Back in Arizona!

February – TBD, 2018

Back in Arizona! another 2,500 miles to get back but we made it!

We managed to find a nice little spread of land out in the desert just south of Wickenburg, AZ. Hook-ups and all and quiet as can be.¬† AND – as occasionally needed for work, only an hour from the airport ūüėČ

With a busy summer already planned, we’ll be sticking around for awhile.. so stay tuned for new travels as they come…

 

Arizona to Florida Keys

December-February, 2018

OK, so after some time living full time in the RV, Rena and I got this down ūüėČ

A thought, “how about taking the 3 oldest grandkids with us to go visit our son in FL?” -Heck Yeah!

With Christmas break, we were able to take our 3 oldest GKs cross country:  AZ -> NM -> TX -> LA-> MS->AL->FL (2,500 miles), down to the southernmost tip of Florida. Highway 1, mile marker 0.

 

Getting into the RV Swing

September-December, 2017

OK…

  • House Sold -check
  • Year lease in Apartment to prepare for RV Living -check
  • Find ‘first’ site -check

Parker, AZ

So, after searching for an ideal site to kick this off fully, we found a spot in Parker.¬† Parker is just 30 minutes south of Lake Havasu, AZ (where the London Bridge was moved to back in the 60’s).¬† Our spot was right next to the Colorado River. The other side of the river was San Bernardino County, CA. In our time there, we met some Great People (who happened to be our neighbors in the park).¬† Brian and Deb quickly became good friends and introduced us to other fine folks within the park (shout out to you, Bob!).

 

Lake Time!

August-September, 2017

OK, one of the things I wanted to do with the RV was get next to a lake and do a little ‘camping’.¬† Since returning from MT back to AZ, the logical choice was Lake Pleasant (NW Phoenix).

 

So with my new pump-up raft stowed and ready for use, I managed to find a great spot in Two-Cow Cove -my own peninsula! Normally, this section is under water but since it the lake water level was low, I took advantage of this.¬† So, in hind sight, one thing I realized was “there are some places a Class-A RV is NOT meant to go”.¬† No wonder I was the only large vehicle down there! With some fine driving skills, I managed to navigate to the peninsula and get setup. (Getting OUT was a whole other ordeal, LOL).¬† I learned another lesson too, Tie Up Your Raft (when it’s breezy)! I’d like to give a shout-out to the great couple that gave me a boat ride to go get my ‘boat’ that’d blown into the lake ūüėČ

Maiden Voyage! (AZ to MT)

OK, at this point much has happened and have been doing some traveling. OK, a LOT of traveling; about 11,000 miles so far, but let’s not get a head of things…

June-August, 2017

Off to see family and friends in northeast Montana. This was a solo trip with just me and my K-9 buddy, Jordy.

I was able to get a nice spot at the local Fair Grounds with 50-amp service and water and a great rate! After getting setup, I learned I NEEDED to make an immediate purchase -A GOOD mattress. After some online shopping and a short delivery time, I was in business with comfortable sleeping.

 

 

Our SECOND RV Camping experience 

We graduated! Well, sort of…

So our semi-planned excursion was to see the meteor shower Saturday night.   To see it best you have to be out of the city light pollution.  We planned to make it brief,  so a trip to Sunset Point (North of Black Canyon City) was our destination. We grabbed the dogs and did a quick shopping run for things we wanted in the RV and hit the road! All was good and we arrived in time to see a great sunset. It was still awhile before real darkness would set in so we decided to have our dinner and a glass of champagne (nice touch).  We forgot to get real dinner food! We had some cans of soup, ramen and basics.. but no can opener or tools to use ūü§ź

So ramen and champagne it was!

All in all it was a good first real outting and it will help in future planning ūüėČ

Already looking forward to next weekend! 

Our FIRST RV Camping experience

OK -sooooooo, I always envisioned the first camping experience to be somewhere, well, remote. It was not. Not even.

So we picked up the new (to us) RV on Friday.¬† It was a long work day for both of us and it was Good Friday! I didn’t care what it took, we were going to Good Friday Service (@ Radiant Church)! And we did!¬† We joined up with our mom, Judi, and had a wonderful service!¬†¬†But to make it on time, we took the RV (and parked in the WAY back lot).¬† After service and some gabbing time, it was getting late.¬† Since selling our house and moving to an apartment while in this “transition stage” we needed an RV storage place (which closes at 9pm).¬† So by the time we were finished it was getting TOO close to 9pm! what to do!!!??!?!?!??!

We thought about the places near us.. there is a Sprouts Food and Groceries near by (and actually we have a locked gate¬†next to it) we parked in the very back parking lot of it.¬† Then ran over and grabbed our dogs to bring them over to the RV to spend the night with us. Our though was, if someone were to stop and knock on the door and ask us to move, we’d be there!¬†Well, that was the thought…

One of the dogs had a different thought… “I wanna go home!”¬† (jerk)

So Rena took him home and put him in his crate.. the other stayed with us.. in a parking lot… next to our apartment (yes, this is the same thing as putting a tent in the backyard and calling it ‘camping’)

Here’s to the next (REAL) camping experience!

Windows 10 in Azure

I came across a great post that answers a question I had;¬† “How can I run a Windows 10 VM in Azure?”.¬† Now, this isn’t a normal thing, but for me and testing things, sometimes it’s nice to have a clean workstation that is domain joined in my Azure network. This is not a cheap alternative to running it as a day-to-day used VM, but more for folks like me who want to run tests in a lab scenario. Josh Heffner’s blog post does a great job of explaining the technical ‘how-to’ of this.

How To Upload and Run a Windows 10 Enterprise VM in Azure

By | January 20, 2015

Running a workstation OS in the cloud may not be the most practical solution at this time, but it may prove useful in some test lab scenarios. While Azure does support plenty of server OS options that you can choose from a gallery and have up and running within minutes, Windows 7 and 8 images are currently only available to MSDN Subscribers. Azure does provide the capability to upload your own VHD to run on their platform, though. In this guide, we will create a Hyper-V VM with Windows 10 Enterprise Preview, prepare the VHD and upload it to Windows Azure, and connect to the Windows VM for use in the cloud. We will be using Windows 10 in this guide, but the steps are the same for Enterprise versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Read More about this at Josh’s page…