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Kenny and Nancy call Oconto, Wisconsin home during the summer boating season where together they enjoy recreational boating on the Oconto River and the Bay of Green Bay. When boating season is over they become snowbirds and head south for the winter in their Monaco Windsor luxury motor coach named OWFISH.

Kenny lived and traveled in OWFISH with his late wife Barbara from 2002 until she had a disabling stroke in 2011 and passed away the following year. From then the OWFISH set, except for a short trip in 2013, until Kenny started traveling again with his new wife Nancy in 2014.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Marina Merle

Merry Christmas, Marina Merle


The old man sat at the fuel dock on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn't been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. He had no decorations, no tree, no lights. It was just another day to him. He didn't hate Christmas; just couldn't find a reason to celebrate. He and his wife bought the marina years ago ... and it was their life. They had no children. His wife had been gone now for a few years. Working on Christmas Eve just seemed to be the right thing to do.


He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a scraggly looking sailor stepped through. He smelled of fish and cigars ... like he had been on the river for awhile.


Instead of throwing the man out, Merle ... Marina Merle as he was known by his customers ... told the man to come and sit by the space heater and warm-up.


"Thank you, but I don't mean to intrude," said the stranger. "I see you're busy. I'll just go"...


"Not without something hot in your belly." Merle turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. "It ain't much, but it's hot and tasty. Stew. Made it myself. When you're done there's coffee and it's fresh."


Just at that moment he heard the squelch on the VHF radio. "Excuse me, be right back," Merle said.


Coming into the harbor was an old green 1960 Chris-Craft Roamer. Black smoke was rolling from the exhaust. The boater was panicked. "Mister can you help me!" said the boater with a deep Southern accent. "My wife is sick and the starboard engine has just quit."


Merle opened the hatch. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold; the engine was dead. "Looks like it's gone," Merle said as he turned away.


"But mister. Please help...." The door of the fuel dock closed behind Merle as he went in.


Merle went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, started the truck to warm it up. He went back around the fuel dock to where the couple was waiting.


"Here, you can borrow my truck," he said. "She ain't the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good." Merle helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night.


Merle turned and walked back inside the fuel dock.


"Glad I loaned 'em the truck. That boat's not going anywhere for awhile. But that 'ol truck will get 'em where they need to go..." Merle thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The thermos was on the desk, empty with a used coffee cup beside it. "Well, at least he got something in his belly," Merle thought.


Merle went back outside to see if the old Chris Craft would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it around to the side of the fuel dock. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered the block hadn't cracked, it was just some trash in the strainer.


"Well, I can fix this," he said to himself. So he cleaned it out. "That anchor's not gonna hold that boat in these waters..." So he took the anchor off of he and his wife's old Sea Ray. It was like new and he wasn't using the boat anymore. His wife sure loved that boat.


As he was working he heard a shot fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, " Help me..."


Merle helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention.


"Pressure to stop the bleeding," he thought. The laundry company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound.


"Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin'," he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.


"Something for pain," Merle thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back.


"These ought to work." He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. "You hang in there. I'm going to get you an ambulance." Merle said, but the phone was dead.


"Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that radio out in your police car." He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.


He went back in to find the policeman sitting up. "Thanks," said the officer. "You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area." Merle sat down beside him. "I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain't gonna leave you."


Merle pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. Looks worse than what it is. "Bullet passed right through 'ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time your gonna be right as rain."


Merle got up and poured a cup of coffee. "How do you take it?" he asked.


"None for me," said the officer.


"Oh, yer gonna drink this. Best coffee on the river."


Then Merle added: "Too bad I ain't got no donuts."


The officer laughed and winced at the same time. The front door of the fuel dock flew open. In burst a young man with a gun.


"Give me all your cash! Do it now!" the young man yelled. His hand was shaking and Merle could tell that he had never done anything like this before.


"That's the guy that shot me!" exclaimed the officer.


"Son, why are you doing this?" asked Merle. "You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt."


The young man was confused.


"Shut up old man, or I'll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!"


The cop was reaching for his gun.


"Put that thing away,"! Merle said to the cop. "We got one too many in here now." He turned his attention to the young man.


"Son, it's Christmas Eve. If you need the money, well then, here. It ain't much but it's all I got. Now put that pee shooter away."


Merle pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time.


The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry.


"I'm not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son," he went on. "I've lost my job. My rent is due. My car got repossessed last week..."


Merle handed the gun to the cop.


"Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes ...but we make it through the best we can."


He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. "Sometimes we do stupid things."


Merle handed the young man a cup of coffee. "Being stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin' in here with a gun ain't the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we'll sort this thing out."


The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. "Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I'm sorry officer."


"Shut up and drink your coffee." the cop said.


Merle could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door ... guns drawn.


"Chuck! You ok?" one of the cops asked the wounded officer.


"Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?"


"GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread."


Who did this?" the other cop asked as he approached the young man. Chuck answered him, "I don't know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran!"


Merle and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.


"That guy work here?" the wounded cop continued.


"Yep," Merle said. "Just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job."


The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, "Why?"


Chuck just said, "Merry Christmas, boy. And you too, Merle, and thanks for everything."


"Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems."


Merle went into the back room and came outwith a box. He pulled out a ring box.


"Here you go. Something for the little woman. I don't think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day."


The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw.


"I can't take this," said the young man. "It means something to you."


"And now it means something to you," replied Merle. "I got my memories. That's all I need."


Merle reached into the box again. A toy airplane, a racing car and a wooden boat appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell.


"Here's something for that little man of yours."


The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.


"And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that, too. Count it as part of your first week's pay." Merle said. "Now git home to your family."


The young man turned with tears streaming down his face. "I'll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good."


"Nope. We close the marina on Christmas day," Merle said. "See ya the day after." With a hand on his shoulder for comfort, he walked the boy outside and watched as he disappeared on the road for home.


Merle turned around to find that the stranger had returned.


"Where'd you come from? I thought you left?"


"I have been here. I have always been here," said the stranger. "You say you don't celebrate Christmas. Why?"


"Well, after my wife passed away I just couldn't see what all the bother was. Puttin' up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin' cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn't the same by myself and besides ... I was getting a little chubby."


The stranger put his hand on Merle's shoulder. "But you do celebrate the holiday, Merle. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman who was sick is going to bear a son and he will become a great doctor. The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will become a rich man and share his wealth with many people. That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man."


Merle was taken aback by all this stranger had said.


"And how do you know all this?" asked the old man.


"Trust me, Merle. I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again."


The stranger moved toward the door. "If you will excuse me, Merle, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned."


Merle watched as the man's old yellow slicker, his ragged fisherman's sweater and his torn denim pants turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room and lit up the river behind his shoulder.


"You see, Merle, it's My birthday. Merry Christmas."


~Author Unknown


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The sign speaks for it's self

This is one of several signs like this coming into the RV park.

I wonder why we don't have any barking rats running loose around here?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Kenny!

On this date, many years ago in the early 1950's, in the Mojave Desert town of Barstow, California, I came to be.

Barb and I celebrated this day of wonder by having dinner with our daughter Angel and her family here in Biloxi.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Keesler FAMCAMP, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS

We pulled out of the Pirate's Marina Cove around 8:00 this morning and drove the last 265 miles off this leg of our trip to Biloxi, MS where we are staying at the Keesler Air Force Base campground.

Total miles drove from Oconto: 1562
Total money spent for fuel: $572.17
Total gallons since fill-up before Oconto: 198.458 gallons
Average miles per gallon: 8.3 MPG



Monday, November 8, 2010

Pickensville, AL

We were on the road by 10:00 this morning. Our destination today is the Pirate's Marina Cove in Pickensville, AL. Pirate's Marina Cove is on the Tombigbee River and is a stopover for members of the America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association doing America's Great Loop. It seemed like a long drive to day driving 247 miles. Tomorrow we'll be in Biloxi, MS where we'll spend the first 3 months of the winter.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Guild, TN

The last 5 days in Lenoir City were great. We met up with John Winter of John Winter Yacht who gave us a driving tour of the area. John moved here last year from Oconto, WI where he done most of the Phase 1 Renovation work on our boat. Besides stopping to visit John on our trip south, we wanted to see areas of the Tennessee River for consideration of relocating to Tennessee and cruising the over 600 miles of the river. We loved what we seen and John said this was just the tip of the "ice burg".

To see more of the "ice burg", we pulled out of Lenoir City getting on the road by 10 AM this morning and headed to Hales Bar Marina & Resort in Guild, TN for a night or two. Guild is some 20 highway miles west of Chattanooga, TN on the Tennessee River.

We drove 115 miles today, stopping in Chattanooga for fuel, taking on 63.05 gallons costing $185.30.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lenoir City, TN

We got a late start this morning but were on the road by 10 AM after having breakfast. Traffic going through Louisville should have been down but there was an accident on I-64 that had the traffic backed up for 10 miles. By the time we got up to it though, they had cleared the road and traffic was moving again.

We stopped at the Flying J travel Center in Waddy for fuel. Usually I go through the truck line because the pumps are a lot faster. 60 gpm compared to 5 gpm at the RV line. But I wanted to fill the onboard propane tank and that's in the RV line. The fuel pump might have been pumping 2 gpm so after 25 gallons I stopped. I would have been there for another 10 minutes before the tank was full.

From there through Lexington, KY the traffic wasn't bad but going south on I-75 from Lexington to Knoxville, through the Cumberland Mountains, the traffic was heavy. I kept looking for a rest area where we could stop for lunch but there is none between Lexington and the Tennessee border until we pulled into the Tennessee Welcome Center. There was no place to park! So I pulled through and stopped on the on ramp before getting back on I-75 long enough for a bathroom break and a fast sandwich.

We finely made it to Lenoir City, TN where we are staying at the Lazy Acres RV Park or a few days. Today we drove 279 miles but it felt like the longest day of driving. Total miles from Oconto to Lenoir City was 935 miles.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Clarksville, IN

We were on the road by 6:15 this morning as we continue our trip south for the winter. Our planned stop was in a small town east of Louisville, KY at the Flying J Travel Center until we discovered during our lunch stop that we were out of fresh water. I don't know why because I filled up last Thursday at the yacht club. Well a 100 gallons goes fast when your taking showers and washing dishes. So we dug out the campground directories and found a campground on the Indiana side of Louisville, KY for the night called the Add-More Campground in Clarksville, IN. Today we traveled 319 miles. Tomorrow we will try to make the last 280 miles of this leg to Lenoir City, TN.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Minonk, IL

We pulled anchor at 9:00 this morning on our way south to warmer weather for the winter. We stopped at Waynes for breakfast and over to Holtwood Park to dump our tanks and was on the road by 9:40. Our first stop was for fuel at the Flying J Travel Center in LaSalle, IL, then in Minonk, IL to rest for the night. We drove 337 miles today and took on 48.6 gallons of diesel costing $153.61. Our next planned stop is at the Flying J travel Center in Waddy, KY for the night.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Barb is in the hospital

Barb has been admitted into a hospital in Green Bay, WI. Barb developed a water blister on her right ankle a couple of weeks ago after breast surgery preformed by the VA medical center in Milwaukee, WI. She went to our VA clinic in Appleton, WI to have it checked out. They punctured it to let it drain and then placed a bandage over it. The following day, she went back to the VA medical center in Milwaukee and had wound care look at it. They were upset because the Appleton clinic had punctured it which could cause it to become infected. This is not good for a person who is diabetic. They gave her a petrolatum dressing to place over it and told her to keep it clean with the dressing over it, that it will drain on it's own and heal. A few days later, we returned to the Appleton clinic for a follow-up, they gave her more petrolatum dressings with the same instructions. The blister drained and we kept it protected as instructed by the VA. It looked like it was starting to heal. After she showered last Thursday, I went to bandage it and it looked bad so I took her the the emergency room here in Oconto. The doctor said it was badly infected and sent us to see a surgeon in Green Bay. The surgeon immediately had her admitted so they could start her on anti-biotics. They took a MRI of her foot the next morning and it shows the infection has not reached the bone. Had it reached the bone, she may have lost her foot. They will be keeping her in the hospital over the weekend.

Had this been a one time occurrence that we felt that the VA had gave improper care, and very little after care, and even though we have both used the VA medical system for our medial care for over 10 years, we have both came to the inclusion that the VA medical system provides poor medical care for our nations veterans and is not the place to go if you have other options available. Since I am retired from the United States Civil Service and the US Army, I have a very good medical insurance policy for retired federal employees. I believe for now on, even though we are both service connected disabled veterans and the Veterans Administration is obligated for our care, we are going to start relying more on the civilian health care system for our medical needs. We know that the civilian health care system could mess up too. But with the civilian health care system, there are recourses that we can go through if they mess up. With the VA health care system, we are dealing with the United States Government and their bureaucracy.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Decommissioning

We lifted our boat out of the water today for winter storage here at the Oconto Yacht Club. Next I have to winterize the fresh water system and engines, then have it shrink wrapped. Next spring when we come back, I'll continue working on the cabin renovation.





Saturday, September 25, 2010

Where did the summer go?

Well, we've been here at the Oconto Yacht Club now for 6 months. Tomorrow morning's forecast low is 38°. Where has the summer gone?

It's time to pull the Shangri-La out of the water, winterize and shrink wrap it for the winter. It's time to get our mini-storage in order so I can get everything, including our old Ford Ranger, tucked away for the winter. It's time to start thinking about heading south for the winter.

This winter we are planing on going to Gulfport, MS. We found a mobile home/RV community called Southern Oaks Mobile Home & RV Community costing $410 a month. It's about 10 miles from where Barb's daughter Angel lives in Biloxi. We'll stay there for 4 to 5 months, then a month or two in New Iberia, LA before heading back up here, via Oklahoma City, to Oconto next spring.

En-route to Gulfport, we are planing a stop in Lenoir City, TN to visit my friend John Winter. John rebuilt the cabin top and installed the new windows in our boat last winter and summer before moving to Tennessee.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cruise Blog

This summer we will be spending a lot of time on our vintage yacht, the Shangri-La. During the summer months, I'll be posting on the blogs that I have set up for our maritime adventures.


Friday, June 4, 2010

We are in the water

It's been a lot of work, but, we are in the water. We started tearing out the cabin interior yesterday so we can build that the way we want it.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Oconto Yacht Club

We've been here at the yacht club for a month now and everything is working out fine for us. We are parked in the back next to a tree line where we get an afternoon shade. We are hooked up to 30 amp power through a marine outlet and near-by water. Our gray water (shower/sink) drains into the lagoon, the same as the boats do, and for our black water (sewage), I empty it once a week into my blue port-a-tank and pull it to the boat pump-out.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Politics?

We were told yesterday that the yacht club had been informed by the city that we couldn't "camp" here at the yacht club. Nested among the boats, in and out of the water, in a park like setting, on private property zoned for parks and recreation, I can't understand how we could be bothering anyone. My only guess is someone in this quaint little town must be jealous or upset because they are loosing money or something because we are "camped" here. The club told us that they will address the situation with the city.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Spring Snow

We woke up this morning with snow covering everything. Barbie questions why we left the warm southern states for this. "It's all about me being able to work on the boat this time of the year Barb."


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Oconto, WI

We are currently parked at the Oconto Yacht Club in Oconto, WI. The idea of staying here at the yacht club for the summer was a great idea, but may not be very feasible. The next few days will tell. We still have our seasonal space reserved at Holtwood Campground here in Oconto.

I've already started making contacts with local people to help us with our renovation project on our boat, the Shangri-La.




Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Paw Paw, IL

We had a nice visit in Moberly, MO the last couple of days. This morning started out great getting on the road by 8:30. Stopped in Minonk, IL for a late lunch and took on 62 gallons of diesel costing $190.87. We've stopped for the night in Paw Paw, IL to get some rest after driving 324 miles today. One more day on the road and we'll reach our summer destination in Oconto, WI.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Moberly, MO "The Magic City"

We have stopped for a couple of days staying at Thompson Campground, part of Rothwell Park, in Moberly, MO, to visit Barbie's nephew Wally.

Moberly is the product of an 1866 railroad auction. The Chariton and Randolph Railroad connected with the North Missouri Railroad Company here. With the coming of the Wabash Railroad Shops in 1873, Moberly seemed to spring from the prairie overnight, and was subsequently dubbed "The Magic City."

From here we'll leave on Tuesday morning on our last leg to Oconto, WI for the summer.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Concorida, MO

We got on the road around 8:30 this morning heading to Moberly, MO to visit family. After driving 400 miles, we stopped for the night in the small town of Concorida, MO, home of Space Craft Manufacturing. They manufacture custom built RVs. Also just to the south of us is Whiteman AFB, home of the 509th Bomb Wing. The 509th files the B-2 Stealth Bomber. In 1947, the 509th Bomb Group was based at the Roswell Army Airfield in Roswell, NM, where the alleged recovery of extra-terrestrial (alien) debris, including corpses, from an object which crashed near Roswell on, or around July 8th, 1947.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

OKC Day 2

We got the services done today on the motorhome, all vehicle registrations updated for the year, and my Class-A CDL renewed for another 4 years. Oil and filter change on the motorhome engine and generator set us back $500. Tomorrow we take as much as we can out of our local storage, stock up at Sam's Club, have dinner with my sister, then head north early Saturday morning.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Oklahoma City, OK

We left Texarkana, TX/AR around 7:30 this morning stopping at the Rockwell RV Park in Oklahoma City. We'll be here until Saturday morning then to Moberley, MO for a couple of days. While in Oklahoma City, we are having full services done on the motorhome engine and generator at Cummins Southern Plains. Also while in the city, I have to renew my Class "A" Commercial Drivers License and vehicle registrations for both our pickups and the motorhome.

One of our followers asked me a question about Texarkana. "(Texarkana) Right on the (Texas/Arkansas) border. Who do they cheer for during football season?"


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Texarkana, TX/AR

We left Betty's RV Park around 8:30 this morning on the first leg of our journey to Oconto, WI, stopping sor the night in Texarkana, TX/AR. Next stop will be in Oklahoma City, OK for 3 nights.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Barbie has been sprung

Barbie was released from this hospital this afternoon. We'll spend the night here at Betty's then head out first thing in the morning.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Update on Barbie

Barbie is doing much better today. The doctors want to keep her in the hospital through the weekend possibly releasing her on Monday. I brought in her computer for her today but she doesn't have any Internet access. But she has TV in the room and some games on her computer to occupy her time.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Barbie is in the hospital

Barbie was admitted into the Abbeville General Hospital last night with pneumonia. They are going to keep her there through tonight. We were planning on leaving out next Monday on our way to Oconto, WI for the summer. Our route will take us through Oklahoma City for a couple of days, then to Moberly, MO for a couple of days before our final destination at the Oconto Yacht Club in Oconto.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Betty's RV Park

After 7 years on the road, Betty's RV Park in Abbeville, LA hands down is one of the best little RV parks that we have stayed at. Betty's RV Park is not a fancy RV resort, there are only 17 sites with hookups at surround her house on a large city lot, they are tight getting into, and the roads are gravel. She has Wi-Fi for those who need to get on the Internet but the signal is weak and you may need to bring your laptop into the pavilion to use it.

But what makes up for it all is Betty herself. She wants to make sure that she is there when you arrive to give you a big welcome. Happy hour is everyday at 4:30 in the afternoon and can last for 2 to 3 hours. You have to bring your own though. You might bring some snacks to share with everyone else too. She arranges tours in the area to places that you would never be able to find on your own. And we have group pot lucks all the time. We are having more fun, met more friends and were treated better than any RV Park we have stayed at before. One thing though, don't bring the kids and please, leave the politics back at your RV.

Betty's RV Park is located at 2118 South State Street in Abbeville, Louisiana. Her phone number is (337) 893-7057. Make sure you call before coming in because she stays full all the time.

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler"
(Let the Good Times Roll)


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Abbeville, LA

After calling Betty's RV Park a little after 2:00 this afternoon to make sure that we were still on for arriving there tomorrow, Betty said she had a space open today. So, within an hour we were on the last leg of this trip to Abbeville, LA. We arrived in time to basically get set up before happy hour. We will be here until around April 14th, then start heading north, through Oklahoma, for our summer destination at the Oconto Yacht Club in Oconto, WI.

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Iberia, LA

We got on the road a little after 10:00 this morning then waited in line for over an hour for the ferry crossing between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula before we finely got off the island. We had side winds all the way. We have stopped at KOC Kampground in New Iberia, LA for 3 nights before heading 21 miles east to Abbeville, LA where we will spend a month a Betty's RV Park.



After we got settled in, we went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the area. R&M's Boiling Point for boiled crayfish. Barb just loves them. We had 12 pounds between the 2 of us. During dinner, Barb said "I could do a winter in Louisiana."


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Galveston, TX

We left Palacios just after 9:00 this morning stopping for the night at Bayou Shores RV Resort in Galveston, TX. We'll leave here tomorrow morning heading to KOC Kampground in New Iberia, LA for 3 nights, then to Betty's RV Park in Abbeville, LA for a month.



Sunday, March 7, 2010

Getting ready to travel

We'll be leaving Palacios, TX next Thursday, Mar 11th, heading to Abbeville, LA for a month before heading north for the summer. We'll be staying at Betty's RV Park.

We also got word yesterday that we will be able to park our motorhome for the summer season at the Oconto Yacht Club in Oconto, WI. This will be the first time the club has ever done this so this year will be a temporary trial. Our cost for the whole season, including electric and water hookups, is $700. There is a pumpout near by for our black tank. If everything works out ok, they will consider open it up for 3 member owned RVs. We also have a boat slip there for the Shangri-La costing us $625 for the season.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back to Palacios, TX

We left Biloxi at 6:15 this morning on our return trip to Palacios, TX. We stopped in Lake Charles, LA for a crayfish lunch and arrived back to Palacios at 5:15 this evening. While in Biloxi, we checked out 4 other RV parks and found one that Barb and I both liked to stay at next winter season.

Indian Point R.V. Resort

Friday, February 19, 2010

On the road to Biloxi

We got on the road a little before 8:00 this morning on our 520 mile ride to Biloxi, MS for our granddaughter Emily's 12th birthday. We got here around 5:00 this evening. we'll be leaving going back to Palacios on Monday morning. Emily will be coming back with us for a week then her parents will make that long drive to pick her up.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Getting off the road

Barb and I have been on the road now going on our 7th year. We (I mostly) keep thinking about settling down some place and be like most of the other people here in America, glued to a community and a small piece of land. This is our second winter in the small coastal town of Palacios, TX and we like it here, during the winter anyway. We even found ourselves a nice little house here in town that we both liked and obtained a pre-approval from a mortgage company. I even got estimates of what it would cost to have our boat shipped down here from Oconto, WI. Being on the bay, the low cost of living, and the better weather down here most of the year, this would be an ideal place for boating. We could go out to the GIWW (Gulf Intercoastal Water Way), turn to starboard (right) and it's 200 miles to Mexico. Or we could turn to port (lift) and it's 200 miles to Louisiana.

We got the paperwork from the mortgage company today and then asked ourselves, "what are we doing?" We love our lifestyle on the road and are not ready to give it up. We are rebuilding our boat to live aboard for several months at a time then cruise the Great Lakes and maybe even the Great Circle Route. That's the rivers and waterways the form a continuous 6500 mile loop around the Eastern USA including the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico with the GIWW to Key West, up the Atlantic coast with it's Intercoastal Water Way to Hudson Bay and River, through the Erie Canal and back into the Great Lakes.

Well, we came to our senses and canceled the loan and we are going to continue with our adventures. If we do decide to buy a new home someday, it will have a big diesel engine in the back and 8 tires on the ground.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Palacios, TX

We are at Serendipity Bay Resort RV Park & Marina in Palacios, TX,

Bird's eye view of the Port of Palacios.

Home of the largest shrimp fishing fleet in Texas.

Our motorhome overlooking the Serendipity Bay Resort Marina.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Robinson, TX

We left Choctaw, OK around 11:30 this morning on our way to Palacios, TX, stopping enroute for the night in Robinson (Waco), TX.

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