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Nov 9, 2011 - The first ride and a trip to the zoo

One of the great things about having kids around is that you get to do kid things! Laurie and Tom took the girls to a farm where they went for their first ride on a horse. They are still too small to go on their own so they had a tour around the corral plus a visit with the farm animals. Then we headed to the Living Desert, a zoo with animals from African and American deserts. The highlight for all was feeding carrots to a giraffe!

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Nov 6, 2011 - Dual Birthday Parties

We celebrated Christina's birthday a couple of days early so that her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Susan, could be there. Christina insisted on cooking her own birthday dinner so the party was at her beautiful house (Dad took her out for a romantic birthday dinner on her actual birthday, Nov 7). It was an excellent meal followed by the perfect Swedish birthday cake, Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta), which Brian and Susan brought from LA. Nicky was happy to have some pint sized friends to play with and the rest of us were happy to toast...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Birdies, Birds and Black Widows

It's been a busy week! Cam's wife Michele arrived from Calgary and we've been golfing, shopping and dining out. Cam played in the qualifying rounds of a golf tournament and we went with Michele and Cam's caddy's wife Shelly to watch. Unfortunately, despite shooting a birdie on the first hole, the rest of his game didn't go as well and he didn't qualify for the tournament. On the bright side, it was a beautiful day to walk the course and the roadrunners were happy to pose for photos so we turned into Wiley Coyotes with our Acme image...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Pool Time!

After an easy drive with clear sailing, even around LA, we arrived at our home away from home in Palm Desert. We stayed at this house last spring and Pam's Dad has rented it again, for 6 months this time. It's in a great location with hiking/running trails right outside the door in the San Jacinta mountains and the ritzy El Paseo drive and it's shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. The pool is long enough to do laps in and there are plenty of road rides to be done in the area. We'll have a visit with friends for a few days as...

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May 15, 2011 - Dailysis is Over

Well Hello again, TT/Palm Desert is closing today for the summer so we are heading to TT/Pio Pico. Rob has just been cleared by the Dr. to travel again. His kidneys have started working and things are looking good for him. He has had dialysis for three months, three times a week.

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Apr 13, 2011 - Packing Day

Tom: We have a long driving day tomorrow; skirting LA to the north heading to TT Rancho Oso in Santa Barbara. Turned in our rental car and spoke to the TT Palm Desert Manager about how much it would cost to spend a month in the park early next year. Something we are seriously considering. We really have missed the Oregon cold and drizzle. The LP detector in our 5th wheel bit the dust and we had to replace it. Sounds easy right. Of course the one we bought did not come preped the way it was supposed to so some creatrive adjustments had to...

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Apr 7, 2011 - Home base at Desert Palm

Tom: Day to take a breath and set up for our 9 day stay in the Palm Springs area. So Cal map at bottom of opening page. This is a very nice Thousand Trails Preserve. Sites are a little snugger fit than we have come to expect from Thousand Trails; but here is the good news. We scored on one of the better sites, it is in the 70's, there is a hot tub, a pool and most importantly it is sunny with no rain. I can do this! Our last stop for Diesel Fuel came in at $4.51 a gallon. We are going to be here 9 days and doing a lot of moving around....

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Apr 6, 2011 - Palm Springs or bust

Tom: Coalinga in the rear view mirror. So Cal map at bottom of opening page. This was one of the longest driving days of the trip. 309 miles We went a little out of the way to avoid L.A.. We went East though Bakersfield on 58 and dropped down south on I-15. The tug over the Tehcachapi summit was at an elevation of 4091; the highest we have encountered on the trip. The truck worked pretty hard. Coming down from the pass was a thrill. Arrived in Palm Springs (Park is actually in Palm Desert - just outside of Palm springs) around 5:30 pm....

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Mar 28, 2011 - Escape to Palm Desert

We'd had enough of the long, cold winter and we had the perfect excuse to escape - a visit with Pam's Dad, Lloyd, who has spent the last couple of months in Palm Desert. Pam's sister Laurie and her friend Tom were also there for the first week. Then they left and we were joined by Pam's brother Cam and his wife Michele for the last week. We took full advantage of the warm temperatures by swimming every day, hiking or running in the desert hills and Dale got his fill of golf while Pam got her fill of shopping. We also took in the Indian...

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Mar 28, 2011 - Palm Desert

Hello all, we are here in Palm Desert at TTs staying on a medical extension since Rob has dialysis 3 days a week until his kidney function returns which we pray is soon. In case you didn't know Rob had a car accident Dec 8,2010 seemed OK but when we went to visit George and Kit in Downy,Ca Jan 25th so we could sight see the area with them.Rob was put in the hospital the next day with in infection in the bump he had on his leg they did surgery to remove it and thought maybe it had dinged his kidney. 14 days later he left the hospital with...

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Mar 1, 2011 - Palm Desert - Day 28

Unbelievable! It has been four weeks since we arrived here in Palm Desert. The weather is now perfect. It is all sun and blue skies. We have enjoyed our stay here. It is hard to believe we move on to Borrego Springs on Saturday. Glenna has booked one night at Borrego Springs and then four nights at Campland on the Bay on the north side of San Diego, before we fly home on Thursday. Glenna and I have been faithfully going to the gym every day, to get some exercise and hopefully avoid any more holiday bulge. They have lots of activities here...

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Feb 24, 2011 - Poolside entry

I brought my laptop over to the pool area this afternoon. There is limited wifi here, but better than none. They have covered areas around the pool, like little tents here and there if you want to avoid the direct sun. Glenna is lounging out in the sun and reading another book on Elizabeth I. She is fascinated with the queens life, especially since our last trip to England to visit castles. I’ve hunkered down in one of the poolside tents to surf the net. I can’t see the screen if it’s too bright. I’ve had enough sun anyway, so am enjoying...

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