Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gray Lodge SWR and Colusa NWR

Jan 30, 2013 Wed
I spent a couple of days visiting Gray Lodge SWR and Colusa NWR. After spending the last 12 months glued to my camera I spent most of the time just enjoying the outdoors and wildlife, but I did capture a few images.

American Kestral
Belted Kingfisher
Black Phoebe
Gadwall Male
Gadwall male and female
White-tailed Kite
White-fronted Geese
Snow Goose
Northern Shoveler 
Northern Pintail 

Jan 18, 2013 Fri
I’ve had two visits to the doctor’s office. The good news is my BP, blood sugar, and LDL levels are good. The not so good news is my doc says the feet problem is due to gout.  Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in blood and causes joint inflammation. I’m still researching all my options. I’m trying to avoid putting any more chemicals(drugs)  in my body. So far I’ve discovered I will probably need to give up alcohol and shell fish. I need to eat more cherries and drink cherry juice. I have lot’s more research to do. In the mean time as long as I don’t walk very far I’m OK.

Weekend with FreeWheelers

Jan 7, 2013 Mon
Had a wonderful time with the FreeWheelers this weekend. It was so good to spend time with the group after a year’s absence.

Jan 1, 2013 Tue
Had a wonderful time bringing in the new year with friends last night and a nice lunch at a local golf course today. The waterfront restaurant where we usually have our New Years brunch has closed. That’s not the only tradition that we didn’t follow. It was one of the coldest New Years eves in recent memory. We usually stay up and bring in the New Year, but this year we were all inside our nice toasty rigs all snuggled up in our warm beds when 2013 arrived. I guess we are all getting old.

Arrived in CA

Dec 29, 2012 Sat
After yesterdays driving marathon I spent over 12 hours on the road today. I pulled into Rio Vista CA at 9:00 PM. Nancy and Connie seemed to be the only ones still awake. They came out to greet me and then I just parked and crashed. 

Driving Marathon

Dec 28, 2012 Fri
Today I drove 16 hours and 38 minutes for a total of 1,004 miles. I will NEVER do that again. I pulled into Quartzsite AZ parked in the desert and could barely walk from the truck to the trailer, where I proceeded to pass out. I think a thermo nuclear device would not have awakened me.

Christmas with the family

Dec 27, 2012 Thurs
Christmas with the family was great. I spent a lot of time off my feet, so I didn’t do much visiting or sightseeing. I was going to get back on the road the day after Christmas, but there was too much snow on the road. I finally left MO on the 27th. By the time I reached Little Rock AR they had been hit by a record breaking snow storm and trees and power lines were down for miles. I found an RV park that had power and pulled into my spot with the truck in 4 wheel drive. The next morning I decided to head south on highway 20 to highway 10. I followed highway 10 all the way to CA. 

My little trailer parked at my nieces house in MO
It was cold in MO
Had to use 4 wheel drive to get in and out of the campground in Little Rock AR