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  • Guess What? Restring time!

    Posted on January 30th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    Guess what we get to do?  The string broke in our main shade in the RV.  So we have the pleasure of restringing it soon.  As soon as I order the kit it is a go.  I also ordered some extra 1MM string just in case I screw something up.

  • Super Blood Moon and segues

    Posted on January 21st, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    Last night (1/20/2019) was the Super Blood Moon and we watched it at a club house party here in the Escapee’s Rainbow’s End RV Park at Livingston, TX.  We gave up at 11:12 which was the 100% Umbra.  It was not quite as spectacular as I expected but still it was pretty cool. I can see why the ancients were perplexed and a bit worried.  The skies were perfectly clear.  The binoculars were usable and useful seeing it with a bit of color. I am glad I stayed up to see it.  I may never again be able to observe with such clarity and at a time that I will stay up to see it from this Earth.

    Approximately 12 PM today the plumber showed up at the RV to repair the lavatory single handle faucet.  He did not think he could repair it so I told him to install the Moen two handle set I picked up at Lowes last Friday.  I am glad I took the precaution.  He went zip, zip and had it installed in less than an hour.  I paid him the $100/hour and he departed.  So, the faucet cost $83 and this brings the total to $183±.   That sink has cost us this year!  The better half was washing some socks and pushed the sink out from the counter top and that cost $180.  Hopefully we are finished with that part of the RV for a while.

    While waiting for the plumber, I was listening to a Youtube on a sailing vBlog called RAN and came across his comment about liking the native tribe in the vicinity of Panama City.  I made a comment about my daughter being down there in the Peace Corps.  Herein, I include her embeded link to picture she took and the blog she continues to produce.


  • Worried about this

    Posted on January 19th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    Via a Tweet I was lead to an interview of Sugar Land Man.  That article pointed to the GWU hyperlink https://extremism.gwu.edu/travelers.  I just sort of shake my head and wonder why a citizen of the USA would do such a thing?  Admittedly, it is a small % of the people but still it is a pretty extreme act.  The man interviewed is university educated but is broken somehow.  I am much more worried about this type of person than the Latinos coming across the border (that try to integrate into the communities).


  • 12 January 2019 in NE Indiana

    Posted on January 12th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

  • My shutdown comment

    Posted on January 8th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    A year from now we will probably not even remember the ‘shutdown’ because of the even more absurd topics that will replace it as talking fodder. What amazes me is that the Democrats even give this type of thing air time.  The same goes for most of the Republicans and legitimate media.  By legitimate media I mean ones who give a more or less unbiased presentation of facts and statements.

    So considering the above I am going to violate the premise of the statement by presenting this cartoon:

  • A winters day here in Texas

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    It is raining -again – here in east Texas.  Specifically, Livingston, Texas at the Escapees Rainbows End RV Park.  The rain is drumming loudly on the roof of the RV and is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.  This is boring and loud at the same time and enters your soul with an overcast feeling just like the weather outside.  So, I am cruising the net via our Verizon hotspot and came across the below text.  I thought it worthwhile keeping in a place I can find easily so I cut and pasted from site by NerdWallet 

    I include this below in case NerdWallet changes their site and we will definitely include many on our future travels.


    California offers a cornucopia of natural beauty, from towering redwood forests to dusty deserts to breathtaking seascapes and shorelines. This 14-destination loop will take RV travelers across the entire state, tip-to-tip. While we start our journey just northeast of San Diego, remember, this route forms a clockwise loop. You can use any location as your starting point. We’ve highlighted some of the top nature and camping destinations across California, but feel free to improvise as there is no shortage of parks and preserves in the Golden State.

    1. Anza-Borrego State Park
    2. Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
    3. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    4. Big Basin Redwoods State Park
    5. Point Reyes
    6. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
    7. Klamath National Forest
    8. Shasta National Forest
    9. Lake Tahoe
    10. Grover Hot Springs
    11. Yosemite National Park
    12. John Muir Wilderness
    13. Death Valley
    14. Joshua Tree National Park

    Rocky Mountains

    The Rocky Mountains stretch over 3,000 miles from New Mexico to British Columbia and offer a life’s worth of exploration opportunities. You could spend weeks at Yellowstone and Grant Teton alone. We’ve chosen just a few of the more popular destinations and suggest you set aside a hefty chunk of time for this trip. Again, the locations are ordered in clockwise loop, and you can jump in at the most convenient destination. We begin in southern Idaho.

    1. Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
    2. Craters of the Moon Monument, Idaho
    3. National Elk Refuge, Wyo.
    4. Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.
    5. Yellowstone National Park, Mont.
    6. Glacier National Park, Mont.
    7. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Mont.
    8. Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyo.
    9. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo.
    10. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo.
    11. Mesa Verde National Park, Colo.
    12. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colo.

    Route 66

    The classic American road trip, Route 66 spans from Chicago to Los Angeles. Unlike the other trips we list here, Route 66 is less a nature excursion and more a nostalgic cruise along a collection of museums, diners and roadside attractions. Route 66 has hundreds of potential stops, and we’ve chosen just a few. If you plan on taking Route 66 both away from home and back toward it, remember to leave plenty of attractions for the return trip.

    1. Chicago, Ill.
    2. Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum, Ill.
    3. Lincoln’s Tomb, Ill.
    4. St. Louis, Mo.
    5. Mark Twain National Forest, Mo.
    6. Galena Mining and Historical Museum, Kan.
    7. Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Okla.
    8. Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Okla.
    9. Palo Duro State Park, Texas
    10. Cadillac Ranch, Texas
    11. Route 66 Auto Museum, N.M.
    12. Red Rock State Park, N.M.
    13. Petrified Forest National Park, Ariz.
    14. Meteor Crater, Ariz.
    15. The Grand Canyon, Ariz.
    16. Los Angeles

    New England

    An RV trip around New England offers a balanced blend of verdant forests, rocky seascapes, colonial history and gorgeous seaside towns. We start our loop in upstate New York, heading east and north into the parks of upper New England. After Acadia, head south along the coast for breathtaking ocean views. A collection of historic New England towns (Salem, Cape Cod and more) will provide a break from the greenery and a lesson in American history. Pick up the route at the location closest to you!

    1. Adirondack State Park, N.Y.
    2. Green Mountain National Forest, Vt.
    3. White Mountain National Forest, N.H.
    4. Allagash Wilderness Waterway State Park, Maine
    5. Acadia National Park, Maine
    6. Minute Man National Historic Park, Mass.
    7. Salem, Mass.
    8. Boston, Mass.
    9. Cape Cod, Mass.
    10. Jamestown, R.I.
    11. Fort Adams State Park, R.I.
    12. Mystic Seaport, Conn.
    13. Hammonasset State Park, Conn.
    14. Fort Hale Park, Conn.
    15. Ferris Lake, N.Y.

    The South

    The Southeastern states have plenty to offer in terms of nature, culture and relaxation. A satisfying southern RV expedition will sample forests, beaches and everything in-between. This loop starts in historic Savannah, drops down into Florida, meanders along the Southern coast and launches back east into Tennessee and Virginia. The last leg of the journey comprises a series of beaches for a proper cool down at the end of a long, arduous journey. Of course, you can start anywhere along the route and eventually end up back where you started!

    1. Savannah, Ga.
    2. Ocala National Forest, Fla.
    3. Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla.
    4. Everglades National Park, Fla.
    5. Apalachicola National Forest, Fla.
    6. Blackwater River State Park, Fla.
    7. De Soto National Forest, Fla.
    8. New Orleans, La.
    9. Kisatchie National Forest, La.
    10. Houston, Texas
    11. Sam Houston National Forest, Texas
    12. Ouachita National Forest, Ark.
    13. Ozark National Forest, Ark.
    14. Memphis, Tenn.
    15. Nashville, Tenn.
    16. Cherokee National Forest, Tenn.
    17. Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga.
    18. George Washington National Forest, Va.
    19. Virginia Beach, Va.
    20. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    21. Hilton Head, S.C.