Thursday, September 30, 2010

Changes to 'Our Favorite Things! (Food)'

Sadly the Main Street Inn in Grandview MO has closed after over 50 years in business due to the bad economy. We feel like we have lost a good friend as we have been going there for over 30 years. The food there was amazing, the best tenderloin and the best filet from our list but everything was good. We have to do some research to find contenders for best tenderloin and filet.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We just voted!

As full-timers we like every American are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". To make sure we live in a country that is free we exercised our right to participate in our Republic by voting. It was a fairly easy process. We accessed the form to request a mail in ballot online. We printed it and filled it out and then mailed it to Polk County Texas. In a few days we received our ballots. We filled them out and mailed them today.

So in the last year we have switched our residency to Texas and our new Texas driver's licenses. We obviously registered to vote at the same time. Jo has already been called for jury duty but a phone call explaining that we were full-time RVers currently out of state removed her from the jury pool list. Finally we were able to take part in the 2010 Census.

Even though we are full-timers we still have the same routine happenings that we had when we owned our sticks and bricks.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 10, 2010

One Year Anniversary of Full-timing

September 10th marks the one year anniversary of our full-timing. We cannot believe it has been a year since we first moved into our new home and spent the first night there with the cats. We started out with 2 months at the Peculiar Park Place RV Park south of Kansas City to get used to our new digs. We then spent 5 months on the road and arrived back in Peculiar in early April. What was supposed to be a couple months stay has since turned into a 5 months stay due to medical issues.

One might think those are some discouraging statistics; 7 months in the same spot and 5 months traveling, and we do have to admit that at times we got a little disappointed and sometimes it did show. The most frustrating thing was that it was so unknown. Just when we thought we might be leaving Bob would start looking at the route and then BAM we would be staying for another month. This we are leaving, nope we are staying, cycled a number of times throughout our stay. But through all that we were much more worried about the medical issues than anything else. We were in a park that was close to friends and family and doctors and some of our favorite eating places so it could have been much worse. Plus we have the added flexibility of once we get the all clear and decide to leave we can leave the next day.

Throughout our one year stay we have to say that our new home, our condo on wheels, has performed very well. We have endured temperatures as lows at 17 degrees and as high as 105 with a heat index of 121 and yet we have been comfortable while inside. We have endured winds as high as 50 mph while driving and 70 mph while parked and yet we have felt stable. We have been rained on and yet we have stayed dry. We have yet to be snowed on but we are sure that happen.

We have to say that we jammed a lot of sightseeing into 5 months of travel. We walked on the deck of an aircraft carrier that was the same class of carrier that Bob's dad served on in WWII. We saw a 6' scale model of the ship that Jo's dad served on in WWII at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg TX. We visited the Alamo and some great small town museums like the Luna Mimbres Museum in downtown Deming NM. We visited the site of the only ground invasion of the United States after the War of 1812 and that was Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus NM. We toured the Fulton Mansion in Fulton TX which was built strong enough to survive hurricanes. We also saw great natural wonders like National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks.

With all this crammed into 5 months we are excited to see how much we can fit into even more time traveling the next 12 months.

Till next time,

Bob & Jo

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