Toby-Sue Trip to the Gulf of Mexico 09-10 travel blog

my favorite "senior"

Bob, Terri, Sue, Suzie, and Darrell

Pecos Riverwalk

ready to board the "George Washington"

Darrell, Suzie, and Sue

the whole gang

Ranger Bob O

Ranger Darrell

Ranger Ray (aka Toby)

down, down, down, we go




a creature from inside the earth

Sue looked at me and said, "don't even say it." "say what?"

a pool of water

This will probably be a long entry, we have been very busy this week.

Last Mon. we played Sequence. It is normally us, Ed and Donna, and Darrell and Suzie. This week new people have come, and it has expanded to 2 games, and we have to take turns. Bob (a workcamper friend) says he LOVES that game. He is addicted. It is fun.

Tuesday night is practice noght for "On Call ". They are a bluegrass band. Now those of you that know me are probably saying "Toby listening to bluegrass!" They have so much fun playing, and they are so in tune with each other, you can't help but like them. As we were leaving towrad the end of the night, they yelled out to Sue and I, "don't leave yet, this song is for you". It was "the lonesome road". Not so much for the song, but we love the way Monica ( the bass player) sings it. It was so cool. Not to mention that Pat (the manager) always makes cookies for the event.

Wed. night was another exciting night of Sequence. Garry is having buttons made that say winner, and loser. You have to wear them for the week. Sorry ladies, we know who will be wearing the losers one. Keep trying. The managers came to the club house and said they had never heard so much laughter coming out of there. It may not sound exciting, but it is so much fun. Everyone (we are all winners) has a blast

A few weeks ago, Terri told us about a trip to Carlsbad Caverns. When we went down to sign up for it, they told us it was filled. We asked if we could get on a waiting list. She said yes, so we did. By the time we got home, my phone rang. She told us we could go on one condition, that I drive the bus. Cool, driving a bus load of senior citizens 300 miles each way! IT WAS GREAT! We had a wonderful time, and can't even begin to describe the boat trip, and caverns trip. (but I will try).

First of all, Carlsbad was SOOO into the Christmas spirit. The whole place is all decorated. The only thing missing was snow. But then, our boat trip wouldn't have been as nice. We boarded the George Washington, and headed down the river. It is the heavier boat, so we didn't go past the island, but it was still well worth it We rode for about 40 minutes each way. Looking at some of the most amazing decorations imaginable. I wouldn't want their electric bill for the month. As I said, they REALLY get into Christmas. Unfortunately, most of the pictures didn't turn out, because it was dark and we were moving. I need your help Dee. But, these are mine and Sue's memories, and wouldn't mean much to you all anyway. We floated down the river, listening to Christmas music, cuddled under a blanket with our loved one (the fortunate ones), and heard the stories of the others of how they remember doing it with their spouses. It was very romantic. The water was like glass.

On Sunday, we got up, and headed to Carlsbad Caverns. You have a choice of taking the elevator down, and walking around the "big room", or you can walk the 1.3 miles to the bottom. We walked, and you can not believe how far down into the earth it is. I have pictures, but as usual, they do not do it justice. You just have to see it. The caverns themselves are amazing, but the trails and lighting are also unbelievable. Once you get to the bottom, there is a restaurant, gift shop, and very nice bathrooms. You can walk the 1.5 mile tour, and then take the elevator up. When we returned to the top, we had a lunch, then headed back to Elephant Butte. It was a nice ride, and weekend, with many laughs, and great memories.

I am going to end this entry, so I can start this weeks adventures.

We have been watching the weather channel, Mpls. is making national news WAY TO GO! People say, "how do you handle 10" of snow?' We just say, "It's nothing, we're Minnesotans." You make us proud.


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