2015-09-03

I Will Never Follow “The Girl” Again!

“The Girl” is that OnStar/GPS voice that tells you where to go when you have no idea where you’re going. Well, neither does she.

We left our friends house in Midway at about 0900 this morning for the 3 or 4 hour trip to Bryce Canyon RV Park where we’re going to stay the next few days. I could not tell you the route “she” had us take; but it involved an awful lot of empty, 2-lane, out in the middle of no fuckin’ place, “highway” that had me wondering if we were even still in the States. I mean “Boonies” just doesn’t describe the places we went through. And damned near ran out of gas before we got to where we needed to be

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Yes, we eventually got to the RV park, checked in, and set up. But I was beginning to have my doubts. Took almost 7 hours instead of the 4 I was expecting.

Nice little camp ground. Off the main road. Caravan sits at a bit of an angle but nothing we can’t live with a couple of days.

After we got set up we headed East and ate (a damned near perfect burger) at a restaurant along the way. Took off from there and headed East some more. Saw the “Hoodoo” place and took way too many pictures there. Further we almost made it to the Escalante Grand Staircase but decided to turn around. We’re tired!

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So, now we’re back at the campsite and just chillin’ for the rest of the evening.

What a great trip! Scenic vistas to take your breath away. Lots of places to stop and things to see. The absolutely best companion (SWMBO) to travel with. Wow!

2015-09-01

What An Amazing Trip So Far!

Day 1: Got up and left the house at 0600. Mostly went well until we got past Portland. Then the wind kicked up so hard that I had trouble controlling the rig and had to slow down to 45 mph a lot. When the wind was with us I could go 65 barely pressing the gas pedal. When the wind was against us, I could go about 45-50 mph with the gas peddle pressed most of the way down. Needless to say, it took several tanks of gas just to get to Boise.

Spent the night in an RV park so far off the highway in Boise that I doubt I could have found it without the help of OnStar. We got the last spot too. I finally had to back into a spot, and didn’t do badly at all. Was a nice place; just way far off the highway. Got to make the tour of Boise on the way out though.

Made it to our friends house in Midway, Utah and spent the night parked at their place. Nice seeing them again; it’s been a couple of years. Had some nice thunder and lightning in the evening.

Monday, SWMBO went off to the Genealogy Library so I wound up coming to the RV park and setting up by myself. I didn’t mind. Spent most of the day just puttering around until they all showed up for dinner. Amazing clouds out here! And all that sky! Wonderful! I’ve already filled the hard drive on the camera twice with views to make some time-lapse movies when I get home.

Today, Tuesday, SWMBO and our friend went off to the Genealogy Library early, so I picked up our other friend and we took a tour East along some mountain highway to Evenston(?), Wyoming. Stopped and saw Falls and stuff on the way. We were up so high it was only 54 degrees outside. (High of about 84 at the RV park today.)

Stopped at a place called PB’s and had the all you can eat shrimp for lunch, then headed back to Midway. I’ve just been puttering around the camp site since.

And that’s really it. Not including any pictures today cause I have to set my phone up as an Internet hotspot and it really doesn’t like uploading pictures. So I’ll post some of those if we get to a place with good internet. We’ll be leaving this place Thursday morning for Bryce Canyon. Cool!!!!

2015-08-28

More Rain. Which We Need!

rio02ccWoke up to rain this morning. Didn’t last long though. Just enough to make it where I wouldn’t want to lay down in the (dead, brown) grass or jump into the rose bush. (Which I wouldn’t do anyway.)

rio02eTook the Dog to the foo-foo people for a bug bath and haircut. He looks different. If he had balls I’d be worried about the lady dogs in the area. He was pretty mellow when I picked him up and until we turned down the driveway; then he went slightly bug-fuck crazy to get out of the truck. Glad to be home, I guess.

Went the really easy way for dinner tonight. Two Beef-Bean & Green Chili burrito’s. Think I’ll make Orange Jell-O for desert. Maybe.

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Supposed to get a lot wetter, and a lot windier, here tomorrow. Gusts up to 45 mph. Glad we’re leaving early; but am almost thinking we ought to leave tonight. Guess I’ll be going slower than I had originally planned just to be as safe as possible. I’m still new at hauling this Caravan around, you know. I like to leave really early to avoid some of the traffic if we can.

Not much else going on. Got the Caravan hooked up and ready to go. SWMBO should be on her way home and we’ll have to load her “last minute” stuff. I have a check-off list of last minute things to load myself; I don’t want to forget my CPAP like I did for the last camping trip we went on.

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I hate when shit don’t work right! Damn Windows anyway.