Summer 2019 Part 1b – OK to WV

The next leg of our journey was travelling from Oklahoma to West Virginia. These were long driving days (500+ miles each).  We did experience a few things along the way.

Our night in Oklahoma was at the Elk City KOA.  After a weird driving day from Amarillo via Lubbock, this was a nice stop!  Upon entering the office to check in, we see that they have a mini diner and bar!  John looks at the menu and is convinced that we deserve a drink (Margarita) and their Frito Chili Pie for dinner.  After dinner, John purchased the t-shirt.  They were not cheap with their alcohol!  We both had a great night sleep.

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When we returned to our site, this was parked next to us.  That is what we need when the Zombie Apocalypse occurs!  Too bad they start at $490,000.  Manufactured by EarthRoamer.

 

Here is a view of the playground.

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Welcome to Missouri and Illinois.  So many of the rivers had high water levels.  The area north of St. Louis was flooded when we passed through.

 

Another long driving day.  View of Louisville and some horse stable/farm.  You can’t really see the horses but they are there!

 

And now into West Virginia.

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Summer 2019 Part 1a – to Oklahoma

This post will focus on a few of the things we saw/experienced along the way to Massachusetts.

Other posts in this “series” include Summer 2019 Travel Part 1 with the map getting to Massachusetts,  Wall-E’s Travel Map UpdateTow Dolly – not loving it, Tow Dolly – not loving it Part 2, Tow Dolly – not loving it Part 3, Not the Tow Dolly this time.

After leaving San Bernardino, CA Camping World, we traveled the 215/15 Interstates to I40 in Barstow, CA.  This is the beginning of the Interstate in California.  We have actually traveled the entire route of I40 before to Wilmington, NC.

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Into Arizona!  I probably have 100 pictures of this sign!

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Into New Mexico – please ignore the dirty windshield!  I love looking at the bluffs!IMG_5270

Leaving New Mexico for Texas.  One of the few states proclaiming “You are now leaving…”

Our campsite in Amarillo, TX.  We stayed at the Amarillo KOA.

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The Leaning Tower of Britten, TX.  Every time we drive by, we expect to see it gone.  I don’t know how much longer it will last.

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If only every rest area, especially those in California, we this amazing and empty!

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And finally into Oklahoma after a trying day fixing the trailer.

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Summer 2019 Travel, Part 1

Finally getting aroung to writing about our summer vacation.  The first part of our vacation was getting to Massachusetts.  We were focused on getting there, not sight-seeing.  We had a “minor” detour to visit Lubbock Camping World to deal with the trailer ratchet issue. 

Over the course of 8 days we traveled 3303 miles to get to our Massachusetts location from Camping World in San Bernardino, California

 

I think I’ve mentioned this before – we really like to stay at KOA locations and fill up at Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers (truck stops).  I really need to take photos of our stops!

Day 1 – 251 miles Kingman AZ KOA

Day 2 – 474 miles Albuquerque NM KOA

Day 3 – 286 miles Amarillo TX KOA – severe wind from Albuquerque so we stopped early for safety reasons & discovered trailer ratchet issue

Day 4 – 416 miles, 264 miles round trip to Lubbock Camping World to fix tow dolly and 152 miles to Elk City OK KOA

Day 5 – 569 miles to St Louis West MO KOA

Day 6 – 505 miles to Huntington/Fox Fire WV KOA

Day 7 – 421 miles to Jonestown/Hershey PA KOA with a detour to Todd Judy Ford in Charleston, WV to fix radiator hose.

Day 8 – 381 miles to Minuteman Campground in Littleton, MA

Working on the Backyard

We’ve been working on the backyard for about a year now.  Here is a before pic and the current pic.

2 years ago, while California was in a pretty severe drought, we were highly encouraged to stop watering lawns.  We did our part and it all died, allowing the weeds to take over.  When we returned from vacation last year, this is what greeted us.

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before the weeds were removed.

 

We decided to put in pavers to extend the patio, make flower beds along the side and make a divider around a fruit tree.  2 loungers were purchased recently and now we can look at the night sky in comfort (It is still too hot to be out there during the day.)  The chairs on the new patio were on the original patio by the sliding glass door.

We purchased the Lyman Whitaker wind sculptures last summer – one more needs to be installed.

 

Decluttering Update

We decluttered 186 items in July, most items were from the garage so the tow dolly can be parked in it.  This is pretty amazing since we were gone July 1 – July 21.  We are up to 688 items this year!!

So far in August we have decluttered 32 items.  26 of those are recipes from the recipe box that I have NEVER used, many from when we got married 35 years ago!  I also found 2 bottles of stuff that had gone bad when looking for something in the pantry.

Here are some pics of the stuff that left our house.

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Caught Up!!

I am feeling very accomplished this evening.

  • I’m all caught up on my blog reading!
  • All of my grading is finished for tonight
  • AND my lessons for the rest of the week and next week are ready to go.

And it is only 7:45 pm.  Guess I need to catch up on my blog writing!