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Smokey Mountain National Park, Newfound Gap

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

ABQ Balloon Festival (Albuquerque, NM)

 

First a Happy and Healthy New Year to all our family and friends.  It is now 5777!  We are having our holiday dinner here.  The Brisket is made and gefilte fish and horseradish ready!

As you may have noticed I have been using Facebook more and more to post where we are. 

There are too many pictures and videos right now to put it on Facebook.  So I am using the Blog. 

For the most part I will use Facebook and on occasion I will use the Blog for pictures.   If you want to keep up with Roan on the Road.  If we are not Facebook friends, please send me a friend request.  Thanks.

We are now at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, dry camping with the Escapees Boomers group.  Dry camping for those of you who are not RVers, is being off the grid.  No water, no sewer or electric connections.  We carry our own fresh water and store the sewer water until we can dump it.  We have solar and a generator for electricity. 

There are hundreds of Balloons, of all shapes and size, from all over the world.

It all starts before Dawn.  We were up and on the field before 5:30AM!

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Before Dawn (5 of 5)

Dawn Patrol (1 of 1)

This is the Dawn Patrol.   They launch fist to test the winds.

Then all the rest Launch!!

Mass Ascension

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All of these pictures were taken right in front of our RV. 

Note, the special shape balloon pictures are for Evelyn!!!!!!!!!!!!

Special Shapes

Darth Vader

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Yoda

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Keystone Cop chasing Con for Con artist (I call him Trump)

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Wells Fargo Stage Coach (I think they are getting out of town)

Special Shape Balloons (5 of 11)

Dragon

Special Shape Balloons (4 of 11)

Butterfly

Special Shape Balloons (7 of 11)

Smokey

Special Shape Balloons (11 of 11)

Miss Court Jester

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Yoda landing in front of our RV

Yoda Landing (1 of 1)

More videos to come tomorrow

Life is Great on the Roan Road…

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Immortalized in the National Archives (Norcross, GA)

 

After spending most of the winter in Florida, we are now in the Atlanta area seeing all our doctors.  We moved all of our doctors to Atlanta, a more central area for us.

StoryCorps has a recording booth at the Atlanta History Center. StoryCorps was setup to record people’s story, any story, and to archive the recording in the Nation Archives in Washington D.C.    So last Saturday, March 5th, we went to the recording booth at the Atlanta History Center and recorded how we started Full Time RVing and our life on the Roan Road.  Note, Ann was the one who discovered the StoryCorps studio here and made it happen and checked it off her Bucket List!

If our story will be heard on NPR, we will let you know.

 

Story Corp Atlanta (3 of 4)

 

The end of the month we will be heading to the ever famous (at least for RVs) Elkhart, IN to have some work done on the camper at Morryde.

The Plan, as of now, is to have the work done in Elkhart,  then go to Chattanooga for the New Horizons Rally.  After the Rally drive to Dallas, TX for a Bat Mitzvah.  Then shoot up to NYC for our half century anniversary.  Then……

Evelyn is about to turn 22 months old (and is very cute and very big).  Also, Happy Birthday to Adam

 Life is Super on the Roan Road…

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Bet you thought we fell Off the edge of the Earth (Clermont, FL)

 

Nothing earth shattering to report.  We have been sitting around Clermont for a while, just taking part in the many activities this campground offers.  Our Disney passes are up, so no more trips to Disney for us.

We did drive up to New York for Christmas and to see the family and the doctors.  But since our plans are etched in Jello, we cancelled the doctors, shortened our NY stay and headed back to Florida.  In March we will head to Atlanta to do the doctor thing.  Atlanta is more centrally located for us.

While in NY we did got to see Jay, Heidi, Andrew, Caroline and of course, Evelyn.

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And the entire Brody/Bennis Clan got together for our annual Chanukah Celebration!

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I also cannot resist.

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We also got to see the Greenfield Gang at Ellen’s 90th Surprise Birthday Party!

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Hitch itch, Hitch itch, Gotta scratch that itch!

Today we are in Cedar Key for a month or maybe two.

Lots of Birthday’s this month: Roy, Jay, Ellen, Pauline, Rick, and Jenn.  Also, Evelyn will turn 20 months!!!

Happy Anniversary to Fran and Rick

Life is Good on the Roan Road

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

And Yet Another Year (Clermont, FL)

 

 

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Happy Holidays to everyone. 

Chalk up another one on the Roan Road.  Another year is coming to a close.  On Dec. 14th we will start heading up to New York City for our annual doctor thing. 

Not must to talk about, so this will be a short post.

Evelyn will be coming in and bringing her parents.  We are very excited about seeing them. 

We are supposed to have the awning replaced, but that will have to wait until we get back.

Happy Birthday to Vic and Happy Anniversary to Jenn & Jon and Pauline & Irwin.

Life is Great on the Roan Road.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Basking in the Hot Sun (Clermont, FL)

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our family and friends!

We are here in Clermont, FL to take advantage of the great weather and to use up the last of our season tickets to Disney World.  We have been back to Disney 3 times and are going back once more to see the Osborne Lights in Hollywood Studios.

Last month, on our way down from Atlanta, we went to White Springs, FL to see the  Stephen Foster State Park. 

We changed our reservations here in Clermont and will be staying until January 4th.  Then heading for Cedar Key for the rest of the winter.   We are leaving the camper here in Clermont and driving up to NYC around the 16th of December and will be back  just before the new year begins.

Nothing more to report.

Special November Birthdays:  Evelyn (18 months) and Olivia (10 years old)!!!!

Life is Restful on the Roan Road…

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Gone South for the Winter (Clermont, FL)

 

We spent  a week in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina (mid October). photographing the fall foliage (leaf peeping).  We spent the week roughing it.  We had no cell service at the campsite, no satellite and extremely bad Wi-Fi.  We did have cable TV though.  Now that is roughing it !  We had to travel to the coffee shop in the town of Cherokee to make calls, check emails and  talk to Evelyn (note, they had good coffee!) 

When the temperatures started to drop and we had to wear long pants, sweaters and jackets, we decided to follow the birds south.  So, here we are in sunny, warm Florida.  We will use up the rest of our season tickets to Disney World which are up December 1st.  BTW prices at Disney World are UP considerably.  Good thing we are not renewing the season passes.  

We will stay here in Clermont, just outside of Disney, until December 1st,  Then head over to Cedar Key on the west coast, just north of Tampa.

Below are some of the pictures we took while leaf peeping.

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Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mtns (2 of 8)

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mtns (3 of 8)

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mtns (4 of 8)

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mtns (7 of 8)

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mtns (8 of 8)

I have lots more.  But will leave them for another blog.

Get well wishes to Harvey.

Mike, Congratulations on your Special Honor in being named best doctor under 40, in Fairfield County,  Connecticut.

Happy Anniversary to Alyssa & Mike!

And, Happy Special, Special, Birthday to Alyssa!

 

Life is Super on the Roan Road…

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Smoky gets in Your Eyes (Norcross, GA)

 

After five weeks in Atlanta, tomorrow we are heading for Cherokee, NC and the Great Smoky Mountains to do some leaf peeping.  At least, I hope the leaves have changed.

We just had two repairs on the truck.  One, we had the DPF catalytic filter changed to the tune of $2800.  Then we were stopped on I-85 because of traffic and promptly were rear ended.  Fortunately, the other guy’s insurance paid for that (and the damage wasn’t too bad).  Now we are ready to move on to the next adventure. 

We also spent time with Cheryl, Harris, Adam, Debra, Ethan, Isaac and the newest family member, Sophie (who just turned 4 months).  We had a great time seeing everyone.

We did, however,  do some touristy things while in Atlanta.   So here is my picture essay. 

First we drove to Warm Springs, GA, The Little White House for FDR. The Little White House is a state park approximately 80 miles south of Atlanta, It is the place FDR went to try to recover from Polio, and where he died in the third term as president.

Park Visitor’s Center

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Little White House.  Servants quarters(right) Guest House (Left)

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Unfinished portrait.

Little Whitehouse (15 of 16)

 

Martin Luther King National Historic Site

Gibbs Gardens is 40 miles north of Atlanta on what was once the Gibbs farm.  They are now having a Water Lily Festival.

I saved the best Lily for Last.

Gibbs Gardens (50 of 110)

Life is Great on the Roan Road…