Merry Christmas from our “homes” to yours

The year 2017 is a BLUR!!!   I’ve gone back over the many photos I’ve posted throughout the year and will highlight some of our travels.  Remember, we travel for Mileta’s business.  I am logistics, and do a lot more ‘sight-seeing’ than she does.  When we spend down-time and tourist time together we cherish it.

We started the year in Milton, Florida and will end it in Kissimmee, Florida and have circled the nation all but the NW and NE this year.  One of the most interesting things of our lifestyle is the folks you meet–or in this case, don’t meet.  We have stayed at the same RV Parks as the Lipson’s from Emporia six times this year, but never together.  We actually haven’t met but exchange notes on FB and Email on a regular basis.  Why do we end up in the same parks?  We’re both BIG.  And they, my dear readers, are 10 feet bigger than US!

January also found us in New Orleans for the mid-winter Mary Kay Conference.

February was a march across the country with as much vacationing as work.  South of Houston to see friends who are nearly relatives.  (well, in the Quaker family, who isn’t)  Boerne, Texas, Carlsbad, Lincoln NM, Truth or Consequences, and Tucson to see our good friends Ann and Leroy Willis.

By March we had found our way back to Fresno where we enjoyed great time with Keith, Lacy, Judah and Asher as well as a host of friends who are Friends, including one  who made his way from Wichita to Ride the Sierra with me.

I was also very privileged and excited to fly back to Wichita to drive CHIPPER to the Sun N Fun air show in Lakeland, Florida.

In May we began our move back east with a wonderful stopover in the Colorado Rockies.

We tend to spend June and July in Wichita for medical appointments and the last push for the best production of the Mary Kay fiscal year.  This year was a special  time for Mileta’s mother’s 95th Birthday Party.

Mileta finishes her year at $700,000 little pink jars sold by her and the 300 sales staff from 26 states!  More on that later.  August 1 we begin the long march back to the eastern-most part of what is called the “Midwest”.  Go figure.  We have stops in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, before landing in our early fall “home on the farm” in NE Ohio.  This year I read the great epic story of the Lewis and Clark expedition called “Undaunted Courage.”  I visited the museum district of St. Charles Missouri to learn more about it.  And, sure enough, our campground hosts proclaimed, “Hey, you’re the biggest rig to come in here since the Lipsons left 3 weeks ago.”  I guess I never tire hearing that.

Here is an example of how we live. This park is in West Columbus, Ohio.  Most have a bit more grass, but you get the point.  Each time we move (from 1 to 3 weeks usually), we meet around 100 new best friends squeezed into premium space.

Contrasted with our wonderful 2 month stay on the farm in NE Ohio.

Then we abandon “ship” for a Mary Kay Cruise of the Inland Passage of Alaska with 300 of our best friends and top Mary Kay producers.  This is Mileta’s 3rd “Top Trip” earned, and the three in a row—quite an accomplishment.

Once back from Alaska,  it’s back to work and on the road again.  We visited West Tennessee for a month, then head for Kissimmee, Florida to get out of the cold.

Upon arriving in Florida we flew to Cancun to take our family on our annual vacation together.

Merry Christmas to all and don’t ever forget—-“Home Is Where You Park It!”

Bye Bye for now…..

Keeping on the road with us

I suppose the greatest number of questions we receive from non-rvers we meet as we travel is:  “What in the world do you do all day.”  First of all, road life is a vigorous one.

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There is always maintenance!  And I am  well prepared for it, having been raised on a farm and being somewhat of a motor-head all my life.  “What maintenance?” is a usual question.  I have developed an answer:  “A class A motor home is a tiny house with all the appliances and furnishings you have in your home.  It has three electrical systems that are inter-connected.  It has two water systems plus a sewage treatment plant.  It is bolted to an over-the-road semi-truck with its own electrical, power, braking and lighting system.  And the whole thing is bouncing down the road experiencing a 5.6 earthquake.”  The normal response is a wide-eyed “ooooohhh.”

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Our lifestyle is mostly about Mileta’s hard work.  She meets with sales staff and prospects daily.  She is a real motivator, and it shows!

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I am on my Suzuki Burgman 650 Exec almost every day.  I run all the Mary Kay errands, get groceries and supplies, and try to take an interesting trip every week.

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I also love meeting people in the RV parks and towns we stay in.  This week I met a fascinating couple who work for Hendrick Motorsports and I also took a tour of the Triad Racing Engine Plant, where all the Toyota engines are built for the three NASCAR series cars and trucks.

I have committed to reading a book a week.  That’s really not a change from my habit during my working years.  I don’t always make it.  This fall I have not given a written report on the 4-6 political books I have read.  I would just as soon stay out of that mess!  My three favorite books this year have been Undaunted Courage, about the Lewis and Clark expedition, The Wright Brothers, and Truman.

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Politically speaking:  President-Elect Trump has many similarities with President Truman.

Lastly, life is full of surprises, like this restaurant named after Mileta north of Klamath Falls Oregon.  Well, not exactly as you can see–they spelled her name wrong!  We hit them up for a free meal and were turned down.  Then asked for apple pie on the house.  Nope.  Consolation prize–They brought Mileta a T-shirt like the staff wear.

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People often ask, “where is the most favorite place you’ve visited?”  There are two answers.  First, the two Mary Kay paid trips in 2015 and 2016 to London and Rome.   I also have a standard answer for that:  “The next stop!”  And so it is.  We will be moving toward Florida over the next days.  Once there we will be moving 5 times in 10 weeks.  To keep up with us, click on the page “Keeping on the road with us” in the bar under our header flag.

LK