Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March 29 Nacogdoches

After all the swimming excitement, we drove to Nacogdoches, 136 miles, to the Foretravel factory for a few days of service on the coach.
Check out this coach--it is beautiful--and we want it!! LOL! (I had a link here, but it no longer works---beautiful coach!!) But, of course, we are not getting it for several hundred thousand reasons $$$. Besides, it is a 45'coach, and we don't want 45'.

There are lots of rigs here at this time, coming in early for the "Buddy Rally" coming up in a few days. It is always fun to make new friends and reunite with old ones at rallies with other coach. There will be lots more coming in within the next few days.

March 25th College Station, TX

After the 136 mile drive, we pulled into the Holiday RV Park in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A & M University where the NCAA Swimming competition begins on March 26th. The facilities here are fantastic! The Student Rec Center, where the competition is held is huge . Inside the building, besides the swimming pools, there are courts for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and who knows what else---also, an indoor jogging track, climbing wall, archery center and numerous areas with exercise equipment. Awesome is the only way to describe this place.

Of course, the reason for being here is the swimming. There were about 42 Universities represented, with the best collegiate swimmers in the country competing.

Tyler had an incredible meet, coming in 2nd place. However, he set a new NCAA record in the 200 Back Stroke.

But, his real night to shine was in the

400 IM where he set the NCAA, American and U.S. Open,
replacing Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte as record holders.
During all the excitement, jumping up and down, yelling and screaming, I failed to take pictures!!

Please take a minute to read this article to understand what an outstanding athlete it takes to win this event.
We are looking forward to the Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE in 2012 where Tyler, and hopefully his sister, Lindsey (now age 13) will be competing. After that, we plan on being in London at the 2012 Olympic Competition.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 19 Victoria, TX

We made the easy 132 mile drive from Bulerde to Victoria, TX and parked at our usual place, Dad's RV Park for a week. We always enjoy our stay at Dad's--we have made friends with lots of the Winter Texans that have been coming here for years.

I have 2 sisters and a brother in Victoria and enjoy the family time.

Also, it is necessary to check on the business from time to time. Frequently, people ask about the company, so I am providing some information and pictures in this post. I have been blessed with a great staff of loyal and dedicated employees so that it is not necessary to be at the office on a regular basis. Of course, I am in contact almost daily---frequently several times a day.

GEMCO started on April 1, 1950 in Port Lavaca, TX. After nearly 50 years in the same location, we needed more space and an updated facility. The building was designed and built in Victoria, 28 miles from Port Lavaca. We decided to relocate in Victoria partly so that there would be a little buffer zone from the Gulf Coast and the hurricanes that have been known to make landfall there.

It was cold, windy, and wet on January 28, 2005 when we gathered for the ground-breaking ceremony. Several employees were onhand for the celebration.

Moving finally started the end of October, 2005.

The offices are located on the upper level with a view of the shop floor.

In Port Lavaca, we had 3 buildings within a city block.
The new facility has everything under one roof. The challenge was to get everything moved and equipment in place and running as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of lost production time.

Finally, after lots of hard work, of a staff of very dedicated employees was on hand and Old Glory was raised!!!


While in Victoria, we had a catered bar-b-que luncheon for all employees to celebrate the starting of our 60th year of business.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 17-18 Bulverde, TX

It is 303 miles from Fort Stockton, TX to Bulverde, just north of San Antonio, TX. We spent 2 nights at the Texas 281 RV Park

After getting parked on Tuesday, we rested a while, then went into San Antonio to have dinner with my Aunt.

Wednesday, we went to Sisterdale to visit the Sister Creek Winery .

As you can see it is just an old barn type building with a great personality. We visited this winery last year and we enjoyed the wine so much that it was a "must visit" place.

Needless to say, we left with several bottles of their excellent wine. Of course, that was the purpose of the visit.

This is the young man that was at the winery last year and this year A very personable guy that really knows his wines.

We returned to the campground, and I went back to San Antonio to spend the afternoon visiting with my aunt.


Monday, March 16, 2009

March 16 Fort Stockton, TX

We left El Paso Monday morning and drove 226 miles on the boring I-10 to Fort Stockton. We had hoped to play golf when we got there, but as most golf courses are, they were closed on Monday. We did a little shopping and got my car inspected. Texas requires that all vehicles get a safety inspection each year--my car had not been in Texas for nearly 3 years, so was long over due!

Visiting Fort Stockton always brings back fond memories. We lived there for 7 years, from 1963 to 1970. My son Jim was born there. I drove past the house that we lived in--it was in bad shape!

We stayed at the Fort Stockton RV Park . It was nothing fancy, but very adequate for the evening. The best part was the little resturant. Served great food at very reasonable prices. It is a definate stopping spot.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March 15-- El Paso, TX

Tempe, AZ to El Paso, TX. Driving distance---438 miles.

We left Tempe about 7:30 AM for an uneventful day of driving --- I-10 is SO boring!! We stopped for the night in El Paso at the Mission RV Park . It is nothing fancy, but fine for an overnight stop.

March 13-14 Indio, CA to Tempe, AZ

Driving distance---257 miles.

We left Indio on Friday morning and drove to the Elks Lodge in Tempe, AZ .

We had several friends from our Southwest Country Coach RV club that were there for baseball spring training.

We left Indio a couple of days early so we could visit with them.

We knew that the RV parking area was full, but dry camping is no problem.

There were 4 couples already there, Brenda & Lonnie, Carol & Sam, and Miranda & Bill. Sam was not feeling well and did not come out for the picture.

Nicki & Paul were staying at an RV park a little bit out of town and came in on Saturday evening.

Jerry was the chef and cooked a couple of great Tri-Tips.

Lots of other great food was brought by the ladies.

Of course, no gathering of RVers is complete without lots of food, and this time was no exception.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


After we returned home in July, 2008, I did not continue writing this blog. We did a few trips, but nothing really "exciting". As we have done each year, in October, we took the motorhome to Outdoor Resorts in Indio for the winter season.

We had also decided to purchase a home in Indio. We closed on the house in early October and spent the next 3 months doing necessary upgrades before moving in.

In January, 2009, we finally moved into our new home. It is a great little place--easy upkeep to allow for more traveling. There is an attached RV garage for when we are at home. The center picture shows the courtyard from the front door. The door shown goes into the casita. Then you see the patio and back of the house. Our back yard is the golf course.

If you would like to see more pictures, please go to

Our new home is located in the Indian Palms Country Club in Indio, California.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

July 27


We are still getting things sorted out and put away---and deciding what to do next.

A few posts back I mentioned that our young granddaughter was a swimmer and we are hoping for the next Olympic Trials. There was a newspaper article a couple of days ago about Lindsey and some of her team mates. > We will plan on watching her swim next weekend in Santa Clarita, CA where she has qualified for the Junior Olympic meet.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

July 17 HOME!!!


We finally arrived back at home in Riverside, CA around noon on July 17---we were traveling for 5 months. It was a great trip, but as always, there's no place like home.

You can see by this picture why we enjoy it here.

I had looked forward to relaxing by the pool, but unfortunately, there was too much to do. We had packed up everything from the house because the house was supposed to be leased while we were gone. So, when we got back, we immediately begain unpacking and putting stuff back where it belongs.

Oh, well, pool time will come later.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July 15 Lake Havasu, AZ


We spent 2 night at the Havasu RV Resort which is a beautiful place that we have enjoyed in the past.

Temperature while in Lake Havasu ranged from 99 degrees around 2 AM to 117 in the afternoon. That is HOT!!!

We had a nice visit with Jerry's brother Andy and Ritva. It is always nice to have family time.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

July 12 - 14 Albuquerque & Gallup, NM


From Angel Fire, the next stop was Albuquerque where we stayed at the High Desert RV Park

Lauri, our daughter-in-law came out to visit and had lunch and a great visit. That evening, Jim was able to drop by for a few minutes on the way back to work. It was nice to see them both, even though it was for just a short time.

July 14 - Next was an overnight stop at the USA RV Park in Gallup, NM It was our first visit to this park, and we were very pleased. It was very clean and nice.We did not even unhook the car!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

July 8 Angel Fire, NM


We had been looking forward to a visit with our friends, Nicki and Paul, in Angel Fire, NM

Angel Fire is a neat little village in the mountains near the Colorado border.

We were so busy playing that I did not take any pictures, but here is one taken a couple of years ago.

While there, I got to ride on the motorcycle with Paul while Nicki and Jerry followed in the car. It was a beautiful ride from Angel Fire to Red River, NM.


Sunday, July 6, 2008

July 6 & 7 Halstead & Dodge City, KS


With the excitement of the Olympic Trials over, we pulled out of Haworth Park on Sunday, July 6 and an uneventful drive to Halstead, KS and stayed at Springlake RV It was not a bad place for an overnight stop.

July 7--Another uneventful day---we stop in Dodge City, KS and stayed at the Gunsmoke Trav-L-Park really wanted to visit Dodge City because there is so much history there, but, unfortunately, we were so tired that we did not do much.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tyler and family


As the Olympic Swimming Trials were coming to an end, here is Tyler with his family.

Lindsey, Lonnie, Tyler, Stacy, and Lonzo.

Lindsey swims for Fullerton Aquatic Swim Team (FAST) as Tyler did. Hopefully, she will be in the 2012 Olympic Trials along with Tyler.

Lonzo is a great Ice Hockey player and is a top draft choice in the SoCal area and travels with the clubs.

Olympic Swimming Trials Results


The Olympic Trials were so exciting. We enjoyed being there and seeing all the great athletes perform.

Tyler did very well and we are all so proud of him.

In the 200 m Back, Tyler came in 3rd behind two of the world's greatest swimmers, with a new World Record set in this swim.

See the results for the 400m IM in an earlier post.

Swimming Olympic Trials Information


As you may know, or may not know as the case may be, our grandson Tyler Clary is competing in the Swimming Olympic Trials starting June 29, in Omaha, NE.

Many people have asked for information and this seems the easiest way to share it to all that are interested.

Several have asked what about events, times, etc. Below is the information that I have at this time. He probably won’t swim all the events—the coach makes changes when necessary. I will post further information as I have it.

DAY ---------------EVENT

SUNDAY ---------400 IM
TUESDAY --------200 FLY
THURSDAY ------200 BACK & 200 IM
SATURDAY ------1500 FREE

All preliminary events begin at 11 am. Finals are in the evening.


There will probably be a live webcast at this site if you want to watch in real time.



Wednesday, July 2, 2008

June 29--July 6 Olympic Swimming Trials


Jerry, Tyler, and I

The Trials are being held at the Qwest Cener in Omaha, NE. This a beautiful facility with all the ammenities that you would need for any type event.

There are several interesting sculptures at the entrance to the building.

During the storm mentioned in the last post, the exterior of the building was damaged.

Fortunately, it was just the exterior and not structural.

We have waited for months for the Olympic Swimming Trials. It is so exciting for Tyler to have the opportunity swim at an event such as this and compete for a spot on the Olympic Team. At the time of this writing, he still has events in which to compete.

Tyler did an outstanding swim in the 400 IM and qualified for the finals that night.

Unfortunately, he did not get a place on the Olympic team in this event--- World Record was broken by Phelps (1st place) and Lochte (2nd place).

Tyler was on the schedule to swim in 6 events, but 2 were scratched for hime to rest for the other events.

The pool area is beautiful. This picture was at a practice session so there are very few people there. There were over 12,000 fans in attendance for the events.

We had some of the best seats in the arena---3 rows from the bottom at looking across at the end of the pool. This picture was taken a few rows up from where our seats were.

There was an overhead monitor to watch the swimmers when they were at the opposite end of the pool.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

June 23 Bellevue, Nebraska


While parked in Greenwood, we drove to Bellevue to locate the campground where we were to be staying. We found that our assigned sight was empty. We were not at all happy with the Pinegrove RV Park we moved to Haworth Park in Bellevue a couple of days early.

We are in the area to attend the Olympic Swimming Trials and watch our grandson, Tyler, compete with some of the world's greatest swimmers.

The first thing you notice upon arriving at Haworth park is the " Bicycle Windmill". This marks the bicycle trail that is park of the city network of bicycle trails.

According to Jim, the park caretaker, the city had hundreds of broken bicycles and was trying to find some way to use them. They hired an artist to create the Windmill sculptures for the entrances to the bicycle trails around the city.

Haworth is the nicest, prettiest city park that you will ever find. There are hundred of beautiful trees and acres of open grassy area. The RV Park is 56 acres! In addition to this, there is a marina, ball park, and other areas.

While in Bellevue, a major thunder storm with lots of lightening, large hail, and wind.

Fortunately, the worst of is avoided us and only one tree in the park fell.

This was the worst storm to hit this area in over 15 years. Because of the high winds, there was severe damage to the area. It was difficult to drive to many areas of Omaha because of the damage. We saw houses where the trees had crashed throught the roof, cars totally crushed by the large trees, and it just goes on and on and on. Of course, we did not drive around looking to see the damage. You could not go anywhere without seeing the damage. There were over 126,000 homes and businesses without power. The RV park did not have power for over 24 hours. Thank goodness for generators!! 6 days later, there were still 3,000 that were still without power.

Bellevue is the the state's oldest City, was incorporated in 1855.

While its population of almost 50,000 may not equal the crowd at a Cornhusker game, it is enough to place the City third in the state, behind Omaha and Lincoln.

Bellevue shares its northern border with Omaha and its southern edge with Offutt Air Force Base home of U.S. Stratcom, a joint command staffed by members from all branches of the military.

Looking out the window one evening, I saw these beautiful colors.

Monday, June 23, 2008

June 22 Greenwood, NE

We drove the 230 miles from Louisburg, KS to Greenwood, NE without a problem until we were within a few miles of the PineGrove RV Park and we came to a "bridge closed" sign. We had not seen a sign to warn us of this. There was no option but to turn onto a narrow dirt road. I had the GPS and it was only a couple of miles to the Interstate. There was no entrance to the highway, but the mapping program showed a road that would take us to the RV park. Well--that road was not there, so we had to continue on the narrow dirt road. We drove several miles up one road and down another--watching the GPS to see where we were--not that it did much good. We were finally heading in the correct direction and came to a narrow bridge---and we exceeded the weight limit---by a lot! The only options were to cross the bridge or unhook the car and back out for a couple of miles--not a fun thought. There was no place that the coach could have been turned around. So, we crossed the bridge and did not fall in.

Finally-we reached the RV park. Very tired and frustrated. With a filthy car and coach.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

June 19 Louisburg, KS

We drove to the Rutlager Outpost RV a few miles south of Louisburg to stay a few days -- just killing time until we get to Omaha. It is an interesting place that has a theater for Country Music performances on most Saturday nights.

We visited the Louisburg Cider Mill where there are all sorts of great things--mainly the fresh apple cider made right there. It is really good!

One of the reasons that I wanted to stop here was to be able to go to Overland Park, KS to visit my Aunt Millie that I had not seen in several years. We went into town Saturday morning and had a nice visit and lunch with her.

We returned to the RV park and prepared to leave on Sunday morning. We will drive about 230 miles to Greenwood, NE, which is about half-way between Lincoln and Omaha.

June 18 Miami, OK

Most of the time, we enjoy staying off the interstate and major roads and taking the back roads, driving through small towns and just enjoying the slower pace. However, from the time we left Bossier City, LA on June 3, we have been on back roads---that is about all that Arkansas has!! After miles and miles of narrow roads will little or no shoulder, winding, turning roads up and down the mountains, it was a relief to finally get on some straight roads. While the scenery was beautiful, it is very tiring, both to the driver and the "assistant" driver.

We decided to go through Miami, OK to the Newell Coach Company and take a factory tour.

Newell makes a beautiful high end coach. High end, of course, translates to HIGH $$$$$.

I contacted them about a tour, and they invited us to stay with them overnight at "Camp Newell".

When we arrived, they were very gracious hosts, and said that we were welcome to stay as long as we would like. The facility was very nice, with a large grassy area with picnic tables for everyone to enjoy.

After a quick lunch, we went through the used coaches that were on the lot.

Fortunately, we did not find one that we liked as well as the coach that we have!

New coaches are available only as custom coaches on special order.

On Thursday morning, we took a tour of the factory. They do some different things during the construction process that was very interesting. Their coaches are first class all the way.

We decided after the tour to move on rather than stay in Miami. After all, we were not buying one at this time!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

June 17 Eureka Springs, AR


Because of predicted bad weather, we stayed an extra day at the Outdoor Resorts. On Tuesday, we drove about 30 miles to Eureka Springs. We stayed at the Wanderlust RV Park It was a nice place, and made a great overnight stopping spot.

The main reason for visiting Eureka Springs was to see the Great Passion Play.

The entrance to the area is beautiful.

The Great Passion Play is in its 40th year of production and has been seen by over 7 million people. It is an excellent enactment of the last days of Christ on earth. I thought it was very well done. The setting was really great.

The setting for the preformance was impressive with the natural backdrop. I was able to get this picture in the afternoon, but later, cameras were not permitted.

The outdoor ampitheater has a seating capacity of over 4000 people.

Fortunately, the weather was beautiful because the show goes on even if it rains. Of course, it would be canceled in case of severe weather.

The Christ of the Ozarks statue was another reason for visiting the area. .

The statue is 7 stories tall. It is really interesting and worth the time to visit.

There are many different museums and things to see in the area, including a Tour of the Holy Land. There is a list and descriptions on the website above. Unfortunately, since we lost a day due to the weather, we did not get to see any of the other things.

There is nothing that I can say here that will adequately describe the Spirutal significance of this area.

If you ever have the opportunity , I highly recommend you taking the time to visit Eureka Springs and see the town and the Passion Play complex.

Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16 Outdoor Resort of the Ozarks

Have you ever been anyplace that is so wonderful that you did not want to leave? Well, that is where we are not. When we checked in, we planned on leaving on Saturday, and paid for that length of time. Well, it is now Tuesday and we are still here!

We had a bit of a storm come through yesterday evening. It had passed on and I looked out the window and the sky had the most beautiful colors. I grabbed the camera and ran outside. Unfortunately, I knew that it would last long enough for me to go to a place where I would have a clear shot without RVs and telephone poles.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

June 9-15 Oak Grove, AR--Blue Eye, MO


Find these places on the map---if you can. They are very small communities on the AR/MO border.

Blue Eye is a thriving community of 17! That is, unless you come into town the other direction and the population is 35. Either way, don't blink or you will miss it.

After leaving Hot Springs Village, we were on the way to Eureka Springs, AR when we remembered that somewhere in the area there was an Outdoor Resort. These are beautiful resorts--where you purchase your lot. We own a lot in Indio, CA and spend most of the winter there. All of the Resorts are beautiful, each one different from the others.

We found that we were only a few miles from the road to the Outdoor Resort of the Ozarks and called for a reservation. It had been raining off and on most of the day, and when we arrived, it was still raining. We checked in, went to out site, and set up in the rain. Even in the rain, we knew that the Resort was an outstanding place. We were given a beautiful waterfront site.

All the sites in the Resort have a view of the lake, of course, some have a better view than others.

We sit on our patio, and this is our view. There are a few boats cruising along, a few ducks, and lots of peace and quiet.


There is no other way to describe it.

The ammenities are excellent. 2 pools, hot tubs, activity centers, etc. Anything that you would expect in a first class resort.

The club house is beautifully furnished with everything that you would want.

The view from the club house is incredible as you can see in this shot.

Unfortunately, there has been so much rain that the lake is about 12 inches above normal. Much of the golf course on the resort is underwater. Of course, eventually, the water will recede and the golf course will be restored.

As you can see, it is a hilly area, and walking is a challenge! Great exercise place, but forget riding the bicycles.

Jerry walks everyday--and he calls the walk from the campsite to the clubhouse "cardiac hill". It is tough!!!

The only negative that we have found is that the area is so remote. It is 20 miles to the nearest grocery store! You just have to remember bread and milk when you are there!

On Tuesday we drove to Eureka Springs and walked around the village. It is a very old village, and the sidewalks, stores, etc., have remained in their original state, as required by the historical commission. I visited Eureka Springs around 1981 and have always wanted to return. It is a quaint village with lots of shops and tourist type things---and lots of hills when seeing the area!

Saturday, we went to Branson, MO. Jerry was there years ago and all he remembers is TRAFFIC. He was not crazy about the idea of going there, but since I had never been, I wanted to see what was there. Well, he was right (of course). The cars were lined up everywhere. We just drove up and down the street a couple of times. There were hundreds (at least it seemed like that many) theaters for the shows that are performed each day.

While walking around we saw a shop Dino's 24 Karrot Cake Co. It was like a magnet drawing us in!! They had some beautiful cakes---some are on the website. Of course, we had to purchase a small one. It is excellent!!! And of course, only 17 million calories per bite.

Many years ago I purchased a Silverleaf timeshare resort in Branson at the President's Fairways. but have never had the opportunity to visit so today we drove out to the resort. We drove past a very nice golf course on the way to the condos. They were definately top of the line. Unfortunately, I just have rarely had the opportunity of use the timeshare. I would prefer to travel in the motor home.

We returned to our beautiful RV site and enjoyed popcorn on the patio--

with adult beverages, of course!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

June 8 Hot Springs Village, AR

I have some very dear friends, Lynn and Tom, that live in Hot Springs Village, AR.

This is a very unique community and is the largest gated community in America. It is beautiful!!

There are 9 golf courses and 12 lakes within the boundries of the community.

This picture was taken from an overlook area. Can you believe that there are houses hidden among all the trees?

What a place. You drive through heavily wooded areas, but rarely see a house, even thought there are approximately 8000 homes in the area. It is beautiful with all the lakes and golf courses everywhere.

Lynn & Tom and I met sometime in the mid-1990's on the internet.

There was---and still is--- a group of RVers that met on-line. Eventually, many of us met face-to-face, having dozens of RV get-to-gethers (GTG) all over the country. Life long friendships have been formed through this group known just as the RVClub.

The last time that Lynn & Tom and I saw each other was in 2002 at an RV GTG that became known as "OZ" because it was held in Kansas. We met in At Melvern Lake in Kansas each year--sometimes 10-15 rigs--sometimes more. One year there was over 50 rigs. OZ continues on--the only change is that it was moved from June to October because of the tornado season. What fun we have had through the years!!

When we arrived at "The Village", Lynn met us at the gate and we followed her to the small RV park which is reserved for guests of the residents. We got the rig set up, and Lynn gave us a grand tour of the Village.

We had a great dinner on Saturday evening in their home. On Saturday, Tom and Jerry played golf while Lynn and I did more sightseeing in Hot Springs.

That evening we went to dinner at the A neat place!

While there, friends of Lynn and Tom's came by the table and invited us all for a boat ride after dinner.

The lake was beautiful and the homes along the shoreline were outstanding.

What a great way to end the day--

and a wonderful visit.

Thanks, Lynn and Tom.

I love you guys!!


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