And away, we go… for whoever remembers Jackie Gleason

Thanks Norm for such a great title 🙂

Departure time set for 7 a.m. Everyone is excited about the trip and so 6:45, here we are, ready to roll.

At the U.S. customs, we are only asked how much money we have, how long we will be in the U.S.A and if we have something to declare. Thank goodness because Yolande was smuggling two apples in her packsack. Fruits and vegetables are strictly forbidden ha!

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Luckily, this is not Roger’s license plate. But we still manage to make Mount Pleasant in less than 9 hours. Since no campsites are open in Michigan at this time of year, we are lucky to be able to park in the casino parking lot:)

Finally in California

After a few trials and tribulations, we drove the I-15 mountain pass yesterday.


Yes, that is snow. Yes, those are windmills, for miles and miles. Wonder what the farmers,  and cows are thinking..


We also spot what looks like a sea of solar panels (we already saw some) but we are told these are mirrors. 

Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors to concentrate the energy from the sun to drive traditional steam turbines or engines that create electricity.  Impressive technology! 

Our destination? Yosemite RV Resort, 25 miles from the Yosemite National Park. The idea was to visit the Park as well as the Sierra National and Sequoia National forests.  Because of our late arrival  (and temperatures below freezing at night this week) some sightseeing might have to wait till the next time we visit the area, hopefully in October of 2019.

But for now, we appreciate the Resort, its views of the snow caped mountains, the silence…


Thank God for electricity (not sure how it is produced…) and Dan’s heavy and very warm blanket 🙂 Can’t wait to meet Dan and Jess and Mel and Curtis in San Francisco in less than a week!

They make us smile…

Or leave you perplexed

But they are always fun!

Personalized licence plates that is…

Some RVers consider their motorhomes Highway Yachts.

Some choose a personalized licence plate to express feelings

2 HAPPY            4 RELAXN        ILUVLUCY

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Some car license plates leave you feeling nostalgic…

                                      MY 2ND57    or…..


Some leave you perplexed.

                 IN 2 MOR           NOT GLTY

So when Mel thought of this as my personalized plate,


I was very pleased of course! This would definitely be fun!

But when, walking out of the hospital at 9 p.m. one September, I found this note on my windshield, I knew why I liked personalized plates.

The note said :
Monsieur, madame,
J’aime bien gros votre licence. La mienne est    


 J’ai bien du plaisir à lire les licences bien pensées.

Sue et Marcel.

How was she to know?  The patient I was visiting in the hospital was my sister Sue…her note made me smile:)

I do hope to meet Sue and Marcel one day!

I do hope you look for fun plates when travelling!


Why does a prickly pear cactus


turn purple?

Purple prickly pear cactus

The less water it gets, the more purple it becomes… (usually during the summer here in Arizona).

We are having warmer than usual days obviously.

One word of advice. If you find a prickly pair cactus paddle at the grocery store and are tempted to try cooking it, beware ha!




One last day of repairs.

Since the motorhome will be at Mesa RV one more day, we decide to visit the amazing Desert Botanical Garden. You can walk the trails and discover mother nature’s art as well as unique sculptures by renowned artists. 

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mother nature's art

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Glass sculptures amidst cacti…

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There are thousands in the desert!

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