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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nov 25, 2010 Happy Thanksgiving from Galveston Island!

JoAnne Morgan

You may shudder picturing Thanksgiving in an RV!

We’re not those people! We’re going to enjoy this Thanksgiving on the beach with a yummy recipe I found on the net - Turkey in a crock-pot!

We are thankful for the blessings and joys that we enjoy in our RV adventures, and most of all our family and friends!!!

We hope you have enjoyed sharing parts of our two-month journey…as much as we have had sharing and experiencing it! See Some Random Photos Here

God has truly blessed us! We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and may we all give thanks with a grateful heart for our blessings for this great country family, and friends!

Galveston Island
• Historic
• Beautiful
• Lots of beach to walk, shell, reflect, enjoy
• Lots of birding
• Absolutely a place we are coming back to

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nov 21, 2010 Back on the Island

JoAnne Morgan

What a fantastic week-long trip to Salt Lake City!! It was interesting, productive and fun! The “girls from Anthem” made some great discoveries in their collective genealogical research.

However it was wonderful coming back to Galveston Island and being with Rick and Sandy again – taking walks on the beach, and along the marsh, plus gathering more birds to add to our life-list. See Photos Here

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nov 13, 2010 Island Adventure

JoAnne Morgan

Last night we arrived to a beautiful evening on Galveston Island State Park, Texas. What an adventure this is turning out to be!

We were able to get the great “camp site” we had hoped for. There are number of other campers here, probably not as many as would normally be since this weekend is rain, cool temperatures, and the ever present wind! See Photos Here

Last night we did have a great evening – walk along the beach, enjoyed a beautiful sunset and warm evening but around 3:00am – that all changed. Rain, rain, rain!

Earlier tonight we took a drive and were surprised at the many homes that are either new or refurbished since Hurricane Ike. All on stilts which we find out is “the law.” We made a stop at a little store and after talking with the women there, we got the rundown on what happened here during the hurricane. We decided this is not a place we would like to live – but a visit is just perfect!

Tonight is organizing so we can go to Houston tomorrow and I will get a flight to Salt Lake City, UT on Monday where I will meet some girlfriends from home, and do some genealogical research – coming back to Houston on Friday and we will head back to Galveston Island.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nov 12, 2010 Bye for Now Brazos Bend State Park

JoAnne Morgan

We had such a wonderful time during our 6 day stay at this State Park in Texas. In fact the State Park system here and the people who staff it have been polite, helpful, and create a “welcome attitude.” See Photos Here

Today we are headed to Galveston Island State Park and hopefully we will be able to get a great Beachside Campsite near the water. Galveston Island and the surrounding areas were decimated by Hurricane Ike and are still recovering.

Brazos Bend State Park
- Well maintained
- Lots of trails
- Wildlife galore
- Wonderful campsites
- Nice people

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nov 9, 2010 Brazos Bend Lives Up to Its Billing

JoAnne Morgan

Well, now that we have been here for several days what do we think of Brazos Bend State Park? In a few words…LOVE this place!!!!

-Beautiful walks around stunning and well maintained trails that take you into the woods,and around lakes.
-Additions to our life bird list…plus for the very first time we had fun watching a Cardinal looking at himself, talking, and pecking at our driver’s side rear view mirror.
-Photography opportunities galore. See Photos Here
-Wildlife…white tailed deer running through our “perfect campsite,” birds, birds, birds, lakes and American Alligators! This morning we took a very long, walk and actually witnessed an alligator eating a snake.
-200 to 500 year old Live Oak Trees dripping with Spanish moss.

All in all YES, this is one beautiful place and now we understand why it was named one of America’s top State Parks!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nov 6, 2010 "Winter Texans"

JoAnne Morgan

Leaving Stephen F. Austin State Park we are now headed to the Gulf Coast Region - Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas.

Along the way I was reading about our new destination and discovered we are not called “snow birds” here in Texas, we are referred to as “Winter Texans.”

Yet another new adventure! According to the material I have read, Brazos Bend SP has an observatory, nature center, fishing, 35 miles of trails, huge live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, three lakes, whitetail deer, over 300 species of birds, and alligators. This should be great!

However the remainder of today is about finding a great camping site…we think we did, and settling in until Friday.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nov 1, 2010 Stephen F. Austin State Historical State Park

JoAnne Morgan

Arriving at Stephen F. Austin State Historical State Park in San Felipe, TX along the Brazos River, you are greeted by beautiful homes, charming tiny white-tailed deer, and a totally Sycamore tree wooded campground…with full hook-ups. See Photos Here

After visiting the San Felipe de Austin historical site we came away with a new understanding of how important this area was - Being the social, economic, and political center, as well as the first capital of the provisional government of Texas.

This will be our home for the next five days – part of which Rick will be attending a meeting in Florida. So yes, Sandy and I will hold down the fort.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Oct 31, 2010 Halloween Bastrop Style

JoAnne Morgan

We headed down to “The Most Historic Small Town in Texas” – Bastrop. What an adventure! See Photos Here

It reminded us of our days back in Lombard – just an old fashioned town celebrating the trickery and intrigue of Halloween.

We started to think the whole town came out to party. There were little haunted houses, slides, and games for the kids and all were handing out prizes and candy. The local business owners had their windows decorated and “trick or treaters” were going in and coming out with candy in their hands.

I am sure everyone had a dog dressed up (except us of course – but Miss Sandy attracted a lot of attention) – she was even given away kisses!

After observing the fun for awhile we headed on back “home” and were equally surprised at the number of pretty old homes who were decorated with long lines of kids waiting for candy along the way.

Ahhhhhhhhh…the old days! Great memories for us!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oct 30, 2010 Bastrop and the Lost Pines

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger: Rick

Tomorrow we leave Bastrop, our “home” for the past 10 days. We have really enjoyed staying put and not traveling. Bastrop is a really beautiful park with its own lake, a golf course and many wonderful hiking trails. Many of the pictures are from our hikes. See Photos Here

During the week we pretty much had the place to ourselves, which really spoiled us. It was great just to hang out and enjoy our woodsy back yard - we hated to see the park start to fill up on Friday for the weekend.
The weather has been pretty close to perfect. It has been mid 80’s during the day and high 40’s to low 50’s at night.

Ok, we didn’t see much wildlife here but the amazing and unique pine forest made up for that.

Tonight we are going into the town of Bastrop for Halloween – If anything exciting happens we will be sure and share it tomorrow.

Tomorrow the plan is to head for Stephen F. Austin State Park which is about an hour West of Houston. Later Y’all! - RM

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oct 24, 2010 Bastrop State Park

JoAnne Morgan

The Prairies and Lakes Region in Texas…is well…not so the rest of Texas. It has picturesque rolling hills, many natural lakes, rivers and this State Park has a unique forest.

Arriving at Bastrop State Park late Friday, the 22nd we have spent this time getting the lay of the land and settling in for the next nine days.

It took us awhile to find the “perfect site” but I think we did it! What a beautiful State Park – filled with what they refer to as the “Lost Pines.” These are loblolly pines; which is significant since they are the western-most stand of loblolly pines in the US.

This morning we decided to take a long walk through the forests – how glad we were we did it early in the morning. Not only was it just breathtaking, it air was cool!
See Photos Here

Many of the structures here were designed and built by the NPS, Texas State Parks, and the CCC. It has been awarded National Historic Landmark status – only one of five in the US. This photo shoot will have to wait for another day.

The weather has been exceptionally hot and…oh boy…we forgot about how oppressing humidity can be to us Coloradans.

The town of Bastrop is charming and has tons of history - lots of Texas tradition and architecture.

Rick is off to Brand Camp tomorrow for three days and Sandy and I are going to hold down the fort!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oct 21, 2010 LBJ

JoAnne Morgan

On our way to Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, TX – which by the way is another pretty park with some interesting terrain – we decided to stop at the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historic Park.

Well…we have to admit…we were not fans however well as “those times” were part of our history.

It was as if we were stepping back to another time and brought back memories of the Texas White House, the old cars and the "Cowboy President!" See Photos Here

We were here…so we went!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oct 20, 2010 The Missions…and ME!!!

JoAnne Morgan

We headed out to tour the San Antonio Missions that are part of the National Park Service Historical Park. We didn’t make it to the Alamo – we had been there many times before.

How fabulous they are! The San Jose Mission is going to be next of the list of restorations and will be closed for some time – we were glad we went today for a number of reasons!! See Photos Here

While we were there, so was the local ABC affiliate KSAT Chanel 12 television station in San Antonio. They were doing a special report on this particular mission – and – they photographed ME while I was taking photos and consequently I was on the local evening news! What fun!!!

Here is the link – 1st a commercial, then the piece. I am in a pink shirt wearing a tan baseball cap. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oct 19, 2010 Well...You Can Plan the Plan!

JoAnne Morgan

I’m sure I have said this a million times and unfortunately, sadly, have to say it once more.

We had planned on staying at the Guadalupe River State Park - - but there was a problem with the RV.

The hot water hadn’t been working, cold was okay and the campgrounds have showers, however Rick felt it best to have it repaired now.

The closest Camping World was in New Braunfels, TX, about an hour away, so we headed there.

Of course they had to order a part, and the part won’t arrive until Thursday, so we are “camped” at the River Ranch RV Resort….Seriously…a resort????? Yes, we are under a highway, and yes - those are pigeons flying!!!

Good news – it’s along the Guadalupe River and tomorrow we will explore some of the missions outside of San Antonio.

Oct 17, 2010 This Place is Amazing!

JoAnne Morgan

We arrived here today and oh boy…Guadalupe River State Park is awesome!

Beautiful State Park, wonderful, quiet camp site, stunning river, just the absolute perfect place to be! See Photos Here

Not many campers…NICE!!!!

We plan on being here through Friday.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Oct 16, 2010 We Could Get Used to This!

JoAnne Morgan

Staying at the South Lake Llano River State Park in Junction, TX is refreshing!

Large RV spaces, perfect weather, beautiful long walks, and what we seem to like most about this place are the Bird Blinds.

The volunteers for this park have built great “little houses” with a large picture window and comfy chairs. They supply water and food for the birds; we could just sit there for hours and wait, and watch for the birds.

We understand October is not the best birding month here; however we were able to pick up another new bird to add to our life list which is now at 482 – okay – going to Africa helped to boost those numbers!See Photos Here

The evenings are cool and breezy so we sit out and watch for whatever comes along. Sandy of course is our best spotter…tonight it was a big Armadillo.

Tomorrow we leave, for yet another unknown destination in our two-month long adventure!

South Lake Llano River State Park
Peaceful, large camping spots, water, electric, showers and extremely friendly people.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oct 15, 2010 Annie Riggs…what a woman!

JoAnne Morgan

I was wondering why they have the world’s largest roadrunner at the entry to Fort Stockton…when there is so much more to this area…Hmmmm!

The fort itself was not even close to the Fort Davis site, the Calvary Cemetery was ok, however the most interesting grave in it was the controversial Sherriff A.J. Royal who was assassinated by some unknown person and remains the “big mystery of Pecos County.” The remains of the Calvary Officers have been relocated to the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.

The Comanche Springs which was the focal point of where so much of this area’s history began has since dried up due to irrigation needs, and the “historic part of town” has a driving tour of the old buildings with signs indicating what they had been.

The most fascinating place to me was the Annie Frazier Johnson Riggs Museum and Hotel.

Annie, born in 1858, married James Johnson, who was the first sheriff in Pecos County in 1877; she had 6 children and ran the Koehler Hotel. They divorced and in 1891 she married Barney Kemp Riggs who was a gunman, and had 4 children with him. She divorced him in 1901 as he was in prison for murder, but later his sentence was pardoned.

Annie’s son-in-law Buck Chadborn shot Barney in self defense in 1902. Annie had Barney brought to the Hotel and stayed with him until he died the next day.
Barney died without a will and the estate went to Annie who purchased the Koehler Hotel in 1904 changing the name to the Riggs Hotel and operated it until her death in 1931. See Photos Here
Now I understand about the roadrunner!

After leaving Fort Stockton we are headed towards San Antonio – the variance in terrain is amazing! From flat, desert land to trees and forests and rivers, and now we are camped in the South Llano River State Park.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010 The Earth...and Beyond!

JoAnne Morgan

Last night (Tues, the 12th) we attended a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory; where they had five high-power telescopes, an excellent instructor (with the most powerful green laser), and were treated to a magnificent spectacle of stars.
If you have never been to a Star Party…I would strongly recommend it. Not only fun and educational, but seeing the stars, the moon, the “red spot” on Jupiter, constellations, the Hubble, a satellite, and another galaxy was fascinating, thrilling and breathtaking!

We got up early this morning and headed to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens, which is part of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.
You will be able to tell from some of the pictures the diversity of the cactus and plants in this arid region of Texas.
Some were beautiful, some not…but the mile walk through the Botanical Gardens enriched our knowledge of this area by bringing to life the color, shapes, and habitat. See Photos Here
Note to self: Remember to bring a hat, and wear good walking shoes.

On our way “back home” we saw a sign for a Pioneer Cemetery - Of course we had to stop at an old cemetery! It was tucked in the back of some houses, seemingly forgotten by others. Just another reminder of the hard times these courageous people endured.

Returning to our campsite - Rick went to the top of the mountain to make some business calls, and I wanted to try a new recipe, and do some knitting.
While putting some of the storage containers in the outside storage area I heard a noise right behind me. I turned, and a deer walked right up to me and had this “what are you going to do” kind of look at me.
I had left the screen door open, and not knowing what was going to happen, after a few seconds, I slid up the side of the rig, walked backwards into it, closed the door and of course…grabbed my camera.

Tomorrow we leave this cool place and head to parts unknown.

Summary: Fort Davis State Park
A great place for adventure, excitement, variety, wildlife…and you can’t beat the price of camping here…full hook-ups and even cable TV for $20 a night.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oct 11, 2010 The Night of the Javelinas!

JoAnne Morgan

What an interesting day…and night – but first our day. We began by stopping in the town of Fort Davis which had a beautiful court house then exploring Fort Davis.

The ruins at Fort Davis are one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post and are in astonishing condition given all the battles and history from 1854-1891. Fort Davis

The Fort did not become a national historic site until 1963 so many of the original structures were able to be restored and saved. See Photos Here

After viewing the orientation video, seeing the museum and walking the grounds you can only imagine what challenging conditions this place was to live in – and what enduring spirit these people must have had in developing the western frontier.

On the way back to camp we stopped at the Indian Lodge, a quaint adobe style lodge that was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Indian Lodge

One more stop, this time at the McDonald Observatory which is one of the major astronomical research facilities in the world. Our plan is to attend a “Star Party” there Tuesday night. McDonald Observatory

But tonight…the night belonged to the Javelinas! Everywhere, anywhere, and what a site they were!

As you can tell from the photos they have “free reign” of the campground and surrounding areas.

One of the Park Rangers told us they are blind, so their sense of smell and sound are acute. She also said if they ran into a dog, they could likely kill it so Sandy stayed in the rig where she just went ballistic trying to get a better look and scent.

They run if you make a quick, loud sound – but nonetheless they are strange creatures that make me feel uncomfortable about getting in their way! Javelinas

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oct 10, 2010 Altitude in Texas!

JoAnne Morgan

After a relaxing morning, we moved on to our next adventure in RVing!

Our 1st stop was the Odessa Meteor Crater – billed as “The Phenomenon From Out of This World”…well, I am sure it was 50,000 years ago but now it has filled in with sand and rock and you can “kind of” see where the rim of the crater was. Guess you don’t know until you stop to see it!

We were going to stop at the “Museum West of Pecos” however it was closed, but it did give us a chance to see the absolute desolation and bad condition of Pecos. Most everything we saw in the “downtown area” was vacant, boarded up, and nasty. Heartbreaking!!!

Moving on – we arrived at the Davis Mountains State Park in Fort Davis, Texas. Whew! How surprisingly wonderful!!! Elevation 5,000’ - Fort Davis is the highest town in Texas.

Tomorrow we will explore the area, and the Fort…however…tonight was exciting!!!

Coming back into camp after a view filled short scenic drive, we were greeted by a deer, and then a family of Javelinas!! Sandy caught a glimpse of them 1st – and after we brought her into the rig – a family of Javelinas came through the campground, and went right behind our site. See Photos Here

What a fun and fantastic ending to our day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Oct 9, 2010 A Creature Visits!

JoAnne Morgan

Before I begin today, I want to say what an utterly incredible sky we saw last night. So many stars – crystal clear and sparking in the exceptionally dark sky!

Now today – Saturday, we were surprised with a guest! We have researched it on the net, however if anyone knows what else it might be please let us know! We think it was a Texas Spiny Lizard! See Photos Here

We also saw an Armadillo, but they are so quick it ran away before we could get a photo…darn!

After the excitement, we went for a long hike through what seemed to be an endless “forest of cactus,” shrub, mesquite trees, rocks, slopes, and weeds along the shore of Lake Colorado City. We were sure this area must have been covered with water at some point; lots of sand, ravines, and I even found shells.

After lunch we headed into the town of Colorado City. It was depressing until we talked to a couple of the shop owners who said the town is trying to make a recovery. Whew…a long way to go with that, but it did have some interesting old buildings – most of them were vacant, and many antique (read junk) stores, although there were a few nice shops trying to make a go of it.
One of the shop owners said you should have seen it before – there was tumbleweed rolling down Main Street.

We hope they make it!!!

Lake Colorado City State Park
We liked the peace and tranquility. It’s remote so it would not appeal to some – but we liked it. We added to our life bird list, saw some “creatures” – and explored the area.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Oct 7, 2010 A journey through historical structures…then off to the lake

JoAnne Morgan

After our night in Lubbock, we headed out and wanted to stop at the National Ranching Heritage Center…wow…we are so glad we did!

You are greeted with a large display of bronze sculptured steers – then on our way to the center we had a special greeter – Joe Jack-Rabbit.

What an amazing place with original pictures and history of buildings in Texas spanning years 1780-1950’s along with the 48 restored buildings themselves – from dug-outs to ranch homes. It was fun, interesting and educational…we loved it!

Leaving Lubbock we drove past so many cotton fields on our way to Lake Colorado City State Park on the Lake Colorado Reservoir.

I counted three, yes 3 other rigs in the 78 available sites…yep, we have lots of space to roam and camp to ourselves.

We enjoy birding and have already found four new birds. And talk about cactus!!!! Whew...what a place we call “home” until Sunday. See Photos Here

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Oct 5, 2010 Beauty all around us!

JoAnne Morgan

We woke to the coyotes howling – they sounded like they were right next to us. It’s wonderful how the sound travels and bounces back in the canyon!

It was a clear brisk morning, so we took a hike which turned into a “marathon of hikes!” The Sunflower trail was beautiful! Walking through the mesquite, juniper and cottonwood trees along the red, red canyon walls was just incredible!

We are going to bed early tonight as we are leaving this beautiful canyon tomorrow.

Summary:Palo Duro Canyon State Park
After seeing all of the other campgrounds, we thought the Mesquite Campground was the nicest. Large spaces in-between campers, & well maintained. Each site had water and electric and also shower facilities, plus covered tables and large trash containers.

All in all – it’s an interesting place for adults and children. From the scenery to the wildlife, and the informed, helpful rangers, and camp hosts. It actually felt more like a National Park than a State Park. See Photos Here

Oct 3 & 4, 2010 Decision Time

JoAnne Morgan

Sunday – Oct 3 We were going to leave Palo Duro tomorrow, Monday; however we had some horrendous rains and lightening on Saturday night…so we decided to stay a few extra days to “fit in” all of the things we wanted to do. The plan is to leave Palo Duro Canyon this Wednesday.

Not having Internet access has been problematic, however if we drive 12 miles into Canyon, TX we can upload to our blog.

That along with a shopping excursion, and watching part of the Denver Broncos win was our day!

Having a road runner come up to our RV, seeing the wild turkeys, and Mule Deer turned into a relaxing evening.

Monday – Oct 4 Conference calls for Rick, cooking for me, and a hike through Paseo Del Rio Trail began our day.
Whew! This area is just awesome!!! See Photos Here

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oct 1-2, 2010 Surprises…all the way around!

JoAnne Morgan

Friday - On our way to our next adventure we had our 1st surprise – TWO, yes, TWO flat tires. What a nightmare! After 3 ½ hours in Dumas, TX getting them replaced…Ahhhhhhhhh…we were finally on our way again!

Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, TX

Arriving here at 7:00PM, and waiting in the long check-in line, we met Vicki & Ron. Not having reservations, (our usual procedure), we asked them where we should stay. The Mesquite Campground is the best! It’s the most secluded, and you are down in the canyon, plus you are not parked on top of one another, but if it rains, you maybe have to stay a while longer since the roads flood – perfect we said!

Surprise #2 – who knew there was this absolutely 20K acre, 60 mile long, 800 ft decline into the stunning “Grand Canyon of Texas” – filled with colorful history.
Saturday - Much of today was spent recuperating from Friday, organizing, and touring the town of Canyon. Remember when we mentioned we went 25 miles on a dirt road? Part of our “excursion” today was to find a car wash…success!

On our return to camp, we toured beautiful Palo Duro Canyon and the Park. What scenery, history, and Texas Longhorn’s to boot.

Tonight we went to the Ranger Talk and really enjoyed hearing about the life of a Comanche woman in the 1860’s. See Photos Here

Sep 30, 2010 Oklahoma Summit

JoAnne Morgan

After our morning hike, we took a fairly short drive of about 100 miles to get to Black Mesa State Park in Kenton, OK – 25 miles of the drive was on a winding dirt road.

Along the way we went through the Comanche National Grasslands, at 3:30 we arrived at the park.

Who knew we would be staying at the highest point in Oklahoma!! Really? Yes, the books say that… and I guess we never knew Oklahoma had ANY summits. When you live in Colorado you get a bit jaded. 

If you blink…you miss the entire town of Kenton however this is an Interesting area –more like desert really…lots of shrub, rocks from volcanic activity, cactus, and flat mesa’s – even a tiny lake, Lake Carl Etling.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sep 29, 2010 On the road...again!

JoAnne Morgan

We left home on a usual sunny...however a unusually hot fall day in Colorado.

We’re headed to Texas this time – to explore this state, attend a conference, and hopefully meet up with some family in Dallas.

On our first night out, we stayed at the John Martin Reservoir State Park in Hasty, CO. What a great place! Located in the Lower Arkansas Valley it has beautiful scenery, a dam, wildlife, history, modern…almost empty campgrounds, and we’re parked right next to the Hasty Lake – it’s almost like having the campground to ourselves…literally!

After getting settled in we did explore the area a bit. The John Martin Dam was built between 1939 and 1948 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In the park there was a marker indicating the Santa Fe Trail came through here, and a wonderful story about the Legend of Red Shin.

So on our first day “back in the saddle” – life is good!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 9, 2010 Heading Home

JoAnne Morgan

Remember back on July 4th when we mentioned Hal had a trip to the hospital and was put on antibiotics? Well…the antibiotics have not been effective soooooooo…the best decision was to head home at “lightening speed.”

Our last night on the road (the 10th) was spent in Laramie, Wyoming with dinner “out on the town” and our final card game.

We all had a wonderful trip, filled with laughter, and great memories. If you have been following our blog, you will know we saw some amazing country. What a beautiful and diverse country we are blessed to call home.

Rick and I can’t wait for our next adventure. JM

July 7 to 8, 2010 Indians to Pine-Sol

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger – Hal (again)

This is your guest blogger Hal again due to the fact that our regular blogger is overwhelmed because she is so far behind (5 days) in her blogging!

We left Lewiston, ID on Wednesday, the 7th and drove through some of the most awesome country we have seen so far on this trip.

We stopped at the Nez Perce Indian National Historic Park and Reservation.

From there we proceeded south on highway 95 which was another white knuckle drive (for the passengers only). We arrived in McCall, ID around 4pm and had dinner sitting at the Northwest Passage Restaurant right on the Payette Lake.

We are in Ponderosa State Park, which is directly on the lake. It is absolutely beautiful. And the smell of the Ponderosa pines is like showering with Pine-Sol.

We spent the day looking around town and taking a morning and evening scenic drive around the lake – we even saw Bambi! See Photos

It is about 7pm and here we sit eating “shrimp and steak off the barbie” enhanced by a fine California wine. As soon as we are done our resident fire expert (Lois) will have a roaring fire going.

One of us, I won’t mention names (JoAnne) slept all afternoon so we will be up watching the stars all night...good night all, see ya soon. HL

Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 5 to 6, 2010 Excitement in Paradise

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger – Hal

Hal again, we’re still in Joseph, OR

Around 6:00am while JoAnne was sitting with Sandy and her morning coffee…three deer stepped around the RV within 6 feet and scared the “stuff out of her.” They just stood there looking at Sandy as JoAnne went in the camper and got her camera. They were still there when she came out as you can see from the pictures. See Photos

We departed Joseph at mid morning heading for Lewiston ID. Another hair raising road (lost count of them) and stopped in the state of Washington for lunch right along the Snake River over looking Hells Canyon.

We crossed the snake into Idaho and spent the night on the eastern side of the snake in Lewiston at Hells Gate Campground on the banks of the Snake.

Just another day in paradise (LOL). HL

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4, 2010 You Can Plan the Plan...

JoAnne Morgan

Blue skies, sunshine, rushing sounds from the Wallowa River…just a beautiful day!

The plan today is to kick back and get ready for our fabulous 4th of July BBQ and fireworks over Wallowa Lake. This also gives us a chance to catch up on errands, and upload blog posts at the “resort” office since we have not had any Internet connection in what seems like forever!

Rick took a hike up to Wallowa Falls. Lois & Hal read and rested. I took the time and to sort through the gazillion photos, and write several blogs for upload. See Photos
Unfortunately Hal was not feeling well. He made the decision to go and get checked out and is doing great! But it’s always better to be safe than sorry…especially on the road.

Rick and I went ahead with the now mini BBQ (which was not so fantastic-LOL) and passed on the fireworks…Although I did get a wonderful Wallowa Lake sunset photo. JM

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 3, 2010 Hells Canyon NRC

JoAnne Morgan

See Photos
Today was an extraordinary day! A fun and magnificent 24 mile one-way dirt road Jeep drive (thanks Hal) through Hells Canyon National Recreation Area with its dense forests, spectacular vistas (especially Granny View), seeing the Snake River, and wildflowers galore plus climbing a historic lookout fire tower - and ending the drive with lunch in the 106-year old Imnaha Store and Tavern that greets you with wooden cigar-store Indians. What a day!!!! JM

July 1-2, 2010 Lemons to Lemonade

JoAnne Morgan

Leaving Baker City, OR and on our way to Joseph, Oregon and Wallowa Lake where we planned to spend July 1 thru 5 at the Park at the River RV Resort…and to celebrate the 4th of July. Our initial drive into Joseph, past the Wallowa Lake with its Wallowa Mountains as a backdrop was absolutely picturesque…and then on to our camp site.

Arriving at the “resort” we were assigned campsites, and informed we would have to move our rigs to various sites over the next two days and then end up in the overflow area along the Wallowa River for the remaining two nights. Hmmmm…let’s see…it’s really crowded, barking dogs, and screaming kids running all over, and being one rig right next to another was not our idea of a good time. Lois and I walked down to the overflow area, met up with Rick and Hal…and after talking to the owner we were ecstatic when we found out we could actually camp in the overflow area for the entire stay. Wahoo!!!!

This location was quiet, the sound of the clear, rapid running river drowned out all of the noise, and we were virtually isolated in the two sites facing the Wallowa River, mountain, and forest. Perfect!!!

Joseph, OR – You are greeted by a sign that has been on Main Street for over half a century – “This Little Town is Like Heaven to Us. Don’t Drive like Hell Through It” –heaven it is! See Photos

Joseph is an arts community, charming, flowers and bronze sculptures everywhere, museum, distillery, bronze foundry, cowboys, micro-brewery, wildlife everywhere, stunning mountains, beautiful lake, and tons of history highlighted by Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians. Heaven!!!

Friday, the 2nd it was overcast and raining so we did laundry, shopped, and stopped at the gravesite of Chief Joseph. Lois & Hal went to Lostine where the town becomes one giant flea market and surprised me with a wonderful teak tray! Thank you, thank you Lois and Hal!

Then we did just what we seem to do best – hang out at our campsite in “our little piece of heaven!” JM

June 30, 2010 Kam Wah Chung

JoAnne Morgan

This morning we left the Clyde Holliday State Park and were on our way to Baker City…however we had to - and I mean had to stop at this hidden gem - The John Day Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. The name means “Golden Flower of Opportunity.” The building was constructed in 1866-1867 and served as a center for the Chinese Community in Eastern Oregon who helped build the American West during the gold rush days. It contains artifacts and relics from its various uses; a general store, religious center, and office of the famous doctor of pulsology and herbal medicine Imn “Doc” Hay and the skilled merchant Lung On.

I could go on and on about this place but if you are interested in the history of this building and these two remarkable men, the best thing to do would be to “Google it.” I should mention, the only photos you could take inside the building (with the threat of being removed) were without a flash…and they were serious! See Photos

Traveling on, we headed towards Baker City, OR where we toured the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. The movie presentation was extremely informative and the displays were awesome. Before leaving, we checked out some of the original wagon wheel trails. These were some astonishing people walking over 2,000 miles to make new homes for themselves.

Taking a drive to the city we checked out many of the historic structures, however I have to say, for a city that touts itself as being “historic” they have not preserved their history.

Tonight we stayed in a commercial RV park in town preparing for our next day adventures. JM

June 29, 2010 Nature All Around Us

JoAnne Morgan

We left Lake Ochoco County Park now on our way to the town of John Day. We made a planned stop at the captivating and intriguing (to me anyway) Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. What a place! It covers a 40-million-year record of plant and animal life and to this day is still excavating and finding more treasures to our past!

Across the road is the absolutely charming James Cant Ranch Historic District. The back drop to the ranch is Sheep Rock. After enjoying our lunch under some blooming apple trees on the groomed lawn, we walked around some of the historic buildings and the interior of the house. We ended this excursion with a drive through the fossil bed area. See Photos

Our stop for the night was the Clyde Holiday State Park – how pretty! It was actually like being in a park. There was an Ochoco River walk which we took, and along the way enjoyed the wonderful wild flowers. It also gave us the opportunity to catch up with our families as they had wonderful Internet service…But oh no….mosquitoes! JM

June 28, 2010 TCB

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger – Rick


Our plan for today was to spend the morning around Bend “taking care of business.” Hal needed to replace a battery in his coach, Sandy needed a vet to look at a sore on her leg and JoAnne needed her INR test. Success! Hal got his new battery, Sandy's leg was checked and is fine, and JoAnne found a beautiful new clinic in Bend and was able to get the blood work done.

It was then off to Prineville, OR. We should probably mention the amazing scenery we see but it has become so common place that I fear we are starting to take it for granted. What an interesting little town Prineville is. It is nestled in a beautiful valley. As you drop into the town from the surrounding mountains your first sight is a very pretty golf course. Perhaps the most notable site in Prineville is the County Court House. WOW! No box stores in Prineville - this town really is a small town - size, feel and values - old shops along Main Street and a wonderful history museum run by the town historical society.

So, what do I mean about small town feel and values - Hal needed to have the bolts on his hitch tightened and need to get a special socket. Off to the Prineville Napa Store where…to make a long story short…the owner of the store stayed past closing hours, lent Hal his tools and personally helped him fix his hitch - when Hal asked what the charge would be the man told him, "nothing, get out of here and enjoy the rest of your vacation".

Camping that night was in the Crook County Park on Lake Ochoco. RM

June 27, 2010 Bend, Oregon or Boulder, Colorado?

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger - Rick

Today was a very short drive to Bend, OR. We had not been there before and were in for a real treat. Bend is a beautiful town, and we all agreed, being there was like being back in Boulder, Colorado. Bend has the same kind of environment, and same kind of people (read mountain bikers, runners, etc.). Unfortunately and soooo out of character, JoAnne did not have her camera…however I had my iPhone, took a photo and posted it on Facebook.

We had a delicious lunch on the patio at the 900 Wall St. Restaurant and at the same time did some people watching. I must say I am not entirely sure why we ate at a restaurant. Bend was having "Bite of Bend" - an annual local chef cooking contest so the streets were lined with food vendors displaying and cooking their specialties. We had great fun just walking around the town, taking in the sights and great smells.

After a fun afternoon in Bend we headed to Tumolo State Park - our home for the night.

We walked along the Tumolo River, and then back to camp for a game “Oh Shit” and for the very first time…JoAnne won and actually had Hal sign the score card. Hallelujah! No mosquitoes! RM

Saturday, June 26, 2010

June 26, 2010 It’s One of Those Days!

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger - Rick

Some days you just need to kick back and do nothing. Today was one of those days. We woke up to a crisp beautiful morning. I went for a short run; JoAnne caught up on some blogging, and Hal and Lois relaxed and caught up on some reading.

OK…can’t sit all day and by 2:00pm we were ready to tour the Lemolo Lake in the nifty pontoon boat we had rented. Capitan Hal toured the lake and we just all “kicked back” (including Sandy) and enjoyed the cruise! One of the many highlights of the day was watching an Osprey catch a fish. SEE PHOTOS

Perfect weather, perfect setting…we had a rough day! NOT

June 25, 2010 Falling Waters…and Battling Mosquitoes

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger - Rick

Wow! What a beautiful morning we woke up to - a bright blue sky and a gentle breeze coming off of Diamond Lake. After a leisurely morning we headed off to explore some of the amazing waterfalls in the area. First up was Toketee Falls. A picture of this falls is on the cover of one of the promotional brochures. From the tail head, it was a short half mile hike to the falls. The hike itself was wonderful but the falls were spectacular - actually, not only the falls themselves but the setting. Like so much of the beauty we have seen on this trip the pictures will not do the setting justice.

Watson Falls was our second destination. It was another beautiful hike to a falls that drops over 240 feet. Again, it is impossible to capture the beauty with words or pictures. Both of these falls would be on my top 10 list and if you have a chance to travel to this area I would highly recommend taking the time to visit these and perhaps some of the other falls in the area.
After the hike back from Watson Falls we enjoyed a picnic lunch by the Watson River. It doesn't get any better than this.

On our way back to Diamond Lake we decided to take a detour to see Lemolo Lake and happened upon Lemolo Lake Resort - really a fishing camp in the summer and a snowmobile lodge in the winter. But it also had a small RV park which we couldn't resist - So, back to Diamond Lake to get the RVs and set up camp on Lemolo Lake. We had a relaxing dinner and then an evening of cards.

(A side note: Sandy was allowed on the Toketee Falls Trail and she had a great time hiking with us. But sadly she paid a price - one section was very steep and had a long climb of stairs which took a toll on her hips. It was clear that she was in pain. We all babied her rest of the day and evening and gave her an additional pain pill. She did wake up during the night having breathing trouble. She seems much better today (Saturday) but she needs to stay quiet and get her rest). RM

PS: Oh…and did I mention the ongoing fight with the blood thirsty mosquitoes?

June 24, 2010 A New Day

JoAnne Morgan

What a wonderful place! Beauty, tranquility, and peaceful! After yesterday and then trying to find a place to camp luckily we “did an excellent job” – and waking up this morning…blissful…except for the SWARMS and I do mean SWARMS of mosquitoes which apparently nest in the snow around here and when the snow melts they begin to hatch and go to town on people since they are soooooooo hungry for blood after their hibernation! After “Deeting up” spraying anything and everything a mosquito could possibly get in through - and getting used to them (well maybe) it turned into a magnificent day!

Rita and Jack made the decision to take a different route on their adventure. We were sad when they let us know this morning, but we all had a wonderful journey together - Lots of laughs and fun memories.

The highlight of our day was most definitely Crater Lake National Park. The drive up to the lake was remarkable – SNOW – and lots of it! The intensity of the blue waters was absolutely stunning…and the mirrored reflections of the crystal clear blue sky and white billowing clouds…you should SEE THE PHOTOS because it was as if you were looking at a mirror! The most amazing thing about this place is how it was created. The Mount Mazama volcano erupted about 7, 700 years ago and collapsed into itself leaving a five mile wide crater that is 1, 900+ feet deep – it is the deepest lake in the United States and is filled with only rain water, and snow melt.

Back at camp it was a fabulous steak dinner and then a fun game of cards! JM

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 23, 2010 Wednesday I’m Glad This Day is Finished!!!

JoAnne Morgan
Whew! Photos Here

What an exhausting day of driving. Not much sightseeing only a quick stop at the Abacela Winery outside of Roseburg, Oregon. We had a sip (yes just a sip) of their delicious specialty wine – then “wheels rolling” and back on the road.

We had left Sunset Bay State Park at 9:30am and arrived at Diamond Lake State Park at 5:15pm. There were amazing sites along the way especially along the Umpqua Valley and its clear running river…however…I am not kidding when I say when we arrived at Diamond Lake we were all tired and a tad cranky. LOL

BUT…thankfully pizza and beer perked us up in no time! JM

June 22, 2010 Tuesday Discovery!

JoAnne Morgan

What beauty we found in the middle of the forests and beaches - Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres Botanical Gardens. It features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Something is in bloom almost every day of the year.

Rick, Lois and I walked around these beautiful gardens. Rick and Lois decided to hike back to camp along the ocean front trail back to our camp site. Hal had taken a pass on this adventure and went for a massage, and Rita and Jack drove up north about 80 miles to see a cave and sea lions. I opted to go back to camp and do some blogging. Being without Internet connections can make uploading on a daily basis frustrating!

After a fun day, we sat around a much needed warm campfire and called it a day! JM
Photos Here

June 21, 2010 Monday It Takes Your Breath Away!

JoAnne Morgan

The California and Oregon Coastlines honestly do “take your breath away!” Every turn in the road, each pass you travel over, and with each bend in the road you see stunning beaches, deep blue green waters, extreme forests, and magnificent sea and wildlife.

We’ve arrived at Sunset Bay State Park in Oregon - One of three State Parks along the Cape Arago Highway. The bay was named by Thomas Hirst, an early settler in Coos Bay. It was used by fishing boats and other shallow draft vessels as a harbor for protection against violent ocean storms.

One of the fun things we did today was to go where the sea lions draw together at Arago Point. They bark like dogs! The sound of hundreds of sea lions “barking” was just mind-blowing! They are gathered out in the ocean so no close up shots of the sea lions this time. See Photos Here

I hope the photos will capture the beauty, or perhaps you’ll get the “feel” of this extraordinary area of our United States. JM

Sunday June 20, 2010 Beach, Beach, Beach

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger -Rick

Today was filled with lots of adventure but the highlight was the amazing beaches we visited. After breaking camp our first stop was a beach just up the road a few miles to where the Klamath River meets the Pacific. Once again the dogs and humans had a great time walking, running, snapping photos and playing in the sand and surf. Our day continued with a drive along the coast and then into Patrick Point State Park where we set up a picnic lunch and saw Roosevelt Elk. This is subspecies of the elk we have in Colorado - Who knew?

We then headed to Crescent City and St. George Point. Again, a great drive along the coast which ended at very rugged and windswept point and beach. Upon reaching the beach after a short hike through some bluffs JoAnne exclaimed, "Look a sea lion"! And sure enough there was a large sea lion up on the beach. It didn't move as we approached. Hal through a stick at it…Still no movement. Why? - It was dead; apparently the victim of an Orca. It was still pretty exciting (doesn't take much to entertain us)!

Dinner was at a Marina Chart House which had a "seal pier" (live) and then back to camp. RM
Photos Here

Sunday, June 20, 2010

June 19, 2010 Sensory Overload!

JoAnne Morgan

I don’t even know what to say about today…so I am going to let the pictures (Photos Here) say it all about our trip along the Pacific Ocean Coast, and the Redwood National and State Parks. What you won’t see are the Gray whales we saw since they were out of photo reach. Just astonishing! JM

June 16 -18, 2010 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Twists and Turns and Catching Up

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger Sandy - (1st Blog)

Sandy here – my guardians have been having lots of human fun and have neglected to keep up with their blog posts the past couple of days. So, I thought I would help them and let you know what has been going on. This is my first blog.

Wednesday - I assumed my bench seat, stretched out, lay down and off we went from Lassen Volcanic National Park. Almost immediately we were on a very steep mountain road filled with lots of curves. I dug in my position…a slow uphill climb. Mom and Dad kept saying the scenery was spectacular – oh and they said things like…the wild flowers – WOW!

Our first stop was just past Redding at Whiskeytown Lake in Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, CA. Whew, I was so happy since I needed a “pee” break, as did my friends Bear and Gizmo. Next, it was on to Trinity Lake also in the same National Recreation Area. The road was filled with more twists and turns – had to dig in to my position again - but before I knew it we were at Ackerman Campground, our stop for the night. I was glad as I needed to get a drink of water and stretch, and looked forward to all the new scents. Everyone except Mom and I decided to drive up to Trinity Center and explore the area along Trinity Lake. The group returned from what I guess was a pretty harrowing two hour drive. Thanks Mom for making a good call! It was great just hanging out in the campground and enjoying the cool breezes and all the new smells. It was an early night, which was just fine with me.

Thursday morning the plan was to drive to Eureka. Mom noticed that one of the tires looked low and upon checking the pressure, Dad confirmed that we had a flat tire – he was not a happy camper! Fortunately, the camp host had an air compressor and he filled the tire with the hope we could make it 29 miles to Weaverville, CA where we could get the tire patched. Not much I could do, so I jumped back up on the bench and closed my eyes. In Weaverville we found Trinity Tire. After checking the tire, we were advised that it could not be repaired. It was also clear that some of the other tires had been stressed and were showing wear. Mom & Dad made the decision to get all new tires. Bear and Gizmo headed to Eureka while I stayed behind waiting for the repairs to be made. Actually, it gave me a chance to catch up on my sleep. Mom & Dad pulled out their computers and caught up on email. By 4:30pm we were ready to roll to join our friends in Eureka! You have got to be kidding…just when I thought roads could not get any curvier…we were on a 100-mile journey of steep climbs, sharp descents and sharp turns. Yes, they kept saying how beautiful it was - but give me a break! We made it to Eureka around 7:00pm and boy was I hungry. Mom fed me, took me for a walk and it was time for bed. What a stressful day!!!

Friday was one of the best days yet. I got to see the Pacific Ocean and run on the beach – but I am getting ahead of myself. After a leisurely morning, Uncle Hal and Aunty Lois got in their Jeep - Dad helped me into the back. Gizz and Bear followed behind with their parents, Jack and Rita. We headed for the Victorian town of Ferndale. Mom & Dad said it was a cool little town filled with lots of interesting little shops and amazing Victorian Homes. But the real highlight (according to Mom) was the Graveyard. I couldn’t really tell you more details since I had to wait in the car. You should look at the pictures! See photos here

Then, we headed for the beach. I didn’t really know what to expect but it turned out to be my favorite experience of the trip so far - can you tell from my smile? Running on the sand and chasing the surf was great fun – I even got to be off leash. I have to say, it even seemed that all the humans had a great time, walking, running and picking up pretty rocks (I don’t get that). When we finally headed back to the Jeep, I was exhausted and sore – but it was well worth it.

Next, we headed to the Loleta Cheese Factory. Lunch for the lucky ones was at the Loleta Bakery. We dogs just hung out at the cars reliving our beach adventure.
It was then back to camp. Mom & Dad caught up on laundry and did some grocery shopping. It was nap time for me.

That evening, we the dogs stayed in the RV’s while everyone else went off to the Boardwalk in Old Town Eureka and then had casual dinner at CafĂ© Marina on Woodley Island. All-in-all, everyone agreed it was a great day. It was really THE BEST for me!!! Tomorrow we are traveling north – where I am sure I will get to have more new smells and adventures...maybe even meet some new friends.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuesday June 15, 2010 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

JoAnne Morgan

Today began with yet another yummy breakfast prepared by Chez Jacque – aka Jack. During our breakfast chit chat, Jack came up with the quote of the day, however none of us can remember what it was in reference to… still it was classic…”I won’t do anything manually that can be done with pushing a button.” Now why we thought it was so profound…don’t have a clue. I guess when you’re camping it doesn’t really matter. LOL

Now on a personal note – you will notice in some of the photos I am wearing a black cap with a sparkly letter “G” on it. Wearing it with love and pride since it was a Mother’s Day gift from my five year old grandson David. BTW…the “G” is for Granny!

The morning is clear, sunny, and a tad crisp – but yet absolutely wonderful! We walked 2 miles around Manzanita Lake. Whew! How peaceful, stunning, and picturesque –evidenced by the photos and video. The afternoon was spent by taking a ride to Shingletown, and just relaxing.

Evening’s spaghetti and salad dinner was scrumptious! Another ride to Devastation Point, a view of the brilliant Manzanita Lake sunset, impressive campfire, and star filled sky! JM
Photos Here

This is also our first video blog:

Monday June 14, 2010 Escape from Reno

JoAnne Morgan

As you will see from the photos, it was a momentous day! The FedEx truck arrived with the contact lenses for Lois! Happy Campers all around!

Our destination for the day was Lassen Volcanic National Park, which was only a 150 mile gorgeous drive. Arriving, we were overwhelmed with the beauty of this place. Stopping at the visitor center and after watching the park video we set up camp.
Our group dinner was once again just as if we were eating at a gourmet restaurant - Appetizers, drinks, pork, rice, veggies, applesauce and dessert.

While we were eating dinner an unknown male camper walked over close to where we were sitting. We all turned and looked at him, not at all sure what he was doing. I guess all of our collected quizzical stares prompted him to say which is now the quote of the day – “I’m waiting for my wife, she is taking a number two.” Well…there was a short silent pause from the dinner group, and then an outburst of such laughter the unknown male camper made a hasty retreat.

Later in the evening, while Lois, Hal, Rita and Jack were enjoying the warmth of one of Hal’s infamous campfires, Rick and I decided to go for a drive to Devastation Point. The forest and volcano views were honestly breathtaking. Now after having said that – to me – the most breathtaking was the view of the bear crossing in front of our car. As we scrambled to get the camera turned on, the bear stopped and looked at us, and then headed into the woods. Rick was able to get the bear from a distance – but did get the photo!!

Driving back to our campsite, we stopped at Manzanita Lake and had inadvertently timed it perfect to enjoy an awesome view of a spectacular sunset! JM

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday June 13, 2010 Seriously!

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger: Jack (1st Blog)

The day started with everyone sleeping in...except me who left early to play golf at the Wild Creek Country Club. It was a very picturesque golf course in the hills overlooking Reno Valley…and the way…I shot an 84!

While I was playing golf – some of the ladies did the laundry in preparation for our stay in the National Park tomorrow - without any services.

Then we all got in cars and went to the RV lot to shop for Rick and JoAnne, and their new diesel Class A. Unfortunately they did not find the exact match so we will continue looking on the rest of the trip.

We then went to the Legends Outlet Mall and shopped for awhile. Now that we are all exhausted, we all are snacking and drinking adult beverages.

Looking forward to FedEx showing up by 10:00am tomorrow, at which time we will leave for the Lassen Volcanic National Park in California.

Signing out!

Saturday June 12, 2010 Surprises!

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Blogger Lois (1st Blog)

Here we are in Reno and are going to be staying one more day because I forgot to pack my contact lenses. Laura Russell was kind enough to send them to me via FedEx. They should arrive Monday am.

We started the day with a lovely buffet breakfast. Packed up the dogs and humans and headed down the road to Virginia City, NV – the site of the Comstock Silver Strike. When we arrived we discovered there was going to be a pet parade and having the nicest pets west of the Mississippi…we signed them up. It was a very cute parade; turtles, cats and dogs all dressed in all types of regalia. If we had only known…we would have packed cuter clothes for our dogs.

From there we went to Carson City to check out the capitol of NV with its silver dome. Then we proceeded to shoot over to Lake Tahoe and rode around the northeast quadrant. Beautiful, beautiful lake!

Headed back home to Reno, fixed a little din din and now I am doing my 1st blog.