Our Trip Summary

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We finally arrived home on November 7th pretty much emotionally and physically exhausted from our adventure.  We had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery, special events and people we met along the way.  I’m not sure that there is too much we would have done differently.  However, you have probably heard the phrase “Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.”  This is certainly what happened to us on this trip.  Unexpected issues involving my mother’s situation in Illinois Continue reading Our Trip Summary

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Balloon Fiesta was certainly the highlight of our trip.  It is impossible to describe how spectacular the launch of approximately 600 balloons in a two hour period can be.  This, added with the predawn “morning glow”  and the dawn launch of  the balloons with their propane burners lighting the multi colored balloons make this a must see event.

Morning Glow
Morning Glow
Ready to Launch
Ready to Launch
The Launch
Dawn Patrol

The Fiesta usually takes place in early October, lasting nine days and encompassing two weekends.  There are numerous ways to attend.  We chose to go with the Newmar Kountry Klub and travel from the Continue reading The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

From There to Here…

In the last post I briefly listed the stops we had on our way from the Black Hills of South Dakota to where we are currently in the Hill Country of Texas.  This post will give a more detailed overview of those stops.

Scott's Bluff National Monument
Scott’s Bluff National Monument

Our first location of interest was Scott’s Bluff National Monument in Nebraska.  Neither Liz nor I had been to Nebraska before and this monument was on the way to Colorado so we decided to visit.  It is unique in the sense that it the first large rock formation as the Great Continue reading From There to Here…

Catching Up!!

I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted.  We have been so busy enjoying our travels and dealing with life situations that I just didn’t feel like pounding out posts on the keyboard.  Since leaving the Black Hills of South Dakota, we have been through the corner of Wyoming and Nebraska (Scott’s Bluff National Monument), stayed next to Rocky Mountain National Park, spent a week at the Newmar International Rally in Pueblo, attended the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, took a hot air balloon ride, visited White Sands National Monument, dealt with issues involving my mother’s health care that threatened to take us back to Illinois, and escaped damage to our home from Hurricane Matthew.  Phew!  I think it’s time to get rid of that house so we have one less thing to worry about.

Each one of the above named places and/or events deserves an individual post, but in the hopes of catching up on my blog, I will be posting the “Reader’s Digest Version”.  I do plan to write more about the pros and cons of attending rallies at some point.  This type of event seems to have a love/hate relationship with many RV’ers.   I also want to reflect on our first year of ownership of this motor home.  It is hard to believe, but we picked it up one year ago this month in Nappanee, IN.   October 12th to be exact.  We have spent seven months of that year in the RV and needless to say we have enjoyed every minute of it.

We are currently in Kerrville, Texas at Buckhorn Lake RV Resort attending our third event – The Hoots Rally.  “Hoots” is a group of Newmar owners who also are active participants on the iRV2 forum and love to share information about the Newmar product line and modifications they have done to their RV’s.  There are currently 37 coaches participating with numerous activities and seminars planned for the upcoming week.  Once we leave this event we will begin our journey back to Georgia (unless life’s events take us elsewhere).

More to come soon…..

Black Hills South Dakota – Part 2

Great Faces – Great Places

Mt. Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial

You will see these words – Great Faces, Great Places – on the license plates in South Dakota.  I think it really captures the essence of the most popular attraction in the state – Mt. Rushmore, but also highlights that it has much more to offer.   In addition to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse we loved the town of Deadwood in the north and its counterpart, Keystone in the south.  Then there are Continue reading Black Hills South Dakota – Part 2

Blackhills South Dakota – Part 1

Early Deadwood Saloon
Early Deadwood Saloon

I’m setting here on an overcast cool day in the Black Hills and am trying to catch up on my posts.   I had to download lots of pictures and organize them, then decide how best to write about our experiences.  The Black Hills are located west of the Badlands and, in my opinion, really divided into north and south with Rapid City being the dividing line.   We headed north first and stayed at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort (highly recommended) which seemed centrally located to the area.  Deadwood, Sturgis and Lead are three of the towns in the Continue reading Blackhills South Dakota – Part 1

Minuteman Missile Historic Site

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, we occasionally stumble upon a gem like we did with the Buddy Holly museum in Clear Lake, IA.  Well, it happened again while we were exploring the “Loop” road for the Badlands National Park.  It is the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.  For someone that grew up during the height of the Cold War with Russia I remember the monthly air raid siren tests, the instructions to take cover under our desks at school, and my parents reviewing plans for a bomb shelter.  This site chronicles Continue reading Minuteman Missile Historic Site

Arriving in the Badlands

Badland/White River KOA
Badland/White River KOA

We finally arrived at the Badlands/White River KOA on Sunday afternoon after about a 300 mile trip from Sioux City.  I’ve decided that 300 miles is about the limit to what I really want to drive in a day unless there is some really compelling reason to go further.  In fact, I think my sweet spot is somewhere around 200 to 250.  We had a nice stay in Sioux City although the KOA we stayed at was Continue reading Arriving in the Badlands

Westward Bound!

Mom's Farm House
Mom’s Farm House

We finished visiting with my mother and headed West on Sunday the 21st of August to continue our trip.  I have to say that the first one third of our trip was quite different than we expected.  We scrapped the Michigan portion of our plans to take care of matters in Illinois.  We are both hoping that we have things  squared away for a period of time with my mother.  It is hard being a long distance advocate, but I believe that she is getting the best care possible and is happy.  Continue reading Westward Bound!

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