Bewildered at Wilderness Lakes

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Friday, November 3, 2006

We enjoyed sharing a spaghetti dinner with our friends Emily and Brett, and new Baby Charlie and 2-year old Madeline. It's great to be back in touch with old friends!
As many of you know, we hate it when our home is in the shop...but this time, it's kind of exciting, as we'll be picking up what will look like a brand, shiny-new motorhome from Accent Stripes in Fountain Valley. They have spent the week creating what amounts to a new roof (with a ten year warranty), and they removed all our old striping and it is being replaced (and very slightly re-designed) with all new striping, still in silver and charcoal metallic, but with a touch of champagne metallic added. Topped off with a new skylight over the shower, and a deep-polishing job on the entire rig, and we'l be sitting (and driving pretty!). None of those half-million dollar new coaches necessary!!
It has been a bewildering week for us, however, as we've been staying in a small rental trailer at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes (our home park). Living in this tiny space and attempting to adjust to the change has reconfirmed for us how absolutely comfortable we are in our home on wheels. We've made the best of it though, sleeping well (we took our feather bed, down pillows and down comforter here with us), and keeping busy during the days, when the space seems to close in on us.
On Sunday, we drove the coach out to Fountain Valley, and then drove the car in to Hollywood to visit Rose's Cousins Amy and Drew and to see Aunt Adele, who was visiting Amy from Wilmington, North Carolina. The last time we saw her was when we had Rose's Mom out there to visit in late April.
On Monday, after leaving the motorhome at the shop, we called Ruben, the man who had bought our '37 Chevy show car...he lives right near the Accent Stripes folks. He was so excited to hear fom us, and although he was on his way out to an appointment, he insisted on parking his car outside his house and having us drive by to see how well he was taking care of it. He obviously loves the car as much as we did, and it did my heart good to see how pefectly polished and maintained it was. He wanted us to come back over and take it for a drive, but we never did get the time - maybe next trip!
On Tuesday, we both went back to our respective places of work for the first time since our retirement the first week of January. It sure was fun to see all our old friends, get caught up on "what's new", and be assured that they've missed us!!
On our way home from "the offices", we decided spur of the moment to visit the March Air Museum, which we passed hundreds of times, but had never had time to stop and visit. It was great fun to see all the old aircraft and to read stories of battles they'd endured. March Air Force Base played a significant roles in the "Big Wars", and, now, as an Air Reserve Base, still houses a refueling Wing, so we watched big refuelers (they'd be called DC-10's commercially) doing touch and go's for a while, thinking how amazing it is that they can do what they do!
Last night (Thursday) was the first night of the 3-night Sprint Car Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway, our favorite dirt track, which is near here. Great racing, with 75 cars and drivers here to compete from all over the country. Think the final night will be televised on the Outdoor Channel live on Saturday night.
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Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes

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