Karen Meads

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Karen Meads





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Bill's Butt
Bison's Butt
David's Butt

North America » United States » Kentucky » Lexington July 11th 2008

We drove through mostly farmland again from Kansas City, MO to Lexington, KY. We crossed the mighty Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO where the evidence of the swollen river was all around. This is where we were to pick up I-64 from I-70 but we were surprised to find signs telling us it was closed. Karen called the Road Conditions number given her by AAA to get redirected. After a few minutes delay we were back on track toward the familiar I-64 - the road HOME! At 7:00 pm we arrived in Lexington but had to make one more stop at….WalMart. The last provisions stop. The unfortunate thing about a small space is there isn’t much storage room for food for 4 people, so we had to stop frequently for food stuffs. We finally pulled ... read more
Lexington Horse Farm
Lexington Horse Farm
Lexington Horse Farm

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City July 10th 2008

The drive from Rapid City to Sioux Falls, SD was very interesting but long. We were amazed to see how much of the country is volcanic. The Yellowstone super-volcano comprises nearly all the park but its last eruption spewed ash, rocks and lava over many neighboring states. This was no surprise but to see how volcanic forces have been at worked underneath so much of the west was astounding. From the time we left Portland (where the Cascades are all volcanoes) to near Sioux Falls we were crossing terrain clearly disrupted by volcanic forces. Making it to Sioux Falls just after dark, we were pleased to find our camp, a pretty KOA right off the interstate. Easy in, easy out. Starting out early we hit the road for Kansas City. Lots more rolling farmland was the ... read more
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Real  Men wear pink
The junk food stash


The morning did improve. Breakfast and showers for everyone were first on the agenda, then a thorough cleaning for mini-Molly inside and out. She has seen some rough terrain and has been inhabited non-stop for 10 days. She needed it! We packed up and headed out. Next to the campground was a funny little animal farm. That's where we saw the goats clibing the goat bridge. On to Mount Rushmore. Can you remember the order of the presidents on the monument? (Answer at the end). The campground was an easy five miles from the monument so it was a quick drive. Rounding the last hairpin turn on the mountain you get your first glimpse of the majestic sculpture. Its dimensions are astounding and its amazing how well-proportioned is each image. The engineers among our readers will ... read more
Mt. Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore
Scale Model


After a quiet night’s sleep in the WalMart parking lot we were on the road at 7:15 am - STILL - headed north to Rapid City South Dakota. Our target there is Mount Rushmore. The rolling green hills of Wyoming were picturesque and covered with wild antelope and deer grazing just beside the highway. It changed very little as we crossed the South Dakota line just before dark. The black hills started looming closer with their black pine trees growing right out of the rocks! At 9:30 pm we finally pulled into the Outback steakhouse in Rapid City, SD. Patty had a need for some prime rib and the rest of us thought we deserved a good steak meal after our very loooooong day. Unbelievably, there was NO prime rib left at Outback and NO Dr. ... read more
Road Warriors

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver July 7th 2008

Heading east to Albuquerque NM, we’ll hang a left toward Denver. On the road for another very long day of driving. We were very late leaving Williams and made a stop in Flagstaff so our travel time began about three hours behind schedule. Crossing another time zone back into mountain time, we took a vote and decided to stop short of our goal. We spent the night in the parking lot at, where else, WalMart in Trinidad CO, just over the border. Just one more thing, my husband has a history of consistently bringing rain with him on trips. He visited Phoenix for a week 6 years ago. It rained for 7 straight days. This trip to Arizona it poured rain on us at the Grand Canyon and it rained on us in Flagstaff while we ... read more


After a yummy French toast breakfast we headed to the train depot for our ride to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Railway Resort is FABULOUS and I highly recommend it to anyone planning to visit. It has a hotel, pet kennel, the best RV park I’ve ever seen and five star service. At the train depot we were treated to a shootout by the Coldwater Creek gang. During the show the audience was asked if anyone had birthday’s, anniversaries etc. Despite threats of death, Patty told them about our recent anniversary whereupon one of the gang presented Karen with a special gift - a “horse apple” straight from the freshly swept pile! Thanks a LOT Patty! We boarded the train, a 1920’s Pullman car in coach class, for the 2 hour trip to the rim. ... read more
Dead
All Aboard!
Grand Canyon 1


After a SWELTERING night on Lake Mead, we hit the road again. It was over 100 degrees all night and we took a vote - a dry heat is STILL heat. The treat was waking up the next morning to the view of the lake. The orange-brown mountains plunging straight down into the blue-green lake with a band of white dividing the two was a beautiful sight. The lake is 55 feet below its normal level due to a nine year drought which is what created the white band of calcium and aluminum deposits on the canyon walls. It was a Saturday morning so there were easily a hundred boats and other water vessels on the lake enjoying a respite from the heat. The RV park was a mere 10 minutes from Hoover Dam, a place ... read more
Lake Mead
Power Plant

North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead July 4th 2008

Happy Independence Day! We're on the road again…continuing south on I-15 toward Las Vegas. We will overnight on Lake Mead (appropriately named), the body of water created by Hoover Dam and which supplies Las Vegas and much of the southwest with electricity. At 10:15 pm we pulled into Lake Mead RV Resort after a visit through the heart of Las Vegas. Our route took us around the downtown area but one member of our party insisted she needed to see the famed Las Vegas strip. Parting ways with the maps, it was not difficult to identify our target. It was approaching sundown and the light level was just right to witness fully the crowds lining the streets and the lights lining the buildings. Patty demanded at one point she needed to get out and take pictures ... read more
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas

North America » United States » Utah » Salt Lake City July 3rd 2008

Starting out at 7:00 am we made tracks for Utah. The Bridger Teton National Forrest gave way to rolling hills and beautiful countryside as we made our way to Salt Lake. This seemingly endless drive through ranch land sporting llama and deer farms was interesting, yet timeless. These small-town communities sprouting out of the plains are a testament to the hardiness of Americans. Arriving in Salt Lake City was a shock to the body. It was 44 degrees in Jackson Hole when we left and 104 degrees in Salt Lake when we arrived around 1:30 pm. The helpful KOA staff assisted us in securing directions to the nearest transmission specialist. The Chrysler dealer was unfriendly and unwilling to help but we found quite the opposite reception when calling Aamco. Since we had to tow the vehicle ... read more
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