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Many of you can relate to Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Exploring, Recurring Problem and Milk.


Our Location today is at the Alamogordo/White Sands K.O.A. NM.

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We both slept much better last night but I was still up nearly an Hour before Kathy this morning. With all the walking around the Space Museum yesterday we were both quite tired. Once I had as much as I could ready for breakfast I sat back at the table with plans to repair Kathy’s Computer Glasses. We picked up a Foster Grant repair kit at the Family Dollar yesterday so I opened it up found the length of Screw I needed to reattach the Arm. These kits even supply small Screwdrivers but they don’t work. The Blade of the Screwdriver is thicker then the Slot in the head of the Screw.
Putting that on hold I barely had time to start reading on my Computer when Kathy came downstairs. She cooked us Eggs over easy on Toast as a change of pace. 
When Kathy went to check for messages on her Computer I retrieved the Precision Screwdrivers stored under the bed and in less than a Minute I had Kathy’s Computer Glasses fixed.
We didn’t spend much time on the Computers this morning because we had a plan. Kathy made Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches along with pealing up some Clementines for our lunch. I packed our Cooler, some Gatorade and an Ice-Pack to keep things cool.
We were loaded up and on the road before 10:00 headed to see the White Sands National Monument just Twenty Miles down the road. Having seen the Dunes as we drove in the other day was still strange. They just seemed out of place when most of the ground is flat other then a few dozen mountains sticking up in the distance. We were soon at the Visitors Center where we checked out the exhibits and had to wait to see the Video explaining everything about the White Dunes. They are white because they are made from Gypsum that the Wind carries from the Mountains.
Leaving there we in towards the Park Gate. The cost was $5.00 each but when I presented my National Parks Pass we purchased last year we were handed a Brochure and told to have a “Good Day. As we drove further into the Park the Grass Topped Dunes became less and we started seeing the White Dunes that made it look like there was Snow piled along the road.
Heading back to the truck.
We finally got to where there was a Nature Boardwalk to try and see some of Nature’s Beauty up close. With that out of the way we collected our Snow Disc from the Truck and climbed a Dune on the other side of the road. We had seen videos of others sliding down these Dunes like this before. You can actually purchase Snow Discs and Paraffin Wax back at the Visitor’s Center or in the Gift Shop.
I was applying the Paraffin Wax on the Snow Disc.
Kathy was very determined and tried repeatedly to slide down but it seemed that even Kids that didn’t have the density of our maturity were still having a hard time getting going on their Discs.
We started driving further into the Dunes but only made it to the first Pull-off after the road ended before we reluctantly turned around. The road in that section is only Gypsum and is plowed with a Road Grader at least once a day to make it smooth.
The other day I mentioned about having to monitor a problem we are having with the Truck. It seems to warm up perfectly but then other times it suddenly goes Cold. The newer Diesel Engines have Diesel Particulate Filters that need the heat of the Engine to clean themselves which is what I’ve referred to as Regen (Regeneration). There is plenty of Coolant but since this started happening it has us worried. We also don’t want to ruin the Engine so we thought it wise to head back to the Trailer.
A Family on the Dune taking a Selfie.
We were halfway back on Highway 70 when suddenly the Engine Heat increased and the Regen process. When that happens even if you are almost at your destination you keep driving so the DPF can clean itself out. We drove to the last Exit to Alamogordo before getting off the Highway.
There is no pavement here and that is not Snow.
We had never seen this part of town before and there were Two Stores we needed to go to. The first was Harbor Freight where we purchased a Zurich OBD2 Code Reader. This one only does Domestic Vehicles but it will help us know if we have a Minor or Major problem in the future. Before leaving the parking lot we ate a very late lunch.
The second store was Hobby Lobby where we walked through most of the store. They already have all the Christmas Decorations in the store at 50% Off. Good thing we don’t have a house. We also walked out with another Christmas Gift for 2019. As we were about to leave the parking lot we spotted a Water/Ice Dispenser. It cost a Dollar for Five Gallons of Reverse Osmosis Water. We use that for drinking and cooking.
When we arrived Home we needed to open the Windows and Door to cool the 63 F (17 C) down, An Hour later the Sun was setting and the Temperature started dropping.
With the very late lunch we didn’t have any supper but watched the movie “Milk” starring Sean Penn. Harvey Milk was an openly Gay Politician back in the 1970s that helped make changes to the Human Rights Act. This was an exceptionally well done movie.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow, there may be some changes to our plans. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Phone Calls and The New Mexico Museum Of Space History.


Our Location today is at the Alamogordo/White Sands K.O.A. NM.

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After taking another Extra Strength Tylenol before I went to bed I did manage to get some sleep. By the time I got up just before 7:00 the Pain had subsided to a constant Ache. Because of the time not spent exercising I will once again have to slowly build back into the routine so today will be a day off.
One of the things on my List I made yesterday that needed to be done was to call TracFone to get Kathy’s Cell Phone back up and running. When we spent our first Winter in Quartzsite we updated her Cell Phone and it worked perfectly. Last year when we arrived at La Posa South it would not work because the AT&T Signal was too weak so we again had to replace the Phone with one that would use the Verizon Towers. It again worked great until we went home to Windsor where TracFones don’t work. Fast forward to now we are back in the USA and her Cell Phone says the SIM Card is not meant for her unit.
How many of you know the Serial Number of your SIM Card? When you have a problem with your TracFone they want that along with the number on the Battery and Phone. When Kathy came downstairs to have breakfast at 7:45 she wasn’t too happy to see her Cell Phone in pieces on the table with the Magnifying Glass sitting next to it.
When she took her Tea over to her Computer, I was on my Cell Phone with TracFone Tech-Support. They were surprised that I had all the information ready. It still took nearly Forty Minutes of adding Codes before the unit rebooted itself and is now good to go. One Down!
Kathy in the Captain's Chair
It's all about Rockets even the trash.
Kathy checks our accounts On-Line every few days to be certain nobody else is using it. Just before we left the Park in McGregor she couldn’t get in one of the accounts because they implemented a New Online Security System. Today was a repeat that required more time on the Phone acquiring today’s special Code. This is a PITA but they are trying to stop the Bad Guys from stealing our money. Another One Down!
In all the years that I have worked on vehicles when I purchased Fluids never did I have to open the Security Cap to verify that the Seal was intact. (Remember Tylenol?) The other day while in Carlsbad I purchased some fluids to deal with the Truck Issue. When I opened the Security Cap on the first container I found the Seal half gone and the contents replaced with Water. Yesterday when I called the Auto Zone to report the problem and was put on Hold for a Half Hour. After being on Hold for Ten Minutes this morning I recalled the store making certain I wasn’t put on Hold again telling them they had a problem and what it was.
Wanting to use up certain things in the Fridge we had an early lunch of Chicken Noodle Soup, Bagels with Cream Cheese along with Yogurt and Oranges for dessert.
We were on our way out the door by 12:00 headed to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. We paid Senior’s Rate $7.00 each to visit the main building but there had to be a glitch. Kathy’s Knee is still bothering her and the Elevators were “Out of Order” so we had to take the Stairs up to the Second Level before we could use the Ramps to go further up. We’ve been to Kennedy Space Center in Florida many times but didn’t think that most of their Technology was actually developed here in the desert.
Kathy trying the Transporter because
the Elevator was down.
One of their displays credits Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry for helping the Space Program as a whole. He encouraged his writers to create things that we didn’t have back in the 1960’s such as Computers, Lasers, Personal Handheld Communication Devices (Cell Phones), Microwave Ovens, Solar Panels collecting energy, International Space Stations, Deep Space Exploration and More. Look around today most of those dreams are now a reality.
This is the Chair the Chimpanzees were strapped
in before being sent into Space.
They have their own Hall of Fame crediting not only all the US Astronauts but those from Foreign Countries as well. There was a section that showed how Chimpanzees were the first to go into Space before actually sending a Human Being. Kathy tried her hand at a simulated landing of a Space Shuttle. The Computer said “she had managed to go where no one else had”. The Docents are all Volunteers but are extremely knowledgeable about the history of Space Exploration and Rockets. Did you know that Rocket powered Missiles have been around since 1845 when the Crimean War saw extensive use of Rockets against the Russians.
Kathy attempting to land a Space Shuttle.
Most of the early testing of Rockets and Bombs in the US took place in California, Arizona and New Mexico during times of War but still continue today. 
The Red Arrow shows where this Sample was taken from.
After all that walking we still had to visit the displays outside where we had the chance to test out the Whispering Rings. It was really hard to believe that something so simple could work so well. We also visited the Daisy Track display where it explained how they tested how much pressure the Human Body could withstand. Since it was too late for us to sit in on a movie in the lower building we walked around learning how Satellites are used to monitor what takes place on earth.
We headed out to the Family Dollar where we needed to find a Repair Kit for Kathy’s Computer Glasses. We found them in the last aisle we checked but we also restocked our Soup Pantry from their shelves.
The road to Kathy's left leads back to our Campground.
With no more calls to make tomorrow we plan on getting an earlier start to our day. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pain In The Neck and Sully.


Our Location today is at the Alamogordo/White Sands K.O.A. NM.

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It felt wonderful to wake up this morning knowing that we didn’t have to rush to go anywhere. I slept in until nearly 7:00 MST and Kathy really stretched it out until just past 7:30. After having breakfast we even tried getting back in our routine of having our Coffee/Tea at the Computers while catching up on our E-Mail, News and Blog Reading as a fact some of you might have found a couple of quick comments.

If you recall we sometimes make Lists not only for Groceries but for places we need to go to, as well as things to do. Today was one of those days! After making a list of what I needed to do I got changed and brought down the Laundry Hamper. It may seem mundane to list normal everyday chores but it is part of our lives and if you look back you will see the last time our Laundry was done was on Halloween Day. (Sorry we missed your Birthday Karen.) Thank goodness we do have lots of clothes not only to wear but to keep warm and enough Underwear that we don’t have to wear them twice between washes. Today was down to that last pair so no more putting it off using the weather and traveling as excuses.

With Kathy’s hands still hurting more then she likes while she was busy getting changed I cheated and washed the dishes knowing that being in a Park like this means we don’t have to be as stingy about our water usage. With that out of the way I started sorting the Laundry while Kathy figured Soup along with Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich for lunch would benefit the both of us.

It was just before 12:30 when I walked the Hundred Feet over to the Laundry Room where I had no problem getting Washers or Dryers to clean our Clothes. What I did have a problem with was my neck. The day before my 40th I had a Neck Injury that nearly ended my career and now the only thing that stops it from incapacitating me is Exercising. When we had our House we had our own Gym in the Basement. In the Apartment the second bedroom was our office and limited Workout Room. At the Park if the weather permitted or we weren’t busy I had an even more limited Workout Room to use. When we travel I only have Two Dumbbells to use limiting my exercises.

Once things were in the wash I returned to the Trailer and worked through a single set of exercises but it was not enough to do much good. Kathy wasn’t being a slouch either having been dusting and vacuuming like everyone does in their Home only difference is ours is on Wheels.
Sorry for the Glare off the glass covered frame. The first line is
Welcome to the Wash-a-tiria.
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After transferring the clothes to the Dryers I had a chuckle reading the Laundry Room Rules. I attempted to make Phone Calls to a couple of places but when they put you on hold for Twenty Minutes nothing gets rectified. I was barely started folding the clothes when I walked back to the Trailer and took Two Extra Strength Tylenol for my Neck Pain. It was after 5:00 by the time I had everything folded and back at the trailer.
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I don’t like taking pain medication but today I had no choice. I’ll do more exercising in the next few days and eventually the pain will go away but I have to keep doing this for the rest of my life. In the mean time I dawned my Neck Support to help ease the pain.
Kathy cooked up a wonderful supper of Battered Haddock with Broccoli, Coleslaw and Canadian Style Fruit Cake for dessert.

Once the dishes were completed we watched the movie “Sully” with Tom Hanks that chronicled the January 15, 2009 Miracle Landing on the Hudson River that saved all 155 lives. Our movie came with a Second Disc that filled in a lot of Background information not only about that date but the movie itself.

Tomorrow we’ve got plans. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), English Novelist