December 2021

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We started out the month by spending a few days in Frederick, MD, once again pet sitting for Tino.  Our first time looking after Tino was back in August.

With Ralph and Carlie in San Antonio

In the middle of December, we traveled to San Antonio to visit with Ralph and Carlie.  This was our first opportunity to see them since they sold their home in California and moved to Texas to be near their grandchildren.  They purchased a home on 2 acres located about 15 minutes outside of San Antonio.  Add some miniature horses, a regular sized horse, some ducks, chickens and dogs and you have a mini-ranch.  We had a great time, great food and did a little sightseeing.

During Christmas, Chrissy and Johnny came out to Maryland to join the family for holiday festivities.

San Diego–December 2018

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As November drew to a close, we headed south to San Diego.  We wanted to return to Mission Bay RV Resort for the month of December.  It’s a super relaxing place with a great location right on the north side of Mission Bay.  From the RV park you can access the walking/biking path for miles in both directions.

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As soon as we got the motorhome parked, we headed up to Murrieta in order to babysit Tad and Mia for the weekend while Jason and Ashley took a weekend trip.  The fun began as soon as we picked them up from day care and went back to their house.  Keeping up with a 5 year old and 3 year old is a challenge for grandparents, especially now that Mia likes to “fly” which means holding her in your arms and letting her swoop around the room.  She likes doing that a lot.

For the remainder of the month, we attended Steve & Wende’s very fun Christmas party, did some bicycling and visited (or revisited) various spots around San Diego.  For Christmas we joined Valerie’s family at her Mom’s house.  Tim picked up delicious steamed Dungeness crabs for dinner.

Next stop:  Long Beach, CA

El Centro, CA

From San Diego, we headed directly east, paralleling the Mexican border and landed near El Centro, CA.  We stayed at the Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort.  There is a mix of open RV spaces along with permanently attached “park models” or small manufactured homes.  About 3/4 quarters of the residents are Canadian.

El Centro didn’t offer too much in the way of activities so our time here was restful.  We went to the movies a couple of times, caught up on some projects, did some baking, etc.  We had a delicious non-traditional Christmas dinner of scallops, rice medley with mushrooms and braised brussels sprouts/artichoke hearts.

Next stop: Needles, CA

Houston, TX

For the Christmas weekend, we parked in Houston at the Eastlake RV Resort, part of the Quality RV Resorts group.  They have 11 locations in Texas.  We have stayed at another Quality RV Resort and the parks are very nice with first rate amenities.

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One of the nice things they provide are several gas grills located around the property for guest use.  What’s more impressive is that the grills are maintained so that they literally look like new inside and out.  I don’t know how they do it but I have checked the grill the day after using it and it again looks like it has never been used.

Shrimp on the barbie

For our modest Christmas meal, we used one of the grills for some of the Gulf shrimp we got at Joe Patti’s in Pensacola, FL.  Quite tasty.

Next stop:  San Antonio, TX

Yuma, AZ

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We arrived at the Hidden Cove RV Park in Yuma on Christmas Eve.  Like a lot of RV parks in Arizona, Hidden Cove has a mix of permanent residents in what they call “park models”, basically, manufactured homes permanently attached, seasonal residents and daily or weekly visitors.  The people here were among the friendliest and most welcoming group we have encountered so far.  They had a Christmas dinner that was mostly pot luck with the park providing turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and ham.  It was a nice meal with lots of terrific dishes contributed.

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