Larry Patty & Lake Isabella

April 23rd, 2014 LeiLei Posted in RV Having Fun Yet | Please Comment - 1 Comment »

We had a great visit with Larry & Patty. Larry let us have the archery club president’s spot, all level, and all the fresh water we could use.

The View

Larry and Pattys Beautiful View

The scenery and serenity of their place, nestled into the hillside, was a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was so good to just sit and talk, reminiscing in the afternoon sun, filtering through the massive shade trees Larry planted 15 years ago.

Around the Lake

Larry took us around the lake, and even though I think he thought we were weird, he gladly took us over to Woford Heights to see the old and new cemeteries. We got to meet Larry’s other brother Randy, he is the caretaker of the newer part of the cemetery, as well as a fellow usher at Larry’s church. Randy helped us get photos of headstones requested by loved ones living too far away to come to the cemetery themselves. Mary Ferguson & Reba Starkey.

Then we went to Old Keysville. We hiked around a little and Larry said he thought he could see the light of Old Keysville from his house. So, I took this picture of where I think their place is. I think I can see Larry & Patty’s place in this photo!

Larrys House copy

They have certainly found a great place to live and explore. We’re looking forward to being able to come back for longer visits and more exploring.







April 22nd, 2014 LeiLei Posted in Boondocking, RV Having Fun Yet | Please Comment - 2 Comments »

There are two roads out of Randsburg to Garlock—Why?

First Walk Since Rehab

April 21st, 2014 Randy Posted in Physical Rehab | Please Comment - 4 Comments »

On the last day of rehab Mar 5th, Lei and I were walking 1.5 miles at 3 MPH on the treadmill, I was at an incline of 4%, Lei’s was at 1%, we were in the gym at the VA hospital, which had VERY conditioned air, a literally hermetically sealed environment. We were doing this 3 days a week.



       Unfortunately we haven’t taken the time to do our walking since, finally today we did our first official walk in the wild. In the desert on a pretty nice graded dirt road with only the occasional boulder to watch for and avoid. We put our goal at 1 mile out, but I didn’t pay attention to the fact when I mapped it that it was uphill. We went .4 miles from 3650’ elevation to 3800’. We went about 1 to 1.5 MPH uphill and 3-5 MPH back down to camp.



April 21st, 2014 LeiLei Posted in RV Having Fun Yet | Please Comment - 2 Comments »

Now here is a town right out of the past. It’s just off U.S. Route 395 in California. Every time we drove by this town in the past, I’ve said, we really need to go and see what’s there.

We stopped once in 2003, just on the outskirts of the town. They have an old “jail” for photo ops, and we took a pic of Travis, our nephew, real fast and then kept going. It was before I had my digital camera, so I’ll have to search through the boxes of pictures I have—someday!

What’s there? Mines

Old Mines

There are some that are old and used up and some that seem to be still active. They seem to be everywhere, poking out the surrounding hillsides.

There really isn’t much to see, but what there is to see—mines—there are a lot of them to see!

Rand District Community Cemetery

They have a nice sized cemetery, and one of the docents of the museum told us that the cemetery was not just for Randsburg but was and is used by all the surrounding area, including Johannesburg, Garlock and Trona.

Main Street

The first building we saw had an ECV plaque on it. So now we’re keeping our eyes open for them.

E Clampus Vitus




There are three store fronts for sale, a barber shop, with chair, an antiques store with an old gas pump out front and one non-descript store—all for $59,000!

4 Sale





There are several Antique stores to browse, a bar called “The Joint”, a diner/soda Shoppe, at least two churches, the museum with a big shade tree over a picnic area to have a lunch and a quite ambiance throughout the whole town.

All in all it makes for a fun day trip, for anyone who’s into the Old West, antiques or you just want someplace to go.

Kramer Junction

April 14th, 2014 LeiLei Posted in RV Having Fun Yet | Please Comment »

Now this is a place most people just zip by, unless of course you miss calculated and you need to get gas. It’s also known as Four Corners. It’s the junction of US Route 395 and Hwy 58, in California. We’ve had a burger at “the Astro Burger” but I don’t remember being overly impressed, so we just made our own sandwiches and ate them across the street at the motel.the Astro Burger

Motel of the Past

I searched the internet for any photos of the motel in all it’s glory—before it became the ruins that it is now, but I couldn’t find any, maybe someone with better internet search skills can find some and share them with us.

Looked like maybe someone might be living at the end of the rooms in a separate building.

The property is for sale. This might be just the spot for one of those retro motels, the kind that are trying to recapture the heyday of red-road traveling!


All Aboard the Skateboard Train

April 10th, 2014 LeiLei Posted in Blast From the Past | Please Comment »

Morrow Cousins

The Sixties

This was 1964 in Lake View Terrace in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley. I used to love to ride our skateboards down the sidewalk on the hill in front of my cousins house. I’ve never seen this photo until recently, my Aunt Joan just sent it to me in a packet of genealogy info!

Metal Wheels

Those are metal wheels on the skateboards! I don’t think they had pivoting trucks either, I was never able to maneuver my board nor did I become much of an expert with a skateboard.


That is almost all of us Morrow cousins. Carol in front with Phil on her lap, then Bobby, then not a cousin but Auntie Em, Kathy, Lil’ Frank, me and Randy bringing up the rear! Standing on the lawn is my mom Doris~Aunt Poots, Aunt Dot, and Grossie our grandmother. It looks like my mom is calling out “all aboard”, but she is probably hollering for my brother George to come get in the photo!


Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe

April 9th, 2014 LeiLei Posted in RV Having Fun Yet | Please Comment »

We had to stop on our way out of the Victor Valley and get a photo or two of this “good eats” place. We just found out about this place recently, even though it’s been there for years right under our noses! the food is good, and the ambience can’t be beat!

Emma Jeans Holland Burgers

While taking the pictures we discovered the initials ECV, on the historical marker. Before we could do any research on them, we saw the same initials on a historical building in Randsburg, CA. This is what Wikipedia says:

The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the heritage of the American West, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. The fraternity is not sure if it is a “historical drinking society” or a “drinking historical society.” There are chapters in California, Nevada, and other western states. Members call themselves “Clampers.” The organization’s name is in Dog Latin, and has no known meaning; even the spelling is disputed, sometimes appearing as “Clampus,” “Clampsus,” or “Clampsis.” The motto of the Order, Credo Quia Absurdum, is generally understood as meaning “I believe it because it is absurd;” the proper Latin quotation Credo quia absurdum est, is from the Christian apologist Tertullian (c.160 – c.220 AD), who rejected rationalism and accepted a Gospel which addressed itself to the “non-rational levels of perception.”

Emma Jean's Historical Marker      ej hist

A “Clear” View

April 5th, 2014 LeiLei Posted in Helpful Hints | Please Comment - 2 Comments »

Our daughter Keri is probably the only one who may appreciate this device. It’s definitely an inside family joke!

We installed this clear sewer hose adapter to help us keep our grey and black tanks clean. There are a lot of devices out there for keeping your tanks clean, but this small part at about $15 is really all we need to make sure the tanks run clean after dumping.Holding Tank Valve

Gus’ ~ Texas Barbecue Sauce

April 4th, 2014 LeiLei Posted in Recipes | Please Comment »

Gus' Texas Barbecue Sauce

Gus’ Texas Barbecue Sauce

My dad’s barbecue sauce is REALLY hot and spicy!

I mean burn your lips hot! The flavor is great, but I don’t like it that hot, so to tone down the hot and keep the flavor, by reducing the amount of Tabasco sauce I put in.






¼ lb. Butter or oleo

2 large onions, chopped very, very fine with chopper

Lotsa (6 or more big cloves) garlic, pressed through garlic press, or chopped very, very fine with chopper

Sauté till soft, not browned.

How to sauté: Melt butter over a very low heat in a large pot. Add garlic and onions. Cover and simmer about 10 min, stirring often.


1 large bottle tomato juice, I use V-8 juice, or sometimes Spicy V-8. I also use the large plastic bottles not the cans, so I can use it to store most of the BBQ sauce.

1 bottle A1 sauce 10oz

1 bottle Heinz steak sauce 10oz

1-2 Tbsp Tabasco sauce

Turn up heat and bring to a boil. When it has come to a full boil , turn off the heat, then add:

½ cup Apple Cider vinegar

1 Tbsp hot dry mustard, mixed with ¼ cup of water (I use beer sometimes)

2 Tbsp sea salt

2 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper

1 Tbsp red pepper flakes

Stir, to mix. Let it cool and pour what you can into the V-8 juice bottle, I also use the A-1 & Heinz bottles. It keeps in the frig as long as you would keep steak sauce.

Happy Birthday Sammi

April 2nd, 2014 LeiLei Posted in Lei's Scrapbook Pages | Please Comment »

Wishing you a day fit for a Queen!

Sammi's 4th Birthday