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Nov 23, 2016 - Congress, AZ - Updates from North Ranch

(Ron Writing) It’s hard to believe we’re just a day away from Thanksgiving already but that’s what the calendar says. It seems like our summer travels just ended and the time here at North Ranch has really been flying by. We are in our winter “routine” so there isn’t any travel news but here are a few of the highlights of happenings in our life since the last post. On October 31st I had a bone marrow biopsy so the doctor can get more insight into the way my multiple myeloma is evolving and better evaluate how effective the recent treatment...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Congress, AZ - Back At North Ranch after Doctor Appointments

(Ron Writing) On Sunday, October 23, we had a nice quiet morning at home and listened to one of Pastor Glenn’s recorded Bible lessons. We then left Gila Box NCA and drove west on US-60 to Globe, AZ and then west on US-60 to the Phoenix area. We arrived kind of late and it wasn’t too hot so we spent the night at the Talking Stick Casino just off AZ-101 in Scottsdale, AZ. The next morning we moved to Westworld in Scottsdale. I went to Mayo for my monthly blood tests on Monday morning and then later to my radiation oncologist for a routine...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Congress, AZ - Traveling South into the Heat!

(Ron Writing) Yesterday (Aug. 6th) we spent the morning at our boondocking spot where it was nice and cool, although a bit windy. At about 2 PM we left there and drove south on US-95 to Las Vegas. That is a very good highway with light traffic until we got to Las Vegas. We went to the Main Street Station Casino RV Park to spend the night ($16 with full hookups). Fortunately, our air conditioner does a fine job keeping us comfortable even in this extreme heat. This morning (Aug. 7th) we left Las Vegas and drove south on US-95 and then US-93...

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May 18, 2016 - A place for the Riglet

We have two purposes for visiting North Ranch RV Park in Congress, Arizona. First, it's an Escapee Rainbow Park and we get a really good deal there (free), and second, Congress is about 90 miles from Sedona, Arizona. We are leaving the riglet here while we go to Sedona to hang out with Jim's brothers and sisters-in-law for a reunion. We came back to the Riglet on May 25. We stayed another week at North Ranch, pretty much just taking it easy. Walking, riding bikes, visiting with some friends. We have never seen a Century tree cactus (agave)....

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Mar 31, 2016 - Congress, AZ - Enjoying a Very Nice Winter

(Ron Writing) Here it is the end of March already and I’ve only made a single blog entry yet this year. I’ll try to pick up the pace a little the rest of the year. We’ve been having a very mild winter with lots of warm weather and very few days when it wasn’t nice enough to enjoy doing things outdoors. We are both doing well and enjoying all our usual winter activities and get-togethers with friends. My recent blood tests have shown that the multiple myeloma markers are starting to slowly rise again. My doctor advised adding a newly...

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Feb 9, 2016 - Congress, AZ - A New Trip Journal for 2016

(Ron Writing) Here it is the second week of February and I still haven’t started the 2016 Trip Journal! Can you believe that in the first few years of our full-time RV life I was posting an entry almost every day. Don’t know how I found the time. I like to do that when we are traveling but now when we are staying parked at North Ranch in Congress, AZ for the winter it would just be pretty repetitious. It’s our winter life – get togethers with friends, doctor appointments, church activities, and RV park activities. I’ll just briefly cover a...

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Dec 31, 2015 - Congress, AZ - Happy New Year

(Ron Writing) It’s hard to believe that another year is over. For us 2015 is ending much nicer than it started. Early this year I found out I had prostate cancer and that my multiple myeloma (MM) was coming out of remission. Starting treatment for MM was delayed until I completed a regimen of radiation treatments for prostate cancer. That kept us in Scottsdale most of the summer – not a great place to spend summer. But tests show that the prostate cancer treatment was very successful and I’m on a new med for MM that is very effectively...

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Nov 27, 2015 - Congress, AZ - Updates from North Ranch

(Ron Writing) We had a very happy Thanksgiving and we hope all of our readers did also. Like last year, we had Thanksgiving dinner with friends at the North Ranch Activity Center. About 135 people attended the dinner. The turkey, gravy, and beverages were furnished and then each table of 10 people shared sides and desserts pot-luck fashion. The food was delicious, the company was fun, and we all went home with leftovers! Since arriving at North Ranch a few weeks ago we’ve kept very busy. Besides all the small maintenance and repair jobs,...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Congress, AZ - Back at North Ranch

(Ron Writing) There hasn’t been a lot of news since the last update but here are a few of things that have been happening. Our second stay at the Mogollon Rim was not as pleasant as the first one. We got there just in time for a few days of stormy, windy, rainy weather. It was also very cool and other than a couple long walks during breaks in the weather we were kind of “cooped-up” in the trailer. We did have a great campsite. We were right on the edge of the rim with a nice view and great cell phone signal even though we were only a...

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Jan 16, 2015 - Congress, AZ - Looking Forward to the New Year

(Ron Writing) It’s a new year and time to get our new 2015 Trip Journal started. Our year started out with a blast of cold weather. We had a few days where we hardly went outdoors - the Polar Vortex had a grip on us and much of the rest of the nation. There were a few days when it hardly got above freezing here and I had to take the water filters in and drain the hoses every night. On the week beginning January 5th we had appointments and meetings scheduled every day of the week somewhere in the Phoenix area. So we decided to just move...

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Dec 31, 2014 - Congress, AZ - A Cold Snowy End to 2014

(Ron Writing) I’m really getting behind with blog entries. Once we stop traveling there is less to write about and few photos to show you. We enjoy our time here at Congress during the winter but it’s become our winter routine and there’s less that would interest blog readers. I’ll close out the 2014 Trip Journal with a few of the highlights of our time here during the last month of the year. On Thursday, December 4, we went to Phoenix to attend the monthly Multiple Myeloma support group meeting. This was our first meeting since leaving to...

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Nov 29, 2014 - Congress, AZ - Catching Up

It seems like yesterday, but it’s actually been a couple weeks, since we got back to Arizona and since I last updated this journal. We’ve been very busy with appointments, events, or things to do almost every day. We’ve been catching up on our to-do lists. Here are a few highlights. During our travels this summer we started having a little problem with the A-frame of the trailer (the hitch that extends from the front of the trailer). It was bending slightly and a weld that attaches it to a cross member had cracked. A couple days after we...

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