Sunday, September 16, 2007

Rifle River Camp Out

Thursday, September 13, 2007

We arrived at Rifle River around 3pm, Gary & Cheryl already had their camp set up. They arrived about 3 hours prior. Boy oh boy...did they ever get us a great camp site. It seemed that we were the only ones in the park.

A few hours after we arrived, Joe & Diane arrived. Poor Diane was stressed pretty bad as they just spent at least an hour in traffic. An accident on I-75 delayed them. Plus she told us that a couple days ago, Steven, their son, had removed their rear tire to inspect the brakes and noticed the tire had a large slice on the inner sidewall. So they had to purchase a new tire. Thank God he spotted the slice....that could have been a blow out for sure!

First thing for Joe to unload......FIREWOOD. More Wood Joe, More Wood.
(This is a standing joke among us, and I know that he is laughing as he reads this)

We had a great fire and as the evening progressed the wind picked up and we all turned in early.

Friday, Sept. 14th.

The day started with sunny skies and no wind. Perfect for a walk in the Campground.

Had to take some shots of the 6 of us together.

As we walked around the campground, we found this tree.
Wilma stood in front of it so you could get an idea of it's size.

We arrived at the River and had a sit on the dock to take it all in and relax a bit.

Heading back to the Camp, had to go up "The Hill"

Along the trail back to the Camp, Wilma spots a beautiful wild flower.

Just before dinner, Wilma goes for a bike ride.

All set, ready to go.

Say good bye...and be safe!

When they returned we all sat down for a great dinner of chili, brats, and an assortment of other dishes. Thanks Diane for the great Chili. Thanks Gary & Cheryl for preparing the peppers to spice up the chili.

Afterward we sat around the fire until the eye-lids said it was time to go to bed.
Saturday, September 15th.

Wilma was first to arise and decided to take a walk around the campground.

The "Chapel in the Woods"
There are 5 campgrounds owned by the organization we belong to and each one has a Chapel.

Our campsite. Wilma & I are in the middle.

Later in the morning everyone decided to go for a ride and see a friend of ours cottage on a river near our campground. He really has a beautiful place.
This is the road coming toward the river.

Dave's dock and looking up stream of the river.

We left and headed to the Eagles Lodge for lunch.

Back at the Campground a game of "Washers" was in order.

Evening came, so did the campfire.
Campfire pies and sandwiches were on order.
Mmm Good!
Sunday, September 16

After breakfast we started getting ready to head for home. Joe & Diane left first, we took our time no big hurry to get home. About a half hour before we left, the cell phone rang. It was Diane; they were broke down on the side of I-75 with a burned out wheel bearing on the trailer. A tow truck on the way.
As we left the campground and headed home we kept an eye out for them. When I saw them I pulled over. Joe said they were taking it to an RV repair facility a few miles down the road and he would be picking it up later in the week. They both were alright so we pulled away and headed home.
Gary being retired decided to stay until Thursday, enjoying the area.
He and Cheryl were planning a bike ride the next day and enjoying the peace of the campground.

Yet another great week-end with friends. Many laughs and a good time was had by all.
Another adventure in our lives.
Come back again....until then, God Bless & keep you safe.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tina’s Birthday Party


Today we celebrated Tina's Birthday with a Pizza party and cake and ice cream.


Little Savannah is patiently waiting for her chance to give her Mom the Birthday Presents.


It's finally time!


Tina's best big Sister Angel also was here enjoying the party with her daughter Brooke.

Afterwards my three "ladies" posed for a picture for me. 

And of course, Tina is soooo proud of her new car! 

Oh Yes.....Can't forget Angel's New Car.

What another great day with our family, celebrating another milestone.

Another fun "Adventure" was shared and enjoyed by all!

Please come back for more of our family "Adventurers".

Friday, September 7, 2007

Tina’s Birthday & New Car

Today is Tina's's also the day she closed the deal on her new car!

It's not a "new" car, but to her it is. It's a 1996 Buick with only 41,000 actual miles on it. Hopefully it will last her a long time.

What do you think?

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day Lunch

Doing the cooking while my hon is getting the other fixings ready in the kitchen.

Getting ready for a great lunch.

The kids having fun waiting for lunch.

Almost done eating.

The cooks eat last, but where is my hon?

Of course....taking the picture!

Ohhh Boy was it ever good, and I'm stuffed!

A short rest after lunch.

Having fun after lunch.

My hon, without her this adventure wouldn't happen, or if it did it wouldn't have been as fun.

Tina getting ready to go to work.

What a mom...having to go to work on a holiday to support her family.

Another great day for a family adventurer.

A beautiful day with my beautiful family.

Life is good.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Front tires are balanced.

Saturday morning September 1, 2007
Arrived for my 9am tire balancing appointment at "Blue Water Tires" on Gratiot.
After a short discussion with the "boss", myself and the mechanic who did the balancing job, it was decided the best way to balance the front tires would be to leave them on and balance them in place.
He used a heavy duty floor jack to pick the front of the Motor Home up so the tires were off the ground. He then used a machine that spins the tire to just about any speed he wants. Getting it up to speed he showed me the steering wheel vibrating. I told him I knew it would because at 60 I have a bad vibration.
He removed 8 oz. of weight from the previous balance by these folks 3 years ago. Of course I have a much more experienced mechanic today. He said that was a lot of weight for a tire this size. After putting it through the spinning test he added only 3 oz. to get the tire balanced. This was on the passenger side. The drivers side he removed 4 oz. but had to put 5 oz. on at different locations on the tire to get it balanced.
Each time he made sure to show me the steering wheel did not vibrate as the wheel was spinning. Actually I believed he wanted me to feel comfortable with his job, which I did.
Now I realize this was no standard balance job. When I called to make this appointment last Wednesday, I was told by the boss it would be $10.00 per tire to balance them. OK Fine....abit pricey I thought to myself, but I had to get it done and just any tire place can't do the job at all. to the office to pay the bill. Well I guess using all the fancy gizmo's and showing me several times the smooth running tires after the balancing, it must have been worth the "extra" charge. I was expecting a $20.00 a $40.00 bill!
I guess driving a 38 ft. Motorhome makes me look like I'm just overflowing with $$$$.
Oh well....the test drive home was a success. No vibration....job well done.