Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Hours to Sad Days

Well our time at Betty's had ended, but not without one last party. This time it was a going away party for us. This is a bit unusual as the last time we were here they had "our" going away party after we were gone:) It was another great evening of fun and fooling around. We left on Easter and spent the night at a Flying J so we could be at our maintenance appointment in Houston first thing Monday morning.One of the joys of being at Betty's is her works of folk art that she has created to decorate the park. She picked out this piece of wood at Gerald's and turned it into a neat looking folk art gator complete with teeth and shiny bling. We nicknamed her Miz Gator. If you visit Betty's make sure you check out her folk art and if you don't like it, well folk you. Friends gather for our last supper. At left are old friends, MaryBeth and Tony, whom we met here and have visited in Michigan. At right are new comers, Julie and Jim, from Oregon. Part of their contribution to happy hour was homemade wine, beer and cheese which were all excellent.
Jim, Judy, Cookie and Maggie, all friends that we have met before. Cookie and Jim were at the Escapade in Gillette last fall, we have enjoyed Judy's music several times and Maggie is a regular here.
As with almost everything that happens at Betty's there was a lot of great food. For this night almost everything was vegetarian so Nanc could try it all. These people really are special.Pictured here is our old friend Dan and newcomers, Dennis and Laura. Right are Judy and Jim getting ready to enjoy the meal. We are so glad that Judy joined the party because we got a chance to just talk to her a bit because she was not providing the entertainment.Bottom left are Cal and Marie who pulled in the same day we did and after a couple of times doing the Betty Shuffle were our neighbors for the last month. At right are Peggy and Paul who still have a house but are tooling with the idea of going fulltime. We all warned them they will not find another RV park like Betty's. Top of course is our great friend Betty who makes all this possible. Without her we would not have met any of these great people and without her RV park we would not have met her. We had a great stay and are already planning our return next spring. We truly are caught in Betty's web.Betty's is an adults only park but that does not mean there are not toys to play with. Cookie and Marie each had their own Elmos and Cookie discovered hers was really Elmolene, so she made her a skirt and dressed her up for a special date. As you can see they hit it off right away and were soon sharing a bottle of wine and swapping stories. At first it appeared that Elmo had had a bit to much to drink but he recovered and the two of them were soon getting it on. In the end Elmo did pass out while Elmolene finished the bottle. It is hard to believe these stupid little things had us all rolling with laughter. It may have been the case that Cookie, Marie, Nanc, Merlene and Betty had as much to drink as Elmolene. No toys or adults were harmed during the evening events.Our plan (always written in sand) was to have the rig serviced in Houston on Monday. Other than routine maintenance the stop engine light that had resulted in us being towed last fall had come on a couple of times for just a few seconds on our way to LA. It always went out before we could even get to the side of the road so I figured it was once again a bad sensor. WRONG, it turns out it was the turbocharger AGAIN which had been replaced in September 2009. The repair had only a one year warranty so we went back and forth with Cummins for two days and they finally agreed to pay 65% of the turbo and labor. Of course there is more involved but with their help the bill went down a great deal.
Below is the rig finally getting worked on. It will not be finished until next week so we have to get a room for the weekend because this place is closed and locked down. We decided to go to Livingston so we can visit with Marvin, from Betty's, and with Mark and Renita who are going to Alaska this summer. For us Alaska is up in the air. The possibility of a breakdown hundreds of miles from a repair shop is not a pleasant thought. We will wait until next week and drive north a bit to see how the RV performs and then decide what to do. Just another bump in the road of this wonderful life we live.

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