5.07.15 Day two – headed to Mountain View, Arkansas

10262184_10154465093915010_1182540173180383754_nThursday, May 7, 2015 – Day two of our trip to Mountain View, Arkansas.

Here’s some pictures of yesterday”s drive through Louisiana, Mississippi, back to Louisiana and then up to Arkansas.

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Mile after mile of baby corn stalks!
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There were at least 500 of these brand new railroad tankers sitting still on the tracts. They must be produced nearby.

20150506_154753 20150506_154811 20150506_162533We spent the night at the McGehee, Arkansas Walmart parking lot.  We’ve learned from reading other people’s blogs that it is best to go inside when you first arrive and ask permission from someone before setting everything up for the night.  The nice lady at this Walmart said sure no problem.  They like you to park as far away from the store as you can (park near the front of the lot).  It was a little too warm to get a good night sleep with no air conditioner but we did the best we could, and just look forward to tonight when we will have full hookups and can 10178093_342910769197092_5000442774910047737_nsleep well.

We ate dinner last evening at a really good Chinese buffet right next to Walmart.  Very good food but since it’s all there for the taking it’s hard to stick to a small portion diet.  I guess a splurge every now and then is okay.  Their green beans were delicious.  Baked in some special sauce, we both got two helpings of those!

We left around 8:30 this morning and took a break for lunch and for Roy to rest up a bit.  The scenery has been pretty much all the same until about an hour ago.  We’ve been taking back highways instead of interstates so we’ve seen more of the local community which is always nice.  In the last little while we’ve noticed some of the regular pine trees we see in Louisiana and also some of the 1925244_10152206234695999_1163848698_nChristmas tree looking pine trees we enjoyed in Minnesota.  There are a lot more hills, with mountains in the distance.

When we originally left on our first journey to Minnesota one of the things we noticed was how the leaves are just starting to bloom on the trees the further north we went.  That same things is happening now.  In Louisiana all the trees leaves have come in and they are very full.  Here they are about half way in.  We left Louisiana in 2013 this same week, a few days earlier!

We arrived this afternoon at Angler’s Holiday Mountain Resort in Mountain View, Arkansas where we’ll stay two weeks.  The mountains surrounding here are really pretty and the resort is as nice as we remembered it to be.  Here’s a couple of pictures of us arriving.  We’ll be staying here at the resort most of tomorrow so I’ll take more pictures of the creek/river and all the beautiful surroundings here!

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05.05.15 Tuesday before Take Off!

why we rvThis blog actually comes before the one I posted earlier.  Sorry for any confusion this causes!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Roy spent the last couple of days putting things away (the BBQ pit, tables, chairs, boots, etc.) so we were just about ready for Wednesday’s departure. Here’s Roy putting the BBQ pit away. The stand folds up and it comes with a cover. Perfect for storage under an RV!

20150428_152006 20150428_152740We left around noon for Roy’s appointment with Dr. Chiasson, our bone and joint doctor, for a shot in his knee. This HOW GREAT THOU ARTshot was hyaluronic acid – a substance that acts as a shock absorber or cushion — is injected into the knee joint. People often refer to these injections as ‘chicken shots’ because the injected fluid is extracted from the combs on the back of chicken’s heads. We found that odd so I wanted to share! He had the shot and now his knee hurts. The steriod shots always helped immediately. These take longer to start working but are suppose to last much longer. Had to get Roy in shape for all the walking we do while traveling!

Next, we drove over to Dr. Greiner’s office, my eye doctor. As a side note, I really dislike the increase in my specialist copayment from $25 to $50 per visit. After a short wait I was called back and did the spiffy little OCT test. Their technology on this test has improved to where I didn’t need my eyes dilated. Yay for not having huge eyeballs for the rest of the evening. I won’t get the results until next week. trust in his timing

Next was getting Boots cleaned at Big Bad Ben’s Carwash. Don’t know if you have one of these in your town but it’s great, especially since Chip gave us a gift card for it!

With Boots all cleaned we went to Lowe’s and Walmart. We picked up a dozen pink roses to give Madisyn after her performance and headed over to dinner with the family. We also managed to fit in time to get Boot’s gas tank filled. We don’t know what the gas price will be going north so we got some cheap Louisiana fuel.

We love China Palace restaurant in Hammond. It has a great buffet and the food is always perfect. They also have pizza, fried fish and shrimp and lots of fruit so we knew Madisyn would eat good. Madisyn’s mommy Liz, daddy Chip, Madisyn, Roy and I ate to our hearts content. Here’s a couple of pictures from our dinner.

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Madisyn is in Kindergarten and read all of the words on all our fortune cookie messages!
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Chip and Madisyn at China Garden.

We all left in time to get to Madisyn’s End of the School Year Performance at Ponchatoula High School. We were use for madisyn's programworried that Madisyn would get stage fright. She said she had “a lot of stage frightening” in her stomach! We need not have been worried because when those curtains opened “the girl was on it!” There are 8 Kindergarten classes at her school. Her class sang in one song by itself, three songs with two other classes, and all the children sang the last song. During the one song that just her class danced, there was a part for her to dance with a little boy. She’s the girl in the back with a big white bow and a white belt. The video can be seen here: Madisyn’s video

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All 8 classes singing the finale “Zippity Do Da, Zippitya”

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Madisyn and Paw Paw Roy
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Grannie Rosalyn, Madisyn and Paw Paw Roy

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We had so much fun watching her dance. Of course all the children were great but Madisyn was our little darling of the evening! After the performances Roy gave her the bouquet of pink roses and she was so delighted! It was all the perfect way to end our time back in Louisiana. That brings us to the end of a very busy Tuesday!

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5.6.15 We’re back on the road again headed to Arkansas!!!!!!

1085b_5da6Wednesday, May 6, 2015 –  With Dora and Boots all cleaned up, everything that can fall off a shelf or counter in Dora placed in a safe location and new renters all settled in, we left Amite, LA for an unknown length of time10406408_1099871690039104_7692289742405315619_n.

This is a day we sometimes never thought would get here. It has been over a year since we came back to Louisiana to sell our house in Hammond and then to build a new one in Amite.   We’ve been blessed with a lot of visits with family, church family and friends.  I hope ya’ll will keep up with our travels and let us know what’s new in your life through an email at Rosalyn@selu.edu, or a comment here on the blog.   Comments are not published automatically.  I get an email with the message and if I approve the message, it will go on the site.  If you write me something personal I’ll know not to put it out there for every one. You can also choose to follow our blog by clicking on the word “follow” on the right hand side, entering your email address and then responding to the email they will send you to verify you really want to follow.  Every time I publish a new post you’ll get an email from Dora and the Explorers!

1477879_10151989765786704_1116182477_nWe’ll travel as far as we want to today and finish the 470 mile trip to Mountain View, Arkansas on Thursday.   We try not to exceed 250 miles in one day, just so the trip is comfortable and not rushed.  This is going to be a real change for us from sitting in our driveway or side yard.  Kind of like starting our full time RV lifestyle over again.

One thing, other than family and friends, we will miss is our local TV channels.  We are major Channel 6 News fans.  Margaret Orr, Damon Singleton, Randy Rousseau, Scott Walker, etc. have always been our favorites.  We lose reception to those stations when we travel.  Got to look into getting news with them on line.  We stocked up on some southern food that we found are not available elsewhere.

We’ll definitely miss our visits with Madisyn and Chip. they both give us the best hugs, full of love!   I skipped 10423877_906058012744612_2307636227029972965_nyesterday’s blog because we did so much it will take a whole day to write it!  I’ll write it soon. We wanted you to know we’re on the road today and ask for your prayers for safe travels.  We’re up early getting everything ready to travel.  There is a lot to do to unplug this home of ours and prepare for travel on the road.

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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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