Monday, June 22, 2009

The first day of summer

Hi there everyone, well, this was a very busy weekend which included some special events. We expereienced the annual coming of the first day of summer as well as fathers day. Though we are officially in summer, by this time of the year, we normally would have had a number of sweltering days by now. Now, we have had a few warm days this year, but, all in all, it has been a very mild and enjoyable 'Spring'. Yesterday for instance, Fathers day, we had a high of about 82 degrees which was comfortably warm, but it was accompanied with a cool breeze. It was basically wonderful! :-)

My fathers day started as most Sundays do, with an early rise at 6:30 am to be down to the Amador county Animal Control department to walk dogs. The population at the shelter is back up to about 12 dogs, but we have an Adoption Outreach this next weekend at our local Petco, so hopefully, we'll find some pooches some new 'forever' homes! It is so rewarding to go down there every week and walk and work with the dogs. There is one down there named 'Ellie' that is a pit bull. She is an absolute love. She is big and strong, but if we didn't already have 3 dogs in the RV, I'd would have brought her home. Not a mean bone in her body!

We have been living in the RV for 5 months now. Carol and I could not be happier. The original plan was to put everything in storage for a year and if after a year, we were still happy with living in the trailer then we would sell the remainder of our worldly belongings and get out of the storage unit. Well, 5 months into this adventure, we are absolutly in love with the life style. As a result, we're going to start getting rid of things well before the year is out. Katie wants some of the stuff, but the rest will be sold to raise a little cash and lighten our load of 'Stuff'.

We have found our 2006 Keystone Cougar to be a very comfortable home. Even though the service to the trailer is only 30 amps and the Cougar would be considered a mid level RV, we are very comfortable and really in want for nothing. The Cougar only has a single air conditioner, which is not the norm for a rig used for 'Full timing', but so far, with the additional 'weatherizing' of the rig, has managed to keep us comfortable.

We still have our three pooches and the two kitties living with us. Spotty our orange and white kitty has been around since before Carol and I met. I Shortly after Carol and I got togther, Carol bought a house and moved out of her dads place which was about 1.5 miles away as the crow flies. Well, a couple days after Carol moved into the new place, Spotty found his way back to Calvins home, which is what he knew as home. So, he is a quite the surviver. You see him in one of the attached pictures next to Bruce our traveling moose.

Our 32 Inch Television that Carol and I normaly watch, has developed a blue line in the screen. So, we have sent it in to have it repaired. We moved the TV from the bedroom back out to the living room. It's hard to believe that we use to watch this TV in the living room all of the time for a while. The screen is so much smaller than what we have gotten use to.

Well, I guess that is about all for now. Take care and Happy Camping! - Eric -

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Redding 2009

Hi there everyone,

We have come to the JGW RV park in Redding for a weekend. It hasn't been since we hooked up with Karen and Mike in Chico that we have been able to get away from it all. Well, with relatively short notice, we decided to get away for the weekend.

If you have been following the weather at all over the last couple weeks, you know we've been experiencing an un-seasonably rainy and stormy spring. There have been a number of thunder storms moving through the north state lately. Last night was no different. We had a lot of lightning and thunder rolling through during the evening. Carol and I tried to take the dogs for a walk last night before the storm moved through our area, but it became obvious to us shortly after we started that we were surrounded by the storms and that we were best off being in the trailer to ride out the storm. We had been in the trailer for a while, Carol peered outside and made the observation that we might be accumulating some water on the awning which is attached to the passengers side of the trailer. I had placed the awning at a slight angle so that rain would run off if any came, but I have to be honest we got more rain than I expected. So, with it raining quite a bit, I ventured outside and increased the tilt of the awning so that the rain would run off better. I didn't want to be outside any more than necessary, cause it was coming down HARD.

Well, if you take a look at the pictures included in this blog, you can see what happens when you don't listen to your wife or at least the voice of experience. There was a couple with a Keystone Cougar similar to ours. They didn't have enough of a tilt to their awning, and as you can see, it collapsed under the weight of the accumulated water. Ours, fared the storm very well, thanks no doubt to me listening to my wife. How else do I stay happily married for 10 years! :-)

While we were out and about on Friday, we came across one of Reddings land marks, a huge American flag off of the I-5 free way. This is a project of the local Lyons club. They were holding a fund raiser so that they can keep the flag that is on display in good shape at all times.

Our campsite as you can see backed up to the Sacramento River. This is why this RV park is one of our favorite destinations!

Well, I better stop being so lazy and get going. I hope you have a great day! - Take care! Happy camping! - Eric and Carol Anderson

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A couple ladies I'm proud of..

Hi there everyone,

Well, as you probably know, it is 'Graduation Season' and our families are no different. Carol has been working for the last year on her Medical Transcription schooling. She graduated yesterday with a GPA of 3.8 so we are all very proud of her.

Steve and Lena's daughter Marina is graduating from high school tomorrow. We so wish we could be there for her graduation, but alas, life sometimes has other plans for us all.

Happy graduation to all those graduates out there!!!

We are doing great full timing in our fifth wheel. Our original plan was to live in the RV for a year and place all of our worldly belongings in a storage unit for a year. Well, we are 6 months into living in the RV and we are more convinced than ever that this is the life for us. So, we are going to start selling our furniture before the year was up. It will save us over $100.00 a month. Also, we continue to be very happy with our selection of Far Horizons 49er RV resort. We just love this place. It's clean and well maintained. The pool area is wonderful as is the laundry mat. Additionally, the folks here have been very helpful in supporting me to try to get my computer seminars started.

Well, I guess that is all for now. Take care! Happy Camping! - Eric -