Rarely do I know what the name of a Blog post will be before I actually write it.
Today's post is different. When I discovered that the number of days on the road in the Trek since purchasing her last Spring was 100 days since I bought it, I knew a Blog Post was Born.
I have never done a year in review post as I have found it impossible to cull through all the photos to come up with the best of the best. We shall see..... if I can summarize our wonderful travels during these 100 days of travel. Since I didn't blog on all the places that we visited many of the pictures in this blog are not recorded in other blog posts. So this should help in preserving some of the wonderful memories.
Since my plans to full time changed when my Granddaughter came to live with me, I refer to my self as a some-timer. It seems never enough time that I am able to be camping. A Hundred days.....nearly 1/3 a year! I see that I was able to spend far more time doing what I love this year and that does make me happy!!
I certainly won't repeat all the wonderful pics and stories that I shared thus far on the blog but want only to give some overall impressions of the wonder year we have had a the amazing diversity of our journeys and experiences during our first 100 days.
We had a lot to learn about the Roadtrek and how to make it work for us so with plans to take a cross country trip during the summer we decided on a couple of shake down trips to ensure that we had what we needed and we were familiar with all the systems. And we did find some issues to work out. I couldn't get one burner to light which I had the RV folks address and fix....I thought. It reoccurred on the trip and we traveled most of the trip with one burner. I also couldn't get the water pump to operate and the RB service department found right away that there was an air bubble in the line so I was able to be present as they problem solved the issues and it was a good learning experience for me.
When traveling on the road we wanted and my back needed to have minimal effort for loading, unloading and setting up each day. It was important for that we only take what and a place to be located and not require moving to do each activity.
This is how the RT looks when going down the road. Well sometimes it is messier, but we don't travel with 'stuff' in the center isle on on the seats. We need to be able to get around in our little when we make stops.
There is so much to see and do near Mt Rushmore.
I need to come back and spend several weeks in the area.
One of my favorite pictures. Yes we drove through this tunnel......a bit spooky!!
Crazy Horse Monument, Sculpture
Alcott, author of Little Women.
We also visited a statue of Sybil Ludington who at age 16, road a night ride on April 26, 1777 to alert rebel forces to the approach of the British regular forces, to later became known as the female Paul Revere.
Each of these stops proved to be empowering moments for both Hailey and I.
Hailey found a tree for Tree sitting along Lake Seneka. She has an ongoing love affair with trees....
We spent nearly a month visiting in my daughter and her family in Connecticut and helping them move and get settles in a new house. With side trips to New York, Boston and Salem Massachusetts and a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine it was a Very Busy Month.
A trip to Connecticut's Brownstone Water Park made for great family memories before heading home and a couple of new Bucket List items. Whoo Hoo!!
Cliff Jumping and Zip Lining
New York Skyline from the Ferry
Freedom Tower, World Trade Center
Jordan's Pond in Acadia National Park
Several days in DC in the worst heat and humidity EVER were memorable just the same. Smithsonian and Holocaust museums, The monuments, White House, and the National Cathedral
So much to see....so little time!
But....Never again during summer heat!
A trip through the Foggy Shenandoah produced lots of fog, rain and good times with friends David and Sherry before we headed on to glorious Nashville Tennessee and then Memphis to visit Presley's Graceland.
Our next stop was one of the most memorable stops of the entire visit. We have visited many Memorials and Museums, some with very difficult subject matter. I choose our route partly due to my desire to visit Oklahoma City National Memorial. A very sobering monument to both tradgedy and recovery.
The more tired I got, the less I felt like blogging so the latter part of the trip has not been seen in my blogs. I would like to finish up the blogs but who knows if it will get done.....the highlights of some of the pics are shown below. (Boy was it hard to pick the pictures that were the best of the best!!)
Blue Water State Park in New Mexico.....
Where horses roam wild and people are a little more civilized.
Since we were still following Route 66, we made a number of stops along the Highway at landmarks. Our favorite was the El Rancho Hotel in Gallop New Mexico. The Hotel was a vacation site of many of the Hollywood greats, including, John Wayne, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, Kathryn Hepburn, Gene Autry, Betty Grable, and Ronald Reagan. Brass markers on the doors marked the location of there rooms. I swear you could feel them walking around and I expected to find a STAR around every corner.
The intense heat made it nearly impossible to enjoy the beautiful landscapes....We were only able to take brief outings in the heat before retreating back into the comfort of the air conditioning. During the extreme heat of August, the beauty of the Red Rocks are best enjoyed with the air conditioning blasting.
We were definitely ready to head on to the Grand Canyon and decided on the North Entrance where the temperatures were often 10 degrees cooler than the South Rim. While hot during the day, the evenings were cool in the forest where we boondocked.
Photography at the Grand Canyon was difficult due to the Forest Fires in the Northwest providing smoke that settled into the Canyon. Additionally, from the north side of the canyon you are staring directly into the sun which adds to the haze. Clearly it takes an expert photographer with excellent equipment to get the kind of pictures I was hoping for. Somehow the vastness of the canyon is lost in my pictures.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is where 1,900 animals call home, many in search of forever homes.
Hailey makes friends where ever she goes.
Lovely Pet cemeteries mark the animals that were able to live out their days here surrounded by love of workers and visitors.
Pink Coral Sand Dunes..... Utah State Park
Again the heat was stifling but when it is the only time that you have available....you just go. Finding a place to stay where we could run the air conditioner was imperative. We found an RV park that was part of a hotel and they had a spot for us....with a pool to cool off in. Kitties were happy in the air conditioner.
At a high altitude it was actually cold at night and there were beautiful wildflowers blooming. If you can't get away from the heat.....
The last major stop on our ten week journey was Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.
Within the surrounding stark lava fields is also peace full beauty.
After ten weeks of travel we were almost home.... but camping was not over yet.
A couple of meet ups with Gal-Pals before the camping session concludes.
A tour of a wine making facility in Prosser
We were not able to travel full time during this last year BUT