Thursday, February 8, 2018


                                  July 18th to now.

Things are changing at our house again.

July 18, the day after I got back from my motorcycle trip with Joe, Sandy showed me an article in the latest Motorhome magazine that was about Newmar's new 33 foot New Aire RV. In the past we have discussed that if a nice 30-35 foot class A RV came on the market we should take a look. After reading the article and doing some internet research we decided to go to Nappanee, IN and visit the factory to actually see what one looked like. We have not been known to let moss grow under our feet when making a decision.

We arrived at the Newmar factory just before noon on July 26th and were able to join the afternoon tour where we were able to see a New Aire in production, but could not get a good feel for it. So, we headed south to Mount Comfort  RV in Indianapolis, IN to see a finished product there. It is a very nice RV with all the bells and whistles. We stayed overnight and went back to look at it the next morning.

After looking at the New Aire some more we headed for home. On the way back we kept reviewing what we saw and by the time we got home and stopped at Ole Piper Inn to have pizza and beer, we had decided to look at a Dutch Star 3718 at Steinbring Motorcoach in Garfield, MN. They are the only Newmar dealer in Minnesota. 

One of the item's on my list in a new RV was a recliner and the New Aire did not offer it as an option because of its size. One of Sandys wishes was for a washer and dryer which is available on both sizes.

The next day, the 28th, we drove to Garfield which is near Alexandria to look at a DS 3718 shown on their website. However, when we got there it had been sold and picked up a few days before. After looking around we decided to go ahead and order one, so our RV life style is changing again. The floor plan of our Newmar 3718 Dutch Star.

With a new RV coming we got busy selling our Lazy Daze. While   visiting with our garage condo unit neighbor, Jay, he said that he and Linda were looking at RV’s to buy. I told Jay that the Lazy Daze does not have slides and he replied that Linda did not want slides, so I invited him to come take a look. Later in the day both he and Linda came back to look at it and said they were very interested, but would have to think about it as they were not looking to buy until next spring. They bought the LD and we are happy it's going to a good home. So the LD is now parked 20 feet to the west of where it used to be.

I had cataract surgery on both eyes, the right one first. The ME is the doctors initials. At first Sandy thought ME stood for me - this eye, so the surgeon wouldn't operate on the wrong eye. She was partially right.  I think I'm a little sleepy.

Jane likes to have full medical details, so this photo is for her. (An inside Joke.)

The 30th of September had us headed to Lake Chippewa, WI for a week of fishing with friends, Terry and Elaine. Being that we no longer had a RV we rented one of the resorts trailers. Jay and Linda offered us the use of the LD but we did not want to take a chance on damaging it, so we just rent instead. Our home for a week.

The weather was cool and rainy so we didn't do too much fishing. Sandy and Elaine spent spent some time doing jigsaw puzzles and playing dominoes with Elaine's sister.

Ron and Jane have been wanting us to come visit their new home in the Jackson Hole area of WY in the winter. They moved from Phoenix a couple years ago. Since we are waiting for our new RV to arrive, we thought this would be a good time to visit. We left on the 19th and took 2 days to get there. We spent 4 days there visiting, site seeing and playing a card game called 7's. It was great to see Ron, Jane and Charley again. Jane was right about the cold in Jackson Hole, it did not feel as cold as in Minnesota. We have been to the Teton several times in the summer, but the area looks totally different in winter.

This is the view out our bedroom window at Ron and Janes home.

They have this wonderful sunroom which was great to sit in and have coffee in the morning -- or anytime of the day.

On January 29th we received a text that our RV had arrived at the dealer. Both Sandy and I were running around town doing errands, so when I saw the text, I called Sandy and asked if she was up for a road trip. You probably can tell I was anxious to see it. So we drove up the next day to have a look. Here are a few pictures.

We had never seen this model other then on paper before, but the floor plan was better then we expected. We scheduled a February 14th delivery. After getting it stocked up we will head to the Phoenix area for the month of March.

I just have to say this so a few of our friends that know us real well can have a good chuckle. Or is it just a belly busting, hoot snorting, foot stomping laugh. As we have said several times in the past.

"This is our last RV"

Until Next Time,
Dave and Sandy

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


                              March 26th to July 17th, 2017

On the 03-26 we moved to Cave Creek Regional Campground. Ron and Jane, who now live in Wilson, WY had come down to Scottsdale to visit. Oops, I forgot to mention Charley. It had been two years since we last saw them.

Gil and Nancy arrived at the campground in the early afternoon of March 29. It was great to see them again as it had also been a couple years since we were last together. Late afternoon we all went to Ron and Jane’s for dinner and an evening of visiting.

On March 30th we invited a group of friends, Karl, Deb, Dan, Paula, Gil, Nancy, Ron and Jane over for an afternoon happy hour, lots of fun, even if the wind was blowing wildly. For some reason we did not take one picture. 

That next evening we went to supper with a group of friends to celebrate Nancy’s Birthday.

Nancy and Gil.

Sandy, Dan, Paula, Nancy, Gil, Jane and Ron.

We headed for home on Saturday April 1st.  We were both ready, Even though we got to visit with friends, it was a wet and cool winter. The trip to get home took 3 days.

A couple of reasons we head back home in April is for taxes and Crappie fishing. Terry and I got out together 5-6 times. There were years when Terry, I and another friend, George (who is fishing in the great sky above) would spend over 100 days fishing together. There was a sports/bait shop that used to call us the "Three Musketeers."

In May we went out to Aberdeen for Sandy's mom's birthday and Mothers day. It was nice to visit for a few days with Dalles and Sandy's sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and John.

The first week of June we drove the RV to Staples to spend the weekend with all of my brother Glen’s family. It's hard to get all 5 of their kids to be together other then at Christmas or Thanksgiving.

On June 27th Joe, Glen, Dale and I headed out on a four day Motorcycle trip to the La Crosse, WI area. We stayed in La Crosse and did day trips out of there. There was a little rain, but we got some nice rides in.

Joe and I left July 10th on a 9 day 3,919 mile motorcycle trip to the NE part of the USA. We crossed lake Michigan on this ferry from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI.

One of our stops was in Laudon, NH. We got there and stated looking for a motel around 7PM.  It took until 8:30 to find one on our route. NASCAR was in town. $200 a night for a cheap motel.

After we drove through DC we continued west to the Skyline Drive Parkway which we took south. It was a lot like the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then we headed for home. 

This trip was for Joe to say he had ridden his motorcycle in all 49 states in North America. The one's in bold are states he needed.
Wisconsin, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Quebec?, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia,  West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and of course Minnesota. Now all Joe needs is to take a trip to Hawaii.                                                    

Until Next Time,
Dave and Sandy

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


March 14th thru the 26th.
Lost Dutchman State Park and Canyon Lake.

While still at McDowell Mountain there was this bird that had a habit of flying up 3-4 feet then diving back to the perch. We have seen Phainopepla do this when eating bugs, but this looked more like a mating ritual.

March 15th had us moving from McDowell Mountain to Lost Dutchman State Park.

This is the view as you enter Lost Dutchman State Park.

Sandy took this picture from inside the LD to show the view we have from the Motorhome. We were here once before, and by luck got a site with a good view of the mountains. This time we made reservations 6 months ago and this was one of only two sites available, we lucked out again.

Enjoying the view of the Superstition Mountains.

Even though the Superstition Mountains are great to see during the day, it’s at sunset that the MAGIC appears.

These are pinnacles along the top of the mountain.

On our way to Canyon Lake for a boat ride. The land is now made up of green and yellows. This turned out to be a perfect day to be on the water as the temperature was 81 degrees with a slight breeze.

Ocotillo in full bloom.

This was the boat we rented for a half day (5 hours). They also rent fishing boats and pontoons. All can be rented by the hour, half day or full day.

We are moving across the main lake for a 10-mile ride through the canyons to the Apache Lake Dam. We never got to see the dam as it was around the corner from where the buoys stopped us from going further upstream. This is an interesting boat ride because of the different rock formations and vegetation along the way.

There also were a few kayakers on the water.

There were a few spots where it narrowed down to 100 to 150 feet wide. All the rock hazards were well marked.

Dave hard at work navigating the treacherous narrows…..

and Sandy enjoying the beautiful day on the water. Sandy must be feeling real comfortable with boat skills today, as she usually wears a life vest when in the bath tub. Just kidding.

Can you see the pink blooms of the hedgehog cactus?

Again, thank goodness for telephoto lenses.

Back out on the main lake there were several groups of grebe on the water.

While eating at the restaurant it was interesting to watch this couple paddle boarding with their dog. When we first saw them, the dog was on the man’s board. They brought their boards together and the dog smoothly crossed from one board to the other, and no one ended up in the water.

Canyon Lake from a lookout as we headed home.

On March 23rd , the weather finally broke. We woke up to a 50  degree morning and we had .22 inches of rain last night. The high today was 65 degrees. Other than yesterday, this is the first day since March 9th that the high hasn’t been between 90 to 95 degrees. In the morning, there were some clouds covering part of the Superstition Mountains giving it a different look with all the yellows in front.

The next day, we met Vern and Ruthie and went to supper at the Organ Stop Pizza. This is a 5 million dollar instrument that has 6 thousand pipes, numerous percussions and countless traps. It is the largest Wurlitzer organ in the world. What looks like TV screens around the organ are actually glass louvers that open to let out the sound of the pipes playing at any particular time. It was an amazing experience to watch and listen. The pizza was pretty good too!

Ruthie, Sandy, Dave and Vern.

The next day was another beautiful day so we took an opportunity to take a ride up to Payson and stopped at the Saguaro Lake Marina for lunch. Very good food, and Sandy took a chance on the fish which she said was excellent. Our friends, Pat and John, can attest to our bad luck ordering fish.

Until next time,
Dave and Sandy