And Away We Go

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 242015

The first order of business yesterday morning was to call the VA hospital in Tucson to see when I can get in for a follow-up to my hospital stay here in Temecula, California. It being a holiday week, I didn’t think they’d be able to do anything for me very quickly. But after I spoke to my doctor’s nurse, explained what I had been through and read her the final release report from the hospital here, she scheduled me for an appointment on Friday morning of this week. I know a lot of folks have heard some terrible things about the Veterans Administration healthcare system, but they’ve always taken very good care of me.

So today we are leaving Jojoba Hills Escapees co-op, and will drive to Quartzsite, Arizona, where my friend Butch Williams will figure out what we need to do for the lock on one of our motorhome’s fuel doors. And then Wednesday we will pull into Voyager RV Resort in Tucson and get settled in for whatever the VA has in store for me.

Jojoba Hills is a very nice park with lots of amenities and plenty of activities to keep you busy. I can’t think of anything you could look for that you won’t find here. Well, except for us. I’m dreading that 17 miles of winding narrow road between the park and the interstate, and as nice as this place is, I won’t be driving it again anytime soon. Terry and I are just not Southern California folks.

Once I had an appointment set up at the VA and reservations made in Tucson, we decided to take a drive down to Poway, about 50 miles south of here to see if I could handle a short trip. Poway is the home of Revolution Enterprises, who make the quad line kites that Terry and I love flying so much. When we met her at the Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington this summer, Lolly Hadzicki had invited us down for a visit. Except for a few trips down to the hot tub, it was my first time away from the motorhome since I got out of the hospital.

As it turns out, Revolution makes a lot more than just kites. They also manufacture canes for the blind, skateboards, camera tripods, and shafts for golf clubs. But it is their amazing kites that have made them famous.

Rev kites small

Revolution is a family business, and Lolly and her brothers David and Joe went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I was like a kid in a candy store and wanted one of each! These are just a few of their many offerings hanging on the wall behind Joe’s desk. We’ll have more about our visit to the kite factory in a future issue of the Gypsy Journal.

Joe office small

Returning to Temecula, I sure was glad Miss Terry was the one doing the driving. It was 50 miles of crowded freeway in both directions. How do people live like this?

Then again, how do people live like this? My friend Bruce Fay sent me this photo of his beautiful bus conversion sitting in the snow in Michigan. Why, Bruce, why? Fire that thing up and point the nose south! That’s no way to treat a bus.

Fay bus in snow

I know we’re going to disappoint a few people by not hanging around here longer so we have a chance to visit with them, and we had every intention of doing so when we came here, but sometimes life gets in the way and you just have to do what you have to do. Not to worry, in this lifestyle we cross paths with folks over and over again in every corner of this wonderful country of ours.

Thought For The Day – Don’t forget to set your scales back 10 pounds this week.

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  5 Responses to “And Away We Go”

  1. How did he take the picture? I don’t see any footprints in the snow. Maybe he isn’t living in the bus?

  2. Don’t blame you one bit for wanting to get out of So Cal. We can’t wait.

  3. I’m so jealous you got to tour Rev Kites. So which one did you buy??? Come on Nick …. I KNOW you got one!!! LOL

  4. Rich,

    That picture was taken, earlier this week, right after the snow fall.

    They aren’t living in it right now. They’re prepping and loading it to head South very soon, obviously, NOT soon enough!


  5. Nick I was raised in S California, after stopping this summer to see my sister and Mike’s brother we will never go back. We love all of the but they can come to TX. We were both nervous wrecks when we had to drive on the freeways to go 20 miles ..It would take up to two hours to drive it because of grid lock no matter what time of day. Glad you are feeling better and please travel safe.

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