Proper Tire Size and Rating – Have you checked yours lately?

Breakdown Of Car. Red Warning Triangle Sign On Road

Hi Gang,

Just a quick post today to remind you about the importance of having the proper tires on your rig and tow vehicle. When we purchased our new HOW last month we made sure to have the dealership replace all five (the spare as well) with new top rated tires.

Because we wanted to make sure they were a good quality and load appropriate, we ordered them and had them sent to the dealership for installation at our cost. Unfortunately, sometimes the dealers will try to get away with a lessor quality product and obviously that’s not an option for us as we’re traveling full-time.

I bring this up today because with springtime right around the corner (here’s hoping!) many of you might be getting anxious to get those extra wheels rolling. While some of us might be old hands at making sure all is well with the rubber beneath our precious rigs, some might need a little guidance.

Here’s aΒ >>>link<<<Β for a nice little article about selecting the proper tire size and rating from Kevin at Big Brand Tire Service. Just so you know, I’m not affiliated with this company, or Kevin, but when I received an email from him directing me to his site I thought it might be a good reminder for us all.

The last thing anyone wants is to have to deal with a blow out on the side of the road in East Bumsquat or worse yet in Friday rush hour traffic outside Atlanta. (Yep, been there, done that!)

As much as we all do what we can to avoid being stuck on the side of the road, it’s important to make sure we have the proper safety equipment with us just in case it happens. These are a few of the items we keep on hand easily accessible by both of us in the cab of the truck.

Guess that’s all for now folks. I hope springtime really is just around the corner and you folks getting hammered with snow and ice can get your rigs out on the open road soon!

~Cheers~

Semiahmoo Bay – Blaine, WA

We took advantage of the sunshine yesterday and strolled along the Semiahmoo Bay in Blaine, Washington.

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

That’s White Rock, Canada across the bay. Still no passports in hand, so traveling into Canada will have to wait for another day.

White Rock, Canada

White Rock, Canada

Semiahmoo Park has a great paved bike path as well as gravel trails along the peninsula that leads to The Resort and Marina. Drayton Harbor is to the east of the roadway.

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

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It was hard to capture the brilliant red of these berries but they were so pretty against the blue of the harbor …

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Semiahmoo Marina reflecting the setting sun …

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The shadows started getting longer, so it was time to head back. The walk from the parking lot at The Cannery Lodge to the Semiahmoo Resort is about 1.25 miles, a perfect 2.5 mile stroll round trip. πŸ™‚

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But not before I stopped to feed the “horse” … lol

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This was one of the coolest dead trees we’ve seen. It sort of looked like Pegasus to me. πŸ™‚

20141123_155410Β Happy Monday folks!

~Cheers~

Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa – An RV Park Review

Wilder Park in Allison, Iowa – We were pleasantly surprised by this city park with awesome outdoor amenities!

Wilder Park - Allison, Iowa

Wilder Park – Allison, Iowa

If you’re in the northeast corner of Iowa looking for a place to park your rig, look no farther than Wilder Park. This 78 acre park is perfect for a weekend or a lengthier stay. We were slated to be there for two or more weeks in September for work at the Shell Rock Ethanol Plant. But unfortunately our stay got cut short when we had to head out early for the next job in Artesia, New Mexico.

Wilder Park is a city run campground full of down home comfort. From the city clerk who handles reservations to the camp hosts who are willing to help in any way they can to ensure your stay is comfy hospitality is the name of the game. At only $16 per night, you can’t go wrong!

As you can imagine, with 78 acres there is plenty of room to get outside and enjoy the beauty and quiet of rural Iowa.

The loop of the Rolling Prairie Trail that circles the park is a great paved and level track to get in a few miles of walking/jogging. Each lap is approximately 1.25 miles.

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

If disc golf is your thing (we picked up some inexpensive discs to try it out and loved it!) there is an 18 hole course in the park. Not all holes were this wide open so it was challenging.

18 hole disc golf course at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

18 hole disc golf course at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Looking to get a few miles in on your bike but don’t want to deal with traffic? That’s possible too. The Rolling Prairie Trail will take you from Allison to the surrounding towns of Clarksville, Shell Rock and on to Waverly. The path is paved over railroad track and is as smooth as it is flat. It’s an easy, scenic ride with a mix of shaded areas as well as open areas.

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Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path - Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path – Allison, Iowa

Bridge view from the Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path - Allison, Iowa

Bridge view from the Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path – Allison, Iowa

There are a few street crossings, but they’re over rural dirt roads. We never encountered any vehicles at any crossing.

Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path - Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path – Allison, Iowa

If kicking back with a good book, cup of coffee or cocktail is more what you’re looking for … no worries. There are plenty of benches with scenic views as well.

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Wilder Park - Allison, Iowa

Wilder Park – Allison, Iowa

If you have little ones with you, there’s a playground for them. πŸ™‚

Playground - Wilder Park - Allison, Iowa

Playground – Wilder Park – Allison, Iowa

At the time of our stay, of the 52 sites in the park 6 were pull-thru with full hook-ups. Each pull-thru accommodates two rigs. However, when we pulled out construction had started to add several more full hook-up sites. πŸ™‚

This is the view of the full hook-up area from the bench beneath the flag pole. That’s our rig under the arrow. πŸ™‚

Our  site in the full hook-up area at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Our site in the full hook-up area at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

The bath houses were clean and roomy and there were storm shelters built into the hillside as well. After our first tornado watch in Waukee, IA the week before, they were a welcome sight.

If were ever in the area for work or otherwise, we will certainly make Wilder Park our first choice for our stay. You can use this link for more information on Wilder Park, Allison, IAΒ or call the Allison City Hall at (319) 267-2245.

Fishing Pond, Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Fishing Pond, Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Enjoy your stay! πŸ™‚

~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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ )

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!

"Hello!"

“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. πŸ™‚

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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!! πŸ™‚

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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~

Pass the Corn Please … Pics from Iowa

We’ve been spending the past month or so with the children … parents … pets … of the corn.

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Yes, we’re in the great state of Iowa where you just can’t help but Β pass the corn! πŸ˜€

This is the first time we’ve spent any real time here and with the exception of the severe weather a few times, it’s been a great stay! I think there must be some law on the books that says homeowners must maintain their lawns with tweezers. No lie. I’ve never seen so many meticulously landscaped lawns. Nice to see, but also reminds us of how nice it is not to have to maintain a lawn anymore! LoL

Iowa cornfields

Iowa cornfields

Iowa is probably one of the prettiest states where we’ve spent a decent amount of time. From rural farms to county lakes we are really enjoying our time here. I thought I’d share a few pic from the past month or so. I do have two RV park reviews to post here shortly. Hopefully once we get to a better internet service area. But until then, here are a few random pics of the Hawkeye State …

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20140819_17123720140824_20052220140821_13350120140908_14013720140908_140713Well, I guess that’s about all for now. We should be moving to a new site this weekend. Hopefully our Verizon reception will be better! πŸ™‚

20140831_180155Β ~Cheers~