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Carlsbad, CA, United States
Here we go again! There is so much more of our great United States still to see that we have become full-timers again. In addition to seeing new sights, we will be volunteering our services at national and state parks and points of interest. Check out our diary style blog below to follow us on our travels. Also, look into our archive and check the exciting places we have seen.

Monday - Sunday, August 7-13, 2017 Happy Birthday Amanda

It's been a busy week, starting with a doctor's appointment on Monday for Amanda.  Unfortunately, she still has a concussion from the car accident July 13th.  Her birthday was Wednesday and she wanted to go to the Overseas Chinese Restaurant for lunch.  We invited Danielle and the kids to join us for our lunch followed by cake, ice cream and more importantly, presents.  We gave Amanda a new cell phone and she was happy to give up her old i-Phone 4S. It was my old phone and it has a broken screen and cover after Amanda has finished with it.  Later, Gary took Amanda out to pick out her new protective cover while Kristy and I cleaned up.

Monday - Sunday August 1-6, 2017

First of all I would like to say, I am sick of the heat and humidity!  It isn't supposed to get this hot or humid here that's why we don't have A/C.

My laptop is officially terminal.  I can hardly get it to work and when I do the keyboard doesn't work.  I type one letter then I have to wait until the computer catches up, then another letter and the curser bounces all over the place.  The only way I can continue is to hit the escape backspace to remove the last letter then type another letter.  Let me tell you that it takes forever to get one sentence written.

Friday, I met Kristy at her apartment to accompany her to the mobile home park to meet the manager and turn in her application.  The manager seems very nice but unfortunately, Kristy didn't have all the necessary paperwork so we will have to reschedule.  Apparently, her Dad has the other forms with him at work.  The owner of the mobile home came into the office while we were talking with the manager and invited us back to her home so I could see the inside since I wasn't with them when they toured the mobile home.

Today is our other granddaughter, Katie's birthday.  Happy birthday Katie!  Wish we could be there to help you celebrate.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 Car Wash

It was a little cooler today when Gary got up so he decided to wash my Rav4; and boy did it need it! I did a few loads of laundry while waiting for him to finish washing the car.  After getting cleaned up, we had a late breakfast then did some shopping.  I made BBQ ribs for dinner, something I don't normally make.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 Ebay Sale and Trip to the Ranch

Kristy sold the rest of our Yato prints on Ebay and we delivered them today on our way to the ranch.  We had a nice visit with Mom, Connie & Dennis, and Honey too!  Honey is always so excited to see us, especially Gary.  It was hot at Mom's but she has air conditioning so we didn't mind it at all. 

Friday, July 28, 2017 Moving on and Concert in the Park

Danielle invited some family and friend to join them at tonight's Concert in the Park to say farewell to Bryan.  Tomorrow he leave for his new job in Los Angeles as an Executive Chef.  We are all going to miss him but his two little children will miss him the most.  They just adore their daddy! There were about 20 of us in our group and it seems like most of Carlsbad was there to listen to the '80's music concert. It was perfect weather, not too hot in the afternoon and not too cold in the evening.

Monday - Wednesday, July 24 - 26. 2017

Bryan has been working on repairing our front door from the damage done by his dog, Betsy.  He had to sand the door then fill it with putty then come back the next day after the putty dried and do the same process again.  I have to say for an Executive Chef, he is a pretty good handyman as well.  Now we just have to find the paint to match the door.  Thanks Bryan!

Wednesday Kristy and the girls came over in the early afternoon so we could finish the paperwork for both insurance companies regarding her auto accident.  I wish we could find the two witnesses that helped them out of their van.  The CHP can't seem to determine who was at fault. When we finished we all went to Ruby's Diner for their anniversary special, a cheeseburger and fries for @2.99 today only.  It was a double treat for us as Kristy picked up the tab. Thanks Kristy!

Sunday, July 23, 2017 Sprinter

We thought we would stick to the train theme this weekend and take the Sprinter from Oceanside to Escondido this afternoon.  Once we arrived in Escondido, we walked a short distance to our favorite deli for lunch.  Then we walked back to the train station for our ride home.  It was a way to kill a few hours today doing something different. I can't wait until Gary is able to tow the 5th wheel again so we can get back on the road.

Saturday, July 22, 1017 USS Gabrielle Giffords

I found out that there will be free tours of the USS Gabrielle Giffords in San Diego today and tomorrow.  We decided to take the Coaster train from Carlsbad to downtown San Diego instead of driving the truck.  Kristy is borrowing my car for a few days since hers was wrecked in the car accident. Unfortunately, Comic Con and the Del Mar Horse Races are also going on this weekend and the train was packed.  We had standing room only for the hour trip to the end of the line in San Diego.  We only had a short walk to the harbor where the ship was docked.  It looks like something out of Star Wars.  We had to wait about 2 hours in line before it was our turn to take the tour.  The tours was over an hour and some parts of the ship were off limits and had photo restrictions but there were a few areas where photos were allowed.  Here are a few of them that were taken by Gary.

After our tour, we walked by the USS Midway Museum and Gary snapped these photos.

Friday, July 21, 2017 CHP

Well, we have been waiting 8 days to get a copy of the CHP report for Kristy's car accident to see who they say is at fault. The report states they can't determine who was at fault, well, that's a big help.  Now what? I have never heard of the accident investigators being unable to determine fault, isn't that their job?

Sunday, July 16, 2017 Saying Goodbye

This morning I tried to pick up Amanda's prescriptions from the pharmacy but they don't carry the ear drops.  The pharmacist said he tried to contact the ER department at the hospital but had not heard back from them with an alternative prescription.  He suggested we go back to the ER and get a new prescription so we did.  We need to get this done this morning as Gary and I are going to be gone this afternoon.  After picking up the new prescription from the ER we headed back to the pharmacy to have it filled.  It took a while to get it filled then we had to take it to Kristy.  She met us part way in Vista. From there we grabbed a quick bite to eat then drove to Spring Valley for a going away party for our friends Bill and Joanne. They had a lot of people and food there!  Mom, Connie and Dennis along with his granddaughter arrived shortly after us.  We had a great visit and wished Bill and Joanne safe travels to their new home in Texas.  We plan on stopping to see them once we are back on the road again.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 Trip to the ER

Amanda's headache is much worse tonight after hitting her head in the car accident Thursday night.  She also has some discharge from her right ear so off to the ER we go.  We were there 5 hours but I have to say, the ER was packed with people.  At the intake desk, they would ask questions for Amanda and I would communicate with Kristy and Kristy would sign to Amanda.  It was a three way interpreting process.  Then we had to wait and listen for Amanda's name to be called.  It's a good thing Gary and I were there as there was no way for Kristy to hear in such a noisy environment.  After a couple of hours they called her name and we went to the next area where they check her vitals , asked what happened to her and said they would send her for a CT scan.  Then it was back to the waiting room.  Around 9:00pm they called her again and took her for the CT scan and were back in about 10 or 15 minutes where we waited again.  Around 10:00pm they called her back to the ER exam room where we got the results of the CT Scan and the doctor examined Amanda's ear.  Good news, no ruptured ear drum but her headaches are caused by the trauma from the accident; her diagnosis is Barotrauma.  Apparently, hitting her head cause a change of pressure and inflammation which cause the fluid to drain from her ear.  I'll have to pick up her prescriptions tomorrow as the pharmacy is now closed.  We left around 10:40pm.  I had brought a bag of snacks and a toy for Jennifer to play with and Gary watched Jennifer whenever I had to accompany the girls.  We are all pooped.

Friday, July 14, 2017 Car Accident

Last night Kristy and the girls were in a car accident on their way home.  A teenager, driving way over the speed limit, ran a red light and hit Kristy's van.  All of them escaped serious injury but were very shaken up with the experience.  We spent most of today, making phone calls, filing out reports and getting her van out of storage. Unfortunately, we discovered she didn't have collision coverage on her van, so if they other person doesn't have insurance coverage, she is without a vehicle.  We just put about $9,000 of repairs into her van; I hope that it isn't wasted.  The most important thing is that they are all okay.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 Look who is driving now!

Look who's driving his truck! After a 16 week recovery period Gary was able to have his driving therapy at the hospital. It was a 3 part session consisting of cognitive, simulator and behind the wheel testing that took nearly 3 hours. He passed all phases of his tests so yesterday we had an appointment with his neurologist to get his approval to drive. Gary can now drive his truck or my car but no towing our Titanium 5th wheel just yet. We have to see how he does driving first. He is a very happy camper now!

Saturday, July 8, 2017 Off to Grandma and Grandpa's house

Kristy wanted to take Amanda to see the Spider-Man movie with her friend Roberto and his son tonight so she brought Jennifer over this afternoon to spend the night with us.  We all went out to dinner before they left for the movies.  Jennifer was very good; she is a sweet girl.

Friday, July 7, 2017 Another milestone

It has been nearly 4 months since Gary was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis and he has overcome many obstacles during his recovery.  Today, he successfully completed his driving therapy session putting him one step closer to being able to drive again.  Next Wednesday he has an appointment with his Neurologist and if he approves, Gary will be able to drive again.  We are both anxious for a road trip but know that we will have to take it slow maybe starting with a short trip locally.  In any event, he is very relieved knowing that he will be able to drive again and as the family Uber driver, so am I.  Great job Gary!