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All About Mom…

Sorry!  I never posted about our last bit of our trip home.  I will make it super fast because I want to write about my mom and her trip she left on today.

We got home mid March… the trip home was uneventful.  We were a few days earlier than planned because of bad weather forecast in the passes.  Garry wishes he was back in Mexico.  I miss the weather but am glad to be home for awhile.

Now, on to Mom.   She was a bit envious of the river cruise that Garry and I took last fall in Europe so she booked herself a river cruise in France and so today at a very spry 90 she is headed by herself over to Bordeaux to got on her ship.

The trip started out with the most amazing experience at SeaTac airport this morning.  Mom was coming in to Seattle on an airport shuttle and it was going to get her in really early so I asked my sister Robin if she wanted to go the the airport with me and surprise Mom, help her check her baggage and spend a couple minutes with her then send her through security.

My sister and I headed to the airport with enough time to try to figure out where the shuttle would drop her off.  After a few questions with different people we were just by the Delta check-in area when we saw her shuttle almost there.  Perfect timing!!  And boy was she surprised to see us!

We headed into the terminal and were trying to decide the best way to handle things because she needed a wheelchair for the airport.  She is spry but at 90 and with her purse and carry-on the walk is often long and tiring.  We were in a line for people needing extra things like that when a nice man from Delta came and plucked us out of the middle of the line.  Literally… just said come with me.     He inquired about the trip and on hearing she would need a wheelchair, he had one brought over asap and then took us and her documents to a different check-in, handled her check baggage and just has us wait with the nice lady who would push the wheelchair.  This nice Delta man was surprised at Mom’s age, and also amazed she was born in Seattle and that Robin and I were, also.   There are so many transplants that it is rare for a true Seattle-ite these days.  We laughed and joked that he picked her from the line because he knew she was famous.  She mentioned she was a secret agent.  Not too sure if that is smart to say at an airport these days but it didn’t phase him… oh, and it is not true, as far as I know even though my brother-in-law Mario thinks it is.

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Mom all ready for France

We chatted and as she was given her boarding passes we mentioned we would go with her to Security and say our goodbyes.  Nice Delta man said, why say goodbye there… Duh, silly man!  Because we don’t have tickets.  He said that you just have to know who to ask.   I said very cleverly, “huh”?  And then he said, “I am the one to ask.  Give me your driver’s licenses and I will get you passes to go with your Mom to the gate.

According to our nice lady pushing the wheelchair that our nice Delta man was the Manager and he does this sometimes.  And going with someone in a wheelchair is totally fun!  We went through premier lines, to the front of all lines, and she just whizzed us through security so fast we couldn’t blink!

We were really glad of the wheelchair because Mom’s departure gate was clear at the end of A concourse so it was a looooong ways away.  Robin and I were able spend another hour or so with her before we headed home.  Even though Mom is traveling alone there are a few other Seattle people on the flight with her Travels With Alan group so knowing her she met some before even boarding the plane.  And I can hardly wait to hear her adventures when I pick her up next Sunday back at Sea Tac.

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Monday, March 5

Random Things

Brrrrrr. Woke up early in Barstow this morning to 31 degrees. My body is still on Arizona time zone so will do a few quick notes while drinking my wake up coffee.

I haven’t posted since Feb 19th? Really…

The fishing trip in Puerto Lobos didn’t happen… darn. Jackie and Ray joined us from Kino Bay but the winds were predicted to be really bad and sure enough it was so bad Arturo would not even consider going out. It would be a couple days before it was to settle so we ended up going to Puerto Penasco earlier than planned. The RV Park was really full compared to when we were there at New Years so we only spent 2 nights there before crossing back into the U.S.

When we were in Puerto Lobos, Arturo told us that he had heard the guy Garry went fishing with last year, Rocky, was pretty sick. I hadn’t heard anything but not many days later we saw a Facebook post that he had passed away from a fast bout of melanoma cancer.  He was only 63.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Pat and their family.

We met up with Robin Miller in Quartzsite, Arizona. Spent a couple nights there then moved on to Bullhead City with us. It was great to see her after only reading about her camping adventures. She cooked us a fabulous dinner one night and we went out the others. Robin headed out after a couple days but we stayed and dry camped so were in Bullhead for 9 days, with one week of it right on the edge of the Colorado river.

There was a car and boat show in Needles on Feb. 23 and 24. We stopped by on the 23rd for a couple hours to visit with boat racing friends from California and Washington. The Rankins had our old flat bottom boat there so Gar sat in it for awhile. Gar went back on the 24th to enjoy more of the show and visit again.

While in Bullhead we got to see Mark and Tammi Lamirande who are traveling in the first RV, a beautiful new 5th wheel. Tammi was my nail person for around 30 years until she retired in November. They are doing a great job of enjoying retirement.

We met with a real estate person and will be listing our property in Bullhead City. Who knows if it will sell but we will never build there so why not see what interest there might be by others.

The casinos were kind to us for once in Laughlin. It probably helped that we only gambled a couple times but between us we almost broke even. If not for Garry finding 2 chips in his pocket that I quickly lost at blackjack, we would have been even.

Dry camping has its challenges. I didn’t worry about running the generator and bugging people because we were by ourselves almost the whole time, but rationing water and filling out holding tanks is another issue. One day we had to go up to the dump and fill site in the park and then were good until we left. Knowing the black water tank usually doesn’t fill up but the grey does makes you little tricks like emptying some things (like cold coffee) into the toilet instead of down the sink helps. Also throwing dishwater outside rather than down the drain helps. And it really helps on water consumption when Garry takes a short shower instead of just standing and letting water run and run.

So now you are almost caught up. We will head across Tehatchapi Pass today but it will be a fairly short day. We will probably come home up the Oregon coast and spend a little time there before crossing into Washington.

This trip has flown by!