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Folks…

I have had quite a time since we last spoke…

It is good to be alive…

I’m no spring chicken, for sure…and I can’t believe I’m still here and can share my stories…

Let us refresh…

I last signed off with only 15 minutes left before relaxing in North Carolina…having driven from Effingham. But no…nope…things can’t be that easy for old Ward…

Let me tell you about THE LANDFILL INCIDENT-

With 15 minutes to our destination at Nate, Amelia and Daniel’s home, we anxiously drove through the dark forest on a twisty, turning road. No streetlights, no much of anything…but June’s big, bright eyes led us over this hill, around this curve…you get the idea.

Unfortunately for June, she is dependent on our owners to decide when to slow down, when to turn…so there we went, right past the street we were to turn on. My frustrated owners panicked and took the first right in the dark…you know…the one that said “sanitary landfill.” But that wasn’t bad enough…we were also met by an ominous sign that read “dead end.” Dead end to a 30 foot travel trailer doesn’t have the same meaning as it does to humans…it is a warning that the end of old Ward was near.

Had we immediately stopped there and backed out, I wouldn’t have had the nightmares that now plague me every night. But no…my brilliant owners were just CERTAIN there would be some place to turn around on this deserted road, in the dark, that says dead end, en route to a closed sanitary landfill…SO THEY KEPT DRIVING…they are UNBELIEVABLE.

About halfway in, Amelia called my owners to say “stop! No!” but it was too late. June’s big eyes illuminated a closed gate…I was doomed. Amelia drove out so she could shine her headlights on the whole scenario, because it was pitch dark and June could only face forward.

After backing up for awhile, my owner finally did a 287 point turn into one level, sandy area that held the most promise. Because the road was “conveniently” edged on both sides with drop-offs, June was scared as well. She could only go inches at a time while I ate sand in my tail end, which kept going down. At times I was leaning one way, then the other…at least I got even with my owners because the contents inside me were all shifted around.

In the end…we finally got out after a long, long time.

About five days later, the winds came…and nearly did me in for good.

My owners were eating breakfast at my table, and it was a rainy day. Suddenly, a huge wind came and shook me all around, ripping my awning off and yanking the metal bolt frame from my sides….it hurt! You can see the damage in the photo:

I Look Like Crap

We later found bolts on the OTHER side of me! I swear it felt like a tornado…my owners were very unhappy and still talk about the sound of the metal tearing from my sides. A nice insurance guy came out to visit me…he asked me if I was ok and gave me some money…my owners think THEY get the money…but I don’t THINK SO…if their arms were torn off in the wind as well, I would reconsider…but it is MINE and after all they’ve put June and I through, we’re going out to a real nice dinner!

So that has been my time in North Carolina…

I’ll fill you in on what else has been going on but I really think my stories are hard to beat, don’t you?

I am staying at Amelia, Nate and Daniel’s backyard. You can see me in the background, in the next photo:

I Look Cute

It is the hugest yard I’ve ever seen and it is surrounded by enclosed fence so the crazy dogs have some room to stretch their legs. It is a beautiful home and we are lucky to be invited to visit here. June gets an actual driveway to rest her weary feet.

Though I’ve lost parts of me on this journey and am not as handsome as usual, June has received TLC from Nate…he gave her a tune-up, a new air filter, a battery cleaning…she looks so cute it makes me blush!

My owners and all of the family have had a nice time visiting. That Daniel is SUCH a character! He plays instruments, turns on the charm at every store to get a new Transformer and is just 100% adorable, silly and smart. Check out these photos:

Grandma Robin Walked Out Of Dollar Tree Wearing These

Daniel The Rockstar

Daniel The Cutie

He is always on the move…honest…he never gets sleepy/cranky…just goes and goes and goes! He plays with nearly every toy he has plus has written a song he likes to play on the guitar that Aunt Cheyenne gave him last year…it is called “Froggie Goes Ribbit” and is sung like Cookie Monster goes Heavy Metal.

Nate

Nate, stationed at Fort Bragg, is very busy (we admire his hard work so much!) but my owners, Amelia and Daniel got to go to many a toy aisle during their visit, including a visit to the Natural Science Museum in Raleigh.

Jim, Amelia and Daniel

Just Kind Of A Creepy Photo

Everyone participated in the Christmas decorating festivities. Daniel loved looking at all the ornaments (that Amelia is so organized…they are all in their original boxes!) and Nate…well…June says she watched Nate, night after night, hanging Christmas lights on every edge of the house…until it was lit up like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation house (one of my favorite movies, by the way)…but that makes us the crazy visiting relatives in the RV, I guess? Hmmm….maybe not the best comparison?

Trimming The Tree

So what is next?

Well…I had to say goodbye to June yesterday. My owners and June are driving to Illinois without me. They are picking up Cheyenne and then going to George and Holly’s house. I talked to June yesterday and she said the drive was fine but there was a lot of snow across the Appalachians from the big storm a few days earlier.

June Emailed Me This Photo Yesterday From A Gas Station

They stayed in Columbus, Indiana last night, having driven all the way from Lillington, NC (damn! They sure go a lot more miles without me being dragged along). They say the drive was beautiful and, for once, uneventful!

Nate and Amelia are caring for the cats and old Ward here while my owners and June are gone. I could certainly use the rest. I hope Santa leaves a present for me on Christmas Eve like, um, a bright new canopy…but I’d settle for a bottle of Kessler and some egg nog!

Talk to you in 2010!

Happy Holidays from Ward, June, Clementine, Hannah, Spot, Toto, My Owners and the ladybugs (yes, they still appear at about one per day)

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Hello To All My Friends…It Is Ward!

It has been weeks since I’ve written…I know, I know…much too long for all of you as you anxiously await hearing from me. As I write, I am being pulled by June (the hottie red pickup truck that tows me around…she can lead me ANYWHERE…this is the life!) through NORTH CAROLINA. I will tell you about all of our adventures since leaving Illinois on December 2nd but first let me catch you up on all that has been going on!

NOVEMBER 20-29

Most of this time I sat alone in a cold field, with only the cats to keep me company (sigh). My owners and the dogs spent most of this time at George and Holly’s house.

I really, really wanted Thanksgiving to be held in Ward this year, but my owners said we could never fit the family inside of me and my oven wouldn’t hold much more than a cornish hen and one sweet potato…not enough for a Thanksgiving meal…so off they went…

Let me tell you…WHEN THE OWNERS ARE AWAY, THE CATS DO PLAY…boy did the cats enjoy having me all to themselves! Luckily, Ron and Julie Layton would come to visit me during these times…it was nice to have guests.

When my owners returned, they shared photos with me from their getaway. They were at George and Holly’s most of the time, with a nice visit to see Orion, Ellen and Beatrice. Bea is as cute as ever, giving many hugs and playing the whole time…a little energy ball on wheels, I hear…

This 1st batch of photos was Robin and Jim’s first night with Holly and George, en route to a restaurant…Robin was bored in the car so started taking pictures of everyone:

Holly

George

Jim

Robin Taking Photo Of Self Because Everyone Was Annoyed With Her

The holidays went well, according to Jim and Robin. Lots of tryptophan-induced naps via the turkey…lots of happy dogs enjoying a holiday meal…especially the two bozos that travel with me (photos below):

Clementine Sporting Her Pink Harness

Hannah Sporting Gray Whiskers

Then, of course, I had to listen to Jim and Robin “ooh” and “ahh” over Beatrice and her cuteness (she is a cutie!):

Beatrice & The Old Geezer Take 1

Beatrice & The Old Geezer Take 2

Beatrice & A Pair Of Geezers

Hope you enjoyed the photos…now lets move on…

NOVEMBER 30 AND DECEMBER 1

Time to clean up the old Ward, the property we resided on for 2 months…even the pets got groomed…all ready to begin our trek to see Nate, Amelia and Daniel in Lillington, North Carolina. Ahhhh, what a fun-filled two days it was…listening to my owners say “how did that canopy on Ward go up again?? how do we get it to go back??”

As is usually the case, my owners leave town right when the snow is coming…so time was of the essence. I enjoyed watching them try to find where to stuff this, where to stuff that in all of my compartments. They got everything inside of me just in time because the next morning it was pouring rain…POURING, CAN’T SEE THE ROAD type of rain.

Before moving on, I will interject that Jim and Robin made peace with the Walmart liquor store CZARETTE. Robin said she thought they were actually all going to hug at one point. When the CZARETTE saw them coming, her eyes got rather big…probably thinking they had returned to heckle her once again. But Jim and Robin walked right up to her with a smile and said “remember us?” She smiled and said “sure do.” Robin boasted “we’ve both got our ID’s and we’re ready to buy some liquor.” CZARETTE took both driver’s licenses and asked “when do you go back to Montana?” She seemed interested but I hate to tell my owners I think she was excited for them to leave town.

DECEMBER 2ND

Left Effingham, Illinois in a complete rainstorm. It poured the entire time. A rather uneventful drive…I was excited to see downtown Nashville and got to see it a LOT because my owners hit Nashville right during rush hour traffic…so it took forever to get through the city. People drive like maniacs out here and I was worried for June and myself.

We spent the night at the only campground we could find, in Manchester, Tennessee. Though it had a few trees, it was so close to the interstate I had bad dreams of semis running me over all night. Luckily June was pulling me the next day…I was just too tired. Here is a nice photo of June and I at the campground:

June & I In Manchester, Tennessee

DECEMBER 3RD

The next morning, my owners got up and prepared for another day on the road. The rain had stopped, though it was freezing out! They got off to a slow start…one of the main reasons is, as Robin was cleaning out the back of June to fluff up the dog beds for the trip, Robin let out a “Jim! Jim!” Now I know when the only word spoken is Jim, it is not good. Apparently one of the dogs, they believe Hannah, got sick in the back of the truck, which they did not notice in the dark that evening. So into the garbage went the dog sheets, etc. and new, clean ones were pulled out for a new day. Both dogs acted completely fine, by the way…

So off we went (finally, I might add)…hoping to land at a campground in Anderson, South Carolina by nightfall.

My owners (I love them, I really do, but they are such idiots at times) planned their journey so perfectly…landing in Atlanta, Georgia RIGHT AT RUSH HOUR. It made Nashville’s rush hour the night before seem like nothing. I got to see more of Atlanta than I ever dreamed of…

Nightfall brought us to our next campground, Tiger Cove, in Anderson, SC. Owner Jim had found this on a website…(uh, oh)…right on the lake, in the deep woods…beautiful! They pulled into their site in the dark and were met at the entrance by the owner’s son because “no one is in the office.” Our leafy, muddy site felt good on my warm tires, but my owners didn’t think it was so nice…every muddy dog print might explain this. Anyway, as they settled in, they felt like they might be in a housing area…it didn’t show signs of campers walking their dogs, having a campfire. By morning light, they finally could see that many of the campers there were PERMANENT….you know, storage sheds, boats, cute little hot pepper lights trimming their canopies. They were right on the lake, however…and did find it quite beautiful. Here are the pics…

June & I In What Could Have Been The Setting From "Deliverance"

June & My Romantic View Of The Lake

DECEMBER 4TH

And here we are…Only 15 minutes away from Lillington, NC…Can’t wait to visit Nate, Amelia and Daniel…so I have to sign off…but I have to mention two other things before I go…

First, ladybugs…obviously they decide to hibernate in me because once a day (minimum) there is one on the ceiling inside of me…can you believe it? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Second, CHEYENNE GOT HER BRACES OFF. See a photo below…aren’t her teeth beautiful? Almost as straight as my axles!

Look At Those Teethers!

Love to all of you readers out there…will write after I have North Carolina news to tell…

All my best, Ward (and June)

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