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volume 7                 May 1996                     number 4

On the Road Again

Texas to Missouri
�  Potpourri 
�  Campground Report
�  Good Places to Eat
�  Coffee Break
�  Letters, Letters, Letters
�  Important Information
�  This' N That
�  Burgundy Mushrooms Recipe
We will continue moving east on our way to Michigan. One special stop on the way will be to visit Ron's son David in Bloomington, Illinois. On May 24-27 we will be attending the FMCA Glass Rally in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Look for us there.
On the Road Again
Heading north---meeting friends and family along the way. 
April 1 seemed to be the magic day. We weren't the only ones to leave and Outdoor Resorts was fast becoming a ghost resort. We said our good-byes to the few left behind and headed out. Karen Fleckenstein, single full-timer from Avon, Connecticut, who had been visiting us was leaving at the same time. We decided to caravan to Aransas Wildlife Refuge and camp the night before she headed on alone. It was our first time to travel with another rig and we found it enjoyable. Our CBs kept us together. The drive up U.S. 77 from the Rio Grande Valley was beautiful because of all the lovely wildflowers blanketing the roadsides. There were yellow, red, pink, white, purple, blue, and wine flowers all centered around plenty of Texas' bluebonnets. What a sight. 

Aransas Wildlife Refuge which is north of Rockport and off of Texas route 35 is way off the beaten path, but worth a visit. For us the visit was two-fold; we wanted to meet Katherine Cullen, one of our readers who was a volunteer at the refuge. We had communicated and knew she had the day off. She also told us we could boondock outside the park gate for the night. Katherine, a single full-timer from Rochester, Michigan, travels with a beautiful orange longhair cat named Storm in a 28 foot Bounder which she has fixed up to look like an apartment from House Beautiful. The dash is filled with live green plants  which she says stay put even when she is rolling down the road. We were especially intrigued with the cat walk she had made. A small opening has been cut into the right inside wall of the entry step. It leads to the outside compartment (just behind the passenger seat) and that is where the litter box is kept. The cat can go in and out at will and no one has to see the liter box. To empty it Katherine simply goes outside, opens the compartment and takes care of it. 

Katherine showed us around the refuge and shared a little about the volunteer work she does. With no pension, she needs the help of not paying campground fees and loves the work. We pooled resources for a beautiful dinner of baked fish, peas, rice and Katherine's delicious mushrooms. Her recipe is on page 10. It was a wonderful evening of eating and sharing; we even played Mexican train dominoes so Katherine could learn. She had to work early the next day so we said good-bye that night. 

Early the next morning Karen took off on her way to Florida and then north. She had been with us for a week after her winter in Mexico and it was tough letting her go. After Karen left, Ron and I did the auto tour of the refuge. We wished we had the whole day so we could bike the route instead of drive. Seems we have said something similar before. 

We had promised to meet two other couples at Port Lavaca which was just up the road. So about lunch time we drove the short distance. It was hugs and greetings all over again. We had corresponded with the Stewarts for some time but didn't meet them until 1994 when we were in Denver. You may remember that we printed two of Carol's articles---Reflections of a New Full-timer, Dec.'93 and Things Full-timers Never Told Us, Sept.'94. 

Carol and Dick, full-timers from California, were traveling with Gary and Maryellen Mencimer. These two couples met each other in Denver the year before. We understand there were several couples in the park in Golden who discovered their common interest (in Movin' On); I remember at the time that Carol called our voice mail to report that they got together and were toasting us and sharing information. 

Maryellen has written to us lots of times and we've printed her letters so you know them too, but it was nice to finally meet this neat young couple. They sold their lucrative coffee, tea and herb shop in the Denver area and took off in their 34 foot Bounder in the summer of 1995. 

We lined the three rigs up in the boondock area facing the bay and talked non-stop all afternoon. At dinner time, we pooled resources and again had a terrific meal with great friends. 

Gary, Maryellen and Doozer Mencimer, Ron and Barb and Dick and Carol Stewart
The next morning it was good-bye time again. The Mencimers and Stewarts were heading to Rockport; we were going north. We were so busy visiting that we didn't tour Port Lavaca. We did learn that there is a huge walkway built out into the marshy area which is built entirely from recycled plastic. Neat! 

We Play Tourist Again
We had a relaxing and beautiful drive up route 77. The wildflowers were thick and refreshing. As planned, we stopped for the night in the town of Schulenburg. This area, rich in German-Czech heritage, deserves a visit. We got in town early enough to explore the dying downtown area. I liked looking at the buildings and admiring the big old houses; I like to imagine them in their prime. The Kountry Bakery and City Market (across from each other on 77) are worth visiting if you like good, home-made baked goods and sausage. 

Perhaps Schulenburg is most famous for their Painted Churches Tour which has been featured twice in Southern Living. We decided that we would take time the next morning before we took off to drive the self guided tour. We didn't do the whole tour which would have been about 50 miles in all, but after talking to the campground owner decided on the closest ones which he said were the prettiest anyway. 

The churches are filled with hand painted murals and frescoes (a picture painted on the plaster before it is dry). All of the churches were out in the country and it was peaceful and very pleasant to enjoy the drive then get out and go into the churches. We were able to take our time to admire the beauty. It was refreshing because we were all alone with our thoughts; there was no one else around. These are not big cathedrals but just as beautiful and for us it seemed extra special because it was Easter week. 

Even though we didn't leave Schulenburg until lunch time, we arrived at the Coast to Coast park at Lake Whitney well before dinner time. We like those short easy days. 

We had never toured Waco and there were some things we thought would be interesting like the Dr. Pepper Museum, and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. I especially wanted to visit the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University. ("World's largest collection of materials relating to Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning housed in a library with 56 stained glass windows depicting the poetry of the Brownings.") Saturday seemed like a good day and we left early. The brochures said that the library is only open until noon on Saturday. The library was closed because of Easter week. What a disappointment! We went to the Dr. Pepper place and spent a little while there. It was partly closed for remodeling, but we were able to get a little history. The soda fountain wasn't original and the sodas were served in paper cups. Another disappointment. 

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame was very interesting and we spent a lot of time there. They have a nice multi-media show and great displays of guns if you like that sort of thing. We were more interested in the stories of the rangers. The original rangers were ranchers who worked as rangers part time and they looked a lot like the bad guys. We had a good time there. We noticed a nice campground right on the river near the Texas Ranger place. Fort Fisher Park is pretty with wide sites and it is reasonable. It's a perfect location for anyone wanting to tour Waco. 

There is a lot more to see in Waco, but it was cold and kind of rainy and I didn't feel good, so we went home. I was so sick that I went right to bed and slept through Easter Sunday too. 

Illness sidetracks us for a while. 
We left as scheduled on Monday morning. Our drive was nice and short (60 miles). We had a date to visit Bette and Clyde Salter (she wrote the two part Alaska story and helped edit our book) at their new condo in Granbury (35 miles SW of Fort Worth). Their gated community even has a private campground for guests. We knew the Salters were in Dallas for the day and wouldn't be back until just before dinner-time so after we were settled we drove around to get acquainted with the area. If you look at the main highway (377) you will think you are in urban sprawl, but the real treat is the historic downtown area. 

The short road into town is dotted with bed & breakfasts and some specialty shops then crosses the river/lake. The center of town is the big old courthouse and the four streets that formed the square were alive. There wasn't a vacant store in the square and all looked inviting. I couldn't wait to visit all the shops. I was excited knowing I had two full days to play. 

When we got home, there was a note that the Salters were home, so we buzzed right over to their place. Bette was cooking the most delicious smelling soup which was very inviting. We toured their delightful condo and admired the fantastic view of the lake right off their deck. Their plans are to stay there during the spring and fall and travel only in the winter and summer. The Bounder is parked nearby and ready anytime. 

Just as we were getting ready to sit down, I started coughing and couldn't stop. I went out on the deck to get some air; I had a hard time breathing. They called 911 and in no time I was in the hospital emergency room. A few hours later I was diagnosed with double pneumonia and spent eight days tethered to IVs there. I got wonderful care in this great little (60 bed) hospital that seemed like a big city one. I rested. Bette visited often and we had lots of time for good conversation. She also gave me several books that she had enjoyed. I delved into them---something I hadn't taken time to do in ages. Poor Ron had the hard part and he said it was difficult to go home to the empty RV each night. 

When I was finally released from the hospital on a Tuesday morning, I was ordered to "stay put" for two days. I am sorry to say I never did get to eat Bette's soup or do all that I wanted in Granbury. Our last afternoon there, Ron took me downtown for lunch and I walked into one or two places for a quick browse. 

The Wagon Yard is huge and full of quality antiques and new reproductions. Oh it was wonderful to look at everything as it was neatly displayed. This is a quality place (with moderate prices) and I want to go back. It is so big that they have rooms for specific things; there's one room for desks and one for dining room furniture etc. Fun!

Ron at the Wagon Yard

Ron at the Wagon Yard  **** A room at the Nutt House Hotel

The other place we visited was the Nutt House Hotel. You can go upstairs and look at any of the unoccupied rooms. They are charming and the prices are reasonable. I'd love to stay there sometime. The room in the picture is $49 per night plus tax ($6.37). Part of the charm is that the bathrooms are down the hall; it reminded us of some of the B & B's in England. 

There's more to Granbury than shopping. The list of events is endless and ranges from Civil War reenactment to The Great Race-Texas which they were getting ready for the day we were in town. We saw many shiny old cars ready for the race. I will go back to Granbury and we hope you get to go too.

Old car in Granbury
Heading into early Spring
It took two average travel days (250 miles each) to get to Independence, Kansas. We use Auto Map, a computer program, to set us up to travel U.S. routes instead of interstates and had an enjoyable drive. We noticed that the trees weren't greening up yet and the grass was brown. They needed rain. At Clyde's suggestion we stopped at Tioga, Texas, for lunch at Clark's outpost. If he hadn't told us to stop, we wouldn't have picked it; looks a little decrepit from the outside. Tioga is the town that Gene Autrey was born in and the only street is named after him. The only other buildings we could see looked pretty sad too, but the BBQ was well worth the stop. They set a warmed bottle of BBQ sauce on the table; never had that before and I rather liked that it didn't cool the meat. Good idea.
Clark's Outpost

In Kansas we parked in Ron's son's yard. I wasn't really perky yet so I kind of hibernated. Ron played golf with Karl and in the evenings we played dominoes and talked. It was a nice relaxing week and I was able to tackle the mail. We discovered another delight---Braum's dairy. They have the most delicious hard yogurt. Ron liked the chocolate and I loved the peach. Yummy cones! We went there three times. 

Our bikes were in terrible shape from five months of salt air so we dropped them off at Thompson's Bike and Sport for reconditioning. Thompson's did a super job. They had to replace the chains and some other parts too. It was wonderful to see shiny metal on them again and they rode like new. The day after we got them back, it started raining and hasn't stopped; that was 10 days ago. Poor bikes! 

We are  in Warrensburg, Missouri, visiting my son, Jim, and his family. I don't have enough room to do it justice now so will write about that in the next newsletter. One thing I want to share now is that Jim put a new hard drive on my computer---1.2GB. WOW! Now if I just upgrade my chip I'll have a state of the art computer---for two weeks. We really have a lot to write about next time too so I hope you will be with us as we continue on our way to Michigan. 

Jim installing my new hard drive


You can count on it. Next spring I will not leave the south until May 15th--- maybe later. 

Barb and son Jim are constantly on the computer here in Warrensburg, MIssouri. And it's not all work. They will play computer games until late at night---two peas in a pod. 

Are you concerned about high fuel prices? Reread page 147 in our book. When I wrote that page gasoline was $1.30 a gallon. 

It was fun to play golf with son Karl even though it was Texas golf (gale like winds). He is a very good golfer. I taught him everything he knows---just kidding. 

Some names on our subscriber list just pop out at you. We are proud that Marilyn Monroe, Robert Taylor and Marlene Dietrick all receive the newsletter. In fact we think that you are all special. 

It seems that we have gone to great lengths to prove that health emergencies can be handled easily on the road. Now that we have done that---we don't plan on having any more. 

Barb's hospital stay got us both back to reading books again and we have resolved to continue the practice as part of our "slowing down" plan. 

How many full-time RVers do you know who plan their itineraries based on the availability of Kinko locations? We do---and you are all responsible.

(Please remember that this report was written many years ago and the campgrounds may or may not be in business or as they were.)
This months campground report includes three state parks in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. As you will see from the number in our report, we are really On the Road Again. 

Lighthouse Beach RV Park, Port Lavaca, Texas. Right on the bay, this city park has level paved full hook-up sites at a reasonable prices. It is a Coast to Coast Good Neighbor Park (mid-week rates of $10 for full hook-ups). The regular rate is only $12, but we boondocked with friends in the parking lot right on the beach for $6. You may enjoy the fishing pier adjacent to the park. 

Schulenburg RV Park, Highway 77, Schulenburg, Texas. This is a good place to stop when visiting Schulenburg. They have level pull-through sites within walking distance to good restaurants. The friendly owners are anxious to please. We paid $15.75 with a Good Sam discount. 

Suncountry Resort, Whitney, Texas (Coast to Coast membership park). We have reported on this resort before but it's worth mentioning again. It's not fancy but has good sites and you will never be turned away (they have over 500 sites plus a good overflow area). It's also a good place to buy an inexpensive Coast to Coast membership. We found the park to be out-of-the-way and the private telephone system is atrocious (25 cents for all 800 calls and no returns if line is busy or no answer). This shouldn't matter be cause their phones rarely work anyway. 

Arrowhead State Park, Canadian, Oklahoma, right off Hwy 69. A large scenic park but bear right when entering to get to the RV hook-up sites. Their signing is confusing and we had difficulty finding the right sites and ended up in the rustic area where it was difficult to get level. Water and electric was $10.20 with our Good Sam discount. In the RV area they have level full hook-ups for slightly more. Yes---all Oklahoma state parks take Good Sam and there is no vehicle entrance fee. 

Elk City Lake State Park, Independence, Kansas. This is a beautiful state park with excellent paved full hook-up sites and facilities. It has a lake for boating and fishing (crappies are in abundance). Now for the bad news. It's expensive because of the daily vehicle fee of $4 per vehicle. Although our full hook-up site was only $12, we had to pay an extra $8 per day for our two vehicles. We think motorhomes are being discriminated against by Kansas and other states (Michigan does this too). The motorhome should be comparable to the fifth-wheel or travel trailer that is being used for camping and not be charged. 

Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster, Missouri, a mile off of Hwy 50 on 132. We have reported on this park before because it is near Barb's son Jim and his family. It is handy to Kansas City (50 miles west) and the Whiteman Air Force Base. It's a beautiful park with lots of long level gravel sites and electricity. In the off season you can camp near a water outlet and fill your water tank without moving. Hiking trails, good interior roads and spacious wooded sites make this a favorite park of ours. There is no vehicle fee and the daily rate is $12 for electrical hook-up. 

Good Places to Eat
(Remember that this report was written many years ago and the restaurants may or may not be in business or as they were.)

Texas, Oklahoma & Kansas

Frank's Restaurant, Hwy 77 just south of I-10, Schulenburg, Texas. What looks like a typical just-off- the-interstate restaurant will fool you. The soup was out standing. It was home-made, hot and hearty. Everything was served speedily, the portions were huge and prices were very reasonable. The pies looked great (huge, mile high pieces), but we were too full to even think of being sinful. 

The Merry Heart Tearoom, west side of the square, downtown Granbury, Texas. Just like its name, you will have a merry heart if you choose to eat here. We had lunch. Barb's pasta salad was tasty and light and was accompanied with a cup of delicious broccoli/cheese soup. Ron chose a tuna sandwich which was made with huge white chunks of tuna with just a touch of mayonnaise and seasoning and was served with fresh fruit. Besides good food and service the atmosphere is charming and the prices are moderate. 

Clarks Outpost, Hwy 377 & Gene Autry Drive, Tioga, Texas. We stopped for lunch on our way north and were delighted with their famous BBQ. People Magazine picked them as one of the "10 best BBQ restaurants in the U.S.A." 

Turbos, 103 W Main St, Independence, Kansas. Very complete menu for a bar, but the specialty is the Steak Feed every Saturday night. For $7.50 you will be treated to a huge Kansas City strip steak cooked to perfection, salad and a choice of potato. Because of liquor laws in this particular area of Kansas, places serving spirits must be a private club. But you will be treated like honored guests if you mention Movin' On or the name Hofmeister. Ron's son (Karl) helps out occasionally as bartender so mentioning our name has a double benefit. 

Take a break. Get a cup of coffee and let's chat.

Here's a great letter from Dena (& Gordon) Duncan,  full-timers from California, with good advice for all.
"...had to take myself in for a mammogram while at Rancho ---(hills behind Santa Barbara) & biopsy. Then decision on surgery. Would you believe there isn't a RV park in Santa Barbara---however the fairgrounds will allow RVer patients at hospital full hook-up sites at $15 per night. So stayed a week awaiting results. Most fortunate---was my first mammogram since 1972. The lump I felt [was] of no concern was a small stage 1 spot...[cancer]. Decided to come on to Palm Springs for surgery. Took three weeks to get all records down from Santa Barbara and set up with medical facility here. The American Cancer Society's 800# of great assistance. We have no family doctor and to make life more interesting we're among the self insured. This our first medical go round---have learned a lot.

1) Try to take all records with you or lacking that sign release forms so they can be sent when needed!

2) If you are self-insured ALWAYS ask for discounts for cash payment. We've gotten 20% discount on almost every bill.

3) Consider out-patient surgery. I'd asked about it in Santa Barbara but surgeon (a nice older man) didn't recommend. However the surgeon at Desert Hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center in Palm Springs (woman perhaps late 30's early 40's) when discussing costs asked how 'dedicated' I was and if I would consider out-patient. Jumped at it since I think if you're not sick before you go into a hospital...you might be when you come home! Anyhow---in at 8 a.m. and back home (Two Springs RV, Desert Hot Springs) by 1 p.m. Modified radical mastectomy (on Valentines Day). Two visits that day from visiting nurses and then on our own with no difficulty.

4) Expense wise it certainly hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be....

So I am on the mend---no lymph node involvement�consider myself lucky...."

Barb comments. Since we seem to make a habit of needing medical attention, I have to stress the importance of carrying all of your medical records. And it saves a lot of time if you type up a list of your hospitalizations and/or surgeries and have copies made to present to any new doctor. They always ask and sometimes it is hard to remember all the dates etc. Hand them the list and save everyone a lot of aggravation. Also when handing the records to any new doctor or facility, make sure you tell them you need them back and that you will want copies of whatever they do to add to your files. They will copy your old ones and gladly give you the new records. 

We want to thank Dena for taking the time (just one month after her surgery) to write with such good advice. She is a very strong gal and we know she is doing great but send our prayers for a little extra help.

Sharon and Tom Outland, from Groveland, Florida, who are in the trailer just waiting for the house to sell are interested in hearing more on laptop computers. 

Barb comments:  I do know that they are a lot more expensive than PCs but wonderfully compact. They would be great if you have no place to set up a bigger computer. If any of you can help, we would appreciate hearing from you. 

Here's a new question from Wanda (and Roy) Sanderson, new readers from Chattanooga, Tennessee. "...have you ever seen anyone prepare taxes for others from a motorhome? Maybe parked in Arizona or Texas in Jan-March or April? I'm a CPA, and would love to retire and be a full-timer. My income would be low, so could use a little work. I appreciate your help if possible."


Loved Texas

Just a note to tell you how much the newsletter helped us on our way thru Texas. We spent 62 days traveling from El Paso down the Rio Grande stopping along the way to see every town and what it had to offer. We used the big Texas tourist book and your newsletters. We went up from Brownsville and saw you in Port Isabel. We loved it there (saw the Miss USA pageant). Then over to San Antonio for 10 days and up to the LBJ ranch (all in your newsletters) and then home.... We are not full-timers but enjoy the four months we travel every winter in our Nu Way 5th wheel. I don't think we would have tried Texas if we didn't read your newsletter. Keep them coming!.... 

Marlene & Dean Searle 
Shelby, Idaho 

Memories might need help

We've just finished seven months of our adventure around our great country in our 32' Challenger III. We loved it and will continue to travel some every year in spite of buying a home in Mesa [Arizona]. Our daughter gave us a diary for Christmas in 1994 and we have almost 200 pages of memories---thought your readers might find this helpful---we're retired and our memories need help to enjoy the pictures! 

Phyllis & Dick Knight 
From Bellview, Washington originally 

Did it

We did it!!! Thanks to your wonderful book and your inspirational newsletters, we did it. We bought a 32' 1990 Southwind February 2. 1996, spent the entire month of February trying to sort, sell and give away years of possessions. It came down to the wire when we were to move out of the house we were leasing, but we managed to sell the last bit of furniture and move into our new home. 

A new RV park opened in January, very nice. I know we are being spoiled by it all, but we are still employed for the next 12 months, so it's okay to splurge a little. We haven't been on a trip yet in our new home, but are looking forward to one during the Memorial Day holiday. 

We can't thank you enough for all the wealth of information you have provided for us and other people looking forward to spending their lives this way. We are so happy and look forward to meeting up with you in the future.... 

Robert & Laura Gillespie 
Henderson, Nevada 

Met Movin' On readers on-line

... Have heard from 3 Movin' On people via E-Mail so far. One was from David. He wanted to know if your are on-line and finds your An Alternative Lifestyle helpful in planning for full-timing. He says that there seems to be quite a network of on-line RVers. He also thinks RV parks are missing the boat by not having phone lines installed at each site. Like the computer table, it won't be long before campgrounds will be catering to us computer people, I think. 

I found it interesting that Tried traveling and didn't like it [April'96] signed their name Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Floathe. Maybe that tells us something about them. All your other letters are signed with first and last names. One has to get out and meet life, not wait for it to come to them. 

Terry & Margaret Moore 
Kalama, Washington 

Loved the get-together

Can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was to finally meet you and then the added extra to share a meal and play Mexican Train [dominoes]. What fun---I loved it!! Hope I remember the rules so I can teach my kids. Really enjoyed your company and sharing stories.... 

Katherine Cullen 
Full-timer from Rochester, Michigan 

Practicing full-time

...We are currently practicing full-time to see if we like it. Life is great on the road. We are enjoying the Mississippi Gulf Coast this winter. It's always a pleasure following your travels. I have been keeping a travel diary this trip and send copies of it to family and friends.... We spent a wonderful Christmas season in Branson, Missouri. We certainly agree with your [positive] comments about spending holidays away from home. By the way Branson is a great place to spend the holidays---wonderful lights and cold enough to wear holiday clothes. People are friendly and lighting displays were the most impressive we had seen. Also more 
part-time work available than could be filled for those who want to work on a temporary basis.... 

Marlene & Larry Sazama 
Lincoln, Nebraska 

Savor newsletter one page per day

What a wonderful surprise! Just found the April issue of Movin' On in my mailbox. March has been a very long month without you. But I understand and don't blame you in the least for doing "your thing." Besides, now we have more to read about your latest adventures. I so enjoy your newsletter, but I have to ration it out when it arrives or I would devour it all in one sitting. So---I allow myself one page a day and make it last, just like desert.... I must  compliment you on the content of Movin' On. It is never boring.... There is food for thought on every page.... 

Linda & Gordy Sloan 
Bremerton, Washington 

Keep busy hiking & volunteering

...It was two years ago this month that we sold our house in Mt Vernon, Washington and began full-timing in our 30' Alumalite motorhome.... 

I retired in September 1993 from the state of Washington Dept of Natural Resources and Carol resigned from her position as Parish Assistant at First Lutheran Church... She didn't really want to quit and was not sure how she would like this life style. She now enjoys it very much and both of us like the warm dry winters in Arizona. 

We both keep busy by hiking and volunteering. In Yuma in 94-95 Carol worked at a Lutheran church and I worked for AARP preparing tax returns. This last winter we work camped for two months and were temporary Assistant Managers at Saguaro Co Op in Benson, Arizona [SKP Park]. 

We have put almost exactly 5,000 miles on the motorhome per year. We like to drive to a location we have picked and then spend a week or two there except we do stay in one place in Arizona during the winter for 4-6 months. And we have to stay in Mt. Vernon for 2 or 3 months a year and that pretty well uses up a year. We both like it though. We couldn't afford to move every day and it also would be very tiring..... 

Duane & Carol Thompson 
Full-timers from Mt Vernon, WA 

Book made dream a reality

I can not express the joys and pleasures I received through reading An Alternative Lifestyle. Your book has made my "dream" a reality. I will be movin' on within four months. Hope to see you on the road. Thank you for being there when I needed you.... 

George Malouin 
Mesa, Arizona 

Took the plunge

...in the last 6 weeks, we took the plunge! Our house in Colorado is for sale, we sold many of our worldly goods, gave some to our sons and put the rest in storage. We drove to Lazy Days in Tampa and purchased a new Bounder. This is our second night in it. We had planned to buy a small house in Florida to use as our home base, but with the trips we have already scheduled we wouldn't have time to move into a house until November at the earliest, so we have put that thought on hold for a while. We will be working our way up the east coast in the next several weeks then back to Wyoming and Colorado in July & August for the rodeos. Please continue sending us Movin' On. We can use all the help we can get. Hope our paths will cross soon. 

June & Addie Paul 
New full-timers from Colorado Springs 

Enjoyed SKP Spring Escapade

Got my mail yesterday. Feels like a party. I get to open a gift. All my life I've gotten mail daily. Once a week sure is a change, but I feel free from ?? the rest of the week. You're right. 

Went to the Escapade and really loved it. Learned a lot and loved the people. Had a wonderful time and spent some bucks. Besides tee shirts, earrings, hats etc., got a catalytic heater and some (2) solar panels and an inverter. Jim did the hooking up and the wiring. I love it. Love the freedom it gives us. After working in such noisy places for most of my life, noise irritates me, so to me I'll do anything (almost) to keep from using a generator. Still learning what I can use and for how long.... 

Vera & Jim Kieborz 
New full-timers from Houston, Texas 

Getting easier to get rid of stuff

...We need to renew our subscription and get two more decals. Thank you for the freebie. We put it on the motorhome and want to put one on each of our cars so we can find some other Barb & Ron fans. You will never know how much your book and newsletter have helped us in getting ready to full-time. The house is on the market now and the new proposed retirement date is Oct.... It is getting easier all the time for me to get rid of household accumulations and excess clothing. I think making a couple of 10 day and two week trips in the motorhome helped us realize how little we needed to get by on. As much as I dread the final move out of the house and the big yard sale, I can hardly wait to move into the home on wheels and get going to see this wonderful country of ours.... Hope to be sending you a change of address soon and look forward to meeting you on the road someday. 

Betty & Reid Poovey 
Conover, North Carolina 

Moving closer to early retirement

...Often time wherever we are in our busy lives your newsletter is the only reminder why we are working so hard! ...we have taken some time to move closer to our goal of early retirement... purchased a small condo in Titusville, Florida, to use as our retirement home-base when we are not RVing full-time.... We are still looking at the year 2000 as RV day and we each bought an RV Christmas ornament, had our names and the date 2000 put on the ornament and we each have one hanging in our home offices for a daily reminder of our goal and retirement date. 

Thanks...for keeping our dream and goal a reality thru your wonderful newsletter. We each read it cover to cover sometimes 2-3 times. Barb I've used the recipes and they are great! Take care; I feel as though you are family already.... 

Pat & Craig Wilson 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Not ready to settle down

...We've full-timed for a year in a 19' 5th wheel---Alpenlite--- while looking for a house. Because of tax purposes, we need to reinvest in property. We may keep it for a year and sell again, gaining two years to explore where we really want to live, or decide to full-time it. Can't say I'm really ready to settle down yet. Your book has been really helpful in that respect.... 

Judy & Mark Miller 
Auburn, California 

This 'N That

Carol Stewart has a cute idea for trying to brighten someone's day. She buys a variety of wrapped candies and mixes them in a large container, then she fills plastic sandwich bags with a handful of candies and ties it. Whenever they come upon a road crew they hand the flagger a bag of candy. Carol feels that their job must be boring and that they need a little treat. Nice touch! 

Why is it that everyone thinks that Ron is the cook in our house? Perhaps it is just because I printed the only two recipes he ever made. He was a good cook in his bachelor days, and even promised me (before we were married) that he would fix my breakfast every Saturday morning. But a strange thing happened after we were married; he quit cooking and I don't get breakfast on any day. 

Bad telephones make me madder than anything. We have to pull together and let the campground owners know that we do not like those private companies that rip us off. I am speaking about the Coast to Coast park in Lake Whitney, Texas. I will never go there again---not as long as he is getting rich off of those telephones. Other campers were politely using the phones and not complaining. If we don't speak up nothing will ever change. See Ron's campground report. 

Boy did we ever get the letters regarding that couple that didn't like full-timing. The Floathe's (April-96) complained about everything and even thought we were "at home collecting money from our book." These people do not get our newsletter; they didn't read our book or any other book on full-timing. It was only after they saw the Coast to Coast article about us that they wrote asking for a free newsletter and I haven't heard from them again. Only people who don't take the time to do their research will be so miserable in this lifestyle. You are to be applauded because you want to do your homework. 

When I was in the hospital a man I had never seen before came in to visit me. He acted like he was a long lost friend, but I was a little baffled. He explained that he spends two hours a day, six days a week visiting people in the hospital and nursing homes. We had the nicest visit and I learned that he and his wife used to travel a lot in their motorhome; they were avid fisherpeople and loved the northwest. U.L. (that's his legal name) has been the sports announcer at the high school for 59 years and the ball field is named after him. He came in to see me several times and I thought that this was a nice thing for a lonely person to do. His wife died "3 years, 8 months and 5 days ago," he told me when I asked him about her. 

Several of our full-timing friends have chosen to settle down in a house with a foundation. After seven years, we are not ready yet. Don't think we ever will be. Neither one of us can imagine having one place to live. We like being able to choose a new piece of land to put our house on all the time. 

Important Information
This has been a busy month with lots of scenic changes. And now we are faced with other changes. Our mail bag gets bigger each week and we have talked and talked about what we can do. We love the mail and I want to answer each and every letter personally, but we may have gotten too big for that anymore. I really am torn by this, but it seems we work all the time lately. Although I am afraid of losing the family feeling I simply won't be able to answer all of the letters and renewals anymore. We need time to enjoy this lifestyle or we will surely burn out. 

We also need help with the newsletter. It takes us the better part of two days to collate, fold, label, staple and stamp your newsletters. We can't even move inside the motorhome with newsletters all over the place. We need to pay to have this service done and we cannot do that at the price we charge you. In fact these printing places actually charge more for folding etc. Our price of $1.50 has not changed since we started charging for the newsletter in 1991 and there have been two big postage increases since then and paper prices have gone out of sight. 

Starting July 1 our per issue price will be $2 ($2.25 Canada). We will honor all prepaid subscriptions at the old rate as long as they are postmarked before July 1. Having someone prepare our newsletters for mailing also means that after this issue there will be no personal notes tucked inside. Thank you for understanding our dilemma. 

As reported by Gene & Donna Beyer from Cadillac, Michigan

"...On our way out of Arizona we spent one night at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, where we spotted an RV displaying a Movin' On sticker. We knocked on the door and introduced ourselves. The people are full-timers originally from California and their names are Art & Gail Knight---very nice people and we had a wonderful chat about you two, your book and newsletter...� 

Burgundy Mushroom Recipe first debuted in this issue. I have linked it to the 
recipe section where all of our newsletter recipes are posted.
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