Tuesday, October 22, 2019

BIG STORM

WE HAD WHAT'S CALLED IN TEXAS A WIND SHEER. THE POWER WAS OUT 2 OR 3 HOURS AT OUR CONDO, BUT ON THE MAIN DRAG THE POWER WAS OUT MUCH LONGER.





THIS TRANSMISSION LINE SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY DAMAGE.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

STILL HERE

MARY AND I ARE STILL HERE ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.  THE BESL BUNCH LEFT LAST FRIDAY AND UNCLE HANS AND RENEE LEFT MONDAY, SO WE ARE ALL BY OURSELVES FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.


WE HAVE A LIST OF THINGS WE'D LIKE TO DO, SO WE WON'T BE JUST SITTING WATCHING THE SUN RISE AND SET.  WE HAVE PLENTY OF GULF SHRIMP AND BUSH LIGHT SO THERE IS NO NEED TO SEND MONEY, BESIDES IF WE GET BORED WE CAN JUST CHECK ON YOUR WEATHER AND ENJOY THE REST OF OUR DAY.

     "SUNNY & 80"

Sunday, October 13, 2019

BOCA CHICA

BOCA CHICA IS A SMALL BEACH AREA BETWEEN SOUTH PADRE ISLAND AND THE RIO GRANDE RIVER, THE BORDER WITH MEXICO. ALTHOUGH IT'S JUST A FEW HUNDRED YARDS ACROSS THE BROWNSVILLE SHIPPING CHANNEL, IT'S A 42 MILE DRIVE AROUND THE ROADS TO GET THERE.  IT WAS A SMALL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY AND VERY SECLUDED.



THAT'S ALL CHANGED AS ELTON MUSK HAS BUILT THE SPACE-X LAUNCH AREA WITH REUSABLE SPACECRAFT AND FUTURE MANNED FLIGHTS TO MARS.



THIS IS A ROCKET ENGINE THEY RECENTLY TEST FIRED 500 FEET UP AND THEN RETURNED TO LAND.


NEITHER UNCLE HANS OR MYSELF MADE TRAVEL RESERVATIONS TO FLY TO MARS AS THE WHOLE PROJECT LOOKS UNDERWHELMING.


Friday, October 11, 2019

SPI BUCKET LIST

CROSS THAT OFF THE SOUTH PADRE BUCKET LIST !!

WE STARTED OUT ON BEACH ACCESS #5 AND DROVE UNCLE HANS' OLD VAN UP THE BEACH ON THE SAND. IT WAS AN ADVENTURE !  AS YOU RECALL UNCLE HANS HAULED HIS MOTORCYCLE IN THE BACK OF THIS VAN SO THERE WERE NO SEATS, AND 9 OF US INSIDE.





WE MADE IT ABOUT 10 MILES NORTH OF CIVILIZATION AND THE MARKER FOR THE UNOFFICIAL NUDE BEACH.





  "SUNNY & 90"

Monday, October 7, 2019

THE WINNERS

HERE ARE THE SAND CASTLE WINNERS FOR 2019:

FIRST PLACE



SECOND PLACE



THIRD PLACE


Sunday, October 6, 2019

SAND CASTLE DAYS

THIS WEEK-END IS SAND CASTLE DAYS ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND WITH 12 PROFESSIONAL BUILDERS.



THE BESL BUNCH ARRIVED SATURDAY RIGHT ON SCHEDULE AND IMMEDIATELY HIT THE BEACH TO GET SUNBURNED !!!

IN ALL THE YEARS WE'VE BEEN COMING TO SOUTH PADRE, THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE ON THE BEACH THAN EVER BEFORE.

   "SUNNY & 85"

Saturday, October 5, 2019

VIVA MEXICO !!!

YESTERDAY WAS OUR ANNUAL RUN SOUTH OF THE BORDER TO PROGRESO, MEXICO.  WE ATE, WE DRANK, WE SHOPPED, AND WE SURVIVED.....










EVEN IN MEXICO IT WAS, "SUNNY & 80"

Thursday, October 3, 2019

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND


OMG IT'S BEEN OVER A MONTH SINCE WE POSTED ON THE BLOG.  WE SPENT THAT MONTH AT HOME ON "THE MOUNTAIN" IN ARIZONA, MOSTLY JUST CHILL'IN.

OCTOBER FINDS US ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TEXAS.....



AND IT'S SAND CASTLE DAYS......





UNCLE HANS AND RENEE ARE HERE WITH US FOR A COUPLE WEEKS AND THE BESL'S ARE DUE IN ON SATURDAY.  UNCLE HANS BROUGHT HIS MOTORCYCLE AND VAN WHICH HE PLANS TO LEAVE ON THE ISLAND.



MORE ADVENTURES TO FOLLOW, AND OF COURSE IT'S "SUNNY & 80"

Thursday, August 22, 2019

8,000 MILE ROAD TRIP

WE ARE SAFELY BACK IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF ARIZONA AFTER OUR 8,000 MILE, AND 42 DAY ROAD TRIP BACK TO WISCONSIN. WE HAD LOTS OF PEOPLE AND PLACES ON THE LIST, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT EVERYONE AND EVERY PLACE MADE OUR SCHEDULE.



FOR YOU PRIUS FANS OUT THERE, THE LITTLE WHITE CAR GOT 55.2 MPG ON THE TOTAL TRIP. THE CHEAPEST GAS WAS ONE DAY IN WAUKON, IOWA AT $2.13/GALLON.

NOW WE'RE GOING TO REST UP FOR A MONTH BEFORE WE START PACKING FOR OUR ANNUAL TRIP TO SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TEXAS FOR SOME BEACH TIME.

"SUNNY & 91" ON THE MOUNTAIN TODAY.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

THE WOOD PILE

IT'S A TRADITION WHEN YOU VISIT CABLE LAKE TO WORK ON THE WOOD PILE.



WE CARRIED ENOUGH WOOD FOR NEXT WINTER FROM THE WOOD PILE TO THE HOUSE, AND THEN WE SPLIT SOME BIG STUFF (RED OAK) LEFT OVER FROM A PREVIOUS YEAR, AND SOME FRESH CUT PINE.




UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS "SUNNY & 80" AND WE HAD TO SWEAT............

Friday, August 16, 2019

Family


It all started on Monday afternoon.....

My son Dave and his girlfriend Jamie came to La Crosse.  We started out showing him the beautiful city of La Crosse from Granddad Bluff.  Just so happens that there is a bar at the bottom of the bluff.  So we decided to stop there and have a beverage.  Next it was on to the Old Style Inn to meet up with Chad after work.  After we had a late lunch, Dave expressed interest in see the bars that his Dad had owned in La Crosse.  So off we went and the next thing you know we were on a "pub crawl".  Funny thing was that at each place more and more people showed up.  I think that by the end of the night we had over 15 people around, mostly relatives and frankly some were relatives that I had forgotten about.  I don't think anyone made it to work on Tuesday and some didn't get out of bed until 4 PM.



Dave, Jamie, Chad, Marissa, Heather, and Mary.



Tuesday evening, my future grandson-in-law put on a spectacular fish fry.  That also attracted a lot of people!  Again, family I had not seen in 15 plus years.  It was amazing.  Evan fried fish that was caught on the last fishing trip to South Padre Island, Texas.  I think he said that he fried 120 filets! 
And I think he looks adorable in my sunflower apron!





My grandson RJ.




Lots of chit chatting!





Also a lot of dogs!

Was a wild three days!!  Thanks for coming Dave and Jamie!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Springfield

Last week we crossed off something from our bucket list.  We went to the Lincoln Museum and Presidential Library in Springfield, IL.



This is the only home that Abe and Mary Lincoln ever owned.  They lived in it for 17 years.  A two block section is preserved so you get a real feel of the neighborhood they lived in.




 We also visited the tomb where they are buried.  It is customary to rub Lincoln's nose.  As you can see, his nose is pretty shiny!




This is a shot of the outside of his tomb.  It is very impressive.




The headstone of where he is buried.  




 This is a the presidential family when they were in the White House.  They had already lost one of their four sons at this time.




This statue is amazing and Abe/s hat is actually taller than the building entrance.  This is the entrance to the museum.



A bonus in Springfield is the Dana-Thomas House.  One of the largest home ever designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It is breathtaking and worth touring.




Of course, since we were so close we decided to stop in Le Claire IA. to check out Antique Archaeology.  We were disappointed, it seems to be mostly a souvenir shop for expensive t-shirts and key chains!  But I do have to say the little town of Le Claire was delightful.  Very clean and pretty.


Friday, August 2, 2019

PDC

THANKS MIKEY FOR A GREAT VISIT TO PRAIRIE DU CHEIN !!! THE STEAKS AND COMPANY WERE FANTASTIC !!!

OF COURSE WE DID WHAT WE DO BEST WITH MIKEY AND ENJOYED A ROADTRIP THAT RAN SOUTH FROM PRAIRIE ON THE WISCONSIN SIDE OF THE RIVER.


WYALUSING STATE PARK, BAGLEY, CASSVILLE, AND PATCH GROVE WERE JUST A FEW OF THE STOPS.

   "SUNNY & 80"

Friday, July 26, 2019

THE HOLY LAND

THIS WEEK MARY AND I MADE A PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND:



YUP, LAMBEAU FIELD IN GREEN BAY.



WE EVEN SAW RODGERS AND THE TEAM WORKING OUT ON THE PRACTICE FIELD, WHICH IS CALLED RAY NITSCHKE FIELD.



WE MET UP WITH OUR DRINKING BUDDIES MARK & JAYNE FROM DES MOINES.


NEXT WEEK ON THE AGENDA, IT'S TIME TO CHECK-IN ON MIKEY IN PDC.

   "SUNNY & 77"

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CANYON CAMP



CHASING CHILDHOOD MEMORIES TAKES US BACK TO STOCKTON, ILLINOIS AND CANYON CAMP.  I SPENT ALL MY TEEN YEARS ON SUMMER STAFF AT CANYON CAMP BSA.








WE ENJOYED THE VISIT HIKING FROM ONE END OF THE CAMP TO THE OTHER CHECKING OUT ALL THE CHANGES, RENOVATIONS, AND ADDITIONS.  WE HAD DINNER IN THE MESS HALL AND STAYED FOR THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CAMPFIRE AND INDIAN DANCING. IT SURE BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF OLD EAGLE SCOUT MEMORIES.

 THE SPIRIT OF CANYON CAMP GOES BACK TO 1936 AND IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT INTO WORDS, BUT AS AN EXAMPLE, AS THE STAFF RAN FOUR SERVINGS LINES FOR DINNER THEY WERE ALL SINGING CAMP SONGS WITH ENTHUSIASM.

STOCKTON, ILLINOIS WAS HOME, AND HAS SURE CHANGED IN 52 YEARS.






  "SUNNY & 82"