05.03.15 Great times during our Last weekend in Louisiana!

mondaySaturday, May 2, 2015 – We had a wonderful visit with my sister Harriett and brother in law George. We haven’t visited like this for a few weeks and it was nice to do it one last time before we leave town.  We even walked up and down our road searching for blackberries.  We got a lot!

I’ve been making smoothies every day with fresh blackberries, yogurt, assorted other fruits and kale.  My friend Susan told me about Kale being so nutritionally great.  It tastes bitter if eaten raw but in a smoothie you don’t taste any bitterness and you get all that nutritional value added to the rest of the smoothie.  I’m trying hard to plump up my brain and hopefully this will add to my other efforts!  Try out the kale in your smoothie, it’s great!

I did more of my RVillage work Saturday before and after our visit with my sister.  I only work weekends so my whole week is free.  I kinda like that!

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Drove to Hammond to go to church with Chip at Soul’s Harbor Church.  A very interesting love in your heartpreacher, Jonathan Suber, preached today.  He had a lot of good things to say in his message.  One was that we tend to live for the next big thing in our life.  He encouraged us to see the wonderful things that are going on in our life now and thank God for those things.  I may not have said it as well as he did but it really made me stop and think about it.

We then headed to pick Madisyn up in Loranger.  Their church, River Rock, was doing community service at a near by trailer park having a worship service there and a cookout for the trailer park residents.  We got to enjoy some of their delicious cooking and the most amazing large M&M oatmeal cookies.  We came home after that and we all took a two hour nap!  Madisyn was exhausted from a very busy weekend so we took the opportunity of her napping for us to sneak in a nap also!

Trinity’s family picnic was at Camp Living Waters this year.  They have a large in ground pool and a major big super slide.  Madisyn had a blast going down the super slide 12 times and spending some time swimming in the pool.

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This will be us in just one more day!!!!!

We got to have some nice visiting with several church friend and enjoyed hamburgers, French fries, baked beans and dessert.  Madisyn’s mom Liz came to pick her up and we headed home.

Today Monday is a nice quiet, go no where day!  After a very busy last few days this is very welcome!  Our schedule for Tuesday is very busy so we’re really enjoying this peaceful day quite a bit!

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04.30.15 to 05.02.15 Blog catch up

1606912_904740969542983_2116462016312778720_nThursday, April 30, 2015 – The day is just beautiful, as was yesterday.  Cool weather and plenty of sunshine.  After the deluge of rain we got this past week it is a welcome change and a nice way to spend our last few days in Louisiana.  Today’s countdown day is number is six.  That’s six days until we become Dora’s explorers again!  We have reservations in Mountain View, Arkansas for two weeks and will head over to Oklahoma for a week or so.  The states we’ll visit after that are Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.  Not sure where we’ll head after that but that’s the plan for now!

I’m went today to visit my friend Susan Taylor that I’ve asked prayers for.  Please continue to pray for her.  She is now in hospice since her cancer has moved to her brain. There is nothing further they can do so she made the wise decision to bring hospice in so she’ll have the best quality life she can have.  She was having a great day and looked wonderful.  She’s a very strong Christian and has been such an inspiration to all of us during her trials.  Her daughter Julie was also there so I was blessed by visiting with these two outstanding ladies.

After our visit I finally got my hair cut.  It’s a short bob now!!! It’s grown and grown this last year but I wanted it 18697_1428317237483170_7965880918481279577_nshort again before we get on the road again.

A big event today was hearing from Hillary with RVillage that they need me to work for them again.  It’s just a few hours on the weekends but that’s perfect for me.  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do because they’ve expanded the site so much since I worked for them last.  Remember, if you’re an RVer please please check out rvillage.com.  It’s free to join and your RV lifestyle will benefit greatly from being a member!

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Went to see my favorite doctor, Dr. Eric Greiner, my regular eye doctor.  He is at the opposite end of the spectrum from my neurologist.  When he comes in to see me, he 1377049_818114291571312_5866173629546384386_nis so prepared to meet with ME.  He always remembers things about me and even if it just came from reviewing my chart quickly before he came in that’s fine.  At least he walks in the room ready to address my needs.  The retina specialist eye doctor I saw in Baton Rouge sent him a note that my pressure was high and they called me to come in before we left town.  That’s why I was there.  While my pressures were okay today he said it’s been 5 years since I had an OCT so I need another one before leaving town.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye.

He also told me that if anything happens while I’m on the road, to let him know and he will hook me up with someone around me that can take care of me.  Dr. Naguchi in Baton Rouge said the same thing so I’m very confident about getting care for my eyes while we’re gone.  It’s wonderful to have doctors who are willing to work with our lifestyle.  After my not good doctor experience a couple of weeks ago it was a healing time for me to spend time in the presence of a doctor who cares.  I really had not expected to be seeing him before we left but I’m very glad I did.

Our new renters have started moving into their new home!  Happy Dancing going on in the Chauvin RV!!!

Had some RVillage training with Hillary and Roy and I set out to do our periodical Sam’s shopping.  Went in thinking 1559840_10203090630734763_294273035_nwe’d spend $100, came out spending over $300.  We’re stocked up really good for a while and even found place to store it all, though we are bulging at the seams!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – I started my RVillage work and like previously it is fun work.  I’m thankful that my working helps the full timers not have to stay connected to the website on the weekends giving them some free time.  They all have put in 1000% since last year when the site went online.

My sister and brother in law are coming to visit in about an hour so I’d better get busy with straightening up this place!  It’s gotten hotter the last couple of days which makes it so perfect that we’ll be heading north to cooler temperatures in only 3 days!!!!

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05.09.13 We’ve arrived in Kabetogama, MN!!!!!

We have arrived at Northern Lights Resort in Kabetogama, Minnesota where we will work until October 1st.  We’ve met the folks we’ll be working with and the owners of the Resort and had a little time to look around some.  The lake is starting to thaw and I was told that when it was frozen solid the ice was about 30+ inches thick.  There are some snow banks remaining in a few places and along the road as we entered. There is even snow built up next to the sandy beach.  What a contrast! And there are deer hoof marks in the sand from where the deer have walked! Everyone has been very gracious and very nice since we drove in.   I’ve taken several pictures but want to check with the owners before I post any of them to be sure it’s okay with them for me to do that.  I so wish this place was closer to Louisiana, so you guys could see it for yourself.

Our Verizon phone service only works when standing on a rock next to a telephone pole a good ways away from our RV.  Roy said it’s about 250 to 300 feet from our RV.  Needless to say we won’t be talking too much on the phone!  And when we do we’ll get some good exercise! Our family can reach us in an emergency through the resort office but everyone else should send us an email at Rosalyn@selu.edu or roy@rchauvin.com to communicate or text us on our cell phones.

We just ate our dinner of raw broccoli and dip, triscuits, cheese and summer sausage.   We sat on the floor, served it on the coffee table

Welcome to Minnesota!
Welcome to Minnesota!
Rosalyn enjoying the rushing Big Fork River!
Rosalyn enjoying the rushing Big Fork River!
Roy playing funny!
Roy playing funny!
My he man hubby!
My he man hubby!
This is such a rough life!

and gobbled it up!  A great way to end this beautiful day.  It is 8:54 here now and the sun is just going down.  Tomorrow night we’re all getting together for a chili dinner.  Can’t wait to get together with our co-workers and get to know them better.

These are some pictures we took not far from the resort on our way here today.  This beautiful river was just waiting to be photographed!  The snow is actually still piled up next to the roads in Northern Minnesota.  I got to play with some this evening at the resort.  I’m glad we made it here before it all melted to at least get to see it!  I’ll write more tomorrow and post pictures if I can.  We don’t have to start working until Monday so we’ll have some time to explore and learn about this area some.  Hope everyone has a wonderful evening!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

05.08.13 My hometown – Madison, South Dakota

Bruce Springsteen sang the song “My hometown” and that kept running through my mind as we drove through the little town that is now “our hometown”.  If you’re driving up I-29 in South Dakota take exit 109 and hang a left, go down about 20 miles and you’ll enter the wonderful little town of Madison.  They don’t know how to spell their town name right, but they’ve been spelling it that way for so long we’ll just let it slide!  We discovered that Dakota State University is in Madison, which means we’ve moved from one college town to another college town!  We took a couple of pictures there also.  Hope you enjoy this little scenic tour of “our new hometown!”

Lake County Courthouse in Madison
Madison Public Library
A big old building on the Dakota State University campus
One of the entrances to Dakota State University in Madison
The offices of My Dakota Address where our mail will be forwarded from

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Welcome to Madison sign – we caught it on the way out of town so it’s last!

05.07.13 We’re now South Dakota residents :) goodbye Louisiana residency :(

Twas a sad and emotional day today turning in our treasured Louisiana drivers licenses and getting our shiny new South Dakota licenses.   Kind of felt like we are turning our backs on the state of our birth.  Still more shedding of our Louisiana connections tomorrow when we register our vehicles, register to vote and change our auto insurances to South Dakota.    We would have gotten all that finished today if I hadn’t slept until 11:30…………….  Don’t remember when that happened last!  Roy was up and working on things at 7 am and checked a few times to make sure I wasn’t dead and finally at 11:30 he shook my leg until I woke up.  Don’t know how much longer I would have slept if he hadn’t woken me.

If you are reading this to learn about RV life for your own use please note that you’ll need two forms of identification other than your driver’s license to get your SD drivers license.  In our case we used our passports and our social security cards.  Unfortunately we were in Madison, SD (about 45 miles from Sioux Falls where Dora is parked) when we found this out.  This meant we had to drive back to Sioux Falls to get our passports and social security cards out of the safe.  At least the driver’s license place was in Sioux Falls so we took care of that today.  We’ll drive back to Madison tomorrow to take care of the rest.   Terry at My Dakota Address had all the forms and filled them out so we’d be ready at the Drivers License office and she’ll take care of registering our vehicles in SD.  We’ve found a State Farm agent in Madison where we’ll stop after we’re finished at My Dakota Address.

We are using our Minnesota address, 10176 Bay Club Drive, Kabetogama, MN 56669,  until around September 1st and then we’ll switch to our permanent mail forwarding address which will be 110 E. Center Street, #2301, Madison, SD 57042.  These people don’t know how to spell Madisyn properly but we’ll give them a pass on that!

pink roadWe’ve done a lot of driving today and we both agree we really like what we’ve seen of South Dakota.  It is very clean and everyone has been very nice to us.  The long stretches of highway we drove had open fields as far as you could see on both sides.  I wondered as we drove along who it would feel to live in one of the very few homes we saw along the way.  We’re use to having neighbors semi close by and most of these folks would have to travel miles to see their neighbor. The road between Sioux Falls and Madison was pink in color (see the picture) Just another part of our USA to learn about!  The little town of Madison reminded me somewhat of downtown Hammond and the surrounding areas looked like Old Metairie where Roy grew up off Metairie Road.

Mini Sodas

We stopped at a Wal-Mart and Roy took a picture of some “mini sodas” which he thinks is like Minnesota so I’m including one of his pictures here!

It’s now Wednesday and we’re getting ready to head back to Madison to complete our transition to South Dakota residency.  I plan to take some pictures of the town and will post them in the next blog.

Have a great Wednesday and Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

05.06.13 Kansas back to Missouri, then Iowa and finally South Dakota! May 5th – 6th

Arrived in Linn Valley, Kansas at 4 pm on Sunday May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) and stayed overnight at Linn Valley Lakes.  This is another Coast to Coast Resort so our stay only cost us $9 for the night to cover their  additional electrical charge.  While it was a far cry from the professionally maintained resort we left in Branson it is nice, quiet and a safe place to stay for the night.  Plus there are no street lights to be seen and the night sky was full of stars!  We slept really good that night in the solid darkness.

south dakota signMonday, May 6th we left Kansas and headed to our new home state of South Dakota.  If you weren’t reading our blog when I wrote about choosing a domicile state I’ll briefly tell you why we’re becoming South Dakota residents.  Since we are traveling from state to state we have the opportunity to choose a state for our residency that has the best benefits for us.  After a lot of research we chose South Dakota.  Louisiana has the first or second ranked (highest) auto insurance rates in the country.  This is a big reason to take advantage of choosing another state to be our home state.  South Dakota has much lower auto insurance rates (for both Boots the truck and Dora the RV).  The most recent information I could find ranked them 47th (third from the lowest).  They also don’t charge you taxes on your vehicle to register in their state if you’ve already paid at least that much in your original state, which we have.  They have very good mail forwarding services and we’re signing up with My Dakota Address in Madison, SD.  There are other ones but since this one is in Madison and our little granddaughters name is the same but spelled Madisyn we chose that one!  This gives us a street mailing address so we can get our driver licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance.  We’ll also register to vote there and they defer the jury duty requirement if you’re called for service when on the road, until a time that you’re back in South Dakota.  South Dakota does not have a huge residential population but their population that includes folks like us is pretty high We originally wanted to be Tennessee residents but the reason we chose to not be Tennessee residents is that they did not have a well known (or basically any) mail forwarding service which would give us a street address to obtain the other things with.  South Dakota does require that you spend one night there so tonight’s stay will take care of that.  We’ll stay Tuesday night as well because of the length of time it will take us to take care of all that’s involved in becoming state residents.

Rosalyn in front of some sort of teepee at the Rest Area right inside of the South Dakota line

We drove for 7 hours today over a period of 10 hours.  Yes Roy took his mid-day nap and we just took our time today stopping many times since it was a lot of ground to cover.   We’ve traveled over 1,100 miles so far.  The scenery in Kansas was wonderful but Iowa really surprised me by how not pretty it was at least from the Interstate.  The trees looked like something that belonged in The Raven with black birds circling around.  Something I’m finding interesting is that all the trees are just now getting their first blooms of spring like our oak trees were doing over a month ago in Louisiana.  When we left LA our oak trees were in full bloom yet here they are just little buds!

We just pulled into Tower Campground in Sioux Falls, SD and were greeted by Judy.  She and her husband own the campground and were very welcoming and know all about the process for RVers to become South Dakota residents.   We’ll go first thing in the morning to Madison to get our new address and then back here to get a receipt from her with our new address on it.  That’s a requirement to get our drivers license, registrations, etc.  This is a Passport America campground so we paid more than our Coast to Coast campgrounds but it’s half of their regular rate which for a 50 amp site is $40 a night so for two nights we paid $40.

I’m cooking parmesan crusted Tilapia and baked potatoes for dinner and it’s smelling so good after a long day on the road.  Ya’ll have a great evening, I’m off to eat!

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05.03.13 Branson, MO May 3rd – May 5th

Entrance to Treasure Lake RV Resort

We arrived in Branson Friday May 3rd around 5 pm and left on Sunday May 5th around 11 am.  We stayed at Treasure Lake RV Resort.  It is a beautiful resort on 340 acres with 544  sites.  It has a put-put golf course, playground, swimming pool and lots of other amenities. It’s one of the free sites on our Coast to Coast plan so we only had to pay their additional electrical charge of $7 per night.  It’s right off Shepherd of the Hills Road where lots of attractions are located but you’d never know we were so close since we were so far off the road surrounded by quiet!  The weather was cold, rainy and snowy the first day and just cold and rainy the other two days. The high was 39 degrees and I don’t want to know the low!

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Snow on the roofs in Branson

snow in townWhen we drove into Branson to do some sightseeing we saw many patches of snow on the ground and all the building’s roofs were covered in snow.  Quite a shock to have snow in May and the weather reporters said this is extremely rare in May, even for Missouri.  I think God is preparing us for the cold in Minnesota.  After the snow stopped it rained lightly all day so after going into town we stayed in and enjoyed the rest.

lamberts signMid afternoon we decided to drive around and see more sights in Branson and ran across Lambert’s Restaurant.  What a  lamberts window signsdelightfully enjoyable place that is.  The food was great, the atmosphere was fun and the novelty of people coming around with bowls of food (macaroni and tomatoes, fried potatoes, black-eyed pies, and fried okra) while you eat and offer you some made the whole experience perfect.  I forgot the perky guy who ran around throwing rolls to everyone who wanted one.  I took several pictures of him but he was always in such fast motion everyone came out blurred.

The Sight and Sound Building where we saw Joseph

Day two in Branson we slept in late and after lunch went into town to Sight and Sound Theatre to see the production of Joseph (from the Bible).  It was amazing!  Characters came in from all over and the play wasn’t just in front of us it was on both sides too.  The singing was great but typical Roy said he just knew Jessica Davis would have sung the lead woman’s part better!   While we didn’t plan to do this we went straight from the Theatre to the IMAX to see Iron Man 3.  What a huge screen and a really good movie.  I think Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor and perfect for that part.  The IMAX is right next to our RV Resort so there was no long drive home!

On our way out of town leaving Branson I took some pictures of the highway through the mountains and the rocks they dug through for the highways.  it certainly isn’t the Louisiana flatlands!  We’re headed to Linn Valley, Kansas which is near Kansas City, Kansas for our overnight stay at Linn Valley Lakes RV Resort. The folks we’ll be working for in Minnesota wrote to us yesterday that they will understand if we’re late arriving there due to the unusual weather conditions in the North.  That is very comforting for us to know since we have no experience driving in the snow or bad winter conditions.  We’re really looking forwarding to joining our new little family at Lake Kabetogama, MN!

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05.01.13 Mountain View, Arkansas – Holiday Mountain Resort

Rosalyn and Pat

When we left Jackson, MS yesterday after visiting with Pat Turner we headed to Mountain View, Arkansas. The morning got an A+ but the afternoon adventure got a C-! What should have been a 6 hour drive turned into a 10 hour trip. We stopped at a rest area where Roy took a nap and I found a beautiful oak tree to sit under and paint my fingernails and toenails! That part of the long trip was quite relaxing and probably gave us the strength to make it through the rest of the drive!

We’re learning that it’s hard to navigate in unknown places and especially hard when you’re in a motor home with a truck behind it. You can’t back up too far. Normally if you go the wrong way you pull into the next driveway and turn around once you realize you’ve taken a wrong turn. Just can’t be done with Dora and Boots so we ended up driving many miles out of our way to get back on the right track. Then because we did that more than once it made up have to drive in the dark which is a whole different adventure in itself. The extremely winding hilly roads gave me cause to grip my seat until the turn was over and then of course there was another turn just up ahead! Many lessons learned from yesterday’s travels. Never travel in the dark if you don’t know where you are was one of the most important ones. I did enjoy getting to drive the off roads and see the Arkansas towns and fields but since the last two hours were in the dark we saw nothing but yellow lines on the side of the road and asphalt ahead!

We had reservations at Holiday Mountain Resort in Mountain View, Arkansas where they gave us, ahead of time, the code to get in the gate because of our late arrival. When we pulled up at 10 pm we drove to the gate and entered the code and NOTHING happened. Roy of course thought I was doing something wrong (which I usually do when it comes to electronics) and tried it himself, still NOTHING. After several tries we gave up. We were able to back up Dora a little bit and drove up in front of the office and parked her for the night! Couldn’t put the slides out which isn’t ideal but when you’re asleep you don’t care. I woke up this morning to the sound of Dora’s engine cranking up and us moving forward. Turns out the battery in the gate opener was dead. Boots battery was also dead when we unhooked her so we’ll be going in search of a new battery sometime today.

The river running through Holiday Mountain Resort
Rosalyn playing in the river!
Roy enjoying the fresh morning air!

Since waking up this morning the day has been an A++. We sat in our rockers under the awning next to the beach and rushing waters drinking our morning coffee. Talk about washing your cares away! We made our way down the hill to the beach, played and walked in the waters for a while totally enjoying ourselves. While we wanted to cross the water to the beach on the other side, the current was so strong we were afraid we’d wind up way down the stream and not by choice! I walked along the beach to the bridge that goes over the water and up the hill to the office to tell them we want to stay again tonight. Picked up a rock to send to Madisyn and enjoyed my stroll tremendously. Listening to the water rushing by, hearing the birds chirping and getting some exercise made for a perfect morning.

After lunch we decided to go into the town and see what we missed while arriving in the dark last night! Mountain View is a lot like the outskirts of Pigeon Forge and is quite a neat place. We went to the Post Office to mail off a package and shopped a little at Wal-Mart. Got tips from the locals on things to see, one of which was to go to the town square to see the pickers. Well I didn’t know what that was exactly and didn’t figure people were picking cotton there or picking for antiques so I asked. Turns out people gather there to pick on their banjos. We passed by and no one was there but later learned they come out near sunset and play all evening!

Mellon’s Country Store Sign in Mountain View, Arkansas
Pappy Mellon
Mellon’s Country Store

The best find of the day was stopping at Mellon’s Store. They are closed today but it was so charming we stopped to take pictures. The owner Pappy Mellon came out and sat down on his porch to visit with us and tell us some stories. He played banjo music back in the day with some famous folks and still has a comedy and music show every Friday and Saturday night in the theatre in back of his store. How I wish we were going to be here then, sounds great! They open at 9 tomorrow so before we head out we’ll stop and check out the inside of the store. Sure glad we had the opportunity to sit a spell and visit with old Pappy! This is exactly the kind of off the beaten trail experience I’m hoping we’ll have so we will get to know the real USA and not just what we see from the Interstate.

51royonbridge  51rockbybridgeOn our way back to the campground we went to the swinging bridge on the campground property. What a marvel of old, old bridge design this was. Wooden boards made up the road we drove on and it actually swung. It wasn’t in the best condition (that’s putting it very gently) but was fun to see the river that runs through our campground from that view. We parked on the other side and walked over the bridge to enjoy the view. We took lots of pictures throughout today and are including a few of them in here.

We’re back at the campground rocking away while dinner cooks inside. Don’t know if everyday will be this amazing but I’m sure glad today was. We’ll leave tomorrow morning for Branson, MO for a few days there. It’s 2-1/2 hours from here and we’ll leave early so we don’t end up getting there in the dark!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

04.27.13 Dora and her Explorers say “see ya later” to Hammond and Louisiana

On April 29, 2013 we became official for real FULL TIME RVers living on the road!  The  last minute things are wrapped up and everything we’re taking with us is inside the RV or in one of the storage bins underneath and we hit the road around 5:30 pm about 4 hours later than I thought we would.

Just signed with Jamie Johnson from Keller Williams as our agent for either selling or renting our house.  She’s very energetic and we felt a trusting with her that helped us know she’s the one!

Roy showing off his new work boots and Madisyn’s little feet on top
Madisyn visiting with Roy’s Brother Paul aka Santa Claus
Roy and his older brother Paul having a nice visit before we left

On Sunday afternoon Roy’s brother Paul (whom Madisyn is convinced is actually Santa Claus) came to visit to say goodbye.  Madisyn was here and she, along with us, thoroughly enjoyed the visit.   We ate boiled crawfish Sunday afternoon with Chip and Madisyn and had a great time.  Louisiana seafood is the ultimate in fine dining and we will certainly miss it.  Saying goodbye to Madisyn for the last time before we leave was extremely heart wrenching.  We tried to stay strong while she was there but many tears were shed after she left.

Madisyn and Grannie having one last visit
Madisyn and Grannie having one last visit

Saw my eye doctor for the last time Monday morning and he’s released me so there’s no waiting now. Boots got four new tires and new brakes and a new air bag sensor this week so she’s ready.

Trinity Baptist Church – we love these guys!

Said goodbye Sunday to everyone at our church for 25 plus years, Trinity Baptist Church in Hammond.  Saturday and Sunday evening we were blessed to see and hear the music and drama of The Resurrection and the Life presented by the adult choir and the children’s choir.  The church was packed Sunday night.  The choir sang at their absolute best depicting the last days of Jesus, his death and resurrection.   We’ll be visiting many churches in our travels and can’t imagine that we’ll find another choir, at a church our size, with so much God given musical talent.  We will miss every member deeply but we know they will always be our home church and we’ll visit them whenever our travels take us near Louisiana.

Our son Chip in his office at Dixie RV
Our son Chip in his office at Dixie RV

Before we took off we headed over to Dixie RV where our son Chip works and let Dora go potty, buy a couple of things at Camper World and told Chip goodbye.  Roy, myself and Chip have been through a lot this last year and despite the bad times there have been great good times.  He’s got a great job selling RVs and has a new place to live.  He loves his mom and dad no matter our faults and I’ve come to cherish that.  He’s such a good daddy to his little girl and to her he is the bomb!  God is doing amazing things in his life and Chip’s drawing closer to him every day.  Praise God!  The goodbye with him was the hardest of all.  If I write any more about that goodbye I’ll be in tears again

Once we left Hammond we headed to Jackson, Mississippi to visit with my mom’s dear friend Pat Turner.  I haven’t seen her in quite a while and was really looking forward to visiting with her.  We stayed at Wal-Mart in Jackson and Pat came to see us in the morning, took us to eat at Waffle House and then to see her new home.  We both loved her new home and are so happy she’s been able to reduce and not have so much yard to deal with.  After our visit we left our luxurious surroundings at Wal-Mart headed towards Arkansas.  We don’t know where our next stop will be quite yet but that’s part of the charm of this lifestyle, we don’t really need to make plans, just go!  I’m way too organized and too much into planning for this to come naturally but I do believe an old dog can be taught new tricks!  Okay after I wrote this I broke down and made reservations in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Guess this old dog is resisting some new tricks a bit!  As I end this post we’re at a rest area outside of Oxford, MS where Mississippi State University is located.  Roy’s taking a nap and I’m headed out to a picnic bench to do my nails!  Then on to our next stop!

Thanks for joining us as Dora and her Explorers say “see ya’ll later” to Hammond and Louisiana!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!