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North America » United States » California August 25th 2016

Geo: 38.6262, -121.325 We are in the final stages of packing for our trip. The house is quite a mess. Electronics plugged in everywhere. Piles of clothes and books and maps all over. Hopefully everything will fit into our suitcases. The first blog and photos should come out by Monday.... read more

North America » United States » California November 10th 2015

Geo: 38.6252, -121.328Well, we left phoenix on Saturday morning and made our way to I-40. We left I-40 and got onto Route 66. We went through several small towns that still survive there. We stopped in Seligman and had lunch at the Roadrunner Café. They had tons of stuff and pictures on Route 66 from the old days. We spent the night in Barstow and left the next morning for home. It started raining near Modesto and rained most of the way home. Wouldn't you know it! It rains on our F1 race weekend and on our way home. Anyway, we drove 5246 miles, averaged 53.2 mph and got 24.6 mpg for the whole trip.Thanks to everyone who sent comments about the trip, we love them! Next year, Germany.... read more
Check out the heavy traffic!
Old Burma Shave sign

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix November 6th 2015

Geo: 33.4479, -112.083 We left Tucson and drove up toward Phoenix. We took a side trip to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. It is a large house built around 1350AD. It was built by Indian tribes that roamed the area around that time. They built a compound and the big house was in the center of it. After visiting there, we checked into our hotel, had a nap and then dinner. This morning, we got up and headed out to Deer Valley Rock Art Center. It is a huge pile of basalt rocks that have petroglyphs carved into them. They were carved around the same time as the Casa Grande. After visiting there, we drove over to Taliesin West, which is Frank LLoyd Wright's western studio. His first studio was in Wisconsin. After he developed pneumonia, ... read more
Casa Grande
Part of the compound
Storage pot

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson November 4th 2015

Geo: 32.2215, -110.97 We left Las Cruces, NM and drove to Wilcox, AZ. It was picked as a stop because of the long drive. This is where Wyatt Earp's brother, Warren was killed at the Headquarters Saloon in 1900. We checked in to our hotel and drove down to Chiricahua National Monument. It is about 30 miles southeast of Wilcox. I don't think that they get many visitors there as they were quite happy to see us. It has a lot of hoodoos, like in Bryce, but not red in color, but tan. It was very interesting. I got my senior pass to the National Parks on this trip and have been using it a lot. The next morning, we headed for Kartchner Caverns State Park. We had made reservations to take a tour of the ... read more
The same
Kartchner sign

North America » United States » New Mexico » Las Cruces October 31st 2015

Geo: 32.3067, -106.778 First, I have 2 stories to tell that I forgot to add into the appropriate blogs. First, when we were visiting the Buckhorn Saloon, they had a shooting game where you shot a rifle at skeet targets on a screen. I challenged Stacy to a game. At first, she couldn't hit anything. Then she saw that there were sights on the rifle. After she actually started aiming, she kicked my butt! Very surprising for someone who has hardly ever shot a gun! The other story happened last night at dinner. We were at a Macaroni Grille. We were in a booth. A Mexican family came in and put about 5 children in the booth next to us and the adults got a table nearby. I had worn my jacket, as it was cool ... read more
Air Museum
A car at the museum
Stacy and a missile

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso October 30th 2015

Geo: 31.7592, -106.487 So, we got up and drove over to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We took the ranger led tour and then we took the self guided tour. Carlsbad Caverns has one of the largest rooms in the world. It is large enough for 2 U.S. Capitols to fit inside. There are thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and columns in this cave. I have never seen so many in one cave. We had lunch at the visitor center. By the time we had finished with the cave, it was too late to make the 70 mile drive to the Roswell Museum. Too bad for us. This morning we left Carlsbad and headed toward El Paso, TX. We stopped at Guadalupe Mountain National Park for a while. They had a lot of hiking trails that were way ... read more
Inside the caverns
Me, the spelunker
More inside

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad October 28th 2015

Geo: 32.4186, -104.229 We arrived in San Antonio after a quick hours drive. We checked in to our hotel and walked down to the Riverwalk. We walked around the Riverwalk and took a boat tour on the river. This place is really nice. It would be nice to have something like this in Sacramento. On Tuesday morning, we got up and walked down to the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum. The saloon has the largest collection of animal horns in the world. After that, we walked down to the Alamo. We looked around the park and went thru the Alamo. Another item off of the bucket list. We stopped for lunch and headed back to our hotel. We decided to stop and visit the San Fernando Cathedral. It has the remains of the men who ... read more
Teak carving
Me in front of a longhorn
The longhorn

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio October 26th 2015

Geo: 29.4245, -98.4946 So, we skipped the Friday practice at the track. Smart move on our part. We got up and got ready for the track early Saturday morning. When we went to board the bus at 7:30AM it was pouring rain at a 45 degree angle. The wind was blowing about 30 miles an hour. On the way to the track, they announced that the gates wouldn't open until 10:00AM. We turned around and headed back to the hotel. Then they announced that the gates would open at noon. So we went back to our room and hung out until 11:15AM, then back on the bus. It was still pouring! We got to the track at noon and proceeded to gear up and head on out to our grand stand. By the time we got ... read more
Some of the crowd
Stacy just before the start
The beer garden

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 23rd 2015

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743 We got up on Wednesday morning and headed to downtown Austin. We went to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It is a huge museum. We spent about 3 hours there. It has all of the history about the area before and after Texas became a state. After that, we went over to the state capitol. They have a great state capitol, larger than ours. On Thursday morning, we packed up everything and headed over to our hotel that came with our race package. We couldn't stay there on Tuesday and Wednesday because they were booked for those days. It is a really fancy hotel. At 4:00PM, we boarded a bus for the track. We had special tickets to visit the Legends Club at the track. First of all we were allowed to ... read more
They had an NFL hall of fame display there.
 Bill for the Houston Texans to join the NFL.
Texas Capitol dome.

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 20th 2015

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743 We left Amarillo and drove to Dallas, which is an all day drive. We got up on Monday morning and headed out to the JFK Memorial. After viewing that we walked over to a really cool looking old building. It was called The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History. It used to be the old courthouse. It was built around the late 1890's after several of the original ones burned down. It is now a very nice museum. We spent a couple of hours there before we headed over to Dealy Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum. Everyone of my generation remembers where they were when the news that JFK had been assassinated hit them. I was sitting in a 6th grade class at Cleveland Elementary School when it was announced over ... read more
The JFK Memorial
Stairs in the Red Building
The old Book Depository

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