Sunday, October 16, 2016

HAPPY 7TH ANNIVERSARY TO US

October 16, 2016 – This is the last day of our seventh year of travel. Although we no longer “full-time,” we continue to travel more than six months per year. Here is a little summary of our seventh year of travel.

We began the year in Fort Myers, FL, in the middle of a whirlwind tour of Florida. We traveled on both coasts of the state. The Fort Myers area was one of our favorite spots. Later in the month of October, we met up with friends Jeri and Terry Williams and Jan and Jerry Hyde in Santa Rosa Beach. We met both these couple the first year of our travels, and we've renewed friendship occasionally ever since.

Paul, Marsha, Jerry, Jan, Terry, Jerifun in Santa Rosa

November found us in our second home, at the Elks Lodge CG in Houston, TX. We usually spend the Thanksgiving holiday through December there to visit with our daughter, Carrie. We will continue that tradition this year.  Then Marsha flies back to Ohio early in December, and Paul and Carrie join her a few weeks before Christmas.

2015 Thanksgiving with Carrie

January found us with RV friends in Mission, TX, part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley on the Texas– Mexico borders. We really enjoyed our time with old friends.

friends in Mission, TX

We also visited our dentist in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico. We had significant dental work performed this past year at a mere fraction of what we were quoted in the States. We will only need cleaning this winter and will have it taken care of that when visiting Los Algodones, MX across the border from Yuma, AZ later in January 2017.

Paul in Mexico

After our visit to the Rio Grande Valley, we returned to spend the rest of the winter in the Houston, area. Paul had been having problems with his right knee and had arthroscopic surgery in February.

Paul carving

Paul did recover enough from the arthroscopic surgery to attend the Houston Barbecue Cook-off and the Houston Rodeo in March. What a great time we have visiting both of these events.

Barbecue Cook off
cookoff

Rodeo

April found us in Springfield, IL, to visit “Everything Lincoln.” This is something Marsha has been looking forward to for some time. We had a great time and recommend this stop to anyone interested in historical areas.

marsha and lincoln

Winter caught up with us in Illinois. We tried to outrun some cold temperatures and a few snow flurries, but unfortunately we failed. The good news, it was only for one night and only a little snow stuck to the ground!

Home a bit too early.
Ohio house

Back in our summer home in Canton, Ohio, Paul dove into a remodeling project. He had plans to build a second bathroom in the basement, which is a common project in our neighborhood. It ended up being a bigger project then planned. He had to bust up some of the concrete floor to install under-ground plumbing. But alas, he was able to finish the bathroom before his total knee replacement surgery in mid-July.

new basement

Paul surgery

Marsha kept busy with her many crafts, volunteering at her Church, working in the yard, visiting with her dad and the rest of her family and catching up with her many friends.

Marsha quilts

We enjoyed visits with our daughter, Kelly and her husband, Dave. They live in NE Ohio in wine country, so that meant visiting several wineries. What fun! Our Texas daughter, Carrie, arrived for a visit over the July 4th holiday. What a great time to have the entire family together.

Having fun at the annual wine tasting party.wine tasting party

We even had a visit in Ohio with Paul's brother, John and Karen, from Augusta, GA. We had a fun get-together at Linda and Dave's home (Paul's other brother) in Barberton, OH. Most of the family was able to be there, so it was like a family reunion.

Karen, John, Linda, Dave, Marsha, PaulWeaver boys with wives

Of course, we had to attend a Cleveland Indians baseball game! We did this with Kelly and Dave and a couple of Marsha’s brothers and their wives. We helped cheer the Tribe to a victory and eventually Central Division Champs.

That is our group in the upper-right corner.Cleveland Indians ballgame

Paul did enjoy working with Dave and Kelly in a bathroom remodeling project of their own. They did a beautiful master bathroom remodel in their gorgeous home in Chardon, Ohio. Dave is quite the hobby tiler and did a huge tiling job in the new bathroom. Paul was his “cut-man” trimming the tiles where needed. A fun couple of weekends.

We finished the summer with a visit from Angie and Rick, our Mission, Texas, friends. They were on their way to Chicago and swung a little bit our of their way to stop for a few days and visit with us. It was a nice visit. We enjoyed having them as house guests.

Paul, Marsha, Rick, Angie, Kelly, Davewiniery

We had hoped to leave Ohio around the first of September, but Paul's knee was still giving him some discomfort, so we postponed our departure and changed our travel plans. We eventually departed near the end of September and experienced a travel week full of problems. The air-conditioner on the 5th wheel died; we had a check engine light on our Ford truck requiring cleaning of the exhaust filter; our new tire pressure monitor failed; we needed to replace our shower fixture; Marsha's Kindle reader wouldn't charge and was replaced under warranty; and to add insult to injury, Paul's rear bike tire blew out on our first bike ride on the beautiful trails in Gulf Coast, AL.

Gulf Shores, AL
Gulf Shores, AL

Bay St. Louis, MS
Bay St Loui, MS

After an abbreviated visit to many of our favorite areas in the Gulf of Mexico, we limped into the Houston Elks Lodge in Stafford, TX. There was only one RV site open, and we quickly settled in for the next couple of months.

We successfully completed many of the needed repairs and are moving forward with plans to visit Arizona and the Southwestern part of the U.S. in 2017.

SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS FROM OUR 7TH YEAR ON THE ROAD:

Starting Date: 10/17/15
Starting Location: Alva, Florida
Ending Location: Houston, Texas

Number of different cities visited:  19
Average length of stay per visit:  8.53 days
Average campground cost: $13.52
Truck miles driven:  11044

Highest price paid for diesel fuel:  $2.54 (Cedar Creek, FL)
Lowest price paid for diesel fuel:  $1.59 (Houston, TX)
Average price for diesel fuel:  $2.04
Average miles per gallon:  10.361

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. have a great day!

19 comments:

  1. You have had a wonderful busy year, nice recap.
    Now the southwest is our plan as well hope to meet up with you finally !
    Travel safe and enjoy the journey.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like you two have been busy. Safe travels and hope you are done with the troubles.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I always look forward to your annual summary. I love the picture at the top. (did you lie on the concrete to get it?)

    We can see the love in your picture of the two of you. We offer talk about which of our friends have the same kind of love and devotion we have. You two do!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great summary of good times. Looking forward to crossing paths this winter.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great summary of good times. Looking forward to crossing paths this winter.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Never a dull moment with the Weavers! Enjoy the rest of your time in Houston.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats and may those diesel prices stay like that for some time to come...

    ReplyDelete
  8. It's fun looking at someone else's stats of their time on (and off) the road... really interesting! Looks like you've managed lots of family time, fun time and even crossed some things off the bucket list... way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Are you planning to come to Casa Grande?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congratulations on your 7th anniversary! Your recap demonstrates that 'life' happens whether your on the road or in a stix and brix house. However, the change of scenery, re-visiting favorite places, getting together with friends, and new explorations all help the in-between days very enjoyable. Love your stats at the end of your blog. An interesting overview of your year.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sure would like to see that $2.04 a gallon again.

    ReplyDelete
  12. All in all, it sounds like it was a great year. Hope next year will be just as good if not better. :-)

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm with Jim and Gayle...never a dull moment with the Weaver's:) You do keep very busy when you hit the road. Year seven had you in many interesting places with lots of friends and family. Glad you got to Houston safely and can get all repairs done. I'm sure it is great to see Carrier again:)

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a busy year you've had and Happy Anniversary. Looking forward to seeing both you again in 2017.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Happy Anniversary-let the fun times continue:)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Another good year, enjoy the coming year. Might as well start with a World Series Champion,

    ReplyDelete
  17. Congratulations on your anniversary

    ReplyDelete
  18. Happy anniversary ... busy and fun ... a great year in review.

    ReplyDelete
  19. You have had a magnificent occupied year, pleasant recap...Travel safe and appreciate the journey...Congratulations on your commemoration..

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving us a comment. We enjoy reading them. Have a great day!