Our Travel Blog
- Don and Donna
- Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)
Friday, April 27, 2018
I feel bad that at this point of holiday blogging I loose any creativity I may have had. I want to revert to point form an not miss anything but not be extensive with it either.
But that does not mean that every day is not an adventure. Even the long 12 - 17 hour driving days are to be remembered and shared, as they too are part of the memories we make. But I won't talk endlessly about what I read, wrote or sometimes even worked on.
After Moab we stopped in Salt Lake City. I am quite fond of a few US stores like Target. And Target. Sometimes I go to Target. Salt Lake provides that opportunity, as well as the state parks around it are easy access. We have stayed at Willard Bay before. It is an easy stop on I15, and being on the north end of most of the city and surrounding cities, it is a quicker escape in the morning.
Not wanting to get to Alberta too soon because of the weather we stopped in Great Falls at Villa La Walmart. With no services but easy restaurant access for dinner, we weren't disappointed. The temperatures are getting cooler, and we are thankful while boondocking, to have the Buddy Heater.
Our last stop before home was an overnight visit with Walter and Pat just outside of Okotoks. We usually meet up through our travels but for may reasons this year that did not happen. We were able to use the site next to them in their RV Condo park. This was also their first nights there as the snow has been a hindrance in moving in. Yuck SNOW!!
So finally we pulled into the yard yesterday about 2:00p.m. Home, rested, happy, healthy and about to pounce on the kids and take in their love!
It's a great life out there if you choose to take it:)
Remember -don't expect too much in blogs through the summer - usually once a month.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Of course we had to drive through Arches National Park and have a beer at the Moab Brewery!
I wasn't going to post photos again of the park, but then I realized I write this blog for us, and I don't care if numerous arch photos bore you. LOL. So here they are again in all their glory! Enjoy
Monday, April 23, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
We also took the opportunity while we were close to visit Fort Sumner and the site of Billy the Kid. With an additional visit to the Billy the Kid museum I think we can say we've seen it all. LOL
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
We had decided we would drive into the northwest corner of Texas and explore Amarillo and Lubbock. For that part of this adventure we chose to stay at Oasis Sate Park near Clovis. It is just miles form the Texas border and easy to access the highways we wanted.
Starting by visiting Amarillo, we were not overly stimulated by that city. Our first item on the list was the Cadillac Ranch, where Stanley Marsh planted ten Cadillacs, all decorated. Yes I know it was only ten cars but I expected the usual displays and over-selling. Alas there was none, in fact we actually missed it the first drive by. No great photo but the one I posted shows what I described.
I am not sure what we were expecting, but typically a place either pulls at your adventure strings or not. We usually pack a lunch and try to stay away from restaurants but today was our big day out, so we found a Firehouse Subs (one of our favorite fast food stops). Hence the stop was worthwhile!
If you want to see numerous grass fields and windmills, this is your route!
The highway took us farther south to Lubbock, where we had planned a stock up at Costco. As it turned out because of the distance home and rather lack of need, we chose not to buy anything. But we did take the opportunity to discover a few tourist noted attractions.
The Buddy Holly Statue commemorates not only Buddy but other musicians that contributed to Lubbock’s music scene. The nameplates are artists who originated in the area, and I took photos of the names I knew.
Across the street from the park is also the Buddy Holly Centre and Museum, but it was closed. I didn’t really need to see his bed so it wasn’t a great loss. Haha
We made the journey homeward, and dinner was a pizza. We did pass a lot of cotton fields and I was waiting for the perfect time to take a photo of the old cotton gins, but I missed. Don got a great photo of cotton laying in the field after harvest and tilling.
The day was spent the way we enjoy it best – watching the road before us and dreaming of what lay ahead.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Besides the museum, how fitting we also saw the Delorian time machine car from Back to the Future.
The museum was actually well laid out, clean, not musty and full of shall we say, information.
Two nights here and we were picking a new route. The other Smiths are seriously starting their trek home to Saskatchewan, and we are continuing out tour of New Mexico.
It’s up to you to decide if you believe…
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
We chose this park because of it’s proximity to Carlsbad and hence accessibility to the Carlsbad Caverns for the other Smiths. Don and I have had some caving opportunity and we do not care for it!
The location was easy access to other attractions in the area as well.
We visited Sitting Bull Falls, the Living Dessert State Park, and drove through Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We also visited Artesia, as when we pilled through it with the RVs it looked pretty interesting. Sadly on our visit on Saturday the town was 50% closed for the weekend and the Farmers Market had not started yet, so it was just a Walmart stop and onward.
Sitting Bull Falls was a nice walk amongst the rocks and trees, as you see form the photos.
Here is something I’m not sure I have ever talked about – the America the Beautiful Pass. It is an annual pass that for $80 allows access to national parks, federal recreational lands, forest services, US Fish and Wildlife sites, BLM, and Bureau of Reclamation. We buy one every year and save lots on those admissions, as does anyone travelling with us!
We continue to have amazing hot weather and I am again thankful for the AC.