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Oct 14, 2019 - Garden Grove Elks, Winter Home

Today we finished off out trip back to the Garden Grove Elks Lodge just 83 miles in 1.5 hours. Not much of scenic views from now on as we traveled out of the mountains north of Los Angeles into the LA Basin. Initially we saw the south end of the Aquaduct as it came into L.A. Back to boring freeway travel. As we neared our “winter home” we passed by the Angels Baseball Stadium and the Big A with it’s halo. We are staying at our Elks Lodge for a bit until we go up to our membership campground, Silent Valley after Halloween.

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Jan 31, 2019 - January in California

We started our year off in our membership campground in the mountains above Banning, west of Palm Springs. A little chilly but pleasant. We arrived in time for New Year's Eve celebrations to avoid the fireworks that go off in the neighborhood around our Elks Lodge in Garden Grove, which frightens our little Daisy, the noise phobic dog. Larry and his friend Phil have been enjoying flying their drones, practicing and getting better at handling them and taking photos and videos. Larry discovered that they are too large a video file to put them...

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Nov 30, 2018 - November SV & GG

We stayed a couple weeks longer at Silent Valley after the big weekend, and after Larry’s employment as a Ranger ended. The park was quiet, as we like it. The only noise besides the nature sounds was the sound of phase one for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. They were demolishing part of the Village Center steps and walkways to be able to make the proper ramps for wheelchairs. Our bartender John and his fiancée Danielle had a “Gender Reveal” party at their house and several of the Silent Valley friends attended. Their...

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May 13, 2018 - Garden Grove 4/30-5/13

We came back to our "home port" for a couple of Doctor appointments, and to check up on my mother. She needed a little help with yard work a few other things, so I spent some time with her. We enjoyed visiting with our Elk friends, singing karaoke on Wednesday nights, relaxing in a friend's backyard one evening catching up. One day while doing laundry at my sister's house, Daisy "met" her stuffed dog pillow on the couch. It was very amusing because Daisy wasn't sure what it was. It looked like a dog but it didn't move and didn't smell like...

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Jan 31, 2018 - Garden Grove, home for a while

We were back at "home base" in Garden Grove for a week of appointments. We donated blood at the American Red Cross and we had a dermatology appointment. Also, I have been having numbness in my right hand that would wake me up during the night feeling like my hand was on fire. I believe my bad habit of holding my Nikon camera with one hand taking photos on our Alaskan trip all summer over-used my wrist. The orthopedic doctor sent me in for a Nerve Conduction Study that measures an electrical impulse from your hand to your elbow to see how...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Garden Grove & Thanksgiving

Time to head back to Garden Grove ELKS Lodge until the end of the year. After we arrived, I received a distress call from my sister who had taken her car in for service. I picked her up and took take her home to wait until her car was ready. Later, back to take her to pick up her car. That’s what siblings are for. The next morning we packed up the coach for Larry to take it to Quinn Machinery for an oil change. I went to my sister’s place for the day, since I was now homeless. Staying at our Elks during November and December is when we...

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Sep 25, 2017 - "Home" to Garden Grove Elks

Leaving Bakersfield we passed a lot more grape fields, this must certainly be the Table Grape Capitol. There were also a vast acres of cattle grazing land before we began our slow climb up the “Grapevine” to Tejon Pass. On the south side of Tejon Pass was Pyramid Lake with it’s many legs seen from Interstate 5, and lots of recreation on this lake. Then we passed by Six Flags Magic Mountain in Newhall as we drove through Los Pardes National Forest (mountains) and Angles National forest (mountains). We had wide vistas of the cities below,...

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Jan 31, 2017 - January at Garden Grove Elks

We spent all of January at our Elks Lodge in Garden Grove. We missed our annual trip to Arizona, Quartzsite and Yuma, due to Cheryl’s skin cancer treatments. It was a daily morning appointment for six weeks for Radiation on her nose. To say she looked like Rudolph is an understatement. There was also a basal cell spot on her forehead that needed to be removed surgically by the Dermatologist and closed by a Facial Plastic Surgeon. And finally another "suspicious area" that was treated with Chemo Cream daily for two weeks. We enjoyed the...

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Jun 8, 2016 - Garden Grove, CA - Back to Kauai

(Elena Writing) As Ron mentioned in the previous blog, I left for Kauai again. On Thursday, May 26, I flew to Kauai via Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines. To begin with, Super Shuttle picked me up five minutes late after the scheduled time, and I just barely made it to the gate when they announced the flight was delayed due to a mechanical problem. After numerous updates, the flight finally departed 4-1/2 hours later. My flight to Kauai was rescheduled to depart at 7 PM and that, too, was delayed while waiting for the arrival of two connecting...

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May 29, 2016 - Garden Grove, CA - Home Alone

160529 (Ron Writing) We got back from our vacation to Kauai over two weeks ago and our original plan was to be on the road traveling soon after that. But like all our plans they are subject to change. Elena decided she really wanted to go back to Kauai to attend the Celebration of Life service for her late uncle so she flew back there this past Thursday. The service was yesterday. I decided to stay here in Garden Grove this time – one of the few times we’ve been apart since we started full-time RVing and the first time we’ve been apart on...

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May 12, 2016 - Garden Grove, CA - Last Couple Days in HI

Since we arrived on Kauai I’ve been watching the weather forecast for the north side mountainous area of the island. It’s been very cloudy and rainy up there every day. On May 10th the forecast said “mostly sunny” – that sounded more promising so we headed up that way. As we were leaving Poipu we noticed a Coast Guard helicopter hovering a mile or two off shore. We stopped to see what was happening and with the camera’s telephoto lens we were able to see they were rescuing at least 3 people who had apparently abandoned a nearby boat. We...

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Apr 27, 2016 - Garden Grove, CA - On the Road Again - Finally!

(Ron Writing) We’ve been keeping very busy since the last blog update. Once we get settled into North Ranch for quite a period of time it takes awhile to get everything organized and ready for travel again. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First a few highlights of what we’ve been doing the past few weeks. On April 1st we enjoyed a nice lunch and visit with friends Dick and Dot at Native Wings in Surprise, AZ. This was our first time eating at this restaurant and we would go back again – good chicken. This was our last get-together with...

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