Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It's About the People

We are slowly moving back into our Oliver!!  Everything is still experimental as far as how long we will be able to do this but for now we are happy and content to be back in our sweet Oliver!!
Our Oliver nestled in the woods
 Mike's CPM chair ( continuous passive movement) was picked up yesterday.  That was a huge factor in our being able to return to the Oliver.  I know you find it hard to believe but there was no room for it in the Oliver.  That was the main reason for moving into an apartment so Mike could accomplish what he needed to do for this surgery.  He had to sleep in a recliner for no less than 3 weeks....this was mandatory by the surgeon and use the CPM chair 3x a day for 7 weeks which turned into 9. 
So glad to be able to get rid of this CPM Chair
He is now officially in phase II and the PT is picking up a bit.  Getting those muscles moving again slowly as to not re-injure that area.  There is light at the end of the tunnel!!!!! 

But that is not what this post is all about!!  It's about the people...all of you!!  Some of you have had the privilege of knowing, meeting and possibly even camping with George and Suzie Yates ( Our Awesome Travels).  Mike and I, unfortunately, did not actually ever meet them but we have blogged together for many years.   Through that blog we got to know George.  George passed away January 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.  But that is not what I am writing about...I'm writing about his life not his death.  George touched most everyone he met including us.  He was always smiling and happy wearing his iconic vest and hat.   He took everyday and found the joy in it.  I especially loved his "walkabouts" which he took almost every morning...early!!   He seemed to love sunrises and sunsets especially in the desert southwest!!  He and Suzie loved to travel but I do think it was about the people for George as well.
He loved his "social hour" and talking with fellow RVers, family and friends.  He and Suzie would sit outside and read in the "e-readers" or "page turners" as he referred to them and then there were the "doggie fixes" for Suzie.   I can't forget to mention the meals he created on his Weber Q....what a talent for cooking.  He even has his recipes on his should check them out. 
George will be missed!!!  There will be an empty spot in blogland with him gone but he left us with his zeal to live, smile and be happy.....George was  truly happy!!! 
This picture of George was copied from his blog Our AwesomeTravels

It's about the's always been about the people!!  Oh, the places we go are incredible but the people we meet along the way stay with us for a lifetime!! 

Enjoy the journey and make those memories but always cherish the friendships!!  Mike and I cherish your friendships even though we might not have met all of you.  Hopefully, one day our paths will cross...somewhere down the road!!!


  1. I am glad to hear you're back in the Oliver and that Mike is doing well.

    We never met George and Suzie but like you followed the blog got years. I read his life story he wrote after learning he had terminal cancer. He certainly lived to enjoy his life. He will be missed.

  2. Glad Mike's therapy is nearly over and you'll soon be back on the road.
    We had to stay put this winter due to medical issues that Kathy has to deal with.
    We personally knew George and his Contagious Smile and Humour will be truly missed.
    Hoping our paths will cross down the road.

    It's about time.

  3. I have not heard about this particular coupe. Seems like George loved life to the fullest. It will be a difficult journey for his dear wife, but she can do it.

  4. You are right about the people you meet. Glad you are moving back "home".

  5. Glad things are improving for you! Getting back in the RV is always god:)

  6. I really don't miss living in an RV and traveling. It's been 3 years since we bought the house and settled. But I do miss meeting new friends. We are fortunate as we occasionally have people we've met (and a few we hadn't met before) pull up for a few days into one of our RV sites. Yes, it's all about the people.

  7. Glad to hear that your health is moving towards full recovery...and most importantly you Two are able to move back to "comfy nest"...Also agree about "...The People", most of my camping friends are fellow bloggers whom I have never met, but feel a close kinship to...Great example are You Two, Jerry and Wanda and some others. We may never meet but I will always count you as good friends. Take care and may you start a new adventure soonest! Horst sends

  8. This is so heartfelt, and so true. What a lovely tribute to George.
    You guys have really been through a rough time, and we're so glad you're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Your positive attitudes make all the difference! Take good care, both of you!

  9. Glad to see you were able to get out and about for a change. We met George on several occasions and what you saw in his blog is exactly who he was!


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