Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Currently in Wichita Falls TX (Low 53 Clear Currently 56)
Heading to Cisco TX (Currently 61 Breezy Partly Sunny High 79)

After a couple night in Chickasha OK we departed Sunday for Wichita Falls TX. This is the route we took:

We are staying at the Wichita Falls RV Park.

We depart today for Cisco TX for an overnight stay as we continue our trek back to Kerrville TX for the winter.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, November 26, 2022


Currently in Chickasha OK (Low 36 Currently 44 Rain)
Maybe heading to Wichita Falls TX (Currently 45 Early Morning Rain High 47)

After a one night stop in Wellington Kansas we departed yesterday for Chickasha Oklahoma. This was the route we took:

We are staying at the Pecan Grove RV Resort.

Looks like a rainy yucky day in both Chickasha and our destination of Wichita Falls Texas so we will decide a little later today whether we are departing or not so stay tuned.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, November 25, 2022


Currently in Wellington KS (Low 33 Currently 37 Sunny)
Heading to Chickasha OK (Currently 39 Cloudy and Breezy High 51)

After a great and hectic (more on that later) visit we departed yesterday for Wellington Kansas.We met Jo's niece and her husband and her nephew at a truck stop along the way for a chat and farewll hugs.

This is the route we took.
We are staying at the KOA in Wellington.

We depart today for Chickasha Oklahoma.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, October 8, 2022


Belton MO (Low 40 Sunny High 62)
After a few days in Perry Iowa we departed yesterday returning to Belton Missouri. Here is the route we took:
We are staying again at our friend's site outside their building.

Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Currently in Perry IA (Low 49 Mainly Cloudy High 81)
After almost 2 weeks in Belton Missouri we got disturbing news, Bob's sister died suddenly of a heart attack. 
So we departed yesterday for Perry Iowa to attend the service. This is the route we took:

We parked at Pattee Park which is basically a parking lot with 50a power and water. Here we are parked.

We will be here a few days.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 22, 2022


Currently in Belton MO (Low 53 Damp in the Morning, Cloudy High 64)
After over a week at the facility for A-Z Mobile RV Repair getting our RV fixed we departed Monday for Belton Missouri. This is the route we took:
We are staying at our friends RV site outside their building.
We will be here for a few weeks visiting friends and family.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, September 14, 2022


Currently in Paola KS (Low 58 Mostly Sunny High 88)
We departed Emporia Kansas Monday and headed to Paola Kansas. This is the route we took:
We are at the headquarters for A-Z Mobile RV with electrical and water hookups. 
They work on the RV during the day and then we come back after they are done and spend the evening. We've got a pretty good list so we don't know how long we will be here.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, September 12, 2022


Currently in Emporia KS (Currently Clear 53)
Heading to Paola KS (Currently Clear 51 Forecast Sunny High 81)
After a few days in Wellington Kansas (near Wichita) we departed yesterday for Emporia Kansas. This is the route we took:
We are staying at the Emporia RV Park.
Just like Perry Oklahoma we surprisingly had very fast 5g speeds in Emporia. In fact a new record of 343 Mbps. We depart today for Paola Kansas to get some much needed work done on our RV.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, September 10, 2022


Currently in Wellington KS (Low 64 Mostly Sunny and not as Hot High 79) 

On the occasion of our 13th anniversary living fulltime in an RV we thought it would be a good time to review our favorite food stops and present our top 13 foodie places we have found in our fulltiming travels, this time for lunch, lupper or supper. We use the term lupper when we have 2 meal days, brunch and lupper. 
Before we get started here is one of our favorite pictures, a sunset in Kerrville Texas.

So here we go in no particular order:
Bill's BBQ in Kerrville TX - great brisket
Sid's Diner in El Reno OK - onion burgers
Rusty Duck in Dexter IA - chicken livers
Big Jud's in Ashton ID - mushroom swiss burger
Crooked Spoon in Grand Marais MN - french onion soup
Fishtails Cafe in South Beach OR - slumgullion chowder
Joey's Seafood in Houghton MI - blue crab egg rolls
Roy's Pasties in Houghton MI - broccoli cheese chicken pastie
The Keg Chicken in Sioux Falls SD - fried chicken, navy beans
Wendt's on the Lake in Van Dyne WI - lake perch and smelt
My Sister's Place in Grand Marais MN - "My Sisters Special" pizza
Charlotte Plummer's in Rockport TX - oyster stew, shrimp quesadilla
Rio Ranch Cafe in Kerrville TX - chicken fried steak

Contenders but have unfortunately closed:
Kounty Quarthouse in South Range WI - chicken pot pie
Friedhelm's Bavarian Inn in Fredericksburg TX - bavarian schnitzel
El Buen Gusto in Perry IA - chicken a la crema

If you ever get the chance to visit some of these places you will really enjoy the experience.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 9, 2022


Currently in Wellington KS (Low 63 Sunny and Remaining Very Warm High 94)
After an overnight stay in Perry Oklahoma we departed yesterday for Wellington Kansas (just south of Wichita). It was our first time on Oklahoma toll roads in a few years. For the roads we were on there were no toll booths, it was all license plate identification cameras. We didn't see a toll booth until we got to Kansas. This is the route we took:
We are staying at the Wellington KOA.
We will be here for a few days taking advantage of a free Saturday night with a Friday night stay. We will be relaxing here after 3 days of travel and eating at our favorite places in Wichita.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 8, 2022


Currently in Perry OK (Currently Clear 60)
Heading to Wellington KS (Currently 63 Sunny and 
Very Warm High 92)
After an overnight stay in Chickasha Oklahoma we departed yesterday and head to Perry Oklahoma. This is the route we took:
We are staying at Perry Lake Campground, first come first served full hookup sites at a reasonable rate.
While at Perry Lake we got the fastest T-Mobile 5g download we have ever seen, 323Mbps. The 4g hotspot had amazing speed too of 75Mbps. Seems weird that this happens in middle of nowhere Oklahoma but we'll take it.
We depart this morning for Wellington Kansas, getting ever closer to seeing friends and family.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Currently in Chickasha OK (Currently Sunny 75)
Heading to Perry OK (Currently 81 Mostly Sunny High 95)
After a few days and some great meals (Braums, Johnny Carino's, Jimmy's Egg) in Wichita Falls Texas we departed yesterday for Chickasha OK. This is the route we took:

We are staying at Pecan Grove RV Resort.

After an overnight stay we depart today for Perry Oklahoma.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Sunday, September 4, 2022


Currently in Wichita Falls TX (Low 70 Showers in the Morning then Mostly Sunny High 96)
After an overnight stay in Cisco Texas we departed yesterday and headed to Wichita Falls Texas. Here is the route:
We are staying at Wichita Falls RV Park.
After three days of short trips we are staying in Wichita Falls for 3 nights. We are easing back into traveling again and it is getting better each trip. The trip to Cisco on the 2nd day was much easier than the first day and the trip to Wichita Falls was even better. We are slowly getting our RV legs back. 
There are a few places to eat in Wichita Falls that we don't normally get to eat at so we are looking forward to relaxing a few days and enjoying those places.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Saturday, September 3, 2022


Currently in Cisco TX (Low 70 Currently Cloudy 77)
Heading to Wichita Falls TX (Currently 71 Partly Sunny High 95)
After an overnight stay in Brady Texas we departed yesterday for Cisco Texas. This is the route we took:

We are staying at an RV park attached to the Executive Inn.
It is basically an asphalt lot with full hookups but it is good for an overnight stay.
We depart today for Wichita Falls Texas.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Friday, September 2, 2022


Currently in Brady TX (Low 68 Mostly Cloudy Currently 71)
Heading to Cisco TX (Currently 73 A Shower and a Thunderstorm High 86)
It has been a while!! In November 2018 we got back to Kerrville Texas for what we thought was going to be a winter stay. It turned into a lot more. Over the winter it became apparent that we needed to stay in Kerrville in 2019 for medical reasons. We were able to make a short move to another park that would allow us to stay long term. We took care of the medical issues in 2019 and planned on traveling again in 2020 then we all know what happened in 2020. So now we planned on leaving in spring 2021. But getting ready for departure we had some slideout issues. The curse of 2020 was still upon us and we couldn't get mobile service and dealership service was out of the question since no one could guarantee how long we would be without our home. Things returned somewhat to normal in 2022 and we were able to get enough service to hit the road.

So yesterday we departed Kerrville Texas and after a stop at a tire shop for an RV inspection and headed to Brady Texas. This is the route we took (in blue).

It was very strange to travel without cats with us. No worrying about leaving them in the RV and the temperature inside while traveling. It's been very lonely and yet much easier in some ways. We are adjusting.
We are staying at Heart of Texas RV Park.

We stayed hooked up overnight and will depart for Cisco Texas later this morning. We are truly limping home as the troublesome slideout is making horrible noise while being used. So much so that we will go the rest of the trip with the slideout in so we don't get stranded with the slideout out.

Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Monday, December 20, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 33 Currently Sunny 34 Forecast Sunny; Milder High 63) 

We recently lost our Sandra, aka cutest cat ever!

We are slowly adjusting to life without a cat. It is very sad and lonely but we will not be getting another cat. At our age, taking care of each other is about all we can handle. And the heartache of losing another cat is more than we can endure.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, October 2, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Humid with Rain Clouds Sun High 83) 

In honor of our 12th anniversary full-timing we are going to provide a Top 12 full-timing list. Here is one of our favorite photos just after we started full-timing in 2009.

The following places are ones we found on our full-timing travels. Disclaimer: I have not verified that these places are still open so caveat emptor.

Top 12 Breakfast meals (in no particular order)

Arizona Green Chile Eggs at Turquoise Room in Winslow Arizona
Corn Maiden at Turquoise Room in Winslow Arizona
Warm Prickly Pear Cactus and Spice Bread Pudding at Turquoise Room in Winslow Arizona
Sourdough Pancakes at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
German Pancakes (Dutchman) at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
Steak N Eggs at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
SOS at TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
French Man's French Toast at Naniboujou Lodge in Grand Marais Minnesota
Marionberry French Toast at Fishtails Cafe in South Beach Oregon
Pumpkin Pancakes at Drake Diner in Des Moines Iowa
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes/unique Syrup at Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville Minnesota
Finnish Pancakes (Pannukakku) at Suomi in Houghton Michigan
Honorable Mention:
Eggs Sardou at Rio Ranch Cafe in Kerrville Texas 
Eggs Benedict at Loula's Cafe in Whitefish Montana
Grits at Loula's Cafe in Whitefish Montana
Aunt Bessie's Sourdough Waffles at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
Welsh Eggs at Knead Cafe in Kalispell Montana
Southwest Benedict at Cedric's in Idaho Falls
Eggs Benedict at TJ's Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Buttermilk Pancakes at TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Oatmeal at TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Bobby J Breakfast Sandwich at Woerner's Warehouse in Fredericksburg Texas
Raspberry French Toast at Kaleva Cafe in Hancock Michigan
Cranberry Wild Rice French Toast at Sara's Table in Duluth Minnesota
Swedish Pancakes at Swedish Pantry in Escanaba Michigan
Orange Pancakes at PM Park in Clear Lake Iowa 
Pancake Syrup at Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville Minnesota

Top 12 Breakfast Places in no particular order

Turquoise Room inside the La Posada Hotel in Winslow Arizona
Rio Ranch Cafe in Kerrville Texas
Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Woerner's Warehouse (breakfast sandwich, quiche) in Fredericksburg Texas
Loula's Cafe in Whitefish Montana
Naniboujou Lodge in Grand Marais Minnesota
Fishtails Cafe in South Beach Oregon
Suomi in Houghton Michigan
PM Park in Clear Lake Iowa
Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville Minnesota
Knead Cafe in Kalispell Montana  
Honorable Mention:
Sunset Grill in Fredericksburg Texas
Sam's No 3 in Aurora Colorado
Kaleva Cafe in Hancock Michigan
Drake Diner in Des Moines Iowa

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 3, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 73 Mostly Sunny High 96)

It's weird to be the same age as old people! 

August is Bob's birthday month and for us it is a month long celebration. We sign up for a lot of eclubs that give us free meals for your birthday and we tried to use them all :-)

Starting off with a BOGO free meal at First Watch to a free sub at Jersey Mike's to a free slam at Denny's to a sundae at Culvers to free cinnamon breaksticks at Pizza Hut to a free sandwich at Schlotzsky's it was a great month.

The highlight though was another great meal at 1011 Bistro where we both got the sea bass. This is what you get for celebrating your birthday there, a hazelnut chocolate tart, it was delicious.

We like eating out as you know, we like eating out with some free stuff even more.

As August ends it means that the college football season is upon us. The team from Bob’s alma mater, The Iowa State Cyclones, are entering the most hyped, most anticipated year ever. The preseason AP poll had the Cyclones ranked #7 which is their highest preseason ranking of all time. The preseason magazines are paying attention and the Cyclones figure prominently on the front and back covers of 3 major publications. Bob is poring over thes magazines to prepare for the September 4th kickoff against UNI.

Bob has taken ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ to the next level.

Bob is so pumped up he got a new shirt.

Speaking of shirts, with the new Name Image Likeness (NIL) rulings college players can make money off of endorsements, clothing, appearances, etc. Rory Walling is a special teams player at Iowa State and he did something incredible. His t-shirt is a military appreciation t-shirt and he will be donating all of his proceeds, in his own words, "This shirt will honor all of the servicemen and women fighting for our country. This shirt holds a special place in my heart because both of my grandfathers fought for our country. The military presence in my family taught me to stand up for what I believe in and live with integrity. A quote that I've held with me is, 'All gave some, but some gave all.' With this quote in mind, I want to support those who have fought and served for our country. As a way of giving back, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Puppy Jake Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred, socialized, and professionally trained service dogs." - Rory Walling

Bob will be wearing this t-shirt often, especially on September 11th (20th anniversary) when Iowa State hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Go Cyclones!

Till next time,

Bob an Jo

Friday, August 6, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 71 Mostly Sunny High 87) 

July is our anniversary month, a big one in fact, our 30th. We went to Bistro 1011 in Kerrville and they treated us well. Here is our anniversary dessert from them.

In spite of all the uncertainty of the future of Iowa State conference membership due to OU and Texas bolting to the SEC, Bob is excited about this upcoming year so he bought a new shirt.

Other news on the foodie front is that an Arby's opened in Kerrville. It is a new concept store for drive-thru and walk-up ordering only.

Otherwise  it was a pretty normal month of doctor's appointments, church and eating out.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, July 1, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Currently 74 Partly Sunny Low 72 A Couple of Morning Showers then Partly Cloudy High 89) 

This will be the first blog posting that will not have the automatic emails generated by Google so the times they are a changing. Bob had a boss that always said, "communicate, communicate, communicate" so in addition to the readers that have this blog in their reading list we also post on Facebook and emails are sent out to those that first have subscribed at Google but now will be a distribution list managed by us.

What is not changing is what seems like a constant stream of mechanical issues. Vibration caused a wire to come lose on our clothes dryer, which has had a couple of breakdowns before. Shortly after the wire was put back in place the dryer was no longer heating. A high temperature limit switch failed, but we have the part and the tech is coming tomorrow.

From the 'it never makes the noise when you take it into the shop' files. Our living room air conditioner fan started making some squealing noise so we immediately texted our mobile service guy. He texted right back and we tried to set an appointment. Our schedules didn't align in the initial conversation and you will never guess what happened next, the fan quit making the noise. It's been a few days now with no fan noise so we really don't know what to think.

We did a whole chicken on our smoker this month.


HEB had a great price on shrimp that we couldn't resist.

Other than that our month has just been doctor's appointments, massages and church.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Currently Cloudy; Humid; Storms Around Forecast High 82) 

May started off with a bang for us. We got a lot of rain which resulted in flooding on May 1st. Here is how it looked a day after the flooding, we couldn't believe how fast the water rose and then receded.

There was a lot of scrambling by the RVs on the level below us as the water rose. The last couple RVs were driving through the water to get out. We were safe on the upper level.

Lots of info on the foodie scene. We ate for the first time at a DDD place in San Antonio, Magnolia Pancake Haus. Jo loves her some pancakes and Magnolia has a German apple pancake called 'apfel pfannekuchen' which is wonderful.

We split the apple pancake and a smores bread pudding french toast entree and had lots of leftovers. This place is a contender to go on our best restaurants list. We need to do more research to make sure it is worthy. The lengths we go to for information for our readers is amazing.

Kerrville got another BBQ restaurant the end of May, 'True Texas BBQ' at the brand new HEB grocery store. We've eaten there once and the sliced brisket was excellent, some of the best we have had. The brisket beans, cole slaw, baked potato and cherry cobbler were also very good. The sliced turkey on the other hand was dry.

Not much of a smoker update, or should we say 'rain attractor' this month. May was very rainy with a chance of rain most days. One day looked pretty good so Bob started the smoker and was about 30 minutes into a pork roast when it started sprinkling. We put the roast in the crock pot and the smoky flavor added a nice touch. We were able to smoke chicken legs and shrimp which were both excellent. We did both on the same day because of all the rain.

In other Kerrville foodie news they are building an Arbys on Main Street. We really like their chicken salad sandwich so look forward to visiting there when it opens.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, April 30, 2021


Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 63 Showers High 66) 
We have been inconsistent in our blogging and we are going to try monthly updates. We are still in Kerrville Texas due to medical and mechanical issues. We hope to travel this fall up to Iowa/KC area and see family and friends.
Since our anniversary blog last September the mechanical issues and joys of living in a condo on wheels have continued. Covid has certainly impacted the mechanical side as well as the medical side of our travel issues. When Covid hit RV mobile service shutdown just like everything else. What that did to an already overworked and understaffed service area was devastating. Some services in the area quit mobile service outright. The others were so backed up appointments were months out. While this is going on we needed an air conditioner and washer replacement and then a dryer repair which was quite challenging to schedule. But the worst mechanical issue we have is the dining room slideout which won't slide in. The repair is beyond the capabilities of most one man mobile service techs so it has to go into the shop. We found out the problem when we were getting ready to travel and a mobile guy was able to get it working for awhile but that repair is no longer working. Our plan is to get this done in the KC area this fall. Our truck was in the shop for a few days with a leaking exhaust manifold. Just another mechanical challenge we have faced.

The medical front has been challenging also. As we recently blogged about JJ had serious medical issues and we recently lost him. Bob caught Covid and if it wasn't for Jo's niece Deb and husband Dan it would have been a lot worse. As Bob was going to get tested Deb and Dan were arriving for a visit. They stayed in the RV next door and got groceries and takeout for us and really helped us survive the quarantine since they assumed Jo had it also. We had socially distanced conversation but unfortunately no hugs. We owe them big time.
Bob had hernia surgery and is just now ready for prime time again. Jo continues her monthly visits to the pain center and periodic visits for her leg veins. But Bob is the one falling apart; from getting Covid to hernia surgery and starting pain shots on his back with a triple fusion back surgery probably in his future Jo has had to take care of him and she is doing a great job (Nurse Ratchet wink wink). Doctor visits, grocery stores and restaurants totally comprise our social activities.
We finally got a pellet smoker. Our friends TC and Linda have one and we really enjoyed our visits when they cooked for us. As we traveled we saw other RVers with one and were really interested. What really sealed the deal was a couple of events. Not sure if you heard about we in Texas are calling Snovid 2021 (or Snowpocalypse). It was a hundred year storm in February that had record lows, record snow, record ice. It was the BWE (Baskerville Weather Effect) on steroids. There were power outages, rolling blackouts, propane shortages, diesel shortages, stores closed, etc.) Bob sat in line almost 3 hours to get propane. To top it off another mechanical issue we forgot to mention is that our transfer switch failed. So when the power came back on we still didn't have power. It was a balancing act during propane shortages to use propane for heat and to run the generator to charge our batteries. To complicate matters it was so cold the propane tanks froze. Once the power became stable but without the transfer switch Bob came up with a power hack. He bought a 50a to 30a adapter, and a 30a to 15a (110v) adapter. We then ran an extension cord through the kitchen window and plugged in a lamp, to show when the power was on, a couple of heaters so we could turn off the propane furnace and the residential refrigerator to reduce the inverter draw on the batteries. It was a hectic time but we survived. All in all being in an RV with a generator was one of the best ways to ride of Snovid 2021. It was like 2020 said Covid, toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages and 2021 said 'hold my beer'.
Anyway back to the pellet smoker, during Snovid our neighbor Dean did a turkey on his smoker and shared it the folks in the park. It was a nice gesture and good food. Then in late March our fulltime friends Steve and Vicki visited. They have a Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett which is the tailgater version. After talking with them and sampling food we pulled the plug and ordered one. 
We checked with Steve to make sure he would help Bob since he was still under weight limits due to his hernia surgery. USPS had issues with the delivery of the cover delaying it until after Steve and Vicki were leaving so we had to improvise. Here is the beginnings of the 'Steve trademark smoker cover'.

We used the plastic cover that came with the smoker and some plastic sheeting Bob had on had and some tape. Before the new cover arrived we had a few days of rain and some high winds. One thing you don't want is for the pellets to get wet and the improvised cover did its job. Good thing that it worked because the warranty wasn't worth the plastic it was written on. After USPS finally delivered the cover we have had burgers, St. Louis style ribs, chicken and pork chops. Here is a half chicken that was real good. 
Next up is a Boneless Pork Center Loin Roast that HEB has on sale. Then probably steaks and baby back ribs, the choices are endless. We really like the pellet smoker. I have read online that some don't feel that there is enough smoke flavor but to us it is just right.
Here is the smoker with the cover that finally arrived.

Well that does it for catch-up and for April. We 'plan' on having one for May and every month thereafter.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Friday, April 23, 2021


 Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 60 Storms-Some Severe High 80) 
We are sad to report that we recently lost JJ.

Here is the plaque we have on JJ's urn.
                                        JJ (More Than A Pet)
                                        Always Loved....
                                        Never Forgotten
He certainly was more than a pet as the numerous blogs about him attest to. He was usually good on travel days when he had to go into the bedroom but on some days he was hesitant.

He was an Olympic judge.

He was a birdwatcher.

Here he is as a service cat consoling Sandra after she got back from the vet.

We miss him everyday.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo