Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
One of the things that Bob and I have enjoyed upon embarking on our new lifestyle is something that we never anticipated: meeting people that we would form lasting friendships with. We certainly meet a lot of new people in our ventures, and the probability of staying in touch isn’t a lot as everyone is going in different directions and has their own itinerary they follow. That isn’t the case when we met Robert and Jane, last January (2009), in Quartzsite, AZ They were vendors there and I was helping out at another vendor booth. The four of us really hit it off and enjoyed spending time together and we agreed to stay in touch.
You might wonder where this story is going – while we were in South Dakota over the summer, they stopped to see us as they were traveling through on their way back home to California. Then when Bob and I were leaving San Francisco we thought we’d see if they lived near the route we were traveling on our way to Texas. As it turned out, they were leaving Houston, TX, which was where we were heading to, on their way back home to California. They didn’t live far from where we would be traveling and they would be home by the time we got there. It was great that we were able to stop and visit for a few days.
It is sad to think we would have missed out on the opportunity to meet such nice people if we hadn’t decided to workamp full-time. I guess the reason for my story is that, we are grateful and blessed to have been able to meet Robert and Jane, and know that we have a friendship that will last for the rest of our lives.
My other point is, that Bob and I have met so many nice people in our travels, that any skepticism of living in our RV full-time and workamping has cemented our decision that we made the right choice in what we are doing. It is hard to believe that we have been on the road for a year and a half already. God willing, we are looking for many more years and miles to go yet.
We will post again soon.
With Lots of Love,
Bob, Sharon & Toby
Saturday, October 17, 2009
With the hot air balloons and New Mexico behind us we are heading to South San Francisco, CA for training for our next work assignments. We are going to See’s Candies for training in operating a kiosk, or a holiday gift center, in Texas for the holiday season. Normally they like to fly you to San Francisco for training, but due to the fact we really didn’t have anyplace to park our RV or a babysitter for Toby, we decided to drive there. We stayed at Candlestick RV Park, right across from Candlestick Stadium. While the park itself was pretty safe, the neighborhood probably wasn’t the best, but it was our choice to drive there due to our limitations.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any photos of our time in San Francisco. Our training was only for 3 days and our time was spent mostly on that without much time for site seeing. See’s is a fantastic company to work for and they really were generous to everyone that attended the training. We really didn’t know much about the company. See’s is actually owned by the Berkshire-Hathaway company which is owned by Warren Buffet, but is still run the way the original family had operated it. We must also personally endorse the candy. Neither Bob or I had ever had See’s candy before, and we will both attest to how great it is. They even have a variety of sugar-free candy also.
Bob and I definitely want to go back to San Francisco and be able spend some free time farther north where we will be able to visit Alcatraz, see the Golden Gate Bridge and many other places San Francisco is known for. We will be leaving San Francisco on 22nd then head towards Los Angeles where will stop and visit with friends before putting down roots in Texas for a couple months.
Bob, Sharon & Toby
Sunday, October 4, 2009
We finished our summer work assignments and left South Dakota at the end of September. Bob and I so much enjoyed our time in South Dakota. As I have said before, it is such a beautiful area that we both love, and it is for that reason we agreed to go back for the summer of 2010 season. From the Black Hills we headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we had the opportunity to attend the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. We met some really nice people, and neither of us had ever seen hot air balloons up close. You were even able to go out on the launch fields as they were airing up and launching the balloons. There were over 500 balloons launching almost every day. The wind determined whether balloons could go up or not. Launches were scheduled early sunrise and daytime. They even did what they called a night glow, where the balloonists would light up their balloons at night. There were also fireworks scheduled quite a few of the nights. The colors of the balloons were so amazing, along with the many different shapes and sizes. Given the time and opportunity we would definitely go again. We have made a photo album of our favorites, we hope you enjoy them.
Until next time, we send our Love
Bob, Sharon & Toby
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time has gone by so quickly this summer and it is hard to believe we will be leaving South Dakota in a couple weeks.
Bob and I have really enjoyed our jobs, and we have decided to come back again next year. It is hard to describe how much we love this area of the Black Hills.
There is so much here that we want to explore yet. We are in area that we can drive to so many places within a short time. One of the towns we visited is Deadwood. In Deadwood is Mt. Moriah Cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried. Wild Bill has quite a decorative monument for a headstone, but Calamity Jane doesn’t.
We’ve also enjoyed watching the baby mountain goats growing up this year. Here are the babies in June.
This is one of the babies in August
I’ve also attached another album of our photos from the summer.
All and all we’ve had a wonderful summer. We will be leaving South Dakota Sept. 28th and heading towards new adventures for the winter. Hope everyone is well and we will post again.
Bob, Sharon & Toby
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We are back in South Dakota for the summer. Bob and I really enjoy being back here - it is such a beautiful area. When we first arrived at the end of April there was still a little snow on the ground and we had snow squalls on and off for a couple weeks.
Bob is working the front desk at the lodge and I am a concierge at the campground. Our managers are very nice and we’re enjoying working here.
We’ve been to visit the buffalo and the wild burros at Custer State Park. Have also made another trip to Bear Country. I just love the wildlife here and being able to photograph them. So I’ve posted some of our favorite photos that I have taken so far. You’ll notice since the weather is getting warmer the animals are losing their winter coats making way for the summer coats.
This was at a Ranger’s home at Custer Park. How would you like to find these guys sitting on your lawn?
Also – there are NO VEHICLES allowed next to this guy!
The wild Burrows at Custer State Park
Below are some of the wildlife at Bear Country
Reindeer napping – guess
he doesn’t mind the bird
on his back. Below – Mom
with her baby.
Below I’ve made an album of more photos. Just click on the “View Full Album” to see the rest.
We have quite a few more photos to post from our travels from New Mexico to when we arrived in South Dakota. I am just learning how to make the photo albums for our blogs, so I’ll try to make another album soon with those photos.
Hope everyone is doing well -
All Our Love,
Bob, Sharon and Toby