Saturday, May 18, 2019

Homeward Bound

After leaving Albuquerque we spent our first night back on the road at the Meteor Crater RV Park just west of Winslow, AZ. It's super handy off I-40 and I knew I wouldn't have to disconnect the truck and trailer. 
I also love that Route 66 is right outside the gate and I can walk Murphy off-leash there. It's just my kind of place. 
The next morning we left Winslow and headed toward Las Vegas. I wanted to stay at Lake Mead for a night because it's so pretty there. I didn't bargain for the heat. 

It was 96 degrees at Lake Mead. Way to hot for this girl. However, I did get to try out my heated/cooled seats in the new truck. Oh my goodness. Cooled seats, where have you been all my life. 

The next morning we got out of Dodge. I completely winged this whole trip so far so I looked at the weather and decided to head directly North into Utah. 

I found a campground in Beaver, Utah that looked nice and booked two night. We drove almost 800 miles in three days and we were just done. 

Beaver is a beautiful place. All the green and mountains made me feel right at home. The B on the mountain really reminded me of where I grew up in Bonner, Montana. We had one just like that. 

Beaver is very much dairy country. There's even a creamery in town. Of course, I had to visit and sample. 

After two nights in Beaver, we continued north and ended our day in Tremonton, Utah about an hour north of Salt Lake City. I knew several days of rain were on the way so I booked three nights.
It was nice to have some time to relax but this morning it was time to move again. We did about 300 miles today and are just on the Idaho/Oregon border. It won't be long before I'm tucked into my daughter's driveway. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Sway Fiasco

Wow, so much has happened since my last post. I moved back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe because I had been having trouble with my truck when towing my Airstream. I was having problems with trailer sway even with my weight distribution/sway control hitch.
I'd had two incidents of such extreme sway that the sway warning light on my truck dash came on. It was scary and I was feeling unsafe.

After doing a ton of research and asking a lot of questions there were simply too many variables. I needed to decide if I was going to start dumping money into the old truck hoping to find the cause of the problem or just bite the bullet and upgrade to a more powerful truck and be done with the whole thing. 

Meet my new (used) tow vehicle. My salesman, Danny was awesome! We had a couple of hiccups but on the day I picked up the truck he surprised me with this gigantic, red bow. I laughed so hard. 

I don't have a name for the truck yet. Obviously, it needs a boy name to go with Bridget. Feel free to offer suggestions. 

This is the bed cover I had added. It's solid, water resistant, locking and really easy to unlock and open with one hand. Linex also put a rubber seal around my tailgate to keep the water and dust out.

I spent a total of 8 days in Albuquerque getting the truck situation all ironed out. 

There were a couple of things I had to have added and I had to have the hitch adjusted because the new truck sits a lot higher.  Yes, that's a ladder I have to climb to get in the back. 

Finally, everything was set up and I was all ready to go. I'm amazed by how much better towing is with this truck. There is zero sway and I can barely feel it when a truck passes me on the freeway. 
Unfortunately, Washington State makes it almost impossible to license a vehicle remotely. I'm working my way back home so I can get the licensing done before my temporary tags expire at the end of the month. Good thing I didn't buy in Florida.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Room to Spread Out in Albuquerque and Super Snug in Santa Fe

We left Winslow and moved along to Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

It's no secret I like casino campgrounds and there is a great one just west of Albuquerque. I had decided I needed some time to catch up with my adult duties like cleaning and maintenance so I booked for a week. Nothing particularly exciting happened during that week but I sure got a lot done. 
We enjoyed some really beautiful sunsets and even a double rainbow one evening. 
Then the week was over and off we went to Santa Fe! We stayed at the Santa Fe KOA and boy was it snug. 
That's the RV in the site next to me completely obscuring my view. Snug is one way of putting it. We were crammed in like sardines. 

Campground aside, Santa Fe was great fun. I was finally able to meet Sandy who I've been online friends with for years and who was a high school classmate of my late husband. 
Sandy graciously took me to the Santa Fe Plaza for a wonderful day of shopping, touring, eating, coffee and conversation. 
I love the architecture. 
One thing I like about Santa Fe is there is a lot of vegetation. The green looks so pretty in contrast to the browns of the buildings. 
I could have taken hundreds of photos but I was beat!
This picture is quintessential Santa Fe to me. 
Little nooks and crannies filled with merchandise.
Thank you so much for your hospitality, Sandy!
It's such a charming city and I'd love to spend more time there someday.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Standin' on the Corner, a Meteor Crater and Route 66

When I was growing up The Eagles were one of my favorite musical groups. When I realized I'd be driving right through Winslow, Arizona I knew I had to stop and check it out. 
If you don't know what I'm talking about listen to this song. Winslow is pretty small but it the only town for many miles in any direction. I didn't realize it was on Route 66 but as you can see, it is.

Here is the obligatory photo of me standing on the corner in Winslow, AZ. 
Strangely enough, there is a beautiful campground about 20 miles west of Winslow called Meteor Crater Campground. 
It's like a beautiful oasis plunked down in the middle of the desert
Sure enough, there is a meteor crater just down the road from the campground. 
Here are some of the particulars courtesy of Wikipedia. 
Basically, it's a big hole in the ground but very interesting. 
And then there was Historic Route 66. It's really in pretty sad shape and much of it is closed. There were businesses and town along the old highway but those have long since died off. 
What I found the most fun about Route 66 in Arizona is seeing places I recognized from the animated Disney movie series "Cars". 

For a while, I considered hunting down all the places related to the movies but they are pretty spread out along Rte 66 so I found a few and moved along. 

Our campground was right beside the old Route 66. Here's Murphy on one of our morning walks. You can see Interstate 40 in the distance. 

See ya next time!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Bridget Visits Bryce Canyon National Park

Beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park. 
Bryce was sunny but cold and during our visit. There was a lot of snow on the ground. 
Natural Bridge
I think the snow just made it more beautiful. 
Thor's Hammer
It was a quick day because about half the park was inaccessible. There was snow on the trails and the road was closed about two-thirds of the way into the park. 
The Amphitheater 

The colors of the rock formations with all the stripes and layers never fail to amaze me. So pretty!

The day after our visit to Bryce we moved to Arizona. There were a couple of things on our list of places to visit; Meteor Crater and Winslow. 

Today would have been our 21st wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary in heaven Rob!

More to come!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Tough Driving Day in Utah

After leaving Green River, Utah we headed for Bryce Canyon City, Utah to visit Bryce Canyon National Park. I expected much cooler temperatures because of the elevation. 
The drive started out absolutely beautiful with warm and sunny weather. I had checked the forecast and it all looked good until it wasn't. 
Very suddenly the sky turned gray and the two cars in front of me slid off the road and rolled multiple times on opposite sides of the freeway.
I was able to stop and pull off the road without incident but it wasn't easy and I did slide some. I think the fact that I was going about 65 MPH and they were going the speed limit which was 80 MPH and the weight of my vehicle helped. Perhaps there was some divine intervention? 

I called 911 who had already dispatched emergency services. They kept me on the phone for some time asking questions and by the time I got off the line the first responders were there. 

I was really rattled for the rest of the day and I still had a long way to go. 

There had been a sudden hail storm and it fell fast enough to make the road an ice rink for just a few minutes. By the time I took off again some 30 minutes later it was clear and wet. 

There were 9 people total in the two cars and the only injury was a head laceration. Incredible. 

Onward to Bryce Canyon City. I took it slow and easy but it was pretty nice the rest of the drive. When I arrived at the campground there was a good bit of snow on the ground and the sky was turning very gray. I got set up just in time for the snow to start falling. 

Murphy loved the snow. He was frisky as a pup. 
It got down to 6 degrees that night and the floor was so cold the next morning. 
Murphy turned 4 on Monday the 22nd. He's the best buddy a girl could have. Happy Birthday Murphy!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Our Day at Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is a National Park near Moab, Utah. There are four separate sections to the park but I only visited Island in the Sky which is closet to Moab. 
The weather was unpredictable the day we visited Canyonlonds. There were storms in the distance all around but it never rained on our parade. 

Each different area of the park was so completely different from the last. 
Again we went late in the day so the crowds had dwindled and the light was good for taking photos. 
The colors are so vivid and the layers in the cliffs are sharp and clear from a great distance. 
This park is great for those who aren't very mobile. There are great views from the parking areas and there are places to hike if that's your thing. 
I purchased a national park pass for $80. It's an annual pass but the admission fees for these parks have skyrocketed since the last time I visited. During the month of April I visited the following parks;
Arches NP $30 per vehicle
Canyonlands NP $30 per vehicle
Bryce Canyon NP $35 per vehicle
Mesa Verde NP $25 per vehicle 

I'm already ahead by $40 and the pass expires on the last day of April 2020.