Saturday, April 26, 2014


Made it.  A little over halfway there! 

Today we crossed right over the border into Wyoming and then turned around.  I can literally see the welcome to Wyoming sign from the RV park.  We originally planned to stay here two nights.  Good thing too.  There are some storms coming through and it seems like a good idea to hunker down and wait for them to pass tomorrow while we hang out and wait.  Then it is on to our first real touristy thing and visit Devil's Tower. 

So, just a short drive today and then taking it easy tomorrow.

Looks a little different here.

They have a train here that takes you out among the bison.  Probably tomorrow.

It's opener there, in the wide open air.

The kids like it.

Fire cannons!
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They wanted me to spin them.

I may have spun too fast.

Possibly snow tomorrow.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Return to WiFi

Well, it's been a minute.  What have we been up to since leaving Houston? 

First night, Sanger, TX.  No internet connection, but they had Alpacas!  Who wouldn't trade a wireless internet connection for some cute alpacas.  That let me make jokes about the coming alpacalips. 

Oh yeah, this rig moves. 

Wagon Master RV park.  You just knew a sunken wagon wheel would be somewhere.
Storm clouds heralding the ALPACALIPS!

The next night, we were in Oklahoma.  We stopped at one of our favorite old standby places: Firelake Casino.  They let you stay free for up to three nights with a player's card.  It is just a strip area at the back of the parking lot with an electric and water connection, but you can't beat the price.  Until this time anyway.  Apparently they are under new management.  It is now the Grand Casino and they charge $50 a night for a space in a parking lot surrounded by semi trucks and without sewer hook ups.  $50 a night is more than I paid at Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.  They should just change it into a regular parking lot, no one is staying there at that rate. 

So, we moved over to the Shawnee Expo Center.  Much cheaper, quieter and prettier. 

And we got to get some visiting done.  My sister lives halfway between Shawnee and OKC.  Mom came down, we had a great time. 

Beautiful sister and her horse friends.

Stinkin' horses.  Don't ask.

Awww. ain't she cute.
The boys found a ready made fort.

Sarah and Nana in deep conversation

We were sad to leave all our family behind, but starting to shake off the lethargy and get a little excited about an adventure again. 

Then we hit Kansas.  And the wind. 

And...well, I'm sorry to say this Kansas, but every time I have ever stayed in Kansas, that is Eldorado, Assaria and now Russell, it has smelled strongly of poo.  Cow poo, to be exact.  Not exactly a ringing endorsement.  Sorry. 

Reminiscent of the 1920's.  Still smelled of poo.

Blowing the kids around.

They advertise for miles and miles, then it's closed with a for sale sign in front.  What have they done with the world's largest prairie dog?

Oh yeah, and no internet connection.  I actually had to interact with my family.  Gross. 

So today we drove on.  We headed west until we finally hit it.

We found a tiny campground called Shady Acres WiFi campground.  Did they have wifi?  You betcha!  So you guys get a blog post. 

We took the kids to a park.  I even got in a run, although I forgot to bring some oxygen.  It is 4700 feet here and I couldn't find any lying around. 

And we finally get to fill a gaping hole we have been after for a few years. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014


That's it. 

For a while at least, I get to put down the nursing hat and become a traveler.  Usually the best part of this job.  Hopefully that will entail getting back to writing about things and taking pretty pictures and whatnot.  This contract has been about doctor's visits and dentists and car tags and mortgage stuff, but mostly soaking in the presence of family.  That isn't very glamorous or exciting all the time, but it is essential. 

And now we move on.  We will be taking on one of our trademark once in a lifetime country road trips.  Seems we have done several of these once in a lifetime dealies, might want to rename them I guess.  This one will cover 2500 miles over a couple of weeks and should have some pretty scenery and unexpected somethings. 

So, what did we do in Houston?

I replaced a toilet.

New shiny toilet.  YAAAYYY!

Old gross, broken toilet.  BOOOO!
I'll spare you all the gory details...for now.  MWAHAHAHAHAAAAA.

The kids played..

There was school work to be done.

Working on reading.
Working on the latest results from the CERN collider. 

We rescued a very friendly frog.

Oh yeah, there was this wedding thing too.

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Aren't they a good looking bunch. 
We did some of that Zombie Jesus Day stuff too.

But most of Houston looked like this...

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.