Sunday, September 25, 2016

In Arkansas

Well here we are in Ozark, Arkansas, camped on the shore of the Arkansas river. The camp ground is a Corps of Engining dam site named Aux Arc Park.It is really peaceful here with just the church bell ringing, across the river in town.  The business of Ozark is the Butterball processing plant. A live turkey goes into waiting area and your holiday bird comes out the other end. Starting Oct 1st folks here will be working 7 days a week to make that happen for you.  Butterball is currently hiring if you have a gander!

We arrived early enough that we were able to explore a bit of the surrounding area. We are in the Arkansas wine district.. Its just a very  small area. We did check out a winery established since 1880 in the nearby town of Altus. After a bit of tasting, we both came away with some delights.

Next on our scenic tour was the town of Paris, which we learned is the county seat. A nice town with some stately old houses.  Saw 3 dead armadillos on the road to Paris.  They move slow here....

 Dinner in Ozark at a bbque place, only restaurant open in the area.  I had the bologna sandwich.  Oh my, this was not the stuff you buy package in the supermarket.

Not much activity on the river, just 2 small boats so far. Oh well, tomorrow we camp on the shore of the mighty Mississippi in West Memphis AR.

Stay tuned, Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to

Thursday, September 22, 2016

El Morro in New Mexico

Traveling thru New Mexico on hwy 40, so decided that we would spend a few days at El Morrow National Monument.  This is about 30 miles south of Gallup.  We had been here once before by chance.  The first time we did the long climb and ramble along the top. It's 250 feet up in what is about 7,000 ft elevation.  The views at the top are amazing.  We did not do the climb this time due to threatening thunderstorms. We did, however, do the lower walk to see the inscriptions. The first inscription dates as far back as 1605.

 EL Morro Nat'l Park

Our next stop was Zuni City to check out fetishes made by the locals.  Surprise,surprise, we are coming home with a few new ones.  We much prefer buying from the locals, to help put some money into the hands of the tribe.

We then drove up to Gallup for green chili dinners.  If you are ever there stop in at Jerrys Cafe on Coal Street. Yummy food, where the locals eat.
It was now time to head back to our campsite at the El Morro Cabins, RV Park and Ancient Way Cafe. The people here were very friendly and it is close to the sites we were seeing.  The other camping option we found later, was at El Morro Monument. It is dry campng, but quite nice with space for a small rv.  Neither camping site has cell or wifi service.
Tonight we are in Santa Rosa NM, close to Texas border.  Tomorrow we will spend the night in Amarillo and have dinner at the Big Texan, of course.  It seems odd to be so close to home,but we press on to Kentucky to meet Freds peeps.

Stay tuned,
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Former Oregon & California Lakes

We saw two former lakes along our route to Lake Tahoe. The first was in Oregon just before the Ca boarder, Alkali lake. It was originally an enormous lake,with fish and lots of birds.  It is now mainly  dry, with just a few areas of shallow water. No fish and all we saw were 4-5 tiny birds.  It is very white from the alkali on the surface.  You'll see it when driving on 395 in the Summer Lake Basin, near Christmas Valley.  Beautiful vistas with lovely forest along this route.

Next dry lake was Honey Lake in California.  a true example of the drought in California. Unfortunately I can not get to load my pics of this very large dry lake. Its now just yellow grasses as far as the eye can see. sad

tonight in our campground we were entertained with live muis performed by a guy in a yellow Cadillac. I was really just the back half of the cadi with piano, speakers, etc in the front.  He could raise it up off its stand and even spin it around all while playing music.  This was someone in a spot the row in front of us, not entertainment brought in by the park.  He was fun and attracted a small crowd.

more pics can be seen on facebook.

We are now near Lake Tahoe for a few days. weather predicted to be in the 90s and sunny.
Way too hot for some of you I know.
Adios for now.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Home again!

We're back home after another good road trip, this time to DC  and spots in between.
For those interested here are the numbers:
days gone : 53 days
hours in car:  115 hrs & 43 mins 
miles            5278.3
average speed : 45.72 mph
gas : 428.6 gallons
gas mpg : 12.3
average price of gas : $2.15

Stay tuned for our next adventures as we head off to Colorado with our friends Rosa and Dave in July.

Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

P.S. forgot to add that we now are just 7 states shy of our goal to visit all 50 states. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cash,Ryman: Paul Simon,other views

Things we did while in Nashville
Toured the Johnny Cash museum. Lots of memorabilia given by family members, who continue to visit and bring things to add to the museum. Was really interesting if your a Cash fan.
Then we took a tour of the Ryman theatre, the church of country music. It is named for Capitan Ryman, a river Capitan who found religion here. The photos of wall posters give you some idea of who has come to the Ryman before country music. Later in the evening we attended the Paul Simon concert, which was great!

Today we went to a cemetery to set where some of the country greats were buried. Porter Wagoner, Eddy Arnold, Tammy Wynette and George Jones to name a few. Until recently the cemetery allowed only placques in the ground and are just beginning to make head stones an option. So it's not a very exciting place to visit.

We took the rest of the afternoon off from sight seeing. Did some reading, house cleaning, showers, dinner and grocery shopping.

Tomorrow we head off to a Memphis. We will once again camp on the shore of the Mississippi and watch the cargo boats hi up and down the river.

Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

Nashville Opry

Scenes from Grand Ole Opry