All Things

fullsizeoutput_4225The number one tourist destination in this region of New Mexico is Ruidoso Downs. Racing occurs throughout the summer season.   On Labor Day the winner of the All American Futurity receives the largest purse in quarter-horse racing, $3 million.  In contrast, the Kentucky Derby winner gets a mere $2 million!

fullsizeoutput_4226More than 25,000 folks descend on this unassuming racetrack in the town of Ruidoso Downs. All was quiet during our visit as racing was done for the season.

fullsizeoutput_420fWe traveled further afield and found Fort Stanton, established in 1855. Like many forts in the west, it began as an outpost to protect settlers from Indians, in this case, the Mescalero Apache.

In 1861, Union soldiers abandoned the fort setting fire to it as they left so advancing Confederate troops could not benefit. A rainstorm put out the fire and left the fort and supplies available for a brief Confederate occupation.

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Commanding Officer Quarters

Union Colonel Kit Carson and his troops reoccupied and refurbished Fort Stanton in 1862.  The fort served to monitor the Apache until 1896.

General “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, began his military career at Fort Stanton.

Once military usefulness passed, Fort Stanton’s purpose was varied – encompassing almost all things!

In 1899 Fort Stanton became a Marine Hospital for tuberculosis patients. A seaman was required to have served a minimum of three months aboard a United States flagged vessel to be treated in the first federal tuberculosis hospital in the country.

fullsizeoutput_4215In keeping with medical treatment protocols at the time, patients lived in open air tents and had a strict protocol of nutrition and rest.

fullsizeoutput_4217Although many patients recovered, a nearby cemetery holds those who didn’t. The hospital was the primary occupant of the Fort Stanton facility from 1896 to 1953.

The Civilian Conservation Corps had a camp nearby from 1933 to 1940 assisting at the hospital and with the forest service.

fullsizeoutput_4216One of the most interesting chapters in Fort Stanton’s history was when the crew of the SS Columbus, a German Luxury Liner,  were housed there from 1939-1945.

Britain was at war with Germany in 1939 and the SS Columbus was caught in the middle.
Under orders from Hitler to avoid captured by all means, Captain Dahne unloaded his passengers in Cuba and scuttled his ship off the east coast of the “neutral” United States. Over 500 survivors were rescued and taken aboard the USS Tuscaloosa. They spent time on Ellis Island in New York and Angel Island in San Francisco Bay before 410 of the crew eventually occupied the abandoned CCC camp.    Captain Dahne continued to command the men and operations at Fort Stanton.

In 1941, when the US formally entered the war, the men were reclassified as alien enemies. Life went on much as before, except a fence was installed around the camp. The men were repatriated to Germany at the close of the war.

Yet, Fort Stanton’s story is not done!

After the tuberculosis hospital closed in 1953, the property was given to the state of New Mexico.  Between 1963 and 2009, the state used the old fort for a series of purposes. It was a facility for the “mentally challenged,” a women’s low security correctional facility and a drug rehabilitation center.

The state eventually designated Fort Stanton a state monument and then a state historic site.  Many of the old fort and hospital buildings are available for viewing.

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Enlisted barracks


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Four men slept in this double bunk.  Head to toe both upper and lower.


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Catholic Chapel


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This fireplace shows multiple faces from use over the years.

And continuing in the spirit of all things – I often tell Handy Randy that he can fix all things! He always demurs but those of you who know him, or know of him through the blog, know that I am right. He even impressed himself this time!

P1130456For awhile I have grumbled about a shade spot on my photographs.  I called about having the camera cleaned but the estimate was $175 just to get started.  Usually the spot was buried in photographic content and was just a nuisance but at the balloon fiesta it was really a problem.

We discussed getting a new camera but I REALLY don’t like learning new technology.  On a whim, Randy watched a video about cleaning the camera. He figured it was worth $10 to order a precision tool set.fullsizeoutput_421b

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fullsizeoutput_421eAnd to the surprise of no one,  he took the camera apart, cleaned some dust off the CCD, (the electronics part that captures the light for the image) and no more shade spot!

P1130781Whoohoo! He saved us about $400 for a new camera and me from having to learn new technology!   Like I said, Handy Randy can fix all things!!

 

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Smokey Bear: There’s More to the Story

fullsizeoutput_4208I grew up with the story of Smokey Bear.  I even taught Smokey’s story as a kindergarten teacher. A bear cub was rescued during a forest fire and nursed back to health. He was named Smokey and became a messenger for the prevention of forest fires. Those basics are still there, but there is much more.

Smokey’s story actually begins in World War II. Forest resources were critical to the war effort and there was great concern about enemy attacks. After a Japanese submarine landed shells near Los Padres National Forest in southern California, the forest service created the Cooperative Fire Prevention Program.

The Wartime Advertising Council looked for an animal to lead the fire prevention message and used Walt Disney’s Bambi for one year. In 1944, after considering a squirrel,  they decided to use a bear and named him Smokey.

 

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This was Smokey’s first slogan.

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This message began in 1947.

fullsizeoutput_4219So what about the little bear cub in the fire we all know about?   It wasn’t until 1950 that he was rescued near Capitan, New Mexico. He was badly burned on his paws and buttocks and he weighed five pounds.

The cub was taken to a veterinarian in Santa Fe by Ray Bell, a pilot with New Mexico Fish and Game.  A local newspaperman nicknamed the little bear Hot Foot Teddy.  The veterinarian was able to treat the burns but the little bear wasn’t eating.  Ray Bell took the bear home where his wife and daughter nursed the bear every two hours and restored him to health.

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The photographer used the honey on the chin trick for this photo.

When word of the cub spread, California wanted him as a living symbol of their flag. The United States Forest Service wanted him as a living representative of their campaign bear, Smokey.  The New Mexico game warden made the decision to send the cub to Washington DC.

With no budget to transport the little cub, Trans World Airlines (TWA) was approached and they agreed to take little Smokey to Washington as freight but would not fly an attendant.  Bill Piper of Piper Aircraft Co. came to the rescue sending a brand new plane to fly Smokey and his human tender to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Smokey began his work for the Forest Service and children came to know him and his message.

fullsizeoutput_4220Another New Mexico orphaned black bear, Goldie, was brought to the zoo to be Smokey’s mate in 1961. She was also known as Mrs. Smokey. They never had cubs.

Smokey lived and worked at the National Zoo as a Federal employee of the Forest Service. He retired in 1975 at age 25, the bear age equivalent of 70 in human years, the mandatory retirement age for federal employees.  He was officially a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

fullsizeoutput_420aSmokey died a year later and his remains were returned to Capitan, New Mexico and buried at the Smokey Bear Historical Park.

fullsizeoutput_420bWhen Smokey retired another New Mexico orphan cub went to the National Zoo.  The new Little Smokey embodied the message until his death in 1990 when live bear representation was discontinued.

From 1950 forward, millions of children in the United States and around the world grew up with Smokey’s fire prevention message. In 1992, a Forest Service review considered the prevention message to have been very successful as human wildfires were reduced by half even though use of public lands increased tenfold. In fact, the message was so successfully received that the public had difficulty understanding that natural and prescribed fires were beneficial.

fullsizeoutput_4223At the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta we talked extensively with the current coordinator of the Friends of Smokey Bear Balloon. He told us how the original thought of a Smokey balloon slowly gained momentum and was eventually approved by the US Forest Service. A public and government partnership funded the original Smokey balloon which took flight over the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in1993.

fullsizeoutput_4224In addition to hundreds of appearances around the country, the Smokey Bear Balloon was the first non-Disney balloon invited to fly over Walt Disney World.

The original Smokey balloon snagged a radio tower at the 2005 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and was destroyed.

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The first Smokey Bear Balloon is also buried at the Smokey Bear Historical Park.

fullsizeoutput_419aWith public support, funds were raised for a second Smokey Bear Balloon. It continues to make dozens of appearances each year.   That balloon is aging and the future is uncertain. The Friends of Smokey Bear Balloon organization have the “rights” to the image but funding a new balloon and continuing operations going forward look challenging.

We are hoping for a future that includes Smokey Bear for our grandson and yours!

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“It’s Amazing!!”

fullsizeoutput_4198It’s Amazing!   That is what we said over and over again at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

fullsizeoutput_41d5We decided a year ago to meet Art and Beth at the Fiesta and coordinated arrival so we were parked side by side. Beth arranged a balloon flight and had a great time. We paid big bucks to fly over Lake Tahoe previously so didn’t plan to do so again.

 

fullsizeoutput_419c Friends Gerry and Kathy are balloon crew and Fiesta veterans. They advised, encouraged and provided opportunities and experiences that we never expected.  Kathy was a fount of information about individual balloons and Gerry knew everything about the science of it all. They helped make the Fiesta an amazing experience

fullsizeoutput_41a6Through them we met Cheryl, a balloon pilot and instructor.  She is also a member of the Fiesta Board of Directors.  In addition to providing entry passes, Cheryl told us stories about security, sponsorship, statistics, volunteering and the design process for their balloon Twisted.

fullsizeoutput_4199 Her husband, Fred, is the pilot for Twisted, the balloon Gerry and Kathy crew for. We were invited to come out and crew.

fullsizeoutput_41f1The process looks complicated to a novice.  A dozen people were preparing Twisted for flight.

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My task was to loosely velcro the crown piece.  The pilot needs to be able to pull the crown away to release air for descent.  I  asked Kathy to double check me because I didn’t want to make a mistake!   This picture is inside the balloon looking up.

fullsizeoutput_41deRandy had the job others didn’t want when it’s cold outside – standing in front of the fans for the initial inflation process!

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Randy was invited to fly with Fred and Kathy!

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Zebras, in all manners of black and white, give permission for launch.

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Randy aboard Twisted!

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His picture of the launch field.

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Randy found our home for the Fiesta, the Montana in the middle.  The temporary RV park has 30 amp power and water, a shuttle to the launch field,  and is close to the action!

fullsizeoutput_41b5 Art, happily babysitting Elko while Randy and I crewed, noticed Twisted heading toward a nearby field and walked over.  Elko found his dad in the balloon!

fullsizeoutput_41b4We spent two amazing mornings sitting at our campsite watching waves of balloons come over us.  With 550+ balloons at the Fiesta,  we were always noticing one we hadn’t seen before!

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Elko enjoyed the balloons!

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A balloon eclipse!

Special shapes are fun!   Next time we will plan to be there on special shapes day!

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After sunset, we enjoyed the night glows and fireworks.

Enjoy the night glow video!

fullsizeoutput_4190We enjoyed learning about the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, one of only two distance races for gas balloons in the world.  The America’s Challenge was founded in Albuquerque in 1995.  The balloons are white to lessen the impact of heating and cooling  and filled with hydrogen, the lightest of gases.

 

fullsizeoutput_41c1Balloons launch consecutively from the same stage holding two pilots, oxygen, and all the gear needed for a 3-4 day flight. They have sand and water ballast.

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The yellow box holds tracking equipment to monitor the balloon’s location – important information for race monitors and their chase crew!

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A gas balloon uses a closed envelope.  The pilot tries to balance winds, ballast and gas usage for flight length and direction.

Balloon routes were available on the Festival App and we monitored the race many times each day!

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Eight teams, four American and four international, competed.   These are landing sites.

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AC-1 and AC-6 were back and forth for most of the race!

fullsizeoutput_41d7At the Balloon Museum we learned about the first balloon flight in France with a crew of a duck, sheep and rooster.  We learned about a failed attempt to land in the arctic and the beginnings of the Albuquerque Fiesta.   We learned about milestone flights across the country, across the Pacific, across the Atlantic and around the world.   We learned about balloons used in warfare.

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We also learned about the Albuquerque box, a unique combination of topography and winds that sometimes allow a balloon to take off and land on the same field.  It’s amazing!

fullsizeoutput_4193We experienced another amazing thing away from the Fiesta grounds – a Musical Highway.   We traveled east of Albuquerque on Route 66.  Once there, Randy drove on the rumble strip at exactly 45 miles per hour and we heard America the Beautiful.    A video from youtube is here.     Other Musical Highways are in Japan,  South Korea and Denmark.   The only other Musical Road in the US, is in Lancaster, California, playing the William Tell Overture.   We’ll get there!

So much is amazing!

 

 

 

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Four Corners – We Pick Colorado

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The title sounds as though we went to Four Corners, whirled the spinner, and chose Colorado.  Although some people travel that way, we don’t. Colorado was pre-planned but Four Corners wasn’t.

fullsizeoutput_415bWe had both been to Four Corners before, the only place in the US where four states meet.   We remembered a parking lot with a medallion and were ambivalent about going again. But when the sign says you are only five miles away – why not?

fullsizeoutput_4159A  lot has changed in 40 years. It is now marketed,  requires $5 per person admission, and has a full complex with booths. It is actually quite nice.

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Supposedly you are only allowed to take three photos. 

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It isn’t all fun and games.

After finding our campground in Cortez, our first stop was Montezuma Veterinary Clinic. Elko had been fussing with his ears and we found he has a double ear infection. Poor boy.  He’s had ear drops for several days now and is improving.

In our first adventure out of Cortez, we drove an hour west to Hovenweep National Monument.  During our drive on the plateau, we had wildlife sightings!

fullsizeoutput_4162Randy saw this tarantula crossing the road so we turned around and took pictures! It was about 3 inches wide and five inches long.

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Later, we saw open range horses. There was a herd of 10 horses and these two were quite comfortable in the road. They weren’t concerned as we moved slowly by.

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We made it to Hovenweep National Monument and were surprised at the crowd. This place is an hour from anywhere but the parking lot was almost full.

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Unlike most national park sites, Elko was welcome to walk the trails. 

 

fullsizeoutput_4169At Hovenweep we saw remnants of Ancestral Puebloan culture in the form of round and square towers.fullsizeoutput_4175

 

 

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There were outlines of multi-room pueblos and tumbling rocks.

The Four Corners region was occupied by Ancestral Puebloans (previously called Anasazi) between 700 and 1300 when the peoples abandoned the region for unknown reasons.

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The ruins at Hovenweep were thought to be built and occupied between 1230 and 1275.

fullsizeoutput_4176The ruins were discovered in 1854 by a Mormon expedition and later named Hovenweep for the Piute/Ute word for “deserted valley.”  The ruins were surveyed by Smithsonian Institution representatives in 1917-18 and designated a national monument in 1923.

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There are a number of similar ruins in the area on BLM land designated Canyons of the Ancients. It takes a little effort to get there, but is worth the trip!

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Moab, Monument Valley and Movies

Southern Utah is a favorite region for us because of superb scenery and interesting cultures. This week we visited an old favorite, Moab, and a new favorite, Monument Valley.   You may not have physically been to either, but you’ve been there in movies, TV shows, and commercials.

fullsizeoutput_40dfWe have visited Moab several times and have wandered Arches and Canyonlands National Parks quite extensively. Randy went into Arches one afternoon and hiked to Delicate Arch but we also did some new things!

fullsizeoutput_40e6We enjoyed a Canyonlands Sunset Cruise with Rory – one of the most engaging tour guide boat captains we have ever experienced.

fullsizeoutput_40f6We saw people brave enough to climb these steep cliffs –  65% of climbers are female!

fullsizeoutput_40f8We saw jug arch, petroglyphs and amazing scenery. Dinner was pretty good too.

fullsizeoutput_40fdBy truck, we traveled the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway out of Moab through more marvelous scenery. The first few miles out of Moab have an adjacent bike trail.

fullsizeoutput_40f1We hiked a bit and saw some climbers way up on this rock!

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Climber is about half way up on the right side!

P1120895We traveled to Red Cliffs Ranch Lodge and the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage.  We learned more than 120 movies were filmed in this area.  Former owner of the site, George White, was instrumental in bringing the first movie, Wagonmaster, to the area in 1949.

Many movies, TV shows and commercials were filmed on White Ranch and the surrounding area. White worked for the Utah Highway Department and was instrumental in finding locations for film crews. He was also the founder of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, the longest tenured movie commission in the world.

fullsizeoutput_4150The film industry has been a source of income in the Moab area for many years as locals are hired as actors, extras and professional crew.  Animals and trainers are also employed. An auto tour allows you to find specific locations for movies and shows.

fullsizeoutput_411eMovies, TV shows and commercials continue to be a lucrative industry for both Moab and Monument Valley.  The movie industry came to Monument Valley during the great depression.  Harry Goulding, owner of the local trading post, sought additional industry for himself and the Navajo people and spent his last $60 to take landscape pictures to John Ford in Hollywood. The rest is history.

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Harry and Leona “Mike” Goulding – photo by Josef Muensch   Harry said he couldn’t spell Leona’s name, so he called her Mike.

Harry Goulding and his wife “Mike” came to the area in the 1920s, established their trading post and lived and worked with the Navajo for the next 40 years.  Although deceased,  both are still remembered fondly by local Navajo.  The new owners of the Gouldings enterprise value the past.

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The former Trading Post is now a museum.

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John Wayne’s Cabin is from the movie “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.”

The immediate area holds a lodge, gift shop, grocery store, restaurant, theater, gas station, chapel and campground – all under the name of Gouldings.

fullsizeoutput_4144We had one of the nicest sites in this campground and enjoyed some easy and accessible hiking within walking distance.

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Randy, wearing a yellow shirt, is right in the middle of the picture way up on the rock – because that is what he does….

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Sunrise view of Monument Valley from our campsite

Although we have a view of Monument Valley from our campsite, we wanted to see more.  Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park and some areas are publicly available with an entrance fee.   Other areas are available only with a Navajo guide. We opted for the whole experience and are very glad we did!

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For $73 each we had a very enjoyable 4 hours with our guide Carol.  She told us about growing up in the valley and being forced to go away to boarding school as a young girl of seven.

 

We saw arches and wild horses and hogans.

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This young woman demonstrated carding and spinning wool and explained weaving and Navajo designs.

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Navajo families live in Monument Valley.

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This is the area where John Wayne’s The Searchers was filmed.

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We saw petroglyphs!

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An enterprising young man asked for tips to pose for this iconic picture.  You can pay more to be in the photo yourself.

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Gotta have Fry Bread!   I shared with Randy.

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We really enjoyed our trip to Monument Valley!

The beauty of this area isn’t exclusive to Monument Valley.  We found two other areas that especially appealed to us.

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Mexican Hat rock is near the town of Mexican Hat.

fullsizeoutput_4116Goosenecks State Park has dry camping right on the bluff overlooking the river.  Some sites are worth not having hook-ups for.  Maybe next time!

Southern Utah NEVER disappoints!

 

 

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Repair and Replace

Repair and Replace has been the theme of our month in Boise as Randy and the problematic things on our fifth-wheel have been “fixed.”

Randy’s recheck and maintenance treatments went as well as we could have hoped. Physical results, chemical results and three maintenance treatments all went very well. We feel blessed and appreciate the prayers and support. He feels fine (as he always has) and we are “excused” until December 7th when the cycle starts again.   So Randy is “repaired” but will not be replaced!

 

Even if Randy wasn’t worth keeping for other reasons, he surely has upped his game in the handy Randy role during the last few weeks. He repaired both bikes and the bike rack and replaced the ladder damaged in our backward collision with the tree in Missouri.

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The new ladder cost $144. Shipping was $238!  It wasn’t heavy – just bulky!

 

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Actually using the ladder you just installed….

P1120758When he was on top he noticed a damaged vent cover and screws that needed to be counter-sunk and covered.   And then he fixed the water heater and on and on.   It seemed the repair jobs would never end!

P1120776Randy also buffed out oxidation and waxed our entire fifth wheel. It was a HUGE job but looks so much better!

fullsizeoutput_40d6Elko frequently supervised Randy’s work but one day decided to walk to the river on his own and go swimming.  Elko has never done anything like that before and the adventure was an unwelcome surprise to his people.  Randy found him pretty quickly but after that Elko had to be attached to our trailer.  Elko thinks the penalty is far greater than his transgression.

The damaged shower pan we told you about in the last blog was replaced by Nelson’s RV in Boise under our extended warranty. The warranty company had a $1000 bill and we had one for $260.  We had a $50 deductible and $200+ for shipping.  Again with the shipping!  We were displaced for the day to our friends Darrell and Cindy’s home. That was the morning after they had a water line problem so Randy helped Darrell dig a 4 x 4 x 4 foot hole for the plumber.

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Randy  was glad to help and felt badly he didn’t go back to help fill in the pit.

It wasn’t all work though. We had a great time taking our grandson to a movie and dinner once a week.    We did some normal Boise summer things like going to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival courtesy of friends Deb and John.  We also enjoyed seeing many of our Boise friends as always.

Also very normal was having a great time over Labor Day weekend at Lake Cascade State Park with Darrell and Cindy.  We have spent many fine holiday weekends together in our favorite sites.

fullsizeoutput_40adWe broke out the inflatable paddle board!

fullsizeoutput_40aeWe had started thinking about Lake Cascade as a place to volunteer next summer and made contact with the park manager. We used to wonder why anyone would volunteer so close to home and now we have applied to do that very thing!  The park has a variety of campgrounds and is just a couple hours from Boise.  The location would be convenient for day trips to Boise and Randy’s medical follow-up which continues into next summer.

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All the western fires made it smokey at Lake Cascade.

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Sun spots!

We went north to McCall and enjoyed a Nine and Dine with friends Rodger and Donna. The course was beautiful, the meal was delicious and the skies were still smokey.

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I just love this picture.  It is so Idaho!

fullsizeoutput_40ceOur friend Karen treated me to something new! We had a wonderful evening at Fuel for the Soul! It is part cooking class, part delicious dinner and part great conversation.

Boise foodies, check it out! I look forward to going again when we return to Boise next spring.

We are headed to the Boise State football game this evening and then begin a road trip toward Albuquerque and the Balloon Festival tomorrow.   Hopefully we won’t have anymore repair and replace drama!   Randy needs a break – where his big task is to just drive.

 

 

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Randy and Trip Facts

Randy had his bladder cancer re-check today and it went well. The doctor said “That’s a good looking bladder.”   We are very thankful!

The second part of today’s exam was a urine cytology which we will hear on next week. His maintenance treatments are schedule for three consecutive Fridays beginning  August 25.

Barring something changing after the cytology results, our plan is to be in the Boise area until September 15 after which we are free to travel until his next check up on December 7th.    Before I work on plans for the next trip, lets look back at some random facts on the last one!

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Boise to Elkhart and back — 4102 miles

Truck miles driven: 5348                   Fuel: 456 gallons,   11.7 mpg

Days on the road: 36

  • Three night stops: 3
  • Two night stops: 11
  • One night stops: 5
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We visited 10 states and earned three new state stickers – Iowa, Kansas and Missouri 

Repairs on the Truck:  Two unplanned, one planned

First, the exhaust manifold repair left us Diverted and Delayed in Wyoming.  Fortunately the repair was relatively quick and successful.

A semi-related second issue has arisen that has our truck sounding like it has flatulence.  It isn’t a required repair but is way too embarrassing to live with.   That repair is pending.

We have a significantly cracked windshield but purposely waited until after this trip to install a new one.  That is scheduled.

Repairs on the Trailer:

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The reason for the trip! One planned repair successfully completed in Elkhart, IN –  Independent suspension and new tires. Randy is very happy with both!

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One unplanned repair in process: We developed a cracked shower pan. Even though it was tempting for Randy to replace it himself, the costs just didn’t justify that decision.  The shower pan was reasonable at $235 but the $350 shipping fee wasn’t.    We are in the process of an extended warranty repair. The shower pan has been ordered and the day long installation should happen before we leave Boise mid September.  Meanwhile, Handy-Randy did a temporary fix.

fullsizeoutput_3fbfOne self-inflicted – unplanned repair in process – our Missouri Oops!  The new ladder has been ordered and Randy will install it when it gets here.  He is working on getting my bike wheel repaired or replaced. He has begun research on a new bike rack and bike for himself.

Even with some unplanned events to manage, it was a great trip! We enjoyed seeing friends and family along the way. We saw some great places and learned interesting things.  It was very nice to be away from the medical stuff for a while!

After all the money we spent on and as a result of this trip, we got an interesting surprise when we picked up five weeks of mail at the UPS store that is our mailing address. We got a check from Norcold!

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There has been a class action lawsuit against Norcold claiming a design flaw in their RV refrigerators which cause an increased risk of fire. It has been going on for years. We qualified to join the lawsuit and did. (In the meantime Randy completed two fixes which minimize our risk for a refrigerator fire.)

A settlement was reached last fall and we were told we’d get some money eventually. Eventually was almost a year later!  When we returned we had a check for $228.90 It was the first of four installments which will total $927.75!

Whoo-hoo! It won’t begin to pay for this trip, but it more than paid for Handy-Randy’s refrigerator fixes!

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