Mar and Gar's Adventures

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Bob, not bOb

The day before the group from Seattle and other locales descended on Garry at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Gar had made instant friends in only the fashion that he can.  He introduced us over the weekend to a great guy named Bob, who explained he was different than his friend there at the race with him, whose name was bOb.  I guess it is all in the emphasis…

Anyway, Bob (not bOB) served in the military during the cold war and was on a nuclear submarine.  He told Garry about a book that was written about his adventure and it sounded fascinating so I found it  on eBay and I bought a copy and it is on it’s way to me.   The book is called Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage.  It was classified information for awhile.  Our new friend Bob is on page 169 so I can’t wait for the book to arrive.   Be sure to check it out!   Sounds like we were pretty good at our spying on some of the Russian communications.  They sat in a nuclear sub for 6 months ‘eavesdropping’ on conversations is what I understand…

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Best viewing of the race, in our opinion!

I don’t remember if I told you that Gar and Bill Lande had constructed the viewing platform and ladder for our rv in Lake Havasu, then disassembled it and then reassembled in at the race course.  Well, someone we met at last year’s race wanted to know what Gar was going to do with all of it when the race was over.  He told her he didn’t want it and promised it to her.  Every part was numbered so she came over Monday morning after it was all off and in a pile and I think she was one very happy camper.  She is going to use it on their rv next year.   Just match the numbers, right?

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Our guy… Kasey Kahne

This was the last year they were going to allow bonfires in the infield ( yes, they really did allow them… no more than 1/4 cord of wood, please!)  Next year only approved propane type fires.  It is not a safety hazzard but an EPA issue.  All that wood smoke over a few days.   Pretty funny.  So our last night there Gar and I wandered from bonfire to bonfire checking them all out.  We were invited to many a party and stopped to visit several people we met the year before.


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Avoiding I-5

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Infield RV parking in Las Vegas

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Bill forgot to duck and hit the tv. Really.

I have not posted much about the race in Vegas so will try to do a better job once we get home.  We left Vegas Monday morning and as navigator my goal is to avoid Interstate 5 at all costs.   We pretty much have been reversing part of our trip down via Reno and Susanville, but then we cut across to Redding, Ca.  The closest we came to I-5 was crossing over it on our way to the coast.  We have put in a couple of very long days on Hwy 101 and spent last night in Tillamook.  We are going to go to Garry’s mother’s in Cinebar today then get home of Friday.  The only I-5 is a little hop from Longview to the turn-off to Gar’s mom’s then on Friday from Chehalis to Des Moines.  Not too shabby.   We actually have had some great weather.  We expected rain all day yesterday but only had fog in the morning then nice sun and a little clouds the rest of the day.  We are looking forward to home, long showers, seeing the baby, and all the rest of the family!


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Nascar and Babies

I had a great time at home waiting for the new granddaughter to arrive.  She arrived a week later than expected but I was still able to catch my flight on Wednesday morning to head out to the Las Vegas Motorspeedway and join Garry for the week of Nascar fun.  Unfortunately, as soon as I landed in Vegas I found out that baby Isabel had to be admitted to Mary Bridge ICU with a fever and infection.  Thank goodness Jason’s parents were out from Nebraska to help out with big sister.  Isabel was discharged Friday and is finally home… we hope for good this time!

It has been pretty icky weather in Vegas.  Wednesday was good enough (though windy) to build the viewing areas on our rv and on Logger Dan’s.  The guys even built a walkway across from ours to Dan’s.  We are the talk of the track.  People come by to take pictures and we are thinking of a red solo cup for donations for all the tours we give. The best part is that there is someone who wants our stuff when we leave so we don’t have to pack anything home or leave it in a big pile here like most people do.

Thursday was horrible weather.  It was freezing and it started raining at about 2 in the morning and was still raining late into the night.  No testing for any cars was done so that meant lots of eating and drinking.  Today cars are testing before the Nationwide race and the guys are doing last minute ‘tweaks’ to the viewing area.   Unfortunately the uploading of photos is super slow so until I have a better connection I won’t even attempt to post pictures.

Our group this year consists of 3 motorhomes that we arranged in a U shape.  The group staying in motorhomes is Gar and me in ours; Logger Dan and Denise in theirs and Bill and Judy Bryant and Gord & Marilyn (from Pt. Hardy) in the motorhome borrowed from Dennis & Amy who are staying in a motel.  Jan & Bill Lande are staying in a motel and drive out each day.  Arlene and Joe McDougal (sp?) are motelling as are Logger Dan & Denise’s daughter and friend.  Dean & Darlene Sabey are in their camper at an RV park.  So our group starts out small in the morning and swells to pretty big by the middle of the day.   It will be much nicer today since we won’t be huddling inside.

I think that is it for now.  I need to get a few things done so I can watch some racing so will post more tomorrow.


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Random Pics

Not much going on at home so I thought I would post a couple random pictures that I have not yet shared with you.

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Yard Art?

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Guess he wasn’t thinking!

Here’s another shot at Cottonwood Cove Marina with Garry and a boat he thought would be a good project.

Then there is this shot of the coyote that wandered through our RV park one night.Image