Family Life in Madison

What grandparent wouldn’t like spending the summer in your daughter’s backyard swimming pool with your grandchildren, especially over the fourth of July. And your son and his family flying up for the holiday.  Wonderful 4th of July, and it is my favorite holiday! Since we have been living in our RV, we have missed Halloween, Thanksgiving, X-mas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day with our family. This is the hardest thing, besides the stupid desert. It makes me want to leave the nomadic lifestyle but my husband loves it so much and he tries to make me happy in other ways. But, while  we have been in Madison, we have been filling our days with lots of fun family things, appreciating family more than ever, which is a good thing.

I would also like to add that I do  like living in our RV full time as a housewife, other than being away so long from family.   And these are the reasons why:

Not much floor to mop.

Not much time spent on cleaning a small space.

No neighbors that I need to hang out with.

Never have to mow the grass.

Never have to pack up our clothes and bathroom items when we take a trip.

Always have our home when we go to weddings etc.

Can be close to or by lakes and rivers.

And for the first time starting this month,July, we are going to start hosting at a county park here in Dane county. It’s at Mendota County Park and it is on lake Mendota. The best part is we get to stay for free! I’ll let you know how that goes next time I blog.

Hailey and Ketchum Idaho

Next stop was in northern Idaho to Hailey and Ketchum. I had read in my travel book, Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen, about the cemetery  where Ernest Hemingway was buried. The grave stones of Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife, Mary, are located in the small unassuming Ketchum cemetery. You would have never  known such a famous author was buried there. On his grave site people have left a fly fishing rod, Pabst Blue Ribbon , Coors can, Knob Creek Bourbon,  a wine glass and a writing pen. It is all just sitting atop Hemingway’s grave stone.

 

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Idaho

We made our way to a farm in Burley,Idaho to visit our nieces Alex and Libby. Alex lives on the farm with her boyfriend Zack. They actually had hook-ups for water and electric, how fantastic is that! We parked right at the edge of their lawn.  We were greeted warmly by a goat named Charlie and a dog named Blue.  Charlie the goat wanders around the yard just like the dog, they even know how to open the back door of the house and let themselves in if the door is left unlocked! How hilarious is that!!!

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Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is near the Elephant Butte State park, it has the largest lake in New Mexico.  Truth or Consequences used to be called Hot Springs. So there are several hot springs spas in town. We chose to go to River’s Bend Spa on the Rio Grand. It was a marvelous day; sunny blue skies, no wind, ducks, birds,  flying fish and on the river in a pool of perfect 102 degree temperature. I have never been so relaxed in my entire life. I held George up in the water first moving him around in a circling motion. The he did the same for me. George described the feeling best by saying, “It’s almost sensory deprivation!” Worth a visit.

Utah Night Sky

I started learning how to photograph the night sky so that I could try and capture the beauty of the sky in one of the few places left on Earth where it is actually dark at night. It is so dark here in Valley of the Gods, Utah, that when you step outside it takes a bit of adjustment to see at all, other than the stars above.

Anyway, after trying what seemed like a million different settings for my Canon Rebel T6i, I found a combination that worked really well. I got my info from an article on the web.  Astrophotography Tips

Basically, the most critical setting is the f-stop. It needs to be set so the aperture is as wide as possible, which means a low number. Then the ISO needs to be set low too. This seemed counter intuitive to me, but high ISO with long exposures creates a “noisy” image. Finally, the length of the exposure.

So, I set the ISO to 200, the F-stop to 2 and exposed the image for 30 seconds using the remote control. Here is the final product, with no retouching.

The Beginning

I like to tell people my husband, George and I are fine tuning our Love-Hate relationship. All you housewives out there know what I mean. Especially able to perfect this when you live in a motor home full time with each other and three small pets, Gizzy, our pug and Olive and Pickles, our parakeets.  George screwed a hook into one of the old plastic antenna covers in the ceiling. So their cage is off the ground and we don’t have to have a bird stand. We had started out with one. It is fun how you come up with the simplest ideas that work great and function well in a small space.

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