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volume 7                 November 1996                     number 9
INSIDE
 Kentucky, Tennessee & Alabama
ē  Potpourri 
ē  Campground Report
ē  Good Places to Eat
ē  Coffee Break
ē  Letters, Letters, Letters
ē  This' N That
ē  Top Ten Reasons to Travel Red Roads
ē   Signs & Things
ē   Herbed Potatoes Recipe
We are in Florida and will be here most of the winter. There is much to see and do and we will fill you in on lots of exciting stuff.

View of the Ohio River from Otter Creek Park Lodge, southwest of Louisille, Kentucky, off of route 31 W

From the time we left Madison, Indiana, and headed south we followed roads which are marked in red on most road mapsótherefore the term "red roads." These roads which are usually U.S. or major state routes wander through towns and past farms; they offer a more leisurely trip than traveling the interstates. They also provide a better view of the country.

Our first dayís drive was short (under 70 miles) and delightful even though some of it included skirting around Louisville, Kentucky. We stopped near Muldraugh at the Otter Creek Park which is operated by the City of Louisville. This is not just a campground; the lodge and other facilities are used as a conference center. Situated on the banks of the Ohio river, it is beautiful and our six nights there were very relaxing. There were miles of winding roads for us to bike and walk. It was also quite peaceful. Except for the birds or the snap of a twig as a young doe foraged in the woods, it was very quiet. We were well away from traffic and the campground was so large that the few other campers found their own space away from anyone else.

While in the area we drove six miles (south on 31 W) to visit Fort Knox at Radcliff. Our first stop there was the Patton Museum and we found all the displays to be very informative. If you like tanks and military history you will get your fill here.


Ron at the Patton Museum
We had noticed the gold depository which seems to be displayed proudly along the side of the highway. Since it wasnít hidden, I thought that maybe one can get a little closer. Wrong. About as close as one can get to this squat granite structure is the road alongside the heavily guarded building. We learned that only four times in its 50 year existence have its doors been unlocked to anyone but those with strictly official business. It doesnít look very big from the outside, but two basements and one attic are full of unwrapped gold bars stacked from floor to ceiling. Imagine what a boring job it is to guard this place.

The gold depository at Fort Knox
Almost as good as gold and more interesting was the Schmidt Coca Cola museum just a few miles south of Radcliff. What a collection. It boasts the largest private collection of Coca Cola memorabilia. It was fun to see the evolution of the advertising and the changing fads from over the years.
One day we decided to take a scenic drive back to Indiana to visit Corydon. What a charming town! It was Indianaís capitol from 1816-1825 and the old capitol building stands near the town square. A knowledgeable young girl gave us a little history and then we were allowed to tour the rest of the building on our own. The town square around the historic old capitol is alive with thriving shops. If we were staying longer we could have visited the site of Indianaís only Civil War battle, enjoyed summer band concerts, taken a ride on the Corydon scenic railroad and explored caverns, and beautiful Victorian houses.

Another day we took a "red road" side trip to Shelbyville and the Claudia Sanders Dinner House (see Good Places to Eat). Our route from the campground was US 31W north to state route 44 east to US 60 then back through Louisville following the river until we found 31W again and headed home. It was a great ride. I couldnít count all of the magnificent horse farms we saw; they are so big and beautiful. What you see are acres and acres of exquisitely manicured grass outlined by either dark brown, black or white wood fencing. Miles and miles of fence seems to bend to the contour of the land.

Heading to Nashville

At the end of our visit in the Louisville area, we headed south again on US 31 W to 31 E. Rolling green hills, and trees in the early stages of fall colors filled our windshield. Weathered barns leaning as if they would topple in a breeze stood as aged sentries over cows and horses gracefully grazing here and there. We did not stop at the Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site because we had been there before. If you have never visited it, you will find it worth the stop. The original log cabin that he was born in is on display there.

The drive was easy and relaxed. I canít remember even one stop sign or stop light after we got away from the outskirts of Louisville. As we entered towns they slowed us down to 45 MPH which was comfortable, but almost too fast to see what each town was like. Canmer had about 25 stores. I was able to read enough signs to see that one could buy country hams and sausage, whiskey and candy. There was a post office and no more than 15 houses right downtown.

There were no Wal-Marts, no big supermarkets, just post offices and general stores. Right in the center of the town of Hardyville, there was an ostrich farm. The whole town of Uno (a country store, snack bar and church) was closed.

We saw lots of tobacco growing, being hauled in trucks and hanging in barns. I couldnít help but notice a weary barn with a faded Mailpouch Tobacco sign that filled one side. It had been years since either had been painted and I remembered learning long ago that these advertisements were a big help to the farmer. He got his barn painted free if he would allow the advertisement. Now because of freeways few pass this way; thereís no one to read the signs and barns go unpainted.

The church steeples are beautiful in this part of the country and there are a lot of them. Just when we were really loving the peace and quiet of these roads, we hit the big town of Glasgow. The chain stores and stop lights returned for a short while.

Waylaid in Nashville

We had planned to stay in Nashville only long enough to get Ronís checkup then we were going down to the Smoky Mountains. Before we left Louisville, I had located (via my wonderful yellow pages computer program) a urologist in Nashville so Ron could get his 3 month check up and PSA test. It turned out that the doctorís office was in a huge complex which included a brand new hospital. At less than 3 miles from the campground, the Summit was one fantastic facility. The urologistís exam proved that Ronís prostate cancer is still in check. But two other things happened to keep us in town longer than we had planned. Our computer crashed and Ronís eyes were getting worse.

We made an appointment with an ophthalmologist at the Summit who examined Ron thoroughly and decided that Ron needed to see Dr. Wagner, a neurologist. Dr. Wagner squeezed Ron in yet the same day. After his examination, he thought that Ron might have a disease called Ocular Myasthenia Gravis and ordered a blood test to confirm his diagnosis. A few days later, we got the results which were positive. Dr. Wagner did another test in the office and had Ron undergo a CT scan to rule out other problems. Ron is now on medication which we feel is helping to correct his vision problem. We were just so lucky to be near the Summit and felt that the doctors and everyone there were super.

In between doctor visits, we shopped at the big Comp USA store in Nashville and decided to buy a new computer. I was not excited about having to re-learn a lot since all new computers come with Windows 95---a software I had wanted to avoid. I am still learning. One of the biggest problems was that the shape of computers has changed. I had had a nice power pack that always sat on the dashboard of the motorhome. About all that is available now are towers so that is what I have had to change to. It doesnít fit in my workspace easily.

Of course everyone visiting Nashville should check out the Grand Old Opry and Opryland (especially the hotel) but we had done that before. New to us though was the refurbished downtown. A fort along the river and interesting shops made our afternoon fly by. I was fascinated with the mix of old and new architecture.

Also in-between computers and doctors we did make a few side trips. Nearby was the Hermitage home of our seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This is not a national site; it is preserved by The Ladies Hermitage Association. It stands pretty much as it did when Jackson was president. They have done a good job and costumed interpreters give good historical information. Both Andrew and Rachel Jackson are buried on the grounds amidst beautiful gardens. Some of the slave cottages are still intact on the property also.

Another side trip was a rather long ride to McMinnville. I was trying to find the Exxon station where seven years ago I purchased some of the best pies ever. Jeanís Pies were sold in the Exxon station which we had stopped at on our way to Fall Creek Falls State Park so long ago. We found the station but learned that Jean doesnít bring her pies to the station anymore. She is still in business, but only makes pies to order. The gal in the station gave us her phone number. When I called I had hoped that maybe she had some pies on hand, but she did not. I couldnít help it; I had to order some pies even though it meant driving all the way back a few days later to pick them up. I would go several hundred miles out of my way anytime for her wonderful, typically southern pies. I ordered 12 of her little pies in four flavors---chess, Japanese fruit, German chocolate and buttermilk. If you will be going anywhere near McMinnville, Tennessee, and would like to order some wonderful pies (or we understand that her coconut cake is out of this world), call her ahead of time. She is easy to get to even if you are in your RV; she is on state route 56 about three miles north of the bypass (near town). She operates a bakery from her home, but has a separate building in the rear and a big circle driveway. Her phone number is ***-***-****.


Jean Mullican with  my pie order
That first time we went to find Jean, we decided that we were close to Lynchburg and wanted to go there again so we could direct all of you there. In case you didnít recognize the name it is the home of Jack Daniels and the oldest registered distillery in the United States. Although the county is dry, you can take a tour of the distillery. It is a fun tour. The guides, dressed in overalls, act like country bumpkins. Their humor is charming. The closest thing to a sample you get is the aroma. In town at the Pepper Patch, you can buy a Tispy Cake which is soaked in Jack Daniels Black Label Whiskey. They give sample tastes of this expensive cake. The taste of the whiskey is unmistakable. One of my favorite stores in Lynchburg is the Hardware; donít miss it and plan to spend a lot of time browsing.
You can find anything you need at the Lynchburg Hardware Store
Heading Further South

All of a sudden it was time to get to Florida. We had four days to get to Tampa so had to get moving. Continuing with red roads and wanting to avoid Atlanta, we headed south on 431 and kept on it through most of Alabama. The scenery changed almost as soon as we crossed into Alabama. Cotton fields filled the horizon. There were miles and miles of fluffy white cotton balls on little brown, leafless bushes.

We went a little out of our way to stay at a county park in Decatur which I had enjoyed 20 years ago with my youngest boys. Although we didnít have time to visit the Space Center in Huntsville, we suggest that it would be a wonderful learning experience. As we drove by I was all excited about seeing the space shuttle which was visible. When I took my boys there years ago, it was very small and I could tell that it has grown in sync with the space program.

Rather than back track when we left Decatur we continued on US 31 to Cullman where we picked up US 278. We took a little detour to visit the Ava Maria Grotto situated in the St. Bernard Abbey. Founded in 1891 it is the only Benedictine monastery in Alabama. The grotto consists of a landscaped hillside of 125 miniature stone and cement buildings, the handiwork of Brother Joseph Zoettel who for almost 70 years was a monk of St. Bernard. Brother Joseph gathered ideas for his creations from extensive readings of history and the Bible. It took us about one hour to walk through the grotto and it was impossible to see everything. We were simply awed by it all.

One of the most delightful aspects of our drive through Alabama and Georgia was all of the Ivy (Kudzu) which grows up into the trees and actually makes ghostly or cloud-like shapes. I found out later that Kudzu is really a problem in that it grows rapidly and prevents the forests from growing by restricting sunlight. The link above is interesting to read. Route 520 in Georgia was like driving a freeway without any traffic. This four lane divided highway beats a real freeway any day.

It was a wonderful trip to Florida and would have only been better if we had had more time to stay longer at some of our stops. Next time!




We were impressed with the good roads in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. The gas prices were reasonable too. 

This old accountant is noticing that campground prices are creeping up. Maybe it's time to go back to volunteering (free campsites).

We stopped at Fort Knox and they wouldn't give out any free samples. A voice came over the loudspeaker at the gate asking us to state our business. We left in a hurry.

Overheard at the registration desk of the now bankrupt Hermitage Landing RV Park; "When you skim off the cream, you can't make butter." Apparently some absentee owners did just that.

So now the World Series is over. I was pulling for both teams to lose.

The election is over too. It looks like the president will have to build a bridge to the congress before he attempts the 21st century. I hope they all get it together.

The Lazy Days Super Center has acres of luxurious diesel pusher motor homes and they are selling them as fast as they come in. I can assure you that the economy is well and prospering or maybe credit checks are becoming sloppy.

I have assured my bride that the alligators in the lake next to us will not bother, but just in case I don't leave the garbage set out.



(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 monthís report includes three municipal campgrounds and we recommend them all.

Otter Creek Park owned by the City of Louisville is 35 miles south of Louisville off US 31W to state road 1638. This beautiful public park has 150 sites and 14 are full hook-ups. You will need long connections for the hook-ups, but the inconvenience is worth it. Just several miles from Fort Knox, the park is on the Ohio River and has many walking and biking trails. Full hook-up cost is $14 less 10% if over 65.

Hermitage Landing Lakeside Resort, Hermitage, TN. Unfortunately this resort is in bankruptcy and is no longer a Coast to Coast campground. You can still find info on pg 398 of your CC book, but expect to pay $15 when showing your CC cardóothers pay $30. To us it was worth the money because it is still a wonderful campground with great hook-ups and level paved sites. It was once the crown jewel of the CC system and is close to Nashville (just a few miles). You can get a lakeside site on Percy Priest Lake. But call before you go because of their uncertain future.

Point Mallard Campground, Decatur, AL. Owned by the City of Decatur this park is on the Tennessee River just off of US 31. This big park has everything including 175 wide shaded sites with good hook-ups. They have one of the largest aquatic centers I have ever seen and a golf course. They even give a Good Sam discount which brings a full hook-up cost to $11.80.

Pine Cove Shoals, Lanett, AL. (CCC). This park right on the Alabama /Georgia border is hard to find. It's best to follow Hwy 431 to Hwy 50 and follow that to the park. It will turn into 3rd Ave in West Point, but just continue. The wooded campground has some pull-throughs and lots of friendly folks. They like to eat here and there is always a meal available for a reasonable price. It would be a great place to park for a week.
 

Otter Springs RV Resort, Trenton, FL. (CCC). Lots of sites here and a great stop on the way south. Covered screened-in swimming pool and large clubhouses highlight this spacious park. The last mile of road to the park is dirt and very rough. In addition the interior roads of the resort consists of soft sand requiring care in driving.

Lazy Days RV Resort, Tampa, FL. The resort is part of the Lazy Days Super Center at I-4 and exit 8. This beautiful new resort has it all including lots of pull-throughs, swimming pool, laundromat and a large recreation center. The nightly rate of $24.95 includes complimentary breakfast and lunch at the RV center complex. A morning paper will be on your step every day. Previous customers of Lazy Days receive a 10% discount and new buyers receive a 5 day free stay.

John Prince Park - Campground, Lake Worth, FL. This beautiful municipal southern Florida park is on Lake Osborne and only a few miles from good beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. They have 266 roomy sites and many are on the water. Only water and electric is available and the weekly rate is $105.80 for non-Florida residents. Residents pay $85.80. Maximum stay is 100 days so it would be a good place to winter considering other Florida prices. The park has miles of bike and walking trails as well as a golf course. Good security too.



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

Kentucky & Tennessee

Claudia Sanders Dinner House, US 60 West, Shelbyville, KY. Yes, the name is familiar. Claudia is Colonel Sandersí wife who is still alive, by the way. Blackwood Hall which served as the Sanderís home is next door. This delightful restaurant is known for their chicken dinners and sugar cured hams---with all the fixins. We choose the "all you can eat" chicken dinner ($11.95) which included their eight famous vegetables. The chicken is served on a plate and the vegetables are brought to you in individual dishes so you can take what you want. The chicken was good but the vegetables were better. Baked apples, Harvard beets, mock oysters (egg plant), corn pudding, breaded tomatoes, creamed spinach, and mashed potatoes are standard. Dinner also included soup or salad and fresh warm breads; all were excellent. We went on a Sunday afternoon and ate so much that we didnít eat dinner that night.

Jacks Bar-B-Que, 416 Broadway, Nashville, TN. There are two locations in Nashville, but the downtown one is the original and a fun place to go. The Bar-B-Que was excellant and has been chosen as one of the best in the United States by many sources including People Magazine. They have a large variety including Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked turkey breast, sausage, ribs, and chicken. Choices also included sandwiches ($2.85-$5.00), plates ($6.95-$9.50) and by the pound. Sides included chips, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni & cheese, corn, green beans and potatoes. Ron enjoyed a Jack (Daniels) beer (only available in Tennessee) with his sandwich.

Ron eating dinner at Jack's 

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

Kathy & Dale Ankrom, full-timer wannabees from all over the U. S. (military) want to know about laundry problems.

"One of the things weíve been wondering about after having lived in the RV for a few months is about a washer/dryer. Will we want one as full-timers? Do they work well in campgrounds? Water & electricity adequate? Do we want to go to a length that will allow it---probably 37 feet? Weíve been pretty happy with a 34' Pace Arrow..."

Barbís comment I really donít mind spending one and one half hours every 10 days to two weeks doing several loads of laundry. I would rather have the storage space and no noise. Those that have them love them though.

Sherry & Sandy Harper, full-timers from California, have comments on several recent subjects. About membership campgrounds: "Since weíve only had ours for a year you may not consider that weíve had enough experience with them to have a good sampling, but we are full-timing and use both of these memberships most of the time. Weíve probably only used commercial parks one month out of 12 this year. The rest of the time was either boondocking, rallies or Thousand Trails (TT) and Coast to Coast (CCC). We checked our directories for both organizations and discovered that for CCC there are 10 parks in Oregon and 25 parks in Washington. California has 35 parks. For TT there are 2 parks in Oregon, 5 in Washington and 11 in California. Additionally TT has an affiliation with NACO adding 6 more parks in WA and OR and 7 more in CA. This last year we have traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast along the southern border and returning along the northern border. We have found that the combination of these two park memberships fits our needs well and we use both of them enough to make them financially worthwhile."

Re ATMís: "We have discovered that most of the ATM's located within Wal-Marts across the nation are generally without fees. The only cost is through your own bank. We... take out the largest amount (most give $500) we can and then spend that amount down until we need more."

Re a new toy: "We had Monaco install Sandyís latest 'toy.' He... bought a Precision Temp tankless hot water heater. It required that the old tank and heater be removed, then they had to cut a slightly larger hole for the new one to fit.... the heater is wonderful. If we want we can have unlimited hot water and no tank to slosh around and corrode. Now Sandyís trying to justify the purchase by telling me that itís MY anniversary present! No way I'm letting him get away with that! But, it is a nice little luxury and it also weighs about 80 pounds less than the other one."

Speaking of weight Margaret & Bob Wright of East Nassau, NY, have some concerns. "What in your opinion, is the minimum carrying capacity we should consider for full-timing? And what would you say would be the approx number of miles to expect to cover each year?"

Ron & Barb agree on an answer. On weight, 1,500 lbs would be the minimum and more would be nice. Never travel with a full tank of water---1/4 is enough. We wish all full-timers would only put 6-7,000 miles per year on their RVs; that way they would be seeing this country at a nice leisurely pace. If our rule was strictly followed (200 miles and stay at least a week) one would travel (200 X 52) 10,400 miles and thatís not all bad. We do like to sit still for several months at a time in the winter and summer. The towed vehicle will get a lot more miles. Regarding fifth wheels: the unit would only get the amounts mentioned above but the truck will get much more because it will be used for non-towing travel too.

Les & Dana Over from E. Berlin, PA, would like to know the pros and cons of satellite dishes.

Barb & Ron respond. Keeping in mind that we are not into technical things we would say that they are nice if TV is important to you. Barb could do nicely without it. Ron loves the business news (stock market stuff) and watches off and on during the day; he also likes some sports. We watch Good Morning America, 60 Minutes and the evening news. We also watch an occasional movie. Barb would rather go out to a movie theater. She is not a TV person anyway. There were very few places where we couldnít get TV reception before and frankly we got the dish just after being out in west Texas where you canít even get a good radio station. We get the network channels through the dish and tend to watch that rather than the local news. Barb misses feeling like part of the community (watching local news) so sometimes cranks up the antenna anyway. A caution: TV addicts will love it, but we would hope that it wouldnít keep you glued to it inside your rig when you could be out exploring this wonderful country and meeting new people. If TV was that important one could have just stayed in a house on a foundation---no need to travel. We think you will be the same person on the road that you were before so let that be a guide.


Must go full-time

...First let me say that my wife and I find your book very interesting reading and it has served to convince us that we must go full-time. Let me also say that we both have worked all our lives and plan on retiring in another five years---we will both be 60....

We have never owned an RV before and are in the decision making process now as to the type and model will best suit our needs. I believe, after falling in love with a Fleetwood Limited 37 footer ... that is the direction we will go... We are planning on attending the factory Supershow in Tampa next January.... In the meantime keep up the good work; your work is interesting to those of us who are trying to get smart on the subject....

Jerry & Maxine Turley
Big Pine Key, Florida

Donít miss things

Well, I guess weíre pretty well settled. The final papers arenít signed on the house, but we are out.... We had so much stuff. I canít believe I havenít missed anything. Things like plants and family things that I cared about went to good homes, and that made me feel good. I recommend that if one is set on full-timing, that they start planning now, because it is so much easier to have a year or more to decide what things will stay and what will go and where.... Terry laughed because I had to move things into the coach only to find out I really didnít need them or want them. I guess it was my way of sorting things out.

Margaret & Terry Moore
Kalama, Washington

Loved the book

Just finished reading An Alternative Lifestyle. Loved it! The only motorhome my husband and I have been in has been at a camper showroom. We're in the dreamin'-about-it stage and when my husband retires we might give it a shot....

Susan Brich
Saint John, Indiana

Flooded out

...Unfortunately we were in a camp-ground in Rockford, Illinois (Coast to Coast). It was a terrible experience which could have been avoided had the management passed along warnings which the authorities gave them. We had a new 40'diesel pusher we had just purchased which had about $20,000 damage. Our Honda was under water and was totaled. All total about $50,000. Thank God for insurance...

Joy & Bud Keziah
Lincolnton, North Carolina

Money Magazine dreadful

...The article in the Money Magazine [Sept-96] was quite dreadful. What an appalling picture it gave of RV people in general and full-timers in particular. Even taking into account the usual journalistic slanted rubbish that particular pair sounded awful. Happily I read it or most of it at the magazine stand in a supermarket, so saved the irritation of having paid for it....

Robin & Victoria Jenkinson
New full-timers from France & CA

Were attached to possessions

...We were/are very attached to our possessions. We had tons of sewing and crafts supplies, etc., on hand plus treasures from our 8 Swedish exchange students.... It took several months to psyche myself into letting go... and numerous teary eyed garage sales to significantly reduce to a possibly acceptable level. Fortunately our daughter will take the Swedish items. Our son will take the china, crystal and some furniture.... opted against rental storage due to the long range cost and possible damage to the goods---more than they are worth....

We were never fond of the color of Bounders, so never looked at them. Then I was told that our list of needs sounded like we should see the Bounder 36S.... I found one and liked it.... I drove it home ...backed [it] up our rock-flanked, 200 ft winding, sloped, drive 5 times before Jerry ever did.... I no longer have any qualms about unloading the rest of the stuff now. I know I donít want a place and stuff to clean up when we return to it. We can always visit friends and relatives first class and sleep in our own bed!

Weíve come to realize that people (weíll meet) are far more important, and seeing this beautiful continent God has given us, will bring much greater happiness than stuff ever could....

Marlene & Jerry Deitrick
Ramona, California

Transition time made easier

...We have both read, and read, and read your book (itís becoming a bit tattered). Itís the best book weíve found on the full-timing life. After reading everything we can get our hands on from John Steinbeck to Bill Farlow, the Moellers, and Sharlene Minshall we've found your book to be the only one that seems to fit our lifestyle. As fellow "beancounters" (banking), we can relate to your experiences, in reading about Ronís holding tank repair/adventure we recognized a kindred spirit.

Thirty years behind a desk does not prepare one to masterfully move a thirty foot trailer backwards into a narrow slot between two trees. During our "trial runs" at various Midwestern camp-grounds we have provided delightful entertainment for the lawn chair "machismos" as we lurch backward and forward struggling to remember which way to turn the steering wheel. No problem---we understand that every societal segment deserves a little comic relief and weíre happy to provide it. After so many years in the unnecessarily uptight world of the Pompous For No Apparent Reason group, itís fun to be buffoons and laugh at ourselves.

We are using your filing system for "Places to go and Things to See---State by State" (This alone is worth the price of the book).... Your living standards seem to equate with ours, at this point weíre not ready for primitive living (may be later, who can tell). The biking trail information is also very important to us. We love biking---not hot dogging, just duffing along feeling the breeze and enjoying the landscape. Hiking sounds interesting too. We havenít done much of it (Guadalupe Peak might as well be Everest at our level of stamina) but reading about it is exciting and makes us feel that weíll be missing something if we donít work toward it.

Our "transition time" has been made a great deal easier by reading about your decision making process and difficult choices. Youíve been such a great source of information and encouragement....We want to hear more---about your travels: the places, the interesting people you meet, even the "fix-it" situations (atta boy, Ron).... We canít wait. Hopefully weíll see you "on the road" sometime.

Linda & Al Otto
Merrillville, Indiana

Looking for old friends

... We sure do enjoy each [news] letter that comes. My favorite parts are questions/answers, hints, comments, etc. My husband, Durk, likes to read about all the places you go. Weíve seen several Bounders with white pickups. I always say, "I wonder if thatís Barb & Ron." He says, "No, theyíre in ________(wherever you are). We do feel like weíre looking for friends. Someday weíll meet, Iím sure....

Cathy & Durk Visser
Seattle, Washington

Can obtain good care on the road

... Ray & I have had to deal with unexpected serious dental and medical situations. On July 3, while in Bend, Oregon, Ray developed a severe toothache. Ever try to find a dentist during a 4 day weekend? He wound up going to urgent care simply to get something for the pain. Finally, on Monday, he was able to get in to see a nice young dentist, Dr. Peter Yonen. Turns out Ray had to have a root canal and a crown. Needless to say that was an expensive and painful week for him.

In late July while we were in Banff, I had what turned out to be the first severe gallbladder attack and had to go to the emergency room. I was hoping to delay surgery until we returned to Las Vegas in October but that was not to be. I flew to Las Vegas in mid-August for the wedding of a dear friend and while there, had the mother of all attacks. I didnít want to stay in Las Vegas and have Ray travel from Montana alone with the cat so I picked up the ultrasound films and caught my scheduled flight back to Kalispell [Montana]. Next day, I went to a gastroenterologistís office and he saw me within ten minutes! He promptly referred me to a surgeon and set an appointment for later that day. I met with the surgeon and, thanks to a surgery cancellation while I was sitting in his office, my gallbladder was removed the following day by Dr. Rock Bozer and the Kalispell Regional Hospital. Thanks to them, a very unpleasant experience was made tolerable. I wouldnít hesitate a minute to use either of them again if the need arises.

At any rate, Iíve recovered quite well and at 4 weeks post surgery am almost totally back to normal. I guess my whole point here is that you can obtain good medical care, even if you are a stranger in town and just traveling through!....

Sue & Ray Ferree
Full-timers from Las Vegas, Nevada

Want to be on the roads out there

I want to thank you for writing your book. It is just what I have been looking for. I have read many from the library. They are all cut and dry. Lots of facts but nothing about real life of being a full-timer.... Yours told me what I wanted to know about day-to-day life on the road and camping. We plan next year when my husband retires to become full-timers. I canít wait. There are lots of roads out there and I want to be on them.

Charlotte Apple
Greenfield, California

Inspired to write a journal

... I want you to know that you inspired me to begin a journal when we left Seattle/Lynnwood, Washington as full-timers. It is known to our family and friends as "The Outzenís Odyssey Gypsy Journal." It has been such fun and documents our visits and interests. I have a Brothers word processor with me. Now this is a great machine and it tries to correct my mistakes but it is not a miracle-worker. Oh well...

Marilyn & Bob Outzen
Full-timers from Lynnwood, Washington

Friends want to go too

... We talked about a full-time life style 20 years ago. People really thought we were crazy. Now, today, most of our friends want to go with us. Time changes all things. Having been full-timers for over 10 years, we can tell those who are thinking about it that it is wonderful. You get to travel everywhere while staying at home. We will watch for your Bounder as we travel around. We would like to exchange some stories with you face to face.

Larry & Carolyn Anderson
Full-timers from Brossley, Missouri

Thinking of volunteering this winter

... We have moved into our Bounder and consider ourselves full-timers. We left Bartlett, Illinois on April 2, 1996. Our first destination was Albuquerque, new Mexico, to visit with friends. Then we slowly moved north toward Kalispell, Montana, to visit Annís sister. We spent July there and really enjoyed the area.

This winter and or next summer, we are thinking of doing some volunteer work at one of the national parks. We also subscribed to Workampers and have found some other interesting places we would like to visit. In the mean time, we are having fun and enjoying the changing scenery as we travel about. Looking forward to your next newsletter.

Sig & Ann Sobotta
Full-timers from Bartlett, Illinois




by Barb

Since April Iíll bet we have changed our clocks a dozen times as we entered and exited different time zones. We really lucked out though when daylight saving time ended; we entered the eastern time zone on the same day so the clocks didnít have to be changed.

We talked about looking at new motorhomes before we got to Lazy Days. We looked, but honestly canít find a better motorhome than our Bounder. The American Dream is tempting though.

Next month I plan to do a nice story on the new Lazy Days Super Center. Honest it is really special. Nothing like it in the world. I canít wait to share it with you.

My new computer is a NEC with 1.6 mg hard drive, 16 mg RAM, 6 speed CD ROM and has a 1.33 MHz pentium processor. Hot stuff. Now if I could just learn how to use it. It also has a modem so if we ever sit still long enough to have a telephone I can go on line like so many of you.

My son Robert has enjoyed having quite a few of you visit his WEB page and he has gotten a kick out of that. He intends to make a mail list with the page so those of you who want to communicate with each other can do so. He wonít be able to work on that until he is back from his current cruise (Coast Guard) and that wonít be until after Christmas.

Some of our readers are doing great things with their family newsletters. Arenít computers great?

It is really difficult to edit oneís own writing. Ron and I used to read and reread the newsletter before we took it to the printer. And at each reading we found mistakes. My partnerís eyes get stressed easily and that makes for tough editing. So in advance, please forgive the mistakes we miss.

Two months ago, we complained about the post office and Judy Loomis, loyal reader and post office employee, sent me some good stuff about how efficiently the post office is managed. She especially wanted us to know that the post office no longer gets tax subsidies and is a bargain compared to other countries. I agree. They are doing a good job now that it is run like a business.

We got a kick out of being with Maryellen and Gary Mencimer for a while this fall. We first hooked up with these full-timers from Colorado in Indiana after the Escapade. They were heading to Lazy Days to trade in their Bounder for a new American Dream. When we got to Lazy Days, they were just moving in. What excitement! What a coach! They are great people and it was fun to share in their excitement. At the Escapade we learned that their beloved friend and companion, Doozer (a beautiful black lab), had just died. A picture of us, the Mencimers (including Doozer) and Carol and Dick Stewart was on the cover of the May newsletter in case you want to see who they are.

Donít forget that we will be presenting our full-timing seminar at Lazy Days at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., December 7 and each Tuesday and Saturday in January at 10:30 a.m.. We hope you will come on down and be sure to introduce yourself.

Iím going to try real hard to get one more newsletter out before the end of the year. Look for it about mid December.




On a church in Madison, Indiana

"He who digs up dirt, loses ground."

On a church in Tennessee

"A smooth sail never made a skillful sailor."


Herbed Potatoes Recipe 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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