Maine

July 18-24, 2010 Just time for pics and a few lines for now. Will try to catch up, again, soon.

We had a few days in Bar Harbor before the POG Maine mini-rally participants arrived at the Narrows Too campground. We thoroughly enjoyed our site, #318.

Bar Harbor

Opera House Cafe

Our new friends, Dan and Bob, joined us for a pre-rally lobster feast at the local Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound.

More feasting with our POGgers. Jay's lobster weighs about 3.5 lbs.

-P

Sweethearts in Haverhill, FL

April 30, 2010 Even though our European trip came to end, we had more to look forward to when we arrived back in the States.

We had a lovely visit with Wil and Antoinette Hartsuiker in Haverhill, Florida, our fellow POGgers. The weather was great and the company even better. We also enjoyed their splendid home, a sanctuary of sorts, and the bus barn too; it was the first time the barn hosted two busses and we all liked the look! :)

Our gracious hosts took us for a beautiful drive around the area and some great beer before we had to say goodbye too soon. We look forward to catching up with our Sweethearts (Hartsuiker translated) again soon!

-P

Misty Morning in Molino, FL

We stopped over night at Dale and Paulette's horse ranch in Molino. They are POG members and Paulette baked a wonderful vegetarian lasagna for us. They board horses after retiring from breeding Tennessee walkers. Thank you both for a lovely evening of great food and good conversation. -L

Lloyd in Lights & Kids with Cameras

November 30, 2009 Lloyd was famous for a day in Oneida, TN.

Debbie organized a photography presentation and workshop for the club's kids and also for adults. Lloyd put on a show for +/- 50 kids and adults. He presented a photographic tour of North America as we have seen it to date. The children sat still for an entire hour so you know they were engaged. Afterward, Lloyd hosted a workshop full of photography tips. Well done, Lloyd! :)

Debbie is a key piece of the Boys and Girls Club puzzle. She contributes a lot of hours and energy to keep many boys and girls happily active through club programs at this first-rate facility. Kudos, Debbie. They're lucky to have you!

Also, a special thank you to the fellow POG members who donated cameras to the club so the kids can learn more about photography and maybe even start a photography club of their own.

-P

Lloyd in Lights & Kids with Cameras

November 30, 2009 Lloyd was famous for a day in Oneida, TN.

Debbie organized a photography presentation and workshop for the club's kids and also for adults. Lloyd put on a show for +/- 50 kids and adults. He presented a photographic tour of North America as we have seen it to date. The children sat still for an entire hour so you know they were engaged. Afterward, Lloyd hosted a workshop full of photography tips. Well done, Lloyd! :)

Debbie is a key piece of the Boys and Girls Club puzzle. She contributes a lot of hours and energy to keep many boys and girls happily active through club programs at this first-rate facility. Kudos, Debbie. They're lucky to have you!

Also, a special thank you to the fellow POG members who donated cameras to the club so the kids can learn more about photography and maybe even start a photography club of their own.

-P

Bus Barn in Huntsville, TN

[caption id="attachment_3946" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Faires\' Bus Barn"][/caption] Eric, Debbie, and Jay Faires, fellow POG members, graciously gave us the use of their bus barn for some needed maintenance. This is not your normal bus barn this is the Biltmore of Bus Barns. Everything is overbuilt to remove the margin of error. It was such a pleasure to step into the pit and be able to see everything on the underside and work anywhere around the bus and have all the light needed because th of the dozens of lights mounted along the walls and ceiling to brighten the entire work area.

We arrived just before Thanksgiving and Debbie's parents invited us to join their family for the holiday. It was nice to finally relax after all the travel for repairs and traveling across Tennessee. At night Eric and Jay conducted impromptu concerts at the house. I joined in quietly on guitar in the background. Pamela would not play giving the excuse that here calluses were missing for lack of practice. Debbie's brother invited us to his after Thanksgiving party were he BBQed and had several kegs on tap inside and outside the house. We participated in Debbie's Pilates class, walked through the woods, 4-wheeled to the river, drove to the bridge, and had just a wonderful time with this extraordinary family in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Joe Cannarozzi flew in from Chicago to help us replace the front airbags and rear shocks. You may remember last year we stopped in Chicago at Joe house and did some earlier work on the bus. The punch list this year was much longer and Joe's

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Finally we are able to auto level the bus and we are leak free, meaning the bus stays level. [caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Joe looking for leaks"][/caption]

Thanks Joe again for a great working experience. We then pulled our bus out of the barn and and enjoyed a few more days with the Faires family and their friends. Don, Debbie's brother came over preformed a worldclass pyro display.

We look forward to seeing them again soon in Florida this winter. Thank you guys for everything, you are the hosts with the most. -L

Bus Barn in Huntsville, TN

Eric, Debbie, and Jay Faires, fellow POG members, graciously gave us the use of their bus barn for some needed maintenance. This is not your normal bus barn this is the Biltmore of Bus Barns. Everything is overbuilt to remove the margin of error. It was such a pleasure to step into the pit and be able to see everything on the underside and work anywhere around the bus and have all the light needed because th of the dozens of lights mounted along the walls and ceiling to brighten the entire work area.

We arrived just before Thanksgiving and Debbie's parents invited us to join their family for the holiday. It was nice to finally relax after all the travel for repairs and traveling across Tennessee. At night Eric and Jay conducted impromptu concerts at the house. I joined in quietly on guitar in the background. Pamela would not play giving the excuse that here calluses were missing for lack of practice. Debbie's brother invited us to his after Thanksgiving party were he BBQed and had several kegs on tap inside and outside the house. We participated in Debbie's Pilates class, walked through the woods, 4-wheeled to the river, drove to the bridge, and had just a wonderful time with this extraordinary family in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Joe Cannarozzi flew in from Chicago to help us replace the front airbags and rear shocks. You may remember last year we stopped in Chicago at Joe house and did some earlier work on the bus. The punch list this year was much longer and Joe's

Finally we are able to auto level the bus and we are leak free, meaning the bus stays level.

Thanks Joe again for a great working experience. We then pulled our bus out of the barn and and enjoyed a few more days with the Faires family and their friends. Don, Debbie's brother came over preformed a worldclass pyro display.

We look forward to seeing them again soon in Florida this winter. Thank you guys for everything, you are the hosts with the most. -L

Mending & Maintenance

November 25, 2009 I think we had the bus in the barn for all of a minute and a half when Eric scooted down the pit to position (Wehrenberg) stands.

Beyond gracious hosts! And one Joe Cannarozzi flown in from Chicago to supervise. ;) This would be too good to be true, if you didn't know Joe and the Faires family. They are that good, that generous, energetic, talented and kind.

Back to work, Joe!

Really, Joe, put yourself into it!

Since it is our bus, we (hardly me) worked on it a little too. ;) Here, Lloyd took out the old shocks.

Here, Joe looks for a leak in the auxillary air system. Here's the leak. Oh. Here's another leak ... and another ... and here's another ... and another. :/

One of the culprits:

On occasion, we brainstormed on the sidelines ...

... or we (meaning Jay) monkeyed around in the rafters ...

... or ... uh ... ?

In the evenings, we gathered in the Faires' sanctuary, a rustic house full of character, some history, warm woods, a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of musical instruments.

Eric and Jay, and sometimes Lloyd, filled this cozy space with wonderful music: rock-y, bluesy, folksy, all around awesome. Jay is a phenomenal talent at 13 years old. He's truly an inspiration. Not only did he entertain us almost nightly with his guitar mastery and sometimes smoky sometimes mellifluous voice, he also teaches guitar weekly at the local Boys and Girls Club. Plus, he gave me some primo advice and taught me how to use my iPhone. Thanks, Jay!

We thoroughly enjoyed the company, and a surprise wine from the Faires supply, after a productive day:

We also had a merry Thanksgiving and feast courtesy of Debbie's cordial parents, Pris and Don, and another Thanksgiving dinner at Debbie's brother's family the next day. We thoroughly enjoyed both gatherings and were more than happy to gather again for more conversation, culinary displays and entertainment throughout our twelve-day stay. Told you we were spoiled. :)

-P

Mending & Maintenance

November 25, 2009 I think we had the bus in the barn for all of a minute and a half when Eric scooted down the pit to position (Wehrenberg) stands.

Beyond gracious hosts! And one Joe Cannarozzi flown in from Chicago to supervise. ;) This would be too good to be true, if you didn't know Joe and the Faires family. They are that good, that generous, energetic, talented and kind.

Back to work, Joe!

Really, Joe, put yourself into it!

Since it is our bus, we (hardly me) worked on it a little too. ;) Here, Lloyd took out the old shocks.

Here, Joe looks for a leak in the auxillary air system. Here's the leak. Oh. Here's another leak ... and another ... and here's another ... and another. :/

One of the culprits:

On occasion, we brainstormed on the sidelines ...

... or we (meaning Jay) monkeyed around in the rafters ...

... or ... uh ... ?

In the evenings, we gathered in the Faires' sanctuary, a rustic house full of character, some history, warm woods, a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of musical instruments.

Eric and Jay, and sometimes Lloyd, filled this cozy space with wonderful music: rock-y, bluesy, folksy, all around awesome. Jay is a phenomenal talent at 13 years old. He's truly an inspiration. Not only did he entertain us almost nightly with his guitar mastery and sometimes smoky sometimes mellifluous voice, he also teaches guitar weekly at the local Boys and Girls Club. Plus, he gave me some primo advice and taught me how to use my iPhone. Thanks, Jay!

We thoroughly enjoyed the company, and a surprise wine from the Faires supply, after a productive day:

We also had a merry Thanksgiving and feast courtesy of Debbie's cordial parents, Pris and Don, and another Thanksgiving dinner at Debbie's brother's family the next day. We thoroughly enjoyed both gatherings and were more than happy to gather again for more conversation, culinary displays and entertainment throughout our twelve-day stay. Told you we were spoiled. :)

-P

Faires Friends

November 25 - December 6, 2009 Arriving at the Faires' is akin to a homecoming. Eric, Debbie and Jay welcomed us with open arms, a (grand!) bus barn, and an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner with the family, twice! Spoiled we were. And later: chats of the best kind, private concerts, custom tours, excellent eats, surprise wines, a special event featuring Lloyd, a moonbow and more. We have photos. You'll see.

Jon Wehrenberg joined us for a kickoff lunch at Tomato Head, an innovate eatery that specializes in pizza and creative dishes in Knoxville, TN:

-P

Faires Friends

November 25 - December 6, 2009 Arriving at the Faires' is akin to a homecoming. Eric, Debbie and Jay welcomed us with open arms, a (grand!) bus barn, and an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner with the family, twice! Spoiled we were. And later: chats of the best kind, private concerts, custom tours, excellent eats, surprise wines, a special event featuring Lloyd, a moonbow and more. We have photos. You'll see.

Jon Wehrenberg joined us for a kickoff lunch at Tomato Head, an innovate eatery that specializes in pizza and creative dishes in Knoxville, TN:

-P

Russell Coachworks

Russell Coach is a POG sponsor located in Knoxville, TN. Jon Wehrenberg introduced me to Rob Russell at the last POG rally in Oklahoma City. We needed to replace our desk top and they were highly recommended. Rob has a clean and well equipped shop conveniently located from the highway. His vast experience with Entertainer coaches shows in the quality of their workmanship. Rob showed us some of his latest creations. Our new desk top is beautiful and very functional.

We changed the original design it was well worth the extra cost. Thank you Rob and guys you did a great job. -L

Russell Coachworks

Russell Coach is a POG sponsor located in Knoxville, TN. Jon Wehrenberg introduced me to Rob Russell at the last POG rally in Oklahoma City. We needed to replace our desk top and they were highly recommended. Rob has a clean and well equipped shop conveniently located from the highway. His vast experience with Entertainer coaches shows in the quality of their workmanship. Rob showed us some of his latest creations. Our new desk top is beautiful and very functional.

We changed the original design it was well worth the extra cost. Thank you Rob and guys you did a great job. -L

New Paint in Nacogdoches

November 8-12 , 2009 Nacogdoches is "the oldest town in Texas". Since we didn't learn a lot about Nacogdoches you can click here if you want to know more, but we will share this:

"In 1912, the Marx Brothers came to town to perform their singing act at the old Opera House. Their performance was interrupted by a man who came inside shouting, "Runaway mule!" Most of the audience left the building, apparently thinking a runaway mule would provide better entertainment. When they filed back in, Julius (later known as Groucho) began insulting them, saying "Nacogdoches is full of roaches!" and "The jackass is the flower of Tex-ass!" Instead of becoming angry, audience members laughed. Soon afterward, Julius and his brothers decided to try their hand at comedy instead of singing, at which they had barely managed to scrape together a living. A historic plaque commemorating the event is posted in downtown Nacogdoches."

We only spent enough time in Nacogdoches for a paint repair at Extreme Paint & Graphics and for catching up on work. The business is owned by POG sponsor James Stallings. James was the original painter for Foretravel and now comes up with custom paint designs for Nascar busses, performance trailers, motorcoaches and racecars, among other things. EPG has a talented and friendly staff.

We added EPG as a waypoint in our journey because a band of paint on our bus front had bubbled and peeled away from the stainless steel. The EPG team taped off the offending area, stripped the remaining paint and repainted.

They can "bake" a major paint job dry in just a few hours in (we think) 600F using the (what I'll call) lamps below.

Our little band required much less time and heat.

Before new paint:

And after:

A perfect match.

The paint job only took half of a day, much less than we expected, and came in 30% less than the estimate. That's a first! Plus, since we had planned to stay three days, James kindly welcomed us to stay in front of Extreme Paint & Graphics while we toiled away on our laptops and he even joined us, along with his wife, for dinner at a local tex-mex restaurant.

Nice people. Work well done.

-P

P.S. - If you find yourself in Nacogdoches you can find good coffee at Java Jacks.

New Paint in Nacogdoches

November 8-12 , 2009 Nacogdoches is "the oldest town in Texas". Since we didn't learn a lot about Nacogdoches you can click here if you want to know more, but we will share this:

"In 1912, the Marx Brothers came to town to perform their singing act at the old Opera House. Their performance was interrupted by a man who came inside shouting, "Runaway mule!" Most of the audience left the building, apparently thinking a runaway mule would provide better entertainment. When they filed back in, Julius (later known as Groucho) began insulting them, saying "Nacogdoches is full of roaches!" and "The jackass is the flower of Tex-ass!" Instead of becoming angry, audience members laughed. Soon afterward, Julius and his brothers decided to try their hand at comedy instead of singing, at which they had barely managed to scrape together a living. A historic plaque commemorating the event is posted in downtown Nacogdoches."

We only spent enough time in Nacogdoches for a paint repair at Extreme Paint & Graphics and for catching up on work. The business is owned by POG sponsor James Stallings. James was the original painter for Foretravel and now comes up with custom paint designs for Nascar busses, performance trailers, motorcoaches and racecars, among other things. EPG has a talented and friendly staff.

We added EPG as a waypoint in our journey because a band of paint on our bus front had bubbled and peeled away from the stainless steel. The EPG team taped off the offending area, stripped the remaining paint and repainted.

They can "bake" a major paint job dry in just a few hours in (we think) 600F using the (what I'll call) lamps below.

Our little band required much less time and heat.

Before new paint:

And after:

A perfect match.

The paint job only took half of a day, much less than we expected, and came in 30% less than the estimate. That's a first! Plus, since we had planned to stay three days, James kindly welcomed us to stay in front of Extreme Paint & Graphics while we toiled away on our laptops and he even joined us, along with his wife, for dinner at a local tex-mex restaurant.

Nice people. Work well done.

-P

P.S. - If you find yourself in Nacogdoches you can find good coffee at Java Jacks.

Summer and Fall Travel Plans

sum-fall For the next several months we will be traveling through many of the western National Parks. We are stopping at all the Southern Utah canyon parks. Dropping by Salt Lake City to see friends and then to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, before heading east to the Badlands and then down to Oklahoma for a Prevost Owners rally. If you are along the route let us know; we would love to have a drink together and catch up with you. -L&P

Quartzsite, AZ

January 14-18, 2009 We left Tonopah for a Quartzsite excursion.

If you're an RVer, you can't help but to hear about Quartzsite, Arizona, a mecca for desert dry camping RVers hankering for Swap-Meet(market)-like deals and doodads and all the eats and entertainment that come along with the multi-day "exhibition" that is the Quartzsite Sport, Vacation and RV Show. We wanted to experience Quartzsite if only to witness the town we drove through in March '08 bloom from a population of about 3,400 to multiples of that number as RVers zoned in on the hot spots and checkered the arid Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.

We had the added incentive of a meet up with POG People and friends. We arrived to find that Ken and Van scored a primo heat sync with an excellent mountain view.

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We parked in a circle which made for a cozy set up and fast-made friends for those who met for the first time.

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A view of our assembly from one of many sprawling trails through the wilds:

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Now, how cute is THIS! :D

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Complete with cabana shower... What more do you need?

Pamela et al, probably waiting for Mary, the firemaster, to do her pyro-magic.  :)

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The gang's all here.

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The fire pit, generously supplied by our fellow campers, served as home base.

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We had big, bodacious skies every day.

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On our last morning Gail and Larry treated the gang to Cafe du Monde, beads and beignets straight from New Orleans!

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Now, showtime! When in the desert ... you could buy an inflatable kayak and all manner of useful and less useful things. Of course, most vendors are somehow connected to RV supplies and recreational endeavours.

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Since we were in little need of RV supplies we spent more time perusing the art kiosks, along with the carnivalesque cuisine stalls. Also, aside from the 26th Annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show, vendors from the Rock & Gem Show displayed their mounds upon mounds of merchandise.

We were particularly impressed with one gentleman's iron art and the intricate detail that can be cultivated in such a hard, rigid material, with a lot of creativity and patience:

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If you know us well, it probably won't surprise you to know that our prize find and purchase was a tortilla sock thingy to keep tortillas warm for burritos and fajitas. :)

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Adiós amigos!

-P

POG dinner Lake Havasu

We arrived today at Lake Havasu RV Resort. This weekend over twenty Prevost Buses are meeting for a mini POG rally. The early birds decided to go to dinner at a local steak and rib shack. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new. The photo was posted live from dinner, love my iPhone. -L