Canyonlands National Park

Friday, March 16, 2018

Our 4th Leg Home

Where Are We Today
Grove Oklahoma
We have all heard that comment, the GPS took me down the wrong way or something to that effect. I use our GPS, which I find to be very accurate, when going somewhere new along with checking Google maps.

If you read Pat's blog about our drive here to Grove, you would have read about three off the route turns, I cannot blame the GPS.
To start off with, I turned left onto US-81 instead of right, like the GPS said to. Thinking it would be quicker to go back an exit to get onto I-40, then driving through El Reno. But, doing this, we were going away from I-40, so started following the GPS. 

It took us on OK-3 to I-35N, which got us around/ through Oklahoma City. Then onto OK-33E to OK-48N to OK-51 E into Tulsa where we joined up with US-64E/US-412E/US-75/I-244E. 

Heading for Tulsa

At this point, we were looking for a Flying J with a Denny's so we could get something to eat and fuel up. We found one at N129th street just off I-244E. Having satisfied both food and fuel, we were ready to get back on the road. Normally, where you get off at an exit, there is the ramp to get back on, not in this case. Second mistake with the GPS, if I had looked at when coming out of the Flying J, I would have seen it telling me to turn left to get onto I-44E, as you could not get back onto US-412E/ I-244E at N129th street to get to I-44E.

I got ourselves turned around and back down past the Flying J and onto I-44E. A few miles down the road and I'm about to make my third and final error of the day. Of course I'm following the GPS, which is taking us to our destination, but we would travel on a toll road, which I didn't want to do.  So,  once again we were getting turned around back to I-412 E to Alt. 412E to US-59 and into Grove.


Not one of these errors were the fault of the GPS, if I had followed it in the first place, it would have taken us to our destination as long as I remembered to get off at I-412E like I had planned to do.

Our Destination

 Travelling all those roads from the start to Tulsa was sure the scenic route, but a pleasant drive. As far as what my road ratings are for these roads, I am going to go with an 8 to 9 out of 10 for all. There was one of the towns we went through that was more like a 7 out of 10, but your speed was at 30 mph and didn't really effect you much. As interesting as the route was, we probably wouldn't take it again, but stick to the interstate.
Thanks for following along, until the next time, take care and be safe. Your comments are always welcome.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Our Third Leg Home

Where Are We Today
Lucky Star Casino
El Reno, Oklahoma
Yesterday, March 11th, we left Bottomless Lake State Park and travelled to El Reno Oklahoma, a total of 460 miles.
Starting out on Bottomless Lake Rd. to US 383 to Roswell on nice  smooth paved roads that I will rate as 9 out of 10.


Next, we turned east onto US-70E to Portales where we joined up with US-60E. US-70, I am rating as a 7 out of 10, it did have some nice smooth sections but there were rough sections that brought my rating down. US-60 is another story, I rate it at a 6.5 to 7 until it joined I-27N at Canyon.
Now heading north towards Amarillo on US-60E, US-87N and I-27N. The road conditions are improving and I will rate this section as a 7.5 to 8 out of 10.


At Amarillo we entered onto I-40E to I-40BL E/ Rte. 66/ Sunset Dr. onto US-81 arriving at The Lucky Star Casino. This last section of travel, is rated at an 8 out of 10.

Convoy of 6 army vehicles.

This has been a great travel day, cool and windy at times, it was still an easy drive. Would we take this route again, probably not, but never say never. Even though there are low ratings on some of these roads, remember that they are averages. The biggest drawback for us, is that from Roswell to Canyon, there are few places to eat that we could pull into with our rig, and one place to get fuel,  also in this section, there were no rest areas, only one picnic area.
I-40 E in Oklahoma

So, here we sit at the Lucky Star Casino in El Reno OK. until Wednesday when we will head off to our next destination of Grove Ok. Stay tune for road updates to there. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Feel free to comment and I will answer.
Lucky Star Casino, El Reno OK.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bottomless Lake State Park

Where Are We Today
Bottomless Lake State Park
Roswell New Mexico
Tonight's post is a short one about the route we took today after leaving Elephant Butte State Park.

The route took us on I-25 north, US-380 East, US-70/US-380 East, US-380 to Bottomless Lake Road.
My rating for these roads is, !-25 a 9 out of 10. US-380 a 7 to 7.5 average out of 10. US-70/US-380 is a 9 out of 10. The last stretch of US-380 I rate as a 8.5 out of 10. And finally, Bottomless Lake Road, a 9 out of 10.

 This is a very nice scenic drive, I-25 & I-70 are four lane roads and the other two are two lane. We thoroughly enjoyed the route we took today.
That's it for now, until the next time, take care and be safe. Comment if you wish. 


Friday, March 2, 2018

First Leg to Home

Where Are We Today
Elephant Butte State Park
New Mexico
Yesterday March 1st, 2018 was moving day, we started our slow, take our time crawl home. Our plan as of now is to cross into Ontario on April 7th, spending a few days in London before heading up to Durham.
 Setting up in this picturesque state park for a week, we will settle into relaxing, reading, sun soaking and a little sightseeing before we move onto the next location.

View out our back window

To follow our daily activities, stay tune to Pat's Blog, she is much better writing about it then I am.

Along the way in Arizona

As in the past, I am rating the roads on our route here. The following are the roads we travelled from Quail Ridge RV Resort at Huachuca City/Whetstone Az. to Elephant Butte N.M.
Along the way in New Mexico

They are, AZ- 82, AZ -90, I-10, U.S.-180, NM-26, I-25 and my rating for them is 7.5 to 9 out of 10. This was a nice drive with decent roadways.
Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you wish. Until the next time, take care and be safe.

Good bye from our site

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Moving On

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Quail Ridge RV Park
Huachuca City Arizona
Today we moved to a new location, for a two week stay at Quail Ridge RV Park. This was a short jaunt of about 58 miles, first on Interstate 10 to Az90 and finally Az82. The drive took just over an hour with light rain falling for the whole distance and down to just a drizzle for setting up.
Almost there.

Before I forget, I will rate the roads for this trip at a 9 out of 10, pleasant trip with light traffic and rain.

Low clouds.

That's it from me, tune into Pat's Blog to find out about the rest of our day.

Set up on site 39

Thanks for checking in, until the next time, take care and be safe. Leave a comment if you wish, and I will answer back.

This is Saguaro National Park from the other day.

Barrel cactus at the mission

Cactus garden at the mission.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Missiles and Saguaros

Where Are We Today

KOA Tucson

We left Fortuna Del Oro RV Park in Yuma, yesterday, " on our way " to a Koa campground in Tucson Arizona. This is to be a three night stay to spend time with our friends, Ken & Nancy, who we met in 2012, at Silver Creek RV Resort in Silver Lake Michigan.

Silo and missile description.

Arriving just after 2 p.m., our friends met us at the gate directing us where to park to go in and register, they had been lobbing to get us a better site then what the campground had originally had us in, so happy they did.
They left us to get settled in, with an invite to come over for a chat and that we were having supper with them. So chat we did, getting caught up on what each other had been doing. We left just after 4 p.m. to freshen up, Pat prepared a salad to take over for supper, and back we went. A great night with great friends.

Going down the 55 steps to the second level
Today we all headed over to Green Valley Az. where the Titan II  Museum and the last missile silo remains. There were 54 of these silos, 18 in each state of Kansas, Arkansas and Arizona. In operation during the "Cold War" 1963-1989, these were designed to prevent World War III, "Peace by Deterrence", no one, on either side, wanted to launch their missiles, it would have meant the end of the world and life on it, as we know it.

One of four call phones to get in, if you didn't enter within 3 minutes, guards were sent to find out why.

The only place you could be alone was in the crew quarters or meal room.

Walking into the control room
Now 54 missiles does not sound like a lot, but those 54 missiles represented 1/3 of the U.S. tonnage of weapons. It was more then 200 times the tonnage of bombs dropped in the European and Pacific Theaters in World War II.
You can read more about it Here.

Inside the control room. That clock is in Zulu Time. Notice the massive spring to cushion the control room in the event they had been attacked.

Our tour quide

Turning one of two keys to launch the missile.

Walking the 250 foot tunnel to where the missile is.

Me taking a picture through the Plexiglas cover over the silo. 

Missile in the silo. The silo has to bee open and the cut out in the war head visible to the overhead spy satellites.

Returning to the campground for a quick lunch and to let the dogs out, we headed out to the Saguaro National Park. We never get tired of looking at this mighty sentinel of the desert. Along with the other cacti found here, Teddy Bear Cholla, Staghorn, Chain Fruit and Ocotillo. We stopped at the visitors center for a look around. Before leaving the park, we drove by the park museum where there is a crested saguaro cactus growing

Flowers on a Ocotillo

Saguaro and Teddy Bear Cholla
.A great day exploring the area around Tucson, even stopped by Old Tucson and the Western movie set, that's for another time though.

There are so many Saguaro, that it is called a forest of Saguaro Cactus

A Crested Saguaro Cactus

This is a close up of the Teddy Bear Cholla shown below

Good night from the Saguaro National Park, near Tucson Arizona
Hope you enjoyed your day, I know we did. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Leave a comment if you like. I do read them all and will respond.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Yuma Lakes RV Resort

Where Are We Today
Yuma Lakes RV Resort

Today we woke to the ending of the Super Blue Moon solar eclipse. 

End of Solar Eclipse
Today was departure day for us and George and Suzie. They were up and ready to roll out at 7:30 a.m. We weren't going far, so took our time getting ready. At 10:00 a.m. we said our goodbyes to Deb and Tom and headed on our way. Our destination was Yuma Lakes RV Resort near Yuma, a short 1 1/2 hr drive south on Hwy 95. This route we have taken many times, was a leisurely drive, and to keep with my road rating, I put this at a 7.5 until about 30 miles outside of Yuma, where I drop it to a 6 for about 10 miles, then back to a 7.5.

Sun Rise
Arriving just before noon, it wasn't long and we were checked in and set up. The rest of the day was a good old lazy one.

Macerater/ RV Waste Pump

My replacement macerater arrived yesterday morning, I got it wired and made sure it would attach without breaking the wing clips off. Didn't need to use it as we would be able to dump our tanks once we arrived here at Yuma Lakes. So down the road it will get tested and definitely get a good use back home at "The Ridge"
Looking towards Quartzsite from the desert.

Overhead drone shot of our spot in  the desert.
That's it for tonight, hope you all had a great day. Until the next time, take care and be safe. As always, comments are welcome.                                             

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Blogger Fest 2018

Where Are We Today

As promised, here are the drone pictures that I took at Bloggerfest  today. Unfortunately the video didn't work for some reason . Feel free to use the pictures for your own blog. I take the pictures with my drone for my personal use and for you if you wish to have them, they are not sold or given to anyone for that purpose. 

Nice gathering of 22 people

Don't run away Ken

It was a great gatering and nice way to spend an afternoon. Thanks everyone who attended. Until the next time, take care and be safe.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Spill My Stuff

Where Are We Today
In my last post, I talked about our " Blue Boy" ( which from now on I'll call our honey wagon, because ours is really grey, not blue) and how I was making it easier to dump without spillage.

RV Waste Pump

I also ordered a macerator or RV Waste Pump from Camping World, which arrived promptly by UPS. After following the instructions for wiring, I went to attach it to the trailer dump connection ( this a four pin twist on devise) all four clips on the RV Waste Pump snapped off.

Getting it wired 

The air got blue for a few seconds and that was the end of that. The next morning I sent an email along with pictures to Customer Service at Camping World stating what I had done and asking for advice as to getting it replaced. Within a couple of hours, I received an email from them apologizing for any inconvenience, and stating they were sending another email with a prepaid UPS shipping label. When it is picked up by UPS and the tracking number shows it is transit, they will send out a replacement within 2-3 business days. My return was picked up Friday morning on the 19th of January, so I am hoping that on Monday, I will have notice that the new one is on its way.

All four clips snapped off
On Saturday we attended the Quartzsite RV show, a must when you are here,  the thousands of people who make up the jostling, elbow knocking, people standing in your way crowd and organized chaos that goes along with any event like this, man you got to be in your glory.

Old generator

Last year when we went to the show, yes we came back for a second time, we found items that we would like to have for our RV, one being a new generator. The one we have is a Champion 3500 watt construction generator, you know, the noisy one. After looking at several over the past year, that would fit the criteria that we set for our needs, we planned and saved to purchase a new one this year. The Champion 3400 inverter generator is what we bought.
New generator/inverter
The gentlemen at the Champion booth, said they would get it ready for us by taking it out of the box, putting in the oil and a little gas to make sure it ran. When we were ready to pick it up, we just had to drive the truck along the outside of the fence and they would lift it over to us and right into the back of the truck.

Bringing it over to the fence

In the back of the truck ready for home

While that was being done, we walked back into the big tent to browse some more. We bought one more item for the trailer, that being a new outside light. Our friends Pat and Rob, showed us theirs last year and we thought it was a good idea. The light acts as a outside light or motion sensor light. When you first turn it on it acts as the motion sensor light, turn the switch off and back on it acts as an outside light.

New light

Today I installed that light on the trailer. It works well and gives off a good bright light.
Removing the old

Applying sealant around the new one

All done
There you have it, and as Ken and Shirley said, I was to get on the ball and do a post to satisfy their curiosity.
When the new macerator comes in and I have it up and running, I will let you all know.
We had a bit of excitement  for the second time in the last two weeks, as police, sheriff, fire rescue and ambulance raced to the back of LaPosa South LTVA, don't know what happened, but they left without flashing lights.

Quartzsite police on their way out

Ambulance on its way out, no flashing lights

Fire rescue on its way out

Thanks for following along, welcome and read all comments, until the next time take care and be safe. 
New light works great, Good Night