Sunday, June 25, 2017

Colorado Adventure

No, this is not our Colorado adventure. These adventures are for younger legs and bodies. Our nephew, David Clark lives in Colorado Springs and he invited his nephews, Justin and Austin Clark to come visit him for a week. They arrived in Colorado Springs early on Monday morning and departed on Friday. I got tired just looking at the pictures from their adventurous week.

Tour guide is in yellow, Dave is in Red an Justin and Austin are in front . Another couple they do not know are along for the ride.

It looks cool an refreshing

David runs his own business in Colorado Springs, Justin recently graduated from Texas State College and Austin just graduated from Liberty Hill High School and will be a U.S marine before the summer is over. David is an excellent host and tour manager for his friends and family. This adventure should be something for all of them to remember the rest of their lives.

Take a hike

Dave, Justin and Austin looking for more adventure.

They spent the week hiking, mountain climbing, mountain bike riding, horseback riding and river rafting. Justin took a lot of pictures and some of the river scenes were taken by the Whitewater touring company. I am sharing some of their pictures with you.

Getting ready for biking

Austin, enjoying life

Austin thumb's up, Dave showing battle scars

 Kathi and I are still at Charlie’s Service in Sunset, UT and it has been a busy week here trying to get the work completed on our Alfa motorhome. I will list just a few of the items that have been repaired or replaced since we have been here. We got a new toilet, new microwave, a new engine fan, a new alternator and a new water pump. Our washer/dryer is functional again and our propane furnace works. There were a few other maintenance items and most are complete. They will reinstall our rear-view mirror and finish waxing and caulking the motorhome on Monday. That will complete our maintenance work and we will be ready to travel to the next stop.

These are nice people to do business with and we have really enjoyed our stay here. Not only did we get our RV repairs done, we got a few needed repairs done to our Jeep, also. The staff are very pleasant and Gilberto spent a lot of time with us the last few weeks. At one time or another, everyone in the shop worked on our vehicles, getting us ready for the road.

Our next stop will be in West Wendover, NV where we will visit the Rainbow Casino for a day or so, then we will decide where to go next. We are thinking about summertime on the Oregon coast again. It would be nice to see my sister, Carol and her husband Lloyd, who are already on the coast.

We will stay flexible and we will see what happens. I am happy just to be with Kathi. Everything else is just extra fun in our lives.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Today is a day of remembrance for our fathers and a day of joy for we who are fathers. May it be a day of peace and happiness for all our families and our country. It is a beautiful, cool sunny day here and it has been a week with nice weather. It does seem to get a little warmer each day.

It was a good week for us at Charlie’s RV Service Center in Sunset, UT. Our new microwave/convection oven was installed, our washer/dryer works again and we got a new monitor for the camera that allows us to watch our Jeep as we travel. They also remounted the awning support I knocked loose from the side of the motorhome as we were leaving Dickinson. Our awning is now extended keeping out the morning sun. There are a few maintenance items remaining, but work is progressing nicely.

Hanging baskets of flowers in Clinton, UT. Just east of Sunset

 Jim, the auto mechanic that was off for a hand operation is back to work with limited use of his right hand. There is plenty of work to do, so Justin and Amanda are glad his operation went well and glad to have him back on the job.

There is plenty of RV work to do as several move in and a several go out each week. There are currently about 15 RV’s on the lot at various stages of the repair cycle.

First magpie I have seen in Utah.
We got a surprise visit from Butch and Debbie Schultz on Friday. They live on the Columbia River in Oregon and came to Utah with other family members and their motorhomes for some sightseeing. Debbie and Kathi keep up with each other on Facebook. It was great to see them, because it has been about four years since we last ran into them on the Oregon coast.

The snow is slowly melting off the mountains, but more flowers are sprouting up all over the area. There is so much traffic in the area it is difficult to stop and smell the roses, but we do when we can. We spend most of our days at home, in case we are needed to support Justin, Gilberto and Gilbert with RV repairs.

We ate lunch at Cracker Barrel on Saturday. Kathi had chicken and dumplings and I had a country fried steak. I even had enough left over for a late-afternoon snack.

Daisies at Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel art

More wall art

Kathi has done some of our laundry to assure the washer/dryer functions properly and it does. but today we need to go to the laundromat to wash sheets and towels. Too many have accumulated to make it feasible to wash in our small washer/dryer.

Our new microwave

Kathi and I are thinking about going to West Wendover, NV for our next stop, but we have not decided for sure. We talk about moving on to the Oregon coast, hovering on a mountain top or going back to the Houston area to be near doctors. We will probably continue to decide on a day-by-day basis. We are retired and happy wherever we reside.

Happy Father’s Day.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Update from Charlie's

We have been at Charlie’s Service Center in Sunset, UT as information was gathered to understand the scope of repairs and provide information to the insurance company.  Charlie’s business began as a muffler shop and expanded into auto repairs a few years later. They now work on cars, trucks and RV’s and there is plenty of work to keep them busy this time of the year. Justin and Mandy Dubose own the business and they stay busy trying to keep up with the business, taking care of their son, Austin and racing their dragster when local meets are held.

There are currently about 20 RV’s on the lot, some waiting for the owners to pick them up, some awaiting parts arrival and a few with work in progress. One of the auto mechanics is off work with a hand operation and Justin has been spending time with both cars and RV’s. Gilberto works with Justin on RV repairs and they both stay on the run. The shop is usually closed on weekends, but both were working part of Saturday to keep up with the volume of work.

We spent Sunday, June 4, 2017 at home watching snow melt on the mountains. The temperature was 92 degrees in the afternoon and I chose that day to refill our batteries with water. That was enough exercise for me and I was glad to get back inside with conditioned air.

Less and less snow each day

The insurance inspector came by on Tuesday and looked at all the repairs that need to be done, took pictures and turned in his report to the insurance carrier. They pulled our air conditioner so the inspector could see the work they had to do to make our propane furnace functional. It turned out the insurance would not cover that repair anyway. It got hot inside, but we got by using our fans. We are glad to get past the insurance hurdle.

Our Alfa at Charlie's

We expect the work to progress, now that they have all the information they need and we have agreed on a repair cost range. Of course, work progress depends on parts arrival. We appreciate Mandy and Justin working with the insurance company to get most of our maintenance issues covered. Kathi will be glad to get her washer/dryer and convection microwave back in operation. I may talk her into beans and cornbread soon.

Our nephew, David Clark has lived in Colorado Springs for a couple of years and his dad, Carl visited him this week. They have been having fun with some hiking, horseback riding and other manly ventures. Carl is my brother-in-law and just one year younger than I am. I am glad he feels like riding and hiking. I think they are having a good time.

My nephew, David

My bother-in-law, Carl

Our oldest son, AJ lives in Austin and sent us several pictures of the ROT (Republic of Texas) Rally that is going on there. There are herds of motorcycle riders in town to share a weekend of camaraderie and music fun. The ROT Rally is thought to be the loudest week of each year in Austin. I am glad I am not there, but I do like to see the motorcycles.

Motorcycles downtown Austin for ROT Rally
Another good week for us and soon we will have to decide where to go next. It may be a hard decision, but who cares. Wherever we are we will enjoy being alive.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

At Charlie's This Week

It has been a short week at Charlie’s, since Monday was Memorial Day. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Gilberto came by early to close our front door, so he could wash our motorhome. He used their pressure washer and it took a long time to get all the bugs and debris off the front. It looked a lot better when he was through. Mandy came by to review the list of repair items she sent to our insurance carrier. They wanted some model numbers and a better description for a few items and we helped her find the information she wanted.

Click on photos to enlarge them. The first two are of a 1948 Chevrolet Master Deluxe brought into Charlie's for maintenance.

The paint has sparkles

Great condition
A while later, we heard footsteps on the roof, followed by some drilling. Gilberto was installing covers over our vent fans, so from now on, we do not have to rush home to close our vents when it rains. Kathi wanted those vent covers installed several years ago and we finally got it done.

After that, we drove a few miles south to Layton to find the location for Quest Labs, so we could return first thing Wednesday morning for our semi-annual blood tests. We made a stop at Kent’s Market to pick up a few grocery items, before returning home. Kathi read, while I worked Sudoku puzzles. I am glad Kathi is enjoying reading again.

Wednesday morning, we went to Quest Labs and carried water to drink on the way. We used to fast before blood draws, but finally found out if we did not drink a lot of water ahead of time we failed our kidney tests. Now we fill ourselves with water to get passing grades. There were two people ahead of us at Quest and another lady came in and seemed to be in a hurry, so we let her proceed before we took our turns.

Still some snow on the mountains
The A/C did not work well on the Jeep and we already had two other items that needed attention, so we took the Jeep key to the office and turned in a maintenance request. We found out one of the mechanics was off for an operation and we assured them we were patient, just keep us on the list for repair work at their convenience.

Thursday, we were home all day watching traffic go by. Kathi was reading. A few RV’s moved around the lot as Gilberto and Justin made repairs to them. It is nice to see business in action. Friday, we spent a good portion of the day watching a pickup truck and trailer bringing in fill dirt to put on the back side of the Charlie’s storage lot next door. There is a steep drop off at that spot and the fill dirt will keep cars away from the edge.

Highly recommended steakhouse
Saturday was a fun day for us. We had lunch with Justin, Mandy and Austin at Ruby River. Mandy had a salad, Kathi had salmon with a sweet potato, Austin had a steak kabob with French fries and a root beer and Justin and I had steak baked potatoes and salad. Lunch was delicious and the conversation was light and fun. To top it off, Mandy made brownies and put candles on top so they could sing happy birthday to me, then we had brownies for desert. It was such a fun meal and I will never forget. It is great to spend time with our friends.