We had a good travel day today, with cloudy but good weather almost all the way to Flagstaff. As we approached Flagstaff on US 89 we could see heavy dark clouds over the San Francisco Peaks, and I thought I saw a couple of flashes of lightning. But there was no rain until we got close to Flagstaff, and only a very light rain as we turned in to J&H RV Park just outside Flagstaff. But as I was hooking up at the site I got some rain on me for a while; it went away as soon as I was done! We have been at J&H before and liked it, but have gone elsewhere because of the cost and because some spaces are not satellite-friendly. But it was all I could find and we were lucky to get a satellite-friendly space this time. We’re only here for one night. Continue reading Cocos is so-so. In Flagstaff AZ.
We headed out of Rock Springs WY this morning around 9:00, starting on our way back to Phoenix. We took I-80 west to Kimball Jct, then got off on US 40 to go to Heber City. We stopped there beside the road to have our lunch, then headed on further and onto US 187. We should have gone further, for there are some nice scenic spots along Deer Creek Reservoir where we could have pulled off for lunch. Maybe next time, if we can remember. Continuing on, we got on I-15 in Orem and continued south to Beaver. All told, the trip today was great. Great weather, smooth sailing, made good time. We will head south from Beaver tomorrow. Continue reading In Beaver UT. Still no web site.
The last 24 hours has been very frustrating! Right after I finished writing and publishing my entry last night a problem developed at the web server and my web site has not been available. That means that that even though there was a post to Facebook, people could not reach the story. I made a chat session with Arvixe tech support last night; that tech could not solve the problem and bounced it up the line to a higher level. But no response. Two more sessions with tech support today and still no resolution, though the last one did more testing and made the priority high when he bounced it up the line. I am writing this tonight using the server on my local laptop; this works fine and I will find a way to be able to post these stories for access until the problem gets fixed. Continue reading Server problems. Jo Behrman. Shane. Shauna and Casey.
Kyle, Ashley, and their baby Brycen came over for a visit this evening. Kyle is our grandson; Shane’s son. We brought with us a box containing a bunch of albums of old family photos from Elaine’s side. Kyle had said he wanted to have them and go through them, so Elaine had several months ago gone through them all and marked as many as she could that were not marked showing the names of the people in the photos. Kyle is interested in family history, so he is a good one to keep those photos. Tonight he and Elaine went through the albums and Elaine (and I to some extent) helped him learn who the people were that he did not know. This will be fun for him. Continue reading Kyle, Ashley, Brycen. Less wind. Mud again. Slowwwww.
Part show, part great food, and part great company. That was our dinner at Sapporo tonight with Shauna and Casey Dockter. We had shared this with them the last time we were here, and looked forward to doing it again. Sapporo is a Japanese restaurant with your meal cooked in front of you on a large hibachi with lots of flair. These young chefs are trained to entertain, and that they do. We shared a Sapporo Special For Two – 8 oz filet mignon, 5 oz lobster tail, 8 pcs shrimp, 7 oz chicken. And we brought home about ¾ of each meal for leftovers! They will be yum. I enjoyed a saki-based martini and also had some squirted saki while the meal was being prepared. Continue reading Sapporo. Wind continues. Web work.
We were awakened around 2:00 this morning by a sudden burst of very strong wind against OurHous. This kept up for a long time, and it soon started raining. Elaine said this kept her partially awake for a couple of hours, but I went back to sleep again. When I got up the temp was around 48° but it kept dropping until by around 10:00 it was down to 38°. I had our rooftop electric heat going all night, but this morning I had to switch to gas heat; the rooftop heat pump units will not produce heat when the outside temp drops below the mid-40s. The wind let up this morning but was back with a vengeance around 10:00 or so and continued most of the day off and on. Continue reading It started out miserable, but got better.
Shortly before leaving Phoenix last week Elaine had a nail appointment and had them redone, at least as far as the base goes. She told her tech, however, that her daughter is a licensed nail tech and that Shauna would add some finish details once Elaine got to Wyoming. Well, today was the day, and you can see the result in the photo at left. Some of those decorations are hand-done, but others are stamps. And in some I think there is a combination of stamp and hand work. In any case, the result is elegant! Continue reading Nails. Shane visit. Royal Palm web site.
It took me a little while late this afternoon to realize what I was hearing – almost silence. Early this afternoon a sudden wind came up, blowing hard from the west. It kicked up dust and dirt here in the park and blew it all against us and past. I kept waiting for the rain to start falling, and was sure it would be a pelting rain. But it never came. I think the wind lasted for about an hour and a half, and then must have died down as suddenly as it came up. Now this evening the air is still and all I hear is the noise of traffic on I-80 in the distance. But that wind sure did rattle OurHous and made it shake! Continue reading Sudden storm. John visit. Shauna visit.
We are back at one of our frequent stops – the Rock Springs-Green River KOA– in Rock Springs WY. This is the city from which Elaine and I moved to Phoenix in 2000. We have family here: Elaine’s sister, Jo Behrman; son Shane Ogden and his wife, Johnna; son John Ogden; and daughter Shauna Ogden Dockter and her husband Casey. So we come back often to visit with family. But this area was Elaine’s home for almost all of her life from around age 6 to 2000, and I lived here from around 1979 through 2000 except for when we lived in Lewiston ME from around 1986-1990. We will be here for a week. Continue reading At Rock Springs KOA.
We are in the Springville UT KOA tonight; this is just south of Provo and Salt Lake City. We’ll head out tomorrow for Wyoming. This park is a fairly large one with paved streets and parking pads and grass in between. It seems to be very well kept up, and is attractive. We’re on a pull-through space that is just barely long enough for motorhome and towed car, but we fit. Unfortunately I was not able to park straight on the pad because there is a lamp post at the left edge of our pad so I was not able to swing wide and come in straight. It is sometimes tough with a long wheelbase rig. It was about 81° when we arrived, so very pleasant weather. Continue reading Springville in Autumn. More fuel flow problems.