Tuesday, October 30, 2012



The hard part of South Llano River State Park.  Leaving.


But we couldn’t go to Jeff and Carol’s at Bandera without leaving here first.




It’s like having our own private RV Resort in the Hill Country (and we get to hang out with Jeff and Carol).



It’s warm and comfortable here.  It’s another home for us.


Sunday, October 28, 2012



The park we stayed at last night wasn’t bad.  They were very friendly.  It just wasn’t as scenic as some.


We wander our way south to Junction, Texas.  South Llano River State Park.  We got our favorite spot.


We’re out in the boonies for a day.  Not much internet.



Saturday, October 27, 2012

The cold snap


….went farther south than we expected.  It got down to 22 last night, but no snow!  It was an easy leave this morning.


We continue our slide south:



Big Spring, Texas.  It’s warmer here.  Not all the way warm yet, but warmer.  No more long pants for me.  My afternoon walk only required a T shirt.


We didn’t find the best park to stay in that we’ve ever been to

..but all we need is an overnight stop.


We did find a nice place to walk.  Comanche Trail Park.



Tomorrow:  farther south.


Friday, October 26, 2012

The snow zone


…was bigger than we expected.  We woke up to low clouds and snow.


We hung around for a while.  Did some work.  Waited for the clouds to lift.


It warmed up to almost freezing.  One more trip onto the roof and we got all the slides in again.  A late start, but we were on the road by 11.  Breakfast in Colorado, lunch in New Mexico, and dinner in Texas.  Stopped for the night at Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo.




We drove through three states to get here and now that we’re back in Texas we’re almost halfway home.  It is not forecast to get below freezing tonight in Amarillo, so no way we can wake up to snow tomorrow……  Right…….???


Thursday, October 25, 2012



Here is that white stuff everyone has been talking about






Matt got my computer done and brought it out to us early in the day.  We got one last visit with him for the year and were ready to go by noon…. ….then we started clearing snow off the top of the slides so we could close them and drive.




One at a time, with me on the roof and Judy below, we got each slide (and the attendant slide awning) to retract.  Tonight, 200 hundred miles south.  Lathrop State Park.  We’re not out of the cold, it will be in the 20s tonight, but we’re out of the snow zone.





The dermatology appointment with John went well yesterday.  He hit us each about 20 times with liquid nitrogen, so now we look like we got in a bicycle wreck, but he didn’t have to take any samples of anything to send to the lab, so that feels like a victory to us.  Had a nice dinner visit with Becky and Brian in Longmont.


The Wednesday appointment with the eye surgeon went well.  We’re all through with that until next spring.  That was the last of our appointments, so we’re free to head south.  We checked out of the campground at Boulder County Fairgrounds and headed south…. ….as far as Chatfield State Park in Littleton.  Matt needs to do a couple more things to my new laptop.  Have to leave the computer with him.  Can’t leave yet, and there is snow forecast for tonight.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Brian and Becky's app, Family Med Tracker, got reviewed



Busy moms everywhere rejoice! How many times have you had a sick child and said to yourself “Can Sally have her medicine every 4 hours or every 6 hours? And what time was it when I gave it to her last?” Or you are at the doctor’s office and they ask you what medications you are currently taking and you just can’t remember the names? Luckily for us, Family Med Track has come along to ease our minds and lighten our loads. This app takes all of your family medical information and organizes it and manages it for you. With just a few easy steps, you can enter information for multiple people and even email or print a checklist or history for babysitters, school, or doctors!

There are 4 main features of this app:

1) Reminders – Here you can set medication reminders for each member of your family. Your phone will alert you when it is time to administer a dose of medication. You can also pick a unique notification sound so your medication reminders stand out.

2) History – Enter the medical history for your family members including surgeries and hospitalizations.

3) Conditions/Allergies – This section records allergic reactions, health conditions, and family medical history. You can also indicate the severity of the allergic reactions and health conditions from Mild to Life Threatening.

4) Doctors – List the doctors and their contact information for each family member, including general practitioners as well as specialists.

There are far too many benefits to this app to name here, but there are a few that stand out in my mind. Ultimately it is all about convenience. All of this important information is stored in your phone, which if you are like me, is nearly always with you. Security is always a concern, particularly for sensitive medical information but Family Med Track keeps your information safely stored locally on your device or you have the option of storing it in your secure iCloud account. Each family member is different and keeping all of their information straight can be challenging. This app assists you in safely managing your family’s medications to avoid the risk of accidental overdose, mixing medications that should not be taken together or forgetting an important dose of medication. Finally, it gives me peace of mind to know that in an emergency situation I can access all of my family’s critical medical information with a tap on my device.

Family Med Track was developed by a small family business - mom, dad and oldest son. The team knew from experience that keeping track of each family member’s personal health history can be a challenge. This is an app created by a family, for your family and is definitely an app that every mom should have!

Price: 2.99

See the app in iTunes

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Seller: Alexander Software Development


I think she liked it!



Monday, October 22, 2012

We got a new camera


A Nikon D3200.  Now we can take better bird pictures.




Early fog for the drive from Kansas back to Colorado, but otherwise calm air and blue skies all the way.  Now we’re back to where we started from a week ago, Boulder County Fairgrounds.




We had appointments scheduled through Friday.  The weather forecast predicts snow here at the end of the week.  We’ve shuffled the schedule somewhat.  We go see our friend John tomorrow to get the liquid nitrogen torture, then on Wednesday we pay our final visit to the eye-surgeon so we can roll out of here Wednesday afternoon.  A stop at Matt’s house to finish off the new computer set-up and we’re good to go south and snow-free.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Goodland, Kansas


At the KOA on Interstate 70.  We’re on our way back to the Denver area to finish up our appointments before we head south.  We didn’t need to stop this early in the day, but it’s a good layup.  We’re set for an easy drive back to Longmont tomorrow.


We were out in the boonies in a dark place last night, so we went outside to watch the Orionid meteor shower.  It was pretty much like every other meteor shower we’ve stayed up for.  I left after an hour and went back inside without seeing any.  Judy stayed out a little longer and ended up seeing two falling stars.


The motorhome is tight inside when it’s all closed up to drive.  We can get at everything we need, but it’s certainly not roomy.


But then, when we get to our stop for the day, we push a few buttons and it opens up into real rooms again.  It still amazes me every time.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cedar Bluff State Park




Shoulder season camping.  Not too crowded.  It’s easy to like.




Thought we might get some Red-headed Woodpeckers.  Got Sandhill Cranes.




Friday, October 19, 2012



It’s nice here.


The wind let up.  The sun came out.  It warmed up.






We took the kids to the playground.






Thursday, October 18, 2012



Another high wind day on the Great Plains.




Drove north into a headwind anyway.  We were ready to leave Beaver Dunes.  Yesterday the crosswind was so strong it billowed out the port side slide awning and we had to drive with it flapping for a while.  We tried pulling off on the shoulder and opening the slide into the wind and closing it again.  That didn’t help.  When we got to a small town we made two right turns to point us back to the west, stopped, opened and closed the slide on the lee side of the coach, and that reset the slide awning.  The same thing happened to the awning today when we turned across the wind.


Stopped for the night at Scott State Park in Kansas.




The wind is still blowing but it’s supposed to let up tonight.  We’re right on a lake.  It’s probably nice here.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012



Big wind last night.  We closed a bedroom slide around midnight to cut down on the noise.  Moved on this morning.  Drove east.


Calm and quiet through eastern Colorado.  Got VERY windy from the north in Kansas.  Turned south at Garden City to drive with a tailwind and stopped at Beaver Dunes State Park in Oklahoma.



A paradise for off-road vehicles in the dunes.  (There aren’t any here now in shoulder season.  It’s all quiet.)  Not much of a campground but we fit (just).


The dunes are nice,


..but it’s a bit of a challenge to walk the sandy 4-wheeler trails.


Not very birdy.  Interesting to see once.  We’ll move on in the morning.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gymnastics update


Tumbling run.  (Alex has the back flip to go with the back handsprings now.)



Vault practice.  (I love the dismount off the apparatus.)



Rings.  (He’s made it to handstand on the rings.)




Monday, October 15, 2012

John Martin Reservoir State Park


Southeastern Colorado.  100 miles out onto the plains.




Noisy Sandhill Cranes flying by.


…and A hoot owl.



This was only supposed to be an overnight stop, but it’s too nice to leave.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lathrop State Park


No appointments for a week, so we decided to wander around aimlessly for a while.  We drove south this morning and ended up in Lathrop State Park in Southern Colorado.




Beautiful warm weather.  Beautiful country.  We’ll probably head out east tomorrow.  Maybe Eastern Colorado.  Maybe Northwestern Oklahoma.  Maybe Western Kansas.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

MPG update


We had an unexpected result from our last test, but that was before we got the injection system fixed.  We’ve run another 5th gear vs 6th gear test, as much as we could, driving from St Vrain to Chatfield back to Longmont.  Smooth fast road; I set the cruise control on 65.  Slightly rolling terrain, so I alternated 5th gear and 6th gear tracking every 5 miles to make sure any hills got included in each sample.  70 miles of test-time in all.  35 miles each.


The result, 0.2 MPG better fuel economy in 6th gear than in 5th.  Too small a difference to be significant with that small a sample.  What happened?


Last time, we were testing the fuel usage while there was a defect with the injection.  At low RPM under load the engine shuddered.  It could be that shudder was costing us 1 MPG!



Friday, October 12, 2012



Our last day at Chatfield State Park this year.




We’ve moved to Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.


Tomorrow….  …a get-together with all the kids and grandkids at Becky and Brian’s.