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.

Eastlake RV Resort

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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Lake Elsinore, CA

December 18, 2015, after getting all of our motorhome repair and upgrade projects completed and getting our personal belongings organized, we pulled out of our storage lot and headed south to Lake Elsinore.

This is the beginning of our next extended motorhome trip.  We are trying to not set an end date or specific destinations at this point.  Our near term objective is to seek warm and inviting places for the winter.


Stopping in Lake Elsinore serves two purposes.  First, it is a short trip and allows us the opportunity to get everything organized inside our home on wheels.  When we took our clothes and other items to the motorhome we couldn’t open the slides while in the storage lot so we couldn’t properly put everything in its place.  Second, this put us close to Murrieta so that we could visit the babies again before taking off.  It was also good timing in that all of Valerie’s kids were getting together at Jason’s for an early Christmas.

So, stocked up, organized and grandkids kissed, off we go.  Next stop:  Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Morita Christmas 2013

Valerie and her sisters had not all been together for Christmas (pics) in several years.  This year they all managed to meet in Maryland at Cyndie’s home.  In addition, Mom made the trip to the East coast to spend Christmas with Jenni and Cyndie so the whole family was together.

Morita Christmas breakfast

We started the day with a hearty Christmas breakfast and finished with a great dinner and a game of left, center, right.  We really appreciate the effort Cyndie and Jenni put into making a nice Christmas breakfast and dinner.

Dale Hollow 2010

Cooper Family Reunion 2010 089Saturday was rainy and the temp dropped about 15 degrees just before dark.  Sunday morning, the rain turned to light snow.  The spaghetti sauce was late arriving on Friday night.  (Amy, really?)  The kids were alternately raucous and ear splitting in their joy and impressive in their ever increasing maturity and height.  Noah is now apparently the same height as Effie.  Olivia managed to keep her shirt on this year.  Good progress, Alyson.  And naturally, there was too much food.

In the end it was exactly what we had intended.  The Cooper family spending a few hours together away from home, work and distractions.  This was the 8th installment.  Amy presented a slideshow of the first 7 years.  Very nice indeed.  Thanks, Amy.

The annual family gathering at Dale Hollow began on December 2, 2010, as usual, on the weekend following Thanksgiving weekend.  The first night, there was just me and Valerie, my sisters Cynthia and Sheila, Cynthia’s husband Tanny and my brother Hew.  The next day, the others arrived, my nieces, nephews, their children and their spouses, etc.  We occupied the two “Bigfoot Chalets” which are side by side next to Dale Hollow Lake.

We were saddened that some of our group didn’t make it.  We hope that in the future we’ll all be together again.  For 2011, we expect good things and begin looking forward to next year’s event at DH.  Certainly Valerie and I will be turning a new page next year and appreciate all of the good wishes from the family.