It has been 10 days since I last wrote in this blog. I have a hard time getting inspired to write when we are sitting still. I wrote in by last entry that I felt "conflicted" coming back to Missouri. I will try to explain.
We love our life on the road. We love to see new places and meet new people. We have found that we love the feeling of waking up in the morning and looking out the windows to a new scene. We certainly want to keep traveling as long as we can. The conflict comes in when we think about our children and grandchildren. It is also related to the ranch. We love coming to the ranch. We love hanging out with all of the people that come here and we love the activities in this area.
So, there is the problem. How do we have both?
Our current plan is to stay here a while and let our feelings tell us when it is time to leave. I have no idea how long that will be. We also need to take care of a few things that are much easier when we are sitting still. Kim is taking care of a dental problem and I am working on an air conditioner issue in the trailer. I also want to work on the slides to get them operating perfectly.
We arrived at the ranch on May 25. What have we been doing since? Well, we have been very busy. Just this week is the first time we have been able to just relax. We have been spending time with some of the grandchildren and I have been doing some riding at the ranch. We have the ultimate place to ride dirt bikes. I have never found a workout that is as much fun as riding my dirt bike. So, I am even getting in a little better shape. I am also looking forward to water skiing this summer. We are currently waiting for the lakes to come down a bit to make the lakes safe for our boat. They have had an incredible amount of rain this spring here in Missouri.
The ranch is very green this year. We have an amazing variety of birds. We had one hit one of our windows while Isabella was visiting. I got this great picture of her trying to nurse it back to health.
While Jake was here, he decided to make pancakes. They turned out...interesting. It is so rare to get a shot of him smiling, so I have to publish these.
We also had a 4 day visit from Will. He is riding his motorcycle very well. It won't be long and he will be riding with the older guys. Will and Isabella are also playing baseball and softball. Both are doing very well. I just love going to the ballpark. It brings back great memories of coaching my own children.
We also had a visit from Amelia. She is growing up so fast. No great pictures, but she is just so cute I had to publish one.
One of the cool things that happen here at the ranch is some riders from around the state come here to train. Logan Lowery is from Northern Missouri and is a top 20 National Professional Rider. He spent last week with us and invited two local pros to ride and train with him. Here is a shot of Logan in the center (age 19), Noah Clark (age 15), Nate Rector (age 16). There are very special young men. Not only are they great riders, but are equally great people that are totally dedicated to being successful.
I really enjoy hanging out and even doing a little riding with the guys.
I have also spent a fair amount of time doing maintenance on my machines and the tractor that we have here at the ranch. One of the things about being here is there is never a lack of things to do. That can be good and bad.
The ranch is a unique situation. We are 10% owners of the ranch. Many of the owners rarely come to the ranch and have very little to do with what is going on here. Two other owners are very involved and take care of this place alone when we are not here. The cool thing about this place is it makes money by selling annual memberships and putting on events. The income basically covers our expenses. So, we have a place to come and hang out with full hook ups and there are no on going costs. It did take a significant investment to start with, but it works for us.
That is about it for now. I will try to write periodically while we are sitting still. As our future travel plans come in to focus, I will update this blog. For now, have a great summer.