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North America » United States » Virginia » Wytheville July 26th 2013

Second Day: Got off on Thursday almost an hour earlier than we expected - - off @ 3:40 PM. We left Thursday afternoon to avoid a 650+ mile Friday. Made it to Pelham, AL by about 8 PM. Had a scare when I couldn't get the top to go up - - CRS is really playing havoc with me! Had the trailer master switch in the wrong position. Everything is working fine now. Had a very comfortable night in a quiet campground. Slept in today and got on the road about 7:40. Drove 459 miles to Wytheville, VA. Had some pretty heavy traffic in Birmingham, Chattanooga, & Knoxville. Found our KOA and were able to set up without having to unhook the trailer (second night in a row - - hope that keeps up!). 527 miles ... read more

Days 38 & 39: Wichita Falls, TX to Defuniak Springs, FL Left Wichita Falls at 7:30 and made good time to and through the middle of Dallas. What a confusing mass of interstates! 532 miles later, we stopped in Clinton, MS for the night. Poor Milo was bored to tears. On Sat, we got out of camp about 7:30 headed for home. It had started raining during the night and rained off and on as far as Mendenhall, then it became steady rain, sometimes really heavy. Just found out that Mobile had 13" of rain yesterday. Traffic was REALLY heavy on I-10 - - both ways. Westbound traffic going into the Mobile tunnel was backed up for at least 8 miles, and just barely moving. Got home to DFS in the middle of a break in ... read more
Downtown Dallas
Louisiana Welcome Sign
Mississippi River

North America » United States » Texas » Wichita Falls June 7th 2012

Day 37: Cedar Crest, NM to Wichita Falls, TX Got out of our campground at 8AM headed to Wichita Falls, TX, a distance of 497 mi. Pulled in here at 5:50PM - - just under 9 hours (lost an hour due to time zone change). The drive was basically long and somewhat boring after all the incredible scenery we had seen out west! Found gas for $3.289 in Amarillo, TX. What a relief to get it back under $4/gal! I found it a little odd that the regular grade gas is only 86 octane out here - - doesn't make it any cheaper. We got the next to the last spot in Wichita Falls RV Park. It is a very nice and fairly large park and pretty convenient to the interstate without being right next to ... read more
Milo got bored !!!
Cattle running to the

Day 36: Flagstaff, AZ to Cedar Crest, NM Since Charlie & Kerry have already visited the two parks we planned to see today, we left separately - - we were both going to go east on I-40, but the Hixsons took a detour on NM 602 and NM 53 to visit El Morro NM and El Malpais NM. El Morro was really interesting. It is a large sandstone rock in the high desert (elev around 6200 ft) that has been a landmark for travelers since 1637 !!!! It has a small pool at its base that catches snow melt and rain water and hold something over 200,000 gallons and has not run dry in recorded history - - it is NOT a spring. There are lots of inscriptions on the rock, the oldest one having been ... read more
Meteor Crater
Sandstone cliffs
First Glimps of El Morro

North America » United States » Arizona » Flagstaff June 5th 2012

Day 35: Grand Canyon to Flagstaff, AZ Today we had to leave the Grand Canyon for new places. Kerry and Charlie had already been to the three parks we planned to see today, so they went back through GC Village and south to Flagstaff out the south entrance, while we left by the east entrance and headed to Wupatki NM, Sunset Crater NM, and Walnut Canyon NM. We stopped at all three visitors centers, walked through the ruins at Wupatki, saw Sunset Crater and its lava flows and cinder mounds, and the ruins of the Walnut Canyon cliff dwellings and still got to the campground by 1 PM. This campground is like a parking lot, not particularly level, noisy (busy highways all around), and the restrooms that look like they have NEVER been cleaned (they are ... read more
Close up of Cliff dwellings
Matur4e Miniature mesa
Wupatki Ruins

Day 34: South Rim of the Grand Canyon Today was adventure day! We put Milo in the kennel for the day so that we could take the shuttle bus west from the Village. (They won't allow dogs on the bus) Kerry and Gena wanted to hike at least part way down the Bright Angel Trail and they wanted to do it while is was relatively cool - - they finally found the trail head and started down about 11 AM. Charlie and Bob stayed at the top to take pictures of them coming back up. While waiting, we got to see three condors, one of them in flight! Kerry and Gena went down the trail a little over a mile and came back up - - we figure that they went down about 1000-1300 ft vertically. ... read more
Condor in flight
Gena and Kerry
Trail at the end of their

Day 32 Part 2: North Rim of the Grand Canyon We drove to the North Rim and went first to Roosevelt Overlook, which faces east about half way out to Cape Royal. It was getting late and we wanted to get to the visitors center before they closed, so we turned around, went to Point Imperial, which also looks to the east. Then went to to the visitors center where Gena and Charlie got patches and stamped. Bob took the path out to Bright Angel Point - - his knees were vibrating big time! Narrow trail, narrow bridges with no guard rails, windy,and BEAUTIFUL, even in the late afternoon sun. Saw lots of deer on the way back to Jacob Lake.... read more
Sight from Bright Angel Pt
View of Grand Canyon
View from Point Imperial

Day 32 Part 1: Glendale, UT to Jacob Lake, AZ We left the campground at Glendale and headed north to see Cedar Breaks NM. Turns out that it is a miniature Bryce NP !!! Just as spectacular and colorful, just smaller and perhaps a little higher in elevation. We had crystal clear skies and nice cool temperatures. The road up to the park climbed about 5000 feet with lots of curves. We drove past a couple of significant lava flows - - what a stark terrain they make. After we left Cedar breaks, we back tracked to US 89 and headed south to Jacob Lake which is about 30 miles north of the entrance to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We arrived, having made reservations at the only campground - - good thing we ... read more
Lava Flow on south
Square Arch in the
Close up of Square Arch

North America » United States » Utah » Glendale June 1st 2012

Day 32: Ely, NV to Glendale, UT Another fairly long day today, though not as long as yesterday. We found that US 50 across Nevada was not nearly as desolate and lonely as UT 21! About the only traffic we saw were several Fire/Ambulance/Sheriff Deputies on a run just west of Minersville, UT. Don't think we ever got lower than about 5200 FT in elevation all day. We crossed several passes over 6000 ft and a couple over 7000 ft, but, the highest we drove was 8500 FT in Great Basin NP on Mt. Wheeler which is over 13,000 ft at it's peak. What a great view of the valley to the north, east and south from that viewpoint. The only wild life we saw were a few Prong horn Antilope, several hawks, and, we think, ... read more
More Lonely Road
Wind Turbine Farm
More Wind Turbines

North America » United States » Nevada » Ely May 31st 2012

Day 31: Carson City, NV to Ely, NV Left Comstock Country RV Resort about 9 AM and headed out on US 50 (known as the loneliest road). While the traffic was light, there were vehicles going both ways. I doubt that we drove for more than 20 minutes all day without seeing another vehicle. It was a beautiful run with a wide variety of desert scenery, from flat dry lakes to mountains over 10,000'. Only about three towns in 326 miles. Passed several Navy Live fire ranges, but didn't see a single fighter. We did see several ruins of Pony Express stations - - They were not signed, but they were surrounded by hurricane fence - - managed to get just one photo. Kerry kept track of the length of one of the long straight sections ... read more
Sylloettes on Bridge
Steep canyon wall
Sand Mountain

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