Recipe for Disaster

We started our weekend a bit earlier, thanks to our decision to stay encamped from the previous weekend. With Cloud 9 already set up and ready, we had only to leave our work world behind and head to Cedar Hill State Park for Date Night cocktails. The weather was still too chilly for dining al…

On the Road Again

After an extended and unanticipated bone-chilling stay at Hampshire, we were finally able to hit the highway and head to Cedar Hill State Park for a warm weekend away. The historic winter blast took a toll on residents of all 254 Texas counties, but we fared better than many. At least when our pipes burst,…

Cloud 9 at 6

This weekend marked the sixth anniversary of our first camp-out in Cloud 9. It’s hard to believe that we’ve traveled far and wide in our tiny home, covering thousands of miles from mountains to prairies to oceans white with foam. Along the way, we invested in a major remodeling project and a significant appliance upgrade;…

Now What?

OK, we admit it. We were addicted to Trump. But now that he’s fled the scene, we find ourselves looking for a new “drug.” It’s not an easy addiction to overcome. We take some comfort in knowing he won’t disappear entirely from the news. With his impeachment trial scheduled to commence soon, we’ll at least…

E Pluribus Unum

It is the “traditional” motto of the United States: E pluribus unum, classical Latin for “Out of many, one.” Its inclusion on the Great Seal was approved by Congress in 1782, making it the de facto motto of the U.S. from its earliest days. Eventually, Congress adapted “In God We Trust” as the official motto…

Winter Wonderland

The weekend weather forecasts called for snow on Sunday, but that didn’t deter us from heading to Cedar Hill State Park. Considering the events that had unfolded at the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, we needed an escape. We were not at all surprised that the president could whip his followers into a frenzy. After all,…

Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

As the title of this post implies, we spent some time this weekend watching “Where Eagles Dare,” the 1968 World War II action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, and Mary Ure. Considered by many as one of the best war movies of all time, it was shot on location in Austria and Bavaria, and…

Oh, Ho the Mistletoe

On Christmas Eve, Jon read a story in The New York Times about new research into the evolution of mistletoe, the popular evergreen plant that has long been associated with fertility and festivity. As it turns out, we discovered our campsite was positioned just beneath a mistletoe plant, which prompted a quick kiss for luck.…

We Need a Little Christmas

We set out for our pre-Christmas weekend a little earlier than usual, due to the fact that our power tongue jack lost power during our last outing and we knew hitching up would require some extra time to deploy the hand crank. We’re constantly amazed at the high demand for RV repairs and service. When…

To Nobody’s House We Go

Typically we go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. Okay, that’s over the Mississippi and through Woodriver, Illinois, to Alton, where Jon’s mom’s apartment is, but you get the idea. Not this year. Taking the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and of Dr. Anthony Fauci,…