Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lessons of Utah

Living in a Rectangle
Lessons Learned:

*A great quilt shop makes one jealous that there is not one like it in our hometown. Draper, Utah Thimble and Treads is fabulous. www.thimbleandtreads.com

*A great knit shop makes one jealous that there is not one like it in our hometown. Blazing Needles Knit Shop  www.blazingneedles.com

*There are two parades a day at an RV park, those going out and those coming in.  It is a weird sort of fun to watch those parades and realize you can recognize the old hands and new hands pulling in and especially those trying to back into a space; one can takes bets on how many tries it will take to get it just right.

*There has yet to be any road or highway without construction cones/barrels and road work ahead signs. Not a single one.

*Rexall drugstores are still going.

*Bottle brush pine trees are the oldest tress in most parks and live a very long time, we saw one they claim is 5000 years old? Who on the tour would argue?

*Pretzels are the perfect snack to take the edge off even if the tour bus says no eating, one can sneak a pretzel into ones mouth. They allow water on the bus so all is good.

*There is nothing like an old fashioned root beer float at The Gem soda shop and restaurant in Panguiltch Utah

*What makes one road a byway and another a high way?

*Rocks on windshield not nice, little red gets plugs again.

*Most fields have bee hives

*On our 33rd anniversary we had Elk lasagna made and given to us by our RV neighbors that were back this year to Elk hunt. It was a special gift and excellent along with our broccoli  and champagne.

*Aspen on either side of the road with little red running between as their leaves flutter at a fast pace feels like crowds waiving and cheering us on down the road.

*We have six “rooms” in The Rectangle— the screen porch area in the front of the coach with the two main chairs, the dining area that can seat 4 for dinner or 6 for cocktails, the kitchen small but gets  the food out, the den with large couch (makes a queen bed), the bedroom and closets, two bathrooms and then there is the outside patio area. Each “room” has its own ambiance and gives separation if only mentally. We have fun letting each other know we are “going to the screen porch area”…or I’m in the den…or dinner now in the dining room

*Sheep are good for wool, meat and stopping traffic on the country road.
*Visiting National Parks in Utah in September; English is the most unheard language in the parks.

*BarBQue in Pangultch, Utah is pretty good.

*Now we are off to Colorado

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lessons continue for 2016 travels

July/August 2016
Lessons Learned:
*At outdoor festivals when people bring their own chairs they always begin to make rows
*Misters at a festival are so nice.
*Cooper mining in Butte may be nearly gone, but it is certainly not forgotten.
*Butte is the birth and burial place of Evil Knievel…  Town was happy when he left (he was a trouble maker) but happy to take him back after he found fame.
*The Irish and their music/dance are well ingrained in Butte as they worked the mines in large numbers.
*Local beer is always fun, easy to find in the travels out west but having to buy in a growler puts pressure on to drink it quickly.
*The lack of wineries in our travels has put our on board stock at risk so local buys will have to be from the store
*Seeing a newborn calf being born in a pasture one pulls over to see the little one standing for the first time and trying to walk to Mom is a testament to mother’s milk
*Never lose your driving skill in heavy traffic as Salt Lake City will put any city on notice as one of the worst
*When making reservations for The Rectangle always check where the trees are…satellite does not like trees.
*Listening to your spouse talking to ATT agent for wifi issues is like listening to a very funny SNL skit complete with foreign accents.
*There are a lot of families that live in the RV parks and follow the job from one place to another especially pipeline workers, data center electricians, speciality mechanics…
*The first day of school is very exciting in an RV park when the school bus stops with a lot of elementary students ready to learn.
*Downtown SLC is super clean but there are a lot of homeless on the streets.
*A great farmer’s market will yield great peaches, corn and fresh baked bread.
*Temple Square in SLC has it all together when it comes to tourism and when you start to see a lot of brides it must be Saturday Temple wedding day. (we were told there were 70+ weddings that Saturday)
*A massage makes it all better…thank you Massage Envy. Now to find that pedi/mani place.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lessons Learned National Parks

*You know you are in Idaho when there is a fly fishing headquarters in the Walmart.
*It is a problem when the virus that invaded David’s email will not go away and the Geek Squad and ATT get stumped. Finally someone at ATT figured out that all the times we changed our password it did not change…ATT had to change it on their end and finally got it to change.  Bye Bye Mailer Daemon. (Thought David was going to call the President of ATT at some point.)
*Movie popcorn tastes the same no matter where you are.
*There is a lot of land in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming…a survivalist could live off the grid here.
*Worth the money is an app ________ that gives a talking tour as you drive the National Parks. The one for the Tetons and Yellowstone was very informative and like having your own tour bus guide with you. It works if there is no internet service for your device and you have a lot of control over starting and stopping etc. Amazing what $20 will get you.
*Yellowstone traffic has to be well ranked as some of the heaviest on the planet and with road construction, well let us just say when you have a manual drive your left leg gets a real workout.
*The traffic in Yellowstone is worth the trouble to see Old Faithful lift the water in a beautiful pillar.  (it is 47 miles from the north entrance and took us over 2 hours)
*Turnouts in Yellowstone are many and they do help to “get the guy on your tail off your tail” when needed
*The hot springs is a good half mile walk and we were so looking forward to the warm waters. We walked the half mile plus on a crude path along with many others and got to the river. Now to get to the warm water is not a great distance in the water, but the rocks are very slippery, and our footing was not up to getting to that place. We will now know to bring better water shoes next time as bare foot was not working.  Age and balance showed itself as a lot of people just marched on into the river and over the rocky surface to the warm waters, but for some of us this just did not work out. OH MY there is a lot to be said for good knees and hips. There is always tomorrow or the next day?
*The longest line in Yellowstone was at the ice cream vendor in the lodge after Old Faithful gushed.
*Tours from China are very plentiful in National Parks.
*There was no line at the ice cream shop in Gardiner, town just before the North entrance.
*More later!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

On the Oregan Trail

The Wagon ride was great, a few pics

Lesson learned about helping, it can bring laughs

 Lessons Learned about helping:

*When you hear a knock on your door and the lady next to you has locked herself out of her RV, but there is a window open she thinks she can climb through, but her ladder is not tall enough so having our  tall ladder comes in very handy. Now she is a VERY large woman and David says to be ready I may need to get through the window…but she hosted herself up the ladder and like begins to squirm and squirm trying to host herself up without getting stuck (not sure she was not stuck at this point) and David knows he has to help her by pushing, but where does one put the hand to push? He sees the buttocks, looks at me and I am laughing, he then grabs both her feet in her flip flops and pushed with all his might…Plop, she falls in the window and a minute later gets up and opens her door, she looks a bit worse for wear, but she is in her RV and her dogs did not have to bite me or David (they were not friendly and she said if we went in the window most likely they would bite us) to get the door open. She then says, “I got in that window, my trainer will be so proud of me”. OK then a good laugh was had by all.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Lessons Learned in Wyoming, Idaho and places around…

*It is great to need a sweatshirt in the morning
*It is important to know where to look for readings of electrical voltage otherwise you create a problem you don’t have and the dealer tech trouble shoots with you for half an hour on the phone until he says look at the reading on the electrical panel again because everything seems OK, then duh, you realize you had been reading the wrong meter the whole time….there was no issue, but leaned a lot about all the fuses on the coach.
*When you pull out of getting propane you might need to check to make sure the door is closed tightly otherwise you will have the pilot car for the construction zone of the highway speeding up the side of the one lane traffic beside you waving their arms for you to pull over. Thanks to the nice man who stopped the one lane of traffic to get our door closed.
*Learned to play P├ętanque with a nice couple Jim & Teresa. Teresa is from France and played since she was little. Amazon will deliver our game balls to our RV park this week.
*Trying to print Application for Absentee Ballot on a printer not used for a couple of years will test patience, but all is well as it printed even though no real idea as to what we did to get it to work, machines are like that sometimes and we will hopefully get our mailed in ballot to the address in New Mexico.
*There is not a more beautiful sight then the Grand Tetons. Just when you think you have seen enough you see them from a different angle and it catches your breath all over again.
*Li’l Red is not the greatest mountain climber…that jeep was on our mind
*Ice Cream even when served square cut in a cone at the Swan Valley, Idaho convenience and gas store is great especially freshly made ice cream. They served over 19,000 square dipped cones over the fourth of July weekend.
*Jackson Hole antler park never changes.
*I can walk away from a great looking pair of turquoise earrings
*In every RV park we have stayed when people know we are from Texas someone will ask us about Ted Cruz. One just does not want to get that conversation going as it is not a vacation topic. But the election is a topic of conversation out here.
*Lutheran churches are hard to find in this part of the world.
*Forest fire smoke travels a long ways and there is no mistaking that smell.
*Motorcyclists are having the best time on the mountain roads.
*Looking forward to Yellowstone Park…

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cowboys and Pioneers Lessons Learned

July 2016
Lessons Learned:
*When you go to Best Buy to get battery for your small camera and of course they don’t make that battery any longer but you can buy it on Amazon but you are not where you can get it sent to you by Amazon because you are on the road…, so you buy a new small camera and next day realize they do not tell you it does not come with a memory card and so you have to go back…urgggg BUT the guy tells you about a really great steakhouse in Greeley and that was worth the trip back.
*When in Greeley, CO eat at Cattlemen’s Steak House.
*When going to the Cheyenne Frontier Days park in the park’n ride and take the school bus and be dropped at the ticket booth…or like us pay the nice lady $10 to park in her front yard and walk 9 blocks to get to the gate to buy your ticket. It was walking back in the heat that made those buses look really good.
*Frontier Days are a lot calmer than they used to be, but wait we were there in the daytime and everyone says it is the nights that get rowdy.
*If you are looking for a great looking cowboy Frontier Days is the place!
*There are two kinds of wagons the pioneers took across the country The Studebaker and the Conestoga  Conestoga was a lot better suited for the trip due to it’s angled sides for better storage and rain repelling with a suspension system that made for a better ride over the very bumpy land. We took a day trip in the Conestoga with a delightful driver Ben (taking a year from college before going to grad school) and two outriders Calista (granddaughter of owner of company who in 4 years hopes to go to Texas A & M to be in the Corp) and her friend Barb (senior in HS who has committed to the Army and will go to boot camp right after graduation). All were very good with the horses and good company. Ben gave a great history lesson along the way.
*If going on a wagon ride remember your pillow for sitting on wood bench. (glad we did)
*The smell of prairie sage was FABULOUS, like really wonderful
*When hauling a wagon up steep incline remember to stop and rest the horses often.
*Our wagon went in the same ruts that were taken by those going on the Oregon trail in the 1800s and as you look over the prairie you can see the trails left by the wagons, livestock and people.
*Did I tell you how wonderful the prairie sage smelled….
*Watching fire report for Wyoming so we don’t head that way. See you down the road with more lessons.