Wiegand’s Travels


Wiegand’s Travels

For us traveling was something we always planned on doing in our retirement. Thankfully retirement came in April 2014. It took us a while to settle into our retirement home in Arizona. Last year we started a blog for family and friends as a way to take them along on our 5 month trip to Alaska. It turned out we enjoyed the blog as much or more than our followers because it was a reminder of our trip and all the wonderful daily adventures that faded over time. So now we have a new blog site and we sure hope you will continue to travel along with us. We have lots of plans so get packed and jump aboard!

July 18 This morning we got up after a thunder filled night of sleep. The mosquitos now seem to know our names and greet us cheerfully the minute we step outside. We were anxious to leave this place this morning so I only offered David cold cereal for breakfast. We just couldn’t leave here soon enough. The dogs were quick too this morning, quite happy to get in the truck. We are heading west to the Black Hills. We’ve never spent a lot of time in the Black Hills just a quick stop so in total we will spend 7 days sight seeing. Unfortunately, our worries about the drivers side front tire and the shimmy is first in our list to attend too. David called yesterday and got a tire and alignment appointment for tomorrow about ... read more
Bison in Grasslands National Park near highway 44
Rancher bailing hay near the Black Hills in SD.
Old Sinclair dinosaur near Rapid City SD on highway 44.

July 15-16 On day two in the Badlands, laundry almost done, we left the dog’s and drove to the Badlands park visitors center. We enjoyed the archeological bones exhibit. We picked up our magnet. We have 60+ now on the refrigerator from all our trips. Just seven so far this trip. We headed out toward the loop road which explores the western half of the park. There were some beautiful vistas with lush green grass separating the sedimentary formations. The farther north the color of the formations changed and began exhibiting streaks of yellow and reddish hues among the common grey formations. It certainly beautiful in its foreboding desolation. We wondered how did Indians and pioneers survive this area? We saw remnants of sod huts from those days. This area was once inhabited by a large ... read more
Change of colors in the Badlands!
Mountain Goats IN the road!
Cattle on the road!

July 15 We were up and at it early this morning. We’d needed to hookup and before leaving the campground dump the sewer. It was already really warm. David was sweat out by the time we were on the road. Thankfully, It was only 153 miles to the Badlands KOA, just outside the national park. As we drove we could feel the shimmy in the truck. We think we are going to have to have it aligned. We’ve got a front truck tire wearing on the outside as well. We know there is nothing in the badlands area where we can get work done so it will have to wait until our next stop near Rapid City SD. We turned off I-90 south and found we were actually driving through the east portion of the park. ... read more
Badlands formations
Storm Brewing 2!
Storm Brewing 4!

North America » United States » South Dakota » Pierre July 14th 2019

July 12-14 It’s been frustrating to blog last week without WiFi and very little cell signal. And it doesn’t seem to be getting better but worse. I’m making notes and will post when I can upload pictures and text. This morning we got up and headed northwest again. We were hoping for better roads but it was only marginally better. We hit a bridge seam that was bad and noticed a shimmy had developed in the truck. It is very difficult to tell if it’s the road or the truck. If we could find a smooth road we might know but that’s asking the impossible. We arrived at Oahe Dam Downstream campground near Pierre SD by mid afternoon. It was hot but not as bad as Iowa. We had to get water as we try not ... read more
Our Campground Oahe Dam.
Our big campsite at Oahe Dam downstream campground.
Swatting mosquitos!!

July 9-11 We got up and left around 10 this morning going the 137 miles to Newton Hills SD State Park. We had stayed there in the summer of 2017 to visit local grave sites of my great-grandparents on my mother’s side. Newton Hills is about a mile from Beloit Iowa, were Grandpa Payne’s parents and grandparents were buried out near a farm. In 2017 we met the caretakers son who was trimming trees. He does a nice job of taking care of the graveyard. I had never been to see these graves until 2017. It was interesting. The area is a lush river valley with large field of crops separated by a few trees, mostly cottonwoods. Now in July as last time in August the area is beautiful. I could see why the family farmed ... read more
Our campsite!
Red all bandaged
if you taste them your addicted!!!

North America » United States » Iowa July 7th 2019

July 6 We slept in this morning. I think all four of us were more tired than usual. We had breakfast after walking the dogs. I did a few loads of laundry. We had checked in with Angie and Dan, they thought they would come out to the trailer for a visit. So while my laundry slowly got done we had more time to visit mixed with short walks with the dogs. Around 4 pm we left the dogs at the trailer and the four of us headed into Amana for a little more shopping and we’d have dinner at the Yoke Inn another German family style restaurant. We looked about at three or four shops before heading to the restaurant. I did buy some homemade fudge, just two pieces to try it. For dinner David ... read more
Angie and Dan posing with Yokey.
This little Piggy goes to market!
Fields around the RV park

North America » United States » Iowa » Amana July 5th 2019

July 5 This morning was a hot one, sun was baking down with intensity for our first foray out this morning with the dogs. It was so hot I didn’t even want coffee, just too hot. We knew Dan was up early this morning putting a brisket in the smoker and we were looking forward to that. We checked in by phone with Angie and Dan and decided we’d go over to their house in the early afternoon. We’d let them get there chores done as they were having us and some other guest for barbecue around 4pm. In the meantime I enticed David to go shopping this morning at the Amana Colonies by suggesting we go to the local bakery for breakfast. I’m not sure he completely understood the ramifications of his quick answer, YES, ... read more
Ramona at the woolen mill shop.
David carrying our new blanket.
The Amana furniture and clock shop.

North America » United States » Iowa » Amana July 4th 2019

July 4th Happy Independence Day! It was a nice leisurely morning. As usual David took the dogs out, I got coffee and breakfast started but I had extra to prepare this morning as David took home Apple Strudel from the restaurant last night to have for breakfast. I had creme pie last night as did David. The apple strudel is much better is our assessment this morning. We enjoyed it very much. We got showers and I did a few chores before we loaded up and headed the twenty miles into Cedar Rapids. Dan had given me directions for a new road that was more direct to their house but I missed a turn somewhere and our GPS didn’t have the new road listed. Why is it you buy a vehicle that comes with navigation, for ... read more
Red wants Gizmo to play ball!
Cephas tried to lure Red again!
Cephas from his scary perch!

North America » United States » Iowa » Amana July 3rd 2019

July 3 Today we’ve got a pretty long trip. Straight North out of Columbus to Amana Iowa. Originally we were going to stay near a lake at a Corp of Engineers park but it only had electricity and only 30 amp so only one air conditioner could run. It’s been so hot and miserable that without both air conditioners I think we’d be pretty unhappy so I canceled and we’ll be staying at the Amana colonies with full hook ups and 50 amp. We are staying 5 days to visit our niece, Angie & Dan. We dearly love them and didn’t make it out to see them as originally planned last October. We promised this summer so this will be our farthest point east of the trip from there we will turn west again. We got ... read more
Getting into the Amana Colonies, Amish country.
Our spot at the Amana RV Park!
Dinner in Amana!  Weiner's and Spatzle!

North America » United States » Missouri » Boonville July 2nd 2019

July 2 When we got up this morning I was worrying about changing the trailer tire. I realized in the middle of the night that we could just call road side assistance. Our issuance has it on the policy, technically were not along the road but I didn’t think just cause were parked that would matter, we are traveling. So I mentioned it to David, who did seem a little reluctant to get started on the task of changing the tire. I called USAA roadside assistance they had me go to a web site to fill out the form and within just a few minutes said they would text me who was coming. Part of the difficulty was we needed to leave for our visitor tour at Warm Springs Ranch at noon so we didn’t have ... read more
Clydesdale mares and foals enjoying the pasture.
Clydesdale stallion at the farm!
Beautiful gelding Clydesdale getting ready for grooming!

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