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Defenders Lodge – Palo Alto, California

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

Two days ago Mary and I made the 141 mile trip to the VA Hospital at Palo Alto, California. Hopefully the last time to make this trip. The purpose of the trip was a post-op exam for my left eye which had the surgery on November 6th. Dr. Pershing assured me that all is well and the eye is now at 20/20. The right eye was done on October 9th and is also at 20/20. It is so nice to be able to see well once again. THANK YOU DR. PERSHING AND STAFF for this wonderful gift you have given to me!

The VA Hospital at Palo Alto is state of the art. In addition to the great medical services provided to veterans, it also offers another unusual facility.

The Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge… a 34,000 square foot, 52 rooms offering 104 beds. A free Haven for Heros.

Each year, more than 85,000 veterans come to the Palo Alto VA hospital for treatment. The hospital is the largest and most medically advanced facility in the Western United States and Pacific Rim. The Defenders Lodge provides a much-needed “home away from home” for these veterans– who often require complex care for the rest of their lives –while they receive treatment. The lodge is free to VA patients and caregivers and provides state-of-the-art accommodations for more than 20,000 nights of stay each year.

The facility is available to those veterans who have to travel 50 miles or more, or at least two hours from their home to the VA Hospital at Palo Alto. The doctor in charge of your case makes the arrangements to stay at the Defenders Lodge.

Here’s a photo of the building taken at the time of completion in October 2013…


Here’s a video tour about the Defenders Lodge…

If the video does not work, click this link…

I love to photograph forms, shapes, shadows and patterns. I could not resist this shot on the way to our room…


Mary and I had the opportunity to stay at the Defenders Lodge five nights during my two cataract surgeries. The 141 mile drive is excruciating due to heavy traffic…especially at rush hour times. The Defenders Lodge is a beautiful oasis in all the madness of the Palo Alto area. THANK YOU for the opportunity to stay at this wonderful facility during my cataract surgery. It hugely relieved the pain of the process.

NOTE: I just made my donation to the Defenders Lodge this morning. If you would like to help this worthy cause, click this link…


Yesterday was a cloudy day and 55 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 61 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

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There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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