4/19/06 Sorry this update is so long in coming. We have been preparing for our upcoming trip. We are now packed and are doing all the last minute things necessary to leave our RV here at Park Sierra for two plus months. There have been many last minute social interactions with friends, and last weekend, a very pleasant visit in Fremont with our kids and grandkids. Elaine's daughter, Tarra, was having minor surgery on Thursday, and we promised to be there for her. She came through it OK and will be feeling fit as a fiddle very soon. That Friday, Mary's daughter, Laura, and her 2 daughters drove down from Sparks, NV so we could see them before our trip. On Saturday, Mary's son, Thomas, and his partner, Robert, took BART over from San Francisco so they could join all of us for a pleasant family reunion and dinner. The only one missing was Elaine's son, Darran, who was in London visiting a friend he made on his recent trip to Thailand.
Sunday we stopped in Modesto and stayed overnight at Ron & Barb Bonham's place. These are RoVing Rod friends who always entertain us in style and send us packing loaded up with walnuts, frozen salmon, and other goodies. This time we got to pay them back, in kind, by taking them to Chili's, for dinner. It was good to have some time with them.
Upon our return to Park Sierra, we started getting serious about packing. We also had a delicious and fun dinner Monday at Alan & Carol Rodely's, and last night with Willie Haynes and Doug Madison. Luckily, we are finally having sunny and dry weather so it is easier to get things done here, such as servicing our batteries, which Elaine did today. I am catching up on computer work and paperwork now that I have had all my files retrieved from my dead Compaq and installed into my new Tosihiba. This is the computer I acquired from Elaine when mine died. So we are up and running again and looking forward to hearing from all of you via e-mail.
Friday we close this RV down and drive back to Fremont to stay at Tarra's overnight. Saturday morning, rather early, she will drive us to the San Jose airport where we will catch our plane to Houston. There we will rent a car and drive to Galveston for several days of exploration before getting on our cruise ship on Monday. Then it will be 12 days of fun, fun, fun while we sail to Lisbon, Portugal. Internet access is rather expensive from the ship so my next update will either be from Lisbon, or earlier, if we can find an internet place at one of the ports where the ship docks on the way.