"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Egg has Rolled.


Dealing with elderly family issues has occupied much of our time the last couple of months.  Wanda’s mom has been doing exceptionally well.  Almost scary that she may attempt something she shouldn’t, and there we go, again.

The last month or two we have been dealing with my family members.  An elderly Aunt and Uncle.  I think I mentioned the passing of the Uncle in my last post.  Since that time,  the Aunt has managed to fall, breaking her lower leg in two places and having surgery.  Let’s just say she isn’t a good patient, and leave it at that.

Before, and during all that, we did manage a few road trips.  One didn’t involve the Casita, or even an overnight stay.  My brother and I made a trip down to Biloxi.  No, not the casinos, but the shrimp boats.

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Jumbo shrimp, fresh from the Gulf.  $2.50 a lb.  De-heading included in price.  I don’t know how these hard working folks make a living selling their product so cheap, but I’ll take it.  I got forty pounds, brother got fifty.  Just wish we had a larger freezer. 

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There was a Fiberglass RV rally at the Land Between the Lakes the first of October.  We had reservations in the campground which we had made months ago.  So, why not go? The area lies on the Tennessee-Kentucky border and is a great RV destination. No pictures of the rally itself.  We did get to visit with a number of old friends, and made a few new ones.   Lots of wildlife can be easily seen.  Much or it not expected.

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She turned me down!

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Feathered Friends.

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What is it?

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Albino Ground Hog?

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Back home for a couple weeks, and it was time for the Great Mississippi River Balloon Races.  Early Friday morning media flight.

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Two of my hearts in that basket.  Daughter and Granddaughter.

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They’re off.

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We’re on top.

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Drifting over the harvested corn fields of Louisiana.

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As it turned out, that was the only flight of the weekend.  A cold front moved through mid day Friday.  Saturday morning dawned cool and windy.  Same for Sunday.

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Much better days for fishing.

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We left Natchez  Sunday afternoon for East Texas.  Another fiberglass RV rally.  Stopped Sunday at our favorite overnight  campsite.  Grilled some rib-eyes, poured a glass of wine, and enjoyed a quiet campfire.

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Found this sitting on my hood Monday morning.  Apparently waiting on the sun to warm  up, as he/she was gone shortly after I got this pic.

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The Pine Knot Rally is held annually near Crockett, Texas.  Over a hundred trailers of different makes and models.  Lots of friends.  We did a little geocaching.

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Heavy rains from Patricia cover much of Texas as I write this.  Hopefully, it will end the drought conditions without causing too much flood damage.  Until next time…..jc

Friday, September 18, 2015

Life is Never Scheduled


Let’s see if I can do a compilation of the last four weeks.

First off is the death of an uncle.  Not just any uncle, but the patriarch of our family.  At almost 88 years of age, he was still going strong.  Taking care of his wife of 65 years, and being the conscious of his nieces and nephews.  He was the one always reminding us to visit the sick, attend the funerals, give to the needy, and much more. We talked often, and though the calls were to check on him and his wife, afterward you realized he was really checking on us.  From a fall, to a broken leg, to a blood clot, and death; all within five days.  A reminder that one never knows.  Also,I’m not sure I like being the oldest member of the clan.

Afterward, we decided to get on the road for a while.  We attended the Kansas Eggstravaganza, of which I didn’t take one picture.  Had a great time with friends, old and new.  I did visit Ft. Riley, but was left feeling more a criminal than a U.S. citizen.  The things we must do to visit historical sites within military facilities has become a real pain.  Though I had plans to visit the Museum of Cavalry, the Custer home, and the Kansas Territorial Capitol, the lack of maps, directions, or information in general, had me feeling unwelcome.  Only visited the museum before departing the grounds.

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How to protect yourself, and your mount during a gas attack.

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We drove to Abilene one day to visit President Eisenhower's home and library.  His boyhood home.

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Grave marker.

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On the way to Abilene, we happened upon a namesake town.  Always thought Chapman was of English origin, but Irish will do.

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Eased our way up into Iowa.  First stop was Pella.  A beautiful small town which is home to Pella windows and Vermeer agricultural equipment.  A town created by Dutch settlers in the mid 1800’s, and very proud of their Dutch heritage.  A real windmill, built by Dutch craftsmen, anchors a corner of downtown. It powers a mill that grinds wheat into flour for the local bakeries, as well as sale to the public.

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Replica sod house that the settlers lived in.

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A Dutch bedroom. Did you know they slept sitting up?

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Wyatt Earp lived here for a short period of time.

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Of course, there is a tulip festival each year.

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Tulip queens from years past.

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Some of the Queen’s costumes.

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Leave your shoes at the door.

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Did I mention Dutch bakeries?  How does one decide what to purchase?

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We had plans to visit the butcher shops the next day.  Shops that still make sausage, bologna, and other products just the same as 1900.  A phone call changed all that.

A friend from my childhood had passed away.  We started first grade together, reconnected again in the 1970’s, and our kids grew up together.  His family requested that I be a pallbearer.  Homeward bound….jc

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Going Dark, or maybe just dim.


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I just noticed that I did eleven blog posts during the month of July, and three in August. I honestly thought the number was less. 

I started Eggrollings in April of 2011.  We had already pulled the egg to many fascinating places in the US and Canada before I got the courage to make the first post.  I figured the immediate family, as well as a few friends might find it entertaining. Thought there’s no way I would ever have a “following”  as so many of the blogs I read.

Imagine my surprise when I received a comment from someone I didn’t know.  And then I  found myself on HitchItch.  Readership went upward, accordingly.  

It was fun taking pictures, and writing about where we went, and what we did.  We visited places we read about on other blogs, and hoped someone might visit a location based on our recommendations.

Things have changed since 2011.  Now, most everyone has a smart phone.  Things like Facebook, Face time, Life360, etc.; make it possible to take a picture, make a comment, and post it to the world almost immediately.  Family members can know immediately where we are located with the touch of a screen.  If we do find ourselves in a remote area, I can push a button on a device, and four different people receive our GPS coordinates by way of a satellite transmission. 

I’ve reached the point where doing a blog isn’t as much fun as it used to be.  The need isn’t there like it once was.  Many places we now visit are repeats.  I’ve blogged about them once, so why bore you with repeat information? 

Eggrollings will stay around.  I’m not going to delete it. Too many great memories.  And, there will still be an occasional post when something strikes my fancy.  I may even become inspired again, and get back to posting regularly.

Thanks to all of you that have been faithful readers.  I cherished your comments and feel like I know you, even if we may not have met, personally.  To those of you we have met, I’m thankful to blog land for your friendship, and hope our paths cross, again…..jc