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.

Cousins

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 - 1 Comment »

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.

 

 

 

 

Recipe

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.

ADD:

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


Belated Birthday Wishes for Keri & Ashley

April 1st, 2014 LeiLei Posted in Lei's Scrapbook Pages | Please Comment »

Happy belated birthday wishes to my two favorite February Birthday Girls! Your Birthdays can’t be over until you receive all your presents!

Keri & Ashley

 


Goodbye City Life!

April 1st, 2014 LeiLei Posted in RV Having Fun Yet | Please Comment - 2 Comments »

Lone Wolf Bell System Employees Health Ranch
Lone Wolf Colony Bell System Health Ranch

Lone Wolf Colony
Bell System Health Ranch

 

First day on the road. Up and ready at 5:30am. Last minute battening of the hatches. We also had some appointments, wanted to do some mailing and needed to get a few things too!

After about 12 hours and 52 miles on the speedometer, we arrived at Stoddard Wells Public Land (BLM) at 6:00pm—about 20 miles from Lone Wolf Colony, our point of origin!

 

Goodbye City Life!


In Loving Memory

December 11th, 2013 LeiLei Posted in Family Events, Lei's Scrapbook Pages | Please Comment - 1 Comment »

Now the Lord has called our dear Pat home, but He has left joyful memories in our hearts. As we remember our times together, her beautiful soul has given us a trail of beautiful memories that will remain forever…

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1st Stop ~ Casa Del Desierto

October 29th, 2013 Randy Posted in Trip 2013 | Please Comment - 2 Comments »

Only 53 mores stops and 2 layover/train changes to go…

 

Casa Del Desierto - Old Harvey House

      Casa Del Desierto – Old Harvey House

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These photos were taken from the cafe/bar car door window. There was just one other passenger in the cafe, so we felt safe enough to open the window and take snap. As soon as the shutter closed a gaggle of men came up to the door and just opened it and came in–I thought we were busted for sure. Not sure what they call them in train lingo, but they seemed like “dead-heads”. That is what they call pilots that take a flight they are piloting.