Wheres Ray/Wendy yr 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Busy Bees

Hi all,
 We have a pretty busy schedule trying to prepare for year four on the road to begin. I even made a list of to dos to get it done. We still have a couple doctor appointments, and get brake checks on both the truck and RV.
Wendy and I spent half day changing some strings on the day/night shades. We were saving this for a rainy day project but finally just went for it.
  I had read that 130 lb. test fishing line works good for this. The bad part of that is I could only find online on a 500 yard spool. We should have enough to do a couple hundred shades or find some buddies that need some. )
We're also getting in some nice family visits with the kids. We have a Halloween campout with them that we are looking forward to. We have also been running in to see my dad and have had a couple nice get togethers with some of my siblings.
Dad with a basket Wendy made him.
Dar, Diane, Corey, Me, and Russ
Me, Corey, and Russ

Russ and Mary

Dar and Dennis
 We have yet to get with our high school friends and schedules are making it difficult. We did get with Jake and Dawn for a fun night of cards and we have been invited to a going away party for dear friends Rita and Rick who are moving to Henderson, Nev.
  As of now we plan to leave out on Oct. 12, we start volunteering in AZ Nov.1. This should give us almost three weeks to slowly make our way there. Wendy is trying to plan a different route that will take us on untraveled (to us) roads.
 The campground here is in slowdown mode, very few campers during the week but busy on weekends. We had a group that call themselves Eggshellers in for a rally. It was quite neat to see 35 of the little buggers. They are not exclusive to a single manufacturer but are molded fiberglass units. Some of the units new and some were antique, some were even produced by UHaul that they rented out years ago.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Excel Fall Outting

Hi all,
 Spent a nice two weeks with Wendy's folks, we were glad to be able to help out while her mom recuperated from her surgery. She is doing pretty good, having way less pain, hopefully she won't push things to hard when we leave. Her dad was going back to work to help with the cranberry harvest. He has done this now for the past 6 or 7 years, although at 85 years old he really doesn't need to. He is just to stubborn to slow down, maybe that's a good thing.
 After we left we attended our Excel camping club fall outing. It was being held in Osseo, WI at Stoney Creek Campground. We had a pretty good turn out with 13 units. We had been exclusive to Excel rv's but due to the company closing we have allowed sobs (some other brands) to join.

 One former Excel owner had just bought a new class A motorhome and it was nice to have them continue as club members. They gave us all a nice tour of their rig, pretty spiffy although they had not owned it for a couple months and some high winds hit the building it was in doing quite a bit of damage. He was having to take it back to Indiana for repairs soon, awful sad but all looked repairable.
So what do we do at our outings, for one thing we sure don't miss a meal.) The highlight being dinner at the Norske Nook Restaurant and Bakery. A scrumptious dinner followed up with some of their prize winning pies. We had some good breakfasts, a nice pizza fest and lunch out a couple times. WE really need to get back to our normal eating habits, that or start wearing sweat pants everywhere.
 We also did a couple neat tours, a bit north is Leinenkugels Brewery one of the oldest breweries in the US. We did the tour then enjoyed a few tasty samples.

 Day two we headed for the Highground Veterans Memorial Park, although Wendy and I had just done this a week or so earlier we opted to hang with the group and do it again. We were glad we did as we stopped at the Silver Dome, a ballroom listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Built in 1933 it is a one of a kind structure featuring a complete oval trussed roof, most buildings like this were made with squared ends. It still houses the circular bar with original cash registers and a walk in cooler in the middle. The floor is narrow hardwood slats that is worn down to nails in some areas.
 The Silver Dome is a real blast from the past holding posters of previous talents there from the big band era, to country western, and even some heavy metal to round things off. As a country fan I was amazed to read that Johnny Cash and George Jones performed on the same stage with Johnny Paycheck in the band.

 The dome is still used today and we were lucky to tour as a group was decorating it up for a benefit party later today.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Highground Veterans Memorial Park

Hi all,
 Decided to take a drive the other day as Wendy's mom was getting antsy sitting at home. She is doing well recovering from her surgery but still pretty limited on what she can do.
 They had read about a Veterans Memorial Park that was not to far and after losing Wendy's brother to cancer in February and him being a Vietnam vet they wanted to see about getting a stone placed honoring him.
 The Highground Memorial Park is located near Neillsville, WI.  A 146 acre park placed there as a central location to all of Wisconsin. The location high on a hill offers spectacular views of woodland and glacial moraines.
 In 1965 Tom Miller was holding his mortally wounded friend on a Vietnam battle field and vowed his death will not be forgotten. In 1984 Miller and others began what was to be a Vietnam  War Memorial but has since expanded the mission to honor human courage and sacrifice wherever it is displayed. The memorial now features 17 different tributes honoring persons in past and present conflicts. There are also plans for a new tribute to the military working dog.
 The project is not funded by any state or federal monies and exist due to hundreds of volunteers and donations.
 We picked a beautiful day for the drive and enjoyed using the free audio tour that explained each memorial. We are planning to have a stone added to honor Wendy's brother in a ceremony next June.

Tribute honoring Native American

Korean Tribute

Meditation Garden area

WWII Women Pilots(WASP) tribute

Gold Star honoring those families who lost a loved one

The Registry creates the true legacy

Replica Liberty Bell visitors encouraged to Let Freedom Ring