Thursday, October 8, 2009
left photo is taco night at my sister Sue's and poor thing missed out because she had to work :o( but she was nice enough to cook for everyone because Angela's boyfriend, Enrique and her room mate David flew in from New Jersey that afternoon (actually moved to Vegas that day) and we celebrated her birthday and Enrique's birthday that night! Happy Birthday you two and also a late one to David, Samantha & Lexie-since we just missed theirs as well :o)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It's now about 8:30 and we pulled into a little town called Holbrook in Arizona, we're about 230 miles away from Albuquerque! We made one stop today at some Meter/crater place on the way here and actually we stopped at exactly 4:55 because they were closing at 5:30 and we were debating whether or not it would be worth the $30 admission (it wasn't) but I guess now we can say we saw a hole in the ground that was something from another planet (I'll post a pic or two later)
gotta run now
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We'll be enjoying time with my daughter, sisters and their families and chillin (maybe win a jackpot and take a couple more weeks off, lol)
SOOOOO, yesterday my sister Carol and I talk, as we have been doing regularly along the way and when I tell her where we are and about this Beaver town, she says one of her patients runs a RV park and Mexican restaurant in -yup- you guessed it Beaver! Now, wouldn't that be nice if we could pay back a local for something nice that was done for us back in May......so we push and we push to make it to this little park and I'll post some pics, lol.....because it is definitely not something we would've found -especially since it was way after dark. In fact many a times along the way we were so tired we were ready to just pull off and just camp by the road and finally about 8:15 PM we pull in way off the beaten path (have to admit they gave us good directions tho) The owner even teried to talk us into trying some of his wife's mexican cooking but we were soooo exhausted we didn't unhook, or hook up to anything, just fed the dog, walked him and crashed!
First one is their house (green), second one is the entrance and third is the office :o)
Friday, September 25, 2009
We pulled in about 5 yesterday, did a little putzin with the Bail and then walked over to the local eatery- i wanted to cooked spaghetti but no, he said give it a break and yuk was their food horrible! It was crowded so we thought it would be a good choice but I guess cause it was the only place in town everyone thinks it's good-I'd rather eat ground meat and those of you that know me know how I feel about that!
We'll be pulling out in about an hour-it's about 7 AM-figure I'll let him sleep in, just cause I couldn't sleep doesn't mean he can't -amend that line...we didn't leave till 11:30 I worked on these blog entries because internet was finally good :o)
I'm getting anxious about seeing my sisters and daughter, so I just want to get to Vegas at this point! Since we missed Ang's birthday yesterday :o( that was our original push date to get there but we'll be there by Saturday-now we just have to find a place to park this camper that night. we have somewhere Sunday on but Joe was checking for Saturday-don't know how he made out, guess I'll be making some calls today in the car.
I'll have to post a picture of this road we took yesterday while driving-it was 69 miles long and it was great for us with the camper no traffic and 65-70 mph but in the middle of no where all of a sudden there were all these trains and loaded with coal and a coal town--we're talking thousands and thousands being hauled. I guess when you hear of a mining accident in Wyoming mines-this is it because you could see for about hundred miles and there was nothing and then this popped up.
Oh Lauren & Ali-you'll be happy to know that the day we visited here one of the original workers a man named Nick was here signing autographs for a book he wrote about working on the faces -so we bought the book for you to read and had him autograph it for you girls :o) You can take it to school on day and show it. It tells how the faces were made and cut out of the side of the mountain.
We stayed at a cute campsite that was in the middle of all these places in Hill City but it was bad for internet and phone service so needless to say I was going a little batty after the second night....so don't know if it was nerves or still whatever is in my system but finally after trying for over 2 1/2 hrs to work and getting so frustrated i gave up and went to bed- in the middle of the night these welts came back a hellin and my face, back, arms and legs swelled so bad.... poor Joe wanted to rush me to a hospital but alas there was none nearby so I popped the pills I had leftover from my last visit and finally the swelling started to subside and we packed up the next morning and headed out a day early towards Wyoming and Vegas :o( My face looked as though I was bubbled from a burn and the welts are hives that are 2 and 3" big! I just can't figure this out and it hasn't affected my throat yet!!!! But, Joe has had it with wilderness our next stop is going to be near a hospital, lol
At first we were thinking it was just going to be some mountains and ok maybe some wildlife but OMG it was like we stepped into Planet Mars or some huge Sand Castle with no water around -it's so hard to explain. It's like the moons surface but so much more elaborate with fossile beds and jagged spires that have eroded over the years and have these deep crevasses and unique scenery that just make you want to explore on foot or horseback or whatever! Of course there were some animals and whatnot in there but not much living-it was eerie but beautiful & of course we lost sunlight so fast and it was not somewhere you wanted to be in the dark :o(
I will attach pictures soon-you'll see and make your own opinions!
Anyway, apparently the Indian's decided this Crazy Horse fellow needed a monument and of all the people in the world they decided a man of polish decent would be the man to do it...of course he just so happened to have been born on the same day as Crazy Horse so there was Karma there and you know the Indians and Karma. So this man Korczak Ziolkowski started on a mission by himself in 1948 he started carving the face- just that was completed in 1998, when its done it'll be 641' long and 563' high. He married a lady and they had 10 kids and they had 28 kids and most of them still work the mountain, in fact his wife still is alive and still oversees the progress with 7 of the children everyday.
You can go online i believe and see an actual live shot of work in progress and sometimes when they dynamite because there is no state funding it's slow but it is amazing. It's http://www.crazyhorse.org/ and also there is a really good laser show at 7:45 every night that tells the story-don't know tho if they put that on the site....maybe
Oh and Lauren & Ali, you will be so proud of PopPop....he actually got you guys a piece of Crazy Horse's face that they dynamited away & he's bringing it home as a souvenir for you guys-you asked for a rock and now you have something from here-pretty cool huh! It's granite and it's just like everyone back home makes counter tops and floors from-daddy or mommy can explain it to you .
Monday, September 21, 2009
For $27 nite-best place so far to stay :o)
heading towards Omaha, Nebraska left at 8:30 AM weather was a little foggy and some wind-prices for gas has been so varied from $2.50 to $2.16 gal we're gonna drive as far as we can and stop as close to Omaha as we can-we're trying to get to Dakotas we have three days of traveling ahead of us.
Needed to find a Wal Mart-needed some essentials-our GPS took us to a little town which happened to take us over a little bridge in Bellevue City, Nebraska and when going over the bridge there was this adorable city campgrounds so you got it-we doubled back and that's where we camped last night. It was right on the Missouri River and called Haworth Park and only costs $20 a night and run by the city-very clean too with ceramic bathrooms & handicapped too
It would've been the perfect night, EXCEPT....poor little bud-we didn't even disconnect because it was such a serene and picturesque area that we wanted to take him out and run and play with him because he'd been stuck in the car all day long-so we put the leash on and took him down by the boats and water and next thing you know he's falling down and biting at his paws and when I pick him up he's got hundreds of little burrs all over his paws and in his pads and undercoat-it took us forever to cut and chop his hair and pull those things out of his fur......poor little thing, not saying how many splinters Joe and I got in our fingers working on him all that time. Thank God I brought all his clippers and snips with from home-and thank God there were two of us to work on him because it definitely was a two person job to hold him down while the other clips and cuts-he was sooooo stinkin good too!
It was Saturday too, felt sorry for all the poor saps who drove in for the weekend and bought tix for SDC -oh we also found out that if you stayed at this campsite and bought a day pass you got the second day for free-not that it would've done us any good today but next time (if there is a next time) we'll know and plan ahead because those tix are expensive and I would've liked to see more of the crafts and how things are made & Joe would've liked to see more of the "cowgirl" shows, lol!
I'll have to put in here a picture of a little old lady that was a violin maker, she was in her late 90's and cute as a button, she was playing one of the violin's she had made with a young feller playing a guitar and she got so excited when I asked her if I could take her picture :o)
Then there was a blacksmith type feller that was making the coolest knives out of railroad spikes-very neat and extremely sharp but they were starting at $70 and Joe passed them up for a belt buckle instead-go figure :o) But the buckle is excellent and cut from an actual coin and we all know Joe and his buckles, lol
Very interesting facts we find during that tour because when I was in school (at least during that class I usually cut and went to Art class :o) teachers always knew where to find me, lol....anyways-we learned how they found the caverns and used them especially during the prohibition era and they actually had hootin hollerin shows down there with a lot of the country western talent guys back in the 30's and 40's! It's strange too but a feller & his dog found the mine (can't recall his name now) actually kept it a secret for a couple of years during the war and then asked for volunteers to help him explore it and believe it or not (I believe it because I saw their names engraved on the wall of the cave) 12 woman and most of them married) actually were the only ones that volunteered....go ladies! I'll have to stick that picture in here for all to see, lol. Like I always say-woman are the backbone of this country....when God created earth she certainly knew what she was doing!
Oh well, now on to our next stop....we head back to our campsite-pick up our camper and of course our pooch and head off to Silver Dollar City
Sunday, September 20, 2009
SDC was an experience-don't know if I'd go out of my way to do it again unless I brought the kids with-simply because all the rides and admissions are included with the cost of the tix and we didn't do any of the rides but we saw and did plenty. A lot of craftspeople and their wares how they make them and of course for sale. I even took a picture of a little old violin maker (lady) that was in her 90's sitting playing with a young feller playing a guitar that was so thrilled that I took her picture :o)
this post was in the process but then we lost internet connection so we re-did it the next day...now miraculously some of it reappeared so I am including it as a "footnote" you might say because I can't really remember what we said in the one after and I don't really care at this point if ya get my drift, lol. Too many dang days in this camper and too many dang nights trying to get this internet to work!
so after wasting that afternoon at the hospital we were too late to do much of anything so we pulled into a site in Springfield, MO that believe it or not was on top of another friggin train track and we couldn't see them because it was too late and dark but boy could we hear them.....ugh i just wanted to scream at this point between scratching and itching and being soooo uncomfortable and not being able to sleep and all the friggin noise from the trains I swear at the next site we both agreed that was going to be our first question we ask before checking in.....Do you have any train tracks hidden behind the trees?
we're staying here tonight and going to Fantastic Caverns in the AM, then coming back to get the camper and Bailey and go to Silver Dollar City and maybe Branson and a new site....bbs
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
While in St Louis we did the Anheuser Busch tour and sampled their beer, yup that's right-Joe & I who don't even drink beer-did that tour! Pretty interesting and I even found a beer that I like-it's called Michelob Bock....pretty good stuff! Joe still isn't converted tho & I don't think I will be either but it is different, lol. We even tasted their pumpkin beer coming out this month, yuk!
Then of course we did the tour of the Arch and boy was that pretty amazing-you go up 680' or so in this tiny little pod (and believe me if it was more than a 4 minute ride I wouldn't have been in it) and then you're on top of the world! I'll try to add some shots of the city (I took their ball stadium & one of a church or the waterfront) we'll see which one looks best :o)
Oh & of course since we stayed at a casino, we signed up for the players card & used that the first night & received a tailgate chair and comp tickets to see Legends in Concert the next night (opening night) very good-if I must say so myself! I actually got to play a little poker that night too & won a little bit- 3/6 table for about 2 hrs. Found out they used to have to pay to come into the casino's $15 and had to leave by 4 AM, now they don't charge but have to still leave by that time :o(....can you imagine! Also, something about Missouri has to be within 1,000 ft of water on or water and Illinois doesn't have to be on water so they are in direct competition right across the river from each other. Plus one of them has smoking in the casino and the other doesn't....very strange rules here-for sure!
P.S Happy Birthday Brother Dearest in Alaska - how old does today make you??
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Well, finally hooked up with Pat & Dan-only been about 16 years :o) But, hit them on a good weekend-we went to something called a "Shoot" it's a re-enactment with teepee's, indians, cowboys, etc and all kinds of crafts-spent all afternoon there and oh yeah did I say we stopped at a new casino first, lol. Yup, they have casino's here too-made my day! But, of course we all lost (only stayed about hour or two) They're both retired, so we can play the whole time we're here :o)
We pulled in about 5 PM on Friday & I was panicking about my tooth so ended up calling my dentist back home (god bless him) he told me to get something called DenTemp and its like silly putty-use it until I get home and then he'll fix my tooth & boy, touch wood, it's working like a charm (so far)
Dan & Pat's house is beautiful & definitely a showcase for Longaberger (LOL) - a huge 4 BR w/in law suite (which is really their Master Bedroom) on a large lot) on a golf course-I know Joey you would just love to live here-walk out your back door and hit some balls :o) Dan took dad for a tour on his little golf cart thingy up to the clubhouse last night-it's a golfers heaven-apparently!
Now, we understand why they would never come back to PA or Juniper St-they can get so much more for their money here!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Well, let me show you a picture of our stop for dinner today,..,. my husband had to surprise me with this one because I used to love "Big Macs" before I went on this no beef kick a couple months back......
Got here too late to take any pictures (plus we had troubles with our electrical system discharging) but I will try to take some tomorrow and download them in that blog....but for now-it's hitting the sack (can't believe I'm saying that it's only 9:23 ) but been a long harrowing day
Oh and Lauren & Ali-so far we've been thru Penna, W. Virginia & Ohio (mark them off)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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There ya go- it's that simple to post a Blog- see I'm not so techy :o)
lov ya bro
next time you get to post it
Maybe we can hook up somewhere in the US of A- are you still planning on flying out?
p.s. took your hint too & dug up this ole pic of Joe & I from some cruise we were on way back when- looks like we were happy?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We've decided or shall I say- I decided not to let Joe map out our route...I want to not be in a rush to be somewhere at any given time-I do that every day of my life and if we're really going to do this trip, I'd really like to be able to absorb and enjoy whatever sites we do get to see along the way.
The only thing we know is we will be in Vegas for our daughters birthday on 9-24 and we will be in Albuquerque for the BIGGEST Hot Air Balloon Festival I believe in the USA if not in the world by October 2nd! I am soooo excited about that, I can't wait-anyone that knows me-knows I love love love hot air balloons. And one of the greatest gifts/surprises Joe ever got me was a ride for just the two of us in a Hot Air Balloon-definitely the coolest thing ever!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I'm going to try to attach a picture of the Hi-Lo trailer we purchase a couple weeks ago- that will be our "home" for a couple weeks in the fall-so wish me luck.