A Post from a Proud Owner : “Our fearless East coast trip in our 1983 Allegro RV.”

And I just thought our Tiffin Allegro was a little ancient! This is a great story and one that we can definitely relate to. I couldn’t agree more, and we have already passed up a couple of opportunities to upgrade to something a bit newer because we love ours so much because it is pretty much a perfect fit for us as part-time RV travelers. 🙂

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My name is Sabrina Pendergrast and I thought I might share with you a note about our “bucket list” trip of a lifetime that ended up including an impromptu roadside purchase of a 1983 Allegro. My Husband and I have two sons whom are both in college in Ohio, which is where we are from  and where this journey began. After much talk about “we’re going to do this, want to see that, etc.” as many people often do, We decided the timing was right for us to just do it already! We listed our home for sale, and in the same week, on a trip to the local Walmart, we came upon a big brown 1983 Allegro. $5000 or best offer the sign read. We pulled up and my husband,(much to my dismay) took a look inside and under the hood and proclaimed that “This is it! Our new…

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Sanderlings in San Diego

I’m happy to share a guest post today from Seize the Day RV Adventure. We love to travel in our own RV when on vacation, and I enjoy following the adventures of others that either travel part-time or live full-time in their RVs, too. RV travelers often spend quite a bit of time in natural settings and some are also avid bird and animal watchers. I loved this recent post at Seize the Day RV Adventure and asked their permission to reblog it here. I hope you enjoy this special bird and their great photos!

Sanderlings are in the Sandpiper family, and are sometimes referred to as “peep” sandpipers. Many of us have probably seen them scurrying around on beaches we’ve visited in fall, winter and spring months, too. What impressed me when researching these birds is just how far they migrate each year! Click on the link below at All About Birds to see a map of just how far they travel. I have a new appreciation of these tiny little travelers now, for sure.

“These extreme long-distance migrants breed only on High Arctic tundra, but during the winter they live on most of the sandy beaches of the world.” — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – http://www.allaboutbirds.org

I hope you will click through to Seize The Day RV Adventure’s original post and share a like and a comment there if you enjoyed their wonderful photos. I wish I was strolling with those cute Sanderlings on the beach today!

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Silver Strand State Beach in San Diego, CA

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 The Sanderlings ran across the sand so quickly. They looked so cute running in little packs trying to find food.

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What I learned about the Sanderling

  • They are obsessive wave chasers.
  • Sanderlings are small shorebirds that can be aggressive when defending their feeding grounds.
  • Sanderlings are easy to find on sandy beaches during Fall to Spring.

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Happy Birding!

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Dog Shame

Last Friday, I happened to stumble upon one of the funniest new sites that I have seen in a long time.

http://www.dog-shaming.com

Oh. My. Goodness!  As I started looking through the submissions, I found myself literally getting teary-eyed from laughing so hard!  I guess any dog owner can totally relate, especially if you’ve had dogs for many years as we have.  I knew that I had to subscribe to those updates, so I immediately added them to my Reader feed.  That is a great way to see all those hilarious pictures, as the full-size photos show up right in the feed.  They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

Just the day before, I could have submitted a great “dog shame” myself, if I had only known.  Seems that Girly Girl has now developed a peculiar taste for paper and cardboard.  I have no clue why.  Hubby had left a large technical drawing on our dining room table, and when I returned from running errands on Thursday afternoon, that technical drawing was in a million little pieces all over the living room and dining room.  Girly Girl, since she is still just a big puppy, actually seemed quite proud of her accomplishment, too.  Yes, that would have been a great picture of her standing there so proud in the midst of the destruction, seemingly wanting to convey just how excited she was of ridding the family of that dangerous threat!

When hubby returned home from his business trip on Friday evening, he asked where the drawing was.  Needless to say, he won’t be leaving any more technical drawings out on the table anymore, especially since he had not backed this one up on his computer.

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RIP Neil Armstrong

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
— Paul Brandt

I am so sad to hear of the death of Neil Armstrong.  I was just a kid when he and Buzz Aldrin made their now famous flight to land and walk on the moon for the first time.  It made a profound impression on me at the time, and as I have read the comments of others today regarding his death, I realize that I am definitely not the only person that was so impacted by watching the first moon landing.  I seriously doubt that there will ever be another moment in time around the world like that one either.  For just a little while, everyone around the globe seemed to just stop what they were doing to watch this all play out on live TV, many of us watching it along with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra, who actually got misty-eyed at one point.

Walter Cronkite Anchors First Moon Walk – You Tube (3:24)

I’ve been able to spend some time over the past ten years or so reading more about Neil, Buzz, Mike Collins and all of the Apollo missions.  It really is fascinating to read all about the missions and the astronauts involved, and the internet has made much of that information very easy to find, along with some fabulous pictures.  This photo gallery is one of the best ones that I’ve found, too.

“Remembering Apollo 11” – The Big Picture from the Boston Globe

Many of the Apollo astronauts and some key people at NASA, like Gene Kranz and Deke Slayton, wrote great books.  I’ve read some of them and intend to read the others as I can, too.  While some are fairly technical and way above my head at times, they are still great reads as these heroes share their own stories in their own way, and to me, they were very inspiring.  I even have the Apollo 11 mission videos bookmarked in my You Tube account.  Occasionally, I watch them and just remember that fabulous time when we all really did reach for the stars for the first time – and made it, right alongside Neil and Buzz.  I only wish the generations that have come after me could somehow have that same experience in their own lifetimes, but I don’t think we will ever replicate the worldwide excitement, anticipation and sheer joy of that moment when Neil set foot on the moon.  It was magical, but it was also real.

Update 8/26/2012: Eugene Cernan Remembers Neil Armstrong
(This is a truly great radio interview about the first man on the moon by the last man on the moon.)

Neil Armstrong on the Surface of the Moon
— NASA 40th anniversary photo

1.6 Million “Earthlings” Bid Farewell on Twitter…

RIP, Mr. Armstrong, and thank you so much for the memories of a lifetime.  You really were a hero.  Prayers going up for your family.

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