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North America » United States » New Mexico » Elephant Butte January 22nd 2014

Mon, 20 January, 2014 We decided against going into Mexico and drove north instead after stopping a few minutes at the visitor center. They had memorabilia of the town’s claim to fame, Pancho Villa’s incursion into the US at Columbus, NM. We drove on to Deming, where we did a little shopping. Then, after calling Rockhound SP again, and finding they were still full, we drove on to City of Rocks State Park near Faywood, NM. It’s a beautiful little park that is pretty much a pile of boulders in the middle of the desert. Apparently it’s the result of a volcanic explosion some 35 million years ago, and we were told, the boulders are ash, not volcanic rock. I don’t know about that, but the camp sites are tucked nicely in between the boulders with ... read more
City of Rocks SP
Kerry climbing
city of rocks

North America » United States » New Mexico » Columbus January 19th 2014

Sunday, 19 January, 2014 Last night we did go up to the McDonald Observatory for the Star Party, held Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. We didn’t know quite what to expect or even if they’d be sold out, but we went anyway. It was AMAZING!! We sat outside (it was cold) at their outdoor arena while one of the staff gave us a talk on the night sky above us. He pointed out constellations with a laser pointer and told stories about them, as well as pointing out stars and satellites passing overhead. We saw the Hubble telescope pass by and numerous other satellites. It was just after dusk when the program got started, but as the sky got darker, the stars became more and more crowded in the sky. The Milky Way was the densest ... read more
McDonald Observatory
More of the road less traveled
Desert and hills

North America » United States » Texas » Fort Davis January 18th 2014

Saturday, 18 January, 2014 Sorry, I got way behind, but we’ve been out of cell phone and wifi reach. On Wednesday morning we left Uvalde and headed west on Highway 90. We drove through Del Rio, then past Amistad NRA. The water there was a gorgeous blue. We saw along the way some pronghorn antelope and some big horn sheep. We stopped for the night in Marathon, TX. Thursday morning we headed for Big Bend National Park. We stopped at Panther Junction at the visitor center and the post office, then drove east to Rio Grande Village where we enjoyed nice, hot showers. Then it was back past Panther Junction and on to Chisos Basin campground. We found a fairly level spot and set up without problem. We spent an hour or so sitting and soaking ... read more
View from campground
nearing Big Bend
Chisos Mountains

North America » United States » Texas » Uvalde January 14th 2014

Sat, 11 Jan, 2014 After last night’s rain, it was nice to wake to sunshine. It was an easy drive through Lake Charles, LA, and on to Houston. The traffic through Houston was surprisingly heavy for a Saturday. We still don’t know if it was construction or just lots of cars that caused the backups. We drove down Hwy 59 to SW Houston with the intention of going by and seeing our first house there. The main road down, Bissonet, didn’t look at all familiar. What had been scrub lands and cow pastures, were now strip malls and apartment buildings. We couldn’t remember the name of the street that connected to ours, but some road names seemed familiar. We never did find that house. The streets we went down were full of apartments or houses. We ... read more
Padre Island National Seashore
Wind and waves
Malaquite Beach

North America » United States » Louisiana » Alexandria January 10th 2014

Thursday, 9 January, 2014 We had planned to head south last weekend, but Kerry came down with the crud and so we then had to wait for the polar vortex weather to move on. We had a temp of 4 on Monday morning and 3 on Tuesday. So, needless to say, we were a bit disorganized as we weren’t just sure when we would be able to hit the road. We finally got underway at the somewhat embarrassing time of 10:45, leaving in rain and temps around freezing. The roads were wet, but not slick, and the temperature didn’t start to warm up until we were well into Mississippi. We watched as the ice on the ponds became thinner before disappearing altogether. By late afternoon we actually saw some blue skies, sunshine and a high of ... read more
USS Cairo
Vicksburg NMB
Vicksburg National Cemetary

North America » United States » Tennessee August 20th 2013

20 August, 2013 We’ve been home for almost a week and it is time for some statistics and final thoughts. First for the stats: We drove 6,535 miles, touching 13 states and 3 Canadian provinces (4 if you count the times we were on the Ontario side of the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands area.) We stayed in campgrounds 33 nights at an average cost of $31.88 per night. This is higher than we normally spend, but everything is more expensive in the northeast US and Canada. We purchased 517 gallons of gas at an average price of $3.928 per gallon. The cheapest gas of the trip was $3.259/gallon in Virginia (although the price of gas here is now at 3.169.) The most expensive was in Nova Scotia at $5.317/gallon (Canadian dollars.) I took ... read more
Tennessee River

North America » United States » Kentucky » Elizabethtown August 13th 2013

13 August, 2013 Here are the highlights on the 5 states we passed through since my last blog entry. VERMONT We drove across the southern part of Vermont on Hwy 9 from Brattleboro to Bennington. There was a lot of traffic, mostly out of state license tags, just a very few from Vermont. Wilmington, about halfway across, was so pretty with flowers everywhere. Lots of flowerbeds, hanging baskets and window boxes full of flowers. Even the Welcome to Wilmington signs had flower boxes. Vermont and New Hampshire are such beautiful states. NEW YORK We drove to Troy then south to Albany. There was a lot of traffic heading south toward that Big City we prefer to avoid. Unlike in Vermont, most of the cars had New York tags. We drove from Albany to Binghamton, then into ... read more
Pennsylvania farmlands
Locust Lake
Beautiful Hillside

North America » United States » Vermont » Brattleboro August 10th 2013

10 August, 2013 We were out before nine this morning, early for us, but we were eager to get to the Mt. Washington Auto Road. There were bicyclists everywhere as there were two separate bicycle races underway. We could see there were clouds at the top of the mountain, but that is the case 60% of the time. We opted to take the guided tour, one with a professional driver who knows the road and gives interesting bits of information on the way up and down. I knew Kerry would not want to drive this road, which is steep, narrow and winding. And the winds are ferocious. We bought tickets and only had about a 10 minute wait before our guide, Erik, called us to load up. We ride in a van with a special transmission, ... read more
Appalachian Trail marker
Dirt Road
In the clouds

North America » United States » New Hampshire » Gorham August 9th 2013

9 August, 2013 We said goodbye to Gena and Bob Wednesday night, as we knew they would be out early the next morning. They have to be in Southwest Harbor, Maine, for a wedding on Saturday. We always have fun together and will miss them. We were undecided what to do next, but upon consideration and discussion, are making our way toward home and family. We left Baddeck a mere 3 hours behind Gena and Bob, about average for us. We drove across Nova Scotia and then through New Brunswick. Trans Canada Highway 2 (TCH 2) is a funny road through New Brunswick. Between Moncton and Fredericton you don’t see any other cities, just exits. Again it was like driving on a four-lane through the wilderness. Between Moncton and Fredericton it started raining and continued all ... read more
Look closely
Campground by the lake
Back in the USA

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck August 7th 2013

7 August, 2013 After breakfasting together this morning, the four of us loaded into our truck for more sightseeing on beautiful Cape Breton. First stop was in Baddeck’s visitor center for directions to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and museum. The museum sits across the road from Baddeck’s harbor (harbour in Canada,) which today happened to be having a regatta. So this corner of Bras d’Or Lake was full of sailboats with colorful sails going in all directions, or so it appeared. The gardens of the Bell museum were beautiful with lots of flowering plants. We were all surprised at the variety of inventions Bell created. His father was creator of visible speech, a way of teaching the deaf to speak. Bell worked with his father in this field, but was also encouraged in ... read more
Tetrahedral Kite
Silver Dart

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