I am a recently retired education coordinator. I have spent the last 40+ years working as a phlebotomist or training phlebotomy. For any who does not know what that means; I draw blood and teach others to do the same.
I am now embarking on a new journey I have dreamed of for years. I will be traveling all over the United States to see this great land of ours. I will be pulling a 30 foot travel trailer and staying in state or national parks. There have been many people ask me to keep them informed of my adventures so I have decided to build and maintain a travel blog about the sites I visit.
Knowing me I am sure I will get into many funny or touching predicaments and I love to share funny stories about myself. I am also an avid amateur photographer so I will be sharing my better pictures. It would be wonderful to hear from you as I make this pilgrimage.
It is also my desire to continue helping people to become better phlebotomists. I will be conducting 8 hour phlebotomy training sessions for anyone who would like to improve their skills. Hopefully I can coordinate this with my travels. This will help me fulfill my desire to continue helping others to be good at what they do.
I look forward to sharing my travels with you.
July 19th 2013
I am totally amazed at God's creations. Bryce Canyon has rock formations that are beyond my imagination. The colors are vivid and brilliant. We spent two days driving through the mountains. I climbed in and out of that truck so many times to take pictures I lost count. My little dog Twyla got to the point she didn't want to go with me. Among the animals we saw, there were three little chipmunks that played and cut up so much I wondered where Alvin their keeper was keeping himself. We also saw a small family of deer that looked different from our Oklahoma deer. here was also another type of deer that had great big ears. I am wondering if they are Mule Deer. Folks, Utah is an amazing state. We have been from one end ... read more
July 15th 2013
We went to Antelope Island located close to Salt Lake City. The water in this lake contains more salt than the ocean. Sometimes called the dead sea because very little lives in this lake. However there are fishing boats that fish for brine shrimp. The lake is beautiful for the reflections of the mountains in the water. We saw one lone bison, which was the only wild animal we saw except for the sea gulls. There is a ranch on the island that is not an active ranch but is now a museum. I am anxious for some of my friends to see the pictures of old equipment and tell me how they were used. Some I recognized, but many are foreign to me. The house on the ranch has some of the tools the women ... read more
July 14th 2013
Today we went to Salt Lake City to see the Mormon Tabernacle Square. The flowers are beautiful. We could not go into the Tabernacle but I took pictures. Salt Lake City is huge but it was well marked, making it easy to get around.... read more
July 8th 2013
Hello to all my friends and family. I am fortunate enough to be taking a trip this summer to the national parks in the northwest. I am a week into the trip now and seen some amazing sights. I am posting pictures. Luck was with me and I took some wonderful pictures of wildlife and the scenery is quite majestic. My friend Brenda Clapper has joined me on this trip along with my little dog Twyla. The company and help has been greatly appreciated because we are camping most of the time. It is quite work intensive to set up a camp site and break it down every few days. However, we are managing very well and we rent a motel room occasionally when we have enough of camping. Today we are in a unique motel ... read more
July 16th 2012
Hello all, We have just returned from Branson, Missouri where we stayed in an RV Park called Lakeside RV. We were parked next to the Tanneycomo Lake. The family visited Silver Dollar City, the Water Park, Hollywood Wax Museum, and other sites. We also fished for trout in the lake just outside our door. If you enjoy music and amusement parks, Branson is the place to go. Personally I enjoy peace and quite so I spent most of my time in camp or on the docks fishing. It is amazing how quiet and peaceful the RV Park was while only a few blocks away one can enjoy all the excitement of shopping or shows. The first day we spent some time on one of the fishing docks trying to catch trout. My son, Kevin, has never ... read more
July 7th 2012
I have recently bought a new Toyota Pickup and a 30' foot travel trailer and have been taking a few short trips to become acclimated to driving and parking the trailer. Parking the trailerare the key words here. After using an hour of my time and 1/2 tank of gas I have discovered that parking a trailer is no easy task. With my son anxiously watching and giving encouraging words, I gave up the first attempt thinking I would find a cliff to push the thing over and be done with it. However things got better when I discovered most RV Parks have pull through parking spaces. I am still trying to improve my skills and am quite confident that I will persevere. If nothing else, I am quite stubborn and don’t give up easily. My ... read more