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Apr 21, 2019 - April up to Easter, Garden Grove

Back to Garden Grove Elks to get ready for our northern trek. We had a few Doctor visits, new prescription glasses, visiting with family and friends. We had our Area Rug and our Coach carpet cleaned. Seems to be an annual thing, and glad we did it. While visiting our friends (and Alaska Bound travelers), they showed us that a dove couple had laid their eggs in their hanging basket on their porch. I later learned that the same thing had happened at my sister's house. They get to watch the parenting activities of these doves until the babies...

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Mar 31, 2019 - March - Garden Grove and Silent Valley

We are taking advantage of our membership campground this year instead of visiting Arizona. It is cost effective using our campground days allowed by our dues. Helps to save money because of our upcoming trip to Alaska. We were up to four other motorhome couples scheduled to go with us but recently two had to drop off due to personal/family reasons. We will miss them, but still have fun with the other two that are definitely going with us. There will also be a single gentleman joining us once we are in Alaska. We made another trip down into...

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Feb 28, 2019 - February, Elks Lodge & Silent Valley

Not much to say about hanging out in Garden Grove, day to day living. Helping out with my mother whenever she would let me. She is 92 and trying to maintain that she can take care of herself. Mid month we went back up to Silent Valley in the mountains. February is always the coldest month and usually has a little snow. We actually got two snow storms while there, and also some rains. The rains brought a lot of mud flow down from the higher elevations into our little (usually) dry creeks. When there was a break from the rain, the maintenance...

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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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