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Back in California

Finishing our gallivanting for this year we are settling back in Southern California for most of the winter months. Officially snowbirds! We stopped in Palm Desert (and yes this area really is desert) for a few weeks since we arrived in CA a bit earlier than anticipated.

After leaving Colorado our next planned stop was in Prescott, AZ. Unfortunately when I called to make a reservation they were no spaces available. Tried another rv park and they were full until the end of October. I guess this time of year is their busy season. Good to know for future reference. But that put us several weeks ahead of our scheduled return. So, as we’ve done so often, we made some adjustments and decided not to stop in Arizona, continue on directly to California. Save that stay for another time.

Leaving the Rockies and grasslands of Colorado for the desert scapes of New Mexico our drive was uneventful. Continuing south on I 25, transitioning to I 40 west to Arizona. We stopped for the night at the meteor crater rest stop outside of Winslow, AZ. (And if you’ve never seen a crater before stop at the Meteor Crater during your travels it is an interesting piece of trivia in earths history.

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560 ft deep, almost a mile in diameter, definitely impressive)

Very picturesque there at the rest stop , makes for a pleasant stop on the highway. Red rock hills. Native American arts and craft stores dating back to Rt 66 heydays. Some in ruins, some still in business.

Continued on the 40 to I – 17 south, more lovely scenery, at some places one can see the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona in the distance. Hit I – 10 west around Phoenix and the temperature became noticeably hotter and yes, more arid.

My favorite type of cacti 🌵. Always reminds me of the old westerns.

<<<We continued on, coming full circle back to California. For now we’re still in Palm Desert till Sunday, moving to Golden Village Palms in Hemet. That will be our home site until next February. 🌻🌻🌻No specific plans for the next few months other than obtaining regular maintenance for the coach, car and us. Our doctors are still here till we eventually/maybe make a change. In all likelihood there will be few posts the next few months. Chances are life will be mundane, almost boring to write about. But if something pops up, I’ll be back! 🍀🍀🍀Plans are always subject to change but our thoughts for next year are to head north when we leave here. Oregon and Washington beckon, I hear there are some beautiful spots up there. If you have any recommendations please let me know! 😄 🌵🌵🌵After that it’s heading southeast as we have an appointment with Freightliner in South Carolina in mid July. (I know, hot and humid time). From there Georgia then Florida. So far, that’s all I got. We’ll see how it all pans out. I thank you for following along with us this year. 🐾🐾🐾Hope to see you back when we get back on the road. 🐾🐾🐾Take care and wherever the road take you….Safe Travels!!FjK

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Continuing southwest……

Okay, hopefully I can get through this post a lot faster than the last. Truly appreciate your patience and that you’re still reading. 👍😄

Our stay in Rapid City was very enjoyable. I loved the places we visited and as a suburban girl so liked the wildlife. One very interesting place also nestled in the Black Hills is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Located not far from Rushmore and Custer State Park. https://crazyhorsememorial.org/ “Acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®;”

As you can see the monument is still a work in progress. It should be phenomenal when completed. Model of the finished monument. On site is a museum, a Native American cultural and educational center. A huge undertaking, but a worthy endeavor. I hope they’ll be able to complete what was started so many years ago. As with everything it’s a matter of money. This is a model of the community it will be one day. Along with the cultural center, a university and student housing. We said goodbye to Rapid City, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to the deer 🦌 family, and continued on. Travelled west on I 90, hit Wyoming, then south on I 25. Wyoming….this year we didn’t plan on any particular stop, saving it for another time. The drive through was wonderful, except for the wind and gusts. Traffic was practically nil, I got about an hours driving time. Woohoo!! We took our time traveling through marveling at the wildlife we saw along the way, miles and miles of open land. I was hoping to see the elusive jackalope. Searching the hills as we were driving I did catch a silhouette of what was a possibility sitting on top of a distant hill. Too far and driving too fast to get a good look. 😉Mostly we saw pronghorns, occasionally deer. Once an eagle 🦅 passed us, taking off from the median. At one rest stop a large black hog was wondering nearby. And when we stopped to get diesel these guys were hanging around. Deer everywhere. Then saw this guy sitting outside the Sinclair station. Used to see a lot of them when I was a kid. First I’d seen in many a year. These are snow fences. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_fenceOh and the welcome center/ rest stop at Cheyenne, Wy is well worth a stop. They’ve built a mini museum inside. Lots of Wyoming and western history, we must of spent an hour just looking through the displays. A lot of interesting things to see when we next go back. Continuing south on I 25, Colorado was next. Passed by the Broncos stadium And stayed at the Elks Lodge in Colorado Springs for several days. It is a pretty city. Though coming from places where life is less hectic it was a bit hard getting back to a place where it’s more. There’s an old town section on the north end of town, several blocks of stately manor homes some dating over one hundred years. Just curious as to the price range of some of the homes, way out of our price range, up to and over $1,000,000.00. Craftsman, Italianate, Tudor to Victorian and more so many different styles of architecture, it’s an enchanting historic area. William, of course, found a place to play Pickleball, Monument Valley Park. Seems the sport is quite popular there too! The park runs along Monument Creek and here is one of its residents. There are trails running along the creek great for walking, running, cyclists…. well maintained, rest rooms along the way, play grounds for the kids, benches. It was a joy to take a good long walk. Along with being a college town, it’s also a tourist town. The only two we visited were Garden of the gods and Pikes Peak. Garden of the Gods, at the foot of Pikes Peak. Balancing Rock It was a slow drive through the Garden of the Gods, the rock formations were fascinating. There are many trails through the area if one so chooses to hike. We didn’t. Though it was a thought. While there are plenty of wildlife we only came across two during our drive. Fortunately we were already driving slowly when a doe walked in front of our car to the other side of the road. As she crossed her fawn abruptly walked on to the road trying to follow. My window was down and I could hear the little gal calling for her mom. Such a cute little sound. She was standing along side my door staring at me with that cute little face and big ears, looking around for her mom, crying the whole time. She lost track of her mom as our car was in the way. Finally the fawn walked behind us, off the road, reunited with mom. Happy ending!Would have been good to get a picture but if I moved I thought she’d bolt, so just sat there watching. A couple of days later we drove up Pikes Peak. The forecast called for thunderstorms later in the day but it was a pretty morning and we started out early even though there were lots of clouds. Pikes Peak Highway is a toll road. The other option is cog train but at $40.00 a head the toll road was the cheaper option at $15.00 per person. (As we keep reminding ourselves we’re not on vacation, on a fixed income, so we still have to watch our pennies) The scenery was filled with aspens and pines,a touch of fall in mid September. Crystal reservoir This is as close as we got to see the real big foot. Just as elusive as the jackalope. Made it to the summit. Bright and sunny. It was 29 degrees that morning and ice on the ground. Beautiful viewsTotal cloud cover on this side of the mountain. Fun drive down. Fortunately I wasn’t the driver. At 14,115 ft above sea level, Pikes Peak isn’t the tallest in the Rocky Mountains, seems to be the most famous. The poem/song America the Beautiful was inspired by this mountain. It was an enjoyable day. The rest of our stay in CO Springs was getting ready to hit the road again (and Pickleball). Then headed south again to New Mexico. We traveled through, not stopping except at rest stops for meals and sleep, hitting I 40 west at Albuquerque. Views along the way. Wagon Mound (butte off I 25) Santa Fe Continental Divide On to Arizona and California Thanks for your time!! Wishing you a wonderful day and Safe Travels! If you like our site 👍 like us to let us know. Or follow us to be notified when there’s a new post.

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Part II

While I do try to be timely with publishing my blogs, sometimes I run in to delays.  Sometimes beyond my control, sometimes just because I’m a natural born procrastinator.  I do appreciate those of you who take the time to read my ramblings, following our travels and I don’t like to delay too long or disappoint.  Recently it has taken me several days to complete this last page, constantly getting errors when inserting pictures.

So please accept my apology while I search for solutions to correct this problem.  

Thank you and I hope you continue to follow us!

Take care & Safe Travels!

 

Continued……   South Dakota!

At Custer State Park…..

Lots of buffalo …. the ranger told us the herd is estimated to be about 1400.

And they insist on having the right of way……..who are we to argue!

Being up close and personal to these 2000 Lb giants is a little unnerving but it was awesome driving through the herd. There is always the possibility that a bull could charge. And the not so small calves are quite skittish. The slightest movement seems to send them running. Car damage was a concern but we came out unscathed. Amid the large herd that’s on the video was a small visitors rest stop a few miles in to our trek which was manned by one ranger. He was interesting and informative. The first thing he told us was to move back from the fence. They could charge and break through the fence like it was a matchstick. So we (and a few other people) backed up. Okay, so we were less than five feet from some of the big guys. 😐 kinda naive of us. He mentioned the herd travels far and wide and is only at his station every few weeks. So we had quite a treat watching them. He went on to give us some other pieces of trivia about the buffalo and the building we were in (old with some history that I can’t remember) till we got on rving and the buffalo were forgotten for awhile.

Till we got back in our car to continue the drive around the Wildlife Loop Road.

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We drove by  this motley crew…..burros are much less intimidating.

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Prairie dogs galore but very hard to photograph from a distance. Those little dots are the prairie dogs and the mounds of dirt the gateways to their tunnels.

 

It was a pleasure driving through the 18 mile wildlife loop. From the prairie to the ponderosa pines, not knowing which inhabitant would be around the bend. That day the buffalo were abundant. We missed the elk, big horned sheep and mountain lions (really wasn’t too keen on getting too close to that kitty anyway).

We drove from the wildlife loop to needles highway, a stunning 14 mile drive through forests to rugged granite mountains. To the iron mountain road that crosses Mount Rushmore.

 

 

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img_8194-1         He made it to the top!!

No room for motorhomes here.

 

 

Along rt. 16A on the way to Mount Rushmore we passed through the little town of Keystone. I’m not sure of the history of Keystone but like a lot of towns in SD I think at one time it was a mining town. There’s gold in them there hills!

It really is small. The sign announcing city limits cited population of 340. What makes this little town notable is the restaurants, the shops, the “western motif”. Truly for tourists but worth some of your time driving to/from Mt Rushmore.

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