Thursday, December 21, 2017


Merry Christmas 2017
We have been blessed again in 2017, that does not mean everything was perfect but that does mean we are grateful for our lives.

We got all geared up for a five month trip across the USA to visit friends and family that we have met in our 22 years of retirement and traveling. We went on a southern route across America, we visited family n friends in Fort Worth, Dallas, Louisiana and did Florida up and down.  Then to New Jersey, Michigan and Missouri. We travelled to the Carolinas and Tennessee. We travelled over 14000 miles, it was a awesome trip with no problems.  
We bought a Honda CRV that had more space for us and easier to get in and out of.
One of the high lights of our trip was meeting my sister, Lola in Missouri where my twin, Tito, lives and we spent our time reminiscing, laughing and carrying  on. (Poor Gordon) We went to Branson for 5 days and celebrated all our birthdays even though it was none of our birthdays at the time.  My twin and I would turn 70 in January and I would be in Hawaii and him in Missouri so I thought let’s have a birthday party we will never forget and we did. 
We got back to Pahrump in September and had lots to do before heading to Hawaii for two months. 
So we are sitting on the beach in Waianae in December and heading for a month in Hilo in January.
Gordon and I are happy and hoping 2018 will be even better. 
Thinking of getting a small rv I can drive and heading out of town for few months here and there.. 
On Gordon’s birthday, (1-25) we will be retired for TWENTY THREE YEARS.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Years to you and yours,

Laura and Gordon

Sunday, January 22, 2017

2016 in review.....

Happy New Year 2016.......
We have a another fabulous year......travelling and seeing friends and family.
 We sold our Country Coach on January 2015 and what a surprise we don't miss it as much as we thought we would.....we are travelling by car and enjoying this a lot.
 We went on three cruises in 2016......enjoyed them all.....planning a longer cruise in August 2017 for our 35th wedding anniversary (in July) to Alaska...
 We packed up our car and spent the next several months traveling up the coast from San Francisco to Washington to Missoula, Idaho and Reno then SF.....after that we headed to Show Low, Arizona and spent the best ever summer in Juniper Ridge in Show Low, AZ. This was our 2nd year there....
 Our life is changing so much......Gordon is still having lots of problems with his legs, he must have a cane or walker to walk....he has fallen many times.....his feet just don't want to move, the good thing is that he is no pain.....  this is why we gave up the motorhome and decided to travel in our car.
  We spent the month of November in Waianae, Hawaii, our condo was right on the beach and the weather was perfect....Gordon got to meet his first great granddaughter.
 In December we were back in Pahrump, NV.
 We are planning a trip to Dallas, Florida, New Jersey and a few other places in May 2017.
 We are happy and are looking forward to more travel...Happy New Year to you all.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015, 21 years retired and traveling, its been living in Pahrump, NV

In January we spent  several months in Yuma….we went to a really fun party for New Years at the Paradise Casino, there was a lot of food, great music and favors….we danced the night away, it was all free…… We also had our Country coach painted at a very reasonable price in Yuma by Top of the Line…we highly recommend them.
February we spent time in Quartzsite, Arizona, we then came home to Pahrump, Nevada and in
March we flew to Florida to be with my sister, Lola while she made funeral plans for her husband Tony.  They were married over 52 years….very sad….
We joined Armed Forces Vacation Club in April (AFVC) and stayed in a condo in Las Vegas with  friends, Dorothy and Chuck……anyone who has been in the service can join AFVC, it’s free. It was really nice.
May was full of many doctors appointments for Gordon….his left leg was not working right and he is proned to falling…he now has a cane he must use.  Gordon went through so many blood test, MRI’s and nerve conduction test and a spinal tap and they cannot find what is going on with his leg. Very frustrating.
Garrick bought Gordon a wonderful juicer to hopefully help in having a more nutritious diet. We juice everyday now.
June was a fun month, we got an Airbnb room and spent three nights in Long Beach close to where my nephews, Steven and Stevie were and my sister Lola …we had a good time together. Steven and Stevie took us to a fabulous dinner.
July and August was the most fun…..being in Show Low, Arizona in the White Mountains at 6K feet.
We rented a really nice RV lot and spent two months of great weather, golfing, dancing, games, bike riding, cards and I did some pottery.  Cannot wait to go back…not to mention that we met so many people that were so awesome…hope to visit some of them in February most of them are in the Phoenix area.
September we headed for the Pacifica Fog Fest and a reunion with some of high school
 friends in Pacifica, CA. We rented a house for three days….it was so fun….Got to see family in the bay area. We stayed with son, Garrick for a week.
October we headed for the Reno Italian Fest, another great few days with long time friends, Dorothy and Chuck…we met a lot of our family there….really enjoyed our time.
November was really GREAT, a new park model, we are so happy in our new place…
We got to see Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson, what a surprise that they came to our small town.
I could not believe the our nephew Joseph would volunteer to come to Pahrump for 3 days and build us a patio, he worked so hard, he brought his big truck and  lots of tools and worked his butt off….we are extremely grateful. 
We had a wonderful visit  from Gordon’s youngest son, Garrick, when he visited us in Pahrump,  he  taught us a few things about our Smart TV which Gordon got last week….a 65 inch curve….oh yeah it’s awesome.
With the purchase of a park model we will be part time travelers instead of full time travelers. We will not stop traveling we will be selling our Country Coach and maybe downsizing or traveling by car or air…

                                                  We are taking a cruise for our birthdays in January.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Bornkamps
We hope that last year was a good year for you.
We had a great year of traveling 2014. We spent New Year’s in Atlanta, Georgia watching the Georgia peach drop.
We visited President Carter’s Library. Then we visited Alabama and Mississippi. We spent six weeks in Louisiana (my favorite state). We stayed at St. Bernard State Park near New Orleans for two weeks and another 4 weeks at Betty’s RV Park in Abbeyville for Mardi Gras..(a fabulous time)
In March we visited Alamo, Texas and El Paso to visit family.
In April we moved to our new address, 5150 Oakridge Ave. #44, Pahrump, NV 89048.
June, July, August and ½ of September we were in Union City, CA., to attended
two grandsons graduation and a son’s 50th birthday party.
September 16th we went a 23 day cruise from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. We stopped  at 5 islands along the way and then spent a month in Hawaii before returning to San Francisco.
November we spent Thanksgiving with family in San Francisco leaving the next day.
Today as I write this we are in Yuma, Arizona spending the holidays.

Much Love, 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We are still around!

Just a small update......
January 25th, 2015 will be Gordon's 75th  birthday and our 20th year on the road anniversary.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Iberia, Louisiana....

We were not going to visit here again BUT we changed our minds.
glad we did.