June 7, 2009
We slept in this morning. I got up about 8:00, but Susan was down until about 10:00.
She was up moving around when we got a knock on our door from Marie Berger, one of our Adventure Caravan guides. She was planning to make an in-coach visit and give us our materials for the trip. We explained that we weren’t quite ready for an in-coach visit, Susan being in her pajamas and all, but if she could come back in an hour we would be ready to go.
And we were. Marie returned with Carole Adams, one of the tailgunners,
to give us our Milepost, our Trip Log, nametags, our Adventure Caravan logoed jackets, and our Adventure Caravan logoed backpack.Neo got his own nametag.
We signed some forms, and she gave us the brochure that listed all of the optional side trips that were available on the trip. We arranged to go have lunch with Marie and Fred around noon. In the meantime we made our decisions on which side trips to take.
We drove in their truck over to the Country Deli in Euphrata for a nice lunch. We asked questions about the trip and learned how they first became involved with Adventure Caravans. On the way back we stopped and bought some asparagus, blueberries and bananas from a roadside stand. When we got back I put up the screens for the coach, worked on the wounded windshield wiper, cleaned up the front end and some of the coach form the road grime, and generally puttered around the coach.
At 4:00 pm we got together with the others who were there and talked about the trip and where everyone was from.
We shared our concern about having been shooting and hoping we got all the ammo out, and most everyone agreed we should probably go through Canadian customs last to avoid holding up the rest of the line.
We have an agreeable group with some wide geographic (but not ethnic) diversity.
Tonight we are going to cook! We have some chicken left over from the lunch trip to Flying J yesterday and we found some Green Chile Stew mix under the cupboard. We have the asparagus we bought today.
For the first time we are firing up our burners inside the coach using the propane I got in San Antonio at Ironhorse RV. This is the first time ever that we have actually had propane in the coach and used it to cook inside the coach. A momentous occasion!
And well executed.
We used the burners to steam the asparagus and heat up the green chile stew, and we used the microwave/convection oven to cook some biscuits. We ate outside at our picnic table at our site and enjoyed the cool weather. An excellent experience.