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volume 5                         October  1994                         number 7
Finally... Movin' On
INSIDE
Colordo
•  Potpourri 
•  Campground Update
•  Good Places to Eat
•  When There's Smoke
•  Sightseeing Around Denver
•  Letters, Letters, Letters
•  This' N That
•  Converting Kilometers is Easy
•  Signs and Things
•  Top Ten Signs
The next issue (December) will come to you from the Phoenix area. We will report on the many activities in Mesa and surrounding areas plus more. 
Shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, September 30, the wheels on the Hofmeister's Bounder motorhome will begin rolling after setting still for nearly four months. Barb said that it will seem strange. “Grass was beginning to grow under my feet, and I felt like I was part of a community. Just knowing where the stores are and their layouts has been kind of fun. But it truly is time to get moving. We're ready and excited.”

What was going to be only a three week stint in the Denver area turned into three months plus with lots of medical problems. Barb's surgery to repair her hiatal hernia and pyloric valve on July 5 was compounded by Ron's routine physical on July 13 that revealed cancer of the prostate with a high PSA (37). 

After much testing, Ron faced surgery on September 1. The prostate was to be removed if the lymph nodes were negative of cancer. Barb remembers that day vividly. 

"I woke up that morning feeling great. At least we would know what we were dealing with and how to fight it. It was the not knowing' that was so horrible. The doctor had explained that it would take about one hour from the start of surgery to get the results on the lymph nodes, and if they continued with the operation, it would be about three hours before Ron was in recovery. I looked at my watch and noted it had been one hour and ten minutes and breathed a little easier thinking that the surgery was continuing which meant that the cancer had not spread when Dr. Abernathy entered the waiting room and motioned for me to come with him to a private room. I told him that I didn't want to see him yet and he understood."

The doctor explained that the cancer had spread and was really evident to the naked eye. One lymph node was very large, hard and the lab reported it was totally consumed with cancer. The Doctor went on to say that there is no cure for prostate cancer once it has metastasized (spread); radiation or chemo therapy do not work. But it can be slowed down by hormone therapy (decreasing the production of testosterone). They are heading to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a second opinion and further treatment. 

Dr Abernathy went on to reassure Barb that since Ron is symptom free, they should continue their life, get check ups every three months and that they should have several good years yet. 

Barb and Ron want more though and are currently reading Dr. Bernie Siegel's book Love, Medicine & Miracles, as well as Dr. Maxwell Maltz's Psycho-Cybernetics. 

"Our minds are much more powerful than the most complicated computer built", said Barb. "Most people use less than 10% of their brain's power. God gave us these powers to use for good for our mind and body and it is up to us to make it work. There have been many studies done that prove that those who use imaging, and positive thinking lick cancer as well as other diseases and  problems. Ron has never been a real believer in this stuff, but he is listening now. And we know that prayer works too. We are so thankful for all of the prayers from the hundreds of folks (some we have never met) who say they are including us in their prayers daily."

Their destination in Arizona is the Valle del Oro RV Resort in Mesa. They will stay and play there for at least two months and combine a visit or two with doctors at the Mayo Clinic. This resort offers all the amenities that one would expect of a first class resort park---swimming pools, saunas, activities director, etc. The Hofmeisters plan to fly to Michigan for the month of December while putting the motorhome in storage then they will head west into Southern California, Nevada or Southern Utah for the remainder of the winter. They will be doing their seminars, sightseeing and doing all that they had been doing before this summer's hiatus. And they will be back in Phoenix by mid March for the Coast to Coast rally where they will present two full-timing seminars before heading up to the Northwest via California. They missed seeing Glacier National Park and hiking up to the Skokie Lodge in the Canadian Rockies this summer and everyone knows they will do all that and more next spring and summer. 


CAMPGROUND  UPDATE
                                       by Ron
(Please remember that this report was written many years ago and the campgrounds may or may not be in business or as they were.)

Prospect R.V. Park, 11600 W. 44th Street, Wheatridge, CO. This park is different than the ones we usually stay at because it is not a recreational park. It is an urban park and a place to stay when visiting Denver. The majority stay here for 3 or 4 months and many live here year around. Even with the permanents, the park does maintain an RV atmosphere and it does look like an RV park. Because of the low turn-over, reservations are a must. There are few RV parks in Denver and they are all expensive. Prospect's nightly rate for full-hook-up is $18.50 ($310 plus electricity/mo) and that is low compared to the others. The only amenity is a laundry (clean and modern). The location for Denver and surrounding area is convenient (several blocks off of I-70 and close to other major streets). It is next door to a city park that has miles of paved biking and walking paths and we have certainly enjoyed that. We have found some full-timers here who use this as a base for visit ing family, while others are working or like us seeking medical treatment. The management is strict about pets and children and because they are full every night, can be fairly independent (my way or the highway). 


Potpourri
              by Ron 
If the first page of this newsletter seems a little grim, let me reassure you by sharing some of my plans. Next winter after a full summer of traveling and work, I intend to be laying on the beach in the Bahamas drinking "Bahama Mamas." I might even try a little parasailing or scuba diving. The following summer will find us hiking in Scotland for a month.

This December 22, Barb and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding aniversary (we got a late start). But I'm looking forward to celebrating our 25th on December 22, 2009. We will have a big beach party at the Hilton on South Padre Island. You are all invited.

The Denver Bronco's (0 for 4) now know that money cannot buy happiness. After spending big bucks for a high powered offense, the big orange machine is as dead as the baggage system at the new Denver International Airport.

I sure enjoyed son David's visit. When I showed him the mountains and the yellow aspen trees against the dark green evergreens he sounded like his grandmother when I showed her the wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country. The "Oh's” and “Ah's" and "I can't believe this" exclamations were the same.

Next to visit will be daughter Marty and then daughter Susie. We can't wait. I'm sure they will be ready to lay around a pool in Arizona soon. Hope Karl and Kurt can visit too.

News flash! Mom Hofmeister will be spending Thanksgiving with us in Phoenix. We have placed Sedona and the ghost town of Jerome on her itinerary. 


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.)

These are all in Colorado

Valente's Italian Restaurant, 38th Street near Wadsworth, Wheatridge. Very good atmosphere and service along with delicious lasagna. Everything from the bread and salad to the large portion of hot, tasty lasagna was excellent. They have a unique early bird pricing set-up. From 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. when you arrive your ticket is stamped with the exact time of day and that is what your entree costs. It is a nice savings of a few dollars.

Marc's, 38th Street near Wadsworth, Wheatridge, is owned by Mr. Valente's son, Marc. This elegant, but not real expensive restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and aged beef. Crisp white linen tablecloths, salad tossed at your table, excellent service and large entrees prepared to perfection make this place a very special and enjoy able dinning experience. They have a large early bird menu which is in effect until 6:30 p.m.. Regular entrees are discounted. 

Callaway's Fine Dining, Delaware Hotel, Leadville. Eating lunch in the newly renovated (very Victorian) Delaware Hotel was fun and the food was excellent. Ron had a Monte Cristo sandwich and could only eat half---it was so rich (it was still good the next day). Barb ordered a chef salad with the house's  peppery parmesan dressing. The dressing was very nice but the salad was too much for Barb to eat. Ron helped.

Mad Munchies, Granby. We were looking for another place, but some locals said this place has good sandwiches. They offered a large variety of subs. What we had was good, but the place wasn't that clean. Good carry out place.


When There's Smoke... Get Out!
A First-hand Account by Julie Selner

Reprinted, with permission, from the August, 1994 Bounder Sounder.

It's still hard to believe that only a short time ago (6/23/94) we were on our way to meet our fellow Kanga-Roos [Bounder group] at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nevada, and now our Bounder is gone---completely destroyed by fire. It happened on Highway 88 a little over two hours from our home in Tracy, California, located in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. We had very little warning and were lucky we both escaped safely, along with our cat, Punch, and my husband Jim's briefcase.

We were about one mile east of Ham Station, a small town at about 6,000 feet elevation, and as we were going up the mountain a sensor light Jim had installed in the dashboard lit up, signifying a problem with our tow car and/or dolly. Jim immediately came to a stop in the slow lane (luckily we had just reached a passing lane) and while still in the motorhome, I ran to the rear to see what the problem was. I immediately noticed white smoke and saw a small fire burning underneath the tow vehicle and assumed it was on fire. I yelled this to Jim, grabbed the 10 pound fire extinguisher we had next to the door and ran out of the motorhome, bare-footed, ready to put out the fire. By the time I realized the car was not on fire, but the motorhome was, Jim was out of the rig, grabbing the fire extinguisher and running to the left side of the motorhome, where the fire seemed its worse.

The fire was actually burning on the underside of the rig, and Jim saw some thing shaped similar to an average-sized oil filter burning on the ground as well. Jim and a few other Good Samaritans tried to put the fire out to no avail. He ran back around to the right of the motorhome by the door and told me to move away because the motorhome was on fire. I yelled, "The cat!" and Jim ran back into the coach to save our "child," Punch. At this point only white smoke could be seen. Jim handed Punch to me and returned inside to find his briefcase. He could not find it and came out to ask for directions. He entered once again and by this time the smoke was black and rolling out of the door. Luckily the briefcase was located between our two barrel chairs so Jim did not spend much time inside the coach. While he was inside this last time, there was a small explosion on the left side that knocked one of our Good Samaritans to the ground. For a few seconds, I was sure I had lost Jim, but suddenly he walked out the door, safe. This all happened in less than five minutes. 

While this was happening, I was sitting on the side of the road because of the blisters that had formed on my feet from the hot asphalt. (Remember I was wearing no shoes when I left the Bounder!)  One of the Good Samaritans suggested to Jim that they disconnect the tow vehicle and dolly before the coach exploded and they did. (Jim says he does not even remember this happening, or what this Good Samaritan looked like!) Once the tow vehicle and dolly were disconnected, there was little else to do but to watch our beloved Bounder burn.

About 15 minutes after this began, the propane tank blew up, sending the regulator across three lanes of traffic and into the woods. The coach was fully engulfed in flames before the first California Department of Forestry (CDF) fire truck arrived. They tried in vain to put the fire out, but found there was no use, so they concentrated their efforts on preventing a forest fire, which luckily we did not start, as one tree was ignited by the flames. When the fuel tank exploded, flames shot approximately 25 feet into the air. This was the hardest part to watch as up to this point the back wall of the Bounder was still intact. However, this explosion started this wall burning and our large Bounders United numbers, 520, went up in the flames along with the wall. From the time we stopped until the last of the fire was put out seemed like an eternity, but it was actually only about one hour."Mop up" by CDF, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) took another 30-45 minutes. The final step was to wait for the tow truck to remove the remains and take them away, to be held for the insurance adjuster to review. 

This experience taught us some valuable lessons that we will use in our next Bounder (which Jim is already looking into buying).

1. When there is smoke... GET OUT. Both Jim and I had talked about this at length with members of our Chapter prior to this incident and had even watched a demonstration last year where an Air Stream was set on fire, and yet the first thing we tried to do was put the fire out. Once you are out, you can always evaluate the situation and decide if fighting the fire is possible and then do so, but first and foremost, get yourselves and other family members (furry ones too) out of the motorhome and far enough away so they won't be injured when the gas tanks explode.

2. Always wear something on your feet while traveling down the road, in case you need to bail out fast.

3.  Have a "Bail Out Bag" by the door at all times. I read an article in one of the many magazines Jim subscribes to some months ago about this, but just had not gotten around to it prior to the fire. This bag should include prescription medicines, valuables, check books, wallets, purse, eye glasses, important papers, leash/harness for furry family members, RV membership
cards, expensive camera/video camera, bottle of water, etc,.---anything that would be essential to you or that you do not want to lose if your motorhome burned up along the roadside.

4. Whenever possible, furry family members should ride in carriers, not only for their safety, but also to make it easy to "grab" them in the event of an emergency. We were lucky that Punch was still in view when Jim looked for him, but he was already very scared and Jim had to grab him from behind a chair by the scruff of the neck to retrieve him. Had he been in his carrier by the "Bail Out Bag," we could have just walked out the door with him, and I would have had him, in an enclosed area with no fear of him becoming more afraid and running away as the fire engines arrived.

5. Inventory your RV NOW! It's amazing how much stuff we accumulated over the years! It took days to put ours together from memory for the insurance companies and I am sure we missed some things that we will realize later on. Had we already had an inventory in place our efforts would have been minimal. Make sure this inventory includes even the smallest ashtray, because it all counts!

6. Review your RV insurance policy NOW to see exactly what amount of coverage you have. Look especially close at personal property coverage and insure you have full replacement value. We found our policy has the standard $1,000 coverage for "uniquely motorhome" personal property. With the customizing we had done to our coach, this $1,000 did not go very far. We intend to increase ours on the next Bounder. As for coverage for the remaining personal property, homeowner's insurance will need to be relied upon for this.

7. Install some type of sensor on the underside of the RV to alert you to a fire while you are traveling down the road. The sensor Jim had cost about $35 and we both believe when the cable burned through and lit the sensor light, it saved our lives.

8. Check your fire extinguisher. I'm not sure a large extinguisher would have made a difference in our case, but it might make a difference in yours. There are so many sizes and types for sale, that it is important to speak to an expert to insure you purchase the right one(s). Contact your local fire department for assistance....

This experience is one we will long remember, but we are thankful for the Good Samaritans who stopped to help and offer cold drinks in the sweltering heat, for the professional way in which all the public agencies worked together to assist us and extinguish the fire and for Clyde and Alice Carter, Bounders United members who live in Pioneer, California, (about 15 miles from where the motorhome burned) for their assistance. They offered us a place to rest and doctored my burned feet; food and drink for all of us---including the cat, and the moral support we needed to help us through the initial shock of losing our beloved Bounder....

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More on the Fire
                                                      by Barb
I talked with Jim the other day to ask if they ever discovered the cause of the fire.  He said that all they know is it must have been electrical, but they do not know the source. Jim commented that the sensor he had just installed was a Hammler sensor made by A & J Mfg in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was wired to the towed car so that if the air pressure decreased (flat tire) in any of the towed car's tires the light would go on in the Bounder's dash. Apparently the fire burned through the wire setting off the warning light. If that wire hadn't burned through, they would not have known of the fire until later. 

Jim said the 1987, 30 foot Bounder was a "beauty" and will be missed. It had a full bath in the back. 

He added, "We didn't want to buy another Bounder until they made that floor plan again. But it's engine (non fuel injection) was noisy. Just 20 minutes before the fire, I yelled over to Julie that if anything ever happens to this thing, we will get a diesel so we don't have to yell at each other." Their new diesel Bounder will arrive in November.

Jim and Julie were the chairpersons of the national Bounders United rally held September 15-18 in Los Banos, California. At that rally, they had the fire department set a motorhome on fire as a demonstration. Jim was amazed that the coach was completely engulfed in one minute 15 seconds. We want to hear from all of you that you now have fire plans and your “Bail Out Bag” ready.


Sightseeing Around Denver

Issue number five was full of all the sightseeing we had done up to that point. It was just recently that we were able to get out and play tourist again. 

If you have a little extra time while you are in the Denver area, plan at least a half a day (preferably the whole day) to visit the Denver Museum of Natural History. We did and it was wonderful. After visiting natural science museums in Albuquerque and Chicago we rated this right up at the top. The dioramas were spectacular and the health section great. Glenda and Liisa said the gem and mineral display was fabulous too. 

The drive from the Denver area to Estes Park (Rocky Mountain National Park) and beyond on routes 36 and 34 (Trail Ridge Road) is beautiful. We still wished we could have camped in the park so we could have hiked and biked in this beautiful park, but the ride was a treat. We didn't check out either Estes Park or Boulder---just not enough time. Going south from the park on 34, we discovered the town of Granby and tried to find Doans restaurant (reader's suggestion from issue 6). We asked around and no one had ever heard of it. Guess it is not around any longer.

Another ride we took was to Leadville. We had rented the movie Unsinkable Molly Brown and became interested in this lady's history. She came to Denver from Leadville in the late 1800s after her husband struck it rich in mining. Her big claim to fame was being a passenger on the Titanic and keeping morale in life boat number 6 from crumbling. We hope to tour her home here before we leave. In Leadville, tour the Tabor Opera House. Very interesting. 

You will see signs to Red Rocks Amphitheater when you drive on I-70 west of Denver. This is an impressive, large theater in a spectacular setting. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 30's, it is used for outdoor concerts. We just missed Moody Blues which was sold out well in advance. 

Oh and don't miss touring the only money making governmental agency---the U.S. Mint, downtown Denver. The tour only takes 10-15 minutes and is not much, but it is encouraging to see our government make money.


LETTERS * LETTERS * LETTERS

Excited About Full-timing
...I'm writing to you on my computer, which is in the bedroom of our 35' Carriage Fifth Wheel. As late as March 1st of this year, we couldn't even spell "recreational vehicle," let alone own one. We had never camped, or even owned a tent, for that matter. However...

I'm a real estate broker, and fortunately, was expecting a large commission in early April. A man in our town had a 1976 Apollo 30' motorhome for sale for $6,000. We looked at it, thinking it may be fun to have it and go camping. In about a week, we made a small deposit subject to my RE closing. That gave us three weeks to investigate the world of RVs. We live close to Borene, Texas, and checked the dealer ships to learn as much as we could about RVs and also to do some comparison shopping.

Well as you can imagine, it was like opening Pandora's Box. It was all very intriguing, and it was a crime what we didn't know! Anyway, that first day in the dealership we picked up several books, and fortunately for us, one of them was An Alternative Lifestyle. Your book was fascinating reading that weekend (and still is), and your story inspired us to start think ing, "Hey, we could do that." We then admitted that we had always fantasized about it. We went back and looked at the Apollo several times, and realized that it wouldn't be adequate if it was to be our ONLY HOME.... About this time, there was a rally at the Coliseum, and guess who were guest speakers? However, we didn't have an RV yet, and had just read the chapter on Coast to Coast, and they wouldn't let us in without membership.

Well, right after the closing we found our Carriage and an 87 Chevy. The RV is great, the truck needs work or trade, we haven't decided as yet. Our plans are to start out next March, meanwhile we've been living in the RV, full-time, at the Alamo KOA, and learning about the life every day. And we love it. 

Anyway, with your information to lean on, we checked and found a Coast to Coast park near here in Canyon Lake, called Lake Pointe. We just had a member transfer to us, and last week joined CCC. We feel like we've arrived, or something. Breaking your book out again, we now want to subscribe to your newsletter..
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We owe you so much, and we hope to meet with you one of these days.... I'm sure our first trip will be to the 1995 CCC rally, that was advertised in the magazine. Perhaps we'll catch up to you then. Thanks for sharing this lifestyle with us. We'll try to pass it on to others as we get started....

Nancy & Warren Jesser 
San Antonio, Texas

Couldn't Put The Book Down

... I couldn't believe we got it [An Alternative Lifestyle] so quickly after ordering. I immediately began to read it. Couldn't put it down. Finally went to bed at 12:30 and just as soon as I was up and first cup of coffee in hand I began to read again. It was hard to do the laundry, go grocery shopping and prepare dinner but I did (reading in between). And while Carl watched a football game, I went out back to his office in the shop so not to be disturbed...

I just finished the book. It was wonderful. I felt so much like I was there. My legs ached from climbing Guadalupe Peak with you all....We dream a lot of when we can go more often and stay longer. I have 7 years before I can retire and Carl has 8.... 

Hoping our paths will cross one day. If you all are ever in Dothan, Alabama and need a place to park, we have a large corner yard and room for another motorhome to park. The welcome mat is out....

Jeanie & Carl Crutchfield
Dothan, Alabama

Time for a Change

Hope by the time this note reaches you that you're both feeling much recovered from your surgery. We think of you both each day and hope you'll soon be ready to get on the road again. Just getting rolling again should lift your spirits after your long enforced stay in Denver. Time for a change! And change is what full-timers do best! It seems to us that if there is one constant among the many different full-timers we've met, it is the ability to deal with change---not only the changing scene beyond the window but the challenges of locating the laundromat, post office, etc., in a strange town, of finding your way through the maze of aisles in an unfamiliar supermarket (and for us finding that all important dump station every 5 or 6 days). We've learned to be resourceful and persistent and to rely on our instincts. Surely when you're confronted with major life changes this experience has got to give you an advantage---in seeking out quality medical care or whatever else you may
need....

We plan to wend our way down through the canyon country of Western Colorado and Utah until the cold weather chases us down to the desert southwest. We're hoping to volunteer at KOFA again this winter...

Ellie & Bob Henderson
Full-timers originally from S. California

Will Say Prayers

... Will say prayers that the news will be good. It seems that often when life is going along just great we get hit with a snag that jars us---maybe because when life is great we are stronger and can handle it a little better. You two have added to so many lives with your books and especially your newsletter, and I have been so proud of your successes. The fact that so many of us out here in RV land are waiting for your next---always so interesting newsletter will have to boost you both on the way to recovery so you can keep on charming us as you have...

Terry (& Jerry) Rensink
Full-timers living in Poulsbo, WA

Full-timing Since Hurricane Andrew

We had seen you featured on Good Morning America and had been looking for your book. We ordered a subscription to Workkamper News and found your book advertised. We immediately ordered it and read it from cover to cover. We are really wanting to hit the road full-timing. We recently traded our 35' travel trailer for a 94, 34J Bounder which we love. We have been living in an RV since Hurricane Andrew (beside our house)....

Faye (& Tony) Moore
Leisure City, Florida

New Phase of Full-timing

...Think we're progressing to a new phase of full-timing---or at least that's the way I feel. I was disappointed to leave Estes [Park, Co] early [Workamping position didn't work out], but certainly have enjoyed the leisurely traveling since. Perhaps it is because it seems like free time. Seems the last few years we've always had a schedule of some kind to adhere to. The country we're seeing is a little off the  beaten track but well worth the travel....

We read the directions to Camelot/Fruitland [CCC park in Utah] "last section (6.5 miles) is unpaved." One should always visualize such! Was a good gravel road---but slow going---took over ½ hour and the Toyota was white with dust when we finally got to the resort. But worth every minute!!! You follow Red Creek thru canyons to the intersection of the Strawberry ---and there's the resort nestled in a patch of green surrounded by 1400' high walls of mosaic sandstone. Spectacular! No other Coast to Coasters, cement pads, no sewer but dump station, one radio station and no TV. The rivers have carved  free standing pinnacles up to 1400 feet along their paths. We hiked up thru the pinion pine and juniper to the top of the ridge overlooking the resort---a long way down---and I'm not too good on heights.The birds and animals had gotten all the good pine nuts before me ---next time I'll come earlier....

Dena & Gordon Duncan
Full-timers from all over

Found Jane's Pies

Guess you guys should be about ready to travel soon. Wanted to let you know I got your book out again to look over and this time I noticed you wrote about McMinnville, Tennessee. We've been camped 12 miles from there for 6 weeks. We made sure we found that Exxon station and had some of Jane's Pies. We got 3 different kinds and liked her Kentucky Derby pie best. We also drove over to Fall Creek Falls. What a pretty place!

We are on a SOWERS [Servers On Wheels Ever Ready] project here in TN, but not with a group. The needs here at the camp have been few as they have so little money for any new projects. Just been mowing and doing light maintenance. The manager is in poor health and set to retire soon so he can really use Ben's help.

September & October we were to help build a new church in Arkansas. September got cancelled because the church was not ready to start building. Instead we will stay at CC Camps at Land Between the Lakes, KY, Cloud 9 Ranch in Missouri and Thousand Adventures near Branson. I've heard a lot of great things about Cloud 9 so am anxious to see it....

Karen & Ben Cunningham and Lucille 
Full-timers from College Station, TX
See Vol 5-Issue 3, page 5 

Learned the Hard Way

...My husband and I are living full-time in our first RV---a 1975 Winnebago. So far, we've learned things the hard way---by trial and error---so I was extremely interested when I saw your TV appearance. After several trips to the bookstore I finally got your address....

Claudia (& Stan) Richards
Seaside, California

Sending "Healing Angels"

Thanks for your response. I am glad I saw the September issue of Word Perfect. Also enjoyed the September issue of Movin'  On. Thank you. We sent some of the "healing angels" from this area to bring healing light and love to Ron and assure a safe and quick recovery to good health.

I'm subscribing to Movin' On for two friends also. One is a full-timer; the second a part-timer ---neither knows of Movin' On so I'm glad to be the conduit for their edification!!...

Helen Hickey
Waltham, Massachusetts

Horrified at Medred's Article

... Larry and I were horrified to see the excerpt from Craig Medred's article [Sept. '94] in the Anchorage Daily News. We locals all know he is the south end of the proverbial northbound donkey. Heck, in the one column he actually bragged about averaging over 65 mph and towing an 18 ft boat on a trailer. Where are the troopers when you need one? The road between
Anchorage and the Y for Seward and Homer has almost all curving, mountainous conditions. We can recall only one accident in years which involved an RV. Many of us enjoy and welcome out of state visitors---latest expression for a driver going too fast towing a boat on widely fish-tailing trailer is "to do a Medred" and that's not said in praise.

Having been corresponding with Bob & Ellie through your good offices, we're looking forward to hearing from them in Movin' On. Since I just turned 50, we consider the State of Alaska's claim on me as an employee is "borrowed time." I'm cleaning closets and Larry's planning for garage sales etc., over the next two years before we head out in our 19 ½ Xplorer van conversion as full-timers....

Cheryl & Larry Frair
Anchorage, Alaska



This 'N That
by Barb

I didn't have room to include the "battery" article that I promised. Will you forgive me? I will save it for another time. As they say in the business it's "evergreen" (good anytime). I learned that from the Good Morning America crew.

I had neglected to write about the wonderful church we found here. Located on the outskirts of Golden (just 10 minutes from the campground in Wheatridge), St Lukes has been a blessing. Pastor Helmers and the whole congregation were so kind to us. We had invitations to dinners, visits from several (both in the hospital and at home) and best of all, Pastor stopped by often. I wrote about waiting during surgery and the doctor coming early. Well, when the doctor escorted me back out to the waiting room, Pastor had just arrived. He said it was no accident that he arrived just as I needed him---he had made a wrong turn.

All of you who know that I have never in my life turned down a pie, will appreciate the fact that neighbors Barb & Chuck Bauman as well as Debbie and Dan (those terrific managers from Clear Creek Campground in Golden) kept us in pie heaven. Barb makes a terrific apple pie in her 37 foot Holiday motorhome and Debbie did raspberry. But I must confess, I could only eat a bite or two at a time and although delicious, I have lost my passion for pies. Will wonders never cease?

Some of you might think that full-timing might be a lonely time when one is sick. Quite the contrary. With all the cards and letters, phone calls from friends far and near, visits and promises of visits and well---we certainly feel special. Folks have gone out of their way to pay us a visit.

Both Ron & I are walking 4.5 miles each morning in a speck over one hour and it feels great. The weather has been so perfect here (except for that 1 ½ inch wet snowfall on Thursday, September 21). That snowfall even made the national news. It was beautiful for the evening (and rather cold), but by morning when the sun came out, it was gone. Here it is the end of September and the temperatures still reach a high of 83-85 and that is expected to continue through Friday when we leave.

I am going to miss all the folks I say "hello" or "good morning" to as I take my walk each day. We recognize each other (they are faithful walkers too), but I don't know their names. I wondered today if they would miss me and wonder what became of me; they can't know that we are mobile. After three months of greeting each other, I will miss them.

One of the big treats every morning is seeing the many red foxes and one black one that wander the greenbelt through Prospect Park. Everyone feeds them and I disagree with that, but there are no signs that say not to. Folks tell me that they've been fed for years and it shows. They practically walk right up to you. But if a child is walking alone on the trail and has food, a fox might approach the child. The child, not understanding who or what a wild fox is, may go to pet the animal thinking it is a dog. That may startle the fox and who knows what might happen. 

Whenever we drove up to Mount Evans, we see all the mountain goats begging; all the animals up there do. If your car window is open, they stick their head right in the window. Because that area is a national forrest there are signs asking folks not to feed the wildlife, but people think it is cute. They don't stop to think of the animals. Animals weren't meant to beg; they should get their food the old fashioned way... 

Did you know that full-timers cannot make 900 phone calls. I was having a hard time figuring out one of my computer games and they offered a 900 number. Can't do it. One must have a home phone (local telephone company) in order to do it. I figured the game out on my own anyway so it taught me a lesson. Problem solving on your own, is rewarding and saves money.

Saw a neat article in the newspaper a short time ago about Dr. Burton Cox, a retired country medical doctor from Kansas. He remembers what it was like to be the only doctor serving a town of 1,000 people. He never got a real vacation. Now he and his wife travel in their 40 foot motorhome (didn't mention the brand), becoming the substitute doctor when rural doctors need
a break. They love small towns and love helping out so the doctor can get away for a little while. The article ended by saying that the Coxes plan to settle down some day, as soon as they find the "perfect spot." So far they haven't found it and promise to keep looking. Sound familiar? 

We have been booked to do the full-timing seminar at the Coast to Coast rally which will be held in Phoenix March 15-17. This time they have real rooms (minus the tin roof) and we will be doing two sessions. Hope we can meet a lot of you then. We don't plan on having a booth this time so we can have fun too.

How about this? I needed some potatoes. At the store, I noticed loose russet potatoes were .59/lb so passed them up. The 5 lb bag was $1.49, but the 10 lb bag was .79. All were the exact same potato. Even though I don't like to buy 10 lbs at a time, I did and gave half to Kay, the campground owner here. What a deal! 

It is almost my favorite holiday---Halloween. This is the 6th Halloween since we have been full-timers. At first I missed kids not coming around (I liked to scare them), but now I've gotten used to it. Did you notice how early the costumes and candy were available in the stores? Happy Halloween!


Converting Kilometers to Miles is Easy
This letter was sent to us by Don & Kay Nation of Angel Fire, New Mexico, 
after reading Donna Lincoln's article (Sept '94).

There are three methods to use in converting kilometers to miles. They are :

   1.  The Blythe Spirit approach. Ignore the system entirely. It really makes no difference how many "K" it is to the next town as when you arrive, you arrive. As to KHP, just drive whatever speed is comfortable. The Mounties will love you.

   2. The Sneaky approach. Look at the face of your vehicle speedometer. The outer numbers are for MPH and the inner numbers are for KPH. Copy down a few of each on a piece of paper and paste it to the inside of your windshield. Preferable lower middle. Refer to it as neeed. If your speedometer doesn't have the "K" numbers your vehicle is too old and you should buy a new one.

   3. The Math Conversion approach. This is the best and the most fun. For "K" numbers of 99K or less: 
   (a) Divide the “K” number by two. 
   (b) To that answer add the first digit of the "K" number.
   (c) Add two to this answer.
The result is distance in miles or speed in miles per hour. Example: Determine the mileage (or MPH) in 80K. 80 divided by 2 = 40 + 8 (first digit of 80K)= 48 +2 = 50 miles or 50 MPH.Simple, no?  If your "K" is three (3) digits use the first two (2) digits instead of first digit only—i.e. 160 K divided by 2 = 80 +16 (first two digits of 160K) = 96 + 2 = 98 miles or MPH. 

If you don't understand method 3 please don't write or call. Either use method 1 or 2 or travel in the USA only.

P.S. Our home is up for sale and we hope to be full-timers soon.


Signs & Things
Optimism
An optimist is someone who tells you to cheer
up when things are going his way.

Experience
Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables
you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Sign on a Tackle Store in Tabernash, Colorado
Due to good fishing---hours may vary.

Beauty shop in Wheatridge
Mane Event

Sign on a muffler shop
We do exhausting work


Top Ten Signs 
That It's Time to Head South
10. Birds are gathering to fly south.

9. Lots of gloves, hats and boots on sale in the stores.

8. RVers in the campground are insulating the water and sewer hoses.

7. Thick heavy winter coats in all the department stores.

6. Heating & cooling companies advertise getting those furnaces cleaned.

5. Advertisements for tire chains. 

4. Sportcasters here say the Broncos are losing because it has been too warm. They are begging for snow and cold.

3. Skiers are getting excited.

2. The snowmakers are beginning to make snow on the ski slopes. Opening 
day for skiiing is October 15.

And the number one reason is...

1.  One and one half inches of snow that  stayed on the ground (all night) September 21st.

We're heading south!!!


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