Opportunity Up Ahead! No, it’s not a dead end ;-)

Hi Y’all!

It’s been a while and I have some great RV Resorts in Northwest Washington to share with you … as soon as I can write reviews that really show how awesome they are! LoL

In the meantime …

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I want to share this opportunity with you. I’ve been “working” (The word doesn’t really seem appropriate as it’s such a fun way to spend some of my day, but it does generate income so I guess that’s what it is!) as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. That’s the official title, but I call myself a “Health & Happiness Consultant” because it’s more accurate. 🙂

If you’re looking for a way to supplement your income AND improve or maintain your health and fitness while enjoying this wonderful nomadic lifestyle – I found a way!

I encourage anyone interested in learning about what I do as an Independent Team Beachbody Consultant to check out our next “7 Day Coaching at a Glance” informational group on Facebook.  The passion and the purpose behind this team is absolutely incredible!  We’re excited and welcome the opportunity to show you a little bit about what we do as a team and how it’s changed so many lives, including our own. We’re building our dreams, one day at a time, and you can too … from anywhere your travels take you!

The private FB group will start on Monday June 15th.  The only thing you need to do is check into the group daily, on your own schedule, to read the day’s post and watch a short video from some of our awesome team members. There’s absolutely no obligation to join or buy anything to take part in the group. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It’s our goal to ensure that you get all the information you need to decide if this is something you can truly get excited about!

Comment below or contact me directly if you’d like to be a part of this “Coaching at a Glance” opportunity. I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

P.S. We’ll need to be friends on Facebook so I can add you to the Private Group. You can send me a Friend Request here >>> Wendy Estelle

~Cheers~

Big Fun in The Big Easy

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We headed out from Artesia, New Mexico and made tracks to the Big Easy, yep New Orleans, Louisiana! 🙂 The location has come up a time or two before but up until now the timing has been off. I mean really, who wants to work in the hellacious heat and humidity? It’s a good thing we didn’t head here sooner because guess what? It’s pretty hot and humid even in October! LoL

With only two days to get settled before Joe had to head into the plant, one afternoon was all the time we had to check things out … so we packed in as much as we could. We had never been here before, so we weren’t too sure what to expect, especially after Katrina’s wrath. I was pleasantly surprised by the laid back vibe. I’m not a city person so I’m usually a little tense in big crowds. But after we sat a quick little rain storm out I was ready to relax and let loose. (Maybe the loaded lemonade and sailor’s coffee had something to do with it 🙂 )

We waited out the rain at the Palace Cafe. It was a great little spot to watch the pedestrian traffic rush from place to place. After a little Spinach Salad and Fried Oyster Loaf we were ready to head out. But darn, look more rain! So we were forced to try the White Chocolate Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee. Poor us… lol.

Creme Brulee and Sailor's Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

It was fabulous and more than enough calories to get us hitting the French Quarter! We really just wandered around with no particular destination in mind. Here’s a glimpse of our day…

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

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French Quarter 2014

Hey, no fair! I'm trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Hey, no fair! I’m trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

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Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

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French Quarter 2014

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After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, the Plaza d Armas was renamed Jackson Square after the victorious United States general Andrew Jackson. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Jackson erected in 1856.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Cafe Du Monde - The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Cafe Du Monde – The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

The Greats -

Some of the Greats – Fats Domino, Jumbo Hirt, Pete Fountain

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

So we did!

So we did!

A day in the Big Easy wouldn’t be complete without a few street performers …

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Don’t take offense, but apparently it’s the universal hello sign in NOLA … honest!

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“Hello!”

Then the sun said “bonsoir” and well, most pics taken after that probably aren’t suitable for this blog. But here are a few safe ones. 🙂

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All of the bands we heard were fabulous!

All of the bands we heard were awesome!

We had a fantastic time! The food was fabulous, the entertainment was rockin’ and the drinks … well, let’s just say we survived a Hand Granade or two!

Tropical Isle - Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Tropical Isle – Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Oh, and just for the record, this is a close to the NOLA PD either of us got. Wfewww!! 🙂

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No that ticket isn’t for me!!

Thanks for stopping by, that’s all for now.

~Cheers from the Big Easy~

Pics From Connecticut

Hi Gang! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to check in. Our Verizon signal strength here isn’t very good and I’m still pretty much only using my phone as I’ve yet to replace my laptop. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and life on the road. We are missing it terribly, but hope to finish up here in the next week or two.

The weather has been great here for the most part. Yesterday the humidity even seemed manageable so I took a little time out to enjoy the view of the Thames River. I must admit, I do miss these sights and sounds sometimes.

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I did start to feel a little guilty as I looked down and saw the reminder that I really should have been painting …

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Thankfully, indulging in my favorite (and really missed on the road) – Dunkin Donuts Caramel Swirl Iced Coffee, skim milk only – pushed away those “You’re being a slacker!” feelings and I enjoyed an hour or so of paint-free bliss.

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Of course, now that I’ve had a taste of the laid back life again, I’m thinking… Hey it’s the weekend, so maybe I should go plop myself back down with another beverage and a book. I haven’t read or written a word since we’ve been here. Honestky, I think I can feel my brain starting to shrink and dry up on a daily basis. Just sayin’ …

Hmmm … decisions decisions. 

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~Cheers ~

Red Dirt Roads to Seminoe State Park – Wyoming

Red dirt road ahead …

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On a recent trip up to Casper, Wyoming we decided to hit the back roads home rather than the highway. If there’s one thing I can count on it’s Mr. G. finding the most obscure roads to get from place A to place B. Yes, I’m a lucky girl! 😉

Our destination, other than getting back to the H.O.W. was the Seminoe Reservoir and State Park. 

Image courtesy of Google Maps

Image courtesy of Google Maps

The weather started out a little gloomy but cleared up after an hour or so on the road.

Rain, rain go away ...

Rain, rain go away …

Not too far off the highway, on Kortes Road is Dome Rock, a Bureau of Reclamation public use area. We made sure to make a note of this one seeing as the name struck a chord with us. We stayed on Dome Rock Road in Quartzsite, AZ for our very first 14-day boondocking adventure. 🙂

Perhaps a boondocking spot for us in the future?

Perhaps a boondocking spot for us in the future?

It didn’t take long for the landscape to change as we made out way out toward Seminoe Dam and Reservoir. Before we hit the road, now over two years ago, I never imagined the terrain in places like Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, etc. to be so arid. High desert wasn’t a part of my vocabulary yet. I guess I expected everything to look like Aspen or Lake Tahoe, at least the vibrant green and blue parts I’d seen in pictures.

This is more what I guess I expected … (which is what we saw that day 🙂 )

Free range cattle

Free range cattle

And this …

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And this …

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I was glad to see, if even just for a few miles, the green of the trees, the jagged rock formations and even a few wild flowers ..

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The Seminoe Dam was a great spot to stop for a bit and take in the scenery.

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Looking down on the Seminoe Dam …

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Seminoe Dam

Looking toward the reservoir …

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Seminoe Reservoir

Mr. G. taking it all in …

Mr. G. ... taking it all in. :-)

From this observation point The Seminoe State Park was just a short drive.

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Seminoe State Park – Wyoming

In the picture above you can see the North Red Hills Camping area. I think we may have to make plans for an overnight or two soon. I’m starting to miss the coast and I think this may be the closest beach option around. It’s only 33 miles north from Sinclair, the next town over, on Carbon County road 351.

Hmmm … maybe I’ll take a day trip while Mr. G. is sleeping. 

(Time lapse – 10 mins. Yes, daydreaming about sand and surf)

Okay, where was I?

Oh yes …

The name Seminoe is the Americanized spelling of the French name Cimineau. True story –  At first I used the spelling “Seminole” when looking up our route. Yes, naturally I was directed to Florida … oops.

Anyhoo … Basil Cimineau Lajeunesse was a French trapper in the area in the 1800’s. During that time, the Seminoe Mountains were explored by gold prospectors and mining activities have continued to present day in the Elk Mountain area. We should have been able to see the pit from the lookout above. But I couldn’t pinpoint the open-pit mine. Perhaps I was mesmerized by all the pretty blue water. 😉

Looking back toward Seminoe Dam

Looking back toward Seminoe Dam

There are three camping areas located on the northern end of Seminoe State Park – North Red Hills, South Red Hills and Sunshine Beach. Each campground has from 25 to 30 sites and all are primitive, however they do have restrooms and dump stations. Overnight camping is $17 for out-of-state visitors. Sand Mountain Day Use area is also available for a fee of $6, non-resident.

It’s easy to see why they call the area Red Hills …

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I couldn’t help but sing Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn while we were bee-bobbing our way through the countryside. Mr. G just loves it when I sing. Just kidding, I can’t carry a tune. Nope not even in a bucket with a handle. Of course that doesn’t stop me! 😀

I have to tell you, as fun as the day was, scrubbing that red dirt off the truck a few days after the fact was a total pain in the a**!  But, yes, I’d do it all over again. 🙂 This was only about a quarter of the way through our journey. She was actually much dirtier but I didn’t have any other pics of how bad it was.

"Youre going to love cleaning the truck this time babe!"

“You’re going to love cleaning the truck this time babe!”

It was a great afternoon and the drive made us sleepy enough to take a nap when we got back to the H.O.W. This was great because that was the day we needed to start getting into the night shift routine. Ugg … have I mentioned I hate night shift?

Guess that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

By the way, I haven’t forgotten I promised pics of our trip back in time to the 70’s. It just seemed a little too tawdry to add pics of our “American Hustle” weekend getaway with the beauty of Mother Nature. I will put together a quick little post soon though. Honest 😉

Oh hey — If you happen to have the song Red Dirt Road stuck in your head now, this video is for you! 🙂


~Cheers~

Sunscreen Killed My Laptop

Vacation is over … it’s time to deal … flipping sunscreen killed my laptop.

But before we get to that, it’s Monday.  And not a happy gloating “look at all those poor schlubs heading off to work while we go exploring” kind of Monday. It’s time to deal.

Mr. G. is off to some meetings this morning so it’s time for me to get into my routine again. Yes, that means I’m back under the covers with my coffee. Don’t judge 😉 I’m also listening to the sound of snow plows cruising by. Yep, you read that right … Snow Plows! This just might be a two cup under the blankies kind of morning.

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This was yesterday,  May 11th. Wait … what? Snow on Mother’s Day?  That’s a new one for me. I’ll be honest here, it was actually kind of cool. No pun intended. We managed to beat the storm into town and we were off the road before it started early Sunday morning. Good thing because it was white out conditions and Interstate 80 was closed for a good portion of the day.

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After we got set up in the morning,  we took a drive into town to see what we could see. As you can see above … not too much! We did, however,  find a Red Box kiosk. We grabbed four movies, headed back home and spent the entire day being couch bed potatoes. It turned out to be a very relaxing day. A nice way to ease back into the real world … and start to deal.

Okay, here it goes … I’m going to say it out loud.

I. Broke. My. Laptop. Ugggggg!  🙁

How, you might ask?

Sheer carelessness on my part. We moved our rig to another spot in the same boondocking area last week. Because it was such a tiny move at literally about 5 mph, I didn’t do my post flight check overhead compartment drill. You know what I mean. Gingerly opening cabinet doors with one hand ready to catch whatever falls out.

Anyhoooo, sure enough something had shifted in one cabinet.  The one cabinet over the desk. The one cabinet directly over my work space. The one cabinet exactly over my opened and in-use laptop keyboard.

Don’t let them fool ya … sunblock kills.

This innocent looking can took my laptop out in one fell swoop.

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At first I thought we had escaped injury … my laptop and me. But no such luck. After a minute or two of working on the post I had been putting together I tried to use Google Maps. I sat there watching the little “I’m working” indicator spin out of control for a few minutes, fear terror rising in me with every revolution until it finally gave up and said … “Unable to retrieve this app”.
Oh my f&%*@ng head! Are you kidding me???

Surely, if I just restart all will be well. So that’s what I did.

While I waited for my little buddy to come back to life I prayed and swore up and down to the laptop Gods that if they just let everything be okay I’d never open another cabinet over my desk again with moving my laptop out of the way … much like a drunk with her head in the toilet swearing she’ll never take another drink if she could just feel better now.

No such luck.  This is the fate the laptop Gods dealt me …

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As a last ditch effort I tried to start with the “Assist” button and got as far as here …

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But there was still no joy in Mudville that day …

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Self and vacation preservation mode kicked in and I calmly shut down and carefully packed my little buddy away in his carrying case. That was over a week ago. Out of sight almost out of mind.

Still hoping for a miracle, like maybe the machine had somehow healed itself, (What? Stranger things have happened! ) I tried to start him this morning.

Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

Yes, I know it’s not the end of the world. But guess what? You know all the horror stories you hear about people losing monumentally important documents and such? It turns out I’m a statistic … of stupidity.

I think I backed most of my documents to my sky drive not too long ago. But, I have NEVER backed up ANY of the pictures I’ve taken with my phone.

None.

That means every photo I’ve taken of our journey on the road over the past two and a half years is most likely gone. I say most likely because I’m still holding onto a shred of hope that some computer genius will be able to retrieve what’s on my hard drive. Could happed, right?

Until then, I’ll be using Mr. G’s laptop, or more likely my phone, which is what I’m using now to get posts out. At least I have those options … things could certainly be worse.

I’ll probably start looking for a computer service in the next day or two. Of course I will gladly take any positive energy,  good vibes, good luck and karma sent my way for a full recovery!

I guess that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by at my pity party.

By the way, if anyone has any advice (other than backup, backup, backup) I’d love to hear it! Thanks 🙂

~Cheers~