Interim Destination

Home away from home

Our trip today was a fairly short one but a complication due to an overturned truck at our destination exit ramp extended our time by a half hour. Traffic was being allowed to move, but at a very slow pace. When we got in the queue in the right lane a half mile before the exit, traffic came to an almost dead stop. A traffic signal at the bottom of the ramp was metering cars onto the roadway at a very slow pace. We spent the last half hour of our trip within a quarter mile of our destination. </grumble>

We’re camping at a residence which is equipped with two out of three hookups for the RV: water and electric. If we stay long enough to fill the black tank, we can unhook and take a short drive to a Truck and RV stop that has a dump station. Most of the time, we will be showering and using the sanitary facilities in the house.

In spite of the aggravation on the road today, we’re in the motorhome at this time enjoying an adult beverage. When we arrived here, we had dinner and a nice visit with our hosts. In the long run, life is good.

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Camping in Visalia

Camping in Visalia

Tonight, we are camped at the Visalia KOA near CA SR 99 but we are actually closer to Goshen, CA. We camped here last April on our way to visit family in Northern CA.

As was the case last April, we will continue up the road to Damsel’s sister’s place where we will remain over the Thanksgiving Holiday. At some point in time during that stay, we will take a day trip up to Wine Country where our latest great grandson is waiting for us to meet him.

We’re still planning what route to take home after the holiday. Today, our route took us through some very high traffic areas through the Los Angeles area. One of those is quite enough exposure to that traffic level for the excursion. We will consider a lighter traffic route for the return.

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Best Kept Secret Campground

Puddingstone Lake

We are camping at East Shore RV Park in San Dimas, CA. This is a very large campground right in the middle of the Inland Empire area of Los Angeles County. The campground is located near the Pomona Fairplex and Bonelli Regional Park and although surrounded by freeways and in close proximity to Brackett Field airport, you would never know it is there just passing through the area.

We’re camped here because it is in close proximity to our grandson (and his folks) and we’re taking the opportunity to visit with them on our way to the Northern California area where we will celebrate Thanksgiving with another branch of the family.

The image is a cove along the shoreline of Puddingstone Lake, immediately adjacent to the campground. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Camping by the Colorado River

Damsel at the River

We have embarked on our latest excursion heading to see family in California. But tonight, we opted to camp in Arizona still, just east of Blythe, CA on the Colorado in Ehrenberg, AZ. Damsel and I decided that we did not want to make the six-hour trip all the way out to San Dimas in just one leg, so we’re camped here after only a little over two hours on the road.

We stopped at the half way point at a familiar place to us on the Arizona Outback (Salome, to be exact) to pick up a couple of souvenirs and gifts for the California folks. We have a lot of family and friends out there, so we get stuff for the kids and other family members.

The image is of Damsel and Beethoven down on the river’s edge taken this afternoon after we arrived. We will be underway again tomorrow after breaking camp.

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Welcome Great Grandchild Number Three

Mikey

Shortly after midnight this morning our third great grandchild was born. “Mikey” is the second boy born to our eldest granddaughter and joins his older brother, Alex (3) and his cousin Maci (7 mo) into the ranks of our great grandchildren. We hope to be able to meet up with all the grandchildren and their great kids very soon.

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Unaffordable Care Act

Chart -2015 to 2018

My former company’s retirement plan is conducting their annual enrollment period for healthcare insurance this month. The retirees, their spouses and dependents may select one of several plans during the open enrollment period.

I went on the website to make our selections for the coming year and, much to my annoyance, the premiums are going up yet again. I decided to look at the recent history of the rates and came up with the chart above. The image has neither legends nor scales, but I am going to explain them.

The four vertical cubes represent 2015 through 2018 and the height of each shows the relative amount for the premiums. I limited it to these four years since that is the period when the Obummercare mess has screwed up the system for everyone, not just ACA exchange subscribers.

The chart applies only to Damsel’s insurance premiums that we pay monthly. I did not do the complex analysis of my Medicare and Medigap (for the 20% that the .gov doesn’t pay) which I may do one of these times. Below are the results according to the chart above:

  • Increase from 2015 to 2016 - 10%
  • Increase from 2016 to 2017 - 30%
  • Increase from 2017 to 2018 - 12%

That’s a whopping total of 52% increase over a period during which we realized NO additional cost of living compensation. We are on virtually a fixed income. The last Social Security cost of living increase was exactly canceled out by an increase in my Medicare part B premiums.

This is yet another example of how the Government screws us up by trying to “help” us.

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Back in the RV Port

Back in the RV Port

After fetching the Thor Palazzo from the RV Dealer last week where warranty work had been accomplished (for the most part), we parked the big rig on the lot across the road from our house. This is because we can’t take the RV up the drive west of the house due to the road being washed out from summer monsoons.*

If the RV is parked across the road, that makes for some inconveniences:

  • No hookup access (sewer, electric, water)
  • Hundreds of feet away from the house for restocking and supply purposes
  • minimal security

Because we would really like to have the RV back up here with us, Damsel and I worked together to back the big guy up the east driveway and into its normal spot behind the garage. There were some challenges involved since the east driveway is steeper, we’re going in reverse and the existing structures (house, garage, retaining wall) are in fairly close proximity.

Working with Damsel, we made a couple of iterations at backing up the drive, once or twice making us both nervous, but we finally got the right combination of angles and distances such that the RV is now back where we can have access to the items listed above and with better security since we can see and hear better where it is now parked.

*We plan on fixing the washed out road over the winter months.

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