Monday, April 26, 2021

Temperature, Low, 52 Degrees; High, 71 Degrees


Family Time

What a beautiful morning we awoke to. It was a bit chilly but not too bad. The sky was a bright blue and the sun was shining bright. What more could one ask for. We were really looking forward to spending time today with Ms. Barbara’s sister, Carol and her husband, Bob.

Since we were not due to be there until around noon time we slowly eased into the day. We had a wonderful breakfast of pancakes, fried spam, and a couple of cups of coffee. Tummies full we were ready to head out.

We made the turn out of the campground headed toward Route 64. We were within 100 yards of the on ramp and we heard BOOM! Thankfully, there was a parking lot to our immediate right which I pulled in to. I opened the door to check and we both heard it, it being the sound of air whooshing out of a tire. I turned for home and crossed my fingers that I would make it.

Just as I pulled in behind Elvira the tire went completely flat. But come on now, it is only flat on the bottom. Right!

Time to get the spare out and on. But before I could I had to empty the back of the car. Amazing how much junk we had accumulated back there.

While I was busy changing tires Ms. Barbara was inside making phone calls to various tire service centers in the area. We make a good pair, the two of us. Perfect division of labor.

Look close and you can see what caused the problem. Obviously, we had picked up something on the road.

Spare tire on, we headed out to a tire service center that agreed to help us with our little issue.

Inside getting new shoes. Both tires on the back were really worn so I decided to just replace both of them.

Here comes the Cavalry! Ms. Barbara’s sister and her husband came to pick us up and take us out to lunch while the car was being serviced.

Lunch time!

Take a look, can you guess what this restaurant used to be?

At one time it was a Howard Johnson.

What a menu. We both had Chicken Parmesan which was delish. Once finished with lunch we headed back to pick up our car.

Time now to follow Carol to her home in Lake Monticello.

Our first view of a small part of the lake.

One of the Club Houses on the lake.

They pointed out this little gem of a home on the lake, estimated value, one million dollars! I guess some people still do have money.

Pass the Marina.

This gem of a house had a wrap-around deck.

Another nice house in the neighborhood.

We finally arrived at their house. It is huge, much larger than we would ever want or need. Something like three or four bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room – and that is just on the first floor.

There is also a nice screen room on the back of the house. This is something we would really like.

Barbara, Carol, Bob.

We had a delightful afternoon catching up on old times and talking about plans for the future. Soon enough it was time to go home. Thankfully, we only had a thirty minute ride so we were home in no time. We will cherish this afternoon for a long time to come because time with family and friends is always the best.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. The day began with a Boom but ended with a delightful time with family. What’s the old saying? All’s well that ends well. We have said it before and will continue to say it: We are two of the most blessed and fortunate people on the face of the earth.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her 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!


  1. BOOM! Just glad you were able to get back to the campground and didn’t do damage to the car or injure yourselves. Lovely home and by a lake, Wow!! Happy you had a nice day with family.


  2. I’m happy the day worked on so well for you, even though it started with the BOOM! Their home looks nice; we would like the screened in porch. I say big house, big bills! Plus, lots to maintain. No thanks. Glad you had a nice day with family!


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