View from the cable car in Da Lat, Vietnam.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Da Lat, Vietnam.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Flying to Vinh, Vietnam on February 24th.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A new addition to the family!

We had a list of different things we wanted to mention to you today.

Most important is the new addition to our family at Hacienda Contreras RV Park in Mexico!

Our regular readers will remember the two donkeys they have at the campground. Don Quixote, and Fiona.

Don Quixote 


These pics were taken in March. Now, does Fiona look a little bit pregnant to you? Well it turns out that she was! And no, Don Quixote is not the father because Fiona only showed up there this past winter and the gestation period for a donkey is 12 months.

Fiona with her 2 day old foal! It's a "he" and is yet to be named.

Okay, on to something else. Remember that "My Guestmap" program we told you about a couple of days ago?

Us, in the center of Saskatchewan.

All of you, mostly in North America.

That was fun, and we enjoyed reading each and every one of the messages left by 77 different people. Kind of expected a little more participation from outside of North America but thanks to the ones in New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, and the U.K. who did leave us a note. There is a direct link to the map and messages here.

Next. Our header picture today shows the Danube River in Budapest. Anyone who follows what's going on in the world knows that central Europe has been having some terrible flood problems. Of course we can relate to that because we spent six weeks there last summer. Came across one photo of Budapest that shows how high the river is compared to when we were there.

The Danube River. Taken September 7, 2012.

Taken a couple of days ago. We had walked on the path where those trees are!

Okay, what's next? Oh, reader Ghislain contacted us regarding the homemade RV washing machine we had talked about the other day. She says that instead of buying a plunger and cutting holes in it, you can actually buy a plunger type device that is specifically made for this.

Thanks for the tip Ghislain!

Hmm. What else. 

The weather hasn't been the greatest since Saturday. We more or less relaxed all weekend because it was raining on and off. The cabin owners had their annual meeting and we were asked to attend in case there were any issues we could help them with.

AGM at the outdoor camp kitchen.

And of course the contest for a trip to Namibia, Africa.

We're still holding on to 2nd place thanks to the help of our facebook fans. But there's only 3 1/2 days to go and we learned from the Australia contest that there's a lot of shenanigans that take place in the days leading up to the finish. 

So, your help is still required right to the end. If you haven't been helping us out, it's not too late to start.

Here's how to do the link. It will bring you to a facebook page. Accept the application. Accept the fact that they get access to your friend list, etc. Standard facebook procedure to limit illegal voting. Then, find the picture titled "Drab Landscape". There are five yellow stars beside the picture. Click on the star to the far RIGHT to award us with five points...daily for the next 7 days!

If your points don't register, please try again in a couple of hours. You're allowed one vote every 24 hours...thanks everyone!

Supporters Roy and Marilyn have far too much time on their hands!

Thanks guys!


  1. they need to have a baby naming contest, prize bragging rights
    st louis is having a bad flooding problem also

    1. Peter's name won without a contest. The baby's name is now Sancho. Hope you won't have problems heading back home with the flooding.

  2. He's so cute. But 12 months - that's not fair to Mama. Fires, floods and record heat, tornadoes, tropical storms. Mother Nature is not happy with us.

  3. Come on guys, Kevin and Ruth are very close. I have posted their Namibia page on my FaceBook for the last five days and also on my blog. Let's bring them into first place. They are about seven hundred votes away from winning. Remember the song, "We are family".
    Spread the word and be sure to vote.

    1. Don't want to burst your bubble Chris but we only need to be in the top 5 to have a CHANCE to win the prize. Once voting ends it is up to the judges to decide out of the top 5. Still it is going to be tough as there is some sneaky stuff going on with some of the other enties right now but please don't stop voting or sharing this on facebook, we need every vote we can get!

  4. My old Labor and Delivery Nurse experience was right!!! Congratulations, Fiona. Hmmm a boy's name. Let's see.....

    1. Kevin thought Fiona looked pregnant when we were there in March too!

  5. How about "Cervantes?" Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. was the author of "The Ingenious Don Quixote, the Man of La Mancha." I realize Don Quixote isn't the foal's real daddy, but I'm sure he'll be a good uncle.
    Your photo of the Danube inn Budapest brought back wonderful memories of a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing it..

    1. Sorry Mary-Pat but Peter's name won out. Thanks for the idea though.

  6. Don Quixote rode a horse named Rosinante. His sidekick, Sancho Panza, rode a donkey named Dapples. Sancho Panza would make be a good name (Sancho for short), as the little one may wind up a sidekick to Don Quixote.

    1. Peter, you did it! You named Fiona's baby! Barb has made it offical the baby's name is now Sancho. Thanks for that great suggestion.

    2. Whoa! I've never won anything before...and apparently I still haven't!!! Wow...well, I want to thank my management team, my beautiful, long-suffering wife...and, uh...AND THE ACADEMY for this terrific honor... (wait! I don't have a management team...)

    3. Congratulations my good friend, Pete! In my mind, you have always been a winner!

      Good name, "Sancho!"

    4. Pete, you won braggin rights! You know if your acceptance speech was any longer you would have been over your time allowance and we would have had to delete part of it, lol.

    5. We agree George, Sancho is a great name.

    6. I am humbled by your confidence in me… I was so shocked when my name was called, I didn't really have a speech prepared, because I thought there was no chance that I would win… I'm so glad that I didn't cry, or trip on my dress…

  7. Sancho sounds really good too - I voted for Cervantes. Congratulations Pete.


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