/12 Chuck’s Report
First off, I wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day, please remember the reason. Thanks to all our veterans and current fighting men and women for keeping our great country safe! Some, of course, have paid the ultimate price, giving their lives in service of our country and we especially want to remember them.
I know, we missed posting our blog last week but we had a very good excuse. We didn’t want too!! We were with our daughter/grand daughter and preferred to spend time with them instead of writing our blog. The last time we were with them was at Christmas and it was great to spend time with them.
On our way down from Washington we got some things done on the coach. I had it serviced at Speedco, oil, lube, filters and generator serviced too. I found a good tire place in Salem and was able to get two new tires on the front using the FMCA discount. For us, the FMCA discount was a good thing, I checked three places and their prices were higher than using the FMCA group price. The dealer told us we were able to purchase tires cheaper than he could plus he gave us some trade in for the old tires, enough to cover mounting and balancing.
We also were able to buy two new coach batteries from the same place. They also installed them, had to pull out/re-install the four house batteries to get access to the coach batteries. We were out of there in about 90 minutes, not bad for not having an appointment. And it was good to buy them in Oregon, no state taxes vs. 9% in Washington and even higher in California.
We stayed at the Elks in Keiser, they have a good RV park there for travelers. But while we were there we found out that we hadn’t renewed our Elks membership this year, the notice our lodge sent out must have gone to our old address and wasn’t forwarded plus we just never checked my card either. We were turned down to go in for dinner one time, they checked our card and it was expired, shoot. Anyway, Lorraine contacted our friend Tom/Dorothy in Palm Springs who sponsored us at Desert Hot Springs Lodge and they dropped our check off and send our new, updated membership card to us. So we are legal once again and they have our new address on file in case we forget again.
After leaving Keiser, we spent two nights on the road heading towards Susy’s place. The second night we were at Rolling Hills Casino and the winds were pretty heavy overnight. We debated about staying for one more night but the winds were from the North and we were traveling South so we figured a tail wind might be a good thing. Anyway, about 45 miles down the road, the winds died down quite a bit and it was an uneventful trip into Santa Clara Elks.
We were able to pick Kaitlyn up from school almost every afternoon and she wanted to (and was successful) spend most of the weekend nights with us too. She really liked to have Nana food too, especially mac and cheese. We also spent quality time with Susy, Lorraine and her managed to go shopping a couple of time while Kaitlyn stayed at our coach with me. She and Nana played lots of games, colored, made pictures, watched kids shows and such but mostly just bonded.
Two days we were able to have Kaitlyn with us all day, she developed some sort of rash. On Monday, Susy called and said the school called her and asked could we head over to pick up Kaitlyn. On Tuesday, I just met them at school at normal drop off time and brought her back to our rig for the day. She was a little under the weather, didn’t really want to do much but it was a joy to have her with us just the same.
We were there over Mother’s day and had plans to go to the Elks for Mother’s Day brunch. Unfortunately, they got started late and when our seating time came they were still too full. When we went back they had already run short of food so we were turned away. So Lorraine cooked her own brunch on Mother’s day, sorry abut that. But at least we had a good day.
On Friday morning, our dog Misty was acting strange. She couldn’t walk a straight line, would fall over when she shook herself, kept walking in circles and kept her head turned to the side. I thought she might have had a stroke or something so we took her to the vet. They checked her out and were unable to rule out a stoke but thought it might be a quick onset of “Old Dog Disease” or some such thing. They wanted to run a bunch of tests to the tune of $900 but also suggested we just watch her overnight and let them know how she was doing in the morning. We opted for the watch thing and are still doing that. We have talked to a couple of folks who had dogs that had strokes and they said they acted a lot like Misty so that is what we think happened. But she is getting better each day and is almost back to normal, yesterday she even wanted to play with another dog when we were out walking.
But as all good things must come to an end, we were leaving Santa Clara on Monday morning. Kaitlyn sure wasn’t happy about that. She had a bad time on Sunday night and Monday morning, wanted us to stay longer and be with her. But Lorraine was able to talk to her and calm her down somewhat, promising her we would see her when she is back in Washington in July and again when we are back in California next time. And once she got back to school with her friends helped get her back to normal too.
We got to Reno around 3 pm, checked out a RV park across the street from the Peppermill Casino but the sites were too close together. If we would have put out our slides, we could have reached into the window of the rig next to us, and that was on both sides. So we headed back to Boomtown KOA where we have stayed once before. Normally we avoid KOAs, some folks say KOA stands for Keep on Adding as they can charge for every little thing but this one isn’t too bad. We wanted to stay here through Memorial day and they have plenty of spaces open for us so here we are. Lorraine has done a bit of shopping and of course we tried our luck at a couple of the casinos too.
The weather here has been unusual, lots of wind for the first three days then the temperature dropped from highs in the 80s to highs in the 50s with lows dropping to the 30s. We even had snow on Friday morning, enough to cover the ground and the trees. One would think we were sort of used to these lower temperatures coming from Washington but we were cold just the same. Looking forward to seeing better temperatures tomorrow, back to the 80s maybe. We might head out on some sightseeing too, that’s one reason we wanted to stop over here for a week and we haven’t been able to because of the winds, rain or cold temperatures. But guess we could always make a return trip some other time, life is tough that way.
I’ll cover our upcoming travel plans a bit for anyone who may be interested. We leave here on Tuesday, headed East. We will travel on highway 50, “The Loneliest Road in America”. This will be a new one for us, haven’t even traveled it by car. We will work our way up to Rapid City, SD for a week then on to Minneapolis. After that, we want to tour a bit of North Dakota, we haven’t been there either and I want to see the Oil Boom going on. Then we will continue heading West and be back in Washington for another round of doctor visits in July. We haven’t firmed up the dates for this run, sort of going to play it by ear but that’s our plans for the next couple of months anyway.
Guess I’ll go review the pictures Lorraine has taken and maybe add a few then get this posted.
Kaitlyn and Susy
The Pow Wow at Stanford
Kaitlyn loves dressing up.
Kaitlyn at her school fund raiser.
Reno sign over the road.
Ok, now to get this posted.