Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Work has been keeping me pretty busy, but I did manage to get out with some friends for a meal and a movie. We saw True Grit, which we all really enjoyed. Tonight I will ring in the new year with some friends. I'm wishing all of you a happy and safe New Year's Eve, and a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2011!

Rylie's Notes:

This place is teeming with cats. They stroll back and forth outside my window, taunting me with their insolent looks. They drink from my water dish, lounge on my doormat, and even climb on The Staff's car. If only I could open the door...That's my New Year's resolution - perfecting my door opening skills.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I made it to the Bay Area after a half day delay in the LA area for repairs. My wiring connection from the motorhome to the car broke somewhere along the way, so I had to get that fixed. It was pouring rain in LA off and on, so I was glad to get out of there. I had four long driving days, but I made it in time for Christmas and with as little down time from work as possible.

I'm including a link to a Christmas greeting from me and Rylie. I hope it works. I stole this idea from my friend Nancy, who sent one to me. I hope it gives you a smile.


Remember to be kind to everyone at this busy time of year. Even the rude drivers, frantic shoppers, and especially to the animals. I appreciate all of you, my family, friends, and readers, and I wish you much happiness and all the best for the coming year.

Rylie's Notes:

I think I make a pretty good-looking elf.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Does Texas Cover Half the Country?

It sure seems that way when you're driving across it. I'm on the move again! I'm on my way back to the Bay Area to spend Christmas with Cammie and friends. If you're wondering why I haven't posted for so long, it's because I got a couple of other jobs. I was working three jobs before I finished up my Air Photo work and left Texas. I got another instructional design contract job writing training materials and recording computer screen videos, plus I got a freelance writing job doing web pages and blog posts for an RV tour company. This will keep me very busy, so you'll have to excuse me if I don't write blog posts very often. I'm excited about my new gigs!

I've had a couple of problems on the trip back. My electric step stopped working, plus the wiring/cable to my tow system broke today, so now the brake/signal lights don't work on the car while I'm towing. I'll have to deal with these problems in the morning.

I'm happy to be returning to the Bay Area. I've missed Cammie and my friends. Also, I was working in the middle of nowhere in Texas. It was 30 miles to the nearest supermarket, movie theater, store, decent restaurant, or entertainment of any kind. But the campground where I was staying was actually quite nice, and I'll write more about that later.

Other news: Cammie got engaged! She and Doug are planning to get married in a couple of years.

That's it for now, I've got more work to do tonight, and I'm hitting the road bright and early.

Rylie's Notes:

I have been spending the past three days in my den, my little space beneath the passenger seat. I only come out when we stop, and we have been driving very long days. To top it off, we have had some mechanical problems along the way. You know how The Staff gets when we have mechanical problems. Not only that, but we hit wind, rain and fog in California. I think I'll just stay in my den....

Monday, December 06, 2010


One of my stops along Highway 395 in California was the ghost town of Bodie, which is a state park. While traveling the road to Bodie, it's easy to understand why this once-thriving metropolis with a population of 10,000 residents, is now a ghost town. That road is terrible! Especially the last few miles. I believe it was the road to Bodie that signed the death warrant for the shock absorbers on my motorhome. ( Of course I know that the roads were different back when Bodie was a thriving mining town, and that they weren't made for motorhomes.)

Bodie claims to be the most well-preserved ghost town in the country. I have included a lot of photos, so you can judge for yourself.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff has been doing her morning run without me. First she takes me for a 30-45 minute walk, then brings me back home and feeds me breakfast. Then she goes back out for her run. She gives some weak excuse about my leg being too sore to run. That's okay, I get my revenge. While she is gone, I get up on the table. heeheehee