Friday, August 18, 2017

Last Few Days

Yesterday-Thurs, Aug 17
We are in Grand Marais, Mn...Finally stopped raining. Yesterday was Duluth where the wind cancelled our proposed harbor cruise. Poured all night, and COLD! Still chilly (low 60's) overcast but not raining.
Today-Friday, Aug 18
Phew! Got pulled over for a thorough exam by Canadian customs...Texas license plate you know. Looking for dogs, guns and booze. Usually happens when we come back into the states. They must have been bored. Gorgeous day, low 70's and sunny.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I think I know why Avatan is so appealing to us South Texans.
  It is lush and green and flowery with lots of trees. Lots of private and public gardens.
Everone is smiling.
 Dick and company keep it clean and well groomed, and did I metion it's cool?  Last night in the 50's!
We are headed north then west.  Who knows where, just drifting.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Avatan weekend

Lovely, lovely day.  High in the low to mid 70's. 
 Lazy morning followed with poolside Bingo,
 very relaxed rules water volleyball,
 a wedding
and then a corn feed!
Any place that offers popcorn and lemonade by the pool
 has my support!
The wedding was very nice...dress code was hats.
The whole camp must have turned out for the ceremony.
There is a vibe acceptance and friendliness I remember from Sandpipers years ago.  Not that Sandpipers of today isn't friendly.  Far from it. But something here is different.  Hard to describe.

Friday, August 11, 2017

In the Woods

We finally made it to Avatan,
that lovely oasis in the Minnesota woods.
  Spent a couple of days at a casino where Jim had the Midas touch with a few slot machines...won $300! Nice stop after our escape from the Winnebago factory.
Tonight we are going out for prime rib...I am so excited to not be making and cleaning up dinner.
Weather is gorgeous.  We went on a tour of the property and our guide was moaning about how hot and sweaty it was...78 degrees! And no humidity.
Can't believe they even can swim as it's so cool (for me).
Met up with Cher and Steve, and of course Frankie & Dick.  Other Sandpeeps are around and we'll run into them in the next few days, if not tonight.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ont Road, day 2

We are at the border of Oklahoma/Texas at the Winstar casino.  A good deal if you can stay away from the gambling.  First night free, maybe.  Might have to stay a few to make that work. we'll see.

Austin broke a 65 year heat record yesterday.  You could literally fry in the sun...107 degrees!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

On the road, day one

After a super long hiatus I'm gonna try to get back
into the blogging business. 
We are on the road in the RV looking for cooler weather. 
 Day one:
Austin where it's 106 sizzling degrees, but we are in the shade!
It's been almost that hot at Sandpipers where between the heat, the illnesses, the diets, and yes, even deaths depression has latched onto me. I can't even drown my sorrows in wine or beer.  I have a liver disease and can never drink again...not even cough syrup. People roll their eyes and say, "Well I couldn't do that!"  Yes you can if the doc says if you drink you will die.  Great incentive that!
Jim is well into the Weight Watcher program and as of this morning has lost 16 pounds.  I have to relearn cooking!
Will check in periodically and may priority you all some cooler weather if I find any.

Monday, June 26, 2017

It has Started!

Pizzazz is on it's way, not to be finished this year, but a good start!
From Karen:
We have been very, very busy here at Sandpipers getting the demolition done is lotz of work on our part. Maria had posted some pictures already from the first day. Some of the comments were: be sure to keep the pictures coming; Will there be a workout room — NO not for this season for sure; hopefully we are putting in something for the acoustics —
WELL that brings me to this: The new building (to be... known as Pizzazz!) will be lucky to be ready to use by Oct 25th. Here is what that means: The estimate to demo the current pavilion (30′ x 100′) and wooden structures on the south side of the pavilion, relocate rerun the electric, gas and water to the bathouse AND build two new buildings (Pizzazz! 4480sf and the two story 2048sf) was coming in at $250,000 (yes, a quarter of a million dollars). Well I had to break this project up into three seasons to complete. For this winter Texan season, there will be the 12′ high brick building (with the roof peak at 14′) with doors, windows, and ceiling fans. The roof will be foam insulated. The flooring, air conditioning, and drop ceiling are not in this year’s budget. The old stage deck will be in there until we can get enough funds ready for the building of the new stage and sound/light/recording booth. This is a work in progress and we are maxed out this season. At least this building will not have water leaking from the ceiling or running under your feet. We hope that you will be able to enjoy the new Pizzazz! as we continue to work on upgrading our facilities.