09.24.18 Top three blog posts and Renting Dora

Monday, September 24, 2018 – The three posts with the most views on this blog, Dora and the Explorers, are about as different from each other as they can be. Everyday the WordPress system gives me stats that include the number of view that day for what blog posts were viewed. I can also get the stats for a month of views, a year of views or the views from the beginning post on Dora and the Explorers. Two of the posts I find very odd that people would be interested to such a big extent.  I thought I’d share the top three with you.

Number One with 1609 views is 06.25.15 RV Entrance Door Lock Repair – TriMark 030-0900

Weird right?  Lots of people must be needing to repair or replace that exactly motor home door lock!

Number Two with 1224 views is 09.27.15 Getting settled in Las Vegas, Nevada!

What’s weird about this one is that it’s just information about Las Vegas.  Not about all the things we’ve seen with photos and videos which I think are much more interesting.  Those don’t have anywhere near as many views!

Number Three with 808 views is from 10.13.12 Conroe TX Here We Come

Obviously a lot of people liked the first two but the number three post is something everyone should read.  It was the wildest, scariest, weirdest day of our RV Lives, maybe even all our life.  Check it out if you haven’t already!

Also, I’m sure you’ve notice advertisements on my page.  If you do see something that you might be interested in please click to check it out.  I get a few cents per click so thank you in advance if you do check anything out.  Every penny counts!

We’ve also started listing Dora for rent on a bunch of Facebook groups and the Marketplace.  It’s caused quite a lot of new activity.  Just had three folks interested on one weekend tailgating at LSU.  One of them booked and paid first so they got it!  We are ordering an exhaust extension for Dora so we can provide it (for a fee) to anyone wanting to tailgate at LSU.  Let us know if you’re ever interested in renting Dora.  If you tell us you saw it here on our blog we’ll give it to you at a special price!

All the information you’d need to know can be found at: at: https://rvshare.com/rvs/details/1099791   Dora MUST BE RESERVED through RVShare.com so that you are covered by insurance.

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10.06.17 – What to see on Route 66 from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road.  The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of.  We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.

Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.

I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below.  In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:

Arizona to Oklahoma along Route 66 – CLICK THE MAP TO ENLARGE IT.

Williams, Arizona

Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!

Holbrook, Arizona

WigWam Motel Grade A

Arizona Desert

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  Grade A

Petrified Forest

Painted Desert  the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A

Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner Grade A

Sandia Peak Tramway  Grade A

Musical Highway Grade A

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gabriel’s Restaurant    Grade A

Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!

Santo Domingo Trading Post  – Very poor area economically.  Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!

Madrid, New Mexico

Adorable small town on Highway 14 on the way back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Blue Hole  Grade A

Route 66 Auto Museum   Grade A

Tucumcari, New Mexico

TeePee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Monument    Grade A

Amarillo, Texas

Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum 

Cadillac Ranch   Grade A

The Big Texan – Home of the 72 oz. Free Steak   Grade A

Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch    Grade A

Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 and Transportation Museum Complex   Grade A

We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it   was the end of our travels on Route 66.

We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite.  Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!

That’s all the Route 66 things we saw.  There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains.  In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!

Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/

We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction.  Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!

We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.

Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.

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10.02.17 Please pray for Las Vegas – Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas

Monday morning October 2, 2017 – Before I jump into more of the awesome things Roy and I have gotten to do, I feel the need to ask for prayers for all those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night.  The first I heard about it was when I woke up this morning and read on my phone on Facebook that my husband, Roy was asking for prayers for Las Vegas.

Then I saw President Trump was speaking on national television about the horrors that occurred and the need for prayers and for God’s comfort.  Three horrible hurricanes and a National Horror have challenged this young presidency and I am so thankful  that Donald Trump is our President.  No one could have done better than he has being our President.  If you watch CNN or others you won’t know that.  If you watch Fox News you are well aware of the truth of this man’s leadership. Here is the video from earlier.

This from  Ann Voskamp on Facebook

Broken for those who are heartbroken today in #Vegas.

With-ness breaks brokenness & we are with you & He is Emmanuel, God with us.

And shared tears are multiplied healing — & we weep with you & God sees & shares in the heartbrokenness & catches every tears & His love is stronger than any hate.

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Thanks Ann for those words reminding us that God’s love is stronger than any hate.

October 1, 2017 – Living in a modern era RV makes Roy and I interested in the history of RVs and how they changed and improved over the years.

Jack Seisemore Traveland is a combination RV Sales, Camping World type accessories store, RV Park and a very well done RV Museum. The Sisemore’s began restoring and collecting unusual vintage RV’s over 25 years ago. These include many RV’s from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The museum is free.

I mostly share just our personal photos of places we are blessed to visit.  Because of the confined quarters in these smaller, older RVs makes taking good photos hard for an amateur photographer like me.  When I was going through the almost 200 photos we took most of them got deleted because of poor quality.  That left me with not much to use.  Then I discovered on their website a wonderfully clear slideshow of photos from all throughout the museum.  Here is a link to the slideshow for ya’ll to enjoy!

http://www.rvmuseum.net/

The photos and video below are ours.  As soon as I saw the first photo below I said to myself that is a bus I’d love to have.  Then I realized it was the Gornicke’s family bus from the famous Robin Williams movie “RV.”  So many hysterical and heartwarming moments were filmed in and around this bus!

Along the interstate we saw two things that I wasn’t aware were part of the Route 66 sites.  First is The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Groom, Texas. We did not know there was something to visit when we passed it by on the interstate.  I wish we had known.

From their website at http://crossministries.net/.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

Welcome to The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries, we are a nonprofit organization located off of Exit 112, Interstate 40 in Groom, Texas. Our mission is to serve people from all walks of life by creating an environment that is filled with peace, compassion, and spiritual direction. We believe in cherishing and strengthening the institution of the family, which we feel is a vital part for establishing a culture that flourishes. Our purpose is to share the truths of the Gospel with all who visit the Cross, and to preserve traditional values in today’s society. We affirm the dignity of all people to live as Christ taught, who will in turn impact their families, community, and our world.

Next is the leaning Britten USA water tower which I found the following information about.

The water tower was bought at an auction and was going to be used as the town’s actual water tower. However, it never met code. So instead of wasting it, Ralph Britten decided that anyone can have a water tower, but his was going to lean.

He placed the water tower near the family truck stop and restaurant. Although the restaurant and truck stop burned down, you can visit Ralph’s grandson at the Auto Shop that is now where the truck stop and restaurant used to be.

Here’s a link to information about the leaning water tower. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-leaning-tower-of-groom-texas

There are a lot of Route 66 sites we didn’t know about and I’m glad we at least got to see these two.  You know I photograph everything so I’m glad I whipped my camera out to catch theses!

Next is our last stop on Route 66 which very fittingly was the Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Museum.  That’s what I’ll be writing about next.

I hope to put together a blog post with a list of everything we chose to see along the way in case that can help someone else who wants to travel this route.

I have books, maps of each state with Route 66 sites marked (not nearly all but it helped).  I would love to pass these along to someone who could use them.  If no one claims them to use in traveling, I’d be glad to give them to someone who just wants to learn about Route 66.  I think I paid between $50.00 to 70.00 for all of these so it’s a lot of good material.

We are in Checotah, Oklahoma right now staying at Terra Starr RV Park for a week.  We are not even going to unhitch Boots from Dora unless we must.  One whole week of resting, blogging, painting rocks and more resting!

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09.29.17 The Big Texan 72 oz Steak

September 29, 2017 – After having lots of fun at the VW Bug Ranch and the Cadillac Ranch in Texas we went to THE BIG TEXAN, home of the famous Free 72 oz Steak if you can eat it all.

This is  basically a very touristy Big Texan place, but lots of fun and the food was really good.

We went early evening so the place wasn’t filled up with people until we were almost through.  All the steaks are cooked in the open.  We were sitting right next to it so we got to smell and see all the steaks being cooked.  They are served on the BIG TEXAN plates shown below.

We got the 30 oz steak for two with fried okra and the best tasting loaded baked potatoes I’ve ever had at a restaurant.  We both got those sides and also enjoyed sweet peach tea.  Oh my!  

After dinner we walked around to see the rest of the place.  A hallway near the back had several photos on the wall.  When you stood in front of one it looked like a normal person.  When you moved a few inches to the side the person turned into a skeleton!

 

There was a very large gift shop which was mostly all Texan gifts.

There are rules for taking “The 72oz Steak Challenge.”  Here they are:

Meal consists of: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak

This is the table you sit at for the challenge.  It is on a raised platform so everyone can see you.  There are time clocks along the wall next to it so the person taking the challenge knows how much time they have left.

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.
So that’s that for the Chauvin’s visit to the Big Texan.
I forgot to write a blog post about our visit to Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, TX last week.  I’ll work on that next.
Today we visited the Historic Route 66 Museum here in Elk City, Oklahoma and several other museums on the same property.  I believe that will be the last Route 66 type thing we will do.  We go to Checotah, Oklahoma Saturday (tomorrow) for a week of doing nothing!!!  Sometimes that is really needed!
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09.28.17 A – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is much more well known than the VW Bugs are and it is very different.  All photos I’ve seen, showed the Cadillacs as though they were right  by the road like the VW Bugs and it was all dry around them like this photo.

It stormed the day before so they were ankle deep in water and were actually far far off the road like you’ll see in the first photo. 

We saw around 20 people coming and going while we were there.  Most all of them except one young man and MEEEEE didn’t go into the freezing muddy water to paint on the Cadillacs.  They resorted to painting on the ground which I did also!

Here they are as we walked closer and closer to them and around them!

I have wanted to see these things for the last three years and I was determined to get some spray painted on them.  I sprayed Roy, Rosie and the first initial of our six grandchildren’s names  K E M J C G.  Kallie, Ella, Madisyn, Jacob, Caroline and Gracie. That’s in the order of their ages! This video is when I’m telling Roy that the initials are the Chauvin grandchildren.  You can hear how strong the wind is and may not be able to hear me explain that!

The muddy water sucked my shoes in with each step so I slowly, slowly walked out determined not to fall flat on my face.  I was very proud that I achieved that!

I wore these shoes because they already needed to be thrown away.  I brought a good pair of shoes to change into when we got to the car.

This is the other person who painted and even he didn’t go very far into the watery mud.

I painted the grandchildren’s initials on the ground as well so it could be seen better.  Pretty sure with the next rain this will all be washed away.

This video tells ya’ll all about our experience there!

Bales of hay along the walking way were sprayed as well.

This is the entry way.  Roy went through the barbed wire and I went through the swinging gate that was deep in mud.

The muddy shoes were left there with a lot of other muddy shoes!

Here’s some information I found to share: Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm.

Cadillac Ranch was originally located in a wheat field, but in 1997, the installation was quietly moved by a local contractor to a location two miles to the west, to a cow pasture along Interstate 40 (which is Route 66 in a lot of places) in order to place it farther from the limits of the growing city. Both sites belonged to the local millionaire Stanley Marsh, the patron of the project.

Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway, and though located on private land, visiting it (by driving along a frontage road and entering the pasture by walking through an unlocked gate) is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated. The cars are periodically repainted various colors.

If you are ever anywhere around Amarillo, I highly recommend going back to your childhood and painting on one of the Cadillacs or a bale of hay or the ground!

After spray painting (I call it graffiti) on the VW Bugs and the Cadillacs we headed over to the Big Texan Restaurant for a delicious meal.  More on that next time!

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09.28.17 VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 = Along a stretch of Route 66 east of Amarillo, in Conway, TX you’ll find the quirky VW Slug Bug Ranch, where five Volkswagen Beetles are planted nose-down in the ground—a bookend to the more famous Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo.

We were the only ones here — you park just off the road and walk over to the cars. A cool abandoned building and older car on property as well.

Here’s how to get to these slug bugs: Exit 96 off 1-40. On the frontage road near the intersection of Rt 270. Look for the tall “MOTEL” sign. Approximate address: 9696 Interstate 40, Conway, TX 79068

As you look at the pictures in case you can’t tell what we spray painted here’s what it all says:  Roy and Rosie 2017, Chip and Misty, our oldest son and wife (whom requested their name not be used), Amite, La (our current hometown).  I hope you can tell that we’re not the first people to walk up to these VW bugs and spray graffiti on them.  You are encouraged to do that.  They are just one of the attractions on Route 66 that people are drawn to. Here they are!

 

That was our first fun stop of the day.  Next we went on to the much more well known Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.  I found out about Cadillac Ranch three years ago and have been wanting to go there so much ever since.  Wait till you see the pictures from that one!

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10.27.15 Kroger’s Grocery, yes really Kroger’s Grocery!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – First let me tell you that we really like this town we’re in, Willis, TX. The RV park is on a lake and is great! The city has lots of things we like such as Popeyes, Dollar General, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and other of our favorites!  Their gas is the one I showed a picture of their price in a previous post.

Most of all they have a Kroger’s Grocery!

Roy shopped there a couple of days ago and came home so happy saying we need to move to Willis, TX! Today we both went there and now we’re both happy!

We’ve never been to a Kroger before. Not only is it the largest grocery I’ve ever been in but it is just amazing in all it has in it. The varieties of everything from produce to fruit to everything else was huge!

We took a few pictures (yes of a grocery store!) and even one of some employees there!
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Below is poor Roy trying out one of those scooter carts since his knee was hurting.  He looked so funny to me but he said it helped him make it through the whole store without being in pain. 20151027_140947

This is the store he got Blue Bell at.  These three doors are just half of all their Blue Bell.  Notice the sign below asking everyone not to hog up on the Blue Bell!  20151027_141020 20151027_141155

I am enjoying coloring but found that my small box wasn’t enough variety so I upgraded to this box.  If anyone has children with colors that they don’t need or they got a new box please consider letting me have them!  There is a bigger box than this but it wasn’t cheap so I’m upgrading a bit but not the whole way!20151027_153601We will definitely make our way back here to Willis in the future and while here will definitely shop at Krogers.  We even got a Kroger’s discount card today and saved $10 off the total bill!

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10.26.15 Traveling through New Mexico and Texas

Monday, October 26, 2015 – We saw many interesting and some odd sights while traveling through New Mexico and Texas.  Since no where in Louisiana looks like what we saw I wanted to include those sights here for ya’ll to enjoy and for us to look back on!

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This odd looking plant is seen in abundance in New Mexico.  It’s got spindly branches covered with green tiny leaves and some we’ve seen with a purple flower on top.20151021_120302 (Medium) 20151021_120315 (Medium)

As we drove down the road I kept seeing these round green things along the highway for miles.  Begging Roy to stop because you know how I am about potential free produce he finally caved and we stopped.  They are watermelon vines just roaming wild!  I was so excited until we opened one and they are not nearly ripe.  We could have had watermelon for a month if they were ripe!!!20151022_155151 (Medium) 20151022_155207 (Medium)

Cotton fields all along the highway.  These big rectangular packages are picked cotton.20151022_160517 (Medium) 20151022_160521 (Medium)

When we got to Texas the rains poured down and soon we came to Corsicana Texas where the highways were beginning to flood.  Since this time both lanes have gone way under water with many cars under water.  The traffic on the side that was flooded when we passed backed up at least 5 miles.  Those poor people must not have gotten out of that for hours.20151023_155013 (Medium) 20151023_155216 (Medium) 20151023_155537 (Medium)

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That’s it for our Travels from New Mexico to Texas.  Next we’ll be traveling to Louisiana, Home Sweet Home!!

The rains here in Texas have stopped and the sun came out for an hour earlier!  Praise the Lord!  We’ve heard many reports of high winds and high waters from rain in Louisiana.  It just amazes me that a storm that came into Mexico could still carry such a punch when it made it’s way to Louisiana.

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01.01.11 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2014

2014 GRAPHHIC2014 wasn’t the travel filled year we would have liked.  We did travel to Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas but that’s the extent of our 2014 RV travels.  We stayed longer in our home state than we originally planned because of selling our sticks and bricks house, which finally happened December 3rd, 2014.  Probably near the top of our list of God’s blessings this year was the house sale.

I’ll break down the highlights by month starting with,

vector-color-dot-background_134330483January 2014 – Spent time in Mississippi at TLC Resort in Pass Christian.  Kim and Chip came to visit us there and Chip and Madisyn came to visit us.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We discovered the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enjoyed touring it which included a visit to the pottery buildings,

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483In mid January we traveled to Florida.  Our first stop was at Suncoast Designs in Hudson, Florida to have most of our windows removed, refinished/resealed, and reinstalled.   A lot of “fog” had built up inside those windows and when they reinstalled the windows they looked new.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483With the window refinishing complete we headed to Bee’s RV Resort in Clermont, Florida.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Three highlights of our stay there included

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483 Attending our first RV Park Worship Service and found we really like that concept, and

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Taking our first wine factory tour and having a blast.  It was at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard where after the tour we enjoyed their wine tastings.  We ventured outside, where we discovered a sprawling lawn with a bandstand on one side, a food court on the other and people sitting on the lawn enjoying the food and the music.  Roy got a gyro and I got a vegetable plate, sat on the grass enjoyed the music and had a good time!

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483While in Florida we made a trip to Universal Orlando and had a wonderful time there as always.  We walked, rode and played as much as two old folks with aching bones can do and enjoyed every minute of it.  Here are pictures from that adventure:

Universal Day One

Universal Day Two

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483February, 2014 – Visited our friends Russ and Annie in St. Augustine where we parked Dora in the yard next to their sticks and bricks house which is just a couple of blocks off the Atlantic Ocean.  We heard the beautiful ocean sounds from our RV and enjoyed some beautiful times on and around the ocean beach. Russ took us one afternoon for a ride in their car on the beach.  What a fun experience that was! We enjoyed some good quality visiting time with our friends and even attended Annie’s yoga class for cancer patients.  A first for Roy and I. We spent two days touring St. Augustine.  Some of the things we saw were the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, The Fountain of Youth Park which is a big place with lots of exhibits and beautiful peacocks, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos, St. George Street (a walking shopping street), and San Sebastian Winery where we took a tour and enjoyed our first ever class on wine tasting, St. Augustine is an amazing old town steeped in history and we enjoyed every minute of touring it.sa beach roy and russ2014-02-01_15-27-37_481vector-color-dot-background_134330483From St. Augustine we headed to Arrowhead Campgrounds in Marianna, Florida where we enjoyed seeing these beautiful bald cypress trees.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent Valentines there and enjoyed a Valentine’s Dinner with a nice group at Arrowhead.

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We had Dora weighed for the first time and found she is well below the maximum weight limits!

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483In February I posted a blog post about Things I Deeply Believe in.  You can read this post at https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/02/12/what-i-believe/

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Around this time in early 2014 we joined the RVillage family as followers and as part-time occasional employees.  We love RVillage and encourage any  RVer or  hope to be RVers to join – FREE – RVillage.com. Check it out!RVillage_Logo_YouTube-300x113

vector-color-dot-background_134330483On to Robertsdale, Alabama for two weeks at Wilderness RV Park.  We enjoyed a Mardi Gras parade in nearby Mobile with Amy, Richard and Ricky Geist. Very different from a New Orleans parade but still lots of fun!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy revised our Dora and the Explorers logo and this is the result – cool right!!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Late in February we came back westward and stayed at TLC Wolf River Resort for three weeks. One of those weeks we were blessed to have Madisyn stay with us.
2014-03-07_10-55-48_179vector-color-dot-background_134330483This visit included Madisyn’s 5th birthday and associated parties (yes multiple!)
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horizontal linevector-color-dot-background_134330483March and April, 2014 – Once the excitement of Madisyn’s birthday was over we spent some time in our own sticks and bricks driveway.  It was the time of year that I usually did gardening pruning and preparing them for their glorious blooming in the spring so we did that this year to get the gardens ready for putting the house up for sale in early summer.

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We moved over to Jellystone Yogi Bear for a while and of course got some good visiting time in with Chip’s family.  yogi2

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy created new business cards for us.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We made our way to San Diego, TX at the end of March where we stayed for 6 weeks tending a ranch for a couple visiting Europe.  We fed peacocks, chickens, guineas, dogs, cats and watered flowers and vegetable plants and mowed the grass.  In between we explored the ranch on the ATV and were amazed at the flowers and beauty we found in that dry place.  We disliked greatly the heat (one day in April it was 106 degrees), strong winds and sand storms that seemed constant.  We did like the solitude and being in a totally different place than we were use to.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We went to Corpus Christi and toured the USS Lexington, a naval flight carrier that is now a museum in the water there.

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Whilevector-color-dot-background_134330483 settled in Texas for a while we took the time to replace our RV toilet.  We were tickled with this new addition!2014-05-08_18-13-25_585

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483May, 2014 – As we left the ranch I drove Dora for the farthest I have so far! 2014-05-12_16-39-09_396

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Bishop’s Landing in Willis Texas – beautiful wonderful resort.  We enjoyed some peaceful time there feeding squirrels, enjoying the cool breeze off the lake and exploring the area.  Seeing a crawfish festival nearby captured our attention.  It was interesting and big (like all of Texas is) and we paid $6.50 a pound with a small piece of corn and half a small potato. I’m pretty sure they cook it quite differently than we do.  They put red pepper on it after it’s cooked and it didn’t taste like it was cooked in salted water.2014-05-17_13-35-32_28

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We arrived back in Louisiana to end May.  We found the most delightful place at Quiet Oaks RV Park in Kinder, LA.  This is by far the quietest, most restful, well-maintained, yet quaint and pretty RV resort we’ve stayed at.

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horizontal lineJune through early December – 2014

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent the months of early June through early December with our RV parked in our side yard in Hammond Louisiana while our sticks and bricks house was on the market.  The first month and sporadically throughout the rest of the months we spent time doing work on and in the house and gardens.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy took a full-time temporary job at Southeastern Louisiana University repairing computer hardware for which I am most grateful!  This is what he looked like by the end of most days after working at Southeastern all day and then working at the house all evening.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483In his off time, in addition to the mountains of work done on the house, we did the following:
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy had a successful surgery to remove lumps from his chest and back.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We traveled to Mississippi to visit Walter’s Peach Farm and stock up on peaches and nectarines.  My first time freezing peaches was really successful and we’re still enjoying eating them!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I helped with our church, Trinity Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School, and as always received a blessing from being with these amazing children.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy pressure washed Dora’s RV engine.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent time with Madisyn doing all sorts of things.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Later in the summer I helped with Trinity’s “His Kids Special Needs Day Camp”.  These children are exceptional bright lights and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with them.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I learned about getting greatly discounted pricing on brand name prescriptions which made my year!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483I learned a lot about online job searches and even got involved (knowingly, so I could document it) in a job scam.  Was kinda fun seeing how it unfolded!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Madisyn’s first day of big school (kindergarten) made us realize how very fast she is growing up. madisyn kindergarten
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We started our search for our new home.  We looked in all the surrounding towns at houses on land and land alone where we might build, or put a modular home on to rent out.  Our wonderful real estate agent Jamie Johnson guided us well!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We were reminded why living in Louisiana during the summer is NOT FOR US!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483August brought football season and we just knew it was going to be “the big year” for our teams; Southeastern Lions, New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. More on that later in the year!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483I wrote more blogs about topics close to my heart than I did about our travels.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483In September I started a new blog post called Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays to bring some smiles, giggles and a warm heart to those in need of it. Check it out at: wackywonderfulwednesdays.wordpress.com  It is published every Wednesday.  At first it was part of our Dora and the Explorer blog, but later in the year it moved to its current location.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We saw Madisyn practice in her cheering class and attended her Open House night at big school.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kim, Braxton and Bentley better.  They have blessed our lives immensely!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Showed support for our New Orleans Saints with our new family socks!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Went with Chip’s family (Kim, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley) to Ms. Heather’s Pumpkin patch where we played with the children and enjoyed the time together.  This little family brought so much joy to our lives this year.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We became RVillage Ambassadors which is a new role we’ve accepted to spread the RVillage word as we travel – when we get to travel again!!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483One of the air conditioning units had an electrical fire and stopped working totally, and the other stopped working properly.  Roy diagnosed the problem and replaced the needed parts again proving his brilliance once again!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We made the decision to replace our old Splendide Washer/Dryer unit with this brand new beauty!  Larger capacity and it works great!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I attended a concert by William Carey University Chorale at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church. AMAZING!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy replaced all our ceiling light fixtures with new LED lights and covers.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483My eye specialist diagnosed my left eye with having macular degeneration but thankfully it’s not bad enough to  need treatment.  It causes the vision in my left eye to be slightly wavy, but the right eye is fine and helps that from being too big of a vision problem.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We received two stinky offers on the house which we rejected.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Late in October we received a good offer FINALLLLLLLLY on our house from a nice young couple and WE ACCEPTED!!!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483After an extensive property search and a couple of near misses we found our little slice of Heaven here on earth on Rohner Road in Amite, Louisiana abound 15 minutes up I-55 and another 15 minutes down Highway 16 !  Almost an acre, on a pond, cows as neighbors, rolling hills, babbling brook.  What else could we ask for!
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Decidevector-color-dot-background_134330483d upon a set of house plans for our new small house and decided to hire Ronnie Glover as our Construction Project Manager for the house we’ll build on the property we found in Amite.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483In November I started a third blog about “Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s”.  It started out on Dora’s site, like the Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays one, but moved to its own site at :   rosalynsalzheimersblog.wordpress.com .  I hope to share our experience caring for Mama with Alzheimer’s and other people’s information that was shared with me plus helpful info I find on the internet.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We purchased a Onan Generator Auto Start control for when we are boon docking.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483At Thanksgiving I helped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn and their church Soul’s Harbor, serve over 2000 boxed lunches to people in the Hammond area at Thanksgiving Servolution.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Attended several worship services with Chip and Kim at Soul’s Harbor.  Amazing church growing fast and moving into the building above this month!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy especially, and me a little, spent extensive time checking off the items on the home inspectors nit picky list.  These new buyers wanted and got a perfect house!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We enjoyed hosting our last family gathering at the house in Hammond.  My sister’s children and grandchildren joined our family at our very empty house.  Our large back patio was fine for all of us to fellowship and enjoy each others company which digging into banana splits!
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December, 2014  was indeed a busy month.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We said goodbye to our sticks and bricks house in Hammond, turning it over to the new owners in early December. A bitter sweet moment leaving behind good and not so good memories at this beautiful place we called home for several years. This is the best move Roy and I as a couple could make and we thank God for His constant presence with us through out this process.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We parked at Berryland Campers in Hammond for a few days and enjoyed a wonderful visit from our RV friends Russ and Annie.  We showed them around our hometown and took them to church with us which we all enjoyed.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Russ and Annie went with us to see Trinity’s Children’s Choir Christmas music presentation.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We  signed the documents making us the legal owners of one beautiful piece of property in Amite, Louisiana where we will build a new house along with a pad with hookups for our RV.  With all our permits obtained, the slab form built and the well completed, we sat for a couple of weeks without any construction because of the hard rains and holidays when the workers wanted to be home with their families.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent our time wisely chopping, sawing, mowing and finally manicuring (not finished with that yet) the bushes, weeds, small trees to create a beautiful setting for our new home.  Roy spent almost every day for two weeks on this and I helped!  My main job was clearing out the massive amounts of heavily thorned bushes and vines around the pine trees.  The picture below is before I started!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483View of the pond from under the pine trees after I cleaned out all the brush from that area. I’m about 2/3 way finished now!
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Our son Chip was in “One Night in Bethlehem” a scene by scene drama of the events surrounding the birth of Christ.
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We went with Chip’s family to see the “One Night in Bethlehem” presentation and recommend it highly for future years in Hammond.
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We received a blessing when hearing our church, Trinity’s Adult Choir Christmas music.  Such a glorious thing seeing these people I love so much lifting their hearts in praise of their Lord!  And they got new choir robes – whoot whoot!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our Southeastern Lion’s didn’t make it to the playoffs, LSU’s Tigers played in only a very minor bowl game and unfortunately our New Orleans Saints will not play in a playoff game this year.  Very disappointing season for the Saints, but like we use to say for years, There’s always next year!
Madisyn was in her first parade in Ponchatoula, LA for Christmas with her dance class, so of course we went and enjoyed the time there with Chip’s family.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We experienced three weeks of boon docking at our new property before we got utilities hooked up (weather, holidays) and learned a lot from it to prepare us for the future when we go out to the deserts!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Dirt was spread all around and the forms built for our house and for the patio next to our RV!!  Gravel for the RV pad and for the houses driveway was spread.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483My Facebook account was hacked (from my phone, left unattended!) for the first by these goofy people!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our well pump was completed giving us water, though only in theory, since we didn’t have electricity to get it to the RV for a while.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Attended the Loranger Christmas Parade with Madisyn, her mom and family.  Enjoyed jambalaya and hot chocolate afterwards at their church River Rock. Madisyn sat on Santa’s lap afterwards and whispered into his ear her Christmas wish list!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Madisyn was in her first ever Christmas play at River Rock Church which we throughly enjoyed watching, then eating with their church family afterwards.  She’s the only one in green (with a white jacket) in the picture!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our Chauvin family Christmas gathering was at Chip’s house this year (way larger than our RV) with plenty of space for the kiddos to enjoy their new toys.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483RVillage.com went from brand new to over 12,000 followers this year!  RVers are loving it! I’m thinking they will go  over 13,000 by early 2015. 12688
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We went through variations of digging out the ditch by the pond and putting a culvert in.  A sudden flood of water from nearby properties draining into our pond caused a emergency situation with Roy in the middle of it trying to save our culverts from floating into the pond.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy had to remove the culvert (after the storm passed) and hand dug (with a shovel of course) the ditch deeper, wider and more level, put the culvert (which is actually two culverts put together to get the length we needed) in and secured it in a way only his brillance could come up with!!!  This man’s abilities know no end!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We obtained a 911 address for Dora which is now 60124 Rohner Road, Amite, LA 70422.  Here’s our new mailbox!
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Ovector-color-dot-background_134330483ur year ended with us getting power and water to the RV and not soon enough end to our boon docking experience here.!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We ate dinner with our church family on New Year’s Eve – yum, yum!
That’s our year in review for 2014.  When I started this post I thought it would be short because we spent so much time parked in our sticks and bricks yard but I was wrong.  A lot has happened this year.
We’re moving in the right direction with our home and our lives.
I am most thankful for the addition of Kim, Braxton, and Bentley to our family (not they aren’t married yet but they will be).  They have returned a joy to our lives that’s been missing for a while.  We have a family again and it is a good one.  I know God will bless us all as the years continue.
I made a New Years Resolution, first in many years, to let go of trying to fix a situation that has caused great heartache and stress in recent years.  Not saying I love the people in the situation any less, just that trying to fix the situation is a thing of the past.
After spending three days working on this year in review blog, I’m making another one.  That is to work on the 2015 year end post a little each month, so it’s not overwhelming early next year!
Links to our Reflections on God’s blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 are below.

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2015

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The plans we’ve made so far for 2015 are only two – build the house and rent it out, then travel out west for many months!
Happy New Years everyone from Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin!  We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2015!
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