Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It – Escapees North Ranch, Congress, Arizona

May 11, 2020

Temperature 89 Degrees

Mom – Thanks So Much We’re Living Our Dream Because of You

Odds and Ends

Another beautiful day given to us by the good Lord today.  Clear blue skies, abundant sunshine, more reasonable temperatures.  What more could one ask for.

Today we are living a life we only once dreamed of.  A life of adventure and travel.  A life of exploration and new discoveries.  We are, truly, on the road today in large part because of my mom.  When others questioned our desire to live full time on the road, not my mom.  She constantly encouraged us to go live the life we wanted to.  Over and over again when she was alive and I called her on the phone to talk to her she would say Are you both still having fun?  I would answer You bet!  To which she would reply I’m so happy for the two of you, just keep living your dream.  That is, indeed, what we are doing.  In addition, Elvira is in a very real sense a gift from her.


With this in mind both Barbara and I wanted in some way to acknowledge her for her love and support.  We finally decided on this.  We proudly display it on the front dash just as you enter our rig.  It will remain there until someday in the future we finally come off the road.


This is the remote control panel for our current converter/inverter.  Up until now it was just there.  But you know what happens when you are confined and become bored?  Yup, you began to investigate the components of your rig.  I dug out the manual and began to run through the various menus.  Interestingly enough I found a number of settings that were incorrect.  I made corrections and even found out how to put the panel into power saver mode.  Imagine that.

Winnebago Minnie Winnie Class C Motorhomes | Ryan's RV Town

Last Wednesday a Class C Motorhome arrived at North Ranch and parked two spaces down from us.  Yet, who owned it, how many were in it remained a mystery until last night.  Each day we would see the patio awning go out, then just before it got dark it would go back in.  Yet, no one ever came out.  Finally, the mystery was solved.  Linda came out last night to go into town to go shopping.  I spent a few minutes talking to her and discovered:  she hates the heat so she just stayed inside last week with the A/C on; and, she is a full timer traveling solo. Another new acquaintance met and made.


Yup, Mexican Train again today.


Our big meal of the day.  A huge chef’s salad for Barbara.  Crab cakes, rice and a nice cold Sam Adams for me.  Oh, Barbara did grab a glass of wine before she sat down.  Absolutely delicious.

Today I also had a wonderful conversation with Dennis, a good friend of ours who we first met when in Florida.  Each month he and I spend a few minutes on the phone catching up on what is going on in each other’s lives.  I really look forward to to our phone calls each month.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We continue to find fulfillment in our days here in Congress but are definitely looking forward to new seeing and exploring new and unexplored parts of this great country.  Till then we’ll enjoy each day here that the good Lord continues to give us.

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Thanks again for joining us today.  Hope your day was as great as ours.  Keep those comments and suggestions coming.  Keep safe.  Wear your mask – if not for yourself then for someone else.  Remember, six feet apart or you could end up six feet under. Wash your hands often.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!




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