Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On the Mend

Hi All,

As many of you know, Carl was diagnosed with liver cancer about six weeks ago. It was early stage and small (3.6 x 2.4 cm).

Today he had the procedure to destroy the tumor with microwaves. Procedure took about an hour, he was out of the hospital in four hours and is resting comfortably, aka drugged, at home.

Thanks for all of your prayers, good thoughts and positive vibes.

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Monday, December 14, 2020

90 Likes and Counting

Hi All,

As most of you already know, we got a new kitten yesterday. We took this picture in the Petco where we adopted her.
On the way home Sandy posted it on Facebook. Forty likes before we gat home! Now up to 90! We named her Sanibel.

The internet has been flooded with jokes during the pandemic. Carl's all time favorite is-

"My fondest childhood memory is making sand castles with my grandpa- until mom hid his urn"

Stay safe and healthy, the vaccine is almost here

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Great News!

Hi All,

This morning we drove back to the RV repair place to run the generator. That keeps the batteries topped off so the fridge keeps working.

What we found was complete chaos inside. The pantry was out, the draw was out, parts and pieces were all over the place.
This is great news on two counts- first they got to work on the coach Friday instead of waiting until Monday and second they had removed the water heater which was apparently the source of the leak. That was much better than a broken pipe hidden away in a hard to reach spot.

The fridge was fine and it looks like we can be on our way Tuesday morning.

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Monday, October 26, 2020

On the Road Again

Hi All,

Saturday we concluded our wonderful visit with Millie. Thanks for your hospitality and your guide services. Friday we Zoomed Shabbat services from Millie's temple and Saturday we visited a winery and watched Hamilton in the evening. Throughout our visit we were careful, staying six plus feet apart in her condo and wearing masks in the car.

Sunday we hit the road with stops in LA and AL enroute to Greenville, SC.

Speaking of masks, a friend on the Wildlife Brigade sent us this. 

For those of you confused by hurricane names, here is a guide to tropical storm naming conventions for our warming planet. This season we went A to Z and now we are up to Zeta in the Greek alphabet!
Stay safe & healthy 

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Kansas Birding

Hi All,

Yesterday we visited the Quivera National Wildlife Refuge and today it was the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Both places had thousands of birds, almost all too far away to identify even with our spotting scope. Still, we saw hundreds of avocets and white pelicans plus a smattering of other shorebirds, ducks, wading birds and a few Sandhills.

At Cheyenne Bottoms we got some decent views from this observation tower. Check out all that bird poop!

Tomorrow it is shopping and chores then off to Texas.

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Colorado to Kansas

Hi All,

The National Monument was wonderful but the main reason we came to this area was to visit Laura & Doug Johnston, friends from Grand Teton. We had a great socially distant visit, dinner and opportunity to catch up.

They recommended Horse Thief Canyon for a flat, bird hike the next day. The cottonwoods were stunning along the river, birds were plentiful 

and we even got a "life bird" -Woodhouse's scrub jay (not our photo).
We were pretty sure it was a western scrub jay but when we looked it up, we learned that in 2016 that species was split into California and Woodhouse's scrub jay! 

When checking into campgrounds, we always check the local information in brochure racks. This was an interesting find

We left western Colorado on Wednesday and headed to the eastern edge of the state. It was a one night stopover and we barely left the coach but some local wildlife came to say Hi!

We had planned to go to New Mexico next but spiking Covid cases there and a statewide 14 day quarantine for anyone coming in from out of state, made us decide on Kansas instead. Thursday we drove to Pratt, KS near a couple of great birding spots.

Here's today's funny sign.

Stay safe and healthy 

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502

Colorado National Monument

Hi All,

From a distance, the Colorado National Monument looks like exactly what it is- a huge section of uplifted red rock sandstone with numerous erosion canyons. That's the Colorado River in the foreground.


The long drive to the upper plateau included two short red rock tunnels. Once at the top, the views are extraordinary.

This survivor of the erosion history is called Independence Monument.

This is Red Canyon. The drainage down the center supports cottonwood trees now showing their fall colors.

More stunning views.

Fallen rock is a huge rock slab that broke off but did not topple over.

Another erosion survivor.

This place is a compact gem of the National Park system.

Love,

Sandy & Carl 
Living & Traveling in our Motorhome
Volunteering across America
greenbaum2@gmail.com
www.livingourdream2011.blogspot.com
617-435-8502